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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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.
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 […]
“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 […]
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…