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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
(CNSNews.com) - When 19 House conservatives opposed the new Medicare prescription drug entitlement that passed the chamber last week, it either signaled that "conservatives are starting to wake up" or that, because of the small number of opponents, Republicans are "a lost party" when it comes to controlling government spending. It depends on whom you ask.Texas Republican Ron Paul (R-Tex.), who voted against the White House-backed bill that has a 10-year cost estimate of $400 billion, said despite being on the losing end, the Medicare vote may embolden conservatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards set forth his ideas for improving homeland security on Wednesday in a wide-ranging speech at the Brookings Institution. The first-term North Carolina senator and former trial lawyer took the opportunity to criticize the Bush administration's handling of homeland security, civil liberty issues and tax cuts; and he called for a federal mandate to force states to standardize IDs and a new round of federal spending on state and local security efforts.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Want a better state government? How about moving to another state with 20,000 of your political soul mates to take over the government there? That's what one group is planning.The Free State Project (FSP), a small group of libertarian activists, is trying to make a big difference in state politics by recruiting 20,000 like-minded people to move en masse to a small state and flex enough political muscle to shrink the government.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - While President Bush Wednesday was touting his Medicare prescription drug plan in a speech in Grand Rapids, Mich., Democrats back in Washington, D.C. were accusing the president of trying to privatize Medicare and force seniors into managed care plans.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - News that a pro-gun lawmaker was involved in an accidental shooting last week is making headlines this week.Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia, a colorful Republican firebrand and National Rifle Association board member, was handling an antique pistol when it accidentally discharged at the home of a friend.The shot shattered a glass door but did not hurt anyone gathered at a neighborhood reception for the four-term Republican in north Fulton County.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's note: After Congress acted on Thursday, a federal judge in Denver dealt another setback to the do-not-call list: In a ruling that cheered the telemarketing industry, U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham said the do-not-call list violates First Amendment free-speech guarantees, because it does not apply equally to all kinds of speech. It blocks commercial telemarketing calls, but not calls from charities or pollsters. "The FTC has chosen to entangle itself too much in the consumer's decision by manipulating consumer choice," Nottingham wrote.)
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush this week rebuffed pleas from some of the nation's governors to help plug the projected $80 billion hole in state budgets. But, far from throwing in the towel, Democratic and Republican governors have agreed to pursue the matter with Congress.The governors, in Washington, D.C., attending a meeting of the National Governors Association, identified as spending priorities homeland security, special education and the president's own No Child Left Behind education initiative.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberal groups are targeting another of President Bush's judicial nominees, but many legal scholars paint a picture of Michael W. McConnell as a brilliant legal mind, not a partisan activist.McConnell's nomination to the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals faces a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday. Liberal interest groups are pressuring Senate Democrats to vote McConnell down, based on the University of Utah scholar's positions on abortion, especially the Roe v. Wade decision, and the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -While pushing President Bush's tax relief package and his request for war money, House Republicans and conservative groups also want steps taken to eliminate almost $300 billion in waste, fraud and abuse from the 2004 budget.The budget cuts are under assault by liberal groups and may not survive conference committee negotiations with the Senate, but conservatives say they are ready for a fight."We are going to fight for that House budget and everything in that House budget," said Dan Clifton of Americans for Tax Reform.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Reports of voter registration fraud involving Democrats and Indian reservations are pouring out of South Dakota, the home state of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Less than three weeks before the mid-term election, the allegations complicate one of the closest Senate races in the country, one Republicans hope to win in order to regain control of the chamber.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Another Senate showdown on the president's tax cut is scheduled for Wednesday as the chamber debates a dramatically scaled back tax cut passed by the finance committee. In the closely divided chamber, GOP moderates Olympia Snowe (Maine) and George Voinovich (Ohio) - citing deficit concerns - continue to oppose efforts to increase the tax cut beyond $350 billion, spread out over 10 years.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Out of a reported 26 women who ran in gubernatorial primaries this year, 10 women earned their party's nomination, and three, perhaps four, succeeded.Women won in three states: Kansas (state insurance commissioner Kathleen Sebelius); Michigan (Attorney General Jennifer Granholm); and Hawaii -- where both major party candidates were women-(Linda Lingle). The results of Arizona's race between Attorney General Janet Napolitano and Republican Matt Salmon have not yet been finalized, but Napolitano had been in the lead.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Fears over how insurers and employers may someday use a worker's genetic information have spurred some lawmakers to offer up legislative remedies restricting how such data can be used. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) sponsored one such bill, but with the GOP poised to take over the Senate in January, it's the insurance industry that may win the issue.Before the election, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), sponsor of a competing bill, had been trying to find common ground with Daschle, an effort that may continue in the 108th Congress.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush is pushing Congress to resolve differences between House- and Senate-passed Medicare drug bills. But is the plan good for his political health in 2004?Over the years, polls have consistently shown that Americans trust Democrats more than Republicans on health care issues, including Medicare. And recent polls have shown over 70 percent of Americans want the federal government to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare. So it may seem to help Bush's re-election chances by signing a Medicare drug bill.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Supply-side economists are sending conflicting messages to the Bush administration and Congress about the types of tax cuts that would help the still-sluggish economy.The disagreements could signal what free-market Republicans will have to concede to liberal Democrats in the 108th Congress in order to garner enough votes for favored tax cuts.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - What happened to all the ambitious tort reform bills before Congress this year? They're still in the clutches of the Senate.Limits on medical malpractice awards, class action reforms and an asbestos trust fund were considered GOP and business priorities. The House of Representatives has passed class action and medical liability bills, as has the Senate judiciary committee, but the full Senate has yet to vote on them.