Washington State’s own Rep. Dave Reichert “could head the House Ways and Means trade subcommittee next year, making him one of Congress’ most influential players on international trade pacts.” McClatchy DC,
“I would say it’s probably a 50-50 shot. … There could be some shifting going on that may present an opportunity for me to be the chair of the trade subcommittee,” Reichert said in an interview.
Reichert, 64, of Auburn, Wash., could get his break if California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the current subcommittee chair, takes over as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Nunes has been campaigning for the post since April…
Reichert, who currently chairs the House Ways and Means human resources subcommittee, said he’s likely to jump at the chance to take the new job, noting that he’s already a senior member of the trade subcommittee.
“If it presented itself as a possibility, I would probably take that position because I think it really benefits the state of Washington,” Reichert said. “As the chairman, you can direct the hearings and have a little bit more input into the direction that the committee’s going to benefit the country.”
At a Charleston Daily Mail editorial board meeting yesterday, West Virginia’s Democrat Senate candidate Natalie Tennant refused to say whether she voted for President Obama. Washington Examiner,
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the Republican candidate, said without hesitation that she voted for Gov. Mitt Romney, and noted that all 55 counties in West Virginia did as well.
But Tennant simply said she “voted for the Democratic Party” and went on to complain about Obama.
“But I am as angry as anybody about Barack Obama and his attitude toward West Virginia and his attitude toward coal,” Tennant said, adding that she invited Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to West Virginia and then protested the agency’s coal regulations.
“A series of disheartening figures could make Democratic Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ attempt to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell all the more difficult,” Gallup analyst Justin McCarthy wrote Friday. “Kentuckians are now more likely to identify as or lean toward Republicans (45 percent) than Democrats (39 percent).”
Democrats held the advantage in the prior six years.
Thus, said McCarthy, “As a candidate taking on a powerful, long-serving incumbent senator, Grimes undoubtedly has a lot going against her…
Twenty-nine percent of Kentucky adults approved of the job Obama’s doing. The figure, from the first six months of this year, compares to a 43 percent national average.
Using the logic that somehow implementing a travel ban from Ebola epidemic countries would make matters worse, the Obama administration “steadfastly refuses” to do anything. However, Obama did just authorize “the U.S. military to quarantine personnel in those countries for up to 21 days, should commanders feel it necessary.” The Daily Caller,
Last month, the president authorized the deployment of up to 4,000 U.S. troops to the region for support and logistical issues. They are not expected to be involved directly with patients, but should commanders suspect they have been exposed to Ebola, they are now authorized to order the troops be held in seclusion and monitored for three weeks…
This precaution is in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization protocols for Ebola, but stand in stark contrast with the Obama administration’s reluctance to institute the same precautions for civilians from western Africa countries currently experiencing the worst Ebola epidemic on record.