Stories You Should Know (10/13/09)

The Hill (Washington, DC)

Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) is risking a shot at becoming the top Republican on an influential Senate committee by backing Democratic healthcare legislation, according to senators on the panel.

NPR (USA)

Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson became an overnight sensation two weeks ago when he said the Republican health care plan was “die quickly.” And back in his home district Monday night, a town hall meeting on health care for his constituents drew partisans on both sides of the debate.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA)

Democrat R. Creigh Deeds last night blasted Republican gubernatorial rival Bob McDonnell as a “smooth talker” who runs from his conservative roots, while McDonnell tied Deeds to the disputed policies of President Barack Obama, breaking little new ground.

Washington Times (Washington, DC)

The surprise endorsement of climate-change legislation by a leading Senate Republican has jump-started the languishing proposal but also has raised the prospect that it will include two major items that environmentalists dislike: more nuclear power and more offshore oil drilling.

Quad-City Times (Davenport, IA)

Former New York Gov. George Pataki is making another trip to Iowa, this time to Scott County for a fundraising dinner next month, local Republicans say. The trip is sure to spur speculation about a 2012 presidential bid.

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