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Stefan Passantino Quoted in The Hill

Posted in Campaign Finance, Political Law

MLA’s Stefan Passantino was quoted in The Hill‘s article, “Dem lobbyists shell out for super-PACs.”

Dem lobbyists shell out for super-PACs

Stefan Passantino, the head of McKenna Long & Aldridge’s political law team, who served on Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, said Democrats are doing whatever is necessary to hold their majority.

“To the extent there ever was an internal conflict between being perceived as being hypocritical and retaining power, it appears to me that conflict has been resolved in favor of funding an all-out effort to attain power in the Senate,” Passantino said.

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Election Update: House, Senate and Governors Races*

Posted in Elections

House:

See this analysis of the year’s most contested races.

Senate:

In Georgia, a Rasmussen Reports poll has David Perdue (R) tied with Michelle Nunn (D). See recent analysis here.

In Iowa today, a Quinnipiac poll has Joni Ernst (R) leading Bruce Braley (D) by four percentages point. See recent news update here.

In Kansas, a SurveyUSA poll has challenger Greg Orman (I) leading Sen. Pat Roberts (R) by two percentage points. See recent news update here.

Governors:

In Connecticut, a Quinnipiac poll has challenger Tom Foley (R) leading Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) by one percentage point. See recent news updates and analysis here and here.

In Georgia, a Rasmussen Reports poll has Gov. Nathan Deal leading Jason Carter (D) by six percentage points. See recent news update here.

In Kansas, a SurveyUSA poll has challenger Paul Davis (D) leading Gov. Sam Brownback (R) by three percentage points. See recent news update here.

In Wisconsin, a Marquette University poll has Scott Walker (R) leading Mary Burke (D) by seven percentage points. See recent news update and analysis.

*Polling Data/Maps Source: RealClearPolitics.com

Keith Mason and Eric Tanenblatt Quoted in The Daily Signal

Posted in Elections

MLA’s Keith Mason and Eric Tanenblatt were quoted in The Daily Signal‘s article, “How a ‘Crazy’ Runoff Vote in Georgia Could Decide Control of the Senate.

How a ‘Crazy’ Runoff Vote in Georgia Could Decide Control of the Senate

“We have this crazy runoff law, and the race is close enough that I’m not sure if we’ll get an answer in November or January,” says Eric Tanenblatt, a longtime GOP strategist and fundraiser who was chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign in Georgia in both 2008 and 2012.

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Keith Mason, the head of a pro-Nunn Super PAC, Georgians Together, says it’s “unlikely” a candidate will win the Senate seat without a runoff.

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Mason and Tanenblatt, who shared their perspectives on the Nunn-Perdue contest with The Daily Signal, are Atlanta-based political operatives with opposing views. They both work at the same law firm: McKenna Long & Aldridge.

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Election Update: Senate and Governors Races*

Posted in Elections

Election Predicting:

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Senate:

In Georgia today, a SurveyUSA poll has David Perdue (R) leading Michelle Nunn (D) by three percentage points, with a run-off ever more likely. See recent news update here.

In all-important Iowa today, a Loras College poll has Bruce Braley (D) leading Joni Ernst (R) by one percentage point. See recent news update here.

In New Hampshire today, a New England College poll has challenger Scott Brown (R) leading Jeanne Shaheen (D) by one percentage point. See recent news update here.

Governors:

In Colorado today, a Rasmussen Reports poll has challenger Bob Beauprez (R) leading Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) by two percentage points. See recent news update here.

In Georgia, a SurveyUSA poll has Gov. Nathan Deal leading Jason Carter (D) by two percentage points, with a potential run-off likely. See recent news update here.

In Massachusetts, a UMass Lowell/7News poll has Charlie Baker (R) leading Martha Coakley (D) by four percentage points. See recent news update here.

*Polling Data/Maps Source: RealClearPolitics.com.

2014 Election Update: October 27, 2014

Posted in Elections

With one week to go until Election Day, campaign spending is set to reach $4 billion, making it the most costly midterm election in history.

Many of the races remain too close to call, with the chances that things won’t be settled come November 4th – including potential runoffs – hanging in the air.

With a number of exciting races in the Senate underway, up to 11 races are still undecided. The parties continue to battle it out for control of the upper chamber of Congress.

In the races for the nation’s Governorships, pundits see increasing implications for 2016.

MLA will continue to bring our readers updates on the tight races over the next week leading up to election day next Tuesday.

We encourage you to follow and engage with us online on our Politics, Law and Policy Blog and on Twitter where we will be providing ongoing election updates.

And now, back to the races!

Click here for this week’s edition of our 2014 Election Update.

*Polling Data/Maps Source: RealClearPolitics.com.

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments.

This week, CMS updated the Federally-facilitated Marketplace Qualified Health Plan Issuer contract to include a provision that would allow carriers to withdraw from HealthCare.gov, subject to state law, if tax credits and cost-sharing reductions were no longer available and Your Health Idaho’s State-based Marketplace received authority to connect to the Federal Data Services Hub

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels.

This week, Children’s Health Insurance Program advocates nationwide sent a letter to urge congressional leaders to pass a four-year extension of funding for the program and CMS Deputy Administrator Sean Cavanaugh suggested that federal officials may release a proposed rule in the near future to modify how accountable care organizations (ACOs) are paid.

Election Update: Senate and Governors Races*

Posted in Elections

Governors:

In Colorado, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll has Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and challenger Bob Beauprez (R) in a tie, while a Quinnipiac poll has Gov. Hickenlooper  up by a single percentage point. See recent analysis here and here, including their recent debate.

In Illinois, a new Chicago Tribune* poll and Rasmussen Reports poll have challenger Bruce Rauner (R) leading Gov. Pat Quinn (D) by two points and one point, respectively. See recent news and analysis here.

Senate:

In Iowa, a new Quinnipiac poll has Joni Ernst (R) has leading Bruce Braley (D) by two percentage points. See recent news and analysis here and here.

In Kansas, a new Rasmussen Reports polls has challenger Greg Orman (I) leading Sen. Pat Roberts (R) by five percentage points. See recent analysis here.

In New Hampshire, a new CNN/Opinion Research poll and an ARG poll have Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) leading challenger Scott Brown (R) by two points and one point, respectively. See recent news and analysis here and here.

In North Carolina, a new Civitas (R) poll has Sen. Kay Hagan (D) and challenger Thom Tillis (R) in a tie, in what could be the most expensive Senate race in history. See recent news here.

*Polling Data/Maps Source: RealClearPolitics.com.

Election Update: Senate and Governors Races*

Posted in Elections

Senate:

A number of races continue to be considered too close to call.

In Arkansas, a recent Talk Business Poll has Gov. Mark Pryor (D) trailing challenger Tom Cotton (R) by eight percentage points. See analysis here.

In Colorado‘s back and forth Senate race, a new USA Today/Suffolk poll has challenger Rep. Cory Gardner (R) leading Sen. Mark Udall (D) by seven percentage points. See recent news and analysis here, here, here, and here.

In Georgia, a new SurveyUSA poll has Michelle Nunn (D) leading David Perdue (R) by two percentage points, with the probability of a run-off increasingly cited.

In Kentucky, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee appears to now be back in the game. See analysis here and here.

Governors:

In Connecticut, a new Quinnipiac poll has Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) tied with Tom Foley (R). See recent news here and here.

In Florida, a new Quinnipiac poll has Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Charlie Crist (D) in a tie. See recent news herehere, and here, including their final debate this week.

In Michigan, a new EPIC-MRA poll has Gov. Rick Snyder (R) leading challenger Mark Schauer (D) by eight percentage points. See recent news and analysis here and here.

In Wisconsin, a new Rasmussen Reports poll has challenger Mary Burke (D) leading Gov. Scott Walker (R) by a single percentage point. See recent news and analysis here and here.

*Polling Data/Maps Source: RealClearPolitics.com.