Rob Portman announced his resignation as President Bush's budget director today, which set off speculation that the 51-year-old Ohioan is preparing to re-enter electoral politics. Portman served six-terms as the representative of the Cincinnati area before joining the administration in 2005, and according to the AP's write-up he made it clear today that he Read More
According to prospective mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis, running for mayor as a Democrat-turned-Republican (like Mike Bloomberg did) works, but running for President as an independent (like Mike Bloomberg may) probably doesn’t.
“On a national basis, if Mr. Bloomberg wants to run, the one thing he has to overcome that I don’t have to overcome — Read More
Democrats will no doubt hail the non-binding resolution just passed in the House of Representatives as another victory towards forcing the administration to change its course in the war.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey sees the non-binding House resolution opposing the Iraq troop increase as a defeat for the Democrats.
Discussing the 246 Read More
A DC reader pointed me towards an interesting fact concerning the fattest campaign accounts among the 435 members of the House of Representatives.
Two of the top three belong to Democrats from Massachusetts — Marty Meehan ($4,894,187) and Edward Markey ($2,369,412). The other belongs to Frank Pallone of New Jersey ($2,412,888).
Out of Read More
E. Scott Garrett, one of the most conservative members of the entire U.S. House, has been declared the winner in the northern New Jersey 5th Congressional District, holding off Democrat Paul Aronsohn. The seat, which serves some of the most rural and right-leaning areas of the state, was seen as fairly safe for Garrett– Read More
Almost as soon as Vermont’s polls closed, Democrat Peter Welch was declared the winner of the race for the state’s lone U.S. House seat, downing Republican state Adjutant General Martha Rainville. This is not an upset, but this seat — held by the outgoing independent/Democrat Bernie Sanders — was actually one of the brighter Read More
More post-racial politics in the 11th Congressional race…
After receiving an invitation to join Yvette Clarke on the steps of City Hall next Tuesday (pdf) for a women-centric promotion that we couldn’t pass up posting (“A women’s place is in the House…The House of Representatives!”), we decided to talk to Clarke PR rep Juda Read More
Charlie Rangel will be hosting a fundraiser this Friday evening at Harlem’s Baton Rouge restaurant and lounge. The event begins with a Chairman’s Reception, for a donation of $500-$4,200, and cocktails and entry to a performance by recording artist Raheem Devaughn for $200.
The invitation reminds supports that “Congressman Rangel is raising funds to help Read More
The Senate has passed a resolution apologizing to the relatives of almost 5,000 Americans known to have been murdered by lynch mobs over the years during which the Senate refused to pass an anti-lynch law.
Between the “whereases,” the resolution’s meaning—if impersonal—is as unmistakable as it is tragic:
“Whereas nearly 200 anti-lynching bills were Read More
Wonkette has this exchange between Don Imus and Rick Santorum:
Santorum: Tom’s a very good leader. I don’t think anyone can question that…
Imus: He’s a weird little dude.
Santorum: He’s not a weird dude. He’s a good guy.
Imus: He just looks to me like a guy that has some kind of weird, Read More