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Silver Lining For Wisconsin Democrats

It wasn't a total loss.

Wisconsin Democrats fell one victory short of retaking control of the state Senate during the summer's recall elections. But they narrowed the GOP advantage to 17-16, meaning that assuming all Democrats support a given measure, all they need is one Republican to break in their favor to have the upper hand.

Democrats and labor activists were disappointed in the larger outcome of the recalls. And with good reason. But here's another reminder that at the level of sausage making, incremental gains can make a difference.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 4:40pm

Presidential Candidate Debate Timeline

For lovers of presidential debates, this election season won't disappoint. With several GOP candidate debates already held, several more planned, and four more scheduled for the general election, candidates will have plenty of opportunities to get their messages across to a national audience.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 4:40pm

HHS Releases Leading Health Indicators for the Next Decade

High school graduation rates are now officially a public-health metric.

The Health and Human Services Department announced its Leading Health Indicators on Monday, a list of metrics for measuring public-health progress that is adjusted every 10 years. The fourth decade of HHS’s Healthy People campaign will focus on equity, prevention, and the “social determinants” such as education, income, and race that are strongly linked to health.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 3:40pm

McKenna Has Slight Edge in Closely-Watched Wash. Race

Republican Rob McKenna has a slight lead over Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., in the 2012 gubernatorial race in Washington State, expected to be one of the most competitive state races of the cycle, according to a new University of Washington poll released Monday.

McKenna, the two-term state attorney general, leads Inslee, 44 percent to 38 percent. That is just barely inside the poll's margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent. Eighteen percent of voters were undecided.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 3:40pm

Study Faults Soft-Drink Industry for Excessive Marketing to Children

study on the marketing of sugary drinks to children shows that the beverage industry can’t be trusted to regulate the marketing of its own products, obesity experts at Yale University said on Monday.

The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale found that from 2006 to 2008, the number of advertisements children and teens saw for regular soda doubled. That’s during a time when the American Beverage Association, the trade group for drink makers, said members had stopped advertising sugary drinks in children’s programming.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 3:40pm

Fall 2012 Presidential Debates Set

We don't know who he'll be facing yet, but we now know where and when President Obama will be debating for his reelection bid.

The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates today announced four sites and dates for the fall 2012 faceoffs between the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees (whether a third party candidate emerges and is included is TBD):

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 3:40pm

Meanwhile, Back at Policy Code 9-9-9

While Herman Cain dealt with sexual harassment charges, a sober and wonky discussion -- the first of its kind -- took place today on his 9-9-9 tax plan. 
The American Enterprise Institute welcomed Cain, who discussed the broad outlines, and then followed with a panel discussion featuring Cain's chief economic adviser, Rich Lowrie.  

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 3:40pm

Romney's NYC Fundraiser

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and Wall Street financiers Stephen Lessing and John Paulson are just a few of the more than 80 co-chairs of a New York City fundraiser Mitt Romney is hosting on Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt, according to an invite obtained by the Alley.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 2:40pm

Saying Goodbye: Change in the 112th Congress

Not every representative and senator who is sworn in at the beginning of a Congress is around for the end of their terms. Some step down for other jobs or in the wake of scandal, and a few, sadly, prove all too mortal. Others may stay until the end of their terms, but don't plan on seeking reelection out of a desire to retire from politics or to seek other elective positions.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 2:40pm

White House Presses Companies on Drug Shortages

The Obama administration on Monday asked drug companies to give more of a heads-up about drug shortages, pressing Congress to move legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more teeth to enforce early warnings and also doubling the small staff of an FDA office that deals with shortages.

President Obama signed an executive order asking FDA to work with the Department of Justice to make sure the shortages aren’t leading to price gouging.

Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 1:40pm