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The Fix: January 8, 2006 - January 14, 2006

House GOP: Week 1 of the Leadership Races

Has it only been six days since Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) announced that he would permanently step down as House majority leader? It seems like ages ago. After hundreds of e-mails, dozens of phone calls and a few carefully dropped...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 13, 2006; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  House , Republican Party  
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NJ-Senate: And Then There Was One

Disappointing campaign junkies everywhere, Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) took himself out of contention for the Garden State Senate race in 2006 today, paving the way for a cleared primary field for newly appointed Sen. Bob Menendez (D). Andrews, who has...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 13, 2006; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Friday Line: Spending Big to Influence Campaign '06

The 2004 election saw an unprecedented level of involvement from third-party groups seeking to influence the outcome of the presidential race and key Senate and House races. On the Democratic side, America Coming Together and the Media Fund raised nearly...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 13, 2006; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  The Line  
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Calif.: Arnold's Incumbency Advantage

A new San Jose University Survey and Policy Research Institute poll on the California governor's race highlights the challenge for any politician seeking statewide office. In head-to-head matchups between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and his two potential Democratic rivals --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 12, 2006; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Governors  
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First of Many Anti-Lobbyists TV Ads?

Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown (D), one of two Democrats seeking to unseat Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R) in the fall, launched a television commercial today seeking to take advantage of the current public attitude toward lobbyists -- a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 12, 2006; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Senate  
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George Allen's Big Gun

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie's decision to sign as treasurer for the Sen. George Allen's leadership political action committee is already paying dividends for the Virginian's 2008 aspirations. An e-mail from Gillespie arrived in the inboxes of Iowa...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 12, 2006; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Governors  
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Warner Courts the World's Elites

What does a recently unemployed politician with an eye on the 2008 presidential race do with his free time? Head to Switzerland, of course. Virginia Gov. Mark Warner (D) is slated to attend the World Economic Forum at Davos from...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 12, 2006; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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House Majority Leader Vote Set for Feb. 2

Moving quickly to dash an effort to move up the date for the election of a new majority leader, House Speaker Dennis Hastert informed the GOP caucus today that the vote would take place on Thursday, Feb. 2. Hastert's decision,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 11, 2006; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Conn. Senate: Survey Says a 4th Term for Lieberman

Although some liberal Democrats in Connecticut continue to agitate for a primary challenge to Sen. Joe Lieberman, a new independent poll shows that defeating the three-term incumbent would be a tall task. The survey, which was conducted by Quinnipiac University,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 11, 2006; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Senate  
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America Votes Loses Its Leader

America Votes, one arm of the tripartite soft money organization founded in 2004 to defeat President Bush in his bid for a second term, has lost its president -- Cecile Richards -- to Planned Parenthood. Richards, who is the daughter...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 11, 2006; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Democratic PACs  
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House GOP to Vote Sooner on DeLay Successor?

The Fix has learned that House GOP Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (Ohio) will circulate an e-mail to her colleagues today asking whether they would be willing and able to return to Capitol Hill early in order to vote for a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 11, 2006; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  House  
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Parsing the Polls: Glass Is Half Full (and Empty) for Congressional Dems

Welcome to the latest edition of "Parsing the Polls," The Fix's weekly look at some of the newest and most interesting political survey research. With the leadership vacuum resulting from Rep. Tom DeLay's (R-Texas) permanent withdrawal as House majority leader,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 11, 2006; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  House , Parsing the Polls  
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Chatting with The Fix

I was online Wednesday morning for the daily Post Politics Hour. Read the transcript of the chat here....

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 11, 2006; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Frist Convenes Strategy Session

When Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) convened a group of his top political advisers in Nashville this past weekend, one guest spoke from experience. A source close to Frist confirmed that Sen. Lamar Alexander -- Frist's homestate colleague --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 10, 2006; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Watching the Alito Hearings: A Political Primer

All eyes in the nation's capital are on Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week, as it it widely believed Alito would swing the balance on the high court in a decidedly conservative direction. But Alito...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 10, 2006; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Politics and the Court  
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Three Seek House Republicans' Campaign Post

As Republican House members decide whether to support Reps. John Boehner (Ohio) or Roy Blunt (Mo.) as their next majority leader, an interesting dynamic is developing that could have a major impact on who heads House Republicans' campaign arm following...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 10, 2006; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  House  
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Ed Gillespie's Interesting Interview

Although The Fix has spent most of today focused on the increasingly intriguing GOP leadership races in the House, we won't ignore the other major political story of the day -- the Senate confirmation hearings of Samuel A. Alito Jr....

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 9, 2006; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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House Republicans: Three-Way Race for Whip

Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers has decided to run for majority whip, according to a source close to the congressman.  The move throws a roadblock into what looked like an easy victory for Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor. Rogers is expected to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 9, 2006; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  House  
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Boehner vs. Blunt: Round 1 of GOP Leadership Race

The last 48 hours have been this political junkie's dream, as both Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt and Ohio Rep. John Boehner have been working non-stop to gain the advantage in the race to become the next House majority leader.  Many...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 9, 2006; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  House  
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Insider Interview: The Union Leader's John DiStaso

Today marks the unveiling of The Fix's weekly insider interview feature, a conversation with key behind-the-scenes players in the national political arena. The interviews will run every Monday morning on The Fix. We'll interview top consultants from both parties, key...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 9, 2006; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Insider Interview  
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