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Democratic donors still divided over the best approach to 2012

By | 11.17.10 | 11:57 am

Democratic donors and operatives gathered yesterday at the Mandarin Hotel for a conference hosted by the Democracy Alliance to talk about the past midterm elections and what they mean for strategy on various policy and electoral issues going forward. The event was closed to the press, but Politico managed More…

Unemployment benefits tied to tax cut debate, will likely lapse before deadline

By | 11.17.10 | 9:38 am

Democrats in Washington are catching on to the idea that they can’t capitulate to an extension of Bush-era tax rates for the rich without at least demanding something in return, and an extension of federal unemployment benefits, set to expire at the end of the month, is increasingly looking like More…

Giving up pet projects divides both GOP and Dems

By | 11.17.10 | 8:48 am

Yesterday’s vote among Senate Republicans to place a two-year moratorium on the practice of requesting earmarks looks like it’s shaping up to be the beginning, not the end, of a long debate about the issue. My article today describes the mixed feelings of many Republican senators signing onto the More…

A leery Senate contemplates life after earmarks

By | 11.17.10 | 6:00 am

In the lead-up to Tuesday’s vote by Senate Republicans to self-impose a two-year moratorium on earmark requests, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) released a statement indicating his avowed, albeit somewhat conflicted, support for the idea.

“I respect the spirit in which this moratorium has been agreed to and hope it More…

Senate GOP pledges to forgo earmarks, for the most part

By | 11.16.10 | 6:35 pm

It’s official: Senate Republicans voted this afternoon to pass a moratorium on earmark requests among their members for the next two years. In addition, Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) are making a bipartisan push for a floor vote tomorrow on statutory language that would apply to More…

Lindsey Graham joins earmarks moratorium, with just a few disclaimers

By | 11.16.10 | 2:12 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has officially joined the ranks of Senate Republicans saying they will support Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) plan to place a two-year moratorium on earmarks in today’s Republican Conference vote. His remarks — much like those of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) yesterday — hint at his inherent More…

Ethics Committee finds Rangel guilty on 11 counts

By | 11.16.10 | 12:14 pm

It’s official. A House Ethics subcommittee given the duty of weighing the charges against Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y) has found the 20-term legislator guilty of 11 separate ethics violations. Rangel faced charges for accepting rent-stabilized apartments in Manhattan, failing to report income and pay taxes on a rental income from More…

Democrats play hot potato with DSCC chairmanship

By | 11.16.10 | 9:12 am

The Democratic and Republican leadership elections are finally upon us, and it seems that most of the drama and uncertainty has already worked itself out well in advance. On the GOP side, the only contested race — which featured Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas) facing off against Tea Party favorite Rep. More…

Everybody hates earmarks

By | 11.15.10 | 5:24 pm

In the wake of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s flip-flop on the earmarks question, the conservative group Let Freedom Ring is pointing to the results of a question it posed to voters about earmarks in a post-election survey conducted by The Polling Company/WomanTrend. The question asked voters to agree or More…

In about-face, McConnell will join DeMint in voting to end earmarks

By | 11.15.10 | 2:49 pm

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. That seems to be the course of action that Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has just taken in his standoff with Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and the Tea Party over earmarks. Delivering remarks on the Senate floor, McConnell just announced More…