It's a long shot, but Republican Mark Donka of Hartford, a veteran police officer, thinks he has a chance to beat three-term Democratic incumbent U.S. Representative Peter Welch.
What made him decide to run, besides a nudge from some fellow Republicans?
The growing federal debt.
The 55-year-old Donka works in the Woodstock Police Department after serving the Hartford Police Department for 18 years. He thinks the country is headed "toward a collision course of disaster if we don't do something."
Republican Wendy Wilton and Democrat Beth Pearce are engaged in the toughest political battle in Vermont this season: the race for state treasurer. And it may be the best chance the GOP has to pick up a statewide office next week.
Former Gov. Jim Douglas already has endorsed Wilton, and on Wednesday, former Gov. Howard Dean endorsed his fellow Democrat Beth Pearce for state treasurer, saying that Pearce will bring a nonpartisan approach to the office.
Polls are tightening in a closely watched New York Congressional race. WAMC’s Ian Pickus has more…
The Siena Research Institute reports that the race between Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman in the new 19th district is getting tighter with election day less than a week away.
The freshman Gibson held a 16-point lead in September’s Siena poll, but that advantage is down to a 48-43 edge in the latest poll released Tuesday, with nine percent still uncommitted.
Early voters fill out ballots in Miami. Voting experts say Hurricane Sandy isn't likely to cause major disruptions — but that it would have been a far different matter had Florida taken a direct hit from the storm.
Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 3:57 pm
As Hurricane Sandy continues its slow progress toward the East Coast, thoughts of voting aren't uppermost in most people's minds. Nevertheless, state and local officials are scrambling to accommodate early voters as best they can.
Depending on how the storm ultimately plays out, Sandy isn't expected to have much effect on the outcome of the presidential race. Most of the states in its path are not considered competitive.
Governor Peter Shumlin says he's confident he'll beat back a spirited challenge from Republican challenger Randy Brock and win election to a second term.
The Putney Democrat says he wants another two years to continue pushing to improve the state's economy and for his vision of a universal health care system that is as close to single-payer as Vermont can get.
One thing Shumlin says he won't do is tailor his remarks to what people want to hear.
Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 10:44 am
We're zeroing in on eight "tossup" states where the race is too close to call, but where the election will likely be decided. Try your hand at gaming out the electoral vote possibilities at npr.org/scorecard.
President Obama holds a copy of "The New Economic Patriotism: A Plan for Jobs & Middle-Class Security," which outlines some of his agenda for a second term, during a rally in Richmond, Va., on Thursday.
Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 11:35 am
What would President Obama do with a second term?
It's been a bit of a mystery throughout the campaign. The president seems to devote at least as much time criticizing his Republican opponent Mitt Romney as he does explaining what he'd like to do if returned to office.
Obama has taken some heat for his silence and sought to answer such complaints this week. But even as he's made his priorities more clear, he hasn't answered what may be the biggest outstanding question: how he'll get congressional Republicans to go along with his agenda.
With less than two weeks to go before the election, the Republican candidate for governor of Vermont is expressing confidence he can pull off an upset win over the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Randy Brock made a campaign swing through the eastern side of the state last weekend, and, at an appearance in Bethel, spent much of his time talking about health care.
He says he disagrees with the Shumlin administration's push for a single-payer health insurance system. He believes expanding competition and choice among insurers is the best way to bring down h