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March 2, 2009 | James Oliphant
In just the last couple of weeks, he clumsily pronounced a Supreme Court justice to be near death and suggested he could sue a fellow senator and the Republican Party. He's raised almost no money for his reelection bid next year and is in serious danger of losing his once-safe seat to the other party. Party insiders are terrified practically every time he opens his mouth, but he seems determined not to go gently into the night.
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November 3, 2010 | Ashley Powers and P.J. Huffstutter
Democratic Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday bested Republican upstart Sharron Angle to win the U.S. Senate contest in Nevada, a costly, closely watched brawl that pitted one of President Obama's top lieutenants against a "tea party" favorite. "Today Nevada chose hope over fear. Nevada chose to move forward, not backward," Reid said in a brief speech that ended in an exuberant burst of confetti. Earlier in the evening, several hundred Democrats who had gathered anxiously at the Aria hotel-casino here roared when the Senate majority leader clinched victory.
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January 8, 2009 | Matea Gold
MSNBC host Chris Matthews put an end to speculation that he was considering a bid for the U.S. Senate, telling his producers Wednesday that he had decided not to jump into the 2010 race in his home state of Pennsylvania. In a routine production meeting before his daily show "Hardball," Matthews informed the staff that he was not going to pursue the seat, network spokesman Jeremy Gaines said. The cable host, who is negotiating a new contract at MSNBC, declined to comment.
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November 3, 2010 | Kim Murphy
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's unusual write-in bid to hold on to her Alaska Senate seat appeared to be gaining steam in early returns Tuesday, but analysts warned that the state could be in for a long, close ballot count whose official outcome may remain unknown for weeks. With early ballots and about 58% of the precincts tallied, write-in votes -- most presumably cast for Murkowski -- were leading with 39%. Tea Party Express-backed Republican Joe Miller was trailing with 35%, while Democrat Scott McAdams had 24%. The early lead in write-in ballots suggested Murkowski had a chance of pulling off the first successful write-in campaign for the Senate since 1954.
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January 16, 2010 | By Janet Hook
President Obama on Friday threw himself into the Massachusetts Senate race where a surging Republican candidacy imperils his signature healthcare plan. A Republican win Tuesday in the race to replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) would strip Democrats of their 60-vote supermajority in the Senate and allow the GOP to block legislation with filibusters. Healthcare legislation has passed both chambers on party-line votes, but a reconciled final version must still be written and approved by both houses.
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January 21, 2010 | By Tom Hamburger and James Oliphant
The Supreme Court's decision Thursday to wipe out most campaign spending limits, coming on top of the Massachusetts Senate race upset, could prove to be a major blow to Democrats and a boost to Republicans in the November midterm elections. The Massachusetts vote -- which ended the Democrats' filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the Senate -- is already reverberating through business-oriented interest groups and lobbyists. Some are rethinking their willingness to cooperate with President Obama on such contentious issues as healthcare and the environment.
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January 22, 2010 | By James Oliphant
Republican candidates for Congress are latching onto Scott Brown's bolt-from-the-blue win this week in the Massachusetts Senate race, with political outsiders and longtime office-holders alike casting themselves in a similar mold -- or seeing him in their image. Brown was a fairly obscure state senator who shocked the Democratic favorite, Martha Coakley, in the race to replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) by employing a tightly focused, populist, anti- Washington message.
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November 3, 2010 | Ashley Powers and P.J. Huffstutter
Democratic Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday bested Republican upstart Sharron Angle to win the U.S. Senate contest in Nevada, a costly, closely watched brawl that pitted one of President Obama's top lieutenants against a "tea party" favorite. "Today Nevada chose hope over fear. Nevada chose to move forward, not backward," Reid said in a brief speech that ended in an exuberant burst of confetti. Earlier in the evening, several hundred Democrats who had gathered anxiously at the Aria hotel-casino here roared when the Senate majority leader clinched victory.
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August 4, 2009 | Josh Drobnyk
If Sen. Arlen Specter defected from the GOP to avoid a tough primary fight, he failed: The highest-ranking military veteran to serve in Congress will announce today that he is seeking Pennsylvania's Democratic senatorial nomination. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), a two-term lawmaker and former Navy vice admiral, will declare his candidacy during a two-day tour around the state, culminating Wednesday with an appearance on Comedy Central's "Colbert Report."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2010 | By Jean Merl
Confirming speculation about her political plans, state Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) said she would seek the seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Diane Watson, who appeared with Bass at a Los Angeles news conference Wednesday to give the speaker her endorsement. "This is a very, very humbling moment," Bass told community leaders and supporters who joined her outside her Mid-Wilshire-area office. "I am so proud to announce I'm going to throw my hat into the ring." If elected, Bass said, she'll have "very big shoes to fill."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2010 | By Seema Mehta
In the days before the healthcare vote, Republicans passionately argued that the reform package was an affront to personal liberty and threatened the nation's very future. One GOP leader angrily declared that it would lead to "Armageddon." A few days earlier, former Rep. Tom Campbell was about to deliver a routine speech touting himself as the best Republican to take on Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, when he departed from his prepared remarks to talk about healthcare. Campbell delivered a detailed and dispassionate critique of Democratic maneuvers to pass the legislation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2010 | By Seema Mehta
A national coalition of conservative activists plans to endorse Republican Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the U.S. Senate race, spurning two more popular candidates in favor of the underdog bidding to take on Democrat Barbara Boxer. The Tea Party Express, whose backing helped propel Scott Brown in his successful effort to claim the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts, will announce the endorsement Saturday at a Nevada rally headlined by conservative stalwarts such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, who is better known as Joe the Plumber.
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March 23, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi
When freshman Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey voted against President Obama's healthcare plan in November, she won the respect of independent voters like Doug Collins, a general contractor here who hadn't supported her in 2008 but after her vote thought: "She's not voting her party line, she's voting her conscience." On Sunday night, however, Markey voted for the legislation, saying the final version satisfied her fiscal concerns. Her vote helped win passage of the landmark bill, but it could come at a cost.
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March 22, 2010 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Democrats may feel today as though they just fought -- and won -- the equivalent of a 100-year war. The House passage Sunday night of sweeping healthcare legislation ends months of caustic debate over the plan and the way it was enacted, marked by a steep decline in approval for Democrats almost everywhere. Now, they hope, the discussion will finally shift in their favor. President Obama was spared a devastating defeat, and squabbling lawmakers showed they could accomplish something epic and important in the face of unanimous GOP opposition.
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March 22, 2010 | By James Oliphant
As the office phones buzzed, party leaders hectored and protesters outside roared, several undecided House Democrats this weekend faced an unpleasant and all-too-realistic prospect: that voting for the healthcare overhaul could doom their careers. Some bit their lips and went ahead, perhaps saying a silent prayer along the way. But others begged off, declining to support the bill for a number of reasons, including its effect on state Medicaid budgets and concerns about its effect on seniors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2010 | By Jean Merl
As Republicans and Democrats gear up across the country to fight this fall over seats in the House of Representatives, much of the focus in California is on the June 8 primaries. Especially in the two districts with open seats, the races will provide relatively rare change in the state's 53-member delegation. Two veteran representatives are retiring, Democrat Diane Watson of Los Angeles, first elected to Congress in 2001, and Republican George Radanovich of the Central Valley, who initially won the office in 1994.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina formally entered the race for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, issuing a blistering critique of Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer even as she tried to blunt her own primary challenge from the right. Before a small gathering of supporters in a Garden Grove warehouse, Fiorina said her business acumen and real-world experience make her the only viable Republican candidate in the 2010 contest. She mocked Boxer for writing three pieces of legislation during her 17-year tenure and for spending the summer on a book tour instead of meeting with voters at town halls.
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January 26, 2010 | By Kim Geiger
In another blow to the Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, announced Monday that he would not seek to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by his father. Adding to the party's woes, Democratic Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas said he would retire, putting his seat up for grabs in an election year that looks increasingly favorable for the GOP. Biden, Delaware's attorney general, had been considered an obvious choice to fill the seat for that state. His announcement came as Democrats reel from last week's special-election loss in Massachusetts for the seat that had been held for decades by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher
The upcoming congressional elections offer the first opportunity for corporations to spend freely on federal campaigns since the U.S. Supreme Court rolled back key restrictions last month. California provides a glimpse of what's to come. Corporations, trade groups and unions have long been allowed to influence state political races. California has permitted them to wage independent campaigns, paying for ads, mailers and get-out-the-vote operations -- the same apparatus now approved for federal contests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2010 | By Jean Merl
Confirming speculation about her political plans, state Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) said she would seek the seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Diane Watson, who appeared with Bass at a Los Angeles news conference Wednesday to give the speaker her endorsement. "This is a very, very humbling moment," Bass told community leaders and supporters who joined her outside her Mid-Wilshire-area office. "I am so proud to announce I'm going to throw my hat into the ring." If elected, Bass said, she'll have "very big shoes to fill."
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