The Fix’s best state-based political reporters, 2013 edition

A brief history of Lincoln Chafee’s party identity crises

What Michele Bachmann meant to politics: A Republican response

James Comey and the most riveting 20 minutes of congressional testimony. Maybe ever.

Michele Bachmann’s rise and fall, in one chart

Handicapping the 2014 Senate races: An e-mail conversation between The Fix and Paul Kane

How two simple things could make or break President Obama’s second term


Investigators looking at Obama letter: The FBI is investigating a letter addressed to President Obama that may contain ricin.

Generic ballot splits voters: Voters are equally divided over whether they prefer the generic Republican or Democratic candidate in their House district, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Thirty-eight percent opted for the Democrat, while the same percentage went for the Republican. One in five did not express a preference. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll showed the generic ballot tilting toward Democrats.

Voters want a special prosecutor: Seventy-six percent of voters say they want a special prosecutor to investigate charges that the IRS singled out conservative groups, according to the same Quinnipiac poll. Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents want a special prosecutor.

McCain pushes back: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pushed back against a report claiming he was photographed with Syrian rebels involved in kidnapping Lebanese Shiite pilgrims. McCain said none of the men identified themselves by the names used in the report.

Any favorites? Who do Mitt and Ann Romney favor in 2016? Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Ann Romney told CBS News.

Not me, but maybe someone: Former Florida attorney general Bill McCollum (R) says he "wouldn't be surprised" if a Republican looked at challenging Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the primary, but that challenger won't be him. "I'm not planning to do it," said McCollum, who lost to Scott in 2010.

Scott Peters gets a challenger: Former San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio (R) will challenge freshman Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) DeMaio is openly gay, and called for his party to focus on economic issues instead of lifestyle matters.

Democrats still looking for a candidate: Attorney Ralph Baxter will not run for the Senate in West Virginia as a Democrat. Baxter is the former chairman and CEO of the law firm Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe.

More Baca endorsement drama: It turns out Assistant House Minority Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) did endorse former California Democratic congressman Joe Baca, but he is rescinding it.


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