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The Fix: September 17, 2006 - September 23, 2006

Video: Thoughts on Indiana's 9th District Race

Chris and Jim spent part of Saturday in Indiana's 9th congressional district, where a former three-term member of Congress is trying to reclaim the seat he lost to Rep. Mike Sodrel (R) in 2004. Baron Hill is yet another Democrat...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 23, 2006; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  House , Ohio River Ramble  
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Indiana's 9th: Democrat Talks Family Values ... And Basketball

MADISON, Ind. -- Your intrepid reporting team is in the heart of God's country, a quick drive away from the raging Ohio River and only minutes removed from a fine feast of fried fish, fries and hush puppies at the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 23, 2006; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Will Louisville's Mayor Jump Into Ky.'s '07 Gov. Race?

LOUISVILLE -- Watch the 6 o'clock news here and it seems like every commercial features grainy, black-and-white footage of a politician and an ominous voice denouncing him (or her) as a liberal or a Bush lover. Negativity is the new...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 23, 2006; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Governors , Ohio River Ramble  
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Night Time Fun in Louisville, Ky.

I haven't had much time to write for the Ramble while chasing Chris and Jim with two video cameras, a still camera and at least 7 battery chargers. So I wanted to take a moment tonight and put up a...

By Chet Rhodes  |  September 22, 2006; 10:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Ohio River Ramble  
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Video: Kentucky 3 Wrap Up

Chris and Jim talk about negative campaigning and local versus national issues in the Kentucky District 3 U.S. House race and wrap up Day 3 of the Ohio River Ramble. On Saturday the Ramble trio heads for Indiana District 9....

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 22, 2006; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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KY-03: Local v. National Defines Race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Back to back press conferences here in Kentucky's 3rd district today typify the two parties' approaches in the coming midterm elections. Posted byChris Cillizza» About Chris For Rep. Anne Northup (R) and her national party, this election...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 22, 2006; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Ohio River Ramble  
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Video: Dem. Says Voters Should Consider Whether Bush Admin. Manipulates Gas Prices

Back to Kentukcy District 2 for a moment. In an earlier post Jim VandeHei mentioned that Democratic candidate Mike Weaver brought up the question of whether the Bush administration manipulates gas prices for political gain. Video of Weaver's statement is...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 22, 2006; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Audio: Recapping Indiana's 8th District

The Ohio River Ramble visited Indiania's 8th District yesterday, where incumbent John Hostettler (R) is matching his unconventional campaign strategy against a well-organized challenge by Democrat Brad Ellsworth. Cillizza and VandeHei reviewed day 2 of the nine-day trip to the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 22, 2006; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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McCain Inks an Iowa Vet

After skipping the Iowa caucuses during his near-miss presidential bid in 2000, Arizona Sen. John McCain knows he must make a strong showing in the Hawkeye State if he hopes to capture the Republican nomination in 2008. McCain took a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 21, 2006; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Video: Wrapping Up in Indiana 8

Chris and Jim talk about the race for Indiana's 8th District U.S. House seat and wrap up Day 2 of the Ohio River Ramble. Now it's on to Kentucky's District 3. Click on the image below to watch. var movieSrc...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 21, 2006; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Video: Hostettler Keeps it in the Family

Incumbent Rep. John Hostettler has shown an ability to run and win in Indiana's highly competitive "Bloody 8th" Congressional district without raising much money or hiring professional political consultants. Hostettler has won election here six times, the first with the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 21, 2006; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Unorthodox Campaigner May Be in Trouble

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- A growing body of polling data explains why GOP officials in Washington consider Rep. John Hostettler (R) one of the most likely-to-lose incumbents in the country. Two public polls show Hostettler trailing by single digits to Democratic...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 21, 2006; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Ground Hog Day: New Day, More Conservative Dems

It's ground hog day on the ramble. Wake up early, turn on the local news and watch another battle over whether a Democratic candidate is sufficiently conservative. In this case, it is sheriff Brad Ellsworth (D), who is running for...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 21, 2006; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Audio: Cillizza and VandeHei Discuss Ky.'s 2nd

Chris Cillizza and Jim VandeHei were interviewed this morning on Washington Post Radio about the first day of their trip through congressional battleground districts in the Ohio River Valley. Listen to the audio here. Read their story from today's Post:...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 21, 2006; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Video: Further Thoughts on Ky.'s 2nd District

Chris and Jim wrap-up the important issues covered in Day 1 of the Ohio River Ramble, after which we sat down for some barbecue. Click on the image below to watch. var movieSrc = "http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/player/player2.swf?whichMode=normal&justify=center&playad=no&mediatype=stream&postdir=politics&postvideo=092006-5v&cuesfile=none&autoplay=no&starttime=0&endtime=0&largerver=none&image=092006-5v_427&playlistxml=none" ; //URL OF WHERE .SWF...

By Chet Rhodes  |  September 21, 2006; 12:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Battleground Road Trip: First Day Milestones

Posted byJim VandeHei» About Jim Miles traveled on Day 1 of the Ohio River Ramble: 182 Average amount of red meat consumed per person: 1.2 pounds Stories and blog entries written: 6 Watching Cillizza drink a Heineken with a...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 20, 2006; 11:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kentucky's 2nd: The Challenger's Money Chase

State Rep. Mike Weaver (D) has all the credentials to unseat Rep. Ron Lewis (R) in Kentucky's 2nd district: Three decades in the military, a ten-year career in the state legislature and conservative views on hot-button issues like abortion and...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 20, 2006; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Telephone Town Halls

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. -- There isn't a town in Rep. Ron Lewis's (R) 2nd district larger than 54,000 so he is using techonology to communicate with broad swaths of voters. Posted byChris Cillizza» About Chris Lewis conducted a "telephone town hall"...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 20, 2006; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  House , Ohio River Ramble  
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Ads, Ads Everywhere!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- If you love watching political ads (and Fix readers know we do), a hotel room in Louisville is a little slice of heaven. Posted byChris Cillizza» About Chris Although we've been in the city for less than...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 20, 2006; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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The Politics of Gas

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Democrats suddenly have a gas problem that is causing party leaders indigestion heading into the final 50 days of the campaign. The headline in today's Lousiville Courier-Journal says it all: "As Oil Falls, the Cost to Fill...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 20, 2006; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
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Rambling Through the '06 Battleground

The Ohio River Ramblers -- Chris Cillizza, Chet Rhodes, and Jim VandeHei. (Whitney Shefte - washingtonpost.com) Back in May, political analyst Stu Rothenberg threw out a challenge we couldn't resist. Rothenberg wrote that "the fight for the House of...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  September 20, 2006; 5:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Primary Primer: Races to Watch in Mass. and Hawaii

In the final day of major primaries before the Nov. 7 general election, all eyes are on Massachusetts where Democrats will pick their nominee to challenge Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (R). The race has been a low-key affair to date,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 19, 2006; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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The Line: A Few Bright Spots For GOP in Gov. Rankings

Since The Fix is heading off for a nine-day campaign excursion through the Ohio River Valley, let's skip the niceties and get right to what you came for: The latest rankings of the most-competitive governors' races in the country Interactive...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 19, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (129)
Categories:  Governors , The Line  
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Maryland Senate: Can the GOP Win With Steele?

No question prompts more disagreement between the two national parties than the one asked in the headline above. In Democrats' eyes, Rep. Ben Cardin's win in last Tuesday's primary seals the deal on this race. Cardin is a standard-issue Democrat...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 18, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
Categories:  Senate  
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