Obama to Congressional Campaign Committees: You’re On Your Own

By: Monday March 5, 2012 11:01 am

Masaccio wrote an open letter to the President’s fundraisers over the weekend, and of course everyone has to decide for themselves about election support and donations, and I don’t presume to tell you how to approach that. I will say that, as a practical matter, there’s nothing more ineffectual an activist can do with their [...]

Senate Democrats, EMILYs List Stand Up for Universal Access to Birth Control

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 12:14 pm

As a kind of counterpoint to House Speaker John Boehner’s vow to legislate away the Administration’s regulations on universal access to birth control, including for certain religiously affiliated institutions, five Senate Democrats will “reaffirm their commitment to ensuring that women have access to the full range of preventative health services covered under the Affordable Care [...]

On Citizens United Anniversary, Constitutional Amendment Movement Grows

By: Friday January 20, 2012 6:56 am

Today is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. If you think it’s going well, ask your local Presidential candidate how he likes those SuperPAC ads. Several actions are taking place today. The “Occupy the Courts” movement will hold rallies in front of major courthouses, including the US Supreme Court (in New [...]

DSCC Wastes $1 Million in Ads on Retiring Ben Nelson

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:15 am

Ben Nelson, Nebraska’s Democratic senator, will retire from the Senate next year, despite benefiting from a million dollars in early-cycle advertising funded by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Nelson is scheduled to hold a press conference back home in Nebraska as early as today to make his decision official, said several Democratic insiders close to [...]

Senate Dems on Catfood Commission Like a Rorschach Test

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 6:50 am

I think there’s reason to be happy about the three selections by Harry Reid for the Catfood Commission II, and there’s just as much reason to be skeptical. All three are on the record for a balanced deficit solution – so is the public, incidentally, because no other option has really been put before them [...]

Bill Clinton Hopes Democrats Don’t Use NY-26 Win “As an Excuse to Do Nothing” on Deficit

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 12:41 pm

The Congressional Democratic leaders who have the role of winning elections are giddy about the NY-26 results. They want to replicate them all over the country. Sen. Patty Murray, head of the DSCC, thinks Democrats will now have seats they can win in 2012, despite defending more than twice as many seats in the election [...]

Manchin Threatens to Withhold Vote on Increasing Debt Limit

By: Monday March 21, 2011 9:52 am

There’s no question that Joe Manchin will be a thorn in the side of the White House and national Democrats for the next two years and possibly longer. He won his election running away from the Democratic Party – even though he received more help from liberal writers, who did much to define his opponent [...]

NC-Sen: Lewis Throws Support To Marshall, Not DSCC-Backed Cunningham

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 10:22 am

We saw more liberal candidates win across the board in primary elections last night, and a key endorsement could propel another to victory in the North Carolina Senate runoff. While Elaine Marshall won the primary over the DSCC-backed Cal Cunningham, she did not get the 40% necessary to avoid a second runoff. But the third-place [...]

Blumenthal Attempting to Weather the Storm, National Dems Behind Him

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 11:17 am

Richard Blumenthal is about to appear with several military veterans and defend his record amid today’s story in the New York Times about him falsely claiming, or at least leaving the impression, that he served in Vietnam. And it looks like national Democrats are not ready to drop him yet, preferring to let this play [...]

NC-Sen: Cunningham Requests Runoff; Will DSCC Ride to the Rescue?

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 7:10 am

Something I didn’t know about North Carolina elections is that the runoff for primary races where no candidate reaches 40% have to be asked for by the second-place finisher. Therefore, the ball is in Cal Cunningham’s court to call for a seven-week runoff which would take place on June 22. He has indicated that he [...]

PA-Sen: Sestak Surge Officially A Trend

By: Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:25 am

The latest Quinnipiac poll in Pennsylvania, with two weeks to go, confirms the movement seen in other polls in the Democratic Senate primary. U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak is within striking distance of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, trailing the long-time incumbent 47 – 39 percent among likely primary voters, compared to [...]

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