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Special Election

Rauer's Anti-Madigan Mailers Show Political Strategy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.21.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's major political cash reserves, his campaign can continue, even six months after he was sworn in as governor.

Mississippi Top Two Election of New Congressman Makes Case For Ranked Choice Voting

Rob Richie | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Rob Richie

On May 12, voters in the first congressional district of Mississippi went to the polls to vote for a new Member of Congress in the wake of the unfortunate death of Congressman Alan Nunnelee earlier this year.

Illinois Special Comptroller Election Is a Good Idea, But the Intentions Might Not Be on the Right Track

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Thursday's vote on a special election to fill the second half of what would have been Judy Baar Topinka's second term as Illinois State Comptroller was such a perfect storm of Illinois political forces that my head is spinning.

My Member of Congress Resigned, Now What? (Part II)

Marci Harris | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Marci Harris

In the wake of a guilty plea on felony tax charges, New York GOP Rep. Michael Grimm resigned from Congress the day before the 114th Congress began. Though it is somewhat rare for a member to resign before his or her term even begins, resignations are not uncommon.

New Era of 'Open Debates' Begins In Elizabeth Warren's Backyard

Adam Green | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Adam Green

Open Debates will be a game changer in our political process -- ensuring that questions get asked that the public actually cares about. What starts in Massachusetts will hopefully become the norm for local, state, congressional, and even presidential debates in the future.

Playing Long Odds?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 08.27.2013 | Black Voices
Victor M. Feraru

I tend to trust politicians who will share a whiskey sour and real life stories over those that are only available through their website addresses and public forums. Can Brandon fill Watt's shoes?

'We Are One Community': Interview With Cindy Chavez

Amy B. Dean | Posted 07.17.2013 | San Francisco
Amy B. Dean

Cindy Chavez is running for Supervisor District 2 in Santa Clara County. In March, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors called a special election to fill the vacancy for Supervisor in District Two. The primary will be held June 4th.

My Member of Congress Just Resigned -- Now What?

Marci Harris | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Marci Harris

Given the extensive special election process, districts left behind when a Member of Congress calls it quits are inevitably without representation for several months.

John Celock

First Democrat Enters Race To Replace Gabrielle Giffords | John Celock | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

An openly gay Arizona lawmaker has become the first Democrat to enter the special election to succeed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Congress. Matt He...

Friday Talking Points -- Ads Obama Should Run

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama should run a few ads right now which do not even mention the election. Instead of saying "vote for me!" these ads should say "pass my jobs bill" in as many creative ways as possible.

White House Tries To Distance Itself From Special Election Loss

Politico | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama’s political team kept a blast-zone distance from Democrat David Weprin in the days leading to his defeat in New York’s spec...

Early Voters Cite Spending, Social Security As Big Issues In NY-9

Forest Hills, NY Patch | Matthew Hampton Email the Author | Posted 11.13.2011 | New York

Polls have been open in the Ninth District and across Forest Hills since 6 a.m., and already, thousands of people have visited their local polling pla...

Dem Deserves to Lose Race for Anthony Weiner's Old Seat But ...

Dan Collins | Posted 11.12.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin deserves to lose the race for this Brooklyn-Queens congressional seat on general principles, but nothing good can come of his defeat.

Turning Red: Republican Bob Turner Leading The Way To Replace Weiner's Seat

Posted 11.09.2011 | New York

Bob Turner, the Republican candidate vying to replace former representative Anthony Weiner, is currently leading in polls, according to new data relea...

Democrats Nervous About Race to Replace Anthony Weiner

Dan Collins | Posted 10.24.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

If Democrat David Weprin loses, the message will be that President Obama was wrong in the recent national debt debacle and the Republicans were right. Period.

Democrats Choose Candidate For Weiner's Old Seat

Forest Hills, NY Patch | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

According to published reports at New York 1 and the New York Times, Assemblyman David Weprin has been chosen by the Queens County Democrats to run fo...

Special Election Set To Fill Weiner's Seat

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.31.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set special elections for former Rep. Anthony Weiner's congressional seat and six vacant seats in the ...

Craig Huey's Scam-dalous Past

Joe Trippi | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Joe Trippi

It's no coincidence that the most insulting ad I've ever seen in politics was made in support of Craig Huey.

Spinning Hochul's Special Election Win

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's hard to deny that Democrats are feeling good about yesterday's election victory up in Buffalo. There's a certain wind-in-our-sails feeling about the whole strategy of hammering Republicans on the Ryan plan to voucherize Medicare.

Mark Blumenthal

New Poll Gives Democrat Edge in NY-26 | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 07.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new poll released Saturday by the Siena (College) Research Institute on the upcoming special election in New York's 26th Congressional...

Michael McAuliff

New York House Race Becomes Medicare Battleground | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the race to fill a vacant western New York House seat is offering a preview of 2012, it's going to be a bruising affair, with Medicar...

Jerry Brown's Big Gamble

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

Brown is smart and no doubt right that without the extension of the higher tax rates, the state is fiscally doomed. But it will likely be a hard sell.

The Lame Duck Window

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats have the choice of making a final push to see some of their agenda items pass before Republicans take over the House, or they can shrug their shoulders and not even try.

Jenny Oropeza Wins California Election Despite Being Dead

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Jenny Oropeza died last month, but her political career lives on. The deceased California Democrat won re-election to the State Senate by a comfort...

Lame Duck Senate Worries

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While most incoming members of Congress will get sworn in on the traditional timeline, there are a handful who will be sworn in immediately. This could alter the balance of power between the parties for the "lame duck" session.