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Jim Webb
webbforsenate.com

Election Trivia

Did you know Democratic Senate candidate Jim Webb once boxed Oliver North?

Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


Ballot
backtalk.com

Get Ready for a Long Night

New rule changes and the increased popularity of absentee voting might mean results from Tuesday’s election won’t be known for some time.

Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Longing for the Reality-Based Community

If nothing else, a Democratic victory at the polls would mark a return to governance by people guided by facts, not emotions.

Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


Daniel Ortega
wikipedia.org

Sandinista Leader Poised to Win Election

Former revolutionary and U.S. foe Daniel Ortega is headed toward victory in Nicaragua’s presidential election.  Like other leftist leaders who’ve found success in Latin America, Ortega campaigned against “savage capitalism” and poverty.

Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal: ‘The Most Important Election in My Lifetime’

In an original Truthdig video interview in advance of the publication of his new memoir, “Point to Point Navigation,” iconic author and historian Gore Vidal offers this plea to America on the eve of the election: “This is the most important vote that you’ll probably ever cast.  Because should this gang of thugs continue in the two houses of Congress, there isn’t any chance of getting the Constitution back….”

Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


Slime awards

Political Slime Awards

Slate offers these nominees for the slimiest campaign ads of 2006.

Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


Dems’ Edge in Polls Has Shrunk

According to the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll, the Democrats’ advantage among likely voters has shriveled from last month’s high of 23 points to 7.  Still, the numbers bear a close similarity to results heading into the 1994 election that gave Republicans control of Congress. (h/t: Slate)

Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


hunter
theonion.com

Cheney Will Be Armed on Election Day

The vice president this Tuesday will be on a hunting trip, his first since he shot friend Harry Whittington in the face.

Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


Wolf Blitzer

CNN Hypes Kerry Impact

Despite evidence to the contrary, CNN anchors and reporters repeatedly insisted the controversy surrounding John Kerry’s “botched joke” will play a major role in the upcoming election.

Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


Foley
dccc.org

Have You Seen This Man?

Disgraced Congressman Mark Foley has indefinitely extended his stay in rehab.  Though his lawyer refused to specify how long he would remain in hiding, one can only assume Foley plans to wait out the election and minimalize further damage to his party and reputation.

Posted on Nov 3, 2006 READ MORE


Rpbert Scheer

Truthdig Podcast: Schwarzenegger, Kerry, the Election and More

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer sounds off on Schwarzenegger’s hold on California, Kerry’s spine, election voting woes, and reader commentary.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


Videocast: Robert Scheer on Schwarzenegger, Kerry, the Election and More

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer sounds off on Schwarzenegger’s hold on California, Kerry’s spine, election voting woes, and reader commentary.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


Voters Focused on Iraq

According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, Iraq is the most important election issue to voters, 29% of whom approve of Bush’s handling of the war, while 81% believe the Democrats would reduce or end the occupation of Iraq, and 52% of registered voters intend to vote for a Democrat.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


Early Voting Woes

Early voting is underway in many parts of the country, and voters are already alleging fraud: “Saturday, KFDM spoke to another voter who says it’s not just happening with straight ticket voting, he says it’s happening on individual races as well, Jerry Stopher told us when he voted for a Democrat, the Republican’s name was highlighted.”

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Midwest Midterm Midtacular’

“The Daily Show,” on the road in Ohio, looks at some key races in the upcoming election.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


John Kerry
wonkette.com

Kerry Grows a Spine

John Kerry has lashed out at the “right-wing nut jobs” who questioned his patriotism because of a comment he made Monday: “I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed-suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq….”

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


Halperin

ABC’s Halperin Woos Conservatives

During interviews with Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, ABC News’ political director Mark Halperin said that the weeks before the election offer a chance for the mainstream media to prove that they understand conservatives’ grievances.

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


McCain and Bush
slate.com

Not So Straight Talk

Media Matters pokes holes in John McCain’s image with this list of the “straight-talker’s” flip-flops and equivocations.

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


Cheney Spews Election Nonsense

During an interview with Fox News, Dick Cheney said insurgents have increased the level of violence in Iraq in order to influence the U.S. election.  Although the claim appears on its face reckless and contrary to the facts, one must consider the possibility that the vice president was in fact referring to himself and his colleagues in the Bush administration as “insurgents.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


Washington Power Rankings

A lobbying research firm has compiled a list of the most (and least) powerful legislators.  Although given the prevalence of scandals and the likelihood of a Democratic takeover of Congress, the list could be outdated very quickly.

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


The Lesser of Many Evils

As part of its bid to recapture the Congress, the Democratic Party has backed a number of candidates who skew to the right on issues like abortion, gun control and gay rights.

Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


Sherrod Brown
Flickr / Ohioprogressive

Dems Take the Initiative

Democrats are hoping ballot initiatives in favor of stem cell research and raising the minimum wage will help drive voter turnout in the upcoming election.  Republicans pioneered the initiative strategy, but this time around the electorate seems to be suffering from gay marriage fatigue.

Posted on Oct 28, 2006 READ MORE


Andy Borowitz: Bush Proposes Making Illegal Immigrants ‘Guest Voters’

The political satirist reports that the president also proposed erecting a 700-foot fence around Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Gay marriage
365gay.com

GOP Retreats to Homophobia as Election Nears

Republicans across the country have seized the threat of gay marriage in a desperate attempt to hold on to Congress.  Now that the “security” issue no longer offers the boost it once did, the GOP is counting on homophobia to drive voter turnout.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Racial Ads Linked to Smear Artist

The recent spate of racially charged ads against Rep. Harold Ford Jr. have been linked to a Rove acolyte and veteran hitman with a history of dirty campaigning.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Michael J. Fox

Fox Strikes Back

Michael J. Fox defends his advocacy against Rush Limbaugh’s ignoble attack: “Because the thing about ... being symptomatic is that it’s not comfortable. No one wants to be symptomatic; it’s like being hit with a hammer.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


IRS Gets Political

The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service has delayed the collection of back taxes from Hurricane Katrina victims until after the election in order to avoid political fallout.  Four former IRS commissioners called the move “improper and indefensible.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Rpbert Scheer

Truthdig Podcast: Electronic Elections, Kevin Tillman and More

This week Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer discusses the danger of electronic voting, Kevin Tillman’s essay “After Pat’s Birthday,” and more.

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Videocast: Robert Scheer on Elections, Kevin Tillman and More

This week Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer discusses the danger of electronic voting, Kevin Tillman’s essay “After Pat’s Birthday,” and more.

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone

‘Worst Congress Ever’

Rolling Stone examines the tragedy and absurdity of the legislature under Bush.  Also, don’t miss its picks for the 10 worst Congress members in America.

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Frist
slate.com

Frist Asks the Impossible

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said if Republican candidates want to win in November, they should get voters to focus on issues other than the Iraq war. (h/t: AMERICAblog)

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Karl Rove

Rove Barks at NPR

During a tense interview with NPR, Karl Rove defended his claim that the GOP will hold on to both houses of Congress and accused host Robert Siegel of bias. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


Arianna Huffington

Arianna on Election Fear Factor

Arianna Huffington issues an appeal for calm in the face of election season fear-mongering: “Remember FDR.  ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’  And, of course, those who use it for their own political purposes.” (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Oct 25, 2006 READ MORE


Independent Surge Troubles Politicians

The number of independent voters has grown steadily in recent years, particularly in the Southwest.  Politicians have had a difficult time appealing to the less predictable group, which includes everyone from ex-libertarians to young people who think of political parties as irrelevant. 
Update: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows independents favor Democrats by 2 to 1.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


Google Earth
C|net News

Google Maps the Election

Google will release an election tool for its popular 3-D mapping software “Google Earth,” enabling users to view congressional districts and related campaign information.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE


capital
mit.edu

Democrats Within Striking Distance of Senate Control

When Harry Reid said it would take a miracle for Democrats to regain control of the Senate, party operatives focused their hopes on the House. But recent events have Democratic challengers surging in polls.

Posted on Oct 22, 2006 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger
geektimes.com

Schwarzenegger Pumps Up Campaign

Despite a consistent lead in the polls and a war chest twice the size of his opponent’s, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger just gave his campaign $3.5 million of his own money, leaving some strategists scratching their heads.

Posted on Oct 21, 2006 READ MORE


Electronic Voting Woes

A former legislator and critic of Maryland’s elections board received a copy of Diebold’s computer code along with an anonymous letter criticizing the management of state elections.  The incident adds to a growing list of concerns over Diebold’s troubled voting equipment. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Oct 21, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Vows to Stay Course

The president said he would not change strategies in Iraq, despite high disapproval ratings and mounting U.S. casualties.

Posted on Oct 21, 2006 READ MORE


Candidate Asked to End Campaign

A Republican congressional candidate in Orange County has been asked by his own party to exit the race after he was implicated in mailing threats to Latino voters.  Tan D. Nguyen denies responsibility for the mailer, which said immigrants would be jailed if they attempted to vote.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman Family

After Pat’s Birthday

Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Pat (left, above) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin has written a powerful, must-read document.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Don’t Count the Republicans Out

I’m sorry to say it, but even with the Iraq war, Katrina, the disgust over Foleygate and Abramoff, the Democrats could still end up the minority party after Nov. 7.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Learn About ‘Clean’ Elections

California residents: Check out this fact-sheet to educate yourself about Prop. 89, the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act, which provides “clean money” financing to qualified candidates.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert’s Guide to Republican Folly

In case you lost track, Stephen Colbert offers this rundown of Republican debacles.  From phantom WMDs to Mark Foley, the “Report” host highlights the greatest hits of GOP mania.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’ Dissects Ney Plea

Jon Stewart digests the latest Abramoff developments, including Bob Ney’s abuse of the “drinking problem” defense: “If you’re keeping score at home, that now makes alcohol responsible for corruption, anti-Semitism and homosexual pedophilia.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Lesbian wedding
flickr/Coffee Monster

Gay Marriage Scare Wears Thin

In the 2004 election, anti-gay ballot measures effectively drew conservatives to the ballot box, but the appeal of banning gay marriage is wearing off, polls suggest.

Posted on Oct 14, 2006 READ MORE


November Slaughter

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Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Dems Leaving GOP Bloodied at Polls

Four national surveys on Oct. 9 confirmed that Democrats enjoy huge 20-point leads over GOP’ers in the upcoming elections. Also:

  • NYT: Dems pull even to GOP’ers for first time in terrorism-handling ratings
  • USA Today: 54% say GOP’ers acted for “political reasons” in Foleygate
  • Wash Po: Bush is at 39%
  • CNN: 52% think Hastert should resign

  • Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Republicans Revise Election Estimates

    A top GOP strategist has said Republicans may lose as many as 30 House seats in the coming election.  Democrats need to pick up 15 seats to take control.

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    O'Reilly

    O’Reilly: Iran Helping Dems

    Bill O’Reilly claims Iran is “upping the violence” in Iraq to give Democrats a boost in the November election.  O’Reilly then hypocritically encourages Bush to use military action to achieve a political end. (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


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