Democrats http://wrkf.org en Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key http://wrkf.org/post/top-democrat-insists-party-will-hold-senate-turnout-key As increasingly confident Republican leaders predict big midterm election gains, the head of Democratic National Committee put on her game face Tuesday and insisted the party will hold control of the Senate.<p>The Democrats' grass-roots organization, said Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and what she characterized as the GOP's continuing alienation of women, minority, LGBT and middle-class voters, bodes well for her party this fall.<p>"Our best weapon may just be Republicans themselves," said Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the DNC, at a press conference. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 23929 at http://wrkf.org Top Democrat Insists Party Will Hold Senate — But Turnout Is Key For Obama And Senate Democrats, The Goal Is Mutual Protection http://wrkf.org/post/obama-and-senate-democrats-goal-mutual-protection For President Obama and Senate Democrats, who gathered in a White House meeting Wednesday, it's all about mutual aid at this point.<p>If Obama is to maintain any leverage in Congress, he needs Democrats to keep control of the Senate since the House appears likely to remain in Republican hands. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:51:52 +0000 Frank James 21442 at http://wrkf.org For Obama And Senate Democrats, The Goal Is Mutual Protection Gallup: Record Number Of Americans Identify As Independents http://wrkf.org/post/gallup-record-number-americans-identify-independents A record-high percentage of Americans identified as political independents last year, according to <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/166763/record-high-americans-identify-independents.aspx">a Gallup poll</a> released Monday.<p>The survey, based on more than 18,000 interviews conducted throughout the year, found that 42 percent identified as independent, the highest figure since the polling firm began conducting interviews by telephone 25 years ago.<p>In 2013, 31 percent identified as Democrats, while 25 percent identified as Republican.<p>According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans iden Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Carly Cody 21040 at http://wrkf.org Gallup: Record Number Of Americans Identify As Independents Social Security Fight Exposes Democratic Divide On Populism http://wrkf.org/post/social-security-fight-exposes-democratic-divide-populism American politics is having a populist moment, with voters angry and frustrated with all big institutions in American life.<p>The backlash against big government found its expression on the right with the Tea Party. The tensions between that movement and the Republican establishment have been on full display.<p>This week saw similar tensions arise among Democrats, starting with <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304337404579213923151169790">an op-ed</a> on Monday in <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> by the leaders of the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 19759 at http://wrkf.org Social Security Fight Exposes Democratic Divide On Populism Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas? http://wrkf.org/post/could-democrat-become-governor-texas In 2014, Texas voters might just see something they haven't experienced in two decades — a competitive race for governor.<p>Current Republican Gov. Rick Perry isn't running for re-election, so it's an open race, with new faces and new optimism for Texas Democrats.<p>Earlier this year, the Democrats were once again facing the prospect of scrambling to find someone to run as their candidate. Then, on June 25, state Sen. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:20:59 +0000 Ben Philpott, KUT News 17293 at http://wrkf.org Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas? Republicans Gain Supermajority in State Senate http://wrkf.org/post/republicans-gain-supermajority-state-senate <p>Another Louisiana State Senator has jumped the aisle to the Republican party.</p><p>Sen. Rick Ward, who represents parts of the Capitol Region, from Port Allen into Assumption Parish, gives the Republicans a supermajority in the Senate. Several kinds of measures are constitutionally required to pass with a two-thirds vote, like tax increases and procedural items after a certain date near the end of the session.</p><p>The Louisiana House alliance of fiscally conservative Republicans and Democrats may have a harder time facing the Senate next session.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:33:04 +0000 Kelly Connelly 13430 at http://wrkf.org FRIDAY: State Rep. John Bel Edwards http://wrkf.org/post/friday-state-rep-john-bel-edwards <p>Jim talks with Democratic State Representative, and House Democratic Caucus leader, John Bel Edwards, who feels lawmakers should convene a Veto session to consider overturning some of Governor Jindal's budget item vetoes.</p><p><em>Audio should be posted by 11 am on Friday, July 5.</em></p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:18:41 +0000 Jim Engster 12871 at http://wrkf.org