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Former Scozzafava campaign manager endorses Hoffman

Since his former candidate, Republican Dede Scozzafava endorsed the Democrat in New York's 23rd district race, Mr. Burns is now fully endorsing Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman. Mr. Burns is a Republican consultant who worked at the 2008 Republican National Convention last year.

Scozzafava out, Owens and Hoffman race to get out the vote

New York Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava halted her campaign in the state's 23rd district on Saturday morning after announcing on her website she did not have the poll numbers nor the money to remain competitive with candidates Conservative Doug Hoffman and Democrat Bill Owens. However, Ms. Scozzafava's name will remain on the ballot when constituents go to the polls on Tuesday.

Markey keeps out minority's witness from hearing, GOP folds

Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, held hearings yesterday to look into fraudulent letters which were sent on behalf of the coal industry to several members of congress. The original hearing was to take place on October 15, but was postponed until yesterday morning

Local news blogging: NJ gubernatorial race reaches final stages

New Jersey Election Day is four days out and the best indication of who will be the next governor just may be the New York Yankees game one World Series loss.  The polls are sharply contrasting and the gubernatorial race between incumbant Jon Corzine, Republican Chris Christie and Independent Chris Daggett, can go any way.

Virginia race looks bright for GOP'er Comstock

Virgnia's House of Delegate races are becoming just as exciting as the Deeds/McDonnell face off during this off-year election. McLean resident, Barbara Comstock is running on the GOP ticket and challenging first term incumbent Delegate Margaret G. "Margi" Vanderhye. Of all the House races, the Vanderhye v. Comstock race is said to be the most expensive in the state.  One million dollars is expected to be spent between them by November 3. 

Nancy Pelosi's Halloween health care monstrosity

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) introduced a health care monstrosity of a bill yesterday right before the Halloween weekend.  The House Republican Conference gives the heads up on some scary factoids packed into the almost two-thousand page long bill.

Off the beaten path online: 'MyCongressmanIsNuts.com', goes after Grayson...

Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: 'MyCongressmanIsNuts.Com' is a website created by Floridians in Alan Grayson's (D-Fla.) district who are embarrassed by his antics in Washington, FNC's Major Garrett talks about his current relationship with the White House, and candidate for New Jersey governor Chris Christie demands that Governor Corzine man up and just call him "fat."

Education Secretary Duncan pushes colleges to convert loan system

The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) has passed the House, but has yet to be deliberated in the Senate. The bill, H.R. 3221 would make the federal government the sole provider of student loans and cut out private lenders. However, Education Secretary Arne Duncan played politics and took it upon himself to send a letter to thousands of colleges and universities across the country urging them to prepare to use the government's Direct Loan Program for the 2010-2011 school year.