Bye Bye Blanche – Money Wasted on Pointless Exercise Getting Her Nominated

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 5:51 pm

Blanche Lincoln’s loss was immediately called in Arkansas. John Boozman gave the second pickup for Republicans of the night, though two others were held off. John Raese has lost to Joe Manchin in West Virginia, and Linda McMahon lost to Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut. Republicans held Georgia, New Hampshire and North Carolina Senate seats, the [...]


Top 10 Things We Did to Help Progressives in the 2010 Election

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 9:37 am

Protected the progressive brand. Consistently fought for progressive values and applied the same yardstick to both Democrats and Republicans, demonstrating that progressives aren’t just fickled hacks who only care about demagoguing issues they will readily sell out in a cynical attempt to gain power for themselves.

Netroots Nation: Day One Impressions

By: Friday July 23, 2010 6:00 am

Bill Halter appeared on the morning panel, and I got to steal a few minutes with him. I asked him about the difficulty running against candidates who “progressive-wash” themselves. Blanche Lincoln came out with this derivatives title that she “wrote” right before the primary, blunting Halter’s message of Lincoln as a Wall Street fighter. Halter said that the complexity of the specific issue made it even harder to counteract the message – it was hard to wrap Arkansans heads around the fact that Lincoln left a big loophole in her Section 716 of the bill, for example, or that she didn’t filibuster the bill when Maria Cantwell was doing so precisely because her derivatives title became unenforceable. This is something that progressives need to figure out, because incumbents have done this over and over again to inoculate themselves from criticism from the left.

AR Sen: Numbers Show Decreased Turnout Hurt Halter More Than Lincoln

By: Monday June 21, 2010 1:40 pm

A lot has been said and I’m sure a lot more will be said on the primary challenge Bill Halter mounted against Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas, a primary challenge I was glad to help work on. In the lessons learned category, I recommend Jane’s post, which goes through a history of intentional primary challenges we often forget and gives an overview of what outside groups can learn when engaging in these tactics.

In trying to identify exactly what went on in Arkansas I’ve been taking a close look at the numbers and I’ve come to a few conclusions. I’ll lay out the full set of numbers here as well so folks can draw their own.

Accountability Now: Successes and Failures in Arkansas

By: Friday June 11, 2010 11:30 am

Ryan Grim and Sam Stein have an excellent piece on the coordinated efforts of various groups to support Bill Halter’s challenge to Blanche Lincoln. It represents the evolution of the efforts behind the Ned Lamont and Donna Edwards races, and now that the election is over, deserves some discussion.

DSCC: Unions, Netroots are “Special Interests in Washington”

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 3:00 pm

Senator Robert Menendez, leader of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, sent out a memo deriding labor unions who supported Bill Halter as “special interests in Washington.” The DSCC’s website also featured an article slamming labor unions for supporting Halter.

Enjoy It While You Can, Blanche

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 7:30 am

Hey, Blanche? All the corporate donors who were your best buds for the last few months? You can kiss them goodbye — now that they’ve ensured that a corporatist is going to win in November no matter what, they’re going to throw their weight behind the person they actually want. And that person isn’t just a halfway-Republican like you, but a real one.

AR-Sen: Lincoln Beats Halter

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 8:38 pm

Bill Halter challenged a sitting southern Democrat from the left–he came close, but he didn’t make it. The Arkansas Lieutenant Governor lost narrowly in a runoff primary to Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln, 48 to 52 percent, with 94 percent of precincts reporting. The four-point margin is very close to the difference in the primary a fortnight ago.

Primary Night Liveblog – Part Three

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 7:55 pm

Tonight is one of the biggest election nights this cycle with primaries in 11 states and one special election in Georgia. For a full list of poll closing times look here, and for a summary of what to watch for tonight, look here. You can find a live update of election results on Politico. You can find part one of FDL’s primary liveblog here, and part two here.

Primary Night Liveblog – Part Two

By: Tuesday June 8, 2010 6:01 pm

Lincoln: 51.7% Halter: 48.3% Politico and WaPo call it for Lincoln. The Lincoln-Halter runoff is probably the most interesting contest tonight, and I’m crossing my fingers for a Halter win, preferably a big one.  Lincoln consistently sides with corporate donors over constituents, then pretends that this is some kind of principled stand against special interests.  [...]

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