Hill Poll: Voters Oppose Raising Debt Ceiling

Only 27 percent of likely voters favor raising the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, while 62 percent oppose it, according to an exclusive poll for The Hill. The poll found solid opposition from Republicans and also from independent voters, who … Continued

Haley Barbour’s Southern Handicap Maybe Overstated

As Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour steps up his efforts to explore a possible presidential run, he faces one question that none of the other prospective candidates will have to address: can a back-slapping, Ole Miss Rebels fan with a molasses-rich … Continued

Rhodes Cook: Economy Is Key To Obama Re-election

Political prognosticator Rhodes Cook has a very detailed post examining whether President Obama is a one or two term president.  Cook concludes that the state of the economy is vital to Obama’s success in 2012: Yet all these political “what … Continued

West Virginia Sets Special Election Dates

The West Virginia Legislature has finally settled on primary and general election dates for the special gubernatorial election this year: both the state House and Senate passed compromise legislation that set the primary date at May 14 and the general … Continued

O’Connell Weighs In On Newest Job Figures At Politico Arena

Ford O’Connell’s response to today’s Politico “The Arena” question, “Thumbs up or thumbs down on jobs?”: Reporting that the unemployment rate is down when the largest factor in that change is people giving up seeking work is Orwellian “doublethink.” The … Continued

Chris Christie Hasn’t Ruled Out 2016 Run

Though he’s repeatedly said he has no interest in a 2012 presidential run, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t ruled out 2016, The Hill reports. “Well, who knows? That’s, what, five years from now?” Christie said in a Thursday interview with Fox … Continued

2012 Electoral Map Projection – February 2011 Update

CivicForumPAC offers an early analysis of the Electoral College landscape for 2012. Breaking down the numbers state by state, the successes of newly inaugurated Republican governors in several states will be key to the fortunes of the eventual GOP presidential nominee.