Monday, January 07, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2008 – 2:29 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Those Who Win Both Iowa and New Hampshire Share a Title: ‘Nominee’
  • However Uncomfortably, Hill Leaders Will Rally Behind Presidential Nominees
  • Former Governor Seeks Democratic Senate Nomination in Mississippi
  • Judge Urges Plea Deal in Capitol Police Officer’s Case
  • Political Trivia for Jan. 7
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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 visits Horace Greeley Elementary School in Chicago, Ill., and urges Congress to renew the “No Child Left Behind” education law; visits with the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee; visits the Union League Club of Chicago and makes a statement on the economy.

In Washington, the U.S. Institute of Peace and WorldPublicOpinion.org hold a briefing on their survey of more than 900 Pakistanis. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Those Who Win Both Iowa and New Hampshire Share a Title: ‘Nominee’

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is counting on the “Super-Duper Tuesday” primaries Feb. 5 to rescue her presidential campaign if she falters again in New Hampshire. But history offers her little cause for optimisim.  [Read More]

However Uncomfortably, Hill Leaders Will Rally Behind Presidential Nominees

Maverick presidential candidates such as Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are getting a tepid response on Capitol Hill to their calls for an end to partisan gridlock.  [Read More]

Former Governor Seeks Democratic Senate Nomination in Mississippi

Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove gave Democrats a boost Monday as he announced he will seek the nomination to challenge newly appointed Republican Sen. Roger Wicker in November.  [Read More]

Judge Urges Plea Deal in Capitol Police Officer’s Case

A federal judge on Monday urged lawyers for a Capitol Police officer charged with setting a fire in a Senate office building to work with prosecutors to strike a deal before a tentative March 17 trial date.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Jan. 7

Which candidate came in third in the 1980 New Hampshire GOP primary?  [Read More]

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TheCapitol.Net: Update on the 110th Congress, 2008, 2nd Session

Our expert faculty look at the second session of the 110th Congress in terms of leadership, membership, the 2008 elections, and the anticipated legislative agenda. They will also review and analyze the major legislative initiatives and accomplishments of the first session of the 110th Congress
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Political Clippings

The Manchester Union Leader reports on the rarest of events: politician saves newsman. “When a piece of chicken got stuck in journalist Al Hunt’s windpipe Friday night, Sen. John Sununu came to the rescue. ‘John was terrific,’ said Hunt, 65, executive editor for Washington at Bloomberg News. ‘He quickly jumped up, put his arms around me, did the (Heimlich) maneuver. Within about two seconds, it came out.’ Hunt and Sununu were sitting next to each other” at a local chop house at a table “packed with powerbrokers, politicians and prominent journalists.” After the incident, everyone got back to “chewing and chatting” until well after midnight.

According to the Sioux City Journal, Nebraska Republican Mike Johanns, a former governor and U.S. secretary of Agriculture, “has raised more than $1.5 million for his U.S. Senate bid, his campaign said Sunday.” Johanns had $1 million on hand Dec. 31, according to his campaign manager Chris Peterson. No Democrat has filed to take on Johanns, although Tony Raimondo, a businessman and former Republican who switched parties in December, might seek the Democratic nomination. “Democrat Scott Klebb, who ran for Congress in the 3rd District and lost in 2006, has also said he might seek the Democratic nomination.”

The Tampa Tribune reports, “Democrats are lining up for the chance to unseat freshman GOP Rep. Gus Bilirakis next fall,” contending that Bilirakis is “ineffective in the 9th Congressional District seat he won last year after his father, Mike, decided to retire from the job.” Former Plant City Mayor John Dicks; William D. “Bill” Mitchell, a Tampa employment lawyer and Navy veteran; Michael van Hoek, a paramedic and a member of the Hillsborough Democratic Club; and Anita de Palma, 66, outgoing Florida director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, are vying for the right to take on Bilirakis. But “Democratic resources are more likely to go into trying to unseat Republican Rep. Tom Feeney,” the paper said, and into “defending Democratic seats viewed as potentially vulnerable, such as the one held by freshman Rep. Tim Mahoney.”

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
NEW ORLEANS: 22,000 City Workers Get Pay Raises
SEATTLE: Audit: Port's Shoddy Management Wasted $97 Million
THE WASHINGTON, D.C. REGION: Deal Set to Add HOT Lanes to Beltway
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: Panel: Deputies Broke Rules in Actor's Arrest
CALIFORNIA: Early Release of 22,000 Inmates on the Table
THE NATION: Other States Back California in Federal Emissions Fight
COLORADO: Governor Won't Fight Federal Gas-Drilling Plan

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