Long content to wield his power largely behind the scenes, House Speaker Michael Madigan has in recent weeks become the very public face of the Democratic majority at the statehouse in a budget standoff with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner that's engulfed the government.
Louisiana State House We make our way back to Louisiana for a look at the state's 2014 Senate race. We have the results calculated by state House, Senate, and congressional district for the December runoff between defeated Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and now-GOP Sen. Show More Summary
ADDING TO THE DIVERSITY OF THE DEMOCRATIC FIELD: Jim Webb Announces White House Candidacy. His message touts his military experience as a company commander in Vietnam and as an assistant secretary of defense and secretary of the Navy. He also directly takes on Clinton’s record by arguing he would not have voted for the Iraq […]
As Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton can tell you, Hollywood has long been a generous ATM for Democratic Presidential candidates and incumbents. However today, a White House contender with actual Tinseltown experience formally announced his 2016 campaign – and we’re not talking about a Donald Trump reset. Show More Summary
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says black families should hold Democrats accountable for decades of what he says are unsuccessful anti-poverty programs. Perry is the latest White House hopeful to weigh in on the racial divide — an issue that's emerged as a central theme in the 2016 campaign.
Vice President Joseph Biden’s team “is putting out the word that he is leaning in favor of joining the presidential race next month,” the Washington Times reports. Said Democratic bundler Jon Cooper: “They have given increasingly strong signals that Biden [...]
Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb announced on Thursday he would make a bid for the White House in 2016, becoming the fifth Democrat to challenge frontrunner Hillary Clinton on what is expected to be her march to the nomination. Webb, 69, who represented Virginia in the U.S. Senate from 2007 to 2012,...
I do not often side with Republicans against Democrats. Nor has President Obama been known for his working relationship with congressional Republicans. Yet on the Trans-Pacific Partnership - which died in the House three weeks ago, only to be resurrected by the Senate last Wednesday - I find myself...
Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features Rep. Ron Kind. As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Wisconsin Democrat supports free trade and explains why it was such a difficult vote for many Democrats, who largely opposed President Obama. Kind shares his thoughts for the Obama administration in the latter stages of the TPP negotiations, especially... Read More
The Illinois Democrats' last ditch effort to save the state government from fiscal collapse with a one-month budget to fund critical services failed in the House Wednesday afternoon. [ more › ]
Hillary Clinton has a union problem. Actually, with her Benghazi, Clinton Foundation, and e-mail scandals, she has more than just a union problem. However, since no Democrat can win the White House without union support, it is the union problem tham may pose a bigger problem than all the others...And, it has her campaign very worried. Show More Summary
Having led House Democrats for a dozen years, now in the minority, Nancy Pelosi faces periodic questions about how long she wants the job. But not, she says, from young upstarts.
On September 2, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry told House Democrats that the United States faced a "Munich moment" in deciding whether to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. He was referringShow More Summary
States where Democrats could gain from redistricting reform ballot initiatives, with current congressional district counts Republicans have successfully used redistricting to all but ensure they'll keep control of the House of Representatives short of a 2006-style wave for Democrats. Show More Summary
The Republican-dominated Pennsylvania House recently voted in favor of a resolution condemning the death penalty moratorium enacted by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf in February, shortly after his hi
Sen. Bernie Sanders has a huge uphill battle to actually win the Democratic nomination, one of them being ballot access in all fifty states, but for now, he may very well be right about some early primary wins. ABC's George Stephanopolous spoke to Sanders about his recent rise in the polls and got some bold predictions in response from Bernie: Sen. Show More Summary
How serious a public health issue is gun violence? Any information we have on that sure won't be funded by the government—House Republicans just blocked Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey's effort to reverse a ban on funding the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence. Show More Summary
The campaign to get Democratic support for the Pacific Rim trade pact began more than a year ago, and came down to four days of tight maneuvering by G.O.P. leaders and the White House.
John Boehner has to go. Continually caving to Democrat demands and punishing conservatives who dare to speak up, Boehner is a greater tool for the left than for the Republican