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John Ensign Gives Farewell Speech—to Empty Room

Senator apologizes to (absent) family and colleagues

(Newser) - John Ensign took the Senate floor one last time yesterday and delivered a contrite farewell speech—to a whole lot of empty chairs. Not one of Ensign's senate colleagues showed up to hear the address; Democrat Chris Coons sat in the presiding officer's chair, but opened a folder... More »

Ensign Inquiry Will Go On

Senate ethics panel makes unusual move to continue after resignation

(Newser) - John Ensign may have quit to avoid further scrutiny of his peccadilloes, but the Senate ethics investigation into his affair with a campaign staffer will go on, reports the Washington Post. “Senator Ensign has made the appropriate decision," said a statement from Sens. Barbara Boxer and Johnny... More »

Sharron Angle to Run for House, Not Senate

Was seen as likely candidate for Sen. John Ensign's Nevada seat

(Newser) - Sharron Angle, who lost to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a hotly contested Nevada race last year, will seek office again—but this time in the House. Angle was considered a likely candidate after Sen. John Ensign announced last week that he wouldn’t seek reelection. But instead, she’... More »

GOP: Good Riddance, John Ensign

Resignation actually helps Republicans in Nevada

(Newser) - You won’t find many Republicans shedding tears over John Ensign's resignation . Most seem overjoyed that the scandal-plagued congressman is out of the picture, potentially sparing heir apparent Dean Heller a messy primary battle, Politico observes. “I think he did it for his family, but it also benefits the... More »

Scandal-Scarred John Ensign to Retire

In wake of scandal, senator ducks reelection fight

(Newser) - John Ensign will announce that he is not running for reelection in 2012 at an afternoon press conference in Las Vegas, sources tell Roll Call . Republicans have been leaning on the Nevada senator to retire, on the assumption that his much-discussed extramarital dalliances would prove a distraction. Rep. Dean Heller... More »

Angle: Dictators Can Have Good Ideas

...and other tidbits from a typically dysfunctional campaign

(Newser) - When she wasn't busy needling Joy Behar or confusing Asians and Latinos, Sharron Angle liked to talk policy: Specifically, that of dictators, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Asked during her campaign about privatizing Social Security, Angle, against the advice of staffers, brought up the example of Chile's Pinochet, saying, "... More »

8 Senate Races to Watch

These races will decide just how good the GOP's night is

(Newser) - It’s Election Day, folks, and we're here to give you the low-down. All eyes are certainly on the Senate, where Democrats have a chance to keep their majority, provided they can win a few close races. Here's what's happening, according to the Washington Post , complete with links to our... More »

Both Parties Get Ready to Recount

Teams of lawyers, flacks ready to roll anywhere

(Newser) - With races from Alaska to Nevada to Florida looking to go down to the wire and beyond, Politico reports that both parties have been readying SWAT teams of lawyers, PR people, and political operatives for quick dispatch to any number of recounts. While recounts can drag on for months, experts... More »

Angle Vs. Reid: Pick Lesser of 2 Evils

Weary Nevadans don't really like either candidate

(Newser) - Given a choice between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle, some Nevadans are choosing "No, Thanks." In a dead-heat race between the man perceived as the elite, entrenched Washington insider and the woman perceived as somewhere between slightly wacky and dangerous, both candidates are making a single, sad case... More »

Durbin, Schumer Jockeying for Reid's Majority Post

Senators quietly maneuvering to move in if leader goes down

(Newser) - Capitol Hill housemates Charles Schumer and Richard Durbin are likely to end up fighting over a lot more than the breakfast cereal if Harry Reid loses his re-election battle. The senators from New York and Illinois, Reid's top two deputies, are subtly building support for bids to become majority leader—... More »

Thanks, Joy!: Angle Rakes in Another $136K

And should she win, she'll start talking to the press

(Newser) - Joy Behar hasn't been very nice to Sharron Angle—or has she? Though the View host clearly wasn't championing Angle when she called her a bitch two shows in a row, she seems to be doing wonders for Angle's coffers: Angle raked in $150,000 following Tuesday's show, sent flowers... More »

Sharron Angle Launches 'Harry Reid's Amnesty Game'

Campaign game targets Reid's stance on immigration

(Newser) - Sharron Angle's latest attack on Harry Reid's immigration policies presents them as a game billed as "fun for the whole illegal family." Harry Reid's Amnesty Game players can roll the dice to receive cards with phrases like "You got deported," paired with information about illegal immigration... More »

Angle Needles Behar With Flowers; Hears 'Bitch' Again

Candidate says insult helped fundraising

(Newser) - Joy Behar called Sharron Angle a "bitch" today on the air. Again. After Behar dropped the b-word yesterday on The View, Angle mockingly sent her flowers with a note reading, “Raised $150,000 online yesterday. Thanks for your help!" Behar showed off the flowers and note this... More »

Sharron Angle Uses Decoy to Dodge Press

Reporters suckered at Nevada event

(Newser) - Sharron Angle's campaign staff used a decoy to dodge the press at an event in Nevada yesterday, one of the foiled reporters tells the Huffington Post. A staffer for the Senate candidate moved close to the press pack waiting outside the building's front door and shouted, "Hello, OK, Is... More »

Angle Ad Campaign's Most Racist: Maddow

Spot makes Latinos look menacing

(Newser) - Rachel Maddow has deemed an ad by Sharron Angle the most "overtly racist" spot of this down and dirty political season. Maddow blasted Angle on Meet the Press yesterday, criticizing the candidate for a television commercial that shows "a group of white college students being menaced by... More »

Univision Pulls Ad Urging Latinos Not to Vote

Democrats call spot low blow by GOP

(Newser) - Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to dupe Hispanic voters into staying home on Election Day with a new ad slated to run in Nevada, Florida, and other states with large Latino populations. The ad, by a group called Latinos for Reform, makes the case that President Obama and Democrats haven't... More »

Sharron Angle to Hispanics: You Look Asian

Nevada candidate in bizarre defense of ads attacking illegal immigration

(Newser) - What does a Latino look like? Apparently, Sharron Angle hasn't a clue. When questioned about her campaign ads that show images of Latinos while blasting Harry Reid over illegal immigration, the Nevada candidate told a Hispanic group that the ads don't necessarily show Latinos and that they themselves looked a... More »

Reid: She's Extreme; Angle: He Should 'Man Up'

It's their only debate of the campaign

(Newser) - In a crackling campaign debate, Republican challenger Sharron Angle attacked Harry Reid tonight as a career politician who lives in a Washington condominium and has voted to raise taxes 300 times. Reid called his tea-party rival "extreme" multiple times and accused her of distorting his record. "I have... More »

Democrats Pick Up Steam in Senate Races

Reid and Angle a tossup, Manchin and Murray now favored

(Newser) - After a several straight losing weeks, the Democrats gained ground in the battle for the Senate this week, according to New York Times polling guru Nate Silver. Based on 100,000 simulations, Silver’s FiveThirtyEight prediction model now gives the GOP just an 18% chance to take the Senate, down... More »

Harry Reid Can't Bury 'Wingnut' Angle

Tight race has become 'proxy' for national battle

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid probably never thought he'd be running neck and neck with the woman who recently topped the Daily Beast's ' Wingnuts Index .' But, try as he might, he can't seem to shake Tea Party challenger Sharron Angle , finds the New York Times . The closely watched... More »

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