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    Midterm Result: Rick Scott Wins Re-Election in Close Florida Race

Midterm Result: Rick Scott Wins Re-Election in Close Florida Race

Republican incumbent Rick Scott has won re-election in a close race for Florida governor. He beat Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, a former governor of Florida himself, by a one percent margin. One of the more interesting races of the 2014 season, it is probably most famous for “Fangate” in which Scott refused to debate Crist over the presence of a small fan on the stage. While the debate was only

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    Midterm Result: Gina Raimondo First Female Governor of Rhode Island

Midterm Result: Gina Raimondo First Female Governor of Rhode Island

Democrat Gina Raimondo was elected as the first female governor of Rhode Island after having big names stump for her during the campaign. The support of First Lady Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the president all contributed to her win over Republican Allan Fung. Fung had the support of GOP stars like Chris Christie, but it was not enough to boost his numbers. One key issue that attracted voters to

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    Charlie Crist Has a Fan, Rick Scott Has a Fit

Charlie Crist Has a Fan, Rick Scott Has a Fit

Election years always have their fair share of weirdness, but Florida seems set to outdo any other state’s oddities. The debate between gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, a Democrat, and Republican governor Rick Scott was delayed by the presence of a fan on stage, and not a rambunctious audience member. The fan in question was a small, electric fan positioned under Crist’s podium in order to cool him during the debate.

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    Nevada Politics is an Ugly Thing to Watch

Nevada Politics is an Ugly Thing to Watch

We who live in the ‘Silver State’ love our lives, especially in the northern part of the state. We have four seasons, which are usually mild. Whatever your passion for outdoor sports, it is available within a short drive. Your life can be remote; your closest neighbor can be an hour’s drive away. Or you can live near the city of Reno, and yet be removed from the traffic and

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    Nevada Midterms Could Dictate its Political Future

Nevada Midterms Could Dictate its Political Future

Elections in years without a presidential contest are not very glamorous. In my state of Nevada, the Midterms could dictate its political future. Governor Brian Sandoval is very popular. Nevada’s Republican Governor is likely to win reelection in November 2014. Two other state races are much more significant, and the contest for Lieutenant Governor will have implications regarding Sandoval’s future.   In the contest for Attorney General the mudslinging never

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    Arizona Senator Chester Crandell Died During Horseback Ride

Arizona Senator Chester Crandell Died During Horseback Ride

Navajo County Sheriff K.C. Clark has confirmed that 68-year-old Arizona Senator Chester Crandell (R) was found dead on the Despain Ranch in Heber-Overgaard at approximately 2 p.m. Monday. Crandell had taken a young colt out for a trail ride Monday morning and when he did not return home as expected, his family grew concerned. His body was later discovered on the ranch with the young horse nearby. Early reports indicate

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    Can an Independent Party Really Work?

Can an Independent Party Really Work?

In Massachusetts, the race for Governor has been made more interesting with the introduction of candidate Evan Falchuk and his United Independent Party. It is a story which is both old and new at the same time. Every few years, somebody comes along and tries to buck the system by running as an independent. Those with more complicated political philosophies than the standard “left or right” choices allow for will

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