More than half of Texas Republican primary voters are undecided about whom they would nominate to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex, according to a Texas Tribune poll released yesterday. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst comes in second at 27 percent, with everyone else (including all of the conservative favorites) in single digits, probably the result of name recognition. Read More
I'm really taken aback by our own Susan Ferrechio's excellent piece today on the airport protectionism being promoted by our local senators and members of Congress. I was unaware until now that they are probably the reason I often have to take long, unnecessary drives and bus rides when I need to go out of town. Read More
Whenever I find myself tempted to say nothing would surprise me in politics, I am reminded of Rep. Jim Moran, the unusally mean-spirited New Yorker who somehow managed to become Alexandria's congressman. The guy has a real talent for verbal mendacity, particularly toward conservatives, which he exercises regularly. Read More
Outside groups have been vilified by the White House in this campaign, but they’ve played an essential role in some House races. The ones below have been the most expensive in terms of independent expenditures, which in each case far exceeded combined candidate spending.
In all five, Democrats have benefited more — sometimes way more — from outside money. Read More
American Society of Anesthesiologists Political Action Committee has put $148,000 into a new ad for Andy Harris, the Republican challenger to endangered Rep. Frank Kratovil, D-Md. Read More
Some big new ad buys by Republicans in House races, and just a few new reports from the Democrats. A few takeaways: Read More
A few new independent expenditures reported to the Federal Election Commision:
PA-SEN (Open, Specter): Read More
Not Larry Sabato reports on an interesting purchase by the campaign of Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va.:
Seriously? The $174,000 Congressional salary isn’t enough- Rick also needs to make his campaign donors pay for his new car? Read More
We’ve heard plenty about “triage” — about the Democrats cutting loose their weakest members in hopes of saving the ones whose victory seems more within reach. But what about “auto-triage,” by which the White House dumps party money into an organization that will build up his 2012 chances but will have no effect in 2010?
This comes from none other than Time: Read More
Albemarle County Circuit Court Judge Paul M. Peatross, Jr., ruled Monday that academic researchers at the University of Virginia are not immune from investigations into the use of state funds under Virginia’s Fraud Against Taxpayers Act. Read More