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  • For voters in more than the usual number of states, this is one election where you may need a scorecard because of the wealth of open seats.

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    Politicians are in full swing. Businesses are the scoundrels du jour and the proposals are flying fast and furious to regulate their behavior

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    The co-chairs of President Obama's special commission on cutting the deficit say Social Security is high on the list, so why isn't it front and center in Congressional races?

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    Record spending in the midterm elections will provide a large cash infusion for broadcasters and other media outlets, as the industry struggles in the aftermath of the recession.

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    An eventual deal will be cut in the lame-duck session, extending the Bush tax cuts—for everyone—for another two years, says Greg Valliere, chief political strategist at the Potomac Research Group.

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    The American people are desperately sending Washington Democrats the same message. After two years of racing ahead on a policy-making treadmill, feeling they're going no where no matter how fast they run, Americans just want it all to stop.

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    Many of the contributors to the crisis, including Basel II, are being expanded instead of scrapped.  Market discipline is gone;  companies can not be allowed to fail and  creditors can't take losses.

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    In a free market anything that encourages individuals and corporations to engage in this behavior is good for the economy and for job creation. Conversely, polices that discourage work or incentives to earn wages or profits are viewed negatively.

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    The elections will leave the Republican Party in disarray on key economic issues. Congressional Democrats won’t be able to identify potential compromises until they know what Republicans want. This will create an opening for President Obama to frame his vision for international economic policy.

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    Fannie and Freddie are poster children for the past unwillingness of politicians of all stripes—and the voters who elected them—to ask those hard questions about public policy and spending precious resources., says NYU professor Lawrence J. White.

  • Running for office isn't cheap. Political experts say it can cost about $400,000 to $600,000 to campaign for a congressional seat and about $1 to $2 million for a Senate seat. See who is contributing to candidate's campaigns around the country.

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    Given historical patterns and current circumstances—a bad economy—the most likely election scenario is a Democratic rout, but midterms often surprise.

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    Big labor is prepared to spend record amounts and paint a direct picture of the GOP in an effort  to preserve  gains made in the first two years of the Obama administration.

  • With the Bush tax cuts of a decade ago set to expire at the end of the calendar year, this historically divisive issue is front and center in the 2010 midterms.

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    The nation’s budget deficit and accompanying debt burden is one of the rare issues that generates agreement; the difference in opinion is over whether it is a big problem now or a big problem later.  It also happens to be one of those issues whose ownership shifts from party to party depending on which one is in power.

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    Recent election results illustrate the old political adage: A good economy is no guarantee for election victory but a bad one more often than not brings defeat. The 2010 midterms will be no different.

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    Perhaps more than any other issue, health care underscores the deep divide between Republicans and Democrats over how much control the government should have in the lives of Americans.

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    Even the BP Gulf oil spill disaster hasn't made energy policy a front-burner election issue this year, but there's still lots at stake for voters and the economy.

  • Arizona may be the frontline of the immigration policy debate, but states far from the Mexican border are also busy grappling with the costly problem of illegal aliens.

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    After three decades of steady, and in some cases momentous, deregulation, regulation is back. Only time will tell about the big initiatives but in the meantime you'll hear plenty of predictions--good and bad--about what to expect.