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Blanche Lincoln goes to K Street

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There should just be a shuttle that goes back and forth between Congress and K Street. It could run on hot air.

Blanche, feel free to step right through the revolving door:

Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln is planning to set up shop on K Street. Alston & Bird will announce this week that the Arkansas Democrat will join its operation, according to a source close to the firm.

Know who else is at Alston & Bird? Former Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.), and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.).

So many lobbyists, so little time.

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Christopher Dodd Drops Plan To Scale Back Derivative Regulation

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TPM brings us some good news:

A far-reaching proposal to regulate derivative trading will not be scaled back in Wall Street reform legislation, at least for now, multiple Senate aides confirm. The development comes as welcome news to an unusual mix of progressives, financial officials, and at least one conservative Democrat: Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).

[...]  Dodd proposed kicking the spin-off provision down the road for two years pending review by federal regulators, many of whom are already unfavorably disposed to it.
Progressives who support tougher oversight opposed that.

As for conservaDem Blanche Lincoln, she's now facing a run-off against a much more progressive Bill Halter.See what a few thousand determined voters can do?

But that would still buy Lincoln time (her runoff is on June 8 ) and would force top Democrats to explain why they scrapped the tough-on-Wall-Street plan behind closed doors.

Before the primary, there was criticism of Lincoln for putting forth a progressive piece of legislation. As I already mentioned, she didn't win or lose the primary, and there will be a run-off in three weeks. So, for the next few weeks, she will still push for this legislation. As Thom Hartmann just said on his radio show, she is an unlikely hero.

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Quickie: Real Dem outraises Blue Dog

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By GottaLaff

Today's Quickie:


Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) raised about $1.3 million from January to March, her campaign announced Tuesday. Her challenger, Bill Halter, raised $2 million.

There's a reason Halter is pulling in more cash: He's not a fake Democrat. Blanche, on the other hand, will hopefully have to consider starring in own reality show:


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Nancy Pelosi "gets what she wants"

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By GottaLaff

Today's Quickie, directly from the Thom Hartmann Show just now:

Thom Hartmann: Will Nancy Pelosi get the votes for health care?

Ellen Ratner: She gets what she wants, to quote someone very high up. And Blanche Lincoln is now considering a two step process.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?

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