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Will Dennis Kucinich find his way back into Political Office? – Quotes for the afternoon:

“I’ll find a way back in to public service, there’s no doubt about that. The only question is where and when.”

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“Tomorrow’s victories will be built from the embers of defeat. Of this I have no doubt. How do I know this? I started my career in 1967 and since then, I have lost a total of eight times. Indeed, when I was elected to Congress in 1996, it was on my FIFTH try.”

Dennis Kucinich

There has been speculation that Kucinich may try to gain a seat from Washington state after losing in a redistricted election in Ohio. To that end, he has taken up speaking in the west coast state where the filing deadline for candidacy is May 18th.It is also easier to get on the ballot in Washington, without petitions or other expenses and complications getting in the way.

A Congressional candidate in Washington state must only pay 1 percent of the annual salary of a House Member as his filing fee and declare his party affiliation. A group called Washington Citizens for Kucinich knows how simple the requirements are and feel it is best if Kucinich makes a decision to run by the end of April.

The new 10th district, which he would run in, is a safe Democratic seat.

Unusual Vote Watch in the Senate…

About an hour ago the Senate started moving forward the Tax Cuts and Unemployment Benefits bill (actually based on HR 4853) and, since they need to get 60 votes to pass it, this is being held open so all Senators can vote. Given the weather conditions nationwide, some Senators have had trouble getting back from the weekend, and I am not sure who we are waiting for and how long they will continue to hold it open.

At the one hour mark the vote was 58 – 6 in favor of passage. The 6 NO votes so far are all Democrats (Bingaman, Feingold, Leahy, Sanders, Gillibrand and the Udall from Colorado.) You can see Senators wandering in here and there on screen and the Senate Pages wandering around and talking to each other. They are in the W’s on the Roll Call and the fellow with the list is calling out  vote results (so far, I guess). Sounds like the AYES are a mix of Dems and Reps. Brown of Ohio just became the seventh NO vote.

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Baucus is now the 59th AYE… one more and this passes.  66 have voted so far and that means there are 34 to go, assuming they all vote.

However, Senator Lincoln just voted AYE, so it looks like they have the 60 that pass the measure.

I’m not sure, but I think all this vote means is they move forward now to 30 hours of debate on the final bill. It’s now 63 – 8. The actual, final, real vote on this will not happen until tomorrow or Wednesday, I guess. At an hour and 20 minutes, I’m checking out.

I don’t think Raese gives a damn about West Virginia…

…or else he wouldn’t be maintaining his family home in Florida. When are we going to let this guy know that he should go to Florida full time?
clipped from politicalwire.com

Raese’s Wife Won’t Be Voting for Him

Roll Call reports the wife of West Virginia U.S. Senate candidate John Raese (R) “is being purged from the state’s voter rolls because she is also registered to vote in Florida.”

 

Elizabeth Raese “is registered to vote in both states but has not voted in West Virginia since 1998. But in an interview this week with Time magazine, she indicated that she would be — and has been — voting in West Virginia.”

Meanwhile, a new ccAdvertising survey finds Gov. Joe Manchin (D) leading Raese, 43% to 40%.

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Did you know the Deficit has come down $400 Billion already?

We don’t hear a lot about the controls coming from the Obama Administration, but this article in Roll Call caught my attention. Here’s a small clip… but read i all to see why things could get worse in 2011:
clipped from capitalgainsandgames.com

Far less prominent but no less important was another CBO report released that day — the monthly budget review with revised numbers for fiscal 2009. The bottom line: The deficit was about $1.4 trillion.

Before this deficit is demonized to the point where it’s considered something appropriate for HBO’s “True Blood,” several things need to be explained.
First, the new figure is much smaller than the $1.8 trillion estimate produced earlier in the year by the CBO.
Big swings in deficit projections are often due to dramatic changes in economic conditions, but that wasn’t the case this time.
Depending on what makes you happy, you can call this either a rejection of a spending increase or a reduction from what was proposed.
Either way, not only was federal spending in 2009 much lower than projected earlier in the year, this also is one of the largest one-year spending changes in recent federal budget history.

The real problem is coming in 2011 and beyond
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