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Midterm Elections

GOP's Old Ploy: Tag President Obama as the Race Baiter

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The baiting and the assault on Obama will get even uglier. But it won't change one hard fact: that when it comes to race baiting, the GOP will always have the market cornered on that -- and millions know it.

Dozing Through 'The Great Moving Right Show'

David Coates | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The greatest danger currently facing all of us in America, and particularly progressives, is one of drift. As an economy, the United States is drifting along a low-growth path that is acclimatizing all of us to levels of unemployment which only a decade ago would have been treated as an outrage. As a society, the United States is drifting towards levels of income and wealth inequality so large that, if left unchallenged, will soon become irreversible. And as a political system, the United States is drifting towards a Republican sweep of both the House and the Senate in November unless the democratic left acts now to reverse what is in truth a carefully orchestrated and heavily funded great moving right show. Those of us of a progressive predisposition are drifting towards a political defeat of historic proportions -- one underpinned by an economic and social settlement of a highly conservative kind -- and we are doing so with what would appear to be only the slightest sense of alarm.

What You Think You Know About The Midterms Is Wrong

Margie Omero | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Margie Omero

There is more to our past success--and failures--than simply getting more women, minorities and young people to the polls. Turnout doesn't exist in a vacuum, and demographics aren't destiny.

8 Reasons The Bluest State In The Country Might Elect A Republican To Congress

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU -- As was widely expected, Charles Djou is once again running for Congress. But why bother? The 2014 election will mark the fourth time in...

A Turning Point for Democrats

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

You think there is gridlock in Washington now? If the GOP wins both houses of Congress in November, nothing meaningful will get done for two years, and many good social programs will come under crippling attack.

Will the 'Pissed-Off Generation' Shape the Midterms in November?

Dawn Morais | Posted 04.01.2014 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

Millennials have had enough of the decisions made by baby boomers that have left them scrambling to find jobs that match their hard-earned credentials -- and they've had enough of self-serving politicians.

Democrats Should Launch Pro-Obamacare Ad Campaign

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There is no shortage of personal stories like this out there. The Democrats should be actively seeking such stories and presenting them to the public. Vetting the stories will be important, to avoid the egg-on-face nature of many of the anti-Obamacare ads, but this shouldn't be all that hard to accomplish.

5 Million Reasons for Record Deportations

Susan Pai | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Susan Pai

Very few taxpayers have ever heard of the Congressional Bed Mandate -- the quota that requires 34,000 undocumented immigrants be detained every single night -- but it's costing them five million dollars, each and every day.

Democrats See Openings In GOP Departures

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — House Democrats' hopes of mitigating the damage in the midterm elections lie in the fast-growing suburbs of northern Virginia, th...

The Column EVERY Registered Democrat Must Read

Steve Young | Posted 03.19.2014 | Comedy
Steve Young

You don't get angry you get...well you don't get anything because when it comes time to vote, you sit on your yoga-contoured derrieres.

Obama Endangers Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

My warning to Democrats and to Obama -- whose presidency will effectively end if the outcome in 2014 is unfavorable -- is that they must understand the gravity of the danger and the urgent need to improvise, adapt and do some things very differently.

Can We Trust Polls Without Cellphones Anymore?

Brian Stryker | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Brian Stryker

In today's world, quality pollsters must guarantee their polls include cellphones, and poll consumers should demand the same.

Obama To Dems: Stop Worrying About 2016, Start Worrying About 2014

Reuters | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

By Roberta Rampton BOSTON, March 5 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama gently chided Democratic donors on Wednesday for...

Michigan Rep. Attacks Opponent For Auto Bailout Stance

AP | DAVID EGGERT | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democratic Rep. Gary Peters sought Monday to put Republican Terri Land on the defensive in their U.S. Senate race by ...

Expanding Social Security; Good Policy and Good Politics

Jonathan Voss | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Voss

As the economy improves, retirement security will become a dominant economic issue, a key component of closing the gap between rich and poor and ensuring a strong middle class.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Anti-Obamacare Ads Feature Republican Activists | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans for Prosperity launched a six-figure ad campaign in New Hampshire Monday starring two women who lost their health care plans d...

Ashley Woods

GOP Making Headway In Key Senate Race | Ashley Woods | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

Another poll has given Republican Terri Lynn Land a slight edge in the race for departing veteran Democrat Sen. Carl Levin's (Mich.) seat -- a contest...

Midterm Elections Threaten State's Medicaid Expansion

AP | ANDREW DeMILLO | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' plan for expanding Medicaid by buying private insurance policies for the poor instead of adding them to the rolls...

Obama Brings Back White House Political Office

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is bringing back an internal White House political office to help boost congressional Democrats as the midt...

It's Class Warfare, Stupid!

Bob Burnett | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Republicans have begun their campaign to regain the Senate in the 2014-midterm elections. So far, they've emphasized negative ads about Obamacare. If this tactic falters, the GOP will fall back on the same lies they used in the 2012 presidential election.

Republicans and Their Female Troubles

Ruth Rosen | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Ruth Rosen

As the 2014 midterm elections loom on the horizon, American Republicans fear they may lose a sizable female vote because they have spent the last eight years vilifying women and voting against their major concerns.

Voting Matters

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Michael A. Hardy

If the nation does not turn the corner and return economic promise to most of its citizens, the divide between the haves and have not, will grow and bring with it the type of unrest that comes with dissatisfaction.

Election-Year Politics Shaping Already Limited Congressional Agenda

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to work Monday with election-year politics certain to shape an already limited agenda. Republicans intend to foc...

Political New Year's Resolution - Say Yes to Action

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

As the "Just Say No" approach that forced a fruitless U.S. government shutdown goes global, political leaders and voters in America, Europe and elsewhere must resolve to make 2014 a year to say yes to action.

Can a Third Political Party bring America back to Center?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The United States cannot afford extremism or bitter partisanship any longer, which is why it is time for a third, and centrist, political party to enter the arena. Long considered pure fantasy, there are several reasons why it may not be far-fetched this time.