A pattern of poor preparation

The record in the last few years is not good

There is a fear that veterans groups might see a dip in what they receive

It would for the first time embody the democratic ideal of one person, one vote

The millions didn’t suffice to oust Mr. Bishop, but they did demean a race between two viable, if very different, candidates

It could have been far, far worse

A challenger with a real shot

Pretty much everything wrong with unregulated campaign spending can be found in this particular race

Those who head out on the water without a certificate would be fined $250 for a first offense

History can be a guide