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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) - Upward-creeping deficit estimates have renewed squabbling over who or what to blame - tax cuts, spending or the recession - and whether short-term deficits are even a problem in a $10 trillion economy.The Bush administration Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Tuesday announced a revised deficit projection of $455 billion for fiscal year 2003 and another $475 billion in 2004.The OMB's forecast in February was for a $304 billion 2003 deficit.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the one-year anniversary of President Bush's signature education reform plan, Democrats Wednesday accused Bush of under-funding the No Child Left Behind Act and blasted him for proposing a dividend tax cut.The president, meanwhile, was hailing the legislation as "the most meaningful education reform probably ever" and "a legislative victory on behalf of the children of America."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With Congress back from August recess, the heat is on House and Senate conferees to come up with a Medicare prescription drug plan that can garner enough support from conservative and liberal factions in Congress to pass. Conferees are scheduled to resume negotiations on Thursday, but opposition to the plan has been mounting.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Liberal Democratic senators Wednesday defended their plans to filibuster the nomination of former Assistant U.S. Solicitor General Miguel Estrada for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.Senate Democrats believe they have the 41 votes necessary to continue blocking a vote on the Estrada nomination.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When the Senate reconvenes in September, Democratic leaders hope to pass a bill forcing insurers to offer equal in-network coverage for mental health care, but critics warn federal mandates won't improve mental health care.Congress already passed a health care parity law back in 1996 that prohibited health insurers who offer coverage for mental illnesses from setting different annual and lifetime benefits for those illnesses than they do for physical illnesses.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate this week passed a bill banning partial birth abortion, and the measure will now head to President Bush for his signature. But that may not be the end of the matter. Abortion rights advocates will challenge the law in court, and voters in the 2004 election may have something to say about it.Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, thinks that voters will reward President Bush and blame Democrats who opposed the ban.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Republicans are making good on their threat to hold repeated votes to break a Democratic filibuster of the president's D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee, Miguel Estrada. But Democrats won Round 2 as the GOP again failed to get the three-fifths vote (60) necessary to formally end debate and proceed to an actual vote on the nomination.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Political watchers are questioning the motives of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) after he took to the Senate floor Wednesday to accuse President Bush of politicizing a possible war with Iraq. Daschle took the president to task for a Tuesday speech that concerned not Iraq but the on-going White House fight with the Senate over the bill to create a new Department of Homeland Security. The battle is over whether workers in the new agency will be employed "at will" or, like many federal workers, be subject to union collective bargaining.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration's new regulations governing medical privacy take effect on April 14, but some privacy advocates are so alarmed at the fine print that they've filed a lawsuit in federal court."What the federal government is doing is giving...blanket permission on behalf of individuals for the use and disclosure of their health information, regardless of the individual's wishes," said Jim Pyles, attorney for the plaintiffs.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Missouri Democrat Jean Carnahan is the biggest Election Day worry for Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, whose party is trying to hang on to control of the United States Senate.He has reason to worry. A Research 2000 poll of likely voters conducted Oct. 14-16 for KOMU-TV showed Carnahan just a hair behind Republican Jim Talent, 46 to 47 percent. A recent poll by John Zogby showed Carnahan trailing Talent by a much bigger margin--6.5 points.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Congressional Republicans this week are trying to agree among themselves on a Medicare prescription drug plan, which they hope to pass this month, before 2004 presidential politics squelches that possibility. But it's unclear who will be pleased with whatever plan the Republicans ultimately agree upon.Despite the fact that Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) was earlier this year predicting better than a 50-50 chance that Congress would pass a drug benefit in 2003, Senate Democrats, especially, have never warmed to GOP plans.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats and Republicans are accused of hatching "multiple schemes" to "evade and violate the soft money and disclosure provisions" of the McCain/Feingold campaign finance law that went into effect earlier this month, according to a complaint filed Thursday with the Federal Elections Commission by three political watchdog groups.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pair of political analysts Monday said it's an opportune time for moderate and conservative Democrats in Congress to consider switching to the Republican Party.Before the November election, political watchers were speculating about potential party switches that might secure the Senate in Democratic hands or flip it to GOP control.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican plans to give more control to states and provide hiring flexibility for religious groups administering Head Start have Democrats steamed and hinting at their Senate trump card.At issue are GOP provisions in the School Readiness Act (H.R. 2210) that create a five-year pilot program allowing eight states to coordinate Head Start with their own pre-kindergarten programs and authorize religious institutions administering Head Start to discriminate in their hiring practices.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats are lambasting the president's economic stimulus package as a tax cut for the rich, but one group of Americans typically favored by lawmakers of both political parties stand to benefit most of all-senior citizens.Nearly half of all savings from the dividend exclusion proposed by President Bush would go to seniors 65 years of age and older, according to the administration. And the average tax savings for the 9.8 million seniors now receiving dividend income would be $936 per return.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Fearful that a federal law defining marriage could be struck down by future court decisions, Senate Republicans on Thursday held a hearing on how Congress can permanently ban same-sex marriages. Amending the U.S. Constitution is the most effective plan, some believe. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has already said he would support a federal marriage amendment. But that idea is drawing fire from Democrats and homosexual activists and proving controversial even among conservatives and federalists.