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President Obama Signs Health Care Bill

March 23, 2010

As you may have heard, President Obama signed the expanded health care bill into law this morning. The law expands health insurance coverage for more than 32 million Americans.

I have a feeling that this is going to continue to be a heated debate across the United States for days, weeks and months to come. So…what do you think? Is the health care bill a good thing? A bad thing?

From the New York Times:

Mr. Obama affixed his curlicue signature, almost letter by letter, to the measure, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, surrounded by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and a raft of other lawmakers who spent the past year on a legislative roller-coaster ride trying to pass it. Aides said he would pass out the 20 pens he used as mementoes.

The ceremony included two special guests: Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, who had been a driving force for health care legislation before his death last year, and Connie Anderson, the sister of Natoma Canfield, the Ohio cancer survivor whose struggle to pay skyrocketing health insurance premiums became a touchstone of Mr. Obama’s campaign to overhaul the system.

Mr. Kennedy’s son, Representative Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, was also there, carrying a gift for the president: a copy of a bill his father introduced in 1970 to provide national health insurance. On it, the younger Mr. Kennedy had written a personal message to Mr. Obama.

From ABC News:

Republicans across the country are specifically challenging the mandate in the health care bill that requires every individual to have health insurance, charging that it is unconstitutional.

The individual mandate is an “unprecedented overreach by the federal government forcing individual citizens to buy a good or a service for no other reason then they happen to be alive or a person,” Republican governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty said today on “Good Morning America.”

Pawlenty said he sent a letter to Minnesota’s Democratic attorney general arguing against the constitutionality of the mandate.

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Al Franken Wins Minnesota Senate Seat

June 30, 2009

“I deserve good things, I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am an attractive person. I am fun to be with.”

Once mentioned by Stuart Smalley (aka Al Franken) back in his Saturday Night Live days.

Now, he finally been certified as the winner of the Minnesota’s long-running Senate race.

From the Associated Press:

The high court rejected a legal challenge from Republican Norm Coleman, whose options for regaining the Senate seat are dwindling.

Justices said Franken is entitled to the election certificate he needs to assume office. With Franken and the usual backing of two independents, Democrats will have a big enough majority to overcome Republican filibusters.

Coleman hasn’t ruled out seeking federal court intervention.

Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said the earliest Franken would be seated is next week because the Senate is out of session for the July 4 holiday.

Franken, a former Saturday Night Live star making the leap from life as a left-wing author and radio talker to the Senate, planned a news conference later Tuesday and didn’t immediately comment.

Coleman’s campaign didn’t immediately return a call for comment. Nor did Gov. Tim Pawlenty, whose signature is required on the election certificate Franken needs to be seated.

Pawlenty, a Republican, has said he would sign the certificate if ordered to do so by the court. The court’s ruling stopped short of explicitly ordering the governor to sign the document, saying only that Franken was “entitled” to it.

Sarah Palin to Address Republican National Convention

September 3, 2008

Tonight may be the biggest speech in the political career of Alaska Governor and Republican running mate, Sarah Palin. Tonight, Palin will be formally introduced (again) to the nation in a speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also scheduled to speak on Wednesday is former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

CNN

Credit: CNN

From Reuters:

Sarah Palin has dominated the Republican convention for days without making a public appearance but on Wednesday she takes the spotlight with a prime-time speech that will introduce her to American voters.

Since John McCain made the nearly unknown Palin his No. 2, the Alaska governor has been at the center of a media storm fueled by disclosures about her unmarried teenage daughter’s pregnancy, a probe into her role in an Alaskan official’s firing and questions about the her political record.

McCain, 72, an Arizona senator, and Palin will be nominated by the convention on Wednesday to face Democrat Barack Obama and his vice presidential running mate, Joe Biden, in the November 4 presidential election.

Palin’s anti-abortion and pro-gun record have excited conservatives and party activists but the appearance on Wednesday will be her first chance to directly tell American voters her life story and philosophy.

It comes just five days after McCain shocked the U.S. political world by introducing the 44-year-old first-term governor as his running mate at an Ohio rally.

From CNN:

GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took a Wednesday morning tour of the podium at the Republican National Convention, hours before she’ll return to give what will be the most scrutinized speech of her career.

The Alaska governor walked through the nearly empty Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul and spent about 10 minutes checking out the podium where she’ll give her prime-time acceptance speech as Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential nominee.

Palin told reporters that she feels “great.”

“I’m excited to speak to Americans. This will be good. It’s about reform,” she said.

Top McCain staff, including campaign manager Rick Davis and senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, accompanied Palin on her tour.

The governor’s address is sure to generate a lot of attention since McCain surprised many political observers last week with his selection of Palin over better-known contenders such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

This should be a very interesting speech with a very large audience of Republican, Democrat and undecided voters. You don’t normally associate one speech in determining an election, but the importance of this speech could be felt all the way to November. With the controversy of her daughter, Bristol Palin and her “soon to be husband” Levi Johnston, as well as other situations involving her husband and other political questions, it should bring the country together to watch. Thoughts?

John McCain Chooses His VP

August 28, 2008

A senior official for the McCain campaign has stated that John McCain has chosen his running mate for the 2008 election and the person chosen will be notified on Thursday.

Associated Press/Matt York

Credit: Associated Press/Matt York

From Politico:

A friend said McCain had pretty much settled on his selection early this week, and it crystallized in the past few days. Campaign manager Rick Davis flew to McCain’s cabin in Sedona, Ariz., a few days ago to confer, and another meeting about the choice was held with top aides Wednesday.

The news leaked on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, detracting attention from speeches by former President Bill Clinton and the Democratic ticket mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.

McCain’s selection process has been conducted mostly in secret, but officials said he was considering one or more candidates who support abortion rights. The disclosure set off a fracas on the right wing, with talk-show host Rush Limbaugh saying such a selection would destroy the party.

McCain is planning to roll out his vice presidential nominee in three battleground states this weekend, with large-scale rallies planned for Ohio, Pennsylvania and Missouri, according to aides and advisers.

McCain’s choice will be very important in this campaign. Once his choice is announced, we will have our “final four” and the race will officially be in the home stretch. This will be the most important election of our time and it is, and should continue to be, a very tight race. Thoughts?