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The Fix: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

Twittering the White House Correspondents Dinner

Tonight is the biggest night in Washington political circles: the White House Correspondents Association dinner aka nerd prom.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 1, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Twitter Time  
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"Live Fix" Chat: Charlie Crist, House special elections and the biggest political gaffes

This morning we spent an hour fielding questions from Fixistas on Gov. Charlie Crist's political future (if any), the upcoming House special elections and on where >Gordon Brown's live mic incident earlier this week ranked on the all time political gaffe list.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (338)
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Florida Republican Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite Retires

Hours before the state's filing deadline, Florida Republican Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite announced that she would leave Congress at the end of this term.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  House  
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Can the party establishment deliver in Tuesday's primaries?

Senate primaries in Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina on Tuesday should give us a good indication of how much power each party's establishment still retains over its own voters. In each race, the national parties have either overtly or somewhat subtly made clear which of the candidates they would prefer to be their nominee. But, in each there has been some restlessness within the party base about that choice.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  The Line  
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Jeff Greene enters the Florida Senate race

Billionaire real estate developer Jeff Greene confirmed this morning that he will run for the Senate in Florida as a Democrat, the latest twist in an already unpredictable and fascinating contest.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Senate  
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Organized labor begins $1 million ad campaign against Blanche Lincoln

The Service Employees International Union is launching a series of television and radio ads taking Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) to task for her record on trade, the leading edge of a seven-figure expenditure from the union in advance of her May 18 primary showdown against Lt. Gov Bill Halter.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Charlie Crist to run for Senate as an independent

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced this afternoon he will run for the Senate as an independent, breaking with the Republican party and setting up a three-way battle in the fall fraught with national political implications.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 29, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida Senate, Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio, Republican  
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Florida's 2010 Senate race: One for the ages?

The expected decision by Gov. Charlie Crist (R) to run as an independent for Senate this fall catapults what was already one of the marquee races of the 2010 election cycle into the electoral stratosphere.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 29, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Senate  
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The questions Charlie Crist must answer -- and fast

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's expected announcement -- and we say "expected" because the governor is notoriously fickle and could change his mind -- that he will leave the Republican party to run for Senate this fall as an independent raises all sort of broad national questions about what his departure says about the state of politics in this country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 29, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Charlie Crist, Florida Senate, Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio, Republican  
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Independence Day for Charlie Crist

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) will announce his future political plans today, a decision widely reported -- by the Fix among many others -- to be a stepping-away from the Republican party to run for the Senate this fall as an independent.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 29, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
Categories:  Morning Fix  | Tags: Charlie Crist, Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio, Republican  
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Charlie Crist plans to leave GOP, run for Senate as independent

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist plans to announce he will run for the Senate as an independent, leaving the Republican party and setting up a three-way fight in the fall, according to several sources briefed on his decision.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 28, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
Categories:  Senate  
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It's the (Bush) economy, stupid

A new Washington Post/ABC poll suggests that most Americans continue to blame the sluggish economy on former President George W. Bush, a development that could complicate Republican efforts to lay it at President Barack Obama's feet this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 28, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
Categories:  Economy Watch  | Tags: Barack Obama, George W Bush, President of the United States, Republicans, United States  
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The Fix evolves

James Carville famously cast the 1992 presidential election as a choice between "change versus more of the same". Here at the Fix, we believe in change AND more of the same.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 28, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Charlie Crist edges closer to independent decision

Within the next 24 hours (or so), Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is expected to announce whether he will run for the Senate this November, a decision with considerable national ramifications.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
Categories:  Morning Fix  | Tags: Democratic, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, Republican  
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The 2010 enthusiasm gap (in chart form!)

Sometimes a chart is worth a thousand words.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
Categories:  House  
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The Fix in the Big Apple

We are spending the day in New York City -- meetings and such -- so posting will be light today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Nominate your picks for "The Rising"

One of our favorite features on the Fix is called "The Rising" -- obvious Springsteen homage -- that aims to highlight some of the lesser known rising stars in politics.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  The Rising  
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Democrats' young voter problem

Less than 24 hours after President Barack Obama<a href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/white-house/can-2010-be-a-2008-repeat-1.html"> announced his plan to re-build the coalition that helped elect him in 2008, new numbers from Gallup suggest one of the pillars of that foundation is decidedly shaky.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (187)
Categories:  Morning Fix  | Tags: Al Gore, Barack Obama, Democratic, George W. Bush, John Kerry, President of the United States, Republicans  
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Joe Lieberman on the importance of being (an) independent

In a move sure to further enrage liberals, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman told CNN's John King today that he was done a "favor" by losing the 2006 Democratic primary -- a defeat that allowed him to run and win as an independent.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2010; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  Senate  | Tags: Charlie Crist, Connecticut, Joe Lieberman, Ned Lamont, Senate, United States Senate  
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Too much ado about debates?

Over the weekend, there were three debates in two of the most hotly contested Democratic Senate primaries in the country. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff squared off Friday night while Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov Bill Halter debated on both Friday and Saturday.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Senate  
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Can 2010 be a 2008 repeat?

President Barack Obama formally kicked off the White House's involvement in the 2010 midterm elections this morning via a web video in which he sets the goal for November as a re-creation of the electoral makeup in 2008.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (262)
Categories:  White House  | Tags: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, John Kerry, John McCain, President, United States midterm election  
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Charlie Crist's big decision

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) has until noon on Friday to decide whether he will run for Senate as a Republican, an independent or not at all -- with the entire political world waiting to see what he will do.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 26, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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