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Scott Walker Looks To Be Preparing To Run For President

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Fresh off his third statewide win in four years, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker appears to be getting ready to run for President.

GOP Options In Response To Obama’s Executive Action Are Limited, Perhaps Non-Existent

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In the end, there appears to be very little, if anything, the GOP can do to stop or roll back the executive actions the President will announce Thursday evening.

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline For Now, Effectively Ends Mary Landrieu’s Political Career

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The Keystone XL pipeline bill is dead until the next Senate. Mary Landrieu’s political career, on the other hand, is basically dead for the foreseeable future.

Keystone XL Likely To Pass Senate, But It Won’t Save Mary Landrieu

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Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline will likely pass the Senate today, and will eventually go forward despite an expected Presidential veto. But, Mary Landrieu’s political career is still dead.

Election Losses Lead To Debate Inside Democratic Party

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Another round of election losses is leading Democrats to contemplate the direction they should take going forward.

Republican Sean Parnell Loses Alaska Governor’s Race To Independent Bill Walker

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Sean Parnell, who had succeeded to the Governorship of Alaska when Sarah Palin resigned in 2009 and was elected in his own right in 2010, has been defeated for re-election by a fusion ticket led by Independent Bill Walker: Independent Bill Walker has won the Alaska governor’s race, defeating incumbent Republican Sean Parnell, according to […]

Will Congressional Republicans Listen To Their Base, Or To The American Public?

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Post-election polling shows that the majority of Americans want the new GOP majority in Congress to work together with the President. Republican voters have a very different view.

McConnell, Rest Of GOP Senate Leadership, Re-Elected Unanimously

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For all of the controversy that many in the media tried to drum up during the General Election about Republican candidates for the Senate who wouldn’t necessarily commit to supporting Mitch McConnell to lead the Senate Republican Caucus, and thus become Senate Majority Leader in January, he ended up being re-elected unanimously: Senate Republicans have […]

Will Keystone XL Save Mary Landrieu’s Senate Seat? Probably Not

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Mary Landrieu’s Keystone XL Hail Mary isn’t going to save her.

Colorado Legislators Elected In Anti-Gun Control Recall Elections Defeated In Re-Election Bids

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Two Colorado state legislators who were voted into office just over two years ago as part of recall elections directed against two of the people who were behind the gun control laws that Colorado enacted in the wake of the Sandy Hook and Aurora shootings ended up being defeated last Tuesday: DENVER — After two […]

AP Calls Alaska Senate Race For Republican Dan Sullivan, An Eighth GOP Pickup

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A week after Election Day, the Associated Press has called the Alaska Senate race for Republican Dan Sullivan, representing another Republican pickup assuming that the result holds through the official count: JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Dan Sullivan won Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, defeating incumbent Democrat Mark Begich. Sullivan led Begich by about 8,100 votes […]

With The Midterms Done, Will Republican State Legislators Revisit Electoral College “Reforms?”

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After the 2010 elections, several newly Republican state legislatures flirted with the idea of changing the way their state allocates Electoral Votes. The outcome of last weeks elections raises the possibility that this could happen again.

With GOP Wins, The Tea Party v. Establishment Battle Moves Into The Halls Of Congress

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The GOP’s big wins last week seem to be just guaranteeing that this year’s battle between the Tea Party and the “establishment” will continue.

A (Mostly) Solid Republican South, At Least For Now

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The GOP is dominant in the Southern United States, but it’s unlikely to last as long as Democratic dominance of the region did.

President Obama’s Immigration Threat Is Politically Naive And Unrealistic

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President Obama’s threat to take action on immigration if Congress doesn’t act by the end of the year ignores political reality,

2014 And The Latino Vote

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Republicans performed better among Latino voters this year than they did in 2012, but that doesn’t mean they’ve solved their problems.

Voter Turnout In 2014 Midterms Hit Lowest Point Since 1942

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Voter Turnout was lower this year than in any midterm since the one held eleven months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

GOP Also Saw Gains In State Legislatures Last Week

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In addition to gains at the national level and in Governor’s races, the GOP also saw more gains in state legislatures around the country.

Unopposed in House Elections

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Looking into uncontested and partially contest House districts from the 2014 cycle.

Don’t Expect Anything Out Of Washington In Obama’s Final Two Years

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Despite the conciliatory language after Tuesday, it’s unlikely that much will change in Washington in the next two years.

What Happened In Virginia?

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Trying to explain one of the biggest surprises of Election Night 2014.

Democrats Already Abandoning Mary Landrieu?

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The party’s loss of Senate control has basically sealed Landrieu’s fate.

America’s Least Latino State Elected Its First Latino Congressman

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West Virginia is, demographically speaking, the least Latino state in the Union, but on Tuesday it elected its first Latino Member of Congress: The state with the smallest share of Latinos in the nation has elected its first Latino congressional representative, Alex Mooney. Mooney, a conservative Republican, ran against Nick Casey, a former chairman of […]

Alaska Television Station Aired More Than 16,000 Political Ads In 2014

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A television station in Alaska has the distinction of having aired an amazing number of ads this election season: KTUU, the NBC affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska, wins the award for most Senate ads aired in the 2014 election cycle. The station played 13,200 Senate ads in 2014 through Oct. 27, according to data analysis from […]

18 Year-Old College Freshman Wins Election To West Virginia State Legislature

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An eighteen year old college freshman won election to the West Virginia State Legislature on Tuesday: A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday. Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginia’s […]

America Still Not a Center-Right Nation

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Tuesday’s Republican wave didn’t change the fundamentals.

Minimum Wage Initiatives Win At Ballot Box, But Fail To Help Democrats Politically

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Increasing the minimum wage proved to be popular at the ballot box Tuesday, unsurprisingly, However, it did not help Democrats on the same ballot.

Low Turnout in Alabama

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This year was an especially acute case of no competition in Alabama.

“Personhood” Amendments Fail In Two States

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Another setback for the radical fringe of the “pro-life” movement,

Not Surprisingly, Angus King And Joe Manchin Are Staying Where They Are

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Despite speculation, both Angus King and Joe Manchin will stay with the Democratic caucus. And that makes sense for both of them.

Providing a Little Perspective on the Elections

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Political scientists tend to be less dramatic than commentators.

What to Make of the 2014 Wave Election

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What happened Tuesday? And what does it tell us about 2016?

Many Of The 2014 Polls Were Wrong, Which Is Why We Should Be Skeptical Of Individual Polls

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The results of the 2014 midterms should teach us some lessons about how to handle and evaluate polling.

A Veto Proof Majority In Favor Of Keystone XL?

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Politico notes that, with the GOP’s victories last night and the Democrats who are on record supporting it, there is now a veto proof majority in Congress in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that the Obama Administration has spent the last five years delaying time after time: Republicans will command a filibuster-proof Senate […]

Senator Tim Scott Makes History In South Carolina

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Among the victories last night that wasn’t a surprise was one that is historically significant, in that Senator Tim Scott became the first African-American elected to the Senate from one of the states of the Confederacy since Reconstruction ended some 138 years ago: Washington (CNN) — South Carolina’s Tim Scott on Tuesday became the first […]

Republicans Score Wins In Key Governor’s Races

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The Republican wave extended even to Governor’s races that, in any other year, they should have lost.

Republicans Expand House Majority

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The GOP added to its majority in the House, giving it the biggest majority it has had since Truman was President.

Voters In Washington, D.C. And Oregon, And Probably Alaska, Approve Marijuana Legalization

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Big victories for advocates of marijuana legalization.

Republican Party Wins Senate, Poised To Add To New Majority

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2014 was not supposed to be a wave election, but it clearly qualifies as one.

Virginia Senate Race Shockingly Too Close To Call, Likely Headed For Recount

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Arguably the most surprising Senate race of 2014 was in Virginia, and it’s not over yet.

Rick Scott Defeats Charlie Crist In Florida

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has held off a strong challenger from former Florida Governor Charlie Crist to win re-election: Republican Gov. Rick Scott has won a tight reelection race against Democrat Charlie Crist in one of the closest, costliest and most bitter contests in the country. Scott had received 48 percent of the votes when […]

McConnell Wins Re-Election Easily

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Senate Minority Leader has won election to a sixth term in a race that proved to be far easier for him than had been suspected, and he’s on the verge of becoming the Senate Majority Leader: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell held off Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Tuesday’s election to win a […]

Election Night Coverage and Miscellany

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I don’t anticipate that we’ll be obsessively blogging the results of every race tonight, but there will likely be posts about individual race results, especially if there are significant surprises somewhere in the country. If you’re looking to keep track of the results tonight online, though, Politico and The New York Times both have good […]

House GOP Caucus Could Become Just A Bit More Diverse After Tonight

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Tonight’s elections could bring some small degree of diversity to the House Republican Caucus, including possibly its first African-American female and its first openly gay Member of Congress: House Republicans are expected to expand their majority in Tuesday’s election in part by welcoming a new crop of fiery conservatives – but also by adding something […]

2014 Midterm Election Predictions

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Time to look into the crystal ball.

The Senate’s Class 2 and Representativeness (or Lack Thereof)

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Something to keep in mind about the structure of Senate elections.

“Controlling” the Senate

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That word may not mean what you think it means.

Tom Harkin: Joni Ernst “As Good Looking As Taylor Swift”

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Outgoing Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is raising some eyebrows over comments he made about the Republican running to replace him: Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst may be “as good looking as Taylor Swift,” but she’s the wrong choice for Iowans, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) said at a recent event. Buzzfeed on Sunday night flagged Harkin’s […]

Which Party Is Benefiting From Early Voting?

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Early numbers seem to suggest that it depends on which state you’re looking at.

Stop Trying To Intimidate People Into Voting

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There’s nothing wrong with choosing not to vote.

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