Labor Gets Out the Vote, Now Shifts Directly to Organizing Against a Grand Bargain

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 8:30 am

The Sunlight Foundation did a fascinating report on “return on investment” for outside expenditure groups in this election cycle, and I hope this scares off Republican donors from successfully swamping Democrats with SuperPAC money in the House elections in 2014. But one number sticks out. Worker’s Voice, the SuperPAC created by the AFL-CIO, had an [...]

MA-Sen: Boston Mayor Menino Endorses Elizabeth Warren

By: Friday September 21, 2012 2:15 pm

I tweeted my commentary on last night’s Massachusetts Senate debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren in real time, so no need to go much further on it. Basically you saw an incumbent Senator clearly behind in his own internal polling, so he decided to go hard negative. Warren wasn’t flustered by it and played [...]

GOTV Essential to Recall Efforts in Wisconsin

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 8:15 am

WisPolitics has their final ratings out in the Wisconsin recall elections, and they see it this way: two going to the Democrats, two going to the Republicans, and two toss-ups. One of those Democratic races, the Randy Hopper-Jessica King race, was seen as basically a toss-up in polls yesterday, so it could be that there [...]

Democrats Hope Labor Turnout, Ground Game Can Save Them in Midterms

By: Monday October 18, 2010 9:55 am

In addition to Republican-leaning outside groups swamping national elections with money in TV ads, Republican candidates in a gowing number of races are individually outraising their Democratic opponents. Democratic campaign committees are letting some races go while moving spending into others thought impenetrable. Meanwhile Republicans feel confident enough about some races to shift spending into [...]

HI-01: Election Results Tonight; High Turnout

By: Saturday May 22, 2010 1:19 pm

After the DCCC pulled out of the special election in HI-01, most political observers turned their attentions elsewhere. The race, which features two major Democrats and one major Republican in a winner-take-all election, was essentially conceded to Charles Djou, the Republican. It is thought that Ed Case and Colleen Hanabusa will split the vote, and [...]

Crist Heads Into Indie Senate Bid With No Staff, Party Apparatus

By: Thursday April 29, 2010 8:30 am

The Wall Street Journal writes on Charlie Crist’s expected announcement of making an independent bid for the US Senate in Florida. The key point here is that nobody seems to know who would work for him: According to his advisers, Mr. Crist would remain a registered Republican while qualifying for the ballot with “no party [...]

OFA Gets Involved In HI-01 Special Election

By: Wednesday April 21, 2010 6:57 am

In another sign that Democrats are taking seriously the Hawaii special election on May 22, but also showing how difficult the winner-take-all primary rules have made it for them, Organizing for America has begun to recruit volunteers to work on the race from its vast pool of California organizers. However, their message is a generic [...]

Will Obama’s Coakley Rally Seal The Deal In MA? Will The OFA Army?

By: Sunday January 17, 2010 3:12 pm

President Obama raced into Massachusetts today to try to help Martha Coakley in her surprisingly close Senate race against Republican Scott Brown. Speaking to an overflow crowd, he stressed the importance of having a 60th Democratic vote in the US Senate, and highlighted Brown’s opposition to a relatively modest fee on banks to recoup TARP [...]

Brown’s Small Lead In MA-Sen Pretty Well Confirmed

By: Saturday January 16, 2010 12:38 pm

ARG, who is not considered America’s best pollster, has the latest poll out of Massachusetts, showing Scott Brown up 48-45 over Martha Coakley. This tracks with the Coakley campaign’s internal numbers. Brown has a small but measurable lead, albeit within the margin of error. Nobody breaks 50%, however. In the primary campaign, Coakley surpassed polling [...]

Air War Begins In Earnest In Massachusetts As Senate Race Goes To Final Week

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 8:16 am

The surprisingly close race in Massachusetts to fill the seat of the late Ted Kennedy featured a new round of attack ads today, with Martha Coakley’s supporters finally getting on the air and trying to drive up Scott Brown’s negatives. The DSCC, the campaign arm of Senate Democrats, has a negative ad out about Brown, [...]

NY-23: Scozzafava Pushing Supporters To Owens?

By: Sunday November 1, 2009 7:52 am

Due to travel and some logistical nightmares, I was basically away from the Internets yesterday, but obviously the major political story was Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava suspending her campaign in NY-23. The GOP establishment quickly endorsed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, and the teabaggers roared with anticipation of a victory. But the major local paper [...]

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