State of the Union
You can read President Bush's entire State of the Union speech here:
Money, money, money
The Republican National Committee raised $105 million in 2005 and has $34
million currently in the bank. The Democrat National Committee raised $56
million in 2006 under Howard Dean, and has only $6 million in cash on hand.
Democratic Party election committees have narrowed the gap with the GOP.
They raised $143 million last year, up from $128 million four years ago;
while GOP committees raised $206 million, down from $234 million in 2001.
The Democratic Senatorial Committee, under Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
actually raised more money than its GOP counterpart – collecting an all-time
high of $44 million compared to the Republicans’ $36 million.
Former U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle speaks at 8 tonight at
Iowa State University on the subject of "Defining Values in the American
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) is scheduled to headline a Linn County
Democrats' fund-raising dinner on Feb. 11 in Cedar Rapids, host a
fund-raiser Sunday in Ottumwa for Iowa Senate candidates, and spend Monday
in Des Moines.
Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) is speaking at the Scott County
Democrats' annual banquet on Feb. 25 in Davenport.
Governor George Pataki (R-NY) is scheduled to headline a state GOP
fund-raiser in Sioux City Thursday evening; visit with business and state
legislative leaders in northern Iowa on Friday; and visit the University of
Iowa and attend a fund-raiser for U.S. Rep. Jim Leach in Iowa City on
Meanwhile, Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) is set to deliver a speech at
Governing Magazine's 2006 "Outlook in the States Conference" at the National
Press Club in Washington, DC. While Vilsack was flying to D.C. last night,
the Democrats in the Iowa House offered an amendment to a seniors tax cut
bill by Republicans to eliminate Iowa income tax on all income of Iowans 65
years or older making $36,000 if single and $48,000 or less if married.
Republicans unanimously supported the measure as did 30 Democrats. Vilsack
may want to stay closer to home if he expects to have any money to spend.