Research 2000 finds the trend line in favor of Bill Halter in the Arkansas Senate race, with Halter gaining to within a single-digit deficit with Blanche Lincoln, 43-35. An earlier poll by the same outfit had Lincoln in front by 13 points, 44-31. Importantly, Lincoln stands well below the 50% threshold needed to move on to the general election.
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 29, 2010 6:10 pm|
|By: David Dayen Friday April 23, 2010 4:59 pm|
Lincoln comes into the debate having passed surprisingly strong derivatives legislation out of the Senate Agriculture Committee, really her first major legislation while she’s held the chairwoman’s gavel. But that legislation has been undermined by Chris Dodd either weakening it to merge with his Wall Street reform bill or forcing Lincoln to submit it as an amendment. Halter may take the position that Lincoln doesn’t have the juice to even get bills out of her committee onto the floor of the Senate, or that Lincoln stood idly by while risky derivatives destroyed the economy, forcing a taxpayer bailout she supported, and that fixing it later doesn’t exactly wash away the initial negligence.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 20, 2010 12:30 pm|
Mark Kirk, the Republican running in Illinois’ Senate race, became the first federal candidate to return donations from Goldman Sachs, in the wake of the SEC’s civil fraud lawsuit.
in Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln takes fire from Bill Halter for her ties to GS.
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 15, 2010 5:20 pm|
Consider the timeline here. Lincoln leaks to Politico that her bill will take on the big bad banks. This is a day after her primary opponent launches a campaign to tie Lincoln to those very banks. Everyone goes off of Politico, without having seen actual language, that the Lincoln bill is tough. Chris Van Hollen starts blabbing to the world that derivatives trading will be a partisan wedge issue. All of a sudden. And the context is that national Democrats and the White House have backed Lincoln against Bill Halter.
|By: David Dayen Monday April 12, 2010 1:50 pm|
If the “Bailout Blanche” narrative hardens, Halter will have something formidable to use throughout the rest of the campaign.
|By: David Dayen Friday April 2, 2010 9:45 am|
Blanche Lincoln’s fundraising, relative to primary challenger Bill Halter, is even worse than the numbers would indicate.
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 1, 2010 7:55 am|
Lincoln was a pain in the ass from the beginning on health care and she voted against the reconciliation bill that finished it off. She proudly announced her role in killing the public option just this week.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 30, 2010 11:55 am|
The most absurd part of Lincoln’s attack is that it came just a week or so after she attacked Halter for breaking his pledge to run a positive campaign – based on independent expenditure ads not coordinated with Halter, by law. After this dishonesty, Lincoln goes ahead and starts up a negative smear campaign herself. To quote her, “That didn’t take long.”
|By: Michael Whitney Friday March 26, 2010 8:45 am|
According to the Arkansas State AFL-CIO, members are reporting that they’ve received phone calls from Blanche Lincoln’s Senate campaign that smear Bill Halter for receiving support from labor unions.
|By: David Dayen Thursday March 25, 2010 3:59 pm|
Bill Halter wasted no time today slamming Blanche Lincoln for her vote against the reconciliation bill in the Senate, sending over multiple platforms a condemnation attached to a fundraising ask. Lincoln voted No today on the bill, which included delays to the excise tax, canceling of certain special deals, extending federal support for Medicaid expansion [...]