Friday, January 04, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2008 – 2:04 P.M.

In This Issue

  • ‘Expectations’ Race Had Its Own Winners and Losers
  • Return of Dodd, Biden Could Provide Push to Legislation
  • GOP Membership Changes Loom on Appropriations Committees
  • Louisiana Lawmakers Vanquish ‘Number of the Beast’
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 4
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session; reconvenes for business on Jan. 15.

The Senate  is not in session; reconvenes for business on Jan. 22.

The President meets with his Working Group on Financial Markets.

In Washington, the National Press Club kicks off its centennial celebration with the premiere of a documentary on the history of the club, followed by a panel discussion with veteran club members Helen Thomas, Jack Germond and John Cosgrove. 7 p.m. National Press Club. 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.

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Top Stories

‘Expectations’ Race Had Its Own Winners and Losers

There were two sets of winners in the Iowa precinct caucuses — the victors by objective standards, and the winners of the “expectations” race.  [Read More]

Return of Dodd, Biden Could Provide Push to Legislation

The return of two Senate committee chairmen from the presidential campaign trail could provide a boost to legislation within their purview.  [Read More]

GOP Membership Changes Loom on Appropriations Committees

The House and Senate Appropriations committees, among the most powerful in Congress, will undergo a significant change of membership in the next Congress, mostly on the Republican side.  [Read More]

Louisiana Lawmakers Vanquish ‘Number of the Beast’

Whatever Congress may or may not have accomplished last year, Louisiana’s lawmakers can boast that they got rid of the devil.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 4

What was the first year in which the New Hampshire primary was earlier than March?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin says Republican businessman Bruce Layman will vie with Catholic school teacher George Phillips for the GOP nod to take on Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey in New York’s 22nd District. Layman says his campaign “is an attempt to get rid of the career politicians ‘who have never had a job.’” Layman “is chairman of The Star Group, a collective marketing organization for a group of businesses he owns.”

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Ohio state Rep. Tom Brinkman planned to file today to run for the House seat now held by GOP Rep. Jean Schmidt. “Brinkman will be the second Republican to run against Schmidt; former Hamilton County Commissioner Phil Heimlich also has filed petitions to run in the March 4 primary.” The winner will face either Democrat Victoria Wulsin, a doctor who narrowly lost to Schmidt in 2006, or lawyer Steve Black.

The Montgomery Advertiser/Associated Press reports that Alabama state Rep. Greg Wren said Thursday he will not run for the Republican nomination to succeed retiring Rep. Terry Everett, R-Ala., in the 2nd Congressional District. “Wren said Thursday he has decided to remain in the Alabama Legislature.” Those seeking the Republican nomination include state Sen. Harri Anne Smith, state Reps. Jay Love and David Grimes, and Dothan oral surgeon Dr. Craig Scmidtke. State Rep. Terry Spicer “has said he may seek the Democratic nomination. Montgomery businessman William Boyd has said he plans to run, but has not said if he will run as a Republican or a Democrat. Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright has also said he is considering the race, but has not said if he would run as a Republican or a Democrat.”

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2008 – 2:16 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Iowa Caucuses Start 2008 Presidential Shakeout
  • Voter ID Court Challenges Expected to Have Big Impact on 2008 Elections
  • GOP Rep. Peterson Will Retire at End of Term
  • Scramble Begins for Wicker’s House Seat
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 3
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Today in Washington

The House the House met at noon in pro forma session to begin the second session of the 110th Congress; reconvenes for business on Jan. 15.

The Senate  met at noon in pro forma session to open the second session; reconvenes for business on Jan. 22.

The President has no public business scheduled.

In Washington, the American Historical Association holds its annual convention. Washington Marriott, Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road, N.W.

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Top Stories

Iowa Caucuses Start 2008 Presidential Shakeout

By this time Friday, it is likely that one or more of the 2008 presidential candidates will be planning an exit strategy, as the results of tonight’s Iowa precinct caucuses separate top-tier contenders from the rest of the pack.  [Read More]

Voter ID Court Challenges Expected to Have Big Impact on 2008 Elections

A pair of closely watched voting rights cases headed to the Supreme Court next week could have a greater effect on the 2008 elections than anything happening in Iowa and New Hampshire.  [Read More]

GOP Rep. Peterson Will Retire at End of Term

Six-term Rep. John E. Peterson, a member of the House Appropriations Committee who represents a solidly Republican swath of rural Pennsylvania, announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of this term.  [Read More]

Scramble Begins for Wicker’s House Seat

Three days after Mississippi Republican Rep. Roger Wicker was appointed to the Senate, the scramble is on to succeed him in the House.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 3

Which Democrat quit the 2004 presidential race right after the Iowa caucuses?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Dallas Morning News reports that “the contest between Sen. John Cornyn and likely Democratic challenger Rick Noriega will test the state of Texas politics in the post-Bush era. . . . Republican pollster Mike Baselice said he’s confident that Texas remains reliably red and Democrats are dreaming if they think they can beat Mr. Cornyn.” But recent polls show Cornyn with less than a 50 percent favorability rating, and Democratic pollster Celinda Lake says the GOP senator’s unswerving allegiance to President Bush could be a liability, even in the president’s home state. Still, Noriega is underfunded and largely unknown. He must win the March 4 primary before national Democrats will take him seriously.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, “Delta County Commissioner Wayne Wolf of Cedaredge will challenge two-term incumbent Congressman John Salazar, D-Colo., according to documents on file with the Federal Election Commission. Wolf, who planned to challenge former Fort Collins Congressman Bob Schaffer for the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate this year, said he decided to challenge Salazar after discussions with party leadership.” He acknowledged that a race against an incumbent undoubtedly “will be more difficult than his bid for Colorado’s open Senate seat.” Salazar already has more than $500,000 in campaign funds on hand.

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