Illinois 8: Going for the Hold

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 10, 2005 · 9:52 PM EST

Last November, Democrat Melissa Bean pulled off the biggest upset of the 2004 election cycle. Knocking off 17-term incumbent Phil Crane (R) in Illinois’ 8th C.D. was no easy task. In fact, it took Bean two tries and four years to do it. But for the new congresswoman, there is little time to…

Iowa 1: If It’s Open, They Will Run

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 10, 2005 · 9:48 PM EST

The 2004 election results still have some Democrats feeling sick. But an open seat in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District may be just the cure the party needs.

Cong. Jim Nussle (R) is expected to vacate his seat in order to run for governor, leaving Republicans with a very difficult seat to hold…

Will House GOP Need Hurricane Insurance or Just a Raincoat?

September 9, 2002 · 12:10 PM EDT

Political prognosticating these days is a bit like trying to predict the track of an Atlantic hurricane as it approaches the coast.

The storm could simply churn offshore before going out to sea (doing littel damage to the most vulnerable), or it could veery off into any of four different…