Last year, President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation’s schoolchildren was deemed so controversial that even the Austin Independent School District in a heavily Democratic county that went for Obama in 2008 took an arms-length approach to the event. This year, officials embraced the speech, and students were the winners.
She referred to herself as the “daughter of an economist”, who is passionately concerned about the state of her U.S. budget, the South’s right to bear arms and getting back to the basics of the American Constitution. Read More: HopeStar.com
MOBILE, Alabama — U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, today sent a letter to BP oil spill fund chief Kenneth Feinberg, telling him that “Alabama is at a critical juncture” and imploring him to remember the needs of those in the state’s tourism and seafood industries. al.com
Christine O’Donnell’s upset win in Delaware’s GOP Senate primary put Sen. Jim DeMint back on TV and in the headlines. The South Carolina Republican has been taking on the GOP establishment this election season, backing a number of candidates who have challenged incumbents from the right. Read More: Wall Street Journal
Republican George LeMieux of Florida entered the U.S. Senate last year as a stand-in. This week, he played the role of statesman. Mr. LeMieux was one of just two GOP senators to break with his party and clear the way for Thursday’s passage of a plan to make more credit and tax breaks available to small businesses. Unlike previous economic-relief measures, the Small Business Jobs Act won’t add to the federal budget deficit. Mr. LeMieux didn’t have to compromise his position against deficit spending to support it. Orlando Sentinel
In a press conference where he likened Gov. Bob Riley to a panhandler begging for crumbs, Attorney General Troy King said the governor has been ‘easily manipulated’ by oil giant BP, so much so that he believes Riley is working against the state’s interest by criticizing lawsuits that King has filed. Read more: Montgomery Advertiser
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill to create a $30 billion government fund to help open lending for credit-starved small businesses, cut their taxes and boost federal loan programs for them. Washington Times