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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 (11/24) “POTUS ISO Secretary of Defense; GOP Member No Longer Required”

Deb Fillman on November 24, 2014
Chuck Hagel resigns, GOP reaction to the immigration Executive Order, and the Ferguson Grand Jury decision. 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. Get ready to pre-order the Hagel tell-all. Chuck Hagel has resigned as Secretary of Defense just in time for the president to nominate someone new who will ask fewer questions about his foreign more »

Monday Mania (11/17) – “There is no ‘I’ in ‘team…’” – President Barack Obama

Deb Fillman on November 17, 2014
Wish we could say the same for “Immigration,” “ISIS,” and “Pipeline” 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. Who’s not a team player Mr. President? Continuing to follow his (failed) strategy of blaming the GOP for being “obstructionist” non-team players in just about every policy area there is, President Obama spent last week—and will likely spend more »

Friday Frenzy (11/14) – Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Tom Dougherty on November 14, 2014
Shocking news – the average American voter is ignorant and a liar, and the news media are clueless and sensationalistic. Okay, not so shocking but some pesky statistics reinforce just how true both really are. “Throw the Bums Out” 2014 was touted as the year of the anti-incumbent movement. It was to be the election cycle where the electorate had finally had enough and were going to have their say at the polls. It was the endless babble heard from more »

Monday Mania (11/10) – Blame, Excuses, and Threats (Oh My!)

Deb Fillman on November 10, 2014
(More) midterm post-mortem by our Matador-in-Chief, and are those boots on the ground in Iraq? 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. President Obama will try harder to “persuade” you he loves his job Yesterday, on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, President Obama was asked (amongst other things) to explain Democratic losses in the Midterm more »

Friday Frenzy (11/07) – Numbers, Numbers and More Numbers

Tom Dougherty on November 7, 2014
Friday Frenzy is the antithesis to the “Friday News Dump” as well defined by Taegan Goddard’s Political Dictionary. Our mission is to enlighten our readers to issues, every Friday afternoon, that they should be aware of heading into the weekend, and that may be “overlooked” by the mainstream media. Practical Politicking Report Final Results For the fifth election cycle in a row the Practical Politicking Report was better than 95% accurate in predicting the outcome of the US Congressional races. more »

An Easy Election Scorecard – Track Just The Important Stuff

Tom Dougherty on November 3, 2014
36 Senate races and another 435 House races are a bit much for most folks to follow, so we’ve made it easier for you to follow just the important results on election night. On Tuesday night the first polls close at 6:00PM EST and progress, generally East to West, until the last polls close at 12:00AM EST. The guide below is ordered by poll closing time and provides the important things to look for to determine who is having a more »

Download the Final Practical Politicking Report for all US Congressional Races

Tom Dougherty on November 2, 2014
The final Practical Politicking Report with individual race odds in all Senate and House races is now available. We project a minimum of an eight-seat gain for the GOP in the Senate, and a ten-seat gain in the House. As I wrote on Thursday, a strong Republican GOTV effort could increase the House gains in particular, and additional Senate gains are not outside the realm of reality. The final report is an Excel spreadsheet and lists the projected winner and more »

Friday Frenzy (10/24) – Obama Campaigns for GOP, House Gains Could be Big

Tom Dougherty on October 24, 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. Are the Obama’s the Republicans Best Weapon? It’s no secret that every vulnerable Democratic incumbent have gone to extraordinary lengths to separate themselves from the President in 2014. But more »

Seth Moulton’s Strategy in the #MA06 … When in Doubt, Just Lie

Tom Dougherty on October 24, 2014
The race in the Massachusetts Sixth Congressional District is one of the closest in the nation, which explains why the Democrat, Seth Moulton, has resorted to outright lies in an attempt to mislead voters and steal the election. In Moulton’s latest ad he accuses Republican Richard Tisei, a moderate New England Republican, of voting against veterans benefits. The accusation carries some weight, since Moulton himself is a combat veteran and has made supporting veterans a cornerstone of his campaign. There’s more »

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 »
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