Texas baptized the 2014 midterms with their primary ballots this Tuesday, and now before you know it November will be here and communities around the country will cast millions of votes for elected officials at the national, state and local level. Unless they pull a Wallsburg and forget to hold an election at all.
It took just hours for the attacks to begin.
Following a morning vote on President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, vulnerable Democrats who voted for Debo Adegbile's confirmation were already in the line of fire.
The New Hampshire GOP blasted out a statement this afternoon declaring: "SHAHEEN VOTES FOR RADICAL OBAMA NOMINEE WHO DEFENDED UNREPENTANT COP KILLER." The North Carolina Republican party issued a statement saying: "Kay Hagan Votes For Extremist DOJ Nominee Who Helped Get A Convicted Cop Killer Off The Hook."
I'm in Florida -- current temperature 82 degrees! -- to give a speech on the American political landscape (high brow, eh?) later today. In making some notes for the talk, I came across this chart, which, to my mind, perfectly encapsulates why Republicans need to be worried about the 2016 election no matter what happens this November.
Hillary Clinton raised some eyebrows Tuesday by comparing Russia's incursion into Ukraine to the early days of Nazi Germany's expansion.
But she's got plenty of company. Not only did Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) make similar comments; in fact, comparing Putin to Hitler has been going on since the Russia-Georgia crisis of 2008.
Is "tea party candidate" a toxic label or a badge of honor? It depends on who you ask.
Therein lies the conundrum for the Republican Party.
By nearly 2-1, Republicans say a candidate's tea party affiliation makes it more likely they will vote for them, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. But by about the same margin, the broader pool of Americans is less likely to vote for that candidate.
Republican Richard Tisei’s second bid to unseat Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass) is fueled in large part by his desire to be a GOP voice in favor of gay marriage, even though that desire isn’t shared by the Massachusetts Republican Party.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn's smashing victory over Rep. Steve Stockman in the Lone Star State's primary on Tuesday was read by many as a sign that even in what is regarded as the political home of the tea party the movement is losing steam.
Wrong. Or at least, using Stockman to draw that conclusion is wrong.
Do Americans support President Obama's handling of Ukraine? Whoa there, it's a little too early to say.
But the public's lackluster view of Obama's foreign policy to date offer some clues on how the current conflict might play out. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted Thursday through Sunday finds Obama receiving middling ratings for handling foreign policy as his administration heads into the Ukraine crisis. Forty-seven percent approve of the job he is doing handling international affairs and 45 percent disapprove.
A majority of the American public now supports gay marriage. That's a remarkable shift in public opinion from even a decade ago. It's also a fact that many people who oppose gay marriage -- and many who support it -- are entirely unaware of.
Buried amid a fascinating survey done by the Public Religion Research Institute is this amazing fact. (The entire survey is well worth looking through.) And, thanks to WaPo's data wizard Chris Ingraham, here's a chart that tells the story.