October 27th, 2010
08:12 AM ET
12 years ago

Senator poised to win re-election – despite 'sin'

Houma, Louisiana (CNN) - Politics in Louisiana is a notoriously scandalous profession. Governors, congressmen and judges have all fallen from grace, be it by voluntary resignation or by involuntary criminal conviction. So when a conservative Republican senator was linked to a prostitution ring, many thought he'd fall by the wayside like so many others before him.

Think again.

Filed under: 2010 • David Vitter • Louisiana
October 25th, 2010
07:19 AM ET
12 years ago

Gay conservatives target Democrats in ad campaign

(CNN) - A political group of gay conservatives will begin airing ads against a handful of Democratic candidates on Monday, including a spot against openly gay congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts.

In a statement, GOProud declares that this is "the first time ever a national gay organization is airing a television advertising campaign going after Democrats."

"Barney Frank is an absolute embarrassment," said Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of GOProud's Board of Directors. "He represents the worst kind of Washington politician."

Filed under: 2010 • Barney Frank
October 21st, 2010
10:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Gay conservatives target gay congressman

(CNN) - A political group of gay conservatives will begin airing ads against a handful of Democratic candidates on Monday, including a spot against openly gay Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts.

In a statement, GOProud declares that this is "the first time ever a national gay organization is airing a television advertising campaign going after Democrats."

Filed under: 2010 • Ads • Barney Frank • Don't Ask Don't Tell
October 6th, 2010
06:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Pelosi fires back at Gingrich over food stamps

(CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday strongly defended her party's support of the federal food stamp program - a day after former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich argued that GOP candidates should use the growing number of people on food stamps against Democrats on the campaign trail.

At a press conference in her home town of San Francisco, Pelosi explained that the program's multiplier effect –the amount of money generated in the local economy as the result of the subsidy– far exceeds the nearly $60 billion spent this year by the federal government and is a sure-fire way to stimulate the economy. For every dollar a person receives in food stamps, Pelosi said that $1.79 is put back into the economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cites an even higher figure of $1.84.

Filed under: Nancy Pelosi • New York Times
September 8th, 2010
12:52 PM ET
12 years ago

Iraq vets fight for re-election

Newtown, PA (CNN) - They enlisted in the military, served in the recent war in Iraq and successfully ran for public office. Now they are fighting for their political lives.

Of the handful of members of Congress who saw combat in Iraq, toppling Saddam Hussein or helping maintain the peace in the war's aftermath, two veterans are locked in tough re-election campaigns: Democratic Reps Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania and John Boccieri of Ohio.

Both men won their first elections – Murphy in 2006 and Boccieri in 2008 – by touting their experiences as military veterans while challenging George W Bush's handling of the war and economic stewardship.


Filed under: 2010 • Iraq • issues • John Boccieri • Ohio • Pennsylvania
July 30th, 2010
08:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Old friends sticking by Rangel

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Washington (CNN) - Democratic Members of the New York Congressional delegation expressed support Friday for their colleague Rep. Charles Rangel, despite the charges leveled against him by the House ethics committee.

At a regular meeting of the New York delegation, which Rangel did not attend, the congressman was the first topic of discussion.

Representatives came "to discuss the situation with their embattled colleague," said one Congressional staff aide who was at the meeting.

"I think the New York delegation feels very strongly, very supportive of Charlie Rangel," said Rep. Edolphus Towns, a fellow New Yorker who has served with Rangel for almost three decades. "He's done so much for New York City, New York State and the nation."

Rep. Gary Ackerman, who organized and ran the meeting, said "I thought Charlie should be on the agenda. And with Charlie on the agenda, Charlie thought he shouldn't be at the meeting in case someone wanted to say something that they wanted to openly express. So Charlie wasn't at the meeting."


Filed under: Charlie Rangel
July 27th, 2010
04:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Former GOP House Speaker sounds off on midterms

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Washington (CNN) - Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert has some advice for Democrats if they want to remain in the majority: stop the squabbling.

Hastert was on Capitol Hill Tuesday meeting with former colleagues when he told CNN that the Democrats' agenda and leadership style are adversely affecting their prospects in the November midterm elections.

"I had a philosophy of leadership," the former high school wrestling coach said. "If the coach is in the headlines every day, the team is in trouble. If the team is in the headline everyday, then you're doing alright."

The recent tussle between House Democrats and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs over the likelihood of losing big in November and the renewed press coverage of Rep. Charlie Rangel's problems with the House Ethics Committee have taken their toll on the Democrats coordinated messaging efforts, making top House Dems focus on issues they would rather not have to discuss.

But Hastert had kind words for his Democratic successor, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying "she's got a lot of talent," while also blaming her for creating a leadership structure that is top heavy. "All the decisions are coming from one point. They're not bubbling up."

Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • House
July 20th, 2010
04:17 PM ET
12 years ago

First things first for Sen. Goodwin

Washington (CNN) - Newly sworn-in Sen. Carte Goodwin, D-West Virginia, cast his first vote on Tuesday to end a Republican filibuster of a bill extending unemployment benefits, but the 36 year-old has another pressing issue.

"First and foremost, I need to find a place to live," Goodwin quipped to CNN.

Turning serious, Goodwin added, "My priority every day will be to get up and work as hard as I can to protect West Virginia families."


Filed under: Carte Goodwin • West Virginia
June 18th, 2010
07:04 AM ET
12 years ago

Senate Democrats struggle with climate change legislation

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats Thursday seized on the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico as a reason to pass climate-change and energy legislation, but internal policy differences will not be easy to overcome and may also leave many disheartened.

Members of the Democratic caucus met behind closed doors to discuss various legislative proposals, telling reporters afterward that no single vision has emerged as the way forward. The difficulty is that any policy change needs 60 votes to be approved in the Senate.

"One of the many lessons of the BP disaster is we can't afford to continue business as usual," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after the meeting. Reid, of Nevada, expressed his goal of voting on one bill that addresses both the BP spill and concerns about global warming before recessing in August, adding that "stalling for political purposes" is unacceptable.

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June 15th, 2010
04:58 PM ET
12 years ago

Reid's Senate challenger visits Capitol

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Washington (CNN) - The woman hoping to unseat the most powerful member of the Senate paid a visit to the Capitol on Tuesday to meet the people whom she hopes to call colleagues.

Sharron Angle was officially introduced to the Senate Republican conference at their weekly luncheon, where the Nevada GOP senatorial nominee met with individuals and briefly spoke to the group about her campaign to beat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

While it is customary for senatorial candidates to come to Washington and meet with sitting senators, Angle's victory in the Nevada primary one week ago raised concern among some Republican party officials who deem her support for phasing out social security and dismantling the Department of Education as out of the mainstream.

Angle's invitation to the Capitol came from Nevada's other Senator, John Ensign, who said her presentation was "very positive" and that her positions are in line with those of fellow Nevadans.

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Senate • Sharron Angle
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