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  • Senate Democratic campaign chairman: Majority or bust in 2016

    02/06/2015 2:36:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/05/15 | Cameron Joseph
    New Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Jon Tester (Mont.) has one goal for 2016: win back Senate control. “I can tell you that I will not be successful in this job unless we take the majority back,” Tester told The Hill in an interview in his new office at the DSCC’s Capitol Hill headquarters. “I'm not in this to pick up a seat. I'm in this to win the majority.” The garrulous Montana farmer has a much easier task than his predecessor. After a cycle in which Democrats lost nine seats and control of the Senate, the tables are now...
  • Pillars of a Renewed Majority

    11/09/2014 8:24:06 AM PST · by MV=PY · 20 replies
    Speaker of the House site ^ | 11/9/2014 | John A. Boehner
    Over the last four years, the House has served as an outpost in Washington for the people’s priorities. With a renewed majority, we renew that mission, and pledge to focus on good-paying jobs and an economy strong enough to help keep the American Dream alive and well. To do this, we need a plan, and in conversations with people in my district and around the country, I have identified five things we need to do to harness America’s energy boom and reset the foundation of our economy: Fix our tax code so that we can bring jobs home and families...
  • Harry Reid Sells House And Literal Gold Mine To Move To Las Vegas

    06/10/2014 8:50:00 AM PDT · by GilGil · 14 replies
    KITCO.COM ^ | 6/9/14 | upi
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is selling his Nevada estate and its mining claims to move closer to his family in Las Vegas. Located in Reid's hometown of Searchlight , the 110 acre property and its eight mining claims were sold to Nevada Milling and Mining for $1.7 million to build a gold-mining operation.
  • US oligarchy study: Eye-opening study reveals disturbing facts about the US

    04/16/2014 5:54:13 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 31 replies
    Jacksonville Top News Examiner ^ | April 15, 2014 | Christian Savoy
    A first of its kind US oligarchy study yielded a rather troubling discovery and the results of the study are definitely cause for concern for most Americans. The US oligarchy study was conducted by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities and the study showed that the United States is not a republic in substance, but rather an oligarchy where the rich rule and the majority of Americans have virtually no impact on policy decisions, today's report from FDL explained.
  • Abbott to govern with 30-seat majority (official - conservative victory in Australian election)

    09/07/2013 5:24:25 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 62 replies ^ | 7th September 2013 | Paul Osborne
    THE federal Liberal-National coalition is likely to govern with a majority of at least 30 seats after a swing of just over three per cent against Labor. The ALP has become the first two-term federal government to be thrown out of office since Gough Whitlam's regime in 1975. Tony Abbott's coalition is on track to pick up 90 seats, with Labor holding 57, in the 150-seat parliament, but it won't have a majority in the Senate.
  • Russell Moore: From Moral Majority to 'Prophetic Minority'

    08/18/2013 1:13:13 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 16, 2013 | NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY
    'The Bible Belt is collapsing," says Russell Moore. Oddly, the incoming president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission doesn't seem upset. In a recent visit to The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Moore explains that he thinks the Bible Belt's decline may be "bad for America, but it's good for the church." Why? Because "we are no longer the moral majority. We are a prophetic minority." The phrase is arresting coming from such a prominent religious leader—akin to a general who says the Army has shrunk to the point it can no longer fight two wars. A...
  • Andy Vidack for Senate California 16th District (I need help from Freepers)

    05/19/2013 1:31:44 PM PDT · by Vendome · 11 replies
    Vanity ^ | 5/19/2013 | Vendome
    <p>I just ran into a young man who is very active in politics and even ran for mayor of his hometown.</p> <p>I'll spare his name but, he and his family are very prominent in the 16th district and BIG TIME Republicans/Conservative.</p>
  • Group of female politicians rally around Greuel (@ the Feminist Majority Foundation's HQ)

    04/07/2013 5:15:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/04/13 | Kate Linthicum, Seema Mehta
    **SNIP** "She's operational, she gets the job done," Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said during a round table meeting at the Feminist Majority Foundation's headquarters in Beverly Hills. "She's going to be focused on what she is doing here, but her election will lift up people across our country." Pelosi appeared with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park), U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) and legendary Democratic party activist Roz Wyman, who in 1953 became the youngest person to win a Los Angeles City Council seat. Speaking in front of vintage pictures of suffragettes, the women all returned...
  • The Democratic Majority Is Doomed: The entitlement mentality can't survive a weak economy.

    03/01/2013 6:00:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/01/2013 | Pete Du Pont
    Many argue the coalition that elected and re-elected Barack Obama represents a long-term shift in the electorate that will determine elections and public policies for generations. Some of commentators think conservatives have lost their relevance, and the Republicans are about to go the way of the Whigs. It's an interesting theory, but of course it's wrong. Politics, like much in life, tends to move like a pendulum, shifting back and forth around equilibrium. While the liberal Democratic coalition is ascendant now, a few decades ago people were speaking about the decline of the Democrats. More recently, leftists took to calling...
  • Vanity: Exactly who is the "Republican Majority Campaign"?

    02/18/2013 7:12:54 AM PST · by Raven6 · 26 replies
    self | 02-18-2013 | Raven6
    I apologize if this has been discussed before... I searched and found nothing.We've been getting a lot of phone calls as of late from a group called "Republican Majority Campaign" soliciting contributions. Knowing nothing about them, I've tried to politely decline. The representatives with whom I've spoken have been more than a little bit pushy. I've asked them to send me information via the mail but they are not willing to do so without a small contribution. That doesn't cut it for me...I know that Carl Rove's group is called "American Crossroads". I personally wouldn't send them a dime, as...
  • Russia Today Accuses Israel of Using 'Hitler Methods

    02/04/2013 2:41:51 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Russia Today correspondent Abby Martin accused Israel on Saturday of using “Hitler’s methods” against the Palestinian population in order to maintain a “Jewish majority” in the country. Martin, a vehemently anti-Israel correspondent for the Russian state-funded channel, alleged that "Israel is the only country in the world that was paved for a specific group of people that experienced such horrific discrimination and genocide, and for that same group of people to now use Hitler's methods against another minority to maintain a Jewish majority, is insane." The Israeli government's "word just doesn't cut it," she said, asserting the part that "irks"...
  • Gallup: Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 47 Out of 50 States and DC

    02/02/2013 10:03:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 1, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    The percentage of individuals who identify as conservative in 2012 outnumber those who identify as liberal in 47 out of the 50 states, in addition to the District of Columbia (D.C.) according to a Gallup poll released on Feb. 1. Nationally, the amount of self-identified conservatives (38 percent) still outnumbers liberals (23 percent). The disparity between conservatives and liberals has remained consistent since Gallup began its tracking in 2008. …
  • The Conversion business

    12/02/2012 7:44:47 AM PST · by Thad Lost · 12 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 12/2/12 | Judson Phillips
    How do we conservatives win in 2014? It is a question that we must ask and answer now. We must have a plan now. In our current electoral system, we are in a perpetual campaign. This is especially true for Congress since they only have two-year terms. Is there a plan we can use to win in 2014? Yes there is. It is a simple, grass roots plan. What is it? A friend of mine likes to say, we are in the conversion business. This is so true. I know of almost no one who moves from conservatism to liberalism....
  • Gingrich: House Republicans should stop negotiating with President Obama

    11/29/2012 9:19:06 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 100 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/29/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that House Republicans should stop negotiating with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats on the fiscal cliff, saying that by doing so, they give Obama all of the leverage in the talks. “One of the things I would say to House Republicans is to get a grip,” Gingrich said in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. “They are the majority. They’re not the minority,” he said, enunciating the words as if explaining the concept to someone who did not understand it. “They don’t need to...
  • Vanity: No need for a majority. We CAN get America back!

    11/07/2012 2:44:57 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 43 replies
    If we want this country back we CAN get it back. People say "The demographics have tipped against us". That may be so. But let's figure out WHY. Sure there is a huge welfare state and it is only getting bigger. BUT. Let me ask you this question. How many states passed Gay Marriage laws yesterday? Maryland, Maine and Washington. With many more to come in future elections right? How much of the US Population do gays make up? Last I heard it was like 3 to 4 percent. 3 to 4 percent of the population and they're well on...
  • Dayan Refutes Peres: Clear Jewish Majority

    07/11/2012 1:55:48 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/7/12
    Danny Dayan, head of the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council, spoke to IDF Radio on Wednesday morning and refuted statements made by President Shimon Peres the night before. “There is a solid Jewish majority west of the Jordan that is not dropping despite all the negative prophecies,” he said, responding to Peres’s claim that Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria endangers Israel’s Jewish majority. Population counts aside, “whether Israel will continue to be Jewish or not is not a matter of counting heads,” Dayan said. “What will keep us Jewish is the connection to Jewish tradition, to history and to...
  • Hill Poll: Majority feel Obama has changed country for worse (1-in-5 RATS agree)

    07/09/2012 2:51:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/09/12 | Sheldon Alberts
    Hill Poll: Majority feel Obama has changed country for worseBy Sheldon Alberts - 07/09/12 05:00 AM ET Two-thirds of likely voters say President Obama has kept his 2008 campaign promise to change America — but it’s changed for the worse, according to a sizable majority. A new poll for The Hill found 56 percent of likely voters believe Obama’s first term has transformed the nation in a negative way, compared to 35 percent who believe the country has changed for the better under his leadership. The results signal broad voter unease with the direction the nation has taken under Obama’s...
  • Money dump: WI’s Senate District 23 very much in play

    05/27/2012 10:39:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-25-12 | Kirsten Adshead & M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — Someone, it appears, thinks Terry Moulton might lose, or at least is willing to commit $227,000 toward making that happen. The buzz for a while has been that Democrats’ best chance of winning one of the four Senate seats up for recall on June 5 is in Senate District 21, where Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, is trying to fend off a challenge from his Democratic predecessor, John Lehman. But spending this month — from liberals and conservatives alike — indicates they aren’t quite certain that Moulton, facing former Democratic Rep. Kristen Dexter, can hold onto the District 23...
  • Whites Are Minority in Texas: Texas officially a 'Majority-Minority' State

    05/25/2012 7:44:17 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 61 replies
    Houston News/Michael Berry Show ^ | May 25, 2012 | KTRH staff
    With more than half the population being a non-white 55.2 percent, Texas joins New Mexico, California, Hawaii, and Washington D.C. with a "majority-minority" status, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Majority-minority is a legal term used to describe a U.S. state that has a racial composition of less than 50 percent white. The Census Bureau defines individuals who are considered 'white' as non-Hispanics who have family origins in Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
  • Democrats' uphill struggle in state Senate recalls (WI)

    04/22/2012 2:42:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-18-12 | Craig Gilbert
    New polls showing Republicans with healthy leads in three of the four state Senate recall fights are sobering for Democrats for a few reasons. One, they're a reminder that these races are being fought on Republican-leaning turf, as were last year’s Senate recalls. Two, the Democratic pollster who did the surveys argues that a small portion of voters unhappy with GOP Gov. Scott Walker don’t approve of the recalls, creating an extra hurdle for Democrats to overcome in flipping these Senate seats. Three, Walker leads in his own recall fight in these particular districts, according to the polls. Here’s a...
  • White House: On Second Thought, Obamacare Passed With a Mere “Majority”…

    04/04/2012 6:10:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    weasel zippers ^ | 4/4/12 | zip
    Obama overheard grumbling about those “damn facts” always screwing him over. Via Washington Examiner: Pressed about President Obama’s claim that “a strong majority” passed Obamacare, his spokesman retreated. “A majority passed [the health care law], Ed,” said visibly-frustrated White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Fox News’ Ed Henry was grilling Carney after the press secretary said “no,” the Ryan budget — which passed the House with nine more votes than Obamacare received — did not have “a strong majority” of support.
  • Investigative Reports: Newt Gingrich and the Republican Revolution (1995)

    02/18/2012 5:28:55 AM PST · by Marguerite · 16 replies
    Investigative Reports ^ | February 5, 2012 | Bill Kurtis
    Synopsis of Investigative Reports: Newt Gingrich & the Republican Revolution This documentary, part of the Investigative Reports cable television series on the A&E network, examines the condition of the Congress beginning in 1994 when Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Newt Gingrich, the Speaker of the House after the Republican majority, became a controversial American politician. This episode, narrated by Investigative Reports host and producer Bill Kurtis, takes a behind-the-scenes look at these years of Republican control and suggests that some of the junior congressmen and congresswomen were not yet ready for their congressional appointments....
  • Battle for U S "House Outlook: Cross-Currents" Difficulty Dems face to 218

    02/10/2012 11:53:52 AM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    Cook Political ^ | February 10, 2012 | David Wasserman
    House Editor David Wasserman writes: At the outset of Congressional primary season, the battle for the House is at cross-currents. Atmospheric indicators are suddenly looking surprisingly favorable for Democrats: a National Journal poll showed Democrats leading the generic Congressional ballot 48 percent to 37 percent, and a recent Washington Post poll put President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney, 52 percent to 43 percent. But as Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler's retirement reminds us, the structural impediments to a Democratic majority continue to pile higher, and for every seat on the minus side of Democrats' ledger, the stronger the wave they will...
  • Recalls could shape 2013 Legislature (WI)

    02/06/2012 9:54:49 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 2-5-12 | Lee Bergquist and Patrick Marley
    Democrats see summer elections as best hope to gain Senate majority Madison - Recalling Republican senators in the coming months would give Democrats their best hope of controlling the Senate next year - a task that would be all but impossible if Democrats focused only on the regular November elections. Senate Republicans have the advantage in the November elections because of new legislative maps favoring them and because of the seats that are up for re-election. But if Democrats can take the majority in the recall elections, they have a good shot at keeping it through the fall so they...
  • Islamists Win Large Majority in Egypt

    01/21/2012 2:25:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/1/12 | Gil Ronen
    Islamist parties won a large majority of the votes in Egypt's election to parliament, held Saturday. The Head of the Election Committee said that the Freedom and Justice party, which represents the Muslim Brothers in Egypt, received 47% of the total vote, and Al Nour, a hard-line Salafist party, has another 25%. The Muslim Brotherhood is expected to receive 235 seats out of the 498 seats in Parliament. Al Nour will receive 121 seats. Muhammad Badi', leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, announced Saturday that his movement would not endorse any of the Islamist candidates for the presidency, "so as not...
  • Pelosi says Democrats can reclaim House majority in 2012 election

    11/03/2011 9:06:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Pelosi says Democrats can reclaim House majority in 2012 electionBy Associated Press Updated: Thursday, November 3, 1:05 PM WASHINGTON — Democrats have a chance of reclaiming control of the House in next year’s election, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. The California Democrat told reporters that the Republican-controlled House has not created any new jobs in the weak economy. She also says Democrats have raised more money than GOP candidates so far this year. “We have definitely put the House in play,” she said.
  • Tiny Iowa election has huge national ramifications

    09/27/2011 9:00:33 PM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9.27.11 | Andrea Billups
    It’s a little election with some potentially momentous consequences... Voters in the Hawkeye State’s Senate District 18 will head to the polls Nov. 8 for a special election that the Democrats must win to hang onto their last vestige of political power in state government. They hold just a slim 25-24 Senate majority and the District 18 seat is up for grabs after Republican Gov. Terry E. Branstad, in a move that he denies was politically motivated, nominated Democratic state Sen. Swati Dandekar from Marion earlier this month to a $137,000-a-year post on the Iowa Utilities Board.
  • Unemployment rates rose in majority of US states

    07/22/2011 9:51:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies ^ | 7/22/11 | Derek Kravitz - AP
    Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in June, evidence that slower hiring is affecting many parts of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates in 28 states and Washington, D.C., increased last month. Rates declined in eight states and were flat in 14. That's a change from May, when 24 states reported falling unemployment rates. Twenty-six states reported a net gain in jobs in June, while 24 states lost jobs.
  • 'Majority of US Jews worried about Obama Israel policies'

    07/13/2011 7:43:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies ^ | 7/13/11 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Among those polled, 65 percent voted for Obama, 24% for John McCain, and 5% did not vote, or voted for someone else. American Jews still have a favorable opinion of Obama, but are concerned about his policies regarding Israel’s future, a comprehensive bipartisan poll of 600 likely American- Jewish voters indicated. The poll, sponsored by SecureAmericaNow, was taken by Republican pollsters McLaughlin & Associates and Democrat Pat Caddell. Among those polled, 65 percent voted for Obama, 24% for John McCain, and 5% did not vote, or voted for someone else. Sixtyfour percent had a favorable opinion of Obama and approved...
  • House GOP abandons pledge to force agency-by-agency budgeting

    05/12/2011 2:01:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Last December, I wrote hopefully about a pledge made by Speaker John Boehner on reforming the budget process in the House after winning control in the midterms. Boehner said he would end the use of collating budgets into a dozen aggregated bills, headed by so-called “cardinals” in the lower chamber and promulgated by, er, “professional appropriators.” Instead, the new Republican majority would write spending bills agency by agency, forcing each to justify their spending and making specific cuts in outlays more likely.Five months later, that reform has apparently been abandoned, at least for now: House Republicans have abandoned a campaign...
  • Harper wins majority, CBC projects

    05/02/2011 8:18:53 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 112 replies · 2+ views
    Canadian Broadcast Corporation News ^ | May 2, 2011 10:55 PM ET | CBC Staff
    Canadian voters have delivered Conservative Leader Stephen Harper his first majority government after five years of governing in a minority situation, CBC News projects. Meanwhile NDP Leader Jack Layton was set to become Official Opposition leader. The NDP, according to projections, made a major breakthrough and appeared to have nearly tripled their seat count, while the Liberals — often touted as Canada's "natural governing party" — were poised to suffer a stunning historic electoral loss and place third. As of 10:49 p.m. EST, the Conservatives were elected or leading in 164 seats, followed by the NDP with 103, Liberals with...
  • Past House GOP Tactic Proves Useless to Democrats

    04/25/2011 5:05:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | JIM ABRAMS Associated Press
    ....Now that Republicans are running the House, Democrats have tried to stymie the GOP agenda by relying on the tactic, known as the motion to recommit. But they've failed on every one of their 23 attempts this year. ...the maneuver is aimed at forcing members of the majority into an untenable choice between opposing their party's position or casting a vote that opponents could use against them in election campaigns. For a recommit motion to work, the minority party must pick off at least some members of the majority. Thus Democrats would need at least a few dozen of the...
  • Senate Democratic majority becoming more fragile (Feel-good story of the day?)

    02/18/2011 6:02:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/18/11 | Bob Cusack
    Senate Democratic majority becoming more fragileBy Bob Cusack - 02/18/11 02:33 PM ET Democrats' Senate majority has become more fragile since the November elections, and Republicans appear more confident they can retake the upper chamber next year. Sen. Jeff Bingaman's (D-N.M.) decision to retire, announced Friday, is the latest blow to the Democratic majority. Democrats enjoy a 53-47 advantage over the GOP, but are defending 23 seats next year to Republicans’ 10. There are now four senators in the Democratic caucus who will not run for reelection in 2012. Retirements always pose a threat to congressional majorities. Before he took...
  • Republicans hit the House 'sweet spot'

    11/11/2010 3:35:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 10, 2010 | MICHAEL BARONE
    When John Boehner is elected House speaker early in January, there will be more Republicans -- some 240-plus -- than in any House since the one elected in 1946, before Boehner and most other members were born. For a speaker, having a majority in the 240s or (as Nancy Pelosi has in the outgoing Congress) 250s is a sweet spot. If you have 235 or fewer, as GOP Speakers Newt Gingrich and Denny Hastert did, it's hard to hold everyone in line on partisan roll calls. Some members will have districts or convictions that require them to dissent. If you...
  • Latinos now majority in state schools

    11/10/2010 7:45:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    OC Register ^ | 11/10/10 | Fermin Leal
    Latinos now make up the majority of students in California public schools, according to new figures released by the state Department of Education. More than 50 percent of all 6.2 million students enrolled in the state's k-12 schools in 2009-10 were Latinos. It's the first time ever the group made up the majority of state public school enrollment In Orange County, about 47 percent of 502,275 students were Latino, while 32 percent were white, 14 percent were Asian and 2 percent were black. Statewide, 27 percent of students were identified as white, 9 percent were black and 6.9 percent were...
  • GOP taps 2 tea partiers for transition to power

    11/08/2010 1:16:27 PM PST · by STARWISE · 13 replies
    AP/MSNBC ^ | Julie Hirschfield Davis
    House Republicans have tapped two newly elected congressmen who drew tea party backing in their campaigns to help lead the party's transition to power. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Tim Scott of South Carolina, who won endorsements by Sarah Palin and support from tea party activists, are part of a newly named 22-member team charged with crafting new rules and smoothing the GOP's shift from minority to majority.
  • GOP takeover of Congress would mean 'hand-to-hand combat,' Obama warns

    10/07/2010 11:17:47 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 292 replies · 1+ views ^ | Oct. 7, 2010 | Michael A. Memoli
    Reporting from Washington — A Republican majority in Congress would mean "hand-to-hand combat" on Capitol Hill for the next two years, threatening policies Democrats have enacted to stabilize the economy, President Obama warned Thursday. Speaking on Michael Baisden's syndicated radio show, Obama also made a direct appeal to African Americans about the importance of the November vote, even though he's not on the ballot himself. "The reason we won [in 2008] is because young people, African Americans, Latinos -- people who traditionally don't vote in high numbers -- voted in record numbers. We've got to have that same kind of...
  • New Forecast Shows Democrats Losing 6 to 7 Senate Seats

    08/26/2010 1:20:42 AM PDT · by tlb · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 25, 2010, | NATE SILVER
    The Democrats now have an approximately 20 percent chance of losing 10 or more seats in the Senate. The forecasts are based on a program designed to evaluate current polling and demographic data, and to compare these present-day conditions to outcomes in United States Senate races over the past six election cycles. In recent cycles, a Senate candidate with a 7-point lead in the polls 10 weeks before the election won about 80 percent of the time, and a candidate with a 12-point lead won about 95 percent of the time. The last time the Democratic nominee in Ohio, Lee...
  • Pa. Will Be Key Steppingstone for GOP Majority

    08/05/2010 8:42:23 PM PDT · by no dems · 11 replies
    CQ Politics ^ | August 4, 2010 | Stuart Rothenberg
    If you are looking for a place where a big GOP political wave might show up early in the evening of Nov. 2 you could do worse than focusing on Pennsylvania. 10 of the state’s 19 Congressional districts have races worth watching. Republicans have reason to be optimistic about their chances of winning the Governor's office. State Attorney General Tom Corbett (R) has been holding a 7- to 10-point lead over Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato (D), no doubt partially a reflection of Democratic Gov. Edward G. Rendell ’s problems with the state economy and budget. Corbett’s victory wouldn’t be...
  • The Key to a Real Revolution

    07/15/2010 6:58:06 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 15, 2010 | Bruce Walker
    Conservatives often blame elected Republicans for not producing revolutionary changes when in power. This frustration is understandable, but it is also wrongheaded. No political party can make revolutionary changes in American government unless that party not only controls the House of Representatives and the White House, but also, critically, has a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Until 1919, debate in the Senate was unlimited. There was no Senate Rule which allowed for cloture, or limiting debate. A determined Senate minority could effectively stop any congressional bill, any presidential appointment (which required Senate confirmation), and any treaty. When Democrats have had...
  • Gibbs clarifies midterm election prediction, says Democrats will do 'very well'

    07/15/2010 3:03:57 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 14, 2010 | NEWSCORE
    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday walked back his prediction that Democrats could lose their House majority, saying he believed the party would “do very well” in the November midterm elections. Gibbs was asked to respond to criticism by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over his handicapping of House races on “Meet the Press” Sunday. Pelosi’s staff reportedly contacted the White House following Gibbs’ appearance on the show. Her aides and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee operatives were told Gibbs would clarify his prediction at Monday’s White House press briefing, but instead, Gibbs said he was merely stating "the...
  • Majority of Americans losing faith in Obama: poll, hope GOP takes control of Congress in November

    Apparently he's not the confidence-booster-in-chief. The majority of Americans — nearly 60 percent — lack faith in President Obama, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll published on Tuesday. The results are the exact opposite of what voters said in a similar poll at the beginning of Obama's presidency 18 months ago. Then, approximately 60 percent said they were confident with his decision making. And voters, by an 8-point margin, said they hope Republicans take control of Congress. More than 60 percent of voters also said they would probably not support their current representative. Just 26 percent said they would.
  • Poll: Majority of Americans Losing Faith in Obama

    07/13/2010 6:57:02 AM PDT · by rface · 21 replies · 1+ views
    FOX and AP ^ | 7.13.10 | several
    <p>The results of the Washington Post/ABC News poll are a 180-degree turn from the start of Obama’s presidency 18 months ago, with nearly 60% of those polled saying they lack faith in the commander-in-chief. In January 2009, 60% said they were confident in his decision-making.</p>
  • Majority of Americans lack faith in Obama: poll

    07/12/2010 11:09:31 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 13, 2010 | Reuters
    Nearly 60 percent of American voters say they lack faith in President Barack Obama, according to a public opinion poll published on Tuesday. Asked how much confidence they have in Obama to make the right decisions for the country's future, 58 percent of respondents said "just some" or "none." The poll of 1,288 people was conducted July 7-11
  • Obama backs white rep in majority black district

    07/13/2010 12:06:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/13/10 | Adrian Sands - ap
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – President Barack Obama said Tuesday he is endorsing the white incumbent for Congress in a majority black district in west Tennessee. Two-term U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen faces an Aug. 5 Democratic primary against former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton. Herenton, who served 18 years as Memphis' first elected black mayor, is making race an issue in the contest, saying Tennessee needs just one African-American congressman. The state's nine House members and two U.S. senators are white. The district roughly follows the borders of Memphis, which is 60 percent black. The Democratic primary winner will be the heavy favorite...
  • How to Dismantle a Legislative Majority

    07/01/2010 5:41:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7-1-10 | Gary Andres
    If legislation were dirt, Democrats would have piled up a mountain of it over the past 18 months, digging themselves in a deep political hole in the process. The House that Nancy (Pelosi) built continues to ramrod new policies through the legislative process, hoping the bustle will salve America’s sour mood. Senate Democrats move a little more slowly due to different institutional rules, yet their hearts are in the same place: the more legislative production the better. That’s what legislators do, after all. New laws are like seed corn, intended to grow public support. But it’s not working. The congressional...
  • AP Poll: Majority disapprove of Obama on oil spill

    06/15/2010 11:04:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 98 replies · 3,244+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/10 | Liz Sidoti and Trevor Thompson - ap
    WASHINGTON – A majority of Americans disapprove of how President Barack Obama has handled the devastating Gulf oil spill though far more blame BP for what people call a sluggish two-month response, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll released Tuesday. It comes as the president seeks to show more forceful leadership in confronting the nation's worst environmental crisis and convince a skeptical public he's up to the task. The survey found that 52 percent don't approve of Obama's handling of the spill, a significant increase from last month when a big chunk of Americans withheld judgment. But Obama's overall...
  • Minority births on track to outnumber white births

    03/10/2010 7:17:13 AM PST · by Ronbo1948 · 161 replies · 2,939+ views
    The Associated Press (AP) ^ | March 10, 2010 | HOPE YEN
    <p>Minorities make up nearly half the children born in the U.S., part of a historic trend in which minorities are expected to become the U.S. majority over the next 40 years.</p> <p>In fact, demographers say this year could be the "tipping point" when the number of babies born to minorities outnumbers that of babies born to whites.</p>
  • You know Rubio and DeVore, now meet Mulvaney.

    03/06/2010 5:35:36 AM PST · by Palmetto Patriot · 9 replies · 361+ views
    Red State ^ | Mar. 5, 2010 | Ben Howe
    With national attention being placed on spending, healthcare “reform” and jobs, it’s easy to forget that, as Tip O’neill said, “All politics is local.” With this in mind, I reached out to the Republican candidate for the 5th Congressional District in SC, Michael (Mick) Mulvaney. Currently Mulvaney is a state senator, but he now seeks national office, and, more specifically, the seat of Rep. John Spratt (D). Unseating Rep. Spratt will be no easy task. He’s a 14-term incumbent and Chairman of the Budget Finance Committee. In spite of this, Time Magazine named Sen. Mulvaney’s campaign to be of the...
  • Democrats Reel as Senator Says No to 3rd Term

    02/16/2010 5:54:38 AM PST · by safetysign · 27 replies · 1,093+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 02/16/2010 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    Mr. Bayh’s decision staggered Democrats. It was the latest in a series of setbacks that illustrate just how far the party’s fortunes have fallen since President Obama came to office more than a year ago, sweeping big majorities into the House and Senate with him. Mr. Bayh stepped aside despite personal entreaties from Mr. Obama and his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, White House officials said. Mr. Bayh was on the short list of candidates Mr. Obama considered for vice president before settling on Joseph R. Biden Jr. He was among the most prominent of moderate Democrats in Congress, but...