South Carolina: Clyburn says budget negotiators to miss deadline. US Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), the third ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, told MSNBC that he doubts that US Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and US Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will meet their December 15 deadline for agreeing on a spending plan. The two are “very, very close, but far away” from an agreement. However, reports The Washington Times, Clyburn believes they will meet a January 15 deadline, thus avoiding another government shutdown.
Arkansas: Pryor TV spot focuses on religion. US Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), who faces a tough reelection battle next year, this week begins airing a television ad in which the lawmaker, holding an open Bible, says, “I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God and I believe in His word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers--only God does. And neither political party's always right." The ad will be shown statewide, reports The Weekly Standard.
Kentucky: Chamber of Commerce boosting McConnell. "Coal means jobs in Kentucky," says a TV spot airing for ten days. "While the EPA and bureaucrats try to kill Kentucky's coal industry, Mitch McConnell is fighting back, fighting hard, opposing regulations on coal, working to block the EPA and shut down the bureaucrats." The ad, sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce, is designed to help McConnell in his twin battles with a Tea Party foe in the primary and a Democratic opponent in the General.