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Hyperpartisanship? Congressional Caucuses are a Showcase of BiPartisan Cooperation

Two inter-linked 501c4 corporations that refuse to disclose their donors are hip-deep in plans to throw their money behind as-yet unnamed candidates in the 2012 presidential and congressional elections. To justify their existence, Americans Elect and No Labels make the same claim: that American politics is wracked by hyperpartisanship. There’s just one problem with that [...]

Dump Obama, Primary Obama, Walk Away or Hijack?

There’s been a big to-do in the partisan Democratic blogosphere in the wake of Jeff Roby’s call for the formation and invigoration of a Dump Obama movement:

It is time to develop a tactical focus to our discontent. Now is the time to begin a Dump Obama movement. I hold to the following:

(1) The [...]

Is the NRA Partisan in its Campaign Finance Activities? Looking for answers in AL, AK, AZ, AR, and CA

Ask the National Rifle Association whether it is a partisan organization, and it will issue strenuous denials.

NRA Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris Cox:

The political reality is that we have President Obama, who had at one point 60 Democratic votes in the Senate and a 39-vote margin in the House. If [...]

Republican Rolling Astroturf Tour Comes to Maine Courtesy of Koch and 60 Plus

In covering the “Spending Revolt” bus tour that drove through the city of Bangor yesterday, Christopher Cousins only told half the story: that this political rally on wheels attracted a meager knot of 25 onlookers. Cousins didn’t tell readers why such the big bus tour could attract media fuss but so hardly any actual people.

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Palin and Pawlenty Point the Way for GOP in 2012: Outside Agitators for President

This week, Republican former governor Sarah Palin enthusiastically endorsed NY 23rd District Conservative Party congressional candidate Doug Hoffman. Her statement left no doubt of her position:

The people of the 23rd Congressional District of New York are ready to shake things up, and Doug Hoffman is coming on strong as Election Day approaches! He needs [...]

F-22 Boondoggle Shows Party isn't Everything in Politics

If you thought that politics was a matter of party, with the virtuous Democrats battling to save the Republic from the evil imperial Republicans (or vice versa), you’d have to swallow a mouthful of crow after looking at today’s roll call vote in the Senate to bring the F-22 fighter program to an end.

The [...]

Cosponsorship Networks in the U.S. Senate as of March 1, 2009

Cosponsorship, the act of registering one’s name as an official supporter of a bill, is a common activity in the United States Senate. Although the 111th Congress is less than two months old, 1753 cosponsorships for 495 Senate Bills and 11 Senate Joint Resolutions have been officially registered. That’s an average of 3 cosponsorships per [...]

Partisanship, Activism and Cosponsorship in the 111th Congress

Over at That’s My Congress, we’ve just posted some results of multiple regression analysis predicting the number of bills a member of Congress has cosponsored to date in the 111th Congress. The results, consistent for the House and Senate: Democrats don’t cosponsor significantly more bills than non-Democrats. Those whose actions are more strongly liberal and [...]

35 Blue States? 5 Red States? Gallup Data Offers Fear-Fueled Glimpse, Not Fixed Truth

In a press release that has already caused significant hubbub, the Gallup organization has released polling data from 2008 in which Americans are asked to identify themselves as Democratic, leaning Democratic, leaning Republican or Republican. Gallup finds that majority of its respondents identify as Democratic or as leaning Democratic. Furthermore, they use their data to [...]

Get FISA Right in the Middle of a Blind Spot on Obama

This morning, I received an e-mail inviting me to visit a website called Get FISA Right. With Repeal FISA lying in a coma, I went to take a look. The group describes itself as “non-partisan”:

Our members are a diverse group of nonpartisans from all walks of life who believe that the rights and liberties [...]

On Our Financial Crisis: The "It's All the Republicans' Fault" Myth

I’ve heard it one too many times now to keep my mouth shut: the line that the current financial mess is all the Republican Party’s fault:

With our government hemorraging money, our economy in shambles because of the greed and malfeance of elected officials and big business alike. The republican party of the 21st century [...]