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Arlen Specter, Loyal Democrat (For Now)

July 27, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Nate Silver at Five Thirty Eight has been tracking Sen. Arlen Specter's [D, PA] votes in the Senate since his switch from the Republican party to the Democrats in April. In the first month or so after becoming a Democrat, Specter was voting with his new party about two-thirds of the time on these Contentious Votes. While there are some less loyal Democrats -- say, Ben Nelson of Nebraska -- who only vote with their party about half the time, this was certainly less than what most Democratic obs...

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Switching Sides

April 30, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Making things a little more official seeming, Sen. Arlen Specter [D, PA] today moved his Senate desk from the Republican side of the chamber to the Democratic side. CQ: As the eighth most senior Democrat, his desk now sits in the second row of the center-most section of the majority party’s desks, behind Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois. Specter now shares a row with Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator ever, and si...

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Specter Goes Democrat

April 28, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Saying that the Republican party has moved too far to the right, Sen. Arlen Specter [R, PA] is switching parties immediately and will run for reelection in 2010 as a Democrat. Huge news:

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Specter a "No" on EFCA

March 24, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Breaking from CongressDaily ($): Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., will vote against a cloture motion to limit debate on the Employee Free Choice Act, business groups said today. Keith Smith, who directs labor policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, said his group expects Specter to announce his decision in a floor speech early this afternoon. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it also was expecting the announcement. Specter's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Sp...

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Opportunity

March 12, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

If Al Franken is seated in Minnesota, it looks like Senate Democrats will still be one vote short of breaking an inevitable Republican filibuster of the Employee Free Choice Act. There is only one Senate Republican who might possibly side with the Democrats. Sen. Arlen Specter [R, PA] voted for the bill last year, and he's on the fence as to whether or not he'll vote for it again this year. If he does, he'll likely enable the Democrats to get the bill, which would make it easier for workers to...

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Will Specter Go Democrat?

March 7, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Sen. Arlen Specter [R, PA] is one of the Republicans most likely to vote with Democrats and help them overcome Republican filibusters on key votes. According to our voting trend analysis (scroll down half page here), he votes with his party, the Republicans, only 48 percent of the time. Not surprisingly, he is facing a very difficult primary race in 2010. Specter's best chance for remaining a U.S. senator after this session likely involves switching parties and running as a Democrat:

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