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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) - 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
(Correction: Fixes that Michigan Legislature is controlled by Republicans)(CNSNews.com) - The White House is targeting Michigan for a win in the 2004 election, but unions and liberal interests are pounding on a message of job loss and anti-tax cut policies.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Over the objections of teacher unions and some local officials, District of Columbia school children will get vouchers to gain access to better schools if Congress passes a bill offered by second-term Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).By many measures, D.C. public schools are among the worst in the nation, plagued by violence, low test scores, and disrepair. In fact, the school system ranked last in student scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush has asked Congress for an extra $74.7 billion this year to pay for the war in Iraq.Most of the money ($63 billion) would go towards prosecuting the war, with $8 billion earmarked for international aid, relief, and reconstruction, and $4 billion for homeland security.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Republicans have changed the Bush tax cut to make it appear less costly to the U.S. Treasury and more palatable to their Senate colleagues, but liberal analysts say it's even more objectionable than the original Bush plan.The plan introduced by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) mixes in a capital gains tax cut and puts 2005 expiration dates on a number of tax cuts, including the child tax credit, marriage penalty tax relief and expansion of the lowest tax bracket.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Presidential brother Jeb Bush, the top 2002 target for Democrats, is the projected winner in Florida's gubernatorial race. It had been a close race, but the incumbent Bush widened his lead over Democratic opponent Bill McBride in the final days of the campaign. An Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 Zogby poll had Bush ahead by 16 points.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The latest round of child tax credits has raised the ire of fiscal conservatives in Congress. Combined with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), it seems that some workers who owe no income tax will be getting a big windfall, courtesy of Uncle Sam.That makes for bad tax and welfare policy, say critics like House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a caucus of House conservatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The next Congress should repeal a provision in the homeland security bill that protects drug companies like Eli Lilly from lawsuits, urged a handful of lawmakers and autism activists at a Wednesday press conference.Proponents of the provision, however, argue that lawsuit immunity is necessary to make sure that companies continue to offer life-saving vaccines to combat bio-terrorism.
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) - America's courts have taken over the legislative role of regulating whole industries, many court watchers and state lawmakers believe. The difficult question, they said Wednesday, is how to reverse the trend.It is "one of the most fundamental concerns that we as legislators should have," and it amounts to "the taking away of our legislative powers," said Virginia Delegate William J. Howell, speaker of the state House of Delegates. He addressed fellow lawmakers at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Thursday called for Congress to pass a law limiting non-economic, punitive damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000."Our medical liability system is broken," the president told a Scranton, Pa., audience. "A broken system like that first and foremost hurts the patients and the people of America," he said, because "junk lawsuits" drive up malpractice insurance premiums and drive innocent doctors out of town.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Political watchers are questioning whether Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) politicized the possible upcoming war with Iraq by accusing the president of doing the very same thing.Daschle blasted Bush on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A day after Tennessee Democratic Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. backed away from sponsoring a Social Security reform bill containing personal retirement accounts, he denied being pressured to do so and said his decision was based on the cost of the legislation."I love this concept" of allowing workers to invest their Social Security taxes in personal retirement accounts, thereby allowing low-income workers to enter the equity market and build wealth, Ford told CNSNews.com on Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The ever-more-crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls will be busy seeking the endorsement of labor unions headed into next year's primaries.In fact, Democratic presidential candidates are headed to Hollywood Beach, Fla., next week to woo union officials at the AFL-CIO's three-day conference.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Senate Tuesday dealt a blow to the president's economic stimulus plan and its centerpiece $726 billion, ten-year dividend tax cut.After failing last week to eliminate half of the president's tax relief package, opponents regrouped Tuesday and passed, 51 to 48, an amendment to the 2004 budget resolution that would ostensibly redirect over half of the tax relief ($350 billion) to a reserve fund to "strengthen the Social Security trust funds over the long term."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Senate and House are toiling away on different versions of the president's dividend tax cut. But the Senate is looking to offset some of the tax cut with tax increases. That has tax cut supporters angry.The tax cut package introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) totals $415 billion, including $91 billion allotted for the president's dividend tax cut.