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Midterm

Election-Year Posturing From Congress Defines Campaigns

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress is now doing what it normally does, in an election year. This is not intended to sound cynical, as I actually think it is a good thing for a divided Congress to stand up for its divided beliefs -- even while knowing that almost none of the bills it now votes on have a prayer of becoming law before the election.

Republicans' Anti-Obamacare 2014 Strategy

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ask any true conservative, they will give you chapter and verse on the subject. Republicans have convinced themselves that this outcome is preordained and cannot be avoided. But what if they're wrong?

Help Your Teen Beat the Midterm Blues

Dan Mulhern | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
Dan Mulhern

Autumn can be beautiful but it its natural challenges approach: Shorter days, falling leaves, hints of cold. Now's a good time to (a) see the energy drop; (b) interpret it for those who need to keep moving; and (c) shape a clear, well-marked path for the work ahead.

111th Congress Ends With Bang, Not Whimper

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pundits are now beginning to say Obama is on a comeback, which is a stunning turnaround from less than two months ago, when the president sheepishly began using the word "shellacking" for the midterm results.

My 2010 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My apologies to anyone tuning in who was expecting to see the 150th "Friday Talking Points" column, since it will be pre-empted for two weeks here. B...

Same Words, Different Meaning: The Bipartisanship Gap Between the GOP and Obama

Michael Maslansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

Republicans concede common ground, but make difference a main point. Obama concedes difference, but makes common ground his main point.

Four lessons companies can learn from the midterm elections

Michael Maslansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Maslansky

The morning after the mid-term elections it seemed anyone considering a run for office wouldn't need to hire a campaign manager. Every news site, eve...

Friday Talking Points [145] -- A Democratic Epitaph

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An interesting article caught my eye last week, but what with all the election hoopla, I haven't had a chance to write about it before now. But even ...

Democrats Stung by Huge Losses With Faith Voters

Eric Sapp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Sapp

It's politics 101. If you don't spend time talking to a group of voters, engaging them, or showing them they matter, you tend to struggle with them on election day.

Weekly Audit: Your Vote, Your Economy--Why Today's Election Matters to Your Pocketbook

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Audit: Your Vote, Your Economy--Why Today's Election Matters to Your Pocketbookby Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Election Day is ...

My Final Midterm Election Picks

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

California will, before the night is over tomorrow, be labeled the "floodwall" that turned back the "Republican wave" this year.

Terrifying Hallowe'en Nightmares, Left And Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's that time of year again... the time when we pre-empt our usual Friday Talking Points column here and instead gather 'round the virtual campfire a...

Republican House Musings

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party's approval rating is the most dismal of all, clocking in lower than even the Democratic Party's approval. In other words, the voters are about to vote into power a party they like less than the party currently in power.

Friday Talking Points [144] -- Midterm Home Stretch

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Many Democrats in this election cycle seem to be getting much better at the tactic known as "the attack ad."

Senate Midterm Election Overview

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Both Republicans and Democrats have seen some movement in their direction, but a large number of states remain simply too close to call, with less than two weeks to go before the election.

Tea Partiers Should Prepare for Disappointment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tea Partiers want to cut the favorite target of conservatives -- "entitlements." The only problem with that is that most folks don't call these programs "entitlements," most folks call them "my Social Security check."

Howard Fineman

Secret Donations Could Haunt 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans, buoyed this fall by freelance groups spending secret donations on TV ads, should fear what comes next: an especially vicious GOP presidential race in 2012 fueled, ironically, by that same kind of cash. In other words, the Swift Boaters of '04 could be back in '12 -- this time torpedoing potential Republican nominees -- while President Obama can stay safely ashore.

The Future Is Overwritten

Carol Hartsell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Carol Hartsell

I just read an article about how Independent voters will decide this election. I just read an article about Independents don't really have a stake in this election. I just read a fortune cookie.

The Tea Party Is the GOP's Problem

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

In backing challenges to GOP moderates, the Tea Party looks like a looking-glass version of the "netroots" progressives who backed Howard Dean in 2004 and Ned Lamont's primary challenge to Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Weekly Audit: One Nation with No Jobs

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Tens of thousands of Americans rallied for jobs and justice at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D...

Alan Grayson Is a Street Fighting Man

Christopher Sprinkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Sprinkle

For too long, the Left has been too soft when it comes to politics. We don't even have the backbone to push through Congress the issues we, as liberals, are most passionate about.

Senate Midterm Election Overview

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since we last examined the state of these races, there has been movement in both directions. The most dramatic of these has been in Delaware, and the media is slowly picking up on the storyline "Have Republicans peaked too early?".

Storming the Castle

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party establishment watched last night in horror as Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell swamped Castle in the primary. This will likely mean Joe Biden's old Senate seat will remain in Democratic hands.

Friday Talking Points [136] -- Girding For Battle

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The battle looms. It is, in fact, right over a hill right in front of us. So, are Democrats girding their loins for the fight, and roaring their def...

Tea Party's GOP Hostile Takeover Continues

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Yesterday's results really only showed one thing with any clarity -- Sarah Palin is definitely going to run for president.