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Senate Gains Give McConnell a Double Win

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Senate Gains Give McConnell a Double Win
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
With victories ranging from the now solidly Republican state of Arkansas to heavily Democratic Colorado, the Republican Party last night secured the majority in the U.S. Senate that has eluded it in recent elections. The GOP’s quality of candidates and its expansion of already favorable terrain — combined with a president who proved a liability to his fellow Democrats — flipped the electoral map. Republicans gained eight Senate seats Tuesday night (though Democratic incumbent Mark Begich has yet to concede, despite trailing, in Alaska, and a December runoff is scheduled in Louisiana),…

Brittany Maynard’s Storybook Ending
Debra Saunders, RealClearPolitics
“Brittany Maynard died with dignity from brain cancer,” read the headline of a press release issued by the organization Compassion & Choices. Suffering from a vicious form of brain cancer and near the end, the 29-year-old died Saturday surrounded by family and friends in an Oregon home to which she moved so that she could take advantage of Oregon’s assisted-suicide law. May she rest in peace. If Maynard died with dignity, then does that mean that others who do not choose to choreograph their death lack dignity? There’s no getting around the language advocates have chosen; “death with dignity”…

Senate Control, and the Strategy to Secure It, at Stake Today
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
With a slew of polls trending in their favor, Republicans believe they are on the brink of victory. The U.S. Senate majority that has eluded the GOP over the past several cycles is now within reach, but several races still remain within the margin of error, opening the door for some election night nail-biters. Republicans have had several built-in advantages on their side this year, most notably a favorable map and the president’s sinking job approval rating. But the party can also be credited with having learned lessons from past failed campaigns. Party leaders focused heavily on…

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