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Friday, February 25, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Wisconsin Democratic state Senators Continue to Block Union Busting Bill -
the lower House of the state legislature passed the bill yesterday, ending collective bargaining rights of government employees. However, state Democratic senators remain AWOL which is preventing the bill from becoming law. has more here.


Today, President Obama will host Democratic Governors -
the president will also be joined by Vice President Joe Biden. Sure to be discussed is ways to create jobs and the crippling loss of federal funds to states to aid in medicaid and other programs. has more here.

This is another opportunity for term limited Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to gain more national attention as he presently chairs the Democratic Governors Association. In the short period O'Malley has been the chair he has delivered a speech to the state of Virginia Democrats Jefferson/Jackson Dinner and last night appeared on MSNBC "Hardball" with Chris Matthews.


Maryland State Senate Approves Same Sex Marriage -
as I reported earlier, the vote went as expected 25-21 in favor. The bill entitled the civil protection marriage act will now begin debate in the Maryland House of Delegates, where approval is expected to come by the end of next week. Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley has said he will sign the bill into law when it reaches his desk. The Baltimore Sun has more here.


Moammar Gadaffi Hangs on to Power in Libya -
as the country remains in a state of rebellion. Gadaffi sounded like a madman yesterday when he gave another rambling and disjointed speech. President Obama has met with advisers discussing all options open to the United States and also yesterday called foreign leaders in regard to the unfolding crisis in Libya. The Washington Post has more here.


U.S. Effort in Afghanistan Remains a Question -
the U.S. military is withdrawing from it's battle in the Pech Valley, once considered critical to the outcome of the war. The reason being the U.S. does not have enough troops to effectively wage the battle in the region. The NY Times has a good read here.

This report comes immediately after a scathing article in The Rolling Stone reported the army used psychological operations on U.S. lawmakers to secure more funding and troops for the war. has more below.


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