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Capitol Briefing: December 2, 2007 - December 8, 2007

Alexander's Victory Not Necessarily a Win for Moderation

By a nearly 2-1 margin today, Senate Republicans cast their lot with a colleague preaching a message of reaching out to centrist/independent voters -- a person who openly bragged about his bipartisan relationships with Democrats and who presents an older, gentler face to the nation. The new minority whip, Sen....

By Paul Kane  |  December 6, 2007; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , Senate  
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Alexander Is the New Senate GOP Conference Chair

Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) won a resounding 31-16 victory over Sen. Richard Burr (N.C.) to become Republican Conference chairman, the No. 3 post on GOP leadership team. Sen. Lamar Alexander, right, talks with Democrat Barbara Boxer. (Getty Images) Running a more moderate campaign based on reaching out to centrist and...

By Paul Kane  |  December 6, 2007; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , Senate  
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Senate Republicans Face Leadership Choice

In less than 48 hours the Senate Republicans will gather in an ornate room just off the chamber floor to hold their secretive internal caucus leadership elections. Though incredibly arcane to outsiders, these races are the congressional equivalent of papal elections -- intramural affairs that often define the future direction...

By Paul Kane  |  December 4, 2007; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  GOP Leaders , Senate  
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