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The Fix: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

"Worst Week in Washington" winner: Zoe Lofgren!

As Rep. Charlie Rangel continues to twist in the ethical wind, we decided to name Rep. Zoe Logren, the California Democrat tasked with conducting the trial into alleged wrongdoings by the New York Congressman, as our "Worst Week in Washington" winner.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Self-funders on the rise in Florida

Florida does not have a long history of wealthy candidates self-funding their pursuits for political office - but this cycle may change that.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  July 30, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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Colorado provides primary fireworks a-plenty

Colorado is single-handedly keeping political junkies from falling into the typical August doldrums with a trio of fascinating intraparty fights.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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Sarah Palin chooses her next 'mama grizzly'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has endorsed Rita Meyer in the Wyoming governor's race

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2010; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning Fix  
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Change comes to the comments section!

The Fix comments section gets an upgrade!

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Do Democrats need to choose between George W. Bush and the Tea Party?

Can Republicans be tied to the policies of Bush when the party is, in the estimation of Democrats, being taken over by a new movement altogether in the Tea Party?

By Aaron Blake  |  July 29, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Jim DeMint endorses Dino Rossi in Washington State

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will throw his support behind former Washington state Sen. Dino Rossi's Senate bid today, the latest in a series of endorsements in contested intraparty squabbles by the rising conservative icon.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Senate  
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Daily Fix Poll: President Obama on "The View"

What will the impact (if any) be of President Barack Obama's appearance on "The View" today?

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Fix Clip -N- Save: 'First families' of politics

We asked, and Fixistas in all fifty states responded to our call for the "first families" from Maine to Hawaii.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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'Worst Week in Washington': The nominations

It's Thursday and time for us to begin our look back at who had the "Worst Week in Washington."

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Senate Democrats claim momentum in four states

Senate Democrats will argue today that their electoral prospects have improved in four states -- Kentucky, Louisiana, Illinois and Nevada -- over recent weeks, developments that will limit their losses in the fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2010; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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DNC transfers $2.5 million to party committees

The Democratic National Committee transferred $2.5 million to its House and Senate campaign arms as well as a trio of contested governors races today, its latest financial investment in the party heading into the 2010 midterm elections.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  White House  
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Daily Fix Poll: How many women will win governors races this year?

The victories of Rep. Mary Fallin (R) and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins (D) in yesterday's Oklahoma gubernatorial primaries makes the Sooner State the latest state on track to elect a female governor this fall.

By The Fix  |  July 28, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Fix Daily Poll  
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Abbreviated Blagojevich trial a boon for Illinois Democrats

For Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), the silence of Rod Blagojevich may well be golden.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  July 28, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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Updated Governor and Senate ratings!

The Fix makes a series of ratings changes in gubernatorial and Senate contests.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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House Democrats reserve $49 million in ad time

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved television time in 56 districts at a cost of $49 million, the first tangible sign of how the majority party views the playing field this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 28, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Fallin, Askins to face off in battle to become Oklahoma's first woman governor

Rep. Mary Fallin (R) and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins (D) are headed toward a battle in the fall for the Oklahoma governor's mansion, setting up a race that will see the Sooner State elect its first woman governor.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  July 27, 2010; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Dino Rossi backs repeal of Wall Street reform

Former state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) said today that he would support repealing the financial regulatory reform law, becoming the first candidate this cycle to advocate for doing away with the measure.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  July 27, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Senate  
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Establishment wins as primary and third-party challenges fizzle

Despite the voters' utter distaste for parties and the political establishment, there have been only a handful of serious primary challenges to sitting Members of Congress and even fewer viable third-party candidates have emerged in the run-up to the fall election.

By The Fix  |  July 27, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Daily Fix Poll: The ads of Kendrick Meek and Jeff Greene

A new Fix feature -- the Fix Daily Poll -- debuts!

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 27, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Can Democrats win on the Disclose Act?

A Senate measure to place curbs on the expansive Citizens United campaign finance ruling by the Supreme Court earlier this year is expected to fail today but Democrats believe the united Republican opposition to the measure gives them an electoral opening this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 27, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Senate Republicans buy TV time in CA, WA and WI

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has reserved nearly $3 million in television time in California, Wisconsin and Washington, a signal of their commitment to expanding the playing field this fall as they seek to claw their way back to majority status.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 27, 2010; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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First families of the 50 states (continued)

Fixistas far and wide responded to our post last week calling for your ideas on the "first families" in all fifty states, and we're pleased to bring you the results of that search.

By The Fix  |  July 26, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Governors , House , Senate  
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Will President Obama drag down Senate candidates?

Two years removed from an electoral wave created by President Barack Obama's that swept Democrats into strong Congressional majorities, the chief executive's numbers have faltered badly in a number of contested states -- raising concerns that he could be a drag on Democratic candidates this fall.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 26, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (207)
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Tim Pawlenty doubles down on Afghanistan

Even as newly leaked documents show an increasingly grim picture of the war in Afghanistan, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on Monday made the case for a more open-ended and potentially larger commitment in the near decade-long war.

By The Fix  |  July 26, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Tancredo to make third-party bid for Colorado governor

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) is launching a bid for Colorado governor as an American Constitution Party candidate, a development that looks to drastically alter the state of the race to replace retiring Gov. Bill Ritter (D).

By Felicia Sonmez  |  July 26, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Governors  
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McCain spending tops $16 million for primary race

Arizona Sen. John McCain spent more than $10 million in the last three months of his primary challenge from former Rep. J.D Hayworth, a massive sum indicative of the seriousness with which the 2008 presidential nominee is taking the race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 26, 2010; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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