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.
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.
Behind by a large margin in the Virginia gubernatorial race, and with only a few days until voters go the polls, the GOP firebrand has turned to the rhetoric of losing candidates.
For the final weekend of the Virginia gubernatorial campaign, both Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate, and Ken Cuccinelli—his Republican competitor—are crossing the state to close their arguments and galvanize their supporters. As a reporter in D.C., it would be easy enough to make the 30 minute drive into Northern Virginia and watch both candidates do their business. But Virginia is a state of many regional flavors, and I was curious to see if either campaign’s rhetoric varied from area to area.
Republicans at all levels of government have put up roadblocks to undermine the Affordable Care Act rollout. It’s an orchestrated resistance with only one very ugly precedent.
So we’re a month into the Obamacare era. What does your average American know about it? That the website is mess, and some number of Americans have suddenly lost their coverage after Barack Obama assured them that wouldn’t happen. These things are true, and a person would be quite wrong to deny this is deeply problematic.But I wonder how many Americans know the other side of the coin. There are already numerous success stories out there. And then there’s the side of the story that has certainly received coverage but not nearly as much as it deserves to, which is the way—did I say way? Ways—the Republican Party is trying to make sure it fails.
Laugh now about the GOP’s phony outrage over Healthcare.gov. If health-insurance premiums don’t come down when the law finally gets rolling, it’s Democrats who’ll be crying.
A new scandal is brewing in Washington, D.C. Maybe it will be called “Obamacare gate.” Or maybe “Healthecare.gov-gate.” Or perhaps “Fast and Furious-Benghazi-Obamacare-gate.” Regardless of the name, House Republicans are pursuing a full investigation into why Healthcare.gov is not functioning properly. And they are right on this one: The website is a mess. The news that only six people signed up on the first day is pathetic.But let’s be honest: House Republicans feigning concern for people unable to sign up for Obamacare is so hypocritical, it’s comedic.
Republican appointees on the D.C. Circuit Court decide that the religious beliefs of a company's owners grant it an exemption from a key part of the Affordable Care Act.
Since its passage, the Affordable Care Act has been subject to a wide number of legal challenges, from arguments against its constitutionality—settled last year—to attacks on individual aspects of the law. The contraception mandate, in particular, has been the focus of several efforts, and this morning, opponents of birth control won a major victory.To wit, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a challenge (PDF) to the contraception measure, which mandates employer coverage of birth control and other reproductive health services, like condoms and IUDs.
Toronto cops say they have a video reportedly showing Rob Ford smoking crack. But the disastrous mayor still has a surprising base of support.
TORONTO—It’s real. Toronto’s great civic MacGuffin is now in the hands of the police.It had been rumored on and off for months that police were in possession of a video of Mayor Rob Ford appearing to smoke crack cocaine. But no one expected the police chief to call a press conference announcing its acquisition. Now, as Ford again refuses to resign, Toronto’s political circus has gained yet another ring.And it’s kind of awesome. There’s a rush from living through a moment that is both self-evidently historic and brain-meltingly funny.
The New Jersey governor is over-performing every Republican in the country with African American voters, which could be a huge gain if he becomes the presidential nominee in 2016.
Yet another poll of the New Jersey gubernatorial race shows Republican Chris Christie with an outrageous lead over his Democratic opponent, State Senator Barbara Buono. According to the most recent survey from Farleigh Dickinson University’s polling center, PublicMind, Christie holds a 19 point lead over Buono, 59 percent to 40 percent. Likewise, he holds a favorability rating of 62 percent, compared to Buono’s 39 percent.But none of this is interesting.
The Democratic challenger to the Tea Party favorite is Jim Mowrer, an Army vet who grew up on a local farm. He’s out-fundraising the Republican in Iowa and says he could stage an upset.
Can Tea Party favorite Steve King be defeated in his western Iowa stronghold next year?King, a six-term Republican congressman, is facing what could be his toughest challenge yet from Jim Mowrer, an Army veteran who was born and raised on a farm in the district. Mowrer was active in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in 2008 and has already tapped the Vice President to appear at a fundraiser on his behalf. Taking advantage of some of these connections, Mowrer outraised King by over $70,000 and has a $35,000 advantage in cash on hand over the Republican incumbent.
Ted Cruz’s father is a master of rabble-rousing demagoguery but Michelle Cottle says the senator’s wife, Heidi, is the real driving force behind his political career.
For anyone who’d been wondering where Sen. Ted Cruz gets that trash-talking mouth of his, the video of his dad that surfaced this week should pretty much lay the question to rest.As a special Halloween treat, Mother Jones posted a speech that Rafael Cruz gave during his son’s Senate race last year. In it, Papa Cruz rants and raves about the “crisis” this country is facing because of its “Marxist” president. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the failed-businessman-turned-preacher goes on at length about how Obama and the rest of the Democratic heathen are trying to drive God from the public square.
Obama said Iraq could stand on its own after the last U.S. soldiers left in 2011. Now Iraq’s leader wants help to defeat the Qaeda affiliate that has grown strong in America’s absence.
The leader of Iraq, who publicly endorsed the exit of American troops from his country two years ago, will now be asking President Obama to help him defeat al-Qaeda’s affiliate, which has seen a resurgence in Iraq since America’s withdrawal at the end of 2011.Al-Qaida in Iraq, now called the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant, has resurrected itself in the last year, culminating this summer in a daring jailbreak from Abu-Ghraib prison that freed dozens of Qaeda leaders.
I hate to say ‘I told you so,’ but extremist Republicans still don’t understand that their obstruction on health-care reform isn’t helping. Here’s what I have to say to the critics.
I’m only human, and I’ve slipped once or twice. Yet on the whole, I think I’ve done a decent job biting back the “I told you so”s to my fellow Republicans on the subject of Obamacare. I don’t expect any kind of parade of recognition for having predicted the outcome accurately. On the other hand, it is annoying—after having predicted everything accurately—to hear “Ha ha yah boo!” from people who got everything wrong.For more than four years, I’ve argued the following about Obamacare and health reform:1) The Affordable Care Act is a bad law.
Republicans filibustered two Obama nominees on Thursday in yet another abuse of political protocol. It’s time for Democratic leadership to shut down the GOP’s ability to obstruct.
Thursday afternoon, Republicans filibustered two of President Obama’s nominees: one to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the other to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most important courts in the country.An ordinary observer might look at this and assume there was a problem with the nominees. Were they too extreme? Not qualified? Unprepared for the tasks ahead of them? In this case, not at all. Instead, it’s just another chapter in the GOP’s long effort to gum up the works and disrupt the White House through abuse of the filibuster, an otherwise extraordinary measure that has become a routine part of governance in the age of GOP extremism.
Saturday was the deadline to fix the site. Did they do it, and if so, does it even matter? The Sunday talk shows look at the practical and political future of Obamacare.
Crushed in the 2012 ground and data game, the GOP has learned its lesson—and is knee deep in Clinton oppo-research. From health care to the Hillary films, it’s already working.