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Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rauner and Sanguinetti in Danger of Echoing McCain and Palin

Rauner and Sanguinetti in Danger of Echoing McCain and Palin

Just like 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner wanted to choose a “superstar” to be his running mate. Read »

Thursday, Jun 30, 2011 at 1:45 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Kirk: "Let the Girls Play"

Kirk: "Let the Girls Play"
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Kirk doesn't take Palin's lead, and Giannoulias remains silent. Read »

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 11:14 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Mark Kirk Prefers Tuberculosis to Sarah Palin. No Seriously.

Mark Kirk Prefers Tuberculosis to Sarah Palin. No Seriously.
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Inside the incredibly important votes that kept Kirk away from Palin's stand-up act. Read »

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM
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By Marcus Riley

PHOTOS: 2010 Palin Look-Alike Contest

A Palin look-a-like contest with less taxation, more flirtation. View gallery »

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 7:15 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Kirk Runs Away From Palin on Gay Rights

Kirk Runs Away From Palin on Gay Rights
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If Mark Kirk is looking to separate himself from Sarah Palin, he can tout his support for gay rights around the world. Read »

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 9:35 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Sarah Palin Blasts President Obama on His Home Turf

"This 'hopey-changey' thing isn't what we bargained for," says GOP star. Read »

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 3:00 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Blagojevich Turns Down Palin Look-Alike Invite

Blagojevich Turns Down Palin Look-Alike Invite
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There are some depths to which Rod Blagojevich will not sink. No seriously. Read »

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 9:30 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Double Rogue-y: Alexi's New Vid Attacks Kirk/Palin Connection

Double Rogue-y: Alexi's New Vid Attacks Kirk/Palin Connection
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Sarah Palin's in town. Kirk's in D.C. Alexi's making videos. Read »

Monday, May 3, 2010 at 8:30 AM
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By WARD ROOM STAFF

Why Sarah Palin Can't Win Over Illinois GOP'ers

Why Sarah Palin Can't Win Over Illinois GOP'ers
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Mark Kirk's not going to her fundraiser. Nor Brady. Nor Dold. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 27, 2010 at 3:29 PM
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By WARD ROOM STAFF

Kirk Avoiding Palin Fundraiser

Kirk Avoiding Palin Fundraiser
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Mark Kirk's not attending a Palin-fronted rally. Does this end his run at Tea Party votes? Read »

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