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The Fix: October 16, 2005 - October 22, 2005

A National Voice for Mark Warner?

No matter how hard he tries, Virginia Gov. Mark Warner can't escape talk that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Gov. Mark Warner, center, shares a laugh with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tim Kaine, left, and Del. Ward...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 21, 2005; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Friday Line: The Battle for the House

If it's Friday, it's time for The Fix's latest Line. This week it's time to assess the 2006 battle for the House, where Republicans look likely to retain the majority given the (still) relatively small number of competitive seats. Democrats...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 21, 2005; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  House , The Line  
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Va. Gov.: End of a Campaign Swing

A heavy rain started as soon as the eight-seat plane touched down in Martinsville for the fourth and final campaign stop of the day for Gov. Mark Warner and Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine. The two Democrats came to the city...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2005; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Va. Gov.: A Referendum on Warner?

Mark Warner seemed wistful about the final days of his gubernatorial tenure during a speech to a standing-room-only crowd numbering several hundred gathered this afternoon at the Winston Link museum in downtown Roanoke. Can Kaine, left, ride Warner's popular coattails...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2005; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Va. Gov.: Bluegrass in Galax

Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mark Warner were greeted in Galax by the Galax Little Leaves, a group of youngsters who welcomed the two Democrats to town with bluegrass music. The politicians proceeded into the Rex, a local music...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2005; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Va. Gov.: 'Warner '08' in Bristol

The Warner-Kaine express rolled into Bristol this morning with stops at a railroad station, which is being revitalized, and Java J's, a downtown coffee shop. Gov. Mark Warner (D) sounded a message that could well be the start of a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2005; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Md. Gov.: Duncan's In

On the day when Chris is traveling with the Democrats' candidate in the 2005 Virginia governor's race, the 2006 Maryland governor's race is making news. This morning, longtime Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan announced that he will seek the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2005; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Wheels Up With Warner and Kaine

Wheels up at 8:01 a.m. ET from the Richmond Jet Center. I'm sitting next to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tim Kaine and across from Gov. Mark Warner. Our first stop is Bristol for a 9:30 a.m. campaign event.  Stay tuned. --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2005; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Fix Hits Virginia

Watch this space on Thursday and Friday for posts from the road as I travel with Virginia Gov. Mark Warner (D) as he takes Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine (D) on a whirlwind campaign swing through southwestern Virginia.  Kaine is in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2005; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Leak Investigation: Danger for House Republicans?

As rumors fly in Washington regarding the potential indictment of high-ranking Bush administration officials for leaking the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame to the media, The Fix offers a glimpse into what effect (if any) the constant media coverage...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2005; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  House  
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Pa. Senate: Is It Curtains for Santorum?

Sen. Rick Santorum's (R-Pa.) political future looks more tenuous by the day. A new Republican poll released today shows Santorum trailing state auditor Bob Casey Jr. (D) by 16 points, with Casey over the crucial 50 percent mark. Casey takes...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2005; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Md. Senate: Steele's In

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R) will formally announce his campaign for the Senate next Tuesday, a major recruiting success for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Can Michael Steele break the Democrats' lock on Maryland's two Senate seats? (File photo)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2005; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Quick Guide to Senate Fundraising

Senate candidates reported their contributions and expenditures for the past three months earlier this week. After sorting through scads of numbers (so you don't have to), here's a Cliffs Notes version of the information that really matters. The Best: Sen....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2005; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Senate  
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Foreign Affairs

What's with the growing trend of would-be 2008 candidates talking about their interest (or lack thereof) in European countries? Earlier this month in a trip to Denmark, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said he would begin to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 18, 2005; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Iowa's 3rd -- Ultimate Swing District

Iowa Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell spent Saturday night in a hospital in his home state just eight days after being released from Washington Hospital Center following surgery to remove a mass in his abdomen. Eric Witte, a spokesman for Boswell,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 18, 2005; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Democrats Dodge a PAC Bullet

In a move that went largely unnoticed Monday, Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond (R-Mo.) pulled a provision from an appropriations bill that would have removed limits from donations by politicians' leadership political action committees to their national party. The decision came...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 18, 2005; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  PAC Watch  
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N.J. Senate: Corzine Succession Watch

The tightening polls in the New Jersey governor's race have done little to slow the behind-the-scenes maneuvering among the Democratic House delegation for the coveted appointment to the Senate in the event Sen. Jon Corzine (D) pulls out a victory...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 18, 2005; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Emily's List Turns 20

The pro-choice political action committee Emily's List is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding this week.  Chris Cillizza has a piece in today's Post about the group's successes over the years in supporting pro-choice women candidates. Read the story:...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 18, 2005; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  PAC Watch  
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Monday Roundup: Senate GOPers Catch a Break; New Polls in Ala. and Ill. Gov. Races

A few political notes from over the weekend: * WASHINGTON: On Friday, Diane Tebelius dropped her bid for the GOP nomination for next year's Senate race and endorsed the candidacy of former Safeco insurance company executive Mike McGavick (R). McGavick...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 17, 2005; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tom DeLay a Boon to Both Democrats and GOP

Seeking to capitalize financially on the increased national visibility of former House majority leader Tom DeLay, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is joining forces with DeLay's likely Democratic opponent in Texas's 22nd District to raise money from national donors. Former...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 17, 2005; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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R.I. Senate: National GOP Blasts Laffey (Again)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is up with its second ad this month attacking Cranston (R.I.) Mayor Steve Laffey, who is challenging Sen. Lincoln Chafee in next year's GOP primary. The new ad, which takes the form of a cartoon,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 17, 2005; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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N.J. Gov Race Tightening?

Although largely overshadowed both in Washington, D.C., and nationally by the Virginia gubernatorial race, the contest to pick a new governor in New Jersey is getting more interesting by the day. Just three weeks before Election Day, a handful of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 17, 2005; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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