New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is among the most popular incumbent U.S. Senators in the entire country – the latest Quinnipiac poll found her sitting atop a solid 49 percent approval among New Yorkers, with only 26 percent disapproving – but that doesn’t automatically mean smooth sailing for Gillibrand’s electoral prospects. […]

Looking back, there have been countless people and events which fueled my interest in politics. Among them are the engrossing train wreck that was the 2008 primary between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and, perhaps first and foremost, my utter bewilderment over how George W. Bush prevailed on election night […]