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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Four Reasons Republicans Maintain Their Senate Majority

Let’s not beat around the bush: Democrats have a favorable path to regaining the Senate majority. Democrats are defending just 10 total seats (only two of which are competitive: Nevada and Colorado) and will be playing offense in 24 GOP-held Senate seats (seven of which Obama previously won). Perhaps most tellingly, Democrats could reclaim the majority…
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Privileged Patrick Murphy is Blowing One of Democrats’ Best Pick-Up Chances

Nearly every pundit and political prognosticator has their eyes on the Florida Senate race as one that could potentially tip the balance of power. As of now there is little clarity in the run-up to the Republican primary on August 30. Five strong candidates are currently in the race to replace outgoing Sen. Marco Rubio:…
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Republicans’ Simple, Powerful Message: “We Got the Senate Working Again”

Almost immediately after losing his Senate majority, Sen. Harry Reid began devising a strategy to get it back. Being from Nevada, Reid opted to gamble on what he considered a sure bet – that the more conservative House majority would go frustrated by the moderate Senate’s inability to ram through their priorities. Dysfunction, he seemed…
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Democrats Face Uphill Battle to Recapture a Senate Majority

“There are three kinds of lies,” Mark Twain once wrote, “Lies, damned lies and statistics.” Nothing truer could ever be written about attempts to describe the 2016 Senate map. Democrats’ top campaign strategist, Tom Lopach, has already predicted a “very Democratic Senate,” citing a very favorable map that has Republicans playing defense on unfriendly fronts.…
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Contentious Primaries are Dinging Democrats 2016 Senate Hopes

The 2016 presidential race continues to make for great headlines. With this many candidates and this many personalities being given nearly infinite opportunities to say something intriguing, bombastic or gaffe-worthy, it’s no surprise that the media is having a field day. Given the tabloid-like behavior of the news media today it’s little surprise that Democrats…
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Democrats’ “Rookies and Retreads” Recruiting Strategy is Bound to Fail

Washington is working again. Congressional committees are meeting and voting, a robust floor debate is taking place nearly daily (even on Fridays!), amendments are being heard and voted, legislation is getting passed, and executive appointments are getting confirmed. This is not the Congress that voters came to know and to hate over the last four…
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Sensing Disaster, Democrats are Already Picking Out Their Scapegoats

Following the 2012 presidential elections the Republican Party was forced to take a good hard look at itself. What were we doing wrong and how do we fix it? What are our principles and how do we adapt them to modern challenges? What do we want the future of the party to look like and…
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A Historic Night for GOP Creates a Historic Opportunity for Change

The ingredients were present for a big Republican night. Fundraising was strong, the national mood favored Republicans, President Obama was becoming more unpopular by the day, but most importantly, our candidates were incredible. They were stronger, more positive, more versed in the issues, and inspired more confidence than their Democrat counterparts. Nevertheless, you can’t take…
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Sorry Democrats, Money Can’t Win Elections if You’re Ideologically Bankrupt

Make no mistake – this November will be a battle between big ideas and big money. The question is which will win out. It’s been fascinating as a long-time political observer to watch the evolution of those competing trends. Some would dispute the characterization, but Republicans, at least recently, have focused on winning the money…
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