‘Trump Effect’ is seismic for both Democrats, GOP in Virginia primary

The polarizing presidency of Donald Trump shook both parties in the Virginia gubernatorial primary Tuesday and ensured that the “Trump effect” in politics will be a dominant theme in the race in November. Hostility to Trump spurred strong turnout among Democrats, raising their hopes that primary winner Lt. Gov. Ralph […] Read more »

Republicans are predicting the beginning of the end of the tea party in Kansas

Kansas was at the heart of the tea party revolution, a red state where, six years ago, a deeply conservative group of Republicans took the state for a hard right turn. Now, after their policies failed to produce the results GOP politicians promised, the state has become host to another […] Read more »

A Democratic Donnybrook in the Old Dominion?

With the Virginia primary less than a week away, the eyes of the political world are now focused on the Old Dominion. Considering the early polling in New Jersey’s gubernatorial general election contest, where Phil Murphy (D) starts as the favorite over Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) after both won […] Read more »

Trump turmoil is spreading far beyond Washington to state and local races

As a cascade of controversies consumes the White House, anxiety is rising among Republicans well beyond the Beltway that President Trump’s troubles could take a severe toll on the party heading into next year’s midterm elections and beyond. With a near-daily string of new scandals and unfavorable headlines — including […] Read more »

Democratic Norms Are Under Attack, and Not Just by Trump

Shortly after last year’s election, Andrew Reynolds made a startling assertion. The University of North Carolina political scientist, who had helped devise a formula for measuring the vitality of democracies, wrote a newspaper column claiming his state’s restrictions on voting and its unwillingness to follow established rules “means our state […] Read more »

Forget Kansas. This chart shows why Republicans need to worry about 2018

Political Washington is in the midst of a heated debate over what — if anything — the somewhat-closer-than-expected special election in Kansas on Tuesday means for next November’s midterm elections. No matter where you come down on that question — I think there were clear warning signs for Republicans in […] Read more »