The big story of the 2014 election which isn’t getting enough attention is how nationalized our federal elections have become. The value of incumbency and individual candidates has been greatly diminished, while the political party next to the candidate’s name carries much greater value.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 7, 2014 4:50 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 8, 2014 12:22 pm|
Over the weekend there were a slew of new polls from NBC/Marist and CBS News/New York Time/YouGov covering every single senate race and they almost all fit a clear and simple pattern. In states that traditionally go Republican in Presidential elections the Republican Senate candidates hold the lead, while Democrats are ahead in the states President Obama carried in 2012.
|By: DSWright Monday March 10, 2014 10:05 am|
Last week RT America, the Russian state media network, was in the news after two of its anchors voiced opposition – on air – to Russian action in Ukraine. Part of the reaction to these events was a discussion in the media about how RT America covers stories, a discussion which apparently peaked the interest of one former writer for Think Progress the official blog of the Center for American Progress (CAP).
|By: cocktailhag Thursday October 24, 2013 8:00 pm|
Why don’t we just admit that Grover Norquist’s work here in these United States is, well, done? Yes, the federal government is technically back in business, but only just in time to let Foster Farms continue selling salmonella-tainted chicken, JPMorgan Chase escape its latest fraud with a laughably small fine, and Sinclair Broadcast Group snap up a dozen or so more local television stations. And that’s just this week.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 24, 2013 11:20 am|
There are many lessons that can be learned from the disastrous 16 day government shutdown this month. One would be that if the Republican Party doesn’t get its act together the 2014 congressional elections could be brutal. And that’s a lesson the Big Business wing of the Republican Party seems to understand as they plot the demise of the Tea Party.
|By: Peterr Saturday January 26, 2013 9:11 am|
Three events collided this past week for me in the space of 36 hours, all revolving around climate change: Obama’s inaugural address, the death of John Chandley, and the decision of Nebraska’s governor to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built in his state. Three other events loom on the horizon: the ongoing drought, the Presidents Day protests in DC led by 350.org and Bill McKibben, and the eventual decision — one way or another — by President Obama on that pipeline.
|By: Peterr Saturday January 5, 2013 9:11 am|
Tim Huelskamp (FarRightR-Brownbackistan01) has been in the news lately for standing up to John Boehner (NotQuiteSoFarRightR). Last month, Boehner kicked Huelskamp off the House Agriculture committee, leaving Kansas without a member of that committee for the first time in 150 years. Note, please, that Huelskamp prides himself on being a farmer first, and Huelskamp’s most favorite map (his vast congressional district) is packed with farms, so this hurts him not just in his ego, but in his ability to deliver for his constituents.
Given another map that’s making the rounds these days, that ought to make his constituents, very nervous, if not very angry.
|By: Attaturk Friday January 4, 2013 1:30 am|
Ah the first day of a new congress. Full of hope like the first day of school, except the immaturity starts leading to devolution immediately.
Still, there are some awesome things.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday December 27, 2012 8:00 pm|
In any normal country, there would be no particular reason to expect 2013 to be an awful year. The right-wing Presidential candidate, who preached austerity, family values, and military adventurism, was soundly defeated by the center-left candidate, who favored, well, austerity-lite, personal freedom, and a fiscally convenient “peace dividend.” Overconfident and overfunded Republicans were similarly trounced in the House and Senate, losing seats in both despite stunning structural advantages.
It seemed that the Right’s perennial hobby horses, from favoring the wealthiest above all others and demonizing minorities of every type, to demanding that every non-military expenditure be slashed to the bone, had clearly been sent to the glue factory by the electorate. Alas, things are never what they seem in Washington.
|By: Attaturk Tuesday December 18, 2012 1:30 am|
I’m sure it will now be no problem at all to discuss serious policy matters with all those teapartiers and libertarian cranks now that the “fever” has broken. Why just look at yesterday as the Electoral College members gathered in their State’s respective capitols to vote…