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The failure of a complaisant, Republican-controlled Congress to enact
meaningful changes to the Patriot Act means that midterm elections are
the only true path to reform.

Eight months ahead of the 2006 midterm vote, Democrats are either ignoring Iraq or supporting the war while criticizing Bush's prosecution of it. But it's not too late to mount a strong opposition.

Pete McCloskey, the first Republican member of Congress to call for Nixon's impeachment and withdrawal from Vietnam, has resurfaced at 78 to challenge Richard Pombo and the Iraq War.

The Iraq debate will be a central issue of the 2006 Congressional elections, and there is reason to believe antiwar candidates will prevail. The first step in that process is to encourage support for such candidates.

The controversy surrounding conservative lobbyist Jack Abramoff is
creating headaches for red-state and swing-state Republicans and
opportunities for Democrats to turn a national bribery and
influence-peddling scandal into political paydirt.

The Democratic Party is poised to regain the majority.

When George W. Bush asked Congress for the
authority to attack Iraq, New York Congressman Amo Houghton voted no.

Raise a Glass to the Stay-at-Home Voter?

How dismal was election night 2002?

With Republicans in full control in Washington, next year's prospects
are grim.

CORRECTION: John Eder of Maine, a Green, won state, not national, office.

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But its candidate would rather talk about fishing than foreign policy.

May 6, 2014

John F. Kennedy and the 1950 Senate contest in California.

November 19, 2013

Cecilia Tkaczyk’s underdog victory on a campaign finance reform platform should stir up the struggle against money in politics—and push the governor to take a stance.

January 22, 2013

Obstruction has ruled in Albany for too long. The governor must push for a Democratic majority in the New York State Senate.

November 27, 2012

Why does Tammy Duckworth make Joe Walsh so angry?

July 11, 2012

The president’s new immigration policy leaves Mitt with an impossible task: appealing to Latinos while appeasing his base.

June 18, 2012

Say goodbye to Florida’s forty-eight-hour deadline rule for groups handing in voter registration applications.

June 1, 2012

More than 100,000 activists petition Democratic National Committee to match the massive commitment by GOP corporate interests to defend the anti-labor governor.

May 16, 2012

A primary today in Oregon pits a candidate who will make pot prosecutions a low priority versus another who wants to crack down on medical marijuana. And then there's the case of the Koch Democrat.

May 15, 2012

Our democracy needs progressive leaders who govern in a way that makes people’s lives better. 

April 11, 2012