Dems: Obama must move ahead on issues

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Democratic Party leaders in key U.S. states say likely presidential nominee Barack Obama must do more to "take ownership" of important issues facing voters.

Clinton's options for future varied

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- Sen. Hillary Clinton's future depends on what she wants and how she reacts to life after seeking the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination, strategists say.

Breaux out of La. governor's race

BATON ROUGE, La., April 13 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. John Breaux, D-La., said Friday he will stay out of the Louisiana governor's race because of doubt about his eligibility to run.

Hurricane-battered La. gov to step down

BATON ROUGE, La., March 21 (UPI) -- Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, whose reputation was scarred by her handling of Hurricane Katrina, announced Tuesday she will not run for re-election.

Survey: Seniors like new prescription plan

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- The Washington-based, Medicare Rx Education Network says a survey indicates 4-of-5 seniors polled like the new Medicare prescription plan.

Health Biz: Drug importation moves closer

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- Tuesday in Health Biz: The political pieces are coming together for passage of drug importation legislation, yet concerns remain about safety.

Health Biz: Advancing national healthcare

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- National or universal health-coverage proposals go nowhere on Capitol Hill if they mandate business participation. Two plans proffered recently, however, either eliminate the need for employers to provide health benefits -- which would cause many to breat

Tax reform : Another dismal science

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- At the National Association of Business Economics conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday, some economists made it clear that U.S. tax policy reform isn't going to be so easy as simply implementing a value-added sales tax or a flat tax, especially in lig
DAR HADDIX, UPI Business Correspondent

Bush appoints tax reform panel

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- President Bush appointed a bipartisan panel Friday to look at reforming the ponderous U.S. tax code.

Breaux said not likely to join Cabinet

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Outgoing conservative Louisiana Democrat John Breaux will likely not join the president's Cabinet once he leaves office, sources told UPI Tuesday.

Bidding war for Sen. Breaux

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A bidding war has erupted on K Street for retiring Sen. John Breaux, D-La., to join the ranks of the top lobbying firms in Washington.

Analysis: Medicare keeps lawmakers waiting

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- It has been nine months since Congress conceived the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 and now some legislators are growing anxious to see the new baby.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Senate Dem fundraising outstrips GOP

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- Senate Democrats raised more campaign cash in the second quarter than their Republican opponents in seven of the 10 most competitive fall races.

HealthBiz: Drug prices still top issue

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- Drug prices, whether generally or connected to the Medicare drug discount card, remain the focus of healthcare concerns inside the Beltway, a pharmacy benefit manager launches an effort to help health plans encourage members to use generic prescriptions,
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Tauzin seeks to follow father in Congress

THIBODAUX, La., May 24 (UPI) -- Billy Tauzin III, son of GOP U.S. Rep. Bill Tauzin, R-La., announced he will be a candidate in Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District in 2004.

Health Biz: HSA policy debate continues

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- Health savings accounts may be popular with insurers but they also have attracted their share of skeptics, the GAO says the Bush administration has violated the law with its Medicare TV ads, and other news of interest to the healthcare industry.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Kerry meets Nader

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts met with independent candidate Ralph Nader Wednesday to discuss their common goals.

Analysis: A week of focus on the uninsured

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- Proposals to help the nation's 43.6 million people without health coverage popped up throughout Washington during Cover the Uninsured Week, and while ideas offered by Republicans and Democrats were consistent with party ideology they were hardly groundbre
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Poll: Vitter, John lead in La. Senate race

NEW ORLEANS, April 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. David Vitter, R-La., has a substantial lead in the race in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race according to a poll of likely voters released Tuesday.

Louisana Rep. McCrery to seek another term

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- Rep. Jim McCrery, R-La., says he will seek another term in the U.S. House, easing GOP fears that they might have to fight to hold his seat.

Louisiana Dems rally round Kerry

NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- Louisiana's Democratic political establishment has rallied around Sen. John Kerry a week ahead of the state's primary.

Treasurer jumps into Louisiana Senate race

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy, entered the race for U.S. Senate Tuesday as a Democrat, complicating the party's efforts to hold the seat.

GOP's Jindal announces for Congress in La.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Republican Bobby Jindal said Thursday that he would be a candidate for Congress in Louisiana's open 1st Congressional District.

Analysis: Uninsurance a long-term problem

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- There are plenty of ideas how to reduce the uninsured population in the United States -- Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., has added his public-private plan to the mix -- so the big question is whether there is the political will to do anything.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Beyond the Moon: Inside Bush's space plan

United Press International interviewed senior administration sources for a series of three articles on how the Bush administration developed its new policy for the U.S. space program. In Part 3, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress had been questi
FRANK SIETZEN JR. and KEITH L. COWING, United Press International
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