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Monday, December 08, 2008

Iowa Independent: Parsing the House Democrats' committee assignments

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

House Democrats seem to have made strategically smart decisions in assigning their members to committees for the 2009 legislative session. ... Almost all vulnerable Democratic incumbents have been kept off the Ways and Means committee. In a year of budget shortfalls, Ways and Means will likely have to send some tax-increasing bills to the floor. Members of the committee who vote to send those bills to the floor will be said to have voted for tax increases an absurd number of times because negative direct mail does not typically distinguish between committee votes and floor votes. As with Ways and Means, the Labor committee also has few vulnerable incumbents this year. ... But after a campaign that was dominated by attacks on Democrats for taking tough votes on labor issues, Democratic leaders may be content to let union resources go into their general campaign fund so that they can redistribute it as needed, rather than relying on unions to provide direct support to at-risk incumbents.

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