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by / on January 5, 2014 at 11:02 am / in Domestic, Winter 2013

Too Right to Be Wrong

…ington editor for The National Review, it only took about forty far-right House members to force the rest of the Republican caucus to grandstand on the debt limit. These forty, mainly Tea Party-affiliated conservatives, were able to threaten another 60 to 80 members of the Republican caucus with the prospect of primary challenges. Boehner suddenly had a hundred House Republicans unwilling to vote with him on any deal that did not include the defu…

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by / on August 9, 2012 at 11:02 am / in Domestic, Opinion

Race Won’t Win the Race

by Photo from wikimedia commons The Republican Party’s ability to keep control of the New York City Mayor’s office from 1994 to 2014 is especially impressive as there are over six registered Democrats for every one Republican in the five boroughs.  In each of the five elections over the twenty year period, the Republican Party has managed to put forth a strong, moderate leader with cross-party appeal who has won despite the Democrat’s…

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by / on October 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized

Get Out of the Kitchen

…President Scott Stringer.  Each of these candidates has raised millions for a potential mayoral bid, whereas no Republican candidates have established serious campaign committees. I have previously written about the successful GOP tactic of welcoming former Democratic political novices to run on the Republican line.  Candidates like Rudy Guiliani and Michael Bloomberg have proven that skipping a challenging Democratic primary can lead to City Ha…

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by / on March 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm / in Domestic

Electoral Dysfunction

…use this method). In the battleground states of Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, Republicans are blazing forward with this plan. In many of these states, congressional district lines have been gerrymandered to favor Republicans, effectively guaranteeing that those districts will support Republican presidential candidates in future elections.  As Stephen Colbert aptly said of gerrymandering when he highlighted this…

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by / on September 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion

Marriage Equality Republicans Face Primaries

…nges to Senators Roy McDonald of Saratoga and Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie are yet to be finalized. The fourth Republican to break ranks in 2011 was Senator James Alesi, the Rochester Republican who decided to retire rather than face a significant challenge in the GOP primary on account of his support of marriage equality. Important to note, however, is the extreme voter fatigue currently permeating throughout New York.  New Yorkers have alread…

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by / on October 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized

Cuomo in Control

…s in full swing as campaigns enter the final month of operations in anticipation of the November 6 election. The Republicans hold a slight advantage in the Senate, 33-29. The Democrats briefly held control of the Senate for a year for the first time in decades until the 2009 leadership crisis, which culminated in a return to Republican leadership. The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is likely to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to he…

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by / on November 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized

The Grand Old Problem

…steal two relatively small states (by Electoral College standards) out of Obama’s landslide 2008 column. For the Republican Party, this is a problem. Not just in the sense that it will be the opposition party for another four years. Oh no, this highlights serious and fundamental problems within the ideology, composition, and platform of the Republican Party. Even though the Republican primaries managed to nominate one of the most centrist candida…

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by / on August 27, 2012 at 11:55 am / in Domestic, Opinion

Conventional Wisdom

…aul should be commended for his ideological integrity, but perhaps his decades of being a Libertarian dressed in Republican clothes have finally caught up to him. Frankly, a man who supports, among many other things, legalizing heroin, has no place in the socially (at the minimum) moderate Republican Party. While it was feared that Hurricane Isaac might ruin the GOP’s best laid plans, a slight schedule shuffling was all that was necessary; also,…

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by / on November 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Media, Uncategorized

The Fact Check Republic

…eed for cooperation over conflict. He followed with an opinion held by himself and other Democrats regarding the Republican Party. He concludes by stating why Obama should be re-elected. The Associated Press’ research does not examine whether cooperation actually works better than conflict during tough times, nor does not survey Republicans to see what they actually think. Instead it counters an argument Clinton does not even rhetorically make, t…

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by / on December 17, 2006 at 9:58 am / in Domestic, Election

Left on Main Street

…difference this election cycle because it became one way in which voters turned away from the usually effective Republican modus operandi. Promises of tax cuts tend to complement rhetoric on anti-abortion and pro-gun conservatism, all stances that resonate powerfully in rural areas of Ohio like Defiance. Historically, Republicans have tapped into that rhetoric because of its reliability in securing votes — a phenomenon due, in large part, to its…

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