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House seats still contested: Nov. 22, 2006

Three House seats are still being recounted; one race is heading to court; and two more will have runoffs in December. One House race had two different winners on November 7th...

DistrictIncumbentChallenger
FL-13 Vern Buchanan (R) Christine L. Jennings (D)
On Nov. 7, the race was close enough to warrant a recount. On Nov. 21, Buchanan was declared the winner, and Jennings filed a lawsuit for alleged under-counting of votes in the district's most Democratic county. The lawsuit will likely be resolved in December or January.
LA-2 William Jefferson (R, incumbent) State Rep. Karen Carter (D)
On Nov. 7, Rep. Jefferson won 30% of the vote, and St. Rep. Karen Carter won 22%, with three other candidates in double-digits. The top two vote-getters will participate in a runoff election on Dec. 9, 2006.
NC-8 Robin Hayes (R, incumbent) Larry Kissell (D)
On Nov. 7, the two candidates both polled 50%, with Hayes ahead by 346 votes out of 121,090 cast. A canvas and recount began on Friday. Nov. 17, resulting in Kissell losing by 339 votes. A provisional ballot count began on Nov. 20.
OH-2 Jean Schmidt (R, incumbent) Dr. Victoria W. Wulsin (D)
On Nov. 7, Dr. Wulsin disputed the election results; provisional ballot count began Nov. 21; results still pending.
OH-15 Deborah Pryce (R, incumbent) County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy (D)
On Nov. 7, Kilroy disputed the election results; provisional ballot count began Nov. 21; results still pending.
TX-22 Shelley Sekula-Gibbs (R) Former US Rep. Nick Lampson (D)
Shelley Sekula-Gibbs won on Nov. 7 for the interim term until Jan. 2007. Nick Lampson won on Nov. 7 for the 2-year term beginning Jan. 2007.
TX-23 Henry Bonilla (R, incumbent) Former US Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D)
On Nov. 7, a multi-candidate election resulted in Bonilla with 48% and Rodriguez with 21%. They face each other in a runoff in December.


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New Governors and Members of Congress: Nov. 15, 2006

New members of the Senate, House, and Governors, in our VoteMatch format.
(The links here include a few permanent excerpts from each newly elected official. The links under Nov. 8th are their campaign websites, which may be removed at any time).

Newly elected Senators
StateSenatorParty
MDBenjamin L. CardinD
MNAmy KlobucharD
MOClaire McCaskillD
MTJon TesterD
OHSherrod BrownD
PABob Casey Jr.D
RISheldon WhitehouseD
TNBob CorkerR
VAJames H. Webb, Jr.D
VTBernie SandersI
 
Newly elected Governors
StateGovernorParty
AKSarah PalinR
ARMike BeebeD
COBill RitterD
FLCharlie CristR
IAChet CulverD
IDJerry BradyD
MADeval PatrickD
MDMartin O`MalleyD
NVJim GibbonsR
NYEliot SpitzerD
OHTed StricklandD
 
Newly elected House Republicans
DistrictRepresentative
CA50Brian Bilbray
CA22Kevin McCarthy
CO5Doug Lamborn
FL9Gus Bilirakis
FL13Vern Buchanan
ID1Bill Sali
IL6Peter Roskam
MI7Tim Walberg
MN6Michele Bachmann
NV2Dean Heller
OH4Jim Jordan
OK5Mary Fallin
TN1David Davis
TX22Shelley Sekula-Gibbs
    
Newly elected House Democrats
DistrictRepresentative
AZ5Harry Mitchell
AZ8Gabby Giffords
CA11Jerry McNerney
CO7Ed Perlmutter
CT2Joe Courtney
CT5Chris Murphy
FL11Kathy Castor
FL16Tim Mahoney
FL22Ron Klein
GA4Hank Johnson
HI2Mazie Hirono
IL17Phil Hare
IN2Joe Donnelly
IN8Brad Ellsworth
IN9Baron Hill
IA1Bruce Braley
IA2David Loebsack
KS2Nancy Boyda
KY3John Yarmuth
MD3John Sarbanes
MN1Tim Walz
MN5Keith Ellison
NH1Carol Shea-Porter
NH2Paul Hodes
NJ13Albio Sires
NY11Yvette Clarke
NY19John Hall
NY20Kirsten Gillibrand
NY24Michael Arcuri
NC11Heath Shuler
OH6Charlie Wilson
OH13Betty Sutton
OH18Zack Space
PA4Jason Altmire
PA7Joe Sestak
PA8Patrick Murphy
PA10Chris Carney
TN9Steve Cohen
TX22Nick Lampson
WI8Steve Kagen
VT0Peter Welch


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Election Results: Nov. 8, 2006

Meet the New Boss: Freshman class in Senate, House, and Governors

Newly elected Senators
StateSenatorParty
MDBenjamin L. CardinD
MNAmy KlobucharD
MOClaire McCaskillD
MTJon TesterD
OHSherrod BrownD
PABob Casey Jr.D
RISheldon WhitehouseD
TNBob CorkerR
VAJames H. Webb, Jr.D
VTBernie SandersI
 
Newly elected Governors
StateGovernorParty
AKSarah PalinR
ARMike BeebeD
COBill RitterD
FLCharlie CristR
IAChet CulverD
IDJerry BradyD
MADeval PatrickD
MDMartin O`MalleyD
NVJim GibbonsR
NYEliot SpitzerD
OHTed StricklandD
 
Newly elected House Republicans
DistrictRepresentative
CA50Brian Bilbray
CA22Kevin McCarthy
CO5Doug Lamborn
FL9Gus Bilirakis
FL13Vern Buchanan
ID1Bill Sali
IL6Peter Roskam
MI7Tim Walberg
MN6Michele Bachmann
NV2Dean Heller
OH4Jim Jordan
OK5Mary Fallin
TN1David Davis
TX22Shelley Sekula-Gibbs
    
Newly elected House Democrats
DistrictRepresentative
AZ5Harry Mitchell
AZ8Gabby Giffords
CA11Jerry McNerney
CO7Ed Perlmutter
CT2Joe Courtney
CT5Chris Murphy
FL11Kathy Castor
FL16Tim Mahoney
FL22Ron Klein
GA4Hank Johnson
HI2Mazie Hirono
IL17Phil Hare
IN2Joe Donnelly
IN8Brad Ellsworth
IN9Baron Hill
IA1Bruce Braley
IA2David Loebsack
KS2Nancy Boyda
KY3John Yarmuth
MD3John Sarbanes
MN1Tim Walz
MN5Keith Ellison
NH1Carol Shea-Porter
NH2Paul Hodes
NJ13Albio Sires
NY11Yvette Clarke
NY19John Hall
NY20Kirsten Gillibrand
NY24Michael Arcuri
NC11Heath Shuler
OH6Charlie Wilson
OH13Betty Sutton
OH18Zack Space
PA4Jason Altmire
PA7Joe Sestak
PA8Patrick Murphy
PA10Chris Carney
TN9Steve Cohen
TX22Nick Lampson
WI8Steve Kagen
VT0Peter Welch


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Election Prediction: Senate 2006 : Oct. 31, 2006

We predict: Democrats take House; Republicans retain Senate

Massscorecard.org and Speakout.com predict that the Republicans will lose their House majority but retain their Senate majority, in both cases by narrow margins. We base this prediction on the results of our Votematch quizzes and on viewership preferences -- where we see a strong anti-incumbent attitude. We see the same attitude as in 1994 –- widespread dissatisfaction with Congress, based on an unrealistic policy in Iraq, and moral alienation over Mark Foley. Dissatisfaction at the current high level translates to poll losses for the party in power. As in 1994, we believe this has much more to do with anti-incumbency than with any partisan preference -- although the Democratic Party will claim victory, they most assuredly have not earned it. The primary reason for our House prediction is that all House seats are up for election. Only 33 Senate seats out of 100 are up for election; if all 100 were up, the Republicans would likely lose the Senate also. Our specific predictions for all Senate seats likely to change hands follow (with links to our SenateMatch quizzes and our debate coverage):

Winners marked (we predicted 12 right and 3 wrong!)

AZ: Kyl re-elected (R) AZ Quiz AZ Debate
CT: Lieberman survives (D -> I) CT Quiz CT Debate
FL: Nelson re-elected (D) FL Quiz FL Debate
MD: Steele beats Cardin (D -> R) MD Quiz MD Debate
MI: Stabenow survives (D) MI Quiz MI Debate
MN: Klobuchar beats Kennedy (D -> D) MN Quiz MN Debate
MO: McCaskill unseats Talent (R -> D) MO Quiz MO Debate
MT: Tester unseats Burns (R -> D) MT Quiz MT Debate
NJ: Kean unseats Menendez (D -> R) NJ Quiz NJ Debate
OH: Brown unseats DeWine (R -> D) OH Quiz OH Debate
PA: Casey unseats Santorum (R -> D) PA Quiz PA Debate
RI: Whitehouse unseats Chafee (R -> D) RI Quiz RI Debate
TN: Ford beats Corker (R -> D) TN Quiz TN Debate
VA: Webb unseats Allen (R -> D) VA Quiz VA Debate
WA: Cantwell survives (D) WA Quiz WA Debate

That gains the Democrats four seats, which is still two shy of a majority. Rep. Cardin and Sen. Menendez have the best chance of going against our prediction, but Sen. DeWine and Mr. Corker might also pull an upset. If an upset combination yields two Democratic seats, we predict that Sen. Lieberman will switch party to Republican, because of the lack of Democratic support for his independent candidacy, and therefore the Republicans will still maintain their Senate majority.


Click for our complete set of VoteMatch quizzes or our complete set of Senate debates


SenateMatch Quizzes for 2006 : Oct.-Nov. 2006

Announcing 2006 SenateMatch is now ready for all 33 Senate races!

There's one month until the election -- have you decided who to vote for?

Our SenateMatch quiz helps you decide which candidate matches your views on the issues. You answer 20 questions; then we match you up to the candidates and incumbents in your state, based on their answers.

You can compare your answers in every state with a Senate race, to see who your "Senate advocates" are. We also describe your "political philosophy" based on your answers to our 20 questions. It's fun!


Click for complete set of VoteMatch quizzes


Senate debates for 2006 : Oct.-Nov. 2006

Announcing 2006 Senate debates

We transcribe and excerpt as many Senate debates as we can find -- the list appears below.
Michigan Senate debate Mike Bouchard (R) vs. Debbie Stabenow (D) Oct. 15, 2006
Minnesota Senate debate Mark Kennedy (R) vs. Amy Klobuchar (D) Oct. 15, 2006
Tennessee Senate debate Bob Corker (R) vs. Harold Ford (D) Oct. 10, 2006
Missouri Senate debate Jim Talent (R) vs. Claire McCaskill (D) Oct. 8, 2006
Ohio Senate debate Mike DeWine (R) vs. Sherrod Brown (D) Oct. 1, 2006
Massachusetts Gubernatorial debate Kerry Healey (R) vs. Deval Patrick (D) vs. Christy Mihos (I) vs. Grace Ross (G) Sept. 25, 2006
Montana Senate debate Conrad Burns (R) vs. Jon Tester (D) Sept. 24, 2006
Virginia Senate debate Jim Webb (D) vs. George Allen (R) Sept. 17, 2006
Massachusetts Democratic Gubernatorial debate Deval Patrick, Tom Reilly, and Chris Gabrieli in the Democratic primary Sept. 13, 2006
2006 Pennsylvania Senate debate Sen. Rick Santorum (R) vs. Bob Casey (D) Sept. 3, 2006
N.J. Senate virtual debate Tom Kean (R) vs. Bob Menendez (D) Aug.-Sept., 2006
2006 Hawaii Senate debate Daniel Akaka vs. Ed Case in the Democratic primary Aug. 31, 2006
2006 Rhode Island Senate debate Linc Chafee vs. Steve Laffey in the Republican primary Aug. 24, 2006
2006 Connecticut Senate debate Joe Lieberman vs. Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary July 6, 2006
Virginia Democratic primary debate Jim Webb (D) vs. Harris Miller (D) June 9, 2006
Minnesota Senate primary debates MPR interviews January-March, 2006


Click for complete set of Senate debates and other archived materials.


Ohio Senate debate : Oct. 1, 2006

Click for excerpts from the DeWine-Brown Senate Debate

On War on Terror:
DEWINE: "Brown voted 10 times to cut intelligence spending."
BROWN: "Voted every time in favor of final intelligence budgets"

On Iraq War:
DEWINE: "Cannot set an artificial timetable for withdrawal from Iraq"
BROWN: "The war in Iraq is making us less safe"

On Partisanship:
DEWINE: "Brown does not represent the mainstream of Ohio"
BROWN: "Endorsed even by conservative groups"


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Virginia Senate debate : Sept. 17, 2006

Click for excerpts from the Webb-Allen Senate Debate

On War on Terror:
ALLEN: "Continue terrorist interrogations but without torture"
WEBB: "Continue terrorist interrogations within Geneva Accord rules"

On Iraq War:
ALLEN: "No second guessing; stand by Iraq war"
WEBB: "Terrorists are in Iraq because we invaded, not vice-versa"

On Gaffes:
ALLEN: "Using 'macaca' was a mistake, but not intended as an insult."
WEBB: "Wrote 'Women Can't Fight' in 1979; now OK with military women"


Click for more headlines from the Virginia Senate Debate


Super Tuesday primary results : Sept. 12, 2006

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September 12th included primaries for U.S. Senate in 8 states. Click below for the primary results and the future general election race.

State Primary contenders Opponent
Arizona
 Ran unopposed: Jim Pederson (D,AZ) Now faces: Sen.Jon Kyl (R,MO)
Delaware
 Winner: Jan Ting (R,DE) Now faces: Sen.Tom Carper (D,DE)
 Defeated: Mike Protack (R,DE)  
 Defeated: Christine O`Donnell (R,DE)  
Maryland
 Winner: Rep. Benjamin Cardin (D,MD) Now faces: Lt.Gov.Michael Steele (R,MD)
 Defeated: Kweisi Mfume (D,MD)  
 Defeated: Daniel "The Wig Man" Vovak (R,MD)  
Minnesota
 Winner: Amy Klobuchar (D,MN) Now faces: Rep.Mark Kennedy (R,MN)
 Withdrew: Patty Wetterling (D,MN)  
 Withdrew: Ford W. Bell (D,MN)  
New York
 Winner: John Spencer (R,NY) Now faces: Sen.Hillary Rodham Clinton (D,NY)
 Defeated: K.T. McFarland (R,NY)  
Rhode Island
 Winner: Sheldon Whitehouse (D,RI) Now faces: Sen.Linc Chafee (R,RI)
 Defeated: Stephen P. Laffey (R,RI)  
 Defeated: Carl Lloyd Sheeler (D,RI)  
Vermont
 Winner: Richard Tarrant (R,VT) Now faces: Rep. Bernie Sanders (I,VT)
 Defeated: Gregory Parke (R,VT)  
Wisconsin
 Ran unopposed: Robert Gerald Lorge (R,WI) Now faces: Sen.Herb Kohl (D,WI)

Pennsylvania Senate debate : Sept. 3, 2006

Click for excerpts from the Casey-Santorum Senate Debate

On War on Terror:
SANTORUM: "War against Islamic fascism will be won or lost in America"
CASEY: "What we need is not a change in the terminology, we need to change the tactics"

On Iraq War:
SANTORUM: "Rumsfeld has done a fine job; we have a great game plan"
CASEY: "Replace Rumsfeld and find out whether we were lied to"

On Pres. Bush:
SANTORUM: "I agree with the president a vast majority of the time"
CASEY: "Being a rubber stamp for the president is not in the best interest of the people of America"


Click for more headlines from the Pennsylvania Senate Debate


Rhode Island Republican Senate Primary debate : Aug. 24, 2006

Click for excerpts from the Laffey-Chafee Republican Primary Debate

On Immigration:
LAFFEY: "Chafee voted for illegal aliens"
CHAFEE: "Path to legality but also strong border security"

On Iraq War:
LAFFEY: "I have called for the resignation of Rumsfeld"
CHAFEE: Rumsfeld's poor performance "vindicates my vote against the war in Iraq"

On Stem Cell Research:
LAFFEY: "Embryonic stem cell research has produced no benefits"
CHAFEE: "Every scientist is saying that the real potential is in the embryonic stem cells"


Click for more headlines from the Rhode Island Republican Primary Debate


Ned Lamont wins Connecticut primary : Aug. 8, 2006

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This month includes several primaries for U.S. Senate. Click below for the primary results and the future general election race.

Date Primary contenders Opponent
Connecticut
Aug. 8Winner: Ned Lamont (D,CT) Now faces: Alan Schlesinger (R,CT)
 Defeated: Joe Lieberman (D,CT)  
Michigan
Aug. 8Winner: Michael Bouchard (R,MI) Now faces: Sen.Debbie Stabenow (D,MI)
 Defeated: Rev. Keith A. Butler (R,MI)  
Missouri
Aug. 8Ran unopposed: Claire McCaskill (D,MO) Now faces: Sen.Jim Talent (R,MO)
Nevada
Aug. 15Ran unopposed: Jack Carter (D,NV) Now faces: Sen.John Eric Ensign (R,NV)
Tennessee
Aug. 3Winner: Bob Corker (R,TN) Now faces: Rep. Harold E. Ford, Jr (D,TN)
 Defeated: Ed Bryant (R,TN)  
 Defeated: Van Hilleary (R,TN)  
Wyoming
Aug.22Ran unopposed: Dale Groutage (D,WY) Now faces: Sen.Craig Thomas (R,WY)

2006 Senate coverage - incumbent voting records : July 15, 2006

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This week we add coverage of the voting records of the incumbents in the U.S. Senate for major votes that took place from February through June 2006. This MAY be the last update before the election, unless we hear from you over the summer that there are important enough votes to warrant another round. Click on the Senate page for any incumbent member of the Senate to see how they voted on each of the issues below.

Massscorecard Category Major Senate vote on...
Tax Reform permanently repealing the `death tax`
Civil Rights constitutional ban of same-sex marriage
Immigration establishing a Guest Worker program
Immigration allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security
Immigration giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship
Government Reform allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress
Homeland Security reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act
Government Reform establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity
Technology restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007
Free Trade free trade agreement with Oman
Civil Rights recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration
War & Peace redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007
Health Care limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000
Tax Reform extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends

Lieberman preparing run as Independent if he loses to Ned Lamont : July 4-12, 2006

Click for excerpts from the Lamont-Lieberman Primary

July 4:

Senator Joe Lieberman said he will circulate petitions to be an independent candidate for re-election. The 7,500 valid signatures are due August 9. The Democratic primary is August 8. If Lieberman wins the Democratic primary [against challenger Ned Lamont], he won't turn in the petition the next day and will run as a Democrat in November. If he loses the primary, he will run as an independent in November. He will continue to be a registered Democrat.

July 6:

Click for Lieberman's July 6 debate with Ned Lamont for the Connecticut Democratic Senate Primary

July 12:

Lieberman says he will always be a Democrat, but just in case, he wants his own party line on the Connecticut ballot this fall. The party seems to be single-purpose, since its name is Connecticut for Lieberman. The party will probably end up fifth on the ballot, following Republicans, Democrats, Conerned Citizens and Libertarians, but above candidates with no party designation. While Lieberman continues to run ahead in the polls, Lamont has been gaining ground, and Lieberman, as insurance, filed petitions to run in November as an independent. Lieberman has promised to continue to vote with the Democratic caucus if he wins as an independent -- or as a Connecticut for Lieberman candidate. "I've always been a Democrat, and I'll remain a Democrat," Lieberman said.

Aug. 8:

Lieberman loses primary; files as independent. Stay tuned for more debates....

Source: Ballot Access News's Richard Winger
Click for more headlines by Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont


2006 House coverage - incumbent voting records : June 25, 2006

Click for the full list of 2006 House incumbents

This week we add coverage of the voting records of the incumbents in the U.S. House for major votes that took place from March through June 2006. This MAY be the last update before the election, unless we hear from you over the summer that there are important enough votes to warrant another round. Click on the House page for any incumbent member of the House to see how they voted on each of the issues below.

Massscorecard Category Major House vote on...
War & Peace declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date
Technology establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet)
Environment increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M
Welfare & Poverty providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers
Energy & Oil scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries
Immigration preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project
Environment barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump
Homeland Security continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight
Government Reform restricting independent grassroots political committees
Education $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges

Jon Tester wins Montana primary; James Webb wins Virginia primary : June 13, 2006

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This month includes many primaries for U.S. Senate. Click below for the primary results and the future general election race.

Date Primary contenders Opponent
Mississippi
June 27Winner: Erik Fleming (D,MS) Now faces: Sen. Trent Lott (R,MS)
 Defeated: Bill Bowlin (D,MS)  
Utah
June 27Ran unopposed: Pete Ashdown (D,UT) Now faces: Orrin Hatch (R,UT)
Virginia
June 13Winner: James Webb (D,VA) Now faces: Sen. George Allen (R,VA)
 Defeated: Harris Miller (D,VA)  
Maine
June 13Winner: Jean Hay Bright (D,ME) Now faces: Sen. Olympia Snowe (R,ME)
 Defeated: Eric Mehnert (D,ME)  
Montana
June 6Winner: Jon Tester (D,MT) Now faces: Sen. Conrad Burns (R,MT)
 Defeated: John Morrison (D,MT)  
 Defeated: Bob Keenan (R,MT)  
New Mexico
June 6Winner: Allen McCulloch (R,NM) Now faces: Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D,NM)
 Defeated: David Pfeffer (R,NM)  
 Defeated: Joe Carraro (R,NM)  
 Defeated: Francesca Lobato (R,NM)  
New Jersey
June 6Winner: Thomas Kean, Jr. (R,NJ) Now faces: Sen. Robert Menendez (D,NJ)
Mississippi
June 6Two largest vote-getters in June 27 runoff Will face: Sen. Trent Lott (R,MS)
 Qualified for Runoff: Erik Fleming (D,MS)  
 Qualified for Runoff: Bill Bowlin (D,MS)  
California
June 6Ran unopposed: Dick Mountjoy (R,CA) Now faces: Dianne Feinstein (D,NE)

Speculation on the 2008 presidential race : June 1, 2006

Click for the full archive of 2008 Speculation

Who's running, and who's thinking about running for President?

The 2008 election seems to be coming soon, if one reads the news reports. We report some of the speculation here, for potential candidates who are likely to throw their hats into the ring.

Click for speculation about 2008 / Click for their views on the issues
George AllenFormer Governor (R, VA)
Jeb BushGovernor (R, FL)
Hillary ClintonSenator (D, NY)
Howard DeanFormer Governor (D, VT)
Russell FeingoldSenator (D, WI)
Bill FristSenate Majority Leader (R, TN)
Al GoreFormer Vice President (D, TN)
John KerrySenator (D, MA)
John McCainSenator (R, NM)
Mitt RomneyRetiring Governor (R, MA)
Mark WarnerFormer Governor (D, VA)

Bob Casey wins Pennsylvania primary : May 16, 2006

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This week we begin coverage of the primaries for U.S. Senate in 2006. The primaries that have been decided so far appear below.

Date Primary contenders Opponent
Pennsylvania
May 16Winner: Bob Casey Jr. (D,PA) Now faces: Sen. Rick Santorum (R,PA)
 Defeated: Alan Sandals (D,PA)  
 Defeated: Chuck Pennacchio (D,PA)  
Nebraska
May 9Winner: Peter Ricketts (R,NE) Now faces: Ben Nelson (D,NE)
 Defeated: David Kramer (R,NE)  
 Defeated: Don Stenberg (R,NE)  
Ohio
May 9Winner: Sherrod Brown (D,OH) Now faces: Mike DeWine (R,OH)
 Defeated: Paul Hackett (D,OH)  
West Virginia
May 2Winner: John Raese (R,WV) Now faces: Robert C. Byrd (D,WV)
 Defeated: Hiram Lewis (R,WV)  
 Defeated: Rick Snuffer (R,WV)  
 Defeated: Zane Lawhorn (R,WV)  

Letter from Iran's president to Pres. Bush : May 15, 2006

Click here for complete text of letter

Section 1: On George W. Bush

Section 2: On Israel

Section 3: On America in the World

Section 4: On Iraq and its Cost

Section 5: On Common Monotheism

Section 6: On Serving God

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to President Bush offering "new ways" to resolve the international dispute over Iran's nuclear program, while brushed off by the White House, has achieved one clear result: more positive press coverage than he has ever gotten.

With Western powers unable to reach agreement about a United Nations Security Council resolution on Iran's nuclear program, online commentators says Ahmadinejad's 18-page letter promotes the idea that Iran is open to compromise at a time when the rest of the world is divided.

The letter, the first written communication between the leaders of the two countries in 27 years, criticizes Bush for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, detainee abuse in U.S.-run facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and for his support of Israel.

Source: Reuters & Washington Post translations
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Porter Goss resigns : May 6, 2006

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Porter Goss said Saturday that his surprise resignation as CIA director is "just one of those mysteries," offering no other explanation for his sudden departure after almost two years on the job.

Although the ex-congressman declined to comment, intelligence sources have told CNN that Goss' resignation on Friday was triggered by differences with National Intelligence Director John Negroponte over plans to move staff, including analysts from the CIA's counterterrorism center, to other intelligence agencies.

As for Goss' replacement, President Bush has settled on Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden as his choice, senior administration officials told CNN, and an announcement is planned for Monday.

Source: CNN.com
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2006 Senate debate coverage : April 22, 2006

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This week we add coverage of the first public debates for U.S. Senate in 2006. The Minnesota Senate debates will determine the successor to retiring Sen. Mark Dayton (D,MN). We will provide coverage of all Senate debates on our 2006 Senate debate page. We also add this week some late entries to US Senate races:

New Senate challenger
(new coverage begins this week)
Opponent
(previously covered by Massscorecard.org)
Bill Bowlin (D,MS) Trent Lott (R,MS)
Joe Carraro (R,NM) Jeff Bingaman (D,NM)
Dwight Grotberg (R,ND) Kent Conrad (D,ND)
Howie Hawkins (G,NY) Sen. Hillary Clinton (D,NY)
Bo Heyward (I,TN) Bill Frist (R,retiring)
Bob Keenan (R,MT) Sen. Conrad Burns (R,MT)
Ned Lamont (D,CT) Joe Lieberman (D,CT)
Chris Lugo (G,TN) Bill Frist (R,retiring)
Dick Mountjoy (R,CA) Dianne Feinstein (D,CA)
Steve Osborn (L,IN) Sen. Richard Lugar (R,IN)
John Raese (R,WV) Robert C. Byrd (D,WV)
Carl Romanelli (G,PA) Sen. Rick Santorum (R,PA)
Alan Schlesinger (R,CT) Joe Lieberman (D,CT)
Leonard Schwartz (L,MI) Debbie Stabenow (D,MI)
Richard Tarrant (R,VT) Rep. Bernie Sanders (I,VT)

Tom DeLay resigns: April 4, 2006

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Is a tidal wave gathering? The announcement Tuesday by Rep. Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader, that he would resign from Congress signaled what Democrats hope for and Republicans fear: That Democrats could be swept into power in November by the sort of political tsunami that helped Republicans win control of Congress in 1994.

Dick Armey, who became House Republican leader when the party gained control in 1994, acknowledges that Republicans have "set the stage for the Democrats." However, he says, Democrats need to offer an alternative rather than just attack. "I think it takes a double-barreled shotgun, and they've only got one barrel."

A Democratic takeover of the Senate seems distant, but [many pundits] now figure it's possible (though not yet likely) that Democrats will gain the 15 seats they need to seize control of the House of Representatives.

Three of the five key ingredients of the 1994 turnaround are in place, including broad public dissatisfaction with the direction of the country, dismal approval ratings for the president and the taint of scandal in Congress. But there are differences, too: The number of competitive House districts is much smaller than 12 years ago, and the opposition party has yet to articulate a unified, positive message.

DeLay says his decision to call it quits helps prevent Democrats from gaining the confluence of forces they need, not to mention reducing the chances that the GOP would lose his Texas seat.

The election is seven months away, and analysts are calculating how 2006 is similar to 1994, and how it's different. Democrats haven't issued their own "Contract with America," although Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California last week unveiled what they called a unified Democratic approach to national security.

Source: Susan Page and Richard Wolf, USA Today
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Dirk Kempthorne nominated as Secretary of Interior: March 17, 2006

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President Bush announced that Gov. Dirk Kempthorne has been tapped to be the next Secretary of the Interior.

Kempthorne's announcement has fueled rumors that Lt. Gov. Jim Risch might run against U.S. Rep. Butch Otter in the Republican primary instead of for re-election. The final date for Risch to file for a run at the governor's position is today.

Mike Petersen, director of the Lands Council of Spokane, said he hopes Kempthorne is more conservation-mined than Gale Norton, who resigned as Interior Secretary this week. He said he recalls that Kempthorne, in his Senate term, generally voted on Republican Party lines which were more for resource development than conservation. But from his own contacts with Kempthorne, Petersen said Kempthorne "listens to all sides without being dogmatic." Petersen said he would ask Kempthorne to return to the conservation days of the early 1900s. "When we think about Teddy Roosevelt, he was a big Republican who created forests and parks," he said. "It's all flip-flopped nowadays."

Carl Pope, director of the Sierra Club, labeled Kempthorne as hostile to environmental issues. "Notably as senator, Kempthorne co-sponsored a bill to take polluters off the hook for millions of tons of lead, zinc and other toxic metals into the Coeur d'Alene River basin -- instead leaving taxpayers with the clean-up bill," Pope said.

Source: Mike McLean & Tom Greene, Bonner County (ID) Daily Bee
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2006 House coverage - incumbent voting records : March 11, 2006

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This week we add coverage of the voting records of the incumbents in the U.S. House for major votes that took place in late 2005 to early 2006. Click on the page for any incumbent member of the House to see how they voted on each of the issues below.

Massscorecard Category Major House vote on...
Abortion restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions
Abortion allowing human embryonic stem cell research
Civil Rights making the PATRIOT Act permanent
Energy & Oil authorizing construction of new oil refineries
Environment deauthorizing “critical habitat” for endangered species
Foreign Policy deterring foreign arms transfers to China
Foreign Policy reforming the UN by restricting US funding
Free Trade implementing CAFTA, the Central America Free Trade Agreement
Government Reform prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers
Gun Control prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers
Health Care denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay
Tax Reform retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends

2006 Senate race coverage - final candidate list : March 3, 2006

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This week we finalize coverage of candidates for U.S. Senate in 2006. We welcome input from late-entry candidates, or from campaign volunteers who would like to flesh out the issue stances of the candidates listed.

New Senate challenger
(new coverage begins this week)
Opponent
(Opponent on Massscorecard.org)
Mike Bouchard (R,MI) Debbie Stabenow (D,MI)
Erik R. Fleming (D,MS) Trent Lott (R,MS)
Stephen P. Laffey (R,RI) Sen. Linc Chafee (R,RI)
Zane Lawhorn (R,WV) Robert C. Byrd (D,WV)
Francesca Lobato (R,NM) Jeff Bingaman (D,NM)
Bret McAtee (C,MI) Debbie Stabenow (D,MI)
KT McFarland (R,NY) Hillary Clinton (D,NY)
Eric Mehnert (D,ME) Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R,ME)
David Redick (R,WI) Herb Kohl (D,WI)
Peter Ricketts (R,NE) Ben Nelson (D,NE)
Alan Sandals (D,PA) Sen. Rick Santorum (R,PA)
Carl Lloyd Sheeler (D,RI) Matt Brown (D,RI)

2006 Senate race coverage - incumbent voting records : Feb. 27, 2006

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This week we add coverage of the voting records of the incumbents in the U.S. Senate for major votes that took place in 2005. Click on the page for any incumbent Senator to see how they voted on each of the issues below.

Massscorecard Category Major Senate vote on...
Abortion$100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives
Corporationsrepealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore
Corporationsreforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions
Educationshifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education
Energy & Oil$3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas
Energy & Oilreducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%)
Energy & Oilbanning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Environmentincluding oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations
Free Tradeimplementing CAFTA, the Central America free-trade agreement
Gun Controlbarring lawsuits against gun manufacturers
Health Carenegotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug
Homeland Securityrestoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders
Homeland Securityrestricting business with entities linked to terrorism
Jobsraising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25
Principles & Valuesconfirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
War & Peacerequiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding

2006 Senate race coverage : Feb. 9, 2006

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This week we add coverage of third-party candidates and some late-entry challengers for U.S. Senate in 2006.

New Senate challenger
(new coverage begins this week)
Opponent
(previously covered by Massscorecard.org)
Michael Cavlan (G,MN) Rep. Mark R. Kennedy (R,MN)
Bob Corker (R,TN,) Bill Frist (R,retiring)
John Featherman (L,PA) Sen. Rick Santorum (R,PA)
Darrel Hunter (D,TX) Kay Bailey Hutchison (R,TX)
Scott Jameson (L,TX) Kay Bailey Hutchison (R,TX)
Stan Jones (L,MT) Sen. Conrad Burns (R,MT)
Brad Klippert (R,WA) Maria Cantwell (D,WA)
Rosalind Kurita (D,TN) Bill Frist (R,retiring)
Brian Macdonald (R,MA) Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D,MA)
John Spencer (R,NY) Hillary Clinton (D,NY)
Rae Vogeler (G,WI) Herb Kohl (D,WI)
Kevin Zeese (G/L/P,MD) Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (R,MD)

President Bush State of the Union Speech : Jan. 31, 2006

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Source: WhiteHouse.gov
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2006 Senate race coverage : Jan. 25, 2006

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This week we add coverage of the additional challengers for U.S. Senate in 2006.

New Senate challenger
(new coverage begins this week)
Opponent
(previously covered by Massscorecard.org)
Pete Ashdown (D,UT) Orrin G. Hatch (R,UT)
Keith A. Butler (R,MI) Debbie Stabenow (D,MI)
Ed Cox (R,NY,withdrew) Hillary Clinton (D,NY)
Larry Drown (D,VT) Rep. Bernie Sanders (I,VT)
Dale Groutage (D,WY) Craig Thomas (R,WY)
Gene Kelly (D,TX) Kay Bailey Hutchison (R,TX)
Amy Klobuchar (D,MN) Rep. Mark R. Kennedy (R,MN)
David Kramer (R,NE) Ben Nelson (D,NE)
Hiram Lewis (R,WV) Robert C. Byrd (D,WV)
Mike McGavick (R,WA) Maria Cantwell (D,WA)
Tim Michels (R,WI) Herb Kohl (D,WI)
Harris Miller (D,VA) George Allen (R,VA)
Greg Parke (R,VT) Rep. Bernie Sanders (I,VT)
David Pfeffer (R,NM) Jeff Bingaman (D,NM)
Mike Protack (R,DE) Tom Carper (D,DE)
Barbara Radnofsy (D,TX) Kay Bailey Hutchison (R,TX)
Rick Snuffer (R,WV) Robert C. Byrd (D,WV)
Daniel "The Wig Man" Vovak (R,MD) Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (R,MD)
James Webb (D,VA) George Allen (R,VA)
Jerry Zandstra (R,MI) Debbie Stabenow (D,MI)

2006 Gubernatorial race coverage begins : Jan. 20, 2006

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This week we begin coverage of the challengers for Governors in 2006. We begin with the serious challengers in races where the incumbent is retiring. There are 36 races for Governor this year.

Gubernatorial candidate Retiring incumbent
Rep. Bob Beauprez (R,CO) Bill Owens (R,CO)
Rep. Jim Davis (D,FL) Jeb Bush (R,FL)
Rep. Jim Gibbons (R,NV) Kenny Guinn (R,NV)
Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (R,MA) Mitt Romney (R,MA)
Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R,AR) Mike Huckabee (R,AR)
Rep. Jim Nussle (R,IA) Tom Vilsack (D,IA)
Rep. Butch Otter (R,ID) Dirk Kempthorne(R,ID)
Asst. Secy. Deval Patrick (D,MA) Mitt Romney (R,MA)
A.G. Tom Reilly (D,MA) Mitt Romney (R,MA)
Rep. Ted Strickland (D,OH) Bob Taft (R,OH)
Gov. William Weld (R,NY) George Pataki (R,NY)

Gore calls for investigation of the President : Jan. 16, 2006
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Samuel Alito Senate confirmation hearings open : Jan. 9, 2006

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On Oct. 31, 2005, President Bush nominated Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court, to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. His Senate confirmation hearings began on Jan. 9, 2006.


2006 Senate race coverage begins : Jan. 8, 2006

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This week we begin coverage of the new challengers for U.S. Senate in 2006. We will cover all 33 races, including third-party candidates. Some 2006 races have candidates who are still in the 'exploratory committee' stage, but many have already declared, although most have not yet come out with official issue stances. The new candidates appear in the left-hand column. Their opponents appear in the right-hand column, with full coverage (either because they're the Senate incumbent or because they're a House incumbent for whom we have voting records). Please check back often and we'll post issue stances as the candidates say 'em!

New Senate challenger
(new coverage begins this week)
Opponent
(previously covered by Massscorecard.org)
Ford Bell (D,MN) Rep. Mark R. Kennedy (R,MN)
Jean Hay Bright (D,ME) Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R,ME)
Matt Brown (D,RI) Sen. Linc Chafee (R,RI)
Jack Carter (D,NV) Sen. John Eric Ensign (R,NV)
Bob Casey Jr. (D,PA) Sen. Rick Santorum (R,PA)
Paul Hackett (D,OH) Rep. Sherrod Brown (D,OH)
Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R,NJ) Rep. Robert Menendez (D,NJ)
Gene Kelly (D,TX) Sen.Kay Hutchison(R,TX)
Claire McCaskill (D,MO) Sen. Jim Talent (R,MO)
John Morrison (D,MT) Sen. Conrad Burns (R,MT)
Jim Pederson (D,AZ) Sen. Jon Kyl (R,AZ)
Chuck Pennacchio (D,PA) Sen. Rick Santorum (R,PA)
Kevin Scott (R,MA) Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D,MA)
Michael Steele (R,MD) Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (R,MD)
Don Stenberg (R,NE) Sen. Ben Nelson (D,NE)
Jon Tester (D,MT) Sen. Conrad Burns (R,MT)
Patty Wetterling (D,MN) Sen. Mark Dayton (D,MN)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D,RI) Sen. Linc Chafee (R,RI)

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