Public Ranks Children’s Health Insurance, Marketplace Stabilization Higher Priorities than ACA Repeal

Among health priorities facing urgent deadlines in Washington in September, the public ranks repeal of the Affordable Care Act lower than reauthorizing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and stabilizing individual health insurance marketplaces established by the ACA, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s new tracking poll finds. CONT. Kaiser […] Read more »

Why Trump’s Softening on Immigration Is Unlikely to Splinter His Base

In a matter of weeks, President Trump has twice struck deals with Democrats in Congress that have left many of his supporters flummoxed. … But the informal DACA agreement with Democrats is unlikely to be the move that splinters his re-election coalition. Partnering with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on […] Read more »

Alabama’s Senate runoff election mirrors the national struggle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party

Thanks to a traditionalistic political culture and modern-day culture wars, public humiliation and scandal have plagued all three branches of Alabama government in the last year. In July 2016, former House Speaker Mike Hubbard was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for felony ethics violations for soliciting money […] Read more »

Divided Democratic Party Debates Its Future as 2020 Looms

… On the surface, the Democratic Party has been united and energized by its shared disgust for Trump. But dig an inch deeper and it’s clear that the party is divided, split on issues including free trade, health care, foreign affairs and Wall Street. They even disagree over the political […] Read more »

Unsweet Home Alabama

In the midst of a grueling campaign for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, Alabama’s political sweet tea has acquired a distinctly sour taste. Appointed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R) finds himself in a vulnerable position against former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) in the party’s primary […] Read more »

New Jersey Democrats: Growing certainty at the ballot box, but not in the courtroom

Ever since comfortably winning the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in June, former Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy has seemed like a towering favorite to succeed term-limited Gov. Chris Christie (R) as New Jersey’s next governor. … More interesting than this gubernatorial race, though, is the ongoing trial of Sen. Robert Menendez […] Read more »

NBC/WSJ Poll: Public Likes Trump’s Bipartisan Move — But Little Else

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has inched up, and more than 70 percent of Americans support his recent deal with Democratic leaders to provide hurricane relief and keep the government open for 90 days, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. But the same poll finds that only […] Read more »

Trump Voters Not Bothered by Overtures to Democrats

Despite a far-right outcry about Donald Trump’s dealings with Congressional Democrats, it appears that the president’s base has not deserted him as his job approval rating remains stable in the latest Monmouth University Poll. While some Trump voters would be upset if he softened his position on a core issue […] Read more »