Watching Government: Election year undercurrents

It’s not surprising that high gasoline prices have become an issue in the 2006 US congressional elections, particularly in the House.Democrats, as expected, generally say that the administration of President George W. Bush and congressional Republicans aren’t doing enough. Republicans respond that the Democrats want to go too far. At the same time, they’re trying to convince voters that the GOP majority is working to solve the problem.It’s also not surprising that the gasoline price issue has grown so partisan. Democrats clearly see it as one of several openings in their effort to regain control of at least one lawmaking body in Congress. Very few are willing to co...

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