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Insiders: Outlook for Entitlement Reform Fair At Best

While the budget debate rages in Washington, Members of Congress are not optimistic that entitlement reform will be part of the equation for reigning in the federal debt--at least not in the near term--according to this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 8:42am

Insiders: Government Shutdown Hurts Both Parties

Members of Congress in both parties say that a government shutdown would hurt their party, but Republicans are more pessimistic than Democrats about the consequences, according to this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 8:38am

Labor Loses Big In Ohio

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) owes his Wisconsin gubernatorial colleague Scott Walker (R) some serious gratitude. While nearly all the media attention and labor activism has been centered in Madison over Walker's controversial budget bill, Kasich is on the verge of passing an equally significant bill restraining collective bargaining rights in the Buckeye State.

Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 8:22am

Akaka Won't Seek Re-Election

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in 2012, becoming the fifth senator who caucuses with the Democrats -- and the seventh overall -- to announce their retirement this cycle.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 8:18pm

Corwin In Good Position For Conservative Party Nod

The New York Conservative Party could pick their nominee for the 26th District special as early as this week, and after sitting down with Iraq War veteran David Bellavia on Wednesday the party's chairman still sounds sold on Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, who got the GOP nod last week.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 7:01pm

Hatch's Continued Rightward Drift

Seeking to burnish his conservative credentials, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) voted against a continuing resolution that would avoid a government shutdown - joining just eight other senators, including Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). It's the latest move from Hatch, facing the prospect of a tough fight for the GOP nomination, catering to his party's base of activists.

Hatch even managed to out-conservative tea party stalwart Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who cast his vote for the legislation.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 5:06pm

Former Louisiana Governor To Announce White House Bid

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer (R) will announce Thursday he will explore a bid for president, according to a top Republican source.

Roemer is already scheduled to head to Waukee, Iowa, for a forum hosted by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition on Monday. He will announce an exploratory committee on Thursday at the Baton Rouge bank he runs, according to WAFB-TV.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 3:35pm

Rand Paul To Iowa In April

Lately, it seems the Pauls are raising their profile in the Hawkeye State.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will be in Iowa to be the keynote speaker at the Iowa Republican Party's "Night of the Rising Stars" event on April 2 in Des Moines, state Republican Party chairman Matt Strawn announced Wednesday.

The event is a fundraiser for the state party that is also billed as a showcase for Iowa's newly elected GOP leaders. But Paul's spokesperson is cautioning not to read too much into the trip.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 1:20pm

Boucher: I'm Not Thinking About Senate Campaign

My colleague Juliana Gruenwald is reporting at National Journal's Tech Daily Dose blog that former Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) indicated today that he is unlikely to run for retiring Sen. Jim Webb's (D-Va.) seat and hopes DNC chairman Tim Kaine enters the race.

Boucher said that while he's not ruling anything out, "I'm not giving any active thought" to running for the Senate seat.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 12:34pm

DSCC Taps Canter As Communications Director

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has hired Matt Canter to become its new communications director beginning on March 14.

Canter comes to the DSCC from the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), where he has served as communications director. Before that, Canter served as communications director to former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle (D) and on Sen. Jeff Merkley's (D-Ore.) campaign.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 12:11pm