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Eric Tanenblatt Quoted in Yahoo News

Posted in Elections

MLA’s Eric Tanenblatt is quoted in the Yahoo News article, “A divided Georgia GOP tries to rally behind David Perdue.”

A divided Georgia GOP tries to rally behind David Perdue

One of Perdue’s advisers played down the conflict. “The party is very united,” said Eric Tanenblatt, who was chief of staff to Perdue’s cousin, former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue. Tanenblatt noted that Kingston recently cut a TV ad for Perdue.

“Any time you have a primary, it takes a while to get people all to coalesce,” Tanenblatt said.

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2014 Election Update: November 3, 2014

Posted in Elections

Election Update: November 3, 2014

The day before Election Day, undecided voters continue to make headlines.

In the Senate, analysts see a well-paved path to Republican Majority control. The magic numbers of seats being debated include six, seven, and eight.

The nation’s Governors races continue to be seen as incubators for aspiring candidates as well as testing grounds for policy development.

MLA will provide a post-election day results recap on Wednesday.

We encourage you to follow and engage with us online on our Politics, Law and Policy Blog andon Twitter.

And now, let’s sit back and watch for the results! (After you’ve voted, of course.)

Please click here for the full update.

*Polling Data/Maps Source: RealClearPolitics.com

Health Care Weekly Wrap-Up

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

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

This week, Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) announced plans to introduce a bill that could speed up the development of new Ebola treatments and CMS announced that it will continue to pay 90 percent of the costs for technological upgrades to Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems.

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.