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2012 Congressional Races

Supreme Court's Theory of 'Independent' Outside Money Is No Longer Operative

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics
Taylor Lincoln

The final numbers are not in yet, but we already have more than enough information to make one call in the 2012 elections: The U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United vs. FEC decision can be deemed a failure based on the very rationale that the court used to justify it.

Polls Find Tea Party Favorites In Trouble

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics

As the 2012 election calendar rolls toward its final week of campaigning, several Tea Party favorites find themselves in races that are too close for ...

Saki Knafo

Progressive Group Punks Republican Congressman | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics

Jeff Wyly, campaign manager for GOP Rep. Dan Lungren's re-election in the Sacramento region of California, sent an email to supporters Friday with wha...

'I Don't Have To Prove Anything To Anybody'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

Over the past month, Florida's 18th District House race between GOP incumbent Allen West and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy has had its share of...

GOP Congressman Allegedly Threatens TV Station

The Huffington Post | Ian Gray | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) allegedly called an executive at a local TV station earlier this week and threatened to pull his advertising if the statio...

Saki Knafo

'Height Of Hypocrisy:' Karl Rove's New Super PAC Ads Tar Democrats As Corrupt | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

Tim Bishop is a scoundrel. Just ask Karl Rove. A new ad by Rove’s super PAC, Crossroads GPS, is trying to frame the five-term Long Island congre...

Paul Blumenthal

GOP Loss Came Despite Big Advantage | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Cliff Stearns, the Florida Republican who led the GOP charge against Planned Parenthood, conceded victory in his primary race Wedne...

Candidate Finally Addresses Big Scandal

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

Facing growing heat from the press and his Democratic primary opponents, a congressional candidate in Connecticut has finally addressed his campaign s...

America's $2 Billion a Year to Egypt Hinges on Its Peace With Israel

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 08.29.2012 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Democracy without a legitimate constitution and a Bill of Rights, especially protecting the rights of minorities, can become a very scary thing. What you get is a tyranny of the majority. So the U.S. must insist that elected regimes be restrained by a constitution.

Paul Blumenthal

Citizens United Decision Leaves Industries Free To Battle In California Primary | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race for a newly drawn congressional district in California's Inland Empire is shaping up as a clash of titans. It's not the candida...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PACs Make Major Shift | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday night Indiana conservative upstart Richard Mourdock defeated 36-year incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar in a primary battle that featu...

George LeMieux: I'm No Charlie Crist

Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics

Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.), known as the political mastermind behind former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, is trying to distance himself fr...

Scott Brown Gives Shout-Out To Obama

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

Republican Sen. Scott Brown continues to align himself with President Obama as he faces a heated re-election bid in Massachusetts. The latest shout-ou...

Joe Walsh Doubles Down On Duckworth Comment, Says Military Service Not Enough To Earn A Vote

Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) found himself in hot water over the weekend for a controversial comment he made regarding Democrat Tammy Duckworth's military ...

Allen West Makes Surprising Comment On Trayvon Martin Case

Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), stated Wednesday that he does not believe the Trayvon Martin case should be politicized. "I don't think anyone should be ...

Allen West Ad Overlooks Key Fact About West

Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is out with the first radio spot of his re-election bid, wherein he is clearly trying to tap into anti-Washington sentiment i...

Good And Bad News For Wrestling Exec Linda McMahon's Senate Bid

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

Former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon is leading in the GOP primary race for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, the latest Quinnipiac ...

GOP Candidate Compares Congress To His Dog: 'He Consumes Everything In Sight'

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

Richard Hudson, a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in North Carolina's 8th District, launched his first TV ad Tuesday (below). In the unusual vi...

Dan Froomkin

'Overwhelming Mass Of Money' May Swamp Congressional Races | Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Political spending by deep-pocketed donors and cash-rich corporations threatens to sow chaos in this year's congressional races, politic...

GOP Senate Candidate Says He's Unclear If Mitt Romney Is Conservative

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

Republican Rep. Todd Akin, running for U.S. Senate from Missouri, said he's not very clear about whether GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a c...

The Gloves Come Off In New Mexico's 2012 Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

It's a high-stakes primary contest on both sides of the aisle in New Mexico, as Republican and Democratic candidates hope to fill the U.S. Senate seat...

Former Wrestling Exec Makes Pitch In Senate Race

Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

U.S. Senate candidate and former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon pitched herself as a job creator while announcing her tax propo...

Ad Attacks Bob Kerrey For 'Backroom Deal' With Harry Reid

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics

The latest Crossroads GPS radio ad (below) paints U.S. Senate candidate and former Nebraska Gov. Bob Kerrey (D) as an out-of-towner embarrassing Nebra...

George Allen Moves Closer To GOP Nomination

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), who is looking to reclaim the seat he lost to Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) in 2006, succeeded in doing something neither Ri...

Fourth Primary Challenger In Missouri Could Mean Good News For McCaskill

Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

The lackluster crop of GOP candidates vying to challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is commonly thought to be keeping the vulnerable incumbent's re...