Lawmakers Debate Debt Limit, Jobs Agenda Lags

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 9:05 am

Lori Montgomery reports that the White House is “speeding up” debt limit talks, with an outline of spending cuts and deficit triggers in exchange for a debt limit increase. Montgomery breaks some news about one potential trigger, which would, according to Delaware Senator Chris Coons (D), lead to tax increases and specifically entitlement cuts, if annual targets for the deficit are not met. Coons thinks this would motivate both sides to get to the savings goals by other means, rather than whacking the safety net or raise taxes, but it sounds like a dangerous game.

FDL’s Big Midterm Election Liveblog (Part Two): Dems Flip DE House Seat

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 5:19 pm

Welcome to part two of FDL midterm election night liveblog (link to part one). For the most recent list of FDL top 108 House races to watch tonight go here You can also find my list of the twelve House races in early closing states that should give you a sense of how the night will go look here.

So far the results for Democrats have been very bad but don’t indicate that it will be a historic 70 seat plus tsunami.

In the Midst of a Possible Wave Election, a Reminder That Candidates Matter

By: Friday October 8, 2010 4:00 pm

National Democrats want to make this election about the past, but elections are almost always a referendum on the present, that is unless the candidates on hand have gone out of their way to make themselves truly unacceptable. This election is a vivid reminder that who the candidates are still matters, at least when they are as clearly flawed as some of the Republicans running this year.

DE Sen: Flawed O’Donnell Helps Move Seat Firmly into Dem Column

By: Wednesday October 6, 2010 6:20 pm

GOP nominee Christine O’Donnell is clearly one extremely flawed candidate, and her upset win in the Republican primary helped all but guarantee that Democrats will keep control of this open Senate seat. Two new polls have Democrat Chris Coons leading by double digits.

DE Sen: Coons Favors Trade Policy That Bolsters Middle Class, Opposes Cuts to Social Security

By: Wednesday September 22, 2010 3:05 pm

The freak show has come to staid, pedestrian Delaware, in the form of Christine O’Donnell and her litany of crazy. But while the national media and late-night comics focus on condoms, masturbation and witchcraft, the man who is likely to become the next Senator from the state has quietly gone about his business. I had the opportunity to talk with Coons about the race, the O’Donnell madness, and his specific positions on issues he could face shortly in the Senate.

DE Sen: GOP Deserts Primary Victor O’Donnell, Democrat Coons Takes Big Lead

By: Wednesday September 15, 2010 8:47 am

The Tea Party triumph of Christine O’Donnell in a small pool of conservatives in Delaware over moderate Mike Castle has led the bulk of the Republican Party to run screaming in the other direction while the first set of post-primary polling shows Democrat Chris Coons up big.

Delaware, DC, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin – Primary Results Liveblog Part Two

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 7:00 pm

Tonight is the last big primary night of the cycle featuring several important races. Voters in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin are all deciding their parties’ nominees. You can find a preview of what races are worth watching this evening here. You can find part one of the liveblog election results here. You can find live election results at Politico.

Delaware Senate Race Shows Conservatives’ Candidate Calculus

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 3:55 pm

Staunch conservative Christine O’Donnell is challenging Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE at large) for the Republican nomination for the Delaware Senate seat formerly held by Joe Biden. Despite Castle being the establishment choice with a good chance of winning in a blue state, O’Donnell has lined up impressive endorsements from powerful conservative organizations, including the Susan B. Anthony List, Tea Party Express and Concerned Women for America. Seeing conservatives wrestle with which candidate is the best choice for advancing their policy goals is a great way for the progressive community to understand the policy and economics of primary challenges.

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