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    Midterm Result: Al Franken Beats McFadden in Minnesota

Midterm Result: Al Franken Beats McFadden in Minnesota

The Saturday Night Live alum Al Franken beat Republican challenger Mike McFadden comfortably in Minnesota’s Senate race. McFadden had been trailing in the final weeks leading up to voting day and never regained the ground he had lost. This win is by a far larger margin than Franken’s first win, which he won by only 312 votes after a recount in 2008. The campaign was closely tied to the issue of partisanship

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    Midterms Result: John Cornyn Wins Re-Election in Texas

Midterms Result: John Cornyn Wins Re-Election in Texas

United States Senator John Cornyn won his re-election bid in Texas, easily defeating Democratic challenger David Alameel. In the staunchly red state, many GOP candidates have won their seats. For Democrats, it was always a long-shot that they would turn Texas blue and it seems as though it is still not their year. Cornyn is a key part of the Republican bid for the Senate and is currently the Senate

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    Midterms Result: Gary Peters Wins in Michigan

Midterms Result: Gary Peters Wins in Michigan

As Democrats and Republicans battle over who will control the United States Senate, news has come out of Michigan that Gary Peters has won his race. Running against Republican Terri Lynn Land, Peters was considered the underdog in the race. But Land’s campaign failed to connect with voters and has been described as a failed campaign due to blowing a race where she was considered the favorite. Despite significant Republican

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    Midterms Result: Mitch McConnell Wins in Kentucky

Midterms Result: Mitch McConnell Wins in Kentucky

One of the key races of the 2014 Midterms has been called in Kentucky as Republican Mitch McConnell wins his race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. With this win, he will enter his sixth term as a United States senator and if the results overall favor Republicans, he could be the new Senate majority leader. Nevertheless, he is not without controversy in his own party. Senator Ted Cruz has said

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    Republicans: Offer us some new Ideas

Republicans: Offer us some new Ideas

For Independents it is difficult to support Republicans. In order to gain the support of informed voters, they need to offer some new ideas. Proof that they continually rehash old, worn-out, and unreasonable ideas was given to the electorate on FOX News Sunday. Mitt Romney, who is probably the best candidate that the GOP can offer in 2016, sadly, talked about the issues, and what would happen if Republicans controlled

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    Al Franken and Challenger Debate in Minnesota

Al Franken and Challenger Debate in Minnesota

On Sunday morning, United States Senator Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden debated the issues that Minnesota voters will have to decide on come November 3. The two traded barbs about Ebola, ISIS and terrorists recruiting in their state on local CBS television. The two men had opposing strategies as Franken ran on his record as a Democratic senator. McFadden, on the other hand, sought to use that record

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    Independents May Find 2014 Belongs to Them

Independents May Find 2014 Belongs to Them

 In a perfect world there would be no political parties. There would be no red or blue states. Candidates would be elected because of merit, not because of party affiliation. Lobbies would not exist because votes would be difficult to buy from individuals. Of course this could never happen, no one person could raise enough money to compete against the ‘never-empty’ pockets of Democrats and Republicans. However, this year the

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    Republicans are Confused About Their Opponents

Republicans are Confused About Their Opponents

Last night’s debate in Kansas between Republican Senator Pat Roberts, and his opponent Greg Orman is a perfect example of Conservative strategy for winning the 2014 midterm elections. The evening’s debate was educational on a single level; Republicans are confused about who their opponent actually is. Pat Roberts is struggling to retain his Senate seat. His record is less than good, and he appears to be out of touch with

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    Mitch McConnell Anxiety Over Senate Race

Mitch McConnell Anxiety Over Senate Race

Mitch McConnell has been in the Senate for the last 30 years and is practically an American institution. There are whole generations of Americans who have never experienced a McConnell-less senate in their entire voting lives, but a close election race is threatening to change all that. Alison Lundergan Grimes, the secretary of state for Kentucky, is the Democratic opponent McConnell is facing. She is out-fundraising him and has had

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