A Thoughtful Man

President Obama reflects on the Massachusetts election results and his vision for creating a better America.

Specter’s Switch

by Matt L. Barron When Al Franken finally takes his seat later this year, Democrats will have reached the magic total of 60 votes in their caucus with the move across the aisle by Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. Talk about Christmas in April for Harry Reid. Sing it out loud and proud. Cloture, baby, [...]

Rural Election Watch: Kentucky

By Sean Reagan Over in the Bluegrass state, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has been battling for his political life against Democrat Bruce Lunsford. Despite significant cash advantage – and a relatively reliable base – McConnell has been on the ropes for most of the campaign. It’s a seat Democrats would love to grab, not [...]

Rural Election Watch: Georgia Senate

By Sean Reagan Perhaps one of the best tests of just how long and broad Barack Obama’s coattails will prove to be is in Georgia, where incumbent Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss can’t quite put away Democratic challenger Jim Martin. Most October polls have Chambliss up a few points on Martin (one projects a tie; Rasmussen [...]

Rural Election Watch: Dole On The Ropes

By Sean Reagan Kay R. Hagan continues to box incumbent Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole into a corner. Veteran election watcher Charlie Cook has moved the North Carolina senate race from “Leans Republican” to a toss-up. Last week, two polls showed Hagan with a slim lead. Taken together, that translates into real momentum. There’s little doubt [...]

Rural Election Watch: Senate Seats In N.H. and N.C.

By Sean Reagan Amidst the Palin chatter, I thought I’d check in on a couple of rural races featuring Democratic women. One is senatorial candidate Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, who’s currently the odds-on favorite to unseat Republican incumbent John Sununu. In a state where Obama holds a razor-thin lead, Shaheen has doubled her lead [...]

Rural Election Watch: Minnesota Senate

By Sean Reagan It’s all Veepstakes all the time these days, but we like to keep our eye on lots of races here at Rural Votes. One of them is the race for the late Paul Wellstone’s Minnesota Senate seat. Republican Norm Coleman, who on the seat in 2002, is being challenged by Democrat Al [...]

The Full Catastrophe

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The Atlantic has posted Joshua Green’s article. “The Front-Runner’s Fall,” to which I referred last Sunday, along with the entire collection of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s primary campaign strategy memos and e-mails on which the piece is based.  I haven’t read it all yet, but you can be sure I will. Some [...]

The Silent Echo: Empty Promises to Veterans with PTSD

By Karen St. John “Our injured and fallen heroes and their families must be a top priority.  They deserve no less.” US Senator Elizabeth Dole concluded a speech made on the floor of the Senate with those words.  In a February 2005 press release, Providing for Injured and Fallen Soldiers and Their Families repeated the [...]

Rural Election Watch: New Mexico Senate

DEMOCRAT TOM UDALL TAKES A BIG EARLY LEAD By Sean Reagan Democratic Congressman Tom Udall is taking on Republican Steve Pearce, who narrowly defeated Heather Wilson in their hard-fought primary, in the race to replace retiring Republican Senator Pete Domenici who has held the seat since 1973. Udall has politics in the blood. He’s got [...]