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Last White, Deep South Democrat in Congress Loses

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 6th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Last White, Deep South Democrat in Congress Loses
Cristina Marcos, The Hill: Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) lost reelection Tuesday night, marking the end of an era as the last white House Democrat representing the Deep South. Barrow’s loss also reflects the diminishing presence of political centrists in Congress and was a blow to the remaining Blue Dog Democrats. The fifth-term incumbent lost to GOP businessman Rick Allen, 53 percent to 46 percent with 91 percent of precincts reporting.

Voters in 3 States Approve Minimum Wage Increases
Voters in Arkansas, Nebraska and Illinois approved ballot measures on Tuesday to raise their states’ minimum wages, adding fuel to the ongoing debate about the federal standard. “The polling on minimum wage is very clear: It is something that three quarters of the country supports,” said Michael Strain, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who specializes in labor market and federal budget policy.

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