Both Parties Guilty of Ballot Games

April 12, 2006 · 12:05 AM EDT

While some Democrats are incensed about the way former Majority Leader Tom DeLay chose to exit his race for reelection in Texas 22, both parties are guilty of being coy with election laws, primaries, and filing deadlines to gain a partisan advantage.

Of all the accusations hurled at DeLay, being…

No Time to DeLay: Now What for the Democrats?

April 11, 2006 · 12:05 AM EDT

In announcing that he was ending his Congressional career and would resign his seat in the United States House of Representatives, Representative Tom DeLay (R) gave Democrats just what they wished for: His head.

DeLay’s exit won’t deprive Democrats of their “culture of corruption” argument.…

It May Look and Smell Like a Poll, but Is It?

by Stuart Rothenberg April 10, 2006 · 12:10 AM EDT

I read “Beware of Online Polls” on the Hotline Web log only a few hours before I received a press release from Tennessee GOP Senate hopeful Ed Bryant’s campaign screaming that “Zogby Poll Confirms Bryant Strongest Candidate.” Bryant’s memo was mostly balderdash, and it’s not alone. I’m seeing…

New Print Edition: KY3, MI Senate, & Senate Ratings

April 7, 2006 · 3:39 PM EDT

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Kentucky 3: Bucking the Trend
By Nathan L. Gonzales

Republican incumbents in districts carried by John Kerry are bracing themselves for the potential…

Kentucky 3: Bucking the Trend

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 7, 2006 · 12:57 PM EDT

Republican incumbents in districts carried by John Kerry are bracing themselves for the potential Democratic wave this November, but Kentucky’s 3rd District Cong. Anne Northup (R) is hoping to be the exception rather than the rule.

For four consecutive cycles, Democratic candidates have…

Michigan Senate: Wading Upstream

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 7, 2006 · 11:02 AM EDT

Republicans spent much of last year cycling through a list of potential candidates, but they are still taking their best shot at Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Even after names like Cong. Candice Miller, Domino’s Pizza CEO David Brandon, and Jane Abraham dropped off the board, three Republicans…

Do the Democrats Need to Nationalize the Midterm Elections?

by Stuart Rothenberg April 6, 2006 · 12:05 AM EDT

I often get asked whether Democrats will be able to nationalize this year’s midterm elections. It’s both an important and reasonable question, since the answer will determine what kind of year the parties will have in November.

But, alas, it’s the wrong question to ask.

The better question is…

War, What is it Good For?

April 4, 2006 · 12:10 AM EDT

If you listen to some conservative evangelicals these days, we are all standing in the middle of the battlefield of a great war. The War on Terrorism you say? Nope. Bigger. It’s the War on Christians. Whose side are you on?

A recent conference sponsored by Vision America entitled, “The War on…

Things Continue to Fall in Place for John McCain

by Stuart Rothenberg April 3, 2006 · 12:05 AM EDT

It’s still a long time until the Iowa caucuses formally kick off the 2008 race for the White House. But it’s hard not to conclude that events are lining up perfectly for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), should he decide to make another run.

A weakened President Bush and a damaged Republican Party…