Author: Alex Samuels

Why Democrats Keep Losing Culture Wars

Virginia’s new governor, Glenn Youngkin, kicked off his term with a political magic trick. In the first of nine executive orders issued on Jan. 15, the day he took office, he banned the teaching of “inherently divisive concepts, including critical race theory” in K-12 public schools. It was a smart way to show his base […]

Americans Feel Burnt Out — Personally And Politically

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Like a decent chunk of American workers currently, I’ve been feeling the effects of burnout.  Of course, I can chalk up how I’m feeling to a number of self-imposed expectations and personal habits (or lack thereof), like taking on too many “side hustles” outside of my nine-to-five, or […]

Why Democrats Keep Bringing Up Voting Rights

In 2021, Democrats tried a number of times to pass federal voting rights legislation, and each time, it went something like this: Bills cleared the House only to meet their demise in the Senate when Republicans refused to cooperate and some Democrats rejected proposed rule changes to the filibuster that would allow a vote along […]

Some Early Clues About How The Midterms Will Go

To state the obvious: A lot is at stake in November. The 2022 midterm elections will not only decide control of both the U.S. House and Senate, but also who sits behind the governor’s desk in 36 out of the nation’s 50 states.  History tells us that midterm elections generally go well for the party […]

An Early Look At Georgia’s Governors Race

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat who was propelled to national prominence after her narrow loss in the 2018 governor’s race, announced last week that she’s running for governor again in 2022. At first, the race seemed poised to be a high-profile rematch between Abrams and Republican Gov. Brian […]

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 […]