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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: This is another in the series of profiles of Democrats running for their party's 2004 presidential nomination.)(CNSNews.com) - Some polls show her in the middle of the pack, still trailing the Democratic presidential campaign frontrunner by a hefty margin, but ahead of current members of Congress. Other recent polls show her near the bottom, with 2 or 3 percent support. Still, Carol Mosely Braun insists she is "uniquely qualified to do the job of president."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Democrats and liberal groups have unrelentingly characterized the president's dividend tax cut proposal as a tax give-away to the wealthy, with little benefit to the economy or lower- and middle-income Americans.But according to calculations by the Tax Foundation, not only would Bush's dividend tax cut spur long-term economic growth, but it would also mean zero federal income tax liability for an additional three million families. That's due primarily to expansion of the child tax credit from $600 to $1,000 per child.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Politically ambitious members of the extended Kennedy clan are finding out this election year that their name doesn't assure victory at the ballot box.A Kennedy association by marriage (to Robert F. Kennedy daughter Kerry) didn't help former Clinton administration official Andrew Cuomo, who dropped out of the New York Democratic primary for governor that he seemed certain to lose. And more direct connections to the Kennedy clan have not helped either.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With strong support from the White House, Republicans hope to restore most, if not all, of the tax cuts removed from the Senate budget package in a surprising 51-48 vote on Tuesday."Let's see what the ultimate outcome is," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer after senators dealt an unexpected blow to the president''s economic stimulus plan and its centerpiece $726 billion, 10-year dividend tax cut."That vote is not the final vote," he stated. "There are many more to come."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Prominent abortion rights groups are attacking the record of a Kentucky physician because of the possibility that he may be appointed to a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on women's reproductive health. The abortion rights advocates are worried that W. David Hager, M.D., would use his position on the panel to try to roll back FDA approval of the abortion regimen, RU-486.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A U.S. District court may have struck a blow to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance restrictions this past week, but the law's proponents quickly regrouped and say it's not all that bad.That was the gist of a Washington, D.C., briefing Wednesday, in which McCain-Feingold supporters pressed their case for the law in spite of last week's court decision striking down key parts of the law.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican Gov. Jeb Bush Tuesday successfully fended off a challenge from Democratic trial lawyer Bill McBride to win re-election in Florida. It was a race that Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe had declared his party's number one priority this year. "He ran a hard race," Bush said of his defeated opponent in a victory speech. "Now is the time to unite us as a state." But Democrats will get the keys to the governors' offices in three mega-states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With insurers and corporate defendants desperate to resolve costly asbestos lawsuits before the politics of the 2004 presidential year intervenes, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday pressed forward with a bill to resolve the estimated 200,000 asbestos cases clogging the nation's courts.The plan, originally penned by committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) but amended by the committee on Tuesday, would replace lawsuits with a national $180 billion trust fund paid for by insurers and corporate defendants and regulated by the federal government.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Al Gore's decision not to run for president in 2004 comes as a relief to the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls who were eagerly awaiting some decision from him.In fact, Gore's indecision until now has kept a lot of donors and potential campaign staffers on hold, complained Craig T. Smith, a spokesman for Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who was Gore's running mate in 2000.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats won't win the presidency in 2004 by clinging to "old-school liberal-think," said Connecticut Sen. and former Al Gore running mate Joseph Lieberman at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday.In a still-crowded pack of Democratic candidates - and in a week in which Vermont liberal Howard Dean is on the covers of both Time and Newsweek - Lieberman is trying to stake out the political center.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Given the razor-thin margin by which George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000, no state, even one with only five electoral votes, can be taken for granted in a re-election strategy. West Virginia is definitely on the map for the president and his political advisers.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Clarification: Jury verdict applied to company Simon helped start, not to him personally)(CNSNews.com) - News of an adverse jury verdict against the company that California GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon helped start, has reportedly caused the Bush administration to rethink upcoming presidential fundraising visits to the state. Republicans fear that Democrats might portray President Bush as a hypocrite for supporting Simon, whose company was sued for fraud, at the same time the president is taking a tough stance toward corporate corruption.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration is pressuring Congress to finish business on the $16.5 billion-a-year federal welfare program, which is already a year overdue for congressional reauthorization.The program, which got a major overhaul in 1996, has been ensnared in disputes over levels of spending and further reforms. Disagreements linger over how much to spend on childcare assistance and how many hours welfare recipients must work before receiving benefits.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - They are the future fund raisers and maybe even office holders of the Democratic Party, but for now, they are college-aged activists enjoying some early face time with presidential candidates who gathered at the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting over the weekend in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Counting on high senior turnout at the ballot box, fallout from corporate pension fiascos and a weakened economy, Democrats are using Social Security "privatization" to bludgeon Republican candidates in this year's high stakes Senate and House races.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Between budget appropriations and a major transportation bill coming up this year, Congress will have two big chances to spend tax dollars on pork barrel projects. But the first chance may come in the form of President Bush's $74.7 billion supplemental spending request to cover costs directly related to the war in Iraq.The president this week implored Congress to keep the supplemental pork-free, but budget hawks fear wartime patriotism won't stand in the way of pork.