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2010 Election

Local Pols Spar Over Releasing Tax Returns

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: After days of pressure from his opponent Pat Quinn, Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady has agreed to release his tax returns from ...

Mark Kirk Wants Stimulus Funds To Fight Illinois Corruption

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mark Kirk, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, has campaigned on his opposition to what he calls "Speaker Pelosi's trillion-dollar stimulus plan." No...

Alexi Giannoulias Fundraising: Best Quarter So Far, Mark Kirk Still Out-Raised Him

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Illinois Democrat Alexi Giannoulias said Monday that his first-quarter fundraising in a state where Democrats hold every statewide off...

Mayor Daley: Giannoulias' Bank Troubles Are No Reason To Drop Out Of Race

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley Tuesday stood up for embattled Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias who is hearing rumblings that he should step aside because of...

Meg Whitman, Jerry Brown Spar Over Governor Debates

The Huffington Post | Jeremy Binckes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the primaries over, and the final field for November set, the two candidates in the California governor's race have engaged in a rhetorical stand...

Bill Clinton To Democratic Incumbents: 'Never Give Up'

AP | RON FOURNIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LAS VEGAS — Bill Clinton says Democratic incumbents can't run away from their records, so they might as well embrace them. "Tell your story," th...

Hayworth Hits McCain For Fundraiser's Ponzi Scheme

AP | JONATHAN J. COOPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX — A now-disbarred Florida lawyer who admitted to orchestrating a huge Ponzi scheme gave more than $180,000 to Arizona Sen. John McCain's...

Of Primary Importance: All Eyes On Races In Arkansas, Nevada And California

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It's looking like a new "year of the woman" in politics. Eighteen years after a few glass ceilings were broken, hundreds of female ...

Palin, Bachmann On Hannity: Palin Blasts Obama Nuclear Strategy, Defends Michael Steele, Talks 2012 Election (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin joined a campaign rally for Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in Minneapolis on Wednesday. As reported earlier in the Huffington Post: Palin c...

Durbin: Can't Blame Giannoulias For All Of Broadway Bank's Problems

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says it's not fair to hold Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias responsible for every decision at his family's t...

Republican Kirk Leading Alexi Giannoulias In New Poll

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a hotly contested and highly divisive race for President Obama's former Senate seat, Republican Mark Kirk has pulled ahead of his Democratic oppone...

Sam Stein

Chris Van Hollen: GOP Prematurely Popping Champagne, No Chance For '94 Repeat | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Responding to Democratic doomsayers who see the potential for an electoral bloodbath in 2010, the man in charge of running House races for the party s...

Reclaiming Our Hope

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

How do we counter political demoralization among those who had such high hopes for the American political process just over a year ago?

Shelby Wins Alabama GOP Primary, Defeats Tea Party Challenger

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Four-term Alabama Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby easily beat his primary challenger, tea party activist N.C. "Clint" Mos...

Tea Party Excess?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm not saying the Tea Party wackadoodles shouldn't be exposed by the Left, to show the lunacy and nastiness being openly displayed by some Tea Partiers. But it doesn't mean the movement itself is solely comprised of such gadflies.

Jason Linkins

2010 Campaign: Meet The Top Self-Funders (PHOTOS) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democracy. It is, as Rod Blagojevich might say, "a f*cking valuable thing." Can you really put a price tag on it? Well, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sure thought so, and that price tag was $85 million of his own money, with which he depressed turnout (and New Yorkers) just enough to eke out a win over Bill Thompson to win a third term as King of New York City. Is it money well-spent or a credit-default flop? Let's find out.

Carly Fiorina Gets Boost From Susan B. Anthony List, Anti-Abortion Group

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

WASHINGTON — A national organization that opposes abortion says it will spend about $215,000 in the final days of the California Republican Sena...

Vaughn Ward, Palin-Endorsed Congressional Candidate, Loses GOP Primary In Idaho

AP | JESSIE L. BONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho state Rep. Raul Labrador won the Republican nomination Tuesday in the state's nationally targeted 1st Congressional Distric...

Palin, McCain Rally In Arizona (VIDEO): GOP Is 'Party Of Hell No'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John McCain helped Sarah Palin launch her national political career two years ago. Now, she's trying to help McCain save his. The former running mates...

'Anti-Incumbent Tide' Threatens Republicans, Too

New York Times | JEFF ZELENY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Robert F. Bennett parked his white Acura, walked through the doors of Bryant Middle School and stood alone as he began the obstacle course tha...

McCain, Palin To Reunite In Arizona

AP | JONATHAN J. COOPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

TUCSON, Ariz. — Sarah Palin lent her star power among fellow conservatives to former running mate John McCain in his tough Senate re-election ca...

Jesse Jackson, Jr. Considers Endorsing Mark Kirk

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Even before he won his party's primary, Alexi Giannoulias' campaign for U.S. Senate has been beset by critics arguing that his candidacy was flawed. A...

Alexi Giannoulias Leaving Race? Columnist Thinks So, Campaign Says It's 'Fiction'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago Sun-Times column has some local (and national) politicos wondering about Alexi Giannoulias' future as the Democratic Senate nominee for Illi...

Friday Talking Points [124] -- How's That Libertarian Thingie Workin' Out For Ya?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We certainly have a lot of ground to cover this week, so let's dig right in. I'd like to start with a declaration, though: Bristol Palin is now fair g...

Charlie Crist Asks AFL-CIO Union For Senate Endorsement

AP | BRENDAN FARRINGTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Gov. Charlie Crist, who shed the "R" next to his name and replaced it with an "I" – asked for the labor union AFL-CIO...