Republicans Build on Historic Down Ballot Success

This election was all about Donald Trump. His brash, off-the-cuff nature, his utter repudiation of anything resembling conventional political wisdom, and his ability to break outside of the strict confines of any party orthodoxy made him an irresistible topic. And with the benefit of hindsight, we can now see that it was all for good…
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Donald Trump Proves Them Wrong Again

President-elect Donald Trump has done the unthinkable. Then again, he’s getting pretty used to that. At every step of the way Trump has been criticized, attacked and ultimately dismissed, and every step of the way Trump kept fighting and proving people wrong. He ignored every rule of modern politics. He didn’t have a script, but…
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Trump Is Surging at Just the Right Time

This campaign season has felt impossibly long. It feels like a decade since Jeb Bush was considered the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, since we first learned of Hillary Clinton’s rogue email server, or since names like Lincoln Chafee and George Pataki were actual candidates for president. But here we are, more than two years…
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Yes, Mark Kirk Is Disabled, But He’s Also the Best Candidate for Illinois

“Politics ain’t bean-bag.” That expression has long been used to describe the rough-and-tumble nature of politics, which has long been dominated by negative ads and underhanded tactics in an attempt to gain an edge. It dates back to 1895, when Mr. Dooley—a fictional Irish bartender that author Finley Dunne used as a prop to express…
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Sen. Richard Burr Is Concerned About the Next Generation, Not the Next Election

Much is wrong with our political system: Moneyed interests dominate, a sclerotic bureaucracy prevents progress, and partisan politics often gets in the way of good ideas. But the Senate race in North Carolina highlights another one of Washington’s worst tendencies – the work of getting reelected often crowds out the work of making good policy.…
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Ron Johnson – A Refreshing Throwback to the Days of the Citizen Legislator

It wasn’t too long ago that Senator Ron Johnson’s reelection chances appeared to be a lost cause. It had nothing to do with Johnson, who was a well-liked and extremely productive member of the Senate, and everything to do with the ebbs and flows of politics. The former businessman was swept into the Senate on…
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Hoosier Voters Prepare to Say Buh-Bye to Evan Bayh

It seems like a lifetime ago that Evan Bayh, the beloved heir of an Indiana political dynasty, decided to step away from politics. It had just become too partisan, too dysfunctional for his liking. He believed that the only way to change Congress’ partisan calcification was from the outside. “What is required from members of…
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Clinton: The Woman of a Thousand Faces

What does Hillary Clinton stand for? And is she willing to fight for the causes that are important to young adults? Those two questions should have relatively straightforward answers, especially for a politician who has been in the public spotlight for more than thirty years. And yet, they’ve been impossible to pin down. On the…
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Democrats Admit: Millennials a “Huge Problem” for Clinton

When David Plouffe speaks about campaign strategy it’s time to listen. He’s the brains behind Barack Obama’s come-from-nowhere takedown of Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democrat primary and relatively easy victory over Sen. John McCain in the presidential race. To accomplish those feats he upended conventional campaign strategy and built a future-ready political infrastructure that…
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Trump Won on the Most Important Metric: Outsider Status

There have been a lot of printed words, a lot of online polls, and a lot of cable news time devoted to trying to figure out exactly who won last night’s debate. Unsurprisingly, there is nothing resembling a consensus. Some say a prepared Hillary Clinton demolished an off-his-game Donald Trump. Others say Trump’s directness clearly…
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