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Simpson and Bowles

Candidates who ran on slashing Medicare and Social Security lost big in November. But that doesn’t stop Pete Peterson from pushing the fantasy that voters’ biggest concern is the deficit.

Voter suppression efforts in Virginia and Florida have galvinated activists to fight harder to protect--and expand--the vote in 2016.

I refused to run a negative campaign for New York City Council, focusing instead on community and democratic empowerment.

The Republican Convention

The formerly Grand Old Party’s cosmetic changes won’t win them the next election.

Protest

Social movements must bring the creative energy of protest culture to electoral campaigns.

Lukewarm endorsements and lackluster enthusiasm are making Romney's November odds look slimmer than ever.

The crushing recall loss shows that labor must find better ways to defend itself in the electoral arena.

Blogs

In broad strokes Tim Pawlenty’s foreign policy speaks to the American religious right. But up close—like at a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations—he’s a hawkish version of Obama.

June 28, 2011

 When it comes down to it, the easiest way to make elections competitive is to give candidates more money.

June 20, 2011

Romney's "evolving" stance on abortion—and a long list of other issues—won't sell in what's becoming a party of social-policy purists.

June 2, 2011

Herman Cain’s candidacy is a cautionary tale against the simplistic racial reasoning that has dominated American political discourse.

June 1, 2011

The clear message for Obama and Democrats is don't mess with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Run against Ryan's extremism and win.

May 25, 2011

Americans are changing historical voting patterns to punish parties and candidates who seek to cut public services, education and Medicare.

May 23, 2011

Exit by senior senator opens the way for a Feingold comeback. But will he run? And what about Medicare-mangler Paul Ryan?

May 14, 2011

Iowa conservatives are begging the NJ governor to run for president, but they seem unaware of his falling poll numbers—and his Xanadu problem.

May 11, 2011

Progressives need to take interest group-based politics seriously if they want to counter status quo bias.

April 29, 2011

After running against it in 2010, Democrats plan to make use of Citizens United in 2012.

April 13, 2011