Charles Babington

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Who wins Senate control? Nov. 4 might not decide

/ | Sep 26, 2014

Who wins Senate control? Nov. 4 might not decide

A suspenseful election night is one thing, but what if it stretches out for a month? Or into next year? A handful of tight races in states with quirky election laws make for the headache-inducing possibility that Election Day will come and go without deciding ...

Republicans keep House edge in Democrat-leaning states

/ Jul 13, 2014

Republicans keep House edge in Democrat-leaning states

Democrats have long claimed that Republicans abused their legislative powers to elect a disproportionate number of U.S. House members. Now a Florida court is lending credence to their complaint. The full impact of the Florida ruling — plus a similar lawsuit pending in North Carolina ...

Dems reach breaking point on Senate rule

/ | Nov 24, 2013

Dems reach breaking point on Senate rule

As Democrats watched Senate Republicans use Senate procedural rules to thwart more and more of President Barack Obama's agenda and nominees, they wondered how much worse it could get. They finally reached a breaking point this past week when party leaders concluded that what they ...