The Theft of Voting Rights in Arizona

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 12:20 pm

What’s happening in Arizona right now, relatively under the radar in the traditional media (with a few notable exceptions), approaches the kind of thing you’d expect out of a banana republic. The short version is that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio didn’t want to lose re-election, so he and his colleagues tried to make sure [...]

The Electoral-Industrial Complex: Fortunes Made by Consultants on Campaign Spending

By: Monday November 12, 2012 10:50 am

It’s been amusing to see the Republican base recognize that they’ve been had in this election, their money stolen by big-talking operatives. I think Rick Perlstein put it best in his story in The Baffler that conservatism has become an elaborate mail-order scam, directed at the target demographic for such scams, gullible seniors. When the [...]

Schumer, Graham Restart Immigration Reform Talks

By: Monday November 12, 2012 6:13 am

Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham have restarted talks on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Gerrymander, SuperPAC Cash Saved GOP’s Bacon in the House, Where They Got Less Votes

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 7:45 am

Just a brief postscript to the House elections, which as I said were really decided in Republican state legislatures in 2011 during the redistricting process. It turns out that, on a vote-by-vote basis, more Americans voted for Democrats than Republicans for Congressional seats, currently by about half a million votes. That’s subject to change once [...]

Boehner: No Tax Rate Increases for House GOP

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 1:14 pm

John Boehner is doing what his caucus elected him to do by saying that his party won’t raise taxes. But he’s actually being pretty canny about it. After saying to Politico that the House GOP had a “mandate to not raise taxes,” today he’s changed the language somewhat. Now he’s just against higher tax rates: [...]

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 [...]

In Candid Moment of Acceptance Speech, Obama Vows Voting Reform

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 11:00 am

If you’re into that sort of thing, I thought the President gave an excellent if a bit stentorian speech last night, weaving in plenty of different themes we should look for in a second term. But the most important part of this was a throwaway line that was probably not in the prepared text, something [...]

The House in 2012: Dark Money Still Works at the District Level

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 8:30 am

The more important point is that dark money does work. It works in the House. SuperPACs and independent expenditure groups wasted historic amounts of money running into a demographic brick wall at the national level. Even at the statewide level, Democrats could withstand the attacks. But in the House, late money that poured into a discrete number of seats had a real impact. Winnable seats turned sour, even in places where Democrats did well.

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.

Senate Dems Can Wait for Stronger Caucus to Deal With Fiscal Issues

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 6:23 am

President Obama’s re-election win last night was so scrutinized and double-scrutinized, I doubt I have anything to say about it that’s new. But the Senate races, where if the current standings hold Democrats will have won 25 of the 33 seats up for grabs last night, and expanded their majority to 55 (on the assumption [...]

Predictable, Predicted Problems Plaguing Pennsylvania Polling Place Participants

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 2:19 pm

Pennsylvania was the most important state in the war on voting for a reason: they had virtually no other options for voters beyond in-person Election Day polling places (no early voting, no vote by mail or absentee voting without an excuse), and the state was the only plausible swing state where voter ID was passed [...]

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