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Florida?s Economic Leap Under Jeb Bush Helped By Housing Bubble, Economists Say
(from: Washington Wire @ July 7, 2015, 04:38 PM)

Jeb Bush says he can deliver 4% annual growth as president because he did it in Florida. But that record, economists say, was due to a housing bubble that popped the year he left office.


Missing Ingredients for Economic Growth
(from: Washington Wire @ July 7, 2015, 04:32 PM)

Robert Litan: Government has limited ability to influence the appetite for taking risks among entrepreneurs, investors, and larger companies. And without risk-taking, we are unlikely to see the kinds of major new innovations that will propel our economy toward a higher growth trajectory.


First Draft Focus: Bernie Sanders Draws a Crowd
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ July 7, 2015, 03:53 PM)

Senator Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for president, spoke in Maine on Tuesday.


A Uniter and A Fighter: Bush and Walker Videos Illustrate Appeals
(from: Washington Wire @ July 7, 2015, 03:00 PM)

Republican White House hopefuls Jeb Bush and Scott Walker released campaign videos on Tuesday. For a clue to the nature of their respective appeals to voters, listen to the background music.


Marco Rubio?s Education Plans Echo Some Obama Ideas
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ July 7, 2015, 01:58 PM)

Many of the ideas on higher education outlined by Senator Marco Rubio in an economic speech on Tuesday sounded similar to policies that President Obama has called for during his time in office.


5 Issues to Watch as Congress Tries to Rewrite ?No Child Left Behind?
(from: Washington Wire @ July 7, 2015, 01:49 PM)

Here are five things to watch in the upcoming Congressional debate over an overhaul to 2002 education law No Child Left Behind.


Women?s Equality Party Apparently Files Defective List of Party Officers and Bylaws
(from: Ballot Access News @ July 7, 2015, 01:25 PM)

According to Michael Drucker’s story at TheIndependentView, the documents recently filed by the New York Women’s Equality Party, listing party officers and bylaws, are legally defective.

When a group that had not previously been a qualified party polls at least 50,000 votes for Governor, it becomes a qualified party in New York. However, it must then file a list of its officers and its bylaws. The documents must be signed by a majority of the group’s statewide candidates in the preceding general election. The Women’s Equality Party nominated four statewide candidates (all of them were also the Democratic and Independence Party nominees). Only two of them signed the documents. The party’s nominees for Attorney General and Comptroller did not sign the documents. This may mean that the Women’s Equality Party won’t be able to function as a qualified party in this year’s elections.

The two candidates who didn’t sign are Eric Schneiderman, the state’s Attorney General, and Tom DiNapoli, the state Comptroller. It is likely that they are sophisticated in matters of election law and they are deliberately not interested in helping establish the Women’s Equality Party; this does not appear to be an accident. It is plausible that the Working Families Party asked Schneiderman and DiNapoli to abstain from signing. The Working Families Party opposed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s idea of creating the Women’s Equality Party.

The New York November 2014 ballot did not let voters choose to vote for Schneiderman or DiNapoli on the Women’s Equality line. Instead the ballot put the label “Women’s Equality” inside the same box on the ballot that was used for voters to vote for those two candidates on the Independence Party line.


Dennis Hof, Nevada Businessman, Registers as a Libertarian and May Run for U.S. Senate in 2016
(from: Ballot Access News @ July 7, 2015, 01:04 PM)

On June 10, 2015, Dennis A. Hof changed his registration from “Republican” to “Libertarian”. On July 6, he said he is considering seeking the party’s U.S. Senate nomination next year. Hof is somewhat well-known. He is an author and owner of several houses of prostitution, and has been the star of a television show. See this story about him.


Marco Rubio Attacks Higher Education ?Cartel? and Jabs Rivals
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ July 7, 2015, 11:55 AM)

The Florida senator proposed allowing low-income college graduates to repay their student loans more slowly, and letting investors pay students' tuition in return for a percentage of their postgraduate earnings.


Harry Reid sounds ready to let Joe Sestak off the candidate leper colony
(from: Swing State Project @ July 7, 2015, 11:33 AM)

U.S. senatorial candidate, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) holds up his thumb as he exits the polling place after casting his ballot in the democratic primary at the Edgmont Township Municipal Building in Gradyville, Pennsylvania, May 18, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer
2010 Democratic Senate nominee Joe Sestak
National Democrats haven't been doing much to hide how little they want 2010 nominee Joe Sestak to be their standard bearer again. There's a real fear that Sestak will run an undisciplined and amateurish campaign and cost Team Blue its chance to unseat Republican incumbent Pat Toomey. But so far, no one has stepped up to challenge Sestak in the primary besides Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who suspended his campaign on Monday after the FBI searched his city hall. And Politico's Manu Raju reports that outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who remains a powerful force in Democratic politics, may be willing to bite the bullet and accept Sestak.

Reid met with Team Sestak last month and told them that if the candidate hires more staff and puts more effort into his fundraising, national Democrats "would seriously consider throwing its weight behind him." That's not exactly a firm commitment, but it's a huge change from the "Sestak has cooties!" approach we've seen so far. Reid was one of a few high-profile Democrats to unsuccessfully attempt to recruit Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro for this seat, and it would definitely matter if he accepted Sestak, even if only begrudgingly. One Democrat in attendance says the meeting went well, but we'll see what happens.

Still, anti-Sestak Democrats haven't quite given up hope of finding someone else. There's been some speculation that Katie McGinty, who serves as chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf, might be interested. McGinty hasn't said anything but the Philadelphia Inquirer tells us that she has spoken to national Democrats about a possible bid. However, there's no word on whether McGinty is actually interested or if D.C. Democrats are making any real effort to recruit her.


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