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Vermont legislature re-elects Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin

Two months after the midterm elections, Vermont has finally chosen a governor. The state's legislature on Thursday voted 110 to 69 to re-elect Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) to a third term. State law stipulates that if no gubernatorial candidate receives a majority of the popular vote, the legislature gets the final say. Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Oh! More Things I Know: > The message voters sent during the midterm elections was clear: we have had enough of those gosh darned Democrats and their gosh darned recovery! > Among weird presidential campaigns,...Show More Summary

Why Jeb won’t keep the rest from running

2 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

The last two midterm elections created and solidified a whole new group of what you might call surfer Republicans — candidates for both governor and Senate who caught a powerful wave and never looked back. And this unusual double uprising...Show More Summary

Congress Introduces A National Abortion Ban On Its Very First Day Back

Republicans are wasting no time following through on the anti-abortion agenda the GOP laid out after winning significant gains in the 2014 midterm elections. The post Congress Introduces A National Abortion Ban On Its Very First Day Back appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New GOP Contract: Restore Americans’ Trust

As Republicans took control of Congress after the watershed 1994 midterm elections, the party wielded a long and detailed conservative agenda and a sense of urgency about carrying it out. The new GOP majority's overriding goal for this year, more than any particular policy aim, is about confidence-building: Restoring voters' trust in Congress and in the party.

Mitch McConnell's Big Test Over the Next Two Years

We all know the story: Republican candidates, seeking to unseat their Democratic opponents in the midterm elections, run an anti-Obama platform in order to push their argument for a change in Washington. The campaign plan was elementary,...Show More Summary

Who’s in Charge Now: 5 Senate Committee Chairman to Watch

The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate in November’s midterm elections not only gives Republicans control of the floor agenda in the upper chamber, but also puts them in charge of the numerous Senate committees that organize and conduct a bulk of the Senate’s day-to-day work. Here are five senators expected to head committees that could make news in 2015.

More Than 200 New Abortion Restrictions Have Passed Since 2010 

A new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute shows that U.S. states have passed 231 new abortion restrictions since the 2010 midterm elections. In what's probably just a huge coincidence, the 2010 midterms were also the ones were we elected all those Tea Party Republicans. Read more...

Top 10 Politics Stories of 2014

Religious freedom, gay marriage, abortion, common core, immigration, "Obamacare," and the midterm elections led much of The Christian Post's politics coverage in 2014. Here, ranked by CP editors, are the top 10 Christian Post politics stories of the year.

Tom Steyer was biggest of mega-donors, analysis shows

During the 2014 midterm elections, no one spent political cash like Tom Steyer, the Democratic hedge fund billionaire from San Francisco who has tried to make climate change a paramount issue in American politics.

Obama Frustrated Dems Didn’t Run on His Record

“I’m obviously frustrated with the results of the midterm election.”

2014: Top 10 Most-Read Capital Journal Stories

As the year wraps up, here are the top 10 Capital Journal stories in terms of readership -- a mix of scoops, analysis and deeper enterprise stories, ranging from stories tied to the midterm elections and the immigration debate, to overseas wars, to the tale of the last person still receiving death benefits from her father's Civil War service.

Report: Energy Industry Spent $721 Million on Midterm Elections

The American Progress analysis — conducted with data from the Center for Responsive Politics and Kantar Media Intelligence — found that the energy industry as a whole gave $84 million to candidates, political parties and political action...Show More Summary

Obama threatens GOP with a Veto

So much for compromise and negotiation, especially after President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party were soundly beaten in the past midterm elections (via NBC News).

Obama: Midterms would have been better for Democrats if they had run on my record

The 2014 midterm elections saw many Democrats trying to run from President Obama's record, not on it. (One Kentucky Democrat, Alison Lundergan Grimes, famously refused to admit if she had even voted for Obama.) Speaking to NPR this week, the President said that was a mistake: I'm obviously frustrated with the results of the midterm election. Show More Summary

Looks Like Obama Interpreted Midterms Correctly

Steve Benen has a good piece up about how Democrats and Republicans interpreted the midterms differently: For Republicans, the 2014 elections reflected a center-right nation reasserting itself, strenuously objecting to President Obama’s agenda. Show More Summary

Thomas Ferguson: U.S. Midterm Election Voter Turnout at Pre-Civil War Level

"People are saying, who needs this? And they're sort of nonvoting for a new America."

2015 Precap

2015 Precap By Peter Funt The year gone by was marked by a tangle of stories involving midterm elections, grand juries and scandalous outfits worn by Sasha and Malia Obama. No need for a tedious yearend recap. Here instead is a precap of news certain to break in 2015: JAN. 1 – President Obama ushers [...] The post 2015 Precap appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

"Everything Is Awesome"

As Politico's Michael Grunwald writes below (we believe non-satirically), the midterm election’s discontent was illegitimate. The point is that Americans should cheer up! And whose fault is all the collective doom? Well, Bill De Blasio already explained that, as Grunwald confirms, the press has a problem reporting good news. Show More Summary

Accomplishing Popular Things is Popular

Since the midterm election President Obama has really been flexing his executive authority. In just the past month he has done two big actions to accomplish popular goals and it has paid off. The first was his move on immigration. While the public would prefer the issue wasn’t handled via executive action, the public overwhelmingly [...]

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