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Election 2010 Topics

Democracy Now! closely followed the 2010 midterm elections and will keep tabs on the new Congress.

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  • Natesilver
    It’s Mini-Super Tuesday, the biggest primary day of the 2010 election cycle. All eyes are on three key Senate primaries: Democratic incumbent Arlen Specter vs. Congress member Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania; two-term Democratic incumbent Blanche Lincoln vs. Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter in Arkansas; and on the Republican side, Secretary of State Trey Grayson vs. political newcomer Rand Paul in Kentucky. We speak to leading pollster Nate...
    May 18, 2010 | Story
  • Minisupertuesday
    For Democrats, thirty-year Senate veteran Arlen Specter lost his bid for reelection in Pennsylvania, while Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln now faces a runoff vote against Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter. In Kentucky, Tea Party candidate Rand Paul easily beat Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the state’s Republican race. We hear from Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation magazine, the Reverend Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition,...
    May 19, 2010 | Story
  • Rand-paul-civilrights
    Rand Paul, the Republican Senate nominee from Kentucky, is scrambling to tamp down a growing firestorm over comments he made suggesting he does not favor portions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    We’re joined by North Carolina State University professor Blair Kelley, author of Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson, and Mike Ervin, a...
    May 21, 2010 | Story
  • Winograd-harman
    Voters in twelve states head to the polls today. Ten states are holding primaries: California, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota and Virginia. There’s also a Senate runoff in Arkansas and a congressional runoff in north Georgia. Today we look at one race in particular: the congressional race in Southern California’s 36th District, where antiwar candidate, longtime activist and...
    Jun 08, 2010 | Story
  • Reid-angle
    Nevada’s US Senate race pits Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid against Republican challenger and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. Reid’s poll numbers were down, mainly over Nevada’s sky-high unemployment rates, but since Angle, a former state assemblywoman, won the Republican primary on June 8th in a come-from-behind victory, she has made a series of statements that appear to be hurting her poll numbers and have put Reid...
    Jul 22, 2010 | Story
  • Progressive-democrats
    Many progressives helped to elect Democratic majorities in Congress in 2006 and 2008 and helped Obama win the presidency. But with the Democrats in power, the feeling now among many grassroots activists is that most Democratic lawmakers have not acted on behalf of their progressive constituencies. We speak with two progressive activists: Ilyse Hogue of MoveOn.Org, and Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee....
    Jul 23, 2010 | Story
  • Voter
    Statewide primaries were held Tuesday in four states. In Colorado, a record turnout saw Senator Michael Bennet beating out progressive challenger Andrew Romanoff in the state’s Democratic Senate primary. In Connecticut, the professional wrestling magnate Linda McMahon beat out former Congress member Rob Simmons in the Republican Senate primary. McMahon will face Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal to fill the seat left vacant...
    Aug 11, 2010 | Story
  • Vote
    Voters headed to the polls in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma and Vermont yesterday in a big day of state primaries. Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek defeated billionaire real estate mogul Jeff Greene in the state’s Democratic Senate primary. But billionaire businessman Rick Scott pulled off an upset over Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Florida gubernatorial primary after spending $30 million on the race. We take a look at the role of...
    Aug 25, 2010 | Story
  • Obama-milwaukee
    It’s the economy, stupid. As President Obama faces devastating unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy rates, with no end in sight, he’s begun a ten-week campaign around the country leading up the November midterm elections. We speak with John Nichols, the Washington correspondent for The Nation magazine, who says Obama should borrow a page from FDR and call for economic justice. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 07, 2010 | Story
  • Odonnell_web
    The final primaries before the November elections were held Tuesday in seven states and the District of Columbia. In Delaware, tea party-backed candidate Christine O’Donnell scored an upset by winning the Republican Senate nomination. In New York, tea party-backed Republican candidate Carl Paladino beat former Rep. Rick Lazio. We speak with Will Bunch, senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News and author of The Backlash: Right-Wing...
    Sep 15, 2010 | Story