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Pennsylvania 12: Today’s Special

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Nathan L. Gonzales March 26, 2010 · 3:00 PM EDT

After two House special elections in New York and the Senate special in Massachusetts, political junkies and handicappers risk burn out. But with the death of long-time incumbent Cong. John Murtha (D), Democrats and Republicans a gearing up with one eye on the special election in Pennsylvania’s…

Republicans Risk Sour Grapes Label With Talk of Repeal

March 26, 2010 · 11:12 AM EDT

Hold the phone, Martha. Congressional Republicans may give Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and President Barack Obama a big present with a beautiful bow wrapped around it.

Apparently unaware that Americans who strongly oppose the Democratic health…

Election Preview Panel

March 23, 2010 · 5:11 PM EDT

In the wake of the health care vote, Stu participated in a CQ-Roll Call Election Preview panel moderated by Taegan Goddard of Political Wire. You can watch the video here.

For Democrats, This Isn’t Simply Another Chicken Little Story

March 23, 2010 · 9:00 AM EDT

For Democrats, the sky is falling, according to two national polls, one conducted by Peter Hart and Bill McInturff for NBC News/Wall Street Journal and the other by OnMessage Inc. for the Republican National Committee.

The results of the two surveys are very much in sync and present an…

Can Polling Memos Change the Narrative About 2010 Races?

March 19, 2010 · 2:01 PM EDT

Here’s a bulletin for you: Anytime a campaign releases a polling memo, it is making an argument, not merely offering survey data for your information. Polling memos aren’t written to make you smarter.

This shouldn’t need to be said, of course, but when I see reporters swallowing spin as if it…

New Governors Ratings

March 19, 2010 · 12:36 AM EDT

We’ve changed our rating in six gubernatorial contests, four in the direction of the Republicans.

In two states, Arizona and Nevada, the GOP’s chances have gotten better with the expectation that Govs. Jan Brewer (AZ) and Jim Gibbons (NV) will not be their party’s nominee. Republican chances…

Project Runway Meets the Campaign Trail: The Brown Jacket

March 18, 2010 · 12:05 PM EDT


In a toxic climate, candidates are shedding the politician label and donning a critical wardrobe item to weather the electoral storm: the brown barn jacket. Candidates are running to demonstrate their political independence by following this year’s hottest campaign trend in an effort to relate…

MoveOn.org Pressuring Democrats in Health Care Fight

March 18, 2010 · 12:05 AM EDT

With House Democratic leaders ratcheting up their arm-twisting and whipping operations in advance of the high-stakes health care vote, pressure on vulnerable Members is also mounting from one of their own party’s most reliable attack dogs.

“Our members worked extremely hard to help get a…

No Easy Answers for Democrats’ Problems

March 17, 2010 · 9:00 AM EDT

Stu takes a look at the Democrats' challenge in this election year on CBS News' Washington Unplugged with Bill Plante and The Washington Post's Scott Wilson. You can watch the video below or click here.



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Free Election Preview Panel

March 16, 2010 · 10:39 PM EDT

Next Tuesday, Stu will be on a panel for CQ-Roll Call’s “Off to the Races” election preview at the Capitol Club at Union Station on March 23 at 8:30am. Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard is moderating the panel that also includes Tucker Carlson, Walter Shapiro and Craig Crawford. You can register here…