Stories You Should Know (6/17/10)

The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.)
Across Wisconsin, Democrats suddenly find themselves fighting to hold seats they once took for granted.  With six months before Election Day, Republicans are pressing to claim the governor’s office for the first time since 2001, win majorities in the legislature, challenge liberal Sen. Russ Feingold with a tea party activist, and seriously contend in three of the five congressional districts held by Democrats.

The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.)
The Senate on Wednesday rejected a $140 billion taxes and spending package in a resounding defeat for President Obama and Democratic leaders that signaled the era of freewheeling stimulus spending is giving way to greater concern for deficits.

The Miami Herald (Miami, FL)
The Tea Party Express is pledging to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to boost little-known Joe Miller’s bid to defeat U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
Senator Scott Brown, a freshman Republican from Massachusetts who has sided with Democrats on several key votes, said after meeting briefly with President Obama yesterday that he will not back any climate-change measure that includes a fee on carbon emissions, but he left open the possibility of supporting “a comprehensive energy plan.’’

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