Keep end-of-August start day for schools

Keep end-of-August start day for schools Robert Scott, For the Express-News | May 14, 2015 A surprising number of bills has been filed in the Texas Legislature to change the school start date, currently the fourth Monday in August. When I served as the state’s commissioner of education, my job was to analyze education policy […]


Exclusive: Poll shows voter support for gas tax

Exclusive: Poll shows voter support for gas tax 16 February 2015 Aaron Gould Sheinin A majority of Georgia voters would support paying higher gas taxes to fund transportation improvements, a new poll released Monday shows. The poll, conducted for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, shows strong support among Georgians for lawmakers to boost funding for […]


WPA Political Brief: 5 Days to E Day

Today’s surf report… We’re less than a week from Election Day and things are looking really good for the Grand Old Party.  So now the conversation is shifting to what the definition of a “wave” is. The Left wants to set the bar high, so that a pick-up of a handful of House seats and […]


WPA Political Brief: 26 Days Before Election Day

Hope you’re enjoying all the political ads. Following is another weekly political update to take your mind off of college football. First, signs and portents…. Just under four weeks remain until we will know what really happened this year. Until then , well it’s just reading tealeaves and telling you what I see. This week […]


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 […]


WRS Vice President to Manage Gerlach for PA Gubernatorial Bid

WPA Vice President Scott Migli was named pollster for Jim Gerlach in his campaign for Governor of Pennsylvania earlier this year.  Today Scott is taking a temporary leave of absence from WPA to manage Congressman Gerlach’s bid.  WPA CEO Chris Wilson will take on the role as pollster for the Gerlach campaign and will handle […]


Poll Check: GOP holding steady in NJ – increasing lead in VA

Republican candidates for Governor in Virginia and New Jersey are reaping rewards for the national Democrats problems on the health care front.  As you can see below, despite current Governor Jon Corzine’s spending spree, he continues to be stuck in the high 30’s, while Republican candidate Chris Christie has inched up from the mid-40’s to […]


When do endorsements matter?

This article was co-authored by Chris Wilson and Alex Brunk Endorsements are a matter of some debate among most political operatives and pollsters.  Conventional wisdom is that they don’t matter much.  When they do matter, it’s because they run contrary to expectations.  A Democratic Party official endorsing a Democratic candidate is not news. Colin Powell […]


Roll Call: Chris Perkins joins WRS

Roll Call May 21, 2009 By Shira Toeplitz Roll Call Staff Things Are Perkins Up. GOP strategist Chris Perkins has joined Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research as vice president of the polling firm. A native of the Lone Star State, Perkins will run the Austin office and oversee the firm’s Texas operations. Perkins most recently […]


Watts now leads in OK Gov Match-up

See the Summary Tables (pdf). A recent WPA survey of 500 likely Oklahoma Republican primary voters indicates a very tight race for the Republican nomination for Governor. Former Congressman and Corporation Commissioner J.C. Watts leads Congresswoman Mary Fallin 39% to 36% if the Republican primary election for Governor were held today. Randy Brogdon receives five […]


Why The Rush To Annoint AG In PA Governor Race?

Since Barack Obama won Pennsylvania last November overwhelmingly, and Attorney General Tom Corbett won his re-election, many Republican leaders in PA are rushing to anoint AG Tom Corbett the Republican nominee for Governor because of that “impressive” victory. But let’s look at the race a little closer.  AG Tom Corbett is a good man, and one […]


Brownback has big lead in Kansas; Moran leads Tiahrt

Sam Brownback holds a big lead and is the odds-on favorite to win the Republican nomination to run for Kansas Governor, according to a recent statewide survey. If the primary were held today, Brownback would defeat Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh almost fourt to one: 64% to 17%, with 20% undecided. Most importanlty in a […]


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