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The Fix: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Haley Barbour's growing influence

A self-described "fat redneck" is the most influential Republican in the country in our latest Friday Line.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 10, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (228)
Categories:  The Line  | Tags: Haley Barbour, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty  
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How will John Paul Stevens retirement affect the midterms?

The announcement by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens that he will retire this summer amounts to a blot-out-the-sun moment in the political world -- an event that will dominate news coverage for several months (at a minimum) and almost certainly play some role in how the two parties position themselves in advance of the November midterms.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Politics and the Court  | Tags: Barack Obama, John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court of the United States  
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Bart Stupak to retire

Michigan Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak will not seek re-election this fall, a decision that comes hard on his front-and-center (and controversial) role in the recent passage of President Barack Obama's health care legislation.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (522)
Categories:  House  
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Charlie Crist rules out independent Senate run -- again

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) put to rest -- again -- speculation that he is considering running as an independent for the Senate with something very close to a Shermanesque statement released by his campaign Thursday.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 9, 2010; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Morning Fix  | Tags: Charlie Crist, Democratic, Independent, Politics, Republican, United States Senate  
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National Democrats growing increasingly worried about Hawaii special election

National Democrats are growing increasingly concerned that the presence of two well-known candidates in an all-party special election in Hawaii next month will badly jeopardize their chances of holding the seat and are weighing the options available to them to thin the field.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 8, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  House , White House  
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Bob McDonnell, the Confederacy and the Veepstakes

Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to backpedal on a proclamation declaring April Confederate History Month in the Commonwealth left Republican observers divided about how much -- if any -- damage he had done to his prospects on the national stage in 2012 and beyond.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 8, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (383)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Republican Party  | Tags: Bob McDonnell, George Allen, Mark Warner, Politics, Republican, Slavery, Tim Kaine, Vice President of the United States  
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Southern Republican Leadership Conference kicks off 2012 race

The eyes of the Republican political world will turn to New Orleans today as a cavalcade of GOP leaders, wanna-be leaders and national reporters will be in the Big Easy for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 8, 2010; 5:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Marco's millions (and what it means)

Money isn't everything in politics. But it's dang close. Witness former state House Speaker Marco Rubio's (R) remarkable $3.6 million raised for his Senate bid over the first three months of the year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 7, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Senate  
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Handicapping the (next) RNC Chair race

Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will hold a conference call with all 168 members of the national committee today, the latest sign that he is working to rally support in the wake of a staff shakeup earlier this week.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 7, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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House Democrats move to hold Hawaii seat

Fearful that a divided Democratic party could allow Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) to emerge victorious in the May 22 all-party special election in Hawaii's 1st district, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has gone on television questioning the Republican's credibility on the jobs issue.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 7, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
 
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And the winner is...

By a wide margin, you picked Virginia's 5th district -- where freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D) is facing down a cavalcade of Republican challengers -- as the next contest to be featured in our "choose your own House" race contest.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  House  
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Rand Paul and the Washington "machine"

Candidates from across the country are running against Washington these days but none so aggressively -- or effectively -- as ophthalmologist Rand Paul.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  Senate  
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Five ways Michael Steele could come back

The deck-clearing at the Republican National Committee on Monday -- the forced resignation of top aide Ken McKay followed by the departure of media consultant Curt Anderson from an advisory position -- means that with less than seven months left before the midterm elections the organization is, in essence, starting all over again (again).

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Republican National Committee rocked by resignations

The resignation of Republican National Committee chief of staff Ken McKay and the decision by media consultant Curt Anderson to sever ties with the committee marks a public airing of fissures that have marred the organization for much of chairman Michael Steele's tenure.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2010; 6:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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RNC chief of staff Ken McKay resigns

Republican National Committee chief of staff Ken McKay has resigned in the wake of a controversy over an expenditure at a risque California nightclub, according to RNC communications director Doug Heye.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 5, 2010; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Does John Ensign cloud Republicans' ethics argument?

The news out of Nevada that the Justice Department may be moving toward an indictment of Sen. John Ensign (R) could well cloud Republicans' attempt to use ethics as a cudgel against Democrats, according to several top GOP strategists.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 5, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
Categories:  Senate  
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Rudy Giuliani, Charlie Crist and the Fix endorsement hierarchy

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be in Florida today to throw his support behind the Senate candidacy of former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, a bit of political payback for Gov. Charlie Crist so great that it has forced us to rename a category in the Fix endorsement hierarchy.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 5, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Fix Endorsement Hierarchy  
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Choose your own House race (redux)

When Colorado's 4th district won our last choose your own House race contest, little did we know that our colleague Dan Balz was already in the district reporting out a story on Rep. Betsy Markey's (D) re-election race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 5, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  House  
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Republicans plan $50 million independent effort in 2010

A group of prominent Republican strategists have combined to form American Crossroads, a 527 committee that aims to spend upwards of $50 million on House and Senate races this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 5, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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