Why Republicans Don’t Fear a Shutdown, But Should

Nathan L. Gonzales April 26, 2017 · 8:55 AM EDT

For many Republicans, it’s a fairly simple calculation: There was a supposedly catastrophic government shutdown in 2013 and the GOP gained 13 House seats a year later. So what’s the big deal if the government shuts down again?

With another funding deadline on the horizon, selective memory loss…

Are Wisconsin and Pennsylvania Changing Color?

Stuart Rothenberg April 25, 2017 · 8:55 AM EDT

Are Wisconsin and Pennsylvania realigning with the GOP, or were Donald Trump’s victories in both states – and the accompanying Republican Senate wins last year – merely aberrations?

The answer will likely impact the fate of the country’s two major parties over the next decade.


2017-18 Gubernatorial Overview: Victory Now, Redistricting Power Later

Nathan L. Gonzales April 21, 2017 · 3:00 PM EDT

Gubernatorial races might feel irrelevant in and distant from Washington, which is dominated by the presidency and Congress, but the next batch of races will have a profound impact on which party controls the House next decade. 

Voters in 38 states (including nine of the 10 largest) will elect a…

2017-18 Gubernatorial Overview (April 21, 2017) Alabama - Illinois

April 21, 2017 · 2:59 PM EDT

ALABAMA -- Kay Ivey (R), assumed governorship April 2017. Ivey recently became governor after GOP Gov. Robert Bentley resigned under an ethical cloud involving an extramarital affair and improper use of state resources. Ivey becomes the first female governor of Alabama since Lurleen Wallace, wife…

2017-18 Gubernatorial Overview (April 21, 2017) Iowa - New Mexico

April 21, 2017 · 2:58 PM EDT

IOWA -- Terry Branstad (R), elected 2010 (53%), 2014 (59%); previously elected 1982 (53%), 1986 (52%), 1990 (61%) and 1994 (57%). Branstad is President Trump’s choice to be the U.S. ambassador to China, which would elevate Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to governor of the Hawkeye State upon Branstad’s…

2017-18 Gubernatorial Overview (April 21, 2017) New York - Wyoming

April 21, 2017 · 2:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- Andrew Cuomo (D) elected 2010 (63%), 2014 (54%). The governor is expected to seek a third term and the race is not expected to be particularly competitive. Law professor Zephyr Teachout challenged Cuomo in the 2014 primary (lost 63-33% percent) and then lost a competitive congressional…

Parties Continue Special Election Slog

Nathan L. Gonzales April 21, 2017 · 2:56 PM EDT

We’ve gone from theories to reality as voters head to the polls in the first batch of special elections. While Republicans staved off disaster in the 4th District of Kansas and the initial primary in the 6th District of Georgia, it’s clear that President Donald Trump is inspiring Democrats to…