Wednesday, February 20, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2008 – 2 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Former Rep. Ney Transferred to Halfway House
  • Negotiations Under Way on Higher Education Bill as Deadline Nears
  • House Moves Up Start of August Recess
  • Political Trivia for Feb. 20
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Today in Washington

The House meets in pro forma session; reconvenes for legislative business at 2 p.m., Feb. 25.

The Senate  meets in pro forma session; reconvenes for legislative business at 3 p.m., Feb. 25.

The President  and First Lady Laura Bush spend the day in Ghana, meeting with President of Ghana John Kufuor and participating in local events, including lunch with Peace Corps volunteers and watching a tee ball game.

In Washington,  the Washington International Trade Association hosts a discussion: “Trade Policy Monitoring and Enforcement Abroad.” Speakers include Dan Brinza, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Monitoring and Enforcement, and others. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Suite Hemisphere A, Concourse Level, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

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Top Stories

Former Rep. Ney Transferred to Halfway House

Former Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, convicted in a corruption probe tied to former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, has been released from a minimum security federal prison in Morgantown, W.Va., and transferred to a halfway house.  [Read More]

Negotiations Under Way on Higher Education Bill as Deadline Nears

Aides to leaders of the House and Senate education panels have begun “pre-conference” discussions aimed at finishing an overhaul of the nation’s primary higher education law, but time is of the essence.  [Read More]

House Moves Up Start of August Recess

Updated plans call for the House to adjourn Aug. 1 for a five-week summer recess that will include the two major parties’ presidential nominating conventions.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Feb. 20

The U.S. Olympic hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice” win over the U.S.S.R. team took place during which Cold War crisis?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that former Knox County Clerk Mike Padgett says he’ll seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander, D-Tenn.Padgett said his formal announcement will come March 4, his birthday. Alexander, a former governor, is a heavy favorite to win re-election. The daily said Mike McWherter, son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, and former state Democratic Chairman Bob Tuke both decided not to run, though Tuke said he is being asked to reconsider.

The Aspen Times reports that Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is leading former Rep. Bob Schaffer in fundraising, though the two are about even in polling for the Senate set now held by Republican Wayne Allard. The latest data shows Udall’s campaign raised $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, giving his campaign $3.6 million. Schaffer’s campaign raised $646,731 and has $2.1 million.

The Hendersonville Times-News reports that former Henderson County Republican Party Chairman Spence Campbell filed Tuesday to run for North Carolina’s 11th District House seat. Campbell, a retired Army colonel, took aim at incumbent freshman Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., saying “our current incumbent votes with the liberal Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi over 80 percent of the time. The people of this district deserve a representative who will vote with them 100 percent of the time.” Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower is also seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Shuler.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Tax-Scam Losses Pegged at $50 Million
SAN FRANCISCO: Mayor Names City Climate Chief
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.: Immigrant Program Drains County Reserves
FLORIDA: Schools to Teach Evolution as 'Theory'
MASSACHUSETTS: Pike Chief: Agency's Finances, Culture Bleak

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