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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Daily Political Wire 9-18-2010

George Wenschhof

Murkowski to run as Write-In Candidate -
Incumbent U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will now run as a write-in candidate after losing the Republican primary to Joe Miller. The Democratic candidate; Scott McAdams will likely benefit from this decision. You can read more here.


Obama losing Democratic support on ending Bush tax cuts to those earning over $250,000 -
Seven Democratic Senators and a large number (31) of Democratic Representatives have split with the president's position. They support the extension of all the Bush tax cuts set to expire the end of this year. has more here.


Hawaii Primary Today -
Democratic candidates for Governor; former Representative Neil Abercrombie is facing former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman is what promises to be a close election. Republican Candidate for Governor Duke Aiona is the underdog against whoever wins the democratic primary. has more here.


Afghanistan Parliamentary Elections Today -
Taliban threats to create havoc have become reality as hundreds of polls have closed as many came under attack. At least ten civilians have been killed. As a result of the turmoil, turnout has been light in the election which has approximately 2500 candidates vying for 249 seats. The NY Times has more here.


Six more Bank failures this year keeps focus on economy -
the total number of bank failures in the U.S. has not hit 125 for the year. This rate is on pace to equal or surpass the 140 bank failures from last year.

The F.D.I.C. list of problem banks is now 829 with assets of 403 billion. has more here.

In addition, 115 banks and thrifts (5 in Maryland) which received "bail-out" federal funds missed dividend payments to the government in August. The Baltimore Sun has more here.


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