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    2016 Democratic National Convention Choice Narrowed Down to Three

2016 Democratic National Convention Choice Narrowed Down to Three

With 2016 bearing down upon the nation (it is only a year away), one of the big questions is where the Democratic National Convention will be held in two years. MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki called the race to host the convention the first campaign for 2016, including a debate on his show and negative advertising. Earlier last week it was announced that the choice of cities to host the all-important Democratic

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    This Republican Party Will Never Change

This Republican Party Will Never Change

Reading about the GOP in 2014 makes one feel like he or she has taken a trip on a time machine and went back in history to the 20th century; particularly the 1950’s. After their second loss in 2012, Republican leadership claimed that they were aware the party had to change its attitude towards women and minorities. Instead, they have regressed; this Republican Party will never change. The GOP in

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    Your Public Slate: Would You Vote for Bernie Sanders?

Your Public Slate: Would You Vote for Bernie Sanders?

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders talked about his possible run for president on The Colbert Report on Monday. The show’s audience seemed to like the idea, but what do other people think? Take the Your Public Slate poll and tell us your opinion. Sources: Photo by Troy Page – Flickr License The Public Slate

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    Midterm Result: Rick Scott Wins Re-Election in Close Florida Race

Midterm Result: Rick Scott Wins Re-Election in Close Florida Race

Republican incumbent Rick Scott has won re-election in a close race for Florida governor. He beat Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, a former governor of Florida himself, by a one percent margin. One of the more interesting races of the 2014 season, it is probably most famous for “Fangate” in which Scott refused to debate Crist over the presence of a small fan on the stage. While the debate was only

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    Midterm Result: Gina Raimondo First Female Governor of Rhode Island

Midterm Result: Gina Raimondo First Female Governor of Rhode Island

Democrat Gina Raimondo was elected as the first female governor of Rhode Island after having big names stump for her during the campaign. The support of First Lady Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the president all contributed to her win over Republican Allan Fung. Fung had the support of GOP stars like Chris Christie, but it was not enough to boost his numbers. One key issue that attracted voters to

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    Midterm Result: Gwen Graham Elected to Florida’s District 2

Midterm Result: Gwen Graham Elected to Florida’s District 2

Democratic challenger Gwen Graham has beaten a Tea Party Republican in order to be elected to Florida’s District 2. She unseated the right wing incumbent Steve Sutherland with a one percent lead after 99 percent of the votes had been reported. She ran on a platform of bi-partisanship, criticizing the extreme partisan politics that have contributed to deadlock in the legislative branch. This may have resonated with voters used to

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    Midterm Result: Al Franken Beats McFadden in Minnesota

Midterm Result: Al Franken Beats McFadden in Minnesota

The Saturday Night Live alum Al Franken beat Republican challenger Mike McFadden comfortably in Minnesota’s Senate race. McFadden had been trailing in the final weeks leading up to voting day and never regained the ground he had lost. This win is by a far larger margin than Franken’s first win, which he won by only 312 votes after a recount in 2008. The campaign was closely tied to the issue of partisanship

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    Midterms Result: John Cornyn Wins Re-Election in Texas

Midterms Result: John Cornyn Wins Re-Election in Texas

United States Senator John Cornyn won his re-election bid in Texas, easily defeating Democratic challenger David Alameel. In the staunchly red state, many GOP candidates have won their seats. For Democrats, it was always a long-shot that they would turn Texas blue and it seems as though it is still not their year. Cornyn is a key part of the Republican bid for the Senate and is currently the Senate

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    Midterms Result: Gary Peters Wins in Michigan

Midterms Result: Gary Peters Wins in Michigan

As Democrats and Republicans battle over who will control the United States Senate, news has come out of Michigan that Gary Peters has won his race. Running against Republican Terri Lynn Land, Peters was considered the underdog in the race. But Land’s campaign failed to connect with voters and has been described as a failed campaign due to blowing a race where she was considered the favorite. Despite significant Republican

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    Midterms Result: Mitch McConnell Wins in Kentucky

Midterms Result: Mitch McConnell Wins in Kentucky

One of the key races of the 2014 Midterms has been called in Kentucky as Republican Mitch McConnell wins his race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. With this win, he will enter his sixth term as a United States senator and if the results overall favor Republicans, he could be the new Senate majority leader. Nevertheless, he is not without controversy in his own party. Senator Ted Cruz has said

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