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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

House Passes Two Week Funding Bill -
yesterday, on a 335-91 vote. A handful of Republicans led by tea party favorite Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) voted against the continuing resolution. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) and 85 of the more liberal Democrats in the House made up the remainder of the negative votes.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said the Senate will vote to pass the bill, avoiding a government shutdown. The Washington Post has more here.

The looming question is whether two weeks is long enough for Congress to reach agreement on a funding bill for the remainder of the fiscal year.


Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on States Facing Budget Deficits -
the chair of the Democratic Governors Association appeared yesterday on MSNBC. On Adrea Mitchell Reports, she asked him about Wisconsin Republican Governors attempt to break public service unions in Wisconsin. O'Malley, ever more achieving a national spot light, held his own. Mitchell, knowing O'Malley is term limited in Maryland, asked O'Malley about a possible presidential match up between him and Republican Governor Chris Christie in 2016. You can watch the entire interview below.

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Press Secretary Fired By Darrell Issa -
the Republican Representative let Kurt Bardella go due to inappropriate handling of e-mails. An interesting case in the age of the Internet. More information is forthcoming, but it appears Bardella was sharing e-mails he had received from other reporters with a NY Times reporter who was writing a story. has more here.


Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett Cuts Health Insurance for Working Poor -
due to shortage of state funds, over 41,000 will be without health insurance. This is one of many examples of states facing cash shortages. The NY Times has more here.


Gadaffi Moves to Quell Rebellion -
the Leader of Libya launched an offensive to retake land from rebels as the world contemplates additional measures which could be taken against Muammar Gaddafi. The UN voted to dispel Libya from it's membership yesterday and the U.S. has frozen assets. The talk of instituting a no-fly zone has died down somewhat as the pentagon has made it clear to do so would involve the destruction (Bombing) of the infrastructure in Libya. has more here.


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