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Congress Goes Home

9:34 pm Sep. 29, 2010

It was a classic rush to the finish line on Wednesday for the Congress, as Democratic leaders put off work on major legislation until after the November elections. The day began with word leaking out from top Democrats that there would be no vote in the House on extending the …

Nervous Democrats

9:33 pm Sep. 29, 2010

There was no better example of election year skittishness among Democrats than a simple vote in the House on Thursday to authorize the adjournment of Congress until after the elections. Usually these votes elicit little attention.  Sometimes the minority votes against it, just because.But on this one, 39 Democrats voted …

On The Stump

9:19 pm Sep. 28, 2010

President Obama tried to fire up college students for the November elections during a rally at the University of Wisconsin.  What did he say?   Instead of telling you, I’ll let you read his speech.  If you are a Democrat, or an Independent, would his themes motivate you to vote …

Tax Cut Heartburn

8:32 pm Sep. 28, 2010

While the White House keeps talking about plans to partially extend the Bush tax cuts, more Democrats in Congress broke with Democratic leaders on the issue Tuesday. The latest schism was sparked by a group of 47 House Democrats, who signed a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, arguing against plans …

Warming Their Engines

8:31 pm Sep. 28, 2010

The rumors were flying fast on Tuesday afternoon about when the Congress might just say ‘the hell with it’ and leave town for the November elections as early as today. All that stands in the way is approval of a temporary budget plan that would keep the government running after …

Rush To Adjourn

9:12 pm Sep. 27, 2010

With Congress ready to get out of town, it’s time for “Legislative Cats & Dogs” – which means just about anything can hit the floor before lawmakers leave for the elections.  Here’s the list from the House for today: Suspensions (85 Bills) 1.   H.Res. 1605 – Recognizing the service of the …

Senate Tussle

9:04 pm Sep. 27, 2010

The last week before the elections is going to be a bit messy in the U.S. Senate, as both sides use the final hours in session to jab repeatedly at the other. Democrats launched the first salvo this week, putting a bill on the floor that will end up going …

Find The Blue

9:03 pm Sep. 27, 2010

The strategy of the White House is clear, five weeks before the elections, as President Obama and his team try to spur Democratic voters to get to the polls in November. Find the pockets of “Blue” voters, and get those Democrats to the polls.Today, Mr. Obama has two events in …

Small Business Law

1:59 pm Sep. 27, 2010

President Obama has signed into law a small business bill that was blocked for weeks by a Republican filibuster in the Senate.  What does the new law do? This is part of the fact sheet that was sent out by the White House, detailing some of the aid plans.- The …

Pushing For Votes

8:57 pm Sep. 26, 2010

President Obama has a three day, four state campaign swing this week, trying to motivate Democratic voters and turn around his party’s fortunes over the next five weeks until Election Day. Stop number one is in New Mexico on Tuesday, which has been trending more into the Blue Column in …