Washington (CNN) – Democrats racing to protect their congressional seats also face a serious battle on their other flank: state capitals. One analyst has found that a quarter of state legislatures are in play this November, with the vast majority of the bodies at risk controlled by Democrats.
"I've been doing this for five cycles now and already we have the most chambers in play as basically at any point, going back to 2002," said Lou Jacobson, who writes for PolitiFact and recently completed an extensive analysis on state legislatures for Governing magazine.
"The other really striking thing," he said, "is this (election) is the biggest differential between the two parties."
(CNN) – "We still have to communicate" the need for health care reform and what it is already starting to do.
That's the thinking of Nancy-Ann DeParle, the Director of the White House Office on Health Reform, sometimes called the "Health Reform Czar."
President Obama has embarked on a series of town hall-style rallies, including last week in Charlotte, N.C and Maine, to promote the laws that he signed last month, implementing major changes in health care policy.
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Washington (CNN) – From President Jefferson to President Obama, politicians have been using new media to promote their campaigns, besmirch opponents and bottom line: win elections.
Jefferson printed short opinion pieces known as tracts in the 1800 presidential campaign, while Obama is credited with successfully harnessing social media technology in his 2008 bid for the White House. Recently, Obama's White House staff has warmed up considerably to Twitter.
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The president speaks to Congress Wednesday night about his health care reform plan. CNN's Bob Costantini previews the address with Ed Howard,Executive Vice President of the Alliance for Health Reform.
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(CNN) - Are you confused by all the back and forth on health care reform? Here's a guide to some of the terms commonly tossed about in the debate.
Blue Dog coalition: The Blue Dog coalition is a group of 52 fiscally conservative Democrats in the House. The Blue Dogs insist that health care reform should preserve patient choice and maintain competition in the marketplace without adding to the national deficit. They'll play a critical role in getting a bill through the House.
Co-op: Nonprofit health cooperatives, or "co-ops," are being proposed as an option to compete with the private sector and as an alternative to a government-sponsored public health insurance option. Co-ops are owned and governed by the same people they insure.
Electronic records: President Obama wants to computerize all records within five years as a way to increase quality of health care and decrease costs. Under his plan to modernize health care, all health records would be standardized and electronic.
What's the "public option"?: CNN Radio explains:
End-of-life counseling: The current version of the House bill contains a provision for end-of-life counseling for Medicare beneficiaries who want it. The House bill allows for coverage of such appointments as long as an individual has not had an end-of-life care or advance care planning consultation within the last five years. The idea has been a sticking point in the health care debate, as critics have likened it to a step toward euthanasia and "death panels."
More health care lingo explained in the full story
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer talk health care reform with Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in the latest edition of "44 with Ed Henry."
(CNN) - Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry hosts his weekly radio show from Montana this morning as he waits for President Obama's arrival later in the day for a town hall meeting on health care.
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, will be joining Ed as well as Nancy LeaMond from the AARP. And of course, Ed will be taking your calls at 1-877-266-4189. Or you can drop him an email
So, tune in to CNN.com at 11 a.m. ET for an insiders look at the Obama presidency.
President Obama takes his push for health care reform on the road. CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry and CNN's John Lisk have more.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – If you have not had enough of reform talk, welcome to "Health Care Action Week." That's what Organizing for America is calling its grassroots meetings, phone banks and door-to-door canvassing efforts this week, as it helps push broad Democratic health care reform proposals.
Organizing for America is the grassroots network that was "Obama for America" during the 2008 presidential election cycle. After the inauguration, OFA moved its operations to the Democratic National Committee.
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And between now and the scheduled August 7 recess of Congress, OFA and the DNC have launched 30-second TV and radio ads, some running on CNN, urging the public to get behind the broader health care reform proposals.
The campaign has raised eyebrows for its obvious targeting of certain lawmakers including some moderate Democrats. On the Senate level, the ads will be running in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska and Ohio.
In the ads, average Americans give very brief statements about their problems with the current health care system; the ad concludes with them consecutively saying, "It's time!" - meaning it's time to reform the system. At the end, a phone number appears urging viewers to call Senators or Representatives, depending on the target.
CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry just jumped off the plane from Ottawa, Canada and is on his way to CNN Radio’s Washington studio so that he can take listeners behind the scenes on President Obama’s first foreign trip. Ed will also provide insight into the president’s historic signing this week of the most sweeping economic recovery legislation in American history.
Ed wants to hear from you as Obama celebrates his one month anniversary in office. How is the president doing? What should Obama tackle next? Send Ed your questions at CNNRadio@CNN.Com or call in live to talk to Ed at 1-877-266-4189.
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