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Monday, November 17, 2008

Democratic Chatter 11-17-2008

George Wenschhof

Today, President-elect Barack Obama will meet with Senator John McCain - the meeting will take place in Chicago. Incoming Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will also be present. has more here.


Former President Bill Clinton heads to Georgia to campaign for Jim Martin - yes, there is still campaigning to be done for the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia. A runoff election will be held on December 2 between incumbent Saxby Chambliss(R) and Democratic challenger Jim Martin. The runoff was required by state constitution after a majority of the vote was not won by either candidate in the three person general election. Clinton will head to Atlanta to talk about the economy - what else? has more here.

Georgia is one of three states still waiting for the results of the Senate race. In Alaska, Democratic challenger Begich has a 1000 vote lead over incumbent Senator Stevens with the final 24,000 absentee ballots to be counted tomorrow. In Minnesota, a state required recount will take place between incumbent Senator Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken where only a few hundred votes separate the two with over 2.5 million votes cast.


Speaking of Bill Clinton, his Global Initiative charitable Foundation may impact Hillary's appointment as Secretary of State - same issues that arose when she was being considered as a Vice President candidate. The need to fully examine the fiances of this Foundation to see if any potential conflicts could arise. has more here.


Senator Edward Kennedy(D-Mass.) back at work and pushing health care reform - he will be meeting Thursday with the chair of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to discuss moving legislation forward. has more here.


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