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The GOP Has Its Eyes On Another Election Day Prize: Arkansas

The GOP Has Its Eyes On Another Election Day Prize: ArkansasBoth Republicans and Democrats think they can capture about a dozen state legislative chambers in next week's election, meaning there could be little net change in control. But there may be no state that the GOP is eyeing as eagerly as Arkansas, which is the lone Democratic holdout in the Deep South.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

In Ohio, Teachers Run For Statehouse — And Could Give Obama A Boost

In Ohio, Teachers Run For Statehouse — And Could Give Obama A BoostA dozen teachers, all of them Democrats, are running for seats in Ohio's House and Senate. The surge is a byproduct of last year's voter referendum repealing a state law that would have curbed public employees' collective bargaining rights. Another byproduct is reusing teacher phone banks from that effort to support Obama.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Sandy Underscores Debate Over Government’s Role

Sandy Underscores Debate Over Government’s RoleFor President Obama, the federal government is a critical vehicle for disaster relief. Mitt Romney and the GOP put more faith in local government and voluntary efforts.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Sandy Could Dent The Vote, But In Whose Favor?

Sandy Could Dent The Vote, But In Whose Favor?The effects of the superstorm could hurt turnout in traditionally blue states, limiting the popular vote for President Obama. But if Obama's response to the disaster is looked upon favorably, the opposition might be less motivated to turn out.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Conspiracy Theory Experts: Skepticism Is Part Of Our National Identity

Conspiracy Theory Experts: Skepticism Is Part Of Our National IdentityThose who study claims that things such as public opinion polls or government jobs reports have been manipulated see the tendency toward distrust of power as neither partisan nor entirely detrimental. They say a healthy distrust of power is part of our democracy.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

‘Des Moines Register’ Endorses Romney With Eye Toward Economy

The Iowa paper favored Barack Obama for president in 2008 and hasn't endorsed a Republican since Richard Nixon in 1972. "The president's best efforts to resuscitate the stumbling economy have fallen short," the Register writes.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Romney’s Testimony In 1991 Trial Gives New Glimpse Of Work At Bain

Romney’s Testimony In 1991 Trial Gives New Glimpse Of Work At BainMitt Romney has touted his years running Bain Capital as a prime qualification for the presidency. Bain provided much of the money to get Staples started, but there's been a suit over how the company's stock was valuated before it successfully went public. Romney's testimony on the issue was unsealed Thursday.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Nine States; Near-Unlimited Cash; A Flurry Of Ads

Nine States; Near-Unlimited Cash; A Flurry Of AdsDemocrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on TV advertising in the presidential race — most of it negative and almost all in battleground states. There's little evidence the ads sway voters, but the campaigns are happy to settle for low odds, given the lingering memories of the close 2000 election.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Rape Comments Complicate But Don’t End GOP Senate Takeover Chances

Rape Comments Complicate But Don’t End GOP Senate Takeover ChancesRepublicans retain hopes for a Senate takeover, but comments about rape and abortion by candidates in Missouri and Indiana aren't helping. The GOP needs to gain four seats to control the Senate if President Obama wins; three seats if Republican Mitt Romney emerges the presidential victor on Nov. 6.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us

Women Seen As Key In N.H, Both As Voters And As Candidates

Women Seen As Key In N.H, Both As Voters And As CandidatesThe Obama campaign is making a big play for female voters in New Hampshire, where the president has tried to link Republican Mitt Romney to controversial moves by the state legislature on abortion and women's health. And the state could elect an all-woman congressional delegation.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us