Four months out from the election and Democrats continue to hold a very small lead in the generic Congressional ballot. According to Quinnipiac, if the election was held today 41 percent would vote for a Democrats in the House of Representatives while 39 percent would vote for a Republican. This two point lead is unchanged [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 8, 2014 10:30 am|
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 7, 2014 12:11 pm|
The bad news for Democrats heading into the midterm election is that some of the groups which tend to most strongly break in their favor are also the least politically engaged. Adults under the age of 30 are most likely to be classified as “political bystanders” by Pew Research, meaning they rarely vote or pay [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 4, 2014 9:16 am|
This piece was written in honor of the Fourth of July and a war that was supposedly fought to end taxation without representation. If you are a tyrant, military junta, oppressive sectarian organization or a single-party state which is facing criticism from the West for opposing democracy, there is no need for violent crackdowns or [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 3, 2014 10:38 am|
The people of Washington D.C. have no democratic power so they are forced to try to use their economic power to protect the basic freedoms all other Americans take for granted. That is why D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and the group D.C. Votes are urging people to boycott Maryland’s Eastern Shore if you believe [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 1, 2014 12:05 pm|
Over at the New Republic Noam Scheiber wrote a long piece about “How Hillary Won Over the Skeptical Left” but missing was the most important part of the explanation. The so called “Left” has embraced Hillary because there is no other viable options. The lesson that Hillary Clinton seemed to learn from 2008 is that [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 23, 2014 10:25 am|
The recent primary loss of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and a likely loss by Cochran tomorrow means establishment Republicans still having something to fear from challengers on their right. Even though the chance of any one Republican incumbent losing a primary is very small, that is enough to change their political calculations.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 20, 2014 12:41 pm|
The people of Montana won’t get a chance to vote on Medicaid expansion this November. The campaign trying to put the issue on the ballot was unable to get enough valid signatures by today’s deadline.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 20, 2014 11:53 am|
On September 18 the people of Scotland will vote on whether or not they think Scotland should be an independent country. Polling currently indicates the referendum will likely fail but has significant support.
If even after centuries a nation with a shared language and landmass is still seriously debating if it should actually be a single country, that should tell us something.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 18, 2014 11:50 am|
Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) tried to flippantly dismiss criticism by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) but ended up essentially admitting he is really bad at his job. From Cruz’s CNN interview (via Breitbart) “I don’t know Mr. King,” Cruz replied. “I’ve never met him to be honest. I don’t think I’d ever heard of him until [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 17, 2014 12:15 pm|
The latest PPP poll is a mixed bag for incumbent Democratic Kay Hagan. The good news for her is that she technically holds a lead over her Republican opponent Thom Tillis, but her job approval rating is underwater. In a three-way race Kay Hagan stands at 39 percent, Tom Tillis gets 34 percent, and Libertarian [...]