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February 23, 2013
Was the 2010 'Wave' of GOP Freshmen Any More Conservative Than the Rest of the Party?

No, according to the National Journal: The average conservative score for members of the class of 2010 is 72.8 compared with 71.3 for other House Republicans.

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February 23, 2013
Why Republicans Are Better at the State Level

And, by extension, the local level: Josh Barro explains why Republicans have been much more successful at winning elections and implementing their policy agendas at the state and local level than at the federal level. “The idea that government should run like a business or a household has led Republicans dangerously astray at the federal level, […]

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February 23, 2013
Recommended Reading: Rule and Ruin

[amazon_enhanced asin="0199768404" container="div" container_class="right" price="All" background_color="FFFFFF" link_color="000000" text_color="0000FF" /]I overlooked this one - don't know how. From the description: As the 2012 elections approach, the Republican Party is rocketing rightward away from the center of public opinion. Republicans in Congress threaten to shut down the government and force a U.S. debt default. Tea Party activists mount […]

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February 23, 2013
GOP Needs a Shakeup

Bush former speechwriter Michael Gerson writes: A Republican recovery in presidential politics will depend on two factors. First, candidates will need to do more than rebrand existing policy approaches or translate them into Spanish. Some serious rethinking is necessary, particularly on economic matters. In our Commentary essay, we raise ideas such as ending corporate welfare, […]

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February 23, 2013
Why Black Voters Are Critical for the GOP and How We Can Gain Ground

The problem is that for the last four years, the conservative message has been married to—or at least, associated with—a rabid hostility to Barack Obama that reads as prejudiced to many African Americans. Put another way, respect goes a long way in politics and Republicans haven't done much to show respect to black voters, opting […]

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February 23, 2013
Did Question Bias Skew Results from James Madison Institute's Poll Showing 63% of Floridian's Oppose Medicaid Expansion?

Tallahassee, Florida-based James Madison Institute released a poll and press release showing that 63% of Floridian's oppose Medicare expansion, which Governor Rick Scott recently supported. While the merits of the expansion can be debated, I was thrown for a loop by the 63% margin. The results flew in the face of another poll by the Florida Hospital Association (certainly with its own […]

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February 20, 2013
Quote of the Day

Florida Governor Rick Scott on expanding Medicaid: "We have a Supreme Court decision, and we have an election that says this is the law of the land."

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February 17, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Our object is to avoid having stupid candidates who can’t win general elections, who are undisciplined, can’t raise money, aren’t putting together the support necessary to win a general election campaign, because this money is too difficult to raise to be spending it on behalf of candidates who have little chance of winning in a […]

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February 16, 2013
Red Brain, Blue Brain: Evaluative Processes Differ in Democrats and Republicans

Academic research on brain activity and how it differs with Republicans and Democrats. Interesting bit: Democrats showed significantly greater activity in the left insula, while Republicans showed significantly greater activity in the right amygdala. Liberals and conservatives exhibit different cognitive styles and converging lines of evidence suggest that biology influences differences in their political attitudes and […]

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February 16, 2013
Surprise: Liberals Decry Use of Negative Ads

Steve Rosenthal and Karyn Bruggerman of the Atlas Project decry use of negative ads, using Massachusetts as a case study: ...maintaining a positive profile proved to be as much of a boon to candidates as going negative hurt their opponents. Scott Brown’s polling numbers dropped only after he began to go negative against Warren in September, and […]

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