Hahn-Huey Congressional Race Tests Democrats
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LA City Council member Janice Hahn is getting a tough race from direct-mail marketer Craig Huey in a nasty Congressional race that also could be a close one. It's a classic battle between the Left and the Far Right in the kind of mid-summer special election that can have a surprising outcome. Huey has inspired a lot of Tea Party volunteers. Can Hahn turn out the Democrats, with a registration advantage of 18 percent? The voting is tomorrow in an election that could make a difference on Capitol Hill. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, taxes, spending, entitlement programs and the debt ceiling. Can Republicans and Democrats make a deal before the money runs out in Washington?
An Unexpectedly Lively Race for Congress ()
Tomorrow marks a political showdown in Southland beach towns from Venice to San Pedro. At stake is the Congressional seat of Democrat Jane Harman, who resigned after her re-election last year. Veteran LA Council member Janice Hahn is a Democrat running against Republican Craig Huey, who's a veteran of direct-mail marketing. Democrats have a registration advantage of 18 percent, but Huey came out of nowhere in the May primary campaign.
- Eric Bauman: California Democratic Party
- Jon Fleischman: California Republican Party, @FlashReport
- Gene Maddaus: LA Weekly, @GeneMaddaus
- Donna Littlejohn: Daily Breeze, @donnalittlejohn
Stalemate over the Debt Ceiling Continues ()
Last week, President Obama and Speaker John Boehner agreed that the debt-limit deadline had created an opportunity for something "big:" tax loophole-closings and spending cuts, including adjustments to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. But yesterday, Boehner backed off and called for a smaller package or even a stopgap. This morning, the President called any extension "unacceptable." As Washington's debt-limit brinkmanship continues with inconclusive meetings and political positioning, will Washington let the money run out? Will Medicare and Social Security be part of a final deal?
- Susan Davis: National Journal
- Andy Roth: Club for Growth
- William Galston: Brookings Institution
- Andrew Kohut: Pew Research Center, @pewresearch
- Roger Hickey: Campaign for America's Future
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