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The Fix: May 14, 2006 - May 20, 2006

The Friday Line: Will Dems Sweep GOP in Govs. Series?

For the last few months Republican strategists have struggled to find the words to describe the difficulties their party could face this November. This week we heard an analogy that helps explain the political landscape on which a slew of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 19, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
Categories:  Governors , The Line  
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Hawaii Senate: A Referendum on Iraq?

Any regular reader of The Fix knows that the Connecticut primary between Democratic Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman and wealthy businessman Ned Lamont is shaping up as a referendum on the war in Iraq. Lieberman's unstinting support for the conflict has...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 18, 2006; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Senate  
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John Edwards: Labor's Darling?

Since leaving office in 2004, former North Carolina senator John Edwards (D) has been relentlessly courting the most powerful progressive unions in the country in hopes of winning their support should he decide to run again for president in 2008....

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 18, 2006; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Fix Takes Questions

I chatted live this morning and fielded a slew of questions on the political issues of the days. But as always, I didn't get to all of the questions I wanted to answer, so below are a few of the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 17, 2006; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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OR-Gov: Kulongoski Survives

Oregon's Democratic governor, Ted Kulongoski, beat back two primary challengers Tuesday to win his party's nomination. He now moves on to face Portland attorney Ron Saxton (R) and state Sen. Ben Westlund, a Republican until recently who is expected to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 17, 2006; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Governors  
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Parsing the Polls: The Impact of Insta-Polling?

"I love this mania which has swept through American media today which substitutes polls for coverage of substance. There's, I'm sure, going to be a special Betty Ford addiction for those that are addicted to regular poll numbers, but you'll...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 16, 2006; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Reynolds: 'No News Is Good News'

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Thomas M. Reynolds acknowledged Tuesday that sagging poll numbers -- the result of an unfavorable national political climate -- has forced vulnerable incumbents in "some seats" to begin their campaigns sooner than they have in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 16, 2006; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  House  
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Top Democratic Consulting Firm Sold?

In a move that could echo around the Democratic consulting world, international advertising giant WPP is taking steps toward acquiring the Dewey Square Group -- one of the top firms in the business. WPP is the second-largest advertising services company...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 16, 2006; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Warner Is Latest Democrat to Place Staffer in N.H.

Mark Warner's Forward Together political action committee is funding a staff position for the New Hampshire Senate Democratic caucus, the latest sign that the former Virginia governor is laying the groundwork for a 2008 presidential bid. Forward Together made a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 16, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Karl Rove: Still Mixing Policy With Politics

Less than a month after ceding his lead role in policy development at the White House, Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove used a speech Monday at the American Enterprise Institute to flash his in-depth knowledge on tax cuts, trade...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2006; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Insider Interview: Rodriguez Helps Lay Groundwork For Pataki '08

New York Gov. George Pataki (R) isn't a household name in the 2008 presidential sweepstakes, but Leonard Rodriguez aims to make him one. Should New York's George Pataki enter the '08 GOP presidential race, Leonard Rodriguez will bring valuable national...

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 15, 2006; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Insider Interview  
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