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The Process is Political: What Republican Win in NY Special Election Means for Redistricting

Thursday, September 15, 2011

After Democrats and Republicans both scored surprise wins in special Congressional elections, the redistricting politics in New York are in flux. In Michigan, the new education lobby group founded by Michelle Rhee tops lobbying spending, but also disclosed a lot more than other groups. And in Connecticut, a Democratic legislative leader is asked to step down from a redistricting panel, because he plans to run to represent one of those Congressional districts in 2012. 


The Process is Political: GOP Touts Big August Fundraising Haul

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Republicans tout the best ever fundraising during an August in a nonelection year, while Democratic officials say it wasn't such a hot month for them. Bloomberg says he did not violate campaign finance laws in reelection bid. California Democrats say a consultant's Madoff-like scam have wiped out their campaign coffers. Emails show the White House was very interested in the timing of a pending federal loan approval for a solar panel manufacturer, particularly as a scheduled press appearance with the vice president neared. 


GOP Candidate Bob Turner Nabs Weiner's Congressional Seat

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Yesterday, there was a special election for the New York Congressional seat left vacant by disgraced Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner. The largely Democratic district would logically have gone to Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin, but due to myriad political factors Republican businessman Bob Turner won the race.

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What Turner's NY-9 Win Means for Obama in 2012

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In a district where 74 percent of voters told pollsters that they believe the country’s on the wrong track, voters wanted no more of the status quo. By an 8-point margin, the voters who turned out in the special Congressional election in Queens and Brooklyn opted for Republican newcomer Bob Turner over Democratic Party Assemblyman David Weprin.

Turner was quick to declare himself a harbinger of things to come. “I am telling you. I am the messenger. Heed us,” he declared in a victory speech early Wednesday morning. “This message will resound for a full year. It will resound into 2012.”

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The Process is Political: Early Voting and Turnout in Special Elections

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Special elections in Nevada and New York, but voters can only vote early in one of them. What The Godfather might teach us about redistricting. And Paypal campaign donations come under fire in a local Massachusetts race. 


The Process is Political: Redistricting Leaves Some Feeling Frustrated and Friendless at Capitol

Monday, September 12, 2011

Independent groups and campaigns aren't supposed to coordinate, but Obama fundraisers cheer on president at campaign headquarters, then are invited to SuperPAC fundraiser that immediately followed. Redistricting is fraying nerves of anxious lawmakers in Washington, causing some intraparty friction. In Wisconsin, a state agency memo is fueling the argument that a new voter ID law is designed to suppress turnout. 


Obama's Job Speech

Friday, September 09, 2011

Anna Sale, political reporter for It's A Free Country, talks about the response to President Obama's job speech last night and what it will mean for the 2012 elections, and WNYC business and economics editor Charlie Herman discusses the economics of the proposal and how the business world might respond.

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The Process is Political: Chris Christie & the Koch Brothers

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Audio recordings of Chris Christie's keynote at a private Koch Brothers fundraising session is causing political troubles for him back home, Wisconsin continues to wade through recall questions, and in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, Virginia and Maryland keep partisan powerbases intact as they redraw Congressional districts. All this and more in our daily look at the details that can change everything.

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New Rules Proposed for Independent Spending Disclosure in NYC Elections

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The public will know more about how unions, corporations, and other groups spend money independently to influence elections in New York City. The Campaign Finance Board voted out proposed rules today to implement disclosure for the first time of independent expenditures, a requirement approved by voters last November.


The Process is Political: Texas Redistricting Challenge Ensnares Perry

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Latino voting rights groups and Congressional reps worried about losing their seats have sued Gov. Rick Perry and the state of Texas, challenging new district maps drawn up by the legislature. GOP contenders are coming to California to debate, and raise wads of cash, and NYC is trying to regulate 'independent spending.' All this and more in our daily look at the details that can change everything.


The Process is Political: Branding 'No Labels' with Starbucks

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Political Junkie Calendar: Wednesday with GOP contenders, Thursday with Obama, Tuesday with Starbucks CEO?: The centrist political group No Labels has joined forces with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who's trying to organize corporate executives to withhold campaign contributions "until Washington reaches a fair, bipartisan deal on our country's long-term economic future." This call to join a conference call was helped by full-page ads in the The New York Times on Sunday and in USA Today on Tuesday. This pitch for bipartisanship, of course, will be followed by Republicans and Democrats making their own pitches. Given all the confusion last week, I'll make those details super-clear. The latest GOP debate at the Reagan library on Wednesday at 8pm and televised on NBC. Obama's jobs speech to Congress on Thursday starts at 7pm and will be over by the NFL season kickoff, the White House promises. (No Labels)


Anna and the Independent Voter: Targeting Minorities

Monday, September 05, 2011

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, talks about independent voters, and how minority voters feel about the Democratic and Republican parties.

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Endorsementpalooza Rolls On

Friday, September 02, 2011

The 2012 campaign is well under way, and while most politicians in Washington haven't decided which candidate to support, some have joined droves of state legislators, entertainers and activists in endorsing a candidate.

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The Process is Political: Wisconsin Recalls 'the Most Negative Ever'

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Wisconsin Recalls 'the Most Negative Ever': It was clear the Wisconsin recall elections were a politically nasty affair, but now there are numbers to back it up. "Out of an estimated $12 million in campaign ads in these four markets, roughly 95% was spent on negative ads, 5% on positive ads," writes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Craig Gilbert, citing a study by an ad-tracking firm. The findings prompted the paper to call for the state Supreme Court to uphold a rule requiring the groups funding all those ads to disclose where they're money is coming from. "If negative campaigning is the rule of the campaign trail, don't the citizens of the state have a right to know who is shoveling all that horse patooie? Of course they do," the paper editorialized. Oral arguments in that case are scheduled for next week. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) 


The Process is Political: Obama Campaign Opposes Ohio Early Voting Changes

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Obama Campaign Joins Effort Against Ohio Election Changes: Obama's campaign staff is bolstering a petition effort in Ohio to block enforcement of a law that shortens Ohio's early voting period, moves Ohio's primary up from May to March, and eliminates "the so-called "golden week" during which people could register to vote and cast ballots on the same day," reports  and moved next year's presidential primary to May from March," reports Ohio political reporter Marc Kovac. Republicans backed the bill and Governor John Kasich signed it, arguing that it was needed to make rules more uniform across counties. 


The Process Is Political: Banks Abandon Obama

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Banks Abandon Obama: America’s six largest banks have dramatically changed allegiances since the 2008 presidential money race, and GOP candidate Mitt Romney is reaping the spoils. Recent campaign finance reports “offer a vivid illustration of how the president's first 30 months in office have fractured what was once a warm relationship with the largest American banks,” reports American Banker, a daily financial industry newspaper. "You could sum it all up in a hyphenated word: Dodd-Frank," University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato tells the paper.

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The Process Is Political: A New, Regular Roundup

Monday, August 29, 2011

Through the 2012 election cycle, It’s A Free Country will keep a focus on the mechanics of elections, from voting rules, political party rules to redistricting to, of course, the money that fuels campaigns.

As part of that, we'll be keeping a regular eye on top-line news, undercovered stories, and opinion on our changing political process in a weekly roundup. As with most things around here, we welcome tips, thoughts, and fierce debate about whether any or all of this is good for our democracy. 


Hurricane Irene's Winners and Losers

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene pounded North Carolina early Saturday morning and continued north wrecking havoc all the way up to New England, where floods are reportedly occurring in Vermont. Tomorrow, as residents of cities along the eastern coast of the U.S. attempt clean up Irene's wreckage, the southern U.S. will be reminded of their own recent natural disasters: it's the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to Katrina, and American outrage over certain politicians' reactions to the storm and its aftermath, the northeast's politicians learned to take every precaution necessary as they deal with Irene.


The Politics of Irene: Winners, Losers and What it Meant for Obama

Sunday, August 28, 2011

As Hurricane Irene stormed up through the East Coast, it interrupted political debates about Libya and the 2012 election and focused attention on the most basic services of government: public safety and public infrastructure. That cuts right at the heart of the debate about the proper role and scope of government that has raged in Washington since the 2010 midterms.

But Hurricane Irene is fundamentally about local politics, because as FEMA director Craig Fugate pointed out, the hurricane did not leave a single “place of damage that tells everybody the story about what's happened." Instead, the weekend ended with multiple storylines ranging from devastation to inconveniences to relief. So as Irene's winds weakened up the coast, so did her ability to shape the national debate about the role of government one way or the other.

Here, a look at the political winners and losers in Irene's wake. 

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Who's in Charge of FEMA? Ex-Firefighter and Disaster Expert Craig Fugate

Friday, August 26, 2011

Remember “Heckuva job, Brownie?”

A botched response to a devastating storm can catapult a anonymous midlevel Washington administrator to household name status. And despite a series of crippling storms during his tenure — including the tornado in Joplin, the Midwest’s massive flooding, and 65 major disaster declarations in all this year — Craig Fugate has avoided getting much attention since he was confirmed as FEMA administrator in May 2009. For example, his Wikipedia entry as of Friday afternoon was just three sentences long.

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