By POLITICO

Blue Dogs are often dismissed as a dying breed of Democrat. Fiscally conservative, socially moderate and built from the ashes of former Dixiecrats, Blue Dogs have struggled in recent years to find a home in the Democratic Party. Not to mention, they’ve suffered staggering blows to membership. After the 2010 midterm elections, they lost more than half their members, and now, with only 18 members, they still haven’t fully recovered.

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