Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), in her previous two elections to Congress, didn’t make immigration and race-baiting a key component of her campaigns. But that has changed this year with her all-out embrace of the GOP’s divide and distract strategy in her race against Democratic state senator Jennifer Wexton for Virginia’s 10th district. Comstock has been… Continue »

Millions of Dollars in New Attack Ads By GOP Leadership Allies Underscores Republican Midterm Strategy: Focus on Demonizing “The Other” to Keep Focus off the GOP’s Failure to Help “All of Us” With the midterm cycle set to kick into higher gear after Labor Day, we have more disturbing examples of the Republican “divide and… Continue »

Greg Sargent Take is Essential Reading on The Democratic Party’s Future Andrew Gillum’s upset win in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary carries with it several big lessons for the current political moment, including that candidates who unapologetically run on big issues, fundamental values, and a grassroots organizing model can energize a broad-based coalition of the… Continue »

Latest ad paints Hurd as an immigration moderate, but his voting record is anything but An ad released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and in support of Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23) brought up his bipartisan efforts at protecting Dreamers, but failed to mention that Rep. Hurd votes with Donald Trump 95 percent of… Continue »

A New York Times op-ed from Derrick Johnson, president and chief executive of the NAACP, lifts up the findings and implications of polling conducted for the NAACP by the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decisions, analyzing voters’ views in 61 of the nation’s most competitive midterm congressional districts. According to Matt Hildreth, Political Director… Continue »

There really is something happening in Texas. We’ve seen it in town halls held in every corner of the state, we’ve seen it in voter registration efforts in big counties like Travis, Dallas, Harris, and Bexar, and now we’re seeing it in polling. Yesterday, an NBC News/Marist poll had the Texas Senate race within 4… Continue »

A new analysis from Cook Political Report shows the extent of the Republican “divide-and-distract” midterm strategy anchored in stoking fear related to immigration. While Democrats focus overwhelmingly on “kitchen table” issues like healthcare, wages, education and retirement security, Republicans are running on Trump, taxes, and immigration. In May, Stephen Miller signalled to Breitbart that Republicans… Continue »

As the nation gears up for November’s elections, Kerry Eleveld  at the DailyKos writes a striking article directed at Democrats. Eleveld’s message: don’t go wobbly on us, Dems. The Republicans are desperate and on the attack, but don’t be distracted or defensive. They are attacking immigrants, Pelosi and “liberals”– and none of this garbage is going to… Continue »

On Tuesday, Earnell Lucas defeated Richard Schmidt in the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s election to replace David A. Clarke Jr., who resigned as Milwaukee County sheriff last year to become a senior advisor to the pro-Donald Trump America First Action Super PAC. Schmidt was Clarke’s longtime assistant Acting Sheriff, and the race quickly became a referendum… Continue »

The following is a post by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: Ron Brownstein, one of the savviest political analysts around, tweeted something yesterday that caught our attention. Commenting on a recent Quinnipiac poll, he wrote: One key to understanding Democratic opportunities in November: while a striking 49% of US said in a recent… Continue »