Category Politics

Larry Hogan

State Election Wrap-Up: A Banner Year for the GOP – But Divided Government is the True Winner

The 2014 mid-term elections weren’t just a victory for the GOP at the national level — US state legislatures are now dominated by the Republican Party to an extent not seen for almost a century. Republicans gained ground in nearly every section of the country, flipping legislatures from New Hampshire to Nevada. A brief look […]

Joni Ernst

Braley v. Ernst: A Closer Look at the Candidates’ Legislative History

Similar to the US Senate race between Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), most of the media coverage of the US Senate race between Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) has been focused on issues that are not typical of day-to-day legislating. The common topics discussed in […]

Cory Gardner

Udall v. Gardner: A Closer Look at the GOP Challenger’s Legislative History

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) may well be the newest junior senator from Colorado, with models predicting a win over incumbent Mark Udall (D-CO) in the state’s US Senate race. Most of the media coverage on the election has surrounded issues such as access to contraceptives and abortion, and even the candidates’ positions on ebola. These […]

State of Immigration Reform in the States

In the past year, state policymakers and Congress introduced nearly one thousand bills dealing with immigration. These bills cover a range of issues, from suspending deportations of legalization-eligible youth to proposing STEM green card programs for the employment of highly-skilled foreign workers in the information technology industry. Caving to pressure from the Democratic party, President […]


Presidential Politics Part II: 2028

In Part II of our two part series on future presidential politics, we identify six state politicians who have the potential for national name recognition by the 2028 presidential election. They might not be household names now, but remember where you heard them first!


Presidential Politics Part I: 2020 & 2024

In Part I of our two part series on the presidential politics of the (far) future, we take a look at politicians who have or are beginning to build a national reputation that could lead them to a presidential contest in 8-12 years. Part two will focus on state-level individuals without national recognition… yet.


Why Democrats can vote in Republican primaries… sometimes

Two weeks ago, Mississippi’s senior U.S. Senator, Thad Cochran, won the Republican primary runoff against Republican state Senator Chris McDaniel. Before the runoff, Cochran made explicit appeals to black Mississippians, who traditionally vote Democrat by large margins, to cross over and vote for him in the GOP primary as permitted by Mississippi state law. In […]

How a Machine Knew When a Democrat Started Voting with Republicans

“Retaking the Senate” seems a strange goal for a party that already holds 32 of 63 state Senate seats. In New York, however, that’s exactly what the Democratic Party wants to do. Last year, five state Senators, after running as Democrats, decided to break away from the Democratic caucus and to share power with the […]

Five Trends Influencing the Influencers

The lobbying industry is changing. As The Nation reported earlier this year, many of the traditional lobbying powerhouses have posted declining revenues, but that doesn’t mean that lobbying as an industry is fading away. On the contrary, the influence industry is growing into new areas, utilizing new methods, and calling itself new names. In no […]


States Debate: Common Core or State-Specific Standards?

Last week, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill getting rid of Common Core academic standards. She said her state would be capable of developing its own standards superior to Common Core…


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