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Politico: Ted Cruz apologizes for weekend flap

Republican Senators Ted Cruz And Jeff Sessions Hold News Conference On Immigration

By Manu Raju
12/16/14 3:25 PM EST
Updated 12/16/14 4:27 PM EST

Ted Cruz privately apologized to GOP senators Tuesday for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend.

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U.S. Capitol

By Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sullivan
December 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

The least-productive Congress in modern history drew to an abrupt close late Tuesday as the U.S. Senate extended dozens of expired tax breaks but failed to renew a federally backed terrorism insurance program supported by big businesses and major sports leagues.

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Medical Marijuana

Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

By Evan Halper
December 16, 2014

‘The first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana’

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Loretta Sanchez

The inside of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s 2014 holiday card features her on a baseball card. Courtesy of Loretta Sanchez. (Courtesy; Loretta Sanchez)

Martin Wisckol

BY MARTIN WISCKOL
COLUMNIST
STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 12:19 p.m.

Speculation is growing that Sen. Barbara Boxer, 74, may not seek re-election in 2016, prompting Time magazine to list potential candidates for the job.

Missing from the list is Rep. Loretta Sanchez, but don’t count out the Santa Ana Democrat.

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WashPost: Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP

Barack Obama

President Obama’s executive action to shield up to 4 million more immigrants from deportation could build up goodwill with Latinos ahead of an expected immigration battle with the GOP. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

By David Nakamura
December 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants.

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Politico: Ted Cruz reignites GOP civil war

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz is pictured. | AP Photo

Politico

By Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
12/16/14 5:32 AM EST

Republican senators pounded Ted Cruz over the weekend, lashing him for his procedural tactics and ultimately voting in large numbers against his immigration gambit.

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PoliticoMag: The Democratic Party Debates Its Soul

Elizabeth Warren

Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren

Politico

Four days in December hint at deeper divides to come.
By DAVID ROGERS
December 14, 2014

Rep. Tom Cole may have said it best when he joked during a meeting of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday that “it’s been great to listen to this debate over the soul of the Democratic Party.”

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WashPost: In Washington, political dysfunction and grim outlooks are the new normal

U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Capitol Building is reflected in the Senate reflecting pool while undergoing repairs in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Dan Balz
December 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

The November elections brought significant changes to Washington and to many states. What they did not produce was any greater sense of optimism on the part of the public about the state of American politics. If anything, they produced the opposite.

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SacBee: Opinion: Once again, water plan stalemated

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/11/2014 7:19 PM

As the most severe winter storm in at least a half-decade bore down on California on Tuesday, 3,000 miles away in Washington, the House voted, largely along party lines, for a California drought relief bill.

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U.S. Capitol

Congressional action could mean that more than 1 million Americans could see part of their monthly pension checks evaporate.

By Evan Halper
December 11, 2014

More than 1 million Americans who were promised secure, predictable retirement income probably will see part of their monthly benefit checks evaporate as Congress moves to stabilize some private pension systems veering toward insolvency.

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SacBee: Opinion: Boxer’s seat sparks lists of wannabes

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/09/2014 8:15 PM

Santa Claus isn’t the only one making lists of who’s been naughty and nice this month.

Political junkies and pundits in California and Washington are drawing up lists of who might be nice – or at least voter-attractive – enough to become the state’s next U.S. senator two years hence.

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Politico: Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare gambit

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell talks to local lawmakers behind closed doors during a news conference at the Warren County Courthouse in Bowling Green, Ky., Friday, June 17, 2011. McConnell is disputing the Justice Department’s defense of prosecuting terrorism suspects in Kentucky, saying the case is unique. McConnell wants the two Iraqis tried in Guantanamo Bay rather than in civilian court in Kentucky. (AP Photo/Daily News, Joe Imel)

Politico

Behind closed doors, Republicans are plotting one last tilt at the Affordable Care Act.
By Jennifer Haberkorn and Manu Raju
12/8/14 8:15 PM EST

In high-level strategy sessions on Capitol Hill, Republicans are going through reams of historical information and sitting through marathon slide show presentations, trying to figure out how to gut Obamacare through a complicated budget process that requires only a simple majority — a sign of how seriously they’re taking their best shot yet at dealing a long-term blow to the health care law.

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BloombergPolitics
An under-the-hood look at the best showing in Senate elections
by either party in 34 years.

Greg Giroux
Dec 7, 2014 3:17 PM PST

Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy’s double-digit ousting of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu on Saturday was, in the words of the senator-elect, an “exclamation mark” on a 2014 election that saw the Republicans win control of the Senate. With Landrieu’s departure, only half of the Senators who voted to pass the Affordable Care Act will still be in office in 2015, when the new members are sworn in.

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InlandPolitics: Make that 54! — GOP takes Louisiana Senate seat

GOP

Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 09:25 a.m.

As expected, voters kicked U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) out of office on Saturday.

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pensions

By Michael A. Fletcher
December 3, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Congress could soon allow the benefits of current retirees to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation’s 1,400 multi-employer pension plans.

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Mike Ramos

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has formally established his campaign commitee and website for California Attorney General in 2018.

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Politico: GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown

House Republican Leadership Address The Media After Conference Meeting

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner are pictured. | Getty

By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
11/24/14 7:29 PM EST
Updated 11/25/14 8:39 AM EST

House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month.

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Tribune: Obama’s political legacy fading fast

Barack Obama

 Barack Obama. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Tribune News Service
David Lightman
November 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn’t supposed to unfold this way.

Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age, with greater turnout from young and minority voters.

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Reuters: Republican knives out for Obama’s medical devices tax

repeal

By Kevin Drawbaugh
Wed Nov 12, 2014 – 6:53pm EST

Washington–

(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress will soon move to kill a medical device tax imposed less than two years ago under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, congressional aides and analysts said on Wednesday.

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ObamaCare

Individual party members are refloating their proposals, but leadership isn’t going to push forward on any of them.

By Sam Baker
November 12, 2014

Republicans’ pledge to “repeal and replace” Obamacare will never die, and yet it is not really alive. It is the undead—and it has risen again.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare — Round Two!

ObamaCare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Over a year ago we correctly said the Affordable care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, would single-handedly undermine Democrat chances in the 2014 midterm elections. The pocketbook issue was raised by every Republican candidate in every contested U.S. Senate race, and it worked. Democrats were routed at the polls.

Now brace for round number two!

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Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote checks to Sens. Marco Rubio and Chuck Schumer, as well as House GOP leader John Boehner and Democratic chief Nancy Pelosi. | AP Photo

PoliticoPro
By Tony Romm
11/11/14 5:05 AM EST

A poor showing in the midterm elections taught the well-heeled tech moguls at Google, Facebook and Yahoo a lesson about 2016: There’s a limit to what their endless cash can buy.

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LATimes: With mid-term elections over, state politicians jump to 2016, beyond

Barbara Boxer

A U.S. senator for 22 years, Barbara Boxer will next face voters in 2016 if she decides to seek reelection. (Jenna Schoenefeld / Los Angeles Times)

By Cathleen Decker
October 8, 2014

Now the real fun begins.

For California politicos who spent the last year yawning over a predictable top-of-the-ticket race, what has been shimmering in the distance is suddenly much closer. The next few statewide elections hold the promise of turnover unseen in a generation.

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Politico: The Democrats’ lost generation

Bill Clinton, Michelle Nunn, Jason Cater

Former President Bill Clinton stands with Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Jason Carter, and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn. | AP Photo

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 11/6/14 5:01 AM EST

As Democrats take stock of their grievous losses in the 2014 elections, party leaders are confronting a challenge perhaps even more daunting than their defeats in the House and Senate: the virtual wipeout of the Democratic talent pool across the country.

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WSJ: Opinion: A Message Sent to a Grudging President

Barack Obama

At the post-election White House news conference, Nov. 5. Reuters

Peggy Noonan

By Peggy Noonan
Updated – Nov. 7, 2014 7:02 p.m. ET

The drubbin’, thumpin’, poundin’ was a two-part wave, a significant Republican rise in the U.S. Senate and a Democratic collapse in the governorships.

It was one of those nights neither party ever forgets.

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Boxer+Feinstein

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (Left) and Dianne Feinstein (Right).

By Seema Mehta
November 7, 2014

Although U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein — two of California’s most experienced political figures — remain popular, a majority of state voters say they should not run for reelection, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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Obama Post Election Meeting

The House Majority Leader says it would be difficult for the GOP and President Obama to work together if he follows through with his plans to take executive action on immigration. (AP)

By Ed O’Keefe
November 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

President Obama firmly rejected advice from top congressional Republicans on Friday that he delay his promised executive action on immigration reform, dismissing calls from critics inside and outside his party to allow Congress to debate the issue next year.

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LATimes: Obama, McConnell speak of cooperation, but conflict is apparent

Barack Obama

At a news conference Wednesday, President Obama deflected suggestions that he bore personal responsibility for Democrats’ defeat in the midterm elections. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

By Christi Parsons and David Lauter
November 6, 2014

President Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell talked of cooperation Wednesday in the aftermath of the huge GOP election victory, but the two sides prepared for renewed conflict on issues that have dominated the campaign and national debate for the last two years.

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SFChronicle: Opinion: U-turn at America’s ballot boxes

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 5:03 pm, Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday was a beauteous night. Republicans won the Senate handily, picked up 14 House seats, and won governor’s races in Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois. Good times.

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Politico: How the Democrats lost the Senate

Bush Meets With Senators On Immigration Bill

Harry Reid and Barack Obama are pictured. | Getty

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, MANU RAJU and JOHN BRESNAHAN
11/5/14 9:02 AM EST – Updated: 11/5/14 1:07 PM EST

At a late October lunch, President Barack Obama looked across the table at Sen. Chuck Schumer. Wasn’t there anywhere else he could go to campaign?

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GOP

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:55 a.m.

Note: Post was modified to reflect a GOP pickup in the state of Alaska.

It wasn’t just a wave. It was a tidal wave.

The country sent President Barack Obama and his Democrat Party a strong message on Tuesday.

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InlandPolitics: Election Day

Election Day

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

It’s finally here. Election day!

We’ll know by 5 p.m. (Pacific), whether or not it’s going to be a GOP wave.

Republicans are likely to gain control of the U.S. Senate and also increase their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If a GOP wave materializes back east, it may suppress Democrat turnout on the West Coast, and in Alaska and Hawaii, which have late poll closings

InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Monday, November 3, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Monday morning.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Sunday morning.

Eight of ten contested states are within the margin of error. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Saturday, November 1, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Saturday morning.

We’re down to seven states in-play. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: Dismal Inland Empire turnout will likely affect races

Elections

Friday, October 31, 2014 – 09:35 a.m.

New data indicates turnout in the Inland Empire is dismal this year.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Friday, October 31, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Friday morning.

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charles-krauthammer

By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion writer
October 30 at 7:29 PM

Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it’s not.

First, like all U.S. elections, it’s about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is reflected in President Obama’s 13-point underwater ratings for his handling of the economy.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Wednesday morning.

We’re back to ten states in-play.

New polling isn’t giving Democrats much solace, with just five days remaining before Election Day. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Tuesday morning.

Nine states now remain in-play.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Monday, October 27, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Monday morning.

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Politico: White House ponders life with a Republican Senate

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | 10/27/14 5:02 AM EDT

Nervous that Democrats could lose control of the Senate, the White House is already discussing how to cut deals with a Republican majority.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Saturday morning.

If the election were held today, Republicans would control the U.S. Senate by a margin of 52-48. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: Obamacare impacting mid-terms

Money

Friday, October 24, 2014 – 08:00 p.m.

We’ve been saying it for a year that the President’s healthcare law would impact this years electoral contests..

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls, produced by RealClearPolitics.com, as of Thursday morning.

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SJMercuryNews: California watches and waits as Senate’s fate is decided

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By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 10/17/2014 03:16:45 PM PDT
Updated: 10/17/2014 06:34:14 PM PDT

Californians won’t have any say about which party wins this year’s biggest political prize — the reins of the U.S. Senate.

But that doesn’t mean the Golden State has nothing at stake.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Tuesday, October 17, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls produced by RealClearPolitics.com as of Friday morning. If the election were held today, Republicans would control the U.S. Senate by a margin of 53-47.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

Campaigns

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls produced by RealClearPolitics.com as of Tuesday morning. If the election were held today, Republicans would control the U.S. Senate by a margin of 53-47.

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U.S. Senate

Senate control looks tantalizingly close for the GOP, but Democrats still have a fair chance to hold the line.

National Journal

By Scott Bland, Andrea Drusch and Alex Roarty
October 13, 2014

Three weeks before Election Day, Republicans are on the brink of winning the Senate. But their advantage is so slight that a morale-sapping defeat is still very much possible.

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WashPost: A consumer’s guide to the final weeks of Campaign 2014

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
October 11, 2014

For months, voters have been barraged by claims and counterclaims from Republicans and Democrats about the degree to which the landscape is shifting in the race for control of the Senate, which polls are correct and who has the best voter turnout operation. Get ready for more, and be wary about what you hear.

Two narratives have competed for attention since Campaign 2014 got underway.

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The Hill: Turnout fears mount for Dems

The Hill

By Cristina Marcos – 10/11/14 06:17 AM EDT

The Democratic Party’s worst fears about the midterm election look to be coming true.

Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day could be very low, even by the standards of recent midterms. That’s bad news for Democrats because core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the demographic segments that lean Republican.

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Fox News

By Dana Blanton
Published October 08, 2014
FoxNews.com
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New Fox News battleground polls show a Republican trend in the fight for the U.S. Senate.The GOP candidates — helped by anti-Barack Obama sentiment and strong support from male voters — lead in all five states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky.

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WashPost: A campaign about nothing is still about Obama

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
October 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

It has become commonplace to describe the midterm political contests as the Seinfeld election — a campaign about nothing. In fact, that’s not correct. This is an election that is still very much about how people view President Obama.

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McClatchy: Poll: Voters sour on Congress; country’s direction makes them wince

By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau
October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Most Americans view the country moving in the wrong direction and don’t see their financial futures getting better anytime soon, attitudes likely to make it harder for Democrats to do well this fall, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

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Politico: Democrats eye $10M loan to boost campaigns

Campaigns

Democrats believe that the election outcome remains unpredictable just 46 days out.

By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 9/19/14 5:41 PM EDT Updated: 9/19/14 9:05 PM EDT

House Democrats are considering taking out a $10 million loan to help fund TV ads and get-out-the-vote operations in the run-up to Election Day, according to Democratic sources.

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WashPost: Reid: If midterms were today, Democrats would hold the Senate

Campaigns

By Wesley Lowery
September 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to entertain a scenario in which Democrats lose control of the Senate in November’s midterm elections, telling reporters Tuesday, “We’re doing fine.”

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The Atlantic: All the Reasons Democrats Are Screwed This November

The Atlantic

Russell Berman
Associated Press
Sep 14, 2014 10:00AM ET / 2014 Midterms

As the 2014 midterm election campaign heats up, all indications are that Democrats are headed for a trouncing at the hands of Republicans.

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SacBee: Field Poll: Views of Congress remain in the doldrums

U.S. Capitol

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

California voters continue to harbor exceedingly negative views of the work conducted by Congress and, in a major development, feelings about their own House representatives have turned sour, according to the latest Field Poll.

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The Hill: Dems do damage control on immigration

The Hill

By Mike Lillis – 09/08/14 05:29 PM EDT

Democrats are in damage-control mode in the wake of the White House decision to postpone executive action on immigration until after November’s elections.

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RollCall: Rothenberg: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats

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Roll Call Logo

By Stuart Rothenberg
Posted at 2:50 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2014

While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats.

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RollCall: The 10 ‘Poorest’ Members of Congress for 2014 (Video)

No Money

Roll Call Logo

By Steven Dennis
Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call’s annual list of the 10 “poorest” members of Congress contains one majority whip, one party chairman, one formerly impeached judge and one senator.

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SFChronicle: Barbara Boxer re-election run looking unlikely

Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer, up for re-election in 2016, has less than $200,000 in her campaign account. (Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle)

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 3:02 am, Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sen. Barbara Boxer says she has yet to make up her mind about seeking a fifth term in 2016, but there’s no shortage of signs that the Democrat may be opting out.

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money

By Matea Gold
September 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees.

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Reuters: Obama unloads on Republicans, sees ‘cynical genius’

NEWPORT R.I. Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:52pm EDT

(Reuters) – Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises.

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NationalJournal: Soros, Steyer Spend Big in Bid to Rescue Democrats’ Majority

National Journal

Financial reports filed this week detail the people—almost all of them men—who gave the most money to super PACs last month.

By Scott Bland and Adam Wollner
August 22, 2014

Super PACs spent July beefing up for the fall campaign. Many groups filed new disclosure reports this week, leaving a paper trail littered with big checks from big names.

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WashPost: Why so many Americans hate politics

I Hate Politics

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
August 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM

In a time of political polarization, one thing still unites left, right and center: the disdain people have for Washington, their elected leaders and the political system.

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Politico: McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama

Politico

By MANU RAJU | 8/20/14 5:07 AM EDT Updated: 8/20/14 7:29 PM EDT

HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.

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Politico: Poll: Reelection rating at 20-year low

Gallup

Politico

By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 8/18/14 6:17 AM EDT

Less than 20 percent of voters believe most members of Congress deserve reelection, on track for the lowest mark in at least two decades, a new poll says.

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Campaigns

Politics

By Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Matea Gold
August 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Ask voters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle what November’s midterm elections are about and one will tell you drones. A second will say closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yet another, the middle-class squeeze.

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WashPost: GOP lawmakers follow the money — to California

California Money

Politics
Al Kamen
By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz August 6 at 7:21 PM

If you’re forced to spend a weekend hobnobbing with donors, do it up right. And don’t host the event in your district (where the local economy could surely use the boost). Go somewhere fabulous.

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AP: 5 things to know from the AP-GfK poll on politics

Elections

By JENNIFER AGIESTA
Associated Press
Aug 7, 2014 – 3:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds the nation dissatisfied with what Congress and President Barack Obama have done lately, and few expect much more after the midterm elections. Here’s a look at five things to know from the poll.

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TIME: Obama’s Approval Rating at All-Time Low in New Poll

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Denver Nicks @DenverNicks
Aug. 5, 2014

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have dipped to a new low—40%—according to a new poll released Tuesday.

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Reid+Obama+McConnell

From left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The outlook is grim for Obama nominees awaiting confirmation from the Senate, which went into recess Friday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
August 4, 2014 at 6:23 PM

High anxiety is gripping scores of Obama administration nominees who were left dangling above the Senate floor as that distinguished body took off for a five-week recess. (That’s vacation for most of the lawmakers and nonstop campaigning for a few facing tight races.)

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A busy screen is shown on the laptop of a Certified Application Counselor as he attempted to enroll an interested person for Affordable Care Act insurance in Miami

By KYLE CHENEY and SARAH WHEATON | 8/4/14 7:20 PM EDT

Three months before the mid-term elections, political operatives and activists are groping for an anti-Obamacare message that sticks — or 57 of them.

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NYTimes: Congress Off for the Exits, but Few Cheer

U.S. Capitol

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER
AUG. 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers scrambled to leave town on Friday night for a five-week recess, with a failure to address the refugee crisis at the southern border only the latest indignity in a year that may redefine congressional dysfunction.

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LATimes: CIA apologizes, admits it improperly searched Senate computers

CIA

By Kathleen Hennessey
July 31, 2014

The CIA acknowledged Thursday that its employees had secretly searched Senate computer files related to an investigation of the agency’s Bush-era harsh interrogation program, apologized to key senators and abandoned its previous insistence that it had done nothing wrong.

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Politico: Political shakeup looms in California

California Democrats

From top left, clockwise: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris are pictured in this composite. | Getty

Politico

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 7/20/14 5:29 PM EDT – Updated: 7/21/14 6:37 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES — The rumblings are early but unmistakable: A political earthquake is — finally — headed to California.

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By Dustin Volz
July 20, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein thoroughly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for his role in empowering Ukraine’s pro-Russian separatists, during an interview with CNN on Sunday, largely laying the blame at his feet for the downing last week of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.

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The Hill: Immigration reform fizzles as campaign issue for Democrats

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By Alexander Bolton – 07/12/14 06:00 AM EDT

Immigration reform has fizzled as an issue for Democrats, who are barely mentioning it on the campaign trail despite making the issue their top domestic priority in 2013 and 2014.

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Reuters: Fed independence questioned as Republicans ramp up pressure

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The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building is reflected on wet marble during the early morning hours in Washington, July 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

By Michael Flaherty and Alistair Bell
WASHINGTON Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:02am EDT

(Reuters) – A surge of Republican pressure is bringing the Federal Reserve’s long-held independence into question again, as conservative lawmakers seek to place the U.S. central bank under tougher scrutiny.

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Politico: Behind Harry Reid’s war against the Koch brothers

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By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 7/7/14 9:00 PM EDT Updated: 7/8/14 5:41 AM EDT

At first, it seemed like just another example of Harry Reid being Harry Reid.

The Senate majority leader, whose unscripted attacks can veer into bellicosity and take liberties with facts, spoke on the Senate floor last October and appeared to blame billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch for the government shutdown.

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LATimes: Democrats’ Senate majority hinges on rallying key voting blocs

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President Obama’s diminished popularity and recurring questions about government competence have been a drag thus far on Democratic candidates, polls show.

Michael A. Memoli
July 4, 2014

Democrats headed into the Fourth of July recess facing stiff head winds in their quest to maintain a Senate majority this fall, contending with voters’ unease over the economy and a slew of Washington controversies.

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LATimes: Gallup poll: Confidence in Supreme Court falls to 30%

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There was time when a majority of Americans were confident in their Supreme Court, but those positive feelings have been eroding in the last quarter of a century so that just 30% now say they have confidence in the institution, according to a Gallup poll.

Michael Muskal
June 30, 2014

The poll, released Monday, had good news and bad news for the high court, a unique institution that serves as a check and balance in the United States. People have more confidence in the court than in any other arm of government, but that may not be saying that much when confidence in the presidency stands at 29% and in the Congress at 7%.

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Politico: Takeaways from a wild primary night

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By JAMES HOHMANN | 6/25/14 1:16 AM EDT Updated: 6/25/14 7:22 AM EDT

Tuesday night was bad for Democrats, good for the GOP establishment and great for incumbents of both parties.

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Politico: Harry Reid’s new challenge: His fellow Democrats

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By MANU RAJU and BURGESS EVERETT | 6/23/14 11:26 PM EDT Updated: 6/24/14 5:26 AM EDT

Harry Reid has a new dilemma on his hands: restless Senate Democrats who are frustrated they aren’t casting enough votes.

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