How to Survive and Thrive in Iowa — Words of Wisdom from Former Staffers

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 18, 2019 · 11:20 AM EDT

With less than 10 months to go before the Iowa caucuses, hundreds of Democrats have descended on the Hawkeye State to organize and energize voters. Only one candidate will finish first on Feb. 3 — and ultimately, there will be only one presidential nominee — but the experience can be invaluable to…

How Gephardt’s 2004 Iowa Team Boosted the Democratic Party

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 17, 2019 · 8:50 AM EDT

Nearly 15 years ago, Bill Burton was driving Dick Gephardt around Iowa in an electric blue Saturn Vue named “Sue” with David Plouffe and John Lapp along for the ride.

The Missouri congressman’s 2004 presidential hopes eventually ended with a fourth-place finish in the state’s Democratic caucuses,…

Iowa 2: Loebsack’s Retirement Expands House Playing Field

April 13, 2019 · 9:01 AM EDT

No one really gave Democratic Cornell College professor Dave Loebsack a chance of knocking off GOP Rep. Jim Leach in 2006. But Loebsack won that race and, more than a dozen years later, announced that this, his seventh, term in Congress would be his last. Now Democrats will have to defend a…

Age, Change and the Democrats’ Challenge

by Stuart Rothenberg April 9, 2019 · 4:14 PM EDT

Is the Democratic race for president — and possibly even the 2020 general election — going to boil down to a choice of aged front-runners (or incumbent) versus a younger challenger who represents generational change? It’s certainly possible.

President Donald Trump, the oldest person ever to assume…

2020 Senate Overview: Defining the Relationship

April 5, 2019 · 2:30 PM EDT

For Republicans, there’s more at stake in 2020 than the Senate majority. 

Not only is the GOP defending more seats next year, but this class includes a mix of leadership, legislative veterans, and rising stars, who are all in races to strengthen their connection to their states.

The terrain isn’t…

2020 Senate Overview (April 5, 2019): Alabama - Kansas

April 5, 2019 · 2:29 PM EDT

Alabama. Doug Jones (D), elected 2017 special (50%). As a Democrat in a state where Hillary Clinton received less than 35 percent, Jones is the most vulnerable senator in the country. But there hasn’t been a flood of interested GOP candidates. 

Rep. Bradley Byrne, who represents Mobile and the…

2020 Senate Overview (April 5, 2019): Kentucky - New Mexico

April 5, 2019 · 2:28 PM EDT

Kentucky. Mitch McConnell (R), elected 1984 (50%), 1990 (52%), 1996 (55%), 2002 (65%), 2008 (53%) and 2014 (56%). Trump won Kentucky by nearly 20 points in 2016, Republicans have a 57-42 percent Baseline advantage, and Democrats haven’t won a Senate race since 1992. But with the polarizing majority…

2020 Senate Overview (April 5, 2019): North Carolina - Wyoming

April 5, 2019 · 2:27 PM EDT

North Carolina. Thom Tillis (R), elected 2014 (49%). The nature of North Carolina as an emerging toss-up should breed a competitive contest. Republicans have a narrow 50-49 percent Baseline advantage. In 2016, President Trump won by 4 points and GOP Sen. Richard Burr won by 6 points, but Democrat…

Candidate Conversation - Tracy Mitrano (D)

April 5, 2019 · 2:26 PM EDT

New York’s 23rd District -- Rating: Solid Republican

Interview Date: April 2, 2019

Date of Birth: May 1, 1958;  Rochester, N.Y.

Education: Univ. of Rochester (1981); Binghamton Univ. (Ph.d 1989); Cornell (J.D. 1995)

Elected Office: None; 2018 23rd District nominee

Current Outlook: It says a…