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#GunSafety proposals taking shape for new Democratic House

Although Democrats won’t take over the majority in the House of Representatives until January, they’re already spelling out an ambitious agenda. Democratic leaders and incoming representatives have been giving details about some of the issues they hope to tackle, such as a broad ethics reform package, which would include campaign finance reform, voting rights, and […]

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The #BlueWave surge where it really counts: voter registration

There are four weeks to go until the midterms, and the biggest thing Democrats have in their favor is the huge growth in voter registration. A new Gallup Poll shows that voter enthusiasm is high on both sides, even though Democrats still have the edge — 61 percent of Democratic voters are enthusiastic about voting […]

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Voting gender gap may be a chasm if GOP rams Kavanaugh onto Supreme Court

As Donald Trump and the Republican men of the Senate Judiciary Committee (and it’s a men-only club for the GOP) downplay the credible claims of Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault of Christine Blasey Ford when they were teens, they might be feeling smug that they’re getting away with something. But women in this country aren’t […]

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Democrats’ midterm edge: more political activity, bigger growth in voter turnout

With midterm elections less than two months away, it’s becoming clear that important positive factors such as greatly increased voter turnout and greater voter political engagement are pointing to an advantage for Democrats. The primary season is almost over, and there has been greater overall growth in the number of Democratic voters than there has […]

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Republicans running out of excuses for losing: Lessons from Conor Lamb’s victory

Not to rub it in, but it must totally suck to be a Republican candidate these days. Democrat Conor Lamb squeezed out a narrow victory in a Pennsylvania congressional district that Donald Trump won by 20 points. In 2014 and 2016, Democrats didn’t even bother to field a candidate against the Republican incumbent, Rep. Tim […]

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Gun reform will be up to states — for now

The new energy in the fight for common-sense gun safety laws is being felt nationwide. But given the current makeup of Congress, it’s highly unlikely that anything meaningful will pass in 2018. Some states, however, are looking to succeed where Congress is failing. Laws are starting to be passed, one by one, area by area. […]

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The Obamacare repeal attempt that just won’t die

Just when you thought your health insurance was safe. The Senate failed to pass a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act—their attempts at “replacements” were too pathetic to even qualify as such. Many Republican senators have seemingly thrown in the towel. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has declared that it’s time to move on from […]

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Democrats honing an economic battle cry for 2018

As Democrats gear up for the midterm elections in 16 months, the party has been working on a new “core message” that they hope will align them with ordinary Americans. Democrats in both the House and Senate will deliver a unified message of populism that they hope will carry them to electoral victory in 2018. […]

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Jason Chaffetz thinks lawmakers need a 17 percent raise

On-his-way-out-the-door GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who just officially signed on as a contributor to Fox News and the Fox Business Network, thinks members of Congress should get a $2,500-a-month housing allowance on top of their $174,000-a-year salaries. Let’s do the math for the Utah Republican: 12 X 2,500 equals 30,000. So he thinks lawmakers need […]

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What will happen to Trumpcare? Leave it for the vultures

House Speaker Paul Ryan has introduced a real vulture of a bill to replace Obamacare. I was going to say “turkey” of a bill, but that’s not fair to turkeys, which many of us enjoy at Thanksgiving. This bill is more like a scavenger that wants to loom over and starve the Affordable Care Act […]

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