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Cadillac Ad Tries to Bridge Nation’s Chasm, Without Falling In

Can a luxury auto ad help bridge the deep political chasm in America — and, while it’s at it, sell cars?<p>General Motors’ Cadillac division is about to find out.<p>On Sunday, its new advertising campaign will make its debut during the Oscars broadcast on ABC, which is, after the Super Bowl, the biggest …

A Look Back Sheds Light on Redistricting

• <b>2011 Civitas article illuminates the history of redistricting arguments</b>• <b><br>In the past, Democrats admitted drawing voting maps for political purposes</b>• <b><br>A</b> …

North Carolina

The Clintons turned the Democratic party over to donors. Can it recover?

While the pundit class all said the Republican party was being torn apart by this election, it is the Democratic party that is in tatters. Now it must be rebuilt<p>Hillary Clinton chose a bitterly ironic party location to thank her massive donor network last week: the grand ballroom of The Plaza, once …

Hillary Clinton

Meet the 82-Year-Old Grandma Lobbying for Abortion Rights

And two other grandmas we love expanding health care in their communities.

Abortion

A Lobbyist Wrote the Bill. Will the Tobacco Industry Win Its E-Cigarette Fight?

WASHINGTON — The e-cigarette and cigar industries have enlisted high-profile lobbyists and influential congressional allies in an attempt to stop the Food and Drug Administration from retroactively examining their products for public health risks or banning them from the market.<p>The campaign targets …

The God That Failed

The 2000 election left a Democratic Party that was simultaneously angry, dispirited and divided. Populists believed that Al Gore made a terrible …

Democracy

Ticket splitting is dead. National parties are now everything.

Every single state that elected a Republican senator this November voted for Donald Trump — and every single state that elected a Democratic senator voted for Hillary Clinton.<p>That’s a first in American history — at least going back to 1913, when the Constitution began mandating the direct popular …

Elections

History Suggests The Democrats Won’t Stay In the Wilderness

After Tuesday’s election results, Democrats lost the White House and remained a minority in Congress and in state legislative chambers.1 Their …

Democracy

House Takes Legal Action Against Obamacare Bailout for Insurance Companies

<b>WASHINGTON—</b>The House of Representatives has filed an amicus brief to the United States Court of Federal Claims in <i>Health Republic Insurance Company v.</i> …

Government

Michigan Begs Supreme Court To Reinstate Ban On 'Straight-Ticket' Voting

A lower court found the ban disproportionately affected black voters.<p>Running against the clock, Michigan on Friday asked the Supreme Court to allow the state to enforce a ban on “straight-ticket” voting ― the practice of voting for all the candidates of the same party by marking a single box on a …

Sanders: 15 percent debate threshold 'probably too high'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Trump 'fostering hatred' with refugee ban Sanders: I will vote no on Tillerson Sanders applauds scientists …

Bernie Sanders

Why Hasn’t the Republican Party Collapsed?

We shouldn’t be asking whether the GOP is falling apart. We ought to be wondering why it isn’t.<p>To be a political scientist in the Trump era is to constantly ponder one big question: whether the Republican Party is in a state of collapse. Could the growing split over Donald Trump bring about the end …

50 Years of Electoral College Maps: How the U.S. Turned Red and Blue

The beginnings of the blue-red regional alignment in today’s American politics can be traced to 1964, when Republicans broke through in the South after almost 100 years of Democratic domination.<p>We’ve included a chart of that Electoral College map and the 12 others since then, along with a brief …

Clinton-Trump debate sites plan for a third podium

With third-party candidates hovering near the threshold, the debate commission advises hosts to consider a bigger stage.<p>Updated 08/09/16 06:15 AM EDT<p>The venues that will host the presidential debates are drawing up plans for a three-person forum that would provide a lectern for a third-party …

NARAL Endorses Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for Congress

<b>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</b><p><b>August 16, 2016</b><p>NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC today announced its endorsement of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her campaign to …

Outside groups dominating Senate contests this cycle, report finds

Outside groups have aired almost half of all political ads for Senate races this election cycle, an all-time high at 49 percent. Entities not …

Elections

Is pot the new gay marriage for the GOP?

Republicans struggle to find their footing on an issue that resonates with younger voters.<p>Updated 02/02/15 06:38 AM EST<p>Marijuana is shaping up to be the new gay marriage of GOP politics — most Republicans would rather not talk about it, except to punt to the states.<p>But when it comes to the 2016 …

Minority groups: Dems still falling short in consultants' diversity

Campaign arms like the DNC and DCCC ‘can’t just keep hiring friends over and over again,’ some Democrats say.<p>Three months after a devastating loss that could put them deep in the political wilderness for years, House Democrats still haven’t fixed one of their members’ biggest complaints — the need …

Unprecedented amount of 'dark money' fuels midterm races

In Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, crowded with attack ads from both sides, one group has spent millions praising Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a friend of the state's coal industry and flaying his Democratic challenger for cashing checks from "anti-coal" environmentalists.<p>Whether the coal …

Boehner rakes in cash for openly gay Republican candidate

The Ohio Republican is heading to California this week, where he’ll raise cash for openly gay Republican candidate Carl DeMaio in defiance of several …

John Boehner

2014: A Contrast of Priorities

As the GOP-led House Rules Committees meets today to move forward with their latest partisan ploy – a sham lawsuit against the President, the DNC …

Elections

Polling Matters

Several aspects of Donald Trump's broad themes as he takes over the presidency fit well with general trends in U.S. public opinion.<p>Time magazine's …

Freedom Socialist Party 2012 Platform

Stephen Durham for President<p>A strong workers’ rights advocate who has long fought racial and sexual discrimination, Durham speaks three languages and …

Socialism

Turn out for what? The two major parties have only contacted 25 percent of registered voters.

In the last stretch of any campaign, all the ads and news coverage tend to run together in a muddled mess. Thus, the two major parties are increasingly emphasizing direct contact and mobilization efforts. Why is contact so important? Well, 82 percent of contacted voters say they are absolutely …

21st Century

The right's youth problem is deeper than you realize

It's hardly a secret at this point that the youngest cohort of voters tilts pretty heavily toward the Democratic Party. But this Pew survey illustrates that in some ways the challenge for Republican leaders is more complicated than most people appreciate. It's not just that young people are …