April 23, 2013 |
Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, who sometimes crossed his party in the powerful role of Finance Committee chairman, announced Tuesday he would retire at the end of his term - complicating Democrats' efforts to keep control of the Senate in the 2014 midterm election. The move caught many in Washington by surprise. Baucus had stockpiled $5 million - a fortune by Montana standards - and voted last week to oppose compromise gun control legislation, which some viewed as a calculation aimed at winning reelection in his libertarian-leaning state.
February 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Democrats have a reasonable shot at avoiding the “sixth-year curse” that usually hits the president's party in midterm elections, but they're unlikely to recapture control of the House, according to an early forecast from a prominent political scientist. Since the start of the 20 th century, eight midterm elections have taken place in a president's second term. In all but one case, the president's party lost seats, with the one exception occurring in Bill Clinton's second term.
February 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Action in Washington over the next few months on gun control, immigration and fiscal policy will set the stage for a fierce midterm election battle next year, with control of Congress the ultimate prize. Republicans are expected to keep their majority in the House, and history would suggest they might expand their numbers in the sixth year of a two-term presidency. But the Democrats' hold on the Senate is at risk, with competitive 2014 contests for at least nine of their seats - seven in states Mitt Romney carried in 2012.
January 26, 2013 |
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, a liberal Democrat and a champion for Americans with disabilities, announced Saturday that he will not run for reelection next year, deciding that 40 years in Congress is enough. Harkin's retirement gives Republicans a chance to pick up a Senate seat during next year's midterm elections. They need to gain six seats to retake control of the Senate. But Sen. Michael Bennet, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Harkin's early announcement gives the party ample time to recruit a strong candidate to run next year.
December 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Liberals were dancing on what they saw as the tea party's grave after Jim DeMint, one of its champions, decided to quit the Senate and take the Heritage Foundation's top job. But although 2012 has been, at best, a mixed bag for the tea party, the movement isn't dead. The first test of its vitality comes as Washington tries to deal with the nation's short- and long-term budget and debt crises, issues that top the tea-party agenda. Anti-tax hardliner Grover Norquist predicts a tea-party revival if the U.S. goes over the so-called fiscal cliff this month, which would happen if President Obama and Congress can't reach agreement by Dec. 31 on how to avert the mandated tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts.
November 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The man who managed President Obama's successful reelection campaign said Tuesday that the Chicago-based operation will carry on in some form to advocate the president's second-term agenda, and may even engage in the debate over how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. But before closing up shop in its current form, the analytics-driven Obama for America (OFA) has again turned to its massive online network to determine how best to do that. A survey emailed to supporters asked what kind of activities they'd like to see OFA engage in, including supporting Obama policy offerings and backing individual candidates in future campaigns.