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A final weekend of campaigning

  • 9:01 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

With Republicans threatening to take over the Senate and add more seats to their majority in the U.S. House, this final weekend before Election Day will feature only a tiny foray by President Obama into the battle for Congress, as he campaigns for Democrats running for Governor in mainly blue states, but avoids the larger battle in the U.S. Senate.

“While many races remain close, it’s just getting harder and harder to envision a plausible path for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate,” said the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato, in his latest review of the mid-term [More]

Bitter Senate fight divides North Carolina

  • 7:41 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

From Greenville, North Carolina

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) took her campaign for re-election to friendly territory on Wednesday, urging an African-American audience to get out and vote early in her election showdown with Republican Thom Tillis, as the tenor of the race in the Tar Heel State became even more strident in its final days.

“I will never back down,” Hagan said repeatedly and defiantly at a speech in Greenville, North Carolina, tearing into Tillis’ record as the Speaker of the state legislature.

“We can see who he’s fighting for, and it’s certainly not the middle class families of North Carolina,” Hagan said [More]

Big names help GOP in North Carolina Senate race

  • 10:41 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

From Charlotte, North Carolina

Republicans have called in some famous names to help a prized GOP recruit in one of the nation’s tightest races for U.S. Senate, as North Carolina has become a supercharged national battleground in the mid-2014 elections.

“I think it’s going great,” said Republican Thom Tillis of his race to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan, as the Republican nominee exuded quiet confidence that his bid for U.S. Senate is moving in the right direction.

“We’ve got momentum, we’ve closed the gap and we’re moving ahead,” Tillis told me after an event with veterans in Charlotte.

In tow with Tillis on Tuesday were [More]

Pace quickens with one week to Election Day

  • 9:46 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

When a Democrat running for U.S. Senate in South Dakota bitterly attacks his own party and a Republican runs an advertisement in the Virginia Senate race about the name of Washington’s NFL franchise, maybe we’ve jumped the shark for the 2014 elections.

One race that hasn’t been on the radar much of late is the Senate race in Virginia, where Republican Ed Gillespie came up with a unique ad in his quest to defeat Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA).

Yes, it’s about how Gillespie will fight efforts to force the Washington Redskins to change their name, and it ran last night during the [More]

Obama campaign stops to focus on Governors

  • 9:21 pm Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

While most of Washington is busily tracking a series of races that should determine which party controls the U.S. Senate in 2015, President Obama’s campaign schedule over the next week will barely focus on that battle, emphasizing the difficult political situation for Democrats and the President in this year’s mid term elections.

Here’s the basics of the President’s campaign schedule:

+ Tuesday in Wisconsin to help Mary Burke (running for Governor)

+ Thursday in Maine for Mike Michaud (running for Governor)

+ Friday in Rhode Island (where Democrat Gina Raimondo is running for Governor)

+ Saturday in Michigan for Mark Schauer (running for Governor) and [More]

CDC adds expanded Ebola checks for travelers

  • 2:10 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

After moving on Tuesday to funnel all travelers from western Africa through five different U.S. airports for medical checks, the Obama Administration dramatically expanded its efforts to track possible cases of Ebola, by announcing that all travelers from countries hit by the virus would have to be monitored for three weeks after they arrive in the United States.

“They have to be monitored for temperature daily for the 21 day period,” said CDC chief Dr. Tom Frieden, who announced the new measures in a conference call with reporters.

“We’re tightening the process by establishing active monitoring for every traveler who returns to [More]

Secret Service rapped for diversion of agents

  • 7:57 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

A new report from an internal investigator says Secret Service officials had “no justification” for diverting special protective personnel for the President to help monitor a neighborhood dispute involving a fellow employee – 50 minutes away from the White House.

“This constituted a serious lapse in judgment,” said Homeland Security Department Inspector General John Roth, who found that the special “Prowler” team of Secret Service agents were diverted away from the White House at least five times in July of 2011.

““These agents, who were there to protect the President and the White House,
were improperly diverted for an impermissible purpose,” said Roth.

In [More]

Reading the tea leaves on early vote

  • 7:47 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

The hottest political game right now is the effort to dissect early voting data, as parties – and their supporters – try to figure out which side has the advantage, while the debate rages over whether it really means anything.

“There are a lot of people who like to read the tea leaves,” said political analyst John Fortier, who told an election forum at the American Enterprise Institute that he’s not sure it’s a dead-on indicator of what will happen in the elections.

“It’s not clear that some enthusiasm for early voting in one state is a sense that one party is [More]

Down to the wire in West Virginia

  • 9:44 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

From Martinsburg, West Virginia

With two weeks to go until Election Day, both parties are locked in a major struggle in West Virginia, as the fate of two U.S. House races here in the Mountain State could be an indicator of whether Republicans can successfully add to their numbers in Congress or if Democrats can limit their losses in 2014.

On the ground, it’s obvious that both parties are working hard at every level to turn out the vote – early voting begins here on Wednesday – and that push was evident as I dropped by field offices in two counties on [More]

Obama finally hits 2014 campaign trail

  • 8:54 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

After scrapping two planned days of political events last week because of worries about Ebola, President Obama took his first step on to the 2014 campaign trail on Sunday with rallies in Maryland and Illinois, but his schedule for the rest of the week is devoid of campaign activities other than fundraising events for his party.

Just outside the Beltway in Maryland, the President urged voters to back Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in November, as Mr. Obama used the rally to slam the GOP.

“The Republican Party can keep telling you what they’re against; you know they’re against me,” the President said [More]