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Will the Blue Dogs go extinct in 2012?

With all eyes on the ever-tightening presidential race, state and local races have begun to fade into the background. But a handful of congressional contests will determine the fate of an important faction…

The ignored topics in the presidential debates

There are some important topics that are likely to be ignored in the series of three presidential debates this month, but that do deserve attention: American drone attacks: “Democrats spent several days…
px Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore.

Mitt Romney and the 50.1%

Mitt Romney has a percentage problem. And it’s not the 47%. Well, it’s not only the 47%. Responding to those now-infamous fundraiser comments, Romney trotted out another percent that reveals much more…

Grand Canyon State

Arizona sits in the southwestern corner of the United States. It is a desert region interspersed with mountain pine forests and impressive geological features such as, well, you know. Other than outlying…

Could the ground game rescue Romney?

Analysis during campaign season centres on two things: what candidates say and how they’re performing in polls. We pay far less attention to the nuts-and-bolts of local organising. Yet the ground game…

Following the US presidential elections

There are many ways to follow these elections, but none more fun than reading Guy Rundle’s gonzo dispatches. I have been fascinated by the attacks on Romney’s time as CEO of Bain Capital. Successful entrepreneurs…

Saving Vice President Ryan

Recently I watched a HBO movie called Game Change. It tells the story of the decision by the McCain campaign in 2008 to nominate Sarah Palin as vice president. A decision taken on the fly, with almost…

Bush era torture: pardoned by Obama and Romney

Last month, it seemed that justice would never be served for the acts of torture allegedly committed during the George W. Bush presidency. Despite Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign promise to “immediately review…