Monday, July 07, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, JULY 7, 2008 – 2:08 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Senate GOP Postpones Weekly Lunches for Helms Funeral
  • Immigration Not Key to Winning Hispanic Vote: Experts
  • Political Trivia for July 7
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session. Reconvenes Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. to consider the housing package.

The President  participates in the Group of Eight summit in Japan.

In Washington, the League of United Latin American Citizens holds its national convention, highlighting the importance of Latino voters in determining the next president. Opening reception, 6 p.m., then through July 11. Washington Hilton & Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

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Top Stories

Senate GOP Postpones Weekly Lunches for Helms Funeral

Senate Republicans have decided to postpone their weekly all-conference lunches to allow members to attend the funeral Tuesday of former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms, who died July 4 at the age of 86.  [Read More]

Immigration Not Key to Winning Hispanic Vote: Experts

Hispanic voters have become a key target in this year’s presidential race, courted heavily by both Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for July 7

Who was the last Democratic vice presidential nominee announced during convention week?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

McClatchy reports that Rep. Don Young is tapping a group of more than 20 lobbyists, including former Young staffers and retired former congressmen, to help raise funds for his re-election. Chief of staff Mike Anderson e-mailed the group, warning that they and their clients will be affected if Democrats knock off the veteran Alaska Republican.Democrat Diane Benson is vying for Young’s seat. Since the e-mail was sent June 8, 2007, “Young has received more than $90,000 from the e-mail recipients, their lobbying firms or clients of their firms. That is nearly a quarter of the roughly $400,000 raised by Young and his Midnight Sun Political Action Committee over the same period through the first quarter of this year.”

The Deseret Morning News reports that Republican Jason Chaffetz says he won’t move into Utah’s 3rd District, where he is the party’s House nominee. Chaffetz’s nonresidency was an issue in June’s primary election, in which he defeated incumbent Rep. Chris Cannon 60 percent to 40 percent. “It would have been a lot easier to tell people that I plan to move, but I don’t,” Chaffetz said. “We love Alpine. We plan to be ‘lifers’ there. The kids love their school.” Still, Chaffetz is expected to easily defeat Democratic nominee Bennion L. Spencer in the GOP-dominated district.

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Today on Governing.com

State and local government news from CQ’s sister publication
CHICAGO: Grand Plan to Transform Public Housing Falters
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind.: County Tops Family-Friendly Rankings
THE NATION: Oil Spike Boosting Public Pension Funds
CALIFORNIA: Firefighters Gaining on Two Blazes
MARYLAND: Statewide Development Plan in the Works
MASSACHUSETTS: As Red Tide Recedes, Clams Return

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