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  • Senate Dems (without a budget) pass middle-class tax-rate extension in close vote

    07/25/2012 3:30:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/25/12 | Bernie Becker, Ramsey Cox
    Senate Dems pass middle-class tax-rate extension in close voteBy Bernie Becker and Ramsey Cox - 07/25/12 05:06 PM ET Senate Democrats narrowly pushed through a measure to extend tax rates for family income up to $250,000 for a year, as both parties continued their election-year messaging war on taxes. By a 51-48 tally, Democrats overcame two defections to win passage of a measure that would also raise the top rate on capital gains and dividends, as well as continue several targeted tax provisions that Democrats say help the middle class. Vice President Biden presided over the tally. He was in...
  • John Kerry’s secretary of state dry run

    07/16/2012 4:11:37 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 5 replies ^ | 27 Jun 12 | Jessica Meyers
    Sen. John Kerry has the perfect audition piece for the secretary of state job he appears to covet — the long-stalled Law of the Sea treaty. He’s come armed with a throng of industry backers and pleas from the country’s top officials. But a cadre of conservatives remains determined to sink it.
  • MN Reacts: State's Democrats praise Supreme Court ruling; Republicans call for law repeal

    06/28/2012 3:36:05 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-28-12 | Bill Salisbury
    After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama's health-care reform law on Wednesday, June 28, Minnesota Republicans renewed their pledge to try to repeal the legislation while Democrats vowed to defend it. Here's a sampling of their reactions.
  • Patrick Kennedy warns of Tea Party “rampage” if SCOTUS upholds Obamacare

    06/27/2012 11:16:38 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 103 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 27 Jun 12 | Philip Klein
    Patrick Kennedy, a former representative from Rhode Island and son of the late Ted Kennedy, warned in a fundraising email for Congressional Democrats that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds President Obama’s health care law, then “dangerous Tea Party extremists will go on a rampage.” The fundraising email was sent out Wednesday afternoon, to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Health Care Rapid Response Fund” ahead of Thursday morning’s expected ruling by the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the health care law. “My father, Ted Kennedy, spent his entire political career fighting tooth and nail for universal...
  • Obama Asks People Getting Married To Forgo Gifts, Ask Their Guests To Donate To His Campaign Instead

    06/22/2012 11:16:20 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 230 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 22 Jun 12 | Unknown
    You can even register your wedding on his campaign website. Could he be any more pompous?
  • [Gay] Activists Take Out Frustration on ... Ronald Reagan

    06/22/2012 10:23:36 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard [via Drudge] ^ | 22 Jun 12 | Daniel Halper
    Last Friday, an attaché of important gay people from Philadelphia made a trip to Washington D.C. as invited guests of President Barack Obama for the White House’s first-ever gay pride reception. There, they danced to the sounds of a Marine Corps band; they dined on crab cakes and canapés; they hand-delivered letters from concerned citizens like this 18-year old who has had four people close to him gunned down, and noted rhyming raconteur CA Conrad; and some of them took advantage of photo opportunities to give the late President Ronald Reagan the middle finger.
  • White House Forgets to Pay Father’s Day Lunch Tab

    06/14/2012 12:16:34 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 60 replies
    ABC News ^ | 14 Jun 2012 | Mary Bruce
    Amid the bustle of President Obama’s surprise stop for barbecue Wednesday the White House apparently overlooked one key detail: the bill. Celebrating Father’s Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.
  • Holder: Everyone knows ‘in-person voting fraud is uncommon’

    06/12/2012 5:57:26 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6-12-12 | michelle fields
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder defended his department’s challenges to state’s voter ID laws on Monday, alleging that “those on all sides of this debate have acknowledged that in-person voting fraud is uncommon.” Holder spoke at the League of Women Voters conference where he challenged those who believe that “easing registration hurdles will only lead to voter fraud.”
  • California budget process has reverted to secrecy

    06/11/2012 9:44:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/11/12 | Dan Walters
    As the Capitol churns toward Friday's deadline for a new state budget, the macro-issues are well known, such as whether health, welfare and child care services should be slashed by billions of dollars to close the deficit. There are, however, other aspects of the annual budget wrangle that go largely unnoticed, such as the march into secrecy – or, more accurately, sneakiness. For decades, a few key legislators drafted the entire budget in secrecy with virtually no public exposure or input, but about 40 years ago, there was an internal revolt because one powerful senator had loaded up the budget...
  • State results dim Dems' hopes for House takeover

    06/11/2012 9:32:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/11/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    California voters threw a wrench Tuesday into fellow Californian Nancy Pelosi's plans. The former House speaker from San Francisco, once third in line for the presidency and architect of the key legislation of President Obama's first term, is making a longshot bid to regain House control this year.The minority leader was counting on California, home to an increasing number of Democratic Party voters and where new legislative district maps forced four veteran GOP lawmakers into retirement, to deliver half a dozen of the net gain of 25 seats she needs. After the results of last week's primary election in the...
  • California House races present dilemma for Dems

    06/06/2012 12:25:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/6/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Some of the most competitive House races in California in November could pit Democrats against Democrats, analysts said.But while state Democrats are likely to pick up a couple of seats in Congress in the general election, Tuesday's primary results will also force left-leaning organizations to think hard about where - and where not - to focus their resources this fall. The "top two" primary created several Democrat-versus-Democrat races in November that would have been impossible under the previous system. Nationally, that could help Democrats in their efforts to win back 25 congressional seats and regain control of the House. Nonpartisan...

    06/05/2012 12:49:05 PM PDT · by bigbob · 34 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 6/5/12 | Chris Plante show
    On WMAL’s The Chris Plante Show today a Michigan resident by the name of "Mike" called in to discuss how he had infiltrated a Michigan Union's organized bus convoy, en-route to vote in the Wisconsin recall election for Democrats. The caller claimed that Michigan’s “Democrat Unions” had organized a convoy of 4 buses, filled with Michigan Democrats, with the intention of voting for Tom Barrett in the Wisconsin recall election. Caller “Mike” describes “Greyhound size buses, filled to capacity” with a good amount of “freebies” available, “They treated me to lunch!” The caller also points out that the organizers did...
  • California Democrats bid for two-thirds control of state Senate

    05/28/2012 9:43:49 AM PDT · by SmithL · 36 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/28/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Bill Berryhill's pitch to voters at a recent candidates forum came down to more than just his positions on issues affecting San Joaquin County's 5th Senate District. It was about the balance of power in the Capitol."Do you realize if one party gets sole power, you think you're taxed to the max now? Guess what? You better grab your wallet, because they only have one way to go and that's to tax and spend, tax and spend," the Republican assemblyman told the crowd at Tracy's Kimball High. Berryhill is running in one of a handful of newly drawn swing seats...
  • Wisconsin recall's a 'test run,' DNC chair says

    05/27/2012 10:32:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/27/12 | Gabriella Schwarz
    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday classified Democratic efforts in the Wisconsin recall election as a “test run” for the presidential race. “It’s given the Obama for America operation an opportunity to do the dry run we need of our massive, significant dynamic grassroots presidential campaign,” the Florida representative said of the battleground state on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
  • Free Republic still blocked in Massachusetts Public Schools

    05/25/2012 6:23:55 AM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    Massachusetts Public Schools | 5/25/12
    A friend who is a long-suffering teacher at a Massachusetts public school called to let me know that the state's schools remain proudly moronic and bigoted. She notes that when one tries to open Free Republic on any school computer, they get a message warning them that the site is blocked for being unsuitable for viewing. However, Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, Huffington Post, Obama for Re-election, and other "balanced" sites can be opened at the click of a few keys. My friend mentors a club at her school. She says the kids are bright and inquisitive but filled with total...
  • Obama Campaign Auctions Off Bill Clinton

    05/24/2012 11:20:29 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 18 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 24 May 2012 | Keith Koffler
    Bill Clinton just sent Obama supporters and email saying that he has joined President Obama as first prize in the latest campaign fundraising raffle.
  • Powell not ready to endorse Obama for re-election

    05/22/2012 7:33:21 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is declining to renew the endorsement he gave Barack Obama four years ago, when he called Mr. Obama “a transformational figure.” ... Mr. Powell called presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney a viable candidate and said he’s “still listening” to Republican proposals. Mr. Powell, who served under President George W. Bush, also said, “I don’t want to throw my weight behind someone” at this point in the campaign.
  • To Gov. Jerry Brown's dismay, pension board phases in state hike

    05/16/2012 4:09:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/16/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    Against Gov. Jerry Brown's wishes, the California Public Employees' Retirement System board voted today to phase in a higher cost to the state over two years rather than bill the state immediately in full. In a letter to the board, Brown called that "not a prudent decision." The disagreement was over the pace at which PERS is lowering its assumptions about future investment returns from 7.75 percent to 7.5 percent, called the discount rate. Such changes are intended to compensate for lower market returns. When the rate of return assumption goes down, governments must contribute more. The PERS board agreed...
  • Steinberg: Democrats seeking alternatives to some budget cuts {in the Golden State}

    05/16/2012 4:05:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/16/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg today repeated a pledge to look for budget solutions that would allow lawmakers to preserve some services targeted with steep cuts under Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget plan. "I said on Monday, I'm not looking for a public fight here," the Sacramento Democrat said this morning. "We're looking to work collaboratively and yet not be afraid to have our differences or air our differences with the other stakeholders, the other parties, but come to a resolution where we can in fact buy out some of the worst cuts." The revised budget proposal released by...
  • Dem: House will ride on healthcare (RATS shouldn't run away from Commiecare™)

    05/16/2012 3:03:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/16/12 | Mike Lillis, Bob Cusack
    Dem: House will ride on healthcareBy Mike Lillis and Bob Cusack - 05/16/12 05:00 AM ET A senior Democrat said Tuesday that the key to winning back the House in 2012 is selling the party’s signature healthcare reform law. In an interview with The Hill, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Democrats have “a fighting chance” of grabbing control of the lower chamber. He added, however, that Democrats “can’t run from [healthcare reform]. You have to go out and say, ‘This is what we did and this is why we did it.’ And I think that you win like that.” Democrats...