Obama Attacks Romney on Size of Military Budget

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 8:15 am

Observers have expressed surprise at this Obama campaign ad hitting Mitt Romney for supporting increased military spending: Mitt Romney’s plan? A new $250,000 tax cut for millionaires. Increase military spending. Adding trillions to the deficit. Or President Obama’s plan: a balanced approach. Four trillion in deficit reduction. Millionaires pay a little more. First of all, [...]

Regulatory Failure Evident Throughout Housing and Foreclosure Crisis

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 8:55 am

The report that regulators are failing to enforce compliance on Servicemember Civil Relief Act violations fits in a continuum of regulatory failure around the foreclosure crisis. We know that HAMP and HARP have underperformed, and that the settlements around foreclosure fraud fell somewhat below a slap on the wrist. The foreclosure review process, initiated by [...]

As Poll Shows Public Wants Higher Taxes on the Rich, Conservative Dems Waver

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 10:38 am

A new poll from the National Journal shows that the principle of raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans by letting the Bush tax cuts expire remains extremely popular, even as some Democrats show trepidation about the idea. A new United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll shows that only 26 percent of the public wants to [...]

Decision Day in Wisconsin as Historic Recall Election Concludes

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 7:01 am

Wisconsin goes to the polls today in recall elections for Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four state Senators. If successful, it would be only the third gubernatorial recall in American history. More money has been spent on these races than on any election in Wisconsin ever, and as Tom Barrett said today, [...]

Public Employee Union Membership in Wisconsin Drops After Collective Bargaining Law

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 11:06 am

President Bill Clinton will campaign tomorrow in Milwaukee for Tom Barrett in his recall fight against Scott Walker. Greg Sargent writes that this was a late-game decision that involved heavy lobbying from leaders in the Democratic Party. People like to extrapolate from last-minute campaign events like this about the state of races. I’ve heard others [...]

WI-Gov: Signs of a Tightening Recall Race

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 9:35 am

There has been a split between the public polling and the internal polling in the recall of Scott Walker. As you can naturally expect, internal polling on the Democratic side shows a closer race. And that continues today with a poll from Celinda Lake showing a dead heat between Walker and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, [...]

WI-Gov: Walker Leads, But Internal Polling from Barrett Shows Tighter Race

By: Friday May 25, 2012 10:18 am

Any objective look at the Wisconsin recall right now, with a little over a week to go, would suggest that Scott Walker’s in a good position, and that Tom Barrett and the forces that engineered the recall are in trouble. Walker and his allied outside groups are outspending Barrett and his allies by 3:1 on [...]

Wisconsin Recall: More Resources, but No Change in Strategy to Defeat Walker

By: Friday May 18, 2012 8:56 am

Wisconsin Democrats gamely expressed confidence that they can still recall Scott Walker from office, despite polls showing that the race is getting away from them with 2 1/2 weeks to go. Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate made his case with two pieces of information: 1) internal polling shows a tie race between Walker [...]

Eric Griego, House Candidate in New Mexico, Wants Corrupt Bankers to Go to Jail

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 11:07 am

As I’ve been reporting, the fallout from JPMorgan Chase’s “Fail Whale” trade has returned financial reform to the political agenda. The conventional wisdom previously was that Dodd-Frank would be implemented and the political system wouldn’t have to worry about Wall Street for a few years. The JPMorgan Chase test case, along with the frustration and [...]

DNC Shamed Into Helping Wisconsin Recall, Still Not Committing Funds

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 9:35 am

After some controversy, the Democratic National Committee has agreed to help efforts with the Wisconsin recall. However, this will not include any of the DNC’s war chest of funds, which they are husbanding for the general election. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, committed to come to Wisconsin to attend a fundraiser and to recruit [...]

Eric Schneiderman Unknown to His Constituents Despite High-Profile, Powerful Position

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 9:38 am

At the heart of the controversy over the RMBS working group, the task force inside the Justice Department’s Financial Fraud unit looking into securitization abuses by big banks during the housing bubble, is co-chair Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York. His office has been silent about the task force, even as progressive groups [...]

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