Late Night: Why Millennials Don’t Vote and What To Do About It

By: Monday June 9, 2014 8:00 pm

More than half of respondents in this survey, released by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, said they think elected officials don’t share their priorities, and almost two-thirds said elected officials seem motivated by selfish reasons. Less than a quarter of the millennials polled said they will definitely be voting in November

 

Preliminary Whip List – War With Syria

By: Monday September 2, 2013 11:20 am

The Senate is basically a lost cause — the only Democrats I could find who openly oppose action in Syria are Mark Begich (D-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), and there is more than enough Republican support to get to 60 votes. The battle is going to be in the House.

Boehner Coup Was Called Off Morning Of Speaker Vote

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 9:20 am

Rumblings of a Tea Party coup against Speaker Boehner seemed to be unfounded as he sailed to re-election. But now Roll Call is reporting that the plot was very much real and robust enough to force a second ballot:

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Sasha Issenberg, The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

By: Saturday October 27, 2012 1:59 pm

Why do we vote? Why do some stay home? And with the right persuasion techniques, can the political industrial complex manipulate those patterns?

These important questions are at the heart of a new book exploring the science behind campaigning, because for all the hullabaloo made over television ads, this election will be won and lost by the ground game.

The Victory Lab, The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, by journalist Sasha Issenberg, has been called the Moneyball of politics. It takes readers into the minds of pollsters and field operatives to reveal some of the tactics behind getting-out-the-vote.

Demonstration Turns Ugly at the RNC

By: Friday August 31, 2012 4:33 pm

“USA!!! USA!!!” they chanted at us to drown out our own chants of “DREAM ACT AND FULL EQUALITY!” The gay priest was at the front of our little group, and a balding man with a red face and sunglasses got within a few inches of his face to scream. Balding Guy, a member of Gay Priest’s former congregation, grabbed the priest and pushed him back violently. The next thing I knew, a man in a cowboy hat and large, crooked, cigarette-stained teeth that he was baring bulled his way into our priest. Erika was behind him, and took a misfired punch in the face as Cigarette Teeth barreled forward, cursing, swinging and pushing. A few people were sent back into me, and for a minute there he stood in front of me in the open. I wasn’t sure if I should take a swing or not to slow the guy down for my friends.

Occupy LA Day 3: Sign Here!

By: Tuesday October 4, 2011 12:40 pm

  This is the city. This is Los Angeles. Occupy LA has moved to the smaller north lawn of City Hall because a movie is shooting on the north lawn. I don’t know the title, but I know that Ryan Gosling is hot! Or so exclaims an Occupy LA volunteer at the media tent. Gosling [...]

FINAL VOTE

By: Monday August 1, 2011 3:54 pm

The House is now voting on the bond vigilate welfare deficit reduction bill. Live on CSPAN.

House Democrats say they are holding their votes back and leting the GOP max out before they cast their votes to create a new Super Congress to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Profiles in courage.

Senate Debt Ceiling Watch Party — Part IV

By: Sunday July 31, 2011 9:12 am

Here’s the text of the Reid deal voted on in the House yesterday, which calls for the creation of a Catfood II Super Congress they will all hand their power over to so they can insulate themselves from political retribution for cutting Social Security and Medicare. And a bunch of giveaways to AT&T too.

Senate Debt Ceiling Watch Party – Part III

By: Saturday July 30, 2011 4:59 pm

The Senate vote for cloture on the Reid bill is scheduled for 1am on Sunday morning. The House will vote on the Reid bill at 2:30 today, prior to the Senate vote. It will be on the suspension calendar which means that it can have no amendments and would need 2/3 vote to pass.

White House Fails to Persuade Democrats on Libya

By: Friday June 24, 2011 9:45 am

The House is voting today on two measures. One, to authorize the Libya mission for one year while banning ground troops, will fail. The other, to defund the mission (with notable exceptions), is likely to pass. Then the Senate won’t take up the defunding bill, and possibly take up the authorization, which has been pushed by John Kerry and John McCain.

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