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Political Quick Hits: February 3rd Edition

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Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:

  • In 2012 news, Mitt Romney won the Florida primary on Tuesday night, cementing himself as the GOP front-runner for the 2012 nomination. Up next are the Nevada caucuses on Saturday. The rest of February has some caucuses and primaries without many delegates at stake. Super Tuesday is on March 6, where seven states will have primaries and three will have caucuses on the same night is the next real big date in the 2012 primary season. Mitt Romney was also endorsed by Donald Trump on Thursday, which means you don’t have to worry about the Donald running for president as an independent.
  • Democrats in Oregon retained their house seat on Tuesday night in a special election. Suzanne Bonamici won the special election, which occurred because of the resignation last year of David Wu. You’ll remember that Wu resigned over accusations of making unwanted sexual advances toward a fundraiser’s 18-year-old daughter. He’s also the guy in the tiger outfit.
  • On Wednesday, Democrats formally announced the Buffet Bill legislation that would ensure all millionaires would pay a minimum federal tax of 30 percent. It is named after billionaire American businessman Warren Buffet, who supports the act. Most Republicans oppose this and the Democrats have not yet decided when they will push for a vote on the Buffet legislation, also called “Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012.” (CNN)
  • On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly passed an insider-trading bill that is supported by most in both parties and the president. The bill, which President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union address, makes clear that it’s illegal for members of Congress, including their staff and executive-branch employees to trade stocks/other securities based on inside information learned on the job. The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) act now goes on to the House to be voted on. (CNN)
  • Finally, in marriage equality news, the Washington State Senate has passed a same-sex marriage bill, which the Washington House of Representatives is expected to pass within a week. The governor of Washington is an advocate of marriage equality and Washington state stands to become the seventh state in the country to legalize marriage between same-sex couples. A New Jersey same-sex marriage bill also passed an assembly committee this week, however it still faces a vote in both houses of legislature and conservative Gov. Chris Christie has vowed to veto the bill if it arrives on his desk.

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