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 [...]

The Two Parties Continue to Get More Polarized

By: Friday February 22, 2013 12:56 pm

Only a few decades ago it was common for many Congressional Republicans to be more liberal than some of their Democratic colleagues and vise versa. Those days though are over. An analysis by the National Journal found that last year the parties were the most polarized they have ever been in modern times. From the [...]

Harkin’s Retirement Creates Senate Opening for the GOP

By: Monday January 28, 2013 11:19 am

Over the weekend Tom Harkin surprised the political world by announcing he will not run again in 2014. He announced his retirement just days after the Senate Democrats failed to reform the filibuster, which has been a long term goal of Harkin’s. When Democrats chickened out Harkin said President Obama “might as well take a four-year vacation” because Senate Democrats effectively killed any chance of advancing his agenda.

Romney’s Incredible Dishonesty Ignores How the Filibuster Destroys Democracy

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 11:37 am

Mitt Romney has recently dishonestly attacked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration on the grounds it is only “temporary” and political.  Romney’s attack stresses that Obama didn’t pass a permanent legislative solution during his first term, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and that should prove that Obama is not serious about immigration reform. [...]

Modest Reforms of Senate Filibuster Rules Won’t Cause Political Backlash

By: Monday January 17, 2011 1:42 pm

I know this is often hard for professional politicians and political aides to comprehend, but regular Americans really don’t pay attention to abstract congressional maneuvers. If the Senate Democratic caucus thinks reforming Senate rules is a good thing that would eventually will lead to better policy outcomes, they should implement them. If they don’t think [...]

Public Uninformed About Politics, But Well Aware of Their Own Situation

By: Friday November 19, 2010 3:03 pm

Pew Research is out with a new poll demonstrating how politically uninformed and/or disinterested the general public is. The study found that slightly less than half of the adults living in this country could correctly identify that, in this last election, Republicans took control of the House but not the Senate. When the new Congress [...]

CA Initiatives: Prop 19 Now Trailing, Anti-Climate Reform Prop 23 Down Big, Majority Rule Prop 25 Leading

By: Thursday October 21, 2010 11:16 am

In addition to highly contested gubernatorial and senate contests, the voters of California will be deciding several of the most important ballot initiatives in the country. From PPIC (PDF): Proposition 19 16. Proposition 19 is called the “Legalizes Marijuana Under California but Not Federal Law. Permits Local Governments to Regulate and Tax Commercial Production, Distribution, [...]

Nine-to-One -or- How Much Outside GOP-Leaning Groups are Outspending Outside Dem-Leaning Groups

By: Thursday October 14, 2010 12:46 pm

Democracy for sale! Democracy for sale! Get your control of the world’s most powerful democracy with its $14 trillion GDP for the low, low price of a few hundred million. From the Wesleyan Media Project (PDF): An estimated $198M has been spent on advertising in U.S. Senate and U.S. House races in the five weeks [...]

Why Should I Care? Leaders Lack Good Reasons to Vote For Democrats – or Against Republicans

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 6:45 pm

There is great concern that the Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives and even possibly the Senate in the 2010 elections. While most prognosticators are predicting huge wins for the Republican Party, their current seat deficit is so great that if they do win back the majority in the House, it will [...]

July Jobs Numbers: For Dems, the Most Important (and Worst) Political News of the Day

By: Friday August 6, 2010 10:58 am

That latest job numbers are bad news for the country, and, as a result, bad news for the incumbent political party, which will inevitably feel the brunt of voter anger over the economy. The country lost 131,000 jobs in July, and there is no indication the jobs market will improve in the three months leading [...]

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