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Friday Talking Points -- A Democratic Economic Platform for Next Time

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress just won a smashing electoral success by essentially doing nothing but mercilessly block Obama's agenda. That, to put it another way, is a winning formula for them with their base voters.

The Aftermath

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last night, Democrats got well and truly shellacked once again in a midterm election. It was so bad, it's pretty hard for Democrats to even attempt to gild the lily or spot that elusive silver lining. Republicans are consumed with glee, which they've well earned this year.

What the Midterms Mean for Keystone XL

Jamie Henn | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Jamie Henn

When it comes to the pipeline, these midterms have been rather like Macbeth's dour take on life, "a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Right Turn Ahead For The Senate Republicans

National Journal | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

In her campaign appearances, GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst is composed, courteous, and emphatically unthreatening....

Contemplating a Republican Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.

Convicted Killer Serving Life In Prison Wants To Replace Michele Bachmann In Congress

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harvard and Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

Leonard Richards thinks the voters in Minnesota's 6th congressional district are ready for a change. With Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) retiring, Ri...

Friday Talking Points -- Is There Anybody Out There?

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You know what might help in this crisis-to-end-all-crises? Having a Surgeon General in office. President Obama nominated someone for the job last November, but his confirmation has been blocked ever since.

Friday Talking Points -- Slouching Off to War

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress needs to vote on this war. They need to vote not just on a budget item to move some money to some rebels, they need to vote on a clear Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution.

The Impending Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Obama does announce immigration changes, Republicans may decide the issue is bigger than any competence issue, and go right ahead and shut the government down. But this doesn't automatically make the issue a winner for Democrats everywhere in the midterms, of course.

Chalking Up Montana As A Democratic Loss

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The revelations that John Walsh plagiarized a major paper in college have now completely torpedoed his chances for retaining the seat. To be fair, there was little chance that Walsh was going to win in any case. But the difference between "little chance" and "no chance" can be measured in hope. There is now no hope for Democrats in Montana, this year.

Tea Party's Influence on the Wane?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Over the course of the next two months, the Tea Party movement may become to be seen (to mix a few metaphors) as more of a paper tiger than the tail that wags the Republican dog. To put it a little more concretely, the Tea Party may be losing some of its outsized influence over the Republican Party.

Election-Year Posturing From Congress Defines Campaigns

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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."