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  • Department of Labor Set to Change Overtime Exemption Regulations under the FLSA

    On July 6th, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the potential to affect an untold number of employers. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register at 80 FR 38515, drastically changes the DOL’s interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act with respect to overtime exemptions. The current rule, put in place in 2004, exempts employees with salaries of at least $455 a week ($23,660 a year) and who perform executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer duties from overtime regulations. In a Presidential Memorandum in March of 2014, President Obama directed the DOL...
  • LA weighs rules to lock up handguns, police union wants exemptions

    06/29/2015 4:55:28 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 36 replies
    Fox News (Politics) ^ | June 29, 2015 | Fox News Staff
    Los Angeles city council members are debating controversial new gun law changes aimed at locking up handguns when they're not in use. According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal would require city residents to either lock up handguns not being used or apply trigger locks to them. The proposal was authored by Councilman Paul Krekorian and is meant to protect children from gun accidents. But the plan has faced resistance from the local police officers union – the Los Angeles Police Protective League. The proposed rules exempted active duty and reserve officers, but the union wants retired officers and...
  • L.A. City Council approves minimum-wage hike for hotel workers [unions are exempt]

    05/27/2015 6:43:02 PM PDT · by grundle · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 24, 2014 | David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
    Big hotels in Los Angeles will soon be required to pay at least $15.37 an hour to their workers... Hotels that have a unionized workforce can be exempted from paying the $15.37 hourly wage, if workers agree in their contract to relinquish that opportunity.
  • (Exempt) Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder

    02/28/2015 11:01:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 2/28/15 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with no strings. Still, even some Republicans say party leaders are on a perilous path with a very public ideological struggle only highlighting the GOP's inability to pass contested legislation and possibly worsening its weak relationship with Hispanic voters. Worst of all, numerous lawmakers said, Republican leaders have offered no plausible scenario for a successful...
  • Vitter to block nomination, citing ObamaCare rule ('Show Your Exemption Act')

    02/19/2015 4:18:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/11/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is blocking a high-ranking nomination at the Office of Personnel Management, an agency that he says is responsible for an “unfair, possibly illegal” exemption from ObamaCare. Vitter announced Wednesday that he will refuse to allow Earl Gay to become the agency’s deputy director because the agency has ignored his questions about what he calls the “Washington exemption for ObamaCare.” “Once they answer some specific questions about why they think Congress is entitled to a special exemption from Obamacare, I’ll release the hold,” Vitter wrote in a statement Wednesday. Vitter, who was recently named chairman of the...
  • (Exempt) Joe Biden to doctors: 'You've changed the mindset'

    01/25/2015 7:30:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    OC Register ^ | 1/24/15 | AARON ORLOWSKI
    **SNIP** In years past, health ills such as infections picked up at the hospital during treatment were just considered the cost of doing business, Biden said. But then people like the founders of the Patient Safety Movement decided these sorts of infections and deaths didn’t have to be. They spoke out. “You’ve broken down the silence,” Biden told the several hundred doctors, hospital administrators and patient advocates attending. He added: “You’ve changed the vocabulary. You’ve changed the mindset when it comes to preventable deaths.” Hospital-acquired infections declined by 17 percent from 2010 to 2013, resulting in 50,000 lives saved and...
  • (Still exempt) Pelosi sets out Dem agenda

    01/05/2015 6:09:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/14 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday laid out an early legislative agenda that Democrats are hoping will distinguish the party's priorities from those of the Republicans heading into the new Congress. In a letter to her troops, the California Democrat outlined the party's focus at the launch of the 2016 presidential cycle, including efforts to increase working class wages, hike infrastructure spending and eliminate tax breaks for companies that move their headquarters overseas. “In sharp contrast to Republicans whose first vote in the new Congress will be to advance additional tax cuts for the wealthy and special interests,...
  • President re-enrolls in ObamaCare (yet remains exempt from it)

    12/25/2014 4:50:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/23/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    President Obama re-enrolled in ObamaCare for the coming year in a symbolic gesture to show support for his namesake healthcare law. Obama, a few days into his annual two-week Christmas vacation to Hawaii, renewed his cheaper bronze-level health insurance plan for 2015 through a Washington, D.C., exchange, a White House official said. “As we said last year, the act of the President signing up for insurance coverage through the DC exchange is symbolic since the President’s health care will continue to be provided by the military,” the official said. “But, he was pleased to participate in a plan as a...
  • Pelosi laments end of 'Colbert Report' ("The Nation mourns")

    12/19/2014 3:28:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/14 | Judy Kurtz
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is lamenting the end of “The Colbert Report,” saying it’s a “loss for ‘truthiness’ advocates across America.” The Comedy Central series ends its run Thursday night. Host Stephen Colbert is poised to take the reins at CBS’s “The Late Show,” when David Letterman retires next year. The House minority leader appeared in a sketch earlier this month with Colbert, who plays a faux cable news host on the show. Pelosi stretched her acting muscles as a wheelie-popping bike cop who preached safety to Colbert and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.).
  • White House: No lasting rift with (exempt) Pelosi

    12/14/2014 2:21:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/12/14 | Justin Sink
    The White House insists that the public break between President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) over a government funding bill won't damage the relationship between the two top Democrats. "The president has always had not just a good working relationship but an open line of communication with Leader Pelosi, and that didn’t change yesterday, and it’s not going to change in the future," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Friday. Earnest said Obama values Pelosi because she has proven more persuasive to her members "than I think probably any other leader in either party in...
  • Louisiana Runoff: Democrats Brace For Bayou Bust (Still exempt Landrieu forced to retire)

    12/06/2014 2:18:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/05/14 | JORDYN PHELPS
    **SNIP** The Senate race will be the main attraction of the night, as we wait to see whether Landrieu can retain her title as a political survivor or if Cassidy will become seat number 54 for Republicans in the next Senate class. Having won two of her three previous elections through runoffs, Landrieu’s campaign continues to express optimism that she can pull out another surprise victory this year. The last time Landrieu faced a runoff in 2002, she was widely expected to lose the contest. But in the final days of the campaign, a late-breaking story fueled rumors that the...
  • (Exempt) Sebelius: 'A lot of Americans have no idea what insurance is about'

    12/03/2014 2:51:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/14 | Sarah Ferris
    Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday dismissed the recent comments by ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber, though she acknowledged that “a lot of Americans have no idea what insurance is about.” Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, came under fire last month for saying the process of passing ObamaCare was purposefully obscured and for calling voters “stupid” because they did not understand healthcare. In an Q&A with USA Today, Sebelius called him “dead wrong” on the issue of transparency. But she added that throughout her tenure as HHS secretary, she learned that many Americans...
  • (Still exempt) Mary Landrieu stands with Obama — or hardly knows him

    12/02/2014 2:51:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/01/14 | James Hohmann
    Depending on whose vote she’s after, Mary Landrieu either stands with Barack Obama — or hardly knows the guy. The Louisiana Democrat, who is trailing in the polls ahead of Saturday’s Senate runoff, has been quietly running ads on urban radio stations that criticize the GOP’s treatment of the country’s first black president, while her aides and surrogates have boasted to predominantly black audiences of how often she’s supported him. Meanwhile, when addressing mostly white audiences, Landrieu has been adamant that the election has nothing to do with Obama, and that she can think for herself.
  • Obama: (exempt) Landrieu's biggest hurdle in Louisiana

    11/30/2014 4:34:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    WWL ^ | 11/30/14
    Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu isn't running against President Barack Obama, but she might as well be. The president is intensely unpopular among white voters in Louisiana, and Republicans and Democrats agree that dynamic could doom Landrieu in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
  • Keystone XL fight sealed Mary (still exempt yet expendable) Landrieu’s fate

    11/21/2014 2:47:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/20/14 | John E. Sununu
    In the brutal closing scene of the 2007 film “There Will Be Blood,” a bowling alley beating, set in motion by years of tension and personal torment, concludes with the final biting words, “I’m finished.” Sifting through the wreckage on the Senate floor last week, the same words could have come from Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu. Forty-one of her Democrat colleagues ruthlessly beat down her proposal to approve the Keystone pipeline, effectively sealing her fate in the December runoff election to keep her seat. Keeping a brave face, Landrieu insisted she held no one to blame and only felt “joy in...
  • Greens take Keystone protest to (still exempt) Landrieu's home

    11/19/2014 2:50:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/18/14 | Elana Schor
    About two dozen protesters against the Keystone XL pipeline turned out in bleak weather Monday morning outside Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Washington home to protest her quest for a bill supporting the $8 billion project, which is set for a vote Tuesday. The demonstrators who showed up for a mass chant of “Stop this pipeline” and “No KXL” targeted Landrieu, rather than the pipeline’s other vocal backers in both parties, in part as a warning to Democrats against going wobbly on Keystone. They also unfurled a mock inflatable pipeline. “I don’t understand that, why she’s selling herself out, why she can’t...
  • Senate Democrats are weighing plan to approve Keystone — and save (still exempt) Mary Landrieu

    11/12/2014 2:49:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/11/14 | Ed O'Keefe, Chris Mooney
    Senate Democrats are working on plans to hold a vote authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline -- approval that Democrats believe might bolster the chances of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who faces a tough runoff election next month. It was not immediately clear Tuesday night whether Republicans would consent to proceeding with such a vote during the lame-duck session that begins on Wednesday -- especially given the high stakes surrounding Landrieu's reelection race. Such a move would also draw howls from the environmental movement who had hoped that President Obama would resolve a years-long dispute over a long-awaited energy...
  • Landrieu stands by remarks on race

    11/01/2014 7:37:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/31/14 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) on Friday stood by her comments suggesting race is a factor in Louisiana voters’ dislike for President Obama, saying “everyone knows this is the truth.” In a statement late Friday, Landrieu accused Republicans of twisting her words, but stood by her claim that the South has been a difficult environment for African-American and female politicians. “The main reason the President has struggled here is because of his energy policies are not in line with the people of Louisiana,” she said in a campaign statement. “We are a pro-drilling, pro-oil, gas state. The offshore moratorium was extremely...
  • DEBATE REVIEW: Mary’s No Good, Very Bad Night (Still exempt Landrieu a crook?)

    10/30/2014 2:50:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 10/30/14 | MacAoidh
    Well, that got ugly pretty fast. In the last debate before Tuesday’s Senate primary election, the three major candidates took to the LSU Manship School of Journalism podiums (or is it podia?) and gave the voters an hour’s worth of speechifying as to why they deserve our votes. Or in Mary Landrieu’s case, why she’s ready to become a lobbyist. **SNIP** It might have been as good an answer as she could have given, and since Cassidy had already received a max-out donation from Bollinger for this cycle even before he declared for the Senate he probably wasn’t quite the...
  • (Exempt RAT Mary) Landrieu seeks distance from Obama

    10/15/2014 2:02:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/14/14 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D- La.) walked a fine line between supporting the Democratic agenda while also distancing herself from the party in the first Senate debate with the race’s top three candidates. Her chief opponent, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, repeatedly chided the three-term senator for siding with President Obama and painted her as his rubber stamp. “Do you want Senator Landrieu to complete Barack Obama’s agenda? If so, vote for her,” he said during his closing remarks. “If you want someone who wants Washington to serve you instead of you serving Washington D.C., then vote Bill Cassidy.” While Landrieu backed...
  • (Exempt) Landrieu releases report on questionable flights, new safeguards, after repaying $34K

    09/13/2014 3:06:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/13/14
    **SNIP** The three-term senator on Friday apologized for the mistakes that she blamed on “sloppy bookkeeping" and said that on Sept. 1 she put new procedures in place. “I take full responsibility,” Landrieu said. “They should have never happened, and I apologize for this. A new system has been established that has been successfully used by a number of Senate offices to provide a safeguard from this happening in the future.” The 11-page report shows 104 flights. It also states the campaign spent $202,330 for separate flights for campaign travel over the period in question, that the $33,727 repaid is...
  • (Exempt) Nancy Pelosi: Civilization ‘In Jeopardy’ If GOP Takes Senate [VIDEO]

    09/13/2014 2:55:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/12/14 | Chuck Ross
    **SNIP** “Nobody comes about to vote to say ‘thank you,’” Maher said. “The people who get health care now — they’re the people least likely to vote. The people who come out to vote are the angry people.” “That’s true,” said Pelosi. “Fear is a motivator, and we are not fear-mongers. The Democrats are messengers of hope, and that’s what we will continue to be.” **SNIP** Nevertheless, Pelosi said she thinks election models are flawed. “All of the prognostications are predicated on false, ancient, old, stale assumptions,” she claimed. “We’re in a whole new world of communications now.”
  • (Still exempt) Landrieu Fails to Produce Promised Air Charter Travel Report on Time

    09/11/2014 5:27:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/11/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    When the controversy surrounding Senator Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) use of taxpayer funds to pay for campaign travel first broke back in August, her Senate office spokesperson Matthew Lehner promised Landrieu would produce a full report of her travel activities "by the time" the Senate returned from its August recess and returned to session in September. By Thursday, the fourth day since the Senate's September session began, Landrieu has produced diddly squat. Efforts to contact Lehner, who made that promise on her behalf, resulted in an automatic email saying that, as of September 2, he no longer worked in her congressional...
  • (Exempt RAT) Sen. Hagan seeks to paint herself as moderate in new TV ad

    08/07/2014 4:13:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    News Observer ^ | 7/29/14 | John Frank
    U. S. Sen. Kay Hagan makes a direct pitch to voters in her campaign’s new TV ad, describing herself as a moderate who fits with North Carolina’s split political loyalties. “One of the things I love about North Carolina is that unless you’re talking basketball, you don’t have to pick a team,” the Democratic incumbent says in the 30-second spot that began airing Tuesday. “That’s how I get results for folks here at home. Republican or Democrat, if an idea works for middle class families – I am all for it.” In the kicker, Hagan says she’s “not too far...
  • 296 reasons why hypocrite Dems & unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves

    07/27/2014 1:24:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 2 replies
    wordpress ^ | Last updated July 27, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are 296 reasons why hypocrite politicians and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on September 24, 2013. Updated on July 27, 2014.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/I ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible. Sunshine really is the best disinfectant. I can’t stop...
  • (Exempt) Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

    07/26/2014 9:55:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/26/14
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.</p> <p>Obama is denouncing "tax inversions" in his weekly radio and Internet address. He says companies are essentially renouncing their citizenship to avoid paying their fair share.</p>
  • (Exempt) White House Working on More Fixes for Troubled Obamacare

    07/20/2014 7:14:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/20/14 | Elliot Jager
    The federal government and state insurance regulators are coming up with new rules in response to unexpected bills that have resulted from narrower choices, constricted coverage, and misunderstandings over insurer networks, The New York Times reported. A number of insurers have sought to reduce their costs by excluding cancer treatment centers and children's hospitals in their networks. Some consumers signed up for the cheapest plans without reading the fine print about provider network limits. And staff working in some doctors' offices are confused about what networks their physicians were in. Even consumers who tried to sign up with insurers that...
  • Why (exempt) liberals are abandoning the Obamacare employer mandate

    07/07/2014 5:05:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/06/14 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM, KYLE CHENEY
    Robert Gibbs’ prediction that Obamacare’s employer mandate would — and perhaps should — be jettisoned shocked Democrats back in April. By July, the former aide and longtime confidant of President Barack Obama had a lot more company. More and more liberal activists and policy experts who help shape Democratic thinking on health care have concluded that penalizing businesses if they don’t offer health insurance is an unnecessary element of the Affordable Care Act that may do more harm than good. Among them are experts at the Urban Institute and the Commonwealth Fund and prominent academics like legal scholar Tim Jost....
  • Democrats Work to Mitigate VA Scandal as Political Issue (Scandal?)

    07/02/2014 7:48:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 7/01/14 | Kyle Trygstad, Colin Diersing
    Politicians have always touted their support for military veterans back home. The willingness to expend federal dollars to provide the best care possible is popular across the partisan spectrum and is rarely cause for controversy. But the issue has been turned on its head in recent months, with the fallout from the Veterans Affairs scandal prompting even the Obama administration to admit a “corrosive culture” at the VA affecting facilities across the country. It’s also invited criticism of vulnerable House and Senate Democrats from Republican candidates and outside groups. For Republican challengers and operatives, the VA scandal offers a striking...
  • How (still exempt) Mary Landrieu's Escaping Her Democratic Shadow

    06/10/2014 2:56:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | 6/10/14 | Jason Plautz
    **SNIP** And while Democrats haven't done much to promote the environment with their majority, they have beaten back efforts they say would harm the climate. That included a Landrieu-led effort to get a vote approving Keystone, a failure she blamed on Republicans. But opponents are pointing out that those failures weaken her message of political clout and it's led her to lose a potentially powerful ally at home. Don Briggs, the head of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, is backing Cassidy in what is essentially a proxy vote against Majority Leader Harry Reid. "I know Mary very well and...
  • Stranded Carbon Democrats (Exempt RAT Mary Landrieu wants to overrule Hussein)

    06/04/2014 4:14:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    **SNIP** Don't expect Hillary Clinton to repudiate the EPA rule as she campaigns in 2016. She also knows where the muscle is in the new Democratic coalition. There is one political catch, however, and that is the composition of the Senate, where North Dakota gets as many votes as California. That reality might haunt Democrats this year because they are trying to hold or gain Senate seats in Kentucky, West Virginia, Montana, Alaska and Louisiana, among other right-leaning states. If voters ever figure out what Mr. Obama's carbon rule really means to their state economies, Democrats would lose every one....
  • (Exempt) Dems don't want to talk O-Care

    04/27/2014 4:58:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/14 | Sheila Timmons
    To many Democrats, ObamaCare is a four-letter word. Most Democrats in competitive elections are seeking to avoid the topic, opting not to tout the controversial law on their campaign websites. In a review of battleground races, The Hill found that out of 50 Democratic candidates with active campaign websites, only 11 mention the healthcare law by name, either as "ObamaCare," "Affordable Care Act," or "ACA." Fourteen more mention the law, but not its name, and half the candidates omit it entirely from their websites. President Obama has trumpeted that more than 8 million people have enrolled in ACA-related plans. Meanwhile,...
  • (Exempt) Harry Reid blocks Republican request to pass bill cracking down on rapists

    04/12/2014 5:04:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/11/14 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., scheduled a Friday session that won't have any votes, rejecting Republican and Democratic requests that he allow a vote on a bill that would allow rape kits to be processed more quickly. “Debbie Smith is an extraordinary woman and an effective advocate," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner. "She's personally asked me, John Cornyn and others to pass this critically important legislation that bears her name, and it's deeply disappointing that the majority leader is blocking it from reaching the president's desk. I will fight to get this done for...
  • (Exempt) Obama at (snitch) Sharpton Event: Voter ID Supporters Are 'the Real Frauds'

    04/12/2014 4:12:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/12/14 | Tony Lee
    Speaking at Al Sharpton's National Action Network convention on Friday in New York City, President Barack Obama revealed that he believes voter fraud does not exist, everyone who wants to should be able to vote, even if they cannot provide identifying documentation, and Republicans are plotting to take the franchise away from minorities. Obama, who hails from a city known for the Daley Machine and its "vote early and vote often" slogan, ripped Republicans for trying to preserve the integrity of the ballot by reducing voter fraud and requiring voter IDs. He made the accusation that there is a "well-organized...
  • Student pushes lawmakers to fix DWI loophole

    04/06/2014 9:24:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-6-14 | Rubén Rosario
    Hope Baker is one determined young lady. She won't take no for an answer, even though it looks like her Don Quixote-type quest has run smack into a legislative windmill up at the state Capitol. Along with Jayne Jones, her Concordia University political science professor, and six like-minded classmates, the 22-year-old Alexandria native and law school aspirant wants to add impaired driving as a specified exclusion to a state law that grants lawmakers immunity from arrest in certain cases while the session is underway. But the push to clarify a centuries-old state Constitution provision has not gone over well with...
  • Moran: Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio) (exempt RAT wants a raise)

    04/04/2014 2:52:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/03/14 | Hannah Hess
    Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday. Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds member’s $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee. “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that...
  • (Exempt) Dems ramp up offense on ObamaCare

    03/23/2014 12:16:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/22/14 | Justin Sink, Elise Viebeck
    The White House and congressional Democrats are ramping up a coordinated effort to celebrate ObamaCare’s fourth anniversary this weekend, looking to go “on offense” ahead of the final week of open enrollment. The effort includes a social media campaign by members of Congress and administration officials, enrollment events featuring lawmakers and Senate floor speeches marking the four-year anniversary. The tightly coordinated final push was the result of work between the White House and House and Senate “healthcare strike teams,” which were created in the aftermath of the botched ObamaCare rollout to push back against a flood of bad headlines. The...
  • The Senate race that worries Democrats most (The still exempt LA RAT Mary Landrieu)

    03/17/2014 4:52:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/17/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has been near the top of the list of the most vulnerable senators facing reelection since day one of the 2014 election cycle. But notable developments in recent weeks suggest her seat is increasingly at risk of falling into Republican hands. Republican groups have blitzed Landrieu over the airwaves while she has gotten limited cover from Democratic allies; polls show she is locked in a close race against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R); and now, Landrieu is reserving $2.6 million in airtime between April and June, an apparent recognition that the cascade of opposition ads has forced...
  • After missing talk-a-thon, (exempt NC RAT Kay) Hagan speaks out on climate change

    03/15/2014 3:35:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    News Observer ^ | 3/14/14 | Renee Schoof
    **SNIP** “This current path is unsustainable, and we must take steps now to slow and stop the effects of climate change.” Hagan also brought out her own record as a state senator, and said she was proud of it. She mentioned that she had supported a mandatory renewable energy standard and a law that required emissions reductions from coal-fired power plants. She also cited efforts in North Carolina to develop clean energy technology. Hagan wrapped up with a call for Democrats and Republicans to work together on “commonsense measures” on energy, without spelling out what that might be. Congress hasn’t...
  • First on CNN: Republicans hit (still exempt LA RAT) Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon

    03/11/2014 4:26:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/11/14 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) - Nearly 30 senators staged an overnight debate on the Senate floor Monday night through Tuesday morning, trying to bring attention to what they say is a dire need to combat climate change with legislative action. But Sen. Mary Landrieu, the new chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was noticeably absent from the demonstration. The vulnerable Democrat faces re-election this fall in Louisiana, a state with large swaths of conservative voters. And Republicans aren't letting her absence go unnoticed. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which aims to get Republicans elected to the Senate, put out a...
  • O'Reilly Bets Dinner With Carville That (still exempt LA RAT) Sen. Landrieu Will Lose

    03/03/2014 3:31:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/03/14 | Drew MacKenzie
    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has waged a bet with liberal commentator James Carville that Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana will lose her seat in November, the New Orleans Times Picayune reports O’Reilly said on his show that the Democrats would relinquish their Senate majority in the midterm elections, and he cited Landrieu as one of the incumbents who would be trounced by Republicans. "She better be looking for another job," the outspoken conservative critic said of the three-term senator. “She's out."
  • Could Bill Clinton help (exempt NC RAT) Sen. Kay Hagan’s campaign?

    03/02/2014 2:58:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    News Observer ^ | 3/01/14 | Renee Schoof
    **SNIP** Republicans dismissed the idea that Clinton would help Hagan on economic issues or health care, at least not with people who don’t approve of Obama. “No matter how many times Bill Clinton visits North Carolina, the fact is Kay Hagan has voted in lockstep with President Obama,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Brook Hougesen. But Clinton could stir up the party faithful, said Thomas Eamon, a political science professor at East Carolina University and the author of a new book about North Carolina politics, “The Making of a Southern Democracy.” “I also think that probably right at the...
  • (Exempt RAT) Senator Kay Hagan confronts the burning question that could make or break her campaign

    03/01/2014 11:13:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 3/01/14
    **SNIP** Senator Hagan released the following statement to ABC11: "When this law was written, we established a three-year transition period so that insurance companies had time to begin offering plans that met the requirements of the law for the 5 percent of people on the individual market. As I've made clear, I didn't know that some insurance companies would use that transition period to sell outdated plans without fully notifying consumers that they would no longer be available in 2014. But as soon as it came to my attention last fall when I heard from constituents who felt blindsided by...
  • (Still exempt NC RAT Kay) Hagan makes re-election bid official, dodges health care

    02/26/2014 2:34:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    News Observer ^ | 2/24/14 | John Frank
    **SNIP** Pressed on the question two more times as reporters followed her outside to the parking lot, Hagan did not answer. She offered this explanation without further details: “it wasn’t clear that insurance companies were selling substandard policies.” Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state’s largest insurer, responded by saying Hagan’s comments “are simply not true and she should know better.” Company spokesman Lew Borman said the insurer notified customers that they could keep a grandfathered plan. Customers were also given an opportunity to return to a grandfathered plan, Borman said. “The fact is that every step along the way, we...
  • Then & now: What (exempt) Dems say about Obama

    02/25/2014 2:44:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/19/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) embraced President Obama’s lofty call for hope and change when he and other Democrats gathered in Denver six years ago to celebrate the Illinois senator’s nomination. The festive buzz has long since faded and Udall has dropped his talk of “our time” and “our moment” when discussing the president. He’s not even sure if he wants Obama back in his state after the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act left some of his constituents fuming. “Coloradoans are going to re-elect me based on my record, not the president’s record. Not what the president’s done but...
  • Strassel: The Many Faces of (still exempt NC RAT) Kay Hagan

    02/15/2014 1:44:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/14/14 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    Defying physics, ObamaCare has managed to create energies where none existed before: confusion over policies, anger over lost doctors, panic over costs. Most amazing has been the law’s ability to produce entirely new Washington life forces. The scientific formula goes like this: Another day + Another ObamaCare disaster = A New Kay Hagan. Back in 2008, North Carolinians were introduced to Bipartisan Kay, a hope-and-change candidate who argued that Sen. Elizabeth Dole was a lackey for a partisan George W. Bush. “It is time for someone to reach across party lines,” explained Bipartisan Kay. “Voting 92% of time with the...
  • (Exempt Mary) Landrieu’s gavel comes with risks

    02/14/2014 4:04:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/13/14 | Alexandra Jaffe, Laura Barron-Lopez
    Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) new powers as chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee could end up being a double-edged sword for her already-difficult reelection chances. The Bayou Democrat took over the plum post on Wednesday evening, which could allow her to push legislation popular back home that boosts the oil industry, all while distancing herself from an unpopular President Obama. But it also raises the pressure on her to deliver for home-state constituents. If she falters, her pitch risks ringing hollow as voters questions her ability to deliver. Republicans like Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere are already pledging...
  • (Exempt NC RAT) Kay Hagan slams the Koch brothers

    02/13/2014 8:18:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/13/14 | TAL KOPAN
    **SNIP** A key part of the barrage against Hagan and other Democratic senators that Republicans perceive as vulnerable in 2014 is tying them to Obamacare, something Hagan defended. “The people in North Carolina have the fifth-highest signup on the exchanges, after Florida, New York, California and Texas, it’s North Carolina, so they’re very interested in this,” Hagan said. “We want to show that the Affordable Care Act is something whose time has come. It’s going to really change how the cost of health care will not have these huge increases that we’ve been seeing every year.” Hagan also referenced the...
  • MILLER: Prideful (& exempt) president refuses to admit Obamacare is a disaster

    02/13/2014 3:07:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/12/14 | Emily Miller
    President Obama is scrambling to put Band-Aids on the health care law instead of admitting that it is DOA. He pushed Obamacare through Congress with the promise that it would help the 30 million uninsured Americans and not hurt the rest of us. Five years later, the government intrusion has disrupted the coverage of the more than 300 million Americans who were content with their insurance, and it is already dragging down the economy. Mr. Obama is trying to hide the problems. That’s why the White House announced Monday it would again push back the deadline for the mandate to...
  • Guess Which Issue Is Missing from (exempt) Sen. Landrieu’s Campaign Site?

    02/12/2014 2:47:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/12/14 | Jim Geraghty
    For one of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s campaign site is rather… sparse right now. **SNIP** In the 29 items listed on the “News & Press Releases” page, the words “Obamacare” “Affordable Care Act” “health care” and “health” never appear. “Insurance” gets mentioned six times… but only in the context of flood insurance.