Stories You Should Know (1/5/2010)

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
While the recent political chatter in Washington has focused on Democrats retiring from Congress, Republicans are leaving the House in greater numbers, a trend that could blunt the party’s momentum heading into the November midterm elections.

USA Today (USA)
House and Senate Democrats intend to bypass traditional procedures when they negotiate a final compromise on health care legislation, officials said Monday, a move that will exclude Republican lawmakers and reduce their ability to delay or force politically troubling votes in both houses.

The Hill (Washington, DC)
The GOP “screwed up” after President Ronald Regan left office in the late 1980s, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele wrote in his forthcoming book.

Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, CA)
Just minutes after Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner released his fundraising figures for the last half of 2009, rival Meg Whitman’s campaign said today that it had raised $3.5 million in that period and $10 million over 2009.

Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT)
Attorney Mike Lee plans to join the field of candidates challenging Sen. Bob Bennett for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Lee, a prominent Salt Lake City attorney who lives in Alpine, plans to make the announcement tomorrow at the Utah Capitol. He will be endorsed by former Gov. Norm Bangerter and former U.S. Rep. Jim Hansen.

New York Times (New York, NY)
Rick A. Lazio is on a tear: ripping into corruption and cowardice in Albany, blasting state leaders’ addiction to spending and taxes, warning that New York is on the verge of losing a generation of job seekers to economic decline. But even among New York Republicans, Mr. Lazio’s fiery pitch for his gubernatorial campaign hasn’t yet ignited any prairie fires.

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