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The Fix: November 13, 2005 - November 19, 2005

RNC Hits Senate Minority Leader at Home

The Republican National Committee is upping the ante in its offensive against Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid,  launching a television ad this weekend attacking the Nevada Democrat for his alleged hypocrisy on the war in Iraq. The 60-second ad, which...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 18, 2005; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Friday Line: Ranking the '06 Gov. Races

We have a new No. 1 on The Fix's Friday line, but you'll have to scroll down to find out which statehouse is now rated as the most likely to change parties next year (see the last rankings here).  Governors...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 18, 2005; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , The Line  
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N.H.: Primary Status Written in Granite

New Hampshire Democrats are up in arms over the possibility that the national party's Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling will schedule one or more caucuses between the traditional Iowa caucuses and the Granite State primary in 2008. Just...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 17, 2005; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Fla. Senate: Curtains For Katherine?

Florida Rep. Katherine Harris (R) just can't catch a break in her bid to challenge first-term Sen. Bill Nelson (D). After months of state and national Republican leaders publicly searching for an alternative candidate, Harris this week finally appeared to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 17, 2005; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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The DNC's Iraq Counterattack

The Web video war is on!  Following the release of an online ad by the Republican National Committee yesterday, the Democratic National Committee unveiled an ad of its own on the Internet this morning. Built on the theme that Republicans,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 17, 2005; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Bob Shrum Is Back (Sort of)

Retired Democratic media svengali Bob Shrum is reentering the political arena (sort of) with a new book filled with his thoughts and reflections on more than four decades in the middle of the national debate. The volume is set for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 17, 2005; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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N.J. Senate: Momentum For Menendez?

It's no secret that New Jersey Rep. Bob Menendez (D) wants to serve out the remaining year of Gov-elect Jon Corzine's term in the Senate.  Menendez's public courtship of Corzine took a step forward Wednesday afternoon when a national Hispanic...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 16, 2005; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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GOP Pushes Back on Iraq

Seeking to counter increasingly hot rhetoric from congressional Democrats over the war in Iraq, Republicans have launched a public relations effort aimed at reclaiming the issue. The GOP message is two-pronged: First, use past comments by Democrats in support of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 16, 2005; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Parsing the Polls: A New Fix Feature

Beginning today, The Fix debuts a weekly feature -- Parsing the Polls -- aimed at highlighting a handful of important (or just plain interesting) political surveys over the last week and providing context and commentary about them. With polling playing...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 16, 2005; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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The Politics of the Iraq Timetable

The role of the Iraq war in shaping the issue agenda for the 2006 midterm election and 2008 presidential contest continued to grow today as the two parties offered dueling resolutions aimed at addressing increased concerns among the American public...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 15, 2005; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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President Bush: Fundraiser In Chief

Seeking to return to business as usual after what even his closest advisers admit has been a harrowing last four weeks, President George W. Bush is headed to series of fundraisers for congressional candidates over the next few weeks. Bush...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 15, 2005; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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N.J. Senate: Wooing Corzine

Just one week after Jon Corzine (D) won the New Jersey governorship, he is being courted -- publicly and privately -- by a handful of Democratic aspirants hoping to secure an appointment to serve out the remainder of the governor-elect's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 15, 2005; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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A Look at the Parties' Sept. Spending

UPDATE: After combing through the Democrats' September expenditures, a number of Fix readers e-mailed asking for a similar analysis of the Republican National Committee's spending. We aim to please: Like the DNC, the RNC spent more than it took in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 14, 2005; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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2005 Spin: New Priorities vs. Status Quo

Talking heads for the two major parties were all over the airwaves Sunday morning as they sought to spin the results of last Tuesday's elections and President Bush's free-falling poll numbers. NBC's "Meet The Press" hosted Democratic National Committee Chairman...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 14, 2005; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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McCain: The News Media's Candidate?

No potential 2008 candidate enjoys a relationship with the news media anywhere close to the one that Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) has.  Dating back to his 2000 "Straight Talk" campaign, it seems like much of the press is advancing...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 14, 2005; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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