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The Fix: March 12, 2006 - March 18, 2006

No Surprise: Two Different Takes on Midterms

At back-to-back press conferences Thursday by the heads of the House Republican and Democratic campaign committees, it was abundantly clear that the two sides are operating under entirely different theories about the 2006 midterm election. First came Rep. Tom Reynolds...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2006; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  House  
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House: A Retirement on the Dem. Side of the Aisle

Just hours after Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) announced he would not seek reelection, longtime Minnesota Democrat Martin Olav Sabo said he won't be on the ballot again this fall, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Sabo's retirement after 14 terms...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2006; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  House  
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A Few Notable Staff Moves

Here at The Fix we try to bring you all of the ins and out of the political game -- including the revolving door of staff coming and going from campaigns and candidates. We would never presume to offer a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2006; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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House: Upstate New York Republican to Retire

Twelve-term Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) announced his retirement from Congress this afternoon, a decision that should set off a competitive race to replace him this November. Boehlert's decision comes as little surprise, as he has long been rumored to be...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2006; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  House  
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The Friday Line: Ten More Govs. Races to Watch

With 36 gubernatorial contests on the ballot this November, it's been difficult to choose just 10 "top" races for the Friday Line. Since we make up the rules as we go, this month's governors rankings will take a closer look...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , The Line  
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2008: The Case Against Rudy Giuliani

The Fix made the case for a 2008 presidential run by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) in a posting yesterday. Today, we make the case against a Hizzoner '08 campaign. Giuliani has great tough-on-crime credentials. GOP voters,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 16, 2006; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Republican Party  
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Nebraska Senate: Is Deficit Issue a Winner for Ricketts?

After moving the Nebraska Senate race into The Fix's Friday Line last week, we got a chance this week to meet Pete Ricketts, the former Ameritrade executive who is favored to win the Republican nomination and challenge Sen. Ben Nelson...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 16, 2006; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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CA-24: Gallegly Reverses Retirement Decision

Rep. Elton Gallegly, a Republican who has represented California's 24th District for ten terms, reversed himself yesterday, saying he has decided he won't retire after all. Seems the White House was concerned enough to have the president and top strategist...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  March 16, 2006; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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2008: The Case for Rudy Giuliani

Every month or so, The Fix plans to focus on a potential presidential candidate, making the case for and against his or her candidacy. Rudy Giuliani and wife Judith at the 6th Annual Gotham Magazine Gala on February 6, 2006,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2006; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Talking Up Gore in '08

Al Gore has his first inside-the-Beltway endorsement for a 2008 presidential run. Gore probably isn't thinking about a 2008 run yet. His second book on the environment is due out next month and is tied to a documentary about Gore's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2006; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Parsing the Polls: Too Early to See the Wave?

Now is not the best time to be a Republican member of Congress. A series of independent polls released over the last month show Democrats with an ever-widening lead in the generic ballot question ("If the congressional election were held...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2006; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House , Parsing the Polls , Senate  
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Romney's Staff Shuffle Continues

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to tweak his staff as he prepares to leave office in November and embark on an all-but-certain bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Julie Teer, who had been serving as Romney's press secretary, will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2006; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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CT Senate: Lieberman's Primary Challenge

Businessman Ned Lamont formally declared his challenge to Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman Monday, setting up the first primary fight the Democratic incumbent has faced since winning his seat in 1988. Joe Lieberman was his party's VP nominee in 2000. Six...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2006; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Feingold Strikes, Frist Fires Back

Fresh off a win in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.) is ready to knock down Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) over the latter's call on Monday to censure President Bush over a controversial...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2006; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Insider Interview: John Edwards -- Not Dwelling on 2004

A lot has changed for John Edwards since November 2004 when he and John Kerry were defeated at the ballot box by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards (D) says he's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 13, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008 , Insider Interview  
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Video: Excerpts From the John Edwards Interview

Click the video player below to watch an excerpt from The Fix's interview with former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.). You can also subscribe to The Fix's podcast to receive future Insider Interviews and analysis from Chris Cillizza: Audio Podcast: XML...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  March 13, 2006; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Insider Interview  
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