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Conventional wisdom says Republicans made gains in the midterms because Obama tried to do too much and was too liberal. Wrong.

On a night when Republicans pulled off the largest shift in party power since 1938, they also seemed, paradoxically, to be an endangered species.

As Democrats survey the wreckage left by the 2010 midterms, one sight is at least slightly cheering: Sarah Palin's Mama Grizzlies licking their wounds.

In the wake of Congressman Tom Perriello's loss, it's tempting to conclude that politics based on conviction simply doesn't work. But that would be the wrong lesson to take away.

With this year's elections days away, vanden Heuvel joins Morning Joe to argue for a political coalition that could yield serious progressive results.

Unfortunately for Democrats, who have dominated statehouse politics since 2006, the party’s troubles at the national level extend to the states.

California's problems are well beyond the curative powers of any one governor. If Jerry Brown wins in November, there's no need to nourish foolish hopes.

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May 14, 2012

There may be some disagreement on the numbers, but we should agree on one thing: while voter registration numbers may not be as bad as reported, that doesn’t mean it’s time to rejoice.

May 11, 2012

Before a billionaire supporter gave big money to the embattled Wisconsin governor, Walker laid out a strategy to attack labor.

May 11, 2012

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wins an overwhelming primary victory, as combined Democratic total vote in historic recall election outshines vote for embattled GOP governor.

May 9, 2012

This Tuesday, as Wisconsinites voted in primaries to replace Governor Scott Walker and five other statewide office holders, the union of graduate students at the heart of the 2011 Capitol protests, stood apart from their union fellows, and refused to endorse any candidate.

May 8, 2012

On the eve of the Democratic primary, John Nichols weighs in on Republican Governor Scott Walker's recall election campaign.

May 8, 2012

Key factors that could determine the outcome in today’s primaries.

May 8, 2012

A new independent poll from Wisconsin shows the anti-labor governor's approval ratings are tanking, and the leading Democratic candidate has moved narrowly ahead of him.

May 3, 2012

Walker’s collecting huge checks—$250,000 from Sheldon Adelson—to try to beat a people-powered recall campaign.

May 2, 2012

Wisconsin's governor once warned against suggesting that protests and recalls were causing job losses. Now, as his own job is threatened, he says dissent is the problem.

April 30, 2012