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The Fix: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Chatting tea party convention, the "Shelby hold", Senate races and more!

Successfully bunkered in the Fix home for the coming snowpocalypse, we managed to carve out an hour in our busy schedule of stockpiling evaporated milk and other canned goods to field questions from loyal readers on the political hot topics...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 5, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (233)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Primary season is underway!

The Illinois primaries on Tuesday delivered a series of nasty ads, close contests and a few surprise nominees for both sides (including one Democrats could probably do without) -- a great start to one of the Fix's favorite times of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 5, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  The Line  
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Tea party test run in Nashville

1. All eyes -- not focused on the coming snowpocalypse in Washington -- will be looking toward Nashville this weekend where the first ever national gathering of the tea party movement is taking place. The marquee event will be Saturday...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 5, 2010; 5:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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Charlie Baker: Scott Brown, part deux?

Charlie Baker is the likely Republican nominee for governor in 2010. AP Photo/Josh Reynolds Sen. Scott Brown's (R) special election victory last month in Massachusetts was cast by many political operatives -- of both parties -- as a once-in-a-lifetime...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 4, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  The Rising  
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Bill O'Reilly vs Jon Stewart (VIDEO)

Like them or not, it's hard to dispute that Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly and Comedy Central's Jon Stewart are two of the prime movers in the world of politics (and television). So, when O'Reilly had Stewart on "The Factor"...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 4, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Obama lays out 2010 strategy to Senate Democrats

1. President Obama spoke to -- and took questions from -- his former Democratic Senate colleagues on Thursday, the second time in a week that he has conducted a question-and-answer session with members of Congress. Unlike last week's tété-a-tété with...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 4, 2010; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
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The Fix's list of best political books

Last week we asked Fixistas for their recommendations for their favorite political fiction and non fiction -- and boy did you guys respond. Ideas came pouring in via the Fix comments section, our "Live Fix" chat and email. We've done...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Winners and Losers from the Illinois primary

The Illinois primary on Tuesday is (almost) behind us. (Counting is still going on in the governor's race although it appears as though Gov. Pat Quinn will be the Democratic nominee and state Sen. Bill Brady will prevail on the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Is the Senate majority now in play?

The victories in Illinois by Rep. Mark Kirk (R) and state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) coupled with former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats' (R) decision to challenge Evan Bayh (D) in the fall is likely to stir chatter about the possibility...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
Categories:  Senate  
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Former Sen. Dan Coats to challenge Evan Bayh in Indiana

Senate Republicans scored a major coup in their attempt to broaden the playing field this November by luring former senator Dan Coats (R) into the race against Sen. Evan Bayh (D) in Indiana. Coats is expected to announce his candidacy...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Senate  
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Illinois primary produces close races; No favorite in 2012 GOP presidential race

Illinois kicked off the primary season right on Tuesday with a series of closely contested intra-party fights.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2010; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Alexi Giannoulias, Mark Kirk set for November Senate showdown in Illinois

Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R) claimed their respective party nominations for the state's Senate seat Tuesday night, victories that ensure the Prairie State will host one of the marquee contests this fall. Giannoulias won...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 3, 2010; 12:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Senate  
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Illinois primary day viewer's guide

Illinois politics are not for the weak of heart -- or knee. The primary fights in the Prairie State this winter have more than lived up to the state's reputation for rock 'em, sock 'em politics. The stakes are high.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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John Murtha hospitalized, political future in doubt?

The news that Rep. John Murtha is in intensive care following complications from gall bladder surgery last week is sure to stoke rumors that the longtime Pennsylvania Democrat may choose to retire rather than run for re-election to a 19th full term in November.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  House  
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Harold Ford on the Colbert Report

Election days are notoriously slow -- with nothing to do but sit around and wait for the polls to close, which they will do in eight hours in Illinois. It's moments like these that we thank God for Stephen Colbert....

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Illinois primary day election prediction contest

Welcome to the official start of primary season! Voters are voting in Illinois with a slew of races up and down the ballot including for governor, Senate and at least four potentially competitive House contests. And, as loyal readers know,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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Illinois primary day: The year of the outsider (continued)?

1. Illinois voters head to the polls today to pick nominees for governor, Senate and a variety of House races. Looking for an overarching theme in the voting? How about the latest test of just how anti-incumbent/anti-establishment the voters are...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 2, 2010; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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Poizner Accuses Whitman of Intimidation

In a soap-operatic move aimed strictly at political insiders, California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner (R) held a press conference today to accuse a top adviser to former eBay CEO Meg Whitman of trying to intimidate him out of the governor's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 1, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
Categories:  Governors  
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Should Charlie Crist run as an independent in Florida's Senate race?

Could Florida Gov. Charlie Crist run as an independent for Senate this fall? AP Photo by Chris O'Meara A new poll conducted in Florida's Senate race suggests that Gov. Charlie Crist's (R) best path to victory would be to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 1, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Senate  
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Democrats slip but still dominate in party affiliation

New data out of Gallup shows that Democratic party affiliation has shrunk in 39 states over the past year but the party still retains a considerable edge in the overall partisan makeup of the country. The Democratic edge has...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 1, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Democratic primaries in Illinois turn nasty in final days

1. There's less than 24 hours before voters head to the polls in Illinois and things are getting very nasty. (As we have written many times before, primaries are where politics gets really personal). In the Senate race, state Treasurer...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 1, 2010; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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