Wednesday, August 08, 2007

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2007 – 2:43 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Transportation Chairman Unveils National Bridge Funding Proposal
  • Congress to Revisit Chemical Security in the Fall
  • Bush Renews Veto Threats, Urges Action on Defense Spending
  • Democrat Faces Uphill Battle Against Mississippi Gov. Barbour
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Today in Washington

The House is in summer recess; it will reconvene at 2 p.m. Sept. 4.

The Senate is in summer recess; it will reconvene at noon Sept. 4.

The President meets with economic advisors; makes a statement on the economy.

In Washington,  Conference is held on Disaster Planning for Hospitals, focusing on strategies and solutions to prepare hospital staff, facilities and supplies for a large-scale disaster or pandemic. Through Thursday, Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 1001 14th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Transportation Chairman Unveils National Bridge Funding Proposal

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will take up legislation in September to create a dedicated funding source for the repair and replacement of structurally impaired bridges nationwide.  [Read More]

Congress to Revisit Chemical Security in the Fall

House Democrats are looking to reopen the chemical security debate this fall, adding facilities that were exempted from regulations that became law last year.  [Read More]

Bush Renews Veto Threats, Urges Action on Defense Spending

Although Congress has left Washington until Sept. 4, President Bush on Wednesday continued to challenge Democrats over their fiscal 2008 appropriations bills.  [Read More]

Democrat Faces Uphill Battle Against Mississippi Gov. Barbour

Democrat John Arthur Eaves Jr., the easy winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary contest to take on Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour in November, faces a formidable challenge.  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Portland Oregonian reports that “businessman Ty Pettit said Tuesday that he is dropping his candidacy for the U.S. Senate” and endorsed state “House Speaker Jeff Merkley over the other Democrat in the race, Portland lawyer Steve Novick. He called Merkley the most qualified candidate and most likely to beat” incumbent GOP Sen. Gordon H. Smith, who is seeking a third term next year.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, “Democrat Steve Beshear continues to hold a double-digit lead in the Kentucky governor’s race, according to a SurveyUSA poll” for WCPO in Cincinnati and WHAS in Louisville. The survey, conducted Aug. 4-7, showed Beshear and his running mate, state Sen. Dan Mongiardo, “with a 21-point lead over Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher and his running mate, Robbie Rudolph. Beshear/Mongiardo are favored by 58 percent of the voters, compared to 37 percent for Fletcher/Rudolph. Four percent of voters are undecided.” Kentucky voters, like those in Mississippi, will elect a governor in November.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that GOP Sen. Ted Stevens, “on his first trip back to Alaska since FBI agents searched his Girdwood home last week, vigorously defended controversial budget earmarks on Tuesday before a large and welcoming hometown crowd. But he refused to address questions from reporters before or after his speech about the renovation of his home, the ongoing federal investigation or earmarks that benefited his son, Ben, a former aide and their clients. . . . Republicans have rallied for Stevens during congressional recesses as a group before, said Alaska Republican Party chairman Randy Ruedrich, who helped organize Tuesday’s show. The investigation, Ruedrich said, was “a very unfortunate attack at this time.’”

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
LOS ANGELES: City Moves Toward a Denser Downtown
CHICAGO: Early Help for Needy Kids Pays Off, Study Finds
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.: County Looks At Increasing Taxes to Pay For Roads
UTAH: Setbacks Suspend Efforts to Rescue Miners
COLORADO: Governor Wants Immigration Enforcement
MASSACHUSETTS: Pension Director Looks for Bonuses
NEW JERSEY: State Treasurer to Become Governor's Chief of Staff

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Political Trivia

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., worked as a gas station attendant, grocery store clerk, shipyard welder and butcher. It took him 12 years to save enough money to go to college. He learned to play the fiddle as a boy, and his talents helped him win a seat in the state legislature in 1946. Friends drove Byrd around the hills and hollows, where he brought the voters out by playing “Cripple Creek” and “Rye Whiskey.” (Source: CQ.com Member Profiles)

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