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Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Duckworth Leads Walsh, 54-40

Duckworth Leads Walsh, 54-40

The luckiest Tea Party candidate of 2010 is about to see his luck run out. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Super PAC Reallocates $2.5M Intended for Walsh

Super PAC Reallocates $2.5M Intended for Walsh

A conservative Super PAC based in Kansas City that was going to pump an additional $2.5 million into the campaign of tea party-backed U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, has decided to take their money elsewhere. Read »

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
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By Kim Vatis, BJ Lutz

Duckworth, Calif. Rep Attack Walsh on Abortion

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who once told her Congressional colleagues about her painful need for an abortion, said she fears women's health is at risk with Republicans in office. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Joe Walsh Goes From "Gay Friendly" to Gay-Baiting Republican

Opinion: Joe Walsh Goes From

In a 1996 interview with a gay newspaper, Rep. Joe Walsh declared, "If there's a more gay-friendly Republican around, I'd like to meet them." This year, he received a 0 from the Human Right Campaign. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Duckworth Won't Pull "Deadbeat Dad" Ads

Democratic candidate for Congress Tammy Duckworth says she has no intention of pulling ads that paint her opponent, Rep. Joe Walsh, as a deadbeat dad who can't manage his finances. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 9:49 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Walsh's Abortion Quip Is Bad News

Opinion: Walsh's Abortion Quip Is Bad News

In a press conference after Thursday night's debate with opponent Tammy Duckworth, Rep. Joe Walsh shows off what he learned at the Todd Akin School of Gynecological Medicine. Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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By Associated Press, BJ Lutz

Walsh, Duckworth Friendlier in 4th Debate

Walsh, Duckworth Friendlier in 4th Debate

A fourth debate between candidates in one of the country's most-watched congressional races Thursday night saw Democrat Tammy Duckworth and Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh occasionally interrupt one another... Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Walsh Gets A Bailout From A Kansas City Super PAC

Walsh Gets A Bailout From A Kansas City Super PAC

A $2.5 million ad buy for the congressman who's been complaining that his opponent has been raising most of her money outside the district. Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Walsh: Vote Republican or Lose Your Job

Walsh: Vote Republican or Lose Your Job

Rep. Joe Walsh last weekend told business owners last weekend that if there were ever a year where they needed to "energize" their employees for the election, it's this year. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Heritage Action for America Goes Duckworth Hunting

Heritage Action for America Goes Duckworth Hunting

The conservative think tank has opened a victory center for Rep. Joe Walsh, and has a "5 Facts About Tammy Duckworth" website. Read »

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