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  • Why would Rand Paul say that?

    04/08/2015 6:04:24 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 104 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 8, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    I really want to like Rand Paul, but he keeps saying things that give me pause. I like that he wants to fight the GOP establishment. I like that he wants to roll back big government. And I like that he wants to expand the base to include more young people and minorities. (There are some very worrisome things he’s said about foreign policy, but we’ll put that aside, as those views seem to be “evolving.”) I didn’t listen to his Louisville campaign announcement speech yesterday, but Paul Mirengoff of Powerline did, and he noticed something that has really got...
  • Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, resigns

    08/29/2014 4:39:31 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/29/14 | ELIZABETH TITUS
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, announced his resignation late Friday, citing potential distractions over renewed attention to a controversy from the Iowa 2012 caucuses. Benton, a longtime associate of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, was tapped to run the McConnell campaign early in the election cycle. But he’s been dogged by a scandal involving the elder Paul’s 2012 Iowa campaign. A former Iowa GOP state lawmaker pleaded guilty in recent days to charges of accepting money to change his endorsement in 2012 from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul. Benton...
  • McConnell faces toughest test

    08/06/2014 8:41:40 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 94 replies
    PADUCAH, Ky. — Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can almost taste becoming Senate majority leader, but first he has to make sure he isn’t the Republican who costs the GOP its shot at chamber control. His strengths and weaknesses were on full display in his battle against Alison Lundergan Grimes this weekend, underscoring just how tough his race is against the Democrat. Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/214431-mcconnell-faces-toughest-test#ixzz39cwSApxA Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook
  • Will Tea Partiers Sink Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky Senate Reelection Bid?

    08/04/2014 5:06:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 191 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 8/4/14 | Ben Jacobs
    The Senate minority leader, long reviled among many on the right for what they see as kowtowing to Democrats, is in a tough race for his seat—and in trouble with the Tea Party. If Alison Lundergan Grimes pulls off an upset victory over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in November, she may have Tea Partiers to thank. But don’t expect conservative voters to rally to Grimes—they simply aren't getting behind McConnell. Although the five-term Republican ended up winning a a tough primary challenge from businessman Matt Bevin handily, the race was one of the most vicious and ugly this cycle,...
  • ACU endorses Mitch McConnell (exposing ACU fraud!)

    04/28/2014 9:58:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 4/26/14
    <p>LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The American Conservative Union's Political Action Committee has endorsed Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell for re-election.</p> <p>ACU Director of Government Affairs Larry Hart cited McConnell's lifetime ACU rating of 90 out of a possible 100 as demonstrating McConnell's consistent support for conservative principles.</p>
  • Kentucky Senate race 2014: Matt Bevin, Mitch McConnell and TARP (Bevin supported TARP)

    02/11/2014 7:28:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | February 11, 2014 | Josh Bresnahan
    Matt Bevin, who is challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell in a Republican primary, calls the 2008 federal bailout of banks and Wall Street giants “irresponsible” and says he would have opposed it as a senator. Yet back in 2008, as an investment fund president, Bevin backed the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, as well as the government takeover of troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. McConnell supported TARP, and the Bevin campaign repeatedly reminds voters that the Senate minority leader calls that vote “one of the finest moments in the history of the Senate.”
  • Matt Bevin: Mitch McConnell can’t win in November

    02/10/2014 10:48:17 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/10/14 | Katie Glueck
    Matt Bevin, the tea party primary challenger aiming to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, charged Monday that McConnell can’t win a general election. In remarks at a Washington, D.C. event sponsored by the tea party-affiliated group FreedomWorks PAC, Bevin painted himself as the only Republican who can beat Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in what is already among the most high-profile races of the 2014 midterm cycle. “We run a tremendous risk of losing this seat in Kentucky to someone who does not represent Kentucky values,” Bevin said. “We run the risk of losing this seat because of a...
  • Rand Paul to GOP: Change your tune, or Texas goes Democratic

    02/09/2014 3:42:18 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 94 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/9/14 | JAKE MILLER
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delivered a stark demographic warning to his party on Saturday, predicting that Texas – a sizable electoral prize that Republicans cannot afford to lose in national elections – may tilt Democratic within 10 years if the GOP doesn’t broaden its appeal. “What I do believe is Texas is going to be a Democrat state within 10 years if we don’t change,” Paul told the Harris County Republican Party on Saturday, according to Politico. “That means we evolve, it doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a...
  • Rand Paul warns Texas could turn blue (Tepid audience response to Amnesty comments)

    02/09/2014 10:03:55 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 79 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/9/14 | KATIE GLUECK
    HOUSTON — Sen. Rand Paul on Saturday predicted that Texas would turn blue within a decade if the Republican Party doesn’t become more inclusive. “What I do believe is Texas is going to be a Democrat state within 10 years if we don’t change,” Paul (R-Ky.), who grew up in Texas, said at a dinner held by the Harris County GOP. “That means we evolve, it doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a welcoming party.” -snip- The senator, whose father was a longtime congressman from Texas, acknowledged that immigration...
  • Kentucky poll: Mitch McConnell now trails Democratic challenger by four points in Senate bid

    02/07/2014 2:49:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2014 | AllahPundit
    Each of the five polls taken since December have had the race tight, but this is the first one showing Alison Lundergan Grimes in the lead. Noise or omen?I know what you’re thinking, but don’t celebrate just yet. “This is not going to be a coast for Mitch McConnell,” said pollster Jay Leve of Survey USA. “It’s going to be a dogfight. Every vote is going to matter. This election is going to have national consequences. We’re going to see a lot of money from outside interests flow into Kentucky.”…Sixty percent of likely voters in the Bluegrass Poll disapprove of...
  • Mitch McConnell claims to be conservative in new ad

    01/13/2014 5:43:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    Marxist collaborator Mitch McConnell kicked off his reelection campaign last week with a new ad in which he claimed to be a conservative who loves America. This is the same Mitch McConnell that: •Told GOP donors that Tea Party activists needed to be punched in the face •Opposed the Ted Cruz-led partial shutdown of the tyrannical federal government •Bribed Kentucky voters with $3 billion in taxpayer money •Defends Obama’s illegal NSA spying •Works behind-the-scenes to pass amnesty To add insult to injury, the ad featured Rand Paul– whom Mitch McConnell opposed in 2010, and who only reluctantly agreed to endorse...
  • Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Outlines Key Differences With Mitch McConnell

    01/10/2014 12:31:47 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    WFPL ^ | 1/9/14 | PHILLIP M. BAILEY
    Saying the Republican Party needs to adopt a new vision, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is hoping to shift Kentucky's race to issues, rather than surface-level politics and attacks. The Tea Party-backed Bevin has often given speeches focusing on policy, and he decried Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for failing to discuss them in-depth. "The sad truth is that while this campaign has been going on we have been speaking in-dept about the issues that truly matter as we travel around the state. But both Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes have been avoiding the...
  • Conservative group touts McConnell's work with Paul

    12/19/2013 12:22:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/17/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A conservative nonprofit is launching a new ad touting Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) as partners in the fight against ObamaCare. The ad, from Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, is backed by a $382,000 buy and will run for a week across the state. “For Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, fighting ObamaCare isn’t about politics. It’s a fight for the Kentucky families who are losing their health coverage,” the ad says. It adds that the two are “working together to stop ObamaCare.” The spot could give McConnell some cover on his right flank, where he faces a challenge...
  • Source: McConnell will vote against budget deal brokered by Paul Ryan

    12/11/2013 11:34:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/11/13 | Alex Pappas
    Add the Senate’s top Republican to the list of those who will oppose the new budget deal, which conservatives are blasting for blowing through the mandated spending caps on government spending next year. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will vote against the deal brokered by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, a knowledgeable source close to the Kentucky Republican told The Daily Caller on Wednesday.
  • Mitch McConnell: Senate Conservatives Fund ‘counterproductive’

    12/10/2013 6:27:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/10/13 | JOSE DELREAL
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) defended his condemnation of the Senate Conservatives Fund on Tuesday and stressed that despite his disputes with the organization he remains a fan of the tea party movement at large. “Let me make it clear: I’m a big fan of the tea party movement. It’s been extremely important in helping us regain the House and do well in the Senate in 2010,” McConnell told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto.
  • McConnell Hosts Fundraiser for North Carolina’s Charlie Crist at Home of Fannie Mae Lobbyist

    12/10/2013 11:19:06 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 77 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 12/10/13 | Daniel Horowitz
    Senator Mitch McConnell has been awfully quiet lately. After making it clear in October that he would never again fight Obamacare in the budget or a debt ceiling increase, he has fallen off the face of the earth. Harry Reid pulled the nuclear option in the Senate, yet McConnell has not threatened to hold up the deals on the farm bill or new budget conference. In fact, he hasn’t commented on them at all. He hasn’t even commented on Obama’s Iran capitulation, an issue in which he presumably shares our views. So what is Mitch McConnell doing as the most...
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell: I don't think anybody can make the health reform law work

    10/31/2013 8:39:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    PBS News Hour ^ | October 30, 2013 | by GWEN IFILL
    GWEN IFILL: As we speak this morning, Kathleen Sebelius is testifying in the House about healthcare.gov. And you have called Obamacare a rolling disaster, but you haven't called for her to resign. Why not? SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL, R-Ky.: Well, look, I don't think anybody could make this work. We said back in 2009, when it was passed, without a single vote to spare, not a single member of my party in the House or Senate voting for it, it couldn't possibly work. We predicted that insurance -- health insurance premiums would go up, jobs would be lost, and the president's...
  • Conservative group says McConnell 'let us down' on ObamaCare

    10/29/2013 12:55:01 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/29/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    The Senate Conservatives Fund's (SCF) super-PAC is accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of helping Democrats fund ObamaCare with a new TV ad. -snip- But McConnell's campaign dismissed the ad, accusing the group of "working day and night to ensure Barack Obama's majority in the Senate." "When Mitch McConnell was rallying conservatives to fight ObamaCare, the fundraising group responsible for these ads was working day and night to ensure Barack Obama's majority in the Senate," said McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore. 'You get an idea of what team the Senate Conservatives Fund is on when you realize that there are scores of...
  • SCA TV Ad Exposes McConnell's Decision to Fund Obamacare

    10/29/2013 12:47:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | 10/29/13 | Senate Conservatives Action
    Alexandria, VA — Senate Conservatives Action (SCA) announced a new 30-second TV ad Tuesday, which exposes U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell's decision to help the Democrats fund Obamacare. The ad ("Kentucky") will run statewide on broadcast and cable television from October 30 to November 12. The cost of the ad buy is $330,000. "Mitch McConnell says he opposes Obamacare when he's in Kentucky, but then he helps the Democrats fund Obamacare when he's in Washington," said SCA Executive Director Matt Hoskins. "Mitch McConnell has lost his way. It's why more and more Kentucky Republicans are supporting Matt Bevin, a true conservative...
  • Mitch McConnell Ready to Fight GOP Base

    10/28/2013 1:21:00 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 10/28/13 | Daniel Horowitz
    Everything you ever thought about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is wrong. He really is a fighter after all. At a recent fundraiser with 300 K street donors, as reported by Politico, Mitch McConnell was in a combative mood. According to one attendee, he was “in fighting mode.” No, he was not in a fighting mode against Obama and the Democrats. As he spoke at a K street retreat, the relaxation of his comfort zone kicked in and he rallied the establishment faithful against conservatives: Mitch McConnell isn’t going to have another government shutdown on his watch. The Kentucky Republican...
  • McConnell Gains Rubio Endorsement, Defends Olmsted Dam Funding (Kentucky Kickback)

    10/22/2013 6:16:08 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    WUKY ^ | 10/21/13 | JOSH JAMES
    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and challenger Matt Bevin recently received dueling endorsements from conservative heavyweights. Bevin received a boost to his campaign Friday when the Senate Conservatives Fund endorsed his bid for the seat, but a few days later McConnell is now touting the support of Tea Party favorite Florida Senator Marco Rubio. The Senate Conservatives Fund elected to back Bevin after the candidate criticized McConnell for taking part in the deal that helped end the government shutdown, which also included $2.8B for a dam project on the Ohio River. Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation, McConnell shot back...
  • Conservative PAC launches new anti-McConnell ad

    10/22/2013 6:13:10 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/21/13 | Jacqueline Klimas
    The Madison Project launched a new ad Monday that bashes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, for failing to stop the health care law during budget negotiations. “After allowing his conference to sabotage the House Republican fight against Obamacare, McConnell unilaterally agreed to surrender every aspect of this unworkable law. He has also made it clear that he will preemptively surrender any future leverage against Obamacare as long as a Democrat is in the White House,” Project president Drew Ryun wrote in a press release.
  • Senate Conservative Fund raises over $100k for Bevin days after endorsement

    10/22/2013 6:04:37 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    CN2 ^ | 10/21/13 | Nick Storm
    The Senate Conservative Fund that raises money for tea party favorites has collected more than $100,000 that will go directly to the coffers of GOP U.S. Senate challenger Matt Bevin. The group, said its executive director Matt Hoskins, collected that money after just three days after endorsing Bevin. The Senate Conservative Fund was founded by former South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in 2008. But DeMint left office to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
  • 'Kentucky kickback': an issue for Mitch McConnell or just friendly fire?

    10/21/2013 6:11:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 10/19/13 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    The deal ending the government shutdown included an obscure, one-line change to an unrelated law that increased authorization for spending on a massive water project in Kentucky, the home state of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. Here’s what’s known about the so-called “Kentucky kickback,” a controversy that blew up just as Senate leaders were signing off on a deal to end a government shutdown and avert default on the national debt. While the Senate had held out for a "clean" bill to fund government in its standoff with the House, the deal that Senate leaders took to the floor on...
  • Marco Rubio endorses Mitch McConnell’s re-election

    10/21/2013 6:05:54 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | 10/20/13 | Sam Youngman
    Two days after a conservative political action committee endorsed his Republican challenger, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was gifted a trump card in the form of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio, like Kentucky’s junior Sen. Rand Paul, has enjoyed immense support from the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, and his endorsement of McConnell on Fox News Sunday gives the embattled senior senator some much-needed cover. Rubio’s backing comes at a critical time for McConnell.
  • Mitch McConnell Attacks Conservative Group for Endorsing Primary Opponent

    10/20/2013 6:24:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 73 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/20/2013 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore attacked the Senate Conservatives Fund for endorsing McConnell’s primary challenger Matt Bevin on Friday. “Matt Bevin now has the dubious honor of standing with a self-serving D.C. fundraising group that made its name by recruiting and promoting unelectable candidates that ensured Barack Obama a majority in the Senate,” Moore said in a statement to the Washington Post. “They clearly care less about Kentuckians than they do about their reputation for supporting laughably bad candidates. Now they can add a New England bailout recipient who claims he went to MIT to their roster of...
  • Kentucky-Bribed Statesman: Mitch McConnell Unmasked

    10/19/2013 4:58:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10/19/2013 | William Sullivan
    Anthony Weiner recently lamented that "if the internet didn't exist," he'd be the mayor of New York.  In other words, if John Q. Public weren't so privy to the facts, and so readily able to investigate those facts and exchange opinions about them online, politicians could more easily manipulate their political images and determine the outcome of elections.Likewise, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is now feeling the stinging disapproval of an informed public that he may not have felt twenty years ago.  Like the grand reveal at the end a Scooby-Doo episode, McConnell the "fiscally conservative" Senate leader has been unmasked in the...
  • Kentucky-Bribed Statesman: Mitch McConnell Unmasked

    10/19/2013 6:06:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/13 | William Sullivan
    Anthony Weiner recently lamented that "if the internet didn't exist," he'd be the mayor of New York. In other words, if John Q. Public weren't so privy to the facts, and so readily able to investigate those facts and exchange opinions about them online, politicians could more easily manipulate their political images and determine the outcome of elections. Likewise, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is now feeling the stinging disapproval of an informed public that he may not have felt twenty years ago. Like the grand reveal at the end a Scooby-Doo episode, McConnell the "fiscally conservative" Senate leader has been...
  • Senate budget bill nearly quadruples funding for Ohio dam project

    10/18/2013 7:29:17 PM PDT · by NYFreeper · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    Buried in the Senate bill to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling is a provision to nearly quadruple funding for an Ohio River dam project, an allocation slammed as “disgraceful” by Republican Sen. John McCain.
  • Time for a New Leader! (Senate Conservatives Fund email)

    10/18/2013 10:51:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    Fellow Conservatives: U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Republican Leader, has a liberal record and he refuses to fight for our principles. It's time to replace him with a true conservative. We have done everything possible to encourage him to stand up for our values, but he won't listen. Mitch McConnell has cut deals with the Democrats to increase the debt limit, raise taxes, and fund Obamacare. He has also supported earmarks, bailouts, and amnesty for illegal immigrants. After nearly 30 years in Washington, it's time for a change. MATT BEVIN FOR U.S. SENATE We recently asked for your feedback...
  • McConnell challenger nabs big endorsement (DeMint's Revenge!)

    10/18/2013 10:15:04 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 10/18/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) primary challenger got a boost Friday with the endorsement of a prominent national conservative group, the Senate Conservatives Fund. The endorsement of Matt Bevin comes just days after the fund blasted McConnell for his role in working toward a deal to end the government shutdown, charging in an email to supporters Tuesday that he was "leading the surrender" of the GOP. In the endorsement, Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) Executive Director Matt Hoskins conceded that Bevin has an uphill climb in unseating McConnell, but said the group is "confident" he can win. "Matt Bevin is a true...
  • McConnell: 'There was no earmark' (More on Kentucky Kickback...)

    10/17/2013 11:35:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/13 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday denied slipping an earmark into the budget deal Congress passed one day earlier. “There was no earmark,” McConnell told WVLK radio in Lexington, Ky., Thursday morning. The Army Corps of Engineers asked for the funding, he said, and so did the White House.
  • McConnell Deal Includes Kentucky Kickback

    10/17/2013 10:29:34 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | 10/16/13 | Senate Conservatives Fund
    The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) criticized U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Wednesday for allowing a $2 billion Kentucky earmark to be added to the debt deal he negotiated with U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins made the following statement: "Americans are familiar with the 'Cornhusker Kickback' that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson was given in exchange for his vote on Obamacare. Well now Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell has an Obamacare earmark of his own. "The McConnell-Reid deal not only funds Obamacare and suspends the debt limit, it also includes a provision in Section 123 that increases funding...
  • McConnell pushes back on 'Kentucky kickback'

    10/17/2013 8:50:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 90 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/17/13 | Byron Wolf
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denied slipping a special provision into a deal he co-engineered to end the 16-day government shutdown and end a showdown over raising the nation's debt ceiling. And the longtime Republican Senator from Kentucky had an admonishment for Republicans whose sole focus is the "impossible dream" of ending Obamacare.
  • Palin: On to Kentucky

    10/17/2013 4:26:57 AM PDT · by don-o · 86 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | October 17, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    Bottom line snip Friends, do not be discouraged by the shenanigans of D.C.’s permanent political class today. Be energized. We’re going to shake things up in 2014. Rest well tonight, for soon we must focus on important House and Senate races. Let’s start with Kentucky – which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi – from sea to shining sea we will not give up. We’ve only just begun to fight.
  • McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project

    10/17/2013 6:16:25 AM PDT · by MulberryDraw · 43 replies
    WFPL Louisville ^ | October 16, 2013 | Phillip M. Bailey
    A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.
  • McConnell primary foe: Deal ‘rotten’

    10/16/2013 4:45:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    thehill.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is taking heat from Tea Party groups and his primary challenger for brokering a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Matt Bevin, who is running against McConnell in the GOP primary in Kentucky, slammed him for "selling out conservatives." "When the stakes are highest, Mitch McConnell can always be counted on to sell out conservatives," he said in a statement. "McConnell just negotiated the GOP surrender to [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.], leading the charge to give President Obama a blank check and lifting the debt ceiling once...
  • Senate Debt Deal Includes Provision Lessening Congress' Power On Debt Ceiling

    10/16/2013 4:49:51 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 188 replies
    Capitol Hill talk regarding the Senate deal apparently includes a provision that would take away the Congress’ power to increase the debt ceiling. According to Politico, it looks like the buzz appears to be true.: The plan includes a proposal offered by McConnell in the 2011 debt ceiling crisis that allows Congress to disapprove of the debt ceiling increase, which means lawmakers will formally vote on whether to reject a debt ceiling increase until Feb. 7. Obama can veto that legislation if it passes. If Congress fails as expected to gather a two-thirds majority to override the veto, the debt...
  • US debt ceiling: Senate passes US budget deal (81-18)

    10/16/2013 5:33:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/16/13 | BBC
    The US Senate has passed a bill to reopen the government and raise the federal debt limit, with hours to spare before the nation risks default. The Democratic-controlled Senate's bipartisan compromise won swift approval by 81 votes to 18. It will now be sent to the House of Representatives, whose Republican leadership has begrudgingly said it will support the measure. It comes hours before the deadline to raise the $16.7tn (Ł10.5tn) limit. President Barack Obama is set to speak shortly at the White House. The deal would extend the federal borrowing limit until 7 February and fund the government to...
  • 'Kentucky Kickback'? Not so much. [Full power spin]

    10/16/2013 5:12:26 PM PDT · by don-o · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 16, 2013
    <p>The Senate Conservatives Fund, which has suggested it might oppose Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a primary next year, alleges McConnell got a bit of sweetener in the Senate’s plan to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling.</p>
  • Surprises tucked in Senate debt bill (Lautenberg's widow scores $174K & the 'Kentucky Kickback')

    10/16/2013 4:36:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/16/13 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The legislation released by the Senate late Wednesday to reopen the government contains several surprises. The bill includes extra funds to fix flooded roads in Colorado, a $3 million appropriation for a civil liberties oversight board and a one-time payment to the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died over the summer. It also includes a more than $2 billion increase in funding for construction on the lower Ohio River in Illinois and Kentucky. Current law authorizes $775 million in spending for related projects, and the bill increases it to $2.918 billion. The Senate Conservatives Fund quickly called that...