Open Source Battle Over Obama’s Reelection Software

By: Wednesday January 23, 2013 7:21 am

One of President Obama’s advantages in the 2012 presidential race – besides running against a horrible candidate – was his campaign’s technology. While the Romney campaign had epic technology failures the President sailed to re-election with a fully functioning and innovative data management system. The problem? The Obama tech team built its system using open [...]

Wisconsin Recall: More Resources, but No Change in Strategy to Defeat Walker

By: Friday May 18, 2012 8:56 am

Wisconsin Democrats gamely expressed confidence that they can still recall Scott Walker from office, despite polls showing that the race is getting away from them with 2 1/2 weeks to go. Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate made his case with two pieces of information: 1) internal polling shows a tie race between Walker [...]

DNC Shamed Into Helping Wisconsin Recall, Still Not Committing Funds

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 9:35 am

After some controversy, the Democratic National Committee has agreed to help efforts with the Wisconsin recall. However, this will not include any of the DNC’s war chest of funds, which they are husbanding for the general election. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, committed to come to Wisconsin to attend a fundraiser and to recruit [...]

Wisconsin Dems Angered By Lack of Support for Recall From DNC

By: Monday May 14, 2012 2:14 pm

It’s more than a little unnerving that, at a time when Wisconsin Democrats could be talking about Scott Walker’s failed jobs record or his assault on working people, they’re spending time trying to pass the blame for potential failure onto the state and national parties. Top Wisconsin Democrats are furious with the national party — [...]

Romney’s Taxes Show Ridiculousness of Carried Interest Loophole

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 10:23 am

Mitt Romney released his tax returns for 2010 and an estimate for 2011 today, and I think what we can say about them is that Mitt Romney, or rather his accountant, is very good at taxes. Nobody suggests that anything on Romney’s tax form reflects any illegal activity. Rather, he’s working within the bounds of [...]

Buffett: I’m Not That Partial to the Buffett Rule

By: Friday September 30, 2011 8:55 am

I don’t think Warren Buffett appreciates being used by the Administration as a human shield, at least judging from his appearance on Bloomberg this morning. Obama has called for higher tax rates on millionaires as part of his proposed deficit-reduction plan. Obama’s proposed tax increase, called the “Buffett rule” in a nod to Buffett’s call [...]

Romer Urges Job Creation Measures, As She’s Been Doing for Two Years

By: Monday September 26, 2011 10:18 am

Christy Romer, who has published so many op-eds lately that she’s a de facto columnist, writes sensibly about the need for a jobs program to mitigate the ongoing unemployment crisis. Like so many former Obama Administration officials, she sounds much more liberated after leaving the shackles of the White House. Other forces may well be [...]

DNC Pushes for American Jobs Act with Ad Campaign

By: Monday September 12, 2011 6:55 am

The Democratic National Committee has set up a resource for the American Jobs Act, and has also released a TV ad to push for the jobs program announced by the President last week. This is part of the all-hands-on-deck approach for the plan, an attempt to move Republicans to act through outside pressure. The American [...]

Building Trade Unions Plan to Sit Out Democratic National Convention

By: Friday August 12, 2011 12:50 pm

We’ve heard a lot about labor disassociating itself from the national Democratic Party in a preference to wage battles in the states. Now we’re seeing one of the biggest examples of that. The 2012 Democratic National Convention will happen in Charlotte, North Carolina. There are no union hotels in that city, and North Carolina is [...]

Obama 2012 Announces Record $86 Million Campaign Haul

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 9:35 am

An AP analysis claimed that Barack Obama’s shift to the right could cost him in campaign dollars and volunteer hours. I think a lot of observers would dispute the word “shift” to the right. And anyway, it doesn’t seem to have affected him yet. In an announcement today, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced an [...]

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Picked to Head DNC, Replacing Senate Candidate Kaine

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 2:33 pm

Tim Kaine announced he would run for the Virginia Senate seat vacated by Jim Webb, leaving an opening at the Democratic National Committee. President Obama moved swiftly to fill that today by choosing Debbie Wasserman Schultz. President Barack Obama has settled on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) as the new chair of the Democratic National [...]

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