In the 2014 election cycle, Rand Paul’s “leadership PAC” Reinventing A New Direction sent funds to just one candidate for the Maine State Legislature: Republican Eric Brakey of New Gloucester. With that kind of specificity, it’s fair to say that Rand Paul’s organization singled Eric Brakey as his kind of candidate. Brakey won office and […]
If you look at the results of the 2014 elections for the Alabama State House of Representatives and Senate, you might get the idea that the major divide is between Democrats and Republicans, with 98 Republicans, 41 Democrats and 1 Independent elected to the two chambers of the Alabama State Legislature. But there is a […]
In September last year, a voter rally was held in Michigan, a grassroots demonstration that people in that state supported the Republican campaign of Terri Lynn Land enough to go to the trouble of putting together a well-orchestrated event. Today, we’re learning that, although the event was well-orchestrated, it wasn’t at all what it appeared […]
During the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney made it clear that he is opposed to equality in marriage rights for heterosexuals and homosexuals. “I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name,” he said. Romney has […]
Last October, I noted the strong connection between Americans Elect corporate leadership and the 2014 Senate candidacy of private equity candidate Greg Orman through an entity called the Committee to Elect an Independent Senate, founded by Americans Elect CEO and private equity financier Peter Ackerman. Since then, this new politial enterprise of Peter Ackerman’s has […]
In November 2013, J. Clifford wrote here about a Green Party that complained about ballot access but wasn’t running candidates.
In November 2014, the Maine Green Independent Party ran 13 candidates for state legislature — an impressive feat for a party with very few members and zero corporate support. It’s true that none of those […]
This week, a political action committee called Conservative Strikeforce wrote a check to a business called Active Engagement Limited Liability Corporation.
I see that the spending was on behalf of Bill Cassidy, who is running against Mary Landrieu in Louisiana’s U.S. Senate runoff election, but I don’t understand:
– Who is the Conservative Strikeforce striking? […]
Think that the 2014 congressional election is over? Think again. Down in Louisiana, there’s a runoff election for a seat in the U.S. Senate, between incumbent conservative Democrat, darling of the oil industry, Mary Landrieu, and Republican Bill Cassidy, who isn’t just pro-oil, but is also pro-gun. (Hey, Bill, while you’re at it, why not […]
In the wake of the 2014 elections, I return to a perennial puzzle for me: do I only support political candidates who I feel are the best match possible, or do I recognize that some politicians are better than others, and that better is good enough? I’ve been voting for a quarter of a century […]
The Republican Party was the clear winner in the 2014 congressional elections. The GOP increased its control over the House of Representatives, and gained control of the Senate.
There will be many interpretations of yesterday’s elections, directed largely by the interpreters’ ideology. Republicans will say that this proves that America wants to ban gay marriage, […]
Some endorsements are the opposite of helpful.
On my way to vote this afternoon, I passed by the lawn signs you see below, promoting John Katko for Congress and Rob Astorino for Governor.
Why share this picture of these lawn signs? For me, the story is all in the vacant lot behind the signs.