Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Charlie Cook: Independents Volitile But Not Creating New Rules...


According to Charlie Cook, after three straight "wave" elections where there has been a drastic change in legislative makeup, we might be poised for a "normal" election in 2012. "To be sure, independent voters propelled Democrats in 2006 and 2008 and reversed course and pushed Republicans through in 2010. Independent voters are still impatient and volatile, but these elections were exceptions, not new rules." History will tell, but we personally wouldn't bet on anything these days being "normal."
The 2012 election is the primary issue at hand for the No Labels organization, who are focusing on growing so that more politicians will take them seriously. The primary goal being a large turnout at the National Day of Action planned for next year over six states, all open primary states. With enough numbers and enough voices, they will be hard to ignore.

INDEPENDENT VOTERS
NO LABELS
  • No Labels focuses on growth, Congressional monitoring, eyeing 2012 primaries (Ken Bingenheimer, National Common Ground Examiner) In a weekly leaders' call Monday morning, founding leader Nancy Jacobson discussed the National Day of Action the group is planning for 2012. "We're going to be spending about 60 percent of our time monitoring what's going on in Congress. We're going to be vigilantly watching, and hopefully bringing this community along to let their voices be heard in Washington. The other thing we're going to be working toward is a National Day of Action, which will happen sometime a year from now in six states, three on the Republican side, three on the Democratic side, in open primary states.
HEALTH CARE
  • Health care could be high-court nail-biter (By: David Nather, Politico) Because the stakes are so high, “this is a very difficult case for the Supreme Court as an institution,” said Turley. “You have a slight majority of the states opposing it. You have a national law that’s affecting hundreds of billions of dollars of services. This is the type of case that justices do not relish.”
CALIFORNIA
NEW YORK
  • IDC Sides With Senate Republicans On Rules Reforms (By Laura Nahmias, City Hall News) A change in Senate rules stripping Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy of his power to cast a tie-breaking vote passed 36-24 in a marathon session, with all four members of the Independent Democratic Caucus voting with Republicans against the rest of the Senate Democrats.


1 comment:

richardwinger said...

Hello Charles Perez, this blog already has a picture of Nancy Hanks, but since you are doing most of the posting these days, when do we get to see your picture?