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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Last Night's Other Big Winner: Minimum Wage Increases

Election Day 2014 has been disastrous for Democrats, but on one top priority—hiking the minimum wage—the party made major gains, even in red-state America. Ballot initiatives raising the minimum wage passed with broad bipartisan support...Show More Summary

18-Year-Old Wins State Legislature Seat in West Virginia

The Republican Wave lifted many boats last night, including that of 18-year-old Saira Blair. The college freshman was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in a landslide—she earned 63 percent of the vote to her 44-year-old Democratic opponent's 30 percent—and officially became the youngest lawmaker in the country. Show More Summary

Sam Brownback Holds On

Sam Brownback lives to see another day. The embattled Kansas governor won his reelection bid, defeating Democrat Paul Davis. Polls headed into Tuesday had given Brownback poor odds for retaining his job, but being on the ballot during...Show More Summary

Pat Roberts Avoids Being The Only Senate Republican To Lose In 2014

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Tuesday avoided the indignity of becoming the only GOP incumbent senator to lose his seat in the 2014 midterm elections. The Associated Press called the race for Roberts at 11:10 p.m. ET. Roberts was dogged from the start by evidence that he lived in suburban Virginia and not in the state he represented in Congress. Show More Summary

What Word Will Obama Use to Describe This Election Tomorrow?

Tonight was not a good night to be a Democrat. The Republicans were triumphant in a great many of the races. In 2010, after a similarly awful midterm, Obama described the election as a "shellackin'." In 2006, Bush referred to the Democratic...Show More Summary

Three States Could Have Ended Legal Abortion. Only One Did.

Initiatives on the ballot Tuesday in Colorado, South Dakota, and Tennessee could have outlawed legal abortion. Tennessee was the only state to approve such a measure. Here's a rundown, updating my previous reporting on the initiatives. Coloradans...Show More Summary

More Good News: Michigan's "Foreclosure King" Headed to Congress

Michigan's "foreclosure king" is coming to Washington. Republican David Trott, a Michigan businessman who got rich on the collapse of the state's housing market, easily fended off his Democratic rival in Michigan's 11th congressional...Show More Summary

Tea Party Favorite, Food Stamp Foe Rep. Steve Southerland Loses Re-Election in Florida

It's going to be a bad night for Democrats, but they're getting a bit of good news out of Florida's Second District: Republican Rep. Steve Southerland has lost his re-election bid to Democrat Gwen Graham. Southerland, a former mortician,...Show More Summary

Tom Cotton's Victory in Arkansas Is a Huge Win for Neocons

GOP Rep. Tom Cotton defeated two-term Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor on Tuesday, bringing Republicans one step closer to winning control of the Senate. Cotton hammered Pryor repeatedly on Obamacare, which remains deeply unpopular in Arkansas...Show More Summary

Where Should Scott Brown Run for Senate Next?

Illustration: Thomas Nast/Library of Congress; Scott Brown: Seamas Culligan/ZUMA Former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown's comeback bid hit a wall on Tuesday, as he failed to unseat New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Show More Summary

Here Is a Picture of Cats Voting

Harry Whittier Frees Harry Whittier Frees, an American photographer credited with photographing the first Lolcats, reportedly took this photo of cats voting as long ago as 1914.

Mitch McConnell Photobombed by Disapproving Kentucky Man

Today, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined Americans around the country to cast his vote in the midterm elections. Presumably, McConnell voted for himself in the race against his Democratic challenger, Alison Grimes. As for this anonymous...Show More Summary

15 Reasons You Should Vote Today

It's Election Day 2014! Most of you won't vote, but you should! Here are a few key reasons to motivate you. 1. While you're just thinking about voting, countless Americans face huge hurdles to cast their ballot solely based on the color of their skin. 2. Show More Summary

Today's Biggest Showdown Over Guns Is in Washington State

The most closely watched battle over gun regulations this Election Day is in Washington state, where voters will weigh in on two opposing ballot measures: Initiative 594, which would expand background checks for gun buyers, including...Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for November 4, 2014

US Marines participate in firefighter training. (US Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Matthew Callahan )

Watch Duck Dynasty Stars Rally the Christian Right for Tomorrow's Election

Last week, we reported on a coalition of influential conservative Christian organizations that are drumming up outrage over the Hobby Lobby case and other recent culture war skirmishes. The goal of this campaign—which involves closed-door...Show More Summary

Watch Midterm Candidates Mention President Obama More Than 500 Times in Less Than 100 Seconds

The midterms! They're almost over—Dear God, sweet God, merciful God, let them be over soon—but not yet! Tomorrow, the House will be decided and the Senate will be decided and various gubernatorial races will be decided and the Presidency...Show More Summary

How to Find Your Polling Place

Tomorrow is Election Day! Whether it's gun control, the prospect of a Republican-controlled Senate, or the mere fact these eight candidates are running in the first place, everyone has a reason to get out the vote. So while we can'tShow More Summary

This Tea Partier Wants to Turn a 30-Acre Sinkhole Into a Campaign Issue

Tea party Senate candidate Rob Maness has found an issue he believes will resonate with Louisiana voters: a 30-acre, oil-burping sinkhole. During a debate with Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu on Tuesday, Maness was asked about a lawsuit over coastal erosion filed against 100 oil and gas companies last spring by a local flood protection board. Show More Summary

Happy Halloween From Mitch McConnell and Friends

Republican lawmakers have been getting in the holiday spirit today by reminding people about their longstanding beef with Obamacare. Senate Republicans put out a list of articles on their website under the headlines "Spooked by higher...Show More Summary

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