Republican Base Wants Their Party to Become Even More Conservative

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 2:21 pm

Anyone expecting or even hoping that the Republican Party starts to moderate in the near future doesn’t understand the dynamics driving the party. Because of natural sorting and gerrymandering, the vast majority of Congressional Republicans will never face a competitive general election. The number of “swing districts” has shrunk dramatically over the past few decades. [...]

The Final State of the New Hampshire Primary

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 11:16 am

At long last!  Today is finally the date of the New Hampshire primary.  People all over the state are currently going to the polls to vote on who they want to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. Here is a look at the current state of the race. The final set of polls in New [...]

ME-Sen: Snowe is in Very Good Shape

By: Thursday November 3, 2011 5:24 pm

With almost exactly a year until the election there is still time for the political dynamics to change rapidly. It appears now that long time incumbent Republican Senator Olympia Snowe is in a very strong position to win re-election. While Maine, a fairly blue state, in theory should be a respectable pickup target for Democrats [...]

Machinists Say A Vote for Trade Deals Could Trigger Primary Challenges

By: Monday October 10, 2011 1:03 pm

According to Matt McKinnon, the Legislative and Political Director for the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, members of Congress who vote in favor of the NAFTA-style free trade agreements this week could draw union-backed primary challenges in 2012.

California’s Top-Two Election Fails to Trim the Never-Ending Campaign

By: Wednesday May 18, 2011 5:24 pm

Now that California has had its first Congressional race (in the 36th district) using the state’s new “top two primary” system, it is a good time to point out one of the major flaws with it is the incredibly long period between the primary and the general. The “primary” took place yesterday but the “general” [...]

Time of the Season: Every Republican is “Exploring” a Presidential Run

By: Thursday January 27, 2011 1:56 pm

The quickest way to generate some earned media (or basically unearned media depending on how you look at it) is for any Republican right now to indicate that he or she might be exploring the possibility of a potential run. The number of people looking at a run seems to be multiplying daily. Even the [...]

AK Sen: Murkowski Trails Palin-Backed Challenger Joe Miller

By: Wednesday August 25, 2010 1:29 pm

There’s a potential surprise upset in the making as results filter in from yesterday’s Alaska primary: incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski may lose to challenger Joe Miller. As of 4 AM Alaska Time (10:00 AM EDT), with 97.9% of precincts reporting, Miller leads with 51.1 percent of the vote to Murkowski’s 48.9 percent. That is [...]

CT Primaries: Dem Gov Race Is Close, Wrestling Millionaire Has Strong Grip on GOP Senate Nod

By: Monday August 9, 2010 11:24 am

With the Connecticut primary Tuesday, Quinnipiac is out with a new poll of the top three statewide primary races. Of the three, the most interesting is the Democratic primary for Governor. In that race, former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy has managed to gain slightly on Ned Lamont and is now only three points behind him. [...]

CO Sen: Michael Bennet’s Pension Problem

By: Friday August 6, 2010 12:13 pm

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity. In politics, however, there is such a thing as bad press, and this story from the New York Times about the Denver public school system’s pension problems is definitely bad news for Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). The article describes how Bennet, as superintendent of the [...]

Michigan, Missouri and Kansas Primary Night Liveblog

By: Tuesday August 3, 2010 8:01 pm

Today is primary day in Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. There are several important races taking place in each state. You can find a primer on the big races tonight here. Polls close in Michigan and Missouri at 8pm eastern and in Kansas at 9pm. You can follow the results coming in at Politico or the [...]

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