NPR Political Coverage

It's All Politics
5:39 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

What Can $3.7 Billion Buy? How About 2,969,370 Campaign Ads

Spending on next week's elections is approaching $4 billion, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Center for Responsive Politics

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:25 pm

Two new reports find that the House and Senate elections will cost about $3.7 billion — up just slightly from the past two election cycles — with outside groups buying their largest share yet of the television advertising.

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It's All Politics
4:02 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

McConnell Concedes GOP Senate Will Not Mean Obamacare Repeal

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tells Fox News' Neil Cavuto that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act will still not be possible under a Republican Senate.
Fox News

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 4:48 pm

Election Day isn't until next week, but Senate Majority Leader-in-Waiting Mitch McConnell is already warning Republicans who would like to repeal Obamacare and roll back environmental regulations about two key numbers: 60 and 2.

Sixty is how many senators are required to bring all but the most noncontroversial bills to the chamber floor. And two is how many more years Democratic President Obama still has in office.

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It's All Politics
10:02 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Political Scientists Find A Guinea Pig: Montana

The flier sent to Montana voters by political scientists at Stanford University and Dartmouth College to study voter interest in nonpartisan races. Fliers were also sent to voters in California and New Hampshire.
Stanford University/Dartmouth College

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 1:05 pm

Political scientists looking to test their hypotheses about voting behavior found a ready pool of test subjects this election: Montanans.

A hundred-thousand registered voters received a "voter guide" rating four nonpartisan state Supreme Court candidates by their liberal or conservative ideology. Voters were urged: "Take this to the polls."

Only in the fine print was this disclosure: "This guide was created as part of a joint research project at Stanford and Dartmouth."

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It's All Politics
4:39 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Bear-Baiting And Big Races Drown Portland, Maine, In Campaign Ads

A ballot measure in Maine over bear-baiting has drawn ads from both sides of the debate, including this one from the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council, which opposes the measure.
Maine Wildlife Conservation Council YouTube

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 1:17 pm

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It's All Politics
1:57 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost argues about gun legislation in 2013. Bost's angry rants have become a campaign issue in his race against Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart for Enyart's U.S. House seat.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 11:43 am

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