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A Washington Examiner Commentary Series


Part One

Special Opinion Report: The plain truth about who owns the Democratic Party

Special Opinion Report: The plain truth about who owns the Democratic Party

By Mark Tapscott | 01/24/11 12:00 AM

It's unlikely that Howard Dean intended to expose one of his party's greatest weaknesses in August 2009 when he explained why Obamacare could not include a tort reform provision that experts said could save up to $400 billion in health care costs.
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Democrats must break free from their special interest stranglehold

Democrats must break free from their special interest stranglehold

By Doug Schoen | 01/24/11 12:00 AM

An extraordinary electoral defeat last November has left the Democratic Party on life support -- not yet dead, but still reeling from the overwhelming "shellacking" it absorbed -- and facing structural challenges that few commentators have systematically analyzed.
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What Obama must do to save himself and his party

What Obama must do to save himself and his party

By Doug Schoen | 01/24/11 12:00 AM

If the Democrats are to resurrect their party -- especially in the face of 2010 U.S. Census Bureau numbers and population trends that decidedly benefit the GOP -- Obama and Democratic leaders need to move decisively back to the center and avoid appearing to be captives of the special interests.
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How the revolving doors swing between special interests and government

How the revolving doors swing between special interests and government

By Ron Arnold | 01/24/11 12:00 AM

A hallmark of government by special interest is the revolving door that allows skilled operators to move back and forth between tax-paid jobs in the executive and legislative branches when the Democrats are in power, and private sector organizations devoted to political and ideological agendas...
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Special interests propel harmful legislation and block needed reforms

Special interests propel harmful legislation and block needed reforms

By Matt Patterson | 01/25/11 12:00 AM

At the end of The Wizard of Oz, the great and powerful wizard is revealed to be a little man behind a curtain, a powerless “humbug,” as he timidly confesses to the Scarecrow. Unfortunately, the special interests pulling the strings behind our political curtain are not so harmless.
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Whatever happened to the Democratic National Committee?

Whatever happened to the Democratic National Committee?

By Mark Tapscott | 01/24/11 12:00 AM

There was a time when the Democratic and Republican national committees represented the absolute pinnacle of partisan organizations led by powerful bosses who chose candidates, funded their campaigns and dictated their votes.
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Part Two

Haven't the Democrats been here before?

Haven't the Democrats been here before?

By Mark Tapscott | 01/25/11 12:00 AM

2011 is not the first time the Democratic Party has faced the prospect of being in a more or less permanent minority status in which it can only elect a president or a congressional majority following Republican miscues.
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Fifteen special interest heavy hitters Democrats cannot ignore

Fifteen special interest heavy hitters Democrats cannot ignore

By Ron Arnold | 01/25/11 12:00 AM

These 15 individuals are among the most important power brokers with undeniable leverage to most shape campaigns, candidates and policies in the Democratic Party. There are other Democratic heavy hitters, to be sure, but these 15 are must-haves on any list of those who cannot be ignored.
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A spotter's guide to the Left's side of the political universe

A spotter's guide to the Left's side of the political universe

By Ron Arnold | 01/25/11 12:00 AM

Special interests have captured the elite level of the Democratic Party, leaving it, as Doug Schoen explained in Tuesday's Examiner, to languish on life support — and facing structural challenges that are not often systematically analyzed.
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Markos Moulitsas, Democratic power broker

Markos Moulitsas, Democratic power broker

By Conn Carroll | 01/25/11 12:00 AM

It's not every day that two members of Congress from the president's own party demand a White House press secretary's resignation, but that's exactly what Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Alan Grayson, D-Fla., did last August.
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Part Three

Where the cash goes, the Democratic policy flows

Where the cash goes, the Democratic policy flows

By Mark Tapscott | 01/26/11 12:00 AM

Employees and political action committees of organizations that make up the big four special interests that own the Democratic Party contributed hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions to the party's federal candidates in 2010.
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Trial lawyers find that generosity to Democrats pays big dividends

Trial lawyers find that generosity to Democrats pays big dividends

By David Freddoso | 01/26/11 12:00 AM

A detailed Washington Examiner analysis of the top 110 plaintiffs' firms in America shows that their employees and partners gave about $7.3 million to political campaigns during the last cycle, with almost every penny -- 97 percent -- going to Democrats.
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Big Labor is the Democratic Party's ATM

Big Labor is the Democratic Party's ATM

By Mark Mix | 01/26/11 12:00 AM

Big Labor spent a record-breaking billion dollars during the 2008 election cycle and then spent hundreds of millions more in 2010, nearly all of which went to elect and protect Democratic politicians. But what does Big Labor get in return?
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Government employee unions have become political bosses

Government employee unions have become political bosses

By James Sherk | 01/26/11 12:00 AM

Be glad you don't work or own a business in Illinois. The state just decided to close its deficit by raising taxes.
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Meet government worker unions’ 10 best friends in Congress

Meet government worker unions’ 10 best friends in Congress

By Mark Hemingway | 01/26/11 12:00 AM

Public sector unions are among Washington's heavyweight political contributors. The American Society of County, State and Municipal Employees, for example, was the largest single campaign donor in 2010, spending $87.5 million.
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