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  • Joseph Cao officially enters race for David Vitter's Senate seat

    03/02/2016 8:09:18 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    http://www.nola.com ^ | March 01, 2016 | Richard Rainey
    At a far lower decibel range than most of Super Tuesday's primary battles, a former New Orleans congressman made an announcement few would find surprising. Joseph Cao is running for the U.S. Senate. Cao's official entrance into the race dovetails neatly with the sentiments of a private holiday email he sent to family and friends in December. "Sen. (David) Vitter will not be running for re-election, so this is a great opportunity to have a Vietnamese-American/Asian-American voice in the U.S. Senate," Cao wrote.
  • Donald Trump prompts protest from New Orleans musicians, magazine reports

    03/02/2016 7:40:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | March 2, 2016 | Richard Rainey
    Donald Trump's rally at Lakefront Airport Friday (March 4) doesn't have everyone in New Orleans singing a happy tune. The music magazine Offbeat reports that a group of local musicians plan to protest Trump over his promises to deport 11 million undocumented workers and ban Muslims from traveling to the United States, among other policy proposals, by conducting a second line parade at the airport's entrance. Trump is due in New Orleans to attempt to drum up support before Louisiana's March 5 presidential primary on Saturday....
  • Senate rejects Paul's crackdown on refugees

    12/05/2015 7:31:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-3-2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Thursday rejected a push by Sen. Rand Paul to tie a battle over accepting refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks to an ObamaCare repeal bill. Senators voted 10-89 on the amendment from the Kentucky Republican, who is running for president. Sixty votes were needed for the amendment to be adopted. Republicans Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), David Vitter (La.) and Paul supported the amendment. Paul's amendment would place a "pause" on issuing visas to more...
  • Lafayette congressman to seek Senate Seat (Louisiana)

    11/23/2015 5:34:21 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    Houma Today ^ | November 23, 2015 | Jacob Batte
    U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany announced today he will seek the Senate seat that failed gubernatorial candidate David Vitter will leave open next fall. Boustany, a Republican, represents Acadiana and Morgan City. He will formally announce his candidacy at an event in Lafayette at a later date.
  • David Vitter somehow manages to lose the Louisiana governor’s office

    11/22/2015 10:43:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Democrat John Bel Edwards took a victory lap last night after winning Louisiana’s gubernatorial race by a wide margin. While things had looked pretty good for Republican Senator David Vitter a couple of months ago, in the end it really wasn’t even close. (New York Times) With a victory that defied political geography and near universal predictions from just months earlier, a previously little-known Democrat, State Representative John Bel Edwards, soundly defeated United States Senator David Vitter in a runoff election on Saturday to become the next governor of Louisiana.Mr. Edwards won 56 percent of the vote with virtually...
  • Vitter retirement shakes up Louisiana Senate race (Maness for Senate!!)

    11/22/2015 8:03:31 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 11/22/15 | Kevin Robillard
    Following his defeat to Democrat John Bel Edwards in Saturday's Louisiana gubernatorial election, GOP Sen. David Vitter announced that he will retire from the Senate next year, ensuring another busy year of campaigning in a state with no shortage of ambitious politicians. Vitter's exit will set up an open-seat race in 2016, and the Republican side of the field is chock-full of potential candidates: GOP Reps. Charles Boustany and John Fleming, state Treasurer John Kennedy, retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle could all make bids. The Democratic picture is less clear: New Orleans Mayor...
  • Louisiana to choose governor today

    11/21/2015 9:04:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 88 replies
    arklatexhomepage.com ^ | Updated 11/21 2015 10:22AM | Nancy Cook
    Today, Louisianans are going to the polls to decide who will lead the state for the next four years. In what was arguably the state's most interesting primary elections since 1987, state Rep. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Sen. David Vitter ended up in the top two slots in the Oct. 24 primary election. Edwards finished in first place among the four gubernatorial candidates receiving votes in the double digits in that primary election, garnering 40 percent of the vote - almost double those of his nearest contender, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who received 23 percent. Back in May a...
  • Republican Lt. Gov. Endorses Vitter’s Democratic Rival (Vitter in trouble)

    Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a Republican who was eliminated from the state's gubernatorial race in the jungle primary last month, has endorsed Democrat John Bel Edwards over Republican Sen. David Vitter. Dardenne announced his support for Edwards at a news conference at Louisiana State University on Thursday, a day after the Vitter campaign rolled out an endorsement of its own from former Republican Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster. The race has split Team Dardenne, which, along with supporters of Republican Scott Angelle, came up short in the October primary. Earlier this month, Dardenne's spokeswoman, Marsanne Golsby, announced her support for...
  • David Vitter for Governor!!!

    11/21/2015 8:45:20 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 26 replies
    Vanity
    Folks in Louisiana, turnout today, Saturday, November 21, 2015, and vote for David Vitter to become the next Governor of Louisiana!!! Casting a vote for Obamabot, Democrat, John Bel Edwards is the same as casting a vote for failed...Hate America, POTUS Barack Hussein (Muslim Brotherhood Adoree) Obama. Edwards will just be another rubber stamp vote for the would be destroyer of the American Republic, Barack Hussein Obama. Today...as you vote, Obama is bad mouthing America & all Americans in Malaysia while having a ball....while ISIS murder & mayhem goes forward, unchecked!!! Please send Obama a clear message from the people...
  • New Orleans Times-Picayune endorses David Vitter for Louisiana Governor [Vanity]

    11/20/2015 9:56:23 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 10 replies
    Looking at the table of election recommendations published in today's edition of The Times-Picayune, I was surprised to see the newspaper has endorsed David Vitter for Governor. The T-P isn't exactly a right-wing rag. The only other newspaper in the city is the New Orleans edition of The Advocate. I don't know if an endorsement was made, but the paper is owned by Democrat businessman John Georges.
  • Poll: Vitter riding typhoon with Syria Refugee issue, down by only 4 against Edwards (47%-43%)

    The Fat Lady ain't singing. Not yet. Shades of the 1993 election in which Mary Landrieu rode the wave of the Sugar crises in South America, David Vitter, behind in the polls, all runoff season, is building a typhoon over the international Paris terrror crises. In the last poll of the runoff, John C. Convillion of JMC Analytics notes the race has now dropped to 4 percent difference. Weeks ago, Edwards led by 22 points.
  • Saturday Election in Louisiana, Vote Republican it is Important

    11/19/2015 5:27:25 AM PST · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Nov 19, 2015
    Saturday is election day in Louisiana. The Rats are about to steal the governor's office with the active help of a number of Republicraps such as the current LT Gov. and a number of sheriffs around the state. The rat candidate is a leftist John Williams who is draping himself in the flag as he graduate from West Point. David Vitter obviously scares many local politicians. That is a good reason to vote for him. Freepers get out and vote and voter for Vitter.
  • John Bel Edwards Won’t Say He’ll Fight Syrian Refugee Placement #LAGov

    11/16/2015 7:29:18 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 23 replies
    Redstate ^ | November 16, 2015 | Joe Cunningham
    All weekend long and well throughout the day today, the topic of conversation has been on the attacks in Paris. Here in Louisiana, perhaps more than anywhere else, there is a strong connection with the French: It’s in our culture, it’s the basis of a (rapidly dying) local language, and it is where we as a state came from. The Paris attacks have now given way to a broader U.S. conversation about the acceptance of Syrian refugees, and several states, including Louisiana, have said “No, we’re not cooperating on this.” But, do you know who is okay with accepting Syrian...
  • Another Poll Has The Governor’s Race At 48-42 For Edwards (Vitter closing the gap?)

    This one is by RRH Elections, which is an offshoot polling operation of Red Racing Horses - a political junky blog we frequent often. They've decided to take up collections from their readers and poll races, and the LAGOV race is the latest project within that effort. The poll is an IVR, which is a robopoll, and the sample size is 359 voters. It was apparently taken in two tranches - Nov. 12 and last night. That's not great, but there is some method to the madness here which might offer some credibility to the results. From the poll memo...
  • With Louisiana Polls Predicting a Loss, David Vitter Confronts His Prostitution Scandal Head-On

    11/17/2015 7:08:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/17/2015 | Alexis Levinson
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana -- With a loud crunch, the SUV carrying Senator David Vitter and his wife, Wendy, backed into the sedan his staffer was driving. Both cars hastily pulled back into their opposite parking spaces in the lot of the Bayou Church in Lafayette, and everyone got out to survey the scene. Vitter looked first at the dent in the back of the SUV he had been in, and then he walked over to survey the damage done to his staffer's car. When it was clear all were unscathed, everyone got back in their cars and went on their...
  • [Louisiana] Democrat Edwards wants the state "to be partners in effort to accommodate refugees"

    11/17/2015 6:03:27 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 16, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Louisiana Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards says, if elected, he hopes to engage with the “federal authorities” and be partners in the effort to “accommodate” the Syrian “refugees who are fleeing from religious persecution.” Edwards – who is running against GOP candidate Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) – wrote on his Facebook page: As governor, I will continue to be an active participant in the ongoing conversation with federal authorities so that we can be partners in the effort to both accommodate refugees who are fleeing from religious persecution and ensure that all our people are safe.
  • [Gubernatorial runoff] David Vitter picks up endorsement from Louisiana's largest business group

    11/12/2015 6:11:59 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 2 replies
    Nola.com ^ | November 11, 2015 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Less than 10 days before the gubernatorial election, U.S. Sen. David Vitter has picked up the endorsement of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, arguably the state's most powerful lobbying entity. LABI's endorsement in a gubernatorial campaign is fairly rare and -- in this case -- appears to be as much about concerns over state Rep. John Bel Edwards, the Democrat in the race, as it is about Vitter, a Republican. The organization has only endorsed in three gubernatorial elections in the last 35 years, according to Stephen Waguespack, LABI's president. The organization backed former Gov. Dave Treen over...
  • Attack ad slams Vitter for choosing 'prostitutes over patriots' (Edwards gets down and dirty)

    The latest attack ad targeting Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in the Louisiana gubernatorial race claims that he chose "prostitutes over patriots." The 30-second spot contrasts Vitter with opponent Louisiana state Rep. John Bel Edwards (D) on their commitment to the armed forces. "The choice for governor couldn't be more clear: John Bel Edwards, who answered our country's call and served as a Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division," the ad begins, "or David Vitter, who answered a prostitute's call minutes after he skipped a vote honoring 28 soldiers who gave their lives in defense of freedom." "David Vitter chose prostitutes...
  • Louisiana November 21 Gubernatorial Runoff: Republican Dardenne to Endorse Democrat Edwards

    11/05/2015 6:09:47 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 31 replies
    WWLTV.com ^ | November 4, 2015 | WWLTV.com
    NEW ORLEANS - Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a fourth-place finisher in the recent gubernatorial primary, will endorse Democrat John Bel Edwards for governor over Republican David Vitter, sources tell Eyewitness News. Dardenne is expected to make the announcement official at an event Thursday at LSU in Baton Rouge, sources told WWL-TV and The Advocate. Dardenne jousted bitterly with U.S. Senator Vitter in the primary election. "It's not that big of a surprise, but it's a huge endorsement for Edwards," said WWL-TV political analyst Clancy DuBos. Edwards had just about 40 percent of the vote in the primary to run...
  • Bobby Jindal not ready to endorse David Vitter for governor

    10/30/2015 2:19:00 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/30/15 | David Weigel
    Three weeks before Louisiana voters decide who will replace Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), the outgoing Republican is offering no advice on who to support.
  • Runoff expected

    10/24/2015 12:03:59 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    Reuters via yahoo news ^ | 10/24/2015 | Andy Grimm
    Louisiana voters headed to the polls on Saturday to choose a successor to Governor Bobby Jindal, but experts and surveys suggest the race may go to a runoff after a faltering campaign by early favorite, Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter. The contest, dubbed a "jungle primary"......little interest from the electorate....Light early-voting numbers have led most pollsters to forecast low overall turnout,
  • Rubio backs Cruz on tougher penalties for illegal immigrants

    10/23/2015 9:01:18 AM PDT · by Isara · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Marco Rubio is backing a push to increase penalties for undocumented immigrants who reenter the country after previously being deported. The Florida Republican signed onto legislation from fellow 2016 White House hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday, according to the Congressional Record. Under Cruz's legislation, undocumented immigrants face additional prison time if they reenter the country after being deported, including a minimum five-year sentence if they were previously convicted of an aggravated felony or of illegally reentering the country twice. The Texas Republican is expected to come to the Senate floor next week to try to pass the...
  • Sanctuary cities divide GOP (Jeff Flake, Mike Lee, Dean Heller attempting to derail bill)

    10/11/2015 10:58:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/15 | Jordain Carney
    A battle over sanctuary cities is dividing Senate Republicans. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has teed up legislation that would crack down on cities that don't comply with federal immigration law. But its unclear whether the bill can get through the Senate and not just because of opposition from Democrats. In addition to limiting federal money for sanctuary cities, Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) bill would increase the amount of prison time an undocumented immigrant could serve if they re-enter the United States after having previously been deported. Conservatives like his plan, but it has drawn opposition from Sens. Jeff...
  • Yet Another Republican Betrayal on ObamaCare

    05/07/2015 6:44:28 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 33 replies
    American Clarion ^ | May 7, 2014 | Bob Ellis
    If you live in a state like South Dakota, youve become used to Republicans selling out the Constitution, the rule of law, and the American people on ObamaCare. Weve seen our former governor and newly minted U.S. Senator RINO Mike Rounds, our current governor RINO Dennis Daugaard, and a host of other Republican leaders in state government sell us out on ObamaCare. And weve seen Republicans in Washington D.C. sell us out on ObamaCare, with one of the biggest surrenders a couple of years ago when they had a chance to defund this unconstitutional monstrosity before it ever got...
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent...

    05/07/2015 3:52:41 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7May15 | Brendan Bordelon
    The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congresss fraudulent application to the District of Columbias health exchange the document that facilitated Congresss exemption from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418055/how-five-republicans-let-congress-keep-its-fraudulent-obamacare-subsidies-brendan
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies

    05/07/2015 8:21:42 PM PDT · by Mariner · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | May 7, 2015 1:26 PM | by Brendan Bordelon
    The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congresss fraudulent application to the District of Columbias health exchange the document that facilitated Congresss exemption from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as First Last, another simply as Congress. To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the Obamacare exemption, it was clear that someone in Congress...
  • Mark Levin: Rand Paul has some explaining to do

    05/07/2015 9:07:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 5/7/15 | The Right Scoop
    Mark Levin believes blackmail or something may be going behind the scenes in the Senate. Heres why: NATIONAL REVIEW The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congresss fraudulent application to the District of Columbias health exchange the document that facilitated Congresss exemption from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as First Last, another simply as Congress. To Small Business...
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies

    05/07/2015 2:49:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/7/2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    Health-care experts call it D.C. insiderism at its worst. The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congresss fraudulent application to the District of Columbias health exchange the document that facilitated Congresss exemption from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as First Last, another simply as Congress. To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the...
  • Sen. David Vitters Obamacare subpoena bid doomed by five GOP defections

    04/23/2015 1:46:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | By Tom Howell Jr.
    Republican Sen. David Vitters bid to subpoena details about Congresss treatment under Obamacare bitterly divided his own party Thursday, with five GOP senators balking at his attempt to force the D.C. health exchange to name who signed off on Capitol Hills use of the citys insurance portal. Mr. Vitter, of Louisiana and chairman of the Small Business Committee, swiftly condemned his colleagues for voting with committee Democrats to reject his maneuver, 5 to 14. He said Congresss arrangement with the citys small-business exchange, or SHOP, provides lawmakers and staff with financial perks above and beyond what regular Obamacare customers can...
  • McConnell, Cornyn Should Allow Vitter Amendment Ending Birth Tourism

    03/10/2015 2:30:29 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 3/10/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    At this years CPAC, Mark Levin delivered a powerful retort to those who repeat we are a nation of immigrants in pursuit of an open borders agenda. He countered, we are not a nation of immigrants, we are a nation of citizens. Indeed, American citizenship is the bedrock of our Republic the privilege of sharing in the decision making and destiny of the greatest nation on earth. In America, anyone can potentially become a citizen by undergoing the process and successfully obtaining approval or by being born to legal American residents. But nothing undermines the fabric of America and...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehrans nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system, the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices which you should seriously...
  • GOP cools on Loretta Lynch

    02/16/2015 9:06:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    President Obamas pick to serve as the next attorney general is having a hard time finding Republican supporters. To be confirmed by the Senate, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch only needs four Republicans to support her nomination. But it is unclear where those votes will come from. Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) is the only Republican so far who has signaled his intention to vote for Lynch, though several others have spoken favorably about her. But many Republicans are expressing concerns about Lynch's stance on immigration and what they suggest is a lack of independence" from the White House. Lynchs confirmation...
  • ACTION: Contact your Senators urging them to cosponsor S. 477 to kill Obama's Operation Choke Point

    02/13/2015 1:18:49 PM PST · by forty_years · 36 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Friday, 13 February 2015 | Gun Owners of America
    ACTION: Contact your Senators and urge them to cosponsor S. 477, the Firearms Manufacturers and Dealers Protection Act of 2015. Operation Choke Point a Threat to the Second Amendment About a year ago, the Second Amendment community was rocked by news that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) had teamed up with Attorney General Eric Holder to utterly destroy firearms manufacturers and dealers by cutting off all credit and banking relationships with them.For its part, the FDIC categorized gun and ammunition sales as a "high-risk business," lumping it in with drug dealers, pornographers, and Ponzi scheme operators -- all of...
  • Holder on the hot seat: Senators demand answers on U.S. fugitives in Cuba

    01/23/2015 11:25:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    A group of Senate Republicans pressed Attorney General Eric H. Holder on Friday to explain the administrations policy for U.S. fugitives in Cuba, including a convicted cop killer, following President Obamas announced normalization of relations with the communist island nation. As the nations chief law enforcement officer, do you support the normalization of relations with Cuba without the return of fugitives from justice for prosecution who have the blood of Americans, including law enforcement officers on their hands? said the three senators in a letter to Mr. Holder. The letter was signed by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz...
  • Eric Holders Replacement

    01/12/2015 5:11:07 AM PST · by AU72 · 6 replies
    NRO ^ | January 12, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    David Vitter believes that Loretta Lynch, President Obamas attorney-general nominee, might be even more dangerous than Eric Holder, the man she will replace if confirmed. The Louisiana senator met privately with Lynch this week in his capacity as a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He tells NRO that Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, is quieter and more restrained than Holder, which he worries will deflect attention from some of the Justice Departments more outrageous actions and policies. Vitters warning about Lynch should not be taken lightly. While he previously said that Holder...
  • Rob Maness Launches GATOR PAC in Louisiana with Help From Ted Cruz, David Vitter, Bill Cassidy

    12/17/2014 5:23:16 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/16/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness has launched Gator PAC, a political action committee which the group says will work to inspire and recruit conservative activists and citizen leaders who are committed to accountability in government, constitutional principles, certainty and prosperity. "Running for office was never about me, and it never will be - it's about us, our country and becoming an active voice for conservative solutions," Maness said in the release about the launch of the PAC, provided to Breitbart News ahead of its public release. "The reality is Washington D.C. is a swamp, career politicians are the Gators...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus? (very interesting analysis)

    12/14/2014 5:28:21 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Steven Dennis
    Its a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the cromnibus late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators a dangerously high number for McConnell or as few as a handful. Lets break down the three votes on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruzs point of order aimed at targeting the presidents immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • Source: Senate GOP Refuses to Strategize Against Obama

    12/02/2014 3:45:21 PM PST · by mojito · 73 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/2/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Republicans had no appetite for discussing how to thwart President Obamas executive orders on immigration during the conferences weekly lunch, according to a source familiar with the meeting. Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) and Senator David Vitter (R., La.) tried to broach the topic, but were ignored. At different times, Lee and Vitter stood up and tried to begin a discussion about what the plan was and asked leadership about what their strategy was to deal with the spending bill and respond to Obama executive amnesty, and the reply was always an effort to try to change the subject...
  • 2016 retirements could complicate Dems' comeback plans (RATS Boxer, Reid - OUT!)

    11/30/2014 8:30:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats hope to take back control of the Senate in 2016, but their plans could be complicated by potential retirements. The two Democratic senators most likely to retire are Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who represent both sides of the partys ideological spectrum. Boxer, whose fourth term expires at the end of 2016, has a paltry $149,000 in her campaign account, less than almost every other senator facing election next year. As the nations most populous state, California is expensive to cover with advertising. If Boxer decides to run for reelection, she would face a major fundraising...
  • Senator: Emails Reveal EPA, Green Group in Beyond Cozy Relationship

    10/14/2014 7:17:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 10/14/2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Republican lawmakers say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enjoys a beyond cozy relationship with a liberal environmental action group that seeks to reshape national energy policies in a way that would hurt American businesses and families. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, told The Daily Signal that the Natural Resources Defense Council played an absolutely inappropriate role in drafting the EPAs new carbon emissions plan. The EPA has been one of the least transparent agencies I have ever seen, but its become apparent that their lack of transparency is to hide the...
  • GOP senators knock EPA power grab

    07/10/2014 8:45:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    The Environmental Protection Agencys attempt to quietly assume power to garnishing paychecks of accused polluters ran into firm opposition Thursday from top Senate Republicans. The senators objected to the new rule proposed by EPA, saying it would put too much power in the hands of an agency prone to regulatory abuses. While we recognize the governments legitimate interest in efficiently and effectively pursuing delinquent debt, EPAs new wage garnishment procedures provide an agency prone to regulatory abuses with even more power over individual Americans, wrote Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican and ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works...
  • Vitter Says He'd Consider Medicaid Expansion

    06/16/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    WHLT ^ | Jun 16, 2014 | Melinda Deslatte
    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed to the expansion if Louisiana can improve the performance of its Medicaid program and if the expansion doesn't draw state resources away from other spending priorities like higher education.
  • EPA Chief Promises To Go After Republicans Who Question Agency Science

    04/29/2014 7:39:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-28-2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has issued a warning to Republicans who continue to question the integrity of the agencys scientific data: were coming for you. McCarthy told an audience at the National Academy of Sciences on Monday morning the agency will go after a small but vocal group of critics who are arguing the EPA is using secret science to push costly clean air regulations. Those critics conjure up claims of EPA secret science but its not really about EPA science or secrets. Its about challenging the credibility of world renowned scientists and institutions like Harvard University...
  • Ted Cruz, Veteran of 9 Supreme Court Arguments, Says First Amendment on Trial Today

    03/25/2014 6:49:43 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Heritage - The Foundry ^ | March 25, 2014 at 9:52 am | Rob Bluey
    Ted Cruz has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in his lifetime, more than any other current member of Congress. Today, as a U.S. senator from Texas, Cruz is making a different kind of argument—one in the court of public opinion.On his Facebook page and in a statement released by his office, Cruz has declared his support for the families who own Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their First Amendment challenge of an Obamacare mandate.Oral arguments in both cases take place today at the Supreme Court.>>> Q&A: Tough Questions on Religious Freedom, Abortion Drugs“The Supreme Court...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz rallies religious freedom activists at the Supreme Court in support of Hobby Lobby

    03/25/2014 6:01:55 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 25, 2014 AT 2:13 PM | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, surprised freezing religious freedom activists who had spent the morning rallying in support of Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court appeal."God bless you for being here today!" Cruz said Tuesday, after wading into the crowd and stepping up to the podium.Activists cheered Cruz's arrival after spending several hours standing in the snow in front of the court during oral arguments inside."Thank you for being here in this beautiful weather from God," Cruz added as the crowd laughed.Cruz reminded activists that the United States was founded by people who fled religious oppression and enshrined religious freedom in the Constitution."There...
  • Justices Hear Case on Health Laws Contraceptive Rule

    03/25/2014 4:48:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 25, 2014 | By ADAM LIPTAK
    In an argument that touched on medical science and moral philosophy, the Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to their workers based on the religious beliefs of the corporations owners. --snip-- Hobby Lobby told the justices that it had no problem offering coverage for many forms of contraception, including condoms, diaphragms, sponges, several kinds of birth control pills and sterilization surgery. But drugs and devices that may prevent embryos from implanting in the womb are another matter, the company said; its owners believe those would make the company complicit in...
  • Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let Employees Use Exchange

    03/25/2014 12:27:37 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 121 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/25/2014 | Penny Starr
    During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees Chief Justice Roberts interjected that this was in opposition to what Hobby Lobby presented in its lawsuit. I thought I thought that part of the religious commitment of the owners was to provide health care for its employees, Roberts said and Clements agreed. Well, if they want...
  • Cruz, Cornyn Join Hobby Lobby in Obamacare Legal Fight

    03/25/2014 12:25:31 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Bob Price
    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will begin hearing oral arguments in two high profile cases regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The two cases are Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. These two cases deal with the religious freedom aspects of the ACA and how it applies to individual businesses. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas offering his continuing support for the two companies who have taken the federal government to court. "The Supreme Court has the opportunity to affirm our...
  • Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column (Gay Epis Bishop strikes again)

    03/25/2014 12:00:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    USA Today (title and link only) | March 24, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/03/24/hobby-lobby-obamacare-contraception-supreme-court-column/6838853/
  • Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims

    03/25/2014 11:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/25/14 | Lawrence Hurley - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies' religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. It was unclear whether the companies objecting to the regulation requiring them to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception would win overall, but a majority of the nine justices seemed ready to rule that companies had the same religious rights to object as individuals do. In one of the biggest cases of the year, the court heard an extended 90-minute oral argument,...