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Reagan Country.

Reagan Country.

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For all the talk about the GOP’s problems winning female voters, they actually won women (by a very thin margin) in the 2010 midterms nationwide according to exit polls. While I’m a huge advocate for the party modernizing and speaking to all audiences and proposing policies that appeal to those who are not old, white, and male, I think it is interesting to see how the GOP’s “gender gap” problem is not a new phenomenon. It didn’t happen overnight and won’t be fixed overnight.

For all the talk about the GOP’s problems winning female voters, they actually won women (by a very thin margin) in the 2010 midterms nationwide according to exit polls. While I’m a huge advocate for the party modernizing and speaking to all audiences and proposing policies that appeal to those who are not old, white, and male, I think it is interesting to see how the GOP’s “gender gap” problem is not a new phenomenon. It didn’t happen overnight and won’t be fixed overnight.

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The right is definitely spending more per staffer, but the left is spending a lot more on staff altogether–a key difference. And the focus on building a massive army appears to have been the right one.
From my piece today at The Daily Beast.

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Roundtable: GOP's 'Duck Dynasty' problem

Went on CNN on Friday to talk about whether or not the GOP has a “Duck Dynasty” problem, or if it needs to distance itself from those who hold views like those of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.

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Chihuly glass art exhibition at Desert Botanical Gardens. Breathtaking.

Chihuly glass art exhibition at Desert Botanical Gardens. Breathtaking.

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Kristen Soltis Anderson | These Are the 30 People Under 30 Changing the World | TIME.com

I’m on TIME’s 30 under 30 list this year for people who are changing the world. I feel as though I need to do a little “expectations management” here.

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We researchers and pundits lump 18-year-olds and 29-year-olds into the same bucket when we talk about the “youth vote,” but the truth is that the back end of the “Millennial” generation has little memory of “hope and change” at all.
My latest at The Daily Beast on why young voters are not monolithic, and why adding the youngest Millennials to the voter pool may be why Obama’s poll numbers are sagging among the young.

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This morning on The Daily Rundown, I debated the politics of a minimum wage hike and the call for an increase to $15/hr.

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Americans Don’t like Obama’s Job Performance—Or Him

I’ve written an article for The Daily Beast on why Obama should be concerned about the fact that it’s not just his job approval that’s falling - it’s voter assessment of him as a person. That’s much harder to turn around.

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Influential pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson’s book, about how new ideas and social trends are recasting the political landscape, how both parties must understand and communicate with emerging groups of voters like Millennials, and why they are essential to the future of the GOP, to Adam Bellow at Broadside, for publication in 2015, by The Schisgal Agency (World).
From today’s Publishers Marketplace. Thrilled to be working on my first book!