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Monday, October 31, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Sexual Harassment Part of Cain's Past? -
as one would expect in politics today, reports of inappropriate behavior on the part of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain have surfaced. It came during the 1990's when Cain was head of the National Restaurant Association with at least two women accusing him of sexually suggestive behavior. This news comes as Cain has risen to the top of recent polls. has more here. has initial reactions from the Cain campaign here, which include, in part, he is being attacked by critics who have unsuccessfully tried to attack his positions on creating jobs and helping the economy.

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Cain Edges Perry in Texas Poll - Herman Cain had 27% and Texas Governor Rick Perry 26% in a poll conducted by The University of Texas/The Texas Tribune. The margin of error was 4.9%. The Texas Tribune has more here.


Obama To Address Prescription Drug Shortage -
today, the president will continue with his "We Can't Wait" theme and sign an executive order which will deal with shortages of prescription drugs to treat cancer and other diseases. It is aimed at preventing price gouging. The Washington Post has more here.


Beacon Power Corp. Joins Solyndra in Filing Bankruptcy -
Beacon Power had received a 43 million Energy Department loan. Solyndra had received a 535 million government loan. The White House announced last week they had ordered an independent 60-day evaluation of the Energy Department's loan programs. has more here.


Time To Re-Write Hatch Act? -
Carolyn Learner who is the head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which is in charge of enforcing the law, says the "law is broken and needs to be fixed". Learner feels it is preventing qualified individuals from running for office. The NY Times has more here.


UNESCO Votes To Give Full UN Membership to Palestine -
in the first vote on the request by Palestine by a United Nations agency. The vote was 107 for and 14 against with 52 abstentions. has more here.


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