First of all, let’s not shed any tears over the fall of Kevin McCarthy. Though the Republican majority leader is well-liked by his colleagues, he seems to have even less of a vision for where the GOP should go than the famously visionless John Boehner.Source: The Real Reason for the Chaos in the House
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Kevin McCarthy will not be the speaker of the House.Source: Kevin McCarthy’s implosion signals a full-blown Republican revolution
To national GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, it must seem like he has the reverse Midas touch. Everything he touches turns to straw. It’s often the case that party leaders want to rerun the last election instead of focusing on the one they’ve got.Source: Republicans need a new plan to beat Donald Trump
But after a bruising 2012 cycle, in which its polls were farther off than most of its competitors, Gallup told POLITICO it isn't planning any polls for the presidential primary horse race this cycle. And, even following an internal probe into what went wrong last time around, Gallup won't commit to tracking the general election next year. It's a stunning move for an organization that built its reputation on predicting the winners of presidential elections. But it comes at a time of unusual tumult in the polling world. Other top-level brands like the nonprofit Pew Research Center have yet to poll the horse race, and still others have expressed concern about the accuracy of polling at a time when fewer people are reachable or willing to talk to pollsters.
These political scientists may have just discovered why U.S. politics are a disaster - The Washington Post
But new research by Nolan McCarty, a professor at Princeton University, and other political scientists suggests this disgust — and America's political dysfunction — won't be that easy to fix. Working with political scientist Boris Shor and economist John Voorheis, McCarty has released a new study that shows that the growing ideological gap between the Republican and Democratic parties — a common obstacle to getting anything done in Washington — is not just due to politicians' incompetence or their unwillingness to work together. It's due, at least in part, to a deeper, structural problem: the widening gap between the rich and poor.
More of America’s largest publicly traded companies are bringing sunlight to their corporate expenditures on politics
More of America’s largest publicly traded companies are bringing sunlight to their corporate expenditures on politics, the fifth annual CPA-Zicklin Index of Political Disclosure and Accountability shows on the eve of a blockbuster election year for political spending. For the first time, the 2015 CPA-Zicklin Index has been expanded to measure the transparency policies and practices of the entire S&P 500. The 2015 Index reveals that: companies studied by previous Indexes have shown steady improvement; those companies that reached agreements after engagement by shareholders received sharply higher scores; 25 percent of companies place some type of restriction on their political spending; and almost nine out of 10 companies recognize the importance of adopting political spending policies.