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The Fix: June 18, 2006 - June 24, 2006

The Friday Line: Corruption and the House Race Rankings

Corruption could well re-emerge as a central issue in the battle for the House this year, but The Fix has grown more skeptical about the issue's ability to influence the defeat of incumbent lawmakers by itself. Interactive Campaign Map: More...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  June 23, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  House , The Line  
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CT Senate: Lieberman, Iraq and the Price of Principle

It's not been a good week for Sen. Joe Lieberman. On Monday the Connecticut Democrat told reporters that "under no circumstances" would he run as anything other than a Democrat in the state's Aug. 8 primary. But he again refused...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2006; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
Categories:  Senate  
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Leadership PACs and the Early Line on 2008

The Fix tends to view leadership political action committees more and more as a thing of the past when it comes to presidential politics (more on that in a future post), but they remain the best window into watching the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 22, 2006; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008 , Republican Party  
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Alaska Gov.: Results Matter, Not Manners

Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski's (R) decision to seek a second term amid dismal polling numbers was greeted with shock by many political observers. Gov. Frank Murkowski surprised many Alaskans when he announced his bid for a second term. Above, Murkowski...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 21, 2006; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Governors  
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N.Y.: Schumer More Effective Than Clinton, Voters Say

Although they both deny it, New York's two senators -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chuck Schumer -- have something of a rivalry. Schumer came to the Senate in 1998 as a rising star but was eclipsed just two years later...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 21, 2006; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Senate  
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Parsing the Polls: Presidential Erosion

It's not news to political junkies that President George W. Bush's job-approval ratings have hovered in the 30s for much of the last year. But there's been little empirical evidence that allows us to answer questions about where, demographically speaking,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 21, 2006; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls , Republican Party  
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Democratic Committees Hold Fundraising Edge

For the first time in recent memory, the Democratic Party's House and Senate campaign committees currently have more money to spend on races than their Republican counterparts -- a milestone reached just five months before the critical midterm elections. The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 20, 2006; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Democratic Party , House , Republican Party , Senate  
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Montana Senate: Fast and Furious Mud-Slinging

No Senate race in the country is as engaged as the Montana contest between three-term incumbent Conrad Burns and state Sen. Jon Tester. Jon Tester pulled off a stunning upset in the Democratic primary. Now, can he unseat a three-term...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 20, 2006; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Senate  
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McCain Continues His S.C. Courtship

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will be back in South Carolina later this month to raise money for the state GOP, his second trip to the key presidential primary state so far this year. The event, which is being hosted by...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 20, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Republican Party  
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Romney Unveils His Iowa Team

After speaking to the Iowa state Republican convention this past weekend, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney introduced his his Hawkeye State advisory committee, a 50-person group whose membership is designed to show broad ideological and geographical support for the Bay State...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 19, 2006; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Insider Interview: Is Nevada Ready for Presidential Primetime?

Jon Ralston is already an institution in Nevada politics. In 2008, he just might become one nationally. Ralston is the political reporter in Nevada, and his state is very likely to play a special role in the 2008 presidential campaign,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 19, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Insider Interview  
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