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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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With the formal shift of control of the Wisconsin state Senate to Democratic control, America’s leading anti-labor governor can no longer govern at whim.

July 18, 2012

Romney’s recent strategy appears less Rove and more schoolyard whine, serving not to attack the president’s strength but to hold a mirror up to his own weaknesses. 

July 18, 2012

Voters stand up for themselves in Texas; purge-fest spreads beyond Florida; and ALEC’s exodus continues. This and more in our voting rights news roundup.

July 13, 2012

A landmark 1944 Supreme Court decision over Texas’ Jim Crow laws changed the arc of voting history. This week, a case that’s expected to change things again began its trip to the Roberts Court.

July 12, 2012

Why does Tammy Duckworth make Joe Walsh so angry?

July 11, 2012

Two hundred thousand Latinos will turn 18 between now and Election Day. But if they’re in Texas, their right to vote is under threat.

July 10, 2012

Forty-four percent of Philly’s population is African-American—and nearly 20 percent of voters there may lose the right to cast a ballot this fall.

July 6, 2012

What does Holder’s defense of voting rights have to do with a House committee move to hold him in contempt? Everything.

June 26, 2012

The Supreme Court’s partisan majority has made it harder for public-sector unions to engage in politics. This is not what democracy looks like.

June 21, 2012

In a state with an existing voter ID law, three bills target voters of color, youth, the elderly and non-English speakers.

June 19, 2012