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  • So much for the GOP Establishment’s “Electability” Argument in Oregon

    04/08/2014 1:11:23 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the Beltway GOP Establishment has been pushing a liberal, pro-abortion candidate in the U.S. Senate Primary here in Oregon. I talked about how the tired narrative that somehow we have to be more liberal to win elections remains alive and well in DC circles and how the “experts” – including Karl Rove, Saxby Chambliss, Susan Collins, and Richard Burr — do not believe that a conservative pro-life candidate can win in Oregon. They think they know better than those of us fighting here in the trenches. Well, a new Harper poll just...
  • RNC starts negative ads in 40 media markets

    01/08/2014 7:20:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 7, 2014 5:55 PM EST | Philip Elliott
    The Republican National Committee began running ads in 40 media markets Tuesday mostly targeting incumbent senators who supported President Barack Obama’s health care program. Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, meanwhile, gave $2.5 million to help Democrats defend their majority in the Senate. The early action suggests Republicans see the president’s signature domestic achievement as their way to keep control of the House and perhaps win the Senate. With more than 300 days remaining before Election Day, both sides are looking to set the agenda before voters start paying attention. “Obamacare is going to be the issue in 2014,”...
  • Ted Cruz: Indefinite Detention Retained in NDAA 2014

    01/06/2014 2:10:08 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    New American ^ | Tuesday, 24 December 2013 11:35 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Eighty-five of 100 U.S. senators voted to renew the president’s power to indefinitely detain Americans, denying them of their fundamental right to due process.On December 19, by a vote of 84-15 (Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida, did not vote), the Senate sent the Fiscal Year 2014 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to President Obama’s desk. Although an overwhelming majority of Republicans and Democrats signed off on the evisceration of the Bill of Rights, a small coalition of Independents, Republicans, and Democrats refused to accede to such a devastation deprivation of rights. A list of the lawmakers...
  • Abandon ship: Blue-state Dem Jeff Merkley to co-sponsor Landrieu’s version of “Keep Your Plan Act”

    11/13/2013 12:21:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/13/2013 | AllahPundit
    It’s not just red-state Democrats who are panicking. Then again, Merkley’s not a typical blue-state Democrat. He won his Senate race in Oregon by fewer than four points in 2008, a year in which Hopenchange fever boosted Dems nationally. Not only won’t he have that working for him next year, he’ll have the albatross of Obama’s biggest “achievement” hanging around his neck. Time for him to do what little he can to shed it by joining Landrieu’s bill.Last night a source told Greg Sargent that House Democrats were being whipped by the leadership to oppose Fred Upton’s bill, replete with...
  • Senators Up for Re-Election in 2014

    11/07/2013 4:03:00 PM PST · by TBP · 61 replies
    wrhammons.com ^ | ? | W.R. Hammons
    Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander (R) Montana Senator Max Baucus (D) Alaska Senator Mark Begich (D) Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran (R) Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) Massachusetts Senator William "Mo" Cowan (D) Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi (R) Minnesota Senator Al Franken (DFL) South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D) Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (D) Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe (R) Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns (R) South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson (D) Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D) Michigan Senator Carl Levin (D) Kentucky...
  • 'Agitated' Dems vent on ObamaCare woes (Senate Dems vent frustrations in WH meeting)

    11/01/2013 7:08:11 AM PDT · by Qbert · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/31/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats vented their frustrations over the faulty rollout of the Affordable Care Act in a meeting Thursday with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior officials. “There’s a lot of frustration, everywhere,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said after the meeting. McDonough tried to assure angry senators he is personally taking charge of the disparate federal offices in charge of implementing the massive law, which has been plagued by technical errors. “He gave us the impression that he’s taking charge of the different elements and cracking the whip. He said to let him know if we had...
  • Flashback: Schumer, Franken urged IRS to target tea party in 2012

    05/17/2013 11:36:40 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/17/2013 | Jeff Poor
    <p>Long before the Internal Revenue Service revealed it had improperly targeted conservative 501(c)(4) groups, a group of Democratic senators led by New York Sen. Chuck Schumer urged the IRS to do just that.</p> <p>The IRS’s admission last Friday that it had singled out tea party and other groups for extra audits and delays has raised concerns that President Barack Obama’s administration quietly attempted to stymy opponents through intimidation. But many prominent Democrats — including Montana Sen. Max Baucus, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the New York Times editorial board — had been publicly calling for tighter restrictions on 501(c)(4) groups affiliated with the tea party and conservatives.</p>
  • Jeff Merkley, Senate Democrats say U.S. Constitution must be changed to control campaign spending

    11/02/2011 12:44:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 11-1-11 | Charles Pope
    WASHINGTON - Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and six other Democrats charged Tuesday that modern political campaigns - and democracy itself - are threatened by a pair of "awful" Supreme Court decisions that can only be fixed by changing the U.S. Constitution itself. The senators said during a news conference that adding a new provision to the Constitution is necessary if Congress wants to nullify a 1976 ruling that said campaign spending was the same as free speech and a 2010 ruling that removed all limits on campaign spending for special interests, corporations and labor unions. "In the mid-70s the activist...
  • Senator Collins, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to End Workplace Discrimination

    04/18/2011 8:57:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    Senator Susan Collins ^ | April 15, 2011 | Senator Susan Collins
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, along with her colleagues Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Tom Harkin (D-IA), have introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to finally prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Senator Collins has long been a strong supporter of this legislation. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 would prohibit employers, employment agencies, labor organizations and joint labor-management committees from firing, refusing to hire, or discriminating against those employed or seeking employment, on the basis of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity. Such protections are already in...
  • Senators demand explanation for Hillary Clinton’s remarks (on oil pipeline)

    10/21/2010 6:49:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Senators demand explanation for Clinton’s remarksBy The Canadian Press Published: October 21, 2010 2:33 PM CALGARY — Two U.S. senators are demanding an explanation from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who last week suggested she was “inclined to” approve the controversial Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. At a speaking engagement in San Francisco last Friday, Clinton was challenged on the State Department’s decision to approve Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) Alberta Clipper pipeline, which ships oilsands crude to Wisconsin. Construction wrapped up on Alberta Clipper this spring. Clinton responded by saying a decision had yet to be made on another pipeline,...
  • Dems: We’re not bound by president’s tax vow

    06/22/2010 7:15:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 22, 2010 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats are looking at the possibility of raising taxes on families below the $250,000-a-year threshold promised by President Barack Obama during the election. The majority party on Capitol Hill does not feel bound by that pledge, saying the threshold for tax hikes will depend on several factors, such as the revenue differences between setting the threshold at $200,000 and setting it at $250,000. “You could go lower, too — why not $200,000?” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). “With the debt and deficit we have, you can’t make promises to people. This is a very serious situation.” Sen. Byron Dorgan (N.D.),...
  • Last minute Healthcare Amendment addition singles out Construction Firms.

    12/24/2009 6:39:26 AM PST · by formy3children · 103 replies · 2,898+ views
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 24, 2009 | Rivkela Brodsky
    <p>U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., apparently persuaded Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to add a provision to force construction businesses of five or more employees to provide insurance coverage or face hefty fines.</p>
  • Democrats Wield The Patriot Ax

    10/05/2009 5:03:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 2,152+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUISNESS DAILY Staff
    Homeland Security: Provisions of the law that spared New York another 9/11 are set to expire Dec. 31. So why do Democrats want to gut this law and remove the immunity telecom companies have for helping protect America? To borrow a British expression from World War II, it was a very near thing. The capture, arrest and indictment of 24-year-old Afghan immigrant Najubullah Zazi before he could set off bombs made from store-bought chemicals prevented a tragedy of potentially devastating proportions. It wouldn't have happened if the critics of Patriot Act had their way. The capture of Zazi was made...