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Teddy Roosevelt v. Citizens United

 How is it possible that, given overwhelming public concern about the direction of the country, we could be facing historically low turnout in the midterm elections on Nov. 4? The question isn’t new. As trust in government has swung up and down in the past half century, turnout for midterm races, as in presidential years, […] Read More →

GOP faces House loss after incumbent loses primary, nominee branded ‘foreclosure king’

 House Democrats are not expected to make big gains in the midterms, but they are optimistic about winning a Republican-held seat in Michigan in the aftermath of a nasty GOP primary in which a “foreclosure king” defeated an incumbent portrayed as a “Santa Claus impersonator.” Lawyer and businessman Dave Trott trounced incumbent Rep. Kerry Bentivolio […] Read More →

Hispanics Seem to Be Souring on Obama Democrats

Michael Barone,   It’s looking like a tough off year election for Democrats, with their Senate majority at serious risk and their chances of gaining House seats down toward zero. Every party has a bad offyear sometimes; Republicans did in 2006. Sooner or later they recover. But in the crosstabs of polls and in party strategists’ moves […] Read More →

Dem. approval rating lowest in 30 years

Trouble Looms for Obama, Democrats with Election Day 2014 Approaching  Barack Obama and his political party are heading into the midterm elections in trouble. The president’s 40 percent job approval rating in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll is the lowest of his career – and the Democratic Party’s popularity is its weakest in polling […] Read More →

Thomas Sowell: Local or National Elections?

 Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” That may have been true in Tip O’Neill’s day, but some elections are decisively on national issues — and the Congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery. In 1860, […] Read More →

Courts block voter ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin

 A federal judge likened Texas’ strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin. The twin rulings released Thursday evening represent major and […] Read More →

It is Time to Get Out the Vote

Jackie Gingrich Cushman,  Ever since the 1976 election, I’ve understood the importance of voter turnout. My father was running for United States Congress in rural Georgia, having lost in 1974. He realized in early 1976 that running as a republican in Georgia, while Jimmy Carter was topping the democratic ticket, was going to be a […] Read More →

Study: Voter ID laws cut turnout by blacks, young

 States that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not, with disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday concluded. As of June, 33 states have enacted laws obligating voters to show a photo ID at the polls, the study said. Republicans […] Read More →

About Time: Embattled House Democrats Turn Against Nancy Pelosi

 House Republicans have surprising new company in attacking Nancy Pelosi: her fellow House Democrats. Three Democrats running in GOP-leaning House districts have used late-stage television ads in a bid to distance themselves from the liberal leader of Democrats’ House caucus—the same caucus they’re fighting to join in 2015. “Here’s what I believe: Congress is broken,” […] Read More →