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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) - Many Americans still depend on old-fashioned pensions for retirement income, but too many pension plans aren't adequately funded, due to corporate bankruptcies, poor stock market performance and, some argue, questionable spending priorities.That, along with a December regulatory deadline, has the White House and Congress scrambling to change the way pension plans are regulated.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Sen. Chuck Grassley and National Tax Foundation economist John Barry.) (CNSNews.com) - Tax cuts are the defining feature of President Bush's economic ten-year, $674 billion stimulus plan released on Tuesday.The president is seeking to speed up the 2001 tax cuts to increase the pace of economic recovery and job creation; eliminate taxes on stock dividends in order to boost investment and job growth; and help the unemployed through an extension of jobless benefits and the creation of a new federal job training program.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Labor Day marks the traditional kickoff for the presidential campaign season, and Mass. Sen. John Kerry will formally announce his candidacy on Tuesday. But the already-crowded Democratic field had a pre-Labor Day shake-up, with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean surging ahead of Kerry in New Hampshire.Kerry himself has dismissed the emerging trend. "The polls are very early, and they move a lot. [Dean] has done a good job," Kerry acknowledged on MSNBC. In fact, Dean has been running early television ads in New Hampshire.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Clarifies quote in 4th paragraph)(CNSNews.com) -Affirmative action forces are planning a springtime march on Washington, D.C., to try to salvage race-based admission policies at America's public universities.In April, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases challenging the admission policies at the University of Michigan. An umbrella group for the student defendants in Grutter v. Bollingerand Gratz v. Bollinger, plans an April 1 march on the capital to coincide with the Supreme Court hearing.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
1st Add: Includes information on political advertising; Hispanic demographics(CNSNews.com) - A new survey of Hispanics shows a "competitive environment for the Latino vote," this year and in 2004, according to Robert de Posada, president of the Latino Coalition.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Putting the federal government in charge of drug prices and health care decisions will hurt the quality of health care for America's seniors, warns a lawmaker embroiled in final negotiations for a Medicare prescription drug benefit.The Medicare bill is "probably the most momentous decision, other than things dealing with national security, that many of my colleagues and I will have had the opportunity to make within the next several years," said Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in a Monday speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Recent comments from Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, comparing Osama bin Laden to the American revolutionaries, probably stem from frustration over the way President Bush is handling the war on terrorism, a Democratic strategist said.However, a top Republican official blamed the Democratic leadership for refusing to discipline Kaptur.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Democrats on Monday attacked the president's budget for short-changing education programs and accused GOP leaders of stalling for votes.President Bush is requesting $50.3 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Education in fiscal year 2003, which is a $1.4 billion (or 2.8 percent) increase over the 2002 enacted level.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Americans work over three and a half months out of the year just to pay federal, state and local taxes, according to calculations by the Tax Foundation. But tax analysts disagree over whether the price of government is too high.The tax burden on middle-class Americans is actually falling, according to a Washington think tank, as a result of the economic slump and tax cuts in 1997 and 2001 (which included child tax credits).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Should drug companies be limited in the way they advertise the health benefits of certain foods, dietary supplements and prescription drugs? After a string of adverse court decisions favoring free speech, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is re-considering those restrictions.The outcome is likely to rile either those who favor free speech and consumer choice or proponents of strong government regulation designed to protect unwitting consumers.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even with his presidential aspirations, North Carolina Democrat John Edwards might find himself on tricky turf in his home state should he choose to seek re-election to his Senate seat in 2004.Despite the fact that Edwards won his first Senate race in 1998 with 51 percent of the vote, just a third of North Carolinians now say they'd vote for him.Another third said they'd consider voting for another candidate. And the remaining third said they'd vote to replace him.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Cato Institute legal scholars are crafting a legal strategy for challenging District of Columbia laws on Second Amendment grounds. The city's gun ban is among the most restrictive in the nation.
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.