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  • May 14, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Thus far, seven states have held their 2010 congressional primaries (IL, IN, NE, NC, OH, TX, & WV), deciding nominees in 97 of the country's 435 districts.

    By my count, a total of 25 women ran as Republicans in 21 of those districts, including six incumbents. Those six incumbents, plus four other women, won their party nominations.

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  • May 11, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Richard Ross appears to have cleaned Peter Smulowitz's clock today, keeping Scott Brown's seat as GOP #5 in the state senate.Congrats to Ross, and a kudos to Smulowitz for his fine effort.

    Oh yeah, and Sal D. won the other special.

    Big result shaping up in WV, where that incumbent Dem Congressman I mentioned appears to have been knocked out in the primary.

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  • May 11, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Here in Massachusetts, we'll elect two new state senators today. One will be Sal DiDomenico, to replace Anthony Galluccio; the other will be either Republican Richard Ross or Democrat Peter Smulowitz, to replace Scott Brown. Both winners can expect serious challenges in November for a full term.

    On the national scene, Nebraska and West Virginia hold primaries today, and Georgia has a special-election primary to replace congressman Nathan Deal, who is running for governor.

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  • March 31, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write a two-item column on local politics.

    First, I look at the potential for a primary challenge to Congressman Stephen Lynch. Lynch, never a favorite of the liberals, drove many over the edge with his vote against the health care reform bill.

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  • March 30, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    I've had a theory for oh, maybe six months, that I've talked about with a number of people (including a few members of Congress and staffers) but have not publicly pontificated on. So, I'm now going to lay it out (a bit below), under the pretext of commenting on Kevin Drum, who in turn is commenting on Ezra Klein. Both smart folks, but both missing some of the lay of the land that I -- a self-anointed leading national expert on what I've dubbed the "movement conservative marketplace" -- know better than they.

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  • March 12, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    From the latest National Journal poll of Democratic and Republican Congressional Insiders, both sides believe passage of the health care reform bill helps their side in the November elections:

    Q: If Congress enacts something close to President Obama's latest health care reform plan, how would that affect your party in the midterm elections?

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  • March 11, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Shira Toeplitz of Roll Call has a good piece up about House Republicans' failure to recruit female candidates, which gives me the excuse I've been looking for to blog some more about one of my favorite pet topics, the extinction of the elected female Republican.

    As Toeplitz points out, there are quite a number of women running as Republicans, but mostly as also-rans or in hopeless races against safe incumbent Democrats.

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  • March 02, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    'Tis the season for congressional vote ratings based on 2009. The latest is from the National Taxpayers Union, which as you might guess hates taxes.

    Every member of the Massachusetts delegation scored a solid 'F', which requires a score of 16% or lower; John Tierney came closest to passing with 5%.

    Turns out, the median score for Democrats was 4% in the House, and 6% in the Senate.

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  • February 26, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    ...most liberal, that is, according to the new National Journal vote ratings for 2009.

    The all-Democrat, 10-member Massachusetts delegation scored an 84.5 out of 100, putting us easily ahead of #2 Hawaii.

    As usual, New England was well-represented on the high side of the list: Vermont #3, Connecticut #4, Rhode Island #5, Maine #8, and New Hampshire a surprisingly moderate #11, at 61.

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  • February 25, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Odds are pretty good that today's health care summit will produce a Joe Wilson-esque "You Lie!" moment -- some crazy-ass comment or rude outburst that zooms around the blogosphere, leads off Olbermann, and raises a million dollars in 24 hours for the Republican who says it. But who will be the headline-grabber this time? I say Joe Barton; below I rank the GOP attendees in order of likelihood.

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  • February 23, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that eight GOP Senators, including himself, will attend Barack Obama's big "health care summit" on Thursday. They are: Mitch, Jon, Lamar, John, Chuck, Mike, Tom, and John.

    Back during the Sotomayor confirmation, I wrote that the GOP's glaring lack of elected female officeholders becomes especially glaring when the party is trying to oppose a woman or a women's issue.

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  • February 02, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    I recently suggested that you keep an eye on the GOP primary in Illinois's 10th congressional district, for an early sign about the prospects of actual Republican women getting elected this year. (BTW, Hotline chimed in on that topic today.)

    Well, the woman in question, Elizabeth Coulson, has just conceded defeat to businessman Robert Dold.

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  • January 09, 2010
    By David S. Bernstein

    A while back I told you about this interesting race:

    ...there's a congressional race out in California that some of you might want to take a look at. It's the 45th District, where Mary Bono-Mack has long held the seat that she took over when her famous husband died. Steve Pougnet, the Democratic Mayor of Palm Springs (Sonny's launching pad to the congressional seat) is running against her.

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  • October 02, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Ben" asks:

    "Let's imagine for a second that Capuano takes the senate seat. Besides Joe Kennedy's son and Mike Ross, have you heard rumblings of anyone else laying tentative plans for the MA-8th?"

    I haven't, but I have no doubt there are plenty of wheels spinning in people's heads. I've heard people say Somerville mayor Joe Curtatone could go for it.

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  • September 24, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    As this blog's readers know, I've been an avid follower of the "Comrade of the Month" award instituted this year by conservative advocacy group Club for Growth. So I've been quite frustrated this summer. First, they gave the June award to all 219 House members who voted in favor of the Waxman-Markey energy/environment (ie, cap-and-trade) bill, which was such a broad brush that it really didn't lend itself to my ongoing critiques.

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