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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Daily Democratic Wire 3-2-2010

George Wenschhof

Today, President Barack Obama will travel to Savannah, Georgia to announce his "Cash for Caulkers" program -
modeled after the popular "cash for clunkers" program, this will allow homeowners up to $3,000 in rebates for any energy related repairs done to their homes. He will make the announcement at Savannah Technical College. Afterwards, the president will tour a local manufacturing plant and a local business. The Washington Post has more here.


Obama to announce tomorrow health care reform approval strategy -
in what is sure to be the last attempt to pass reform during his first term in office. Expect him to propose approval of a modified plan structured to appeal to Republicans and moderate Democrats. Also look for him to explain more accurately the use of "Budget Reconciliation" as a means to get a simple majority up or down vote.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) barely got House passage on the previous bill with a 220-215 vote. With the changes expected to be proposed by the president and the fact their are now four vacancies in the House, Pelosi will secure the necessary 216 votes to pass by "budget reconciliation" the proposed reform bill by the president. Then, it will be up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to get the needed 51 votes in the Senate. AP has more

By the way, the Democrats have an ace up their sleeve. if the vote in the senate is tied at 50, Vice President Joe Biden will vote to break the tie.

Look to see the revised health care reform bill pass and be signed by President Obama by Easter. Democrats need to put this behind them and campaign over the next 8 months on the benefits to Americans.


Texas primary today -
Republican Governor Rick Perry is seeking to be elected to his fourth term and is facing what at one time was expected to be a stiff challenge from Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. However, the latest polls have perry ten points ahead of Hutchison. The NY Times has more here.


Harold Ford decides not to run for U.S. Senate in NY -
he ends what had been one of the worst roll outs of a campaign. Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton escapes what would have been a tough primary. NY politics is as tough as D.C. is as witnessed by Caroline Kennedy when she floated her name a year ago for this seat. Gillibrand has the backing of the Clintons. has more here.


Things get even worse for NY Governor David Paterson -
speaking of how tough politics is in New York, the NY Times has now reported the Governor, in addition to making a call himself, also had two aides place calls to the woman pursuing domestic abuse charges against David Johnson, the top aide to Paterson. has more here.

Don't be surprised that in addition to dropping out of the race, Paterson also resigns from office.


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