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What the heck is franking and why did Dan Newhouse get a wrestling belt for it? – Roll Call

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How do you make franking (member-directed taxpayer-funded mass mailing) fun? Make it a competition where the prize is an enormous championship wrestling belt. House GOP lawmakers held a franking “contest” to see who could increase their outreach to constituents the most. Rep. Rodney Davis, who has previously won the challenge, presented winner Rep. Dan Newhouse with a wrestling belt of his own. Newhouse credited his communications director, Elizabeth Daniels, with much of his success.

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DECATUR — Jean Marie Munson, | Ads – Herald & Review

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DECATUR — Jean Marie Munson, 93, of Decatur, IL, passed away Friday, January 3, 2019 at Heritage Health in Mt. Zion, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 8, at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, with visitation from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in La Place Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church. Jean was born June 30, 1926, in La Place, IL, daughter of Ralph W. and Sarah Elizabeth (Hissong) Metzger. She married Robert Rodell Munson on April 2, 1981, in Decatur; he preceded…

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Pelosi announces agreement on North American trade pact – WWMT-TV

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him. The California Democrat said the revamped U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a significant improvement over the original North American Free Trade Agreement, crediting Democratic negotiators for winning stronger provisions on enforcing the agreement. "There is no question of course that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA," Pelosi said in announcing the agreement, saying the pact is "infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration."
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LIGHTFOOT’S NEXT BIG THING — BALLOT wins for FOXX, MEISTER — VAN DYKE’s lawyer is running – Politico

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Happy Tuesday, Illinois! Michelle Obama on impeachment drama: “It’s surreal.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is rolling out her next big thing: a 10-year plan to grow Chicago’s economy. And she called on members of the Economic Club on Monday to help carry it out.

“We need your partnership and investment,” she told the crowd of some 1,500 gathered at the Hilton Chicago, according to her prepared remarks.

She ticked off ways business folks can help, including by expanding their corporate…

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Hagedorn: People over politics | News, Sports, Jobs – NUjournal

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