Carmel Martin


Wyden bringing his ambitious agenda to a powerful new post

(Melina Mara / The Washington Post)

The Oregonian’s grand plans include improving the health-care system and rewriting the tax code.

Hector Balderas joins New Mexico Senate race

The state auditor joins Rep. Martin Heinrich in the Democratic primary for retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s (D) seat.

Mitch McConnell’s claims about helping workers harmed at a nuclear fuel plant

We examine how much Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did to help workers after a Post series appeared.


Michael Connor


Hilary C. Tompkins


Sen. Akaka of Hawaii won’t seek reelection in 2012

(Jamm Aquino / AP)

Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) becomes the fifth Democratic or Democratic-aligned incumbent to bow out this election cycle.