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Obama campaign stops to focus on Governors

  • 9:21 pm Sunday, October 26th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

While most of Washington is busily tracking a series of races that should determine which party controls the U.S. Senate in 2015, President Obama’s campaign schedule over the next week will barely focus on that battle, emphasizing the difficult political situation for Democrats and the President in this year’s mid term elections.

Here’s the basics of the President’s campaign schedule:

+ Tuesday in Wisconsin to help Mary Burke (running for Governor)

+ Thursday in Maine for Mike Michaud (running for Governor)

+ Friday in Rhode Island (where Democrat Gina Raimondo is running for Governor)

+ Saturday in Michigan for Mark Schauer (running for Governor) and [More]

Secret Service rapped for diversion of agents

  • 7:57 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

A new report from an internal investigator says Secret Service officials had “no justification” for diverting special protective personnel for the President to help monitor a neighborhood dispute involving a fellow employee – 50 minutes away from the White House.

“This constituted a serious lapse in judgment,” said Homeland Security Department Inspector General John Roth, who found that the special “Prowler” team of Secret Service agents were diverted away from the White House at least five times in July of 2011.

““These agents, who were there to protect the President and the White House,
were improperly diverted for an impermissible purpose,” said Roth.

In [More]

Mixed political reaction on new Ebola Czar

  • 11:44 am Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

President Obama’s selection of Democratic Party insider Ron Klain as the new “Ebola Czar” is bringing a fairly partisan response, with Democrats giving it high marks and Republicans seeing it mainly as a political move by the White House.

Klain is well known in political circles here, having been Chief of Staff both for Vice President Al Gore and most recently for Vice President Joe Biden.

Klain also held high profile jobs on Capitol Hill, as the White House lauded his “extensive federal government experience” in a background memo for reporters.

“He is an excellent choice,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) in a [More]

Congress presses for answers on Ebola

  • 5:35 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

Amid growing concern in both parties about how the federal government has handled several Ebola cases, top federal health officials again expressed confidence in the U.S. health care system, while facing criticism over how best to keep the virus out of the country in the future.

By far the biggest disagreement at this hearing was on the issue of travel restrictions, or a travel ban for people coming to the U.S. from west Africa – something that members of both parties have spoken in favor of in recent weeks.

“This is the question that the American public is asking; why are we [More]

Arkansas Senate race takes tough turn

  • 1:51 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

From Fayetteville, Arkansas –

While both Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) are soft spoken politicians, their words this week in a pair of debates were anything but that, as the two men appealed for support in a race that will certainly help determine whether Republicans can take control of the U.S. Senate.

The game plans for both men were plain as day – Cotton repeatedly tied Pryor to President Obama, while Pryor said Cotton was beholden to big money interests who didn’t share the same goals as Arkansans.

“Your vote for Mark Pryor will be a vote for [More]

Governors at risk with 3 weeks to Election Day

  • 12:39 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

From Tulsa, Oklahoma –

In a year where polling indicates voters are fed up with the Congress and Washington, D.C. in general, the group of politicians who ironically may be feeling most of heat in this November’s elections isn’t a group of Congressmen or Senators, but rather the nation’s Governors.

Not much has changed in recent weeks for Governors in either party, as more than a dozen of them are locked in close races that could truly go either way in the final three weeks of campaigning.

One Governor has already been bounced out of office, as Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii lost [More]

The election schedule tells a story

  • 7:07 pm Sunday, October 12th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

After watching many years of political campaigns, sometimes I think the most basic story is the schedule of a candidate – or in this case – of the President. In 2014, it tells a very interesting political tale about the fortunes of President Barack Obama.

Eight years ago, in 2006, President George W. Bush faced a similar mid-term election landscape; his poll ratings were low. Americans were souring on his time in office, and his party was in danger of losing control of the Congress.

In 2014, President Obama is seeing low poll ratings. Americans have soured on his time in office, [More]

Bipartisan group asks Obama for Ebola travel ban

  • 10:53 am Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

Worried by the arrival of the Ebola virus in the United States, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress sent a letter to President Obama on Thursday, asking the White House to institute a travel ban and restrict visas to keep others with the disease from getting in to the country.

“The United States needs to institute travel restrictions, enhanced airport screening and possible quarantine of individuals who have traveled to, or from, the West African countries that have been most impacted by this tragic Ebola epidemic,” the letter said.

The letter, which can be read here, is signed [More]

Feds detail new airport checks for Ebola

  • 2:17 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

The Obama Administration on Wednesday announced new screening measures for Ebola, targeting airline passengers arriving from three nations in West Africa, as officials at five different American airports will conduct new fever screenings for people arriving in the United States.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the airports are JFK in New York, Newark, Chicago O’Hare, Washington Dulles and Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta.

“We’re talking about on average about 150 people total at those five airports,” Earnest said, emphasizing that the daily checks were a “very small percentage” of air travelers.

Here is the news release sent to reporters today about [More]

Skepticism from Congress on VA firings

  • 8:39 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

The news releases in recent days seemed simple enough, as the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it is moving to get rid of a series of top officials at VA facilities around the nation – but the Chairman of the House Veterans Committee says he’s worried the VA has given these executives an extra chance to retire before being fired.

“VA interprets the law differently than our intent,” Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) told me on Tuesday, saying his goal in a recent VA reform law was to have VA officials fired with “no notice.”

“By creating an added appeals process in which [More]