Daily News Round-Up for July 15, 2009

Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN)

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, who had left the door open to a run for governor next year, shut the door hard in a release this afternoon.

Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA)

Republican Bob McDonnell lagged behind Democrat R. Creigh Deeds in fundraising for the gubernatorial race during the most recent period, but he holds a big lead in campaign cash, records show.

New York Times (New York, NY)

House Democratic leaders took a big step toward guaranteeing health insurance for most Americans on Tuesday as they unveiled a bill that detailed how they would expand coverage, slow the growth of Medicare, raise taxes on high-income people and penalize employers who do not provide health benefits to their workers.

Politico (Washington, DC)

Gov. Sarah Palin said last weekend that she’d be willing to campaign for some Democrats when she leaves office later this month.

Philadelphia Daily News (Philadelphia, PA)

Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) raised $1.73 million in the second quarter of the year toward his reelection effort, amid attacks over his party switch from a probable challenger, his campaign said.

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