Workers in Americaâ€™s oil and gas patches have enjoyed some of the countryâ€™s biggest gains in the buying power of their paychecks over the past decade and a half, while workers in several small and mid-sized manufacturing-oriented cities have watched their buying power shrink over the same time period.
Inside the Numbers
Just before the legislative session began I did a breakdown of which lobbyists would be lobbying for which interests. Some lobbyists, however, donâ€™t report many of their clients until the session gets underway and many acquire clients as the session progresses. So now that the Legislature is going well into overtime, the lobbying picture is much clearer.
These data, from an April 6-10 Gallup poll, come just three months before both parties’ nominating conventions and as the candidates clamor for the remaining delegates for their respective nomination contests.
With the 2016 primary election campaign in full swing, three-fourths of Americans (73 percent) report they are following news about it closely with the economy/jobs currently being the most important issue to voters in the upcoming presidential election (27 percent).
Voxâ€™s Dylan Matthews took a look at how the many policy initiatives of Bernie Sanders would affect marginal tax rates on wages:
Is it possible that this kind of â€œto hell with party labels!â€ campaign will become more the norm in American and Alaska politics as we go forward? New numbers from Gallup suggest that might be the case.
The election year is upon us, and Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway describes the nationâ€™s mood heading into it this way: â€˜Sour and dour. Nervous, on edge, a feeling of vulnerability and a lack of control.
With the rather large exception of the White House, these are dark days for the Democratic Party. The 2014 election left the party with 188 seats in the House of Representatives, its lowest count since the Truman administration.
Have you have gotten the feeling lately America’s younger generation just can’t tolerate speech they don’t approve of? There is now statistical evidence that is the case.
Washington Post: “The low level of trust in government is not surprise. The public is generally pessimistic about the economy and the direction of the…