Ted Cruz’s daddy presumes to educate black folks on the history of civil rights legislation

For years now, I’ve occasionally been treated to distorted arguments from conservative readers who want to remind me that Democrats were the prevailing political force in the segregationist South of 50 years ago. These pseudo-historians ignore the fact that most of the segregationist politicians in the South — Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, for example — switched to the Republican Party when Northern Democrats began pushing for civil rights. They also ignore the fact that the GOP, under Richard Nixon, pointedly...

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Report from two Republican groups says women think the party is stuck in the past

The only surprise HERE is that the report was commissioned by Republicans themselves: A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.” Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ policies, and the party does “especially poorly” with women in the Northeast and Midwest, according to an internal Crossroads GPS and American Action Network report...

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Study shows a political shift of sorts as more people move from blue states to red states

The political map of America never stays the same for very long. Attitudes change, and people move around, resulting in different blends of Republican red and Democratic blue in the various states. HERE‘s a look at the changes of late: Over the last few decades, residents of many traditionally liberal states have moved to states that were once more conservative. And this pattern has played an important role in helping the Democratic Party win the last two presidential elections and four of the last six. The growth of the Latino...

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A second national poll shows that most Americans oppose Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama

It probably won’t matter to congressional Republicans that Americans generally disagree with THIS FOOLISH STRATEGY: A majority of Americans disapprove of the House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama, which charges that he overstepped his authority in failing to enforce the Affordable Care Act in a timely manner, according to a new CBS News poll. The House of Representatives voted last week along party lines to authorize Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to file a suit forcing the president to enforce the law — in...

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Poll: Approval of Congress hits new low, but it’s worse for Republicans than Democrats

As things stand now, the consensus among the political cognoscenti is that Republicans likely will make at least a few gains in this year’s mid-term elections. But THIS suggests to me that Democrats might hold their own if they play their cards right: The number of Americans who approve of their own representative in Congress has reached an all-time low, according to a poll released Tuesday. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll, 51 percent of Americans said that they disapprove of the way their member of Congress is “handling his or her...

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