Politics

Good housekeeping

Politics | Lame-duck lawmakers slash and spend under low-key new leadership
by Bob Jones
Posted 11/27/04, 12:00 am

Two weeks after historic elections that decimated Democratic power on Capitol Hill, lawmakers returned to Washington for a week of housekeeping. They had to choose leaders, spend billions of dollars, and argue over differing versions of House and Senate bills-all the things that Congress always does. Still, the session was remarkable for more than just its short duration. It was also remarkably quiet, as chastened Democrats struggled to find their voice and define their values.

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Compassionate executive

Politics | Indiana's new governor beat the incumbent by wooing crossover votes with works that speak louder than words
by Russ Pulliam
Posted 11/20/04, 12:00 am

Indiana Governor-elect Mitch Daniels calls himself a Matthew 6 Christian. He'd rather practice his faith than talk about it.

He didn't say much about his Christian faith in his successful run against incumbent Democratic Gov. Joe Kernan. Instead, he let his record of quiet service at an inner-city private school in Indianapolis speak-and, in the end, it led him to a 53 percent to 46 percent victory.

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The Senate's new math

Politics | The U.S.
by Bob Jones
Posted 11/20/04, 12:00 am

From 0 to 84 in the blink of an eye. That's what will happen to the conservative ratings of one Senate seat from North Carolina when Richard Burr is sworn in to replace John Edwards in January of 2005. Mr. Edwards, the Democrats' former vice presidential candidate, managed to score a perfect 0 on the 2004 scorecard published by the Christian Coalition. That means he voted against a family-values position on the six issues-from abortion to abstinence to judicial nominations-deemed most important by the Coalition this year.

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