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It's About Standing Up to Special Interests

Gene Karpinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gene Karpinski

The frustration we're seeing is real. Voters are looking for politicians to put the public interests ahead of the special interests and to support clean energy policies over bailouts for Big Oil.

Primary Victory Over Conventional Wisdom

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats had better relish their victory in PA 12 while they can, because this weekend a special election in Hawaii is likely to elect a Republican in a very Democratic district.

Don't Lament a Crumbling Establishment: Praise a Reinvigorated Democracy

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

My advice to incumbents is: choose to embrace asymmetrical politics; choose the courageous politics of bridge building over the vapid politics of personal destruction. In the months ahead, I'm hoping for the former and bracing myself for the latter.

Jason Linkins

Primary Night: A Great Night For Schadenfreude, A Bad Night For Media Narratives | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The first big primaries of the 2010 campaign season are in the books and if you're a fan of schadenfreude and watching well-heeled political titans hit the skids, it was a particularly sweet night.

Progressives Get Clean Sweep on Election Night

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Obama endorsing establishment candidates who were more right-wing than their challengers was his problem, not the Democrats'. Maybe he should learn something from that.

How Blanche Lincoln Tempted Fate -- And Lost

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Over and over again, the Senate plays a game of "rotating villains", then manipulates the rules so that their big business contributors always win. People aren't stupid. They understand what's happening.

Sam Stein

AFL-CIO: Election A 'Real Condemnation' Of Lincoln, Runoff Not 'Problematic' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The nation's largest union conglomerate predicted on Wednesday that it has the enthusiasm and momentum to defeat Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) in the ...

Eight Lessons From Tuesday's Primaries

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

First and foremost, the results from Tuesday night were very bad news for the Republican leadership. Lesson #2: Dance with the ones that brung ya. Voters don't like people who they think have abandoned their core beliefs.

The DNC, DCCC and DSCC Need Makeovers

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

An emerging coalition of new and traditional progressive power is placing the "old guard" in the Democratic establishment on notice that the status quo is no longer acceptable, and they had best adapt or face the consequences.

Arkansas Senate Primary RESULTS

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Follow the latest news and discussion about the 2010 Arkansas Senate race below. Email if you know someone who shou...

Election 2010: "Lefty Insurgents" and the Phony Revolution

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

No matter who you vote for, they have to be pushed for every inch of progress, every last line of policy. We can force an end to this bloody and expensive war in Afghanistan. But it takes a lot more than voting to achieve it.

Jason Linkins

Blanche Lincoln's Mix-Up At The Polls | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Blanche Lincoln's campaign hit a bit of a snag today when it momentarily forgot that she'd requested an absentee ballot in advance of today's primary ...

The Social Web, Insurgent Candidates and Rallying the Base

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

Does the social Web -- the blogging, tweeting, Facebooking Internet -- work better for insurgent candidates? The answer, of course, is not that simple. If it were, Ron Paul would be president by now.

Arkansas Primary Preview

Ben Tribbett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Tribbett

Because of the large interest in the Lincoln-Halter race, I thought it would be good to share a quick preview of what to watch for tonight as the returns start coming in.

Tomorrow's Primaries Could Chart Destiny for 2010

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

If Blanche Lincoln and Arlen Specter survive the Democratic primary, it will only get worse. There is no guarantee Specter or Lincoln would beat their Republican challengers in November - in fact, odds are against it.

Bill Halter Vs. The Bill Halter

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

Blanche Lincoln is being challenged by a man named Bill Halter. Has there ever been a more apt name for an upstart candidate running against a legendary obstructionist in the history of politics?

Onetime-Longshots Sestak, Halter May Unseat Incumbent Senate Democrats

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story below includes references to polling conducted by the firm Research 2000. The reliability and accuracy of Research 2000's pol...

Sam Stein

SEIU To Sit Out General Election If Preferred Candidate Doesn't Win Primary | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a bold warning shot to Democratic lawmakers, the new president of the powerful Service Employees International Union says that members are prepared...

Democratic Primary Overview

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Some of the Democratic primaries being held next week may have just as interesting an impact on the Democrats as the Tea Party challenges are having on the GOP.

Arthur Delaney

Bill Halter, Blanche Lincoln's Primary Opponent, Promises Never To Become A Lobbyist | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bill Halter, the lieutenant governor campaigning against Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Arkansas Democratic primary, announced Tuesday that he has never ...

Friday Talking Points [114] -- When Will Rahm Go? Place Your Bets!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The debate outside the Beltway (and, increasingly, inside the Beltway as well) is whether Rahm Emanuel should leave his job sooner, or later.

Sam Stein

Lincoln's First Ad Touts Opposition To Public Option, Cap And Trade | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's entrance into the Arkansas Senate Democratic primary this week was expected to push conservative incumbent Blanche Lincoln to t...

What Progressives Can Learn From the Tea Partiers

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Tea Partiers will vote overwhelmingly Republican in November -- unless they stay home in protest. To gain their support, the GOP will have to nominate candidates who are less electable and more radical.

Sam Stein

Exclusive: Halter Takes On Lincoln, Offers Support For Public Plan | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Arkansas Democratic Senate candidate Bill Halter cast himself as a populist anti-Washington crusader on Tuesday, drawing several distinctions with his...

Sam Stein Discusses Bunning, Unemployment And Democratic Discord On The Ed Show (Video)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Sam Stein's appearance on Tuesday's edition of The Ed Show touched on Senators in both major parties, covering both GOP grandstanding and Democratic d...