Obama’s Deficit Plan is a Plan for Re-Election, Not the Opening Position for a Negotiation

By: Monday September 19, 2011 11:09 am

The White House has signaled with its deficit reduction and job creation plan, smashed together in one report to the Super Committee, that it isĀ  not interested in continuing negotiations behind closed doors with the GOP aimed at a grand bargain. They may still want that grand bargain, as they have wanted it for two-plus [...]

A Wipeout of Democrats in Two Congressional Special Elections

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 6:16 am

Bob Turner scored an upset victory over David Weprin in the special election to replace Anthony Weiner in NY-09 last night. This is the first time that New York City has two Republicans representing it (Michael Grimm on Staten Island is the other) since the 1990s. Turner held his own in the heavily Democratic Queens [...]

Republicans Poised for Upset in NY-09

By: Monday September 12, 2011 7:35 am

Republican Bob Turner will take Anthony Weiner’s seat in NY-09 tomorrow, according to the latest poll from Public Policy Polling, which has been deadly accurate so far this year. And the main reason for Turner’s success is a collapse in support for the President in this Brooklyn and Queens district, not necessarily a poorly run [...]

Hoyer: “We Don’t Have to Raise Taxes”

By: Tuesday August 30, 2011 10:10 am

Considering what happened at the end of last year with the Bush tax cuts, considering that the centerpiece strategy of the jobs agenda could be a payroll tax cut, I don’t think that this needed to be said by Steny Hoyer. There just isn’t a lot of distance between the parties on taxes. Maybe there [...]

NV-02: PPP Shows a Toss-Up in September House Special Election

By: Tuesday August 23, 2011 11:34 am

There are two House special elections on September 13, filling two of the three current vacancies in Congress. The third, in OR-01 to replace David Wu, won’t be filled until January 31, 2012. Because it’s a short ride off the Acela for DC types and right in the New York media backyard, attention has focused [...]

NV-02: GOP Files “Stop Sharron Angle” Lawsuit in Nevada Special Election

By: Friday May 6, 2011 8:00 am

The special election for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional district, replacing Dean Heller, who was called up to the Senate to replace the disgraced John Ensign, is an object lesson in the problems Republicans can have with their purity-seeking base. We leaned in Nevada in 2010 a central lesson: do not present Sharron Angle to voters as [...]

NV-Sen: Dean Heller Officially Appointed to US Senate

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 12:56 pm

Dean Heller, currently a Congressman from Nevada’s 2nd Congressional district, will be chosen as the Senate replacement for John Ensign, who resigned in disgrace rather than face questions about his adulterous affair and cash payoffs to his mistress and her husband. Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Rep. Dean Heller today to fill the Senate seat being [...]

John Ensign Will Resign Tomorrow; Rep. Dean Heller to Replace Him

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 3:35 pm

John Ensign, the Nevada Senator still reeling from an adultery and corruption scandal, will resign tomorrow, according to several published reports. Rep. Dean Heller, who has already announced a run for Ensign’s seat in the Senate, will be appointed as an interim replacement for Ensign by Governor Brian Sandoval, giving him the power of incumbency [...]

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