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  • Berg Leads Heitkamp (by 10) in New N.D. Poll

    10/20/2012 10:50:28 AM PDT · by dfergu7477 · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 20, 2012 | Julie Sobel
    After months of polls showing a dead heat in North Dakota's Senate race, a new survey conducted for Forum Communications Co. shows GOP Rep. Rick Berg breaking out with a 10-point lead. The poll, conducted by Essman/Research, has Berg leading former Democratic Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp, 50 percent to 40 percent. Ten percent of respondents say they remain undecided. Heitkamp has a slight advantage among independents (44 percent to 41 percent for Berg), while 15 percent remain undecided. "I think the biggest takeaway from the poll would be the independents," said Deborah Stearns, vice president and marketing research director for...
  • Mr. Johnson Goes to Washington

    10/20/2012 7:43:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10-20-12 | Allysia Finley
    'I try to forget I had a good life," Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson wistfully quips about his career before being elected in 2010—or as good a life as could be had running a business in the midst of an unrelenting regulatory and rhetorical assault from Washington. Mr. Johnson jumped into the fire two years ago when he toppled progressive Democrat Russ Feingold in one of the year's marquee Senate races. He met with Journal editors this week to discuss what he has learned during his first two years in office and what he hopes to accomplish in the next four....
  • NC Senate candidate arrested on drug charges (RAT Bender being held under $300,000 bond)

    10/19/2012 2:46:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    News Observer ^ | 10/19/12
    NC Senate candidate arrested on drug chargesThe Associated Press Modified Fri, Oct 19, 2012 04:07 PM ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- Authorities say a Democratic candidate for the N.C. Senate is in jail on charges that he sold prescription pills from his home. Castalia town commissioner Clarence Alexander Bender was arrested during a traffic stop Thursday by Nash County deputies. Bender is charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin and maintaining a place for keeping and storage of a controlled substance.
  • West Michigan: Debbie Stabenow or Pete Hoekstra for Senate? (Freep this Poll)

    10/19/2012 1:59:12 PM PDT · by CreviceTool · 16 replies
    M-Live ^ | October 19, 2012 | Editors
    Next week, and The Grand Rapids Press will make the decision about who we believe should be elected Michigan's U.S. Senator. We'd like your help. Unfortunately, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing and former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, couldn't reach an agreement on debates, so you won't get to see them square off on the issues. But you've likely seen or heard a campaign ad and maybe you've made your decision. Now help us make ours.
  • Could Claire McCaskill lose to Todd Akin? You betcha

    10/19/2012 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/19/12 | William Jacobson
    Claire McCaskill is so unpopular that she’s barely running ahead of Todd Akin despite his self-inflicted wounds and the defection of almost all of the Republican establishment from supporting him. McCaskill has had to spend heavily just to stay slightly ahead: Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat fighting to keep her seat, spent nearly $7 million over a three-month period through the end of September and her campaign had more than $2.1 million in the bank for her race against Representative Todd Akin, according to quarterly disclosure reports her campaign released on Monday. Could McCaskill lose? Two days ago the...
  • WI Senate: Dem Baldwin Wanted to Block Body Armor Funding for Troops

    10/19/2012 9:40:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-19-12 | Rebel Pundit
    It is always stunning to learn the truths about certain elected officials in our government. In a startling revelation from Media Trackers Wisconsin, Rep. Tammy Baldwin co-sponsored legislation to block funding of body armor and medical supplies to our troops in combat. She did this during each of her terms in congress from 2003-2009. At least four times Baldwin co-sponsored the legislation, in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. It was only in 2011 when Baldwin was considering her possible run for the U.S. Senate that her name does not appear as a co-sponsor on this legislation. From Media Trackers: The...
  • The 113th Congress Will Decide Nation’s Fiscal Future, Not the President

    10/19/2012 7:35:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | October 19, 2012 | Julie Barowsky
    Mitt Romney certainly wasn’t the first choice to be the Republican presidential nominee for most limited government activists. Some have reluctantly warmed to Romney in recent months because they find him preferable to Obama. Other liberty lovers, particularly those within the Ron Paul-inspired Liberty Movement, refuse to throw their support behind Romney or Obama. Regardless of whether a liberty-minded president is an option on the big ticket, the outcomes of the congressional races are far more important, as Congress will truly determine the fiscal policies coming out of Washington. If we really want to put an end to reckless spending,...
  • Whistle-blower audio: Sen. Claire McCaskill’s husband cut business deals in Senate Dining Room

    10/18/2012 9:20:58 PM PDT · by Optimist · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/18/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s husband used the U.S. Senate Dining Room to cut business deals selling tax credits tied to stimulus money, a whistle-blowing executive inside his company alleged on an audio recording exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller < snip > “He [McCaskill’s husband] did 4 projects — these were rural development deals where he came in and stole from a guy and he did the federal credits and he got Enterprise Bank to invest in those four deals and those have been really iffy,” Woods said on the tape. < snip > Woods said those four projects —...
  • Say NO to Bob Kerrey's Disgusting Attack Ads (Kerrey Pimps Edward's pollster).

    10/18/2012 8:19:27 PM PDT · by Kolath · 3 replies
    Deb Fischer For Senate ^ | 10/19/2012 | Deb Fischer Campaign
    Make no mistake: Bob Kerrey is desperate because he can't win by talking about the issues or running on his record. In a disappointing turn of events, Kerrey has made the decision to run an unbelievably negative and dishonest television ad that distorts the facts of a lawsuit in an effort to smear Senator Fischer's character.
  • The race for the Senate

    10/18/2012 10:54:50 AM PDT · by Teacher317 · 23 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 10/16/2012
    RealClearPolitics I just posted on an Obama-losing-VA thread that I hadn't seen much on the Senate races. With Obama starting to cede more states, and increasing spending in places like CA and NYC, it's clear that the Dems are in real trouble. Looking at the Senate, the link shows an excellent breakdown of the expected Senate composition, and the toss-up seats.
  • Please Freep this Hawaii U.S. Senate online poll

    10/18/2012 2:08:22 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 23 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | 10-16-2012 | KITV
    Survey After watching the KITV/ U.S. Senate debate, which candidate will you vote for? Mazie Hirono. - 55% (157 votes) Linda Lingle. - 42% (120 votes) Undecided. - 3% (10 votes) Total Votes: 287
  • FREEP this Hawaii U.S. Senate poll

    10/17/2012 8:16:10 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | Oct. 16 , 2012 | KITV
    Hirono, Lingle come out swinging in U.S. Senate debate Hirono attacks Lingle's Republican ties; Lingle criticizes Hirono's missed votes
  • Kimball Political Consulting Results for 10-12, 10-13 VA Poll (Romney 54%, Obama 43%)

    10/17/2012 12:02:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Methodology (Caller ID) All respondents interviewed in this study were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in the state of Virginia using a probability sampling method of landlines for a total sample of N=696 registered “likely” voters. The Margin of Error for the sample is +/- 3.7% with a confidence level of 95%. The survey was administered using an Automated Telephone Interviewing (ATI) system. The ATI system allows data to be entered directly into a computerized database through the numbers on interviewee’s phone, providing a highly reliable system of data collection. A random sample of registered voters...

    10/16/2012 10:04:55 AM PDT · by nanetteclaret · 5 replies
    Sen. Lieberman's Website ^ | October 15, 2012 | Sen. Joseph Lieberman
    WASHINGTON – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Maine, Friday announced they would conduct a bipartisan inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, that killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. “The lives of four patriots serving their country until the end were lost September 11, 2012, during a terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Those four men, their loved ones, and the American people deserve a full and fair accounting of why and...
  • Senate Update: RCP calls PA a tossup - now 45D-43R with 12 tossups

    10/16/2012 5:47:43 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 19 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 10/16/12 | RCP
    RCP is now calling PA Senate Smith (R) vs Casey (D) a tossup. They now call it 45D to 43R with 12 tossups.
  • Mandel vs. Brown debate on now

    10/15/2012 4:06:52 PM PDT · by staytrue · 18 replies
    self | 10-15-2012 | self
    Mandel vs. Brown debate on now
  • Elizabeth Warren raises $4.6 million more than Scott Brown in latest fundraising quarter

    10/15/2012 1:24:04 PM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren raised over $4 million more than Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in the fundraising quarter that ended Sept. 30, according to numbers announced Monday by both campaigns. Warren’s campaign said the Harvard Law School professor raised $12.1 million between July and September. Brown’s campaign said the sitting senator raised $7.45 million. Throughout the campaign, Warren has consistently raised more money each quarter than Brown, in a race that is the most expensive Senate election in Massachusetts history and is on track to be the most expensive Senate race in the country this year. Counting...
  • On Drunk Armadillos, Adam C. Smith,The Tampa Bay Times and Florida Senate Race

    10/14/2012 7:59:59 PM PDT · by BloggyBayou · 1 replies
    PracticalState ^ | 10/14/2012 | E. R. White
    In Florida, Connie Mack is in an uphill struggle to unseat Senator Bill Nelson. While he has been slowly inching up against Ol’ Bill (last Poll 47-42), most of his progress can be directly tied to Romney’s incredible first debate performance (and possibly the MSM coming to grips with the realization that they'd better start having more realistic poll samples in order to salvage, post November 6, what little reputation they’ll have left)
  • Casey and Smith to Debate in Pa. Senate Race

    10/14/2012 6:58:05 AM PDT · by Tamzee · 25 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 12, 2012 | Michael Catalini
    (snip) The debate between Democratic Sen. Bob Casey and Republican challenger Tom Smith will air from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 28 on Philadelphia's 6ABC. Veteran Philly newsman Jim Gardner will moderate the debate between the Keystone State's junior senator and Smith with Action News' Monica Malpass and Vernon Odom as panelists, the Casey campaign announced today. (snip)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America (21,049 member) PAC Proudly Endorses Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senate

    10/11/2012 4:20:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    enewspf ^ | 10/11/12
    NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Proudly Endorses Elizabeth Warren for U.S. SenateThursday, 11 October 2012 10:39 Pro-choice group will activate its 21,049 member activists in key race Washington, D.C.--(ENEWSPF)--October 11, 2012. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, announced yesterday that her organization’s political action committee endorsed pro-choice candidate, Elizabeth Warren to represent the Bay State in the U.S. Senate. **SNIP** NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has given the maximum contribution of $10,000 to Warren’s campaign. The organization will activate its 21,049 members in Massachusetts and encourage them to support Warren’s election efforts.
  • In January 2013, the US Senate will have had a 53% turnover

    10/11/2012 1:44:34 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    2012 may turn out to be the fourth wave election in a row. And based just on the open seats this election, 53 new senators will have been elected in only six years. That's 53 out of 100, or 53%. This is a great trend. The policies will change or the people who make them will!
  • RANDPAC Foreign Aid Bill Nelson

    10/10/2012 5:15:08 AM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 23 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/10/12 | Rand Paul
    I live along the I-4 corridor which, as many of you know, is a crucial win for the GOP. This ad ran this morning and was awesome! There is no way people can watch this ad and vote for Bill Nelson. Of course I saw it on Fox News so,hopefully, it plays on the lamestream media.
  • Tim Kaine won’t say if he’d support Harry Reid for Majority Leader

    10/09/2012 11:09:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/09/2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    The last time we joined former Governors Tim Kaine and George Allen on the debate stage in Virginia, Kaine was bumbling his way through an answer to a 47-percent question, saying he'd be open to a minimum federal income tax for everyone, at all income levels. This jibed perfectly with Allen's attempts to the former head of the DNC as— what else?— a tax hiker.Last night, the man who was literally the leading partisan in the country continued his metamorphosis back toward bipartisan moderate by throwing Harry Reid under the bus: Speaking to reporters following his second televised debate against...
  • Senate leadership wants distance from deficit discussions (the fiscal cliff)

    10/03/2012 1:43:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/02/12 | Erik Wasson, Bernie Becker
    Senate leadership wants distance from deficit discussionsBy Erik Wasson and Bernie Becker - 10/02/12 08:21 PM ET Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate on Tuesday sought to distance themselves from deficit talks being held by a small, bipartisan group of lawmakers. The swift pushback, delivered by aides, came after The New York Times reported in a front-page, above-the-fold story that Senate leaders were closing in on a deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The leaders’ move to keep those discussions at arm’s length underscores the difficulty of reaching a bipartisan agreement on taxes and reducing the deficit. Senate...
  • Howie Carr: Liz (Warren) digs in deeper hole

    10/02/2012 7:21:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 2, 2012 | Howie Carr
    Does Granny Warren really believe everything she said last night in Lowell? I mean, this woman is a moonbat’s moonbat. She makes Obama look like a moderate. Two weeks ago, she was wringing her hands about higher college tuitions. Last night she repeated (or Scott Brown did it for her) that she’s for in-state tuition for illegal aliens — which amounts to free tuition for people in the country illegally. But not for kids from New Hampshire whose parents pay income tax in Massachusetts. She also supports driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. Professor Warren, how about driver’s licenses for drunken...
  • Elizabeth Warren’s lead over Scott Brown narrows to 2 points in WBUR poll

    10/01/2012 2:19:13 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 1, 2012 | Noah Bierman
    As Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren prepare for their second debate tonight, a new poll shows Warren leading Brown by 2 percentage points — 46 percent to 44 percent, with 9 percent undecided in the hotly contested race. The WBUR/Mass Inc. poll of 504 likely voters taken Sept. 26- Sept. 28 is the seventh of nine surveys taken in September to show Warren, a Democrat and Harvard Law School professor, with a small lead over Brown, a Republican. But the results are well within the poll’s margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. The same polling...
  • Senator Wendy, if You Please. New York voters need to send Wendy Long to the Senate.

    10/01/2012 5:02:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/01/2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    If Republicans ran the culture, Wendy Long would be a household name. She’d be a heroine. She’d be celebrated. She’d have a Barbie doll named after her. She’d be driving the election season. But Wendy Long is the Republican running for Senate in New York, and it was decided long ago that Republicans don’t win Hillary Clinton’s old seat — the “Daniel Patrick Moynihan seat.” (Nevermind that Jim Buckley was there before them.) Those who decide such things, however, forget that just an Amtrak ride away there is a Republican incumbent running for reelection for what was not that long...
  • Democrat Bob Kerrey (NE Senate candidate) gets the bums rush in NYC (2008)

    09/30/2012 4:10:22 PM PDT · by Kolath · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/20/2012 | Published on Jun 25, 2012 by hopoesolo
    The left eats its own. Shouts of "RESIGN" and "WAR CRIMINAL" from NYC college students.
  • Elizabeth Warren represented Massachusetts client in Massachusetts

    09/29/2012 4:35:57 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9/27/12 | William A. Jacobson
    For how long will Warren defenders maintain the charade that she did not practice law in Massachusetts? In my post on September 24, Elizabeth Warren’s law license problem, I detailed how Elizabeth Warren had used her Harvard office in Cambridge for the practice of law for over a decade in numerous cases in which she appeared as “Of Counsel” or counsel, and how she identified that office in filings with various courts. Even though Warren refused to disclose the full extent of her legal practice, I argued that her use of the office in Cambridge for the practice of law,...
  • In It For The Long Haul

    09/29/2012 6:52:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 29, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    If things were different, Wendy Long would be a household name. She'd be a heroine, and she'd be driving the election season. But Long is the Republican running for Senate in New York, where calculations were made long ago to ensure that Republicans don't win Hillary Clinton's old spot, the old Daniel Patrick Moynihan seat. But such plans don't have to pan out. Long is exactly the kind of woman the Senate needs. A former Supreme Court law clerk, she left private practice at an esteemed firm to build the Judicial Confirmation Network, a conservative advocacy group. This campaign is...
  • Todd Akin: Conservative champion

    09/28/2012 7:14:26 PM PDT · by jimluke01 · 12 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 9-28-12 | Matt Barber
    A French proverb declares: “What is hard to endure is sweet to recall.” I seldom agree with the French, but, as a former professional boxer, I know this to be true. In 2003 I was fighting Cuban heavyweight Roberto Valdez before thousands at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Valdez was big, strong and mean. I was told that, a few years earlier, he had traversed shark-infested waters, alone, on a rickety makeshift raft to enjoy freedom in the land of the free. This, of course, is the very land Barack Obama seeks to “fundamentally transform.” The American vision he shares with many...
  • Akin, the Standard-Bearer

    09/27/2012 5:20:20 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9/27/12 | James Simpson
    Tuesday, September 25, was the last day U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) could withdraw from the race. And he isn't going. So the GOP standard-bearer is Todd Akin; he needs our help, and we need to support him. Yes, he made a stupid remark, and as a result, what should have been an easy Senate win turned into a hotly contested race. He apologized profusely, but rather than come to his aid, Republicans of every stripe denounced him and called for his resignation. This is idiotic.**snip So while we are twisting in the wind over a single dumb comment,...
  • How GOP Can Get 51 Senate Seats Without Todd Akin

    09/26/2012 4:35:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Journal ^ | 09/26/2012 | Michael Catalini
    Our colleagues take a close look today at Republicans' path to 51 in the Senate now that the Missouri Senate race is tilting in Democrats' favor. (RELATED: NRSC Softens Stance on Akin) Republicans thought they could count on Rep. Todd Akin to beat Sen. Claire McCaskill, but since his comments about rape, polling suggests the GOP is in trouble in the Show-Me State.(RELATED: DeMint, Santorum Are Backing Akin Now) Reid Wilson explains: Republicans believe Akin's comments all but disqualify him from office, and several polls taken during the last month show McCaskill surging ahead.But there are broader ramifications: Republicans...
  • Elizabeth Warren Defrauded Asbestos Victims While Practicing Law Without a License

    09/25/2012 5:35:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 9/24/12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Elizabeth Warren Defrauded Asbestos Victims While Practicing Law Without a LicensePosted by Daniel Greenfield Sep 24th, 2012 Laws? They’re for little people. Laws don’t apply to Harvard professors. They apply to Harvard janitors. Compassion? Liberals are great at that. Just ask Elizabeth Warren who was paid nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help Travelers Insurance deny asbestos compensation to asbestos victims… and she did it while practicing law without a license. And wearing a fake Cherokee headdress. After this latest story, I have a feeling that Elizabeth Warren wishes she had run for the Senate in Oklahoma, instead...
  • Final deadline passes: Todd Akin now officially on the ballot in Missouri

    09/25/2012 5:13:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/25/2012 | AllahPundit
    August 21 was the deadline for him to drop out and be replaced by another candidate without needing court approval. He passed. Today was the deadline to drop out with court approval, before the ballots are printed, which makes it effectively the last chance. Another pass.If you want McCaskill out, this is now the only game in town: With the deadline for him to exit the race just hours away, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) reaffirmed his commitment to staying in the race, saying that he has "one purpose going into November, and that's replacing Claire McCaskill."Akin said he'd be staying...
  • Warren faces question over law license in latest accusation to roil Senate race

    09/25/2012 4:50:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/25/12
    Warren faces question over law license in latest accusation to roil Senate racePublished September 25, 2012 **SNIP** Warren had to have had an active state bar license when applying to try cases before the high court, according to the Supreme Court. So the more questionable issue appears to be whether Warren practiced state-level law from her Harvard office without a Massachusetts license. Warren was paid $212,000 for three years of work in a case that involved thousands of asbestos victims and was “notable because Warren, who has gained fame for defending consumers against big business, was in this case...
  • McCaskill/Akin polling status

    09/25/2012 1:24:35 PM PDT · by verum ago · 20 replies
    25 Sept. 2012 | self
    What's the current polling look like on the McCaskill/Akin race in MO? Last I knew his campaign was trailing a tongue of flame and rapidly approaching 0 AGL, but that was forever ago in political time. I have a vague impression that that's no longer the case anymore, however. What's up right now? I don't have a feel which polls are least skewed/inaccurate for Missouri. I'm having trouble finding sources that aren't just opinion pieces after the debate.
  • Conservative PAC May Decide to Fund Todd Akin's Missouri Senate Race

    09/25/2012 12:58:55 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 24 replies
    abcnews ^ | 9/26/12 | CHRIS GOOD
    A powerful conservative PAC said today that "circumstances have changed" and it is reconsidering its decision to withhold funds for Todd Akin's bid for a Missouri Senate seat, and Akin's campaign said today they expect other groups will also resume spending. The statement by the Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC led by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, comes as the 5 p.m. CT deadline for Akin to quit the race looms. The campaign remains adamant that Akin will stay in the race, despite urging from the GOP hierarchy, including Mitt Romney. "In the words of Churchill, Todd will never, never,...
  • Ohio: Mandel Pulls Within One in Senate Race

    09/25/2012 12:19:03 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 16 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/25/2012 | Matthew
    Josh Mandel doesn't know how to quit. The State Treasurer, who turns 35 in two days, is a man to be respected, even at his young age. The Marine Corps veteran spent eight years in the military, including two tours in Iraq. As a City Councilman he pushed tax reformed and knocked on almost 20,000 doors in his campaign for the Ohio House of Representatives. Elected as Treasurer in 2010 by 14 points, he is now taking on Sherrod Brown, one of the most liberal members of the Senate. Coming from a large deficit, Mandel is only down by one....
  • Harry Reid: Mitt Romney Has 'Sullied' Mormonism': He's not the face' of the religion...

    09/25/2012 10:13:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Newser ^ | September 25, 2012 | Evann Gastaldo
    Harry Reid is a Mormon, and he wants you to know that Mitt Romney is not the poster boy for his religion, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Speaking on a conference call Friday about Romney's upcoming visit to Nevada, where many Mormons live, Reid said that he agrees with fellow Mormon Gregory A. Prince—who blogged last week that Romney has "sullied" their shared religion, according to Politico. Members of the LDS church "understand that [Romney] is not the face of Mormonism," Reid added. The GOP pounced on Reid's comments, with Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz saying, “Harry Reid seems to be...
  • Democrats likely to retain Senate as four critical races shift in their favor

    09/24/2012 7:06:24 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 45 replies
    Yahoo News | The Signal ^ | 9/24/2012 | David Rothschild
    After weeks in which the fate of the Senate simmered at nearly even odds of flipping for Republicans or remaining in Democrats' control, the outlook has shifted dramatically in the Democrats' favor. The incumbent party now has an 80 percent chance of retaining its majority, according to the Signal's prediction model. The break is largely due to critical races in Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Virginia, all of which have favored the Republican at some point in the past month and now favor the Democratic candidate. ...
  • Omaha World Herald, NE Senate: Fischer (R) 56%, Kerrey (D) 43% Likely Voters

    09/23/2012 4:08:57 PM PDT · by Kolath · 5 replies ^ | 9/23/2012 | Robynn Tysver
    The political fortunes of Democrats Bob Kerrey and President Barack Obama appear to be tied together in Nebraska — and that's bad news for Kerrey and his comeback bid for U.S. Senate, according to The World-Herald Poll. Kerrey and Obama each trailed his respective Republican opponent by about 10 percentage points in a statewide poll of 800 registered voters. The margin was even worse for Kerrey when the poll was narrowed to likely voters, with the former governor and two-term senator trailing Republican State Sen. Deb Fischer by 16 percentage points — 56 percent to 40 percent.
  • Senate GOP furious newspaper (NY Times, WSJ) got better briefing on Libya

    09/22/2012 2:41:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/22/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate GOP furious newspaper got better briefing on LibyaBy Alexander Bolton - 09/22/12 06:00 AM ET Senate Republicans are furious the Obama administration rebuffed their attempts to learn details of the Benghazi attack, only to give the coveted information to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Senators say they were rebuffed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when they pressed for more information about the attack that killed U.S. envoy Christopher Stephens in Libya. “That is the most useless, worthless briefing I have attended in a long time,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters after the closed-door...
  • President Obama Slams House GOP Over Unfinished Business (Reid's missing budget not mentioned)

    09/22/2012 12:16:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/22/12 | Mary Bruce
    President Obama Slams House GOP Over Unfinished BusinessBy Mary Bruce Sep 22, 2012 6:00am President Obama is blasting lawmakers for leaving Washington for a six-week recess ahead of the November election without acting on his proposals to boost job creation and jump-start the economy. “Without much fanfare, members of the House of Representatives banged a gavel, turned out the lights and rushed home, declaring their work finished for now,” Obama said in his weekly address. “If that frustrates you, it should – because their work isn’t finished.” **SNIP** The president concluded by asking the public for its help.
  • Manchin: Congress Should Not Leave Until Budget Problems Are Fixed (but they did)

    09/21/2012 8:43:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Senate Website ^ | Sep 20 2012 | Senator Manchin
    Manchin: ‘Enough is enough, it’s time we cancel our flights home, roll up our sleeves and get down to the people’s business’ After vote today, Senate is expected to adjourn until the election Washington, D.C. – In an impassioned floor speech today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) urged his colleagues to stay in Washington until the nation’s fiscal problems are solved, rather than spend the next seven weeks focused on campaigning and politics.   “It’s clear to me that betting on Congress getting religion after an election is also a risky gamble – a gamble with America’s future, a gamble...
  • Senate Conservatives Gather Enough Votes to Block Lame Duck Treaties

    09/21/2012 8:29:43 PM PDT · by Kolath · 6 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 9/21/2012 | Lachlan Markay
    A group of Senate conservatives has gathered enough support to block any treaties that come up for a vote during the lame duck session. A total of 37 Senators pledged, in a letter drafted by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) to Majority and Minority leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), to “oppose efforts to consider a treaty during” the lame duck session. Because treaties require a two-thirds majority in the Senate to reach the president’s desk, the group of Senators will be able to block any treaties considered after the Nov. 6 election.
  • Senate Democrats Plan to Adjourn Without Passing Budget for Third Consecutive Year (1,240th day)

    09/21/2012 2:41:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/20/12 | Tony Lee
    Senate Democrats Plan to Adjourn Without Passing Budget for Third Consecutive Yearby Tony Lee 20 Sep 2012 Democrats are set to adjourn the Senate after three years of not passing a budget and with no plans to avert a fiscal cliff. And on the 1,240th day since Senate Democrats adopted a budget, Republican leaders in the Senate on Thursday assailed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats for their failures, promising to pass a budget if voters put them in the majority after November. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking member on the Budget Committee, said “this nation has...
  • The Senate Is Up for Grabs (Almost a dozen races are in play.)

    09/21/2012 10:36:33 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 21, 2012 | John Fund
    The conventional wisdom about who will control the Senate next year has sure taken a turn. Republicans were once rated a safe bet to win a majority, and as late as September 2 were given an almost 50 percent chance of doing so by statistician Nate Silver on his New York Times blog.Now the rough patches in Mitt Romney’s campaign have combined with some good breaks for Democrats to push Republican chances for a majority down to 21 percent, according to Silver’s latest calculations. Left-leaning bloggers are already proclaiming liberal favorites such as Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Tammy...

    09/20/2012 4:45:44 PM PDT · by LS · 22 replies
    With less than seven weeks remaining until Election Day, a new poll conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research for the Pennsylvania Republican Party shows United States Senate candidate Tom Smith within the margin of error - trailing Democratic Senator Bob Casey 42% - 45%. "It's no surprise this race has continued to tighten as voters are beginning to better understand the differences between Bob Casey, an ineffective career politician and Tom Smith, a self-made job creator," said Smith Campaign Manager Jim Conroy. "In November, voters will have a clear choice between Bob Casey's support for job-killing policies, including higher taxes,...
  • GOP blocks veterans jobs bill with budget vote

    09/20/2012 4:15:49 PM PDT · by GLH3IL · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/19/2012 | Ramsey Cox
    “This violates the Budget Control Act, there is no dispute about it,” Sessions said in a floor speech Wednesday. “The bill will not even go through the House and it violates the Constitution because it says revenue bills must be started in the House ... [and] this is a revenue bill.” The Veterans Jobs Corp Act would have created new job-training programs to help veterans find work in targeted fields such as national park conservation, historic preservation projects, police work and firefighting, among others. Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Olympia Snowe...