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The Fix: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

N.C.'s Etheridge bows out of running for Senate seat

Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) has decided against running for the Senate in 2010, according to informed sources, a choice that hands Democrats another setback in their recruiting efforts against North Carolina's senior senator, Richard Burr (R). Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.)....

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 13, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Friday Senate Line: Depressed Democrats?

Two new Quinnipiac University polls released Thursday in Ohio and Connecticut provided sobering news for Senate Democrats.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 13, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
Categories:  The Line  
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The Palin Tapes

The slow march to political news domination over the next week by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin began in earnest last night with the release of snippets of her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 13, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Slow-Hand Fix

The Fix is taking it slow for the remainder of the week -- a bit of rest and relaxation after the sprint to the 2009 elections (and the end of Mrs. Fix's field hockey season).

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 12, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Incumbents Beware!

Amid the spin spewing from the two parties over what last Tuesday's elections meant, there is one indisputable lesson learned: voters don't like incumbents of either party these days.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 11, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  House  
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The most important number in politics today

64 That's the percentage of Ohioans who call themselves either "somewhat" (37 percent) or "very" (27 percent) dissatisfied with the way things are going in the Buckeye State in a new Quinnipiac poll.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 11, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Fix Poll: The best 2010 state

With 38 Senate races, 37 governors races and as many as 100(!) competitive House races on the docket, the 2010 midterm election are an embarrassment of riches for political junkies. But, which state features the best series of races -- the one state where a Fixista would spend the next year if the goal was full immersion in the politics of the midterms?

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 11, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Fix Poll  
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Morning Fix: Obama's Ft. Hood moment

Key among the factors that make President Obama more personally popular than his policies are his considerable rhetorical gifts, which were on display in the remarks he delivered Tuesday at Fort Hood.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 11, 2009; 6:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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CT-Gov: Wolfson advising Lamont

Prominent Democratic operative Howard Wolfson has inked a deal to advise Ned Lamont's candidacy for governor of Connecticut, adding a high-profile element to what is rapidly shaping up to be one of the most interesting Democratic primaries in the country in 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 10, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Governors  
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The most important number in politics today

44 That's the percentage of independent voters who told Gallup they would advise their Member of Congress to vote against a health care bill while just 22 percent said their elected official should support it, polling that comes in the midst of the House's passage of the legislation and the start of deliberations on it in the Senate.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 10, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Dunn leaving White House, Pfeiffer takes over

White House communications director Anita Dunn will step down from her post at the end of the month and Dan Pfeiffer, her deputy, will take over, according to sources familiar with the move.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 10, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (424)
Categories:  White House  
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Morning Fix: Obama dishes; 2010 campaign in full swing

The Fix provides a cheat sheet to President Obama's interview with ABC, and offers his analysis of some of the most intriguing races of the 2010 midterm election cycle.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 10, 2009; 5:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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CT-Gov: Rell Won't Run Again

Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell (R) has decided against running for re-election, a decision that immediately turns the Nutmeg State into one of Democrats best pickup opportunities nationally.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 9, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Governors  
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CO-Gov: Penry to exit race

Colorado state Sen. Josh Penry (R) plans to end his gubernatorial campaign and endorse former Rep. Scott McInnis (R), according to two sources familiar with his thinking.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 9, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Governors  
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The most important number in politics today

18 That's the number of Democratic House members who hold seats won by Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and voted in favor of their party's health care proposal over the weekend.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 9, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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FL-Sen.: Club for Rubio, trouble for Crist

The Club for Growth made it official this morning, throwing its weighty endorsement behind former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio's (R) Senate bid and significantly complicating Gov. Charlie Crist's (R) path to the nomination.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 9, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Senate  
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Morning Fix: The toughest votes on health care

1. The House health care vote late Saturday night was a classic of the genre -- shouting, cheers, boos and a VERY narrow 220-215 passage. As always in close decisions in Congress, there were a few "yeas" (and "nays") cast...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 9, 2009; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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