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The Fix: December 4, 2005 - December 10, 2005

Panel Offers "Incremental" Changes to '08 Democratic Calendar

The Democratic Party's Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling convened this morning in Washington, D.C., to issue their final recommendations on changing the 2008 presidential primary calendar and, in the process, managed to narrowly dodge a last-minute attempt to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2005; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008  
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N.J. Senate: Keeping Their Options Open

Now that Rep. Bob Menendez has secured a Senate appointment, attention turns to the New Jersey Democrats who were passed over for the job by Gov.-elect Jon Corzine and who have previously floated the idea of running in next...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2005; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Left vs. Lieberman

Democracy for America, the political offshoot of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, is weighing in on Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman recent defense of the Iraq war and, more importantly, the Bush administration's handling of the conflict. DFA...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2005; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Senate  
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Chatting With The Fix

I chatted online earlier today but couldn't get to all the questions that readers submitted.  Here are answers to a few questions leftover from the chat: Lyndhurst, N.J.: Chris... Enjoy the chats and The Fix. What about Menendez as Corzine's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2005; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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The Friday Line: Prospects for a Narrower GOP Senate Majority

With the political environment nationally still looking generally dismal for Republicans, the top three races in The Fix's latest Friday Line are each pick-up opportunities for Democrats. That same national mood could complicate Republican chances in the Democratic seats listed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2005; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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Democrats' 2008 Primary Calendar Coming Into Focus

Less than 48 hours before the Democratic Party's Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling is scheduled to hold its final meeting, the panel's recommendations have surfaced. Washington Post political reporter/guru Dan Balz tells The Fix that the commission will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2005; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Democrats' Parliamentary Privilege

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today offered a privileged resolution condemning the "culture of corruption surrounding the prescription drug bill," the latest in a series of parliamentary gambits by congressional Democrats intended to highlight alleged abuses of power by...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2005; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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NJ-13: Replacing Menendez

The Fix's sources are saying there will be no announcement today from Gov.-elect Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), but 13th District Rep. Bob Menendez (D) remains his pick to serve out the remaining year of his Senate term. That means Menendez will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2005; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  House  
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The Risky Business of Senate Appointments

New Jersey Gov.-elect Jon Corzine's (D) pending appointment of Rep. Bob Menendez (D) to serve the remaining year of his U.S. Senate term got The Fix thinking about how appointed senators have fared when trying to seek a full six-year...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2005; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Senate  
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Make That SENATOR Menendez

Sources on Capitol Hill are saying that Rep. Bob Menendez (D) is Gov.-elect Jon Corzine's (D) choice to fill the year remaining on his Senate term. The formal announcement is expected to come tomorrow, according to two sources who requested...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2005; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Senate  
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Mark Warner Steps Into the Arena

Last night at Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia Gov. Mark Warner (D) took a huge first step toward a 2008 presidential run, hosting an event that raised between $2.5 million and $3 million for his Forward Together PAC. The fundraiser...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2005; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008  
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The Fix Takes Questions

I was online on this morning for washingtonpost.com's daily politics Web chat. Read the transcript here.  Since there were a bunch of questions I didn't get to in the chat, I thought I would use The Fix to answer a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2005; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Parsing the Polls on Tom DeLay and Georgia's 8th District

It's Wednesday morning and time for the latest edition of Parsing the Polls. The decision Monday by a Texas judge to uphold one of the charges against Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) ensures the controversial former House majority leader will remain...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2005; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  House , Parsing the Polls  
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California's Newest Congressman

State Sen. John Campbell (R) was the winner of Tuesday's runoff election in California's 48th District, claiming the Orange County seat vacated earlier this year by former Rep. Chris Cox (R). Campbell took 45 percent of the vote, well ahead...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2005; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  House  
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Hillary Hires a New Flack

Reaching back to the staff list of her husband's White House, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has picked Lorraine Voles to be her new communications director. Voles, who will start in January, served as Vice President Al Gore's communications director...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 6, 2005; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Senate  
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Connecticut: Awakening of the Sleeping Bear?

Former Connecticut Sen. Lowell Weicker is entertaining the possibility of a rematch against Sen. Joe Lieberman (D) in 2006 if no other credible, anti-war candidate steps forward, he said Monday. "I disagree 100 percent with the position he has taken...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 6, 2005; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Senate  
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CA-50: Is Francine Busby the Next Paul Hackett?

The high-profile resignation of former California Rep. Duke Cunningham (R) last has week has set off a special election that is already drawing comparisons among Democrats to the special election in Ohio's 2nd District held earlier this year. At first...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 6, 2005; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  House  
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CA-48 Special Election on Tuesday

Voters in California's 48th District will select a replacement for former Rep. Chris Cox (R) on Tuesday in a race that has managed to attract some national media attention thanks to the role the immigration issue is playing. State Sen....

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 5, 2005; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  House  
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Hillary in the Bluegrass State

For those questioning whether Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) should be considered the frontrunner for the 2008 Democratic nomination, look no further than her weekend trip to Kentucky -- the so-called Bluegrass state that has become decidedly "Red" over the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 5, 2005; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Is Menendez the Choice?

Rep. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) interrupted a trip to Puerto Rico over the weekend to return to the Garden State to meet with Gov.-elect. Jon Corzine (D), according to several knowledgeable sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 5, 2005; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Senate  
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How the Abramoff Scandal Helps McCain

For Arizona Sen. John McCain, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is a blessing. McCain fended off Tim Russert's inquiries about a 2008 run on Sunday's "Meet the Press." (NBC via AP) While many Republicans in Congress are running away from Abramoff...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 5, 2005; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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