- - Monday, October 11, 2010


Lincoln may give tax cut compromise

LITTLE ROCK | Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln says she may propose extending the Bush-era tax cuts to wealthier Americans, as well as the middle-class tax cuts that President Obama and Democratic leaders in Washington want to maintain.

Mrs. Lincoln said Monday that she’s researching to determine whether a compromise is possible on the tax cut proposals. Mrs. Lincoln last week said she may support including those who make as much as $1 million a year in the cuts. Mrs. Lincoln, a Democrat, is in a tough race for re-election against Republican U.S. Rep. John Boozman.

Mr. Obama and Democratic leaders have said that after the November elections, they want to extend tax cuts for individuals making less $200,000 and married couples making less than $250,000.


Giuliani: Democrats stoke ethnic rift

WESTMINSTER | Rudolph W. Giuliani said a California congresswoman’s remarks about a Vietnamese trying to unseat her reflect the Democrats’ push to pit people against each other and a mindset of “ethnic warfare.”

The former New York City mayor made the comments Monday in Southern California while campaigning for Republican Van Tran, who is running against Democratic incumbent Loretta Sanchez for California’s 47th Congressional District.

Ms. Sanchez’s remarks about Vietnamese last month in a television interview have stoked criticism in the ethnically diverse district she has represented for 14 years.

Mr. Tran is the first serious challenger Sanchez has faced in recent years.

A message left with the Sanchez campaign was not immediately returned Monday.


Governor at work from hospital

CARSON CITY | Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons remains hospitalized but he plans to call in to his first administrative meetings since undergoing surgery to repair a broken pelvis.

Gibbons aide Dan Burns tells the Associated Press the 65-year-old Republican governor planned to meet Monday with state budget and transportation chiefs at Renown Medical Center in Reno.

He plans to call in for Tuesday’s Department of Transportation and Board of Examiners meetings.

The governor was hurt when he fell from a horse Sept. 21 at a ranch north of Pyramid Lake.

Mr. Burns said doctors inserted two 10-inch bolts, a plate and several other screws to repair the pelvic injuries.

Mr. Gibbons told the Nevada Appeal that doctors tell him that with rehabilitation he should recover completely.


Paladino says he would hire gays

NEW YORK | Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said Monday that he does not discriminate against gays but thinks young children shouldn’t be exposed to gay culture, especially at gay pride parades.

“They wear these little Speedos and they grind against each other and it’s just a terrible thing,” Mr. Paladino said Monday on NBC’s “Today” show. “Why would you bring your children to that?”

The candidate said he opposes same-sex marriage but would actively recruit gays to his administration. Mentioning his gay nephew, Mr. Paladino said the discrimination he and others face is a “very ugly experience.”

His comments came a day after he told Orthodox Jewish leaders he doesn’t want children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality” is acceptable.

Mr. Paladino, who has received “tea party” support, made the remarks at a synagogue in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section while trying to strike a contrast between himself and his Democratic rival, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Mr. Paladino said he chose not to march in this summer’s gay pride parade but his opponent did.

“That’s not how God created us,” Mr. Paladino said Sunday of being gay, “and that’s not the example that we should be showing our children.”

He also told the congregation that children who later in life choose to marry people of the opposite sex and raise families would be “much better off and much more successful.”


Debates to begin in Senate race

DOVER | Democrat Chris Coons and Republican Christine O’Donnell are preparing for a busy debate schedule in the U.S. Senate race in Delaware.

The candidates will meet Wednesday night at the University of Delaware in a debate to be broadcast on CNN.

They’ll meet again Thursday in a lunchtime debate sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wilmington.

Also on tap is an Oct. 19 debate hosted by Widener University Law School and radio


Clinton to stump for Democrats

SYRACUSE | Former President Bill Clinton is making stops in upstate New York on behalf of two House Democrats.

He’ll campaign with nine-term Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey in Binghamton and headline a rally with freshman Rep. Dan Maffei in Syracuse.

The former president has emerged as one of the most popular campaign draws for Democrats across the country, even as the party braces for expected large losses in both the House and Senate.

Mr. Hinchey is not viewed as especially vulnerable. But Mr. Maffei is fighting a strong challenge from Republican Ann Marie Buerkle, an anti-abortion activist and one of the so-called “mama grizzlies” endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Republicans say Mr. Clinton’s visit Monday is the surest sign yet that Democrats are in trouble in normally “blue state” New York. As many as eight House Democrats in the state are believed to be vulnerable.


Senate candidates clash on taxes

HENNIKER | New Hampshire’s major candidates for U.S. Senate have made taxes and spending a central theme of their first debate.

Democratic Rep. Paul W. Hodes said Monday that he supports extending Bush-era tax cuts for all but the wealthy.

State Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said that will hurt thousands of small-business owners whose profits are treated as income.

Miss Ayotte tapped into anti-incumbent fervor and cast herself as a Washington outsider who would cut taxes and spending.

Mr. Hodes criticized her for wanting to cut spending without considering the harm it could cause. He cited her call to repeal health care reforms.

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