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Oct042010

September Marks Successful Fundraising Month for Democrats

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic National Committee announced Monday that September was its most successful fundraising month of the year. It raked in more than $16 million last month, nearly $3 million more than their previous high in March.

"Demonstrating the increased energy we've seen in the polls and among our grassroots activists, more than 80 percent of the more than $16 million we raised in September came from low dollar donors online and in the mail," DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said in a statement. "We've found that our supporters are now focused on the election, are responding to the president's message laying out the choice and understand the stakes."

To keep up what the Democrats see as growing momentum heading into the final weeks before Election Day, President Obama will head back out on the campaign trail later in the week.  He will make stops in New Jersey for a DNC dinner, followed by visits to Prince George’s County, Maryland to attend an event for Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Chicago to campaign for Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias.

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Monday
Oct042010

Sharron Angle Caught on Tape Blasting GOP Leaders

Photo Courtesy - Friends of Sharron Angle(LAS VEGAS) -- In a secretly recorded audio tape obtained by Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun, Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle can be heard speaking with a third party candidate, both boasting about her clout in Washington and blasting Republican leaders for their lack of principles.

“The Republicans have lost their standards, they’ve lost their principles,” Angle says. “Really that’s why the machine in the Republican Party is fighting against me. ...They have never really gone along with lower taxes and less government.”

But Angle says her grassroots support gives her “juice” with Republican leaders in Washington.

“I go to Washington, D.C. and want to see Jim DeMint, he’s right there for me. I want to see Tom Coburn, he’s right there for me. I want to see Mitch McConnell, he’s there,” she says.

“Sharron expressed what many working families in Nevada and across the country are feeling,” Angle spokesman Jarrod Agen told ABC News in reaction to the audio recording. “They are angry with Harry Reid, they are angry with Washington D.C., and they want blunt plain-spoken leaders who are willing to shake things up.  Sharron represents the interests of Nevada, not the interests of Washington D.C. like Harry Reid does, and that's why she is going to win.”

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Monday
Oct042010

Tea Party Fever Means Big Cash from Small Donors

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a year of record-setting campaign fundraising and spending, driven largely by contributions from corporations, unions, third-party groups and dozens of self-financed millionaire candidates, the small-scale individual donor is also proving to be a formidable force.

A snapshot of Federal Election Commission (FEC) campaign finance data compiled by the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute, and reviewed by ABC News, shows that of the more than $731 million raised so far by more than a thousand candidates for the U.S. House, nearly 10 percent came from donors giving no more than $200 total.

Candidates in races involving high-profile Tea Party-endorsed candidates, some of whom have a virtual lock on re-election, top the list of grassroots fundraisers.

The findings offer a striking illustration of the political engagement sparked by the Tea Party this election season and demonstrate that the recession has not diminished small-scale political fundraising in many congressional races.

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Monday
Oct042010

GOP Senate Candidate Wants to Abolish Federal Minimum Wage

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller now has the solid support of the Republican establishment, but in an exclusive interview with ABC News, he makes it clear he's determined to shake up Washington and the Republican party in a big way.

"We aren't going there to play ball, we're going to make sure things get done," Miller said in a wide-ranging interview with Politico's Mike Allen and ABC's Jonathan Karl. Miller wants to roll back the power and size of the federal government to a degree not seen for 70 years or more.

When asked if there should be a federally mandated minimum wage, something that has existed since Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, Miller said, "That is clearly up to the states.  The state of Alaska has a minimum wage which is higher than the federal level because our state leaders have made that determination. The minimum level again should be the state's decision."

Furthermore, in response to whether or not there should be a federal minimum wage, Miller said, "There should not be.  That is not within the scope of the powers that are given to the federal government."

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Sunday
Oct032010

Emanuel Preparing Run for Chicago Mayor

Photo Courtesy - Chicago for Rahm Emanuel(CHICAGO) -- Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Sunday that he has planned a listening tour that will take him across Chicago, part of his effort to become the city's next mayor. Emanuel had been expected to make the announcement since stepping down from his administration post on Friday.

“I’m going to spend the next few weeks visiting our neighborhoods at grocery stores, L stops, bowling alleys, and hot dog stands,” he said in a message on his website, ChicagoForRahm.com.

It was widely speculated that Emanuel would make a run after longtime Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced last month that he would not seek re-election.

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Sunday
Oct032010

Damage Control: Meg Whitman and the Latino Vote

Photo Courtesy - Eric Draper/Meg Whitman for Governor 2010(FRESNO, Calif.) -- Republican candidate Meg Whitman and her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown made two things Saturday in the first ever Spanish-language debate in the race for governor of California: history and good television.

History was made because the 60-minute event -- held midday on the campus of Cal State Fresno and translated accordingly for both the audience and the candidates -- marked a political acknowledgment of the increasingly important Latino vote in the Golden State.

It is largely undisputed in the political world that the Latino vote is an essential one. Latinos compose approximately 21 percent of the electorate and roughly a third of California's population as a whole.

In fact, Whitman herself even admitted at the start of the debate, "I cannot win the governor's race without the Latino vote." And that's exactly why her campaign has so aggressively targeted California's Latino community.

Up until this week, Whitman’s focused campaign efforts had been working. That is until her former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz Santillan, came forward -- flanked by powerhouse Democratic attorney Gloria Allred -- to announce that she is an illegal immigrant and she had been employed by Whitman for nine years.

When the candidates were asked about their platforms on immigration, Brown slyly said, "These people are working for Miss Whitman."

Brown argued that Whitman's personal history with Nicky Diaz makes her a hypocrite. And Whitman argued that Brown was behind Nicky Diaz's untimely emergence, which makes him both selfish and heartless.

The jury is still out on which side Latino voters will choose to believe. One thing is for sure, at least. As the moderator informed both gubernatorial candidates before their closing statements Saturday, "Hispanic voters are listening."

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Saturday
Oct022010

Christine O'Donnell Opted Out of Being Hare Krishna

Image Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell admitted in a 1999 television appearance to dabbling in several religions -- including witchcraft and Buddhism -- but said she skipped being a Hare Krishna because she couldn't give up meat.

On Friday Bill Maher aired on his HBO show, "Real Time," the clip from his previous show, "Politically Incorrect."

"I would have become a Hare Krishna, but I didn't want to become a vegetarian," she said. "And that is honestly the reason why, because I'm Italian and I love meatballs."

O'Donnell appeared on the political talk show on 22 different episodes, and Maher has said he will air an embarrassing clip of O'Donnell every week until she agrees to appear on his show. This latest video is the third in his series of unflattering clips.

Maher and O'Donnell made headlines when the talk show host released a clip of O'Donnell claiming that evolution is a myth. That video came a week after another "Politically Incorrect" clip, the now infamous footage of O'Donnell admitting to experimenting with witchcraft.

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Saturday
Oct022010

Report: Gibbs May Leave White House to Chair DNC

Photo Courtesy - Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- White House press secretary Robert Gibbs denies that he has had “any conversations about the future” after a report that Democratic insiders are weighing the possibility of naming him to Chair the Democratic National Committee ahead of President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Current DNC Chair Tim Kaine would be appointed to a cabinet or other high-ranking position in the Obama Administration, according to Politico, which cited Democratic insiders.

“It is a great honor to have the job I have right now and I am very happy doing it,” Gibbs said in a tweet.

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Saturday
Oct022010

Obama: GOP 'Pledge' to Scrap Clean Energy Projects 'Doesn't Make Sense'

Photo Courtesy - The White House(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama blasted the Republicans’ “Pledge to America” for proposing to scrap incentives for clean energy projects.

“In the pledge they recently released, the Republican leadership is promising to scrap all the incentives for clean energy projects, including those currently underway -- even with all the jobs and potential that they hold,” Obama said. “To go backwards and scrap these plans means handing the competitive edge to China and other nations," he said. "It means that we’ll grow even more dependent on foreign oil.  And, at a time of economic hardship, it means forgoing jobs we desperately need.”

Republicans countered that their "pledge" only calls to cancel unspent stimulus funds, not all incentives for clean energy projects.

“House Republicans’ ‘all of the above’ energy plan would actually put more money into renewable technologies, paid for by the oil industry," said Michael Steel, spokesman to House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, in a statement. "Everyone knows that the president’s trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ didn’t work, by the standards his own administration set.  False attacks won’t distract the American people asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’ when it is clear the president has no new answers.”

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Saturday
Oct022010

McConnell Criticizes Dems Inaction on Tax Cuts

Photo Courtesy - Office of Sen. Mitch McConnell(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, used this week’s GOP address to attack what he calls wasteful spending by the democratic leadership.

“Virtually every single piece of major legislation Democrat leaders in Washington have proposed over the past 19 months has made it either harder for businesses to hire new workers, or retain the workers they already have,” he said, “and now they want to make it even worse.”

McConnell criticized the opposition for not yet scheduling a vote to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of the year.

“At the stroke of midnight on December the 31st, every American who pays income taxes is set to get a tax hike that Democrats have had two years to prevent.”

Congress voted by a narrow margin to adjourn Thursday, delaying a vote until after November’s midterm elections.

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