If de Blasio triumphs in New York City’s mayoral race as expected Tuesday, the party will join him as power brokers of the first order. Founder Dan Cantor talks about the WFP’s rise.
Ten years ago, Dan Cantor was trying to fend off a friend who had been guilt-tripping him into giving to National Public Radio during one of the network’s regular pledge drives.“I’ll tell you what,” Cantor responded. “I’ll start giving when Bill de Blasio becomes mayor.”And so, NPR, please prepare a complimentary tote bag for Mr. Cantor. A donation should be coming your way soon.That’s because de Blasio, New York City’s public advocate, is poised to win a historic victory Tuesday night in the race to become the next mayor of New York City.
Fearing an expensive lost cause, the national party took a pass on Tuesday’s election for New Jersey governor. But the decision may come back to haunt Democrats in 2016.
If Gov. Chris Christie wins reelection Tuesday by even a fraction of the margin predicted by New Jersey pollsters, he’ll owe his easy victory to one group in particular—national Democrats, who all but ignored his race against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono.From President Obama, who twice toured New Jersey with Christie after Hurricane Sandy and then failed to endorse Christie’s challenger, to the Democratic National Committee, which sent just one staffer to the state to fortify local efforts, to major donors and high-profile party leaders such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, powerful Democrats have stayed on the sidelines in the blue state contest that top brass deemed a loser from the start.
Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud confirmed he’s gay earlier this week, and asked, ‘but why should it matter?’ Here are six politicians whose leadership paved the way.
Democratic Rep. and Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud, 58, came out on Monday. If he wins, he will be the first openly gay politician to be elected governor of a U.S. state. In response to the “whisper campaigns” of his critics, Michaud wrote in an op-ed for The Bangor Daily News, “They want people to question whether I am gay. Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer: ‘Yes, I am. But why should it matter?’”Michaud’s announcement was notably nonchalant.
The Virginia governor’s race is Tuesday’s most important election and a close battle with major consequences. Here’s a rundown of what to look out for on Election Day.
The most important election on Tuesday is the Virginia governor’s race. Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli have fought a high-stakes campaign to determine who will lead this crucial swing state for the next four years. Both are considered to be imperfect candidates: Front runner McAuliffe has a history of questionable business deals, while Cuccinelli has preached a steadfast social conservatism, which includes hostility toward birth control and support for a sodomy ban.
Will the troubled Obamacare rollout hurt Democrats next year? A new poll suggests it won’t—but also suggests the GOP’s demographic winter may still be a ways off.
A bipartisan Battleground Poll of 1,000 likely voters surveyed after the government shutdown and during the disastrous Obamacare rollout finds the pieces in place for a so-called “wave” election that could put control of the House of Representatives within reach for Democrats if President Obama can right the ship on his signature health care achievement, says Democratic pollster Celinda Lake. If the negative coverage persists, as he thinks it will, says Republican pollster Ed Goeas, “As has all too often happened to presidents in their second term, there are signs throughout this data that raise the very real prospect that Barack Obama has lost the ability to lead this country.
Bill de Blasio is poised to win big in tomorrow’s election and become the next Mayor of NYC. The election may not look close but there are some wildcards—Here’s 5 key things to look out for.
New York’s current Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is poised to become the city’s first Democratic mayor of New York in two decades. His Republican opponent, former MTA chief and longtime Rudy Giuliani aide Joe Lhota is expected to capture only 26% of the vote according to recent polls. But, despite his long odds, Lhota has been fighting a tough, well-financed campaign to keep DeBlasio out of Gracie Mansion. Here are five key factors to watch as the returns come in on Tuesday night.
For people with high incomes, rising insurance rates are a hassle. But for the struggling young, they’re a real problem. Here’s how the whole thing could come undone.
For me, Obamacare will mean $200 a month in higher premiums and almost a $2,000 higher deductible for my family. I'm not alone. Every day brings a new report by someone in a similar situation. On Friday, Jonathan Chait boldly argued that all this is as it should be. [I]t is true that some people actually are getting decent individual health insurance, and have to pay more under Obamacare. Before, insurers could charge them a rate based on their individual likelihood of needing medical care, and some people are lucky enough to present a very low actuarial health risk.
While the bill to end workplace discrimination against gay and lesbians seems poised to pass the Senate, it faces a new hurdle in the House.
The path towards the Employment Non-Discrimination Act or ENDA becoming law took one step forward on Monday morning but two steps backward when Speaker of the House John Boehner came out against the measure. The bill, which prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, was endorsed by Sen. Dean Heller, (R-NV) giving it the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster in the Senate. Heller’s support may help ENDA pass the Senate, but Boehner’s opposition dealt a major blow to its chances in the House.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is likely to clear a key Senate hurdle Monday, but some senators face political repercussions for their support—and House passage is in doubt.
The United States Senate is poised to pass a ban on workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians for the first time in American history, with 60 senators publicly committing to vote Monday for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA.All 55 Democrats and five Republicans have said they will support the bill, reaching the 60-vote threshold needed to bypass a filibuster. A number of senators are taking significant political risks by voting for ENDA—the most notable of whom is a Democrat.
I guess anything can still happen, but it sure looks like Terry McAuliffe is going to be the next governor of Virginia. It's worth noting that this breaks a very long-observed historical trend in the commonwealth. In every gubernatorial election sincce 1981, Virginians have elected as their governor the standard-bearer of the opposite party from the man who won the presidential election the year before. So it's always been as if Virginia looked at what the country did one year and decided to do the opposite the next.
The Michigan city, down on its luck, is poised to elect its first white mayor in 40 years. He’s got his work cut out for him.
DETROIT—The nation’s most dangerous neighborhood, by one measure, is a sleepy piece of real estate on a fall Saturday afternoon. A lady of around 60 is getting out of her almost-as-old Buick in front of the Obedient Missionary Baptist Church, near Chicago Street and Livernois Avenue. The fire station, LE 2142, is quiet. Someone has poked holes in the side of the William Ruthrauff School, built in the early 1920s, its tall windows busted out long ago.
Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial implosion may be distracting pundits, but E.W. Jackson’s laughable candidacy for lieutenant governor is an even bigger embarrassment for the state party.
Right now, all the attention in the Virginia gubernatorial race is focused on Ken Cuccinelli’s losing campaign and Mark Obenshain’s competitive race for attorney general. The other statewide race, between state Sen. Ralph Northam and Bishop E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor, has gone off the radar, and for good reason. There’s no question that the far-right candidate will lose in a landslide. Jackson’s not a candidate as much as he is a sideshow, an example of the base-driven politics that has crippled Virginia’s Republican Party in the general election.
Tuesday’s Republican runoff election in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District may not just decide the state’s next congressman—it could influence the party’s strategy for months to come.
There’s a must-watch Republican runoff election this week in Alabama, but it’s not the typical fight between the establishment and the Tea Party.In the race to be the GOP nominee in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District—tantamount to election in this deep red district—both candidates are staunchly conservative. Both the establishment and Tea Party candidate would have voted against the deal to end the government shutdown, and both view Obamacare as a grave threat to America.
The New Jersey governor is doing something few Republicans have managed to do: He's getting the Hispanic vote. What the GOP can learn from him.
¿Chris Christie, sí que puede? It certainly looks that way, with the New Jersey governor set to cruise to re-election over his Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono on Tuesday. And when you lead in the polls by more than thirty points—as Christie does—the victory tends to be all encompassing, with every sort of micro-targeted demographic group lining up behind the winner. But Christie’s wooing and winning of one such group in New Jersey has caught the eye of political observers, especially as attention drifts towards 2016.
In addition to mounting flags on highways, the 'Virginia Flaggers' also gather every week to protest a museum that doesn't share their fondness for the Confederacy.
Over the summer, I wrote about the Virginia Flaggers, a “Southern Heritage” group that had a (successful) plan to erect a large Confederate flag just south of Richmond, on Interstate 95.In general, the group—which celebrated its second birthday this September—works to “honor the Confederate soldier” in any way possible, including parades, rallies, and protests. So far—according to the group—they have demonstrated against a reception at the Virginia Governor’s mansion celebrating the film Lincoln, rallied against a “Lincoln Day” bill in the General Assembly, petitioned the Lexington City Council for a “Lee-Jackson Day” proclamation, and attacked a legislative proposal to create a “Virginia Slave Commission” dedicated to studying the state’s role in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
The Sunday talk shows focused their attention on the early morning deal brokered to stop Iran's nuclear enrichment program. Is it a good deal or a historic mistake?
When will corporate America realize it doesn’t pay enough?