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2010 Midterm Elections

San Francisco Goes to the Ballot Box for Electoral Reform

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

The Saturday Voting Act, a proposition that would require San Francisco to open all polling places on the Saturday before Election Day, is an innovation that could significantly boost voter turnout.

Midterm Madness: Pollsters Put Republicans On Top In Illinois

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Sunday morning, President Obama joined Governor Pat Quinn and Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias for breakfast at Valois Cafeteria in Hyde Park. Sp...

2010 Turnout and Early Voter Forecasts

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

I am forecasting that 41.3 percent of those eligible to vote will cast a ballot in the 2010 election and that 28.8 percent of those votes will either be cast in-person prior to Election Day or by mail.

Gallup Goes All in: GOP Up 15 in Final LV Poll

Alan Abramowitz | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Alan Abramowitz

Gallup's final likely voter estimate has an excellent track record. But this year they are, for the first time in recent history, a true outlier.

PHOTOS: Obama Rallies Voters In Chicago, Has South Side Breakfast

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Barack Obama had one message on his Saturday trip to Chicago: "If everyone who came out to vote in 2008 shows up in 2010, we will win this e...

The Republican Undead

Nancy L. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy L. Cohen

The Republican party has an uncanny ability to dupe the American public and rise from the dead on the votes of the Christian Right. Let's look at the ...

The "Audacity" of President "Dude"

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

I'm not particularly fond of the notion that a talk show host - even a comedian - feels familiar enough with the President of the United States to cal...

Party Like It's 1994

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In the 90s, the major "bipartisan" policies that Bill Clinton enacted when he faced a hostile Republican Congress were all disastrous for the country. What was needed then -- and now -- was nothing short of a wholesale reaffirmation of the role of government in society.

Truth, Justice and the American Way

Tim Daly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Daly

Superman fights for 'truth, justice, and the American way.' I may be the voice of Superman in cartoons but in real life I am an everyman and, like you, I can use my voice to fight for the very same things. Vote.

Screen Test

Michael O'Keefe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael O'Keefe

the closer we get to the Nov. 2 elections, the more frequent all the mudslinging political TV commercials will get. Most of them are soul-sucking, brain-draining, amp-up-the-volume, corporate-paid trash.

Time to Pour It On

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

It's clear that this year Pennsylvania is playing the role of the crucial swing state that was played by Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000. The economic case for clean energy is at the top of students' minds.

The Scariest Words in the English Language: "Speaker Boehner" and "Majority Leader McConnell"

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Whatever the shortcomings of Obama and the Congressional Democrats, anything is better than Republicans in power. If they're as successful as predicted, the country and the world will be far worse off Wednesday morning.

Obama vs. Stewart: The Pace of Change

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Obama believes his administration has made a considerable amount of progress "from an historical perspective." What we may see as plodding, he considers getting it done right within the context of an unhealthy Washington.


Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

A few excuses for not voting. None of them good....

WATCH: Quinn And Brady Bicker Through Final Governor's Debate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

By: Deanna Bellandi CHICAGO (AP)-- The major party candidates for Illinois governor repeatedly questioned each other's honesty and competence Thursda...

Looking Back at Jon Stewart's First Daily Show Reviews

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

When Jon Stewart replaced Craig Kilborn on "The Daily Show" in 1999, the show was still a "startup cable show on a cheap set in a tiny studio," says T...

Bill Brady Ads Pulled From Local Stations Due To Nonpayment

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Bill Brady campaign insists it still has plenty of cash, despite the fact that Chicago television and radio stations have reportedly been pulling ...

Harry Reid Defeat No Bad Thing for Democrats With Chuck Schumer in the Wings

Niall O'Dowd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Niall O'Dowd

A defeat for Harry Reid in his senate race in Nevada would not be a bad thing for Democrats. The fact that he has such difficulty getting re-elected in Nevada against a loony right opponent says it all.

WATCH: Jason Plummer MOCKED By Jay Leno On 'Tonight Show'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A few months back, Republican candidate for Illinois Lieutenant Governor Jason Plummer made a painfully awkward appearance on "Chicago Tonight." Whil...

Welcome to CRAZYTOWN

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

Are you sane enough to vote November 2nd? Take the quiz and find out! 1) Colorado Senate Candidate Ken Buck insists that he does not wear high hee...

RANKED: Top 23 Web Savvy Senate Candidates

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The 2010 midterm elections are right around the corner, and the races are heating up. PeekYou, a "people search engine," has ranked the most prominen...

WATCH: Illinois Senate Candidates Exchange Harsh Words, Old Accusations In Final Debate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

BY: CHRISTOPHER WILLS CHICAGO (AP) -- The candidates for President Barack Obama's former Senate seat assailed each other as immature, indecisive and...

When in Doubt, They Beat Up Women

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

In the absence of rational arguments, what is the Tea Party left with? Inchoate violence and flailing rage directed at anyone who chooses to observe the nation's problems through the prism of objective reality and facts.

Scare Tactics

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

How many times is the oil industry going to resurrect this phony conflict? A robust economy and healthy environment are symbiotic, not adversarial.

Lucia Graves

Pelosi: 'We Feel Pretty Good' About Election, Early Returns Are Strong | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a groundbreaking ceremony in San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave reporters her take on election outlooks and decrie...