"Flyover Country" Is an Insult to Midwesterners Like Me. So Is "Heartland" Sentimentality.
March 22, 2014

Three writers set out to defend the region and end up committing the same common mistake.

Waiting in the Midwest
December 21, 2012

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Don't Focus On National Early Voting Numbers
November 01, 2012

The early voting states lean to the right.

Nobody Likes Mitt
September 13, 2012

If Romney loses, it’ll be because voters don't like him. That doesn't mean they're being superficial.

The Ohio Strategy
September 10, 2012

The Obama campaign is doubling down on their advantage in Ohio.

Meet Mark Pocan, the Original ALEC Spy
July 25, 2012

Today is the first day of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting. State legislators from around the country will be attending, as will representatives from corporations looking to pitch model legislation. There will also be spies. Activists from several progressive groups will sneak into the Salt Lake City conference, (at least, they'll try), in hopes of capturing some of ALEC's model legislation.

How Obama's Weakness With Independents Could Change The Electoral Map
July 18, 2012

With Obama struggling among independent voters and Democrats likely to constitute a slightly larger share of the electorate than Republicans, Romney will probably carry independents in a close national election.

Super PAC Expands Midwestern Playing Field
July 12, 2012

If there’s anywhere the GOP’s fundraising advantage could pay dividends, it’s in the demographically vulnerable and undefended flank of Obama’s path to 270: the Upper Midwest.

The Diversity of the White Working Class
June 19, 2012

Are Republicans increasingly becoming the party of the white working class? So says Jonathan Haidt, but political scientist Larry Bartels offers up a convincing response: While the white working class has trended toward Republicans over the last few decades, the movement is exclusively a Southern phenomenon.

Will Obama Regret His Decision Not to Buy Ads in Michigan?
June 14, 2012

With the financial balance of power shifting toward the Republicans, Democrats are understandably alarmed that a deluge of cash from outside groups and Wall Street could swamp Obama’s reelection efforts. As an initial step, the Obama campaign has concentrated their expenditures on a smaller number of swing states, ensuring that they at least remain competitive in the markets they consider most important. But when you concentrate resources, some areas end up short-changed, and the decision to narrow the playing field has left Obama without substantial purchases in several media markets.