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This Day in America: October 19, 1781 – Cornwallis surrenders to Washington at Yorktown

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker likely running again

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is probably running for a third term, and he rides a Harley. He also likes to ride his Harley in political ads. Such a cool dad. State Democratic Party spokeswoman Melanie Conklin said Walker, a famous … Continue reading

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This Day in America: October 18, 1867 – The U.S. takes possession of Alaska

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Conservative populism and small-donor fundraising

For Democrats seeking encouraging news as we head towards the 2018 midterms, this is not it. According to McClatchy: The Republican National Committee raised more than $100 million in the first nine months of 2017, marking the first time it … Continue reading

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National Character Counts Week

This is “National Character Counts Week” in the United States and that means a presidential proclamation. I give you, President Donald Trump: “We celebrate National Character Counts Week because few things are more important than cultivating strong character in all … Continue reading

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Campaign News

Roll Call: De Leon to challenge Feinstein in California Senate The Virginia Pilot: New poll finds Virginia governor’s race tightening CNN: Trump approval steady, but more say he’s leading in the wrong direction Politico: Gore stumps for Murphy in New Jersey … Continue reading

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This Day in Politics: August 2, 1923 – Vice President Calvin Coolidge become U.S. President upon the death of President Warren G. Harding

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Chris Christie – worst governor ever

On a day when a story appeared in papers throughout the country showing Gov. Christie bullying some guy who heckled him at a baseball game, it was sweet to read that a new poll by Marist shows his approval rating … Continue reading

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Campaign News

Marist Post: Governor Chris Christie’s approval rating scrapes bottom… perceived as one of NJ’s worst governors by a plurality Washington Post: Rep. John Delaney is running for president in 2020 Politico: McConnell wages war down South Charleston Gazette-Mail: Joe Manchin … Continue reading

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Kid Rock for U.S. Senate – shoot me now

Yes, that Kid Rock for Senate crap is still out there, as the jackass himself has recently said he is “exploring” the idea and planning a press conference sometime in the next six weeks to address the issue. “I was … Continue reading

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Could Sessions reclaim his Senate seat?

I’ll bet a lot of people have been wondering if Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be able to claim his old Senate seat should Trump find a way to get rid of him. Apparently it could happen if all nine … Continue reading

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Could VP Pence survive a Trump crash to fight another day?

I’ve been watching the Medici family saga on Netflix recently and have come to the conclusion that the Trump’s and their allies are like a really, really dim-witted version of the famous, and ruthless Italian family. I had a good … Continue reading

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Campaign Headlines

Washington Post: DNC invests earlier in state parties, voter persuasion Washington Times: Patrick Morrisey announces U.S. Senate bid in West Virginia Lancaster Online: Democrat Christina Hartman aims for rematch against U.S. Rep. Smucker in 2018 (PA-16th CD) The Gazzette: Thomas … Continue reading

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Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Mo Brooks loves Trump and his wall

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama is running for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, and he loves him some Donald Trump and his Mexican wall. In fact, both of those passions are driving his campaign to be the next senator in … Continue reading

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Campaign News

Governing: With Governors races now set, Virginia and New Jersey shift focus to November WBIR.com: Burchett: I’m running for U.S. House or Senate (Tennessee) Boston Globe: Cambridge councilor plans to challenge Capuano (MA-7th) The Montgomery Adviser: Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox considers run for Alabama … Continue reading

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Russian hackers targeted 21 states in 2016 presidential election

Last week Jeanette Manfra, acting undersecretary of cyber security for the Homeland Security Department, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that “Russian hackers targeted 21 U.S. state election systems in the 2016 presidential race”  and that “a small number were breached … Continue reading

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This Day in America: June 29, 1956 – The Federal Highway Act of 1956 is enacted

Also known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law, which included a $25 billion authorization for the construction of 41,000 miles of the Interstate Highway System, the largest public works … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Sen. Elizabeth Warren look safe for reelection

Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker  and Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren are well positioned to win reelection next year, according to a WBUR poll* just released. It indicates 55 percent of registered voters in the state view Warren favourably, which … Continue reading

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Campaign News

InsideNOVA: Gillespie mum about Senate health bill in Woodbridge campaign stop Boston Globe: Not even close: Charlie Baker leads Democratic rivals in new poll BuzzFeed News: Pro-Trump group pulls ad against Nevada Republican over health care bill Politico: Trump rips … Continue reading

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Big Luther Strange is a Trump man (in case you couldn’t tell by his name)

I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about safe Republican Senate seats, but sometimes you have to take a peak just to see what kind of craziness in the hinterland makes a phenomenon like Trump possible. On December 12, … Continue reading

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