(CNN) - Earlier this year Republicans were hoping to win back both a Senate seat and the governor's office in Colorado, but thanks to divisions in the GOP, a new poll suggests that the governor's office may be out of reach.
According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday, 47 percent of likely voters in Colorado support Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the Democrat's gubernatorial nominee, with 21 percent backing GOP nominee Dan Maes, and 29 percent supporting former Rep. and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, who is running as the American Constitution Party's nominee.
Maes, who enjoys the backing of some in the Tea Party movement, narrowly beat former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis in the GOP primary last month despite several campaign controversies. After his victory, he faced calls by many prominent Republicans in his state to step down, and national Republicans seem to have washed their hands of the race.
(CNN) - A new poll suggests that Delaware Republicans might have blown their chance to win back a Senate seat long held the by the Democrats.
According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday, 55 percent of likely voters in Delaware say that they are backing Democratic Senate nominee Chris Coons, with 39 percent saying they support GOP nominee Christine O'Donnell. Among the wider pool of registered voters, Coons' leads O'Donnell by 25 points.
Last week O'Donnell upset longtime moderate Republican Rep. and former Gov. Mike Castle in the state's primary. O'Donnell, a conservative commentator who launched unsuccessful Senate bids in 2006 and 2008, was supported and helped by Tea Party activists and by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Washington (CNN) – Despite its carefully choreographed set-up, President Obama also encountered a few humorous, unscripted moments at a backyard discussion on health care at a private residence in Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday.
Following a question and answer session to mark the sixth month since his signing of health care reform, the president shook hands with a man who informed Mr. Obama that his daughter had just graduated from the alma mater of Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff, and that his son shared a similar background with Emanuel. "Tell Rahm Emanuel my daughter just graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, and my son's a ballet dancer," said the man, a neighbor of the host of the event. "So you and he connect huh," the president said to laughter.
Washington (CNN) - The Ohio Democratic Party chairman said he had no apologies after video emerged on Tuesday of him referring to detractors as "f-ers" at a political event.
"If your kid's going to graduate from college, now he or she gets health care – your health care – while he or she looks for a new job. In the very base terms, we win these arguments. And every time one of these f–ers says– excuse my language." Chris Redfern said on the video captured by a WTOV camera.
Redfern was speaking at a private United Steelworkers union hall when he dropped the expletive referring "to those who believe that health care is a privilege and not a right," he said.
Washington (CNNMoney.com) - Senate Democrats plan to propose a new legislation this week aimed at cracking down on companies that move jobs offshore, congressional sources tell CNN.
Senate Democrats plan to force a vote on legislation next week that would create a payroll tax break for companies that hire U.S. workers in place of foreign workers. The bill would also raise taxes for companies that move jobs and plants overseas.
Details are scarce on the specifics of the tax breaks and penalties. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., set the procedure rolling Tuesday evening, in a move that could force a vote on the issue next week, according to congressional records.
(CNN) - At a house party earlier this month, Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle raved about how she uses "friendly press outlets" to make direct fundraising appeals to conservative viewers.
"[It's] not so much the guy that's interviewing me-it's their audience that I'm trying to reach," Angle said, according to audio posted online by well known Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston. "So, if I can get on Rush Limbaugh, and I can say, 'Harry Reid needs $25 million. I need a million people to send $25 to SharronAngle.com'…The day I was able to say that [I] made $236,000 dollars."
"When I said it on Sean Hannity's television show we made $40,000 before we even got out of the studio in New York," Angle added.
New York (CNN) - The Obama administration is changing the way it delivers development aid, elevating the issue to a centerpiece of its national security and economic strategy and targeting nations where resources can be most effective, a senior administration official told CNN.
The policy will be unveiled by President Barack Obama on Wednesday at a meeting on the Millennium Development goals, an ambitious agenda world leaders set 10 years ago to tackle global poverty.
The official did not wish to be identified because the president had not given the speech yet. The days of "just throwing assistance at problems" are gone, the official said. The new policy will treat development as strategic issue, focusing on countries demonstrating good governance and strong economic policy that have the potential to become the strongest partners for the United States.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - Did the federal stimulus plan work in fixing the economy?
That was the question confronting the Senate Budget Committee on Wednesday. The senators summoned some of the most renowned economists in the country to seek the answer - but they failed to find common ground.
The economists – Alan Blinder, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy Studies at Princeton University, Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics, and John Taylor, economics professor at Stanford University – took divergent views.
Washington (CNN) - In a surprise move, Senate Republicans decided not to remove Sen. Lisa Murkowski from her top position on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Wednesday, according to several Republican senators who refused to explain their decision.
Republicans had indicated as recently as Tuesday she was likely to lose her seniority on the committee as penalty for her write-in candidacy in Alaska.
A GOP source in the room tells CNN, despite anger towards Murkowski, the conference decided not to even take up the question of the Senate Energy Committee post because "there was a sense that she's resigned her leadership post, she lost her primary, she will probably lose her race, and she'll be gone. She will not be ranking [Republican] because she will not be here."