What’s wrong in Appalachia (And what do we do about it?)

The early November statewide elections in Kentucky and West Virginia were something of a yawn compared to the excitement of 2009 where big Republican wins in Virginia and New Jersey presaged the 2010 wave that swept Republicans into a dominant position in the House and in states nationwide. In Kentucky, Republican nominee David Williams was […]


Election Night 2011

Both parties scored victories last night in the odd-year election results.  Kentucky Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear scored, as predicted, an easy 56-35% win over state Senate President David Williams to secure a second term in office.  Democrats, except for the Office of Agriculture Commissioner, swept the statewide races.  There were no state legislative elections held. […]


Gallup: Debt Ceiling Increase Remains Unpopular

PRINCETON, NJ — Despite agreement among leaders of both sides of the political aisle in Washington that raising the U.S. debt ceiling is necessary, more Americans want their member of Congress to vote against such a bill than for it, 42% vs. 22%, while one-third are unsure. This 20-percentage-point edge in opposition to raising the […]


With Weiner Gone, Is NY-9 In Play?

Though New York City is among the most Democratic of American cities, newly-resigned Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D) now vacant Queens-Brooklyn seat is not as staunchly Democratic as one might guess.  In fact, the district is actually trending more Republican than any other NYC Democratic district.  Of course the Democratic special election nominee will be the […]


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