Daily News Round-Up for May 8, 2009

Washington Post’s The Plum Line Blog ( Washington , DC )

In a move that will surprise gay activists and liberals, a spokesperson for Focus on the Family, a top religious right group, tells me that his organization has no problem with GOP Senator Jeff Session‘s claim today that he’s open to a Supreme Court nominee with “gay tendencies.”

Gallup Polling ( USA )

Among women, Democrats maintain a solid double-digit advantage in party identification over Republicans, 41% to 27%.

Politico ( Washington , DC )

The party’s road to winning back a Senate majority, it seems, is paved with moderates whose records are sure to make conservatives blanch.

Pioneer Press’s Political Animal Blog ( St. Paul , MN )

Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty today further laid out his thinking on whether he would sign a U.S. Senate election certificate after the Minnesota Supreme Court makes its final ruling in the Franken-Coleman case.

Washington Post ( Washington , DC )

The modest proposal to slice $17 billion from 121 government programs quickly ran into a buzz saw of opposition on Capitol Hill yesterday, as an array of Democratic lawmakers vowed to fight White House efforts to deprive their favorite initiatives of federal funds.

The Hill ( Washington , DC )

Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) said he would like to keep his job in the Senate, but will make a formal decision whether to seek reelection in the next few weeks based on his ability to raise money for a campaign.

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