In a Change Environment, More Bad News for GOP

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 7, 2006 · 11:01 PM EST

If voters are looking for a change this November, the fallout for Republicans could spread beyond the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House. Republicans are defending a number of governorships this cycle in states they have controlled for a number of years.

Voters at the state level have generally…

Be Careful What You Wish For

by Stuart Rothenberg March 6, 2006 · 11:07 PM EST

Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown (D) has been desperate for media attention. An underdog in the Democratic Senate race for the right to face either Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) or Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey (R) in November, Brown spent heavily on early advertising to boost his name…

Rothenberg Touts His Favorite Candidates So Far

by Stuart Rothenberg March 6, 2006 · 7:46 AM EST

I certainly haven’t yet seen all of this cycle’s allegedly strong House candidates, but the beginning of March seems like a good time to list my favorite candidates so far, including both challengers and seekers of open seats but excluding candidates from the previous cycle who are running again.…

Is the Public’s Mood on Automatic Pilot Until the Fall?

by Stuart Rothenberg March 2, 2006 · 8:54 AM EST

It’s the end of February, still more than eight months before November’s midterm elections. That’s an eternity in politics, and it’s one reason why Republicans remain optimistic that they can turn public opinion more in their favor than it is now.

But on issue after issue, public opinion seems…

Port Security Frenzy: Real Concern or Real Grandstanding?

by Stuart Rothenberg February 27, 2006 · 11:05 PM EST

While Democrats and Republicans vent their anger over the Bush Administration’s decision to allow a United Arab Emirates-based company from taking “control” of America’s east coast ports (from a British company), I have a question: Exactly what responsibility and authority does this UAE company…

A Dumb Mistake May Cost Democrats

by Stuart Rothenberg February 26, 2006 · 11:05 PM EST

For months, Democratic insiders have been touting their candidate in Ohio’s 6th District, state Senator Charlie Wilson. They’ve been arguing that the socially conservative Democrat fits the district perfectly, and that he will easily hold retiring Congressman Ted Strickland’s open House seat in…

West Virginia Senate: Generations

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 24, 2006 · 9:00 PM EST

It was almost smooth sailing to a record ninth term for the longest-serving member of the U.S Senate, West Virginia’s Robert C. Byrd (D). After nearly a year of speculation, Cong. Shelley Moore Capito (R) announced in October that she would not challenge Byrd and instead seek reelection.


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February 24, 2006 · 1:55 PM EST

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West Virginia Senate: Generations
By Nathan L. Gonzales

It was almost smooth sailing to a record ninth term for the longest-serving member of the U.S…

Texas 22: The Big One

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 23, 2006 · 11:57 PM EST

If you weren’t paying attention, you might think former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was running for Congress in all of the 232 Republican-held districts across the country.

Democrats are relentless in their attempts to couple the indicted congressman with any and all members of the But…

2006: The Year of Changing Your Mind in Politics

by Stuart Rothenberg February 23, 2006 · 4:02 PM EST

OK, so I really don’t expect a lot of consistency from politicians. They change their positions and their arguments from cycle to cycle. But this cycle, change has become the rule in more ways than one.

At least two candidates have turned down pleas to run for Congress, only to change their…