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Why Polls Still Show Democrats With Higher Marks Than Republicans

Political brands are important. If a candidate or political party has a damaged political brand, itís harder for them to sell themselves to voters. But sometimes a pollís top lines can be deceiving, so you need to look a little below the surface to understand what is going on.

Bill Clinton's Real Impact on the Kentucky Senate Race

The national mediaís reaction to former President Bill Clintonís recent trip to Kentucky to boost the Senate candidacy of Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was predictable.

There's No Good Time for the GOP on Immigration

GOP leaders on Capitol Hill apparently have already decided to punt rather than push ahead with their own immigration proposal, but that hasnít stopped the chatter from the sidelines, especially from those who donít like the leadershipís decision.

DCCC Is 2013 Fundraising Winner, but DNC Drops the Ball

A look at the end-of-the-year financial reports of the two House campaign committees, two Senate campaign committees and two national party committees makes it pretty clear which ones have something to crow about and which have some explaining to do.

For Democrats, It’s All About (Years) After November

Politics is often about keeping one eye on today and another eye on tomorrow. Thatís especially true for Democrats, who should not be completely disheartened about their partyís prospects.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up — and It's Only January

Sometimes, itís difficult to tell the difference between a real news story and something from The Onion.

The Christie Investigation: From Inquiry to Lynching?

The two key questions are obvious. What did New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie know, and when did he know it?

Rothenberg’s Dangerous Dozen Open House Seats

I wrote my first Dangerous Dozen open House seats column in this space 14 years ago, so I figured I might as well keep the streak going, though it isnít nearly as impressive as Joe DiMaggioís 56-game hitting streak.

The Race Democrats Can't Afford to Lose

Itís rare in politics that anything other than a presidential contest is viewed as a ďmust winĒ ó but the special election in Floridaís 13th District falls into that category for Democrats.

Early TV Ads: Not New and Mostly a Waste of Money

By mid-December, more than $17.5 million had been spent on TV ads in just four Senate contests: in North Carolina ($8.3 million), Kentucky ($3.5 million), Arkansas ($3.4 million) and Louisiana ($2.3 million), according to a recent piece by Roll Callís Kyle Trygstad.

Is Arkansas Really the Land of Opportunity for Democrats?

When we think of political battlegrounds, states like Ohio and Florida come to mind. But every so often, a small state becomes a partisan political battleground.

Awards for the Best and Worst of Politics in 2013

Yes, folks, itís time again for my end-of-the-year awards. Itís been a weird year, but face it: Weird is the new normal in politics.

A Traditional Midterm Headache for Democrats

Democrats have had a nice run recently of interesting House recruits and new takeover opportunities resulting from open GOP seats. And yet, it probably wonít matter.

Open Your Mind to the Possibility of Another Midterm Mess for Democrats

Democrats might want to consider opening their minds to the potential of another midterm nightmare.

If Linda Lingle Could, Why Can’t Wendy Davis?

As longtime readers of this column know, voters in one-party states sometimes elect the nominee of the ďwrongĒ party as governor. Todayís question is whether state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, has a fighting chance to win next yearís gubernatorial election in Texas, which remains a rock-solid Republican state.

The Most Competitive Race in West Virginia?

Democrats recruited West Virginia State Auditor Glen Gainer to run in the 1st District in the aftermath of the government shutdown. But the partyís best opportunity in the state might be in the 2nd District, with a candidate that some national strategists were wary of earlier this year.

GOP Dusts Off Old Playbook Against Sink in Florida Special Election

Next yearís special election in Floridaís 13th District is likely to be very competitive and expensive, but Republicans might be able to save some money on production costs by dusting off some old television ads and reusing them.

The Most Divided House District in New York

Last month I wrote about a handful of interesting Democratic House candidates I had recently interviewed, but I did not include Martha Robertson, who is challenging GOP Rep. Tom Reed in New Yorkís 23rd District.

23 of 25 Vulnerable Democrats Vote in Favor of Upton Bill

Virtually every House Democrat listed as vulnerable by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call voted for Republican Michigan Rep. Fred Uptonís Keep Your Health Plan Act.

Michigan Senate Seat No Longer Safe for Democrats

Republicans donít need to win Michigan to get the majority in the Senate, but the Wolverine State could become a serious takeover target later next year.

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