Reid’s Senate Agenda: Filibuster Reform and Immigration Reform

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 11:52 am

I’m getting two things out of Harry Reid’s post-election press conference. One, there will absolutely be changes to the filibuster in the next Congress. They may not be maximal changes, but I would get that the bulk of the Udall-Merkley reform program will get instituted. In his first post-election press conference, the Nevada Democrat said [...]

The Electorate is Diverse; We Need a Policy Framework to Match That

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 7:50 am

It’s pretty obvious that what set President Obama to a re-election victory begins and ends with a new electorate. Obama won less of the white vote than Michael Dukakis. He still won the election, because America looks different than it did in 1988.

Speculation Offsetting Downside Factors in Housing

By: Monday October 8, 2012 7:45 am

We have heard so much about the positive prospects for housing over the past year, I thought maybe we should pay some attention to the downside case. Michael Panzner provides it, and it hinges mainly on the high supply of shadow inventory and the type of loans being offered these days: Needless to say, shadow [...]

Republican Campaign Was Always Going to Highlight a Race-Based Appeal

By: Monday August 27, 2012 10:59 am

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Lots of people are talking about Chris Matthews teeing off on Reince Priebus today, accusing the GOP of “playing the race card” against the President. Mitt Romney’s birther joke, their blatantly false ad accusing the President of removing the work requirement from welfare [...]

Surge in Hispanic Population Changing Electoral Coalitions in US

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 1:50 pm

My response to this San Stein story about the fast-growing Hispanic demographic reality that will imperil the GOP is that it’s a story, but maybe not as big as this makes it out to be. On May 26, the Census released what an official at the bureau described as “the latest, most up to date [...]

Man Picked to Make Changes to Social Security Doesn’t Understand Basic Concepts of Social Security

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 10:44 am

I mentioned yesterday, and Michael Whitney reinforced, that Alan Simpson denigrated some data on Social Security because he decided the figures came from “the Catfood Commission people.” And that’s a feather in someone’s cap, I guess. But it’s worth jumping into what that actual data was that Ryan Grim confronted him with. Because it reveals [...]

Hopes of Redistricting Gains for Republicans Fade

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 10:52 am

I remember Republicans crowing that a big side effect to their victories in the 2010 elections would be that they control the redistricting process, and that they would be able to gerrymander the maps and allow themselves continued dominance in the House of Representatives. But the reality is proving a lot different. In Iowa, despite [...]

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