mid term elections

There will be many autopsies of the election. What went right what went wrong? We know emails were a self-inflicted wound
Cruel as it may be to say now, much of the November 2008 hype to which many progressives (me included) subscribed, was just that -- hype -- the product of a profound misreading of what had, and what had not, just happened.
Throughout the country, as states voted for Republican candidates for office, they largely voted against GOP policies in their initiative and referendum positions.
The politicians elected Nov. 4 to new jobs will soon be blamed for doing the same sort of things that their ousted predecessors did as they tried to mate good governance with reality and ambition with idealism.
We'll never know if Democrats could have emerged from the November 4th election with a few new Senate seats because once again they blew it. They weren't out-organized or outmanned. They were outthought, out-chutzpahed and, ultimately, out-foxed.
During every election season I wonder what more we can do, as educators, to inspire civic mindedness? What lessons or projects provide paths for students to understand the critical role voting plays in building and nurturing a healthy democracy?
To some it appears that there are two separate electorates in the U.S. -- one for the general election that closely resembles the makeup of the actual population, and one for the mid-terms that skews heavily toward older, more Republican voters. That perception is generally true, but it's not entirely that simple.
The Berkeley sugary drinks law might be the experiment that provides the evidence that would justify similar measures in other cities.
Obama said before the election that he had a pen and he would use it when Congress is gridlocked, prompting Republicans to
Democratic strategists have been segmenting the electorate and seeking individual self-interest-based issues in each electoral block. The strategists also keep suggesting a move to the right. This has left no room for the Democrats to have an overriding authentic moral identity that Americans can recognize.
Beware the thinking that the midterms draw a lower voter turnout and that recently won seats will be up for grabs come 2016. For those remotely left of center, whatever that means anymore, who think that this day after the election was a mighty hangover, just wait.
So why did so many races go Right? I think it comes down to one thing: Democratic nominees forgot about the power of the internet and tried fighting Republicans in a conventional war of television ads, mailers and rallies.
"No way to sugarcoat it -- we got our asses kicked last night," Jim Manley, a democratic strategist and former aide to Senate
Scientists warn that continued moans from Democrats in reaction to Republican mid-term election victories are causing the
In the lame duck and for the next two years, if Republicans behave as if the outcome of this election was a mandate for their radical policies, they will find themselves in deep trouble.
Recent polls in Arkansas, Alaska and South Dakota all showed support for the minimum wage ballot measures, even though the
Even though it's easier to believe we're the victims of our circumstances, it's empowering to take ownership of how the world around us impacts our well-being. Regardless of the situation you find yourself in, I believe that you always have a choice, and there are always things within your control that you can focus on.
The old maxim you get what you pay for is paramount here. Either we the people flex our muscles to demand what is right or