How Divided Parties Survive and Thrive

Nathan L. Gonzales June 23, 2017 · 3:00 PM EDT

Democrats were divided before the special election in Georgia, and Jon Ossoff’s loss certainly didn’t help heal any internal wounds. The party went “all in” to win the suburban Atlanta seat and came up short in the type of district the party needs to win to get to a majority next year, and the blame game is well underway. But all is not lost for the Democratic Party.

Democrats are in the early stages of a civil war. Without a clear leader sitting in the Oval Office, there are growing differences over ideology, strategy, tactics, and tone that will manifest themselves in primary battles all over the country. While Republicans are excited to watch Democrats’ inter-party skirmishes, they’ve also given Democrats some hope.

When a party is out of the White House, there is no consensus leader. After the 2000 election, Democrats didn’t have a clear leader. Right now, Tom Perez isn’t the leader of the Democratic Party. Nancy Pelosi isn’t the leader of the party (despite what you see in Republican television ads). Neither is Chuck Schumer or Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton.

In 1858, U.S. Senate nominee Abraham Lincoln of Illinois delivered one of his most famous speeches — drawing inspiration from the Bible, specifically the Gospel according to Mark — and…

Virginia 10: Democrats Not Giving Up on the Suburbs

Leah Askarinam June 23, 2017 · 2:59 PM EDT

This week’s Republican victory in Georgia’s 6th District offered the first evidence that highly educated suburban districts aren’t fleeing the party with President Donald Trump in the White House. 

Karen Handel’s win should be encouraging to Members such as Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, whose…

House Battleground Breakdown: Diving Into Demographics

Leah Askarinam June 23, 2017 · 2:58 PM EDT

We’ve learned from 2016 that demographics aren’t exactly destiny. But while the relationship between demography and voting behavior doesn’t amount to a perfect science, it can be useful to compare localities from across the country based on demography rather than purely on geography. For example,…

Democrats Look for First Signature Victory

Nathan L. Gonzales June 23, 2017 · 2:57 PM EDT

After a setback in Georgia’s 6th District, Democrats are looking for the next opportunity to take back some territory for their party and change the narrative about elections during the Trump Administration. Democrats are well-positioned to win the Virginia and New Jersey races for governor this…

Candidate Conversation - Kia Hamadanchy (D)

June 23, 2017 · 2:56 PM EDT

Candidate for California’s 45th District

Interview Date: June 20, 2017

Date of Birth: Oct. 20, 1985; Torrance, Calif.

Education: Univ. of Michigan (2007, law school 2010)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Hamadanchy is one of at least three credible Democratic…