How the Filibuster Might Cost Democrats the Senate

By: Monday March 10, 2014 12:01 pm

There is poetic justice to the fact that some of the Senators who selfishly defend the filibuster to increase their influence over the Senate may end up losing it all as a result. The problem is several senate Democrats are running for re-election in states that lean Republican and they are on record as voting [...]

McConnell: Obamacare Is Likely to Be the “Premiere Issue in the 2014 Election”

By: Monday July 15, 2013 11:11 am

Republicans have grown increasingly convinced that even after it is implemented the Affordable Care Act will remain a successful political weapon for them. Speaker John Boehner has scheduled a vote this week on the employer and individual mandates to try to embarrass House Democrats. On Meet the Press Senate Minority Leader called it the premiere [...]

Medicaid Expansion Likely to Be on the Ballot in Montana

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 11:33 am

With many Republican politicians at the state level refusing to have anything to do with Obamacare, some groups are now starting to look toward the ballot initiative process as a way to circumvent their opposition to the Medicaid expansion provision. After the Montana legislature failed to approve an expansion several groups are now planning a [...]

McConnell Calls Obamacare the Biggest Issue for 2014

By: Monday May 20, 2013 10:10 am

The GOP is convinced that the Affordable Care Act will remain a winning political issue for them. On Meet the Press Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said it will be the “biggest issue” in the next congressional election. From Meet the Press: SEN. MCCONNELL: You know, I don’t know what the issues will be [...]

Republicans Go All In on Obamacare Repeal in 2014 Election

By: Friday May 17, 2013 12:34 pm

I know the statement may seem obvious but the obvious statements in politics are often the most important. This was the point of the 37th Affordable Care Act repeal vote yesterday. According to the roll call vote, every single Republican supported repeal but only two Democrats, Rep. Jim Matheson (UT) and Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC), [...]

In Defense of Republicans’ 37th Obamacare Repeal Vote

By: Wednesday May 15, 2013 11:01 am

House Republicans are having their 37th vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act today. As Speaker John Boehner explained the reason for the vote is purely political. While during the previous Congress voted repeatedly on repealing Obamacare there are many newly elected Democratic and Republican members of Congress who are not officially on record. While many [...]

Republicans Have Destroyed Their Political Standing on the Issue of Medicare

By: Friday September 28, 2012 11:37 am

Mitt Romney’s decision to pick Paul Ryan as his running mate and fully embrace Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program is looking more and more like one of the biggest unforced errors of the campaign. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll, voucherizing Medicare is extremely unpopular and Obama holds a [...]

It’s a Tax!

By: Friday June 29, 2012 11:37 am

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Affordable Care Act was seen as a serious disappointment to Conservatives who hoped the entire law would be struck down, but they did at least get a political consolation prize from Chief Justice John Roberts. Roberts declared that the sole reason the individual mandate is constitutional [...]

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 Health Care Lose-Lose Scenario Facing Democrats

By: Friday June 22, 2012 12:14 pm

With the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act only days away, I have tried to play out all the potential ways the Court could rule and what they would mean on a purely political level this election. As best as I can tell, any Court decision is likely to be either a political [...]

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