(CNN) - Widely condemned comments about rape from two Republican candidates weren't the determining factor in Democrats retaining the upper chamber of Congress, a top Senate Democrat said Wednesday.
Sen. Patty Murray, the chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said the two seats her party picked up were instead the prize for hard work ahead of an election that once seemed an uphill climb for Democrats, who were defending 23 of the 33 seats being contested in Tuesday's vote.
Washington (CNN) – A top Senate Democrat bluntly warned Monday that her party is prepared to let all the Bush-era tax cuts expire and automatic spending cuts to defense and domestic programs take place at the beginning of next year unless Republicans agree to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
"If Republicans won't work with us on a balanced approach, we are not going to get a deal," said Sen. Patty Murray from Washington, the fourth-ranking Senate Democrat.
(CNN) – The Democratic co-chair of the debt-cutting congressional super committee said Sunday her panel was not close to a deal that would cut the federal debt, but remained optimistic of a compromise in the hours left before the group’s deadline.
“There is one sticking divide, and that is the issue of what I call shared sacrifice, where everybody contributes in a very challenging time for our country,” Washington Sen. Patty Murray told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.”
Washington (CNN) - Republican leaders on Wednesday named fiscal conservatives for their six picks for a new congressional "super" committee charged with crafting a plan to cut the country's deficit.
In separate announcements, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell filled out the GOP spots on the 12-member bipartisan panel created in last week's debt ceiling deal that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
(CNN) – The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee responded Friday to a scathing letter from a top executive at Koch Industries, Inc., who blasted the group after he was solicited for campaign contributions.
Philip Ellender, president for government and public affairs at Koch Industries, a frequent Democratic target, said he received a letter and voicemail from DSCC Chair Patty Murray in June. He posted the audio from the voicemail on KochFacts.com, a website dedicated to defending the influential conservative Koch brothers - David and Charles.
Washington (CNN) - With suicide and unemployment on the rise among servicemen and servicewomen, U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli outlined steps the country can take to combat the issues.
In the two and a half years since Chiarelli became vice chair, he has seen a dramatic rise in those soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, jumping from 30 percent of the wounded population or 3,400 individuals, to 8,500 servicemen and servicewomen or 65 percent of the population.
Washington (CNN) - To keep control of the Senate, Patty Murray, Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is targeting six currently Republican held Senate seats while defending the 23 seats held by Democrats up for reelection in 2012.
Although she's not expecting the cycle to be easy, the senior Washington senator said unrest in the Republican Party only helps her chances.
Washington (CNN) – Washington Sen. Patty Murray accepted the chairmanship of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Tuesday morning, two sources confirm to CNN.
"She was pushed," a source close to Murray told CNN. "It certainly wasn't something she had any plan for election day."
Thirty-three Senate seats are up for grabs in 2012, with 23 of those belonging to Democrats and the two independents who caucus with them.
(CNN) - Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray will serve a fourth term in the Senate after challenger Dino Rossi conceded Thursday, two days after Election Day.
Murray held a 2 point lead with 82 percent of the vote counted Thursday night.
"This evening, I called Sen. Murray to offer my congratulations on her re-election to the U.S. Senate," Rossi said in a statement.
(CNN) – The Democratic nominee for Senate in Washington has the advantage in the evergreen state, according to a new poll.
In a new KCTS 9/KPLU/Washington poll, three-term incumbent Senator Patty Murray is leading Republican Dino Rossi 51 percent to 45 percent among likely voters. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.3 percent.