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 [...]

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.

Republicans Attempt “Vote for Us or We’ll Tear the Mother Down” Closing Argument

By: Friday November 2, 2012 11:34 am

Implicit in Mitt Romney’s closing argument for the election is the idea that only he can stop House Republicans from destroying the economy: “Unless we change course, we may well be looking at another recession,” Romney told a crowd in West Allis, Wisconsin. Romney said that Obama “promised to be a post-partisan president, but he [...]

The Lasting Impact of 2010 Election: Redistricting Cementing Republican House Majority

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 1:17 pm

Whether you think that Democrats lost the House and a majority of state legislatures in 2010 because of a lack of improvement in the economy, the natural cycle of out-party gains in a midterm election, the clever use of Republican obstructionism to dampen economic performance, those damn liberals who didn’t clap loudly enough, or whatever, [...]

House Republican-Funded Pro-DOMA Legal Team Strikes Out Again in Second Circuit

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 10:46 am

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, upholding lower-court rulings that found the law, which discriminates against the marriage rights of gays and lesbians, unconstitutional. The author of the opinion, Dennis Jacobs, is a very conservative George H.W. Bush appointee. But even he had [...]

House GOP Decides to Make Scott DesJarlais Face of the Caucus Today

By: Friday October 12, 2012 10:00 am

This is a little thing, but I think revealing about the Republican bubble. So House Democrats have, throughout this work period, sought to disrupt the “pro forma” sessions of the chamber to force a return to work on what they describe as urgent priorities, from taxes to the farm bill to jobs measures. What happens [...]

House Republicans Press Obama Administration With Questions About Terrorist Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 7:45 am

Tonight’s debate is supposed to be focused mainly on the economy, but the Romney campaign has worked hard to get the Benghazi consulate attack into the conversation. And given the shifting story from the White House and the potential implications, that might be a good idea. House Republicans gave a boost to this argument by [...]

Farm Bill Set to Expire as Congress Leaves for Elections

By: Friday September 21, 2012 7:08 am

Today is the last day of the legislative session before Election Day. Lawmakers will go home to campaign on September 21, which is the earliest date during an election cycle in decades. And they leave a lot of pending legislation on the table. As John Boehner announced in the above clip, the House plans to [...]

Republican Dan Lungren Working to Gain Support to Avoid Principal Reduction Tax Time Bomb

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 11:44 am

Here’s some good news in an otherwise dispiriting Congressional session. A Republican House member is trying to accumulate support for a bill that would extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act by three years. As I’ve been reporting, a failure to extend this law would mean that all debt forgiveness, in the form of principal [...]

House Passes 6-Month Continuing Resolution to Fund Government

By: Friday September 14, 2012 6:57 am

The House passed a six-month spending bill that will keep the lights on in government agencies until March 2013. Democrats and Republicans made a bet that the next Congress will find more favorable terrain for them, and kicked any contentious spending issues into it. They may do the same on the fiscal cliff, but there’s [...]

House Committee Passes Resolution of Disapproval for HHS Welfare Waivers

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 10:57 am

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a resolution today that would overturn the Administration’s new welfare waiver policy under an oversight law called the Congressional Review Act. Another vote is expected in the House Education and the Workforce Committee later today, at which point the resolution could head to the floor of the House. [...]

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