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Friday, February 17, 2012

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Obama Raises 29 Million in January -
for his campaign and the national Democratic Party. The total raised in this campaign cycle is 250 million. The campaign said 98% of the January contributions were $250 or less. has more here.


Same-Sex Marriage Passes in New Jersey, Maryland Vote Nears -
the New jersey Assembly vote was 42-33 and Republican Governor Chris Christie promised a veto which would require a two-thirds vote to override. The NY Times has more here.

Meanwhile, Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley is still lining up votes in the Maryland House to make Maryland the ninth state to legalize gay marriage. 71 votes are needed in the 140 member House. The vote could come today. The Baltimore Sun has more here.


Friess Comments Highlight GOP Disconnect With Women Voters -
the "aspirin between the knees" comment by a prominent financial backer of Rick Santorum displays the why Republicans have trouble winning over the women vote.

The comment brought swift reaction from women;s advocacy groups. has more here.

CNN Cancels March 1 GOP Debate -
when three of the four remaining candidates said they would not be attending. Only, Newt Gingrich had responded he would participate in the Georgia debate. Super Tuesday is March 6. The Washington Post has more here.


Polls Inconclusive in Warren-Brown Massachusetts Senate Race -
in a closely watched race, Democrats want to win. Senator Scott Brown (R) has a 9 point lead over Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in the latest poll. Previous polls had Warren with 7 and 3 point leads over Brown. You can read more here.


Payroll Tax Extension Adds 89.3 Billion to Deficit -
over the next ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The deal is expected to pass the House and Senate, as early as today. You can read more here.


Chinese Envoy Heads To Syria -
this follows the U.N. vote calling for President Assad to step down. has more here.


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