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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Tommy G. Thompson
The historic welfare reform law of 1996 was widely praised for encouraging Americans to go back to work and not stay on the dole. But after nearly two decades of experience with the law, analysts are finding it created unintended side effects such as a perverse incentive for some employers to pay skimpy wages.
Far from losing control of the Senate, the latest polling suggests Democrats could actually expand their majority on Tuesday — a stunning turnaround for a party that entered this cycle playing defense across the board.
The U.S. Senate contest in Virginia between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen is far and away the most expensive Senate race in the country in terms of third-party spending, underscoring the closeness of a race that's essentially been tied from the outset and its importance in determining which party will control the chamber come January.
A public-employees union made three massive advertising buys Tuesday, suddenly transforming a relatively quiet labor group into a major player in critical Senate races — as well as the presidential election.
Even with the biggest name in modern Wisconsin politics, the Republican primary in a highly competitive U.S. Senate race appears headed for a fractious four-way battle Tuesday. Many election-weary voters simply haven't made up their minds.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky made efforts this week to overcome a split between his father's supporters and tea party backers in a move that could pay dividends for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.
Wisconsin's U.S. Senate primary is less than a month away, and an upstart hedge-fund manager and tea party favorite is making a move to become the latest Republican political newcomer to earn a seat in the upper chamber.
Club for Growth's political arms on Tuesday launched a media attack against three moderate Republican congressional candidates in battleground states, accusing them of failing to live up to conservative fiscal principles.
Just as many voters were getting over a record-setting string of state Senate recall elections with the prospect of another against the governor, the parties are gearing up for what many are predicting will be a hard-fought race for the open U.S. Senate seat left by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl, a Democrat.
NCLB panel to hold hearing at Howard.
AMES, Iowa Mitt Romney won yesterday's Iowa Republican Party straw poll, but the best showing went to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, whose strong second-place finish gives him a much-needed boost going forward.
AMES, Iowa — Newt Gingrich yesterday urged President Bush to call Congress back immediately into an emergency session to pass a law ending "sanctuary city" policies that many communities use to shield illegal aliens from detection and deportation.
CLIVE, Iowa — When the dust clears from this weekend's Iowa Republican Party presidential straw poll, Mike Huckabee expects not only to be still standing, but to be on top of a winnowed field of conservatives.
Health care is a "must" issue among Democrats running for president — popping up at town halls and debates and earning the major candidates' attendance at a March forum in Nevada dedicated exclusively to the topic.
"Beyond NCLB's bold recommendations are becoming more widely supported, and their core principles are at the heart of the new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requirements. Momentum is building among the states to develop and adopt high-quality common standards and tests, and states have made dramatic progress in developing data systems," said Mr. Thompson. "We no longer have to ask what the essential components of a reform bill are; we have to ask how to get them done. We hope that the new [Elementary and Secondary Education Act] will reflect our forthcoming recommendations and be a catalyst for expanding the kinds of serious reforms called for in the ARRA's Race to the Top Fund, and ultimately, better results for all children."
Co-chair Tommy G. Thompson, former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said he hopes the panel's next recommendations will be a catalyst for serious school reform.