Political Strategy Notes
Nate Silver mulls over the demographic stats for key congressional districts and comes up with a list of "Republican-held districts with the largest Hispanic communities" for immigration reform advocates to consider.
Also at the Times, Bill Keller comes up with a strategy for "Selling Amnesty."
it's all good news for Dems, in MA, where yet another potentially strong GOP contender, former Gov. William Weld, decides not to run for U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Kerry. Apparently Tagg Romney is considering a run.
Thomas Kochan has a couple of interesting ideas in his post, "4 Ideas Labor Unions Should Consider If They Want To Survive" at WBUR, Boston's NPR station web page.
Meanwhile, 52 percent of the public approves of unions, with 42 percent disapproving in the last Gallup poll, conducted August 9-12. Further, "Union approval has always varied by party. Currently, 74% of Democrats, 48% of independents, and 31% of Republicans say they approve of unions."
Former Democratic members of congress Ellen Tauscher, Tim Roemer and Jim Davis have a Politico update on "New Democrats offer solutions for new Congress." s the authors note, "Counting the results of the 2012 election, the coalition gained 16 new members, bringing its membership to 50, which is more than 25 percent of the entire House Democratic Caucus. The New Democrat Coalition is prospering and is the only growing moderate faction of either two major political parties."
Amid reports of dirty Twitter tricks by the right, a new organization, UniteBlue "functions on Twitter as a list to protect progressive accounts from being suspended via conservative "spam blocks" by getting them more followers," according to Sarah Jones at PoliticusUSA. UniteBlue uses #TGDNexposed for this campaign.
Here's an interesting twist. Andy Kroll reports at Mother Jones on "Karl Rove's New Super-PAC: Republicans Attacking Republicans!." The idea is to sink the Todd Akins of the GOP before they get momentum, thus rendering the "McCaskill strategy" unworkable in future GOP primaries. Wonder as you will whether Rove has the cred to raise enough dough, given his 2012 debacle.
At Daily Kos, Meteor Blades flags Mike Tidwell's Grist post about Theda Skocpol's "Cap and Dividend" idea that "the best alternative is a policy that caps carbon emissions through permit auctions and then rebates the money directly to all U.S. citizens with a monthly check -- cap-and-dividend."