Sen. Mark Begich (Alaska) and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are joining forces to launch NewDEAL, a nonprofit coalition aimed at building a farm team of young Democratic officeholders with future statewide ambitions.
The group, which launches today, will bring together 10 local and state officials “to look for fresh ideas outside of Washington, D.C., where local leaders are developing and testing pro-growth progressive ideas out on the ground,” according to a release.
Among the 10 names being touted in the first class is Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, a potential candidate for Senate in 2012.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.