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The Ring at Practical PolitickingIn the immortal words of Michael Buffer, “Let’s get ready to rumble” … The Ring is where you’ll find our concise, frequently contentious, and always informative blog posts.

Occasionally you will even catch a few jabs we’ll throw at each other because, while we do agree at fundamental levels, we do not always agree on issue specifics, the correct political strategy or the most effective campaigning tactics. Civil discourse is just reality.

If you read or see something you disagree with then climb into The Ring with us and leave a comment. We’ll most likely “punch back” but we’ll keep the gloves on. Debates here are encouraged and welcome but like boxing, no low blows and “keep it clean”.

Monday Mania (10/20) – “Yes, everything is political—even Ebola.”

Deb Fillman on October 20, 2014
What can we count on hearing about this week? This week’s Monday Mania will take a look at some of the topics you should be aware of in the upcoming week. The politics of deadly disease As with most (maybe even all) issues these days, it didn’t take long for the two political parties to split over who’s to blame for Ebola coming to the United States. For Republicans, Democrats are to blame for the arrival and spread of the more »

GOP Senate Odds Remain Strong but Three Rating Changes in the PPR

Tom Dougherty on October 20, 2014
Overall the odds of a Republican majority in the next Senate are virtually unchanged but this week saw three rating shifts, and a new map. In the latest Practical Politicking Report we saw Georgia move from Likely Republican to Leans Republican, Michigan move from Toss Up to Leans Democratic, and New Hampshire switch from Leans Democrat to a Toss Up. The race between David Perdue (R) and Michelle Nunn (D) in Georgia has taken a somewhat unexpected “blue turn” though more »

No Newsletter This Week, Sorry But Campaigns and Clients Come First

Tom Dougherty on October 15, 2014
Our apologies but we will not get the weekly newsletter out today. Between campaigns, clients and data analyses there just is not enough time in the day. While we expect to be back on track next week, today is just one of those days summed up in one photo. Last updated by Tom Dougherty on May 23, 2014.

Monday Mania (10/13) – Ebola, ISIS, Democrats Preparing to Lose

Deb Fillman on October 13, 2014
What can we count on, or should be hearing about this week? Monday Mania will take a look at some of the topics you should be aware of in the upcoming week, including those with big media coverage, as well as some more obscure, but important, issues that the mainstream media may gloss over. Ebola has spread, but don’t blame the CDC A nurse in Dallas who was wearing full protective gear when she cared for Thomas Duncan, the Liberian more »

Friday Frenzy (10/10) – One Poll Pundits, Gitmo, Voting Law Rulings

Tom Dougherty on October 10, 2014
Friday Frenzy is the antithesis to the “Friday News Dump” as well defined by Taegan Goddard’s Political Dictionary. Our mission here is to enlighten our readers to issues, each and every Friday afternoon, they should be aware of heading into the weekend, and that may be “overlooked” by the mainstream media. Beware the Prognostications of the “One Poll Pundits” It seems to happen every election cycle, and 2014 is proving to be no exception. The sensationalist headlines generated by a more »

Monday Mania (10/06) – Ebola, Gay Marriage, Joe Biden

Deb Fillman on October 6, 2014
Welcome to the first edition of our new weekly feature – “Monday Mania” – enjoy! What can we count on, or should be, hearing about this week? Monday Mania will take a look at some of the topics you should be aware of in the upcoming week, including those with big media coverage and some more obscure, but important, issues that the mainstream media may gloss over. Ebola and the Mistrust of Government Americans are scared, and they don’t trust more »

Friday Frenzy (10/03) – Unemployment, Obama Steps on Dems, Senate Ad Buys

Tom Dougherty on October 3, 2014
Welcome to the first edition of our new weekly feature – “Friday Frenzy” – enjoy! Friday Frenzy is the antithesis to the “Friday News Dump” as well defined by Taegan Goddard’s Political Dictionary. Our mission here is to enlighten our readers to issues, each and every Friday afternoon, they should be aware of heading into the weekend, and that may be “overlooked” by the mainstream media. Is It Unemployment Déjà vu All Over Again? In a nod to the immortal more »

Mr. President, How’s That “House Majority in 2014” Plan Going?

Tom Dougherty on October 1, 2014
Shortly after President Obama was sworn in for his second term, the Washington Post published “Stymied by a GOP House, Obama looks ahead to 2014 to cement his legacy.” The focus was on the administration’s plan to regain the House majority in 2014 to ensure a desirable legacy would remain when Obama left office in 2017. Obama, fresh off his November reelection, began almost at once executing plans to win back the House in 2014, which he and his advisers more »

Good and Bad News for the GOP in the Race for the Senate Majority

Tom Dougherty on September 30, 2014
The latest Practical Politicking Report has both good and bad news for the GOP. We’ve made three rating changes – one favorable and two not so much. The odds of a Republican majority in the Senate remain statistically unchanged with a 75% probability of a six seat gain, and a 57% chance of an eight seat pick up. We hold to our projection of an actual seven seat gain that would yield a 52 to 48 majority for the GOP. more »

Don’t Promise We Won’t Send Troops, Promise We’ll Take No Prisoners

Deb Fillman on September 30, 2014
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry keep reassuring the American people, and our troops, that the fight against ISIS will not be our fight alone, and that we will not commit “boots on the ground” in a combat mission. As the president said: “They will support Iraqi military” only. But the president is under mounting pressure to put boots on the ground against ISIS, with a wide variety of people coming forward to explain why air strikes alone more »
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