Faith, Hope and Alison Lundergan Grimes

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Alison Lundergan Grimes for Senate– Maybe die-hard Democrats are whistling past the graveyard, but they don’t fear a McConnell blowout.

Brace for the 2014 Wave

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2014 Elections — Gallup found that only 46 percent of voters believe their member of Congress should be reelected.

Derek Cressman for Secretary of State Event — 1 February, Mid-Wilshire

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Mary Beth Fielder: As Secretary of State, Derek will confront our elected officials about what they are doing to comply with our instructions.

Mr. Bolin Goes to Washington?

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Wesley Bolin for Congress — a 25-year-old college student from Murray, Kentucky, knows it takes a ton of money to win a seat in Congress.

There’s a Georgia Solution to Hillary Clinton’s Iowa Problem

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Hillary Clinton Iowa Primary — There is a new majority emerging, and it’s about states where people of color will make the difference.

Forget the Food Fight, Mitch and Matt Are Kindred Spirits

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Mitch McConnell Matt Bevin Despite their noisy campaigns, Sen. McConnell and his tea party-tilting challenger agree on almost every issue.

Will the Marksberry Flop Help Team Mitch?

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Ed Marksberry might be a decent sort. But he’s made himself look like the little kid who gets mad on the sandlot and stomps home.

What Hillary Needs to Learn from Pope Francis

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Pope Francis and Hillary Clinton — There are signals that Clinton does not grasp the reasons for the admiration for Pope Francis.

11 Political Predictions for 2014

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California Political Predictions — California ballot initiatives could boost progressive change, with intriguing races for state offices.

Marianne Williamson: A Revolution of the Heart

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Marianne Williamson Teacher — It isn’t our government that needs to be reframed so much as our own relationship to it.

Green Party’s Gubernatorial Candidate Focuses on Poverty

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Luis Rodrigueze wants to end poverty in California, a largely ignored objective in a gubernatorial campaign since Upton Sinclair ran.

My Muse, Mitch McConnell

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Elect Alison Lundergan Grimes — Most of us were rooting for entertainer Ashley Judd – one of us — to come home and take on McConnell.

The Time Is Now

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Marianne Williamson Running for Congress — I would not run if the mid-term elections of 2014 were going to feature a meaningful debate.

Is Mia Love Poised to Make a Political Comeback?

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Mia Love — It is expected that this black woman would counter the narrative of the Republican Party as a whites-only club.

For Our Vote To Make A Difference, It’s Time To Try New Tactics

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Voting Reform — Both the Democratic and the Republican parties are remaking the social landscape according to corporate interests.

Hillary and Progressives

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Brent Budowsky: Be the change candidate of progressive populist reform, in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy.

Can Wendy Davis Break Up Texas’ Boys Club?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Republicans are fighting hard to keep alive the rotary phone days with a cast of ultra conservative white males seeking to defeat Davis and her running mate, Leticia Van de Putte.

A Texas Latina Throws Her Hat in the Ring

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The only shot Wendy Davis has of winning is in getting Latino support, and if anyone can get that support it’s Leticia Van de Putte as her lieutenant governor.

Minding Gaps, McConnell Style

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Berry Craig: McConnell has to take care not to rile a big chunk of his base – old conservative white guys who love it when Rush Limbaugh calls feminists “Feminazis,” when a GOP strategist disses Grimes as an “empty dress” and when a Team Mitch player tweets a photo-shopped image of Grimes as the “Obama Girl.”

Does the Dairy State’s Union-Buster-in-Chief Want to Be President?

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Berry Craig: Lately, Walker has been boosting his political profile by hustling his new book in which he brags on his union-busting. Some folks wonder if he’s really testing the waters for a presidential run.

The ‘Southern Steel Magnolia’ from the Bluegrass State

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Berry Craig: Team Mitch keeps serving up fat pitches that Alison Lundergan Grimes keeps knocking out of the ballpark.

Dark Money, Honey: How a Koch Ring Got Busted

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Steven Mikulan: Last week’s announcement of a settlement between the state of California and two political campaign organizations linked to the Koch brothers fittingly coincided with the centenary of the first scientific explorations of Los Angeles’ La Brea Tar Pits.

West Coast, East Coast: The Shrinking Local Electorate

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Randy Shaw: It’s time to end the de facto voter suppression caused by local election cycles that most voters ignore. Ballot initiatives — put up for vote during state and national election cycles — should be used to put an end to this once worthy but now undemocratic political process.

Wendy Davis: The Battle for Texas Begins

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Brent Budowsky: Davis is the leader of a great and uplifting movement for change in Texas, while Abbott is the tired champion of a corrupted Texas Republican Party whose leading voices divide and embarrass the Lone Star State.

Harry Reid Blasts Banana Republican Shutdown; House GOP Centrists Begin to Revolt

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Brent Budowsky: The Banana Republicans in the House have gotten their wish, shut the government down, hurt America, and brought the GOP one step closer to Democrats regaining control of the House.

How Ted Cruz’s Braggadocio Could Backfire

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Cruz’s theatrical strategy will get him notoriety and political rock star status, but in the long term it will likely backfire, making his Senate prospects tenuous at best.

Sleaze Birds Flock to Chris Christie

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Jim Hightower: Christie’s trying to sack up big bucks to finance what he hopes will be a huge re-election victory this November, thus positioning him to go after the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. So he definitely has the will to take tainted money from fat-cat New Jersey contractors who’re forbidden to give it.

Ralph Nader Redux in the Bluegrass State?

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Berry Craig: I suspect Team Mitch hopes Marksberry might be to Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes what Ralph Nader was to Al Gore in Florida in 2000.

Banana Republicans 2013

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Brent Budowsky: There is a cancer on the Republican Party. It metastasizes in ways that hurt the nation and violate core values of the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

What Makes Ted Cruz Run?

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Ted Vaill: We will have to live with Teddy’s daily bloviating for over five more years, unless he is censured, like Joe McCarthy in the 1950s shortly before he died of alcoholism, or chooses to quit the Senate, or, of course, if he is elected President in 2016.

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