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2014 Election

Paul Blumenthal

GOP Establishment Keeps Promise To Counter Tea Party With Surge In Primary Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's internecine conflict has sparked a surge in independent spending in GOP congressional primaries as establishment ...

Grimes Tepidly Endorses Ruling Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes appears to be playing it safe on marriage equality in the wake of ...

Wendy Davis Looks To Get Campaign Back On Track

Reuters | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

* Davis trailing Republican rival as state party meets * "Battleground Texas" group aims to mobilize non-voters By Jon H...

Just 2 Incumbents Have Lost Their Primaries This Year

AP | By CONNIE CASS | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the tea part...

The Big Money Politics Problem We Need to Talk About

David Fontana | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
David Fontana

In a federal system--a system that prioritizes letting people govern their own communities--it should concern us whenever bigger money from other places distorts elections in places with smaller money.

Jason Linkins

Cochran Vs. McDaniel: The Winner And The Whiner

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

They said it couldn't be done. Or rather, that it shouldn't be done. But someone went and did it anyway. And now, they are frothing with incandescent ...

Majority Of Kentucky Voters Side With Grimes On Taxes In New Poll

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

A new poll on Kentuckians' attitudes towards taxation may bear some worrying trends for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the country'...

Tea Party Candidate Doesn't Want To Be Associated With The Tea Party

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

Dave Brat, the GOP nominee for Virginia’s 7th congressional district, is tired of being called a tea party candidate. The economics professor, wh...

Maryland Primary Could Play A Role In Martin O'Malley's Future

AP | By BRIAN WITTE | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Sure to be paying as much attention to the results in Tuesday's primary election in Maryland as Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be...

Rangel Loses The New York Times' Endorsement Again

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) failed to garner The New York Times' editorial endorsement as the 84-year-old lawmaker bids to return to Congress for a 2...

Ted Cruz Makes Last-Minute Pitch In Close GOP Primary

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made a last-ditch pitch this week for Senate candidate T.W. Shannon, saying he would be a conservative fighter for Oklahoma if...

Zach Carter

GOP Senate Candidate Revives Romney Tax Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

The aggressive high-end tax cuts from Mitt Romney's much-derided 2012 tax plan appear to be enjoying an unlikely renaissance thanks to GOP Senate cand...

Rangel Calls Opponent's Claim He Sent Out False Eviction Notices A 'Despicable Lie'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

Rep. Charlie Rangel's (D-N.Y.) campaign called an accusation by his main rival's staffer that he had sent out false eviction notices to his constituen...

Paul Blumenthal

Washington Lobbyists Pour Money Into Mississippi To Fend Off Tea Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyists in Washington are pouring money into Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) runoff campaign, helping the six-term incumbent with a long...

Democrats Working To Get Out The Vote For Endangered GOP Senator

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

An unusual coalition of activists and organizations have united in the hopes of defending Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in his June 24 runoff against st...

Senate Candidate: GOP Must Appeal To Minorities Because 'Traditional' Voting Population Isn't Growing

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

A Republican nominee in a high-profile race that could determine the balance of power in the Senate differentiated between what he called "traditional...

I Served in Iraq, We Shouldn't Go Back

Rep. Ruben Gallego | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Rep. Ruben Gallego

So many young men and women served and sacrificed in Iraq, but that's not a reason to double down on a failed strategy. I'm glad we're out of Iraq, we should stay out.

Brat Makes First Appearance Since Beating Cantor

AP | By ALAN SUDERMAN | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dave Brat, the insurgent GOP candidate who took down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, launched his general election campaign ...

Koch Brothers Plan Huge Spending Spree In 2014

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

The billionaire Koch brothers and their political network are planning to spend almost $300 million during the 2014 election cycle, some of which will...

Paul Blumenthal

Billionaire's Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a $2.5 million contribution to Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Chicago-based hedge fund executive Ken Gri...

Mayoral Candidate Casts Himself As Character In Wes Anderson-Style Political Ad

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

Might as well call him the Fantastic Mr. Smiley. Brett Smiley, a Democrat hoping to become mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, unveiled his first t...

Obama To Fundraise For Mark Udall In Close Senate Contest

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama will help out a senator engaged in a high-profile reelection contest. The Denver Post reported Thursday that Obama will att...

Nevada Republican Could Become Nation's First Transgender State Legislator

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

A transgender woman clinched the Republican nomination to represent a Nevada Assembly seat in a race that could have national implications. Lauren...

Eric Cantor Wasn't The Only GOP Establishment Pick The Tea Party Booted Tuesday

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) devastating Republican primary defeat at the hands of conservative professor David Brat sent shockwaves ac...

Paul Blumenthal

How David Brat Turned Eric Cantor's Fundraising Advantage Against Him

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On May 1, economics professor David Brat, the little-known challenger to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, appeared before the Mechanic...