DEMOCRATS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/DEMOCRATS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Hunt: Ignored House contests may hold surprises http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58467427-82/democrats-republican-candidates-republicans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58467427-82/democrats-republican-candidates-republicans.html.csp">Hunt: Ignored House contests may hold surprises</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Albert R. Hunt</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-29T06:25:51.111-06:00">Updated Sep 29, 2014 06:25AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There is a forgotten contest in this year’s U.S. midterm elections. Actually, there are 435 of them: the races for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Thanks to shifting population patterns and redistricting, the Republicans start with an advantage. In 2012, Democrats received in excess of a million more votes for House candidates, but Republicans won more seats, 234 to 201. This year, only 10 percent of the districts are in play, and the incumbent-friendly campaign-financing system mean...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58467427@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:25:51 MDT Lowry: The incredibly insipid war on women, 2.0 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58457854-82/women-war-republican-contraception.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58457854-82/women-war-republican-contraception.html.csp">Lowry: The incredibly insipid war on women, 2.0</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Rich Lowry</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The National Review</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-26T18:14:21.261-06:00">Updated Sep 26, 2014 06:14PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The “war on women” is back, and more tendentious than ever. Democrats are replaying one of their greatest hits of 2012 in their furious battle to minimize their midterm losses in a political environment defined by an unpopular president and general unease. And why not? The war on women has a proven record of success — in mobilizing Democratic women and trumping what would otherwise seem much more important issues — and it is so simple that any idiot can run on it. The recipe is one part taking o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58457854@www.sltrib.com Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:14:21 MDT Bloomberg View Op-ed: Democrats join Republicans in hock to wealthy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58453609-82/wealthy-political-democrats-power.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58453609-82/wealthy-political-democrats-power.html.csp">Bloomberg View Op-ed: Democrats join Republicans in hock to wealthy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Francis Wilkinson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-25T05:07:07.4-06:00">Updated Sep 25, 2014 05:07AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Speaking in the Senate earlier this month, in favor of a constitutional amendment to neuter the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, Sen. Elizabeth Warren discussed the need to balance powerful interests to keep democracy afloat. In Warren’s view, corporations, in the wake of the court’s 2010 decision to deregulate campaign finance, have been running wild, bending the law “to benefit themselves.” This is precisely the concentration of power that the Founders feared, Warren said. To rec...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58453609@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:07:07 MDT Will: High stakes in Kansas Senate race http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58446601-82/orman-senate-kansas-percent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58446601-82/orman-senate-kansas-percent.html.csp">Will: High stakes in Kansas Senate race</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By George F. Will</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-25T01:01:03.451-06:00">Updated Sep 25, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">SHAWNEE, Kan. • Tacked to the wall of Greg Orman’s campaign office is a print of a John Steuart Curry painting, “Tragic Prelude,” that hangs in the capitol in Topeka. It depicts John Brown of Osawatomie, 39 miles south of here, as what he was, a deranged product of “bleeding Kansas,” the Civil War’s overture. Today, Orman, who is as calm as Brown was crazed, is emblematic of fascinating Kansas. Orman wants to deny Pat Roberts a fourth Senate term, thereby ending a congressional career that began...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58446601@www.sltrib.com Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:01:03 MDT Hunt: Democrats need surge of women to retain Senate majority http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58444840-82/women-democrats-senate-female.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58444840-82/women-democrats-senate-female.html.csp">Hunt: Democrats need surge of women to retain Senate majority</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Albert R. Hunt</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-23T06:02:16.149-06:00">Updated Sep 23, 2014 06:02AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • Democrats know that keeping control of the Senate this election year isn’t a man’s job. Success will depend on the votes of women. This year, it’s Democrats who are on the defensive. In the 10 most competitive Senate races, they are counting on different assets in different states: solid turnout of black voters in the South, Hispanics in Colorado and Alaskan natives. But almost everywhere, Democrats need a big margin — at least in the double digits — with female voters. The commerci...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58444840@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:02:16 MDT Sunstein: Partisan prejudice bigger than racism http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58441672-82/party-prejudice-player-corner.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58441672-82/party-prejudice-player-corner.html.csp">Sunstein: Partisan prejudice bigger than racism</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Cass R. Sunstein</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-22T16:21:15.661-06:00">Updated Sep 22, 2014 04:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">If you are a Democrat, would you marry a Republican? Would you be upset if your sister did? Researchers have long asked such questions about race, and have found that along important dimensions, racial prejudice is decreasing. At the same time, party prejudice in the United States has jumped, infecting not only politics but also decisions about dating, marriage and hiring. By some measures, “partyism” now exceeds racial prejudice ­— which helps explain the intensity of some midterm election camp...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58441672@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:21:15 MDT Maddow: An interesting year of three-ways http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58440942-82/independent-democrats-party-race.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58440942-82/independent-democrats-party-race.html.csp">Maddow: An interesting year of three-ways</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Rachel Maddow</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Special to The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-22T16:21:15.647-06:00">Updated Sep 22, 2014 04:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The elections held in a president’s sixth year in office do not tend to be a happy thing for that president’s party. Over the past century, the party that holds the White House has lost an average of 29 seats in the House in sixth-year midterms. The only exception was 1998, when Bill Clinton’s Democrats picked up five House seats — Democrats call that the miracle of Newt Gingrich. Absent the prospect of another blue moon like that rising in the next six weeks, this year’s elections look like the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58440942@www.sltrib.com Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:21:15 MDT Ponnuru: Democrats shouldn’t rely on pot and gay marriage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58427681-82/abortion-democrats-marriage-public.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58427681-82/abortion-democrats-marriage-public.html.csp">Ponnuru: Democrats shouldn’t rely on pot and gay marriage</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ramesh Ponnuru</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-18T05:53:20.03-06:00">Updated Sep 18, 2014 05:53AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">After George W. Bush won re-election in 2004, Democrats had a bit of a freak-out about social issues. Prominent strategists, and even their losing presidential candidate, John Kerry, blamed the defeat partly on the perception that they were too extreme on abortion. This year, Democrats have no such worries. They’re campaigning hard on social issues, saying it’s their opponents who are out of step with the public. And many Republicans are responding defensively: The most prominent Republican ad o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58427681@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:53:20 MDT Mormons’ close-knit nature, values drive them to GOP http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58407521-90/authors-become-church-democrats.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58407521-90/authors-become-church-democrats.html.csp">Mormons’ close-knit nature, values drive them to GOP</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-17T08:01:36.473-06:00">Updated Sep 17, 2014 08:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, Mormon voters have become more and more ensconced in the Republican Party, to the point that today they represent the most reliable, cohesive bloc of voters for the GOP of nearly any demographic. The reason for the shift, argue three scholars in a new book on the topic, is that Mormons live in a tight-knit, insular subculture that sets itself at odds with the evolving social norms and shares conservative social values. LIVE CHAT: On Wednesday, Sept. 1...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58407521@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:01:36 MDT Waldman: Views on Islamic State don’t follow party lines http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420066-82/percent-republicans-democrats-action.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58420066-82/percent-republicans-democrats-action.html.csp">Waldman: Views on Islamic State don’t follow party lines</a></h4>