Senate News & Analysis

Idaho Senate: Craig Arrested, Pleads Guilty Following Incident in Airport Restroom

August 27, 2007 · 5:04 PM EDT

Roll Call’s John McArdle has this Breaking News:

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men’s public restroom, according to an arrest report obtained by Roll Call Monday…

For Mark Warner, There May Be Too Many Options

Stuart Rothenberg August 20, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

Most people would like to have more choices in their life. But for some, life offers too many options. Take the case of Mark Warner, the former and possibly future governor of the commonwealth of Virginia.

Warner was a popular governor who was prohibited from seeking a second…

And the Senate Race Is On in South Dakota

Stuart Rothenberg August 9, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

I have had an almost-finished column sitting on my desk since the end of June. It’s not that I couldn’t finish it. I just decided to put it on hold, indefinitely.

But the recent coverage of National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Ensign’s (Nev.) statement that it’s time…

Watts Video Shows He Has a Ways to Go in Texas

Stuart Rothenberg August 2, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

Having watched thousands of campaigns over the past couple of decades, I have come to understand that the candidate you meet in July of the off-year is not always the same person you see again 15 months later. Candidates, and their campaigns, often improve with experience, and they start…

Is Al Franken Laughing All the Way to a Senate Seat?

Stuart Rothenberg July 30, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

Often, when comedian-turned-candidate Al Franken’s name comes up these days, Republicans just snicker. Then they say that despite all the national attention paid to his candidacy and notwithstanding his strong early fundraising, Franken can’t beat Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.).

Coleman, after all, is a polished political veteran and…

When a Candidate’s Bio Doesn’t Give the Full Picture

Stuart Rothenberg July 26, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

I am not entirely sure when I first met Larry LaRocco. It may well have been on June 26, 1990, when my calendar tells me that I interviewed the one-time aide to former Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) during his first run for Congress.

Later that year, LaRocco won…

New Print Edition: Oregon Senate & Wisconsin 8

July 13, 2007 · 3:19 PM EDT

The July 13, 2007 print edition of the Rothenberg Political Report is on its way to subscribers. The print edition comes out every two weeks and the content is not available online. Subscribers get in-depth analysis of the most competitive races in the country, as well…

8 for ‘08: Battleground States to Watch

Nathan L. Gonzales July 3, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

By Nathan L. Gonzales

Only six months into the election cycle, the universe of 2008 battleground states is already beginning to take shape. But an accurate list of the battlegrounds includes more than just the presidential race and takes into account states where hot House, Senate…

8 for ’08: Battleground States to Watch

Stuart Rothenberg July 3, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

Only six months into the election cycle, the universe of 2008 battleground states is already beginning to take shape. But an accurate list of the battlegrounds includes more than just the presidential race and takes into account states where hot House, Senate and even gubernatorial races also will be…

DSCC Could Hit Recruiting Mother Lode

June 22, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

While Democratic strategists have not yet started to count their chickens, there is increasing evidence that two key Democrat Senate recruits are moving toward ’08 Senate races.

Former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, who narrowly lost a 2002 Senate race against Republican John Sununu, has reversed her earlier decision against…