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A Special Voter Turns 80

A landmark day in the Whalen family: my father is celebrating his 80th birthday. About the “old man”: he’s made a journey that he’d never boast about, but is impressive in its own right. He lost his father at a … Continue reading

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The Final Straw In Mississippi

There are races featuring straw polls and straw men. But a race decided by who draws the short straw? That seems to be the case in Poplarville, Mississippi, where a special election runoff for alderman apparently will be decided by the … Continue reading

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Four More Years, Four More California Debates

Finishing out the California governor’s debate: I have this Sacramento Bee op-ed suggesting that, as Jerry Brown campaigns for four more years, America’s nation-state merits four more debates. That menu, which would keep us entertained for the month of October: … Continue reading

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Shifting Battleground?

With 61 days do go until The Big Vote, here’s one way to assess where momentum is headed: George Washington University’s bipartisan Battleground Poll, the latest edition of which came out yesterday. The new numbers are something of a Maalox … Continue reading

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And Then There Were . . . 65?

Rust never sleeps, nor does presidential speculation . . . or a reporter with time on his hands two years before the next presidential campaign hits the home stretch. For your amusement: The Hill’s Bob Cusack and his list of 65 … Continue reading

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Dude Watch

I penned this piece for Fox News on Montana’s Senate race and the remoooooooote chance of actor Jeff Bridges making a last-moment entry on the Democratic side. The funny thing is, this seems easy-peasy — that is, if Bridges wanted it. … Continue reading

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Albatross, Spelled With One “O”

McClatchy-Marist has a new poll out which, if it’s to be believed, spells trouble for Democratic candidates come the fall. That’s “trouble” with a capital “O”, as in an unpopular President Obama dragging down his party’s slate. Among the findings: 1) … Continue reading

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