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Published: 01/1/11

Women to Watch (and Watch Out for) in 2011

By  Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Women to Watch (and Watch Out for) in 2011

Here at Politics Daily, we've been recalling strong women whose terms sadly ended in 2010. On the year's last weekend, the New York Times' annual year-end roundup, "The Lives They Lived," paid appropriate tribute to film actor Lynn Redgrave, whose title role in 1966's "Georgy Girl" validated and emboldened women to love and appreciate their non-hourglass body shapes. The Times' idiosyncratic list, however, left off Jill Clayburgh, whose 1978 portrayal of an unmarried woman did more for single-girl empowerment than former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown could ever have hoped for. (Brown,...

Published: 12/22/10

Senate Farewells Sound Familiar Warning: Partisanship Is Ruining Us

By  Linda Killian - Politics Daily
Senate Farewells Sound Familiar Warning:  Partisanship Is Ruining Us

Over the past few weeks, many of those leaving the U.S. Senate -- either voluntarily or by defeat -- have given a farewell address, something of a Senate tradition. The speeches have been remarkable for their similarity. Not in terms of thanking staff and family members and recounting memorable moments or greatest hits of a legislative career. Most of the senators did those things. Rather, they have been remarkable for the warning most of them have sounded about the dismal state of the nation's body politic. Intense partisanship. The lost art of compromise. The vast sums of cash needed...

Published: 11/3/10

Democratic Big Dogs, Blue Dogs, Young Pups Swept Away

By  Andrea Stone - Politics Daily
Democratic Big Dogs, Blue Dogs, Young Pups Swept Away

Change has turned to carnage for Democrats on Capitol Hill. Freshmen. Veterans. East. West. North. South. Conservative. Liberal. If it was blue, it bled. Voters who didn't believe in the change President Obama's party gave them -- economic stimulus, health care coverage, financial reform -- cashiered more of them than in possibly any midterm election since 1938. At least 60 seats in the House and a minimum of six in the Senate now belong to Republicans. So who and what was lost in the 2010 election? A casualty list: Big Dogs: Oodles of experience as a legislator? No need to apply. The...

Published: 11/3/10

Women in Congress Expected to Suffer Net Loss of Seats

By  Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Women in Congress Expected to Suffer Net Loss of Seats

Ever since Jeannette Rankin was elected as the first woman to serve in Congress in 1917, members of the fairer sex have proven able representatives of the people's choice. Despite the fact that a record number of women candidates ran for congressional office in the 2010 midterm elections, however (with a total of 152 female candidates winning their primaries), the total number of women answering Senate and House roll calls after Jan. 3 will drop from its historic high of 90 down to 87 (not including 3 female non-voting delegates), according to projections by Women's Policy, Inc., a nonpartisan...

Published: 11/2/10

GOP's Boozman Defeats Sen. Lincoln in Arkansas

By  not in system - AOL News
GOP's Boozman Defeats Sen. Lincoln in Arkansas

On a rainy, cold Tuesday night before Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln's supporters had even gathered for her watch party, media outlets projected a loss for Arkansas' senior senator....

Published: 11/2/10

Arkansas Flips to Red as Blanche Lincoln Falls to Republican John Boozman

By  Suzi Parker - Politics Daily
Arkansas Flips to Red as Blanche Lincoln Falls to Republican John Boozman

On a rainy, cold Tuesday night before Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln's supporters had even gathered for her watch party, media outlets projected a loss for Arkansas' senior senator. Indeed, less than 90 minutes after the polls closed, Lincoln called Republican Rep. John Boozman to congratulate him before addressing loyalists at a historic train station next to her campaign headquarters. She passed on a word of caution to Boozman. "The answers cannot be in the extremes," said Lincoln, a Blue Dog Democrat. "They have to be in the middle." "I had a very nice conversation with Sen. Lincoln....

Published: 11/2/10

Democrats Barely Hold Onto Majority in Senate

By  Andrea Stone - Politics Daily
Democrats Barely Hold Onto Majority in Senate

(Nov. 2) -- In what was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dark election day for Democrats, the party will keep control of the Senate, but with a slim margin and several tea party Republicans coming to Washington, leaving little hope for bipartisanship in the 112th Congress. Republicans were unable to pick up the 10 seats they needed the wrest the Senate majority away from Democrats. But GOP wins in Kentucky, Florida and Arkansas mean Democrats will have a smaller majority to work with in a now-divided Capitol Hill. An early come-from-behind victory for Democrats in West Virginia...

Published: 11/2/10

Midterm Elections 2010: Ugly Campaigns, Scared Incumbents and Angry Voters

By  Carl M. Cannon - Politics Daily
Midterm Elections 2010: Ugly Campaigns, Scared Incumbents and Angry Voters

For more than half a century, the reigning ethos in Washington was neatly articulated in the succinct wisdom of Speaker Sam Rayburn, words imparted to freshmen members of Congress when they first arrived in the nation's capital: "If you want to get along, go along." A sprawling congressional office building is named after the former speaker from Texas, and in January some of the new members of the congressional class chosen Tuesday by voters will set up shop in the Rayburn House Office Building. Some of them, however, will know in their hearts that they got here on the strength of a...

Published: 10/31/10

Countdown to Election Day: Senate Races to Watch

By  Andrea Stone - Politics Daily
Countdown to Election Day: Senate Races to Watch

Republicans will edge close toward control of the Senate Tuesday but are unlikely to be able to seal the deal. While the GOP is widely favored to win back the House, it faces a narrower path to victory across Capitol Hill. Political prognosticator Charlie Cook calls the chances of Republicans picking up the 10 seats they need to wrest the upper chamber from Democratic control "non-existent." Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governor's Association, told CBS' "The Early Show," that the House will likely flip, but "it's harder in the Senate. It's more of a...

Published: 10/31/10

Latest Polls on Key Governor and Senate Races

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Latest Polls on Key Governor and Senate Races

Our weekend roundup of polls on key governor and Senate races updates Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. Public Policy Polling has disgorged a mountain of new surveys today which, if they prove accurate, have some big news in the final days of the midterm election campaign. The three latest show: -- West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin in the lead to fill the Senate seat of the late Robert Byrd. -- Democrat Joe Sestak falling short in his bid to overtake Republican Pat Toomey in the...

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