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Gregg Withdraws - Back to the Senate

February 12, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from consideration for Secretary of Commerce in the Obama administration and will return to his seat in the Senate.

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Not Helping the Dems Any

February 4, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The stimulus package is losing steam in the Senate, and making matters worse for Obama and congressional Democrats, the 2nd-most reliable cross-over Republican has announced that he won't be placing a vote on the bill. Elana Schor at TPM reports: >Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), the president's pick for Commerce Secretary, just revealed during an interview with CNBC that he would recuse himself from congressional votes while his nomination is being considered by his former Senate colleagues. UPDAT...

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Dems Will Not Get 60 in the Senate

February 2, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

A few days ago, the Democrats' all-but-forgotten dream of a 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate was suddenly renewed by rumors that Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) was under consideration to be Obama's Secretary of Commerce. New Hampshire's Governor, John Lynch, is a Democrat, so the immediate assumption was that he would appoint a Democrat to fill Gregg's Senate seat. Usually when there's a vacancy in the Senate to be filled by gubernatorial appointment, governors choose someone from their...

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Democratic 'Supermajority' is Back on the Table

January 29, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Roll Call is reporting that President Obama is thinking about naming Republican Senator Judd Gregg (NH) to serve as his Secretary of Commerce. Sam Stein, the Huffington Post's D.C. reporter, is calling it a "strong possibility." Here's why this is a potentially big deal: if Gregg accepts the job, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, a Democrat, would appoint Gregg's replacement, giving Senate Democrats the 60-seat majority they have been hoping for (assuming Al Franken is seated in Minnesota). ...

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