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Capitol Briefing: March 2, 2008 - March 8, 2008

Player of the Week: Stephanie Tubbs Jones

As a former judge and both the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Cuyahoga County prosecutor, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D) has never been afraid of an argument. And as the current chairwoman of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, she has grown accustomed to fending...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 7, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Player of the Week  
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A Proxy War in Illinois

This Saturday, voters in Illinois' 14th district will go to the polls to choose a replacement for a political institution, former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). Hastert won't be on the ballot, nor will Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) or Barack Obama (D-Ill.). But all three men have something riding on the...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 6, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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Democrats Struggle With Ethics Bill

Democratic leaders in the House are still struggling to find support within their party for an ethics bill they promised to pass when they took over Congress. Just hours after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said yesterday morning that a bill to reform the ethics process would be on...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 6, 2008; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Pelosi and Superdelegates, Cont'd

Following up on the previous item, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also addressed the issue of the role superdelegates should play in deciding the heated Democratic primary fight this morning. Pelosi's latest comments are somewhat similar to those that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) made today, but different -- at...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 5, 2008; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Dem. Leaders  
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Hoyer, Pelosi Split on Superdelegates

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) split today from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other House Democratic leaders on the role superdelegates should play in deciding the party's presidential nomination. Made up of elected officials and other party bigwigs, superdelegates have come under particular scrutiny this year as it has...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 5, 2008; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Dem. Leaders  
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Clinton, Obama Agree: McCain Can Be President

Though they appear likely to fight on for several more weeks on the campaign trail, the Democratic presidential candidates are now united on at least one point: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) should be able to serve in the White House. Last week, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced a bill to...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 5, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Kucinich Holds on to Seat; Other Incumbents Win

UPDATE: Rep. Dennis Kucinich has won his Democratic primary, beating opponent Joe Cimperman 50 percent to 35 percent with all precincts reporting. He will now face ex-state Rep. Jim Trakas (R) in November and is highly favored to be re-elected to his 7th term in the House. ************* ORIGINAL POST...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 5, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Renzi Pleads Not Guilty

Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi (R) pleaded not guilty today to a host of federal charges related to a federal land-swap deal and his alleged embezzlement of money from his own company to fund his first House campaign. Renzi appeared at U.S. District Court in Tuscon to make his plea, two...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 4, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Kucinich, Sekula Gibbs Headline Primary Slates

Is Dennis menaced? That's the most pressing question in today's Congressional primary balloting in Ohio. Having dropped out of the presidential race, Rep. Dennis Kucinich has been working overtime to ensure he wins the Democratic primary in the Cleveland-based 10th district. In Sunday's post, Capitol Briefing emeritus Paul Kane took...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 4, 2008; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House Ethics Bill Inching Back to Life

Five days after House Democrats were forced to pull a proposed ethics reform bill from consideration in the face of stiff opposition, party leaders are busy tinkering with the plan in hopes of bringing it back to life. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), who chaired a bipartisan task force on ethics...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 3, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Money Pours Into Special Election Races

The House Republican and Democratic campaign committees are in the midst of the political spring training season, pouring money into a pair of special election races as they try out strategies and themes for use in the championship matchup Nov. 4. In Indiana's 7th district, Andre Carson (D) is running...

By Ben Pershing  |  March 3, 2008; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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