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  • Kavanaugh Fight Has Red State Dems Ducking for Cover

    09/12/2018 9:48:18 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 14 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | Sept 12, 2018 | Sally Persons
    Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has prompted one of the most contentious battles on Capitol Hill since Donald Trump became president. ... Chuck Schumer and the 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee threw every punch at Kavanaugh they could muster, not to mention a few knees in the groin. The party’s progressive wing demanded no less -- a failure to engage in this fight would have made them targets from an array of liberal groups and activists. But Senate Democrats faced another dilemma, too: The prospective justice’s confirmation process is occurring in the heat of a hotly...
  • Grassley moves to set up committee vote on Kavanaugh nomination

    09/10/2018 3:59:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 10, 2018 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is moving to set up a Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, likely next week. Grassley's office on Monday sent out an agenda for a business meeting the committee will have on Thursday. Kavanaugh's nomination is included as one of roughly two dozen judicial nominations that could get a vote. The move means Kavanaugh's nomination could get a vote as soon as this week. But Democrats are expected to delay the vote until next week, meaning Kavanaugh's nomination will likely be taken up by the committee on Sept. 20. Under committee rules, any...
  • SCOTUS Fight: It Seems Red State Democrats Are Totally And Utterly Screwed

    09/06/2018 5:22:01 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 06, 2018 8:30 AM | Matt Vespa
    For liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans, it’s an easy choice regarding the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Both sides have made up their minds weeks before these hearings, which have devolved into total clown shows, started this week. With former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl being tapped to serve the remainder of the late John McCain’s term, we have a decisive vote locked up. Kyl is probably going to vote for Kavanaugh. I’m betting McCain would have a “yea” vote as well if he were healthy. The point is the game is over. We have won. The votes are...
  • In Kavanaugh confirmation fight, just a handful of senators hold the key

    09/02/2018 10:04:59 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 2, 2018 | Chad Pergram
    The Senate’s final verdict on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – whose high-stakes, high-wire confirmation hearing begins Tuesday – will hinge on the views of just a handful of lawmakers. As it stands, Republicans hold a razor-thin, 50-49 majority with one vacancy. Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will soon appoint a successor to the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., but even then the GOP majority can suffer few defections. These are the senators to watch: Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska These senators can be mavericks in their own right. Further, they fret about how health care issues...
  • Trump returning to Fargo next week for fundraiser, Cramer says

    09/02/2018 11:45:03 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    Bismarck Tribune ^ | August 29, 2018
    BISMARCK — President Donald Trump will be back in North Dakota next week to headline a “VIP reception and fundraiser” for Rep. Kevin Cramer’s campaign, the Republican congressman said Wednesday. Trump will be in Fargo Sept. 7. It will mark the president’s second visit to the state’s most populous city during the closely watched contest between Cramer and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who’s seeking a second term representing the deeply red state that Trump won with 63 percent of the vote. Cramer’s campaign spokesman, Tim Rasmussen, deferred further comment about the visit to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. A spokeswoman...
  • Trump Sets Ambitious Fall Campaign Schedule To Help Republicans–And Himself

    08/23/2018 6:41:34 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 23,2018 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    President Trump has a lot on the line in this fall’s midterm elections. So, he’s decided to turn for help to the man he trusts the most — himself. In the remaining 75 days until ballots are counted, Trump will invest at least 40 of them in campaigning for Republicans in both House and Senate races. He will spend additional time on fundraising for candidates and the party .And you may have noticed, this president is quite comfortable with spur-of-the-moment decisions. So, it’s likely he will add even more campaign days along the way as races and political needs develop....
  • Red-state Dems embrace key Obamacare rule as election draws near

    08/19/2018 2:32:54 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 8 replies
    Red-state Democrats are embracing one of Obamacare’s most popular provisions to help them win re-election in November. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota unveiled ads this week slamming GOP opponents for trying to gut Obamacare’s protections for people with pre-existing illnesses, such as diabetes or cancer. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., did the same in a Twitter video. Each of the candidates is seizing on actions by congressional Republicans and the Trump administration to unravel Obamacare. But instead of highlighting the law in general, they are centering on its rules obligating insurers to cover...
  • Recreational marijuana measure to be on ND November ballot [North Dakota]

    08/13/2018 11:28:03 AM PDT · by Ken H · 26 replies
    KFYR TV ^ | August 13, 2018 | n/a
    BISMARCK, N.D. - Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota have succeeded in getting the measure on the November ballot. Secretary of State Al Jaeger says proponents submitted more than enough valid petition signatures. Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana failed on a petition drive in 2016.
  • Early polls favor Biden but Senate officials skeptical

    08/05/2018 6:06:33 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/05/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Joe Biden is leading the Democratic field in some early polls asking voters about the party’s prospective presidential candidates in 2020. But in his old stomping grounds in the U.S. Senate, there are plenty of skeptics who point to the former vice president’s age, his support for the Iraq War and his two failed presidential bids as reasons to doubt he would be successful. “It’s hard to see someone [winning] who voted for the Iraq war. People are looking to turn the page,” one senior Democratic aide said. A second senior Democratic aide said “polls show that voters want someone...
  • Trump: ‘Globalist Koch brothers’ have become a ‘total joke in real Republican circles'

    07/31/2018 4:25:34 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/31/18 | Kyle Balluck
    President Trump ripped the Koch brothers one day after the political network formed by the billionaire conservative businessmen said it would not support a Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota “The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade,” Trump said in a series of tweets early Tuesday. “I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas. They love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more. I made them richer. Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every...
  • Koch network freezing out Republicans who have crossed them

    07/30/2018 2:42:53 PM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/30/18 | Jonathan Easley
    Billionaire conservative businessman Charles Koch’s political network is freezing out Republicans that it believes have violated its fiscally conservative principles, and is, at least for now, only supporting four Senate GOP candidates in the fall. The Koch network is backing GOP Senate candidates in Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee and Florida, signaling it will be selective in where it engages as Republicans seek to retain or grow their narrow 51-49 majority. At a Monday presentation to about 500 of the network’s top donors at a five-star resort in the Rocky Mountains, Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips made an example out of...
  • Charles Koch vows to hold Republicans accountable

    07/29/2018 6:05:51 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/29/18 | Jonathan Easley
    Billionaire activist Charles Koch said Sunday that his network of big-spending political groups would be more aggressive in going after Republicans who have failed to adhere to fiscally conservative principles. Speaking to a small group of reporters in a rare interview at a five-star resort in the Rocky Mountains, Koch vowed to hold GOP lawmakers accountable for their votes when they break with the network’s free-market views on issues like spending and tariffs. “I regret some of the [lawmakers] we have supported … we’re gonna more directly deal with that and hold people accountable,” Koch said. The Koch network will...
  • North Dakota Demands Feds Repay Them $38 Million Over Dakota Pipeline Protests

    07/20/2018 12:18:17 PM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/20/2018 | Michael Bastasch
    North Dakota has filed a claim against the federal government for $38 million the state spent dealing with the months-long Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests. The state claims the often violent protests were the result of negligence by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps failed to enforce the law and keep protesters from setting up illegal campsites on federal land, the state argues.
  • Voters in Red states w/ shaky Sen. Dems: Confirm Trump pick

    07/11/2018 8:46:28 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 24 replies
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | Michael F. Haverluck
    A new poll shows that voters in battleground states represented by vulnerable Senate Democrats decisively want President Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to replace Anthony Kennedy in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)... The poll conducted by the Tarrance Group between July 5 and 8 revealed that voters agree by a decisive margin of at least 12 percent that their senators should confirm the SCOTUS appointment Trump announced Monday night. After explaining that the U.S. Senate will vote on the president’s appointment to replace Justice Kennedy, it asked voters, “Do you think Senator [Nelson, Donnelly, McCaskill, Heitkamp, or...
  • Red State Democrats Really, REALLY Don't Want To Discuss SCOTUS Pick

    07/11/2018 4:54:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh is going to be a weeks-long torment for some on the Hill—and I’m talking about red state Democrats. Senate Republican moderates Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have been very receptive to Kavanaugh’s nomination, easing pressure from the right that they could sink this SCOTUS nominee if they defect. That could be the case, but for now, pressure has ramped up on Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and maybe Bill Nelson (D-FL). Nelson needs help. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is outworking him on Hispanic outreach, and he’s beating Nelson...
  • The Numbers Are In, And It’s Looking Pretty Bad For Senate Dems In November

    07/10/2018 3:15:27 PM PDT · by detective · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/10/2018 | Vandana Rambaran
    Democrats are in for an uphill battle in November’s midterm elections as they struggle to overtake the GOP-led Senate, according to an Axios and SurveyMonkey poll of key states released Tuesday. Although Democrats only need to pick up two seats to gain the majority in the Senate, they are struggling to control 10 states already held by Democratic senators. These states are now predominantly red states with voters who are strong supporters of President Donald Trump. They include Indiana, Missouri, Montana and North Dakota, all of which Trump won in 2016, while his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton couldn’t even win...
  • Red-state Dems decline invite to Trump's Supreme Court announcement

    07/09/2018 2:39:42 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/09/18 | Jordain Carney
    A trio of red-state Democratic senators have turned down invitations to attend President Trump's announcement of his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) were invited but declined to attend the event at the White House at 9 p.m. Monday. Donnelly said in a statement that he declined so that his first meeting with Trump's pick will be "in a setting where we can discuss his or her experience and perspectives." "I appreciate the President inviting me to attend tonight's announcement at the WH. I look...
  • Ratings Change: Two Top Senate Races Shift Out of Toss-Up

    07/09/2018 1:52:15 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    rollcall ^ | July 9, 2018
    When it comes to political handicapping, the easiest thing to do would be to put all of the most competitive contests into the Toss-up category and declare them too close to call. Or to argue that because Donald Trump was elected president against the projections, it’s not worth rating any races at all. But that’s not particularly helpful to people looking for some direction and distinctions in congressional elections. The prevailing narrative about this year’s Senate races relates to the 10 Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016. But not all of those senators are created...
  • Red-State Democrats Face ‘Terrible’ Bind on Supreme Court Pick

    07/07/2018 11:15:12 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 55 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | July 7,2016 | Carl Hulse, New York Times
    WASHINGTON — Democratic senators running for re-election in red states where President Donald Trump remains popular face an agonizing choice over his coming Supreme Court nominee: Vote to confirm the pick and risk demoralizing Democratic voters ahead of the midterm elections, or stick with the party and possibly sacrifice their own seats — and any chance at a Democratic majority in 2019. The actions of a handful of Senate Democrats struggling to hold their seats in those states — notably Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — will have broad implications...
  • Blind Man with a Gun

    07/01/2018 3:45:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Do blind people have Second Amendment rights? Of course, they do. Should they be prevented from carrying guns for self-defense? No, they should be subject to the same laws as other people. Carey McWilliams has demonstrated, through word and deed, that blind people are fully capable of responsible self-defense and responsible use of guns. It is a disability, not a death sentence. From postbullitin.com: The blind guy with a gun permit became a minor celebrity who made national and international news in 2001, even getting a segment on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” that showed him firing an assault...