| Nov 4, 2014
| 3:25 PM
When an initiative to raise the minimum wage qualified for the Arkansas ballot, it was widely expected to be just the kind of bump Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor needed to win reelection.
Arkansas is a Southern red state, and tough terrain for Democrats...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 5:57 PM
Republican Tom Cotton, a conservative tea party congressman, Army veteran and Harvard Law School graduate, ousted two-term Sen. Mark Pryor on Tuesday as Arkansas joined its Southern neighbors in becoming an all-red state.
Cotton capitalized on voter...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 3:04 PM
And so it ends. The negative ads. The robo-calls from famous people. The nail-biting crawl of Election Night returns.
Nationwide, Democrats got shellacked in the 2014 mid-term election. Republicans now control both houses of Congress. In Florida, the...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Maybe our current president won't prove one of the great ones -- and there was no maybe about it the morning after Tuesday's midterm elections -- but that doesn't prevent him from seeing signs of greatness in others. One of the first congratulatory...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 4:30 AM
The U.S. Senate just got a lot more conservative. But its Democratic caucus just got a lot more liberal.
How’s that again?
The little-examined flip side to this week’s Republican victories is that they swept out many of the last...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 2:42 PM
In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking.
The closest we have to that in America is...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 5:14 PM
They may not speak his name in Kentucky or think much of his policies in Arkansas. But in Maryland, at least, Democrats are still big fans of President Barack Obama.
That's the calculation Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's campaign for governor is making as...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 6:18 PM
President Obama will wait until after the November election to name a nominee for attorney general, setting the stage for an intense battle in the postelection Senate that could last until Christmas, a White House official said Tuesday.
The delay, which...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 6:57 PM
Far behind in the polls and in need of a bump, a Republican running for Senate in New Mexico recently turned to the image of the knife-wielding Islamic State militant who beheaded an American journalist, building a campaign advertisement that flashes on...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 12:02 PM
In my column on Wednesday, I recommended a half-dozen political commercials from this year’s Senate campaigns -- the good, the bad, and the silly. But there wasn’t enough room in the print version to list all of this year’s noteworthy...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 3:29 PM
In the era of social media, "gratitude" has become an overused word that’s often just a fig leaf for otherwise socially inappropriate bragging.
We’ve all seen it in our feeds: "I have the most amazing/attractive/intelligent wife/husband/...