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Primary Colors: Pete’s test

In the final months of 2019, media narratives describing the presidential primaries were consistent and simple: Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were battling to be the progressive standard bearer taking on the Goliath moderate former Vice President Joe Biden, who was being distantly trailed in his own “lane” by former South Bend, Ind., Mayor […]

Primary Colors: New Hampshire Primary

Most early states in the presidential nominating contest have their own special institutions: the Iowa state fair, Jim Clyburn’s South Carolina fish fry and the Dixville Notch midnight vote in northern New Hampshire. But on Saturday night, Democratic presidential candidates, their supporters and prominent Democrats from around the country packed into an arena in Manchester […]

Primary Colors: Gary Hart’s heir apparent

As the sun was setting and the skies remained gray in Bow, N.H., I turned on to a long road, riddled with cars covered in bumper stickers such as “Protect Our Care” and “Bennet for America.” As I turned the corner into the living room, I saw at least 50 voters captivated by Senator Michael […]

The Tide: Kyrsten Sinema

A Democrat had not won a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona since 1988 — only two years after John McCain began his 30-year career in the Senate — when Dennis Deconcini was reelected to a third and final term. Arizona has long been seen as a solidly red state, with the exception of the 1996 […]

The Tide: Jahana Hayes

Every year, the White House hosts the country’s greatest public school teachers, with at least one coming from every state. In 2016, during the last year of his presidency, Barack Obama stood next to former United States Secretary of Education John King Jr. and awarded the nation’s highest teaching distinction to Jahana Hayes. Hayes, a history and government teacher at […]

The Tide: Sharice Davids

Tuesday’s election was historic for many reasons. The Democrats picked up the highest number of seats in the House of Representatives since the post-Watergate election in 1974, and Republicans gained crucial seats in the Senate. But the real story of last week’s election is that of a changing America. On Jan. 3, 2019, there will be more women, […]

The Tide: Dan Feehan

In the upcoming midterm elections, a historic number of veterans are running for Congress. Combat arms soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have come stateside to serve again, and nearly all of these first-time candidates are running as Democrats. One of those candidates is Dan Feehan, a Bronze Star recipient and former Army Ranger […]

The Tide: Lucy McBath

Georgia’s 6th Congressional District vaulted into the national spotlight early last year. Its sitting representative, Tom Price, had been confirmed as President Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services, triggering a special election in the suburban district just north of Atlanta. The runoff between Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and former congressional aide Jon Ossoff, a first-time […]

The Tide: Ilhan Omar

Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar has already made history as a millennial legislator, as a person who came to the U.S. as refugee and the first Somali-American legislator in U.S. history. Omar was first elected in 2016 to serve a central Minneapolis state house district. This November, she, along with Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, will be […]

The Tide: Mike Espy

Former Congressman Mike Espy is no stranger to the people of Mississippi. The three-term legislator-turned Secretary of Agriculture won four elections in one of the most conservative states in the United States by positioning himself as a Blue Dog Democrat willing to put Mississippi above the sport of politics. And he might just be the first Democratic […]