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The Fix: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Eric Massa to resign from Congress

New York Rep. Eric Massa will resign his House seat on Monday at 5 pm, he said Friday, a move that comes just days after he announced his plans to retire at the end of the year. Massa acknowledged in a statement that "I'm guilty" of using inappropriate language in front of staff both in his home and in his office.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 5, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (424)
Categories:  House  
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Opportunity knocks in Senate races

Ask any successful politician the key to success and, if he/she is being honest, they will -- to a person -- say timing. Timing is everything in politics. Picking the right race against the right challenger or incumbent in the right national environment and you drastically improve your chances of winning. Choose the wrong race and you could find your political career coming to an involuntary ending.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 5, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  The Line  
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Delahunt retirement ends a bad week for Democrats

Massachusetts Rep. Bill Delahunt's retirement late Thursday night was the last -- perhaps -- in a series of difficult blows for House Democrats this week.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 5, 2010; 5:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
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Bill Delahunt won't run again

Massachusetts Rep. Bill Delahunt will not seek re-election this fall, the 16th Democrat to step aside and the second in as many days.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2010; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  House  
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The Fix's list of the best political movies ever

Following our list of the best political books -- fiction and non fiction -- there was a demand from Fixistas to put together a similar list of the best political movies.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Blanche Lincoln begins television ad campaign

Embattled Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) began her television advertising campaign today with an ad that offers a defiant poke in the eye to the liberal left despite a serious primary challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Senate  
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To vote or not to vote (or health care and the 2010 midterms)

On Wednesday President Barack Obama laid out in stark terms his belief that the time for talking about health care was over and the time for voting on the legislation had arrived.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (206)
Categories:  White House  
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House Democrats approach danger zone with retirements

The political import of New York Democratic Rep. Eric Massa's surprising retirement on Wednesday was largely eclipsed by the controversy surrounding why he decided to depart Congress after a single term. It shouldn't be.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2010; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Fix Poll: How high will House retirements go?

New York Rep. Eric Massa's (D) decision to retire at the end of the year makes him the 34th member to announce plans to leave the House in the 111th Congress.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  House  
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Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) won't run for reelection

Democratic Rep. Eric Massa has decided against seeking re-election, creating an open seat in a very competitive New York congressional district.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  House  
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Winners and Losers in the Texas primary

On its face, the analysis of last night's Texas primary is pretty straightforward: Gov. Rick Perry won (big time), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison lost (also, big time).

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (230)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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Rick Perry wins in Texas, Democrats pounce

Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry's convincing primary victory over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and party activist Debra Medina should give his general election campaign against former Houston Mayor Bill White a boost of momentum in the short term.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2010; 6:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
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Rick Perry, Bill White win Texas primaries for governor

Gov. Rick Perry cruised to a victory tonight in a three-way Republican primary fight, crushing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and setting the stage for a run for a third full term this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2010; 10:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Governors  
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Zuckerman won't run for New York Senate

New York publishing magnate Mort Zuckerman is leaning away from a run for Senate this November although he remains intrigued by the idea and could shift his thinking in the coming days, according to those familiar with his thinking.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Senate  
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Liberals see opportunity in Bill Halter's bid in Arkansas Senate

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's decision Monday to challenge Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the state's May primary is being touted by liberal Democrats as a watershed moment as they seek to express their displeasure with how the party has conducted itself over the past year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Senate  
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Texas Governor's Primary: What to Watch For

It's Texas primary day (and Texas Independence day), a day that political junkies have had circled on their calendars for a long time.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Governors  
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Texas Governors Race: Prediction Time!

The polls in Texas have been open for just under two hours as voters decide their preferred nominees for governor, U.S. House and a slew of downballot contests.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  Governors  
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Perry, Hutchison face off in Texas primary

Voters are voting in Texas today! The marquee contest is the Lone Star State is the Republican primary for governor where Gov. Rick Perry has emerged as the clear favorite in a three-way race with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 2, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
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And the winner is....

Last week, we asked Fixistas to choose the House race they wanted to see get the full Fix treatment -- the first of a series of chances you will have in the coming months to vote on the contests we should cover more closely.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 1, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Liberals, Conservatives and National Journal's Vote Ratings

One of the Fix's favorite times of year -- and, no we are not kidding -- is the release of National Journal's yearly vote ratings in which they breakdown the entire ideological spectrum of Congress.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 1, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Bill Halter to challenge Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas

After months of whispers, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter made it official this morning: he's taking on Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the state's May 18 Democratic primary.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 1, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Senate  
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Nancy Pelosi predicts Democrats will hold the House

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) predicted Sunday that Democrats will retain their majority in the fall due, in no small part, because the party is already bracing itself for what it knows will be a difficult election.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 1, 2010; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (186)
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