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  • How the new Trumpcare bill could affect health care consumers

    Date posted: May 5, 2017

      GILLIAN MOHNEY Good Morning AmericaMay 4, 2017   After weeks of wrangling, protests and pressure from the White House, a new health care bill was passed by the House of Representatives today. The new bill has changed multiple times since Republicans originally introduced it in March. Here are some key takeaways about the newest […]

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  • Trump’s Regulation Order: What It Means For Small Businesses

    Date posted: March 14, 2017

      Robb Mandelbaum    CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.  The ink was hardly dry on President Donald Trump’s executive order pledging to repeal two existing regulations for every new one when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that it was all in. “The U.S. Chamber applauds the president for fulfilling the campaign’s promise to take on […]

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  • Texas Isn’t Only State Where Redistricting Could Be Factor in 2018

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    With a three-judge panel invalidating the lines of one of the most competitive congressional districts in the country late last week, redistricting is once again in the political spotlight. The Texas case was a reminder that redistricting litigation, which played out in the lead-up to the 2016 elections, is still ongoing across the country. It could […]

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  • Trump order aims to reduce waste in government

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    Budget director has a year to set proposals Gregory Korte @gregorykorte USA TODAY POOL President Trump wants a more productive government. WASHINGTON President Trump launched an ambitious effort to reorganize the federal government. Monday, signing an executive order that he said would “make it less wasteful and more productive.” Like many of Trump’s executive orders, the order sets a high-level policy but leaves the details to be determined. Titled […]

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  • On the horizon

    Date posted: December 16, 2015

    Iowa native Steve Herrig hit the California coast after he graduated from the University of Dubuque in the 1980s, in search of fun and sun. An analytical and ambitious son of an insurance salesman, Herrig hated the Golden State. People were insincere, and the ocean was dirty and cold. Herrig quickly shifted coasts. He moved […]

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  • PEO Pyrrhic Victory In The Quest For Legal Certainty Part IX

    Date posted: March 13, 2015

    Dear Industry Colleagues: In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” He believed, like our founders, in the conservative principles of self-determination and freedom, as opposed to liberalism’s dependence on government bureaucracy. In my opinion, he was our last great President and, […]

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  • PEO Pyrrhic Victory In The Quest For Legal Certainty Part VIII

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    Dear Industry Colleagues: In our previous posts we explained the importance of “legislative terms of art”, “why do they need you?”, “rule making”, “voluntary certification” and “what the certification requirements really mean”. Today we start a three part review of “Service Contract Requirements”. We have put this statement in bold type to stress that today’s […]

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  • PEO Pyrrhic Victory In The Quest For Legal Certainty Part VII

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    Dear Industry Colleagues: In our previous posts we explained the importance of “legislative terms of art”, “why do they need you?”, “rule making”, “voluntary certification” and the first two parts of “what the certification requirements really mean”. Today we continue our analysis of “what the certification requirements really mean”. We start by clarifying a statement […]

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  • PEO Pyrrhic Victory In The Quest For Legal Certainty Part VI

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    Dear Industry Colleagues: In our previous posts, we have covered a lot of ground regarding SBEA and how it will affect our industry. In the process, we have posed numerous questions and made several observations based on our analysis. We intend to continue this process over the next several weeks. We also intend to try […]

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  • PEO Pyrrhic Victory In The Quest For Legal Certainty Part V

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    Dear Industry Colleagues: In our previous posts we explained the importance of “legislative terms of art”, “why do they need you?”, “rule making”, “voluntary certification” and the first part of “what the certification requirements really mean”. We have continued to raise what we believe are relevant questions about this bill. Some of our recent feedback […]

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  • PEO Pyrrhic Victory In The Quest For Legal Certainty Part IV

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    Dear Industry Colleagues: In our previous posts we explained the importance of “legislative terms of art”, “why do they need you?” and “rule making”. Today we will tackle the issue of “voluntary certification” and what the certification requirements really mean. The latest feedback we’ve received is that “all this is voluntary”, so why should you […]

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  • PEO Pyrrhic Victory in the Quest for Legal Certainty Part III

    Date posted: January 25, 2015

    Dear Industry Colleagues: As we explained in our earlier email, there is very little to like in the recent federal legislation passed by NAPEO.   In our previous posts we explained the importance of “legislative terms of art”  and “Why do they need you?” . Today we will deal with the actual rule making process, […]

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  • PEO Pyrrhic Victory in the Quest for Legal Certainty Part II

    Date posted: January 22, 2015

    Dear Industry Colleagues:   As we explained in our earlier email, there is very little to like in the recent federal legislation passed by NAPEO.   In our previous post we explained the importance of “legislative terms of art”.  Today we will deal with why NAPEO and 5 of the largest PEOs in the industry, […]

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  • PEO Pyrrhic Victory in the Quest for Legal Certainty

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    Dear Industry Colleagues: As most of you know by now, NAPEO was successful in attaching its federal legislative language from the Small Business Efficiency Act (SBEA) to a “Christmas Tree” bill (H.R. 5771), which passed through Congress without debate during the last few days of the lame duck session. This is being touted as a […]

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  • Obama Challenges New GOP Congress in State of the Union

    Date posted: January 21, 2015

    By Steven DennisPosted at 9:11 p.m. on Jan. 20 Updated 11:59 p.m. | A president energized by an improving economy challenged the new Republican Congress in his 2015 State of the Union address to focus on the middle class and find a bipartisan path forward — while vowing to veto efforts to undo his actions on immigration, climate or health care. […]

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  • Employers applaud employer mandate bill

    Date posted: January 13, 2015

    BY DAN COOK (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The Republican-led House of Representatives didn’t waste any time smashing a symbolic hole in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This week, the House approved a bill that would redefine a full work week for purposes of triggering a requirement of PPACA. When the law originally took effect, it defined […]

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  • Senate Democrats Blast New House Rule on Social Security

    Date posted: January 12, 2015

    By Niels Lesniewski Operating in the minority, Democrats are beginning to show signs of being aggressive in fighting against potential changes to entitlement programs they have long championed. Take, for example, Social Security. Senate Democrats are pushing against a change in House rules that makes it more difficult to reallocate Social Security taxes for those collecting […]

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  • 28 House Democrats Defy Obama, Join GOP to Pass Keystone

    Date posted: January 10, 2015

    Defying President Barack Obama, 28 House Democrats joined Republicans Friday to help pass legislation to jump-start the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline project. The defections are another indication that moderate Democrats, frustrated with midterm losses and weary of defending an unpopular president, may be more willing to break ranks with party leaders in 2015. A day […]

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  • GOP Leaders Boot Webster, Nugent Off Rules Committee

    Date posted: January 7, 2015

    By Matt Fuller and Emma Dumain Updated 7:00 p.m. | After Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent bucked leadership and voted for a speaker whose last name was not “Boehner,” House leaders stripped the two Florida congressmen of their positions on the Rules Committee. The roster for the Rules Committee, which is often referred to as “the speaker’s committee,” was […]

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  • Can Jeb Bush Win the GOP Nomination?

    Date posted: January 6, 2015

    By Stuart Rothenberg (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) I was surprised at the steps that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has taken toward entering the GOP presidential race. I expected family considerations and his aversion to a nasty and prolonged race for the nomination to keep him out of the contest. Certainly, he’d like to […]

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  • Looking Ahead to 2015

    Date posted: January 2, 2015

    By Randy Leonard The 114th Congress will convene next week with Republican majorities controlling both chambers. Here is a look at energy issues on the horizon. Keystone XL Pipeline – A still-pending Nebraska court decision means the Barack Obama administration won’t likely act on the pipeline before the new Congress is seated, leaving some time for Republicans to force an […]

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  • Pelosi: Boehner Has to Oust Michael Grimm

    Date posted: December 23, 2014

    By David EldridgePosted at 9:42 a.m. Dec. 23 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi became the first member of leadership on either side of the aisle to call for Rep. Michael G. Grimm’s ouster from Congress. Amid reports that Grimm, a New York Republican, hopes to remain in Congress if he escapes jail time in an expected […]

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  • What You Need To Know About OSHA’s New Reporting Requirements For January 1, 2015

    Date posted: December 15, 2014

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers […]

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  • Tax extenders bill a tale of corporate influence

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    By Robert McIntyre The $42 billion, deficit-financed tax extender bill that appears headed for final passage illustrates how savvy lawmakers can enact legislation that has almost no support from the general public. These temporary tax provisions are a caricature of legislative backroom dealing and corporate influence. They include a tax credit for “research” defined so […]

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  • Senate Avoids Shutdown, Passes Cromnibus in Bipartisan Vote

    Date posted: December 14, 2014

    By Humberto Sanchez and Niels LesniewskiPosted at 1:01 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2014 Updated 11:26 p.m. | The Senate has avoided a government shutdown, easily clearing the $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” funding the government through September. The government was scheduled to shut down at midnight Saturday, but the Senate first cleared a four-day stopgap measure by voice vote and later […]

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  • Should You Fire That Employee? 4 Questions to Ask

    Date posted: December 9, 2014

    by Nicole Fallon, Business News Daily Assistant Editor   Credit: Lasse Kristensen/ShutterstockView full size image “You’re fired!” It may have worked for Donald Trump, but in the small business world, the decision to terminate an employee is a bit more complicated than that. At a small company, every employee plays a valuable role in the organization’s success, […]

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  • Louisiana Runoff Results: Mary Landrieu Loses

    Date posted: December 7, 2014

    By Alexis Levinson and Emily Cahn Updated 3:23 a.m. | Republicans capped their Senate sweep Saturday night, when Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., defeated Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., in a Senate runoff. Cassidy, a doctor who still practices, was leading Landrieu, 65 percent to 35 percent when the Associated Press called the race 30 minutes after polls closed. Republicans also retained […]

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  • 3 Things to Know About the Louisiana Runoff

    Date posted: December 6, 2014

    By Alexis Levinson If you haven’t been paying attention to the Louisiana Senate runoff, we don’t blame you. The race between Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy could have been a defining contest that determined which party held a majority in the Senate. Instead, Republicans swept the Senate in November, and the Louisiana race has become […]

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  • House GOP Races Against Clock to Unveil Spending Bill Gambit

    Date posted: December 2, 2014

    By Emma Dumain The internal struggle in the GOP over whether to flirt with another government shutdown could come down to the Tuesday morning House Republican Conference meeting. Only 10 days before the current continuing resolution expires, House Republican leaders are trying to strike a balance between the conservatives determined to stop President Barack Obama’s immigration order […]

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  • Are telehealth kiosks the next big thing?

    Date posted: November 29, 2014

    BY SCOTT WOOLDRIDGE November 18, 2014 • Share on linkedinShare on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailMore Sharing Services17 Image courtesy of HealthSpot The Mayo Clinic is experimenting with an intriguing new way of delivering health care to employees — via a kiosk that connects the patient to a physician by video conference, over a secure, online […]

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  • Obama Would Veto Corporate Tax Cut Bill

    Date posted: November 26, 2014

    By Steven Dennis Updated 5:37 p.m. | President Barack Obama would veto an emerging $450 billion tax cut deal coming together in the Senate because it doesn’t do enough for the middle class, according to the White House. “The President would veto the proposed deal because it would provide permanent tax breaks to help well-connected corporations while […]

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  • History of Thanksgiving

    Date posted: November 25, 2014

    THANKSGIVING AT PLYMOUTH In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing […]

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  • CDHP enrollment, offerings spike 

    Date posted: November 23, 2014

    BY KATHRYN MAYER November 19, 2014 • Share on linkedinShare on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailMore Sharing Services Consumer-driven health plans are moving up in the (benefits) world. According to new analysis from Mercer, CDHP enrollment spiked from 18 percent to 23 percent of all covered employees in 2014. It was the largest one-year increase in […]

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  • Obama Would Veto Any Bill Undoing Immigration Executive Action 

    Date posted: November 21, 2014

    By Steven DennisPosted at 6 p.m. on Nov. 20 Updated 6:52 p.m. | President Barack Obama would veto any legislation hatched by Republicans to undo his immigration executive action granting relief to millions, according to a senior administration official. The official left no doubt that the White House is prepared for a shutdown standoff if Republicans attach […]

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  • Top 5 consumer health care concerns

    Date posted: November 19, 2014

      BY KATHRYN MAYER Between soaring health care costs, unknown implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and Ebola, the country is experiencing no shortage of health care issues. But Gallup aimed to dig deeper into the minds of Americans and find out what they considered to be the country’s “most urgent health problem.” […]

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  • 2015 PACE ANNUAL CONFERENCE – SAVE THE DATE

    Date posted: November 17, 2014

      It’s official!  The dates have been set, the contract signed.  The PACE Annual Conference for 2015 is scheduled for April 26 – 29 at the beautiful Mills House Hotel, located in the middle of the historic district of Charleston, SC.  For those of you who have already experienced the charm and sophistication of Charleston, […]

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  • House: Late Ballots Cut Democrats’ Losses

    Date posted: November 14, 2014

    HOUSE OVERVIEW|By David Wasserman, November 14, 2014 For House Democrats, Election Night was something close to a nightmare. But ever since then, Democrats have received a steady stream of consolation prizes. A thin silver lining though it might be, nearly all of the too-close-to-call races on Election Night have broken Democrats’ way. At one point […]

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  • SHOP enrollment falls way short

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    BY KATHRYN MAYER Share on linkedinShare on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailMore Sharing Services Photo: Associated Press Enrollment for Obamacare’s state-operated Small Business Health Options Program is falling significantly short of government expectations, the General Accountability Office announced Thursday. According to the nonpartisan agency’s audit, as of last summer, only about 76,000 people working for about […]

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  • Capitol Workers Strike for Higher Wages

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    By Hannah Hess and Bridget Bowman Although executive actions don’t necessarily affect legislative branch contracts, a handful of contract workers walked off their food-services jobs in the Capitol Visitor Center Thursday to join a protest urging President Barack Obama to act to raise wages. “This building symbolizes the American dream for so many, but not for me and […]

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  • Tax law revamp tough to pull off in GOP Senate

    Date posted: November 13, 2014

    BY RICHARD RUBIN November 5, 2014 • Reprints Share on linkedinShare on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailMore Sharing Services1 Sen. Orin Hatch is expected become chairman of the Finance Committee in January. Photo: AP. Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) — Both parties in Congress agree the tax code is a mess and needs to be revamped. That doesn’t mean […]

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  • How Republicans Caught Their White Whale: John Barrow

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    By Emily Cahn This is the first in a five-part series examining the campaigns behind the cycle’s most fascinating races. Republican Rick Allen and his team gathered around a table at the Hilton Garden Inn in Augusta, Ga., Tuesday night, waiting for results to come in. They weren’t optimistic. Allen faced the ultimate political survivor, Rep. […]

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  • 11 Uncalled Races Remain As Democrats Pick Up California Seat

    Date posted: November 7, 2014

    By Emily CahnPosted at 8:42 a.m. today Updated 9:05 a.m. | Democrats picked up their third House seat late Thursday, stemming the party’s losses to 13 seats — for now. After more absentee and provisional ballots were counted, Democrat Pete Aguilar maintained a lead over Republican Paul Chabot, 51 percent to 49 percent, in California’s 31st District. […]

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  • Script Will Be Flipped in 2016 Senate Majority Battle

    Date posted: November 6, 2014

    By Kyle Trygstad After securing control of the Senate Tuesday, Republicans are already staring down a daunting map for 2016. The majority of the Senate battleground in the next election cycle will be fought on Republican turf, with the GOP defending 24 seats to the Democrats’ 10. There is more trouble for the party beneath those […]

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  • Senate Republicans Jubilant at Election Party

    Date posted: November 5, 2014

    By Humberto SanchezPosted at 1:30 a.m. today Anticipation was in the air at a Republican election-watch party hosted by Magnum Entertainment in Union Station Tuesday night. And at the moment when Fox News, playing on a large screen in the corner of the sizeable ballroom, called Iowa for Republican Joni Ernst, the place erupted in a […]

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  • House Republicans Win Largest Majority in Decades

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    By Emily Cahn and Abby LivingstonPosted at 2:11 a.m. today House Republicans shellacked Democrats for the second time during President Barack Obama’s administration Tuesday night, upsetting several members as a count of Democratic lossesclimbed into double digits. As of 1:30 a.m. — with a number of races in California, New York and Arizona outstanding — Republicans had gained a […]

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  • Counties to Watch in 5 Key Senate Races

    Date posted: November 4, 2014

    Counties to Watch in 5 Key Senate Races By Alexis Levinson Control of the Senate comes down to just a few states, with Republicans in a position to pick up the necessary net six seats to win the majority. As the results pour in Tuesday evening, here are the counties to watch in five of the most contested […]

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  • Senate: The Bottom Line … And Election Night Guide

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    SENATE OVERVIEW|By Jennifer Duffy  It is Election Eve, and there are still nine Senate races within the margin of error, but it seems that Republicans have some momentum in a couple of these states. In Iowa, Republican st. Sen. Joni Ernst is closing the race in a much stronger position than Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce […]

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  • The Attack Ads Harry Reid Didn’t Want You to See

    Date posted: October 30, 2014

    By Niels Lesniewski, Humberto Sanchez, and Steven Dennis Harry Reid’s strategy of blocking amendments all year was intended with one clear objective in mind — protecting his majority. Republicans have complained vociferously about the Senate majority leader shutting down amendments all year — but behind the scenes, the Nevada Democrat’s senators asked him to do so for a very simple […]

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  • Ratings Changes in Key Senate Contests

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    By Stuart Rothenberg Things just got a little tougher for Udall, Rothenberg writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo) With just days to go before Election Day, we’re changing the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating in some key Senate contests. Colorado (Sen. Mark Udall, Democrat): From Pure Tossup to Tossup/Tilts Republican The contest between Udall and Republican Rep. […]

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  • Six Myths about Data Privacy and Security that Professional Employer Organizations Should Skip

    Date posted: October 27, 2014

    Written by:  Joseph J. Lazzarotti & Ted N. Kazaglis Data breaches and compliance failures threaten company reputation and put individuals’ personal identities, finances, and medical information in jeopardy. In the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry, where companies providing PEO or other human resource outsourcing services typically work with personal information of their employees as well as that […]

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  • 10 Moments That Won or Lost Senate Control

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    By Kyle Trygstad and Alexis Levinson The 2014 battle for the Senate has featured a few candidate bumbles and some colorful characters. So far, it’s lacked any cycle-defining gaffes — “Todd Akin moments” — but there is still a week to go until Election Day and potentially two runoffs extending things into early next year. Every election cycle provides noteworthy […]

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  • 7 Nail-Biter House Races

    Date posted: October 24, 2014

    By Emily CahnPosted at 5 a.m. today Less than two weeks before Election Day, the parties don’t agree on much — except these House races will be decided by the slimmest of margins. Candidates in these contests are expected to have a long wait on the evening of Nov. 4. In fact, some of these races […]

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  • 5 Sleeper House Races

    Date posted: October 23, 2014

    By Abby Livingston and Emily CahnPosted at 5 a.m. today In the midst of wall-to-wall political coverage before Election Day, this handful of House races have managed to mostly fly under the radar. These are sleeper races, from Arkansas to West Virginia, where the district’s partisan breakdown does not reflect the competitive nature of the race. As little […]

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  • Cook Report Challenge for GOP

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    NATIONAL POLITICS|By Amy Walter, October 22, 2014 The Challenge for a GOP-Controlled Congress in Four Charts We may not know the results of this election, but we do know this: neither party will have 60 Senate seats. While it’s more likely that Republicans will have the majority in 2015, it will be a very narrow […]

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  • Wealth of Congress Jumps $150 Million

    Date posted: October 22, 2014

    By Steven Dennis and Jay Hunter It was a good year for members of Congress in one respect: Their pocketbooks. Roll Call has for decades calculated the “50 Richest” members of Congress by poring through financial disclosure forms, and this year, we’ve taken the added step of tallying the minimum net worth of every member of Congress.  (Visit our interactive to […]

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  • California law expands scope of liability of employers that use labor contractors

    Date posted: October 21, 2014

    Ford & Harrison LLP Jessica Lynn Asbridge and Gordon M. Berger Executive Summary: California employers that hire temporary workers now share liability with staffing agencies for certain violations of the state’s labor laws.  On September 28, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1897, a controversial bill that significantly expands the scope of liability of […]

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  • Iowa Senate Race Becomes Headache for House Democrats

    Date posted: October 20, 2014

    By Emily CahnPosted at 4:16 p.m. on Oct. 17 A competitive Senate contest in the Hawkeye State is creating a ripple effect down ballot, causing headaches for national Democrats as Election Day nears. Recent polls show state Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican, with a small lead over Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat. But the Republican’s advantage has percolated to three of Iowa’s […]

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  • Pat Roberts Finds No Place Like Home

    Date posted: October 17, 2014

    By Alexis Levinson FORT SCOTT, Kan. — Dozens of cows trumpeted in the pens out back as Sen. Pat Roberts made his pitch to attendees at a livestock market. “When we get a Republican majority, I’ll be chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and we are gonna put the livestock producer first,” Roberts told the crowd […]

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  • Obamacare Lawsuit Challenges Congress’ ‘Small Business’ Status

    Date posted: October 16, 2014

    By Bridget Bowman The conservative group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that members of Congress and congressional staffers who enrolled in health care via the D.C. small business exchange did so illegally. At a press conference at the National Press Club Wednesday, Judicial Watch claimed the House and Senate should not have been classified as small […]

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  • 3 Senate Endgame Scenarios

    Date posted: October 15, 2014

    By Kyle Trygstad So much for a predictable midterm cycle. The past month has left multiple possible outcomes for control of the Senate. Republican groups are barraging Kansas with resources and advertising to save a three-term incumbent being challenged by an independent in a solidly GOP state. Democrats, lacking much hope for months of holding an open […]

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  • Questions Rise on Preparations at Hospitals to Deal With Ebola

    Date posted: October 14, 2014

    By DENISE GRADY Photo Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, one of four hospitals in the nation with biocontainment units for diseases like Ebola. CreditDavid Goldman/Associated Press  Federal health officials have offered repeated assurances that most American hospitals can safely treat Ebola, but Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which had years of preparation for just such a crisis, […]

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  • North Carolina: The GOP’s Expensive Gamble

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    By Alexis Levinso The National Republican Senatorial Committee has plans to pour another $6 million into the North Carolina race — already the most expensive this cycle, and a contest that hasn’t shaped up the way Republicans had hoped. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate, and a year […]

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  • DSCC Raised $16 Million in September

    Date posted: October 13, 2014

    By Alexis Levinson The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Monday raising $16 million in September, leaving it with $14.2 million in cash on hand for the final month before Election Day. That monthly haul brought the DSCC’s total raised this cycle to $127.1 million. The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced last week raising more than $97 […]

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  • 2015 Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles to remain the same as last two years

    Date posted: October 10, 2014

    Premiums, copays and deductibles for other Medicare programs for 2015 also announced Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell announced today that next year’s standard Medicare Part B monthly premium and deductible will remain the same as the last two years. Medicare Part B covers physicians’ services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, […]

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  • The 5 Big Questions on Senate Race Spending

    Date posted: October 9, 2014

    By Kyle Trygstad The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s decision Wednesday to drop $1 million into South Dakota, a race previously written off as a Republican win, was just the latest shakeup of the Senate landscape this week. On Tuesday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee cut its financial investment in Michigan, where an open seat and a favorable […]

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  • White House Concerned About Kobani, but Not Sending Ground Troops

    Date posted: October 8, 2014

    By Steven Dennis President Barack Obama isn’t about to send in ground troops to save the Syrian town of Kobani from being overrun by ISIS. That’s one takeaway from Wednesday’s briefing with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. The White House is “deeply concerned” about the town on the Syrian border with Turkey, but isn’t prepared […]

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  • Court Tosses Virginia Congressional Map

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    By Bridget Bowman Updated 5:28 p.m.| A federal court has ruled Virginia’s congressional map violated the 14th Amendment and instructed the legislature to redraw the state’s congressional boundaries by April 1, 2015. On Tuesday, three federal judges sided with the plaintiffs, who argued the Republican-led legislature drew Virginia’s 3rd District to pack blacks into the district, thus […]

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  • 6 Gubernatorial Races With Potential Congressional Consequences

    Date posted: October 7, 2014

    By Bridget Bowman The lines separating gubernatorial and congressional candidates on the ballot could blur in several states this cycle, as the top of the ticket proves to be a driving force downballot in a half-dozen states. Typically, competitive gubernatorial races impact one key factor for victory: turnout. As a result, state parties ramp up their […]

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  • Three Election Trends That Could End in 2014

    Date posted: October 3, 2014

    By Stuart Rothenberg (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) I’m not certain how long a trend has to exist before it earns the status of an immutable political “law,” but three longtime truths are threatened this election cycle. Will all of them fall in November? Trend #1: One party holds the Pennsylvania governorship for eight years and then […]

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  • KANSAS SENATE

    Date posted: September 29, 2014

    |By Jennifer Duffy, September 29, 2014 Kansas Senate: Rubik’s Cube This contest has become the Rubik’s Cube of Senate races. At the end of the day, it will be solved, but no one really knows how long it will take or how many different ways to solve the puzzle there really are. As a result, […]

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  • Boehner ‘Absolutely’ Confident GOP Would Back Immigration Overhaul

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    By Steven Dennis Updated 9:15 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner says it’s still time to do an immigration overhaul, and believes “absolutely” he can convince the GOP to do it. “I said the day after the 2012 election it was time to do immigration reform. I meant it then and I mean it today,” the Ohio […]

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  • GOP Opportunities Expand in the House

    Date posted: September 26, 2014

    By Nathan L. GonzalesPosted at 3:54 p.m. Sept. 26 Regardless of whether you want to call it a wave, the fight for the House continues to creep into Democratic territory. Many of the Republican incumbents who were expected to have challenging races this cycle, including New York Rep. Chris Gibson, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman and Illinois […]

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  • GOVERNMENT HACKERS TRY TO CRACK HEALTHCARE.GOV 

    Date posted: September 24, 2014

    BY RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR   ASSOCIATED PRESS AP  WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability – but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site’s security features. Those are among the conclusions of a report released Tuesday […]

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  • WHAT’S NEWS

    Date posted: September 23, 2014

    Fundraising roundup: The NRCC raised $4.4 million in August and had $45.7 million cash on hand. Last week, the DCCC announced it raised $10.2 million in August and had $54.5 million cash on hand. Meanwhile, the RNC raised $10.1 million in August and had $14.5 million cash on hand and no debt, while the DNC raised $7.4 million and had $11.2 million cash […]

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  • 113th Congress On Track for Fewest Laws Enacted in 60 Years

    Date posted: September 22, 2014

    By David Eldridge Say this about the 113th Congress: It’s managed to live down to low expectations. With only a lame-duck post-Election Day mop-up session left before a new Congress takes the oath of office in January, the 113th is on track to be one of the least productive congresses — in terms of laws passed […]

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  • RAZOR-THIN LEAD FOR THE GOP

    Date posted: September 19, 2014

    Democrats have slightly increased their chances of holding on to the Senate, so Republicans need to ensure red states stay red. BY CHARLIE COOK Are things getting better for Senate Democrats? Certainly many of the better (more reliable) statistical models seem to suggest they are. Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight moved from a 64 percent chance of the GOP gaining […]

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  • Two Words Helped Remove Kansas Democrat From Ballot

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    By Alexis LevinsonPosted at 6:01 p.m. on Sept. 18 The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Democrat Chad Taylor will not appear on the general-election ballot as a candidate for Senate — and it all came down to just two words Taylor included in his letter to the secretary of state’s office. The ruling is a […]

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  • Senate Votes to Fund Syrian Rebels Against ISIS, Avert Government Shutdown

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    By Niels LesniewskiPosted at 6:35 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2014 Updated 6:50 p.m. | After some last-minute drama on immigration, the Senate took care of Congress’ last must-pass piece of business before the November elections — keeping the government funded and providing authority for arming and training Syrian rebels in the fight against the terror group known […]

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  • House Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels; CR Passes

    Date posted: September 18, 2014

    By Matt Fuller Updated 7:03 p.m. | After voting to give President Barack Obama the authority to arm and train Syrian rebels, the House passed legislation Wednesday to fund the government until Dec. 11, moving the bill to avoid a government shutdown and address Islamic State organizations to the Senate. House lawmakers voted 319-108 to pass the […]

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  • TUESDAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: 

    Date posted: September 16, 2014

    The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing about combating ISIS at 9:30 a.m. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey will testify. At 2:30 p.m., Secretary of State John Kerry will testify at a House Foreign Affairs hearing on the ISIS threat. At the same time, […]

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  • WHAT’S NEWS

    Date posted: September 15, 2014

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) “laid down a placeholder for a 2016 presidential bid Sunday during the feel-good nostalgia festival that was the Harkin Steak Fry. She teased her White House ambitions by referring to ‘that other thing’ — and elicited a reaction of delight from the audience of about 10,000 on a sunny hillside […]

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  • How Obama Will Pay for His War

    Date posted: September 12, 2014

    By Steven DennisPosted at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 The White House doesn’t know yet how much the new war with ISIS will cost, but it knows how it will pay for it: the all-purpose war funding credit card. Officially known as Overseas Contingency Operations, it’s the catchall account used to fund the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that […]

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  • Congress Locked in ISIS War Muddle

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    By Steven DennisPosted at 5 a.m. on Sept. 11 President Barack Obama’s prime-time ISIS war speech Wednesday night came as congressional leaders — and a restive rank and file — continued to wrestle with what role, if any, they should play. While the president asserted to congressional leaders he didn’t need their authorization to take on and destroy the Islamic […]

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  • Roll Call’s 50 Richest Members of Congress for 2014

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    By Adriel Bettelheim and Jay HunterPosted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 7 They invested in an Italian soccer team, an aquaculture business, Subway sandwich franchises, the ride-share phenomenon Uber and good old blue chip stocks and bonds. The richest members of Congress found myriad ways to get wealthier in 2013, CQ Roll Call’s annual survey of congressional wealth shows. It […]

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  • House GOP Plan for September: Shame the Senate

    Date posted: September 4, 2014

    By Emma DumainPosted at 4:35 p.m. on Sept. 3 Speaker John A. Boehner outlined the September legislative agenda in a Wednesday afternoon conference call with House Republican lawmakers, describing a scheduled 12-day session that will be “brief, but busy.” The most pressing item on the agenda is a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown […]

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  • The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

    Date posted: September 2, 2014

    By Kyle Trygstad and Alexis LevinsonPosted at 8:40 p.m. on Sept. 1 There is a new chart-topper in Roll Call’s latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators. Montana’s appointed Sen. John Walsh was by far the most endangered incumbent in the chamber at the time of the previous installment in early August, but his decision last month to not […]

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  • Health Law Spurs Focus On Faster Drug Development

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    By Daniela Hernandez KHN Staff Writer   Imagine if scientists could recreate you—or at least part of you—on a chip. That might help doctors identify drugs that would help you heal faster, bypassing the sometimes painful trial-and-error process and hefty health care costs that accompany arriving at the right treatment. Right now, at the University of […]

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  • Top 4 Races to Watch in the Mountain Region

    Date posted: August 27, 2014

    By Nathan L. GonzalesPosted at 5 a.m. Aug. 27 There are a lot of wide open spaces in the Rocky Mountain West — but few competitive races. Despite a dearth of important contests, the races to watch here could be good indicators of which party has the upper hand in the fall. Three races dropped from our […]

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  • Tax refunds may get hit due to health law credits

    Date posted: August 26, 2014

    Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar , AP Staff Writer    WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day? But if you count on your tax refund and you’re one of the millions getting tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums under President Obama’s law, it’s not too early. Here’s why: If your […]

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  • Montana Democrats Nominate John Walsh’s Replacement

    Date posted: August 18, 2014

    By Kyle Trygstad The Montana Democratic Party nominated state Rep. Amanda Curtis on Saturday to replace retiring Sen. John Walsh on the ballot in November. Curtis, a 34-year-old, first-term state legislator and high school math teacher from Butte, enters the contest a heavy underdog against Republican Rep. Steve Daines — as was Walsh. The race is rated Favored […]

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  • Schatz Defeats Hanabusa in Hawaii Senate Primary

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    By Kyle Trygstad Nearly a week after most of the state voted, Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz has now defeated Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary. A final count was delayed when the state rescheduled voting to Friday for a few thousand people on the Big Island, where storm damage had closed two polling places on […]

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  • Statehood Push: Take Over D.C. Prisons, Save Money

    Date posted: August 15, 2014

    By Hannah HessPosted at 5 a.m. on Aug. 14 Coming up with a practical plan for management of the Washington, D.C.’s courts and prisons could be a great way to sell GOP deficit hawks on making it the 51st state, advocates pitching statehood for D.C. believe. They’ll have their chance at an upcoming Senate Homeland Security and Governmental […]

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  • Health Care Edge

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    Aug. 15, 2014 By Sam Baker COST CONFUSION: When we’re trying to get a handle on Obamacare premiums, there are enough metrics and enough outliers to help both sides of the Obamacare debate paint the picture they want to see. In Florida, for example, the average premium increase among all plans is 13 percent, but the White […]

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  • Mikulski Plots One More Push at Omnibus

    Date posted: August 12, 2014

    Mikulski Plots One More Push at Omnibus By Niels Lesniewski Mikulski spoke about transportation issues Monday at Penn Station in Baltimore. (Niels Lesniewski/CQ Roll Call) BALTIMORE, Md. — When the Senate returns next month, the chamber’s top appropriator is planning one more push at an omnibus, even if it’s a serious long shot. Speaking at […]

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  • Cantor to Resign From Congress

    Date posted: August 1, 2014

    By Steven Dennis Updated 8:54 a.m. | Rep. Eric Cantor will resign from Congress effective Aug. 18, he said in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch posted at midnight. The Virginia Republican, newly deposed as House majority leader after losing his primary to Dave Brat, said he has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election […]

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  • Hawaii Senator Gets Distance From Governor Who Appointed Him

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    By Kyle Trygstad The careers of Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz and Gov. Neil Abercrombie have been linked for several years, but the Schatz campaign has worked for the past 18 months to ensure their political fates are not. With the Aloha State Democratic primaries just a week away, it’s increasingly possible Schatz, the former lieutenant governor […]

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  • Senate Fails To Pass Border Supplemental

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    By Humberto Sanchez McCain: Lack of Amendments on Border… As the Senate debated how to proceed to an emergency supplemental spending package to address an influx of child migrants at the Southern…   Updated 7:56 p.m. | The Senate failed to pass a $3.6 billion emergency supplemental spending package, most of which was designed to deal with […]

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  • July Senate Overview

    Date posted: July 29, 2014

    Primary season is largely completed, the August congressional recess starts next week, and the general election is a mere 102 days away. As such, this is as good a time as any to assess where the battle for the Senate stands. Just how close are Republicans to picking up the six seats they need to […]

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  • VA reform hits stalemate

    Date posted: July 26, 2014

      Lawmakers in both parties say the negotiations are at a standstill. | AP Photos Close By BURGESS EVERETT and LAUREN FRENCH | 7/24/14 12:32 PM EDT Updated: 7/24/14 11:23 PM EDT When revelations surfaced earlier this summer that the Department of Veterans Affairs provided poor health care to veterans — leading to some deaths — a genuine scandal erupted […]

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  • Boehner: House Will Vote to Avoid Shutdown in September

    Date posted: July 24, 2014

    The speaker promises a short-term CR that would kick big spending decisions to the lame-duck. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) By Sarah Mimms House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that the House will not deal with funding the government before the August recess, but said that the House will tackle the issue when it returns in September. Boehner […]

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  • WHAT’S NEWS

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    In GA SEN, businessman David Perdue (R) “stunned Georgia’s Republican political establishment Tuesday by capturing the party’s … nomination in his first run for office.”Perdue toppled 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston (R) “by a narrow margin, setting up a battle in the fall” with philanthropist Michelle Nunn (D). (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Final results, with 100% of precincts reporting: Perdue 51%, Kingston 49%. (AP) Georgia House Republican runoff results, […]

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  • Nomination Backlog Frustrates Administration, Democrats as August Looms

    Date posted: July 22, 2014

    By Niels Lesniewski and Humberto Sanchez A pileup of nominations — particularly for scores of would-be U.S. ambassadors — has the Obama administration pushing hard for Senate action ahead of the August recess, while senators want to get home to campaign before the midterms. There are 224 executive and 29 judicial nominations awaiting Senate action, according to the […]

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  • Republicans Bet Housework Over NRCC Dues Collection

    Date posted: July 18, 2014

    By Abby LivingstonPosted at 5 a.m. today Four House Republicans — who are also roommates — aren’t messing around with collecting dues for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Earlier this week, Republicans named Reps. Kevin Brady of Texas, Erik Paulsen of Minnesota, John Shimkus of Illinois and Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the incoming House majority whip, as chairmen of […]

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  • WHAT’S NEWS

    Date posted: July 16, 2014

    Results from last night’s House GOP runoff elections: In AL-06, Alabama Policy Institute co-founder Gary Palmer (R) defeated state Rep. Paul DeMarco (R) 64-36% with 100% of precincts reporting. (AP) In NC-06, Baptist pastor Mark Walker (R) clinched victory over Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr. (R) 60-40% with 100% of precincts reporting. (AP) Both Palmer and Walker will be heavy favorites […]

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  • What If There’s No Hillary in 2016?

    Date posted: July 13, 2014

    Cook Report Given that her book tour looked more like a campaign roll-out, it’s hard to believe that Hillary Clinton will forgo a run in 2016. However, those close to the former Secretary of State continue to insist that her entry into the presidential race is not a foregone conclusion. Those we’ve talked with in […]

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  • Reid: Unemployment Extension Could Get Attached to Supplemental

    Date posted: July 10, 2014

    By Humberto Sanchez Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he hopes senators get a chance to add an unemployment extension to the $4.3 billion emergency spending bill. “Well, there’s a chance,” the Nevada Democrat said when asked about the odds Sen. Jack Reed would be able to attach an unemployment extension to the supplemental. Reed, […]

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  • Boehner Moving Toward Late-July Obama Lawsuit Vote

    Date posted: July 8, 2014

    By Daniel Newhauser Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is moving cautiously toward a late-July vote to authorize a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, juggling legal and political considerations as he tries to check executive power and stoke the Republican base. Committee staffers are discussing several executive actions Boehner could target in a lawsuit and trying […]

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  • Senate Democrats Plan July Push on Export-Import Bank, Woo Chamber

    Date posted: July 1, 2014

    By Humberto Sanchez Senate Democrats intend to take up legislation this month reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank in the hope that a strong bipartisan vote in the chamber will help spur House Republican leaders to take up the measure. “I believe we will bring the bill to the floor in July, before the August break, and we […]

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  • The Shrinking Congressional Battleground–in One Map

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    Both parties have relatively few opportunities to pick up new seats this year. By Scott Bland Sunday, The last four elections have been unusually tumultuous ones for the House of Representatives. There were Democratic waves in 2006 and 2008 that swept dozens of Republicans out of office. In 2010, a Republican wave displaced an even greater […]

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  • Boehner’s Memo to Members on Obama Lawsuit (Complete Text)

    Date posted: June 29, 2014

    By David Eldridge Here’s the complete text of the letter Speaker John A. Boehner sent Wednesday to House members, regarding his decision to initiate a lawsuit on behalf of the House against President Barack Obama over the administration’s use of executive actions. MEMO To: House Colleagues From: Speaker Boehner Re: “[T]hat the Laws Be Faithfully Executed. . .” Date: […]

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  • Oklahoma Primary Results: Lankford Wins Senate Nomination

    Date posted: June 25, 2014

    By Alexis Levinson and Emily Cahn Updated 9:54 p.m. | Rep. James Lankford has won the Oklahoma primary, and now the Republican is likely headed to the Senate. The Oklahoman defeated former state Speaker T.W. Shannon and several lesser-known candidates to win the Republican nomination Tuesday. In the strongly conservative state of Oklahoma, Lankford is all but certain to […]

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  • Mississippi Runoff Results: Thad Cochran Wins

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    By Kyle Trygstad Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran overcame the odds Tuesday to win a contentious Republican runoff and is now favored to win a seventh term. Two weeks after the stunning loss by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., state Sen. Chris McDaniel hoped to become the latest challenger to unseat a sitting member of Congress […]

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  • 6 Things to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries

    Date posted: June 24, 2014

    By Abby Livingston Mississippi Republicans and New York Democrats face a similar quandary Tuesday: Hold onto an old political hand and his seniority in Congress, or turn the page to a new era? Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., have challenges from their own party that headline this week’s bevy of primaries — the […]

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  • McCarthy Will Have to Prove Himself on Policy, Fundraising

    Date posted: June 23, 2014

    By Daniel NewhauserPosted at 5 a.m. June 23 Rep. Kevin McCarthy took the stage on June 20 at his first public address since being elected majority leader looking to reintroduce himself to the public. Focusing on his Everyman roots in Bakersfield, Calif., he told a gathering of social conservatives that he paid his way though college with a […]

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  • Congress Won’t Block Obama on Iraq

    Date posted: June 21, 2014

    By Steven Dennis and Emma Dumain It’s now clear Congress will not block President Barack Obama from using force in Iraq if he chooses, despite opposition primarily from the president’s own party. A key takeaway from a series of late-night votes on the Defense appropriations bill is that a sizable antiwar group of House Democrats oppose Obama’s plan to engage militarily, […]

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  • 4 Lessons to Ponder After the House Picks a New Majority Leader

    Date posted: June 19, 2014

    By David HawkingsPosted at 5 a.m. June 19 Anticlimactic has become the word to describe Thursday’s secret ballot to choose a new House majority leader. Everything points to a solid victory by Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California; the only mixed signals are about whether Rep. Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho will receive more than 50 votes, a symbolic […]

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  • How Thursday’s House Leadership Election Works

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    House Republicans will choose a new majority leader and a new majority whip on separate secret ballots. By Tim Alberta House Republicans will gather behind closed doors Thursday afternoon to elect a new majority leader, and, if Rep. Kevin McCarthy prevails in that contest, to choose his replacement as majority whip. The majority leader race pits […]

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  • Roskam-Scalise Whip Race Heats Up, Gets Ugly

    Date posted: June 17, 2014

    By Emma Dumain The two front-runners in the race to become the next House majority whip spent the weekend shoring up support with potential allies — and, through staff, taking swipes at each other. A source close to Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, in an emailed memo to CQ Roll Call, said the 90-plus members in the House […]

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  • Thad Cochran Rakes in Campaign Cash for Runoff

    Date posted: June 16, 2014

    By Kyle Trygstad Supporters in D.C. and Mississippi have opened their wallets for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., since he came up 1,400 votes behind his GOP primary challenger last week and was forced into a runoff. In the eight days since, the six-term incumbent has raised $370,000, according to multiple 48-hour reports filed to the Federal […]

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  • Hensarling Won’t Run for Leadership, Leaving Sessions to Take on McCarthy

    Date posted: June 12, 2014

    By Daniel Newhauser and Matt FullerPosted at 10:46 a.m. June 12 Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas will not run to be majority leader, disappointing many House members who saw him as the conservative and Southern alternative to the current slate of elected leaders. His fellow Texan, Pete Sessions, is still in the race against Kevin McCarthy of California. “Although I […]

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  • Eric Cantor to step down as majority leader at end of July, backs McCarthy as successor

    Date posted: June 11, 2014

    By Paul Kane, Chris Cillizza, Robert Costa and Ed O’Keefe, Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 4:55 PM Majority Leader Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) will step down from his leadership post at the end of July, ending a swift rise through the ranks of national politics and upending a leadership team that has run the House since Republicans took control after the 2010 tea party wave […]

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  • WHAT’S NEWS

    Date posted: June 10, 2014

    In a one-hour interview with ABC News, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) “said she views the criticism over her role in the” Benghazi attack “as ‘more of a reason to’ — rather than not to — run for president in 2016.” Clinton also “defended the millions of dollars she and her husband … have earned giving paid […]

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  • WHAT’S NEWS

    Date posted: June 9, 2014

    ‘U.S. employers hired at a healthy pace in May for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year. The Labor Department says employers added 217,000 jobs last month. … Despite the gains, the unemployment rate … remained 6.3 percent.” (AP) “The Senate on Thursday confirmed the […]

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  • Is the GOP Losing Its Anti-Obamacare Zeal?

    Date posted: June 5, 2014

    The latest opening to keep fighting the health care law turned into a total snoozefest. By Sam Baker Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | 8:09 p.m. This is the way the Obamacare war ends—not with a bang, but a whimper. Senate Republicans are essentially passing on what was once supposed to be the Next Big Obamacare Fight—the […]

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  • The 8 Primary Races to Watch Tuesday

    Date posted: June 3, 2014

    From a Republican incumbent at risk to a hog castrator rising and the GOP establishment backing a man who ran the hated Wall Street bailout—these are the week’s most interesting contests. By Adam Wollner Another Tuesday, another round of primaries. Voters in eight states will head to the polls on June 3 to cast their primary […]

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  • Senate’s Turn as House Takes a Break

    Date posted: June 2, 2014

    VA scandal, confirmations, and climate change top a busy agenda this week. By Michael Catalini Sunday, June 1, 2014 | 11:08 a.m. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned, but the VA scandal is still front and center. With senators returning from a week off and the House out, lawmakers are wrestling with how to address […]

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  • Traditional PACs Give Way to Their ‘Super’ Brethren

    Date posted: May 29, 2014

    Big-spending super PACs are forcing leadership PACs to play a bigger-money game. By Scott Bland The super PAC era spawned many changes in political campaigns. Here’s another one: Traditional political action committees are taking expensive steps to retain relevance in an age when the price of politics keeps soaring. On top of writing their traditional four-figure […]

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  • Ralph Hall 1st incombent to lose and Dewhurst falls

    Date posted: May 28, 2014

    Election Results Election Results LATEST NEWS FROM THE CAPITOL  |  POLITIFACT TEXAS  |  2014 VOTERS GUIDE Texas – Summary Vote Results Select Office————–Agriculture_CommissionerAttorney_GeneralLieutenant_GovernorRailroad_CommissionerState_Board_of_EducationState_HouseState_SenateUS_HouseUS_Senate————All Races May 28, 2014 – 01:19AM ET (i) = incumbent = winner = runoff Agriculture Commissioner – Dem Runoff 8151 of 8268 Precincts Reporting – 99% Name Party Votes Vote % Hogan, Jim Dem 102,287 54% […]

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  • Tea-party legacy: Still to be determined

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    Timothy D. Easley/AP Kentucky Sens. Rand Paul, left, and Mitch McConnell address the media during a press conference after McConnell’s victory in the Republican primary.  By ROSS DOUTHAT Published: 27 May 2014 07:19 PM Updated: 27 May 2014 07:19 PM The state of the tea party, circa 2014: The movement’s political legacy still has a big “To […]

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  • SUNZ Insurance Celebrates 10 Years with Enterprise HR

    Date posted: May 25, 2014

         SARASOTA, Fla., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – SUNZ Insurance Company announced today the renewal and start of their tenth year as the workers compensation carrier for its first insured, St. Petersburg-based Enterprise HR. Enterprise HR’s Director of Sales, Tim Russell, said, “We are thrilled to renew our Workers’ Compensation policy with SUNZ for 2014-2015. We consider SUNZ a […]

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  • Health insurance coverage now costs $23,215 for a typical family

    Date posted: May 24, 2014

    BY JASON MILLMAN Comments The typical cost of health care for a family of four with employer-based insurance this year is $23,215, according to a new report from the Milliman actuarial firm. The bad news first: That amount has more than doubled in the past 10 years. The goodish news: That cost grew just 5.4 percent between 2013 […]

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  • Will the Kentucky Senate Race Be the Most Expensive Ever? Yep.

    Date posted: May 22, 2014

    By David HawkingsPosted at 5 a.m. May 22 The figure has attained almost mythic status, but now it seems intuitively clear the number will come true: $100 million in spending on this year’s marquee Senate matchup in Kentucky, shattering the record for the most expensive congressional race in American history. The explanations for such exorbitance have […]

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  • Koch Brothers Movie Saga Continues With Democrats Pointing to Precedent

    Date posted: May 21, 2014

    By Hannah HessPosted at 3:56 p.m. May 21 The Capitol Hill premiere of a film about billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch sparked outrage from Republicans on Tuesday, but it wasn’t all that long ago that a movie co-produced by Citizens United was being screened in the Capitol Visitor Center. In September 2009, Republicans hosted former Speaker Newt […]

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  • Congress Races to Ralph Hall’s (Financial) Aid

    Date posted: May 20, 2014

    By Abby LivingstonPosted at 5 a.m. on May 17 4 Rarely are Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and John A. Boehner of Ohio publicly on the same side of a GOP primary campaign. But a band of geographically and ideologically diverse Republicans are rallying behind Texas Rep. Ralph M. Hall, who is in danger of becoming […]

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  • Senate Bottom Line Revisions

    Date posted: May 17, 2014

    Senate: Bottom Line Revisions Colorado: Last year, it appeared that Democratic Sen. Mark Udall would not get much of a race for a second term. But, GOP U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner’s announcement in March that he would run has changed the trajectory of this contest, and it is now expected to be a very competitive race. Gardner […]

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  • Democrat Awaits Crowded Republican Primary

    Date posted: May 15, 2014

    By Emily Cahn and Kyle TrygstadPosted at 5 a.m. today GLENNVILLE, Ga. — At a law enforcement appreciation cookout last month, just within Georgia’s 12th District line, Democratic Rep. John Barrow back-slapped with the best of them as he made his way through a Republican-heavy crowd. Barrow better be comfortable among GOP faithful, because his district is filled […]

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  • For Tax Cut Bill, Senators Face Vote on Boosting Deficit

    Date posted: May 13, 2014

    By Humberto Sanchez Senators will likely face a separate vote on boosting the deficit in order to pass an $85 billion tax cut extenders bill, according to key Senate Republicans. Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a staunch opponent of the extenders bill, said he would “raise every order I can” to block the bill and “try […]

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  • Energy Bill Fizzles As Senate Begins Debate on Tax Extenders

    Date posted: May 12, 2014

    With House members back in their districts, arguments in the Senate will capture the limelight. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) With the House out this week, the Senate is poised to put its energy debate in the rearview mirror and move tax extenders to the top of its list. The Senate will take up Senate Finance Committee […]

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  • Will Obama Threaten to Veto Senate’s Tax-Cut Bill?

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    By Steven Dennis, Niels Lesniewski, andHumberto Sanchez Defying the White House and a years-long push for more revenue, Senate Democrats are on the verge of passing an $85 billion grab-bag of tax cuts with no plans to pay for any of them. The question now is whether President Barack Obama will stick to his guns and threaten […]

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  • Why This Year’s Primaries Won’t End GOP Civil War

    Date posted: May 8, 2014

    By Nathan L. GonzalesPosted at 5 a.m. The Republican establishment is fighting back, but winning a few primaries this year won’t do much to end the insurgency from party purists. It only takes one general election loss by an establishment candidate to reignite the fire. Observers see what they want to see in the results, and […]

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  • Tense Week Ahead for Both House and Senate

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    Issues from Keystone to the IRS scandal will keep the pressure on. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) By Billy House andMichael Catalini May 4, 2014 The Senate may be heading for some tense moments this week as a proposal to approve the Keystone XL pipeline comes to the foreground and confirmation hearings begin for President Obama’s nominee […]

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  • Where Obamacare Is Strongest (and Where It’s Falling Short)

    Date posted: May 2, 2014

    The final report on Obamacare sign-ups shows a huge swing in states’ success. (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla) By Sam Baker andSophie Novack May 1, 2014 The question of Obamacare’s ultimate success doesn’t have just one answer—it has 51. Each state is its own insurance marketplace, and has its own set of insurance companies selling products within its new […]

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  • As Congress Returns for 9-Week Slog, 5 Areas Are Ripe for Compromise

    Date posted: April 28, 2014

    By David Hawkings Congress returns Monday afternoon for its longest run of the year — nine straight weeks when the lights will be on in at least one chamber. And, for so many glimmers of policymaking hope, it’s getting close to now-or-never time. The House will be gone again in two weeks, the Senate will […]

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  • PACE Is Now Social!

    Date posted: April 24, 2014

    In order to make it easier for you to stay informed with the latest PACE news, we now have various social media accounts. Our posts will automatically show up on our Twitter and Facebook feeds. To follow us, please go to these pages… Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Professional-Administrative-Co-Employers/704956889541501 Twitter – https://twitter.com/pace_peo

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  • Meet 10 Millionaires Spending Big Bucks to Win Higher Office

    Date posted: April 13, 2014

    Every election year brings a new class of wealthy political outsiders hoping to book a ticket to Washington on their own dime. The special election in Florida’s 19th Congressional District provides the latest example: Republican Curt Clawson loaned his own campaign $2.65 million and doused the district with TV advertising ahead of the April 22 […]

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  • Breaking Down the 12 Republican “No” Votes on the Ryan Budget

    Date posted: April 10, 2014

    This year saw more Republicans than ever vote against Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s spending blueprint, which passed the House Thursday 219-205. Here is a breakdown of the 12 Republicans who voted against the Wisconsin Republican’s budget and why. The Georgia Senate Hopefuls Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston are three of the […]

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  • The Affordable Care Act – Countdown to Compliance for Employers

    Date posted: April 7, 2014

    Week 39: Common Law Employees and Offers of Coverage on Behalf of Other Entities under the Final Employer Shared Responsibility Regulations Distinguishing employees who are full-time from those who are not takes up a good deal of real estate in final regulations published in the Federal Register on February 12 implementing the Act’s employer shared […]

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  • SUNZ Insurance Selects Brian Fischer as Staff Legal Counsel

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    SARASOTA, Fla., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SUNZ Insurance Company announced today the recent hiring of Brian Fischer to serve as in-house legal counsel for the Sarasota-based company. SUNZ Chief Operations Officer Glen J. Distefano said, “We are very pleased to have found such an experienced and reputable veteran for our in-house legal counsel. Brian’s […]

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  • Jobs Report: Back to Where We Started

    Date posted: April 4, 2014

    Ray Callaway, who has been a carpenter for 27 years, works on a temporary dining room for the Harvard Business School in Boston in late 2013. After more than six years, the U.S. private sector has at last regained the jobs lost in the Great Recession. The economy added 192,000 jobs in March, the 42nd […]

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  • Unemployment Benefits Extension: 4 Republicans Switch Votes on Filibuster

    Date posted: April 2, 2014

    Four Republicans voted to bring an unemployment benefits extension to the floor last week but then voted to filibuster the bipartisan deal on Wednesday. Dan Coats of Indiana, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania all voted Wednesday to block the bipartisan agreement led by Sens. Jack Reed, […]

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  • Will Walter Jones Be the First Incumbent to Fall?

    Date posted: March 31, 2014

    A well-funded conservative outside group is devoting significant money to make North Carolina Rep. Walter B. Jones the first incumbent to fall this cycle, but Republicans in the state are skeptical the sudden burst of spending will ultimately be enough to take Jones out. With the investment by Ending Spending Action Fund, a super PAC […]

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  • The Republican War Over Earmarks

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    In several upcoming primaries, Republican officeholders are increasingly willing to brag about bringing home the bacon. Ask Republican voters if they support federal funds to pay for hurricane recovery and infrastructure improvement, and many would say they do. Ask them if they support earmarks, and the response would be resoundingly negative. Over the next few […]

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  • Unemployment Extension Vote Could Be Delayed Until Next Week

    Date posted: March 25, 2014

    With a squeezed calendar, the Senate will likely not hold a final vote passing a bill reviving emergency unemployment insurance benefits until next week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he plans to turn to the bipartisan unemployment extension compromise as quickly as possible under Senate rules, but there’s business to tend to first — […]

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  • I Think I Want to Sell My PEO – What Next????

    Date posted: March 22, 2014

    So – you had a bad day … it’s been one of those weeks and it’s only Monday. You used to love coming to work, love running your PEO but you keep getting calls and letters saying the “market is hot, values are solid.” It’s lonely at the top. As an entrepreneur you face new […]

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  • The Tea Party’s Over

    Date posted: March 19, 2014

    Outside conservative groups are experiencing the limits of their influence. FreedomWorks issued an unusual round of endorsements this week. The conservative group, which won publicity for backing intraparty challenges to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rep. Mike Simpson, decided to play it safe this time. It endorsed three senators and nine congressmen, none of […]

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  • Obamacare fight breaks ‘doc fix’

    Date posted: March 17, 2014

    A once-bipartisan proposal to finally reform the deeply flawed way that Medicare pays doctors succumbed Friday to the partisan politics of Obamacare, particularly the unpopular individual mandate. The House voted 238-181 to replace the payment formula — the complicated equation that for more than a decade has required annual “doc fixes” — and to pay […]

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  • Obama Considering New Immigration Enforcement Changes

    Date posted: March 14, 2014

    President Barack Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus leadership Thursday evening he’s considering more changes to the enforcement of immigration laws, amid growing unrest among his allies over his deportation record. “The President emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system,” the […]

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  • How Senate Democrats Are Getting Ready for November, in Three Easy Steps

    Date posted: March 13, 2014

    Telling positive anecdotes about Obamacare, demonizing “dark money,” and using the Senate floor are all part of the plan. By Michael Catalini It’s no secret Senate Democrats are in for a tough election. They started the cycle with more vulnerable seats than Republicans, the economy still lags in parts of the country, and some will […]

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  • What FL-13 Could Mean For Democrats

    Date posted: March 12, 2014

    Democrats haven’t had a week this bad since 2010 and its only Wednesday. While the headlines are focused on Democrats losing the special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional district, even worse news came in the form of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll released last night, along with four statewide surveys conducted by a […]

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  • U.S. job growth offers upbeat sign for weather-beaten economy

    Date posted: March 7, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. job growth accelerated sharply in February despite the icy weather that gripped much of the nation, easing fears of an abrupt economic slowdown and keeping the Federal Reserve on track to continue reducing its monetary stimulus. Employers added 175,000 jobs to their payrolls last month after creating 129,000 new positions in […]

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  • Ralph Hall Heads to Runoff; Sessions, Veasey Defeat Primary Challengers

    Date posted: March 5, 2014

    Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, will face a late-spring runoff against a self-funded primary challenger. As election results poured into the Lone Star State on Tuesday night, it was clear that freshman Rep. Marc Veasey, a Democrat, and Rep. Pete Sessions, a Republican, would be all-but-certain to return to Congress for another term. Across the […]

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  • 5 Reasons This Supposedly Boring Budget Year Could Be Anything But

    Date posted: March 3, 2014

    The budget President Barack Obama sends to Congress on Tuesday will be a month late and hundreds of billions of dollars short. But no matter, the Capitol’s conventional wisdom holds, that the unenforced legal deadline for his submission was Feb. 3, and that he’ll propose acquiescing in significant deficits for the indefinite future. A truce has been […]

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  • PEO Acquisitions 2014

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    We gratefully enter our 18th year in the PEO/HRO industry. 47 deals and over 1,000 projects later, there are several things about which I am certain. The pendulum of life swings – and when it goes too far one way – it will always “adjust” by swinging back. There is an inert balance in the […]

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  • Kevin Brady Challenging Paul Ryan for Ways and Means Chairmanship

    Date posted: February 28, 2014

    House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan has said he wants the Ways and Means Committee gavelnext year, but the Wisconsin Republican will face a challenge from Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas. Brady, the current chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, told columnist Al Hunt in an interview that will air Friday evening that he wants the top slot on […]

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  • Federal Lending Fuels Growth in Solar Power

    Date posted: February 26, 2014

    By Lauren Gardner Roll Call Staff Feb. 26, 2014, 12:46 p.m. Solar energy represented less than 1 percent of the domestic electricity generation mix in 2012 but has experienced dramatic growth in the interim with help from both the federal government and the private sector. Manufacturing and solar installation jobs grew by about 20 percent […]

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  • IRS Enforcement of ‘Individual Mandate’ May Be Light

    Date posted: February 24, 2014

    One of the most debated parts of the health care law is the requirement that most Americans buy insurance starting this year. If they don’t, they face a fine of $95 or 1 percent of their income, whichever is more. But it’s not clear that the IRS will deploy much in the way of resources […]

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  • Dave Camp to Unveil Tax Code Overhaul, Despite Long Odds

    Date posted: February 20, 2014

    House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp appears determined to take one last stab at making good on his promise to pass an overhaul of the nation’s tax code by the end of the 113th Congress. On Wednesday, the Michigan Republican told GOP members of the committee that he would, next week, release a “comprehensive […]

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  • 6 Republican Senators Switched Their Debt Limit Votes

    Date posted: February 13, 2014

    Six Senate Republicans switched from “nay” to “aye” on the critical vote allowing the nation’s debt limit to be extended, a copy of the official Senate vote tally sheet provided to CQ Roll Call on Thursday suggests. The tally sheet is the only record of which senators may have switched their votes because the Senate clerk – […]

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  • Senate Votes to Send Debt Limit to Obama With Help From Republican Leaders

    Date posted: February 12, 2014

    The Senate voted to send a one-year debt limit suspension to President Barack Obama’s desk Wednesday, after a high-drama cliffhanger that ended when Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, voted “aye” to end a filibuster. The Senate voted 67-31 to end a filibuster on the legislation threatened by tea party […]

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  • Time Running Out on Debt Ceiling

    Date posted: February 9, 2014

    House Republican leaders enter this short legislative week saying they are confident the nation will not default on its debts, but a deal with Democrats to ensure that won’t happen remains elusive. Majority Leader Eric Cantor has announced a floor action schedule that includes the possibility of a vote on the debt ceiling by Wednesday. […]

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  • Boehner Wants to Go Big, but Will His Rank and File Follow?

    Date posted: February 2, 2014

    CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and his lieutenants came to the GOP retreat looking to convince the conference to go big and back an immigration overhaul, a real health care alternative and more. They left with mixed results. For three years, Republicans have struggled to coalesce around an alternative to Obamacare. […]

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  • Before Going It Alone, Obama Goes After Members

    Date posted: January 30, 2014

    “Upbeat.” That’s the adjective being used as much as any other to describe the tone ofTuesday’s State of the Union address. Members from both parties could be forgiven for hearing it a bit differently. The speech may well be remembered longest for its genuinely stirring finale, when President Barack Obama merged the story of a […]

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  • Deep Partisan Split on Obama Speech

    Date posted: January 29, 2014

    Roll Call Staff Jan. 28, 2014, 11:53 p.m. Tom Williams/CQ Roll CallObama greets Boehner, left, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. before delivering his State of the Union address Tuesday. Democrats loved the president’s speech; Republicans hated it. What else is new? President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address didn’t bridge the partisan divide in […]

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  • Obama Won’t ‘Stand Still’ and Wait for Congress

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    President Obama, seeking to rebound from a rough year and facing an emboldened opposition in Congress, sought Tuesday night to rally the country behind him for a flurry of executive actions he promised would strengthen economic recovery and protect the middle class. In his fifth State of the Union address, the president in 1 hour […]

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  • Farm Bill Is Latest Breakthrough for Congress

    Date posted: January 27, 2014

    Roll Call Staff Jan. 27, 2014, 7:04 p.m. A Congress known for epic dysfunction and expected to be a foil for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address is starting to creak to life – this time with an agreement on a five-year farm bill announced Monday. The farm bill deal would be the […]

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  • The Less-Than-Charitable Cost of Tax Reform | Commentary

    Date posted: January 24, 2014

    If your household is like mine, you made your yearly charitable donations to a number of worthy causes last month, trying to get under the wire for the year’s tax deduction. But if the administration proposal to limit deductions passes Congress as a part of broader tax reforms, your annual contributions might actually cost more […]

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  • The Hawaii Group and Hawaii Human Resources, Inc. Announces Acquisition of JS Services, In

    Date posted: January 20, 2014

    Matthew S. DelaneyChief Executive Officer, The Hawaii Group, Inc. (HiGroup)808-695-2221mdelaney@thehawaiigroup.com Honolulu, Hawaii (January 1, 2014) – The Hawaii Group (HiGroup) and Hawaii Human Resources, Inc. (HiHR) has recently purchased JS Services, Inc., a professional employer organization (PEO) and employee leasing company that has been serving the Hawaii business community’s ongoing human resource needs for the […]

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  • Senate GOP More Optimistic About Midterms

    Date posted: January 16, 2014

    Roll Call Staff Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File PhotoBegich is one of the most vulnerable Senate incumbents this year. At the dawn of the election year, Senate Republicans feel a renewed sense of optimism in their fight to net the six seats necessary to win the majority in 2014. The stumbling rollout of Obamacare has […]

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  • The winners and losers of the new spending bill

    Date posted: January 14, 2014

    Congressional negotiators released the details of a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year and end the lingering threat of another government shutdown. So, what’s in it? We quickly sifted through the legislation, consulted supporting documents from Democratic and Republican aides, and called out some […]

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  • GOP Negotiator: No Immigration Overhaul This Year

    Date posted: January 13, 2014

    Carter said he doesn’t think the House should take up an immigration policy overhaul this year because it would be a distraction from the health care law. Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is making a mistake pushing for an immigration overhaul this year, according to one of the House Republican Conference’s former top immigration […]

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  • The Race Democrats Can’t Afford to Lose

    Date posted: January 9, 2014

    It’s rare in politics that anything other than a presidential contest is viewed as a “must win” – but the special election in Florida’s 13th District falls into that category for Democrats. A loss in the competitive March 11 contest would almost certainly be regarded by dispassionate observers as a sign that President Barack Obama […]

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  • McHenry Consulting Names Erica Siegel Whyman as Director of Recruiting and Human Capital S

    Date posted: January 7, 2014

    TAMPA, FLA. - McHenry Consulting, Inc., a leading national firm specializing in the professional employer organization (PEO), staffing, and outsourcing sectors, today announced that Erica S. Whyman has joined the organization as the Director of Recruiting and Human Capital Strategies. Whyman brings more than a decade of progressive human resource and consulting experience to her role […]

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  • Budget battle nears finish line

    Date posted: January 6, 2014

    House-Senate negotiators are slated to meet Monday in hopes of narrowing their last differences over a $1 trillion-plus omnibus spending bill that attempts to fill in the blanks after December’s budget deal and avoid another shutdown next week. If last month’s agreement said how much Congress can spend this year, the giant appropriations measure now […]

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  • Did Murray, Ryan Set Table for Future Leadership Bids?

    Date posted: January 3, 2014

    Patty Murray and Paul D. Ryan are lawmakers on the rise, and their recent budget framework might not be a mere passing of ships in the night – especially if their upward trajectories continue on parallel paths. The Democratic senator and Republican representative like to downplay their personal ambitions, even though Ryan ran for vice […]

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  • The House Year in Review

    Date posted: December 30, 2013

    This year, doing the business of the People’s House was, at best, a struggle. It’s well-known that 2013 was, legislatively, the least productive session in congressional history. Leaders strained to get to 218 – a majority in the 435-seat House (in case you had no idea where the blog name came from). And there were […]

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  • Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Mississippi Senate

    Date posted: December 28, 2013

    The race for Senate in Mississippi boasts nearly every facet of the national GOP divide in a state already struggling with its sense of conservatism. Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., announced earlier this month that he would seek re-election, setting up a primary against a tea-party-backed challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Influential national conservative groups […]

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  • A Year of Low Output in Congress

    Date posted: December 20, 2013

    If you thought Congress hit rock-bottom in terms of how many laws they enacted last session, check out the current House and Senate. Congress will close the year with 58 public bills (the congressional term for measures with broad impact) enacted into law, assuming that President Obama signs the budget deal as promised. They may […]

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  • As Budget Deal Heads to Passage, Senators Are Already Eyeing Changes

    Date posted: December 18, 2013

    Bipartisan Miracle? Senate Republicans Open to Unemployment Extension By Sarah Mimms and Michael Catalini Though the Senate is poised to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act on Wednesday, lawmakers in both parties are already working to alter some of its provisions in the weeks and months ahead. The measure is expected to pass handily, sending a bill to President […]

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  • What’s Left for Senate to do list

    Date posted: December 16, 2013

    The year-end spotlight will shine on the Senate this week as it considers final passage of the two-year budget deal, as well as confirmation votes on Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve Board and Jeh Johnson to lead the Homeland Security Department. Other items already passed by the House will also reach the Senate […]

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  • Stopgap farm bill passes U.S. House, averts ‘dairy cliff’

    Date posted: December 13, 2013

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a stopgap farm measure on Thursday to avert a potential doubling in dairy prices next month while lawmakers wrap up a new farm bill that cuts food stamps for the poor and expands subsidized crop insurance. Lawmakers passed the bill, which extends current law until January […]

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  • Budget Deal Unveiled, but Can They Sell It?

    Date posted: December 11, 2013

    After weeks of closed-door talks, House and Senate negotiators finally unveiled a two-year budget deal Tuesday that attempts to calm the long-fought feud over spending on Capitol Hill. But the question remains whether they can sell it to rank-and-file lawmakers. The deal is far from a grand bargain. But if approved by the House and […]

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  • Pacific Business News: The Hawaii Group Owners See Mainland Opportunities

    Date posted: December 6, 2013

    November 29, 2013 Matt Delaney and Scott Meichtry, owners of The Hawaii Group, have been interviewed and featured in thePacific Business News regarding the company’s expansion to the mainland and the way our business will be evolving to accommodate the change. Delaney said the national expansion will also give the companies the ability to leverage each […]

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  • Government shutdown part 2? Democrats line up against stopgap spending bill

    Date posted: December 4, 2013

    House Democrats of all stripes are lining up against a stopgap spending bill that further entrenches the blunt sequester cuts. GOP leaders could bring a vote as early as next week on a short-term continuing resolution (CR) likely to adopt the $967 billion sequester-level spending cap urged by many Republicans. But the pushback from Democrats […]

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  • Mixed Economic News Faces Budget Talkers as Congress Returns

    Date posted: December 2, 2013

    Some decidedly mixed economic signals are greeting lawmakers as they begin their balky return for the final month in this historically lackluster year of legislating. Gloomy numbers for the opening four days of holiday shopping season were followed Monday by heartening reports about the pace of construction and manufacturing this fall. The biggest economic news […]

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  • Questions Over Iran Jam Leaders, Defense Bill Negotiators

    Date posted: November 25, 2013

    An interim deal with Iran on its nuclear program is complicating the future for the annual defense authorization bill, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., must manage three clashing factions: senators intent on passing a new round of sanctions, a White House that opposes them and armed services negotiators who simply want to see […]

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  • Will the GOP’s Business Wing Pony Up? | Rules of the Game

    Date posted: November 20, 2013

    For business-minded Republicans fed up with tea-party-led budget standoffs, the past few weeks have offered much to crow about. A handful of business-backed challengers have taken on tea party incumbents in the House; the National Republican Senatorial Committee has pledged to fight in primaries and has cut ties with a tea-party-linked consulting firm; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce […]

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  • Senate Dems Increasingly Frustrated With Obama

    Date posted: November 17, 2013

    Time and again, Senate Democrats have delivered the votes for President Obama, from the initial roll call on the Affordable Care Act in 2010 to the standoff over the government shutdown. Now, with many Democrats cast into shadow by the problem-plagued rollout of Obamacare, many are saying privately that they are feeling little love in […]

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  • Democrats Calmer After President’s Obamacare Outreach

    Date posted: November 14, 2013

    President Obama might have temporarily defused a political powder keg within his own party on Thursday, but the Affordable Care Act shows signs of continued volatility, with congressional Democrats keeping a wary eye on the law’s ongoing rollout and mulling whether to respond legislatively. White House advisers, including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, deployed to […]

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  • John Boehner’s Big Choice

    Date posted: November 13, 2013

    As John Boehner enters his fourth year as House speaker, his own website biography reflects little in the way of major legislative accomplishments while holding the gavel. Instead it mentions that he ushered in a ban on earmarks and a requirement for bills to be posted online before a vote. And so, with a little […]

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  • Democrats Face Dilemma on the Upton Obamacare Bill

    Date posted: November 11, 2013

    President Barack Obama’s “if you like it, you can keep it” promise has House Democrats facing a dilemma as they look ahead to a vote on Republican legislation to preserve existing health plans. “There will be defections,” a House Democratic leadership aide predicted. The bill, sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., […]

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  • Manchin, Kirk Unveil Obamacare Mandate Delay

    Date posted: November 9, 2013

    Sen. Joe Manchin III has followed through on introducing legislation to delay the individual mandate penalty under Obamacare for a year. The West Virginia Democrat teamed up with his friend Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., on the measure, which they announced late Thursday. “We’ve worked through a few of these issues, but our job in Congress […]

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  • Democrats Up in 2014 Vent Their Obamacare Anger in White House Meeting

    Date posted: November 7, 2013

    President Barack Obama heard an earful at the White House Wednesday from Senate Democrats running for re-election next year who are fuming about the Affordable Care Act’s rocky rollout. During a two-hour meeting that was not on the president’s public schedule, the president met with 15 Senate Democrats facing the voters next year, as well […]

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  • Democrats’ Anxiety Grows Over Obamacare Problems

    Date posted: November 6, 2013

    “That is a huge concern to me,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. “The American people expect us to be getting into the nitty-gritty, not just giving opening statements and checking out for two weeks.” Ryan said the lack of formal committee meetings before mid-November was because House and Senate schedules don’t overlap until then. But […]

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  • House Members Head Home Armed With Obamacare Talking Points

    Date posted: November 1, 2013

    Faced with the shock from consumers over cancellation notices from their health insurers, House Democratic leaders on Thursday armed their rank-and-file members with tips on how to handle the fallout from constituents as they spend the next week on recess away from Washington. Meanwhile, there’s a split among House Republicans internally over whether they should […]

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  • Budget Conference: A Committee of Two?

    Date posted: October 31, 2013

    It’s supposed to be a committee of 29 separate voices from the House and Senate. But the early signals from the inaugural meeting of the bipartisan House and Senate budget conference are that it may operate more like a committee of two: Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray.

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  • Budget Conference Starts With Optimistic Words, Usual Split on Taxes

    Date posted: October 30, 2013

    Gathering Wednesday morning for their first formal meeting, the leaders of the House and Senate Budget committees continued the recent pattern of setting low hurdles and reasonable expectations – while still being split as usual on the issue of taxes. The meeting in the bowels of the Capitol in a room best known lately as […]

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  • Lawmakers Meeting in Hopes of Limited Budget Deal

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House-Senate negotiating panel on the budget convened Wednesday to discuss ways of easing indiscriminate spending cuts slamming the Pentagon and domestic agencies alike. Lawmakers on both sides struck a hopeful but cautious tone about the prospects of reaching an agreement that could make progress on curbing the automatic cuts that are […]

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  • CaHR: Back to Lafayette to Manage Human Resources

    Date posted: October 28, 2013

    There is no place like home, for family or for work, according to Matt Delaney, who returned to his home town of Lafayette to develop and expand the business he started in Hawaii five years ago. Almost a business adventurer, Delaney looks like nothing would be able to slow him down, not even the cancer […]

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  • The Debt Ceiling

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    THE DEBT CEILING * Democrats don’t understand THE DEBT CEILING * Republicans don’t understand THE DEBT CEILING * Liberals don’t understand THE DEBT CEILING * NO ONE understands THE DEBT CEILING * SO – Allow me to explain… Let’s say you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your […]

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  • Paul Ryan wants narrower focus for new budget talks

    Date posted: October 25, 2013

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new round of U.S. budget negotiations starting next week should focus more narrowly on replacing automatic spending cuts rather than an elusive “grand bargain,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said on Thursday. Ryan told Reuters in an interview that simply maintaining the automatic “sequester” cuts was the fallback position for […]

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  • “This is sheer genius.”

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    In a bid to stem taxpayer losses for bad loans guaranteed by federal housing agencies Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) proposed that borrowers be required to make a 5% down payment in order to qualify for a loan. His proposal was rejected 57-42 on a straight party-line vote because, as Senator […]

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  • Amid healthcare woes, Obama to discuss immigration reform on Thursday

    Date posted: October 24, 2013

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the White House struggles to fix the problem-plagued rollout of its healthcare reform law, President Barack Obama on Thursday will try to focus attention on another policy priority – immigration reform – with a call for congressional action. The president, who listed immigration as one of three priorities for this year […]

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  • Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site

    Date posted: October 21, 2013

    Federal contractors have identified most of the main problems crippling President Obama’s online health insurance marketplace, but the administration has been slow to issue orders for fixing those flaws, and some contractors worry that the system may be weeks away from operating smoothly, people close to the project say. Administration officials approached the contractors last week […]

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  • Budget and Finance

    Date posted: October 20, 2013

    Finding Compromise Last week’s deal to extend the debt ceiling through Feb. 7 also restarted funding for government agencies, but only through Jan. 15. However, it also called for a bipartisan, bicameral budget conference to get to work on finding compromise on a longer-term spending plan, at least one to last through the end of […]

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  • Default Averted; House Votes to Reopen Government

    Date posted: October 17, 2013

    Updated 10:13 a.m., Oct. 17 – After a bitter 16-day government shutdown and just hours before the Treasury Department’s debt ceiling deadline, the House passed the Senate’s bipartisan deal to reopen the government and extend the nation’s borrowing limit, sending the measure to the president. The chamber voted 285-144 late Wednesday night on the Senate-negotiated fiscal […]

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  • Boehner Backs Senate Deal, Will Bring It to House Floor

    Date posted: October 16, 2013

    Updated 3:49 p.m. | House Republican leaders are floating yet another plan to reopen the government and avert default. According to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the latest plan would drop a demand to delay the medical device tax in Obamacare and drop a demand for income verification under Obamacare. Instead, Republicans would target the health benefits […]

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  • House GOP Changes Plan Again

    Date posted: October 15, 2013

    Updated 3:49 p.m. | House Republican leaders are floating yet another plan to reopen the government and avert default. According to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the latest plan would drop a demand to delay the medical device tax in Obamacare and drop a demand for income verification under Obamacare. Instead, Republicans would target the health […]

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  • Senate Debt Limit Framework Emerges

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    Updated 7:27 p.m. | Senate leaders appeared to be closing in on a framework for a deal to avert a default on the nation’s debt on Monday afternoon. The emerging plan would reopen the government until Jan. 15, 2014, and extend the debt limit into February – but it would not address the medical device […]

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  • No Deal at White House, but Both Sides Will Keep Talking

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    Updated 7:02 p.m. | A lengthy meeting between top House Republicans and President Barack Obama failed to reach a deal, but staff on both sides will continue to talk this evening in an effort to agree on a plan to reopen the government and extend the debt limit. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said […]

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  • Some Tea Partiers Say Obama Plays Too Rough

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    When tea-party Republicans arrived in Congress in 2011, many were energized and ready to shake up Washington-whatever the cost. But now, some are claiming that it is President Obama who is playing too rough. Amid the government shutdown and debt-ceiling standoff-which has raised rhetoric sharply-they say the president has demonized what they consider healthy political […]

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  • As debt-limit deadline nears, investors show growing concern about a U.S. default

    Date posted: October 9, 2013

    Concern deepened in financial markets Tuesday about the potential for a U.S. default as President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner clashed publicly without breaking an impasse over how to reopen the government and pay the nation’s bills. Short-term borrowing by the Treasury Department became twice as expensive Tuesday as it had been the […]

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  • Cracks in the Budget Impasse? Both Sides Searching for Daylight

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    The formal nomination of Janet L. Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve may be anticlimactic, but it comes at a crucial moment: It creates a daylong diversion when both sides in the fiscal deadlock can assess the chance of seizing the same sliver of an opening. Tuesday’s unyielding rhetoric, from both President Barack Obama and Speaker John […]

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  • Gene Sperling: White House open to short-term debt limit boost

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    The Obama administration would be open to a bill that boosts the debt ceiling for a few weeks, a top White House official said on Monday, a move that could buy time for congressional Republicans and the White House to find a way to end the current series of fiscal fights. National Economic Council Director […]

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  • Rattled Congress Seeks Way Out of Its Standoff

    Date posted: October 4, 2013

    WASHINGTON – Republican efforts to resolve the fiscal standoff that has closed much of the federal government heated up Thursday, the third day of the shutdown, with new talks over a broad budget deal and an effort by more moderate House members to break the logjam. Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the […]

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  • Boehner Works Behind the Scenes on ‘Grand Bargain’

    Date posted: October 3, 2013

    House Republicans continued with the piecemeal government funding approach Thursday, even as chatter turned to whether Speaker John A. Boehner could finally pull off a “grand bargain” on government spending and the debt limit. On Wednesday, the Ohio Republican met with groups of GOP lawmakers who want to pass a clean CR to reopen the government. Boehner […]

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  • Republican Centrists Plot Revolt to End Government Shutdown

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    As the shutdown stretches on, a bloc of moderate House Republicans could be the key to reopening government. On Wednesday, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, held meetings with groups of “pragmatist” lawmakers – as Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., described them – who want to pass a policy-rider-free continuing resolution and end the government shutdown as […]

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  • Last-Ditch CR Effort by House Faces Certain Senate Rejection

    Date posted: October 1, 2013

    Updated 1:35 a.m. | Now locked in a budget standoff during a government shutdown, House Republicans passed a face-saving measure early Tuesday morning that would request a conference with the Senate on the continuing resolution to fund the government. Speaker John A. Boehner told reporters early Tuesday morning that Republicans want to keep the government […]

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  • Shutdown Looks Likely As Congress Hits Final Hours

    Date posted: September 29, 2013

    On the eve of a potential government shutdown, Senate Democrats are promising to torpedo the House’s latest legislative volley, Republicans are formulating last-minute plans to score a victory against Obamacare, and both sides are digging political entrenchments that make shuttering the government increasingly likely. With the Senate set to act next, and the House readying […]

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  • Senate Rejection of House’s Obamacare Delay Unlikely to Come Sunday

    Date posted: September 28, 2013

    The Senate is “highly unlikely” to return Sunday to take up an amended House continuing resolution, according to a senior Senate Democratic aide. But whether the chamber comes back on Sunday or Monday, its message will be the same. The proposal to delay implementation of the 2010 health care overhaul is a non-starter with Senate […]

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  • Republican hard-liners block strategy to avoid federal government shutdown

    Date posted: September 27, 2013

    Washington stumbled toward a shutdown as the Republican Party’s rebellious right wing on Thursday blocked a strategy by House Speaker John A. Boehner for navigating a series of deadlines to keep the government funded and avoid a first-ever default. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team revealed the first step of that plan to rank-and-file lawmakers early Thursday, urging […]

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  • Omg!!! A Government Shutdown

    Date posted: September 26, 2013

    Once again, Henny Penny is running around to warn us that the sky is falling. A government shutdown is only [fill in the blank] days, [fill in the blank] hours and [fill in the blank] minutes away. The countdown clock shows the seconds ticking by. The end is near. Well, maybe that’s true. Maybe the […]

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  • Is the ‘Boehner Rule’ on Life Support?

    Date posted: September 25, 2013

    As House Republicans prepare their opening bid on a debt limit increase, Speaker John A. Boehner’s old standard for raising the debt limit is looking less like a demand and more like a dream. Republican leaders seem to have shifted their emphasis from the “Boehner rule” – which insists on dollar-for-dollar “cuts or reforms” in […]

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  • House Republicans say they’ll act on immigration reform this year

    Date posted: September 23, 2013

    House Republicans intensified their outreach to Latino groups last week, offering renewed pledges that the House will deal with immigration reform this year. The effort has revived hope among advocates that a bipartisan deal can be reached to address the fate of the nation’s 11 million undocumented workers and students. The chances of a comprehensive deal […]

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  • House Passes Obamacare Defunding Bill as Shutdown Looms

    Date posted: September 20, 2013

    Updated 11:58 a.m. | Bowing to conservatives, a united House Republican majority passed a continuing resolution Friday that would defund Obamacare and lock in sequester spending levels through Dec. 15, setting up a fight with Senate Democrats as a shutdown looms Oct. 1. “We in Congress were sent to Washington by our constituents to fight for […]

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  • “Stand Down” Controversy Continues to Reverberate on Capitol Hill

    Date posted: September 19, 2013

    Douglas Graham/CQ Roll CallThe fact review regarding Capitol Police involvement in the response to the Navy Yard shooting is due Oct. 21. An official familiar with Monday’s Capitol Hill security discussions says that all decisions deploying Capitol Police units to the Navy Yard shooting were left up to Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine, who was […]

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  • House GOP Might Vote to Defund Obamacare in CR

    Date posted: September 18, 2013

    Updated 8:50 p.m. | Unable to find the votes for a strategy that only superficially defunds Obamacare, it now appears the House GOP may pursue the plan that tea-party-inspired members have been clamoring for  – a stopgap spending bill that will actually defund the health care law but keep the rest of the government running. As first […]

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  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

    Date posted: September 16, 2013

    Professional Employer Organizations Senate Bill 1286, passed in the 83rd Legislative Session, is effective September 1, 2013.This bill made changes to the program formerly known as Staff Leasing. The program is now called Professional Employer Organizations (PEO). All of our forms, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and rules will be updated to reflect this change. Additionally, […]

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  • Fiscal Deadlines Dominate Congressional Agenda

    Date posted: September 15, 2013

    whether those sharp cuts should be replaced, and how to do that: with “”smarter”” cuts or new revenues, or some combination? Meanwhile, Speaker John Boehner and Republicans demand that any increase of the nation’s ability to borrow money must come with added spending cuts and reforms. However, the White House and Democrats adamantly refuse to […]

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  • 43 GOP Lawmakers Float Alternative CR That Defunds Obamacare

    Date posted: September 13, 2013

    Forty-three House Republicans have introduced their own continuing resolution that they think would achieve the goal of both cutting spending and defunding Obamacare better than the plan GOP leaders put forth Tuesday. Rather than fund the government for a month and a half at the post-sequester top line of $988 billion, it would run through […]

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  • Democratic Concession Could Avert a Shutdown

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    Congressional Democrats are no longer ruling out a short-term spending bill that includes the sequester cuts in its topline numbers, a potential concession that could help avert a government shutdown at the end of the month. But the softer strategy comes with a tougher message: Republicans-not Democrats-should be the ones held responsible for shutting down […]

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  • House Republican leaders delay vote on new budget bill until next week

    Date posted: September 12, 2013

    With a government shutdown looming in less than three weeks, Republican House leaders conceded Wednesday that they have yet to muster enough votes to approve a plan to keep federal agencies open. A vote on the measure, set for Thursday, was postponed until at least next week after conservatives balked, demanding that any deal to […]

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  • House Republicans Scramble to Avoid October Government Shutdown

    Date posted: September 11, 2013

    Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File PhotoCruz and almost a dozen Republicans have stated they won’t support GOP leaders’ plan to allow an Obamacare defunding measure to fail in the Senate while letting the underlying spending bill survive. House Republican leaders made their first real move Tuesday toward averting a politically catastrophic shutdown Oct. 1, but […]

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  • Syria Will Dominate Week, but There’s Plenty More to Do

    Date posted: September 8, 2013

    Consumed with the vote over whether to attack Syria, lawmakers return from their summer recess Monday to a capital that will be dominated by the pending decision. But that is hardly the only issue facing Congress as it begins the fall session. Unresolved battles over government spending, the federal debt, farm policy, immigration reform, and […]

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  • Questions of Policy and Leadership Dog Obama Before Meeting in Russia

    Date posted: September 5, 2013

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Not even a month ago, President Obama canceled a planned summit meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin, citing Russia’s decision to grant asylum to Edward J. Snowden as evidence of a broader deterioration of relations. “We weren’t going to have a summit for the sake of appearances,” the president’s deputy national […]

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  • G&A Partners, a Houston-based HR outsourcing firm and Professional Employer Organization

    Date posted: September 2, 2013

    Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 / Updated: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 07:08 AMG&A Partners Ranks Among the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in AmericaHOUSTON – For nearly a decade, G&A has been recognized among the publication’s Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies for maintaining a healthy and sustainable level of growth. G&A, which was also consecutively ranked among […]

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  • IRS Provides Clarity on Whether PEOs Can Offer Eligible Employer-sponsored Plans

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    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released final regulations on the requirement that individuals maintain health insurance that meets the minimum essential coverage standard (the “individual mandate”).  These regulations give clarity to Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) offering group health plan coverage to employees on behalf of an employer.  An individual can satisfy the minimum essential coverage requirement […]

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  • The House speaker predicts ‘a whale of a fight’ but he says the timing is right.

    Date posted: August 29, 2013

    House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that getting the GOP-controlled House to agree to raising the U.S. debt ceiling will only come with a bipartisan deal to make cost-saving changes to Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, farm programs and government pensions. Before becoming speaker in 2011, Boehner said, he’d watched leaders of both parties delay a […]

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  • Is America About to Go to War Again?

    Date posted: August 26, 2013

    In a dramatic shift in tone, the Obama administration is talking in uncompromising terms about Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons, suggesting that the president has already decided to take military action of some kind. Secretary of State John Kerry today raised the stakes, calling the killing of women and children with […]

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  • GOP’s Obamacare Shutdown Caucus?

    Date posted: August 23, 2013

    The number and names are in: 80 House Republicans representing the most conservative wing of their conference have signed the letter urging leadership to defund Obamacare in any spending bill to float the government past Sept. 30. The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., doesn’t mention “government shutdown,” but that’s exactly what that strategy […]

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  • McDonnell says he will serve out term as Virginia governor

    Date posted: August 21, 2013

    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), appearing Tuesday at a Fairfax County event to highlight efforts by the technology sector to employ veterans, deflected a host of reporters’ questions about the scandal that has consumed the waning days of his tenure. But McDonnell, a day after his attorneys met with federal prosecutors to argue against filing legal charges related […]

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  • 7 Bills That Could Actually Pass

    Date posted: August 13, 2013

    The pronouncements that this Congress is one of the least productive in history have reached a crescendo. Of the 25 bills that have been signed into law so far, even the most rudimentary took a tortured route to passage. But just as there are signs that parties and chambers can work together to get things […]

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  • This Week’s Tape: Eyeing Retailers, Warily

    Date posted: August 12, 2013

    On tap for the week ahead are earnings from retailers Macy’s Inc., Kohl’s Corp., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Analysts at Retail Metrics recently identified some softness across the retail sector, raising a cautionary flag as companies head into the back-to-school selling season. “Higher year-on-year gas prices, the payroll tax increase, summer doldrums, lack of wage gains, […]

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  • Obama Outlines Plans for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    Date posted: August 7, 2013

    PHOENIX – President Obama hailed both this city’s and the country’s comeback from the housing bust on Tuesday, and said it was now time to reduce the federal role and risk in the mortgage market “to make sure the kind of crisis we went through never happens again.” He proposed to “wind down” Fannie Mae […]

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  • Iran Seen Trying New Path to a Bomb

    Date posted: August 5, 2013

    WASHINGTON-Iran could begin producing weapons-grade plutonium by next summer, U.S. and European officials believe, using a different nuclear technology that would be easier for foreign countries to attack. The second path to potentially producing a nuclear weapon could complicate international efforts to negotiate with Iran’s new president, Hasan Rouhani, who was sworn in Sunday in […]

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  • Republicans Split on Efforts to Defund Obama Health-Care Law

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    Shutting down the U.S. government to starve President Barack Obama’s health-care system overhaul is the wrong solution pushed only by a “few extreme people” in Congress, lawmakers from both major parties said. As Congress prepares to negotiate the federal budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, a faction of Republican senators — led by Ted Cruz […]

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  • Congress Scatters for Summer Recess on Heels of Tepid Job Growth

    Date posted: August 2, 2013

    The White House reacted to today’s middling employment numbers by insisting that the less-than-expected addition of 162,000 new jobs is just a reminder the economy won’t get any better until the sequester is turned off. Republicans in Congress reacted by saying much less than they usually do about the monthly jobs reports – and then […]

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  • Democrats, Too, Plan to Slam Washington in August

    Date posted: July 31, 2013

    Douglas Graham/CQ Roll CallThe House Democrats’ August playbook comes with Pelosi’s “best wishes” and a pleothora of ways to blame the GOP majority for the problems and delay in Washington. House Democrats and Republicans appear to be taking the same message home for August: Washington is broken. The only difference is whom they’re pointing the finger at […]

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  • Congress Focuses on Final Legislation Before August Exodus

    Date posted: July 28, 2013

    Congress this week wraps up its final legislative days before its August break, with significant work on tap, including the confirmation of a new FBI director and final passage of a bill lowering the interest rates on student loans. But these last days leading up to Friday’s exodus may also be noisy ones. With a […]

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  • Bill to Roll Back Student-Loan Rate Hike Passes Senate, Moves to House

    Date posted: July 25, 2013

    The Senate voted Wednesday to roll back a student-loan interest-rate hike and restructure the way many federal student-loan rates are calculated. The vote, 81-18, came after weeks of negotiations by a bipartisan group of senators that also exposed a divide between many Senate Democrats and the White House over how to handle an automatic rate […]

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  • Lawmakers Face Crunch Time Before August Recess

    Date posted: July 22, 2013

    With their August vacation around the corner-and only 17 legislative days before the new fiscal year-the House and Senate enter this week still without a budget deal, far apart on spending bills, and with no plan to raise the debt ceiling by autumn. The Senate does expect to vote as early as Tuesday on an […]

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  • A New Governing Majority in the Senate?

    Date posted: July 18, 2013

    Senators working together across the aisle is nothing new, but getting together in a group to negotiate is certainly in vogue, and what’s more, the “gangs” might have a window to cut through the dysfunction. A loose governing coalition appears to be emerging, with roughly a third of the Senate’s Republicans joining nearly every Democrat […]

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  • “Gang of Eight” Looks to Pressure House on Immigration Through Advocates

    Date posted: July 12, 2013

    Facing a House that is thoroughly unimpressed with the immigration bill they just passed through the Senate, members of the “”Gang of Eight”” are looking to an outside-in strategy to pressure lawmakers into action. The eight senators who wrote the original draft of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act took a rest, […]

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  • Senate Republicans’ New Push to Block Obamacare

    Date posted: July 10, 2013

    Senate Republicans are launching another effort to defund parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law, including what their campaign chairman referred to Wednesday as “the death panel.” All 46 Republican senators signed on to a letter spearheaded by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., that calls for a permanent delay of the health care law. “While […]

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  • Lawmakers Return to Face Immigration, Student Loans

    Date posted: July 7, 2013

    With their August recess only a month away, lawmakers return to Washington with a debate raging over immigration reform, student-loan interest rates still unsettled, and little sign of progress toward a budget deal. House Republicans will hold a closed-door meeting on immigration Wednesday that could help chart a path after the Senate passed its sweeping […]

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  • Administration Delays Obamacare Employer Mandate

    Date posted: July 4, 2013

    The delay of a major health reform provision means that employers won’t be required to offer their workers health insurance next year. The complex and unpopular Obamacare requirement will now be implemented in 2015, after next year’s election, the Treasury Department announced on Tuesday. The decision is a relief to employers, which have been struggling to […]

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  • Nearly One in Five Members of Congress Gets Paid Twice

    Date posted: June 28, 2013

    An interview with the author To solve the debt crisis, Americans-who are already suffering in these tough economic times-will have to make even more sacrifices, Rep. Mike Coffman told his House colleagues last year. So, leaning on his military service, the 58-year-old Colorado Republican argued that members of Congress should take the first step and […]

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  • Immigration Overhaul Passes Senate

    Date posted: June 27, 2013

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid meets with Astrid Silva of Las Vegas before the immigration vote. Silva came to the U.S. from Mexico illegally with her parents when she was 4 years old. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) After three weeks of debate and 18 votes, the Senate overwhelmingly voted, 68-32, to pass an immigration overhaul […]

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  • Senate on Glide Path to Passing Immigration-Reform Bill

    Date posted: June 24, 2013

    The Senate is in pursuit of a bipartisan compromise on border protections before a vote later this week on final passage of its bill, which aims to usher in the most significant immigration reforms in 30 years. Meanwhile, the House takes up an agriculture spending bill and two energy measures tied to offshore drilling. The […]

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  • Farm Bill’s Failure Poisons Well in House

    Date posted: June 21, 2013

    Updated 6:23 p.m. | The House’s stunning defeat of the farm bill Thursday dealt another blow to Speaker John A. Boehner’s leadership and set off a poisonous round of partisan finger-pointing that raised questions about the ability of the chamber to craft bipartisan deals on immigration, the budget and the debt later this year. As […]

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  • Farm Bill Defeated in Blow to Boehner

    Date posted: June 20, 2013

    The House defeated the farm bill resoundingly on a 195-234 vote Thursday, dealing another blow to Speaker John A. Boehner, who has struggled to move legislation opposed by conservative interest groups. Most Democrats opposed the bill, unhappy with a $20.5 billion cut to food stamps, while Republicans deeply split into competing factions. Sixty-two Republicans voted […]

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  • House GOP Makes Aggressive Opening Bid on Immigration

    Date posted: June 19, 2013

    House Republicans are ready to play ball on immigration-aggressively. They are taking the strategy they attribute to President Obama-pushing for legislation and taking political credit, win or lose-and using it for themselves. They are asking for big-time enforcement, much of it highly offensive to Democrats. If the final negotiations don’t work out, they can always […]

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  • Bracing for Obamacare, Some Businesses Try PEOs

    Date posted: June 17, 2013

    ESCO Communications, an Indianapolis-based audio/visual equipment installer, has provided health insurance for its 100 employees for more than 40 years, but when CEO Chip Roth was faced with 40 percent price hike on the company’s plan last year, he realized he needed to make a change. The cost increase–coupled with expected complexities of the Affordable Care Act, often referred […]

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  • House Faces Off on Farm Bill, Late-Term Abortions

    Date posted: June 16, 2013

    While the Senate continues its floor focus on amendments to its immigration-reform bill, the House this week is set for contentious action on its version of a five-year farm bill and on another measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Just the scheduling for a vote of the House’s $940 billion Federal […]

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  • Dear Congress: America Still Hates You

    Date posted: June 14, 2013

    A bit of news for members of Congress on their way home for the weekend: America hates you. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans told Gallup pollsters this month that they disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, the 45th consecutive month that more than two-thirds of Americans graded Congress poorly. The problem isn’t as much […]

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  • Senate Clears First Immigration Hurdle

    Date posted: June 11, 2013

    Updated 4:45 p.m. | The Senate on Tuesday voted to open debate on a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill on overwhelmingly bipartisan lines, staving off a filibuster 82 to 15. All 15 senators voting to filibuster debate were Republicans: John Barrasso of Wyoming, John Boozman of Arkansas, Michael D. Crapo of Idaho, Ted Cruz of Texas, […]

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  • NCCI Report Validates PEO Model, Challenges Perceptions

    Date posted: June 9, 2013

    Authored by NCCI Chief Economist Harry Shuford, yesterday’s report concluded that PEO claims experience as measured by loss ratios or claim costs relative to premium was no worse and was typically better than that of non-PEOs. Paul Hughes, founder and chief executive officer of Florida-based Risk Transfer Holdings, said the research validates what many advocates […]

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  • Senate Gears Up for Floor Fight on Immigration

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    Following a scheduled vote Monday evening on final passage of its farm bill, the Senate this week will press ahead with what is anticipated to become intensely combative floor action on major legislation to legalize 11 million undocumented immigrants. Weeks of floor debate on the bill are still on tap, with Senate Democratic leaders holding […]

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  • Cornyn, Rubio Highlight Border Security Questions

    Date posted: June 5, 2013

    Even before the immigration overhaul formally reaches the Senate floor, the amendment maze is already taking shape. As we reported Tuesday, a number of GOP senators are already planning amendments on subjects ranging from the definition of operational control of the border to enforcement of the requirement that immigrants applying for a newly-created legal status pay back […]

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  • “Temporary” farm subsidy program may finally meet the reaper

    Date posted: June 3, 2013

    NEW YORK – The building is one of the finest on Central Park West. Celebrity residents. Park views. Units priced at up to $24 million. It is most definitely not a farm. But last year, the U.S. government sent $9,070 in farm subsidies to an apartment here. Even the woman who got that money isn’t exactly […]

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  • Congress Will Continue to Probe IRS

    Date posted: June 2, 2013

    Congress returns from a weeklong recess with inquiries into the Internal Revenue Service still atop its agenda, as three more hearings have been set and a lawsuit has been filed in federal court. On Monday, President Obama’s new pick to run the embattled tax agency, Danny Werfel, will make his first appearance since taking over […]

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  • Oldest Member of Congress Ralph Hall Focuses on the Future

    Date posted: May 31, 2013

    Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, has earned several age-related distinctions in the past year, including oldest member ever to serve in the House and oldest person to vote on the House floor. But Hall is not one to cling to the past. Hall, who turned 90 earlier this month, spent Memorial Day weekend in 2012 skydiving […]

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  • CBO Details Top 10 Most Expensive Tax Breaks

    Date posted: May 30, 2013

    The off-budget tax breaks, known as tax expenditures, got an even bigger target placed on them Wednesday when the Congressional Budget Office released a new report detailing the top 10 most expensive breaks. Both Republicans and Democrats have been eyeing these breaks recently as potential revenue in any overhaul of the tax code. Eliminating, reducing, or […]

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  • Meet the Man Who Set Off the IRS Firestorm

    Date posted: May 24, 2013

    J. Russell George paused for just a moment before he took his seat at the witness table. He wanted to take it all in. The Treasury inspector general for tax administration, whose audit of the Internal Revenue Service had set off a national firestorm, had been in this very room before-three decades earlier. That was […]

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  • Senate Ratings Changes: The Political Environment Turns on Democrats

    Date posted: May 22, 2013

    While national polls haven’t shown a shift in the public’s opinion of President Barack Obama’s performance, recent controversies have, in my view, significantly changed the political landscape. And changes in the landscape have led the Rothenberg Political Report to change its Senate ratings. For the past few years, the public’s focus has been on Republicans’ opposition […]

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  • Will Obama Administration Controversies Affect Democratic Recruitment?

    Date posted: May 20, 2013

    There is no doubt that the three major controversies on which President Barack Obama finds his administration on the defensive – Benghazi, the IRS targeting of conservatives and the subpoenaing of AP phone records – have changed the political narrative of the day. Instead of mobilizing all of his resources to promote his agenda, the president […]

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  • 5 Takeaways From the Ways and Means IRS Hearing

    Date posted: May 18, 2013

    On a rare Friday of congressional action, the first hearing was held to examine the IRS scandal involving the extra, and in some cases unprecedented, scrutiny given to conservative organizations that applied for tax-exempt status over a two-year period covering 2010 to 2012. Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller was in the hot seat for […]

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  • Lawmakers Outraged by Leaks Struggle With DOJ's AP Seizure

    Date posted: May 16, 2013

    Douglas Graham/CQ Roll CallFeinstein said Wednesday that she is not yet alarmed by the Department of Justice’s acquisition of phone records to and from Associated Press reporters. Though plenty of noise is being made over the Department of Justice’s subpoenas of reporters’ phone records, there is a steady stream of lawmakers who remain neutral about […]

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  • White House Controversies Unite Republicans, Divide Democrats

    Date posted: May 15, 2013

    As three separate scandals-the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of the tea party, the Justice Department’s phone-records grab from the Associated Press, and Benghazi-erupt simultaneously, congressional Republicans are hoping to fold them into a single narrative of an unaccountable and overreaching White House that cannot be trusted. But congressional Democrats-knowing the fate of a progressive agenda […]

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  • Obama’s Troubles Won’t Harm Immigration Bill

    Date posted: May 14, 2013

    President Barack Obama’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad media cycle (or week) could have many consequences for a White House on the defensive – but imperiling a comprehensive immigration overhaul likely isn’t one of them. Reports that the IRS targeted conservative groups, the Department of Justice obtained phone records of Associated Press reporters and the continued drama surrounding the September […]

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  • Paris Air Show: Begging for Senators?

    Date posted: May 13, 2013

    Even in the age of sequestration and curbed official travel, U.S. senators, their spouses and staffers will be heading to the Paris Air Show as part of an official congressional delegation this June. But just how many of them are planning to go is still up in the air, and many offices are hesitant to […]

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  • House GOP Investigating IRS Focus on Tea Party Groups

    Date posted: May 12, 2013

    Updated 5:52 pm | House Republicans are seizing on the IRS admission that personnel improperly targeted tea party groups for scrutiny, with Speaker John A. Boehner drawing a connection to abuses of the past. “The admission by the Obama administration that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political opponents echoes some of the most shameful abuses of […]

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  • Senate Race Recruitment: Too Early to Fail?

    Date posted: May 9, 2013

    Despite the numerous holes on the Senate race recruitment map, a look back at last cycle offers some context for how far there still is to go until the 2014 primaries. Georgia Rep. John Barrow’s decision on Tuesday to forgo a Senate campaign immediately raised concerns about whether Democrats can compete in the party’s top pickup opportunity, let […]

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