Washington (CNN) – Citing health reasons, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Dave Bitner will step down from his high profile post in late September, a party official confirms to CNN.
An election for the new chairman will take place September 23, as Florida Republicans gather in Orlando for a multi-day political event anchored by a presidential debate and straw poll.
(CNN) – Now we know that President Obama wants to deliver his major speech on jobs next Wednesday night before a joint session of the Senate and House. I've been calling it a "make or break" speech because jobs remains issue number one in his bid for re-election and there are still so many millions of Americans out of a job. There are millions more looking for a better job. Unless the president can turn things around between now and November 2012, his re-election will be in very deep trouble irrespective of his Republican challenger.
For the millions who are unemployed, the nation is not only in a recession, it's in a depression. That's certainly what it feels like for them.
Washington (CNN) - The six Democrats on the so called "super committee" were scheduled to meet via conference call on Wednesday afternoon, according to two Democratic Congressional sources.
The Democrats participating in the call include the panel's co-chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-California, and Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – National tea party sponsor FreedomWorks announced Wednesday it will protest Mitt Romney's debut at a major tea party event in New Hampshire this Sunday.
The group accused the Republican presidential candidate of suddenly "pandering" to conservative activists "because he's getting challenged from [Minnesota Rep. Michele] Bachmann and [Texas Gov. Rick] Perry and even [Texas Rep.] Ron Paul."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama Wednesday requested time to deliver an economic address to a joint session of Congress on the evening of September 7 - a prime-time platform to unveil his long-awaited jobs proposal.
The speech is set to be delivered at 8 p.m. ET.
(CNN) - A spokesman for Democratic Rep. Andre Carson said the Indiana representative and member of the Congressional Black Caucus is not backing down from comments he made previously, when he said members of the tea party movement on Capitol Hill would like to see African Americans "hanging on a tree."
Jason Tomsci, Carson's aide, confirmed the comments and reaffirmed the sentiment.
(CNN) - New York City may not have a Mayor Baldwin anytime soon.
Actor Alec Baldwin, who has flirted with a bid for Big Apple mayor, said Tuesday he would rather spend time with his new girlfriend.
(CNN) - Sources close to Sarah Palin told CNN Wednesday that the former Alaska governor is no longer likely to attend a tea party rally in Iowa on Saturday, an event that's been plagued by logistical issues.
Palin will still make a separate appearance in Des Moines on Friday to meet with her supporters.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama called on Congress Wednesday to quickly renew legislation critical to maintenance and improvement of the nation's highway system, warning that failure to do so could have disastrous economic consequences.
The current Surface Transportation Bill is set to expire at the end of September.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman will portray himself as the responsible fiscal conservative running for the White House as he announces a jobs plan that includes restructuring the tax-code to remove all loopholes, deductions and tax expenditures and eliminating the home mortgage deduction, in a speech Wednesday, according to a campaign official.
The plan – which the former governor of Utah will release a week before former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama announce their jobs plans – is called "Time to Compete" and focuses on four areas: tax reform, regulatory reform, energy independence and free trade.