Author: Alex Samuels

Why Some Lesbian, Gay And Bisexual Americans Are Loyal To The GOP

Welcome to Political Outliers, a column that explores groups of Americans who are often portrayed as all voting the same way. In today’s climate, it’s easy to focus on how a group identifies politically, but that’s never the full story. Blocs of voters are rarely uniform in their beliefs, which is why this column will […]

How Virginia’s Electorate Shifted Toward Republicans

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. In a break with Virginia’s recent electoral history, Republican Glenn Youngkin bested Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the state’s highly contentious governor’s race on Tuesday. Polls going into election night had the two neck-and-neck, but given McAuliffe had led the race until about a week before the election, it […]

How Democrats’ Failure To Pass A Voting Rights Bill Fits A Pattern Of Failing Voters Of Color

Before President Biden entered the White House, he had an impressive list of to-dos on his agenda, including but not limited to: passing federal voting rights legislation, restructuring policing following the murder of George Floyd and creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.  But these three agenda items have another thing in common: None […]

White, Evangelical And … Progressive

Welcome to Political Outliers, a column that explores groups of Americans who are often portrayed as all voting the same way. In today’s climate, it’s easy to focus on how a group identifies politically, but that’s never the full story. Blocs of voters are rarely uniform in their beliefs, which is why this column will […]

Texas’s New Congressional Map Could Give A Huge Boost To GOP Incumbents

On Monday, Texas lawmakers gave a first glimpse at what the state’s new congressional districts may look like. The redrawn map was highly anticipated given that Texas gained two additional congressional seats — the most of any state — during the reapportionment process and because Republicans are fully in control of the state’s redistricting process. […]

How The Fight Over Abortion Access Might Affect The 2022 Midterms

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Roughly two weeks ago, a highly restrictive abortion law went into effect in Texas, outlawing abortions once fetal cardiac activity can be detected — usually about six weeks into a pregnancy — which is before most women know they are pregnant. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice filed […]