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Questions tagged [democratic-party]

Questions related to the Democratic Party, one of the two major parties in the United States.

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Why is the consensus that the Democrats are confident of overturning the House majority in the 2018 midterms?

I have seen numerous reports that describe how the Democrats are confident of overturning the House majority in the 2018 midterms. Where does this confidence spring from?
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Are there cases of Democrats engaging in voter suppression?

Modern Republicans are often accused of trying to suppress the right to vote for minorities. Are there cases where the modern Democratic party (ie post Jim Crow) is accused of suppressing the right ...
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Dem anti-Kavanaugh strategy: why focus on sexual assault allegations, as opposed to a blend of issues? [closed]

The Democratic party seems to be putting a lot (all?) of its hopes on the Ford sexual assault allegations for blocking the Kavanaugh nomination. Media coverage has been extensive and highly polarized. ...
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Is the Democratic Party actually a left wing party? [closed]

The terms left wing, centrist and right wing are all relative of course. The Democratic party is generally supportive of gender equality issues and LGBT rights, more sympathetic to immigrants. But the ...
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Has the DNC barred Sanders from contending in the 2020 Democratic primaries?

The DNC has recently approved some structural reforms, many which are suspect in several ways IMHO, but a particularly interesting one is the following (ignore the pen markings, just read the second ...
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Why is proportional representation a nonpartisan issue in the US?

In Western Europe for example, many legislatures have a party-list system and are structured with proportionality, but in the US supporters for a change of system are almost entirely nonpartisan. The ...
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Understanding gerrymandering in the Maryland example?

I was reading an article in the NY Times explaining the math behind gerrymandering. They used the Maryland 6th District as an example, that had 26k wasted votes and all 133k republican wasted votes. ...
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Is there evidence that the Democratic Party defends illegal immigration? [closed]

Is there evidence that the Democratic Party defends illegal immigration? Statements made by Democratic party officials or seat holders are preferable to Democratic leaning media sources.
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What are the obligations/duties of “a Democrat” vs an independent? (US House/Senate)

Over the past two years we've heard media discussions regarding whether various political figures should "run as Democrats"/"Republicans"/"Green"/other parties, or "run as independents", for the US ...
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Turnout in U.S. midterms

What is the average voter turnout among Democrats in U.S. midterm elections? How does it compare to Republican turnout?
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What's the deal with the Independent Democratic Conference?

The New York Times reported that Democrats in Albany "have agreed to reunite and end seven years of infighting." Wikipedia indicates that the problem grew out of the 2009 crisis, in which two ...
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What is the US 'Deep State' and what evidence is there for it?

I've heard whispers of a 'deep state' run by the Clintons or Obama or various liberals/democrats and I never really gave it much thought. It sounds kind of crazy - that said, I have to admit, I don't ...
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What are the primary objections Democrats have to a border wall?

Taking Trump out of the issue, Democrats have largely been united in their opposition to building a wall on the border with Mexico (with a notable half-measure in 2006). It became quite the ...
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Why did Democrats oppose Ted Cruz's provision to allow funds from 529 plans to be used for homeschooling?

Senator Ted Cruz proposed an amendment to the recent tax reform bill to allow funds from 529 plans to be used for homeschooling1, but the Democrats voted against it and it did not make it into the ...
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Why are Democrats fighting over Conyers seat in Congress?

I read in the news today that Democrats are fighting over who will take over Rep. Conyers seat in Congress until the next election. I don't understand. The governor of Michigan is a Republican, so ...
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Did Lyndon Johnson predict that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would cause the Democrats to lose the South?

Up until this time, it was the Democrats, not the Republicans that were opposed to Civil Rights. Even the leaders opposing the Civil Rights Movement in the South were Democrats. But did Johnson ...
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What would make a Democratic Libertarian and a Republican Libertarian different?

In the context of the USA; what ideas would make a Libertarian go Democrat, and what ideas would make them go Republican? As Libertarianism fits more or less in this strange middle ground of ideas ...
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Being “registered” as Democratic/Republican/Independent vs being a party member

I was following online media during last year's primaries, and noticed anchors and commentators discussing people's "registration" as Democrats, Republicans or Independents (never for other parties ...
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How do half votes work in the DNC chair election?

The first round of the DNC chair election just passed. The results where Sally Boynton Brown 12 Keith Ellison 200 Jehmu Greene 0.5 Peter Peckarsky 0 Tom Perez 213.5 ...
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Attitudes of the two parties towards the central bank

The article on Economist Making Fed Great Again says: That matters because Republicans have long sought to overhaul the central bank by subjecting its monetary policy decisions to review by the ...
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Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? [closed]

Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? Similar to how, in the years since the WW2 post-war period, the main political parties ...
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Are Democrats alleging that Russia tampered with the vote tallies?

In Belief in conspiracies largely depends on political identity, it's reported that many democrats reported positively to a question about whether Russia tampered with the vote tallies for the 2016 ...
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Are there Democratic politicians or groups that support Trump's positions, and if so why?

I was wondering if a Democrat, politician, voters, or special interest groups have found common cause with Trump ideas or policy positions as having some positive outcomes?
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Why are certain views/values are amassed in one party, like Republican vs Democrat?

I don't know how to explain my question but basically I don't follow politics much and for instance can't really tell the difference between liberal/conservative vs Democratic/Republican, but recently ...
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Have the Republican and Democratic parties “swapped places” in some ways?

I was just reading about the left-right political spectrum and that reminded me: I once read that the Democratic and Republic parties, over time, have swapped places in some way, so that the ...
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Does empirical evidence exist that suggests that African Americans and/or Latinos are more likely to be Republican if they are in the middle class?

While "poor", "middle class" and "upper class" can be defined differently (the US defines the poverty line 2 different ways by two different agencies) are there any studies that conclude in the US ...
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Have any other Republican candidates for Congress accepted only the Democratic nomination? vice versa?

Bill Shuster inherited PA's 9th congressional district from his father in 2002. In most election cycles, he runs unopposed as the district is mostly Republican. This primary season he won the ...
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Does the DNC really have a portrait of Lincoln in their visitor's center?

At the beginning of the movie "Hillary's America", which just came out two days ago in my area, the narrator walks into a visitor's center which apparently is associated with the Democratic National ...
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Where can one download all the DNC emails released by Wikileaks? [closed]

On July 22, 2016, Wikileaks released thousands of emails from the DNC. I am aware their website has a search tool. However, I'd prefer to just download the entire archive. How can I download all the ...
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Why do people call Bernie the most popular candidate when he's losing? [closed]

Recently I have seen many images on Facebook and elsewhere with pictures comparing large Bernie Sanders rallies to relatively small rallies for other candidates. Often these images have captions along ...
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Will there be a 10th US democratic primary debate?

There is an open slot on democrats.org for a 10th debate in May, but the location and date are still TBD. Is this debate likely to take place?
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Sanders says he has no plans to quit before the final primary votes have been cast in June

Sanders says he has no plans to quit before the final primary votes have been cast in June. I want to know if there is statistics that shows his popularity diagram in the past year to see if it is ...
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Why won't Hillary Clinton release the transcripts of her paid speeches?

Why isn't Hillary Clinton releasing the transcripts of her paid Goldman Sachs (Wall Street) speeches? If she wins the Democratic nomination, she risks facing these questions again in the general ...