Who Dat? – A

In using illustrations of campaign buttons to accompany these political postings, we have often come across buttons whose origins have escaped us.  Thus, every now and then we’re going to post some of these unknown items, in the hope that you can identify some of them. Here’s a selection of campaign items of candidates whose …

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Democrat Leads In Final Uncalled Virginia Contest

There is no shortage of interpretations as to what happened in Virginia on election day.  The most popular explanations as to why Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, lost (to Terry McAuliffe) were either that Cuccinelli was too far to the right to win over centrist and independent voters, or because the GOP establishment bailed …

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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.  

39 House Dems Break With White House On Upton’s ‘Fix Obamacare’ Bill

A month ago, we were talking about the disunity in the Republican Party, with the Tea Party and “establishment” wings of the GOP pointing fingers at each other for the mess the government shutdown was creating for them. Now the focus is on the other guys. Democrats, who stood as one during the entire 16-day …

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Making History in Today’s Elections

It’s going to be hard to make a case that today’s results are going to represent some sort of foreshadowing of what may happen in next year’s midterm elections.  But for the political junkie there are still some things to watch: Virginia:  As noted in last week’s post about Virgina, every gubernatorial winner since 1977 …

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Pennsylvania Gov. Election Headed in Uncharted Waters

The polls have made it clear that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is in serious trouble in his bid for re-election next year.  An incumbent governor going down to defeat is not exactly unusual in this country, but it certainly is in the Keystone State. But Corbett has not made things easy for himself, comparing same-sex …

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Virginia Governor Race Highlights 2013 Election Schedule

There is always the tendency to over-interpret election results, especially in a cycle where very little is at stake.  The few statewide races that appear on the ballot the year after a presidential contest – as is the case this year – get exaggerated coverage for that very reason. But sometimes the results are seen as …

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McAuliffe Ready to End Tradition in Virginia

This week’s Washington Post poll showing Terry McAuliffe with a 51-39 percent lead over Ken Cuccinelli for governor in Virginia is not just good news for the Democrats and bad for the Tea Party. It’s also about to end a streak that goes back to 1977. In every Virginia gubernatorial election these past 36 years, the winner has been from the party …

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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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