"A telling example of who fights for America's working families."
"It's about the economy, stupid."
"Low-information, low-participation voters for whom this issue matters do not show up in midterms."
On balance, will the minimum-wage measures in Congress and on various state ballots help Democrats at the polls in November?
REPUBLICANS (98 VOTES)
"Like daffodils in springtime, Democrats raise the minimum-wage issue whenever they are in trouble. And they're in trouble."
"It is definitely a good issue for the Democratic base."
"They'll help D's because Republicans have no idea how to talk about this issue."
"The argument against is too complex for sound bites."
"It will help in particular if Republicans come off as mean-spirited about it."
"They've convinced me: A higher minimum wage is a consequence-free way to make everyone wealthier. So, why do they propose a paltry $10.10 an hour?"
"Only at the state level. It'll help their turnout. Republicans aren't passionate enough on the issue to turn out people just to vote against it."
"It's stupid policy but smart politics."
"Not a voting issue for many supporters. They just like to feel good about themselves."
"Thanks to CBO, the White House is losing the PR war on the minimum wage. The small businesses forced to eat Obamacare and the minimum wage will be far more vocal in November."
"I just don't see this issue bubbling up into some wedge item. Seems Dems are desperate, so they're dredging up classic liberal policies. I thought they were better than that."
"Very few people make it, and many of them are too young to vote."
"Democrats get points for trying to change the subject, but the minimum wage is more of a niche play than it used to be — and voters who are deciding on that issue aren't going to vote Republican anyway."
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