Portman Wins in OH Sen; NC, WV Too Early to Call

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 4:53 pm

Rob Portman has won the Senate race in Ohio over Lee Fisher. Portman, the former OMB Director under George W. Bush, was widely expected to win. Fisher handed his entire war chest at the end of the race to the Ohio Dem Party for GOTV efforts and went dark on television.

The OH-Gov race between Ted Strickland and John Kasich, on the other hand, is too close to call. That extra money could come in handy. Sherrod Brown is very encouraged and “confident” that Strickland will pull it out there, which would be enormous. I’m looking into information on the Attorney General’s race there; it’s a key race for the future of the foreclosure fraud investigation, with hard-charging incumbent Democrat Richard Cordray against former Republican Senator Mike DeWine.


WV Sen: NRSC Brings the Heat with $1 Million Ad Buy Against Manchin

By: Friday September 24, 2010 3:00 pm

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is launching in $1 million ad buy in the West Virginia Senate race in a serious attempt to expand the Senate playing field; they must now see this state as winnable.

WV-Sen: The Democratic School for Negotiating to Get What Your Opponent Wants

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 4:30 pm

Republicans, in the minority in West Virginia’s legislature, now understand that they can basically push around the majority to meet their desired ends.

That’s a familiar tale in this short era of Democratic control in Washington. Looks like it’s spreading outside the Beltway, too.

Water Is Wet, and a West Virginia Senator Opposes Coal Industry Regulations

By: Friday July 16, 2010 5:20 pm

New West Virginia Senator Carte Goodwin opposes any cap and trade legislation before the Senate, CQ reports.

FinReg Bill Moves Forward; Unemployment Benefits Vote Next Week

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 9:19 am

My suspicion is that the Republicans will allow a final vote on financial regulation legislation tomorrow and make it out of town for the weekend, dealing with unemployment benefits extension next week after a replacement for West Virginia’s Sen. Robert Byrd has been named.

The Joe Manchin Commemorative Special Election: Now in Draft

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 7:25 am

Late yesterday, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin released a draft proposal for the November 2010 special election to replace Robert Byrd. I find it interesting because you essentially have the candidate writing the terms of their own election.

Ben Nelson Playing President Again; Wants Input on CFPA Director Before Signing Off on FinReg

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 7:20 am

With Olympia Snowe joining Susan Collins and Scott Brown by signing on to the financial reform bill, many outlets have reported that this gives the Democrats the votes they need to pass the measure. That’s only half-true; Democrats may have the votes after a replacement Senator is named in West Virginia. But at the moment, the fate of the bill rests in the hands of none other than the still-undecided Ben Nelson.

Byrd’s Passing Probably Won’t Trigger Special Election in 2010

By: Monday June 28, 2010 7:04 am

At 92, Robert Byrd lived a full life, over half of it in the United States Congress. He was an institution in West Virginia and probably did more to keep that state alive as any man in America. His checkered history aside (acknowledged and regretted by him but continually brought up by conservatives losing an argument), he was a massive presence in the Senate, someone who treated the office with dignity. RIP.

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