Monday, November 10, 2008

CQ Today Midday Update

Highlights from today's news on CQ.com
Midday Update for MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2008 – 1:59 P.M.

In This Issue

  • Van Hollen Reverses Course, Will Remain at DCCC Helm
  • Political Trivia for Nov. 10
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Today in Washington

The House is not in session.

The Senate meets in pro forma session.

The President visits National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; returns to the White House to welcome President-elect Obama and Mrs. Obama; meets with President-elect Obama in the Oval Office.

In Washington, the Kennedy Center will posthumously award The Mark Twain Prize to the late George Carlin at the eleventh annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The evening will recognize the life and achievements of Carlin, and feature entertainers Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Garry Shandling, Lily Tomlin, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, Lewis Black, Richard Belzer, and Margaret Cho. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St., N.W.

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Top Stories

Van Hollen Reverses Course, Will Remain at DCCC Helm

Chris Van Hollen will remain chairman of the House Democrats’ candidate-recruitment and fundraising arm for a second term — reversing an earlier decision to step down — according to Democratic sources.  [Read More]

Political Trivia for Nov. 10

Which state gave Barack Obama his smallest percentage in last week’s election?  [Read More]

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Political Clippings

The Sacramento Bee reports that “Republican Tom McClintock and Democrat Charlie Brown are hiring lawyers and rounding up observers to monitor the vote counting” in their race for California’s 4th District. “The efforts by both sides underscore high tensions and vigilance as election officials in nine counties sift through tens of thousands of uncounted absentee and provisional ballots,” the newspaper said. “As of Sunday night, McClintock had an 889-vote lead over Brown. With McClintock leading Brown by less than one-half of 1 percent, the close race also has triggered a mandatory state recount of 10 percent of voter precincts.”

According to the Anchorage Daily News, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and Democratic challenger Mark Begich “are going back to their supporters seeking new donations as their contest goes to post-election overtime and the possibility looms that it will be decided by contested ballots.” Stevens led by 3,257 votes after the last of the election day ballots were tallied. But election officials reported that as of Nov. 7, “they had 81,224 uncounted ballots on hand, about a third more than those counted so far,” the newspaper reported. “Absentee ballots mailed from U.S. locations with an Election Day postmark can continue to arrive until next Friday to be counted, and from overseas and military bases until Nov. 19.” Both campaigns say they can win, citing earlier trends and voter registration records.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that voter turnout is likely to be low for the Senate runoff in Georgia. Neither incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss nor Democratic challenger Jim Martin got a majority of the votes on Nov. 4, so they will face off again on Dec. 2. The newspaper points to a 1992 runoff as a harbinger of low turnout: “Republican challenger Paul Coverdell defeated Democratic U.S. Sen. Wyche Fowler after a costly and heated extended- election cycle. The Coverdell-Fowler runoff cost more than their general election fight, but barely over half of the voters who cast ballots in the general election went back to the polls for the runoff.” John McCain has said he will campaign for Chambliss; Martin has invited Barack Obama to do the same.

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Today on Governing.com

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PHILADELPHIA: Mayor’s Rescue Plan Addresses ‘Incredible’; Fiscal Crisis
NEW YORK CITY.: Judge: City Broke Law to Build School on Brownfield
FULTON COUNTY, Ga.: Courthouse Killer Found Guilty
WILLACY COUNTY, Texas: Corruption Charges Against D.A. Dismissed

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