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CNN: Federal judge dismisses challenge to Murkowski's re-election
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in election victory last month, clearing the way for Murkowski to be sworn in for a second term next week. State officials have scheduled a Thursday morning ceremony to sign the election certification, according to Sharon Leighow, spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell.
(CNN) - Democrat Richard M. Daley is now Chicago's longest-serving mayor, surpassing the previous milestone set by his father, Richard J. Daley.
The younger Daley has now served 7,918 days in office, or 21 years and eight months, which is two more day than the elder Daley served from 1955 until 1976.
CNN: Obama administration, Congress brace for new political reality
A new political reality hits Washington next week, with the first split Congress since 2004 raising questions about whether the bipartisan cooperation of the recently concluded lame-duck session can continue. Conventional wisdom says the shift from one party controlling both chambers, as Democrats have done since 2006, to the GOP taking over the House and holding a stronger minority stake in the Senate means increased partisan impasse over the next two years.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will endorse and campaign with Chicago Democratic mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel in January, according to Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the campaign.
Emanuel served in the Clinton White House for five years before serving as an Illinois congressman and President Obama's chief of staff, a post he left earlier this year to run for mayor.
(CNN) - It's full steam ahead for Rahm Emanuel's Chicago mayoral bid.
The Chicago Board of Elections decided Thursday that the former White House chief of staff should appear on the ballot in February's mayoral election, despite the fact that he has spent most of the last two years living in Washington.
(CNN) - The Chicago Board of Elections ruled Thursday that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel should be allowed to appear on the ballot in February's mayoral election.
(CNN) – A new poll of Chicago voters suggests former Obama top-aide Rahm Emanuel is well on his way to becoming the next mayor of the Windy City.
According to the survey conducted by the Chicago Retail Merchants Association, the former White House chief of staff is leading his closest competitor by more than 30 points. Emanuel registers 44 percent of support in the poll of likely voters, far ahead of lobbyist Gerry Chico at 12 percent.
(CNN) - As Rahm Emanuel attempts to prove that he's a Chicago resident, a new poll indicates that the former White House chief of staff is far ahead of his rivals in the battle to be the city's next mayor.
According to a Chicago Tribune/WGN survey, 32 percent of Chicago voters support Emanuel, with former Chicago City Colleges Board Chairman Gery Chico and Rep. Danny Davis each at nine percent, state Sen. James Meeks at six percent, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun at six percent, City Clerk Miguel del Valle at three percent, former Sen. Roland Burris at two percent and 30 percent undecided.
(CNN) – Rahm Emanuel is taking to the stand in his bid become Chicago's next mayor.
The former White House chief of staff testifies Tuesday in front of the Chicago Elections Board, as it holds hearings regarding residency challenges to Emanuel's mayoral campaign. More than 30 people have filed legal challenges against Emanuel, claiming that he does not meet the necessary residency requirement to run for mayor.
Washington (CNN) - Illinois Sen. Roland Burris is considering running for mayor of Chicago, potentially joining a crowded field of candidates that includes an ex-senator, current congressman and President Obama's former chief of staff.
Burris is leaving Capitol Hill at the end of the year after being appointed to fill the remaining two years of then-President elect Obama's Senate term.