July 9, 2012 An elementary look at the way many of the political class are running away from their parties — and even themselves.
June 27, 2012 Due to big GOP gains in 2010 and likely turnover this fall, about half the nation's state legislators will have just two years' experience or less when they take their seats next January.
June 25, 2012 The justices say a state law cannot supersede its 2010 Citizens United ruling, which let corporations deploy their money to help or attack specific candidates. Montana had argued that a history of corporate-financed corruption in state government should let tough state laws remain in force.
June 13, 2012 Democratic critics say Florida's Republican governor is purging eligible voters to give his party an Election Day advantage. Scott denies the accusation in an interview with NPR's Michel Martin on Tell Me More. "Not one U.S. citizen has been eliminated from the voter rolls," he says. "Not one."
June 13, 2012 Ron Barber, a former aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will serve the remaining seven months of her term. Republicans tried to tie him to President Obama's policies. Barber painted his Tea Party-supported opponent as "extreme."
June 12, 2012 The liberal Center for American Progress put some numbers on the potential power of the untapped Latino vote. The think tank found significant numbers of unregistered U.S. citizens of Latino background in many states, a pool that expanded greatly when they added the number of permanent Latino residents eligible for citizenship before Election Day.
June 6, 2012 An influential Republican in Wisconsin says Gov. Scott Walker's win in Tuesday's recall election shows the GOP governor's action on the state's budget resonated beyond the base. But, says Don Taylor, the chairman of the GOP in Waukesha County, its effect on the presidential election in November is uncertain.
June 6, 2012 Democratic activists in Wisconsin say they're not angry with President Obama for avoiding recall politics. But they worry that the president's absence may have embittered some volunteers the campaign will need for the competitive presidential race in November.
June 6, 2012 Wisconsin's GOP Gov. Scott Walker made history by pushing back an effort to recall him from office. Walker's salvation was already a vital cause for the conservative movement. Now, there's speculation about what the future holds for the 45-year-old governor.
June 6, 2012 California's new truly open primary has set up several single-party matchups in November for U.S. House seats. The state changed its primary system with an eye toward limiting partisan battles, which backers hope will give moderates a better chance of being elected.
June 6, 2012 Gov. Scott Walker's recall election victory might not seem like it would have much relevance outside the Badger State. But the outcome may embolden other governors to follow Walker's lead and move against public employee unions. It also could boost conservatives and disrupt President Obama's re-election strategy.
June 6, 2012 Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall attempt in Wisconsin on Tuesday by doing what he had to do, turning out huge majorities in the Republican enclaves of the state — especially in its eastern half near Lake Michigan.
June 5, 2012 The state's Republican Gov. Scott Walker has survived a recall election in one of the most closely watched and dramatic state races. He defeated Milwaukee's Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett.
June 5, 2012 Scott Walker vastly out-raised and outspent his Democratic challenger in the state's recall election, largely on the strength of big donations from out of state. He was helped by a quirk in Wisconsin law, which lets a governor facing a recall vote bypass political donation limits.