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The Fix: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

West Va. Secretary of State pushes for Senate special election change

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) is calling on Gov. Joe Manchin (D) and the state Legislature to decide in a special session whether West Virginia law allows for the special election to succeed the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) to take place earlier than November 2012.

By The Fix  |  July 3, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Senate  
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"Worst Week in Washington" winner: John Boehner

Despite a late bid by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, this week's "Worst Week in Washington" winner is House Minority Leader John Boehner.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 2, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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Early campaign ads: Sign of preparedness or weakness? Or both.

Reps. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) this week launched their first ads of the 2010 general election, joining a handful of Democratic incumbents who are on the air very, very early, stretching the ad wars into the early summer months.

By The Fix  |  July 2, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  House  
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Ranking the most influential Republicans

The Fix ranks the 10 most influential Republican leaders in this week's Friday Line.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 2, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
Categories:  The Line  
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Six Senate candidates to watch in the dash for cash

The Fix looks at six Senate candidates with much to gain (or lose) from second quarter fundraising reports filed this week.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 2, 2010; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Marco Rubio's next act

Did Marco Rubio win the Republican Party nomination four months too early?

By The Fix  |  July 1, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Senate  
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The 10 nastiest Senate races

The Fix picks the ten nastiest Senate races of the last 30 years.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 1, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Senate  
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Independents move toward Republicans, away from Obama

New data from Gallup shows that independent voters now favor a generic Republican candidate for Congress over a generic Democratic candidate by 12 points, a trend that appears to be tied to their feelings about President Barack Obama.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 1, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (212)
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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations!

With most of Washington headed out of Washington for the July 4th holiday weekend, we thought we'd get a jump on the "Worst Week in Washington" competition.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 30, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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West Virginia pols weigh moving Byrd special election to November

The special election for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's (D-W.Va.) seat might not have to wait until 2012 after all.

By The Fix  |  June 30, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Senate  
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Is health care getting more popular?

A new Kaiser Family Foundation national poll shows support for President Barack Obama's health care bill bumping up in a significant way over the past month, data that seems to affirm the idea pushed by Administration officials that the legislation will ultimately be a net political positive.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 30, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  Health Care  
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Senate appointees everywhere!

The news that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) will appoint a senator to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) means that the number of appointees that have served in the 11th Congress will soon be bumped up to seven - the largest number in more than six decades.

By The Fix  |  June 30, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Senate  
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Mark Kirk attacks Alexi Giannoulias on Broadway Bank

Less than 24 hours after holding a press conference designed to clear the air about misstatements he made about his military record, Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk is taking to the Chicago airwaves with two new ads designed to re-frame the Senate race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 30, 2010; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Bill Clinton backing Romanoff in Colorado Senate race

Bill Clinton has endorsed former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) in the Colorado Senate race, a move that puts him squarely at odds with the White House, which is backing Sen. Michael Bennet (D).

By The Fix  |  June 29, 2010; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Mark Kirk tries to push the "reset" button

A month to the day after the first allegations surfaced about embellishments in his military resume, Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk (R) held a press conference in Chicago designed to re-start a Senate campaign that has gone badly off track.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 29, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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Robert Byrd's passing ups the ante for an already huge 2012

The death of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) on Monday night and subsequent announcement that the special election to replace him will be held in 2012 adds further intrigue to an election cycle that already has a surfeit of great story lines.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 29, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Senate  
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It's not easy being (Rory) Reid

Running as a Reid in Nevada may be tough for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but it's even harder for Reid's son, Rory.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  June 29, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Governors  
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Six senators to watch in Kagan confirmation

The Fix breaks down six Senators to keep an eye on during the Kagan confirmation hearings today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 29, 2010; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Byrd special election to be held in 2012

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) announced this afternoon that a special election to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) will be held in 2012, not this fall as some had speculated.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 28, 2010; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Senate  
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Could Mike Huckabee be the 2012 presidential nominee?

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee R) leaned heavily toward the 2012 presidential race over the weekend, telling Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace that he "does better against [President] Obama than any other Republican."

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 28, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Byrd's death triggers special election...but when?

The death of West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd (D) will trigger a fierce battle to replace him although the timing of that race remains an open question.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 28, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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The unknown Elena Kagan

When Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her her confirmation hearings later today, she will be a tabula rasa for large swaths of the American public.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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