The Importance of Making a Good First Impression

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on August 04, 2015 in Blog

This Thursday, August 6, 2015, Republican presidential candidates will gather in Cleveland, Ohio for the first nationally televised debate of the election season. Fox News Channel has controversially decided that the debate, slated for prime-time viewing, will feature the top 10 candidates, determined by an average of recent national polls, while the rest of the field will debate earlier in the evening. While this debate is unlikely to make or break any particular candidate’s campaign, it is significant for two reasons. First, many GOP candidates will be provided a...

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The GOP: Reaping What It Sowed

Posted on August 03, 2015 in Washington Watch
The 2016 Republican presidential contest has barely begun and it has already grown alternately tiresome and old or just downright scary.
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Restoring the Voting Rights Act

Posted by Nadia Aziz on July 30, 2015 in Blog
Fifty years ago, on August 6th, 1965, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) was signed into law by President Johnson. The VRA required certain states and counties with a history of discrimination to seek pre-approval from the federal government before changing their voting laws. This landmark legislation served as a safeguard to ensure equal access to the right to vote for all people. In the 1940s, black voter registration across the south was an abysmal 3%. By 1964, the percentage climbed in Georgia and South Carolina and rose to 27% and 37% respectively. After the VRA was signed in to law in 1965, black voter registration across the south had increased to 62% by 1968. This laid the groundwork for the 2008 election, which had the highest level of Black and Hispanic voter turnout in presidential elections since the Census Bureau began measuring voter statistics.
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 23: Fear and Loathing on the Hill

Posted on July 27, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Turkey's fight with ISIL and PKK, a sham hearing on BDS, Jonathan Pollard's release, GOP infighting and more
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 22: The Enemy is Fear

Posted on July 27, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: discussion on hate crimes, reactions to the Iran Deal, the Palestinian village of Susiya, and the 2016 presidential race
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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of July 20th

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on July 24, 2015 in Blog
Campaign Finance Laws are Still Bending A new poll revealed just 1 in 10 Americans think the climate around campaign fundraising has improved since the controversial 2010 Citizens United ruling. Florida’s Republican Voters Have Options – Many Options The races that Florida is faced with this election season are putting the spotlight almost exclusively on Florida’s Republican voters. With two big name Floridian politicians running for President, early polls of Florida’s registered Republicans indicate a large preference for their former governor Jeb Bush over their present Senator Marco Rubio. Pennsylvania Gets Even More Messy The Pennsylvania Democratic party, which is playing host to the 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia next year, had a bad week. Chairman Jim Burn announced his resignation as Chair of the state party, a leadership position that put him toe-to-toe with Governor Tom Wolf over staffing decisions last year.
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2016 Presidential Candidate Profile

Posted on July 21, 2015 in Election Central

Scott Walker is the current Governor of Wisconsin. Before taking office, Walker served in the Wisconsin State Assembly since the age of 25, and then as the Milwaukee County Executive. He took office in 2011, and was soon launched him into the national spotlight when his budget changed the collective bargaining rights of state Union workers – changes which included limiting pay raises, eliminating the ability of public unions to collectively bargain over pensions and healthcare, ending automatic union dues collection, and requiring public unions to recertify annually. The “union busting” measures led to a recall election, which Walker won, making him the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall. Walker was elected to a second term in 2014. He announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican Nomination in July 2015 via social media.

Countdown Vol. 13 No. 20: No Escape

Posted on July 09, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Sen. Graham redeems himself, Bernie Sanders' momentum, Hillary on BDS, candidates cozy up to Romney, and continuing humanitarian crises in Syria and Gaza
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Follow the Money

Posted by Hunter Headapohl on June 29, 2015 in Blog
Since the ruling on Citizens United v. FEC in 2007, billions of dollars have begun to flow into the political process. Following the ruling, campaigns could be supported by Political Action Committees—colloquially known as super PACs—that can raise unlimited funds to support candidates. As a consequence, candidates have begun to change their behavior and campaign strategies to leverage super PAC funds as much as possible. The most recent and notable example of this is with the run up to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s announcement and his affiliated super PAC 'Right to Rise,' which raised over $100 million while Jeb himself had not formally announced a presidential campaign, despite all evidence pointing to his intention to do so.
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What's Jeb Doing Over There?

Posted by David Curtis on June 18, 2015 in Blog
Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and recently-announced candidate for the 2016 elections, mysteriously travels to Europe last week. Mr. Bush, of course, just declared his intention to seek out the Republican presidential nomination; his decision to address Europeans, though, may help shed some light on his ideas about the Middle East.
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