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Utah looks to play a more prominent role in 2016 presidential primary

03/30/2014 11:59am
There's still a push for Utah to play a bigger role in the 2016 presidential primary race, even though a bill to make the state's election the first in the nation stalled in this year's Legislature.

Analysts say Utah redistricting tough on Democrats

03/30/2014 2:11pm
Utah's seven-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson has brushed aside speculation that his decision to retire from Congress this year was spurred by fear he would lose his seat to a tough GOP challenger.

Health law legacy eludes Obama as changes sink in

03/30/2014 4:32pm
As a roller-coaster sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama's health care law has indeed managed to change the country.

Early Mass. Senate district dubbed 1st gerrymander

03/30/2014 10:21pm
Just about forever, American politicians have been drawing odd-shaped election districts in an effort to give one political party an advantage over another. In 1812, the practice got a name: gerrymandering.

US, Russia talks fail to end Ukraine deadlock

03/30/2014 10:49pm
The United States and Russia agreed Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution, but four hours of talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense East-West deadlock over how to proceed.

Congressional redistricting 101

03/30/2014 10:51pm
Every 10 years, states must redraw the boundaries of congressional districts to account for population changes in the new census. Some states add House districts, while others lose them, but the total stays at 435.

Unwanted feat for Dems: More votes, fewer seats

03/30/2014 10:51pm
Democratic candidates for the U.S. House pulled off a dubious feat in the 2012 election: Collectively, they got more votes than their Republican opponents, but they didn't win the most seats.

GOP, Democrats represent very different districts

03/30/2014 11:00pm
One reason Congress is so polarized: Republicans and Democrats represent very different people.

GOP districts isolated from demographic changes

03/30/2014 11:00pm
Some demographers call it the browning of America. Fueled by immigration and higher birth rates among Hispanics and blacks, the U.S. population is becoming less white.

GOP uses historic win to remake North Carolina map

03/30/2014 11:01pm
The 2012 election should have been a good one for Democrats running for Congress in North Carolina.

Results from independent redistricting are mixed

03/30/2014 11:10pm
A few states have turned to independent or arms-length commissions to limit political influences when redrawing congressional and legislative districts.

The GOP advantage: Geography or gerrymandering?

03/30/2014 11:11pm
Republicans helped solidify their hold on the U.S. House when GOP legislators in key states drew new congressional maps after the 2010 Census. But was it geography or gerrymandering that gave Republicans an edge in state after state?

Party of the rich: In Congress, it's the Democrats

03/30/2014 11:21pm
Republicans are the party of the rich, right? It's a label that has stuck for decades, and you're hearing it again as Democrats complain about GOP opposition to raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits.

6 states show how GOP tilted House playing field

03/30/2014 11:21pm
Americans voted for divided government. You hear it all the time in Washington, especially after voters in 2012 re-elected a Democratic president, a Democratic majority in the Senate and a Republican majority in the House.

Poverty, income levels drive minimum wage debate

03/30/2014 11:31pm
"Give America a raise!" President Barack Obama implored Congress in his State of the Union address.

GOP has built-in advantage in fight for US House

03/30/2014 11:31pm
Even if Democrats recruit great candidates, raise gobs of money and run smart campaigns, they face an uphill fight to retake control of the House in this year's congressional elections, regardless of the political climate in November.

GOP has a built-in advantage in fight for US House

03/30/2014 11:32pm
Even if Democrats recruit great candidates, raise gobs of money and run smart campaigns, they face an uphill fight to retake control of the House in this year's congressional elections, regardless of the political climate in November.
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