Medicare fraud, public corruption, gun rights, and immigration are being used by three conservative Republicans and two Democrats to distinguish themselves.
Governors' races are happening in 37 states in the 2010 election. The candidates focus on different issues depending on their states, but one stands out – state budget deficits.
The House of Representatives cut short its August recess to return to Washington and pass a state jobs bill Tuesday. Supporters say the bill is much-needed additional stimulus; detractors argue that it has too little money to really make a dent in states' budget problems.
Jobs bill worth $26 billion has unmistakable implications for November congressional elections.
Senators approved $10 billion in funding Thursday that will keep 140,000 teachers' jobs. The House, which is being called back from August recess by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is expected to approve the funding next week.
Cities and states warned of devastating cuts if Congress didn't approve $26 billion in help for Medicaid and teachers. The Senate should pass it Thursday and the House next week.
They approved a ballot measure designed to let them ignore the part of the Obama health-care reform law that requires people to buy insurance. More than 70 percent of Missouri voters backed it in Tuesday's vote.
The argument for extending the high-end tax cuts have gone wobbly. It would be more convincing if the Republican line were something other than “no new taxes, ever.” The economic and fiscal circumstances may change, but the prescription remains the same.
State and city budget cuts could offset the federal stimulus's effects.