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Mid Term Elections

The Mid-Term Elections: Taking the Longer View

David Coates | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
David Coates

Cruel as it may be to say now, much of the November 2008 hype to which many progressives (me included) subscribed, was just that -- hype -- the product of a profound misreading of what had, and what had not, just happened.

The Year of the Schizophrenic Voter?

Kevin Price | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Throughout the country, as states voted for Republican candidates for office, they largely voted against GOP policies in their initiative and referendum positions.

Republicans Bother to Vote

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Whitcomb

The politicians elected Nov. 4 to new jobs will soon be blamed for doing the same sort of things that their ousted predecessors did as they tried to mate good governance with reality and ambition with idealism.

Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory

Dave Helfert | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Dave Helfert

We'll never know if Democrats could have emerged from the November 4th election with a few new Senate seats because once again they blew it. They weren't out-organized or outmanned. They were outthought, out-chutzpahed and, ultimately, out-foxed.

Dave Jamieson

Progressive Dems: Obama Should Push Economic Executive Actions After Midterm Losses

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders have warned President Barack Obama that pursuing more executive actions after last week's midterm drubbing would be l...

Classroom Politics: Encouraging Politically Savvy Students

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 11.07.2014 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

During every election season I wonder what more we can do, as educators, to inspire civic mindedness? What lessons or projects provide paths for students to understand the critical role voting plays in building and nurturing a healthy democracy?

For Democrats to Win Future Mid-Terms: Five Priorities

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

To some it appears that there are two separate electorates in the U.S. -- one for the general election that closely resembles the makeup of the actual population, and one for the mid-terms that skews heavily toward older, more Republican voters. That perception is generally true, but it's not entirely that simple.

The Soda Tax Experiment, Now Underway

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The Berkeley sugary drinks law might be the experiment that provides the evidence that would justify similar measures in other cities.

Michael McAuliff

Boehner Warns Obama Will 'Burn Himself'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fresh off an overwhelming victory in the midterm elections and sitting on an even larger majority in the House of Representatives, Speak...

Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here's an Alternative.

George Lakoff | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
George Lakoff

Democratic strategists have been segmenting the electorate and seeking individual self-interest-based issues in each electoral block. The strategists also keep suggesting a move to the right. This has left no room for the Democrats to have an overriding authentic moral identity that Americans can recognize.

Citizens United? Latinos, Blacks, Wage Earners and All of Us

Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D.

Beware the thinking that the midterms draw a lower voter turnout and that recently won seats will be up for grabs come 2016. For those remotely left of center, whatever that means anymore, who think that this day after the election was a mighty hangover, just wait.

The Technical Way to Lose the Senate

Neil B. Chambers | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Neil B. Chambers

So why did so many races go Right? I think it comes down to one thing: Democratic nominees forgot about the power of the internet and tried fighting Republicans in a conventional war of television ads, mailers and rallies.

Michael McAuliff

The Upsides Of The Democrats' Ass-Kicking

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats have a lot to be miserable about a day after losing the U.S. Senate, more seats in Congress, and several governors' mansions a...

Post-Election Moans From Democrats Causing Earth's Orbit to Decay

Spencer Green | Posted 11.05.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Scientists warn that continued moans from Democrats in reaction to Republican mid-term election victories are causing the Earth's orbit to rapidly dec...

GOP Faces Dramatically Tougher New Battle Ground in 2016

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

In the lame duck and for the next two years, if Republicans behave as if the outcome of this election was a mandate for their radical policies, they will find themselves in deep trouble.

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Wage Raise Passes In Four GOP States

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Voters in four red states approved ballot initiatives to raise their state minimum wages on Tuesday, sending another message to Washington that Americ...

Curate Your Mood to Better Your Life

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Even though it's easier to believe we're the victims of our circumstances, it's empowering to take ownership of how the world around us impacts our well-being. Regardless of the situation you find yourself in, I believe that you always have a choice, and there are always things within your control that you can focus on.

Play to Pay

Lance Simmens | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Lance Simmens

Okay Americans, Election Day is today and it is time to put up or shut up. This is your chance to provide the spark that is needed to jump start a po...

Liberals Wrongly Repeat the Race Hustler Attack

Ian Haney López | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ian Haney López

The New York Times last week ran its first front-page story of the season on political "race-baiting" -- except it raised questions about Democratic rather than Republican campaigns. There are really three stories here.

The Price of Failure and Rise of Extremism: How Democrats Blew It

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Hating Obama should not be an effective political organizing strategy, but is indeed in the absence of any effective Democratic backbone to counter right-wing absurdities. Democrats deserve their losses; they ceded the battle before it began.

The Path to Better Political Leadership: Not Smaller Government, Smaller Countries to Govern

Tim Ward | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Tim Ward

Has national politics reached the end of the line? Are we so weary of mainstream politics and politicians that we are no longer searching for new personalities or even parties to lead us, but have actually reached the stage where we are looking for new forms of government?

It's All About the Sticker: I Voted Today!

Suzan McDowell | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Suzan McDowell

Admit it, all you really want is the sticker. Yea, yea, yea, it's nice to do our civic duty and all, but nothing beats the feeling you get when at the end of the process, you're handed the "I VOTED TODAY!" sticker.

They Hope You Won't Wake Up

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Here's the bottom line. The Tea Party Republicans and their Big Business and Wall Street allies plan to grab what they want while ordinary people sleep through this election.

Congress Quarantined Until Cure Can Be Found for Its Uselessness

Spencer Green | Posted 10.30.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

The 535 senators and representatives have been confined to a fumigation tent with no access to toilets, running water, or Gallup Poll results. So far, no one in the country has had any objections and all U.S. airlines have offered members of Congress free one-way tickets to any other country once they are released.

GOP Again Peddles Pipe Dream of Nabbing Black Voters

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The GOP crows that it will back 17 African-Americans for Congress in the mid-term elections. But the party's outreach effort to blacks is little more than cosmetic PR window dressing.