How move by Montana governor may impact 2014 battle for Senate
February 7th, 2014
01:00 PM ET
2 months ago

How move by Montana governor may impact 2014 battle for Senate

*updated 1:15pm

(CNN) – Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh now has the job he's already been running for: U.S. senator.

Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock Friday named Walsh, a fellow Democrat, to fill the remainder of the term of Sen. Max Baucus, who was overwhelmingly confirmed Thursday as U.S. ambassador to China.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Montana • Senate
Senate fails to advance unemployment bill
February 6th, 2014
02:42 PM ET
2 months ago

Senate fails to advance unemployment bill

Washington (CNN) - A Democratic proposal to continue long term unemployment benefits failed Thursday to get the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate despite support from some Republicans.

It was defeated 58 to 40. Four Republicans voted with Democrats in favor of the measure that would have extended for three months benefits that expired in December.
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Obama nominee would be first openly gay black male on federal bench
February 5th, 2014
01:28 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama nominee would be first openly gay black male on federal bench

Washington (CNN) - The slate of judicial nominees that President Barack Obama announced Wednesday includes a judge who, if confirmed, would become the first openly gay male African-American on the federal bench.

Darrin Gayles, a state circuit court judge in Florida, was one of four nominees announced Wednesday for two different U.S. District Courts in Florida. A fifth nominee – Cheryl Ann Krause – was tapped to serve on a Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals.

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Filed under: Congress • Obama administration • President Obama • White House
Sandra Fluke to pass on Congress but run for state Senate seat
February 5th, 2014
09:41 AM ET
2 months ago

Sandra Fluke to pass on Congress but run for state Senate seat

Washington (CNN) - After considering a run for a Congressional seat in California, women's rights activist Sandra Fluke announced Wednesday she'll run for a state Senate seat instead.

"I feel there is better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community," Fluke said in a statement. "After careful consideration, I am proud to announce my candidacy for the 26th District of the California State Senate."
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Filed under: California • Congress • Sandra Fluke
February 5th, 2014
07:52 AM ET
2 months ago

Clay Aiken launches bid for Congress

Updated 3:14 p.m. ET, 2/5/2014

(CNN) – He may be best known as an entertainer, but Clay Aiken says his personal story qualifies him for Congress.

"I do think that story qualifies me in the sense that I understand that we all go through issues, that we all go through struggles in life and they make us who we are and we learn from them, and for that reason I think empathy and caring for the people you represent is a really important qualification for Congress," Aiken said Wednesday in an interview on CNN's "Newsroom."
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • North Carolina
McConnell predicts no immigration reform in 2014
February 4th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
2 months ago

McConnell predicts no immigration reform in 2014

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he can't see an agreement on immigration reform happening this year, citing an "irresolvable conflict" between the U.S. Senate and House.

McConnell indicated the Democratic-controlled Senate's insistence on comprehensive legislation is at impossible odds with the House Republican majority's preferred piecemeal approach to immigration reform.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration • Mitch McConnell
February 4th, 2014
01:58 PM ET
2 months ago

5 things the Farm Bill will mean for you

Washington (CNN) - It may be the most overlooked mega-bill of the past 12 months.

The nearly $1 trillion farm bill received final approval on Tuesday from the Senate, which sent the compromise already passed by the House to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

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Sandra Fluke asks for California Democratic Party endorsement
February 4th, 2014
10:34 AM ET
2 months ago

Sandra Fluke asks for California Democratic Party endorsement

Washington (CNN) - Sandra Fluke has asked the California Democratic Party for their endorsement in the race for an open 2014 congressional seat, but a spokeswoman for the women's rights activist says Fluke is still on the fence about a bid.

"It is not the same as filing to run or declaring that she is running," said Abigail Gardner, Fluke's spokeswoman, in an email. "It was something she felt she had to do on Friday to keep her options open due to CA Dem Party deadlines."
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Filed under: 2014 • California • Congress • House • Sandra Fluke
12-term Democratic congressman stepping down this month
February 4th, 2014
10:22 AM ET
3 months ago

12-term Democratic congressman stepping down this month

Washington (CNN) - Longtime Democratic Rep. Rob Andrews announced Tuesday that he's stepping down from Congress later this month.

The congressman from southern New Jersey is leaving Capitol Hill to pursue a position with a leading law firm in Philadelphia.

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Filed under: Congress • New Jersey
Obama and Biden to address House Democratic retreat
February 4th, 2014
08:40 AM ET
3 months ago

Obama and Biden to address House Democratic retreat

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will separately address the House Democratic retreat next week in Cambridge, Maryland, a White House official confirms to CNN.  Biden will speak on Thursday and Obama will speak on Friday.

The retreat follows Tuesday's meeting at the White House with the House Democratic Caucus.  On Wednesday, the President and former President Bill Clinton will headline a Senate Democratic retreat at Nationals Park.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • President Obama
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