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8/22/2014 — Bob McDonnell on the stand: His last campaign
RICHMOND, Va. — His expression was grim, his voice cracked at just the right times, and he appeared in genuine pain — all while describing his wife.

8/22/2014 — Matt Towery: While Nation's Eyes Are on Ferguson, Justice for Injured Toddler Is Ignored
The details about the death of Michael Brown and the actions of the Ferguson, Missouri, policeman who shot him remain very much at issue. There are too many theories and longstanding feelings, ranging from race relations to support for law enforcement, for any columnist to properly take a stand on the matter. 

8/21/2014 — Gary Reese: Louisiana May Decide U.S. Senate Majority – In December

It’s not a far-fetched notion that majority control of the U.S. Senate will be decided not on Nov. 4 but on Dec. 6. The second date is the one of the likely election runoff in the Louisiana Senate race.

Louisiana will have an open primary in November, and three-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing not one, but two Republicans, plus a Libertarian. U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Baton Rouge physician, is the GOP candidate who could actually win the seat. But self-proclaimed tea party Republican Rob Maness, a retired Air Force colonel, right now is drawing enough support to prevent either Landrieu or Cassidy from winning outright in November. Most of the polls that show a statistical tie between Landrieu and Cassidy are surveys of that potential runoff.

8/21/2014 — Sarita Chourey : SC: Court OKs $11,600 price for Daufuskie land
A Daufuskie Island lot that was purchased for more than $200,000 about a decade ago was sold again for less than $12,000. 

8/20/2014 — Walter Jones: Carter, Hunt blast Deal over jobs report
ATLANTA -- Jason Carter summoned reporters to a conference call Monday to blast Gov. Nathan Deal for the latest rise in the state's unemployment rate, offering education spending as a general solution. 

8/20/2014 — Gov. Rick Perry booked on 2 felony counts
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside an Austin courthouse that he would “fight this injustice with every fiber of my being.”

8/19/2014 — The Grimes family discount
Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky in her 45-foot-long campaign bus, rolling up to raucous rallies and posing for photos next to the vehicle bearing an oversized image of the Democratic Senate hopeful.

8/19/2014 — Gary Reese: The West Virginia Senate Race: Coal-Fired Politics

Consider two facts from the 2012 presidential election in West Virginia:

·         The state had two Democratic U.S. senators.

·         Republican Mitt Romney won all 55 counties.

This startling paradox can be explained with one word: coal.

8/18/2014 — Gary Reese: A Look At The Critical North Carolina Senate Race
In a U.S. Senate race, do voters choose their candidates based on federal or state issues? The answer may be forthcoming in North Carolina. More critically, the winner of this race in November may help decide whether Democrats or Republicans will have majority control of the Senate for at least the next two years.

8/18/2014 — Hastings Wyman: Southern Republican governors vulnerable

There is a duality in Southern politics this election year. On the one hand, seven of Dixie’s eight Republican US Senators are sailing to reelection with ease (the exception being Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has a race on his hands). On the other hand, four of the six Southern Republican governors are in the midst of competitive, if not tough, reelection battles.



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