The ‘Axis Of Evil’ In Arizona Once Again Sues To Overturn The Will Of The Voters

In case you missed it, the “axis of evil” in Arizona (the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, Center for Arizona Policy, and the Goldwater Institute) have teamed up once again to overturn the will of the voters, this time to overturn the Stop Dark Money initiative, Proposition 211, which voters approved by an overwhelming margin. The tyranny of … Read more

Republicans Try To ‘Cancel’ Corporate Free Speech Opposed To GQP Jim Crow 2.0 Voter Suppression Laws (Updated)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has lost his mind over corporate accountability, corporations speaking out in favor of voting rights in the wake of GQP Jim Crow 2.0 voter suppression laws being enacted by state legislatures around the country based upon Donald Trump’s Big Lie that the election was stolen from him. McConnell is starting … Read more

The ‘Kochtopus’ Is Crapping Its Pants Over The For The People Act

New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer is an expert on the influence of “dark money” in our political system. She wrote the damn book on the influence of dark money. Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. Mayer’s latest reporting is on the “Kochtopus,” the dark money radical … Read more

House Passes The ‘For The People Act’ – Time To End The Senate Filibuster Rule

House Democrats passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, a sweeping election reforms and voting rights bill mostly on a party-line 220-210 vote. The Hill reports, House passes voting rights and elections reform bill: The For The People Act, better known as H.R. 1 — has been a top priority for Democrats, who argue restoring … Read more

Pundits discuss what Democrats must do at the state level

There appears to be a trend developing among liberal progressive pundits.

Steve Benen today looks at Tuesday’s election results and notes, Democrats struggle with the down-ballot blues :

2014.unified.govRepublican strategist Rory Cooper published a tweet that included some eye-opening data this morning. It quickly received widespread attention, which was well deserved.

“Under President Obama, Democrats have lost 900+ state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats. That’s some legacy.”

I’ll confess I haven’t fact-checked each of the specific data points, but roughly speaking, Cooper’s tally sounds about right. I think the suggestion that President Obama is responsible for the losses is largely misplaced, but quantitatively, the figures paint a damning, accurate picture.

And it’s assessments like these that have led to all kinds of commentary, especially on the heels of yesterday’s election results, about the Democratic Party’s deep rooted, institutional-level challenges. The critiques are hard to avoid and they ring true: the party’s problems at the state level have reached crisis levels; the party has no credible farm team to cultivate future gains; there’s an entire region in which the party finds it difficult to run competitive statewide campaigns; etc.

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