Election Reform

Election Reform

Mitch the Cynic

Cynical Mitch McConnell

Berry Craig: Whatever their shortcomings, Cooper and Barkley were earnest servants of all Kentuckians, not just the well-heeled and well-connected folks whose dollars McConnell happily takes and whose bidding he gladly does.

Michelle: Democratic Base Whisperer

Michelle Obama Campaigning

Nia-Malika Henderson: Michelle Obama’s biggest attraction and biggest strength is that she is essentially the keeper of the Obama 2008 flame for the Democratic base; she even begins some of her speeches with the “fired up” line from 2008.

McConnell’s Neo-Know-Nothings

Mitch McConnell Race Baiting

Berry Craig: The Know-Nothings are long gone. But their bigotry thumps in the chests of white Kentuckians of the send-’em-all-back-to-Mexico persuasion. Accordingly, Team Mitch and its buddies have shined up the dog whistle.

Did GOP Peak Too Soon?

GOP Overconfidence

Brent Budowsky: The chorus of predictions of GOP victory have led swing voters to more carefully consider how to vote and Democratic base voters to more urgently consider whether to vote.

Is Hillary Ready for Latinos?

Hillary Latino Vote

Mario Solis-Marich: The path undertaken by the official Hillary included an unnecessary book tour that was rife with bad press and now a trip to Iowa for which the un-candidate was un-prepared.

Mitch’s Mum Moment

McConnell and Koch Brothers

Berry Craig: The Birchers are still around. But they’ve been eclipsed by the Tea Party and like-mined white folks of the Obama’s-a-Kenyan-born-Islamo-Socialist persuasion.

Who Besides Hillary?

Who Besides Hillary

Michael T. Hertz: My answer: I don’t know. But what I do know is a strategy that might get a progressive candidate elected. And it doesn’t mean trying for a third party.

10 reasons Why Dems Will Hold Senate

Dems Will Hold Senate

Denis Campbell: The American electorate is tired of the dysfunction and lack of work from this Congress. This is the biggest problem facing the Republican/GOP/Tea Party and why popping champagne corks is very premature, no matter what so-called ‘expert pollsters’ say!

Why Hagan Wins North Carolina

Kay Hagan North Carolina

Brent Budowsky: The fact that Hagan is still standing after millions of dollars’ worth of personal attacks against her, financed by out-of-state ultra-conservative and hyperpartisan GOP money from the Koch brothers and others, is a testament to her political resilience

Why No Hillary in 2016?

No Hillary in 2016

Robin Lakoff: Right now, Clinton’s candidacy is being assessed in a wholly different way – far from “wonderful,” that augury of a post-gendered world, it is now recast as a terrible idea, and Clinton as a terrible candidate.

Mitch’s Wife, Closet Liberal?

Elaine Chao

Berry Craig: Might the Chao-Bloomberg coal-and-guns guilt-by-association thing cause trouble for the captain of Team Switch, especially among tea party-tilting players who joined only after McConnell beat their guy Bevin in the May primary?

Did Hillary Cripple 2014 Dems?

Hillary Hurt Dems

Brent Budowsky: Clinton has been running for president for almost a decade. What is striking today is how little she appears to have thought through WHY she would run and HOW she would campaign.

Clinton Blasts Obama, Palin Blasts Warren

Palin Blasts Warren

Brent Budowsky: Pardon me, but the only rational person in this political trio is Elizabeth Warren, who not only outlines a clear and cogent progressive agenda for Democrats and America but is also campaigning around the country to elect other Democrats in the midterm election — something Hillary Clinton has not been doing all year, being preoccupied with other matters.

Kentucky’s ‘DILEO’ Democrats

Kentucky Conservative Democrats

Berry Craig: Any Democrat running for the U.S. House, Senate or the presidency in the Bluegrass State has a tough slog. Kentucky is one of the most conservative states in the most conservative western industrial democracy.

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.

John Perez: Time to Step Aside

john perez state controller

Ron Andrade and Lori Vandermeir: As progressives who like to see the public interest put first, we are disappointed John Perez has put his own interest paramount in launching a divisive recount.

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