Tuesday, March 18, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2008 – 2:21 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Higher Education Act Overhaul a Magnet for Lobbying
  • Supreme Court Rejects Washington State Primary Challenge
  • Congress Urged to Renew User Fees for FDA Review of Animal Drugs
  • Political Trivia for March 18
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Today in Washington

The House  is not in session; reconvenes at 2 p.m., Monday, March 31.

The Senate  meets in pro forma session; reconvenes for business at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31.

The President  is in Florida attending a Republican National Committee luncheon in Jacksonville; then touring the Blount Island Marine Terminal and speaking about trade policy; later attends a Republican National Committee reception in Palm Beach.

In Washington,  Research!America holds its 12th annual Advocacy Awards Gala honoring those who helped create policies that support health research. Awardees include Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.; and Kenneth Cole, chairman, AmFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. 6:30 p.m., Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Higher Education Act Overhaul a Magnet for Lobbying

House and Senate negotiators have pushed off completion of a higher education overhaul until after the March recess, but interest groups representing students, colleges and state officials are furiously lobbying over provisions of the legislation still hanging in the balance.  [Read More]

Supreme Court Rejects Washington State Primary Challenge

The Supreme Court Tuesday rejected a broad constitutional challenge to Washington state’s open primary system.  [Read More]

Congress Urged to Renew User Fees for FDA Review of Animal Drugs

Worried that their concerns may get lost in the election-year agenda, livestock producers are urging Congress to move swiftly to reauthorize the user fees that underwrite federal reviews of new animal drugs.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for March 18

In which state do Irish-Americans make up the biggest share of population?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Peoria Journal Star reports that Democrat Colleen Callahan’s GOP ties could benefit her bid to replace Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill. Callahan, a longtime farm broadcaster, served as agricultural adviser to John Morris, an unsuccessful candidate for the GOP nomination and even held a fundraiser for LaHood in 2006. “We had no problem doing that and make no apologies for having done that,” she said. The Republican nominee, state Rep. Aaron Schock, also “has demonstrated the ability to get crossover votes in his legislative district, which has more Democrat voters than Republican.”

The Deseret Morning News reports that Dell “Superdell” Schanze, former owner of Totally Awesome Computers who is famous for his quirky commercials and public jousts with police and the media, is running for governor as a Libertarian. Schanze had filed to run as a Republican in the race for Salt Lake County mayor, but dropped that bid to challenge GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. “One thing is for sure, if I am elected, Utah will be one seriously fun place to live,” Schanze said.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
MINNESOTA: Court Shoots Down Video-Game Law
NEW YORK STATE: New Governor Admits Affairs
INDIANAPOLIS/MARION COUNTY: Pension-Debt Shift to Save City $1 Billion
NEW YORK CITY: $50 Nylon Sling Suspected in Crane Collapse
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: Ship's Pilot Charged in Oil Spill
THE NATION: Critics: Gun Buybacks Ineffective

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