Election Reform

Election Reform

McConnell’s Knotty Problem

Grimes Beating McConnell

Berry Craig: In any event, few tea partiers will likely go for Grimes. But more some might hop on the David Patterson bandwagon. Patterson is the almost unknown Libertarian third-party candidate.

Egads! Sarah Palin in 2016

Sarah Palin Running For President

Tom Degan: For those of us who thrive on the gales of laughter provided to us by Sarah Palin and unintentional comedians like her, these are indeed sweet times to be alive.

South Now in Play

Southern Democrats

Brent Budowsky: In the battle of Democrats to keep control of the Senate in 2014 and win a substantial victory in the presidential election 2016, the new rise of Southern Democrats is a very big deal.

Why Ashley Swearengin Will Not Be California’s Next Controller

Ashley Swearengin

Carla Marinucci: She finished first in the primary, she’s mayor of a major city, she’s a moderate, she’s an attractive, media-savvy candidate, blah, blah, blah, but compare it with the actual metrics and history of the race for Controller going back 40 years. I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but this ain’t happenin’ for Swearengin.

What Makes a Perfect Politician?

Elizabeth Warren 2016

Steve Hochstadt: Warren has been fighting for American families for decades, lately as the most public advocate for protecting us from the clever tactics of money lenders trying to squeeze a few more dollars from average families.

Hillary Repeats ’08 Mistake

Hillary Repeats Mistake

Brent Budowsky: The most memorable aspect of Clinton’s carefully orchestrated book tour for Hard Choices could be the discussion about whether she is fully in tune with the temper of our times on matters of wealth and opportunity in America.

March for Democracy Members Arrested

Sharon Kyle: The rally and sit-in was held outside the capital in Sacramento with hundreds of supporters including Dolores Huerta of United Farmworkers, former candidate for CA Secretary of State Derek Cressman and Democratic Assembly Representative Roger Dickinson.

Sharon Kyle: The rally and sit-in was held outside the capital in Sacramento with hundreds of supporters including Dolores Huerta of United Farmworkers, former candidate for CA Secretary of State Derek Cressman and Democratic Assembly Representative Roger Dickinson.

Hillary’s $600,000 Problem

Chelsea Clinton NBC News

Nia-Malika Henderson: Chelsea Clinton’s salary embodies the kind of passed-down privilege available to a select few, often based on birth rather than merit. Which gets back to Warren, and why her potential candidacy makes some Democrats swoon.

Eric’s Bad Night

Eric Cantor Loses

Tom Degan: The extremist conservative, house majority leader, Eric Cantor, just wasn’t right wing enough for the knuckleheads in the state of Virginia who tend to vote in Republican primaries; defeated by an underfunded, unknown Teapartier with the curious name, “David Brat”. Aren’t politics a gas?

The United States Oligarchy

United States Oligarchy

Sharon Kyle: The bottom line is that the American people don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of having their interests represented when their interests collide with big business or a small cadre of elites.

Obama’s Sin, Clinton’s Choice

Madame President Hillary Clinton

Brent Budowsky: The tide today is enlightened populism. If Clinton makes the hard choice to seize this tide, the fortune could be a lasting political realignment and the first great Madame President to lift the nation and light the world.

Time for a Disruptive Marianne Williamson in Congress

Marianne Williamson Running for 33 CD

Dick Price: A lifelong Democrat, Williamson is running as an independent, underscoring her status as a fresh and disruptive force, while leveraging her fame as a best-selling author and lecturer, with a large following among people who aren’t typically drawn to politics.

Who Is Basil Kimbrew?

Basil Kimbrew

Teka-Lark Fleming: Kimbrew seems to also have a history of targeting women with backbone who aren’t stupid enough to give California Friends of the African-American Caucus or his other organization California Women 4 Women money.

When Good Candidates Go Bad

Suja Lowenthal Patrick ODonnell Race

Bob Gelfand: If you look at the glossy mailers arriving in our mailboxes every day, you would decide that one is a sellout to the oil companies and the other contemptuously steals from the public purse. It’s mud. Heaping gobs of mud.

The Sounds of Silence—Political Style

robocalls

Walter Brasch: Thanks to special interests and lobbies, and their generosity in promoting American’s version of democracy, if the past is the future, voters will experience non-stop robocalls and TV ads for the next six months, some of the calls outsourced to New Delhi.