Entries in US House (6)


Texas Rep. Hall to Be the Oldest US House Member -- Texas Representative Ralph Hall is set to become the oldest U.S. House member to serve Congress on Christmas Day, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Hall, 89, will beat the 80 year old record made by North Carolina Rep. Charles Manley Stedman by serving a 17th term, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Hall was a Democrat when was first elected in 1980 and switched to the Republican political party in 2004.

The representative’s website says Hall is often quoted, saying, “I'd rather be respected at home than liked in Washington."

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Obama Seeks Common Ground With House, Senate

Photo Courtesy - Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will announce on Thursday that he has invited Republican and Democratic leaders from both the House and Senate to the White House after he returns from his trip to Asia.  The meeting will focus on areas where there may be common ground‬.

In the short term, President Obama will try to push the Senate to ratify the START treaty with Russia for nuclear disarmament, and persuade the House to pass a child nutrition bill to make school food more nutritious and feed more hungry kids‬.

Listed as his top priority, the president also seeks to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class.  For the first time, Obama signaled on Wednesday that he is willing to negotiate on also extending them to the wealthy as Republicans want‬.

In the long term, the president wants to work with Republicans on‬ spurring economic growth‬ through tax credits for businesses, reducing the deficit and the national debt, education reform and "changing the way Washington works," including reform of the earmark process.

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Coast-to-Coast Strategy Positions GOP for Takeover

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Republicans are entering the midterm campaign's final stretch poised to sweep back into power in the House of Representatives, with historic gains likely to stem from a broad political strategy that's aligned itself with the national mood.

In the Senate, GOP chances of a takeover appear narrower than they did just weeks ago, although Republicans have put enough Democratic-held seats in play to make a power shift possible there as well.

Republicans have positioned themselves to take advantage of nationwide voter anger, in part by being just about everywhere in the nation, in both House and Senate races.

There are 431 Republican House candidates on the ballot Tuesday, with only 435 House districts total.  In the Senate, a dozen Democratic-held seats are in play -- more than enough, though with little margin for error, for the GOP to have a shot at the 10 seats the party needs to take power.

Of course, the 100-plus House seats that are in play aren't distributed evenly.  They fall into a few major categories that leave Republicans likely to take out some of the old, some of the new and several of the long-since blue.

The biggest chunk of Republican gains are set to come in the same districts that Democrats secured and then padded their majority with over the last two cycles.

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Will Women Lose Ground in National Politics in 2010?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Record numbers of women filed to run for the U.S. House and Senate during the primaries, and a record-tying 10 will appear on ballots for governor in eight states.  While it's likely that female candidates will make inroads in some corners this year, the net result for women in national elective office could be a loss, experts say.

"For the first time in 30 years, we could see a decline in the number of women in Congress," said Debbie Walsh, who runs the nonpartisan Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University, which tracks female candidates nationwide.

A bleak election outlook for Democrats and incumbents, which includes a majority of women on ballots this year, has set the stage for women to give back some seats to men, particularly in swing districts where Democratic women were swept up in the excitement surrounding President Obama in 2008 or elected during a down year for Republicans in 2006.

Seventeen women currently serve in the U.S. Senate, and while 11 are not up for re-election this year, women need to win six seats to maintain their presence, a number that seems far from guaranteed.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland -- Democratic incumbents -- and Republican candidate Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, are likely to defeat their male challengers on November 2.  But with less than a week to go, female candidates in 10 other Senate races face less certain prospects, according to the latest ABC News ratings on the races.

Meanwhile, 91 Democratic women and 47 Republican women are running for the U.S. House, which many political prognosticators believe will ultimately come under Republican control. 

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Shift to GOP May Boost President Obama in 2012

Photo Courtesy - Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With the end of the campaign season will come a new dynamic in Washington, with the potential for even more partisan gridlock than the public has witnessed over the past two years.  It's an eventuality that leaders in both parties are quietly preparing for, and that Democrats anticipate as having a potential long-term upside that they seldom admit to publicly.

If Republicans take control of the House but not the Senate, as now seems likely, the three major legislative institutions will find themselves at cross-purposes for much of the final two years of President Obama's first term.  The House will be under narrow control of the GOP, with a majority delivered by a fresh crop of outsider candidates for whom "bipartisanship" is code for selling out.

In the Senate, the larger Republican minority will be able to effectively block anything GOP leaders insist on, with centrists in both parties less influential.

The White House's focus, meanwhile, will turn quickly toward President Obama's reelection.  After an active two years with major domestic accomplishments, the president will have to play small-ball on big issues to avoid endless partisan confrontations.

No party or politician is likely to look particularly good under that set of circumstances.  But Democrats can at least take solace in the fact that divided control of government brings divided responsibility, as well as divided blame for what voters perceive as not working.

The national angst that's driving this campaign isn't directed at Democrats so much as it is at Washington.  If Republicans control one of the major levers of power over the next two years, the president will have a more influential foil to position against, and Democrats from the White House on down will be able to blame members of the opposite party for the gridlock.

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US House Candidate Airs Extremely Graphic Abortion Ad

Photo Courtesy - Missy Reilly Smith for Congress(WASHINGTON) -- An anti-abortion candidate running for D.C. delegate to the U.S. House is airing what is arguably one of this election cycle’s most provocative TV campaign ads, featuring extremely graphic images of aborted fetuses.

The 30-second ad is for Missy Smith, and will air 24 times on local broadcast network affiliates across the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.  It is so explicit that it's preceded by a 15-second warning that was added by the stations’ administrators.

Over images of bloody and lifeless premature bodies, Smith says she had two abortions but has turned against the practice.

“I was told it’s not a baby.  They lied to me.  They exploited me.  Then I learned the truth and I’ve suffered for years,” she says.  “And believe me I am angry.  My heart has been ripped out.  Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Norton -- they all support the murder of babies and the abuse of women by abortion.  It’s time to make child killing illegal again.”

YouTube has pulled the video from its site, posting a notice that it amounted to “a violation of YouTube's policy on shocking and disgusting content.”

WJLA, the local ABC affiliate to first air the ad, noted in its disclaimer that the station was required to air the ad under federal law.  The Communications Act requires broadcasters to provide legally qualified candidates fair access to ad time and forbids them from censoring such ads “in any way, or for any reason.”

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