Tag Archives: Campaigning

 

Katherine Harris Launches “Hugs for Votes” Campaign

U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla., right, is hugged by Paul Debesa as she arrives Thursday, July 6, 2006, in the ‘Little Havana’ area of Miami. Harris, bidding to become the Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, began the South Florida portion of her campaign by speaking at a restaurant. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) That’s our Kathy! With her fabulous world shrinking around her, our plucky heroine decided to bust out and find some new friends. And look! She found the Cubans! And I’m sure the delighted Cubans love Katherine right back, promising 100 votes for every old person hugged, 200 if she hugs them really, really close. Read more on Katherine Harris Launches “Hugs for Votes” Campaign…
 

Daily Briefing: Love, Sweet Love

Primary results “yielded no significant surprises”; Republican Brian Bilbray beats Democrat Francine Busby in race for Rep. Randy Cunningham‘s seat. [WP, LAT] Cheney brokers deal to keep telephone company executives from testifying about NSA database. [USAT] Some Republican Senators think the recent focus on “ideologically charged topics” like gay marriage could backfire; voters have more pressing concerns. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.): “I know in many meetings of our colleagues when the issue of marriage comes up, heads drop. It is just an issue that people just feel uncomfortable talking about. It’s something that maybe in some respects they feel like, why do we even have to? Why is this even an issue?” [NYT] Use of “taxpayer-funded databases” provides an advantage to incumbents who can “cultivate constituents more attentively than ever.” Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.): “As incumbents, we have unlimited access to the most up-to-date technology in the world.” [WP] FBI sought proof that Rep. William Jefferson may have tried to bribe the vice president of Nigeria. [NYT, LAT] Judiciary Panel members are riled by a Justice Department official’s refusal to say “whether the Bush administration has ever considered prosecuting journalists for publishing leaked national security information.” [WP] Tom DeLay says “panic, depression and woe-is-me-ism” risks losing the election for the GOP. [USAT, USAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Love, Sweet Love…
 

Daily Briefing: A Push Back?

Bush renews call to ban gay marriage; social conservatives cheer the “litmus test” as critics contend the move is mainly political. James Dobson: “It is true what this vote will do will be to help the voters identify who is and is not supportive of the family, and I think those that are not are going to have to answer for it.” [WP, NYT, USAT] This week’s Senate agenda, from the ban on gay marriage to a repeal of the estate tax, is “all about” motivating conservative voters. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) on the marriage amendment: “I am confident that the American people will see this for what it is: a mean-spirited attempt to score political points in an election year.” [WP, W$J] Intense campaigning is already underway for the midterm election, “reflecting a consensus in both parties that Republicans could lose control of the House and perhaps the Senate”; Republicans have spent at least $4.5M on today’s special election for Randy Cunningham‘s seat. [NYT, W$J] Congress and the courts “are beginning to push back against what has been the greatest expansion of presidential powers in a generation or more.” [USAT] Bill Clinton hopes to raise over $20M for midterm campaigns. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: A Push Back?…
 

Daily Briefing: ‘Inspiring Dread’

Authorities allege that Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) formed a “corporate labyrinth” to “secretly receive illegal payments.” [WP] The Bush administration appears reluctant to enforce medical privacy laws; no civil fines have been issued despite 19,420 reported grievances. [WP] Lawsuits target electronic voting in at least six states. [USAT] South Dakota ruling has made abortion a top campaign topic in local races cross the country. [NYT] ’08 campaign calendars and speculation align as Mark Warner (D) and Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) share a ballroom in Richmond. [WP] Rep. Katherine Harris‘s (R-Fla.) Senate campaign is “inspiring dread among many in her party.” [USAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: ‘Inspiring Dread’…
 

Daily Briefing: The Big Chill

Senate vote on immigration legislation is set for today; Karl Rove “got a cold reception” from Republican lawmakers. [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT] Legal analysts say FBI raid on Rep. William Jefferson‘s congressional office was probably legal; Reps. Hastert and Pelosi demand seized documents be returned. [WP, WP, NYT, LAT, USAT] Cheney wanted to “get all the facts out,” according to Lewis Libby‘s testimony; new filing indicates the vice president may be called to testify. [WP, NYT, LAT] Speaker Hastert is “in the mix” of the FBI’s investigation of congressional corruption, ABC News maintains despite denials from the Hill and the Justice Department. [ABC News] Database of immigrants will need more than $1B in upgrades; labor, big business, and civil-liberties advocates oppose the plan. [WP] Prosecutor says David Safavian, former procurement official, repeatedly “lied, concealed and misled” investigators about his dealings with Jack Abramoff. [WP, NYT] Loss of unity among Republicans is fueled by worries about the election. [W$J] Fiscal conservatives take on Republican leadership in attempt to reduce earmarks and pet projects. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: The Big Chill…
 

Daily Briefing: Love and Marriage

FBI receives complaints from both sides of the aisle for raid on Rep. William Jefferson‘s (D-La.) office. [WP] Democrats, after pointing fingers at Republicans, face a corruption scandal in their own ranks with Rep. Jefferson. [NYT, LAT] AT&T allowed the NSA to view “every individual message” on its internet, lawsuit claims. [WSJ] Immigration overhaul is expected to be approved by the Senate this week; Speaker Hastert may override. [WP, WSJ] Many Republican candidates are keeping their distance from Bush. [WSJ] Bush describes Iraq at a “turning point”: “The terrorists are now fighting a free and constitutional government. They’re at war with the people of Iraq.” [WP] Democrats are concerned that voters would be “concerned or distracted” by Bill Clinton if Hillary runs for president; “he has told friends that his No. 1 priority is not to cause her any trouble” and “they appear in the public spotlight methodically and carefully.” [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Love and Marriage…
 

Daily Briefing: Al Gore, Hot or Not?

White House strategists believe the midterm elections offer Bush an opportunity to “rewrite” and “recover” his presidency. Republicans plan to focus on immigration, tax cuts, and homeland security and will “frame the election as a contest with Democrats, confident that voters unhappy with the president will find the opposition even more distasteful.” [WP] The GOP is seeing losses “in morale, in fundraising and in early election contests.” [LAT] Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) was caught on tape accepting $100,000 from an investor-turned-informant. [WP, NYT] Alberto Gonzales says the government can legally prosecute journalists for publishing classified information. [NYT, WP] Patrick Fitzgerald is trying to prove that Scooter Libby lied based on his knowledge of Valerie Plame‘s classified status. [WP] Laura Bush is “leveraging her popularity” to boost Republican candidates where her husband can’t. [USAT] Senators expect immigration compromise this year. [LAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Al Gore, Hot or Not?…
 

Daily Briefing: See Ya, Arlen

At his confirmation hearing, Gen. Michael Hayden deflects specifics, defends NSA wiretapping, distances himself from Pentagon brass, and urges a focus on the future of the CIA: “It’s time to move past what seems to me to be an endless picking apart of the archaeology of every past intelligence success or failure.” [WP, NYT, NYT, WSJ] Senate votes 63 to 34 to make English the “national language”; vote continues “the conservative turn that a major overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws has taken since the Senate began debate this week.” [WP, NYT] Judiciary Committee approves constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage; Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) says “good riddance” to Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who replies, “See ya.” [WP] Bush in Arizona: “It makes sense to use fencing along the border in key locations in order to do our job. We’re in the process of making our border the most technologically advanced border in the world.” [NYT, WSJ] BellSouth seeks a retraction from USA Today for “the false and unsubstantiated statements” about NSA phone logs. [WSJ] Read more on Daily Briefing: See Ya, Arlen…
 

Daily Briefing: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Senate approves fences and barriers for the southern border as well as restrictions for the guest-worker program. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.): “Good fences make good neighbors. Fences don’t make bad neighbors.” [WP, NYT, WSJ] New details about Gen. Michael Hayden‘s “highly classified world” are “forcing lawmakers to reexamine a man many of them have known for years”; last-minute briefings to lawmakers on the Intelligence Committees “have smoothed what might have been a contentious path toward confirmation” and a declassified list shows select members were briefed 30 times on surveillance programs since 9/11. [WP, NYT, NYT, USAT, USAT, WSJ] Tuesday’s election results may preview a “brewing unrest that could threaten incumbents of both parties in the November elections”; a “broader disaffection” is noted. [WP, NYT] Bush echoes past campaign themes in speech at RNC fundraiser: “We are the party of the future, and our candidates will be running against the party of the past — a party that offers no new ideas like the Republican Party, a party that can only offer opposition.” [NYT] Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) says Bush is not appropriately funding the National Guard order: “A lot are going to be sitting in cars that don’t run and planes that don’t take off.” [USAT] House ethics committee opens investigations of Reps. Robert Ney (R-Ohio), William Jefferson (D-La.), and Randy Cunningham (R-Calif.). [WP, NYT] Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are bidding for a multibillion-dollar contract to provide border security. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?…
 

Daily Briefing: ‘Last Man Standing’

Democrats are now more trusted than Republicans to handle every key issue, according to new WP-ABC News poll; 69% believe the nation is “off track” and 56% want Democrats to win control of Congress yet 52% say Democrats “have not offered a sharp contrast to Bush and the Republicans.” [WP] House Republicans hold back the Senate’s advancement of immigration proposals. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio): “I understand what the president’s position is. I have made it pretty clear that I have supported the House position.” Cheney, meanwhile, reassures Rush Limbaugh: “[W]here appropriate, fences or security barriers make good sense.” [WP, NYT, USAT] White House pledges to brief more lawmakers about anti-terrorism efforts. [WP] Verizon denies that it provided phone logs to the NSA. [NYT, USAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: ‘Last Man Standing’…
 

Daily Briefing: Mr Fix It

In speech tonight, Bush will call for thousands of National Guard troops to be deployed along the southern border as a temporary solution; “a number of Democrats and even a few key Republicans” have already “voiced skepticism or outright opposition.” Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.): “That’s a short-term fix, and I’m not sure that’s a very wise fix.” [WP, NYT, USAT] GOP reaches out to activist base as Christian conservatives seek action on controversial issues such as gay marriage and abortion. [NYT, WSJ] Fearing their own political futures, House and Senate Republicans are increasingly divided and disloyal. [WP] Reports of domestic call logging “seemed to fly in the face of months of public statements and assurances from President Bush and his aides,” who have been “punctilious in discussing” NSA programs. [WP] Views of call logging split along party lines but strong majorities are concerned it’s just the tip of the iceberg and support congressional hearings. [USAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Mr Fix It…
 

Daily Briefing: Swimming Upstream

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, hurls expletives at Dean over election strategy; Emanuel fears Dean is spending too much money too soon: “This is a historic opportunity, and we can’t squander it.” [WP, NYT] The NSA is “amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren’t suspected of any crime”; calls made by tens of millions of Americans are logged. [USAT] Bush is losing support among his base at a “rapid” clip; Gallup registers “a 13-percentage-point drop in Republican support for Bush in the past couple of weeks.” [WP] Republicans seek to gain upper-hand on energy issues with a “whole series” of measures. [WSJ] National issues are shaping local races this year; “Republicans are swimming against a national tide of voter unrest.” [WSJ] House passes $70B tax package mostly along party lines, 244 to 185. [WP, NYT, USAT] National Archives violated rules when White House lawyers looked at John Roberts‘ files; papers on affirmative action are missing. [WP] Read more on Daily Briefing: Swimming Upstream…
 

Daily Briefing: The ‘Two-Edged Sword’

Congressional Republicans propose five-year, $70B tax bill; the main component is the extension of tax rates on capital gains and dividends. [WP, WSJ, NYT] Bush‘s “political strength continues to dissipate,” according to fresh CBS/NYT poll; his “overall job approval rating hit another new low, 31 percent, tying the low point of his father in July 1992, four months before the elder Mr. Bush lost his bid for a second term.” [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: The ‘Two-Edged Sword’…
 

Gossip Roundup: Vintage Twins

Reliable Source: Attorney for Robert Steinbuch threatens to add Ana Marie Cox as a co-defendant in his suit against Jessica Cutler. . . Murdoch will host a summer fundraiser for Hillary. . . Mort Kondracke marries Marguerite Sallee, the CEO of America’s Promise. . . Bush twins are spotted buying vintage clothes. [WP] Read more on Gossip Roundup: Vintage Twins…
 

Daily Briefing: Something to Tout

* Republicans in Congress settle on $70B tax-cut package as proposal for $100 gas vouchers withers; Bush “implored lawmakers to deliver an agreement he could tout.” [WP, WP, NYT] * Immigration rallies apparently made little influence on Congress. [NYT] * Democrats aim to pick up House seats in the Northeast. [NYT] * Bush may have sung a Spanish version of the national anthem at a campaign event. [WP] * House votes on lobbying reform today. [USAT] * Administration is testing “antisatellite weapons.” [NYT] * Democrats threaten to filibuster one, maybe two, conservative judicial nominations. [WP] * Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is on a one-man mission to eliminate earmarks from the emergency spending bill. [WP] * The Supreme Court under John Roberts has become more contemplative and patient. [NYT] * Blogosphere bloviates about Stephen Colbert‘s performance. [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Something to Tout…
 

Daily Briefing: Oh The Places You’ll Go

* Hundreds of thousands rally across the country to influence Congressional action on immigration. [NYT] * Approval of Bush dips to another new low: 34% in USAT/Gallup poll. [USAT] * Republicans drop plan to offer $100 compensation for gas prices. [WSJ, NYT] * FBI sought information on thousands of Americans last year without court approval. [WP] * Social Security and Medicare are “unsustainable in their current form,” according to the administration. Bush: “The systems are going broke.” [NYT] * Ten states are suing the administration to raise mileage on SUVs and trucks. [NYT] * Secret Service will release notations of White House visits by Abramoff. [WP] * Lawmakers’ pet projects used against them by opponents calling for fiscal responsibility and reform. [NYT] * Giuliani, in Iowa, openly contemplates a national run: “I’ve got a lot of places to go and a lot of people to talk to and a long process of figuring out whether it makes sense to run for president in 2008… As part of it, saying to myself, does it look like I have a chance in 2008? And make that decision after the 2006 election.” [NYT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Oh The Places You’ll Go…