Both Parties End Meetings with Lobbyists:


The Washington Post reports that Senate Republicans and Democrats have both ended their practice of meeting with lobbyists on a regular basis.  Democrats previously met with sympathetic lobbyists every other Monday to plot strategy and to keep the lobbyists informed of the party’s plans.  Republicans, led by Sen. Rick Santorum, met with lobbyists every other Tuesday and will cease to hold these meetings – “at least for now.”  Both parties had already stopped handing out job listings at these meetings although the Republicans stopped more recently than Democrats.