Kay Hagan

GOP Senate Candidate: Welfare Is Basically Slavery Reparations
October 13, 2014

North Carolina, this could be your new senator.

The GOP's Midterm Strategy Is a Lot Like "Seinfeld"
It's a campaign about nothing—but way less funny
October 03, 2014

It's a campaign about nothing—but way less funny.

Screw Politics, Obama Should Act On Deportations as Soon as Possible
September 02, 2014

The case for delaying deportation relief for political reasons is very thin.

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.

How Obamacare Could Get Unelectable Republicans Nominated In Senate Races
April 23, 2014

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
Republicans are pretending to support Obamacare's goals, but they don't
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.

Dixie Shtick
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.