Podcast: Voters have their say
Pundits and politicians have been talking about the coming election for months but the only opinions that really matter come from voters.
This week we handed the microphone over to voters around the country and asked what is driving them to the polls this year. They are concerned about the economy, jobs, immigration and the environment. Lots and lots of people are worried about health care.
Podcast: An indicted candidate, party infighting, taxes, the environment -- all things California
With one House candidate under indictment, infighting among the Democrats,
Podcast: Outside groups pour money into politics
A considerable portion of campaign activity voters see is paid for by donors who live outside the district or state, often through a political committee. Some of those donors are public, but so-called dark money groups don't have to identify their sources of income.
Eight years since the Supreme Court declared that political spending is free speech, corporations, unions and nonprofits spend massive amounts to support or denounce candidates.
Podcast: McCaskill’s uphill fight to keep her seat in deep red Missouri
Claire McCaskill was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and she has been in an uphill fight to hold onto her office ever since as a Democrat in a Republican state.
After President Donald Trump won Missouri in 2016 by about 19 percentage points, McCaskill's seat was immediately seen as prime for picking up by the Republicans.
Podcast: Will Gary Johnson play spoiler with New Mexico Senate bid
Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is setting his sights on the U.S. Senate, arguing the time is ripe for a third-party politician who can act as swing vote and voice of common sense on matters from the federal deficit to cannabis.
Podcast: Some Dems on thin ice in once-reliable Minnesota
Podcast: Stage is set for an unpredictable midterm
Podcast: Is Massachusetts upset a sign of a younger, more progressive Democratic party?
Grassroots activists on the left have a mixed record in Democratic primaries this election year, but the self-described progressive movement has scored enough victories to suggest it’s popularity is based on more than just protesting the Trump White House. The movement is also remolding the Democratic Party into a younger, more diverse and decidedly liberal party.
Podcast: How does AP call elections?
Podcast: Packing, cracking and the art of the partisan gerrymander
Both parties do it.
Whoever is in power when it comes time to redraw Congressional districts tries to give their party a boost by "packing," "cracking" and other tricks to gerrymander the map.
On this episode of Ground Game, politics reporter David Lieb and decision editor Stephen Ohlemacher talk about the impact of redistricting.
Podcast: Is #MeToo shaking up politics? In state houses, not so much
Podcast: Trump doesn’t wait until Election Day to wade into Florida politics
Presidents tend to stay out of primary politics in midterm elections, backing nominees only after voters have had their say. But Donald Trump has put his finger on the scale in Florida's gubernatorial race by endorsing Rep. Ron DeSantis, who has closely aligned himself with Trump.
Podcast: Has Arizona changed enough to vote a Democrat into the Senate?
In a year when Democrats are mostly playing defense to keep their U.S. senate seats, Arizona presents a rare pickup opportunity with the retirement of GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema hopes to claim the political middle ground as a trio of Republicans edge each other rightward ahead of Aug. 28 party primaries.
Podcast: Will Trump’s tariffs sting Republican candidates in trade-dependent red states?
Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Jimmy Tosh’s hog farm are among those warning that President Trump’s trade policies — and the Republican candidates who support them — are hurting the very people who backed the Republican president in the first place.
On this episode of Ground Game, national political reporter Steve Peoples, Tennessee reporter Jonathan Matisse and economic writer Josh Boak discuss tariffs and the politics of trade in the age of Trump.
Podcast: Georgia’s Abrams faces uphill battle to history
Democrats have long pointed to a Georgia electorate that is increasingly urban and less white as a sign they may be able to break the Republican hold on statewide offices. This year, after previous disappointments, their gubernatorial candidate has already made history as the first black woman to win a major party nomination for governor. That’s raising Democratic hopes for an upset.
Podcast: Candidates navigate delicate path in Trump Country
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp faces the daunting political challenge of running as a centrist Democrat in a state President Trump won handily. The nomination of a new Supreme Court justice who could shift the court’s philosophy for decades adds intense pressure from both sides.
And in Trump-friendly Alabama, Rep. Martha Roby was forced into a run-off after facing charged of disloyalty because she initially said she would not vote for Trump. But her rival has baggage of his own.
Podcast: Supreme Court vacancy puts spotlight on state abortion restrictions
A Supreme Court vacancy has pushed abortion to the forefront of election year politics, with both supporters and opponents suggesting that the emotional issue could drive more voters to the polls. That’s especially true in states like Iowa, where Republicans have enacted restrictive measures on abortion in the past two years.
Podcast: The one in which Mitt Romney does not ride a donkey
Mitt Romney did not ride a donkey.
But the one-time presidential nominee and now candidate for Senate did cheer enthusiastically at a donkey basketball game, campaigning on the ground in Utah like a homegrown hero — even though he grew up somewhere else. What he isn’t doing much is talking about President Trump.