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  • Democrats face narrow path to retake Senate in 2016

    07/07/2015 4:07:11 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 37 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 6, 2015 | Steven Shepherd
    Democrats can take back the Senate in 2016 after a stinging, nine-seat defeat last year — but their path is narrow, and any gains could be fleeting. The party needs to capture four or five seats — depending on the results of the presidential election — next November. While the 2016 map is favorable, flipping control of the Senate would require winning most of the toss-up races and defeating several well-funded GOP incumbents in pricey swing states that will also be crucial in the race for the White House.
  • Patriot Act Showdown Proves Mitch McConnell Has Lost Control of the Senate

    06/04/2015 5:10:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 6/4/15 | Jennifer Kerns
    A showdown in the U.S. Senate over the extension of the Patriot Act this week revealed divisions among the GOP on a core policy issue of national security – in particular, the collection and storage of bulk cellphone data. It also revealed a troubling picture of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s leadership … or lack thereof. Sources on Capitol Hill, including lobbyists and top attorneys, have been saying for weeks that Sen. McConnell (R-Ky.) is a “timid” leader who is flailing in his new role. This week’s showdown within his own caucus underscores that point after an issue that could...
  • Senator Reid Scores Early Victory as Opposition Leader, warns against taking victory laps

    03/05/2015 5:46:19 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | March 5, 2015 | Siobhan Hughes and Michael R. Crittenden
    Politics and Policy Senator Reid Scores Early Victory as Opposition Leader But minority leader warns fellow Democrats against taking victory laps after homeland security win By Siobhan Hughes and Michael R. Crittenden WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats think they have had a good couple of weeks, including a win in a battle over immigration and homeland security funding, but their leader is warning members of his caucus against taking any victory laps. “We cannot be gloating,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said he told his caucus at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday. “We have a lot of things we have to...
  • House conservatives: Boehner’s Speakership in danger if he caves on DHS/amnesty like McConnell did

    02/25/2015 8:28:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2015 | AllahPundit
    Another empty threat or the last straw?This is noteworthy, I think, not so much because there’s a legit prospect of mutiny as because it shows what a total strategic clusterfark the whole cromnibus/DHS/amnesty fiasco has been. Not only are Republicans at each other’s throats, there’s a nonzero chance that DHS may shut down this week because the Republican-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate simply can’t get on the same page. Imagine that. Imagine if the first big legislative standoff in the new GOP Congress ends with a stalemate between the two chambers rather than a stalemate between the GOP...
  • Midterms Were About Something: An Anti-Obama Wave

    11/05/2014 8:46:32 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 11-2-2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Jonathan S. Tobin 11.05.2014 For months we were told that this was the “Seinfeld election”—a race about nothing. And most pundits also seemed to think that despite the clearly favorable terrain for Republicans in the Senate, this would not be a wave election along the lines of the big Democratic victory of 2006 and the GOP landslide of 2010. Both assumptions were wrong. The 2014 midterms were most definitely about something and that something was dissatisfaction with President Obama that created yet another historic wave. By the time the dust settles after the Louisiana Senate runoff, it’s likely the Republicans...
  • McConnell: No Shutdowns, No Full Obamacare Repeal</we won, so let's surrender>

    11/05/2014 6:15:14 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 113 replies
    Time Magazine online ^ | 5 november 2014 | Jay Newton-Small, Time Magazine
    Politics 2014 Election McConnell: No Shutdowns, No Full Obamacare Repeal Jay Newton-Small/Hazard, KY @JNSmall 8:22 AM ET Sen. Mitch McConnell was giddy... Kentuckian... TIME’s interview ... Notably, a full repeal of Obamacare was not on his mind... ... ... get America back to work ... Keystone XL pipeline ... medical device tax ... 40-hour work week ... individual mandate ... bipartisan majority in the Senate ... agree on with the President ... comprehensive tax reform and trade agreements ... international trade ... nuclear option? ...we’ll discuss that... ... ... immigration reform? We’re going to discuss... What if ... executive action...
  • Over 30 Senate Democrats vote to repeal the medical device tax (Now Carrot for McConnell)

    10/14/2013 10:30:10 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 3/14/13 | Erika Johnsen
    As I mentioned yesterday, the medical device tax that went into effect last January is just one of the many insidious job-killing measures contained within ObamaCare, but it is an especially terrible one. The 2.3 percent excise tax is meant to raise a handsome $30 billion to pay for ObamaCare over the next decade, except that, added bonus: It’s going to stifle innovation and competition in an industry that provides all manner of life-saving medical devices, from MRIs to pacemakers to blood tubes. And this hasn’t just been a Republican refrain, by the way. Thursday night, the Senate voted overwhelmingly...
  • McConnell Campaign Unresponsive to Allegations Top Aide Knew of Pay-for-Endorsement

    08/13/2013 9:35:15 AM PDT · by bkepley · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 8/13/2013 | MICHAEL WARREN
    The chairman of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign is refusing to answer questions about allegations the campaign paid for endorsements before the Iowa caucuses last year. Jesse Benton, a longtime Paul aide who is now campaign manager for Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, has not replied to requests for comment after an audio recording surfaced whereby an Iowa state senator, Kent Sorenson, admitted he had received a $30,000 check from high-level Paul campaign official, accepting the money in exchange for switching his support from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul. Sorenson also said that Benton was aware of the transaction
  • McConnel Realizes The Wrath Of Conservatives, Backs Off The RINO BS

    07/05/2012 11:10:10 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-03-12 | Skookum
    Station WHAS in Kentucky recorded Senator McConnel reciting RINO philosophy: If you thought it was a good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, I'd say the odds are still on your side, because it's a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place. I imagine the Senator felt the temper and heat of American Conservatism, for within a few hours he crawfished out of that quagmire as best he could. In an interview with Breitbart, McConnel tried to wash away the stain of RINO contamination and capitulation. I have...
  • Sen. McConnell lures stars from Tea Party during Afghanistan trip

    01/17/2011 6:05:36 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/17/11 06:44 PM ET | Alexander Bolton
    Conservatives believe Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) used a weekend trip to woo star GOP freshmen away from the Tea Party. McConnell took Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) on a high-powered weekend trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan that is being seen as a ploy by the leader to secure allies for forthcoming legislative battles. The visit gave the freshmen firsthand access to world leaders and Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, as well as plenty of quality time with their party leader in the Senate. The...
  • Bush vs. McConnell on Troops in Iraq

    11/12/2010 2:22:51 PM PST · by paudio · 17 replies
    NRO ^ | 11.12.10 | Greg Pollowitz
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has no comment on a passage in former President George W. Bush’s recently released book that led a local newspaper to criticize McConnell for excessive partisanship. In his new memoir, “Decision Points,” Bush writes that McConnell came to the Oval Office in September 2006, with the midterm elections fast approaching. McConnell told Bush that his unpopularity was going to cost the GOP control of Congress, the 43rd president writes in the book. When Bush asked for McConnell’s advice, the Kentucky senator told Bush he should withdraw some troops from Iraq, according to the memoir. “He...
  • McConnell puts Sotomayor filibuster on the table

    06/14/2009 11:29:13 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 29 replies · 1,703+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 14, 2009 | By Aaron Blake
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday said Senate Republicans are reserving their right to filibuster the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. McConnell acknowledged on CBS’s "Face that Nation" his own past stance against filibustering judges, but he said Democrats paved the way for a possible Sotomayor filibuster by filibustering appeals court nominee Miguel Estrada during the Bush administration. “I have consistently opposed filibustering judges – did it during the Clinton years – but I lost that fight,” McConnell said. “The Senate will filibuster judges. That precedent was established – ironically enough – on a...
  • Prominent lawyer discusses free speech and politics-C F R Thread - Day 88

    03/09/2004 6:49:24 AM PST · by Valin · 7 replies · 153+ views
    The Louisville Cardinal ^ | 3/9/04 | KIMBERLY POWERS
    At a time when free speech issues are rife at the University of Louisville, a preeminent attorney specializing in First Amendment rights recently spoke on campus. On March 1, Floyd Abrams discussed some of the largest cases he has worked on as an attorney. Best known as co-counsel in the Pentagon Papers case, Abrams primarily discussed his latest role working with Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., prosecuting the McCain-Feingold bill that intends to reform campaign finance. According to Abrams, the bill disallows any group from running television advertisements that refer to political candidates within 60 days of an election, 30 days...