The stars have aligned for the vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans have been demanding the vote for months and used the issue to jam the White House on not supporting job creation in the 2014 election cycle. And now Democrats are also interested in having the vote in hopes that allowing Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to vote for the proposal will help her win her runoff election. Though her opponent, Representative Bill Cassidy, will also get a chance to vote for the pipeline in the House.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 12, 2014 10:07 am|
This chart from Pew Research shows the 2014 mid-term election was not a vote for Republicans ideas but a vote against President Obama who is perceived to be a failure.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 10, 2014 10:30 am|
Under President Obama’s tenure, the Republican party has just won control of the Senate, their largest majority in the House in decades, and a historic level of control over state legislatures. Given that the Republican brand is still pretty bad, our elections have become heavily nationalized, and the exit polls show over half the electorate voted to express support for or opposition to Obama. It makes sense to conclude that last Tuesday was a rejection of the president.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 7, 2014 4:50 pm|
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 Wednesday November 5, 2014 9:41 am|
Last night was very bad for Democrats on the ballot. Not only did they lose control of the Senate, but House Republicans now have their largest majority in decades. It was not though a bad election for progressive policies. Most of the progressive ballot initiatives on the ballot won.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 5, 2014 8:39 am|
Last night was very bad for Democrats and a very good one for Republicans. At this point Republicans have picked up seven seats in the Senate and it looks like they will pick up another two when everything is over. With most of the votes counted, the Republican candidate holds a narrow lead in Alaska. Similarly, while Louisiana has officially gone to a run off, Republicans Bill Cassidy is a strong favorite to win.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday November 5, 2014 1:30 am|
Because who is more likely to support a minimum wage hike than the Republican Party?
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 4, 2014 2:35 pm|
Watching the returns of the federal election this evening is going to be very simple. There is almost no chance of the Republicans losing the House so the important fights are in the Senate.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 3, 2014 9:16 am|
The Republicans are set to take the Senate this year. To understand why, you need to only look at how difficult it will be for Democrats to retain control at this point.