What Happened to Mountain Republicans in the South?

Even when Democrats dominated the so-called Solid South, the GOP showed strength in mountain areas of the region. Northwestern Arkansas, eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and western Virginia all had substantial Republican sympathies. But now that the national Republican Party has transitioned from the Party of Lincoln to the party […] Read more »

American Medical Association Releases Battleground Poll Results on GOP Health Reform Fixes

The American Medical Association (AMA) today released poll results showing that policies currently under consideration– particularly Medicaid cuts and narrowed coverage plans – are largely unpopular among voters in states representing nearly every region of the country. CONT. American Medical Association Read more »

Three-Year Impacts of the Affordable Care Act: Improved Medical Care and Health Among Low-Income Adults

Low-income adults in Arkansas and Kentucky who obtained coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion had better access to primary care and preventive health services, lower out-of-pocket costs, improved medication compliance, and improved self-reported health status than did low-income adults in Texas, which did not expand Medicaid. Among adults […] Read more »

Trump Dominates in Bloomberg Poll of ‘SEC Primary’ States

Donald Trump holds a substantial lead in the southern region where Republican voters have their say on March 1, displaying remarkable strength for a twice-divorced New Yorker in Bible Belt states home to some of the nation’s most conservative voters. CONT. John McCormick, Bloomberg Politics Read more »

Preaching to The Choir: How Church Attendance Divides the Parties

Why were Republican legislative leaders in Arkansas and Indiana so blindsided by the backlash against their “religious-freedom” laws that critics view as a license to discriminate against gays? One reason may be that Republicans in many cases are now literally preaching to the choir: Republican partisans are much more likely […] Read more »

Parties Trade Places in Culture Wars Over Rights Measures

The uproar set off by legislation in Indiana and Arkansas that sponsors billed as religious freedom measures not only signaled a revival of the culture wars, but also threw into stark relief the expectations and tensions in the coalitions that now make up the two major political parties. The contrasting […] Read more »

Fewer Conservative Dems in Arkansas Adds to Tight Midterm

As Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor battles to keep the seat to which he was re-elected in 2008, the Democratic Party’s declining ability to attract conservatives in Arkansas may complicate his re-election prospects. In a state that is consistently more conservative than the nation, conservative Democrats may have been the […] Read more »