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The Fix: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

A Dead Heat in New York Special Election

The special election race in New York's 20th district between state Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R) and venture capitalist Scott Murphy (D) is a dead heat -- literally.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 4, 2009; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  House  
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Iowa, Same Sex Marriage and the 2012 Presidential Race

The decision today by the Iowa Supreme Court that ruled a ban on same-sex marriage in the Hawkeye State unconstitutional is certain to have an impact on the state's critical Republican presidential caucuses in 2012. The unanimous decision, delivered this...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 3, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Friday Governors Line: A "Once in a Generation" Election

With 38 governors races up for grabs between now and November 2010, it's hard to underplay the political stakes.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 3, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  The Line  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama vs. Congress

The capitol, which has seen a lot of action since convening in January, will be quiet for the next two weeks as Congress takes a break. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Even as President Obama continues his whirlwind tour of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 3, 2009; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Should Norm Coleman Concede?

Former Sen. Norm Coleman must decide whether a continued legal battle is in his best political interest. (AP Photo/Pool, Jean Pieri) In the two days since a three judge state panel handed Norm Coleman a major setback in his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 2, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Senate  
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Wag the Blog: What Does NY-20 Mean?

There's no winner yet -- and won't be for at least another few weeks -- in the New York special election to replace appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), the debate over what the race meant is already well underway.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 2, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Dodd Goes From Bad To Worse

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) is in deep trouble in his race for a sixth term in 2010 as a new poll shows him badly trailing former Rep. Rob Simmons (R) in a hypothetical general election matchup.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 2, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Tim Geithner

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (right) has re-emerged as a forceful advocate for President Obama's economic policies. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais As the G-20 global economic summit formally commences today in London, the break out star of the gatherings may...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 2, 2009; 5:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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The Best State Political Blogs (Continued)

Earlier this week we asked the Fix community to help us put together a comprehensive list of the best political blog(s) in each of the 50 states. And, we are happy to report that we are almost there.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 1, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Democrats Predict 210-Vote Victory in NY-20

Venture capitalist Scott Murphy (D) will win the special election in New York's 20th district by 210 votes after all outstanding absentee and military ballots are counted, according to projections made by Democratic Party officials and obtained by the Fix.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 1, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
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Stevens Cleared in Alaska?

The news that the Justice Department will drop all charges against former Sen. Ted Stevens likely exonerates the legendary Alaska Republican in the eyes of a public who sent him to defeat just four months ago.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 1, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama and X-Factors

President Barack Obama makes his debut on the world stage today in London. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert President Obama makes his debut on the international stage today with a series of one-on-one meetings with world leaders, gatherings as unpredictable as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 1, 2009; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Murphy Leads Narrowly in New York Special Election

Venture capitalist Scott Murphy (D) holds a 65-vote lead over state Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R) in a special election in Upstate New York, a race cast as an early referendum on President Obama's economic stimulus package. With 100 percent of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2009; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Gingrich to Replace Palin at GOP Dinner

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will headline the annual fundraising dinner for Republicans' House and Senate campaign arms, subbing in for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin whose involvement was uncertain from the start.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2009; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Election Contest Ruling Deals Coleman Setback, Appeal Certain

Former Sen. Norm Coleman suffered a setback in his election challenge today. AP Photo by Jean Pieri. A three-judge state panel convened to review an election contest brought by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman (R) in his race against...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
Categories:  Senate  
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Parsing the Polls: The Era of Big Government (Or Not)

The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll says that more than 6 in 10 Americans approve of the job President Obama is doing. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) The new Washington Post/ABC News national poll provides scads of good news for President...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2009; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Five Things To Watch in NY-20

Voters head to the polls in New York's 20th district today to choose a replacement for appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), a close race in a swing seat that has seen considerable spending by both national parties and will almost...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  House  
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White House Cheat Sheet: A President Abroad

President Obama's trip to Europe is freighted with political significance. AP Photo by Gerald Herbert President Obama departs for an eight-day European trip today, his first extended travel abroad since being elected and a critical early proving ground for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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The Best State Political Blogs (Revised and Extended)

One year ago (almost to the date) we asked the Fix community to offer up their suggestions for the best political blog (or blogs) in each of the 50 states. And, you responded! But, the fickle world of blogs means...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 30, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (224)
 
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Palin's Political Problems Persist

Gov. Sarah Palin continues to struggle to blend her official and political staffs. AP Photo by Chris Miller. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues to suffer growing pains as she attempts to build a national political operation in hopes of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 30, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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NY-20: Democrat Closes with Palin, Limbaugh

In the closing hours of the special election in New York's 20th district, Democrat Scott Murphy is doing everything he can to nationalize the race around some of the more controversial figures in the Republican Party. After using conservative talk-radio...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 30, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama Plays Hardball on Autos

President Obama will unveil his plans to save the American auto industry today. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak The Obama administration's ouster of General Motors Chairman Richard Wagoner coupled with its decision to reject viability plans offered by GM and Chrysler...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 30, 2009; 5:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Ted Kennedy: A Life (And a Review)

Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy In today's Post, we review a new biography of Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy and seek to place him in the permanent political firmament -- not an easy task. The book, written by a handful of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 29, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Fix Notes , Senate  
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