The Elections Are All About the Letter Next to the Candidate’s Name

By: Friday November 7, 2014 12:13 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. What really drives this point home is looking at the results [...]

All Federal Politics Is National

By: Monday September 8, 2014 11:46 am

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 [...]

Virgil Goode Makes the Virginia Ballot

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 2:42 pm

The most important political news of the day has nothing to do with the Democratic national convention. It is that Constitution Party nominee for President Virgil Goode Jr. has made the ballot in Virginia. Last month Goode turned in over 20,000 signatures to make the ballot, and today a sufficient number were certified as valid. [...]

An Exhausting, Annoying and Boring Election

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 1:21 pm

The American people are not particularly excited about this Presidential election. The one description most Americans agree fits this election is” exhausting,” followed not far behind by “annoying,” according to a new Pew Research poll. With the campaign currently dominated with a bizarre “how many angels can dance on the head off a pin” argument [...]

Obama Didn’t Lose Today

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 3:47 pm

Taking a moment to look at the political implications from today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act I think the best that can be said is that President Obama didn’t lose. The Court did, for the most part, rule in his favor. He has bragging rights, and importantly, it doesn’t mean Obama completely [...]

The Economy Is All Romney Has

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 2:38 pm

When asked about 10 different issues and traits by Pew Research, voters gave President Obama the edge over Mitt Romney in every category except one: the economy. From Pew: This is an incredible chart. Normally you would think lopsided numbers like this would point to a blowout for Obama, but fortunately for Romney the economy [...]

Where the Campaign Ad Money Is Going

By: Friday May 18, 2012 12:52 pm

Campaigns will often talk a good game about expanding the map and how they can win a state that doesn’t look like a good prospect, but if you really want to know what states each side thinks the election will hinge on check to see if they put their money where their mouth is. First [...]

Obama Leads Romney by Eight in Virginia

By: Tuesday May 1, 2012 3:18 pm

It looks like President Obama has a good chance of winning Virgina again this election. He currently holds an eight point lead over Mitt Romney in the state, according to Public Policy Polling. Barack Obama continues to look like the favorite to win Virginia this fall. He has a 51-43 lead over Mitt Romney in [...]

Obama’s Job Rating Continues to Improve Slowly

By: Tuesday May 1, 2012 10:54 am

President Obama’s job approval rating has continued to trend slowly upward since autumn according to Gallup. Obama’s average job approval rating in April was 47% the highest since his temporary boost in May following the killing of Osama bin Laden. From Gallup: While 47% job approval rating is a serious improvement from his low of [...]

Obama and Romney Effectively Tied

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 11:38 am

With the general election campaign now unofficially started a string of new national polls shows a close race between President Obama and Mitt Romney. A CBS News/NYT poll has the race completely tied. From CBS News: Mr. Obama and Romney each received support from 46 percent of registered voters when asked who they would vote [...]

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