The American Idol runner-up, who is openly gay, appears to be gearing up for a busy 2014. Please let this happen, please let this happen:
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the 35-year-old Raleigh native has taken initial steps for a run, including consulting with political operatives in Washington, D.C., about a bid for the seat.
One Democratic source said Aiken made phone calls to gauge support, talked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and has met with figures in Raleigh, N.C., about a potential bid. Although it’s unclear when Aiken might formally announce a decision, the source said Aiken is “actively considering” it and “sounding and acting like a candidate.”
To help explore a run, the source said Aiken has been working with Betsy Conti, a Raleigh-based political strategist who’s worked for former North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore in addition to serving as Maryland’s deputy labor secretary in the Glendening administration. It’s unclear whether Aiken has formally hired her or anyone else to help with his bid.
So yeah, that’s interesting.
9:45 // 9 months ago
President Barack Obama signed a long-awaited budget agreement and a major defense spending bill into law on Thursday while vacationing in Hawaii.
A week after the Senate offered its approval to a modest, bipartisan budget measure meant to stabilize government funding through late 2015, the president — as expected — signed the fiscal framework into law.
"All told, it’s a good first step away from the shortsighted, crisis-driven decision-making that has only served to act as a drag on our economy," the president said of the measure at the time of its passage.
This is far from a perfect deal, but that a deal got passed at all is at least a sign that stuff can still get done in Washington, no matter how watered-down that might be.
17:38 // 9 months ago