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2014 midterms

Despite Losses, Pelosi’s Power In The House Remains Undiminished

Find out how Pelosi emerged from the Democrats’ electoral bloodbath unscathed.

November 17, 2014

Meet The Wipeout Caucus: Republicans Who Didn’t Catch The Wave

How weird were the Republicans who lost on Tuesday?

November 7, 2014

Bigger Than 2010

Yes, it’s time for Democrats to panic.

November 5, 2014

How Democrats Could Maintain Senate Control

Here’s how Democrats could still salvage a majority on election day.

October 7, 2014

Veterans Advocacy Groups Pump Millions Into Midterm Election Campaigns

Is so much political activity really in veterans’ best interests?

October 6, 2014

Gratitude? Fuggedaboutit

Why don’t Democrats get any credit for the surging economy?

October 6, 2014

The 10 Most Vulnerable House Members

Find out which congressmen could lose their jobs in November.

October 2, 2014

Analysis: Pat Roberts Ranks Among Most Vulnerable Senators

Find out which incumbents are on the chopping block.

October 1, 2014

Auditioning For The Electorate

Around Washington you can tell football season is upon us because Congress is lining up to punt its work until after the elections. Lawmakers have plenty to do over the next month, but little will — and even less incentive — to do it. Congress is grappling with the still-stumbling economy, an immigration crisis, the brewing […]

September 10, 2014

Another Republican Gives Up Obamacare Fight

Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania is the latest Republican to retreat from the Obamacare wars. On Thursday, the federal government approved Governor Corbett’s plan to expand Medicaid in the Keystone State, making it the 27th state in the nation to adopt the controversial provision of the Affordable Care Act. Corbett had initially opposed expanding Medicaid […]

August 29, 2014

Billionaire’s Political Ads Criticized By Fact-Checking Groups

By Josh Richman, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bay Area billionaire Tom Steyer’s blitz against candidates who are soft on climate change is underway in seven states, but some prominent fact-checking groups say he’s emitting enough hot air to melt a few glaciers. Negative reviews from watchdogs like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and The […]

August 27, 2014

Candidates Should Agree To Stop Avalanche Of Outside Spending

By Robert Weissman, McClatchy-Tribune News Service The attack ad is the defining feature of present-day elections. This is no way to run a democracy. We do need candidates to offer competing visions and distinguish themselves from their opponents. But that’s not what attack ads are about. They are about caricature and character assassination. They elevate […]

August 25, 2014

Boehner Rules Out Impeachment As Democrats Cash In On Threat

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — After Democrats said Tuesday they had raised $7.6 million by warning supporters that a planned GOP lawsuit against President Barack Obama could lead to impeachment, House Speaker John A. Boehner accused the White House of engaging in a fundraising “scam” because there are “no plans” for […]

July 29, 2014

Todd Akin’s Back Again To Talk Of Rape

So, Todd Akin is back and he’s talking rape again. You remember what happened last time. The would-be Missouri senator torpedoed his campaign two years ago after suggesting in a TV interview that if a woman is a victim of “legitimate rape,” she is unlikely to get pregnant because her body “has ways to try […]

July 21, 2014

Poll Roundup: Close In Colorado

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

July 18, 2014

Pro-Business Populism?

WASHINGTON — Here’s the thing to watch in this year’s campaign: Democrats are trying to be populists and pro-business moderates at the same time. The Tea Party’s success in transforming the Republican Party is making this two-step possible as conservatism’s increasingly ferocious opposition to government creates points of friction with both business and middle-class constituencies. […]

July 17, 2014

Newsmax Editor Urges GOP Leadership To ‘Embrace Obama’s Border Security Bill’

In this column, reprinted with permission from Newsmax, Christopher Ruddy, the conservative publication’s CEO and editor-in-chief, strongly suggests that congressional Republicans ought to cooperate with President Obama on border and immigration issues – and that their continuing recalcitrance may damage their party’s electoral prospects not only in November but long into the future.   With an estimated […]

July 16, 2014

Map: Who Is Winning The Midterm Elections?

Who has the edge in the key midterm races across the country? Find out by using our interactive map. Click on a state for the latest news on its key campaigns. 

July 2, 2014

The 5 Craziest Political Ads Of 2014 (So Far)

When it comes to truly entertaining ads, forget the Super Bowl and look no further than political campaigns. While politicians aren’t always as effective as Coca-Cola or Budweiser in convincing consumers — or in this case, voters — to buy what they’re selling, their efforts are often far more amusing. This year’s midterm elections have […]

June 25, 2014
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The Myth Of Reagan: Senate Candidate Glosses Over Reality

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau PEARL, Miss. — “I am a Reaganite,” Chris McDaniel proclaimed with pride. He hushed the crowd at the community center Wednesday evening in Pearl, Miss., with his tale of how, when he was a 13-year-old, “my dad called me into a room” to watch a Ronald Reagan speech. McDaniel […]

June 20, 2014

‘Hey Hot Momma:’ Cochran Uses McDaniel’s Own Words In Vicious New Ad [Video]

Mississippi senator Thad Cochran is facing an uphill battle in his Republican primary campaign against Tea Party-backed state senator Chris McDaniel, but he isn’t going down without a fight. Over the weekend, the Cochran campaign released a new ad featuring clips from McDaniel’s time as a right-wing talk radio host. “It’s so interesting to see […]

June 16, 2014

Where’s The Bread And Butter?

WASHINGTON — What if they held an election and nobody talked about how to improve people’s lives? The 2014 campaign is being waged against a backdrop of national news dominated by everything except the core economic worries of most Americans. Benghazi and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been getting more attention than job opportunities and student […]

June 16, 2014

In Mississippi Race, Cochran Must Defend His Conservatism

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau ACKERMAN, MS. — In Washington, Sen. Thad Cochran is regarded as a reliable conservative. In Mississippi, angry Republicans brand him a liberal. As Cochran fights to win renomination in a June 24 Republican runoff against a Tea Party challenger, the race is hinging on a brutal battle over whether he’s conservative […]

June 15, 2014

Immigration Reform May Not Have Killed Cantor, But It’s Definitely Dead In The House

Eric Cantor’s shocking loss to David Brat in Tuesday’s Republican primary has been widely attributed to his occasional calls to reform America’s broken immigration system. But while it’s true that Brat hammered Cantor on the issue throughout the campaign, it’s not clear that “amnesty” was the reason that the House Majority Leader is soon to […]

June 11, 2014

Rove’s Top Campaign Funding Groups Keep Low Profile In 2014 Elections

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Not that long ago, Karl Rove emerged as a mastermind of a new type of campaign spending, leading a wave of outside groups whose ability to pour money into the 2010 midterm election helped Republicans gain control of the House and bolster GOP ranks in the Senate. […]

June 9, 2014