Republicans may have control of the Senate in their grasp, largely thanks to a skewed 2014 electoral map. But Republican ads showed they couldn't get there by running as conservative ideologues.
The fundamentals of the 2014 Senate map are tilted toward the Republicans, with Democrats defending seven seats in states that Mitt Romney won. And yet, with only four days until Election Day, the polls are all tied up.
Two years ago, the Republican Party was whining about makers and takers and class warfare. Now, in many close races, Republicans are exploiting the populist mood, criticizing links to corporations and attacking wealth.
It's true that Republicans have inched ahead in many of the contested states. It's also true that Republicans have lost ground in the three states that nearly everyone assumed Republicans had in the bag.
In 2012, Republicans nominated for president a private equity firm CEO with a record of outsourcing jobs. It did not go well. In several states for the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans have done it again.
Republicans in swing House districts are having difficulty, because of the shutdown, support for millionaire tax breaks and alleged scandals. Here's where Democrats are on the offense, complicating GOP hopes to fortify its House majority.
Georgia's David Perdue bluntly defends outsourcing. Before that, he was only up 3 or 4 points over Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn. We'll soon see how much points embracing outsourcing counts for.
You will find extremely little about issue positions on the websites of North Carolina's Thom Tillis, Iowa's Joni Ernst, Louisiana's Bill Cassidy, Alaska's Dan Sullivan, Arkansas' Tom Cotton and Colorado's Cory Gardner.
If these Republicans win on Election Day, it'll be important to remember why. Not because they were running as unadulterated conservatives, but because they were telling voters they would uphold a pillar of the New Deal.
It's important to know we can save the planet without much, if any, net cost. It's also important to know we can save the planet and create millions of jobs, if we are willing to pay for it.
Is Zephur Teachout strategically correct when she says an army of primary challengers is the wisest way to maximize liberal influence within the Democratic Party? Recent history suggests not.
The People's Climate March appears on track to be largest climate march in history, and possibly the most consequential, if it can pressure the U.N. to forge a real agreement to collectively cut our greenhouse gas emissions.
The big climate news in advance of next week's U.N. climate summit is a new global commission report that finds the investments needed to avert a climate crisis would likely not result in any net cost.
Organizers are expressing hope that the People's Climate March will be the largest climate march ever. If there ever was a time when the climate needed people to show up in the streets, it is now.
President Barack Obama's low approval rating was supposed to drag down Democratic candidates. It's not happening, because Republican Party approval ratings are lower.
In 1994, Newt Gingrich unified the House candidates around the "Contract With America" platform, but the Senate Republicans weren't on board and most legislation died there. Now, there isn't a Contract to unify one house, let alone two.
Three Republican Senators up for re-election this year voted for the bipartisan immigration reform bill despised by the anti-immigrant right-wing. And as of last night's victory by Sen. Lamar Alexander all three won their primaries.
The story of the 2014 Republican primaries is the failure of the Tea Party to punish Republicans who show openness to immigration reform. Unfortunately, it's a story that hasn't been told.
Sen. Rand Paul's immigration proposal is an incoherent mess that can't stand real scrutiny. When faced with an undocumented immigrant who's life is on the line, Paul decided to flee the scene.
Here are the Republicans who taken the risk of angering their Latino constituents and voting to make the young undocumenteds known as "DREAMers" newly susceptible to deportation.
Restrictive voter ID laws failed to stop Barack Obama's re-election. In North Carolina, will they fail to stop Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election too?
People should pay attention to what Sen. Elizabeth Warren is saying on the 2014 campaign trail regarding policy matters, how she is saying it, which candidates are following her lead, and gauging how well her message works.
Boehner's attempts to blame Obama's lack of trustworthiness for the failure of passing immigration reform were completely phony. He trusts Obama just fine. It's the anti-immigrant bigots in his party whom he doesn't trust.
Boehner's proposed solution to the influx of unaccompanied Central American immigrants renders inoperative his excuses for not passing comprehensive immigration reform.
Democrats need a net gain of 17 seats to take back the House. Here are 16 competitive Republican-held seats where the Latino population is significant enough to influence the outcome of the election.
Instead he appears to be spending his time working on building bipartisan support for climate legislation that would help coal have a future in a world that inevitably will cap its carbon emissions.
Mississippi, one of the most conservative states in the nation, has shown us why the right-wing Tea Party is incapable of winning. Because at the end of the day, most people want their government to do the things that they pay it to do.
On immigration reform, President Barack Obama retains the upper hand. House Republicans have five weeks to accept reality and pass legislation, or ignore it and give Obama another chance to lead, like with climate and minimum wage.
What keeps Democrats unified is not rigid political homogeneousness or leader worship, but a tolerance for differences of opinion and an acceptance of political pragmatism
Robert Murray of coal company Murray Energy ranted about global warming while six of his employees were dying because of his unsafe mine. Now he's fighting the EPA's climate regulations. Do you want to be on his side?
Speaker Boehner can succumb to the panic, bury reform and let Obama and the Democrats get all the glory from the Latino community. Or he can look at the numbers.
Imagine how different this week would have been if utility companies across the nation were telling local TV networks and newspapers that their bills were going to double because of Obama's climate rules. That's not happening.
With the EPA out strong with a creative rule designed to avoid negative economic impact, and with sharp prebuttals against attacks about lost jobs and higher bills, Republicans may want to take heed before overplaying their hand.
House Speaker John Boehner once questioned the credibility of groups that "come out and criticize an agreement they've never seen." So you have to wonder about those groups prematurely attacking EPA's climate rules.
Once Obama proposes his climate regulations, we won't be debating the science. We will be debating whether prices will spike or jobs will be lost. And a party can lose it all over that. Ask Australia's Labor Party.
Grover Norquist visited Laura Ingraham's radio show, then chastised her and her allies because "they throw around ‘amnesty’ in criticizing every single reform that we’re looking at." The left is united and the right is divided.
As progressives gather in Washington on May 22 for the New Populism Conference, to shape and organize around a populist agenda, it's worth discussing if and how populism can be harnessed to save the planet.
Yesterday, right-wing conservatives including Grover Norquist and Tea Party Express co-founder Sal Russo ratcheted up the pressure on House Republicans to pass reform that includes legal status for the undocumented.
Four years ago, Joe Manchin got elected to the U.S. Senate after pinning to a tree the House "cap and trade" bill, and shooting it. Today, he is suggesting legislation to protect the climate and help coal ... just like the bill he shot.
If President Obama wants to duck climate politics before the midterms, he has a funny way of showing it. The EPA is planning to formally propose it's biggest set of climate rules covering existing power plants "within weeks."