Late last night, Democratic old bull Jim Oberstar was defeated in MN-08 by Chip Cravaack. Surprisingly, the extremely flawed GOP nominee Raul Labrador managed to ride the wave and beat incumbent Walt Minnick in ID-01.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 3, 2010 9:10 am|
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 1, 2010 6:40 pm|
Tomorrow is election day, so this is the last round of updates to the FDL Hot House list. (In case you missed here are the updates from Saturday and Sunday.) Join us Tuesday night as we check in on the only polls that really matter. Till then, check out 12 bellwether races that could give us early clues on the night’s trends.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 29, 2010 4:45 pm|
The number of contests close enough to watch continues to grow daily. Updates today on RI-01, CT-04, CT-05, IN-02, and NC-02.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 27, 2010 1:50 pm|
There are several updates today thanks mainly to a new round of polling from The Hill newspaper. At the beginning of the week, I wrote of how remarkably competitive so many of these races remained so close to election day, and how many would break one way or another depending on the atmosphere this last week. With that in mind, the news is not good for Democrats.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday March 4, 2010 9:31 am|
As I told Rick Klein and David Chalian on TopLine yesterday, if you don’t think the endangered Freshmen and Sophomores in the House are driving the car right now, think again. Remember that magic number of 39 Democratic votes needed to join with the Republican for a majority? Well, that’s how many Freshmen and Sophomores were willing to ban together in the “oust Rangel” effort — rather than have the issue hung around their necks as a millstone in 2010:
Joe Crowley, an ally of Rangel who has also played a leadership role at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is leading the whip count efforts on Rangel, acting as a go-between between the vulnerable freshman and sophomore Democrats, on the one hand, and Rangel and Democratic leadership on the other.
They were willing to buck leadership to oust the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee to keep their seats.
Think about that.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday December 31, 2009 8:00 am|
There’s no reason that members should be taking contributions from industries they regulate as members of a committee. Nor should they be on one that pays an immediate family member. Evan Bayh’s wife went around soliciting participation on boards of businesses regulated by the Senate Banking Committee when her husband was appointed. Family members are one of the principal ways that cash finds its way into the pockets of members of Congress (Tom DeLay, Tom Daschle, Chris Dodd, etc. etc.)
If a member of Congress feels the need to take donations from a particular industry, or if their family member feels a strong need to do so, the member should resign from the committee and find a different one. There are plenty of ways to serve that don’t involve such conflicts of interest.
|By: Howie Klein Sunday June 7, 2009 4:00 pm|
Walt Minnick has the most reactionary voting record of any of the Democratic freshmen elected last November. He’s voted more frequently with the GOP than with the Democrats and the leadership just lets him slide because his district is so hopelessly red– the home of the Aryan Nations and America’s biggest concentration of neo-Nazis and domestic terrorists (Obama barely managed a third of the vote last November). Minnick has been very careful to tow a very right-wing line when it comes to voting, so right-wing in fact that the GOP’s #1 recruitment target, state Treasurer Ron Crane, has just announced he won’t challenge him. The district likes Minnick; he’s proven that despite the Democratic Party affiliation, he’s just like they are– against anything remotely progressive and very much a part of what author Charles Pierce has dubbed Idiot America.