Democrats pull ahead in generic ballot, but GOP still favored to pick up seats

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Democrats have regained the edge in the generic congressional ballot, according to a new CNN/ORC poll--but independent analysts still see the party with a net loss in Senate and House of Representatives seats this fall.

McConnell wraps opponent in Obama, gains edge in Kentucky

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

When Jim Cauley returned to Pikeville, Ky., this month for his 30th high school reunion, he heard familiar complaints from old classmates.

Eying 2016, Rand Paul courts young voters in SC

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working to improve the Republican Party's image among young voters as he visits South Carolina, a key state in the presidential primary calendar.

Bella Hammond endorses Begich in new ad

|Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Former Alaska first lady Bella Hammond likens Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich to her husband in a new campaign ad.

Think tank founded by Entenza closing down

|Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

A left-of-center Minnesota think tank started by Democratic politician Matt Entenza is shutting down.

Time for close-ups: Senate, governor rivals debate

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

A debate doubleheader is on tap in Minnesota.

Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate races

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat.

In Georgia, 2 parties battle over minority votes

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Behind a nondescript storefront just outside Atlanta, Delores Washington makes telephone call after call in this Democratic stronghold using a list of potential voters handed to her by a young party staffer.

Colorado school protests roil swing state politics

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

The protests over a Colorado school district's proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state's marquee midterm election races, injecting a volatile issue two weeks before early voting ballots land in mailboxes across the state.

3rd-graders face high-stakes reading targets

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

The games, ice cream and play rehearsals that 9-year-old Joshua Rowell experienced during summer school this year weren't just for fun.