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Miller’s Crossing

Matthew Miller, who handled communications duties for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in his 2006 election victory and on Capitol Hill, is set to take over as communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee by mid-February, sources said last week. [IMGCAP(1)]

Prior to helping guide Menendez through his first Senate race after the Democrat was appointed to the post in January of last year, Miller worked for Menendez in the Senate. Before that he worked in the House Democratic Caucus chairman’s office. Menendez served as Caucus chairman before New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) tapped Menendez to replace him in the Senate.

At the DSCC, Miller replaces Phil Singer, who left to join the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.).

Good News? Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) has spent the past few weeks demanding that Democratic leaders take up the voting rights bill that would grant the District of Columbia a full House vote.

But she announced last week that she has gotten some good news after a meeting with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.).

According to Norton, Hoyer agreed that March would be an ideal time to bring the bill to the floor, but that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would have to give the final approval. Norton has been pushing to get the bill heard before the floor schedule is overwhelmed with appropriations business.

The compromise bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), also would grant Republican-leaning Utah a fourth House seat.

— David M. Drucker and Elizabeth Brotherton

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