John Shadegg, representing Arizona's 3rd congressional district, will retire in 2010. Shadegg's district has leaned Republican by 9 percentage points in the previous two presidential elections. The Cook Political Report rates this a 'Likely Republican' district.
Artur Davis, representing Alabama's Seventh Congressional District, will run for governor of Alabama in 2010. Davis's district leans heavily Democratic. According to the Cook Political Report, 'Its boundaries all but ensure that an African-American Democrat will succeed four-term Rep. Artur Davis.'
Party leaders may have settled on a healthcare reform strategy: muscle through legislation with only Democratic votes. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will face defections.
Voters in at least three states will decide whether to enshrine a right to hunt in constitutions. Critics see the measures as a political 'wedge' issue.
Two environmental groups report that at least 31 cases of coal ash waste contamination in 14 states are not listed by the EPA. Dangerous chemicals include arsenic, selenium, and boron.
Breaking partisan stalemate, 13 Republicans joined Democrats Wednesday to approve a $15 billion jobs bill. Both sides see the cooperation as a template for progress on future legislation.
A pared-down approach with the jobs bill gave Democrats a surprise win in a key procedural vote on Monday. Democrats plan to continue the strategy with other legislation.
Former CEOs lead a pack of eco-philanthropists who are bankrolling parks to conserve pristine land and wildlife.
With his new fiscal commission, President Obama continues his push for bipartisanship. But it may be an uphill slog. On other major issues – healthcare, bank reform, and jobs – it's been hard to find agreement.