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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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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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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