Why did the GOP vote for a budget-busting spending bill? Because voters don’t seem to care.

More than 70 percent of Republicans in the House and Senate happily voted for the massive bipartisan budget compromise, despite years of preaching the gospel of small government and lowering federal spending. … To many observers it was a breathtaking contradiction, with some suggesting that there would be political consequences […] Read more »

The End of the 114th Congress

The 114th Congress has finally ended. The most polarized Congress since the early 20th Century and one where almost all issues have been drawn into the first dimension [we will address dimensionality in a future post; the current period is unique in American history]. CONT. Voteview Read more »

Trump Overtakes Cruz in Final Iowa Poll Before Caucuses

Donald Trump has overtaken Ted Cruz in the final days before Iowa’s caucuses, with the fate of the race closely tied to the size of Monday evening’s turnout, especially among evangelical voters and those attending for the first time, a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows. CONT. John McCormick, […] Read more »

Focus Group Reveals Their Big Winner of Tonight’s GOP Debate

According to a focus group of Iowa Republican voters, Marco Rubio was the big winner of tonight’s Fox News-Google GOP debate. The participants nearly unanimously agreed that the most powerful and impactful moment of the debate was when Rubio answered Megyn Kelly’s tough question on illegal immigration and amnesty. CONT. […] Read more »

Fox News Poll: Trump gains in Iowa, still dominates in New Hampshire

With just over a week until the first 2016 election contest, Donald Trump takes the lead in Iowa — and maintains his big advantage in New Hampshire. That’s according to the latest round of Fox News state polls on the Republican presidential nomination contest. CONT. Dana Blanton, Fox News Read more »

It’s Cruz vs. Trump and Rubio vs. Carson in Home-Stretch Iowa Poll

Less than three weeks before Iowa caucus-goers cast the first votes of the 2016 presidential election, the Republican contest in the crucial first heat has boiled down to two neck-and-neck races, one between U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Donald Trump and another between U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of […] Read more »

The Fifth Republican Debate Ends In A Nine-Way Draw

The Republican debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night had the feeling of a soccer match that ended in a nil-nil draw. It was a tactical and defensively minded affair, full of technically competent but predictable performances. The only candidates who broke form were those who didn’t have much to […] Read more »