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Dem Rep. Bustos Staff: 'Urban' Voters Spend More Time 'in Jail than Church'

On Monday, disturbing audio of a conversation between staff at a district office of Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and a constituent was released to the press. The constituent was asking the House staffer about an issue in Rockford and Peoria, Illinois cities which are partly represented by Rep. Bustos. The staffer described Rockford as "very urban" and "very underprivileged." She said constituents there spent their time "more in jail than church." Oct 27, 2014 10:48 AM PT

T Minus 8: GOP Expands Battle for Statehouses

While most national attention is focused on the battle for the US Senate, voters in 36 states will elect Governors on November 4th. The Obama Era has witnessed a resurgence of Republicans in state elections. This year, the GOP looks to solidify most of those gains. The party is also making surprisingly competitive runs in a handful of deep-blue states. No matter the national outcome, Obama's true legacy may be a Republican party better positioned for the future. Oct 27, 2014 8:48 AM PT

T Minus 11: Dems Struggling to Escape Obama

A top Democrat pollster summed up the challenge facing Democrats in the election just over a week away. “I think Obama being so unpopular is the biggest factor in this election,” Tom Jensen, a pollster with the left-leaning firm Public Policy Polling said. “And I think at the end of the day, it may be too much for a lot of the Democratic Senate candidates to overcome.” Oct 24, 2014 12:06 PM PT

T Minus 14: Mega-Rich Donors Keep Democrats Competitive, Races Tight

With just two weeks until the midterm elections, polls suggest most Senate races remain within the margin of error. While momentum seems to have shifted to Republicans, the party is still struggling to lock-in victories in a umber of states carried by Mitt Romney. The political map has not expanded in the way one would expect given Obama's disastrous approval ratings. A significant reason for this is the big money edge enjoyed by Democrats. The party of Andrew Jackson is awash in contributions from mega-rich donors. Oct 21, 2014 7:41 AM PT

T Minus 19: Colorado Senate Race Already In the Mail

Colorado has been one of the clear surprises this midterm. While the general outlines of the Senate battlefield have been set for two years, Colorado emerged as a competitive state early this year. After a harmonious accommodation between the party establishment and local tea party groups to agree on a nominee, the GOP candidate, Rep. Cory Gardner, has executed a good campaign that has steadily built strong support. The final question will be how the state adapts to a new voting system. This year, for the first time, the midterm election will be conducted entirely by mail-in ballot. Oct 17, 2014 7:02 AM PT

T Minus 22: GOP Opens Big Leads on Critical Issues

A new Gallup survey shows the GOP opening up big leads on four critical issues voters say are most important this election. Republicans enjoy an 11-point advantage over Democrats on handling the economy, the issue foremost on voters' minds. The GOP edge mirrors a similar advantage it enjoyed heading into the 2010 elections. It is the clearest sign that a late-stage wave may be building for Republicans. Oct 13, 2014 11:29 AM PT

T Minus 22: Dems Fear Turnout As GOP Odds Improve

In the Obama-era, the Democrat party has become overly dependent on minorities, single women and young voters. Without abnormally high turnout among these voters, Democrat candidates face long odds on election night. Unfortunately for Democrats, these are the least reliable voters to turn out. As the theory of the midterms becomes reality, expect GOP odds of victory to increase. Oct 13, 2014 8:26 AM PT

US Slips to 12th in Economic Freedom

A new report of "economic freedom" around the world finds the US ranked 12th among 152 countries, tied with the United Kingdom, and lower than neighbor Canada or Australia. The index, published by the Cato Institute and Canada's Fraser Institute, has been published since 1996. As recently as 2000, the US ranked 2nd in the world, in terms of boasting a free economy. The US's declining ranking will lower future economic growth. Oct 12, 2014 10:18 AM PT

T Minus 23: GOP Pumps $1 Million Into South Dakota Defense

Late Friday, the NRSC, the campaign arm of the Senate Republicans, announced it was pouring $1 million into South Dakota to shore up GOP candidate Mike Rounds, long considered the presumptive front-runner for the seat. The move matches an earlier decision by Senate Democrats to aggressively contest the seat in South Dakota. The late moves are a parable for the underwhelming Republican performance this election. Oct 12, 2014 10:16 AM PT

T Minus 26: GOP Defending Another 'Safe' Senate Seat

On Wednesday, Senate Democrats announced they were committing $1 million to defeat GOP candidate Mike Rounds in South Dakota. The race to succeed retiring Democrat Sen. Tim Johnson has long been assumed to be an easy pick-up for the Republicans. The Democrat move is partly bluff and political theater, but it is also an attempt to capitalize on unique circumstances in that race. The gambit is a good explanation for why Democrats are still competitive at this late stage in the campaign. Oct 9, 2014 2:08 PM PT

75% of Americans Don't Trust Obama on Economy

A new survey released by CNBC reports just 24% of Americans are confident in the President's economic leadership. Support for Obama's economic leadership, moreover, is 15 points lower than it was in August 2010, just a few months before the GOP wave swept through Congress. Obama's low marks comes even as the poll found a slight increase in American's optimism about the economy. Oct 7, 2014 9:19 AM PT

Palestinian Groups Plan 'Weekend of Resistance' in Ferguson

The cable news klieg lights, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson may have moved on, but residents of Ferguson, MO continue to experience nearly nightly unrest stemming from the shooting death of Michael Brown. Eye witnesses have told Breitbart News that pro-Palestinian and other muslim activist groups are a growing presence in the protests. On October 10th, a number of these groups, named "The Palestine Contingent," are planning a "Weekend of Resistance" in Ferguson to highlight the connection between the midwest community and Gaza. Oct 5, 2014 9:07 AM PT

Economy Adds 248K Jobs, 315K Leave Labor Force

On Friday, the Labor Department reported that the economy added 248,000 jobs in September, corrected slightly from the disappointing report in August. The unemployment rate edged lower, falling to 5.9%, but part of the drop in unemployment is due to 315,000 people leaving the labor force in September. Oct 3, 2014 5:55 AM PT

T Minus 36: GOP Begins Breakout From Stalemate

The midterm elections, despite months of news coverage and media battles, are only now wrapping up the pre-season. The campaigns begin in earnest this week, as a critical fundraising deadline passes and voters only now begin paying real attention to the critical contests. Democrats, with a horde of cash, fought the pre-season to a draw or a slim decision-on-points. Despite its numerous missteps, the Republicans are beginning to breakout of the political stalemate. Sep 29, 2014 9:44 AM PT

'Nanny' Bloomberg Fail: Smoking Rises in NYC

Under Mayor Mike Bloomberg, New York City was an anti-tobacco zealot's utopia. Nagged by Bloomberg, the city forced bar and restaurant owners to ban smoking in their premises and prohibited smoking in public parks. The city spent millions on public advertising and education and enacted the highest cigarette taxes on the planet. The oft-stated goal was to force people to quit smoking. It isn't working. Sep 23, 2014 5:01 PM PT

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