The Hill.com reports that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is likely to retain his leadership position when the Senate Republican Conference meets on November 18. But Senator Norm Coleman's "cliffhanger reelection race in Minnesota has complicated his long-sought bid to take the reins of an influential Republican campaign committee, senior GOP aides said Monday."
Other issues that may be on the agenda:
In next week’s meeting, the conference also may decide on rules changes proposed by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), including a one-year ban on earmarks and term limits for leadership positions and for Republicans serving on the Appropriations Committee. The conference will also begin to debate how to handle Sen. Ted Stevens’s (R) felony conviction, especially if he pulls off a win in his Senate race in Alaska. Some Republicans seem open to standing behind the longest-serving GOP senator in history as he appeals his conviction, while others argue he should be stripped of all committee assignments and ultimately expelled to show that the party is rooting out corruption. DeMint has also informed his party's leaders that he will offer a rule targeting Stevens's ability to serve in the conference, one aide said Monday.
In addition to McConnell's almost certain retention of his post,
Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) are expected to retain their leadership spots next Congress.
Meanwhile, Sen. John Ensign (Nevada) plans to relinquish his NRSC chairmanship to become the next GOP Policy Committee chairman, the No. 4 spot in leadership, and Sen. John Thune (S.D.) is running uncontested to become the next vice chairman of the conference.
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