The GOP Got What It Wanted In North Carolina, But Its Problems with Right Wingers Are Far From Over
May 07, 2014
Thom Tillis might become a senator. But the Republican party's conservative movement problem runs deeper than losing Senate primaries.
Conservatives want you to believe that Democrats are running away from Obamacare everywhere, despite mountains of evidence that a) it's just not true, and b) the politics of Obamacare are complex, and changing before our eyes.
The Repeal Swindle
April 16, 2014
Repealing Obamacare is still their goal—they're just a little ashamed of it now.
A Few Good Dems
February 15, 2010
The Democrats’ recent electoral woes have been well-chronicled. Within the last six months, the party has been plagued by high-profile losses (Martha Coakley, Jon Corzine), high-profile retirements (Byron Dorgan, Marion Berry), and, yes, even high-profile deaths (Ted Kennedy, John Murtha). Stack those on top of a faltering economy, a stalled-out Congress, and a pissed-off populace (to name just three bits of bad news), and the first Tuesday in November is looking nasty.
How to Get Around Bad CBO Scores
October 19, 2009
With all the focus on a handful of high-profile items, many important features in the House and Senate health reform proposals are being overlooked. And some of these neglected items bear on the fiscal soundness of whatever reform is eventually adopted. Consider the proposed new federal long-term care program (the “CLASS Act”), which is included in both the House and Senate HELP Committee bills but not in the Finance Committee’s version. Enrollment in the program would be voluntary and open to all active workers and their spouses.
November 19, 2008
There can be no beginning without an ending. Everyone seems to agree that Barack Obama's victory marks a new chapter in American political history. What is not so obvious is that it ends not just one era, but two. First, of course, Obama's victory brings the movement toward racial equality that grew out of the Civil War to its logical political conclusion. The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, by guaranteeing every citizen equal protection under the laws, institutionalized modern liberal democracy as we know it. But its promise remained long unfulfilled.
November 04, 2008
CNN just called the North Carolina Senate race for Kay Hagan. I think this will prove to be the most gratifying Senate result of the night. Elizabeth Dole's election to the Senate six years ago was an affront to the democratic spirit: she ran as a celebrity (before Tina Fey/Sarah Palin ever hoped to be the white Oprah, Liddy was the white Oprah), barely engaging in any substantive way with voters or the media. And she kept up that act after she was elected, rarely leaving Washington to return to the state she (supposedly) represented.
God (or Godlessness) Shifts Dynamic Of Nc Senate Race
October 29, 2008
I recently wrote an article about Kay Hagan, the Democratic challenger to GOP Senator Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina. The race is one of the most critical of the election season, and both parties are spending millions to secure victory. Hagan, a state senator with little recognition outside North Carolina, has been holding a small but solid lead in the polls--this week, she's up three points--and Dole has struggled to garner support during the financial crisis, when economic issues took a forefront in the race. Now, though, Dole is hammering Hagan on social issues.
Cinderella Story, Out of Nowhere
October 17, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C.--It’s 9 a.m., and Kay Hagan, her morning jog already a distant memory, breezes into a breakfast at the Democratic Women of North Carolina’s annual convention. Dressed in a sharp brown suit and pumps, the Democratic Senate candidate glad-hands quickly, finds her way to the stage, and, after a few introductory remarks from her fans, launches into her stump speech: increasing access to health care, improving education, adding new green energy jobs.
How A Barking Dog Is Turning The Nc Senate Race Negative
September 05, 2008
In what is shaping up to be a hotly contested race, North Carolina Senator Elizabeth Dole has released a new ad admonishing her opponent Kay Hagan, a state senator, for lying. The spot is a response to ads that aired in August decrying Dole's work in the Senate as ineffective. Take a look: There are a few things that are interesting about this. First is the "fibber Kay" reference. No one seems to be able to trace the nickname, or the "they" who allegedly have attached it to Hagan.