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Sweet Jones Alabama?

December 10, 2017

This Tuesday sees the state of Alabama go to the polls to elect a new senator. But can Democrat Doug Jones really have  a chance in this deeply Republican state? The accession of Jeff Sessions – Alabama’s former senator who Donald Trump picked as his Attorney General – created a need for an election that […]

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US Elections: New Jersey senate special election

October 16, 2013

Although 2013, as an odd-numbered year, will not have the extensive biennial US congressional elections of last year or next, there are still a number of interesting races happening over the next couple of months. 5 November sees most of these: the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia and the mayoralties of 31 cities, most […]

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Week 16: Villain – Anti Gun Reform US Senators

April 21, 2013

This week, our award for Villain goes to the US Senators who voted against gun reform legislation. Barack Obama must sometimes wonder why he bothers. He is the world’s highest profile casualty of petty office politics. We all have our own examples of the office colleague who is either manipulative, aggressive, dismissive, contrary, or just […]

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The Shame of the US Senate

April 18, 2013

“This is a pretty shameful day for Washington.” Barack Obama, April 17th, 2013. One of the major pieces of legislation that I worked on during my time at Westminster, was the Firearms (Amendment) Acts of 1997, which were passed to make private ownership of handguns illegal in the United Kingdom. This legislation came into being […]

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Senate Poses Obama’s Next Electoral Test

January 20, 2013

This is a post by Jackie South which was originally posted on 24 December 2012 but which was lost from the site during our recent difficulties.  Unfortunately all comments on the post have been lost. Although it is less than two months since the last elections to the Senate, there are now no less than three […]

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US elections: The Wash Up

November 10, 2012

President Today, the result of the presidential election in Florida was officially confirmed, bringing Obama’s total electoral college vote to 332, against Romney’s 206. If the four days it took to announce this seems a long time, it is worth remembering that it took eight days in 2008 to finalise the outcome in Missouri. Whilst […]

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US Senate Elections 2012: George East’s Predo

November 6, 2012

Next up my Senate prediction.  I am not going to attempt the House as I have not followed it that closely this cycle, though Jackie South may be better placed to do so.    To re-cap the current state of the Senate is 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans and 2 independents, both of whom caucus with the […]

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The one the Democrats definitely should win: The Senate

October 14, 2012

In August, before the party conventions, it looked as if Obama was ahead in the presidential race, but that the Republicans were posed to take control of the Senate and could increase their hold on the House of Representatives, thanks to district boundary changes. Since then, we have been on a roller-coaster with Obama: at […]

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USA Journal 2012 #8: Tennessee

August 23, 2012

Nashville Tennessee’s fifth congressional district For the eighth installment in my series of posts as I travel around the US in this election year, I’m in Music City. It is hard to believe that it has been five years since George East and I had a couple of nights carousing through the music bars of Nashville.  What’s […]

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USA Journal 2012 #6: Kentucky

August 20, 2012

Lexington Kentucky’s 6th congressional district For the sixth installment in my travel journal around the States, I have crossed the River Ohio to travel on to Kentucky’s Bluegrass region. Lexington, the state’s second largest city, is an affluent place which in England would be thought of as a medium-large town rather than a city.  As […]

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USA Journal 2012 #3: Virginia

August 17, 2012

Richmond Virginia’s 3rd congressional district For the third installment in my reports from the USA, I have travelled south to the state capital of Virginia. First, a quote: “I have a dream that one day … little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as […]

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Obama Responds To Scary Tea Party By Tightening His Inner Circle

January 5, 2011

Today was the first sitting of the new, 112th, Congress in Washington. The Republicans returned to power in the House of Representatives after a four-year gap, and will commemorate the occasion tomorrow by taking it in turns to read the U.S. Constitution to stress its role in limiting the power of the state (whilst conveniently […]

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