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Voters fed up with incumbents

A new poll shows American voters are fed up with Congressional incumbents and plan to vote for massive change in the structure of both the House and Senate in the November mid-term elections. The anti-incumbent mood matches voter anger in 1994 when voters tossed out Democrats and turned control of Congress over to Republicans in the middle of Democratic President Bill Clinton’s first term. The Washington Post-ABC News polls finds widespread voter dissatisfaction that spreads across party lines. Democrats, Republicans and independents say they are unhappy with the job their representative is doing and want change. Less than a quarter
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Democrats bank on fatcat lobbyists

The Democratic Party‘s 2010 congressional election campaign is looking to an elite group of lobbyists for bundled political contributions worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a study released on Monday. The study by the non-partisan watchdog Center for Public Integrity found that four of the five biggest bundlers of campaign contributions among lobbyists were Democrats who raised a combined $1 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee alone. Other beneficiaries were the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York Senator Charles Schumer, the study showed. Bundlers, who collect large
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The politics of immigration

Arizona’s tough new immigration law swiftly reconfigured the national political landscape in an already high-octane election year. It creates peril for Democrats and Republicans on a divisive issue with implications for national security, states rights and race. Both parties are trying to figure out the next step, mindful not to enflame their electoral base or alienate independents over the estimated 12 million people living in the United States illegally. The last immigration debate — in 2007, it exposed divisions within each party — remains fresh in lawmakers’ minds. It’s almost certain that neither Republicans nor Democrats wanted to have a
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Things ain’t looking good for Marco Rubio

Now that Republicans have made him the U.S. Senate front-runner, Marco Rubio is trying to weather potentially damaging revelations about his credit card use, double billing for airfare and murky finances. A few months ago, the former Florida House speaker seemed an unlikely bet to beat Gov. Charlie Crist in the party’s Senate primary. And in those months, Rubio’s lavish spending has come under scrutiny of federal investigators. In that same stretch, his poll numbers have soared, carrying him well ahead of Crist and forcing the once seemingly unbeatable governor to consider running as an independent for Senate. Crist has
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Palin ventures into liberal territory

Sarah Palin praised Republicans at a fundraising dinner in a liberal-leaning Oregon town for having the boldness to invite her to speak. The former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate was the headliner for the Lane County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner in Eugene, Oregon. She spoke Friday evening as about 150 demonstrators gathered peacefully outside the fundraiser. Home to the University of Oregon, Eugene is a Democratic stronghold in a blue state, and Lane County registers nearly twice as many Democrats as Republicans. But local GOP officials invited Palin anyway to rally the GOP faithful. “You guys are
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Larry King: No longer relevant

During a presentation to advertisers last week in New York City, CNN trotted out many of its big names: Anderson Cooper, John King, Sanjay Gupta, Candy Crowley, Nancy Grace and Wolf Blitzer, among them. Larry King, host of what is still one of the network’s top-rated shows, appeared only in a film clip that flashed by for a second or two. These are troubled times for “Larry King Live” as it approaches its 25th anniversary in June. The show’s viewership for the first three months of the year dropped 44 percent from 2009, and it usually trails Fox News Channel’s
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Tea Party wraps up road show with Washington stop

The three-week long cross-country tour by the Tea Party, the fake “grassroots” organization that fronts for organized right-wing causes, ends on Tax Day today in Washington — the town the movement loves to hate. Missing from the staged events will be Tea Party darling Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and failed Republican Vice Presidential candidate has headlined many events in the tour but will not among the featured speakers at the 11 a.m. rally in Washington, DC. The protesters opened their tour in Nevada three weeks ago. Radio host Neal Boortz is among the listed speakers for the finale
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Democrats rebound in Florida special election

Republican backlash over President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul had little effect in the nation’s first U.S. House race of 2010. Florida Democratic state Sen. Ted Deutch handily won Tuesday’s special election to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler after his underdog GOP opponent attempted to make the contest a referendum on the massive health care bill. “We’ve heard for months that tonight … is a referendum on health care, it’s a referendum on the (Obama) administration, it’s a referendum on what direction this country is going,” Deutch told supporters. “Let me tell you something, what we learned today
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Barbour defends Confederate History Month

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, one of the “good ole boys” of the Grand Old Party, dismisses the furor over Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell‘s controversy over resurrecting Confederate History Month in the Old Dominion. “It don’t amount to diddly,” Barbour told CNN’s “State of the Union” over the weekend. Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, claims those who criticize McDonnell for re-instituting the observance are “picking a nit.” McDonnell, a Republican, revived Confederate History Month after two-preceding Democratic Governors put it in mothballs but left out any reference to the shame of slavery. After coming under attack, McDonnell
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Florida GOP lives large at donor expense

Officials and staff members of the Florida Republican Party piled up nearly $1.3 million in questionable charges on an American Express card and donors to the GOP paid the bill. The charges went on the Amex card given to a 25-year-old staff members two-and-a-half years ago and various members of the state party used the card to charge a $40,000 London hotel bill, $20,000 in plane tickets for the wife and family of indicted Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom and thousands of dollars in jewelry, sporting goods and electronics. The Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times got a look at
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