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Political News…4.20.12

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Gus Douglass Is Running

Ag Commissioner Gus Douglass is back in the race for this old job…when Walt Helmick called for an investigation of the Board of Risk Insurance [BRIM] over a sexual harassment suit [2008] related to Douglass and settled by BRIM…he may have gotten himself another opponent…in his quest to become Commissioner of Agriculture…Douglass is fighting back saying Helmick is ‘not qualified’…he should know having served in that office for nearly 50 yearsread the details in The Charleston Daily Mail…the most qualified candidate was Mike Teets [who nearly defeated Douglass] in 08…but Teets left the race in February…to the disbelief of his supporters and “friends”…who still wonder why.

CBO estimates Obama 2013 budget will hit economic growth

By Erik Wasson (The Hill)

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that President Obama’s 2013 budget will hurt the economy in the long term, arguing the larger deficits it would produce would reduce the amount of capital available to businesses.

After five years, the CBO says the Obama proposals would reduce economic output by between o.5 percent and 2.2percent.  Read the full story here.

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Inside Look at Boehner’s Call

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

A Capitol Hill newsletter, The Hill provides an inside look at Boehner’s call this afternoon.

Boehner aims to have proposal Monday; Reid, Pelosi meet Obama  
By Molly K. Hooper, Russell Berman and Sam Youngman
On a Sunday afternoon conference call with House Republican lawmakers, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called on the GOP to “stick together” in the debt-ceiling negotiations and presented a timeline that could see a vote on a proposal by Wednesday.  Read the full story here.

Debt & Political Update

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

After an early morning reading of the debt news…or shall I say political news I have pulled together various pieces you may not have seen.  This should give readers of phillipsbillboard a quick update.  As all know there is much at stake here.

Debt talks blow up

By David Rogers (POLITICO)

Twenty days left and counting, the August debt ceiling showdown broke along two fronts Wednesday: the political forces of 2010 vs. 2012 and the shape and pace of tax reform in this Congress or the next.  Read the full story here.

Top Republicans clash over debt limit plan 

By Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post) 

Two top Republican leaders clashed Wednesday over a plan that could allow the government to avoid a potentially catastrophic default but would not ensure the deep cuts in federal spending that party members seek.  Read the full story here. 

McConnell’s gambit splits both parties 

By Alexander Bolton (The Hill) 

A curveball from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has split Republicans and Democrats over what do to on the nation’s debt limit. 

Congressional Republicans argued over the plan while Democrats both praised and criticized it.  Read the full story here. 

McConnell’s escape hatch:  The best Washington can do? 

Editorial Board Opinion:  The Washington Post 

REGARDING SENATE Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s backup plan to deal with the debt ceiling, we have a three-part reaction.  Read the full editorial here.

Catching Up…Political News…6.13.11

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Scrutinize the president, not Palin

By Matt Welch (Special to CNN)

On Friday afternoon the websites of the five most important newspapers in the United State – the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today – each had above their digital folds the same breaking story:  it seemed the former governor of the 47th most populous state in the union, a woman who holds no elected office now and almost assuredly will not again anytime soon, had thousands of emails from her 21-month tenure data-dumped on the public.  Read the full story here.

 

GOP may push for two-year budget as price of a debt deal

By Bob Cusack and Erik Wasson (The Hill)

Republican leaders are considering asking the White House to back a significant reform of the federal budget process in exchange for raising the nation’s debt ceiling.  The GOP wish list for hiking the debt ceiling will be long, and Republican sources contend that overhauling the annual appropriations process is in the mix.  Read the full story here.

An observation from phillipsbillboard.com:  While working in the Congress I observed there was limited oversight of programs, spending and the results of same.  A move as proposed here would allow more time.  The 1974 Congressional Budget Act passed during the Watergate scandal worked for a while.  Another idea that should be on the table is a Capital Budget for the Federal Government.

 

Gallup poll shows Republicans 2012 focus on beating Obama

By Alexis Levinson (The Daily Caller)

A USA Today/Gallup poll released Sunday found that Republican and Republican leaning independents would prefer the candidate who can beat Obama rather than the one who they most agree with on issues.  The poll gives an insight into how voters are thinking about the largely unsettled primary field, and seems to bode well for Mitt Romney, who is currently the frontrunner in most polls.  Read the full story here.

All Eyes Are On Capitol Hill

Monday, April 4th, 2011

The shutdown battle: 10 things to watch

By: Bob Cusack (The Hill)

The forecast on Capitol Hill this week calls for brinksmanship, heated rhetoric and a climactic ending that could have a major impact on the 2012 elections.  Read the full story here.

Political News 3.21.11

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Palin: I could have brought change in ‘08

By Jordan Fabian (The Hill)

Republicans would have been more successful in the 2008 presidential elections if she was at the top of the ticket, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested Saturday.  Read the full story here.

Party angry over racetrack measure

By Jared Hunt (Daily Mail Capitol Reporter)

Charleston, W. Va. – State Republicans are angry over a bill designed to help the state’s racetracks fight off out of state competition.  Read the full story here.

Some states consider cutting 2012 primaries to save money

By Mary Wisniewski & James B. Kelleher (Reuters)

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Skimpy budgets are cutting into the way states pay for schools, healthcare, and now – even primary elections.

At least six states are considering either canceling or delaying their 2012 presidential primaries, mostly to save money.  Read the full story here.

Many GOP candidates lacking endorsements

By Ry Rivard (Daily Mail Capitol Reporter)

Charleston, W. Va. – As some Democratic candidates for governor seek to distinguish themselves by racking up endorsements, several Republican candidates so far report they haven’t been seeing much interest in them from the special interest.  Read the full story here.