Boehner Delivers Plan B Ultimatum

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 12:33 pm

John Boehner just gave a “press conference” that clocked in at under a minute, where he took no questions and basically said that Democrats could either pass his “Plan B” proposal, which extends Bush-era tax rates on the first $1 million of income and does basically nothing else, or “be responsible for the largest tax [...]

Michigan Governor Snyder Vetoes Concealed Carry in Public Schools Bill

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 1:40 pm

Embattled Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed ill-timed legislation that would have allowed experienced gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public schools. This is among the first tangible impacts of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The bill was delivered to Snyder’s desk early Tuesday afternoon and he vetoed it [...]

Poll: Public Will Blame Republicans If Country Starts Down the Fiscal Slope

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 10:00 am

Republicans have enough problems dealing with their own internal insurgencies, but it should be explained that their biggest problem in the fiscal slope negotiations is that the public is poised to blame them if things go awry. Four-in-ten (40%) expect that the president and congressional Republicans will reach a deal by Jan. 1 to prevent [...]

Large Majority Supports Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants in New Poll

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 10:00 am

It’s not hard to see why Democrats and the White House plan a second-term push on immigration reform. First of all, the demographic shifts of the electorate demand that they continue to extract a price from Republicans for their antipathy to Hispanics. Second, for the same demographic reasons, the prospect of up to 12 million [...]

Obama Plans to Hit Road With Oh-So-Popular Message of Cutting Social Security and Medicare

By: Monday November 12, 2012 10:00 am

President Obama plans to meet with business, labor and civic leaders early this week about the fiscal slope, according to Reuters. Congressional leaders will huddle with Obama at the end of the week. Labor has immediately and vocally rejected the concept of a grand bargain, at least for now, so judging their behavior after this [...]

NRSC Comes Crawling Back With Funding for Ads in Todd Akin’s Senate Race

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 9:15 am

Even as the National Republican Senatorial Committee – the campaign arm of Republicans in the Senate – swore up and down they would never return to help Todd Akin in his Missouri Senate race, most observers thought that, when things got tight, they would give in. And sure enough, that’s what’s happening, as they are [...]

Failure of California’s Prop 30 Would Mean More State-Level Austerity on a Grand Scale

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 2:44 pm

Hopes that we are at the end of the cycle of state budget cutbacks dragging on overall growth may be dashed if Proposition 30, a measure that would increase taxes mostly on the wealthiest Californians making over $250,000, fails at the ballot box in two weeks. And two polls out today find support tanking for [...]

Americans Feel Better Off in Their Personal Financial Situation for First Time in Five Years

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00 am

Gallup has a critical poll out today that makes no mention of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, but tells us something about the economy. For the first time in more than five years, slightly more Americans are feeling financially better off than they were a year ago, rather than worse off, by 38% to 34%. [...]

Warren’s Success: A Politician Actually Fighting for Jobs

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 1:10 pm

Elizabeth Warren had what by all accounts was a solid debate performance last night, punctuated by a pivotal moment where Warren ripped aside the moderate mask Scott Brown has been trying to wear this whole campaign. He tried to come across as a staunch defender of women’s rights, but Warren would have none of it, [...]

The Impact of Foreclosures: 3/5 of Milwaukee’s African-American Voters Cannot Be Located

By: Monday September 17, 2012 1:54 pm

Periodically, I take notice of the impact of the foreclosure crisis on elections. When your former voters get forced out of their homes and scatter, it becomes that much harder to find them and motivate them to vote. Furthermore, the cost of sending out canvassers in high-foreclosure areas to walk precincts filled with vacant homes [...]

Akin, Staying in MO-Sen Race, Appeals to Missourians for Forgiveness in New TV Ad

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 6:14 am

When you put out an ad that has to state clearly, up front, that “rape is an evil act,” I’d say that should be the end of your political career, but in this case, Todd Akin is clearly making a play for hanging in there in Missouri, with just hours before he needs to make [...]

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