Political Headlines March 27, 2013: Sarah Palin Video Spotlights Sen. Ted Cruz, Prepares for 2014 Midterm Elections

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Palin Video Spotlights Sen. Ted Cruz, Prepares for Midterm Elections

Source: ABC News Radio, 3-27-13

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In a video released Wednesday by Sarah Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC, she revved up conservatives and Tea Party Republicans for 2014 with snippets of her Conservative Political Action Conference speech from earlier this month as well as media coverage praising the speech and her string of successful past endorsements.

[See the full video from Sarah Palin's YouTube Channel here.]

Titled “Loaded for Bear,” the video begins with the praise from the mainstream media she is always quick to criticize as the “lamestream media.”…READ MORE

Election 2012 November 18, 2012: Ron Barber, Former Gabrielle Giffords Aide, Wins Arizona Seat in Congress After Close Race

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Ron Barber, Former Gabrielle Giffords Aide, Wins Seat in Congress After Close Race

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-19-12

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Democrat Ron Barber, former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, was declared the winner today of a tight congressional race in Southern Arizona.

Saturday morning, Barber’s opponent, Republican Martha McSally, called him and conceded the race.

The hard-fought battle played out in a newly redrawn district in Southern Arizona that covers parts of Tucson and Pima County and all of Cochise County….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 7, 2012: Eleven House of Representative Races Too Close to Call

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Eleven House Races Too Close to Call

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-7-12
Republicans have locked in at least 234 seats and Democrats have secured at least 190 winners in the House of Representatives. But with some ballots yet to be counted, 11 races remained too close to call, and at least seven appeared to be headed for recounts.

Democrats appeared to have slight leads in at least eight races that were too close to call Wednesday morning, but a Republican campaign operative said almost all will be double-checked….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 7, 2012: Paul Ryan Hangs Onto Congress Seat in Wisconsin

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Paul Ryan Hangs Onto Congress Seat in Wisconsin

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-7-12

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Paul Ryan knows he will be headed to Washington, D.C., again next year even though his presidential ticket failed to win election.

Ryan will begin serving his eighth term as a U.S. congressman representing the 1st District of Wisconsin in 2013….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Republicans Projected to Preserve Control of House

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Republicans Projected to Preserve Control of House

House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican colleagues will secure enough seats to retain their majority, winning at least 218 seats in the House of Representatives, according to a projection of election results by ABC News.

For Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats, the election is a missed opportunity to regain control of the lower chamber, despite 62 contests without an incumbent. Republicans fought district by district to maintain their numbers….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Joe Kennedy Wins Congress Race for Barney Frank’s Massachusetts Seat

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Joe Kennedy Wins Congress Race for Barney Frank’s Seat

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

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Joseph Kennedy III, the great-nephew of president John F. Kennedy, won election to Congress Tuesday, marking the return of the Kennedy clan to the federal government for the first time since Patrick Kennedy resigned from the House in 2010.

ABC News is projecting that the 32-year-old prosecutor from Brookline, Mass., will defeat Republican opponent Sean Bielat in the 4th District race Tuesday night. Kennedy will fill the seat vacated by Rep. Barney Frank, who retires this year. The seat will remain Democratic….READ MORE

Election 2012 November 6, 2012: Republicans Preserve Control of House of Representatives

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THE HEADLINES….

Republicans Projected to Preserve Control of House

Source: ABC News Radio, 11-6-12

House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican colleagues will secure enough seats to retain their majority, winning at least 218 seats in the House of Representatives.

For Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats, the election is a missed opportunity to regain control of the lower chamber, despite 62 contests without an incumbent. Republicans fought district by district to maintain their numbers.

Over the past year, Republicans were bullish as they predicted modest gains on Election Day. While Democrats may be able to cut slightly into the GOP’s 25-seat majority by the end of the night, most congressional watchers predicted the outcome long before voters issued their preference at the polls Tuesday….READ MORE

Campaign Buzz June 26, 2012: Senatorial & Congressional Primary Night Results: Senator Orrin Hatch, Rep. Charlie Rangel Survive Primary Challenges

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IN FOCUS: SENATORIAL & CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY NIGHT RESULTS

Sen. Orrin Hatch, Rep. Charlie Rangel Survive Primary Challenges

Source: ABC News Radio, 6-26-12

Two Capitol Hill stalwarts — a conservative senator and a liberal congressman — easily won their respective primaries on Tuesday, fending off what were viewed as the toughest challenges of their careers.

In Utah, Republican Orrin Hatch, a U.S. senator for six terms, defeated the Tea Party-supported Dan Liljenquist by a two-to-one margin.

There were questions earlier this year about whether Hatch would win the GOP nomination, as the Tea Party seemed intent on replacing him with a candidate to the far right even though Hatch’s conservative credentials were impeccable.

However, Hatch’s base rallied for him and the senator’s war chest of $7 million was no match for Liljenquist, who had less than $1 million to spend.  Hatch is expected to cruise to re-election in November.

Meanwhile in New York City, Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel had no problem beating state Sen. Adriano Espaillat even as his 15th District in Harlem was melded into the mostly Latino 13th District.

Rangel, seeking his 22nd term in the House, is normally considered a lock to win the Democratic primary but this redistricting, along with ethics issues, posed a threat to his long tenure….READ MORE

Hatch Overcomes Challenge in Republican Primary in Utah

Source: NYT, 6-26-12

The six-term Republican fended off a primary challenge from a Tea Party-backed insurgent candidate on Tuesday….READ MORE

Rangel Fends Off Challengers to Win a Congressional Primary

Source: NYT, 6-26-12

Representative Charles B. Rangel’s victory capped a gripping campaign and preserved a career that had been threatened by ethics troubles and changing demographics….READ MORE

Campaign Buzz June 13, 2012: Former Gabrielle Giffords Aide Democrat Ron Barber Wins Arizona Special Election to Finish her Congressional Term

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Ron Barber, second from left, gets a hug from former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, left, as Giffords husband Mark Kelly, right, looks on as Barber celebrates a victory before speaking to supporters at a post election event, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. | AP Photo

Barber ran as a moderate, never identifying himself as a Democrat in his ads. | AP Photo

IN FOCUS: FORMER GABBY GIFFORDS AIDE DEMOCRAT RON BARBER WINS ARIZONA SPECIAL ELECTION TO FINISH HER CONGRESSIONAL TERM

Former Giffords Aide Ron Barber Wins Arizona Special Election: Ron Barber, the former district director for Gabrielle Giffords, has won the special election for his old bosses’ seat.
For Barber, 66, victory is bittersweet. The top aide to Giffords was also injured in the grocery store shooting on January, 2011 — he was shot in the leg and the cheek….. – ABC News Radio, 6-13-12

  • Arizona Race to Succeed Giffords Won by Democrat: Ron Barber, whom former Representative Gabrielle Giffords picked as her successor, defeated his Republican rival on Tuesday in a closely followed special election…. – NYT, 6-13-12
  • Former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber wins election to finish her term: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ hand-picked Democratic candidate won a special election Tuesday in southern Arizona to finish her term, defeating a Republican who narrowly lost to Giffords in 2010…. – AP, 6-13-12
  • Ron Barber wins Arizona special election: Ron Barber gave Democrats a much-needed boost Tuesday by winning an Arizona special election that came just one week after the party suffered a demoralizing loss in Wisconsin.
    In a House contest to finish the term of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Barber defeated Republican  to win a southern Arizona-based seat that has been vacant since Giffords announced her resignation in January to focus on her recovery following a January 2011 assassination attempt.
    The special election ranked as the highest-profile contest on a day when six other states cast ballots in House primaries…. – Politico, 6-13-12
  • Democrat Ron Barber Retains Gabby Giffords’s Arizona Congressional Seat: Former Giffords aide Ron Barber beat his Tea Party opponent in an election that was far less close than predicted. Democrats said the victory is a good omen for Obama, but Republicans attributed it to…. Daily Beast, 6-13-12
  • Arizona Voters Pick Former Aide to Fill Giffords’ Seat: Democrat Ron Barber, an aide to former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, won a special election to fill the remaining term of the congresswoman who resigned after being shot in the head … BusinessWeek, 6-13-12What to Draw from Gabby Giffords Special Election: Voters in southeastern Arizona are at the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Gabby Giffords’ retirement.
    The Democratic nominee, Ron Barber, has a very personal connection to Giffords. Not only is he Giffords’ former district director, but he was also shot in the leg and cheek in the assassination attempt on Giffords in January 2011.
    Tea Party supporter and former Marine Jesse Kelly is the Republican nominee. Kelly narrowly lost his 2010 race against Giffords by 4,000 votes.
    While a new poll out Monday showed Barber ahead of Kelly by 12 points, insiders on both sides say their polling shows the race much tighter. Many of those closest to the contest give Barber a narrow advantage…. – ABC News Radio, 6-12-12
  • Arizona voters go to polls to fill Gabrielle Giffords’s seat in Congress: Voters in Arizona were set to select a replacement for former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D) in a competitive special election on Tuesday, but late poll closings left the winner undetermined late Tuesday night…. – WaPo, 6-12-12
  • Special election to replace Gabrielle Giffords set for Tuesday in Arizona: Voters in southeastern Arizona will decide Tuesday whether to continue the legacy of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D) by electing a former aide who was among those injured with her in a tragic 2011 shooting or to punish President Obama…. – WaPo, 6-11-12
  • Gabrielle Giffords’ House seat: Final scramble underway: Democrat Ron Barber and Republican Jesse Kelly made a last-ditch plea for votes ahead of Tuesday’s special election to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as an independent poll showed Barber poised to win.
    With momentum apparently in his favor, Barber spent the day trying to mobilize his get-out-the-vote operation and avoid complacency. The tea party-backed Kelly went on a popular conservative talk radio show and pressed his case that Barber would be a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama…. – Politico, 6-12-12

Campaign Buzz February 16, 2012: Joseph Kennedy III Announces Bid for Congress — Declares “I’m Running” for Massachusett’s 4th Congress District Seat Held by Retiring Barney Frank

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By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

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AP Joseph Kennedy III is formally jumping into the race for a Massachusetts congressional seat.

IN FOCUS: JOSEPH KENNEDY III DECLARES ‘I’M RUNNING’ — ANNOUNCES BID FOR MASSACHUSETT’S 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SEAT

Joe Kennedy Exploratory Committee: Official site of the Joe Kennedy Exploratory Committee. Joe Kennedy is exploring a run for Congress in the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District…. – joekennedy2012.com

Joseph P. Kennedy III: I’m Running: I am running for Congress in the 4th Congressional District. Please watch my announcement video…. – YouTube, 2-16-12

Joseph Kennedy III announcing Mass. Congress bid: Joseph Kennedy III said Wednesday he’s formally jumping into the race for the congressional seat now held by retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.
“I believe this country was founded on a simple idea: that every person deserves to be treated fairly, by each other and by their government, but that’s not happening in America anymore,” Kennedy, a Democrat, said ahead of an announcement scheduled for Thursday.
He said he would work hard to earn every vote and if elected would “bring that fight for fairness to the U.S. Congress.”
Kennedy, the son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II and a grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, recently moved from Cambridge to Brookline, part of the state’s newly redrawn 4th Congressional District…. – AP, 2-15-12

  • Joe Kennedy III declares ‘I’m running’: Joseph P. Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for Congress this morning through a video on his Web site in which he touted his support for the common worker and his family’s rich political bloodline.
    Simply titled “I’m Running,” the 2-minute, 50-second spot gives voters in the 4th Congressional District their first official look at Kennedy’s campaign priorities: rebuilding infrastructure, a “21st century energy economy” and easing the tax burden on the middle class.
    “You can always count on me to fight for small businesses, seniors, veterans and for you, to make sure you get the constituent service you’ve come to expect,” Kennedy said.
    “My family has had the great privilege of serving Massachusetts before,” Kennedy said. “They taught me that public service is an honor, given in trust, and that trust must be earned each and every day. That’s exactly what I intend to do.”…. – Boston Herald, 2-16-12
  • Another Kennedy Kicks Off a Campaign: Joseph P. Kennedy III is seeking the seat now held by Representative Barney Frank, who is retiring…. – NYT, 2-16-12
  • Kennedy Returns to Massachusetts Politics in Congress Bid: Joseph P. Kennedy III, a grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, brought the family name back into the political spotlight today by announcing his candidacy to replace retiring US Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts…. – Bloomberg, 2-16-12
  • The Kennedy family’s politicians: A number of members of the famous family have gone on to a career in politics. Joseph Kennedy III greets onlookers at the Newton Center Green Line MBTA station in Newton, Mass. Kennedy launched his campaign for the Massachusetts congressional seat now … – WaPo, 2-16-12
  • Entitlement absent from Kennedy campaign: Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., praises Joe Kennedy III as an “engaging” guy and good campaigner who understands the issues. But, Rep. Frank insists, the Kennedy name isn’t why he should win…. – MSNBC, 2-17-12
  • Will Massachusetts elect another Kennedy?: It’s been less than three years since the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy and when Rep. Patrick Kennedy retired in 2011 it Massachusetts without a Kennedy in Congress, something that hadn’t happened for … – Boston Herald, 2-17-12
  • Kennedy name gives candidate early boost: Joe Kennedy III just had to consider running for Congress for his fundraising to kick into high gear.
    The prospect of the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and son of former Rep. Joe Kennedy II taking outgoing Rep. Barney Frank’s seat in Massachusetts’s 4th Congressional District has the political money world buzzing.
    Part of it is in the name: The 31-year-old lawyer is just what Washingtonians long for in an old-fashioned Kennedy — Harvard law degree, a Peace Corps stint, time spent fighting corruption as a prosecutor and even an attractive fiancée.
    The package of pedigree plus bona fides has attracted support from the Kennedy network, big Democratic donors and K Street — people who can’t resist a little taste of Camelot…. – Politico, 2-15-12
  • Joseph Kennedy III announcing congressional campaign today: The announcement will be followed by visits to five locations across the Fourth Congressional District. Joseph P. Kennedy III, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and the son of former US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II, will formally … – Boston Globe, 2-15-12
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