Thursday, May 04, 2006


Bad News, Good News...

...both courtesy of the National Journal's "Hotline" blog. First, the Bad News:

May 03, 2006

If Bense Gets In...

National Republicans watching the FL SEN race are increasingly confident that House Speaker Allan Bense (R) will enter the GOP primary at the last moment. The filing deadline is May 12.

And the Cook Report's Jennifer Duffy points out that if Bense runs, and Rep. Katherine Harris doesn't subsequently drop out, the millionaire's amendment provision of federal campaign finance will be triggered.

That means Bense could raise $12.6K per person -- six times the normal amount -- until the primary day on Sept. 5. Sen. Bill Nelson (D) has banked more than $10M. Bense would very much benefit from the extra financial bounce.

Though come to think of it, it will make for one hell of a GOP primary. I love seeing Republicans waste millions of their own money. (And she could still win the primary, too. And the likelihood is that even Bense is going to get creamed going up against Nelson.) And the Good News:

May 03, 2006

Mehlman Warns GOP

According to an e-mail from the Evans Novak Political Report:

"RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman met with Republican members of Congress this week to impress upon them just how bad the opinion polls are looking for them, and warning that they face a possible catastrophe in November.

1) This warning contributed to GOP determination to pass a tax reconciliation bill that will extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts beyond their current expiration dates at the end of the decade."

Yeah, right. Too bad for y'all that the American people are realizing just who really benefitted and benefits the most from those billionaire tax cuts. (Hint: If you're reading this, it's probably not you.)

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