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  • Rep. Heath Shuler, a Blue Dog Dem., will not run for re-election

    Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) will not run for re-election this year, a source close to the Congressman told Roll Call. The Blue Dog Democrat had decided against a bid in a redrawn 11th district, which was made substantially more Republican than his current district during GOP-led redistricting.
  • Blue Dog Democrats Break With Obama, Back Balanced Budget Amendment

    11/16/2011 1:45:57 PM PST · by Driftwood1 · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11-16-11 | Zeke Miller
    The Blue Dog Coalition of moderate lawmakers endorsed a bill put forward by House Republicans to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. The endorsement puts them at odds with President Barack Obama, whose administration said it opposed such an amendment. "We do not need to amend the Constitution for only the 28th time in our nation’s history to do the job of restoring fiscal discipline," the Office of Management and Budget said on Tuesday. Speaker of the House John Boehner said he was "disappointed" in Obama for opposing the bill — which is certain to fail in the...
  • Arkansas Democrats face extinction (GOP well positioned to sweep all four House seats)

    07/26/2011 5:13:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/26/11 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Arkansas Democrats face extinctionBy ALEX ISENSTADT | 7/26/11 4:42 AM EDT The last time Republicans had full control of the Arkansas congressional delegation, a battle-ravaged United States was picking up the pieces from the Civil War. Now, with the retirement of Democratic Rep. Mike Ross, the GOP is well positioned to once again sweep all four of the state’s House seats, giving the party domination in a state that has long been a Democratic power center in the South. Once home to prominent and long-serving Democratic figures like J. William Fulbright, Dale Bumpers and David Pryor and the launching pad...
  • There's nothing "Lame Duck" about the Bush tax cuts and President Obama

    11/14/2010 9:28:23 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 2 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/14/10 | Aurelius
    President Obama will be returning to Washington this afternoon after fleeing the country with Republicans sitting pretty with historic gains on election day, and with the Democratic Party in turmoil. Obama might regret returning to America after his overseas trip resulted in failure. With the people demanding low taxes via voting booths and opinion polls, the President's Fiscal Responsibility Commission came out against tax hikes in any income bracket. One of their tax plans even involves lowering the income tax level further. The lame duck session of Congress is just one day away; it's make or break time for Obama....
  • Democratic Rep. Taylor says he voted for McCain, not Obama

    10/25/2010 9:09:48 AM PDT · by pissant · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/25/10 | Jordan Fabian
    Conservative Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor (Miss.) said over the weekend that voted against his own party when he went to the ballot box to vote for president in 2008. Taylor told the Sun Herald of South Mississippi that he chose Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president over then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)
  • Poll: McIntyre, Pantano in dead heat

    09/29/2010 9:37:36 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 14 replies ^ | September 29, 2010 at 5:14 p.m. | Patrick Gannon
    National Republican tide cited as one reason A poll released Wednesday shows incumbent Congressman Mike McIntyre in a dead heat with challenger Ilario Pantano in the race for Southeastern North Carolina's seat in Congress. The poll of 450 registered voters in North Carolina's 7th Congressional District, taken last week, showed the Republican Pantano ahead of the Democrat McIntyre by 1 percentage point. Forty-six percent of respondents said they'd vote for Pantano, with 45 percent favoring McIntyre. Nine percent said they were undecided. The poll had a 4.7 percent margin of error. McIntyre, in his 14th year in the U.S. House...
  • Enter Sandman For Sandlin?

    06/14/2010 1:37:44 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 20 replies · 404+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 6/14/2010 | Ed Carson
    Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, D-S.D., has lost her lead, for now, vs. the GOP nominee, state Rep. Kristi Noem, according to a new Rasmussen poll. Noem enjoys a 53%-41% edge over Sandlin, a leader of the Blue Dog Democrats who voted no on ObamaCare. Noem could be enjoying a typical post-primary victory bounce, but Sandlin has been polling well below 50%, a dangerous area for incumbents.
  • Conservative Democrats Balk at Jobless Benefits Plan(blue dogs' faux spine alert)

    05/28/2010 6:58:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 238+ views
    Money News ^ | 05/27/10
    Conservative Democrats Balk at Jobless Benefits Plan Thursday, May 27, 2010 02:16 PM Democrats struggled Thursday to extend jobless benefits for people who have been out of work for long stretches as lawmakers worried about the growing budget deficit balked at a scaled down package. House leaders had scheduled a vote Thursday on a bill that would extend the benefits through November, but they ran into opposition from Republicans and some Democrats concerned about the cost of the overall bill. "They need to go back to the drawing board," said Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, a member of the conservative Blue...
  • Why Democrats Who Voted No On ObamaCare May Still Lose

    03/29/2010 1:08:55 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 51 replies · 1,432+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/29/2010 | David Hogberg
    Two new polls out from Rasmussen today suggest that even Democrats who voted against health care reform are in serious danger of losing their seats. The first shows that 54% of respondents favor repealing ObamaCare, essentially unchanged from last week. The second shows that Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., now leads one of her potential Republican challengers, Secretary of State Chris Nelson, by only 44%-42%. In February, she led 45%-38%. Herseth Sandlin, co-chair of the Blue Dogs, a group of more moderate Democrats, voted against the health care bill both in November and in March, and was outspoken against the...
  • Donnelly defends health care vote

    03/22/2010 10:08:10 AM PDT · by digger48 · 21 replies · 528+ views
    Kokomo Tribune ^ | March 22, 2010 | SCOTT SMITH
    U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly said the health care reform bill will save the average Hoosier family money and will reduce the federal deficit, a day after casting a decisive swing vote. Donnelly was among a group of Democratic holdouts, led by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., who backed the bill only after President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning the use of federal funds to pay for abortion. Republicans attacked the order, and the bill, vowing to fight to repeal the measure. But Monday, Donnelly said he’d done what he thought was best for Hoosier families. Backed by a Congressional...
  • So Much For Blue Dog Democrats

    03/22/2010 8:30:39 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 74 replies · 1,455+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/22/2010 | Ed Carson
    Bart Stupak’s surrender on ObamaCare likely signals the end of pro-life Democrats, as several commentators have noted. But Sunday’s votes also may mark the end of Democrats’ revival in the South and Midwest. The party made a concerted effort in 2006 and 2008 to recruit candidates that could win moderate or GOP-leaning districts. That’s a key reason why Democrats won such big congressional majorities. But after forging a big-tent caucus, Speaker Pelosi has not governed that way. Instead, she pushed Blue Dog and other moderate Democrats to vote as if they represented her San Francisco district.
  • Brown Bag Vigil Held in Front of Ohio Congressman's Office in Bridgeport

    03/18/2010 5:49:47 AM PDT · by Sam_Damon · 2 replies · 241+ views
    WTRF-TV ^ | March 17, 2010 | D.K. Wright
    BRIDGEPORT, Ohio -- As the nation's health care reform bill is about to come to a vote, Ohio Valley Voices were raised in support and in protest in front of Congressman Charlie Wilson's,D-Ohio, of Bridgeport, Ohio headquarters. Both sides gathered with signs, chants and messages. Ohio Valley PEACE scheduled what they call a “Brown Bag Lunch Vigil” with a message for the congressman. But the opposing group showed up also. In the end there were a lot of messages flying.
  • Will the 'Blue Dogs' hunt for Obama ? ( near Pittsburgh )

    03/17/2010 6:03:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies · 862+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 14, 2010 | DOYLE MCMANUS
    The most important member of Congress this month may be a man you've never heard of: Jason Altmire, a painfully earnest former hospital executive from near Pittsburgh. Why? Because as Jason Altmire goes, so goes the nation -- at least when it comes to the Democrats' quest for healthcare reform. Altmire, 41, is a centrist "Blue Dog" Democrat -- a fiscal conservative who opposes big spending and higher taxes. His Republican-leaning district voted for John McCain in 2008 even as it sent Altmire back to Congress for his second term. In November, Altmire was one of 39 Democrats who voted...
  • An Important Message for Blue Dog Democrats

    03/15/2010 3:21:06 PM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 6 replies · 316+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | March 15, 2010 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Here is an important message for Blue Dog Democrats from Samuel Adams. "If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -Samuel Adams Any bill costing trillions of dollars and significantly increasing government control over one sixth of the U.S. economy is a threat to our liberty. "The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."...
  • Lincoln's News: Campaign Cash (Blanche is in; Arkansas, please fire her!)

    01/26/2010 11:46:00 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 7 replies · 608+ views
    Arkansas Times ^ | 01/26/09 | Mark Brantley
    U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln's big news appears to be up on her webpage before her promised Twitter. Nonetheless, it is indeed about money. She raised more than $1 million in the fourth quarter, for a total of more than $7 million for the campaign cycle and she has more than $5 million on hand.

    12/28/2009 3:28:52 PM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 19 replies · 1,137+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | December 28, 2009 | Matthew Burke
    Americans for Limited Government (ALG) today released the voting records of some 90 Blue Dog and what it dubbed “so-called moderate” House Democrats on what ALG President Bill Wilson called “some of the most controversial votes of 2009.” “So-called Blue Dog ‘conservative’ Democrats in the House have long touted their caucus as being fiscally-responsible, but what emerges from an analysis of their voting records is a pack of lapdogs who have voted largely in lock-step with their more radical counterparts in House leadership,” said Wilson...
  • Casey (& the Whole Blue Dog Team) Strikes Out!

    12/24/2009 1:51:19 PM PST · by Starman417 · 12 replies · 669+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-24-09 | Lajoieride
    Isn’t it ironic that the more the nation turns “pro-life” and an ever-increasing majority recognizes how bad the monstrous health care plan is the more certain ‘conservative’ or ‘pro-life’ Democrats are caving in on these very issues? These are times that try men’s souls apparently. What sort of moral foundation of principles have you built for yourself when you so loudly declare something about your core beliefs and then so easily betray them exactly when support is building among the people you serve?!? Such historic crossroads as we face now certainly provide a test of all that. Senator Nelson from...
  • McCain called Carney, asked him to switch parties (Blue Dog Dem)

    12/23/2009 9:27:53 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 27 replies · 1,734+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 12/24/2009 | JEREMY G. BURTON
    Republicans are trying to woo U.S. Rep. Chris Carney to switch parties, with Sen. John McCain among several GOP leaders making pitches to the Susquehanna County Democrat. Mr. McCain on Wednesday called Mr. Carney at his home in Dimock Twp. to ask whether he would consider joining the GOP, a Carney spokesman confirmed. The effort to persuade Mr. Carney was first reported by Politico, which quoted a GOP aide who said the party received "a nibble" from Mr. Carney. But Mr. Carney's spokesman, press secretary Joshua Drobnyk, rebutted that part of the report. Mr. Carney in a statement late Wednesday...
  • Congressional candidate Ward: blue dog Minnick's nay votes on health care 'didn't stop anything'

    11/09/2009 12:32:43 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 17 replies · 974+ views
    Freedom Radio ^ | November 8, 2009 | Honest Conservative
    Last night, Freedom Radio spoke with Combat Vet for Congress and conservative Republican candidate for Idaho's 1st District Vaughn Ward. Ward's 18 years of experience of public service includes: service with the Marines on missions in Liberia, Cuba, Japan, Korea and as a company commander in Iraq; as an Operations Officer with the CIA in the Middle East, Africa, and Washington, DC; and as a Legislative Aide on Senator Kempthorne’s staff where he worked on commerce, defense, energy, transportation, and veteran’s issues for the people of Idaho. He is running against first-term incumbent and self-proclaimed blue dog Democrat Walt Minnick....
  • Twenty-Eight Blue Dogs Vote For Pelosi's $1.3 Trillion Health Bill

    11/09/2009 12:27:46 PM PST · by rhema · 23 replies · 1,443+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11/09/2009 | Connie Hair
    House Democrats passed the 2,032-page Pelosicare bill on a near party-line vote Saturday night 220-215 (roll call here). The only Republican voting in favor of the measure was New Orleans-based Joseph Cao who has long ago proven to be a tax and spend (and spend and spend) liberal. After a week of intense arm twisting, threats and promises from party leaders, more than half of the 52 so-called conservative Blue Dog Democrats voted in favor of the over $1.3 trillion measure. These are the 28 Blue Dogs voting in favor of Pelosicare (who apparently fear the wrath of House Speaker...
  • Glenn Nye says he'll vote no on health care reform bill

    11/07/2009 4:11:23 PM PST · by csvset · 5 replies · 654+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | November 7, 2009 | Olivia Hubert-Allen
    U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye announced Saturday that he will vote no on the House health care reform bill. He cited costs to small businesses and cuts to hospitals as primary reasons the bill will not get his support. Though he says the latest version of the bill does achieve many health care reform goals, he believes it will not reduce the cost of health care for families, taxpayers and small businesses. A provision in the bill that Nye believes could lead to nearly $20 million in cuts for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) was also grounds for...
  • This weekend's vote poses a defining moment for Blue Dogs

    11/05/2009 2:20:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies · 967+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/4/2009 | Jared Allen
    Blue Dog Democrats face a dilemma this weekend: Should they oppose legislation they believe is flawed, or move the bill out of the House in the hopes of it changing in conference? That core question was on the minds of many of the 52 fiscally conservative Democrats after a meeting Tuesday with Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), to get an in-person explanation of the differences between the House and Senate healthcare bills. The number of Blue Dogs leaning toward or committed to “no” votes could be in the 30s, according to members, although Blue Dog...
  • Is Blue Dog leader calling the Democrats' bluff on health care by suggesting Medicare for all?

    10/15/2009 12:48:08 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 10 replies · 617+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | October 15, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    But if people have a choice to keep their current policy or select Medicare, all other things being the same, nobody would take Medicare except those who have no insurance, and, voila, everybody is covered. The big caveat, of course, is whether all other things like taxes on employer benefits stays the same. While I would not favor a massive expansion of Medicare, it forces the Dems to explain why this proposal doesn't provide choice and competition, while insuring everybody.
  • House Dems Carry Islamists' Water

    07/29/2009 2:11:54 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 1,256+ views
    INVESTIGATIVE - IPT News ^ | July 28, 2009 | Steven Emerson
    Seven House Democrats have written Attorney General Eric Holder invoking a list of grievances from radical Islamist groups and asking that Holder meet with representatives from those groups to hear their concerns, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned. The grievances include the use of convicted felons as informants in mosques, alleged religious profiling of Somali Muslims in Minnesota and elsewhere and allegations that the FBI is working with foreign governments to question American citizens who are terror suspects. In the letter, the representatives said: "These concerns raise legitimate questions about due process, justice, and equal treatment under the law....
  • Rep. Loretta Sanchez Among Lawmakers In Spotlight For Taxpayer-Funded Trips [Enuf To Boil Blood!]

    09/12/2009 8:03:09 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 1,164+ views
    Rep. Loretta Sanchez Among Lawmakers In Spotlight For Taxpayer-Funded Trips The Garden Grove congresswoman has made 20 overseas excursions since 2006, touching down on every continent. Critics say more transparency is needed on government-sponsored travel. By Richard Simon September 13, 2009 Reporting from Washington - At a time when congressional travel is coming under new scrutiny, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) has the distinction of taking more trips at taxpayer expense than anyone else in the California delegation. In the last 3 1/2 years, she visited the South Pole, snorkeled at Australia's Great Barrier Reef and joined world leaders at...
  • Blue Dog: Town halls convinced me to oppose public option

    09/09/2009 1:07:34 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 19 replies · 756+ views
    Hot Air ^ | SEPTEMBER 09, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Did the August town hall protests have an effect on Congress? Enough so that at least one Blue Dog Democrat admitted it convinced him to oppose the public option in the health-care overhaul bill. Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR) announced his opposition this morning, crediting his constituents for his moment of clarification: Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), the Blue Dog congressman who battled with Democratic Party leaders for much of July before reaching an agreement on health-care reform legislation, said Tuesday that he could no longer back the government-insurance option included in the bill he voted for before the congressional recess. “I...
  • Michael Steele Says "Blue Dog" Dems Talk Conservative but "Sit on Nancy Pelosi's Lap" - Video 9/4/09

    09/05/2009 2:15:50 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 412+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 5, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of GOP Chairman Michael Steele in Ohio where he said so-called "Blue-Dog" Democrats like to "pretend to be a conservative Blue Dog here at home, then go to Washington and sit on Nancy Pelosi's lap." Steele was speaking at a Zanesville, Ohio auto dealership, and spoke in three districts where Democrats could be in trouble. In response, the Ohio Democratic Party Chairman said Steele is the Republican version of a "bad joke." (VIDEO)
  • Ross (D-AR) Says Health Reform Won't Include Public Option

    08/31/2009 3:49:07 PM PDT · by Arkansas Toothpick · 16 replies · 928+ views
    KATV ^ | 08-31-09 | Associated Press
    Little Rock - U.S. Rep. Mike Ross says he believes some overhaul of the nation's health care system will be achieved this year, but doubts it will include a government-run option. Ross told students at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Monday that he doubts liberals or conservatives will be completely pleased with whatever health reforms are achieved. Ross also told students that he thinks House leaders have focused too much on covering the uninsured as a goal of the health reform overhaul pushed by President Barack Obama. Ross said the focus should also be on...
  • ALERT: Baron Hill (D-IN) Will Be Holding a Town Hall Meeting at IU Southeast Monday 8/31 at 6:30

    08/27/2009 3:18:22 PM PDT · by comebacknewt · 8 replies · 549+ views
    Office of Congressman Baron Hill | 8/27/09 | Baron Hill
    Baron Hill, a Blue Dog Democrat from Indiana, just announced he will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Healthcare at Indiana University Southeast on Monday 8/31. It will take place in the Hooiser Room at 6:30. Lets get a big FReeper contingent there to greet him.
  • Melancon running against Vitter

    08/27/2009 1:03:25 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 7 replies · 646+ views
    Politico ^ | 08/29/09 | Josh Kraushaar
    Louisiana congressman Charlie Melancon, the only Democrat in the state’s seven-seat House delegation, announced today that he’s challenging Sen. David Vitter (R-La.). "Today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the US Senate to replace David Vitter because Louisiana deserves better. Louisiana needs a different approach. More bi-partisan. More disciplined. More honest and with a whole lot more common sense," Melancon said in a videotaped statement sent to supporters. "Because no matter if you are in Mamou or Monroe, it's not whether it's a Republican idea or a Democratic idea - the only question is: does it make sense for Louisiana?" Melancon,...
  • Blue Dog Democrat Congressman Altmire Town Meeting (Farrell, PA Wed Aug 26 4:00 PM)

    08/24/2009 5:06:35 PM PDT · by dickmc · 8 replies · 1,278+ views
    Altmire web site ^ | Aug 18???
    Just got a robocall from his office this evening (Aug 24)...... Altmire Invites Constituents to Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Reform on August 26 August 18, 2009(???) (PITTSBURGH, PA) -- Today, U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) announced that he will hold a town hall meeting on health care reform in Farrell on Wednesday, August 26 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at Farrell Area High School, located at 1600 Roemer Boulevard in Farrell, PA. Doors will open at 4 pm. If anyone knows applicable town meeting sites could you please post this there. BTW,...
  • The Dog Days Of Summer: Stray “Blue” Dogs, A Summer Breeze, And Painting With Your Eyes

    08/21/2009 2:13:43 PM PDT · by luckybogey · 297+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | August 21, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    The WH and Congress have severely overestimated the charm of President Obama. They believe that when the President speaks the public all feel a tingle running up their legs... The public is smarter than for which the bureaucrats in Washington give them credit… In the old days, when Americans took civics, and took civic life seriously, every schoolboy/schoolgirl knew what a yellow dog was. The phrase, which almost certainly came from Alabama more than three-quarters of a century ago, grew out of the notion that some Southerners would (gladly) vote for a yellow dog if he ran on the Democratic...
  • No rants, no rowdiness at Norfolk forum on health care

    08/20/2009 4:12:12 AM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies · 670+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | August 20, 2009 | Philip Walzer
    NORFOLK It actually happened Wednesday: a civil, bipartisan discourse on health care. Two local members of Congress - a Democrat and a Republican - sat side by side, politely offering broad principles and predictions. They emphasized common ground and dodged any opening to snipe at the other party. The crowd of nearly 100 submitted questions, most in writing, that were sober, substantive. No outbursts, no tirades. "This is how it ought to be," one of the participants, Democratic Rep. Glenn Nye, said afterward. Nye and Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican, spoke Wednesday morning before a gathering of the Eastern Virginia...
  • Rep. Peterson opposes Obama's health care reform plan (First Democrat to make it public)

    08/07/2009 1:26:13 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 26 replies · 1,370+ views
    National Public Radio ^ | 6 August 2009 | Elizabeth Bairer
    St. Paul, Minn. — President Obama and U.S. Senate Democrats say they're "united" on the goal of overhauling the nation's health insurance system. But when it comes to hammering out the actual legislation, the party has been far from unified. The House adjourned last week after its health reform bill cleared a key committee by a slim, three-vote margin. Five of the Democrats on that committee sided with Republicans and voted "no." The full House is expected to vote on the measure in September. And a key voting bloc will be the "Blue Dog" Democrats -- 52 moderate and conservative...

    08/07/2009 10:40:38 AM PDT · by brewferr · 6 replies · 447+ views
    Residents of the 8th District who wish to participate in the telephone town hall meetings on Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. can sign up online or by calling Congressman Tanner’s office. Registered participants will receive a phone call when the meeting is beginning with simple instructions on how to listen, ask questions and leave messages.
  • Bluedog John Tanner's Staff Can't Imagine Tanner Voting Against Healthcare

    08/07/2009 9:54:44 AM PDT · by brewferr · 15 replies · 901+ views and SEIU ^ | August 7, 2009 | Brewferr
    SEIU union workers delivered a pro-healthcare bill petition to Bluedog Congressman John Tanner's office in Union City, TN. Upon arrival, the union workers were greeted by the staff and were told by staff members that they "couldn't imagine Congressman Tanner voting against the Healthcare Bill." It is also revealed in the video that Congressman Tanner's Chief of Staff is responsible for a lot of language in the bill itself. It's time to target Congressman John Tanner of Tennessee's 8th Congressional district. He is also one of the leaders of the Bluedog coalition in Congress.
  • New RNC radio spots hit Blue Dog Dems

    08/06/2009 10:54:08 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies · 1,033+ views
    CNN ^ | August 6, 2009 | Rebecca Sinderbrand
    Four fiscally conservative Democrats, who voted in committee to back President Obama's health care plan, are now facing a fresh round of attacks from the Republican National Committee. The self described "Blue Dog Democrats" — Reps. Bart Gordon of Tennessee, Zack Space of Ohio, Baron Hill of Indiana, and Mike Ross of Arkansas – are targeted in a new 60-second radio campaign that slams them for voting for the health care proposal in the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • 5 Questions Every Blue Dog Should Answer At A Town Hall Meeting

    08/05/2009 1:50:44 PM PDT · by nateriver · 4 replies · 392+ views
    This month, Congressmen across America will be engaging in “town hall” meetings with their constituents. The most nervous Congressmen are the 52 members of the “Blue Dog” caucus, who will have to answer some tough questions on where they stand on Nancy Pelosi’s plan for the government to control health care, raise our taxes, increase spending, and put America further in debt...
  • Another Blue Dog faces his constituents on health care (Dems are scared !)

    08/04/2009 8:17:21 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 98 replies · 3,918+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 4, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Democracy can be a dangerous thing … for incumbents who pass bad policy, or even attempt to defend it. Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross have the latest evidence of this, a town-hall meeting on ObamaCare in Ohio’s 1st CD, represented by Democrat Steve Dreihaus. In this case, Dreihaus has even more to explain after winning his seat on a claim of fiscal conservatism, as Dreihaus also voted for cap-and-trade, which will make Ohio’s coal industry vanish along with hiking energy costs on his constituents. Yesterday, though, ObamaCare made them angry enough:
  • Libertarians decry Blue Dog deal on government-controlled health care

    08/04/2009 11:12:13 AM PDT · by VirginiaConstitutionalist · 7 replies · 360+ views
    The Libertarian Party ^ | 8/4/09 | Donny Ferguson
    Libertarians decry Blue Dog deal on government-controlled health careRevised bill is ‘delayed-onset government control’ WASHINGTON -- America’s third largest party Tuesday criticized Blue Dog Democrat Caucus leaders for finalizing a deal with party leadership on a September vote on the proposed health care reform bill before heading back to their districts to meet with constituents. The compromise claims to remove some costs, reduce the employer mandate requirements to provide health care to employees and change the so-called “public option” in the initial draft of the bill in exchange for an agreement to hold a vote when Congress reconvenes in September....
  • Congessman Cooper (TN) is not publishing his public speaking calendar.

    08/03/2009 3:09:26 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 12 replies · 665+ views
    Congressman Cooper's scheduler | 08/03/09 | Self
    Just got off the phone with Congressman Jim Cooper's scheduling secretary and tried to get ONE place where the congressman would appear during the august recess. I was very polite and gave no indication that I was for or against anything up for vote. She hemmed and hawed and said that the dates weren't set yet and that he had received many requests from private groups like Rotary Clubs, etc to speak and would not commit to ANY date or location. She did agree to send me a request to speak form. I think I'll send it to the local...
  • Brown Nose Democrats

    08/03/2009 3:13:54 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 567+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 03, 2009 | Bruce Walker
    During the 1980s, when conservative Democrats from the South and West united with Republicans in the House of Representatives to form a coalition adequate to pass most of President Reagan's agenda, the term "Blue Dog Democrats" was applied to these congressmen. There were a few liberal Republicans from the North, called "Gypsy Moths," who sometimes sided with the majority Democrats against Reagan, but this was a much smaller group. A majority of the members of the House of Representatives today come from congressional districts which are conservative. This is in perfect accord with the latest Battleground Poll data, which seems...
  • What Tax Increases Does Gene Taylor Want to “Pay For” ObamaCare?

    08/03/2009 2:08:12 AM PDT · by nateriver · 7 replies · 603+ views
    Since Speaker Pelosi took the helm of Congress, Rep. Taylor’s Blue Dog Caucus has insisted that any government spending is fine as long as it is “paid for” with new tax increases
  • BREAKING: Dems Win 35-24 Vote For Government-Run Health Care

    07/31/2009 8:05:00 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 39 replies · 2,074+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/31/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Just got word in that the Democrats seem to have overcome their so-called Blue Dog problem at least long enough to vote down any chance of stripping the “public option” from the Democrat sponsored Obamacare version of healthcare “reform” currently roiling the House of Reps. U.S. Rep. Doctor Mike Burgess (R, Texas) tried to introduce an amendment that would strip the House bill of the public option. Burgess worries about the regressive price controls and rationing as well as the pressure that the public option would put on the medical and insurance industries that would, in the end, force millions...
  • Preparing for War: Boning Up on the Left's Health Care Myths

    07/30/2009 4:43:10 PM PDT · by lancer256 · 6 replies · 360+ views ^ | 07/30/09 | david limbaugh
    I am gratified that an awakened public has sent Congress an unequivocal message not to socialize our health care system, but note that this war is just beginning. Gen. Barack Obama is not the slightest bit deterred by the public's negative reaction, because he knows more than they do about what's best for them. As we go forward, it's imperative we recognize that the current hiccup in Obama's momentum is a result of so-called Blue Dog Democrats' refusing to go along with his plan -- and this, largely because their constituents are raining down "tea party" speed bumps on their...
  • Blue Dog Dems Report Card ("Conservative" my A$$!)

    07/30/2009 12:58:57 PM PDT · by astyanax · 8 replies · 474+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07/29/2009 | Michelle Oddis
    “Blue Dog Democrats” -- a formal group of 52 House members -- premise their campaigns on the idea that they are moderate or conservative and are independent of the liberal leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md). But are they?
  • Deal With Blue Dogs on Health Care....Just Announced by Fox News

    07/29/2009 9:58:29 AM PDT · by khnyny · 82 replies · 4,022+ views
    Fox News | July 29, 2009
    Just in....compromise, but no vote.
  • America it is very late - Do you know where your Congressman is?

    07/28/2009 2:27:49 PM PDT · by Victory111 · 2 replies · 564+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 7-28-09 | Rev. Michael Bresciani
    Reminiscent of the fall of Rome Congressional seats may soon be harder to give away rather than raising a fortune to gain. In fairness it would be hard to prove the congress has a clue but the real question is what are they going to do now that the rest of America is starting to get a clue? The clues are starting to come in at an alarming rate because many Americans are sitting down and actually reading the bills the congress doesn’t seem to have time to study. The stimulus, healthcare, and hate crimes read like a cross between...
  • Two easy ways to call or email encouragement to the Blue Dogs to fight Obamacare

    07/24/2009 9:13:20 PM PDT · by dickmc · 6 replies · 540+ views
    self | self
    Two easy ways to keep the pressure on, and encourage, the Blue Dogs. 1. Use the AMA's own dime and a constituent zip code to directly call a Blue Dog office. Simply call (800) 833-6354. This is the AMA's own automated grass roots hot line system. It will ask for a zip code, and then via a menu it will automatically directly dial that representative's or senator's office so you can protest the health care bill and encourage that Blue Dog. Also, the caller area code is likely an 800 number to the recipient. 2. Use a constituent zip code...
  • One afternoon’s health care drama (why Blue Dog Ross D-Ark does his politics this way - BOMBSHELL?)

    07/18/2009 2:14:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies · 1,977+ views
    Arkansas News ^ | 7/18/09 | John Brummett
    One afternoon’s health care dramaPosted on 18 July 2009 By John Brummett How hard is health care reform? Let’s tell a brief story, capturing but a snapshot. It’s Thursday afternoon. U.S. Rep. Mike Ross of Prescott, suddenly a big Blue Dog in Washington this week, returns a call. He’s recently come from the House floor where there was some procedural vote. He says it’s become apparent that it’s not only the centrist and fiscally conservative Blue Dogs who, among congressional Democrats, resist the House health care reform bill. He won’t provide names, but says “progressive member after progressive member” —...