Political Gaze

The great divide: Political partisanship outgrows the voting booth

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 20 August 2014 21:04

Political polarization in America has broken out of the voting booth.

A survey from the Pew Research Center finds Americans are divided by ideology and partisanship not only when they cast ballots, but also in choosing where to live, where to get their news and with whom to associate.

Iowa Democrats exploring ways to expand caucus

Written by KEN THOMAS,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 21:31

Democrats in Iowa are devising ways to expand access to their state’s leadoff presidential caucuses, addressing concerns raised by Hillary Rodham Clinton following her disappointing finish in 2008.

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Scott Brennan offered a series of recommendations on Aug. 1 to members of the Democratic National Committee, including legislation requiring employers to give non-essential workers time off to attend the caucuses, allowing out-of-state Iowans serving in the military to participate by teleconferencing and creating satellite caucus sites for shift workers and elderly who can’t easily attend.

Republican mayors urge passage of LGBT nondiscrimination bill

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 30 July 2014 08:29

A group of Republican mayors — including Appleton Mayor Timothy Hanna — is encouraging the GOP-led House to pass a bill to ban workplace discrimination against LGBT people.

The Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP group, announced the endorsement of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which passed with bi-partisan support in the U.S. Senate but then stalled in the U.S. House, where Republican leaders have refused to allow any action.

Republicans block Senate bill designed to override Hobby Lobby ruling

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:26

Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control on July 16, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November.

Brooklyn offers urban cool in Democratic convention bid

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 20 August 2014 18:50

Brooklyn, at long last out of the shadow of Manhattan, has become its own urban brand, emanating youthful energy, gritty cool and liberal politics, a combination backers hope will make it the edgy choice to host the 2016 Democratic convention.

Brooklyn’s rise as a national symbol of liberalism — embodied by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who calls the borough home — coincides with the revival of the left wing of the Democratic Party. And de Blasio’s decision to center his city’s bid in Brooklyn offers powerful political symbolism and risks for the party’s chosen candidate.

Analysis: Republicans lost 5 House seats last time the GOP pushed impeachment

Written by By DAVID ESPO,
AP Special Correspondent
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 06:30

The last time Republicans unleashed impeachment proceedings against a Democratic president, they lost five House seats in an election they seemed primed to win handily.

Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help explain why Speaker John Boehner and the current Republican leadership want no part of such talk now, although conservatives increasingly clamor for it. And also why President Barack Obama’s White House seems almost eager to stir the impeachment pot three months before midterm congressional elections.

Political fireworks in Louisiana, Mississippi

Written by BRIAN SCHWANER,
AP writer
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:24

In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard can at times be entertaining and campaigns can be volatile, this election season is living up to expectations.

Let’s start with the marquee match-up in Mississippi.

2016 Spin Meter: What not to believe…

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 16 July 2014 05:32
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We're watching the Spin Meter on 2016.

It's considered bad form for politicians to say things that are not true.

It's a jungle out there for animals in campaign ads

Written by By David Espo,
AP Special correspondent
Saturday, 16 August 2014 08:40

It’s a jungle out there in political television advertising, what with parrots, chicks, dogs and pigs taking turns in commercials that bite and scratch in a way no nonpartisan pet ever would.

Institute tracks rise in independent spending in congressional contests

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 01 August 2014 09:14

An analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice shows a rise in  spending in competitive U.S. congressional races by dark money groups.

Brennan also is reporting a rise in single-candidate super PACs.

This morning's lineup of talking heads

Written by AP Sunday, 20 July 2014 06:40

U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry

ABC's This Week: Secretary of State John Kerry; Maen Areikat, ambassador and chief representative, PLO Delegation to the U.S.; Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the U.S.

See how they run: The 2016 presidential checklist

Written by The Associated Pressed Pressd Press Press Tuesday, 15 July 2014 06:10

For a year, The Associated Press has been tracking movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates.

Here’s the latest presidential prep checklist: