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Karl Rove’s Super PACs Plan $70 Billion Ad Blitz To Retake Senate

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Karl Rove’s twin Super PACs Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads have announced a$70 million advertising blitz that’s expected to begin next week.

A significant portion of the mula is expected to go toward Republican Senate campaigns. Mitch McConnell recently said that the Senate chamber could go either way; there’s about a 50-50 chance that Republicans will gain control. Steven Law, the President and CEO of American Crossroads, said his organization was trying its best to “tip the scale for the GOP.”…Read More

 

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Rand Paul Holds Up A Vote On Flood Insurance For Chance To Be Giant Penis

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Rand Paul (R-Above Sea Level) spent yesterday sticking it to the District of Columbiafor some reason. Now he’s got a problem with flood victims. Paul is holding up a bill extending the National Flood Insurance Program, a division of FEMA, funding for which runs out right in the middle of hurricane season. Oh, and there’s a tropical storm headed for the gulf right now….Read More

 

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Meet The Red State Democrat Who’s Not Afraid Of Obamacare

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Rachel Weiner has a smart write-up at WaPo about an ad from Heidi Heitkamp, who’s running for North Dakota’s Senate seat, one the Dems had been close to giving up on for this election. But not only is Heitkamp even in the polls with GOP incumbent Rick Berg, but she’s not shying away from the most controversial possible platform for a Democrat: Obamacare.

With the Supreme Court set to rule on the consitutionality of Obamacare, né the Affordable Care Act, the issue could become as important to this election as it was to 2010’s Democratic bloodbath, which saw even Democratic lawmakers distancing themselves as much as possible from the ACA. Things have not calmed down: Ron Gould, an Arizona congressional candidate, just had the ACA executed…. Read more.

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Mourdock and Donnelly Still Tied for Lugar’s Old Senate Seat

Richard Mourdock and Joe Donnelly are tied at 42% in Friday’s Rasmussen poll, a sign that Republicans have their work cut out for them to maintain Dick Lugar’s Indiana Senate seat.

Mourdock, a rabid right winger who likes to sue the federal government for sport, defeated longtime Senate sorta-moderate Dick Lugar in an historic upset two weeks ago. The victory marked a bit of a return for the tea party strategy of “primarying” an establishment Republican candidate and replacing them with a more hardline conservative. The strategy was thought to have been put to rest in 2010, when political novices like Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell and Joe Miller proved embarrassments in the general election and potentially cost the GOP the Senate… Read More

 

Related: Dick Lugar Loses, But The GOP May Be The Biggest Loser Of All

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Who Wants To Fight Over Bush Tax Cuts

While Congress ordinarily boots every piece of difficult legislation to the last possible moment, the November election is speeding up one extremely issue: the expiration of the Bush tax cuts.

The New York Times reports that both sides are eager, even “giddy,” to have this debate before the election, as both see it playing well for their side: Republicans crave a debate about what they call the “biggest tax increase in history” in the midst of a sluggish economy, while Democrats would love to make every GOP legislator defend massive tax breaks for the wealthy at the cost of the lower and middle classes… Read More.

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Mourdock And Donnelly Tied for Lugar’s Old Senate Seat

 

After longtime Indiana Senator Dick Lugar went down in an historic primary defeat last week, Democrats were aglow over the sudden competitiveness of Lugar’s seat. Lugar would have strolled away with the election; extreme right wing candidate Richard Mourdock was a different story entirely.

Polling suggests the Democrats may have be right. In the first poll taken since the primary, Mourdock and Democratic challenger Joe Donelly are tied at 40 percent. While more people know Mourdock—he’s the state treasurer, and has a knack for garnering headlines by threatening to sue the federal government and calling Medicare and Social Security unconstitutional and so on—he’s also quite unpopular after the grueling primary, as is the tea party that backed him. Donnelly, meanwhile, suffers from poor name recognition, but is well liked among those who know who he is. 

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Senate Democrats To Challenge GOP Over Arizona Immigration Law

 

Chuck Schumer and The Democrats (worst Peter, Paul and Mary cover band ever) have laid the groundwork for a vote invalidating Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 should the Supreme Court uphold the law this summer.

The bill would hit the floor of the Senate just as the general election is gearing up. While it has almost no chance of passing, the bill would put GOP legislators and Mitt Romney in an incredibly awkward position of having to either support SB 1070 and once-and-for-all no-take-backsies wave goodbye to the increasingly important Hispanic vote, or throw Arizona under the bus and reveal a seismic rift in their party…Read More

Related: Rubio Proposes DREAM Act To Realize Dream Of Mitt Romney Losing

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Senate Rejects Blunt Amendment, Preserves Contraception Coverage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The debate over employer-covered contraception entered its futile symbolic stage today, as the Senate rejected, 51-48, Roy Blunt’s amendment to allow any employer to opt out of any portion of medical coverage to which they have religious objections…Read More

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Senate Skies Brighten For Democrats

The thirty-three races for the U.S. Senate have seen some surprising movement recently, and like everything happening nowadays, that movement is away from Republicans…Read More

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Elizabeth Warren Outraises Scott Brown For Second Consecutive Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The race for Senate in Massachusetts is shaping up to be a good one for Democrats when it comes to fundraising. Harvard professor and likely Democratic nominee to take on Sen. Scott Brown in the Bay State again outraised her opponent – Warren’s campaign announced that they raised a staggering $5.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Brown’s campaign, meanwhile, has only raised $3.2 million in that same period…Read more

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