On her show last night, Rachel Maddow looked at a Washington Post/ABC poll that shows registered voters prefer Democrats to Republicans by 5+. Dems score better on the economy, "values", and "fixing the nation's problems." When the poll flips to likely voters though -- the registered voters most inclined to make it to the polls -- Republicans surge ahead.
Maddow has a fairly straightforward solution to the "enthusiasm gap" that threatens sweeping wins for Republicans on election day: Read more
According to the Gallup poll released Sunday, the Republicans have a 15-point lead among likely voters. NBC/ Wall Street Journal has them up by 6. CNN/Opinion Research shows the GOP with a ten-point lead. Pew has a 6-point spread, and the ABC/ Washington Post poll shows the Republicans leading by 4 (all via PollingReport). Read more
On the cusp of California's landmark Proposition 19 marijuana vote, it's important to remember how a long-developing underground network of boutique weed farms across the state have set the stage for legalization. Both hobby breeders and small business-style mini-farms have not only diversified and strengthened the plant's strain, but their proliferation has brought down costs and boosted the economy. Read more
The protracted war in Iraq has had copious vocal detractors in both America and the UK, but earlier this year, a 21-year-old British woman's discontent turned sanguine. In May, Roshonara Choudhry approached Labour MP Stephen Timms at a public appointment and stabbed him two times in the stomach "to get revenge for the people of Iraq," the Guardian reports. Read more
They've already spent millions of anonymously-donated dollars targeting the most progressive folks in congress this election cycle, but that's not enough for the rabidly conservative donor groups that have been unleashed by last year's Citizens United decision. Read more
This month, a panel will convene to discuss what constitutes "preventative health" for women under the new health care plan. And the hot topic will be whether birth control falls under that category.
Now of course, from a common-sense perspective, contraception is the very definition of preventative care. It prevents unwanted pregnancy, it prevents abortion, and proper use of condoms prevent disease. Indeed, that's the position of most public health experts and many liberal lawmakers who helped craft the policy. Read more