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July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The closely watched Texas Senate race to succeed retiring Republican Phil Gramm hinges on minority voter turnout on Election Day and the Republican candidate's closeness to President Bush, the two candidates believe.Winning the Texas seat has become more important to Democrats in maintaining their one vote majority, especially since ethics scandals forced New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli to drop out of his race this week. Polls have shown the Texas race close, with neither candidate consistently in the lead.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In negotiations over the president's dividend tax cut, "We have lots of options on the table," GOP Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles (Okla.) said on Thursday. "I don't want to exclude any or preclude anything."The Senate Finance Committee, of which Maine's GOP holdout Olympia Snowe is a member, is in a huddle, with Republicans trying to negotiate upwards the $350 billion in tax cuts passed by the Senate this past month. The House passed $550 billion in cuts.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Polls show that most Californians think the state is headed on the wrong track and nearly half give the Democratic governor low marks on job performance. That should spell trouble for Gov. Gray Davis's hopes for a second term, but Republican Bill Simon seems headed for likely defeat, political watchers believe. Despite the fact that incumbent Democrat Gray Davis remains unpopular with his electorate, analysts say Simon ran a bad campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Labor unions enjoy a variety of special perquisites and privileges that sometimes leave the unwitting taxpayer footing the bill.Labor unions receive millions of taxpayer dollars at the federal and state level to administer a variety of education and training programs, which frees up other union funds for political activities.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the firing of his top two economic advisors last week, President Bush signaled that crafting and selling an economic stimulus will be a priority. Both will prove a difficult task, since Congress and economists disagree about what will cure the ailing economy and be politically palatable.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats have been sounding alarm bells about Republican deficit spending, but during the two days of debate on homeland security appropriations, it was the Democrats who offered amendments to increase spending by over $17 billion in 2004."It is inconceivable that in just two years, President George W. Bush has taken the nation from historic budget surpluses to the deepest deficits in history," railed Democratic presidential candidate and Fla. Sen. Bob Graham.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Alliance of American Insurers) (CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Thursday called for Congress to pass a law limiting non-economic, punitive damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000."Our medical liability system is broken," the president told a Scranton, Pa. audience."A broken system like that first and foremost hurts the patients and the people of America," said Bush, because "junk lawsuits" drive up malpractice insurance premiums and drive innocent doctors out of town, according to the president.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Thursday called for Congress to pass a law limiting non-economic, punitive damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000."Our medical liability system is broken," the president told a Scranton, Pa., audience. "A broken system like that first and foremost hurts the patients and the people of America," he said, because "junk lawsuits" drive up malpractice insurance premiums and drive innocent doctors out of town.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a state dominated by Democrats, it shouldn't be so difficult for the Maryland lieutenant governor to convince voters that she should be promoted - especially since the state hasn't elected a Republican governor in 36 years.But the early lead enjoyed by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Kennedy Townsend over likely Republican nominee Rep. Bob Ehrlich has slipped from 15 points to just three points, according to a recent public opinion poll. Another recent poll says Kennedy Townsend's lead is seven points.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Correction: Fixes that Michigan Legislature is controlled by Republicans)(CNSNews.com) - The White House is targeting Michigan for a win in the 2004 election, but unions and liberal interests are pounding on a message of job loss and anti-tax cut policies.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Over the objections of teacher unions and some local officials, District of Columbia school children will get vouchers to gain access to better schools if Congress passes a bill offered by second-term Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).By many measures, D.C. public schools are among the worst in the nation, plagued by violence, low test scores, and disrepair. In fact, the school system ranked last in student scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While there are only a few close races in the ten states that hold primaries Tuesday, the results will usher in the post-Labor Day political season and establish several key November match-ups that determine who controls the U.S. Senate in 2003. Republicans must defend more open seats in the Senate and governorships than the Democrats.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush has asked Congress for an extra $74.7 billion this year to pay for the war in Iraq.Most of the money ($63 billion) would go towards prosecuting the war, with $8 billion earmarked for international aid, relief, and reconstruction, and $4 billion for homeland security.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Political analysts disagreed Monday about how the bear market and sluggish economy will affect the Republican Party's mid-term election hopes, especially in light of the latest New York Times/CBS News poll that shows only 41 percent of Americans approve of the way President Bush is handling the economy.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Republicans have changed the Bush tax cut to make it appear less costly to the U.S. Treasury and more palatable to their Senate colleagues, but liberal analysts say it's even more objectionable than the original Bush plan.The plan introduced by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) mixes in a capital gains tax cut and puts 2005 expiration dates on a number of tax cuts, including the child tax credit, marriage penalty tax relief and expansion of the lowest tax bracket.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Presidential brother Jeb Bush, the top 2002 target for Democrats, is the projected winner in Florida's gubernatorial race. It had been a close race, but the incumbent Bush widened his lead over Democratic opponent Bill McBride in the final days of the campaign. An Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 Zogby poll had Bush ahead by 16 points.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The latest round of child tax credits has raised the ire of fiscal conservatives in Congress. Combined with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), it seems that some workers who owe no income tax will be getting a big windfall, courtesy of Uncle Sam.That makes for bad tax and welfare policy, say critics like House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a caucus of House conservatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The next Congress should repeal a provision in the homeland security bill that protects drug companies like Eli Lilly from lawsuits, urged a handful of lawmakers and autism activists at a Wednesday press conference.Proponents of the provision, however, argue that lawsuit immunity is necessary to make sure that companies continue to offer life-saving vaccines to combat bio-terrorism.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - America's courts have taken over the legislative role of regulating whole industries, many court watchers and state lawmakers believe. The difficult question, they said Wednesday, is how to reverse the trend.It is "one of the most fundamental concerns that we as legislators should have," and it amounts to "the taking away of our legislative powers," said Virginia Delegate William J. Howell, speaker of the state House of Delegates. He addressed fellow lawmakers at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration's coziness with Mexican President Vicente Fox is causing some members of the Republican Party to express frustration over immigration policy.