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  • West Virginia legislature overrides governor's veto on abortion bill

    03/08/2015 9:33:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    jurist.org ^ | 7 March 2015 | jurist
    [JURIST] The West Virginia Legislature [official website] on Friday overrode the governor's veto, passing a bill [text, HB 2586] banning abortion after 20 weeks. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin [official website] said he vetoed the law because of concerns over its constitutionality and would have preferred a later gestational period for banning abortion. The bill excludes [AP report] certain cases of medical emergencies and is set to take effect in May. West Virginia is now the 11th state to ban abortion after 20 weeks. The legislation is based on the premise that fetuses can feel pain starting around 20 weeks, a...
  • LA Landslide: Republican Bill Cassidy Gains Ninth GOP Senate Seat in Win Over Landrieu

    12/06/2014 6:42:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 103 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    The 18-year long reign of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has finally come to an end in Louisiana. In a landslide victory in Saturday’s runoff election, Republican Bill Cassidy defeated the incumbent and captured the ninth Senate seat for the GOP, capping off a victorious midterm election for his party. The road was rocky for Landrieu from the start. The public found out about her improper use of taxpayer funds, then the fact she doesn’t even own a home in Louisiana. Then, she dissed her constituents. Because of all her missteps and Cassidy’s growing lead, Democrats quickly gave up on Landrieu...
  • Koch group ties La. Sen. Landrieu to Gruber

    12/03/2014 12:58:48 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    In what is likely a sign of things to come in 2016, the conservative Koch brothers-backed group Americans For Prosperity released an ad on Wednesday seeking to tie Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to controversial ObamaCare adviser Jonathan Gruber. Gruber made headlines earlier this year for saying it was the “stupidity of the American voter” that helped the Obama administration pass the Affordable Care Act. The ad says Landrieu repeated President Obama’s ObamaCare “Lie of the Year” that if you liked your healthcare plan you could keep it, before launching into the Gruber attack. “An ObamaCare architect bragged about deceiving Americans...
  • Landrieu and the myth of the southern realignment

    12/07/2014 6:17:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 7, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    With Mary Landrieu exiting the Senate, the usual rounds of finger pointing and recriminations have already begun. In the eyes of her supporters, the reasons are numerous and obvious. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the unpopularity of the President or the issues she espoused. No, the only reason that a Republican will occupy that seat next year is that the South is full of hateful, bigoted, stars and bars waving racists and homophobes. This, they will claim, is the result of an ongoing process which began simmering after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,...
  • (Vanity) Media racist narrative: Landrieu last white democrat from South...uh, Bill Nelson (FL)

    12/07/2014 4:44:43 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    This meme is in story after story. Since when is Florida not the "deep south"?? Was it not also part of the old Confederacy?? It certainly isn't a border state up near Virginia and Kentucky!
  • Dems' final insult: Landrieu crushed

    12/07/2014 10:20:11 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 53 replies
    In the final insult of a devastating 2014 election for Democrats, Sen. Mary Landrieu, the party’s last remaining statewide officeholder from the Deep South, was trounced Saturday in the head-to-head Louisiana Senate runoff election. Republican Bill Cassidy’s resounding victory is the ninth Senate seat picked up by the GOP in this year’s elections, three more than the party needed to take control of the chamber. With nearly all the ballots counted, Cassidy led Landrieu by 14 points, 57 percent to 43 percent.
  • Louisiana Congressional Election Results for 6-December-2014

    12/06/2014 6:59:02 PM PST · by topher · 54 replies
    Live Results from Louisiana Secretary of State for US Senate Race and two House races. All three seem to be over. Three Democrats being whipped badly by three Republicans.
  • Landrieu loses reelection bid

    12/06/2014 9:31:36 PM PST · by 867V309 · 78 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 07, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu lost her reelection bid Saturday in a runoff race with Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy, despite a relentless, against-long-odds effort.
  • DC Website Says KEEL’s Robert and Erin ‘Mocked’ Mary Landrieu

    12/06/2014 10:07:17 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    KEEL News Radio 710 ^ | December 3, 2014 9:12 PM | Robert J Wright
    How it ended up on a Washington D.C. website called The Free Beacon is still a mystery, but Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty’s on air reaction to their 710 KEEL interview with Senator Mary Landrieu is ‘going viral’. In the segment following their eight minute chat with the incumbent Senator, the KEEL morning hosts joked about how Landrieu controlled the interview by time and again coming back to her charges of fraud against Republican opponent Bill Cassidy.
  • South's Shift To Conservatism Now Complete With Defeat Of Mary Landrieu

    12/07/2014 5:30:03 PM PST · by goldstategop · 43 replies
    New Orleans Advocate ^ | 12/07/2014 | Gregory Roberts
    The values that are pre-eminent for Republican Party voters are probably freedom, independence, autonomy, limited government and self-reliance, and a strong belief in the powers of capitalism and a free market,” Cross said. “We see them in the South: the calls or less government, the call for people to take personal responsibility, the inveighing against the dependent class.” And in Louisiana and other energy-producing states, he said, the perceived antipathy of national Democrats for the oil and gas industry helps swell Republican ranks. “We’re looking at something more than just a bad year,” said Charlie Cook, the Shreveport native who...
  • Democrats Suffer Most Midterm Losses Ever Under Obama

    12/07/2014 6:25:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 07 Dec 2014 06:58 PM | Greg Richter
    When Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu lost her re-election runoff on Saturday it put Barack Obama in the record books as the two-term president with the most midterm losses for his party. The record previously was held by Harry Truman. Truman’s Democratic Party lost 74 seats in 1946 and 1950, while under Obama the Democrats have lost a total of 75 seats in 2010 and 2014. He could lose one more if Republican Martha McSally beats Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in Arizona in an election recount, Breitbart News reports. McSally is currently ahead by only 200 votes. …
  • Republicans have the most seats in Congress since 1947 after triumphs in Louisiana

    12/07/2014 9:01:18 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 7, 2014 | Associated Press Reporter
    Republicans will hold at least 246 House seats come January, according to election results on Saturday, giving the GOP a commanding majority that matches the party's post-World War II high during Democratic President Harry S. Truman's administration. The GOP retained control of two seats in runoffs in Louisiana, expanding the advantage for Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who can afford defections from his increasingly conservative caucus and still get legislation passed. Combined with the Republican takeover of the Senate, Congress will be all-GOP for the final two years of President Barack Obama's second term.
  • Tomasky Trashes The South: 'Reactionary, Fetid, Nuclear Waste Site'

    12/08/2014 6:24:20 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 88 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Michael Tomasky is not content to argue, in the wake of Mary Landrieu's defeat, that Democrats should write off the South as politically-unfriendly territory. In his Daily Beast item of today, Tomasky goes to great lengths to trash the region in the ugliest of terms. "Reactionary, prejudice-infested, fetid, reject[ing] nearly everything that’s good about this country, just one big nuclear waste site of choleric, and extremely racialized, resentment," is how Tomasky slurs most of the South, saying "almost the entire South" is as he describes it.
  • Landrieu is French Toast

    12/06/2014 11:47:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2014 | Arthur Schaper
    Landrieu is a household name in Louisiana. A Southern, conservative Democratic stronghold for generations, the Gulf States have edged toward the GOP since the mid-1990s, when Bill Clinton made fiscal discipline a national value, yet his party failed to follow suit. Still standing true on American values, limited government, and individual liberty, Southern Democrats felt less welcome in their party, and started moving to the GOP. Except for US Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who has had it pretty easy in the Big Easy. A staunch defender of the oil industry, a reliable provider of federal earmarks, she flew out...
  • Louisiana Senate Runoff: Cassidy (R) 56%, Landrieu (D) 40

    12/06/2014 11:25:39 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 48 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | December 5, 2014
    Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy still holds a double-digit lead over incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu going into tomorrow’s Louisiana Senate runoff. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Louisiana Voters shows Cassidy leading Landrieu by 16 points – 56% to 40%. Four percent (4%) are still undecided.
  • New poll shows Landrieu closing gap in Louisiana — to, er, 24 points

    12/06/2014 10:32:34 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 30 replies
    With the runoff just two days away in Louisiana’s Senate race, the excitement of the final contest in the 2014 midterms is so thick one could cut it with a knife … at least on the GOP side. Since independent pollsters gave up on the finale of Mary Landrieu’s Senate career, Republican pollsters are the only ones taking surveys — or at least the only ones publishing the results. The Washington Examiner’s David Drucker takes a look at the latest results from WPA Opinion Research, working on behalf of the conservative group Independent Women’s Voice, and finds Bill Cassidy out...
  • Radio Hosts Mock Landrieu After Interview

    12/06/2014 5:17:28 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 48 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/3/14 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Local radio hosts in Louisiana mocked Sen. Mary Landrieu for giving a poor interview immediately after having the embattled Democrat on the air on Wednesday. During an interview on 710 KEEL News Radio in Shreveport, La., conducted by Robert Wright and Erin McCarty, Landrieu continued her drum beat for the last week of the runoff election by answering every question with accusations against her opponent Rep. Bill Cassidy and his medical work at LSU. ....
  • 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...
  • Republicans seem poised to expand Senate majority with Louisiana race

    12/04/2014 1:29:06 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 4, 2014 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    Republicans appear poised to expand their Senate majority with a runoff election in Louisiana on Saturday that would cap big wins for their party in the Nov. 4 midterm elections. Republican Representative Bill Cassidy is running against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee, and has a comfortable lead in polls. If he wins, he would be the ninth Republican to capture a previously Democratic seat. His victory would give Republicans 54 seats in the 100-member Senate, enough for a majority but not the 60 seats needed to avoid the tactical blocking procedure known as...
  • Republican early voting increases before Louisiana's Dec. 6 runoff

    11/30/2014 2:46:08 PM PST · by abb · 24 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | November 30, 2014 | Julia O'Donoghue
    The number of people who cast their ballots early in Louisiana dropped off from the Nov. 4 primary election to the Dec. 6 runoff election in every statewide category except one: registered Republican voters. About 85,900 registered Republicans took advantage of early voting for the Dec. 6 runoff. That's almost 3,000 more than voted early for the Nov. 4 election, and amounts to a 4 percent bump in early voting overall from a month ago. The jump in early Republican voters is noteworthy, given that early voting overall dropped by 10 percent from the November primary to the December runoff....
  • [Opinion] Best Ad in Cassidy-Landrieu Runoff

    11/30/2014 9:01:53 AM PST · by topher · 22 replies
    TV ad running in Louisiana post November 4, 2014 | 30-Nov-2014 | Vanity
    Sometimes what makes a very good TV ad is that you don't know it is a TV ad until it is almost over. In this ad, it starts by a woman talking about how she is pregnant and bleeding and concern for her baby (unborn). Then the husband starts talking about the bleeding and prospect of a pre-mature birth. Next, the couple shows the baby born at 24 weeks, and remarking how beautiful the baby is. It is commented on how viable the baby is at this point. Next the ad talks about late term abortions and how terrible they...
  • 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.
  • Louisiana early voting ends today for Dec. 6 election (Internals show good news)

    11/29/2014 8:49:49 AM PST · by abb · 23 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | November 29, 2014 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Today is the last day Louisiana residents can vote early before election day on Dec. 6. The polls are open until 6 p.m. snip With one day left in the early voting period, Louisiana residents don't appear to be casting their ballots early as frequently as they were before the Nov. 4. primary. Around 174,700 people have voted early so far, compared to 236,000 overall before the primary election. The Dec. 6 early voting period has included fewer days than the Nov. 4 early voting period because of the Thanksgiving holiday, which could have affected turnout. Louisiana has not had...
  • WaPo gives Obama three Pinocchios on Keystone

    11/20/2014 12:41:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/20/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    “Understand what this project is,” Barack Obama said earlier this week when pressed on why his administration continues to stall on the Keystone XL pipeline after almost six years of waiting for a decision. “It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else.”CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Understand what that was, Glenn Kessler responds today in a Washington Post fact check. It’s a three-Pinocchio lie based on an ignorant-at-best interpretation of a presentation slide from environmental activists. The refineries in...
  • Rep. Bill Cassidy criticizes Sen. Mary Landrieu over Keystone pipeline

    11/24/2014 4:49:02 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 21, 2014
    |Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, who's running for Senate, says his opponent, Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, has failed to advance an oil pipeline that would benefit Louisiana.
  • Boehner: Keystone Veto Would Be Like 'Calling the American People Stupid'

    11/18/2014 9:56:58 AM PST · by PROCON · 11 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Nov. 18, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "Tonight the Senate has an important opportunity to send a bill to build the Keystone Pipeline to the president's desk," House Speaker John Boehner told a news conference on Tuesday. "Now let's be clear about this. A Keystone Pipeline veto would send the signal that this president has no interest in listening to the American people. Vetoing an overwhelmingly popular bill would be a clear indication that he doesn't care about the American people's priorities.""It would be the equivalent of calling the American people 'stupid,'" Boehner said.
  • Warren Buffett's Massive Railroad Lobby

    11/19/2014 8:07:04 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 41 replies
    Muckety ^ | May 5, 2014 | Laurie Bennett
    What do train whistles and Warren Buffett have in common? If you answered old-fashioned charm, you’re wrong. The Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based think tank, calls the avuncular billionaire “the man behind the exploding trains.” Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns Union Tank Car Company, North America’s largest leaser of tank cars. Berkshire also owns BNSF Railway Company, which moves many of those cars.
  • New Orleans mayor: Do-over in bungled rape cases (Mitch Landrieu)

    11/18/2014 3:40:53 PM PST · by deport · 5 replies
    AOL - AP ^ | Nov 18th 2014 | CAIN BURDEAU
    Nov 18th 2014 5:58PM New Orleans mayor: Do-over in bungled rape cases Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Tuesday that a special team of police officers would reopen hundreds of mishandled cases uncovered by a city inspector general's audit that was released last week. The report charged five detectives failed to do substantial investigation of more than 1,000 sex crimes and child abuse cases.
  • Barbara Boxer Creates Phony Dirty Sky In Opposition to Keystone Pipeline

    11/18/2014 3:03:25 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 66 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 11/18/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    There’s a debate raging on the Senate Floor right now over the Keystone XL Pipeline, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D – CA) is lamenting how dirty the air is where the pipeline will end, Port Arthur, TX. Specifically, she is using a photo of a playground in the Texas city located near oil refineries showing dark plumes of smoke pouring into the sky and an entirely overcast sky. She claims the air will become even worse if the pipeline is approved. I’ve done graphic design for many years now and can tell when something is most likely Photoshopped. This is...
  • Keystone veto? White House ducks

    11/18/2014 12:22:13 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House on Tuesday sidestepped the question of whether President Obama would veto a Senate bill authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline. Asked repeatedly if the president would put the kibosh on the legislation, White House press secretary Josh Earnest would say only that he did not want to leave reporters with the "impression" the president was leaving his options open. "I’m not in a position to issue veto threats from here, but … there are similar pieces of legislation that have been introduced in this Congress where the president’s senior advisers have recommended a veto," Earnest said. Earnest was...
  • Current Louisiana Polling (Human Events-Gravis: Cassidy 59% - 38% over Landrieu)

    11/18/2014 11:59:12 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 86 replies
    Gravis Marketing ^ | 17 Nov 2014 | Gravis Marketing
    Human Events-Gravis Marketing conducted a random survey of 643 likely voters regarding opinions of races in Louisiana. The poll carries a margin of error of 4%. The poll was conducted 11-12-2014-11-14-2014 The polls were conducted using automated telephone calls and weighted by anticipated voting demographics.
  • Ted Cruz: GOP-Led Congress Must Stop Executive Amnesty, Support US Workers

    11/18/2014 11:48:25 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Nov 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Breitbart News Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said a GOP-led Congress must champion blue-collar American workers, which includes stopping President Barack Obama's illegal amnesty. Cruz said Obama made the midterms a referendum on amnesty, and voters are intent on rejecting it.  Referencing his USA Today op-ed in which he laid out his agenda, Cruz said Republicans must have a "big, bold positive agenda" that "focuses on three critical issues: jobs, liberty, security." "It includes securing the border and stopping illegal amnesty," Cruz told host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon while campaigning for GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan...
  • Trumka says labor wants Keystone built,believes green issues can be resolved(FLASHBACK)

    11/18/2014 4:08:30 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/07/12 | Ben Geman
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is backing construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in comments that downplay divisions among unions in the labor federation over the controversial project. “They are not divided on the pipeline itself,” Trumka said in a C-SPAN interview when asked about differences among unions over Keystone. “They are divided on how the pipeline is done.” ADVERTISEMENT “I think we are all unanimous by saying we should build the pipeline, but we have to do it consistent with all environmental standards, and I think we can work that out, I really do, and we are for...
  • The Kerry Line: Kerry Supports Offshore Drilling in Florida

    04/23/2004 2:07:29 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 23 replies · 319+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | April 23, 2004
      "I am committed to preserving Florida's natural beauty … There is no ambiguity in my position on drilling off the coast of Florida." - President Bush, 4/23/04 Kerry Supports Offshore Drilling In Florida Kerry Says He Favors Drilling Off The Coast Of Florida. "But Kerry said he would be in favor of drilling off the coast of Florida. 'I support oil drilling in the right places,' Kerry said. 'There is a capacity to protect what we have today - the protections for the coast of Florida - and still be able to drill in those locations where they're already...
  • Hoffa's Comments on Kerry Leave Some Perplexed (We're going to drill like never before-Kerry)

    02/25/2004 3:20:22 PM PST · by kattracks · 19 replies · 147+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 2/25/04 | Robert B. Bluey
    (CNSNews.com) - Teamsters union chief Jimmy Hoffa has confused both environmentalists and free-market advocates after saying that Democratic front-runner John Kerry, if elected president, would "drill like never before" across the United States. Hoffa made the comments during a Feb. 17 segment on Hardball with Chris Matthews. Matthews had asked Hoffa why the union chose to endorse the Massachusetts senator even though Kerry opposed drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). "Well, we talked about that," Hoffa responded. "He says, look, I am against ANWR, but I am going to put that pipeline in and we're...
  • Kerry stated he will drill ANWR! "we‘re going to be drilling all over the United States."

    02/20/2004 7:44:21 AM PST · by SirFishalot · 15 replies · 316+ views
    MSNBC ^ | James Hoffa on HardBall
    MATTHEWS: How about ANWR? You guys want to see ANWR because you want to see guys working in your business. I guess there‘s a lot of Teamsters jobs up there lined up and organized, if you could put a pipeline up to the Alaska wilderness. He is against that. HOFFA: Well, we talked about that. He says, look, I am against ANWR, but I am going to put that pipeline in and we‘re going to drill like never before. (CROSSTALK) MATTHEWS: What, are they going to run water through it? (CROSSTALK) HOFFA: ... more jobs than the ANWR would have...
  • Hardball Transcript Hoffa Claims Kerry supports ANWR

    02/18/2004 11:23:51 AM PST · by finnman69 · 8 replies · 286+ views
    MATTHEWS: How about ANWR? You guys want to see ANWR because you want to see guys working in your business. I guess there‘s a lot of Teamsters jobs up there lined up and organized, if you could put a pipeline up to the Alaska wilderness. He is against that. HOFFA: Well, we talked about that. He says, look, I am against ANWR, but I am going to put that pipeline in and we‘re going to drill like never before. (CROSSTALK) MATTHEWS: What, are they going to run water through it? (CROSSTALK) HOFFA: ... more jobs than the ANWR would have...
  • HOFFA on Hardball: KERRY Now Supporting drilling in ANWR and everywhere in the US

    02/17/2004 5:36:46 PM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 72 replies · 309+ views
    vanity | February 17, 2004 | the eagle has landed
    Everyone on the panel was laughing their ass off, Chris asks what is he going to put in the pipeline; Water. Hoffa said no he said he will drill for oil, Kerry will put me on his trade panel and will drill for oil everywhere in the U.S. If anyone can get video on this it would be helpful
  • Don’t be Fooled Louisiana, Since 2009 Mary Landrieu is 100% Pro-Abortion

    11/18/2014 6:09:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/18/14 | Andrew Bair
    The 2014 elections swept many formidable pro-abortion incumbents from the Senate. The last to remain standing is Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who has voted against the pro-life position on every vote scored by NRLC during her current six year term in office. She faces a December 6 run-off against pro-life challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy. While it is undeniable that the political climate was favorable to Republicans, a closer analysis of the results shows several of the key Senate races were won or lost by the slimmest of margins. In North Carolina, pro-life Thom Tillis defeated pro-abortion Kay Hagan by just...
  • Keystone XL Pipeline Could Bring Epidemic of Violence Against Women

    11/19/2014 5:48:58 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 59 replies
    care2.com ^ | January 30, 2014 | s.e. smith
    Native American women in the United States are two and a half times more likely to be sexually assaulted than women of any other race. This staggering and awful statistic illustrates that there is a profound epidemic of sexual violence going on in Native communities, and lest people think this is an internal issue, much of that violence is coming from white men. Tribes across the country are struggling with the issue and attempting to work within their own communities to heal and fight sexual violence from within, while also bridging with US government organizations and other groups to promote...
  • Senate Defeats Bill on Keystone XL Pipeline in Narrow Vote

    11/18/2014 7:20:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/18/2014 | By ASHLEY PARKER and CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, by a single vote, stopped legislation that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, one of the most fractious and expensive battles of the Obama presidency. The vote represented a victory for the environmental movement, but the fight had taken on larger dimensions as a proxy war between Republicans, who argued that the project was vital for job creation, and President Obama, who had delayed a decision on building it. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, who is facing a runoff election Dec. 6, had pleaded with her colleagues throughout the day to...
  • Stevie Wonder headlining fundraiser for Landrieu

    11/18/2014 8:31:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2014 2:17 PM EST
    Stevie Wonder is lending a hand to endangered Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The legendary musician is performing at a $1,000-per-person fundraiser Dec. 1 in New Orleans to drum up campaign cash for the Big Easy Committee, a joint committee that supports Landrieu and the Democratic State Central Committee of Louisiana. …
  • 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 rejects Keystone XL bill {and Mary Landrieu}

    11/19/2014 5:00:29 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Senate narrowly rejected legislation to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, handing a defeat to the oil industry and dealing a major blow to Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, who staked her political career on the outcome. The Senate voted 59-41 for the legislation, falling one vote shy of the 60 needed for passage under the deal bringing it to the floor. But Keystone supporters insisted the defeat would be short-lived. Republican leaders are vowing to try again after they take over the chamber in January — when they will have more than enough votes to get a measure...
  • Fail Mary: Senate rejects Keystone bill (She's Toast)

    11/19/2014 5:05:20 AM PST · by sr4402 · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | Updated 11/19/14 12:23 AM EST | Elana Schor
    The 59-41 Senate vote was just shy of the 60 votes needed to pass the bill, following a dramatic six days of whipping by the embattled Louisiana Democrat on an issue that almost all of Washington had expected to sit idle until next year. The defeat deals a blow to Landrieu’s campaign ahead of her Dec. 6 runoff against GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy, whom polls show running comfortably ahead.
  • TransCanada Showcases Automation on Keystone XL Pipeline

    11/19/2014 5:11:04 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Automation World ^ | November 14, 2014 | Aaron Hand
    Six years into a wait for the approvals to operate the newest section of the Keystone Pipeline system, TransCanada has already spent $2.4 billion on the project. TransCanada had hoped that it would have the permits for its Keystone XL pipeline within two years, since the first phase of the Keystone Pipeline system was reviewed and approved in 23 months. But it’s been more than six years since TransCanada filed its application to build the Keystone XL expansion, and it has still not been approved. Facing environmental pressures from his liberal base if he approves the pipeline and strife from...
  • Reid Votes Against Landrieu (Screws Democrat Party)

    11/19/2014 5:39:14 AM PST · by sr4402 · 38 replies
    vanity | 11/19/2014 | Self
    Harry Reid personally voted against Landrieu and screwed his own party. Checking the Roll Call this morning, Harry Reid's vote is Nay. Why did he allow the vote (since he rules the Senate with an iron fist) and then vote against her and ruin her chances in Louisiana? Nothing short of the Bills passage would have saved her down there. She's too little to late now and the union jobs are being pooched. And Obama stands above it all to pooch the Union jobs with a veto promise. This might have been the last chance for the Democrat Party (notice...
  • Does Mary Landrieu have a prayer?

    11/16/2014 10:17:00 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 45 replies
    One by one, Mary Landrieu’s paths to victory in her Louisiana Senate runoff are closing off. Rely on the old Democratic coalition? She got a paltry 18 percent of the white vote in the first round.
  • Oil price slump to trigger new US debt default crisis as Opec waits

    11/15/2014 7:51:26 PM PST · by Lorianne · 102 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 14 November 2014 | Andrew Critchlow
    Remember the global financial crisis, triggered six years ago when billions of dollars of dodgy loans - doled out by banks to subprime borrowers and then resold numerous times on international debt markets - began to unravel and default? Stock markets plunged, banks collapsed and the entire global financial system teetered on the brink of catastrophe. Well a similarly chilling economic scenario could be set off by the current collapse in oil prices. Based on recent stress tests of subprime borrowers in the energy sector in the US produced by Deutsche Bank, should the price of US crude fall by...
  • GOP oil titan: Keystone’s irrelevant (Harold Hamm)

    11/15/2014 4:11:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/14/14 2:26 PM EST | Updated 11/14/14 8:42 PM EST | Darren Goode
    Republican oil mogul Harold Hamm says Congress is wasting its time debating the Keystone XL pipeline. “It’s not relevant at all, in my opinion. And here we are making it relevant now? Forget it,” the billionaire CEO of Oklahoma-based Continental Resources told Politoco in an interview Friday, just before the House passed a bill aimed at approving the pipeline. […] Hamm said his company, which had planned to use Keystone to ship some of its North Dakota crude, is already using other pipelines for half of its oil. And the percentage is growing. “We’re supporting other pipelines out there; we’re...