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A new enthusiasm gap

A new enthusiasm gap

02/08/12 12:30PM

It was hard to avoid discussion of the "enthusiasm gap" in 2010, when excitement among Republican voters easily trumped Democratic zeal, en route to major GOP gains in the midterm cycle.As attention shifts to the 2012 cycle, the Republican advantage seems to have largely disappeared. read more

Wednesday's campaign round-up

02/08/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* Aaron Blake considers the evidence and believes Democrats' chances of winning back the House are improving. They'll need a net gain of 25 seats.* In Virginia, a new Quinnipiac poll shows President Obama leading all of his Republican rivals in hypothetical match-ups, including a four-point lead over Mitt Romney, 47% to 43%.* On a related note, in Virginia's closely-watched U.S. read more

University of New Hampshire Granite State Poll

New Hampshire voters like that liberty thing. Their legislature not so sure

02/08/12 11:05AM

A new survey out yesterday in New Hampshire asked people how upset they would be if the state legislature repealed marriage equality or kept it. Nearly half the people who support equality say they would be very upset to lose it, compared to just 23 percent on the other side.The lack of passion for taking rights away from your neighbors hasn't stopped New Hampshire's legislature from trying to sell the idea, using the trappings of the state to hammer the point home. The state's veto-proof Republican majority went into this session saying they intended to repeal marriage equality. read more

Payroll tax fight to go down to the wire

Payroll tax fight to go down to the wire

02/08/12 09:51AM

Senators were warned yesterday that if they let the payroll tax break expire at the end of the month, the burgeoning economic recovery will take a "very sharp" hit.Congressional Republicans may very well let it happen anyway.After a bitter fight in December, GOP leaders accepted a two-month extension of the payroll cut, giving policymakers a new deadline -- Feb. 29, three weeks from today -- to agree to a year-long deal. read more

Boston, we have a problem

Boston, we have a problem

02/08/12 08:00AM

After Mitt Romney scored impressive wins in Florida and Nevada last week, it looked as though the race for the Republican presidential nomination had finally come into focus. The former Massachusetts governor was not only the clear frontrunner, but he was the presumptive nominee. Talk of Romney's "inevitability" was ubiquitous.And then last night happened.Rick Santorum, a non-factor in the race since his narrow win in Iowa a month ago, pulled off an unexpected hat trick yesterday, picking up impressive wins in Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri. read more

Morning Maddow: February 8

02/08/12 07:32AM

A town in Alabama knows how to welcome home a veteran.Santorum pulls off a hat trick (even though he won zero delegates).South Carolina sues the Justice Department for blocking its Voter ID law.The House GOP proves again it's all about jobs, jobs, jobs religion.House Republicans are trying to use the STOCK act to take a whack at Rep. Nancy Pelosi.With Rep. Sue Myrick retiring, who will save us from radical Islamist interns?Bad Lip Reading does Newt Gingrich (kinda NSFW).  read more

Charles in charge

Charles in charge

02/07/12 07:55PM

Huzzah! Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.As befits a man who cast such a massive shadow over British (and world) literature, there are celebrations throughout England honoring his legacy. During his astonishingly prolific career as a novelist, journalist, social crusader and tireless defender of the downtrodden, Dickens was dedicated to making the here and now better than the here and then.And he left us with marvelous quotations, never more relevant than during a presidential campaign. read more

Power players

Power players

02/07/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the latest on tonight’s 3 primary elections, plus Rachel... watch

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