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Well, the Democrats really made a donkey out of this one. The Commonwealth of Taxachusetts, as it's known among tea-partiers, will now have a Republican senator. That means the Democrats' filibuster-proof majority -- which only amounted to doing Joe Lieberman's bidding, anyway -- is over. (continued)

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In hopes of ensuring that Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is the winner in Tuesday's special election for the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by the late Ted Kennedy, President Barack Obama has taken to the airwaves in a TV ad supporting Coakley's bid for office in a tight race against Republican challenger Scott Brown.

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And they're off or at least, she's off: On Thursday, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley became the first contender for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat to officially announce her candidacy, which she's reportedly been considering for the past year, but she'll face some fierce competition for the vaunted position in coming months.

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Once again the voters of California, said to be the leading indicators of national trends, have spoken. And what they have said this time is a resounding "No!" to legislative irresponsibility. The megaphone employed was this week's special statewide election to consider six ballot initiatives.

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Californians gave the electoral finger to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday when they voted against five ballot measures intended to fix the Golden State’s budget drama by increasing taxes, redistributing state funds and borrowing money. On top of already double-digit unemployment, a plummeting housing market and an eroding educational system, the state now faces a budget gap of more than $21 billion.

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