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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Gallup Poll finds 60% Want Budget Compromise -
as the March 4 deadline nears for the current continuing resolution to expire, 60% of the respondents said they would prefer compromise over a government shutdown. has more here.


House Republicans Propose Two Week Stopgap Funding Measure -
it will come forward next week and will include 4 Billion in cuts in the latest attempt to avoid a government shutdown on March 4. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has already responded by saying the senate will not agree to this proposal. The latest Republican proposal comes after their initial continuing resolution which included 61 Billion in cuts was rejected by Reid and a 30 day continuing resolution measure with no cuts presented by Reid was rejected by House Republican Leaders. has more here.

The likelihood of a government shutdown on March 4 is increasing as a bipartisan agreement on a continuing resolution bill to fund the government for the remainder of the current fiscal year remains elusive.

To me, Republicans have the upper hand in regard to public opinion at this point in negotiations. However, the situation remains fluid, so stay tuned......


Governor Scott Walker Tricked Into revealing Strategy to Break Union -
during a prank call to the governor, which was taped, he discussed his effort to cripple public employee unions. AP has more here.


Obama Administration Drops Support of DOMA -
the defense of marriage act which has been defended by the Obama administration will no longer receive defense by the Justice Department in court challenges.

This shift in policy by the Obama administration is welcomed by the gay community, who feel it is long overdo. The NY Times has more here.


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