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Lessons for Trump Detractors, Members of Congress From a Loyalty Expert

Nathan L. Gonzales May 18, 2017 · 11:40 AM EDT

You’ve probably never heard of James Kane, but elected officials, party strategists, and even some reporters could learn from his perspective as a behavioral scientist (instead of a partisan hack) about how to fracture President Donald Trump’s base and the future of the two parties. 

I rarely have…

Should Democrats Recruit Pragmatists or Progressives?

Stuart Rothenberg May 16, 2017 · 8:55 AM EDT

A Republican friend of mine recently argued Democrats need to run candidates like former congressman Heath Shuler if they are going to become competitive again as a national party. The Democrats, he insisted, are just too liberal, especially culturally, to win where they must.

Given the Democrats’…

Alabama Senate Special: What a Short Strange Trip It’s Been

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 5, 2017 · 2:30 PM EDT

With an unpopular governor finally headed for the exits because of term limits and without a U.S. Senate seat up for re-election, Alabama was slated for a sleepy 2018 cycle. But President Donald Trump tapped Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his Attorney General, opening up his Senate seat which…

Florida 27: Taking Her Talents to Retirement

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 5, 2017 · 2:29 PM EDT

Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has been in office so long that her first campaign manager served two terms as governor of Florida and his brother served two terms as president since she was first elected to Congress. But now that she’s not seeking re-election, Democrats have an opportunity to…

It’s OK to Wait Before Jumping to Conclusions

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 5, 2017 · 2:28 PM EDT

Everyone take a deep breath. Democrats taunting Republicans on the House Floor. Republicans taking a victory lap in the White House Rose Garden. It’s all a little premature. 

First of all, the American Health Care Act isn’t even law yet and it’s not clear what it will look like if/when the Senate…

Candidate Conversation - Harley Rouda (D)

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May 5, 2017 · 2:27 PM EDT

Candidate for California’s 48th District

Interview Date: April 25, 2017

Date of Birth: Dec. 10, 1961; Columbus, Ohio

Education: Univ. of Ky. (1984); Capital Univ. Law School (J.D. 1986); Ohio State Univ. (MBA 2000)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Rouda is a…

Don’t Trust Politicians Who Say They Aren’t Running for President

Nathan L. Gonzales May 5, 2017 · 8:30 AM EDT

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told a group of local reporters in New York that she is not running for president in 2020. But, of course, that means you shouldn’t take her off any list of potential presidential candidates.

The Empire State’s junior senator is among the dozen or so Democrats…

Florida 27: Ros-Lehtinen Retirement Creates Vulnerable GOP Open Seat

Nathan L. Gonzales May 1, 2017 · 11:31 AM EDT

Long-time GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced her decision to not seek re-election next year, leaving behind a difficult open seat for her party to defend.

The Florida congresswoman is one of 23 Republicans to represent districts where Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in the most recent…