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Yeah, Jane Norton Is That Radically Right-Wing

(20) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 3:27 PM

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

As Senator Michael Bennet and former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff square off for the Democratic nomination, the Republican primary appears to be a battle over who can most appeal to the furthest right-wing elements of an already hyper-conservative...

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40 Days Until Sestak-Specter and Halter-Lincoln

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 2:12 PM

40 days from today - on May 18 - we will see two HUGE primaries for U.S. Senate. Even if you're not from either of these two states, these races impact Democrats across the country and, well, the entire country as a whole.

In Pennsylvania, Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak...

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Chuck Grassley Embarrasses Majority of Iowans; Less Than Half Would Re-Elect

(17) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 11:35 AM

New polling by Research 2000 finds that Republican Chuck Grassley is far more vulnerable than the conventional wisdom gives him (dis)credit for.

When asked if Grassley should be re-elected, only 42% said re-elect, while 31% said it was time for someone new, and 27% were not sure. (Remember, being...

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The End May Be Nigh for John Ensign's Political Career

(13) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 12:09 PM

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

Nevada's top political journalist, Jon Ralston, reports:

In the federal penal code, it is known as "structuring."

And it is a word Sen. John Ensign should remember because it is very likely to be on any indictment with his name on...
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Fundraising Quarter Ends in THREE Days!

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2010 | 7:28 PM

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

As we continue to celebrate the historic vote on health care reform (and continue to lament the right-wing's response of threats and violent rhetoric), it's important to remember that we're just three days away from the end of the pivotal...

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Warning to Democrats Wavering on Health Care Reform: Primaries Are Coming

(40) Comments | Posted March 20, 2010 | 3:25 PM

A central tenet of the Democratic Party is that we want every American to have access to quality, affordable health care. Period. There should be no debate about that.

As such, Democrats who are wavering on whether or not to support the most substantial health care reform in decades should...

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Tommy Thompson's Greatest Hits

(4) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 2:05 PM

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

Republican dolt Tommy Thompson is making noise about challenging Senator Russ Feingold this year. And Thompson is reminding Wisconsin voters what a D.C. insider he is by headlining a lobbyist fundraiser. But Thompson isn't just best buddies...

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Marco Rubio Will Defeat Charlie Crist in the 2010 GOP Senate Primary

(68) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 8:22 PM

[Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.]

First, conservative Republican former state House Speaker Marco Rubio handed Charlie Crist embarrassment after embarrassment by obliterating Crist in numerous straw polls across Florida, confirming that Florida's conservative Republican base overwhelmingly prefers Rubio to Crist as their nominee, no...

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Joe Sestak, Ned Lamont, and Arlen Specter's Top Ten Worst Votes

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 9:05 AM

[First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.]

The man who beat non-Democrat Joe Lieberman in the 2006 Democratic Senate primary in Connecticut urges you to stand with the man who will beat non-Democrat Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania.

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Eight Ways Richard Burr Displayed Poor Judgment, a Lack of Integrity, and Utter Contempt for Others

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2009 | 8:54 AM

[Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.]

Who is Republican Richard Burr? Let these vignettes inform you.

1) Richard Burr Voted Against Giving Rape Victims Their Day in Court

Senator Al Franken of Minnesota proposed an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense...

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David Vitter Having Yet Another Lousy Week

(4) Comments | Posted October 1, 2009 | 9:01 AM

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

By never referring to his criminal act of soliciting prostitutes (only vaguely calling it a "very serious sin") and by only facing pre-screened audiences who will never ask him tough questions, Hookerlover David Vitter was hoping that people would...

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Florida and National Conservatives Continue to Back Marco Rubio Over Charlie Crist

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2009 | 8:36 AM

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

Conservative columnist George Will thinks that conservative Republican former state House Speaker Marco Rubio will pull off an upset and defeat Charlie Crist in the 2010 GOP Senate primary:

In January 2011, one Floridian will leave for the U.S....
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Will Mike Castle and Beau Biden Play Chicken?

(4) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 10:26 PM

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

Nearly a month-and-a-half ago, 70-year-old Republican Rep. Mike Castle said the following:

I have a responsibility, primarily to the Republican Party of Delaware, to make it relatively soon. And relatively means in the next month or so.

So what is...

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More Hypocrisy from Arlen Specter

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2009 | 9:31 PM

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

One of recent Republican Arlen Specter's weak but frequent lines of attack against Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak is that Congressman Sestak has missed handfuls of votes in the House. Now, given the hundreds of procedural and substantive votes, most Representatives...

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Will the NRSC Pony Up for Scott Brown?

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2009 | 2:27 PM

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

If the NRSC had its druthers, the establishment candidate for the Republicans in the upcoming special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts would be a former statewide elected official (former Gov. Mitt Romney, former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, former Gov. Paul...

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More Indications of Charlie Crist's Vulnerability

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2009 | 1:10 PM

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

About two weeks ago, I wrote a post entitled "FL-Sen: Marco Rubio Crushing Charlie Crist Among Florida Republican Grassroots." I went through seven Republican County Committees in Florida that have either censured Gov. Charlie Crist, come very close to censuring...

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Congressman Joe Sestak Liveblogging RIGHT NOW at Senate Guru

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 4:56 PM

Right now, beginning at 5pm Eastern Time, Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak will hold a liveblog session for about an hour at Senate Guru.

Congressman Sestak will take your questions, discuss health care reform and the President's address last night, and give us an update on his primary campaign against...

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Ben Nelson Agrees that a Public Option Solves Insufficient Competition in Health Care

(64) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 12:59 PM

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

This is what Nebraska's Democratic Senator, Ben Nelson, said on Sunday morning regarding the public option and a possible "trigger" mechanism:

Well I think he [Obama] has to say that if there's going to be a public option, it has...
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Marco Rubio Crushing Charlie Crist Among Florida GOP Grassroots

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 12:01 PM

{Originally posted at my blog Senate Guru.}

The most telling polling item I have seen in 2009 regarding the 2010 Republican Senate primary between Gov. Charlie Crist and conservative former state House Speaker Marco Rubio is the following tidbit from a late-June Mason-Dixon poll:

Among Republican...
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Ohio's And Kentucky's Democratic Senate Candidates Appeal to the Progressive Netroots

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2009 | 12:26 PM

With the 2010 Senate races in Ohio and Kentucky featuring two of the most competitive Democratic primaries of the cycle, in two of the key Senate battleground states, Senate Guru contacted the Democratic primaries' major candidates -- in Ohio, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher and Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer...

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