Bad news for Scott Walker: Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law

A scheme by Republican politicians in Wisconsin aimed at suppressing voter turnout has been negated by the nation’s highest court. The story is HERE: The Supreme Court on Thursday evening stopped officials in Wisconsin from requiring voters there to provide photo identification before casting their ballots in the coming election. Three of the court’s more conservative members dissented, saying they would have allowed officials to require identification… The Wisconsin requirement, one of the strictest in the nation, is part of a...

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Why aren’t there more women among Republican candidates for public office?

We’ve heard a lot in recent years about the Republican Party’s problem with women, which is an important matter in modern American politics. Stated in fundamental terms, the situation is this: There are more women voters than men, and women tend to favor the Democratic Party over the GOP? Beyond those fundamental terms, there are other factors to consider, which Melody Crowder-Meyer and Benjamin Lauderdale of the Washington Post explain HERE: [W]hy aren’t more Republican women running for and holding office? Why do women compose...

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Polling analyst Nate Silver says Democrats needn’t push the panic button — not yet, anyway

Celebrated numbers-cruncher Nate Silver says the FiveThirtyEight model on which he bases his political forecasts still indicates a close race for control of the U.S. Senate after the November midterm elections. Silver, like most other polling analysts, says Senate control will pivot on the outcome of elections in a handful of states. Democrats are not sitting as pretty as they were a few weeks, he notes, but it’s not yet time for them to push the panic button. Silver EXPLAINS: [T]here’s still a lot of campaigning to do, and one should...

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In a cravenly political turnaround, Republicans suddenly want boots on the ground

Gee, it seems like just yesterday that most congressional Republicans were opposed to putting American boots on the ground in the Middle East. Actually, it was almost just yesterday. But that was then, and THIS is now: With extraordinary speed, the nation and its leaders have rallied behind war to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group. President Obama still holds to a “no boots on the ground” pledge, but to listen to recent pronouncements in the House and Senate, it would appear that many Republicans are clamoring for a new...

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Most reputable polling analysts see a decline in GOP chances of a Senate takeover

As recently as July, the Republican Party was an odds-on favorite to gain control of the U.S. Senate in this year’s mid-term elections. Some professional handicappers still think it’s likely that the GOP will win a majority of Senate seats, but there is far less certainty in their recent forecasts. Take, for example, what celebrated number-cruncher Nate Silver is SAYING: When we officially launched our forecastg model two weeks ago, it had Republicans with a 64 percent chance of taking over the Senate after this fall’s elections....

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