A wave election in midterms leading to a new House majority, won with victories by moderates in swing districts. A few freshman members in some of the safest seats in the country pursuing an ideologically “pure” agenda that riles up the party’s base but could endanger the moderates who were essential to winning the majority. It’s all so familiar. And I would know.Story Continued Below In 1994, I was part of a Republican wave that retook the House for the first time in four decades. I represented Northern Virginia, where many voters are centrists and expect their representatives not to be beholden to the extremes in either party. And over my seven terms—including a stint leading the National Republican Campaign Committee for two election cycles—I saw my conservative credentials questioned and denied by some on the ideological right. It was a prelude of things to come. After I left the House in 2008, I watched as the Tea Party wave crested in 2010, the … [Read more...] about Are Democrats Facing Their Own Tea Party-Style Reckoning?
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Every four years, presidential candidates make pilgrimages to Iowa and preach the gospel of ethanol, the corn-based fuel that pours nearly $5 billion into the state’s economy every year. This time, it looked like things might really be different.Story Continued Below In 2016, Ted Cruz won Iowa's Republican caucus as a heretic, arguing that the Renewable Fuels Standard—the federal policy that requires billions of gallons of ethanol to be mixed into American gasoline—was a boondoggle. Among Democrats, meanwhile, the incentive to kowtow to the rural Iowans who love ethanol has faded; the party has lost most of its support in farm country, and its new early state primary schedule could reduce Iowa’s importance in 2020. And heading into the 2020 primaries, as the candidates rush to declare climate change an emergency and embrace an aggressive “Green New Deal” to fight it, ethanol has lost its luster as a green fuel, as scientific evidence mounts that … [Read more...] about How the 2020 Democrats Learned to Love Ethanol
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For two years, Democrats, and their base of supporters, have craved the chance to conduct rigorous oversight of President Donald Trump and his administration. Thanks to the 2018 midterm, they now have it — but figuring out how to put that authority to use is no easy task. With potential topics of investigation into Trump administration actions numbering in the dozens — as many as 85, by one estimate — Democrats have to make choices about what to prioritize. Should they come out of the gate with an investigative salvo into the Trump campaign’s alleged hush money payments to Stormy Daniels in 2016? What about looking into how much Trump’s businesses are benefiting from his presidency? The administration’s response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico? Its botched ban on transgender Americans serving in the military? The list goes on and on, and Democrats aren’t exactly united on how best to proceed — both in terms of what to tackle … [Read more...] about With control of the U.S. House, Democrats have real power to investigate the Trump administration. But where should they start?
It looks as if the other shoe is about to drop for Colorado’s business community as Democrats have taken over the Legislature since their victories Nov. 6.Some quarters of commerce and industry are uneasy about what might come next — especially the state’s oil and gas industry, despite its success defeating a proposal on the November ballot that industry supporters say could have shut down drilling statewide.For the first time in four years, Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature and the Governor’s Office. The former Republican-led Senate stymied efforts to impose new mandates on business on behalf of employees. Ditto attempts to crack down on fracking and oil and gas exploration.Now business has lost that Republican buffer. Business leaders won’t publicly acknowledge a case of the jitters, however.The Colorado Business Roundtable is approaching the legislative session “with a sense of optimism, renewed purpose and a strong desire to work … [Read more...] about Colorado business community keeps watch on political blue wave