More than 135 guests have appeared with the First Lady since the president’s first SOTU speech in 2010, but none from 16 states.
A look back at some of the reports that made headlines from Smart Politics in 2014.
Ten of the 34 states with U.S. Senate races in 2014 found the Democratic Party endure one of its three worst performances in the direct election era.
Six states have not seen a governor lose a reelection bid over the last half century with Vermont and Connecticut boasting the most impressive incumbency advantage resumés.
Enzi continues the perfect renomination streak of Wyoming U.S. Senators – 29 for 29 since the first primary contest 1918; Lummis extends renomination streak by Cowboy State U.S. Representatives to 19 in a row since 1972.
A study of 5,325 congressional elections finds the number of female U.S. Representatives has more than tripled over the last 25 years, but the rate at which women are elected to the chamber still varies greatly between the states.
It has been 96 years since the last time a major party did not field a candidate in eight or more U.S. Senate races.
For the first time in 40 years, Virginians elected a governor from the party of the sitting president; New Jersey extends its streak to seven cycles – second longest in the country.
Western states dominate the top of the list, with Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, and Wyoming all in the Top 10.
Hunting moose…hunting ducks…cleaning a shotgun…a half-dozen members of Congress learned too late about the importance of firearms safety.