Boehner’s Exit Leaves House Republicans With Challenging Next Chapter

Nathan L. Gonzales October 1, 2015 · 4:00 PM EDT

It was only a matter of time before Speaker John Boehner decided to call it quits, but with another potential government shutdown looming, his recent resignation announcement still came as a surprise. Just hours after Pope Francis visited Capitol Hill, Boehner announced he is leaving Congress at…

Presidential Battleground Spotlight: Ohio

Nathan L. Gonzales October 1, 2015 · 3:59 PM EDT

Nearly a dozen years ago, Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert talked about “Ohio, Ohio, Ohio,” pointing to the importance of the Buckeye State in the 2004 presidential election. 

That race proved that Ohio can be an elusive target. Democrats believed the state was going to put John Kerry over the…

House Democrats Desperate to Make up Ground in New York

Nathan L. Gonzales October 1, 2015 · 3:58 PM EDT

Democrats aren’t in imminent danger of losing a statewide race in New York, but they need to win far more House races in the Empire State if they want to be in the majority anytime soon. 

A combination of good Republican candidates, poor Democratic candidates and an underperforming governor in…

Report Shorts (October 1, 2015)

October 1, 2015 · 3:57 PM EDT

Arizona’s 2nd District. Democrats are targeting GOP Rep. Martha McSally after she knocked off Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in a close race last year. Republicans recently released a handful of automated polls which showed McSally and some of her vulnerable colleagues start the general election in…

Does Voter Anger Explain the Success of Presidential Outsiders?

Stuart Rothenberg September 29, 2015 · 10:58 AM EDT

Those of us who report on and analyze politics for a living have been talking ad nauseam about voters’ frustration and anger.

It’s the hot topic that presumably explains Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Bernard Sanders, as well as the problems that political veterans such as Hillary Rodham Clinton and…

Young, Ambitious and Wealthy Isn’t Enough in Arkansas

Stuart Rothenberg September 24, 2015 · 11:17 AM EDT

Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge announced on Sept. 9 he will seek the Arkansas Democratic Senate nomination and the right to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman in 2016.

Writing in the Arkansas Times before Eldridge entered the race, veteran political journalist Max Brantley…