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Who’s helping women run for office? These groups

If you’re a progressive woman aiming to make a difference in public service, there are a lot of other women willing to help you out. The 2018 midterm election saw a record number of women run for office. There were 235 women candidates for the House and 22 for the Senate. The winners were lopsided […]

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How bad are the GOP’s election chances in 2020?

Political prognosticators have been sounding the 2020 doom-and-gloom alarm for the Grandstanding Obsequious Party for a while now. And although any speculation at this point is just that — speculation — there is evidence that Republicans might face trouble up and down the ballot. One of the traditional barometers for a party’s chances in the […]

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Impeachment support grows in polls. How’s it playing back home?

We can see how the arrow of public opinion is moving in favor of the impeachment — and even the removal — of Donald Trump. At the same time, there are doom-and-gloom stories warning Democrats, especially those in swing congressional districts that flipped from red to blue in 2018, that impeaching Trump will be done […]

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Trump impeachment is now all but certain

“I would like you to do us a favor though. … There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the […]

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Trump lost farm votes over his China trade war. Now climate change may cost him more.

Donald Trump is counting on the votes of the nation’s farmers to propel him to another electoral victory in 2020. But given all the ways they’re being hurt by his policies, he better think again. Nearly 70 percent of the nation’s farmers cast votes for Trump in 2016. It’s likely that many from that group […]

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Republicans want more GOP women in office. Good luck with that.

The Republican Party, finally noticing a lack of lawmakers in their ranks with two X chromosomes, apparently is trying to elect more GOP women to Congress and state legislatures in 2020. Actually, let’s restate that: Republican women are trying to elect more GOP women. The response from the the male leaders and the party as […]

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How many voters are Republicans willing to lose over guns?

Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and too many Republicans are showing their continued allegiance to a weakened National Rifle Association by refusing to consider meaningful gun safety laws. But they could pay a stiff price in the next election. Immediately after the weekend of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, which killed 31 people and […]

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Forget polls. What will Democrats eat and what policies will they tout at the Iowa State Fair?

For presidential hopefuls, the food stands at the Iowa State Fair are as obligatory a campaign stop as making a speech at the Des Moines Register Soap Box. What candidates eat could count as much as the policies. Speeches are fine, but what really gets a candidate’s mug on TV are shots of them chowing […]

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Ignore conservatives’ advice on how to pick the Democratic presidential nominee

Spare us from supposedly well-meaning conservative pundits telling the world whom the Democratic Party must — and must not — nominate for president. They’re out of step with the times. It’s still more than six months until the first votes in the Iowa caucuses, a year before the Democratic National Convention, and nearly 16 months […]

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Of course Trump’s tweets were racist. But they’re a losing proposition in the long run

Donald Trump’s tweetstorm telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to the “crime-infested and corrupt” countries they came from reflected the kind of racism he espoused during his campaign and throughout his presidency. He’s planning to double down on that racism to try to win reelection, and immediate polls showed that his standing […]

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