Political Memo

FDA Regulation in the Data-Driven Economy

The shift to data-driven growth is one of the most important forces behind the strong performance of the U.S. economy in recent years. Online sales…

Union Voters and Democrats

Top Democratic and union leaders play host this week to prospective 2012 Congressional candidates, highlighting labor’s status as a critical cog in progressive campaigns. Some…

A Thumb on the Scales: Outside Spending in 2010 Senate Races

In 2010, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission forever changed the landscape of political spending. The Court’s ruling to…

Obstacle Course: Obama and the 2012 Electoral Landscape

As the 2012 election gets underway, President Obama is still waiting to see who his opponent will be. Candidates and campaigns matter hugely, of course,…

Political Memo: The “Centrist Premium”: The High Cost of Moderation

For most of the last 30 years, self-described ideological moderates have comprised a plurality of the American electorate. While the share of moderates has dropped…

Union Voters and Democrats

Top Democratic and union leaders play host this week to prospective 2012 Congressional candidates, highlighting labor’s status as a critical cog in progressive campaigns. Some…

Lobbyists and Corporations Have Too Much Power?

I’ve been mulling over a Gallup Poll that came out this week on who has too much power. You probably won’t be surprised to hear…

Is the Center Still Vital?

Over at Third Way, Bill Galston and Elaine Kamarck have published a new analysis about the role of moderates in American politics, “The Still-Vital Center:…

The Republicans Take Out Their Budget-Cutting Scissors

Now that we’re past the Kabuki exercise of the health reform “repeal” vote (for the record, just three House Democrats voted for repeal); the attention…

Repeal ObamaCare Week Begins

It’s officially Repeal ObamaCare Week in the U.S. House, and the air will be filled with the noise of a renewed battle over the alleged…