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A Rare Democratic Retirement in the House

Oregon Rep. Darlene Hooley (D) announced today that she will not be running for reelection to a 7th term in November.

Hooley is only the third House Democrat to announce retirement plans this cycle. Twenty-one Republicans are retiring, while three more Republicans and three Democrats are running for other office.

Oregon's 5th district, situated south of Portland and along part of the state's Pacific coast, is a pickup opportunity for Republicans. Hooley won reelection by 11 points in 2006 and 9 points in 2004, but President Bush narrowly carried the district in both 2000 and 2004.

By Ben Pershing  |  February 7, 2008; 4:35 PM ET
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I,as many, do not understand how either candidate, regardless of the party can be so liberal in giving away our dollars paid into social security for years to the illgals immigrants.
The legals ones need to pay injust like us older folks. It has been said for years that that the systems is going broke and all this just means it will be broke sooner. We help just about evry nation in the world. There must be a limit. So many in our country see are living beyond their means and the Federal government is leading the way. It must stop , if we are to survive.

Posted by: T. J. JOHNSON | February 8, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

To collect retirement benefits a person must first pay into the system for a number of quarters. The retirement benefit a person receives is based upon the contributions made into the system. The more you pay in to SS the greater the benefit up to the maximum for an individual of around $1950.00 a month. To say that some gets retirement income without paying in is propaganda from Lou Dobbs. What is closer to the truth is that a majority of undocumented workers make contributions to SS while they are here for which they will never receive a benefit in return.

It is possible that there are some undocumented/illegals who might collect some disability payments from SS but thses would be a small number at worst.

Be careful what you ask for. You may not like the result.

Posted by: J Grecco | February 8, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Grecco, you are wrong. SS is a paperwork shuffle for payments to any foreign national here who applies for it. Vietnamese and Mexicans in Denver know the system and beat it. You don't have a clue.

Posted by: MJSlack | February 8, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Hooley's seat is safe for Dems. The Republican Party is toast. See how they run!

Posted by: thebob.bob | February 11, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Most citizens have no idea that there are many avenues where people who have paid nothing or very little to SS can receive benefits. Best example are immigrant Cubans who have an entitlement to SS yet paid nothing into the system. Try to change that part of the law and listen to South Florida Congressmen scream!!

Posted by: hairlessbear | February 11, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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