Sen. Richard Burr Leads Democrats in N.C., but With So-So Numbers

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North Carolina’s first-term Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who has received lukewarm voter approval ratings in some surveys, is leading in 2010 match-ups against a field of Democratic challengers — although his support is under 50 percent, a potentially troubling sign in a state where no Senate incumbent has been re-elected since 1968.

 

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Chaos Theory – Spanking Joe Wilson

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Mass. Democrats Favor Coakley but Yearn for Kennedy

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When Democrats go to the polls December 8 to choose a nominee for the seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, 47 percent say they would pick Attorney General Martha Coakley, but the candidate they really yearn for is former Rep. Joseph Kennedy , according to a Suffolk University poll conducted Sept. 12-15.

 

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Democrats Join GOP in Attacking Obama’s Czars

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Conservatives have been hammering the Obama administration’s “czars” — high-level appointees who do not have to be confirmed by the senate — as unelected figures with too much authority. Now, several top Democrats are joining the chorus, most notably Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) who said he may hold an oversight hearing on the matter. Feingold asked the Obama administration to clearly define the roles of each czar and explain why he feels justified in appointing them without the “advice and consent” of the senate.

 

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Hot Seat – Ditch Bipartisanship?

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Washington in 60 Seconds: Is Glenn Beck a ‘Mad Man’?

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Good morning, Capitolists! It’s a busy day in Washington, and here’s what’s making news today:

* Are Glenn Beck and the mainstream media dysfunctional co-dependents? Today’s example, Time magazine calls Beck a “mad man” and the “entrepreneur of angst,” and then puts him on the cover. Well played, Beck. Well played.

* President Obama goes to the University of Maryland this morning for a “rally on health insurance reform.” We’ve never been to a health care pep rally, but we can tell you this: Fear the turtle, Caps. Fear it.

* While Obama holds his pep rally on health care, Democrats hold a come-to-Harry meeting for their wayward colleagues on the topic when Senate Democrats huddle behind closed doors. With the Baucus bill out and two Democrats already announcing they won’t vote for it without a public option, Reid will be looking for some team unity today.

 

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Chris Dodd Inching His Way Back in Connecticut Poll

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After a rough few months, Sen. Christopher Dodd is inching back in the polls in Connecticut with improvements in his job approval ratings and his standing against Republican challenger Rob Simmons, a former congressman, according to a Quinnipiac University survey conducted Sept. 10-14.

 

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