Not Everything Bush Does Is About the Christian Right

by Stuart Rothenberg March 28, 2006 · 11:05 PM EST

This is a true story. The names have been changed to protect the — well, just because I’d rather not name names.

The other day I received a telephone call from a producer at a television network. The caller inquired about whether I might be available to do an interview for a story scheduled to…

Florida Senate: Is $10 Million Enough?

March 27, 2006 · 12:10 AM EST

With Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) pledging to sell the farm and put $10 million of her own money into the Florida Senate race, it’s fair to reevaluate her chances of knocking off Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

From the beginning, Republican insiders believed that Harris was simply unelectable statewide.…

Ohio 18: Going, Going, Gone?

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2006 · 9:10 PM EST

GOP Cong. Bob Ney is in serious trouble. He has not been indicted like his colleague Tom DeLay, but his reelection prospects are in jeopardy. The ethical questions surrounding Ney and his relationship with lobbyist Jack Abramoff has put the Republican Party at risk of losing Ohio’s 18th…

Ohio 13: Playing Catch-Up

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2006 · 9:06 PM EST

Democratic Cong. Sherrod Brown finally decided to take the Senate plunge, setting up an open seat race in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District. Brown, who was first elected in 1992, is taking on Sen. Mike DeWine (R) in a state where Republicans are reeling.

But Brown’s absence in his district has…

Pennsylvania Senate: First One to Fall

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2006 · 9:02 PM EST

There is no presidential race this year, but Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate Race may be the next best thing. Up to this point, the race hasn’t even been close, with state Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D) leading Sen. Rick Santorum (R) by ten to twelve points in public polling with seven months to go. But…

New Print Edition: PA Senate, OH13&18

March 24, 2006 · 4:01 PM EST

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Pennsylvania Senate: First One to Fall
By Nathan L. Gonzales

There is no presidential race this year, but Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate Race may be the next…

An Empire State Headache for Republicans?

by Stuart Rothenberg March 22, 2006 · 11:05 PM EST

Looking for a sign of whether a big Democratic wave is developing? Try New York.

Once a state with genuine political competitiveness where liberal Republicans (including Thomas Dewey, Jacob Javits, Nelson Rockefeller and Ken Keating) prospered, the Empire State has veered toward the Democrats…

New York 24: Boehlert (R) Retirement Only a Small Opportunity

March 22, 2006 · 12:14 AM EST

Another Republican retirement. Another Republican open seat.

But while Democratic strategists will try to make Congressman Sherwood “Sherry” Boehlert’s retirement into an opportunity for a takeover, the Upstate New York district is likely to remain in GOP hands in November.

State Sen. Ray Meier (R)…

Local vs. National

March 21, 2006 · 12:05 AM EST

House Republicans are embracing former House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s famous line, “All politics is local,” but history suggests they may be taking it to their electoral grave. Midterm elections in 1966, 1974, 1982, and 1994 certainly weren’t local – they were national.


The Political Environment Isn’t George Allen’s Friend

March 20, 2006 · 12:05 AM EST

The brief stay by Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) as my frontrunner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination is over. It was much, much shorter than I expected.

But Allen, a first-term Senator who served as governor of the commonwealth of Virginia, didn’t lose that status because of his…