Tom Hastings: CNN’s Ronald Brownstein suggests that the districts he calls “Romneyland” will decide the fate of the 2019-2021 Congress, that is, districts where Romney in 2012 outperformed Donald Trump in 2016.
Berry Craig: Buy Your Governor — The sale looks like the real deal. It is complete with a color photo of the Capitol, a seller handle–“carpetbaggerbevin”– an offer for free standard shipping and a returns policy: “Buyer pays to have seller returned to New Hampshire.” Bevin grew up in the Granite State.
George A. Polisner: Your role as a candidate for office is to lead—state your position, prepare an emotionally connecting argument in support of it and bring people to you. This is how you lead.
Berry Craig: An apparently growing number of Democrats running for the state legislature are bucking the gun lobby. Some are tossing NRA candidate surveys in the trash. Others are responding with rebukes. A pair of House members lit into the NRA in headline-grabbing floor speeches.
Michael Feinstein: One reason disinformation campaigns can have influence in the U.S., is because voters often lack sufficient real information about the choices before them.
Lamb’s performance shows us that blue collar, less-educated populations are still open to appeals by the right kind of Democrat: relatively conservative on issues like guns or abortion, pro-union, pro-safety net programs like Medicare and even Obamacare.
Berry Craig: Pennington, 38, is a guitarist-singer-songwriter whose new gig is running for Congress on the Democratic ticket in his native western Kentucky.
Berry Craig: In an “editor’s note,” McGrath, one of a half-dozen Democrats running in the May 22 Democratic primary, described Barr as a “man who never put on the uniform to defend our country.” Added McGrath, “Party over country is all Barr understands.”
Berry Craig: A state senator, Thomas knows the political peril of crossing the gun lobby in the Red State Bluegrass State, where most Democrats sound like Republicans on the so-called social issues, including guns.
Christin Runkle: The initiative complements ANWOL’s ongoing work to register voters in communities of color in South LA, Compton, Pomona and Long Beach and provide education around ballot initiatives including Proposition 47, Measure M and Measure H.
Judith Lewis Mernit: In the swank seaside hamlets of California Congressional District 48, people by custom and habit do not discuss politics. Many cannot name their congressman, Dana Rohrabacher.
Peter Dreier: An Arpaio candidacy would make it more likely that a Democrat will win the Senate seat next November, similar to Doug Jones’s defeat of Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate seat last month.
Stephen Fox: After putting to rest Roy Moore in Alabama, Texas is the political race that interests me the most as both a political and intellectual challenge, like a chess game from afar, is El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s challenge of Cruz.