Election 2008

Big Money Special Interests Fuel Obama's Campaign

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.


Meet the candidates: Congressional primaries in Kansas, Michigan and Missouri Tuesday

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:

Meet the Candidates: Winners in the Georgia and Alabama congressional primaries

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.)

See You Later, Alligator!

The 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. Day shelters will stay open extended hours during the Convention, and some shelters will set up big-screen TVs so patrons can watch the event.


Meet the candidates: Congressional primaries in Georgia, runoff in Alabama today

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)

Spinning the Spin on Barack Obama

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


A Match Made In Political PR Heaven

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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