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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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