The Scan — October 17, 2013

An increase in alcohol-sales taxes in Washington shows that drinking was on the rise during the shutdown; and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act could see a vote on the House floor as early as next week.
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Oct. 16, 2013, 5:06 p.m.

TODAY’S NEWS …

“¢ In re­cent days, Reps. Ike Skelton (D-MO 04), Tim Hold­en (D-PA 17), Ben Chand­ler (D-KY 06), Jim Math­eson (D-UT 02), Chet Ed­wards (D-TX 17), Lin­coln Dav­is (D-TN 04) (“On­Call“), Earl Pomeroy (D-ND AL), Paul Kan­jor­ski (D-PA 11) (“Score­card“) and Col­lin Peterson (D-MN 07) have all in­dic­ated they plan to run for re-elec­tion.

“¢ But Dems say “one long­time mem­ber who hasn’t com­mit­ted to run­ning again” is Rep. John Spratt (D-SC 05), as he “hasn’t made any fi­nal de­cision” (“Score­card“).

“¢ Say­ing he’s “nev­er been so fired up for a cam­paign,” state Sen. Craig Pridemore (D) an­nounced he’ll run for re­tir­ing Rep. Bri­an Baird’s (D-WA 03) seat. Mean­while, state Rep. Jim Moeller (D) said he won’t run (Van­couver Columbi­an).

“¢ State Rep. Kev­in Yo­der (R) an­nounced 12/15 that he’ll join the field of GOP­ers seek­ing re­tir­ing Rep. Den­nis Moore’s (D-KS 03) (“Prime Buzz“).

“¢ Fair­fax Co. Su­per. Pat Her­rity (R) “is still ser­i­ously con­sid­er­ing” run­ning against Rep. Gerry Con­nolly (D-VA 11), des­pite say­ing he was “lean­ing against” a bid a few weeks ago (“Vir­gin­ia Polit­ics“).

“¢ Ex-state Del. Dave McKin­ley (R) met with the NR­CC 12/15 “as he rounds up sup­port for a pos­sible run” at Rep. Alan Mol­lo­han (D-WV 01) (“Brief­ing Room“).

“¢ Dem sources say busi­ness­man/Dem fun­draiser Zen­on Chris­to­doulou (D), a self-de­scribed “con­ser­vat­ive Demo­crat,” is con­sid­er­ing a bid against Rep. Le­onard Lance (R-NJ 07) (Polit­ic­sNJ).

“¢ HI elec­tions of­fi­cials say they could save money by con­duct­ing the HI-01 spe­cial elec­tion by mail, or they could have bal­lots “dropped off at cent­ral loc­a­tions” (Hon­olulu Star-Bul­let­in).

HOUSE PARTY

“¢ Baird said his de­cision to re­tire be­came ap­par­ent after his young son “began as­so­ci­at­ing his buzz­ing pager with late-night votes.” Baird: “It was strik­ing how early he learned to say, ‘Daddy, go vote’” (Roll Call).

“¢ State Sen./TN-08 can­did­ate Roy Her­ron (D) may “have some ex­plain­ing to do” after a web­site pro­mot­ing his book “re­moved a ref­er­ence” in a re­view “to his sup­port for ‘lib­er­al causes’” (“Brief­ing Room“).

MO­TION TO AD­JOURN

“Snowe? Stupak? Lieber­man? Who left these people in charge? It’s time for the Pres­id­ent to get his hands dirty” — Rep. An­thony Wein­er (D-NY 09), up­set over hav­ing to com­prom­ise over health care (“Mouth of the Po­tom­ac“).

Tim Sahd, Ed­it­or

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