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Scott Brown Sullivan County Gaffe Betrays Ignorance of New Hampshire

newrepublic.com — One of the more entertaining subplots in this otherwise dreary campaign season has been watching Scott Brown pass himself off as a New Hampshirite in his run for the Senate from that state, just two years after he ran for reelection to the Senate from Massachusetts.

Anti-Wall Street Tea Party Message Is Dead in 2014 Republican Races

newrepublic.com — The rise of the Tea Party insurgency in 2009 and 2010 came with an oft-overlooked benefit for the Republican Party and conservative movement. Not only did the insurgency provide energy to the anti-Obama wave in the 2010 midterms, but it helped blur the lines between the parties in a way that was deeply beneficial to Republicans in a time of deep anti-Wall Street sentiment in the electorate.

Maine's Governor's Race Will Decide the Fate of Medicaid Expansion

newrepublic.com — The stakes of the 2014 midterm elections, as many have noted, seem awfully low. Yes, control of the Senate is up for grabs, but there's only so much Republicans will be able to accomplish in the face of the veto and filibuster. As my own colleagues have pointed out, this is an overly sanguine view of the matter.

Scott Walker's 2014 Wisconsin Governor Campaign Is In Trouble

newrepublic.com — The polls are generally not trending well for Democrats in the final days before the 2014 midterms, but it's increasingly looking not inconceivable that the party's loss of the Senate could be accompanied by a loss for one of the party's biggest bête noires: Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.

Ed Gillespie's Hypocritical Attack of Mark Warner over Virginia Bribe

newrepublic.com — This has not been the most enlightening or nourishing of election seasons, to put it mildly. There are few substantive themes or arguments defining the debate; campaigns have instead been consumed by disputes over candidates' residency or over the originality of boilerplate language in campaign platforms nobody reads.

Karl Rove and the Wall Street Journal Fundraise for Republicans

newrepublic.com — Anyone who thinks newspapers have lost all the sway of days past should consider what the Republican Party just pulled off via the nation's largest-circulation paper. Just a few weeks ago, the conservative opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal were full of praise for Harry Reid and the Democrats' 2014 campaign operation.

Voter ID Laws, Republican Voter Suppression Needs to Stop

newrepublic.com — We are now three weeks to Election Day, which means we are deep into another round of the voting wars -the ceaseless legislative, legal and regulatory battle over which Americans can vote, and when and where and with what paperwork they must do so. Here's a modest proposal: How about we finally call off the fight?

Terri Lynn Land Let Meijer Off Hook In Acme, Michigan Coup Attempt

newrepublic.com — Not so long ago, a major retailer tried secretly to overthrow the government of a small town in the cherry-growing reaches of northern Michigan. It was caught in the actbut let off the hook without serious repercussions by a state official who had received large campaign contributions from the company.

The NRA and Gun Control Politics Aren't Dominating the Midterms

newrepublic.com — Midterm politics hung heavy in the air when the Senate last year fell five votes short of blocking a Republican-led filibuster against the bill to expand background checks for gun purchases. Two of the Democrats who voted against the Manchin-Toomey bill were up for reelection in 2014 in red states: Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska.

Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray Is Still Urging Employees to Give to GOP

newrepublic.com — Last month, a West Virginia woman filed a lawsuit against Murray Energy, the largest privately-held coal-mining company in the country, alleging she was fired from her job as a shift foreman because she had declined CEO Bob Murray's urgings to make campaign contributions to Republican candidates he favored.
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Oct 31, 2014

The Omar'olantern, by @evanbens. Unbelievable. Pumpkin deformity used for scar. You come at the gourd, best not miss. pic.twitter.com/tRMXQo56y0

Oct 31, 2014

.@mtomasky: if Dems don't get their midterm-turnout act together, a Hillary presidency will be as bleak as last 4 yrs thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Oct 31, 2014

Key in @NormOrnstein's sharp conjecture of a McConnell-led Senate: how '16 politics (prez and Senate) will intrude. nationaljournal.com/washington-ins…

Oct 31, 2014

@joshtpm Exactly. "Up north" is up 93. Sullivan County is "over there," to west.

Oct 31, 2014

Scott Brown's #NHSEN flub wasn't just about a map--it was saying the answer for milltowns is "trails for snowmobiles" newrepublic.com/article/120070…

Oct 31, 2014

@SeahawkBurrrton @NoahCRothman Yeah, he apologized bc his final line was technically imperfect. Fact remains: Brown thot it was "up north."

Oct 31, 2014

I've lived and worked in NH. And make no mistake: Scott Brown betrayed his ignorance of the state last night. #NHSEN newrepublic.com/article/120070…

Oct 31, 2014

@NoahCRothman Pindell's wording was imperfect, so, sure fine to apologize. Bottom line, tho, is Brown seemed not to know where Sullivan is.

Oct 31, 2014

@NoahCRothman I know. I've been to Sunapee, often. Great X-country skiing. Know how I got there? I drove west from Concord, where I lived.

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