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The Fix: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

"Live Fix" chat: Of Charlie Crist, Lexi Giannoulias and "Friday Night Lights"

Earlier today we spent an hour answering readers questions on topics ranging from Senate races in Florida and Illinois to the return of "Friday Night Lights" aka the greatest show on television.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Live Fix  
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Governors races (and committees) take center stage in 2010

The Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association -- long considered the forgotten little brother (or sister) of national party committees -- have emerged as the two financial titans ready to exert significant influence on races this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (267)
Categories:  The Line  | Tags: Democratic, Democratic Governors Association, Politics, Republican, Republican Governors Association  
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Majority of Americans 'confused' about health care law

Majorities of Americans described themselves as "confused" about the new health care bill and acknowledge they don't have enough information about it to grasp how it will affect their lives, according to a new poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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The Republican National Committee's image problem (again)

Reporting from the Washington Times' Ralph Z. Hallow that alleges -- among other things -- that the Republican National Committee's major donor program is insolvent is sure to set off another round of chatter within GOP circles about the committee and its chairman Michael Steele.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
Categories:  Republican Party  | Tags: Michael Steele, Politics, Republican, Republican National Committee, Steele  
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Stephanie Cutter to oversee White House health care strategy

Stephanie Cutter, a veteran Democratic operative, was named today as assistant to the President for special projects -- a role in which she will be tasked with overseeing the health care messaging strategy as the 2010 midterms approach.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  White House  
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The Fix Fantasy Politician Draft!

In honor of tonight's NFL Draft -- and if you haven't read the Post's profile of draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., you need to -- we got to thinking about what politician might be the first overall pick if we held a fantasy political draft.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Billionaire Jeff Greene considering candidacy in Florida Senate

Billionaire real estate developer Jeff Greene is mulling whether to enter the Democratic Senate primary in Florida, according to a senior level Democratic source, the latest twist in a race that resembles nothing so much as a soap opera.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Tea Partiers: Where do they live?

The map above -- courtesy of the absolutely terrific "Patchwork Nation" project led by Dante Chinni -- gives us yet another piece of the still-incomplete picture of the Tea Party movement: where they live.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 21, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (275)
Categories:  Republican Party  | Tags: Politics, Republican, Tea Party movement, Washington  
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Why Charlie Crist is no Joe Lieberman

Speculation continues to run rampant regarding Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's (R) political future with some outlets insisting that a speech explaining the party-switch is already in the works while other sources tell the Fix that no such move is in the offing.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 21, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida Senate race, Joe Lieberman, Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio, Ned Lamont  
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Democrats maintain solid cash edge heading into 2010 midterms

The three Democratic campaign committees ended March with approximately $22 million more in the bank than their Republican counterparts, a financial edge that party strategists hope will insulate them from considerable losses in the coming midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
Categories:  Morning Fix  | Tags: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, George W. Bush, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, United States Senate  
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Pennsylvania Senate ad wars begin

After months of waiting -- and, in some circles, hoping -- Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak are now on television in advance of their May 18 primary shown down in the Keystone State.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 20, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Arlen Specter, Barack Obama, Joe Sestak, Pennsylvania  
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Rahm Emanuel's next (political) step

From almost the moment he took the job as chief of staff to President Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel has made clear that he wants to return to public office in the not-to-distant future.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 20, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  White House  | Tags: Barack Obama, Charlie Rose, Chicago, Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel  
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Jim DeMint bucks party (again), endorses Marlin Stutzman in Indiana

Sen. Jim DeMint (R) announced his support for state Sen. Marlin Stutzman in Indiana's Senate race this morning, the latest in a series of endorsements by the South Carolina Republican that have run counter to the wishes of his party establishment.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 20, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Evan Bayh, Jim DeMint, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Republican, South Carolina, United States Senate  
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Republicans tout new poll showing Pa. special election competitive

A poll conducted for the conservative American Action Network shows businessman Tim Burns and former congressional aide Mark Critz (D) in a dead heat with less than a month remaining in their special election race in Pennsylvania's 12th district.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 20, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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What can (and should) Charlie Crist do?

The news -- broken by former Fix colleague Mark Preston -- that the National Republican Senatorial Committee believes there is "zero chance" that Charlie Crist continues on in the Republican primary for Senate is (yet more) evidence that the governor's political fate is rapidly spiraling out of control.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 19, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Bill McCollum, Charlie Crist, Republican, United States Senate  
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Why people dislike government (and why it matters for 2010)

Anger is rising in advance of the midterms. A new Pew poll finds historic levels of unhappiness about the federal government and its role in the lives of average Americans, unrest that is at the foundation of what is...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 19, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (542)
Categories:  House , Senate  | Tags: Democratic, Federal government of the United States, George W Bush, Health care, Presidency of George W. Bush, Republican, United States  
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President Obama raises cash for Barbara Boxer, DNC

President Barack Obama will travel to Los Angeles today to raise money for Sen. Barbara Boxer and the Democratic National Committee, the latest evidence of a stepped-up campaigning by the White House as the 2010 midterms approach.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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