White-Out: Where Democrats Lost the House

Republicans have surged to their largest majority in the House of Representatives since before the Great Depression by blunting the Democratic advantage in districts being reshaped by growing racial diversity and consolidating a decisive hold over the seats that are not. Compared with 2009 and 2010, when Democrats last controlled […] Read more »

Losing the Tea Party Baggage

With the demographic composition of the electorate rapidly changing, what is the best way for Republicans in diverse states to campaign? The election in November of Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado provides a template for the party on how to succeed in a battleground state with two ascendant constituencies: well-educated […] Read more »

2014: The year in the polls

Polling in 2014 found Americans voicing a lot of worry and concern – and continued dissatisfaction toward Washington that managed to hit record numbers by some measures. Americans offered slightly more positive views of the economy overall then in recent years, but nothing like pre-crash levels. And the political year, […] Read more »

The Year in Charts

Although developments on the political front were certainly dispiriting, for the first time in years, the economic news was not all gloomy. But with the economy improving, there was less focus on the continuing need to address flagging incomes, rising inequality and unbalanced government spending. Below are 10 charts to […] Read more »

Learning from 2014 and Turning to 2016

Now that we are getting the second and third level dissections of Campaign 2014 from thoughtful Democratic analysts, we thought it would be a good time for a review. The starting point for the post-election discussion amounted to efforts to reassure dispirited Democrats that the 2014 election was typically unique […] Read more »

AP-Times Square poll: Feeling optimistic for 2015

Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There’s room for improvement: Americans give the […] Read more »