Delaware’s Senate race between GOP nominee Christine O’Donnell and Democrat nominee Chris Coons heated up quickly. From highlights of the controversial pasts of both candidates to the possibility of a third-candidate by way of a write-in, Delaware proves to be one of the more exciting states to observe throughout this campaign season.
In July, the DISCLOSE Act (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act) failed to pass a cloture vote in the Senate, 57-41, as a result of a successful Republican filibuster. However, the setback did not stop Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from filing a “motion to recommit” to bring back the DISCLOSE Act, a bill that violates free speech by regulating campaign contributions. Today, the vote failed yet again, 59 to 39, without a single Republican breaking ranks.
Republicans have announced a new "Pledge to America," a deliberate reference to the 1994 "Contract with America" which helped propel Republicans into control of the House of Representatives. The 1994 Contract did not bind the Republican Party, but only House Republicans who signed it. The Contract did not promise to pass legislation -- the incoming Speaker of the House starting in January 1995, Newt Gingrich himself -- pointed out before the election that Republicans in control of the House could not promise to pass legislation, even through the House. The Contract, instead, promised to bring measures up for a vote in the House, a relatively simple and straightforward pledge that was completely honored down to the letter of the Contract.
The Contract also was short. It fit on one page. The new "Pledge to America" is very different.
Grambling State University (GSU) in Louisiana has banned its students from using the university’s email server to email “campaign solicitations,” claiming it is a violation of Louisiana law which bans the institutional endorsement of a campaign. This comes as a disappointment to politically active students who reside in a state where ballots are to be cast for lieutenant governor, seven congressional seats, and a Senate seat currently held by Republican David Vitter.
You might wonder if Dr. Rand Paul, Republican candidate for U.S. Senator from Kentucky, will ever be plagued by what President Bush 41 (that's "Poppy" Bush for those of you who are not into the numbers game) called "the vision thing," the absence of which seemed to plague a President who, having reached the White House as a senior citizen, seemed still to be trying to figure out just who and what he was. ("Maybe I'll turn out to be another Teddy Roosevelt," he said at one point.
Eight former or current Bell, California, officials were arrested on Tuesday for looting the city for themselves and their friends, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley. "We are alleging they used the tax dollars from the hard-working citizens of Bell as their own piggy bank, which they looted at will," noted Cooley at a news conference. "It's corruption on steroids."
Apparently loading the military defense policy bill with controversy did not work well for the Democrats as the bill failed to clear a procedural vote in the Senate today. Unable to muster up the necessary 60 votes, Senate Democrats could not resist objections from Republicans, resulting in a failed vote of 56 to 43.
Republicans are trying to make political hay out of the public's increasing disenchantment with ObamaCare. There is little doubt they will end up with a few bales, but it remains to be seen if they can spin this straw into gold. Furthermore, just how likely is a GOP victory to result in repeal or even significant reform of this monstrosity?
Daniel Akerson, the new CEO of General Motors, said last week that the rate of payback of U.S. government bailout monies "will be determined by GM's performance over the next several years. It would be 'unrealistic' to pay the government back all at once."