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former wisc. gov. tommy thompson files for senate race

Posted in raw story by kase on October 4, 2011

Tommy Thompson, the former governor of Wisconsin, officially filed his paperwork to become a Republican candidate for the state’s Senate seat in 2012, his campaign confirmed to Raw Story.

Thompson filed his Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, the final step that establishes him as a candidate.

Read more behind the cut, or at Raw Story, where this article was originally published. (more…)

former wisc. gov. tommy thompson moves forward with senate run

Posted in journalism, raw story by kase on September 19, 2011

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) announced Monday that he has filed papers necessary for his candidacy for the Wisconsin Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) in 2012. However, Thompson stopped short of making an official campaign announcement.

A campaign spokesman told Raw Story that an announcement of candidacy could be expected “in the near future.”

Read more behind the cut, or at Raw Story, where this article was originally published. (more…)

elizabeth warren to enter mass. senate race wednesday

Posted in journalism, raw story by kase on September 13, 2011

Harvard professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren will officially announce Wednesday morning that she will challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in 2012 to reclaim the Senate seat for the Democrats, a senior Massachusetts Democratic Party official confirmed to Raw Story.

Warren’s candidacy has been the subject of speculation for more than a year. Last month, she conducted a listening tour around Massachusetts and formed an exploratory committee to test the waters and begin fundraising.

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wi senate candidate tammy baldwin: ‘i’m not afraid’

Posted in journalism, raw story by kase on September 7, 2011

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) insisted that she did not want her senatorial campaign to revolve around her sexuality but around her capability as a leader.

“The people of Wisconsin are looking for someone who will be a fighter for them,” Baldwin said in the call, which was hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. “I have taken on incredibly tough challenges over the years that I’ve had the privilege of serving in the House…People also will recognize that I’ve got a lifetime commitment to equality for all. They’ll learn that I’m not afraid to stand up to big tough opponents.”

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claire mccaskill: champion of flight attendants

Posted in riverfront times by kase on October 6, 2010

​American Airlines announced today that it would rehire 545 furloughed TWA flight attendants, and Sen. Claire McCaskill is pumped.

TWA and American Airlines merged in 2001, and 2,500 flight attendants, many of them employees for the former TWA, were laid off with the right to reclaim their jobs in order of seniority for any job openings at American Airlines for the next several years. St. Louis and Kansas City were former TWA hubs, so the areas took the brunt of the firings.

Continue reading behind the jump, or head over to the news blog of the Riverfront Times, Daily RFT, where this piece was originally published. (more…)

facing life without teddy: massachusetts students reflect

Posted in journalism, politics daily by kase on January 20, 2010

BOSTON –The last time a Republican was elected to fill a Massachusetts seat in the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama was still Barry. It was 1972 when Ed Brooke was elected, and the future 44th president of the United States was just 11 years old.

Ted Kennedy, of course, had already been a senator for a decade when Brooke was elected. Kennedy’s nearly five-decade reign makes it easy to believe that there has never been life without the so-called Lion of the Senate representing Massachusetts.

The months since Kennedy’s August death excepted, for a staggering 59.8 percent of Massachusettans—the amount of state residents 44 years of age or younger, according to 2008 American Community Survey data—there hasn’t ever been life without Teddy.

Until today, that is. (more…)

military’s first amendment rights questioned by senate

Posted in bangor daily news, journalism by kase on November 20, 2009

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WASHINGTON–The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs questioned soldiers’ First Amendment rights while beginning hearings for their investigation of the attacks at Fort Hood army base in Texas.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the committee’s top Republican, asked whether Malik Nidal Hasan, the alleged shooter, should have been flagged or questioned by his fellow soldiers.

Read the full article behind the cut. Originally published in the Bangor Daily News. (more…)

collins and lieberman announce fort hood hearings

Posted in bangor daily news, journalism by kase on November 19, 2009

WASHINGTON–Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced that later this week their committee would begin investigation of the Fort Hood shooting. Though it is rumored that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee had been asked by the White House to wait for the criminal investigation of the incident to be finished, Collins and Lieberman said in a press conference that they would proceed.

Lieberman said that he was “not interested in political theater,” but all signs point to plenty of drama in the hearing room, starting tomorrow.

Read the full article online at the Bangor Daily News or behind the cut.

UPDATE: Read the next-day article I wrote, about the hearing, here.

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gop has mixed temperatures about snowe

Posted in bangor daily news, journalism by kase on November 13, 2009

WASHINGTON–Whatever you say about her, you can’t deny that Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, inspires heated opinions and debate. Recent polls suggest that she has lost popularity within her party, while, at the same time, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has said that Snowe is just one of a range of idealogues in his party, and that there is definitely room for her in the party.

Under the hot national spotlight of criticism and speculation, is Snowe melting away from her conservative roots?

Read the full article behind the cut. Originally published in the Bangor Daily News. (more…)

collins pushes back on obama’s czars at hearing

Posted in bangor daily news, journalism by kase on October 23, 2009
Sen. Collins (R-Maine) speaks at a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting examining the constitutionality of czars. Photo by Caroline Treadway.

Sen. Collins (R-Maine) speaks at a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting examining the constitutionality of czars. Photo by Caroline Treadway.

“I think the question is whether by creating these offices [such as Cabinet members or agency directors], you can then effectively prevent the president from looking to someone else to be his adviser on an issue, or letting someone else speak for him,” said Lee Casey, a former adviser in the Department of Justice and a witness at the hearing. “Can you stop the president from looking to someone else? I don’t think you can.”

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