Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
midterm elections
The crowd cheers as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Fort Collins

Sanders Must Level With His Young Voters

Here’s the thing about these right-leaning activists: Sometimes they have a candidate they adore. Sometimes they don’t. But they vote.

March 1, 2016
Ernst ad

Study: Political Ads Dwarfed News Stories About Actual Political Issues In 2014

These stats will make you even more depressed about the 2014 elections.

March 19, 2015
Barack Obama

Why I’m (Still) Thankful For President Obama

Yes, he makes mistakes, and he has flaws — but Barack Obama’s achievements, temperament, and persistence are worthy of thanks.

November 27, 2014
Groucho in Monkey Business

10 Films To Make You Feel Better After The Elections

Midterms have you down? Take a break from cable news and watch these classic movie that’ll be sure to cheer you up.

November 7, 2014

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
AFP photo by saul loeb obama vote election

U.S. Midterms: Republicans Poised To Seize Congress

The midterm elections are only one day away.

November 3, 2014
paul ryan

Paul Ryan Doesn’t Believe In Climate Science

Paul Ryan is definitely not a scientist.

October 14, 2014
Alison Lundergan Grimes

Did She Vote For Obama? Kentucky Senate Candidate Still Won’t Say

Alison Lundergan Grimes stands by her decision not to reveal whether or not she voted for Obama.

October 14, 2014
Kansas flag

In Kansas Senate Race, Pat Roberts Tries To Right His Campaign

Can the embattled Republican recover before election day?

October 9, 2014
Mark Udall

Why Senate Attendance Attacks Are Usually Bogus

You’ll surely be shocked to learn that many of this year’s attack ads are dishonest.

October 9, 2014

6 Races Both Parties View Completely Differently

Here are six seat races where strategists are on wildly different pages and seem to be “reading out of totally different books”.

October 8, 2014
Gage Skidmore via Flickr Commons

Grassley Aide Attempts To Parlay His Boss’s Popularity In House Race

David Young is in a close race an Iowan House of Representatives seat and hoping to use his former boss, Iowa GOP Sen. Charles E. Grassley, to gain more favor.

October 7, 2014
photo from wikicommons

The Big Campaign Question: Cable Or Broadcast?

In campaigning for midterm elections, candidates must weigh the advertising options of either “narrowcasting” with cable or reaching the biggest audience possible with broadcast.

October 7, 2014
US Senate

They’d Have To Run The Table, But Democrats Could Hold Senate

There is a chance Democrats can hold the Senate if they can distance themselves from Obama, demonize Republican opponents, and turn out supporters “like crazy.”

October 6, 2014

Midterm Roundup: Dumbest Campaign Controversy Debunked

Get the latest headlines from the campaign trail.

October 2, 2014
Scott Walker. Photo via Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Republican Walker Gains In Wisconsin, Brownback Struggles In Kansas

Two divisive conservative leaders are seeing their political fortunes move in opposite directions.

October 2, 2014
Mitch McConnell

McConnell Wraps Opponent In Obama, Gains Edge In Kentucky Senate Race

Time is running out for Kentucky Democrats.

October 1, 2014
Koch protest

Money Swamp: Billions Spent In Battle For U.S. Congress

Take a deep dive into America’s out-of-control political spending

September 29, 2014
Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton’s Bumbling Campaign Just Might Win

Tom Cotton has one saving grace in his bumbling Senate campaign: The cult of Fox News.

September 24, 2014
Promise to Vote

Here’s What You Need To Know For National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, a concerted effort by volunteers, organizations, celebrities, and leaders across the country to register Americans to vote before important upcoming elections. This year’s midterm elections, which will be held on November 4, will decide 417 members of the U.S. Congress, 36 governors, and 46 state legislatures. If you need to register, […]

September 23, 2014
Mitch McConnell voting

The Mystifying Election

What, if anything, are these midterms really about?

September 22, 2014
Photo via Screenshot: Orman for Senate/YouTube

Midterm Roundup: Bad News For Kansas Republicans

Here are some interesting stories on the midterm campaigns that you may have missed on Tuesday, September 16: • Election law expert Rick Hasen expects the Kansas Supreme Court to remove Democrat Chad Taylor’s name from the ballot. Such a decision would be a big blow to incumbent Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), who hopes that Taylor […]

September 16, 2014
Gardner screenshot

WATCH: Democrats Won’t Let Gardner Retreat On Birth Control

When U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) launched his challenge to incumbent Democratic senator Mark Udall, one of his first moves was backtracking on his support for fetal personhood, which would ban abortion and outlaw some forms of birth control and emergency contraception. “This was a bad idea driven by good intentions,” Gardner told The Denver […]

September 8, 2014
AFP Photo/ Mark Ralston

Obama Attacked Over Immigration Climbdown

Washington (AFP) — President Barack Obama faced criticism from foes and allies on Sunday after his decision to delay immigration reform until after November’s midterm elections. Republicans and Democrats both condemned Obama’s decision, announced on Saturday, to delay using his executive power to break the deadlock until after this year’s polls. The decision was widely […]

September 8, 2014
Colbert screenshot 9-5

Endorse This: Stephen Colbert Introduces 2014’s Craziest Candidate

The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive The midterm campaigns are loaded with weird candidates, but this Georgia Republican may be the nuttiest of them all. Click above to watch Stephen Colbert introduce the man who doesn’t know the difference between John Quincy Adams and Dolly Parton — […]

September 5, 2014