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2014 elections

Villaraigosa Bows Out Of Senate Race, Leaving Others To Battle Harris

The field is wide open in the race to replace Senator Barbara Boxer.

February 25, 2015

When Activists Run For Office

A national profile doesn’t always translate into electoral success.

February 5, 2015

Beneath The Republican Wave, Voters Still Reject Right-Wing Ideology

Republicans won big with Ebola, ISIS, and Obama fatigue. But Americans still don’t accept GOP extremism.

November 5, 2014

California Billionaire May Be Democrats’ Savior

By Christopher Cadelago, McClatchy Washington Bureau SACRAMENTO, Calif. — He’s about $98 billion short of the competition. But Tom Steyer is the angel the Democrats have been looking for. The former hedge fund executive from San Francisco is worth a relatively paltry $2 billion, hardly in the $100 billion league of the Koch brothers of […]

June 6, 2014

5 Ways Republicans Could Still Lose The House

This should be the Republicans’ year. Democrats need to defend 20 U.S. Senate seats, seven of which are in states Mitt Romney won, even as he lost to President Obama by nearly 5 million votes. The GOP only needs to win six of those seats to take control of the upper house of Congress. In 2012, […]

May 14, 2014

The Hillary Difference

WASHINGTON — There are two majorities in the country right now. One disapproves of President Obama. The other is still inclined to vote Democratic. The key question for the 2014 elections is whether voting this fall — and Obama’s approval ratings — can come into line with the electorate’s broader Democratic leanings? There is also […]

May 5, 2014

WATCH: Quinn Welcomes Rauner To General Election With Minimum Wage Attack Ad

Just hours after billionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner won the Republican nomination for governor in Illinois, incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn welcomed him to the general election with a tough attack ad. The ad, which began airing in Chicago on Tuesday night, hits Rauner for suggesting that Illinois reduce its minimum wage: The ad shows Rauner […]

March 19, 2014

A Farewell To Crazy: What Went Wrong For Steve Stockman

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr One of the strangest, least effective campaigns in recent memory came to an ignominious end on Tuesday night, when U.S. Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) lost his primary challenge to Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) by a resounding 40 percent margin. Stockman’s failure was not hard to predict; in fact, […]

March 5, 2014

WATCH: Why The Minimum Wage Should Be At Least $18 An Hour

Democrats are still pushing to raise the minimum wage, even after a report from the Congressional Budget Office helped Republicans make the hollow argument against raising the lowest legal amount that workers can earn. On ABC’s This Week, former George W. Bush advisor Matthew Dowd explained how wages do not reflect advances in our economy, […]

February 23, 2014

The 2014 Factor No One Is Talking About — Seniors Are Turning On The GOP

Congressional Republicans have passed a budget, raised the debt limit and punted on immigration reform with one goal in mind. They want to make the 2014 midterm elections about Obamacare. The party seems to be so confident of this strategy that it doesn’t appear to have any “Plan B,” as The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent continually points out. […]

February 18, 2014

5 Reasons The GOP Caved On The Debt Limit

RIP, debt ceiling crises. It’s obvious that Republicans have lost their old passion for holding the global economy hostage. Their final demands would have required Democrats to agree to increase spending in the near term in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. In 2011, the GOP introduced the “Boehner rule,” which required — for the […]

February 11, 2014

GOP Strategists: If Republicans Focus On White Voters, They’re Doomed In 2016… And Beyond

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has given us a preview of what his alibi will be if he can’t lead his caucus through the complicated dance it will take to pass substantive immigration reform: There’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And it’s going to be difficult to move any immigration […]

February 7, 2014

Senate GOP Denies Help To The Long-Term Unemployed — Again

The Republican minority in the Senate has narrowly defeated the Democratic majority’s third attempt to extend emergency benefits for the long-term unemployed. The three-month extension would have been paid for by a budgetary maneuver known as “pension smoothing.” It also included an amendment that would bar anyone who had earned more than a million dollars […]

February 6, 2014

McConnell Lives!

February 6, 2014

5 Reasons Republicans May Blow Their Third Chance To Take The Senate

Republicans want you to think they’re ready to kick some butt in 2014. They’re giddily sharing a new article from Politico that says Democrats have given up on the House in hopes of saving their Senate majority. They love hearing that almost as much as a new memo from former Clinton advisor William Galston predicting the public […]

January 30, 2014

Poll: Rick Scott Erases Deficit In Florida Gubernatorial Race

Florida governor Rick Scott, a Republican, has all but erased Democratic challenger Charlie Crist’s huge lead, and now trails the former governor by a statistically insignificant 2 percent according to the latest Public Policy Polling poll of Florida’s 2014 gubernatorial race. The poll finds Crist leading Scott 43 to 41 percent, within the poll’s plus-or-minus […]

January 22, 2014

This Is How The Koch Brothers Plan To Win The U.S Senate

The Koch brothers* are hiring. You’ll find job listings for campaign staff positions in Koch-funded groups in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Some of the ads call for experts in social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, YouTube, Google, and OutBrain to effect a […]

January 15, 2014