Romney Endorsed in Primary Debate Either Eliminating or Privatizing FEMA

By: Monday October 29, 2012 7:45 am

Emergency management is a critical federal program, if for no other reason than because of budget constraints. If states were expected to assume the full costs of emergency management, because they are bound by balanced budget rules, the money would have to come out of education or health care or some other public service. But [...]

Lisa Epstein Challenging Incumbent for Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts, Election on Tuesday

By: Sunday August 12, 2012 3:45 pm

Lisa Epstein, the foreclosure fighter who gained national recognition for her research and discovery, attempts to pull off an upset on Tuesday in the race for Clerk of Court in Palm Beach County. This is the equivalent of a register of deeds, the official who records mortgage transfer documents in counties across the country. Epstein [...]

Incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes Defeated in Primary With Focus on Drug War

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 7:00 am

In an upset last night, Beto O’Rourke, a former city councilman in El Paso, defeated incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary in Texas’ 16th district. O’Rourke just crossed the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. This is a safe Democratic seat for November. The race in the border district was important, because [...]

Republicans Still Leaning Toward Ideological Choices in US Senate Primaries

By: Monday May 14, 2012 10:58 am

Democrats have pinned their hopes to hold onto the Senate on what they believe is a self-destructive streak among Republican primary voters. Faced with a choice between a more electable candidate and a more ideologically pure one, in 2010 the party almost always chose the ideological one. In states like Colorado (Ken Buck), Nevada Sharron [...]

Walker Outpolled in Recall Primary Election

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 10:59 am

John Nichols writes that there’s nothing to worry about from Scott Walker’s fairly large vote support in this week’s recall primaries in Wisconsin. Walker didn’t have a serious challenger on the ballot and there was a contested race for the Democratic nominee on the other side. And yet Walker came close to outpolling all the [...]

WI-Gov: Walker’s Built-In Advantages Get Him Just to 50%

By: Monday April 16, 2012 12:13 pm

The new Public Policy Polling survey of Wisconsin shows that Scott Walker has regained leads in his recall election against all challengers, pinning right at the magic 50% mark. He leads Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett 50-45, and former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk 50-43, with larger leads against the lesser two candidates in the Democratic [...]

Foreclosure Fraud Activist Lisa Epstein Runs for Clerk of Courts in Palm Beach County

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 6:00 am

It’s a quiet story that most progressive groups operating out of Washington, DC don’t want to talk about: they can’t attract votes anymore. In two recent primary races, in Illinois and Maryland, the more liberal candidate was overwhelmed by the establishment, despite widespread support from labor and online progressive groups. Since a high-water mark in [...]

“Civil War” in Wisconsin Could Also Be Among Democrats

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 10:20 am

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s first ad of the gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin begins by asking the question, “isn’t it time to end the civil war in Wisconsin?” He was referring to Scott Walker and the war on public employees, but he could be referring to the battle among Democrats over the next month. Though [...]

IL-10: Progressive Ilya Sheyman Looking Good in Primary Fight

By: Thursday March 15, 2012 10:18 am

I’ve noticed less emphasis on primary fights among progressives in 2012 compared to other recent years, but one of the bigger ones happens next week in Illinois. Ilya Sheyman, the progressive activist whose experience includes stints at Democracy for America and MoveOn, is facing several challengers, in particular Brad Schneider, a donor to multiple Republicans [...]

Bachus Propping Up Primary Campaign With Big Bank Cash

By: Tuesday March 13, 2012 10:00 am

In addition to Presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi today, there are primary elections for Congress as well. We saw in Ohio with Jean Schmidt that incumbents are in no way safe in what feels like an anti-incumbent environment. And a new SuperPAC devoted to beating incumbents has a few more races in their sights [...]

Kucinich, Squeezed Out By Redistricting, Loses Primary to Kaptur in Ohio

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 6:15 am

Dennis Kucinich, the eight-term Congressman from Cleveland, lost his bid for re-election last night in a primary to fellow Rep. Marcy Kaptur. Ohio lost two seats after the 2010 reapportionment, and eliminated a seat in the Cleveland region, giving Kucinich few options. He decided to try to defeat Kaptur largely on her turf, and came [...]

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