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  • How Republicans in Congress Would Respond to Big-Spending Infrastructure Push

    08/29/2016 8:55:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 26, 2016 | Josh Siegel
    Fresh after Congress and the White House scored the largest transportation spending package in a decade, both presidential candidates this year are proposing billions in funding to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. While both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—and the parties they represent—agree the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, rail system, and ports are in need of repair, the new proposals invite familiar questions over how the spending would be paid for, and whether the federal government is the best provider to pay for it. Those questions, and the lack of a must-pass infrastructure initiative requiring Congress’ attention in 2017, mean that...
  • Obama to 'ratify' climate change treaty without getting Senate approval

    08/29/2016 10:47:24 AM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 29, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Chinese news source is reporting that President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will announce as early as this week that both nations have "ratified" the climate change treaty inked in Paris last year. The most asked question during the Obama years: "How can he do that without congressional approval?"
  • Toomey Crosses Gun-Rights Divide In Pennsylvania Senate Race

    08/27/2016 12:54:16 PM PDT · by Abby4116 · 47 replies
    CBS Local ^ | August 27, 2016
    CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Freshman U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is the rare conservative Republican who is running for re-election with the support of leading gun-control groups, but it may not be enough to save him in Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania in this unusual election year....His stance so angered one gun-rights group that it is backing his Democratic opponent, Katie McGinty, just to send a message to Toomey and any other Republican who might deviate from orthodoxy on guns.
  • Democrats’ Weak Bench Undermines Hope of Taking Back Senate

    08/26/2016 10:38:40 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | AUG. 25, 2016 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, aware of the dead weight that Donald J. Trump has placed on their vulnerable Republican colleagues, can taste a reclaimed majority. But just as Senate Republicans blew their chances in 2010 and 2012 before finally taking control in 2014, Democrats find themselves hobbled by less-than-stellar candidates in races that could make the difference in winning a majority. In Pennsylvania, Katie McGinty, a relatively unknown former federal official who has never held elective office, is ahead in polls but lags Hillary Clinton’s large lead in the state. In Florida, a nasty primary between two flawed candidates could...
  • Democratic megadonors plow money into Clinton, Senate bids

    08/20/2016 4:48:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2016 3:41 PM EDT | Julie Bykowicz
    Democratic megadonors, including George Soros and Tom Steyer, are putting millions of dollars into efforts to put Hillary Clinton in the White House and win control of the Senate. Their investment comes as Republicans worry about not only their nominee Donald Trump’s chances, but also his effect on down-ballot races. Yet few of the GOP’s biggest donors have put major money into Trump efforts, a striking change from four years ago when Mitt Romney had more million-dollar donors on his side than did President Barack Obama. …
  • Breaking Poll: Rick Perry Leads Ted Cruz by 9 Points in Texas Senate Race

    08/18/2016 9:24:55 AM PDT · by blueyon · 169 replies
    the gateway pundt ^ | 8/18/16 | Jim Hoft
    Senator Cruz stunned conservatives when he refused to endorse Donald Trump at the RNC Convention in Cleveland. This came after Cruz was thumped in the GOP primary race. Perry leads Cruz in a senate primary matchup 46% to 37%. The Texas Tribune reported: A new poll suggests there is at least one fellow Republican who could unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018: Rick Perry. The former Texas governor would beat Cruz by 9 percentage points, according to the forthcoming survey from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling. Set to be released later today, the poll found Perry would get...
  • Harry Reid's Seat in Nevada Up for Grabs

    08/14/2016 10:46:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 8/14/2016 | George Will
    On election night 2016, the nation’s attention might be focused on Nevada, where Republicans have their most promising, and probably their only realistic, chance to capture a Democratic Senate seat. Harry Reid, Senate minority leader, is retiring, and Republicans’ hopes of retaining their majority might depend on Joe Heck replacing Reid. He is a strong candidate for his party, as his opponent is for hers. Catherine Cortez Masto is a former two-term state attorney general who won reelection even against the 2010 anti-Democratic wave. She would be the Senate’s first Latina. Heck, an emergency room physician and a brigadier general...
  • McConnell: GOP chances to keep Senate are 'very dicey'

    08/11/2016 8:02:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 101 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 11, 2016 5:02 PM EDT | Bruce Schreiner
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that GOP prospects for keeping control of the Senate after the November elections are “very dicey,” sounding an alarm amid mounting Republican concerns about presidential nominee Donald Trump. […] Twenty-four GOP-held seats are on the ballot this year, compared with 10 for Democrats, he noted. McConnell was promoted to majority leader two years ago when a Republican surge wrested Senate control from Democrats. McConnell did not mention Trump as being a drag on Republican down-ballot races, but he chided Trump’s campaign tactics. The Kentucky senator said he hopes Trump “settles down and follows...
  • Former Somali refugee on brink of Minnesota Statehouse

    08/10/2016 3:07:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 10, 2016 | STEVE KARNOWSKI
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ilhan Omar spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp as a young girl, fleeing with her family from civil war in Somalia. Two decades later, after forging a new life in Minnesota, she appears on the brink of becoming the nation's first Somali-American state legislator. Omar, a 33-year-old community activist, cried as she delivered victory speeches in English and Somali after defeating a 44-year incumbent in the latest sign of the Somali community's growing influence in the city and state. Her victory in a heavily Democratic Minneapolis district makes her a strong favorite in the general...
  • The DNC prints the first bumper sticker for Michelle Obama

    08/08/2016 12:04:30 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/8/16 | Paul Bedard
    The Democratic National Committee is feeding excited speculation that first lady Michelle Obama will follow Hillary Rodham Clinton from the East Wing to the Senate. Following on the heels of her well-received Democratic convention speech, the DNC has just printed up Obama bumper stickers and is offering them to supporters of Clinton for a $10 donation.
  • Michelle O for Senate? DNC prints first bumper sticker (Democrat cattle call alert)

    08/08/2016 8:34:03 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 9, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    The Democratic National Committee is feeding excited speculation that first lady Michelle Obama will follow Hillary Rodham Clinton from the East Wing to the Senate. Following on the heels of her well-received Democratic convention speech, the DNC has just printed up Obama bumper stickers and is offering them to supporters of Clinton for a $10 donation. It shows the first lady bathed in Obama blue beside her convention speech phrase, "When they go low, we go high." Ever since that speech, dubbed "stunning" by the Los Angeles Times, speculation has been high in Illinois that the popular native daughter...
  • Exclusive–Senate Intel Chair on Obama’s Pallets of Cash to Iran: ‘It Keeps Getting Worse’

    08/05/2016 8:18:29 AM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 5, 2016 | Neil W. McCabe
    The Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence told Breitbart News Thursday the more he learns about the reality of President Barack Obama’s Iran deal the more shocked he becomes at its reckless disregard for the safety of Americans. “The Obama Administration and Secretaries Clinton and Kerry insisted that the Iranian deal was beneficial to the United States, and proceeded with the deal despite warnings from experts and the wishes of the American people,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R.-N.C.), who is a direct descendant of the family of Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson’s first vice-president and the man who shot...
  • Laura Ingraham endorses Kelli Ward ( McCain's Primary Challenger )

    08/05/2016 7:45:44 AM PDT · by taildragger · 36 replies
    The Laura Ingraham Show | 8/5/16 | taildragger
    Folks breaking now. Laura Endorsed Kelli Ward! Her track record for endorsing people has been good aka what happened to Cantor!
  • Kasich: Give McCain a lifetime Senate appointment

    08/05/2016 4:29:23 AM PDT · by kevcol · 139 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Auguat 4, 2016 | Ryan Lovelace
    Donald Trump might be unwilling to support Arizona Sen. John McCain's re-election bid, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich thinks McCain deserves a lifetime appointment to the Senate. "Honestly, I don't even think they ought to have an election. They ought to tell McCain, as long as you want to be in the Senate, you can have it," Kasich told WGN radio. "He's just the greatest guy."
  • Darryl Glenn explains 1983 assault charge that was dropped (Colorado)

    08/01/2016 4:53:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    KRDO News ^ | July 28, 2016
    Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn says he was defending his mother against an abusive father in a 1983 altercation that led to a misdemeanor assault charge against Glenn. Glenn, the Republican challenger to Democrat Michael Bennet, had previously denied he was arrested when asked about the charge by The Denver Post, which reported his statement on Thursday. The charge against the then-18-year-old Glenn was dropped. Glenn said he did not remember the incident until he spoke this week to his mother about it.
  • Racially charged feud over Senate race in California spills into Democratic convention

    California’s racially charged all-Democrat Senate race has spilled onto the Democratic National Convention as the candidates continued to feud over President Obama’s endorsement of one over the other. Attorney General Kamala Harris, the recipient of Mr. Obama’s blessing, said Monday that she thought Rep. Loretta Sanchez should apologize to the president for suggesting that race played a role in the endorsement. Ms. Harris is black and Ms. Sanchez Hispanic. “I find it very troubling, and I think that that is not the voice or perspective of a leader,” Ms. Harris told Fox11 in Los Angeles. “Especially in these times, where...
  • It’s Easy to Become a “Scientist”—there’s an App for that!

    07/24/2016 7:53:33 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Suffice to say that neither being a U.S. Senator nor signing a petition by the UCS makes you a scientist. That "App" needs (much) more work! No need for you to feel “scientifically challenged” anymore; there’s an App for nearly everything now. It appears that one of the easiest ways to become a “scientist” (concerned or not, my personal view) is to join the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). That group has already millions of members (so it claims) and you are most welcome to join. No experience or other credentials required—if anything, just a few dollars from your wallet....
  • So, who should the Texas GOP nominate to replace Cruz in 2018?

    07/20/2016 9:55:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 67 replies
    07-21-2016 | NRx (vanity)
    Discuss.
  • Loretta Sanchez unloads on President Obama for endorsing her rival for Senate

    07/20/2016 4:14:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    la Times ^ | JULY 20, 2016 | Phil Willon
    Orange County congresswoman Loretta Sanchez let loose on resident Obama for endorsing her rival in California’s U.S. Senate race, accusing him of being part of the “entrenched political establishment” that has failed California voters. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced their support for U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris early Tuesday morning, praising her record as California’s attorney general and a prosecutor. Harris has been a longtime political ally of the resident. Sanchez said she was “disappointed” that Obama would intervene in a Senate race between two Democrats, ... I believe that California voters are deeply concerned about the entrenched...
  • Death Threats Made Towards Republican Senators Remain On Twitter For Weeks Without Deletion

    07/20/2016 5:34:04 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 20 , 2016 | Charlie Nash
    Numerous death threats made towards Republican Senators on Twitter remained on the platform for weeks before being deleted, despite the platform’s consistent record of removing “problematic” opinions within a matter of hours.
  • McCain Pushes Apple, Google On Encryption Standards in Cyber Hearing

    07/14/2016 1:51:21 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    USNI.ORG ^ | July 14, 2016 3:13 PM | By: John Grady
    Sen. John McCain warned Google and Apple executives Thursday that the Senate Armed Services Committee “has subpoena power” that could compel them to testify on why their encryption systems on newer smartphones are not accessible to law enforcement operating under court orders.The Arizona Republican, who chairs the panel, said, “There’s an urgency” to finding a solution to the matter of protecting privacy while also not closing out police, prosecutors and intelligence agencies from lawfully pursuing criminals and terrorists.At the start of the hearing, McCain noted that Tim Cook, president of Apple, declined to attend the session. “This is unacceptable,” he...
  • After Dallas, Texas senators launch bid to punish those who target cops

    07/13/2016 7:41:05 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 13 July 2016 | Karoun Demirjian
    Three Republican senators have filed a bill to ratchet up penalties against anyone who intentionally targets the police, a response to the deadly shooting that left five officers dead in Dallas last week. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) filed a bill Wednesday to make attempting or conspiring to kill a law enforcement officer or judge a federal crime punishable by up to 30 years in jail, with lesser penalties for assaulting such officials or trying to flee prosecution by crossing state lines. In states that have capital punishment, a murder of a police officer...
  • Huckabee: President Trump will punish Senate GOP rivals

    07/11/2016 2:58:50 PM PDT · by GilGil · 60 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/7/2016 | Fox News
    Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee reacts to the candidate's meetings with Congressional Republicans on 'The Kelly File'
  • GOP-led Senate passing bills at rate not seen in decades (added "7 week recesss???)

    07/11/2016 5:21:18 PM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Stephen Dinan - Wash Times
    ... Once Congress finishes this week, it will go on a seven-week recess to give both parties a chance to hold presidential nominating conventions, ahead of a five-week August break. ...
  • Trump, seeking GOP unity, has tense meeting with Senate Republicans

    07/07/2016 10:16:51 AM PDT · by ObozoMustGo2012 · 89 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7/7/16 | Sean Sullivan and Philip Rucker
    Donald Trump’s private meeting Thursday with Senate Republicans — designed to foster greater party unity ahead of the national convention in Cleveland — grew combative as the presumptive presidential nominee admonished three senators who have been critical of his candidacy and predicted they would lose their reelection bids, according to two Republican officials with direct knowledge of the exchanges. Trump’s most tense exchange was with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has been vocal in his concerns about the business mogul’s candidacy, especially his rhetoric and policies on immigration that the senator argues alienate many Latino voters and others in Arizona....
  • Planned Parenthood Thanks Senate Dems For Choosing Abortion Over Anti-Zika Funding

    07/05/2016 5:53:26 AM PDT · by Peter_Hurst
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Jul 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A recent survey on voters’ attitudes about race shows that Clinton’s supporters are more likely to see Blacks as violent people and criminals. The survey report was released Wednesday, June 29. The questionnaires included 21 questions that concerned the issues of race and were handed out to over 16,000 of possible voters in the period between April and June. The outcome of the poll was shocking; it showed that one-third of Clinton’s supporters considered Black people to be “violent criminals” compared to Whites. More than 20 percent of the former Secretary of State’s supporters saw Black people as “lazy”, alleging...
  • Political Ads parroting Trump

    06/27/2016 9:25:19 AM PDT · by nitzy · 4 replies
    6/27/16 | me
    I seldom watch network or cable TV so I rarely see political commercials. I was over at a relatives house yesterday and they had the TV on. I was shocked by the ads for Senator Rob Portman -R vs. Ted Strickland - D (in Ohio). The ads seemed to be each candidate trying to out-Trump the other one. Portman's ad talked about the Chinese devaluing their currency, dumping steel on the U.S. and how Portman would fight them. Strickland's ad talked about how he was against unfair trade deals that hurt the middle class and export jobs. These candidates might...
  • Harry Reid backs compromise gun bill

    06/22/2016 3:48:04 PM PDT · by FR33DOM4ME · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/22/2016 | Burgess Everett
    Sen. Susan Collins' attempt to keep firearms out of the hands of potential terrorists just picked up its most powerful backer yet: Harry Reid.
  • Who's Watching the Watchers?

    06/22/2016 11:44:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2016 | Bob Barr
    To the typical liberal, nothing engenders greater panic and crippling fear than the sight of a firearm; especially the Mainstream Media’s self-defined posterchild for gun violence, the AR-15. The Left’s irrational reaction to the popular sporting rifle, enjoyed (safely and legally) by millions of recreational and competition shooters across America, is so potent the New York Daily News’ resident pansy, Gersh Kuntzman, claims to have suffered “temporary PTSD” from merely firing the rifle at a gun range. Yet, in spite of its obvious and repetitive ignorance on firearm information, the Left considers itself capable of engaging in an adult discussion...
  • Marco Rubio announces Senate reelection run

    06/22/2016 8:01:57 AM PDT · by detective · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 22, 2016
    One-time Republican presidential candidate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will be running to keep his Senate seat, reversing course on his initial decision not to seek reelection. In an interview with the Miami Herald on Wednesday, Rubio explained what was behind his change of heart. "I think that the point that really drove me to change my mind is that as we enter this kind of new chapter in our history here is, there's another role the Senate plays that I think can be really important in the years to come," he said. "And that's the power given to it...
  • GOP Senate Debates Gun Control Instead of Real Measures to Fight Terrorism

    06/22/2016 6:02:39 AM PDT · by milton23 · 14 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/21/2016 | Genevieve Wood
    In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Orlando—the largest in the United States since 9/11—lawmakers on Capitol Hill have yet to introduce one piece of legislation that would actually fight terrorism. Not one. Instead, the Republican-controlled Senate has not only allowed Democrats to define the debate and make this an issue about gun control, but they’ve joined the tour de farce. That President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats once again called for more gun control in the wake of the tragedy is no surprise. It’s completely predictable.
  • Obama: Senators who don’t exploit emotion to gut Second Amendment guilty of ‘shameful cowardice’

    06/21/2016 11:42:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/21/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Or maybe the opposite is true Trying to follow the purported logic of Barack Obama is rarely an easy proposition, but I think I’ve got this one worked out. As he sees it, your duty as a U.S. senator is to take advantage of the high emotion of the moment to decimate the Second Amendment, regardless of whether the gun-grabbing, Constitution-shredding move you make would have done anything to stop the shooting that’s provided the convenient pretense for your legislative recklessness. And if you don’t do this, you’re a coward, and he’ll make sure everyone knows it by saying so
  • Watch: Senate Voting On Pro-Gun Control Amendments

    06/20/2016 3:47:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    The Senate is invoking a cloture vote on amendments offered by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) that would expand background checks and permit the attorney general to prevent anyone with a "reasonable belief" of having terrorist ties from purchasing firearms. These legislative measures come after the horrific Orlando attack, where 49 people were shot and killed by Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS during the attack. It's the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.Last week, Sen. Murphy launched a 15-hour filibuster, holding up a spending bill to fund the Department of Justice until a agreement could be reached to hold...
  • Fla. rep: Rubio says he's 'getting in' Senate race

    06/17/2016 8:09:32 AM PDT · by orchestra · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/17/2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) said Friday morning that Sen. Marco Rubio (R) is "saying he's getting in" the Senate race. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) said Friday morning that Sen. Marco Rubio (R) is "saying he's getting in" the Senate race. Jolly added during an appearance on CNN's "New Day" that he plans to tell his constituents at noon on Friday whether he'll stay in the Senate race himself or seek reelection to the House. A spokesperson for Jolly later clarified that he "has no actual knowledge of a Rubio decision." An aide indicated Friday that Rubio still plans to spend...
  • GOP OFFICE HOLDERS: If Trump is Kicked Out, we walk too, and YOU WILL LOSE (vanity)

    06/17/2016 5:39:26 PM PDT · by BobL · 66 replies
    (self) | June 17, 2016 | BobL (self)
    Given the rumors that are flying around about 'changing the rules' at the GOP convention so as to prevent Donald Trump from being the Republican nominee, I think some thought should be given to the potential collateral damage to the Republican Party's efforts in November. First, I'll state the obvious - if Trump is denied his position on the ballot in 2016, I simply will not vote for president - and I suspect that holds for many, probably a majority of Trump supporters. So Romney, Ryan, or whoever replaces him will simply have to find another pool of millions of...
  • Orlando Killer's Father Blames The Nightclub For His Son's Murderous Rampage

    06/15/2016 12:24:48 PM PDT · by JessTheAmerican · 38 replies
    www.downstreampolitics.com ^ | 06/15/2015 | Chris Buskirk
    Omar Mateen's father, Seddique. He is many things. He is an immigrant. He is an outspoken supporter of the Taliban. He's the father of an ISIS terrorist who murdered 49 Americans in cold blood and injured more than 50 more. He's someone who has meetings with Obama Administration officials in the White House, people in the State Department, and senior Senate Democrats. He's also a guy who goes on television and blames the Pulse Nightclub for his son's murder spree...
  • Must see "Gun-Grabber" TV, 2016 Election Edition - Senate

    06/15/2016 10:42:43 AM PDT · by SecondAmendment · 14 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 15-Jun-2016 | C-SPAN
    Those zany Dems are up to their unconstitutional antics again ! Watch the hilarity unfold as those wacky Senators from the left side of the aisle yuck it up on the chamber floor while trying to eviscerate another unalienable right !
  • Tennessee GOP senators don't seem happy with Trump today [Corker & Alexander smear]

    06/14/2016 3:00:35 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 43 replies
    KAGS TV ^ | 6/14/2016 | Eliza Collins
    As some Republicans struggle with justifying their support for Donald Trump after a series of controversies — including his recent attack on an American-born judge for his “Mexican heritage” and a doubling down on his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. — the two Republican senators from Tennessee aren't lending their overt support. Sen. Lamar Alexander isn't calling Trump the GOP nominee just yet, as reported by an Associated Press reporter. When his office was asked about the comments, Communications Director Jim Jeffries confirmed them and said, “Republicans officially choose our nominee in July. Sen. Alexander...
  • Rubio Contemplates Senate Run After Orlando Shooting

    06/13/2016 1:38:54 PM PDT · by Angels27 · 38 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 6-13-16 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that seeking another term as a senator from Florida has not been part of his family's plan, but the mass shooting Sunday in Orlando has given him pause about his future. "My family and I will be praying about all this, and we'll see what I need to do next with my life with regards to how I can best serve," the former presidential candidate told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. 50 people including the gunman were killed in the shooting at a gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando early Sunday morning. Hewitt asked if Rubio...
  • U.S. Senate Democrats discussing new gun control push

    06/13/2016 8:02:28 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | Jun 13, 2016
    World | Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:43am EDT Related: U.S., Election 2016, Politics U.S. Senate Democrats discussing new gun control push Leading U.S. Senate Democrats are discussing how to revive a push for legislation imposing additional gun controls in the wake of last weekend's mass shooting in Florida, according to a senior Senate Democratic aide on Monday.
  • GOP OFFICE HOLDERS: If Trump is Kicked Out, we walk too, and YOU WILL LOSE (vanity)

    06/11/2016 7:33:50 AM PDT · by BobL · 50 replies
    (self) | June 11, 2016 | BobL (self)
    Given the rumors that are flying around about 'changing the rules' at the GOP convention so as to prevent Donald Trump from being the Republican nominee, I think some thought should be given to the potential collateral damage to the Republican Party's efforts in November. First, I'll state the obvious - if Trump is denied his position on the ballot in 2016, I simply will not vote for president - and I suspect that holds for many, probably a majority of Trump supporters. So Romney, Ryan, or whoever replaces him will simply have to find another pool of millions of...
  • Forfeiture Reform Advances in the Senate

    06/10/2016 8:20:26 AM PDT · by milton23 · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 10, 2016 | Jason Snead and John G. Malcolm
    On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the “Deterring Undue Enforcement by Protecting Rights of Citizens from Excessive Searches and Seizures,” or DUE PROCESS, Act. The reforms contained in Grassley’s bill would significantly alter the federal civil asset forfeiture landscape, dramatically improving the lot of innocent property owners caught up in a skewed and unfair forfeiture system. Civil asset forfeiture laws target property, not people. As a result, no criminal charges or convictions are needed in civil forfeiture cases. Rather, the government need only prove by a preponderance of the evidence that there is a nexus between...
  • Senators Ready Bill to Stop DOJ From Bankrolling Liberal Groups

    06/10/2016 5:32:29 AM PDT · by milton23 · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/10/2016 | Philip Wegmann
    The Senate may take steps to end a Justice Department slush fund that has channeled millions of dollars in banking settlements to outside organizations, including left-wing groups such as La Raza and NeighborWorks America. Four Republican senators—James Lankford of Oklahoma, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Utah’s Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee—said they would introduce legislation Friday to prohibit federal settlement agreements that require donations to third parties. The Justice Department currently allows corporations found guilty of wrongdoing to pay a portion of their financial penalty as a donation to certain preapproved nonprofit groups.
  • Senate plan to overhaul military housing pay faces pushback

    06/03/2016 11:10:17 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 10 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 6/3/16 | Joseph Weber
    America’s troops – who haven’t seen a raise over 2 percent in years – could soon see their monthly pay actually go down in some cases if a Senate plan to overhaul the military housing allowance goes through. Right now, the Defense Department pays service members a set housing stipend based on several factors including rank and zip code. These rules allow bargain-hunting soldiers who find cheap housing to pocket the difference -- and use it for groceries, utilities or other expenses. Under the new Senate proposal, members of the Army, Navy and Air Force would get only the exact...
  • Cruz-McConnell tension flares anew as GOP leader casts Texan as bit player in Senate

    06/02/2016 4:57:38 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 62 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 31, 2016 | Todd J.Gillman
    Before Ted Cruz framed his presidential campaign as a crusade against the Washington “cartel,” he engaged in a series of skirmishes with fellow Republicans, in particular Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky....
  • How the Senate Is Supposed to Work

    06/01/2016 10:32:58 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/31/16 | Mitch McConnell
    And, though many haven’t noticed yet, the bipartisan cooperation has been good for our politics. A standard criticism of this approach is that it elevates process over policy or, worse, that it amounts to a kind of ideological surrender by Republicans. But if you want to be a U.S. senator, you need to be at peace with imperfect outcomes. The answer to Barack Obama and the left is not to rail against one’s fellow conservatives. It may turn out that Americans on the left and right don’t want the two parties to work together in an effort to reach consensus...
  • Hoover Institution Golden State Poll: Clinton +13 Over Sanders; Harris, Sanchez Lead Senate Field

    05/31/2016 9:03:07 PM PDT · by af_vet_1981 · 8 replies
    Hoover Institution, Stanford University ^ | Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | Hoover Institution, Stanford University
    The survey, which interviewed 1,700 adult (18 and up) Californians, was conducted from May 4 to May 16. Looking to November, there’s tepid support for the two likely nominees. Clinton leads Trump, 45 percent to 33 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson polling at 4 percent and 8 percent considering a write-in candidate;
  • Trump camp concedes it's low on money

    05/29/2016 3:08:01 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 105 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 27, 2016 | Joel Gehrke
    Donald Trump's campaign has alerted Senate Republicans that he won't have much money to spend fending off attacks from Hillary Clinton over the next couple months. The notice came when Paul Manafort, Trump's senior advisor, met with a group of Senate Republican chiefs of staff for lunch last week, sources familiar with the meeting told the Washington Examiner. The admission suggests that Trump will be far more dependent on the GOP brass for money than he has led voters to believe, but it's consistent with his reliance on the Republican National Committee to provide a ground game in battleground states....
  • Senate Votes to End a Textbook Crony Program

    05/27/2016 7:38:05 AM PDT · by milton23 · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/26/16 | Daren Bakst
    On Wednesday, the Senate passed a joint resolution that will effectively put an end to one of the most egregious programs that exists today: the U.S. Department of Agriculture catfish inspection program. It’s actually disappointing that the vote was as close as it was—55-43. It may sound a bit silly, admittedly, but this program created in the 2008 farm bill is a classic example of legislators pushing a program for the benefit of a very narrow special interest without regard for the harm to taxpayers, consumers, and other industries.
  • How Republican Senators Failed GOP voters once again

    05/26/2016 3:29:20 PM PDT · by Tom Jefferson · 16 replies
    Bear to the Right ^ | May 25, 2016 | Gary Aminoff
    Last Friday, May 20, 2016, something happened in the U.S. Senate you won’t hear about in the mainstream media. You can read about it here. Gary Aminoff comments in the following short video.