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Midterm Elections

Eliot Nelson

Kansans Are Moderate As Hell And They're Not Going To Take It Anymore | Eliot Nelson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- A boring thing happened in Kansas last week. In a nondescript conference room in a nondescript community center, a group ...

This House Race Seems Like A TV Drama

AP | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A late-night break-in, a stolen campaign playbook that ended up in the hands of the opponent and sexual harassment accusations made...

Obama Uses Radio To Appeal To Black Voters

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic s...

A "Hung" Senate with No Majority on November 4? Could Senate Independents Take Charge, Break Gridlock?

Terry Connelly | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Terry Connelly

We do not follow a parliamentary system of government like Australia, of course, but our situations are otherwise not dissimilar. In both countries, the lower house of the legislature has a clear and virtually impregnable majority.

How 2014 Will Help (But Hurt) Republicans

The Atlantic | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

It’s an obvious problem for Democrats—and perhaps an even larger one for Republicans....

Kathleen Miles

McCain Will Push For Ground Troops In Iraq, Syria If GOP Wins The Senate | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- If Republicans gain the Senate majority in November, President Barack Obama could face pressure from Congress to send ground t...

'Kissing Congressman' Gets Very Little Love From Donors

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harvard | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics

While kissing babies may be good politics, kissing a congressional staffer hasn't been at all beneficial to a married Louisiana lawmaker's campaign. ...

Democrats Are Having Trouble With The Working Class, Just Like The 2010 Midterms

Bill Schneider | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Bill Schneider

A lot of people think the Democrats' big problem is race. But Obama himself got elected twice. The bigger problem for Democrats may be class.

2014 Elections Will Also Be a Referendum on GOP

Kevin Price | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Millions of Americans are frustrated by the Obama Administration. This movement is largely defined as the "Tea Party movement" but there are millions of other Americans that would simply describe themselves as disgruntled with the Administration as we go into the 2014 elections.

Midterm Madness

Terence Smith | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Terence Smith

Mid-term elections are the constitutionally-mandated pause that refreshes in our political system. There is a broad, anti-Washington sentiment among the public today. Congress is down to single digits in the public opinion polls. Little has been accomplished on Capitol Hill and the public knows it.

Dear Democrats: Please All and You'll Please None

Anat Shenker-Osorio | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Anat Shenker-Osorio

It's deeply fitting that the animal in Aesop's "Please All, Please None" fable was a donkey. This kind of, let's meet people where they are and actually say nothing, approach is the best summation of current Democratic strategy.

Tsunami, Tidal Wave or Earthquake?: The Battle of the Midterm Metaphors

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

The notion that we see our electoral politics as akin to the 2004 Indonesian tsunami or any of the countless other natural disasters which have killed millions without warning is telling. And what it suggests about who we are politically is of far greater concern than which party narrowly captures the Senate in November.

History Shows Voters Make Statements in Midterm Elections

Bill Schneider | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Republicans are trying to put together all of the country's current problems -- illegal immigration, Islamic radicalism, the Ebola virus -- into one big anti-Obama package. The campaign may work. Why?

Whisper Users Reveal Their Secret Reasons For Going To The Ballot Box

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

The 2014 elections are quickly approaching, and there's no one reason to head to the ballot box. HuffPost Politics asked Whisper to reach out to i...

The Koch Brothers Don't Want You to Read This!

Steve Skrovan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Comedy
Steve Skrovan

For the last six weeks, my inbox has been jammed with "urgent" messages from various congressional candidates and progressive organizations. They use a number of tricks to get you to open the email.

Hillary Clinton May Reveal Her 2016 Plans Even Sooner Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hasn't yet announced any plans for the 2016 election, but the New York Times reports she may weigh in on a p...

Republicans Look To Oust West Virginia's Only Dem House Member

AP | By JONATHAN MATTISE | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — Democrat Nick Rahall, a southern West Virginia face so familiar he goes by "Nick Joe," bears an Obama burden like few others ...

It's Still the Economy, Stupid!

Bob Burnett | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

A month before the November 4 mid-term elections, the competition for control of the Senate is neck-and-neck. The improving U.S. economy hasn't increased Democratic prospects. What explains this?

Clinton's Hinting Hard At A Presidential Campaign

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As she explores another presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton often says anyone who seeks the White House needs a compel...

Obama Doesn't Want The Midterm Elections To Be About Him

AP | By JIM KUHNHENN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is all in with his economic pitch. The American public is not. Over the next 27 days, either the ...

And 2014's Flip-Flopper of the Year Award Goes to...

Ben Wikler | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Ben Wikler

Many pols flip-flop. But each year, one politician rises above the din to become a new icon of embarrassing flip-floppery. This year, America's flip-flopper-in-chief is Colorado Senate hopeful Cory Gardner -- Republican candidate in what FiveThirtyEight lists as the closest Senate race in America.

Senate Election Overview

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As always, in making these determinations I use the criteria of: news I've read about each race, all polling data available, and a good dose of common sense. That last one could also be read as "what my gut is telling me about each race," I fully admit.

An Open Letter to Women Voters

Lisa Maatz | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

Dear women voters: It's our time, ladies. A midterm election looms, and the focus is on us! Politicians and pundits alike know that there's no crossing the electoral finish line without women voters in their corner. But are the candidates seeking to represent us talking about the issues we care about?

What Really Is On the Ballot this November

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

No matter what Republicans say, President Obama is not on the ballot this November. The GOP can't seem to admit to the public that the President has already run his last race.

Obama Keeps His Distance From The Campaign Trail

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama opened a weeklong fundraising spree for his party Tuesday, telling high-dollar donors in New York and Connect...