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The Fix: October 9, 2005 - October 15, 2005

Friday Notebook Dump: N.Y. Senate, N.M. 01 and More

With the week drawing to a close, here are few political stories to mull over the weekend: * In the wake of New York Gov. George Pataki's (R) endorsement of Jeanine Pirro for the Senate, attorney Ed Cox ended his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 14, 2005; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Potential Hillary Challenger Gets Gov.'s Support

Outgoing New York Gov. George Pataki (R) threw his support behind the Senate candidacy of former Westchester County district attorney Jeanine Pirro this afternoon, further cementing her status as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. "Jeanine is a New Yorker...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 14, 2005; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Friday Line: Senate Races to Watch

Beginning today, The Fix unveils a weekly feature: the Friday Line. Each Friday this blog will look at  the 2006 Senate, House or gubernatorial playing field. The top 10 races will be listed with No. 1 being the seat most...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 14, 2005; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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House Watch: Updates From Ohio and N.M.

Although the 2006 battle for control of the House of Representatives doesn't have the sexiness of the struggle for the Senate, every day there are key developments in congressional districts that bear noting.  Here are two:OHIO's 13th The leading name...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2005; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  House  
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Dems Take to the (Video) Pods

Just one day after Apple introduced a new generation of iPods capable of playing video content, one group of techie Democrats is moving to capitalize. DemsTV, a video blog created in March by two Democratic political consultants, will launch a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2005; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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A Few More Political Hamlets

More readers wrote in response to my post Tuesday on the "Hamlet effect" among some politicians.  Here are a few Hamlet nominations from Fix fans: * Former representative Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.): Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1988, following former...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2005; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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White House Pressures '08 Hopefuls on Miers

The White House is trying its best to get Republican senators considering a run for the presidency in 2008 to go on the record in support of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers.  Seems the goal is to put the heat...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2005; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Politics and the Court  
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Virginia Gov. Race Turns Nasty

If there were any doubt that the gubernatorial race between Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore (R) and Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine (D) is tightening, check out the two new ads the Republican nominee put up earlier this week. The first,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2005; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Governors  
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Survey Says: A 2nd Term for Hillary

The beat goes on for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) with a new independent poll showing her with large leads over potential Republican opponents. Clinton leads former Westchester County district attorney Jeanine Pirro 59 percent to 31 percent; she holds...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 12, 2005; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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RNC Tries to Rally Bloggers Behind Miers

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman held a conference call today with a group of Republican bloggers in yet another attempt to build grassroots support for the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers. Mehlman's message, put simply: Harriet Miers does...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 12, 2005; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Politics and the Court  
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Al Gore (Again)?

Former vice president Al Gore is back in the news as he contemplates another run for the presidency. Former VP Al Gore: Should he? (File Photo) First, "Washington Whispers" -- a political gossip column in U.S.News & World Report --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 12, 2005; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Post Politics Chat

I was live online earlier today as the guest for the daily politics chat on washingtonpost.com. Here's the link to the transcript if you missed it. Here's a quick taste from the transcript: Washington, D.C.: How do you think the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 12, 2005; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Miers Through the 2008 Lens

With conservative unrest toward Harriet Miers's nomination to the Supreme Court showing no signs of abating, I wondered why we haven't seen any of the Republican senators mentioned as 2008 presidential candidates come out against her, a move that would...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 12, 2005; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Politics and the Court  
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The Hamlet Effect (Cont.)

The names of politicians hampered with the "Hamlet effect" kept pouring in to my e-mail this afternoon. A few examples that were sent my way: * Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas): Moran was a favorite among e-mailers who noted his on...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 11, 2005; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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The Hamlet Effect

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's (D) decision today not to run for governor got me thinking about politicians that are forever mentioned for the "next big race" but never wind up making it. I call this the "Hamlet effect," a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 11, 2005; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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New Hampshire Travel Watch

Thanks to an astute reader, we can add former North Carolina senator John Edwards (D) to the list of politicians visiting New Hampshire in October. Edwards will be in the state on Oct. 21, visiting Dartmouth College. The visit is...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 11, 2005; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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New Jersey Gov. Race Tightens

Less than one month before the Nov. 8 general election, two independent polls released today show businessman Doug Forrester (R) making up ground on Sen. Jon Corzine (D) in the New Jersey open-seat gubernatorial race. A Marist Institute poll shows...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 11, 2005; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Dems Rally on Entitlement Issues

The team of Democratic Party operatives who led the fight against President Bush's Social Security overhaul plan earlier this year are teaming up again in hopes of fighting cuts in entitlement programs ordered up earlier this year in a Republican-passed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 11, 2005; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Haley for President?

The Washington Post's own Mark Leibovich gives Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) the profile treatment today. In the piece, Leibovich makes passing mention of Barbour's 2008 aspirations and quotes a Mississippi State professor who ties those hopes to Barbour's ability...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 10, 2005; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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GOP Recruitment Blues

The Post's Charles Babington and The Fix's Chris Cillizza co-authored a piece in today's Post on the Republican Party's difficulties in recruiting top-tier candidates for the 2006 midterm elections. Read the piece here:  "For GOP, Election Anxiety Mounts."...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 10, 2005; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Frist Hits the Road for GOP Colleagues

Chris Cillizza wrote the Politics column in today's Washington Post.  The lead item is on Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.) and his efforts to raise money for several GOP senators and the party's gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey. Read...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 9, 2005; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Senate  
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