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Democrats blame redistricting for loss of blue seats in legislature

Democrats blame redistricting for loss of blue seats in legislature

Democrats in the Alaska Legislature say the state’s redistricting process is flawed and needs to be made more nonpartisan.

Meet The New GOP, Same As The Old GOP?

Meet The New GOP, Same As The Old GOP?

There has been no dearth of post-election Republican self-flagellation. But the party is still sorting out solutions, wrangling over whether its problems lie in its positions on issues ranging from immigration to women’s reproductive health, or simply in its sales job with the voting public.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Obama Says He Has One Mandate: To Help The Middle Class

Obama Says He Has One Mandate: To Help The Middle Class

The newly re-elected president indicated that he, not congressional Republicans, reflected more of the popular will, with his call for higher taxes on the wealthy as part of any agreement to avert the fiscal cliff.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Obama’s Feat: Not Just Winning, But How He Won

Obama’s Feat: Not Just Winning, But How He Won

Many of the minority groups central to President Obama’s victory had long supported Democrats. But he’s the first party leader to put together a stable — and majority — coalition since Franklin D. Roosevelt back in the 1930s. This coalition promises to pay dividends to his party for years to come.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

It’s All Politics, Nov. 8, 2012

It’s All Politics, Nov. 8, 2012

Election Day has come and gone, but NPR’s Ron Elving and Ken Rudin are still trying to make sense of it all. Was it close? Well, a 50-to-48 percent popular-vote edge for President Obama certainly indicates that. But the Electoral College split was another story.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Senate Democrats Add To Majority: Caucus Now 54 Plus One

Senate Democrats Add To Majority: Caucus Now 54 Plus One

Senate Democrats did better than just keep their slim majority. Wednesday brought news that they expanded it by managing to retain control of two of their most threatened seats, in Montana and North Dakota.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Business, Labor Groups Laud Obama Victory

Exit polls showed the economy was Issue No. 1 with voters in this presidential election. And it didn’t take long for labor organizers and business leaders to start offering their thoughts on the re-election of President Obama.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Republicans Keep The House; Democrats Likely To Retain Senate

Republicans Keep The House; Democrats Likely To Retain Senate

Republicans need a net gain of just three or four seats to take over the Senate and — assuming they keep the House — consolidate influence on Capitol Hill. Despite the favorable election arithmetic, Republicans are foundering in several key Senate races and face an uphill battle.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

In Iowa, The Physics Of Politics

In Iowa, The Physics Of Politics

Both campaigns want to claim momentum heading into the final days of the campaign. This is especially true in battleground states like Iowa, where enthusiasm and voter turnout can make all the difference. Momentum is a common political metaphor, but what does it really tell us?» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Superstorm Sandy May Have Blown In Fresh Breeze Of Bipartisanship

Superstorm Sandy May Have Blown In Fresh Breeze Of Bipartisanship

When President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came together in the aftermath of the superstorm, pundits took notice of a rare moment of bipartisanship and wondered if more was to come.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us