Election 2008

By John Stauber on August 06, 2008

The New York Times notes that, "in an effort to cast himself as independent of the influence of money on politics, Senator Barack Obama often highlights the campaign contributions of $200 or less that have amounted to fully half of the $340 million he has collected so far.

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By Conor Kenny on August 04, 2008

By Congresspedia assistant editor Avelino Maestas

It must be August: Congress is no longer in session and the congressional primary season is again heating up. According to our calendar, there are primary elections every week from now until mid-September. Candidates in three states – Kansas, Michigan and Missouri - are on the ballot tomorrow.

As part of our Wiki the Vote project, our citizen-editors have been tallying all the races and building profiles of many of the candidates. We’ll have more on the winners Wednesday, but for now here are some of the more interesting races to watch:

By Conor Kenny on July 29, 2008

Federal investigators have been examining Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' ties to Veco Oil and its former CEO, Bill Allen, for more than a year. Previous investigations into Veco and Allen's misdeeds have led to the convictions of a number of Alaska state lawmakers, while Allen pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy, bribery and tax charges.

By Sheldon Rampton on July 27, 2008

The McCain campaign, which boasts of its "straight talk," is running this deceptive TV ad

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By Conor Kenny on July 16, 2008

Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss will have a few more weeks to cool his heels before Democrats in Georgia nominate a candidate — of the five Democratic candidates running in yesterday's primary, nobody was able to capture more than 50 percent of the vote. That means a runoff will be held on Aug. 5 between Vernon Jones and Jim Martin.

Also yesterday, voters whittled down the competition in two Alabama districts, where runoff elections were held for two open seats. Reps. Terry Everett (R) and Bud Cramer (D) had announced their retirement, and primaries were held back in June. However, no Republican candidates in the districts were able to meet the 50-percent threshold required to secure the nomination.

This time around, Jay Love, an Alabama state legislator, won the GOP nomination for CD-02, while Wayne Parker (a vice president for an insurance firm) did the same in the 5th district.

As part of Congresspedia's Wiki the Vote project, citizen journalists from around the country (and even some candidates!) have been logging information about the candidates' positions, biographies and records. A full list of the candidates and their professions are below, but you can also find them at their respective state portals via the Wiki the Vote project homepage. We need your help to find out more about these candidates, so if you know something about them please add it to their profile. (You can always contact one of the staff editors for help.)

By Anne Landman on July 16, 2008

homeless manThe Colorado Coalition for the Homeless plans to hand out free movie tickets, free passes to the Zoo, Denver's Museum of Nature and Science and other cultural attractions to homeless people during the Democratic National Convention August 25-28. They will even provide free bus tickets for the homeless to visit attractions that are beyond walking distance.

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By Conor Kenny on July 15, 2008

By Congresspedia assistant editor Avelino Maestas

Georgia is our first stop in the "second half" of the congressional primary season: according to our schedule, it is one of 22 states that have not held a nominating contest. Our citizen editors have been keeping track of all the races across the country, and it looks like a couple of the ones in Georgia will be interesting. In addition, voters in two Alabama districts will return to the polls for runoff primary elections.

(Click through for more on the congressional primaries)

By Anne Landman on July 14, 2008

Obama New YorkerThe cover of the upcoming issue of the New Yorker magazine bears a satirical cartoon that incorporates practically every jab the right wing has taken at Barack Obama and his wife Michelle: the couple is pictured standing i

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By Judith Siers-Poisson on July 10, 2008

Karen Hughes and Mark PennFormer undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and longtime George Bush advisor and confidante Karen Hughes has taken a position with PR giant Burson Marsteller.

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