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Crowded Texas Caucuses Leave Results Up in Air

By Matthew Mosk
So who won the second step of the Texas two-step?

Texas Democratic Party officials still have not released even a final unofficial tally on the results of the caucus portion of Election Day in the state. The results are hardly insignificant -- the caucus portion of the election yields one third of Texas's 193 delegates.

The caucuses were supposed to start at 7:15 p.m., but huge crowds delayed many of the 8,000 precinct caucus events for hours. The precinct chairs were supposed to call in the results from their caucus to a call center. Campaign sources say the call center had 150 phone lines, which were jammed much of the night.

The last published count from the caucuses -- with 36 percent of precincts reporting -- show Sen. Barack Obama leading by 52 percent to Hillary Clinton's 48 percent.

Hector Nieto, a spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party, said the party is "still receiving calls, picking up information on the results," and he said the party is "double checking results as we're getting them. We want these results to be accurate."

Asked if either campaign had lawyers monitoring the process, Nieto said no. "These are unofficial results," he said, referencing the process by which caucus results are only finalized at the state party convention that starts on June 6.

By Washington Post editors  |  March 5, 2008; 12:43 PM ET
 
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Posted by: Braden qpatd | April 9, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. Why are so many people so high on Hillary Clinton? Neither one of the candidates really have enough experience in office to be considered as president. But....Hillary has sooo much moral, ethical, and legal baggage, how can we presume to trust her to serve the office with dignity and character? She seems to have done very little to contribute or co-sponsor important legislation in the Senate. (Not that Obama had done much more.) I just don't get how people can be so high on Hillary Clinton with all the suspect baggage in her past.

Posted by: johnscott | March 6, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

No one is dragging this process out or hurting the democratic party. The voters are going to the polls and voting. Their voices deserve to be heard. The people of Florida and Michigan deserve to be heard. If anything denies the voter a voice it is the caucuses. They should all be replaced with primaries. In the end, Hillary will be the nominee cause she is the best choice... She might let obama run on the bottom of the ticket. Let's just let the process play out. Until either obama or Clinton get the required number of delegates for nomination then it remains a race... If no one has the required number by the convention then the convention will decide who the nominee should be. That is playing by the rules...Obama folks are obviously crying now that Hillary has mounted a comeback. Obama should drop out now to save himself embarassment

Posted by: Menoch45 | March 6, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The Michigan and Florida delegates must count, but they must count through a fair process. Obviously, their first two attempts were not fair ones, and if you keep those results, then you're disenfranchising the Michigan and Florida electorates. Governor Criss in Florida has already said that his state will pay for a new primary or caucus. Why not let the DNC and Hillary and Obama campaigns co-fund the Michigan primary or caucus? You could have both in April or early June. Plenty of time before convention in August. That way, both candidates can campaign to the peoples of those states, and the voters will have a legitimate say in the process. Counting Michigan as is would be total disenfranchisement of its voters. They had a KGB-style ballot there with only Clinton's name (no Obama) listed. Regardless, you can count both states as is for Hillary and give her the benefit of the doubt with every possible pro-Hillary outcome the rest of the way, and she still won't catch Obama in the elected delegate tally. That said, Hillary is obviously running for Vice President. Surely she doesn't really want superdelegates to nominate her against the people's voice. Talk about a surefire way to get stomped by the GOP in November! Obama is the Democratic nominee and has been since winning 11 in a row in February. Clinton is simply forcing Obama to spend money that could be better spent against McCain, while also raising and wasting monies that should be going to the Obama campaign in the first place. It's Clintonian self-aggrandizement at its worst!

Posted by: awindham812 | March 6, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The pledged delegate and caucuses rules of the Democratic Party for the Democratic primary are not democratic! To put it mildly it is a big humbug! If the Party had followed the rules as per the national presidential elections, Hillary would have been nominated on Super Tuesday. Hillary has already won New York, New Jersey, California, Ohio and Texas. If all the pledged delegates from these states are given to Hillary which she rightly deserves, there would have been no mess! DNC should have at least followed the same rules followed by the Republican Party so that all the candidates would have the same playing field during the primaries.

Posted by: hcsubbarao | March 6, 2008 3:47 AM | Report abuse

Hopeful08 -

I wanted to write in response to your Rwanda post, as I have also studied the genocide extensively. While I agree with your sentiment about Rwanda, I thinking pinning the genocide entirely on the Clinton Administration isn't a very fair characterization. The fact is, the UN as a whole lacked the will in Rwanda, the entire international community failed that country, and if any single country bears the brunt of the blame, that would have to be France who armed the genocidal regime and propped it up for as long as it could (even after the RPF had routed the regime out of Kigali).

The US didn't have a single troop in Rwanda prior to the genocide to pull them out. Nope. The UN force that was there didn't have a single American troop, so your statement about the US pulling them out isn't fair. It was the UN Security Council that voted to reduce the UN troop contingent after the genocide started, so you cannot blame the Clinton administration. The entire international community lacked the will to take action in Rwanda. And as much as I have a hard time with former President Clinton on that issue, to his credit, it is one of the only things in his presidency that he ever issued a real formal apology for not taking action in.

Interesting that you would think that Barack would have reacted differently in Rwanda. He made statements in the fall that even if a genocide broke out in Iraq, that wouldn't be reason enough to keep our troops there. Considering that our country is responsible for creating the chaos in that country that could potentially give rise to ethnic cleansing and genocide, this statement completely turned me off to Barack Obama. I didn't want to be like the Belgians or the French in Rwanda.

But you are absolutely free to operate under the illusion that Barack Obama will stand against genocide around the world if you choose, even if his own words declared otherwise.

Posted by: Leslie.Street | March 6, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

On the subject of presidential experience, the only candidate (and I could be wrong) in the history the US that had prior experience would be Grover Cleveland.


lastmanstanding...

Posted by: athomas002 | March 6, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

We all have to be aware that the biggest lies are told, before the marriage, during the election, and after the hunting trip. The reality of this and past elections is, that after all is said and done, more is usually said then done. That's just the way it is. I'll bet anyone here a free trip to BFE, that by 2012 (regardless of who wins, dems or reps), we still won't have a reasonable healthcare system, minimum wage will only change a little (if at all), the unemployment situation will be about the same (a few who are employed now will lose, a few unemployed will gain), we will still be in Iraq (and maybe a few other places), and gas prices will still be too high for the average Joe. Any takers...

thelastmanstanding...

Posted by: athomas002 | March 6, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

JakeD:

Actually even with the Florida and Michigan delegates, Obama STILL leads comfortably. At this particular point in the primaries, even counting Florida and Michigan wouldn't give her the lead.

Posted by: copernicus73 | March 5, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tim,

You're a naive guy. How about here in California where the 90,000 independent votes (2-1 for Obama) didn't count because of the double bubble issue!! I didn't hear you Clinton supporters complaining then about voter fraud...nooo....only when it come to Hillary losing a few. As far as you people who want Florida and Michigan forget it...rules are rules and just because Hillary wasted her time working this states minimally doesn't mean she gets to pull a George W. Bush!!

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TELL THE TRUTH DAVE STICKLER. HILLARY CLINTON HAD OVER 100 CITATIONS ON FIRST PAGE ALONE FROM YOUR WEBSITE. HERE IS A SAMPLE:

1. S.CON.RES.10 : A concurrent resolution honoring and praising the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on the occasion of its 98th anniversary.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 2/12/2007) Cosponsors (31)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 6/13/2007 Senate floor actions. Status: Indefinitely postponed by Senate by Unanimous Consent.
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2. S.CON.RES.26 : A concurrent resolution recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and commending recipients of the Purple Heart for their courageous demonstrations of gallantry and heroism on behalf of the United States.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 4/12/2007) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 8/1/2007 Held at the desk.


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3. S.CON.RES.27 : A concurrent resolution supporting the goals and ideals of "National Purple Heart Recognition Day".
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 4/12/2007) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Armed Services; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2007 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.


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4. S.CON.RES.63 : A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the need for additional research into the chronic neurological condition hydrocephalus, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 12/19/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/28/2008 Held at the desk.


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5. S.RES.20 : A resolution recognizing the uncommon valor of Wesley Autry of New York, New York.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 1/4/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/4/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


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6. S.RES.21 : A resolution recognizing the uncommon valor of Wesley Autrey of New York, New York.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 1/8/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 1/26/2007 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.


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7. S.RES.92 : A resolution calling for the immediate and unconditional release of soldiers of Israel held captive by Hamas and Hezbollah.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/1/2007) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2007 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.


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8. S.RES.141 : A resolution urging all member countries of the International Commission of the International Tracing Service who have yet to ratify the May 2006 amendments to the 1955 Bonn Accords to expedite the ratification process to allow for open access to the Holocaust archives located at Bad Arolsen, Germany.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 4/10/2007) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2007 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.


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9. S.RES.176 : A resolution recognizing April 30, 2007, as "National Healthy Schools Day".
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 4/30/2007) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/30/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


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10. S.RES.222 : A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 6/6/2007) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 9/10/2007 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.


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11. S.RES.404 : A resolution congratulating all member states of the International Commission for the International Tracing Service (ITS) on ratifying the May 2006 protocol granting open access to a vast archives on the Holocaust and other World War II materials, located at Bad Arolsen, Germany.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 12/13/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 12/13/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.


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12. S.RES.468 : A resolution designating April 2008 as "National 9-1-1 Education Month".
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/3/2008) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/3/2008 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


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13. S.120 : A bill to establish a grant program for individuals still suffering health effects as a result of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 1/4/2007) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/4/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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14. S.201 : A bill to establish a grant program for individuals still suffering health effects as a result of the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 1/8/2007) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/8/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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15. S.211 : A bill to facilitate nationwide availability of 2-1-1 telephone service for information and referral on human services. volunteer services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 1/9/2007) Cosponsors (40)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 1/9/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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16. S.301 : A bill to provide higher education assistance for nontraditional students, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 1/16/2007) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 1/16/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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17. S.413 : A bill to amend the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 and the Revised Statutes of the United States to prohibit financial holding companies and national banks from engaging, directly or indirectly, in real estate brokerage or real estate management activities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 1/26/2007) Cosponsors (22)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 1/26/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.


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18. S.511 : A bill to provide student borrowers with basic rights, including the right to timely information about their loans and the right to make fair and reasonable loan payments, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 2/7/2007) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 2/7/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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19. S.649 : A bill to require the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to conduct an independent safety assessment of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 2/15/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 2/15/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


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20. S.661 : A bill to establish kinship navigator programs, to establish guardianship assistance payments for children, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 2/16/2007) Cosponsors (23)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/16/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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21. S.670 : A bill to set forth limitations on the United States military presence in Iraq and on United States aid to Iraq for security and reconstruction, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 2/16/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 2/16/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.


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22. S.694 : A bill to direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations to reduce the incidence of child injury and death occurring inside or outside of light motor vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 2/27/2007) Cosponsors (37)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 5/16/2007 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
Note: For further action, see H.R.1216, which became Public Law 110-189 on 2/28/2008.


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23. S.701 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a temporary oil profit fee and to use the proceeds of the fee collected to provide a Strategic Energy Fund and expand certain energy tax incentives, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 2/28/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 2/28/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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24. S.748 : A bill to establish the African Burial Ground International Memorial Museum and Educational Center in New York, New York, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/2/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.


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25. S.757 : A bill to create a national set of effective voluntary national expectations for mathematics and science education in kindergarten through grade 12, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/5/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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26. S.764 : A bill to amend title XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to permit States the option of coverage of legal immigrants under the Medicaid Program and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/5/2007) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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27. S.766 : A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies of victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/6/2007) Cosponsors (22)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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28. S.776 : A bill to amend the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 to include certain former nuclear weapons program workers in the Special Exposure Cohort under the energy employees occupational illness compensation program.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/6/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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29. S.804 : A bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to improve the administration of elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/7/2007) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Rules and Administration
Latest Major Action: 3/7/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.


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30. S.820 : A bill to establish demonstration projects to provide at-home infant care benefits.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/8/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/8/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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31. S.837 : A bill to develop a generation of school leaders who are committed to, and effective in, increasing student achievement and to ensure that all low-income, under-performing schools are led by effective school leaders who are well-prepared to foster student success.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/9/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/9/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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32. S.895 : A bill to amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure that every child in the United States has access to affordable, quality health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/15/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/15/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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33. S.907 : A bill to establish an Advisory Committee on Gestational Diabetes, to provide grants to better understand and reduce gestational diabetes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/15/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/15/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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34. S.937 : A bill to improve support and services for individuals with autism and their families.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/20/2007) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/20/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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35. S.947 : A bill to modernize the Federal Housing Administration to meet the housing needs of the American people.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/21/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/21/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.


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36. S.959 : A bill to award a grant to enable Teach for America, Inc., to implement and expand its teaching program.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/22/2007) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/22/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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37. S.960 : A bill to establish the United States Public Service Academy.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/22/2007) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/30/2007 Referred to Senate subcommittee. Status: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs referred to Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia.


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38. S.982 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for integration of mental health services and mental health treatment outreach teams, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/23/2007) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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39. S.993 : A bill to improve pediatric research.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/27/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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40. S.1031 : A bill to amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to provide coordination and direction for commodity programs, and to ensure the distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables to schools and service institutions in the United States.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/29/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.


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41. S.1032 : A bill to amend the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to establish an Office of Rural Broadband Initiatives in the Department of Agriculture, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/29/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.


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42. S.1034 : A bill to create investment opportunities for rural families and access to credit for rural entrepreneurs and microenterprises, to support rural regional investment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/29/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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43. S.1059 : A bill to amend the Energy Conservation and Production Act to improve Federal building energy efficiency standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/29/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.


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44. S.1063 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to improve certain death and survivor benefits with respect to members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/29/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.


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45. S.1064 : A bill to provide for the improvement of the physical evaluation processes applicable to members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/29/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.


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46. S.1065 : A bill to improve the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury in members and former members of the Armed Forces, to review and expand telehealth and telemental health programs of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/29/2007) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.


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47. S.1075 : A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to expand access to contraceptive services for women and men under the Medicaid program, help low income women and couples prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce abortion, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 3/29/2007) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/29/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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48. S.1078 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for employer-provided employee housing assistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 4/10/2007) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/10/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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49. S.1097 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the award of a military service medal to members of the Armed Forces who served honorably during the Cold War era.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 4/12/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 4/12/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.


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50. S.1148 : A bill to establish the Champlain Quadricentennial Commemoration Commission and the Hudson-Fulton 400th Commemoration Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 4/18/2007) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Senate Reports: 110-179
Latest Major Action: 9/17/2007 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 377.


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51. S.1240 : A bill to provide for the provision by hospitals receiving Federal funds through the Medicare program or Medicaid program of emergency contraceptives to women who are survivors of sexual assault.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 4/26/2007) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/26/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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52. S.1259 : A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide assistance for developing countries to promote quality basic education and to establish the achievement of universal basic education in all developing countries as an objective of United States foreign assistance policy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 5/1/2007) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.


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53. S.1343 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to prevention and treatment of diabetes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 5/9/2007) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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54. S.1363 : A bill to improve health care for severely injured members and former members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 5/10/2007) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 5/10/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.


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55. S.1390 : A bill to provide for the issuance of a "forever stamp" to honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women of the armed forces who have been awarded the Purple Heart.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 5/15/2007) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 6/6/2007 Referred to Senate subcommittee. Status: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs referred to Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security.


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56. S.1409 : A bill to provide and enhance education, housing, and entrepreneur assistance for veterans who serve in the Armed Forces after September 11, 2001, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 5/16/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/16/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.


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57. S.1427 : A bill to establish the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an independent agency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 5/17/2007) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/17/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.


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58. S.1444 : A bill to provide for free mailing privileges for personal correspondence and parcels sent to members of the Armed Forces serving on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 5/22/2007) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 6/6/2007 Referred to Senate subcommittee. Status: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs referred to Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security.


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59. S.1452 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a national center for public mental health emergency preparedness, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 5/22/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/22/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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60. S.1480 : A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the payment of a monthly stipend to the surviving parents (known as "Gold Star parents") of members of the Armed Forces who die during a period of war.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 5/24/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/24/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.


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61. S.1485 : A bill to impose tariff-rate quotas on certain casein and milk protein concentrates.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 5/24/2007) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/24/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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62. S.1500 : A bill to support democracy and human rights in Zimbabwe, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 5/24/2007) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Senate Reports: 110-136
Latest Major Action: 7/24/2007 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 284.


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63. S.1542 : A bill to establish State infrastructure banks for education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 6/5/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 6/5/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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64. S.1604 : A bill to increase the number of well-educated nurses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 6/13/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 6/13/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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65. S.1705 : A bill to prevent nuclear terrorism, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 6/27/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 6/27/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.


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66. S.1712 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve newborn screening activities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 6/27/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 6/27/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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67. S.1763 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the award of a military service medal to members of the Armed Forces who served honorably during the Cold War era.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/11/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 7/11/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.


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68. S.1787 : A bill to conduct 1 or more higher education and career readiness demonstration projects for rural, low-income students.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/13/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/13/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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69. S.1793 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for property owners who remove lead-based paint hazards.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/17/2007) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/17/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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70. S.1800 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require emergency contraception to be available at all military health care treatment facilities.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/17/2007) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 7/17/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.


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71. S.1801 : A bill to require a study on the relocation of the Sector Buffalo facilities of the Coast Guard, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/17/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 7/17/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.


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72. S.1812 : A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to strengthen mentoring programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/18/2007) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/18/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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73. S.1816 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish a commemorative trail in connection with the Women's Rights National Historical Park to link properties that are historically and thematically associated with the struggle for women's suffrage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/19/2007) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.


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74. S.1821 : A bill to prohibit the closure or relocation of any county, local, or field office of the Farm Service Agency or Natural Resources Conservation Service or any office related to the rural development mission of the Department of Agriculture until at least 1 year after the enactment of an Act to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs after fiscal year 2007.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/19/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.


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75. S.1823 : A bill to set the United States on track to ensure children are ready to learn when they begin kindergarten.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/19/2007) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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76. S.1840 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide recruitment and retention incentives for volunteer emergency service workers.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/20/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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77. S.1888 : A bill to amend title 4, United States Code, to add National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day to the list of days on which the flag should especially be displayed.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/26/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 7/26/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


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78. S.1898 : A bill to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to expand family and medical leave for spouses, sons, daughters, and parents of servicemembers with combat-related injuries.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 7/30/2007) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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79. S.1911 : A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to protect the health of susceptible populations, including pregnant women, infants, and children, by requiring a health advisory, drinking water standard, and reference concentration for trichloroethylene vapor intrusion, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 8/1/2007) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 8/1/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


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80. S.1950 : A bill to require a report on contingency planning for the redeployment of United States forces from Iraq.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 8/2/2007) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 8/2/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.


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81. S.1967 : A bill to provide administrative ease and incentives for increased saving by Americans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 8/2/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 8/2/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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82. S.2005 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide education on the health consequences of exposure to secondhand smoke, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 8/3/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 8/3/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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83. S.2054 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to assist cities with a vacant housing problem, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 9/17/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 9/17/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.


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84. S.2059 : A bill to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to clarify the eligibility requirements with respect to airline flight crews.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 9/18/2007) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 9/18/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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85. S.2082 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a Coordinated Environmental Public Health Network, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 9/20/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 9/20/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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86. S.2114 : A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act, to provide for enhanced disclosures to consumers and enhanced regulation of mortgage brokers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 9/27/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 9/27/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.


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87. S.2175 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with regard to research on asthma, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 10/17/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 10/17/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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88. S.2187 : A bill to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to provide for child care workforce development initiatives, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 10/17/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 10/17/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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89. S.2222 : A bill to require the International Trade Commission to report on the specific impact of each free trade agreement in force with respect to the United States on a sector-by-sector basis, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 10/24/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/24/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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90. S.2244 : A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out demonstration projects and outreach programs for the identification and abatement of lead hazards, to establish the Joint Task Force on Lead-Based Hazards and the Task Force on Children's Environmental Health and Safety, to strengthen the authority of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 10/25/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 10/25/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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91. S.2310 : A bill to establish a National Catastrophic Risks Consortium and a National Homeowners' Insurance Stabilization Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 11/6/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 11/6/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.


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92. S.2341 : A bill to provide Individual Development Accounts to support foster youths who are transitioning from the foster care system.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 11/13/2007) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/13/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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93. S.2395 : A bill to establish an adoption process improvement pilot program.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 11/16/2007) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 11/16/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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94. S.2415 : A bill to require the President and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator to establish a comprehensive and integrated HIV prevention strategy to address the vulnerabilities of women and girls in countries for which the United States provides assistance to combat HIV/AIDS, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 12/5/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 12/5/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.


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95. S.2426 : A bill to provide for congressional oversight of United States agreements with the Government of Iraq.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 12/6/2007) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 12/6/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.


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96. S.2456 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve and secure an adequate supply of influenza vaccine.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 12/12/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 12/12/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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97. S.2476 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve immunization rates by increasing the supply of vaccines.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 12/13/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 12/13/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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98. S.2480 : A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publicly disclose the identity of long-term care facilities listed under the Special Focus Facility Program of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 12/13/2007) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 12/13/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


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99. S.2514 : A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage and to ensure that increases in the Federal minimum wage keep pace with any pay adjustments for Members of Congress.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 12/18/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 12/18/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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100. S.2515 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a comprehensive national system for skilled construction workers to assist first responders in disasters.
Sponsor: Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [NY] (introduced 12/18/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 12/18/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Posted by: dmorris | March 5, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

And, by the way, if you think Obama's ability to get things done was restricted to Illinois, I invite you to check out the record on the Library of Congress site (www.thomas.loc.gov).

Here's a summary, for those without time to look it up:

OBAMA

What has Obama done in the 3 years he's been in the Senate?

Bills authored or co-sponsored by Obama include the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law), the Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act (became law), the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (passed the Senate), the 2007 Government Ethics Bill (became law), the Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill (in committee), and many more.

In all since he entered the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096.

CLINTON

Senator Clinton, who has served seven years, has managed to author and pass into law exactly twenty pieces of legislation. These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress (www.thomas.loc.gov), but to save you trouble, I'll post them here for you:

1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site. 2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month. 3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. 4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall. 5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson. 6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea. 7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day. 8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day. 9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death. 10. Congratulate
the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the
championship. 11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship. 12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program. 13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda. 14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death. 15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.

Only five of Clinton's bills are more substantive.

16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11. 17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11 18. Assist landmine victims in other countries. 19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care. 20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

I recognize it's an asymmetric representation of their records, but the point is that Obama has written and passed major legislation, while Clinton has mostly just taken care of her constituents without demonstrating real vision.

So who's the candidate of substance, and who's the phony?

(By the way, for an amusing example of Clinton trying to be the
"doer", watch her try to make a big deal out of a diplomatic trip to Bosnia taken with -- drum roll, please -- ... Sinbad!

Here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddgom0QWvLs )

Posted by: davestickler | March 5, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The Houston Press article is the work of an amateurish reporter who had his feelings hurt when Obama chided him for writing a hack article. I don't blame him for feeling bad, but he basically responded by putting together a vaguely conspiratorial article that marshals little, if any, well-sourced evidence that couldn't simply be considered the author's opinion.

For example, he cites criminal justice reform as something that was handed to Obama on a silver platter. But the legislature, governor, and police had all announced their opposition to the reforms that were being proposed. The ideas were there before, but it hadn't gotten done because nobody had been able to build consensus. Obama did that, and got all parties on the same page, even winning an endorsement from the police in the process.

That's what he's talking about doing with the presidency. The issues in this campaign are ones that have been talked about for literally decades -- issues like universal access to health care and weaning our society off fossil fuels -- but have never gotten done. Obama's candidacy is about finally getting those things done.

Other than that, the article basically points out the obvious -- that Obama is extremely intelligent; that, while he lived on the South Side and represented it, he was not a shill for every interest he represented; and that he's ambitious, just like everyone else who's ever run for president.

Anyhow, if you'd like to read the take of other local media on Obama, you can read the endorsement from the most major newspaper in Chicago here:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/commentary/771028,CST-EDT-edit01.article

Posted by: davestickler | March 5, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

People seem to forget that Republicans and Democrats are nearly identical, especially once the actual ones with hearts are weeded out. No progress has been made in our country in the last 8 years because of partisan BS and none will be made until one party has an extremely large majority in congress as well as controlling the executive branch. OR - we need strong "3rd" (and 4th and 5th) parties, from every political standpoint, having their voices heard by our ever-centrist, mediocre Media.

Posted by: jonsemailaccount | March 5, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

jindomommy:

I read the Obama Story you gave the link for in the Houston Press.
Wow! Well written, frighteningly objective which makes it almost chilling.
All READ:

http://www.houstonpress.com/2008-02-28/news/barack-obama-screamed-at-me/full

Posted by: poh123 | March 5, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Tim,

Hopefully you can count better than you can spell.

Given your ranting and lack of reasoning, your credibility is low as well.

John

Posted by: john256 | March 5, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

The first post cynically says Texas is a Republican State. I beg to differ the Republicans took Texas after a long history of populist democrat moderate voters. Much of the change came about when during and after the Viet Nam when the Republican party presented themselves as the only patriots and mis-stating that democrats were liberal pinko commies. I am a Texan and Texans are not stupid. They realize this election is critical to bringing back sanity to the country. At this point I have to tell that first poster that Texans are good hearted and caring folks and demeaning the importance of any voter may be a Republican concept but it will never be a Texas concept. Texas motto is "Friendship" and you sir or madam are not a Texan

Posted by: sbvpav | March 5, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

""People were voting for Obama WHO WHERE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE...YET THEIR VOTES WERE COUNTED!!

People were voting for Obama WHO DID NOT VOTE EARLY IN THE PRIMARY AND THEIR CAUCUS VOTES SHOULD NOT HAVE COUNTED!!""

Then that is the fault of your election officials. Everything was on the up and up here. One person was responsible for each precinct, had the sheet, checked your registration card to make sure you had voted in the democratic primary, WATCHED YOU VOTE, and then you went on your way. The reason there was so much confusion is the number that showed up. The last caucus that I attended had five present. Last night, there were probable 500. Your party officials should have known there would be a crowd and should have been ready.

And BTW, there is no fraud here. That's the way the party set it up, with the official results to be announced on June 6 and it has been that way for years. It has just not mattered till now. Hilarious.

Posted by: wly34 | March 5, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1719682,00.html?cnn=yes
This is a time magazine article! Every major political analyist will tell you its coming down to Pennslyvania.
So maybe you Obama supporters should relax on your "were ahead" notion, and focus on winning a BIG state.
Im so pumped about seeing a GREAT race, every journalist around the world is going to decend on Pennslyvania.
News Flash: The Dems won't have a nominee if we went on delegate count cause neither canidate is going to win the amount of delegates needed.

Posted by: kelleher87 | March 5, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "Obama has no magic wand to make Florida and Michigan go away. They exist and they will be seated at convention!"

Apparently, you do not know that all the candidates agreed to take their name off the ballot in Michigan, and all did except Clinton. She was the only one on the ballot and yet uncommitted got 44 percent of the vote. Nope, Michigan cannot be counted as it now stands.

Posted by: wly34 | March 5, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

By the way, rather than think me a looney. Go out and read the following books:
1. Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire's "Shake Hands with The Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda"
2. Gerard Prunier, "The Rwandan Crisis: History of Genocide."
3. Linda Melvern's "A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide."
4. Samantha Power's, "A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide."
5. Micahel Barnett's "Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United nations and Rwanda."

For a woman who presents herself as a champion for helping children and women, I find it exceedingly ironic, that Hillary stood by silently while hundreds of thousands of innocent girls and women were being raped, subjected to the worst genital mutilations, babies were being thrown into the air and sliced in half by machetes while drunken Interhamwe men stood by laughing or worse participated in the rapes and hackings.

Why is it that so many people sing Bill Clinton's praises while the worst genocide in our lifetime took place and Clinton knew all about it and was given a great deal of intelligence to indicate what would errupt in Rwanda nearly four months prior to the actual genocide?

Do we really want this type of leadership in the White House again? Is it not hypocritical for Hillary to put such a horrendous ad out regarding Who the nation would want in the White House when the phone rings at 3 am in the morning?

I am still so utterly appauled at how the media gave the Clintons the ultimate in "hall passes" on the entire episode of Rwanda.

Why doesn't someone in the media ask Hillary, if she is such an experienced and well tested veteran of the White House, why on earth she did not speak out publically against the autrocities during the Rwandan genocide?

How can she claim to be fully vetted when her own husband really hasn't been?

Most americans are so uneducated when it comes to foreign affairs. They are simply stupid and ignorant. I have travelled in over 24 countries and been appauled at the human rights violations of young girls and women.

The Clinton's can claim to be champions of many issues, but the reality of the mass graves that remain in Rwanda, Kosovo, Bosnia and Serbia are a testiment to their in action. It was always too little too late.

Somehow I feel confident that were McCain or Obama in the White House during the Rwandan affair, the results would be far different. There would have been far fewer deaths because they would have taken action, not worried about their poll numbers!

Where's the Shame Bill and Hillary?

In my opinion they are the biggest royal hypocrits in the entire world!

If the Democrats are stupid enough to vote for Hillary, they will most assuredly lose in November. There is just too much in their pasts that will resurface to haunt them.

As the most important leader of the free world, the over 1,000,000 graves remain as Clinton's legacy to Afica; however, what many people do not realize is that since 1994, over three and a half million more Africans have been killed in fighting in Rwanda and the Republic of Congo where many of the Interhamwes and the Gendarmerie fled into the mountains at the end of the Rwandan genocide.

Note; many of these same men are responsible for the senseless killing of whole troops of Gorillas just for the sheer sport of it.

Clinton will not win against McCain, only Obama can beat him.

Posted by: hopeful08 | March 5, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Comment from someone who was there...

I didn't read the long list of comments above, but thought I should throw my observations into the pile since I was actually there. My precinct's caucus (in San Antonio) was at least as disorganized as the one described in this article. What I would add to the discussion is that most of the people present had never BEEN to a caucus before (myself included). So when thousands of people turn out to conduct what is essentially a self-organized caucus for the first time, no one should be surprised by chaos like this. I was shocked at first, but by the time it was all over I had a much better understanding of what happened, why it happened, what happens next, and felt that the process was fair, albeit disorganized.

Those complaining about the process should learn more about how the caucus works so that they can help keep the next one organized and effective. Better yet, volunteer as election judges for the general election in November.

Elections are like Christmas (or any other religious/cultural holiday event for political correctness' sake). They don't just happen. We all have to pitch in as citizens, voters, and volunteers to help organize and make them happen.

BTW, I can at least unofficially report precinct 1036's results: 113 total present, 87 for Clinton & 26 for Obama. That means 14 of our delegates for Clinton, and 4 for Obama to go to the county convention on March 29th.

Posted by: joshua.erlandsen | March 5, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

dmorris. Everyone at my caucus in Texas last night was asking the same thing. Why are we here, why do we vote in the primary, and then one third of delegates depend on a caucus. Who set this up? How do we change it. The sad thing is that the national democratic party set if up with the Texas party to help get Jimmy Carter into office long ago. And now no one knows how to change it. That's the way that Washington wanted it and now it has come back to bite them.

Posted by: wly34 | March 5, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you Repugs (repugnant party) are really grasping for straws in your hopes of getting a win in November. The Democrats just won almost 3 million votes in Texas of all places. Maybe the Democrats get a win in Texas in November?

Barack Obama still has over a 100 delegate lead, and over a 200 pledged delegate lead. So if you think that Barack Obama can't win the democratic nomination, then you are sadly mistaken. Barack Obama is a very intelligent person, he is a very educated person, and he would be a very good president. McCain would be a good grandfatherly figure, but I don't want him as our President. He would be no different then the idiot Bush in his policies and beliefs.

That analogy of who you would want to answer the phone at 3 am is very funny. Do you really think that you would get to call McCain at 3 am to ask him a question?

Instead of worrying about who you would call at 3 am, how about thinking about your kid's future of living in a country that has 100 years of war, 100 years of budget and trade deficits, 100 years of record setting oil prices, and 100 years of Supreme Court Justice who destroy people's rights to individual freedom and rights to privacy.

How can our country afford this war in Iraq? Will we have to have a military draft if McCain is elected and this never ending war in Iraq continues?

And to the guy who calls the Democrats "socialists", who do you think pay's for the beautiful parks that people enjoy, the nice roads people drive on, the libraries, the hospitals, and for the schools and educational system? The government does, my friend.

In my opinion the republicans are fascists, "my morals should be your morals" said the fascist like republican. "Feed the rich and hate the poor" said the fascist like republican. "Violate people's 4th ammendment right to privacy in the name of freedom" said the fascist like republican. You republicans should read the U.S. Constitution sometime and get educated.

The republicans are like cavemen in their thinking "War good" said the caveman republican "peace bad." That is the extent of your logic and rationale for most of your poltical beliefs.

GET EDUCATED ABOUT THE ISSUES BEFORE YOU VOTE, AND VOTE DEMOCRAT IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: bigguysgym | March 5, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Texas was a tie, pure and simple. The caucus win for Obama offsets the primary win for Clinton.

The news here is the turnout;

Latest state wide official count in Texas primary only;

1,452,776 votes for Hillary 65 delegates

1,354,553 votes for Barack 61 delegates

Over 2.8 million votes in the primary, of 12.5 million registered democrats in 'red' state Texas.

1,380,907 voted of 12.7 million registered republicans.

Who got out the vote? Democrats!

Repubs are quaking in their boots in Texas!

Posted by: jay_h_daniel | March 5, 2008 02:04 PM

jay_h_daniel:

You didn't hear about Rush Limbaugh urging his Texas listeners to vote for Clinton? Maybe that's why GOP turn out was "depressed"?

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 02:10 PM

JakeD, if this is your way of thinking, God Help us All. Read further if you can:

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Mar 5, 2008 11:35 AM
Subject: Voter Fraud Reported in Texas/Personal Account
Body: Passing this on:
From: Tim
Date: Mar 5, 2008 10:27 AM


This is not over yet and with the intimadation that is going on and locking people out so they could not vote is illegal and should be delt with swiftly. This is why probably the caucus from yesterday has been the same.


Date: Mar 4, 2008 11:06 PM
Subject: RE: VOTER FRAUD IN TEXAS!!!!! READ ASAP!!!!!
Body: RE: VOTER FRAUD IN TEXAS!!!!!
----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: Tim
Date: Mar 4, 2008 8:49 PM


I just returned from the caucus here in Texas. I was a precinct captain responsible for counting the votes. Yes! I counted the votes. I can tell you right now EXCLUSIVELY that there was voter freud going on all night!

An older man came into where we were counting the votes and SHUT US DOWN!! HE SHUT US DOWN!!! We STILL had over 20 sheets of signatures to count and HE SHUT US DOWN!!!!!

People were voting for Obama WHO WHERE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE...YET THEIR VOTES WERE COUNTED!!

People were voting for Obama WHO DID NOT VOTE EARLY IN THE PRIMARY AND THEIR CAUCUS VOTES SHOULD NOT HAVE COUNTED!!

Even an Obama attorney, who was helping us count the total votes, told me that it was not fair to count people's votes who were not registered nor eligible to vote in the caucus.

I made phone calls to the county election judge (who hung up on me), to the local news, AND to the election hotline.

IF HILLARY LOSES TEXAS.....WE MUST CALL FOR A FULL OUT INVESTIGATION!!!!

WE MUST BE FAIR!!! No disrespect to anyone who supports Obama or even Obama himself, but what I witnessed tonight was absolute disenfranchisement and unfair voting tactics by Obama supporters and the Obama campaign.

BE FAIR!!!!

Timothy Johnson

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If this turns out to be true, then Obama is willing to do anything to interrupt the voter's and their caucus system there in TX. Time to bring in the lawyers because it seems that this election is being stolen...hint, hint....2000! Where is the change that has been preached by Mr. Hussein? Cange we can believe in? Something stinks here, and badly. Now I get why he has won all the caucuses except Nevada. They were rigged!

Posted by: tim2john | March 5, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat and im voting for either Hillary or Barack.
However I do feel bad for McCain that he had to have the President endorse him
Jeeze he didn't have much of a chance before the President endorsed him. Now the he has Bush in his corner, its safe to say the dems will be in the White House next fall.
Thanks G-Dub

Posted by: kelleher87 | March 5, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic national and state parties have really tied the hands of the candidates in this 2008 election season. As the party of the people, can anyone tell me why we don't eliminate Caucuses and simply use direct voting to determine delegate counts? Caucusing opens the door for the kind of corruption Republicans are known for in the past two elections. Furthermore, let's eliminate proportional system and return to winner take all. It is efficient and leads to having an earlier decision on the candidates. It is absurd when Obama wins 12 in a row that he does not earn a windfall of delegates. Likewise, when Clinton wins 3 of 4 states, including 2 large major states, she should earn more than a 7 net delegate gain! We need a simpler election system one that involves direct democracy and respects the right of voters to individually cast ballots for fear of reprisal from neighbors or power brokers.

Posted by: dmorris | March 5, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me as I correct some of you. I am a Texan, a Houstonian to be more exact. I am a Republican and so is my family, so is my roommate and so is her family. I voted, my roommate voted, my folk's voted,her folk's - all of us voted for Obama. That's right...we crossed over. Why? We didn't like the other democratic alternative. There are tons of others down here like us... in fact, we even caucused for him. And just think I don't even live in Austin- the most liberal city in our state!

Posted by: caedmonshymn | March 5, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain was co-chairman of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. He was caught on video saying to prospective Republican voters that he would keep U.S. troops for "50 or 100 years" in Iraq. His chance of winning the general election is zero. Let us make this universal: It does not matter who the lying Republicans nominate. He is going to lose."

Don't count your chickens. Remember that the country is divided right down the middle. Now, so is the democratic party. Somebody needs to think about the party. The way it is right now, McCain would win handily, because the democrats are in such a turmoil. Sad but true.

Posted by: wly34 | March 5, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

And, lets not forget. The law suit against the Clintons in California will now have time to be finalized before the convention.
It might prove difficult to be nominated after being on trial.

Oh what an election.

Posted by: wly34 | March 5, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The truth is neither canidate will have enough delegates to reach the alloted number needed to win the nomination. What it is going to come down to is Super Delegates. I haven't decided who I like better yet. However, as a democrat it is concerning to me that the only big state Obama has carried is Illinois (a state which he is the senator of). The fact is the last two elections have come down to Ohio (which Hillary carried) and Florida. Even though Florida didn't count for anything, if Florida was in play it would be highly likely that she would carry it, because Florida houses her core group of supporters, Latinos and older people. The Super Delegates are not going to vote for somebody who can't carry ANY big states. It looks to me as if everything is riding on PENNSLYVANIA!!!
If Barack takes Penn. I have to believe he'll take the nomination, If Hillary does, I think it'll strongly suggest the momentum is in her favor.
OTHERS THOUGHTS????????

Posted by: kelleher87 | March 5, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

How about we count the 2.3 million democratic votes in Florida and Michigan!

Hillary is winning this and has always been winning this, delegates, popular vote, etc.

Obama has no magic wand to make Florida and Michigan go away. They exist and they will be seated at convention!

Posted by: slbk | March 5, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

If Hillary is going to claim "Who do you want in the White House when the Phone rings at 3 am?" I'm going to say McCain.

Since we know that when her Hubby Bill got a call like that regarding Rwanda, the only thing he did was pull our troops out to facilitate a faster genocide of the Rwandans.

Someone earlier said that the Clinton's weren't racist! Excuse me, you're right. They are not racist when it comes to endorsements from Harlem preachers who have reiceived millions of earmarks from the Clinton administration; however, they are racist when it comes to saving the lives of Black Africans who can't vote for them.

Posted by: hopeful08 | March 5, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

John McCain was co-chairman of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. He was caught on video saying to prospective Republican voters that he would keep U.S. troops for "50 or 100 years" in Iraq. His chance of winning the general election is zero. Let us make this universal: It does not matter who the lying Republicans nominate. He is going to lose.

Posted by: axenic31451 | March 5, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama has Dems fired up as never before. Democratic primary turnout is _double_ that of Republicans, even in so-called "Red States" such as Texas and Virginia. Having a contested primary makes people perceive that their participation counts, and therefore they participate. This is how Democrats win.

The long primary will not hurt the Democrats: quite the contrary. As Sen. Clinton points out, her husband did not secure the Democratic nomination until June. He then went on to win the presidency. Either Democrat (hopefully Obama) will come out of this with a well-oiled national GOTV apparatus, and milllions and millions of recently-activated Democrats with the taste of blood in their mouths.

Posted by: axenic31451 | March 5, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

At the caucus last night, I talked to several ladies that I know. Every one was voting for Clinton. I didn't ask, they were more than happy to tell me without asking. They would even ask who I was voting for. Every one of them said they were voting for her because she was a woman and it was time for a woman president. I said "what about your party? Do you not think that Obama could beat McCain more so than Hillary as polls show?" Their answer, I don't care about that, I'm voting for Hillary.
Ladies, what has happened to you. You would vote for her before the good of your party.
I always knew that women were... oh well, we won't go there.

Posted by: wly34 | March 5, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey rat - the people with functioning brains care, the same ones who'll overtake McCain in November. People are sick of the wealthy-protecting only, domestically ignorant policies of the sons of bushes and their ilk.

You stated:

When you consider that Neither CAN'Tidate, is able to gather enough regular Delegates to win outright, Who Cares?
EVERYONE - it is not an all or nothing state, DUH, so every delegate counts. As of last eve, even w only partial results from the caucus portion, its clear Clinton will gain the majority of TX Delegates, and narrowed Obama's supposedly (even as late as last eve he was saying) 'Vast' lead to a rather small one. It matters, hugely.
Did you actually think it was Dem vs Rep deal last night? it is different primaries!
And all across the state, Dems outnumbered Repubs by far anyway last night (IF it made a difference, which THAT doesn't).

BTW-Texas, is a Republican State! ;~)
You think? Do you know if you drop a hammer from above your toe, it falls? So what. These are some of the most important Delegate numbers out there across the US as anyone with a functioning mind knows.
Clinton has now won every large state.

And everyone knows, there was Noooooooo Way, Republicans crossed over and interfered with the Dimocrat Socialist votes! ;~)
Learn to spell. Also you may not know but socialist is not the same as communist, so even if a tiny percentage of Dems had/have a socialist leaning in say HEALTH CARE where every industrial country of the world provides it free based on Taxes, except the US (and that is a form working socialism).
I love Repubs attempt to make words like Democracy into bad words, it is a hoot.
You want a DEMOCracy - vote Democrat - the party of the people, You want a rule by the less than 1% richest most powerful few, vote for the REBUBLICans.

Neither can secure the Nomination! LMFAO! :-o
Yeah, what twistes reality do you live in? Again not all or nothing, duh, one will get it, please do us all a favor, skip november voting day, ignorance and prejudice and fear go hand in hand.

Posted by: dbguerrero | March 5, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Great Obama article on his early work in Chicago:

http://www.houstonpress.com/2008-02-28/news/barack-obama-screamed-at-me/full

Posted by: jindomommy | March 5, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Great Obama article on his early work in Chicago:

http://www.houstonpress.com/2008-02-28/news/barack-obama-screamed-at-me/full

Posted by: jindomommy | March 5, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I live in Dallas and the irregularities and voting violations at the caucuses last night were unbelievable. No one checked for my identification or registration card. One poor guy monitoring a table with a sign in sheet list. My high school elections were more organized. I could have easily slipped several sign in/voting sheets into my bag and ran away or signed in other people. So unless you live in Dallas, please don't underestimate the gravity of the caucus situation here. I called the Democratic Party to report voting violations and they indicated that they have been inudated with phone calls all day. Question of whether Republicans voted for Hillary. Yes, they did because they believed that Obama is more beatable in the general election. Also, Neither Barack or Hillary mathmatically have enough delegates to win the nomination without the help of the Superdelegates. CNN correspondents thought it was ridiculous for Obama to harp of the delegate count which the media is buying into. Great link on Obama Neither Barack or Hillary mathmatically have enough delegates to win the nomination without the help of the Superdelegates. CNN correspondents thought it was ridiculous for Obama to harp of the delegate count which the media is buying into. Also, Obama has carried mostly Republican states versus Hillary who has carried the traditionally Democratic states. It's up to the Superdelegates.

Posted by: jindomommy | March 5, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Although the final numbers are still not in from the Texas caucuses, if we assume the they split evenly (Obama was actually ahead by 52/48 when 36 percent were in), Clinton will have taken 195 delegates yesterday races to Obama's 175.

Now, assume that: (1) Obama takes 55 percent of the delegates in the next two primaries, (2) Clinton takes 55 percent of the Pennsylvania primary, (3) the two of them split evenly the next seven (where Obama is actually favored), (4) Clinton takes Puerto Rico by 55 percent, and (5) The delegates Edward got (26) all go to Obama. If you assume these things, that will bring Clinton's delegate total voted delegates to 1544 by the end of the primaries and Obama's to 1681. Add in the currently-pledged supers they each have and the final totals going into the convention will be 1785 for Clinton and 1880 for Obama, yielding deficits to reach the needed 2025 of 240 and 145, respectively.

You do the math. If there are 356 undeclared delegates, Clinton would have to take 62 percent of them for her to win the nomination, and that is not going to happen, folks, for two reasons. First, Clinton running against the honorable John McCain will be unelectable. No sense belaboring this point because that is a fact. The super delegates will know that, certainly by August 25th. Second, as the Denver convention begins, the undeclared super delegates will conclude that Obama came over much more presidential during his entire campaign compared to the often-schizophrenic Hillary, and then declare for him. Of course, if this campaign continues any longer, Clinton's desperate, snarly tactics against him will only become clearer to the super delegates while Obama's gentlemanly tactics also become clearer, making the delegates' decisions easier.

The end result of all this will be at the end of the first ballot, Obama will be the Democratic nominee. Of course, his chances of beating McCain at that point will have diminished significantly because of Hillary's snarly tactics, and that is something the super delegates are going to have to contemplate now as they ponder whether to show their hands now for either candidate.

Posted by: emDC | March 5, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I attended a democratic caucus in Texas last night. It cannot start until after the polls have closed. The last person in line to vote when the polls closed at 7PM is allowed to vote. They didn't get thru until 7:45. There was also a city commission meeting in progress in the same building, and a little league baseball game going on at the same location. Hundreds showed up. Ten times the normal number at a caucus. here was no parking for blocks. Many left and went home. Still Obama looks good in the caucuses, which will give a third of the delegates. What a confused mess. But the democratic party with the help of Washington set it up that way years ago.
Why doesn't Hillary do well in caucuses?? Could it be, that when one sees who you are voting for, they don't want to be seen voting for her.

Posted by: wly34 | March 5, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

If she sues the democratic party in Texas, wouldn't it be a hoot if they officially backed Obama in the convention. Of course, they probably wouldn't, but who knows. This election is going to be so much fun.

Posted by: wly34 | March 5, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Timothy Johnson: You offer no evidence that Obama "staff" did anything wrong. It appears that Democratic party officials at caucus locations were not prepared to deal with large numbers of people even though it has been reported that Senator Barack Obama has attracted an unprecedented numbers of voters and they should've anticipated it. Obama supporters and staff have reported similar problems. It is not, however, fair to make Senator Obama personally responsible. I have worked on his campaign, and he absolutely condemns negative campaigning and unfair practices.

Posted by: Katy7540 | March 5, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"Reports are that it may take until Friday for all the Texas Caucus Results to be accounted? do we need to bring in UN Observers?"

I think not. That will only be the unofficial results. The certified results will not be announced until June 6 at the state convention. The caucus results have never mattered in Texas before, the primaries in Texas have not mattered either. That's the way the democrats set it up to help elect Jimmy Carter. That's the way it stands. Hillary can receive the popular vote and still not get the delegates. The way it is set up in the democratic election laws in Texas, the delegates are decided by the way the senate districts went in the elections of 2004 and 2006. Latino districts voted Republican and Black districts voted democratic. So, as you see, therein lies the rub. Clinton will probably end up suing her own party in Texas as she has threatened to do. She says she was "surprised" to see the election laws in the state of Texas. Really, the demos set it up and it helped them in the past. But not now. I thought she was so experienced in politics. Hilarious.

Posted by: wly34 | March 5, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

It is too bad ....for the Dems cause any vote for Hilary will just let McCain Win and another 4 years of Bush administration will continue. Guess people are really afraid of change and scared by the false pretense of terror luming in our backyards that they have to go with Hilary only because she has her President husband by her side to fill in when any mistakes she could make would be thwarted by him. How safe. You will all get what you deserve if you vote for Hilary.

Posted by: cozyrfx | March 5, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Please post this! It is at the core of our democracy.
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Mar 5, 2008 11:35 AM
Subject: Voter Fraud Reported in Texas/Personal Account
Body: Passing this on:
From: Tim
Date: Mar 5, 2008 10:27 AM


This is not over yet and with the intimadation that is going on and locking people out so they could not vote is illegal and should be delt with swiftly. This is why probably the caucus from yesterday has been the same.

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: *Emmanuel* VOTE HILLARY CLINTON
Date: Mar 5, 2008 12:27 AM


Date: Mar 4, 2008 11:06 PM
Subject: RE: VOTER FRAUD IN TEXAS!!!!! READ ASAP!!!!!
Body: RE: VOTER FRAUD IN TEXAS!!!!!
----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: Tim
Date: Mar 4, 2008 8:49 PM


I just returned from the caucus here in Texas. I was a precinct captain responsible for counting the votes. Yes! I counted the votes. I can tell you right now EXCLUSIVELY that there was voter freud going on all night!

An older man came into where we were counting the votes and SHUT US DOWN!! HE SHUT US DOWN!!! We STILL had over 20 sheets of signatures to count and HE SHUT US DOWN!!!!!

People were voting for Obama WHO WHERE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE...YET THEIR VOTES WERE COUNTED!!

People were voting for Obama WHO DID NOT VOTE EARLY IN THE PRIMARY AND THEIR CAUCUS VOTES SHOULD NOT HAVE COUNTED!!

Even an Obama attorney, who was helping us count the total votes, told me that it was not fair to count people's votes who were not registered nor eligible to vote in the caucus.

I made phone calls to the county election judge (who hung up on me), to the local news, AND to the election hotline.

IF HILLARY LOSES TEXAS.....WE MUST CALL FOR A FULL OUT INVESTIGATION!!!!

WE MUST BE FAIR!!! No disrespect to anyone who supports Obama or even Obama himself, but what I witnessed tonight was absolute disenfranchisement and unfair voting tactics by Obama supporters and the Obama campaign.

Mar 5, 2008 11:35 AM
Subject: Voter Fraud Reported in Texas/Personal Account
Body: Passing this on:
From: Tim
Date: Mar 5, 2008 10:27 AM


This is not over yet and with the intimadation that is going on and locking people out so they could not vote is illegal and should be delt with swiftly. This is why probably the caucus from yesterday has been the same.

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: *Emmanuel* VOTE HILLARY CLINTON
Date: Mar 5, 2008 12:27 AM


Date: Mar 4, 2008 11:06 PM
Subject: RE: VOTER FRAUD IN TEXAS!!!!! READ ASAP!!!!!
Body: RE: VOTER FRAUD IN TEXAS!!!!!
----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: Tim
Date: Mar 4, 2008 8:49 PM


I just returned from the caucus here in Texas. I was a precinct captain responsible for counting the votes. Yes! I counted the votes. I can tell you right now EXCLUSIVELY that there was voter freud going on all night!

An older man came into where we were counting the votes and SHUT US DOWN!! HE SHUT US DOWN!!! We STILL had over 20 sheets of signatures to count and HE SHUT US DOWN!!!!!

People were voting for Obama WHO WHERE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE...YET THEIR VOTES WERE COUNTED!!

People were voting for Obama WHO DID NOT VOTE EARLY IN THE PRIMARY AND THEIR CAUCUS VOTES SHOULD NOT HAVE COUNTED!!

Even an Obama attorney, who was helping us count the total votes, told me that it was not fair to count people's votes who were not registered nor eligible to vote in the caucus.

I made phone calls to the county election judge (who hung up on me), to the local news, AND to the election hotline.

IF HILLARY LOSES TEXAS.....WE MUST CALL FOR A FULL OUT INVESTIGATION!!!!

WE MUST BE FAIR!!! No disrespect to anyone who supports Obama or even Obama himself, but what I witnessed tonight was absolute disenfranchisement and unfair voting tactics by Obama supporters and the Obama campaign.

BE FAIR!!!!

Timothy Johnson

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If this turns out to be true, then Obama is willing to do anything to interrupt the voter's and their caucus system there in TX. Time to bring in the lawyers because it seems that this election is being stolen...hint, hint....2000! Where is the change that has been preached by Mr. Hussein? Cange we can believe in? Something stinks here, and badly. Now I get why he has won all the caucuses except Nevada. They were rigged!

Posted by: tim2john | March 5, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Florida's delegates will have to be seated as is. The rules require that their appeal be heard. The DNC punished the Florida Democratic electorate for something out of their control. The Florida legislature controlled by Republicans with a Republican governor moved its primary up never giving the Democratic party a say in the move.

Further, it failed to punish Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina Democratic party officials for moving their primaries up past dates set by the DNC rules. Each of these state should have had their delegates reduced by half. So far no rational has been put forth by the DNC to justify not reducing their numbers.

There is no need to hold another primary in Florida. Obama, Edwards, nor Clinton took their names off the ballots there. Each had the same opportunity to garner votes as the other. Further, neither candidate campaigned in Florida so neither can say the other had some unfair advantage. For the DNC to punish the Florida Democratic electorate while giving the Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina Democratic electorate a pass is patently unfair and the DNC will have to address this inequity.

Michigan on the other hand is a different matter. Obama and Edwards chose to take their names off the ballot there. Dennis Kuchinich and Hillary Clinton didn't. Remaining on the ballot gave Dennis Kuchinich and Hillary Clinton an advantage. Whether or not it was an 'unfair' advantage is debatable as it can be argued that Obama and Edwards should have known better. Perhaps a fire-sale caucus could be held although that process has its problems for who would finance it. Michigan is financially strapped with an unemployment rate around 7%.

Bottom line, the DNC screwed up this primary (as far as Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Michigan and Florida are concerned) by punishing Michigan and Florida and giving Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina a pass. The DNC jeopardized its ability to appear as fair and impartial arbiter of the rules by breaking the rules. The DNC has the burden of making this right. Reducing Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina's delegate count by half and seating Florida's will be a good start. Good luck with Michigan.

Posted by: PhilTR | March 5, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with hopeful08 on one point; the Surge only succeeds when it ends; its purpose was to reduce the total number of troops, remember?

1. Massively increase the number of troops in Iraq, attempting to break the back of both the Sunni insurgents and the Shiite militias and create room for a political settlement.

2. Begin a withdrawal process that allows the Iraqis to shape the politics of the country as they will -- and that leaves a huge opportunity for Iran to fill the vacuum.

3. Abandon attempts to provide security for Iraq but retain forces there, in a redeployed posture, with the goal of blocking any potential Iranian moves toward the Arabian Peninsula.

4. Attempt to reach a political accommodation with Tehran that concedes Iraq to the Iranian sphere of influence, in order to provide guarantees against Iranian expansion southward.

We accomplished 1, what about 2, 3, and 4?

Posted by: jay_h_daniel | March 5, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

jay_h_daniel:

The other explanation is that GOP voters stayed home because it was basically a foregone conclusion that McCain would get the nomination. Also, don't forget that plenty of Democrats (and Independents of Hillary secures the nomination) will vote for McCain in the general election too. Remember the Reagan Democrats?

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

hopeful08:

It's not ALL necessarily bad news for the Dems -- one theory holds that Clinton vs. Obama all the way to the Convention floor sucks the air out of McCain's campaign -- virtually no media coverage for a couple months is a mixed blessing. If the eventual Dem nominee is seen as STRONGER because of the fight (especially if there's some way to put both of them, or neither of them, on the ticket), that could spell disaster for McCain. The only other possibility the Dems have, as I see it, is for something to happen to McCain. Hopefully, he is taking his daily vitamin supplements ; )

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Correction-We are depressed because Mitt is NOT in the Race!-As if it was not common fact!

Posted by: rat-the | March 5, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Hopefull08- Stop. You'll(He-Heeee!) make me Cry! :-(

Posted by: rat-the | March 5, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Jake, by two to one? rush doesn't have that many fans, even here.

Ready for a blue State Texas?

W will have to move..

Posted by: jay_h_daniel | March 5, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

JakeD-No, it could NEVER have been because RepubliCAN(Elect a Nominee)s, crossed over.

They are above anything like Thaaaaaat! ;~)

We are just depressed because Mitt Romney is currently(Hint McCain! Hint! ;-)) in the Race!

To NOT have a Conservative Champion and brilliant Business mind like him possibly able to help in the White House,

is enough to depress God! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 5, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

This is really bad for the democratic party. If Hillary drags this out which she can inspite of the fact that it's almost a mathematical improbability, it only hurts the party.

Meanwhile, McCain is given the blessing of time to really do an in depth search for the perfect running mate, fund raise and remain above the fray of the dirty tactics that the Hillary side has stooped to.

The Republicans in particular McCain and Huckabee ran a almost picture perfect campaign as far as being gentile and respectful.

That is what will for the next several months remain in all of our memory banks, while Obama and Clinton duke it out or rather Clinton throws the punches and Obama tries to step sideways to miss her direct blows.

Either way it's all bad news for the Dems.
Todays obligatory photo-op for McCain getting Bushe's endorsement really won't hurt him since it was done in the shadow of Clinton's big victory speeches and campaign comeback.

Brilliant timing and luck for the Republicans. I think people underestimated Limbaugh and Colter's influence to muck up the Democratic primary by encouraging Republicans to crossover and vote for Clinton in Texas.

Again great strategy. Anyone with half a brain can read the writing in the polls and should know that Hillary doesn't stand a chance going against McCain, particulary because if she's running on the "experience" platform, McCain will run circles around her and everyone knows it.

Her latest ad regarding "who do you want answering the phone in the white House at 3am..." will truly backfire on her. because right now if it were between her, Obama or McCain, many of us really would want John McCain. it's probably the best ad McCain could have hoped for.

This morning I was walking on the beach with a friend of mine and she and I were both agreeing that at the end of the day or rather at 3am she and I both would want McCain to be answering the phone, something we hadn't really thought about in those terms until she put the ad out.

Talk about short term thinking? This has been Hillary's achilles tendon. Her campaign keeps nervously firing arrows hoping one will stick, unfortunatley this arrow during the general election, may just come back a boomerang right into her.

As for McCain,he's a maverick, a war hero, and has the greatest strength of any of the candidates on foreign policies. He was RIGHT about the surge while the Bush administration was deeply wrong.

Obama was seriously wrong about the surge, emphatecially claiming that it would be a HUGE failure. It's been the opposite so his argument aboug judgement will come back and haunt him on this one and this is a significant issue that should not be underscored.

The conservative right will eventually line up behind McCain even though he is seen to be far too liberal and much more of an Independent than they want to see in the White House. At the end of the day, when it comes down to choosing between Hillary or McCain, McCain will get 80-90% of the Independents, many disgruntled and angry Democrats who really wanted Obama (most of the younger voters, white males and African American college educated & post grads.)

The numbers will line up in favor of McCain.

The only real chance the Democrats have is with Obama on the ticket as the Presidential candidate. If Hillary wins the nomination and then puts Obama on as her running mate, they will still lose most of the Independents and McCain will get all of the Republican voters back with him.

I am a Republican who would vote for Obama in the general election, provided he had anyone other than Hillary as his running mate.

The problem for me is that the more Clinton and Obama bloody themselves with blows back and forth and clearly now Hillary has shown that that's her plan, the more appealing McCain looks for me.

Not to mention, that even in Time magazine, there was an article, one of many, that talks about the audacity of the Republican party to give the nomination to such a likeable guy with such broad appeal (referring to McCain.)

McCain has a long and impressive record of reaching across the aisle and being very bipartisan, far more of a record than that of Clinton or Obama's combined.

I know McCain's no beauty queen, he's not much to look at, but in the end, he's starting to look pretty good to me.

He's definitely NO BUSH and anyone who tries to make him out to be an extension of Bush is simply naive. They could barely stand being in the same room together.

McCain has argued for the past eight years vehemently against many of Bush's policies.
The Democrats are in the midst of a perfect storm which might just result in both Obama and Clinton getting washed out to sea and McCain standing at the helm of the United States of America.

Just for the record, if the Democrats want this Republican's vote, you better get Hillary out of the race and soon!

Posted by: hopeful08 | March 5, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

P.S. what Hillary DIANE Clinton actually said was that she doesn't know who would be on the top of that ticket:

Speaking on "The Early Show" on CBS, Clinton said "that may be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who is on the top of the ticket."

http://wcbstv.com/topstories/clinton.obama.ticket.2.669799.html

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

jay_h_daniel:

You didn't hear about Rush Limbaugh urging his Texas listeners to vote for Clinton? Maybe that's why GOP turn out was "depressed"?

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Texas was a tie, pure and simple. The caucus win for Obama offsets the primary win for Clinton.

The news here is the turnout;

Latest state wide official count in Texas primary only;

1,452,776 votes for Hillary 65 delegates

1,354,553 votes for Barack 61 delegates

Over 2.8 million votes in the primary, of 12.5 million registered democrats in 'red' state Texas.

1,380,907 voted of 12.7 million registered republicans.

Who got out the vote? Democrats!

Repubs are quaking in their boots in Texas!

Posted by: jay_h_daniel | March 5, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Reports are that it may take until Friday for all the Texas Caucus Results to be accounted? do we need to bring in UN Observers?

Of course with Barack taking a lead in Caucus results so far, she is now threatening a legal challenge, what a joke! - she is ripping the Democratic Party apart for just personal greed, power and self interest! - then Hilary suggests on TV this morning a joint ticket - of course with her on Top!

Posted by: jaybs1 | March 5, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I DON'T THINK OBAMA OUGHT TO COUNT HIS CHICKENS YET, OR LET THE HORSE GET IN FRONT OF THE CART AS THE DUTCH WOULD SAY! OBMA IS IN A HURRY TO GET THINGS DONE! COULD IT BE THE UPCOMING HEARING HE WILL BE INVITED TO WITH REZKO? OR IS IT SOMETHING ELSE? HMMMMMMM I SMELL SOMETHING FISHY GOING ON! DON'T BE IN SUCH A HURRY BARACK HUSSIEN OBAMA HILLARY MIGHT GET THOSE DELEGATES SEATED FROM FLORIDA AND SHE MIGHT JUST GET THEM! YOU GOT WHAT YOU WANTED LAST NIGHT BY GETTING A JUDGE TO MAKE THE POLLS IN THE BLACK SECTION STAY OPEN FOR YOU TILL 9 SO GIVE US SOME TIME TOO!

Posted by: JBRACALE | March 5, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

jaybs1:

Not if you count Florida and Michigan.

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Of course these Delegates count, it is 2008 though and we still run an election like this, perhaps we need to bring in UN Observers.

Whatever celebrations Hilary held last night as if she had beat McCain, in the light of day BARACK OBAMA is still well ahead in the Delegate Count!

Posted by: jaybs1 | March 5, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

When you consider that Neither CAN'Tidate, is able to gather enough regular Delegates to win outright, Who Cares?

BTW-Texas, is a Republican State! ;~)

And everyone knows, there was Noooooooo Way, Republicans crossed over and interfered with the Dimocrat Socialist votes! ;~)

Neither can secure the Nomination! LMFAO! :-o

Posted by: rat-the | March 5, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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