Mississippi Supreme Court rejects McDaniel Senate primary challenge

JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Republican primary challenge by former U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, possibly ending his legal effort to overturn the June result that he alleged was stolen by incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.

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Colorado’s Grand Experiment

Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics
DENVER – It was not Mark Twain, but rather a friend of Twain’s named Charles Dudley Warner, who famously and drolly noted that although people often complain about weather, they rarely do anything about it.A modern and corollary observation can be made about the attack ads that have made watching television in this city, and other American metropolitan locales with hotly contested Senate races, an unpleasant experience. The candidates complain mightily about the negatives ads running against them, but they don’t do anything — i.e., they don’t attempt to quell the ads smearing their... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Mike Pence to Decide Next Spring on White House Run

Scott Conroy, RealClearPolitics
NASHUA, N.H. -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a potential dark horse for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, told RealClearPolitics on Friday that he will decide his political future after his state’s legislative session adjourns in April of next year. “In Indiana, we have a long session of our legislature -- which is the budget session -- every two years, and that’s going to occupy all of my thinking and all of my focus for the first four months of next year,” Pence said. “So after we get through that, we’ll sit down as a family and think and pray... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses

(Reuters) - The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners' children, state officials said.
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WH Watchful as New Ebola Case Confirmed

Alexis Simendinger, RCP
President Obama on Thursday was updated with information about a doctor who treated Ebola patients in Guinea, flew to New York more than a week ago and tested positive for the virus after being isolated in a Manhattan hospital with a fever and gastrointestinal illness.The stateÂ’s Department of Health said the patient, a physician who worked in West Africa with the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, was being treated at Bellevue Hospital, one of the stateÂ’s designated facilities with staff trained and equipped in the protocols recommended for suspected and confirmed Ebola cases.Tests... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Why the House Will Stay Republican

Michael Barone, RealClearPolitics
You probably haven't read much commentary about this year's elections to the House of Representatives. There's a good reason for that: The majority in the Senate is up for grabs, but it's clear to everyone who follows these things that Republicans will continue to control the House. But there are lessons to be learned from this year's House races, some of them relevant beyond this election cycle. The House math is fairly simple. Republicans won 234 House seats in 2012 and Democrats 201. There are three vacant seats now, but neither party has gained a seat in a special election or by a party... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)