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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Daily Political Wire 9-16-2010

George Wenschhof

Today, President Obama heads to New York to fund raise for Democrats -
he will speak at an event for the DNC and also one for Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal is battling Republican Linda McMahon. You can read more here.


Small Business Aid on the way -
a day after President Obama blasted Republican leadership for blocking aid to small businesses, the Senate is expected to pass a bill today. 30 billion would be invested in community banks to encourage small business lending which has been stalled during the economic recession. In addition, tax breaks for small businesses are included in the bill. Small business growth is responsible for many of the new jobs created today. has more here.


START Treaty to receive Senate committee vote today -
the nuclear arms reduction treaty agreed upon by Russian President Medvedev and President Obama earlier this year will receive a vote today from the Senate Foreign Relations committee. When it will come before the full Senate for ratification is not known. A 2/3 vote is needed for passage. has more here.


DREAM Act expected to be voted on next week -
the Development, Relief & Education for Alien Minors bill failed in 2007 by a 52-44 vote. Democrats in the Senate plan to attach the bill to an appropriation bill. The bill will be sure to create partisan discussion and election rhetoric as some far right Republicans have been calling for the repeal of the 14th amendment which provides U.S. citizenship to minors born in the United States. has more here.


What will it take for meaningful campaign finance reform? -
In California, Republican candidate for Governor; Meg Whitman, has spent a record 115 million of her own money. She is in a statistical dead heat with former Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

Last year, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent 109 million of his money, (a then record), to win a third term. has more here.


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