Newcomer McAllister (R) Wins Special House Race in Louisiana’s 5th CD

Back in August, when Rep. Rodney Alexander (R) announced his resignation to take a job in the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal, the conventional wisdom was that the next congressman from Louisiana’s 5th District was going to be GOP state Sen. Neil Riser. It was a logical expectation.  Riser had the backing of nearly everyone …

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Raul Ramirez, KQED News Executive, Dead At Age 67

The world has lost a remarkable journalist and an even greater human being.  Raul Ramirez, the executive director of news and public affairs at KQED in San Francisco, lost his battle with cancer on Friday.  He was 67. An excellent recounting of his life on the KQED web site.  

Dem Unity Starts to Wither Over Obamacare ‘Glitches’

If there was one lesson learned that came out of the congressional battle over the shutdown, it was that Democrats were united and Republicans were not. We’ve already discussed the GOP divisions in detail.  Democrats, vulnerable or not, Red State or Blue State, all stuck together.  But now there may be some cracks. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a conservative …

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