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PT Round-up: Clintons tag-team in New York, Cruz to have an Iowa weekend

America, congratulations: Your government is up and running again! Feel free to check out the reinstated panda cam, visit your nearest now-open National Park, and call the Environmental Protection Agency, you know, because you can. After 16 days of shutdown-induced uncertainty, the government is sprouting to life again, and politicians and the lobbyists who love them are celebrating with fundraising events. The Clintons are getting busy in New York for a handful of local races, and President Barack Obama will follow them there to help Democratic House candidates. Meanwhile, Iowa lights up for Republicans looking to raise some campaign cash. ...

PT Round-up: Reid heads to Florida, Hillary goes to N.Y.C.

Hello, faithful partiers! We are in week three of the government shutdown, and powwows between President Obama and congressional Republicans still dominate the headlines. In the midst of it all, we’ve kept our eye on which lawmakers pulled the plug on their parties and which ones opted to keep on keeping on. The shutdown scrapped Michelle Obama’s West Coast tour during the long weekend. It was scheduled to feature a fistful of pricey funders in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, including an “off-the-cuff” discussion with the first lady at the private home of “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Philip Rosenthal ...

Despite shutdown, skiing resorts open for political fundraising

Good news for politicians who enjoy fundraising on the slopes! As winter nears, they can rest assured that some of the nation's most celebrated ski areas are expected to open despite the government shutdown. The famed resorts of Vail, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley have all been sites of congressional fundraisers--and are also are among the 121 nation's ski areas that operate on U.S. Forest Service land. A National Ski Areas Association spokesperson said that the group expects no major impact from the shutdown, according to an Associated Press report published Monday. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell himself told the group ...

PT Round-up: Partying in the era of uncertainty

Salutations, party people! Another week of government shutdown means another week of uncertainty for furloughed workers, political pundits and those tracking the political fundraising scene. Last week, as congressional haggling over budget and healthcare issues dragged on, party after party was postponed or cancelled. Apparently, members were concerned about the bad "optics" involved in raising money for their own reelection efforts while government workers were going without paychecks. However some valiant pols held out hope that the government -- and the fundraising -- would continue as planned. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, waited until the last possible minute to cancel his ...

Shutdown shutting down some parties

Update 2:18 p.m. Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., has joined the ranks of shutdown party poopers. Her $500-and-up Autumn Reception has been postponed. It's truly a sad day in the nation's capital, party people. The right to 'get down' -- and raise campaign dough -- is one of the most inalienable tenets of life inside the Beltway. Sadly, it appears that nothing is immune to the harsh specter of government shutdown: the mass canceling of pre-planned fundraisers for this week illustrates just how dire the situation really is. On Monday, Party Time reported that there were at least seven congressional fundraisers ...