Democratic Party

Utah’s Mia Love Would Tip the Scale in Republicans’ Favor

By on 6.5.14 | 5:57PM

Utah is looking to send Congress its first black, female Republican, plus another all-red state delegation, after this November's election.

Republican Mia Love will most likely beat the Democratic challenger for the seat of retiring Democrat Congressman Jim Matheson in Utah's Fourth Congressional District, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Love is the daughter of Haitian immigrants, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; she has been on the city council and mayor of Saratoga Springs. This is Love's second race for Congress after a narrow loss to Matheson in 2012, but she has kept her fingers in local and national politics since the last election and is polling well for November.

Cuomo To Conservatives: Drop Dead

By on 1.20.14 | 7:17PM

Well, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has really outdone himself. The presumed 2016 Democratic Party presidential contender is already preparing for a run for higher office by envisioning ideological purges. Speaking on a radio program last Friday, he made the claim that "extreme conservative" views are not welcome in the Empire State. Of members of the Republican Party, he asked, “Who are they? Are they these extreme conservative, right to life, pro assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York.” Leaving aside Cuomo's questionable idea that he is the one who should define what it means to be conservative, his statement is troubling. His supporters point out that in full context, he is only speaking of Republicans who seek state office. But shouldn't the character of political representation be determined by the will of the voters, and not by career politicians who think they know better?

How Bill Clinton Hogged Up Time at the DNC

By on 9.6.12 | 6:24PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- How did Bill Clinton manage to run nearly 20 minutes past the scheduled end of his speech to the Democratic National Convention? Simple: He ad-libbed extensively, thus chewing up 48 minutes with what was supposed to have been a half-hour speech.

White House staffers reportedly had edited Clinton's advance text for length, but when he started talking, he evidently decided to add back in a lot of what had been cut out. Dashiell Bennett of The Atlantic Monthly did a line-by-line comparison of the scripted version and what Clinton actually said, demonstrating the maestro's method for hogging the spotlight. For example, the prepared, White House-approved text of Clinton’s remarks had him saying this:

When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better. After all, nobody's right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day. All of us are destined to live our lives between those two extremes.

Key Soros Ally Provides Race-Rhetoric Training Session for House Democrats

By on 5.13.12 | 9:32AM

A non-profit organization that provided training last week to House Democrats, portraying Republican opponents as racially motivated, has received significant funding from foundations linked to controversial left-wing multibillionaire George Soros.

Soros’s Open Society Institute has given $75,000 to the Center for Social Inclusion, which has also received more than $850,000 from the Soros-connected Tides Foundation/Tides Center since 2005, according to documents obtained by The American Spectator.

In a training session for House Democrats and their congressional staffers last week, Center for Social Inclusion founder and president Maya Wiley described “conservative messages” as being “racially coded,” and suggested that Democrats “raise racial disparities” in public policy discussions, Joel Gerhke of the Washington Examiner reported.

Wasserman-Schultz and Hoyer Repeat Calls for Weiner Resignation

By on 6.12.11 | 11:09AM

Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner's behavior "crossed the threshold" that requires him to resign, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said Sunday. Her call was echoed by Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House.

The renewed push from top Democrats for Weiner's resignation came as the Web site TMZ released photos that the Brooklyn Democrat took of himself posing in the congressional gym in the basement of the Rayburn House Office Building. TMZ said Weiner, whose wife is a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had sent the photos to one of the women with whom he had exchanged sexual messages via the Internet.

Mr. Roger$ Welcomes DNC to His Neighborhood

By on 3.16.11 | 11:18AM

Yesterday my American Tradition Institute colleague Chris Horner pointed your attention to the news that Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers has backed a $10 million loan for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, in addition to taking on the task of raising $36.6 million for President Obama's reelection party.

Today at the National Legal & Policy Institute blog I explain how Rogers is also trying to create a friendlier political environment in North Carolina, as well as redefining the president's "crony capitalism" as "purpose-driven capitalism."

Too Much on the Agenda?

By on 4.12.10 | 12:04PM

The New York Times reports this morning that the retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens may affect whether or not the Senate will be able to take up the Democrats' next signature issue: global warming.