Monthly Archives: February 2011

Senate Passes Aviation Bill -

Last week, the Senate approved approved a $35 billion dollar aviation bill.  The legislation is expected to bring more competition to routes from the west coast to the Washington DC area.  The bill passed the Senate with an 87-8 vote.  To read … Continue reading

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Rahm Emanuel Wins Chicago Mayoral Race -

Rahm Emanuel won the Chicago Mayoral race with over 50% of the vote.  There will not be a run-off election because Emanuel carried more than 50% of the vote.  The race began last fall after Mayor Richard Daley announced that … Continue reading

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House Votes To Cut Spending -

The House of Representatives voted 235-189 to cut spending by $61 billion dollars.  The vote was along party lines with most Republicans voting for the bill which had deeper spending cuts than originally proposed.  Democrats are expected to make significant changes to the bill … Continue reading

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Senator Bingaman To Retire -

Senator Bingaman of New Mexico became the fourth Democrat to announce retirement plans for 2012.  The democrat served five terms and was expected to face a strong Republican challenge in the next election.  The New Mexico Senate seat is considered … Continue reading

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Dodd-Frank Delay -

Senate hearings are heating up regarding the funding of the Dodd-Frank bill.  Major agencies are requesting funds to implement the bill and are facing resistance from Republicans and some Democrats.  Republicans have 47 Senators that are likely to be united … Continue reading

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Senate Democrats 2012 Races -

The Rothenberg Political Report is a great source for news and analysis on politics.  Recently, the Rothenberg Political Report had an article on the challenges that the Democrats will face in the 2012 Senate races.  The recent decision by Webb and … Continue reading

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Offshore Wind Energy -

Maryland is considering a bill that would require the purchase of electricity from offshore wind farms.  The Maryland Offshore Wind Act of 2011 set the stage for utilities to purchase between 400 and 600 megawatts from offshore wind farms for … Continue reading

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Oil Industry Oversight -

 The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill released some of their findings to the House Committee on Transportaion and Infrastructure.  One finding addresses the need for stricter oversight of drilling by receiving $200 million in funding from … Continue reading

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Senator Kyl Plans To Retire -

Senator Jon Kyl has announced that he will not run for re-election.  The Republican Senator first won the Arizona senate seat in 2006.  Arizona will most likely vote for the Republican Presidential candidate in 2012 and that should help the Republican candidate for … Continue reading

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Democrat Webb Will Not Run -

Virginia Senator Jim Webb has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2012.  The Democrat first won the Senate seat by a small magin in 2006.  Webb would have faced a rematch with former Republican Senator George Allen.  George Allen … Continue reading

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Senate Democrats Target Oil Industry -

Senate Democrats are attempting to eliminate tax breaks for the oil industry.  In a recent letter, Senate Democratic leaders asked House Speaker Boehner to remove tax breaks for the oil industry to help cut spending.  The letter was signed by Senate … Continue reading

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Health Care Repeal Voted Down -

The Senate voted on party lines against repealing the health care overhaul.  The outcome was expected with the final vote being 51-47.  However, there was a change made to health care law which affects small businesses.  The Senate voted 81-17 to remove a requirement … Continue reading

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Senate Democrat Retirements -

Three Senate Democrats that are on retirement watch are Herb Kohl, Daniel Akaka, and Jim Webb.  Roll Call reports that the Herb Kohl Senate campaign has a $1 million dollar loan.  That may or may not indicate a re-election campaign.  … Continue reading

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Thune 2012 Decision -

Roll Call reports that Republican John Thune will make his decision regarding the 2012 Presidential campaign by the end of the month.  Senator Thune would be in a crowded Republican field and he would need to make an early decision … Continue reading

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Democratic Convention 2012 -

The Democratic Convention in 2012 will be held in Charlotte North Carolina.  Democrats have made gains in recent years and are hoping that the move will keep the state in play in 2012.  However, Republicans will most likely win North Carolina … Continue reading

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