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The Fix: January 15, 2006 - January 21, 2006

House Leadership Election: Week Two

The Fix continues to track developments in the race to succeed Tom DeLay as House majority leader.  The biggest development in the contest this past week was the entrance of conservative Arizona Rep. John Shadegg --  a long-shot candidacy sure...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 20, 2006; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  House , Republican Party  
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Karl Rove -- Back From the Missing

White House political Svengali Karl Rove made a rare public appearance Friday in Washington, D.C., delivering a brief-but-pointed address at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting. Presidential adviser Karl Rove gestures to hush the crowd as he prepares to speak...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 20, 2006; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Calif.: Arnold Beefs Up Campaign Team

As he prepares for a major reelection fight, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is turning to two battle-tested veterans of the Bush campaign to lead the effort. Steve Schmidt, who is currently a senior adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 20, 2006; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Governors  
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The Friday Line: GOP's Statehouse Challenge

After a brief break from pure campaign politics in last week's Friday Line, we're back with a vengeance to look at the most competitive gubernatorial races on the ballot in November. While the Washington parlor game is debating whether Democrats...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 20, 2006; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Governors , The Line  
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Pro-Alito Ads Target Two Senate Dems

Seeking to capitalize on what they believe was Democrats' poor performance during last week's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr., a conservative soft-money group is launching television ads against South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson and North...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 19, 2006; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Politics and the Court  
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Mont. Senate: A Birthday Ba$h for Conrad Burns

UPDATE: Burns apparently thought better of holding his birthday party/fundraiser at a lobbying firm.  He announced today the event would now be held at the National Republican Senatorial Committee -- a seemingly more appropriate choice of venue.  Check out Hotline's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 19, 2006; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Senate  
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Reid Sends "Personal Regrets" to Republicans

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is circulating a letter of apology to 33 Republican senators for singling them out by name in a political research document entitled, "Republican Abuse of Power." "I am writing to apologize for the tone...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 19, 2006; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Senate  
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George Allen: Building a Team for '08

Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) is nearing a decision with major implications for the 2008 presidential primaries. Allen is expected to decide by the end of the month on a media consulting firm that will be charged with helping him...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 19, 2006; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Senate  
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Congressional Dems Hope to Ride Ethics Issue to Majorities

UPDATE, Jan. 19, 5:00 p.m. ET: Jenn Crider, a spokeswoman for Rep. Pelosi, contacted The Fix last night to set the record straight on Pelosi's gift ban vote. According to Crider, Pelosi ultimately voted for the gift ban. The vote...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 18, 2006; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Bob Menendez: The Senate's Newest Member

Bob Menendez was formally sworn in as New Jersey's newest senator this morning.  The seven-term House Democrat was appointed by Gov. Jon Corzine (D) to serve out the 10 months remaining on his unexpired Senate term. Bob Menendez officially joins...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 18, 2006; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Senate  
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Parsing the Polls: Can Tom DeLay Win Again?

After The Fix made a brief mention earlier this week of the new Houston Chronicle poll showing Rep. Tom DeLay (R) trailing in his reelection bid, it seemed fitting to take at deeper look into the numbers and what they...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 18, 2006; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  House , Parsing the Polls  
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Fla. Senate: Gore Says "Remember the Recount"

Former Vice President Al Gore still hasn't forgotten about Florida. Six years after a lengthy recount fight left Gore just shy of the electoral votes needed to claim a victory over President George W. Bush, the former vice president is...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 17, 2006; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Senate  
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Hillary's 'Plantation' Comment -- Not the First Time

The political world is abuzz over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) comments Monday during a speech commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in which she said Republicans are running the U.S. House of Representatives like a "plantation." The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 17, 2006; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Miss. Senate: Another Run for Lott

Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott (R) today announced he will seek a fourth term in the Senate, ending years of speculation about his political future. "I have chosen Mississippi and America once again," said Lott at a noon ET press conference...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 17, 2006; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Senate  
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Insider Interview: Palmetto State Powerbrokers

For the half-dozen or so Republicans most-often mentioned as considering a White House run in 2008, Warren Tompkins, Heath Thompson and Terry Sullivan are very familiar names. The three GOP operatives, who joined forces in the wake of the 2004...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 17, 2006; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Insider Interview  
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Poll: Tom DeLay's Reelection Woes

In the wake of Rep. Tom DeLay's (R-Texas) permanent resignation as House majority leader, a new poll shows that the Texan faces several major challenges in his campaign for a 12th term. The negative coverage of lobbyist Jack Abramoff --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 16, 2006; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  House  
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Ney on the Hot Seat

UPDATE, Jan. 16:  Rep. Ney announced on Sunday that he will temporarily step down from his committee chairmanship.  The Post's Jonathan Weisman has the story here:  "Ney to Step Down as Chairman of Panel Overseeing Lobbying." House Speaker Dennis Hastert...

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 16, 2006; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  House  
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