The Myths of 2016
We still have well over 500 days to the 2016 presidential election. At this point, the campaign is largely just performance art for the press and the donor class. This is the silly season, where partisans can dream and pundits can speculate wildly. More

2016 Race Ratings
The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call Race Ratings for House, Senate and gubernatorial contests are categorized to reflect the degree to which one party or the other is projected to win. Ratings do not reflect how close a contest is expected to be, but rather the degree of certainty that one political party will win the seat. More 

5 Congressional Maps That Redistricting Could Change for 2016
Legal battles over redistricting in nearly a half-dozen states could leave operatives from both parties scrambling to understand a new political landscape in the months leading up to next year’s primary and general-election contests. More

Senators Confirm Re-Election Bids for 2016
Of the 34 senators facing re-election next year, just one has announced retirement. A CQ Roll Call survey of the entire Senate class showed only one more senator publicly undecided about re-election, plus three additional senators considering bids for other offices. Two more Senate offices did not return requests for comment on re-election plans, though Democrats are near certain one of them — Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will seek another term. More

First Senate Ratings Revealed
For nearly two decades, The Rothenberg Political Report didn’t break down Senate races into nine detailed ratings categories 22 months out from the next election. That was an era when there was something called an “off-year” — and those days are gone. More

114th Congress

Freshman Members of the 114th Congress

GOP preps for power
For Republicans, now comes the hard part: governing. Fresh off its historic gains on Election Day, the GOP will soon have control of both the Senate and the House for the first time since 2007. Republicans are promising to fix Congress, knowing that they — for better or worse — will run a historically unpopular institution ahead of the 2016 elections. More

Five Things That Could Get Done in a Divided Government
Congratulations, all you members-elect. Now, about your freshman years: What is it you expect might actually get accomplished with the help of your “Yes” votes, or despite your presence in the “No” column? More

Battle for the Senate: How the GOP did it
One night in early September, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called a longtime colleague, Sen. Pat Roberts, from his living room in Louisville, furious about the 78-year-old Republican’s fumbling and lethargic reelection campaign. More

Riding Wave of Discontent, G.O.P. Takes Senate
Resurgent Republicans took control of the Senate on Tuesday night,expanded their hold on the House, and defended some of the most closely contested governors’ races, in a repudiation of President Obama that willreorder the political map in his final years in office. More

New Republicans Will Strenghten Boehner's Hand in 114th
Republican gains in the House Tuesday aren’t expected to top what the party was able to accomplish in 2010, but even modest inroads will change the status quo on Capitol Hill. Here’s a rundown of how the 114th Congress will be different if House Republicans, as expected, expand their majority. More

AAO-HNS Member Succeeds in Run for State House
On November 4, Battle Creek resident and AAO-HNS member, John Bizon, MD, was successful in his bid to become a member of the Michigan House of Representatives. Dr. Bizon defeated city commissioner Andy Helmboldt by a 51% to 49% margin in a very contentious contest for the 62nd House District.   

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CQ Politics: Election Central 2014
The Washington Post: Post Politics
The Hill: Campaign
Politico: 2014
The New York Times: Politics
The Cook Political Report (Partial Public Access)
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL): Legislatures & Elections
Rasmussen Polling Reports
Gallup: Political Polling Center for Responsive Politics       
Federal Election Commission (FEC)