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  • Mitch McConnell, Electability, and Jim Bunning’s Revenge

    05/28/2013 6:20:38 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    Redstate.com ^ | 5/28/13 | Daniel Horowitz
    One of the favorite narratives propagated by the Republican establishment is that our candidates are “unelectable” loose cannons who will throw the election to the Democrats. [As if they are suddenly concerned about Democrat policies.] They try to invoke the name of Christine O’Donnell every time one of their members is challenged in a primary. Well, it looks like we found the Christine O’Donnell of this election cycle, and his name is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Back in 2009, Mitch McConnell made it clear to then-Senator Jim Bunning that it was time for him to retire. He claimed to be...
  • Kentucky Senate race knotted (Rand Paul / Jack Conway tied at 43%)

    07/06/2010 8:16:35 PM PDT · by coaltrain · 68 replies
    Public Policy Polling (via WSJ) ^ | 07/06/10 | Tom Jensen
    Kentucky voters don't think much of Rand Paul and as a result the race to replace Jim Bunning in the Senate is tied. Paul and Jack Conway are getting 43% each. The more Kentucky voters get to know Rand Paul, the less they like him. When PPP first polled the race in December Paul's favorability was a +3 spread at 26/23. By May it was a -7 spread at 28/35. Now it's a -8 spread at 34/42. The national media attention Paul has received has hurt his cause with voters in the state- 38% say it has made them less...
  • Bunning: McConnell Endorsement Of Grayson Won't Mean Much

    05/04/2010 2:38:54 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 51 replies · 757+ views
    National Journal ^ | 05/04/2010 | Dan Friedman
    Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) said today he doesn't think Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell's endorsement of Sec/State Trey Grayson (R) will give Grayson enough of a boost to catch ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) in the race to replace Bunning. "I spoke to Rand Paul this morning," Bunning, who endorsed Paul in the race, said in an interview. "His internal polling has him 15 points up. There was a publicly released poll, independent poll, it has him 18 points up. So ... plus or minus four percent, that's a minimum of 12." "Senator McConnell obviously thinks that by his endorsement he...
  • Sen. Bunning endorses Rand Paul over his own 'protege'

    04/14/2010 2:38:21 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 84 replies · 1,358+ views
    The Hill ^ | 04/14/2010 | Aaron Blake
    Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is leaving the Senate, but he's not going quietly. Bunning on Wednesday announced that he will support Rand Paul in the GOP primary to take his seat. The move will be seen as a direct affront to the state's other senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and the candidate he is more closely tied to, Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “Kentucky needs a conservative who will say no to bailouts, stop the government takeover of our economy, end wasteful spending, and bring down our national debt," Bunning said. "And Kentucky’s families need a conservative who believes...
  • Sen. Bunning had received death threats for displaying Integrity (March 3rd)

    03/25/2010 10:45:58 AM PDT · by bamahead · 12 replies · 584+ views
    Political Integrity Now ^ | March 3, 2010 | Donald Borsch Jr
    Sen. Bunning, standing up for fiscal accountability in our Congress, had apparently received death threats because of this. It is a sad, sad day for America when such men, simply showing integrity where integrity should be the rule of the day, are threatened for doing so. From Jammie Wearing Fool A couple of weeks ago when far-left quack Joe Stack flew a plane into the IRS building in Austin the left was quick to call him a “teabagger terrorist” and immediately assign blame to Republicans. Well, now that we know Senator Jim Bunning has been subjected to bomb threats and...
  • How Quick the Message Fades

    03/06/2010 2:45:34 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 15 replies · 822+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | 3-5-2010 | Frank Salvato
    How Quick the Message Fades By Frank Salvato March 5, 2010 It is stunning to find out that there are still some elected officials in Washington DC especially on the Right side of the aisle who dont fully understand the message being sent by the American citizenry regarding their grotesque spending addiction. No, Im not talking about earmarks or pork barrel spending, which in and of themselves should be egregious enough to warrant defeat in the next election. I am referring to how US Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) was thrown under the bus when he demanded that his fellow Senators...
  • Bunning Does the Right Thing

    03/06/2010 5:15:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 470+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2010 | Kathryn Lopez
    "That's real courage." If I had a dollar for every conservative I heard say that -- sarcastically -- about Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky . . . I could at least buy lunch at the GOP-established D.C. Caucus Room restaurant, with the wine flowing. Bunning was making headlines for supposedly filibustering a bill to extend unemployment benefits. For days, I read and listened as he was accused of single-handedly holding the Senate and out-of-work Americans hostage. Bunning was doing this, if some of the media coverage was to be believed, because he didn't care about anything except whatever point...
  • Krugman Agrees with Senator Bunning

    03/05/2010 2:52:45 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 17 replies · 737+ views
    National Review ^ | March 5, 2010 | Daniel Foster
    Krugman Agrees with Senator Bunning [Daniel Foster] James Taranto has a great take-down of Dr. Krugman today. Apparently the conscience of a liberal is schizophrenic: Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman takes note in his New York Times column of what he calls "the incredible gap that has opened up between the parties": Today, Democrats and Republicans live in different universes, both intellectually and morally. "What Democrats believe," he says "is what textbook economics says": But that's not how Republicans see it. Here's what Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, had to say when defending Mr....
  • Sen. Bunning: 'Paygo Means Paygo'

    03/04/2010 5:49:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 1,000+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2010 | Larry Elder
    What on earth did Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., do, and why did he do it? An astonished ABC reporter followed the senator down the hall. The reporter confronted Bunning as the visibly irritated senator boarded an elevator and tried to leave. The reporter stopped the doors from closing and continued the questioning. Why, he repeatedly asked Bunning, why? What did the senator do? Fail to pay taxes? Visit a mistress on taxpayer money? Utter a racial slur? No, Bunning committed an even more egregious sin. In effect, he said to his congressional colleagues, "Before we expand a program, let's make...
  • (Republicans) AWOL in the Bunning Battle

    03/04/2010 5:38:41 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies · 646+ views
    National Review ^ | March 4, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    If Obamacare passes, Obamacare is forever. Just ask Jim Bunning. The Kentucky Republican finally caved in Tuesday after relentless pressure from other senators — including Republicans — to drop what the Politico called his “one man” filibuster of a bill to extend expiring unemployment benefits. Technically, it was not a filibuster. It was an objection to a procedure, called “unanimous consent,” used to speed along uncontroversial legislation. In this case, there ought to have been raging controversy: Bunning was objecting to yet another monthly extension of unemployment payments absent an explanation of how it would be paid for. He was...
  • Reid Screws Bunning

    03/03/2010 5:13:17 PM PST · by rlbedfor · 12 replies · 1,138+ views
    My Reading | 3-3-2010 | Myself
    In an oped posted by Sen Bunning in the USA Today he described why he mad his stand and how Reid screwed him on the agreement to have a vote on following the law or not and pay for bill.
  • You Have No Right to My Property

    03/03/2010 10:07:40 AM PST · by UltraConservative · 7 replies · 584+ views
    BenjaminShapiro.com ^ | 03-03-10 | Ben Shapiro
    Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is the most unpopular man in the Senate, according to his colleagues. "Today we have a clear-cut example to show the American people just what's wrong with Washington, D.C.," said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash). "He's hurting the American people," spat Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). What is Bunning doing that deserves such reproof? He has the audacity to stall a 30-day extension of unemployment and COBRA health care benefits on the grounds that the extension would add $10 billion to the federal deficit, which is already expected to hit $1.6 trillion this year. Majority Leader Sen. Harry...
  • Jim Bunning's Historic and Heroic Stand

    03/03/2010 8:27:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 628+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 3, 2010 | Terry Jeffrey
    Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky, a 78-year-old grandfather of 40 who is not running for re-election, has single-handedly fought a battle on Capitol Hill over the past week that ought to inspire all taxpayers to rally around his banner of commonsense. Bunning not only said "NO" to a Congress that week after week has been driving the nation deeper and deeper into debt, but decided to use what power he has under Senate rules to make sure his "NO" was heard. Three weeks ago, President Obama signed a law allowing the federal government to borrow an additional $1.9 trillion....
  • CNN: Bunning Had 'Devastating Effect In Real World,' Backdown Creates 'Lifeline'

    03/02/2010 6:09:03 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies · 1,244+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "Campbell Brown . . . the only non-partisan cable news anchor at 8 pm." -- CNN description of Campbell Brown show "Non-partisan": yeah, right. The hit that Brown, with help from reporter Dana Bash, put on Jim Bunning this evening was worthy of that hyper-partisan guy over at MSNBC in the 8 PM ET slot. Bash first narrated a classic of the liberal media genre: an anecdotal story of someone allegedly hurt by hard-hearted Republican policies. Bash claimed that "in the real world," Bunning's position is having a "devastating effect" on people like single mother Madonna Alvarez. It got worse...
  • Bunning's Best Pitch

    03/02/2010 5:39:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 554+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 2, 2010 | INVESTMENT BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Deficits: Call him crazy, but the senator is revealing the hypocrisy of Congress' pay-as-you-go promises. It seems there's always an "emergency" to justify adding another $10 billion or so in red ink. We'll say this about Kentucky's Jim Bunning: No one can accuse him of kowtowing to the polls. This week he has singlehandedly blocked his Senate colleagues from extending aid to the unemployed. His "hold" on a $10 billion stopgap spending bill has started a wave of furloughs among federal workers and threatens doctors with a deep cut in their payments under Medicare. President Obama's press secretary Robert Gibbs...
  • GOP's Bunning relents, OKs action on jobless bill

    03/02/2010 5:10:16 PM PST · by shove_it · 39 replies · 1,194+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 2 Mar 10 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON – A Republican that had been stubbornly blocking a stopgap measure to extend help for the jobless relented on Tuesday under withering assaults from Democrats and dwindling support within his own party. Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky had been single-handedly blocking the $10 billion measure, causing federal furloughs and threatening the unemployment benefits of hundreds of thousands of people. He was seeking to force Democrats to find ways to finance the bill so that it wouldn't add to the deficit, but his move sparked a political tempest that has subjected Republicans to withering media coverage and cost the party...
  • Jim Bunning's Finest Hour

    03/02/2010 4:12:04 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 17 replies · 1,106+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-03-10 | The Wall Street Journal Editorial Staff
    The Senator is vilified for following Obama's pay-as-you-go rules. Throughout his Hall of Fame baseball career, Jim Bunning was famous for the brush back pitch: a fastball inside to a batter crowding the plate. Now Mr. Bunning, a Republican from Kentucky who is retiring after this year, is throwing a political brush back in the Senate on behalf of fiscal responsibility. And all hell has broken loose. Mr. Bunning has dared to put a hold on a $10 billion spending bill to extend jobless insurance and fund transportation projects. Mr. Bunning says he won't yield until the Senate finds a...
  • Bunning Accepts Deal Allowing Benefits Bill to Advance

    03/02/2010 4:05:42 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 73 replies · 3,769+ views
    RollCall.com ^ | 3/2/10 | John Stanton
    Under increasing pressure from Democrats and members of his own party, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) Tuesday night abandoned his one-man filibuster of a one-month extension to unemployment benefits and other programs. In the end Bunning agreed to a deal allowing him one vote on an amendment to pay for the bill’s $10 billion cost. That proposal was offered by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last Thursday at the start of his filibuster, but Bunning rejected it because he feared his amendment would not pass. Reid has also agreed to give Bunning two votes on...
  • RUSH IN A HURRY -- Support Jim Bunning, Republicans!

    03/02/2010 3:56:42 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 18 replies · 546+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 03-02-10 | Rush Limbaugh
    On Today's Show... March 2, 2010   Howard Fineman Wants to Know Where Health Care Money Goes Howard's trip to an Argentine hospital draws a response. (Rush 24/7 Members: Listen) » Howard Fineman: What the Debate Should Be About »  Mitch Daniels:  Hoosiers and Health Savings Accounts   Sen. Jim Bunning Drives the Left Nuts for Standing Up to Big Spending The unemployed aren't going to be cut off, but the Senate should stick to its paygo rule and pay for it. For this stand, the media is describing Bunning as if he were the nasty Harry Reid.   ...
  • Poll: Which should Senator Bunning (R-KY) do?

    03/02/2010 2:56:09 PM PST · by aquapub · 9 replies · 696+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 3-2-10 | Robert Moon
    Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) has drawn a line in the sand over the left's rampant deficit spending and demanded that Democrats actually start following their own "pay-as-you-go" rules...
  • Boehner backs Bunning's efforts (Whoa!)

    03/02/2010 2:51:12 PM PST · by pissant · 16 replies · 800+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/2/10 | Marin Cogan
    While Senate Republicans have started to bail on Sen. Jim Bunning and his one-man Senate filibuster, House Minority Leader John Boehner is backing the Kentucky Republican’s efforts to stall an unemployment benefits, COBRA and highway funding bill. “I think Sen. Bunning has a legitimate argument he’s making. The Democrats just passed this pay-go legislation, and not even a week after the president signed it into law, they want to exempt the first bill that comes to the Senate floor,” Boehner said in a press conference Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday, Sen. Susan Collins criticized the Bunning for holding up federal unemployment benefits,...
  • Republicans Look for Way Past Bunning’s Blockade (RINOs folding like cheap suits)

    03/02/2010 2:26:21 PM PST · by pissant · 26 replies · 839+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/2/10 | Carl Hulse
    WASHINGTON — Senator Jim Bunning, who chose not to run for re-election, appears willing to take the heat for holding up unemployment benefits and shutting down highway construction projects around the country. Other Senate Republicans, who are hoping for big political gains this year, are not so eager. With Mr. Bunning’s objection to extending jobless aid quickly becoming a national cause célèbre, his colleagues were trying to find a quick resolution to an impasse that was not only having direct consequences on some of their constituents, but also doing some political damage to the Republican brand as well. Senator Mitch...
  • Senator DeMint supports Senator Bunning on the Floor

    03/02/2010 2:14:25 PM PST · by pissant · 25 replies · 915+ views
    Spartanburg Tea Party ^ | 3/2/10 | staff
    Waiting all day for this. Happy to see it.
  • A Beautiful Curve From Jim Bunning

    03/02/2010 12:27:31 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 20 replies · 1,050+ views
    Jim Bunning, whose Father's Day perfect game gives many Phillies fans smiles even after 46 years, has thrown the Democrats and their enablers a curve that should bring smiles to all who care about this country. The major-leaguer turned Kentucky senator has by his lonesome blocked a bill that would extend unemployment benefits and health insurance for the millions of Americas who have been out of work for months in the Obama economy. Pretty mean, huh? Well Bunning points out that the bill he is blocking adds $10 billion to the deficit which is spiraling out of control under our...
  • Dems press GOP senator end budget block

    03/02/2010 11:56:33 AM PST · by quesney · 262 replies · 4,280+ views
    WASHINGTON – To the increasing discomfort of his fellow Republicans, Sen. Jim Bunning on Tuesday again blocked the Senate from extending unemployment benefits and health insurance subsidies for the jobless. The Kentucky Republican objected to a request by Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a fellow Republican, to pass a 30-day extension of jobless benefits and other expired measures. The measure would also extend highway programs and prevent a big cut in Medicare payments to doctors. Bunning has been single-handedly blocking the stopgap legislation since Thursday... ----- Bunning made the following quotes on the floor of the United States Senate: "I believe...
  • Bunning Under Attack for $trong $tand (KY Tea Party supports Bunning)

    03/02/2010 11:48:22 AM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 6 replies · 406+ views
    Louisville Tea Party ^ | March 2, 2010 | Louisville Tea Party
    Senator Jim Bunning (R), the 2nd term junior Senator from Kentucky, has been roundly criticized by the Democratic candidate for the Senate, Daniel Mongiardo, for blocking additional deficit spending. What the main stream media does not point out is that Bunning has suggested the use of Stimulus Funds to cover the extension of benefits rather than reaching into tax-payers’ pockets for an additional $10 billion. Other candidates have weighed in on this issue: “I support Senator Jim Bunning. Frankly, unemployment benefits are currently 99 weeks or almost two years. While I support extending the benefits for a short period of...
  • Senators oblivious to agony of jobless (JESSE JAGMO ALERT)

    03/02/2010 10:41:34 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 38 replies · 697+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 2, 2010 | JESSE JACKSON
    The dysfunction of the Senate has now reached cruel depths. First we watched as Republicans systematically chose to filibuster every major vote, effectively ending majority rule by requiring 60 votes to get anything out of the Senate. Now, one Republican senator, Kentucky's Jim Bunning, who is not running for re-election, employed this power of obstruction to block a 30-day extension of unemployment benefits, aid for COBRA health insurance payments and a range of other key programs. Even while his Republican colleagues admitted that eventually -- perhaps soon -- they will renew the program, one senator ended unemployment insurance extensions for...
  • Robert Gibbs calls Senator Jim Bunning irrational

    03/02/2010 9:46:03 AM PST · by Reagan Man · 45 replies · 1,309+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March.2, 2010 | Dave Cook
    Washington White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Tuesday stepped up the war of words that the Obama administration has been directing at Sen. Jim Bunning (R) of Kentucky, saying at a morning meeting with reporters, “I don’t know how you negotiate with the irrational.” Since this past Thursday, Senator Bunning, who is not running for reelection, has been blocking an extension of unemployment and health benefits for jobless workers. He did it again Tuesday morning, objecting to a request by fellow a Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, to extend the expired benefits for 30 days. Mr. Gibbs has acknowledged...
  • G.O.P. Splits on Senator’s Move to Block Benefits

    03/02/2010 10:04:34 AM PST · by Reagan Man · 33 replies · 723+ views
    NYSlimes ^ | March.2, 2010 | Carl Hulse
    WASHINGTON — The effort to end a Senate standoff over unemployment benefits and health coverage for the jobless escalated on Tuesday morning as Senator Susan Collins, the moderate Republican from Maine, became the latest lawmaker, and the first Republican, to try to override the objection of Senator Jim Bunning, Republican of Kentucky. The White House, meanwhile, called Mr. Bunning’s actions “irrational.” Ms. Collins, who took the floor shortly after the Senate convened, said her effort was being made on “behalf of numerous members of the Republican caucus who have expressed concerns to me.” “There are 500 Mainers whose benefits expired...
  • G.O.P.(Suuusan Collins) Splits on Senator’s(Bunning) Move to Block Benefits

    03/02/2010 10:29:47 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 13 replies · 714+ views
    NYT ^ | 3/02/10 | Carl Hulse
    WASHINGTON — The effort to end a Senate standoff over unemployment benefits and health coverage for the jobless escalated on Tuesday morning as Senator Susan Collins, the moderate Republican from Maine, became the latest lawmaker, and the first Republican, to try to override the objection of Senator Jim Bunning, Republican of Kentucky.
  • Bunning Defends His Position

    03/02/2010 9:38:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies · 921+ views
    npr.org ^ | 3/2/10 | Mark Memmott
    On the floor of the Senate, Republican Jim Bunning of Kentucky just defended the position he's taken that has delayed an extension of jobless benefits for the nation's unemployed and has forced the furlough of about 2,000 federal workers. Saying that he has blocked votes on the legislation to underscore his opposition to the ongoing growth in federal debt, Bunning read a letter from "Robert in Louisville," who told the senator that even though he hasn't been working regularly in the past two years he supports what Bunning is doing.
  • The Scheme That Democrats Are Using Against Sen. Bunning (R)

    03/02/2010 9:06:02 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies · 873+ views
    3/2/2010 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Quite an ingenious and hypocritical scheme that Democrats are using against Sen. Bunning. A.) First the Democrat-controlled Congress urges that we must have Paygo. Obama even chimes in that Paygo is necessary because Congress and the federal government must live by the same rules that Americans have to live by: pay-as-you-go. B.) Pass Paygo and then sign it into law. C.) Then the Democrats can urge that a bill (like in this case) must be passed and say that it is absolutely necessary to pass this bill - while they don't placing any funding within the bill to actually fund...
  • The senator who dared believe in 'paygo'

    03/02/2010 7:50:45 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 958+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/2/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    In January, the Senate joined the House in passing "pay-as-you-go" rules to require Congress to pay for new discretionary spending. On Feb. 12, President Obama signed the bill. "Now Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else," Obama crowed. Less than a month later, Obama and fellow Democrats are busily demonizing a lone senator for pushing Washington to spend responsibly. It seems this administration is all for fiscal restraint - as long as you don't mean it. The story began last week when Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., blocked Senate passage of a bill to extend...
  • Why Americans Hate Washington (Bunning exposes PAYGO hypocrisy)

    03/02/2010 5:55:07 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 1,138+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | March 2, 2010 | Debra J. Saunders
    In January, the Senate joined the House in passing "pay-as-you-go" rules to require Congress to pay for new discretionary spending. On Feb. 12, President Obama signed the bill. "Now Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else," Obama crowed. Less than a month later, Obama and fellow Democrats are busily demonizing a lone senator for pushing Washington to spend responsibly. It seems this administration is all for fiscal restraint — as long as you don't mean it. The story began last week when Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., blocked Senate passage of a bill to extend...
  • Lone Republican Senator blocking a million-plus Americans from receiving unemployment benefits

    03/01/2010 6:33:45 PM PST · by RWB Patriot · 86 replies · 2,516+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-01-10 | Brett Michael Dykes
    Sarah Palin stormed the bestseller list last year with "Going Rogue"-a political memoir whose title coyly referenced the former GOP vice presidential nominee's supposed defiance of the consultants running the McCain campaign. But this year we have a new poster boy for the Going Rogue playbook: GOP Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky. For the past week, Bunning has been single-handedly blocking more than a million Americans from receiving unemployment and COBRA health insurance benefits, as of today, when their benefits funded under the 2009 stimulus law run out. The suspension of benefits affects everyone from doctors to government employees
  • Republican senator gives journalist the middle finger

    03/01/2010 1:29:34 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 82 replies · 3,299+ views
    Republican senator gives journalist the middle finger Posted: March 1st, 2010 04:03 PM ET Washington (CNN) - An angry Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Kentucky, refused to answer questions from CNN and ABC News Monday afternoon about his decision to block a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to millions of jobless Americans. An ABC News producer who was there says Bunning gave him the middle finger in response to a question. CNN's Dana Bash and a CNN camera crew tried to get Bunning to comment more extensively on the controversy on Monday. But the senator "got very angry," she said. "Excuse...
  • Video: ABC News Ambush Interviews Sen. Bunning

    03/01/2010 1:11:34 PM PST · by careyb · 7 replies · 723+ views
    ABC News ^ | 3/1/10 | ABC News
    I usually support ambush interviews like this one, but Sen. Bunning has already answered this question repeatedly. He is blocking the extension of unemployment benefits because [gasp!] he actually believes it should be paid for.
  • Unemployment group wants Bunning ousted from Baseball Hall of Fame

    02/27/2010 4:19:44 PM PST · by mwjn · 79 replies · 1,707+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/26/10 | Jay Heflin
    Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) should be ousted from the Baseball Hall of Fame because of his block on extending unemployment benefits, according to a group that advocates for the unemployed. The benefits expire Sunday. “The most obscene thing he can do is prevent jobless Americans from getting their $350 a week unemployment check,” Rick Sloan, acting executive director of Ur Union of Unemployed, a grass roots organization for unemployed Americans, told The Hill. Sloan’s group is creating an online petition to remove Bunning from Baseball’s Hall of Fame. The list is expected to be operational by the weekend. “His legacy...
  • Sen. Bunning blocks unemployment benefits extension

    02/26/2010 11:19:10 PM PST · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 43 replies · 1,700+ views
    WASHINGTON — Some unemployment benefits could dry up Monday. Newly laid-off workers wouldn't get federal help with health insurance premiums. Road and transit bills could go unpaid, Medicare payments to doctors would stay high and rural satellite reception could be affected, all thanks to Sen. Jim Bunning's decision to block legislation that would keep alive a host of programs that expire Sunday night. The Kentucky Republican, according to several sources, told Democratic colleagues "tough s---" Thursday when they tried to get him to change his mind. The Senate is expected to consider a longer-term extension of the programs Monday, with...
  • Lone senator blocks unemployment benefit extensions (Just following the Rats "Paygo" rules)

    02/26/2010 7:31:57 PM PST · by tobyhill · 37 replies · 1,350+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/26/2010 | Ted Barrett
    The Senate adjourned Friday without approving extensions of cash and health insurance benefits for the unemployed after a lone senator blocked swift passage due to his insistence that Congress first pay for the $10 billion package. Retiring Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Kentucky, led a spirited Senate debate with Democrats over the issue -- at one time cursing at another senator on the floor. Bunning said he doesn't oppose extending the programs -- he just doesn't want to add to the deficit. According to two Democratic aides on the Senate floor Thursday night, Bunning muttered "tough s---" as Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon,...
  • Sen. Jim Bunning holds floor: 'Tough s--t'

    02/26/2010 10:24:36 AM PST · by LouAvul · 48 replies · 2,746+ views
    politico ^ | 2/25/10 | JAKE SHERMAN & MANU RAJU
    Senate Democrats spent Thursday night hammering away at Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) for single-handedly holding up action in the upper chamber – but he blurted out a message to one of them on the Senate floor: “Tough s—t.” In an unusual display in the normally sleepy chamber, Bunning – without the support of GOP leadership – has blocked efforts to quickly approve a series of extensions to measures that would otherwise expire Sunday, including unemployment insurance and the Cobra program that allows people who lose their health benefits to continue getting coverage. And that has led to a furious exchange...
  • Senator Jim Bunning Forces a Preview Of Life Under Obamacare

    02/26/2010 8:05:47 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 628+ views
    The Lid/Politico ^ | 2/26/10 | The Lid
    I have to admit I never liked Senator Jim Bunning very much. It has nothing to do with his political career, no I never followed his terms in the Senate representing the state of Kentucky. My bad feelings for Bunning has to do with his unforgivable act as a pitcher, throwing a perfect game against my beloved NY Mets on father's day 1964. Bunning as well as Bob Moose, Bill Stoneman, Ed Halicki and Darryl Kile are all on my hate list for their pitching feat (Sandy Koufax also threw a no hitter against the Mets but he received a...
  • What Does Senator Bunning Know, &, What Does The Just Disclosed Fed Whistleblower Know?

    01/27/2010 11:29:29 AM PST · by rxsid · 104 replies · 7,617+ views
    zerohedge ^ | 1/26/2010 | Tyler Durden
    What Does Senator Bunning Know, And, More Relevantly, What Does The Just Disclosed Fed Whistleblower Know? Tyler Durden on 01/26/2010 19:59 -0500 First, watch the below video. Note Senator Bunning's agreement with Zero Hedge on who the proposed head of the Fed should be (i.e., John Taylor). But that's irrelevant. What is - at 5:40 Bunning says that "Geithner will be fired by the President for his inability to handle his job as Secretary of the Treasury." True. What is even more relevant, and hints at a potential smoking gun, begins at 8:00 "[Bernanke's] staff did not agree with him...
  • Sen. Jim Bunning Releases 70 Responses By Bernanke

    12/15/2009 3:16:02 PM PST · by FromLori · 5 replies · 480+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/15/09 | Tyler Durden
    Bunning Q&A summary: more Mutual Assured Destruction, more of the same Racketeering that we have all grown to love and respect from the Federal Reserve, more obfuscations, more Colonel Jessup bullshit (aka "You can't handle the truth"). With Bernanke's reconfirmation vote coming on Thursday, all Senators should read the latest garbled and encrypted pamphlet from the Fed as to why nobody in America is smart or relevant enough to have an understanding of the key items that determine US monetary policy (except for Goldman Sachs and its alumni, of course). Also, we are happy to announce that the questions proposed...
  • Senator Jim Bunning Rips Bernanke A New One

    12/03/2009 2:17:05 PM PST · by FromLori · 12 replies · 806+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 12/3/09 | Vince Veneziani
    If you think Ben Bernanke's confirmation hearing went smoothly today, think again. Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) lays into Bernanke with furor over the subprime crisis. Click to watch
  • Bunning places second hold on Bernanke

    12/03/2009 2:29:40 PM PST · by blueyon · 8 replies · 727+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/03/09 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Jim Bunning has placed an additional hold on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's nomination to a second term. Bunning's office confirmed that the Kentucky Republican is joining with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who caucuses with Democrats, to seek to block Bernanke's confirmation to a second term atop the Federal Reserve Board. Bernanke has come under fire from lawmakers on the left and the right, who have expressed varying concerns about his record as Fed chairman, though his course to a second term was eased somewhat on Thursday when a number of members of the Senate Banking Committee, including Chairman...
  • Sen. Bunning Statement Opposing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

    12/03/2009 3:53:35 PM PST · by all the best · 2 replies · 315+ views
    youtube ^ | December 3, 2009 | Sen. Jim Bunning
    U.S. Senator Jim Bunning delivers his statement at the Senate Banking Committee explaining why he will oppose the nomination of Ben Bernanke to serve a second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
  • Senator Bunning Grills Bernanke To A Crisp

    12/03/2009 1:01:26 PM PST · by misterrob · 10 replies · 1,359+ views
    Gee, so you mean that there are some people in The Senate who actually understand what Bernanke has been up to - and are willing to ream him on it? Fancy that.... can we find 39 more please? CALL YOUR SENATORS AND TELL THEM **NAY** ON ANY CLOTURE VOTE - A HOLD REQUIRES 60 VOTES TO OVERRIDE.
  • Democrats Push Reid to Let Public Read Health Care Bill

    10/07/2009 3:51:12 AM PDT · by elizabethgrace · 3 replies · 766+ views
    The Capitolist ^ | 10/06/09 | Patricia Murphy
    A group of eight Democrats today asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the health care reform bill to be posted online for 72 hours before a vote on the measure and once again before a vote on the conference report that will meld the House and Senate versions. The senators told Reid that health care reform should be more transparent and easier for their constituents to understand. A CBS poll released last month showed that two-thirds of Americans say the issue is confusing and just 31 percent say they have a clear understanding of what reform will mean for...
  • Poll: Republican ahead in Kentucky race

    09/04/2009 4:02:53 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies · 1,015+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2009 | Reid Wilson
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R) leads both of his Democratic opponents in the battle to replace retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), according to a new independent poll. Though he is known by fewer Bluegrass voters than either Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo (D) or Attorney General Jack Conway (D), Grayson leads both by slim margins. Grayson outpaces Mongiardo by a 45-41 percent margin, while he leads Conway 46 percent to 40, according to the Research 2000 survey taken for the liberal Daily Kos website.