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September 2, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

Crossing the Aisle

>Republican congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest broke ranks with his party yesterday and endorsed Democrat Frank Kratovil as the candidate he thinks should replace him in Congress in the 1st District. The endorsement came about seven months after Gilchrest lost a bitter Republican primary to State Sen. Andy Harris in the Eastern Shore district that also includes part of Anne Arundel County. Link

A Real Go-Getter

>Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin employed a lobbying firm to secure almost $27 million in federal earmarks for a town of 6,700 residents while she was its mayor, according to an analysis by an independent government watchdog group. Link

Cold Shouldered

>Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Tuesday that he was told he could go to the Republican convention floor under restricted conditions, but he’d have to pick up his pass at the gate and he couldn’t have any guests. “Republican congressmen should have a pass to the floor but they said, ‘Your pass will be at the gate and we’ll pick it up when you leave and you can’t take anybody with you,” Paul said on CNN’s “American Morning.” Link

Probably not too big a deal for Paul, since he’s got his own sold-out convention going on just down the street.

Blowhard Doofus Responds

>If Sen. Joe Biden was hurt that Republican operative Karl Rove called him a “big blowhard doofus” at an event in Minneapolis Monday, he didn’t show it. On hearing the news, Biden grinned and said “he’s a great American.”

“You can call me anything you want,” he said. “I learned a long time ago you can call me anything you want.” Link

Measuring Poverty

>Congressional lawmakers and officials of some cities are increasingly calling for an overhaul in the way the federal government measures poverty, arguing that the current definition fails to reflect fully the hardships or resources available to struggling Americans. Link

Rep. McCarthy Presents the Republican Platform

Click here to download the platform as a 67-page pdf

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