When Do Political Rules No Longer Apply?

by Stuart Rothenberg February 22, 2012 · 9:59 AM EST

If I told you that the Oakland A’s or the Pittsburgh Pirates would be in the Major League Baseball playoffs this year instead of the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers or Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, you’d probably have me institutionalized.

At the very…

Minnesota Map Nice for Status Quo

by Jessica Taylor February 21, 2012 · 4:56 PM EST

One of the remaining pieces of the redistricting puzzle was revealed Tuesday, with a Minnesota judicial panel releasing a new map that only slightly changes the state’s congressional boundaries but still leaves freshman Republican Chip Cravaack as the top target in 2012.

The new lines also put…

Nevada, Massachusetts Key to Senate Control

by Stuart Rothenberg February 17, 2012 · 9:10 AM EST

It is a little more than eight months until Election Day, but even now two Republican-held Senate seats look increasingly like the keys to whether Democrats can hold their narrow majority in November.

Republican strategists are overwhelmed with opportunities and potential opportunities this…

Just How Much Does Gingrich Hate Romney?

by Stuart Rothenberg February 15, 2012 · 9:59 AM EST

Politics, for all of the focus on issues, symbols and ideology, is a deeply personal business.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) doesn’t feel deep affection for fellow Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.).

Mississippi Republican Sens. Trent Lott and Thad Cochran had no…

Maryland 6: Let Bartlett Be Bartlett

by Jessica Taylor February 10, 2012 · 2:59 PM EST

Sharp and feisty, even at age 85, ten-term Maryland Republican Roscoe Bartlett doesn’t seem like he’d be one of Democrats’ top targets in 2012. After all, he’s been an unassuming, if not quirky, force in the House, and he’s cruised to reelection since he was first elected in 1992.

But it was…

Indiana Senate: Lugar’s Legacy

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 10, 2012 · 2:58 PM EST

The Super Bowl is over but Indiana is getting ready for the fourth quarter of a giant U.S. Senate race.

Very few people question that Sen. Richard Lugar is vulnerable in the Republican primary. His longevity in Washington, close (at least at one time) relationship with President Obama, and…

Arizona 8: Special Occasion

by Jessica Taylor February 10, 2012 · 2:57 PM EST

The upcoming Arizona special election is one that party strategists have been afraid of for more than a year, since no one wanted to vocalize even the possibility of having to fill a vacancy for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

As the three-term Democratic congresswoman continued her recovery following…

Pair of Pennsylvania Primaries (12th & 18th)

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 10, 2012 · 2:56 PM EST

The suburban districts in eastern Pennsylvania may get the most attention in November, but a pair of primaries in western Pennsylvania is worth watching this April.

Needing to eliminate one district because of the Keystone State’s loss of a congressional district after reapportionment,…

Indiana 5 Primary: Winner Take All

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 10, 2012 · 2:55 PM EST

It has looked for a while as if long-time Rep. Dan Burton might not be coming back to Congress next year. But instead of finally losing in a GOP primary, the long-time Republican House member has decided to retire.

Burton’s decision sets up a two-month sprint in a district where the GOP primary…