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In a test case for Democrats, the fiery Florida populist takes on a stiff challenge from the right.

Democratic candidates can't just campaign by fear-mongering on the Tea Party. A populist message that emphasizes job creation will speak to Dems and independents who put Obama in the White House.

The scariest Republicans are not necessarily tea-stained—and other lessons to keep in mind as Election 2010 roars in.

The Tea Party favorite is in a race to stitch together a statewide Republican coalition.

In this fall's South Carolina Senate contest, Democrats should vote for the Green Party candidate.

If Harry Reid loses this fall, he's just getting what he deserves.

Goldman Sachs has agreed not to take advantage of Citizens United to spend corporate money in elections. Will other companies follow suit?

When politics is driven by the need to turn out your base and policy is dominated by the desire to cater to that base, our baser instincts come to the fore.

How do progressives meet the challenge of a daunting midterm election while also laying the ground work for a bolder agenda? TakeAction Minnesota made progressive governing, not Election Day wins, at the forefront of their organizing.

Populist challenger Andrew Romanoff would ordinarily be expected to win Colorado's US Senate Democratic primary. But incumbent Michael Bennet is backed by an overflowing campaign war chest—and an endorsement by Barack Obama.

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If the consumer activist wins she will become an essential spokesperson for progressive values in national economic, regulatory and fiscal policy debates.

August 26, 2011

Instead, of making a comeback bid for office, Russ Finegold will be organizing and campaign as a citizen with much to say about foreign policy and the need for sweeping reform of our politics.

August 19, 2011

Wisconsin Democrats have reelected their legislators, defeated two Republicans, won a majority of the votes cast statewide and created an opening where a bipartisan pro-labor majority in the state Senate can block extreme measures.

August 17, 2011

The New York Times’s Joe Nocera might think otherwise, but a boycott of campaign contributions and fundraising is the last thing you want in a representative democracy.

August 15, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry has joined the presidential race. Here are some questions he should have to answer. 

August 12, 2011

At the GOP debate in Ames, Iowa, Republican candidates failed to explain how they would solve problems in the world that actually exists. 

August 12, 2011

The nation’s most identifiable champion of financial reform and economic sanity signals a serious interest in seeking Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat.

August 11, 2011

Hundreds of thousands will vote today in recall elections to remove six Republican state senators who sided with Governor Scott Walker's anti-labor, anti-education, anti–local democracy agenda.

August 9, 2011

S&P downgraded the US credit rating because the GOP won’t raise taxes and played brinksmanship with the debt ceiling. But Romney, Bachmann et al. say it’s Obama’s fault. 

August 8, 2011

Tim Pawlenty knows that his only route to the Republican nomination is by process of elimination, so he’s trying to eliminate Michele Bachmann. 

August 3, 2011