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January 06, 2009

Franken Wins...Sorta

The Minnesota State canvassing board officially declared comedian Al Franken the winner of the country's most hotly contested Senate race yesterday. Franken defeated Sen. Norm Coleman by just 225 votes. Still, don't expect to see the former Saturday Night Live comedian up on Capitol Hill today, g...

January 05, 2009

UPDATED: Bennet to the Senate

So he may not have gotten picked for education secretary, but it looks like Denver schools chief Michael Bennet is headed to Washington anyway, at least according to the Rocky Mountain News. Apparently, he's been tapped by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, a Democrat, to fill the Senate seat being vaca...

December 17, 2008

NCLB's Most Vocal Foe to Leave Congress

Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan reportedly won't run for re-election in 2010. Apparently, the Republican is mulling a run for governor of the Wolverine State. Hoekstra has long been one of the most vocal opponents on the House Education and Labor Committee—and in Congress—of the No Child ...

December 09, 2008

Weingarten Wants Clinton's Senate Spot

From guest blogger David J. Hoff: AFT President Randi Weingarten wants to take Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's place in the Senate, the New York Daily News reports. She's got tough competition from a host New York pols and Caroline Kennedy. But Weingarten does have a few arguments for her candidacy...

November 18, 2008

NCLB Isn't Likely to Be Senate's Top Priority

It looks like health care, which got a lot more attention during the presidential campaign than education, is going to take precedence over K-12 school legislation, at least in the Senate, when Congress comes back in January. Michael Myers, a top aide to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the chairma...

November 04, 2008

More Congressional Results Are In

Rep. Mark Udall, a Democrat, has claimed the open U.S. Senate seat in Colorado, defeating former Rep. Bob Schaffer, who was an ardent opponent of the No Child Left Behind Act's expansion of the federal role in education.

November 04, 2008

House Education Panel Freshmen Keep Their Seats

At least three Democratic freshmen on the House Education and Labor Committee appeared headed to victory, according to CNN's projections. All three pulled out narrow victories in 2006 and were considered possible Republican targets earlier in the cycle.

November 04, 2008

Senate Gains a Champion For High School Redesign

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat, has claimed the Senate seat left open by retiring GOP Sen. John Warner. As the chairman of the National Governor's Association, Mark Warner made education a priority

September 24, 2008

NEA Mostly Backing Democrats in Congressional Races

The National Education Association has about 30 to 50 house races and 7 to 9 Senate races on its radar screen, says the union's director of campaigns and elections.

June 20, 2008

A House Race to Watch

There are a lot of freshmen on the House Education and Labor Committee, but only one shows up on The Fix's latest list of most competitive House races: Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H. The No Child Left Behind Act was one of Shea-Porter's favorite targets back in 2006, when she unseated Rep. Jeb Brad...

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