Tales from the Trail

New Jersey goes Republican too, bad night for Democrats

November 4, 2009

USA-HEALTHCARE/LUNCHESNo matter how they slice and dice it, Democrat losses in the New Jersey and Virginia governor races are bad news for the party of President Barack Obama as he tries to move an ambitious agenda forward.

The First Draft: Elections East-West

November 2, 2009

Elections in the East, elections in the West.

Hot off the wire: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been declared re-elected.

AFGHANISTAN/Afghanistan’s election commission made the declaration after Karzai’s opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew and a run-off election was canceled. “The Independent Election Commission declares the esteemed Hamid Karzai as the president,” the commission’s chief said.

“People on Capitol Hill, they watch the news”

October 23, 2009

OBAMA/President Barack Obama, on a campaigning blitz for fellow Democrats facing tough fights to stay in office, or get there, is trying to tie the state races to national issues to convince voters their ballot will have a broader impact.

The First Draft: The president keeps campaigning

July 17, 2009

Back from his overseas trip, President Barack Obama has spent this week as campaigner-in-chief.