State Governments

GOP Steel(e)s For An Ugly RNC Race

On paper, Michael Steele should be a shoo-in for reelection as chairman of the Republican National Committee. He presided over the Party’s return from political Siberia as President Obama entered the White House in early 2009 to massive victories in the 2010 midterm elections. Under Steele, the GOP first won gubernatorial victories in …

Midterm Loose Ends

The last governor’s race: Democrat Mark Dayton is now Minnesota’s governor-elect. Tom Emmer conceded and called off the recount this morning. That puts the total number of governorships Republicans will control in the coming crucial redistricting year at 29 (Democrats plus independent Lincoln Chaffee will have the rest), and means …

About Last Night

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid celebrates his victory at his election night party in Las Vegas on November 2. (REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus)

–Our colleague David Von Drehle wraps up Tuesday’s contests and spins things forward.

If you take the President’s 2008 victory map and subtract the states where his fellow …

The Rebirth of the New England GOP (Or Something Approximating It)

In 2006 and 2008 Democrats wiped out every New England House Republican and with the departure (from the Party and then the Senate) of Vermont’s Jim Jeffords, and John Sununu and Lincoln Chafee’s losses at the polls, GOP senators looked endangered as well. Pundits talked about how New England was turning permanently blue and how it …

The End of Civility?

In the 1940’s and 50’s when Sam Rayburn ruled the House his famous motto was: “You’ve got to go along to get along.” Rayburn governed during such a volatile period of war (World War 2, Korean, the beginning of Vietnam) and economic upheaval that the House flipped six times in 21 years. He got along so well with his GOP …

Morning Must Reads: Last Stand

Meg Whitman, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown appear at the Women’s Conference 2010 in Long Beach, California on October 26. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

–At the nifty new National Journal, Jeremy Jacobs reports the DCCC is making its last stand for the House, dumping $21.6 million on airtime in 66 districts. That includes a …

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