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  • Stevens trial report details misconduct by prosecution team(AK)

    03/16/2012 5:25:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 15 March, 2012 | SEAN COCKERHAM, RICHARD MAUER and LISA DEMER Anchorage Daily News / Read more here: http://
    A court-appointed special prosecutor's report made public on Thursday details findings that U.S. Justice Department attorneys intentionally withheld information from the defense in the bungled prosecution of former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. The Stevens investigation and prosecution "were permeated by the systematic concealment" of key evidence that would have been beneficial to his defense and "seriously damaged the testimony and credibility" of the government's key witness, former Veco chief Bill Allen, the report said. The 514-page report, by Washington lawyer Henry Schuelke, was released Thursday by order of U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over Stevens' 2008 trial and...
  • Open carry bill flies through Oklahoma Senate, heads to House

    03/15/2012 2:37:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 15 March, 2012 | Rick Couri
    Oklahoma has been on the verge of an open carry law for firearms for several years. Then Governor Brad Henry vetoed the last measure to make it that far in 2010 but Governor Mary Fallin may have a chance to sign one of her own. Senate bill 1733 was passed by a 34-9 vote on Wednesday and now heads to the House for further consideration. 1733 would allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to also carry the gun openly if they choose. The bill was written by Senator Anthony Sykes a Republican from Moore and would require those applying...
  • Senate reaches deal on federal judicial nominations (Mitch caves - again)

    03/15/2012 1:03:57 PM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 10 replies
    WAPO ^ | 03/14/2012 | Ed O'Keefe
    Senate leaders reached a deal Wednesday on judicial nominations, averting what could have been a weeks-long fight over the fate of 17 picks to serve on the federal bench. After sparring on the issue for the last three days, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled at midday that they had reached a deal. Democratic aides said senators would vote to confirm 12 federal district court nominees and two circuit court picks by May and move (con't ...)
  • Florida Senate caves to CAIR on Shariah law

    03/15/2012 5:04:05 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 21 replies ^ | March 15, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    On March 1, BizPac Review published my column titled, “Florida gets it right on Sharia law.” In it, I reported that the Florida Legislature was considering a bill prohibiting use of foreign law in the courts. The bill was quickly making its way through the legislative committees, and passage at that time seemed imminent. It seems I jumped the gun. Although the House version (HB-1209) easily gained approval, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, never brought the Senate version (SB-1360) up for a vote before the close of the 2012 legislative session. Obviously, my crystal ball has run past its...
  • Florida Senate: Mack (R) 43%, Nelson (D) 36%

    03/14/2012 3:08:03 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | March 14, 2012
    Republican Congressman Connie Mack now posts a seven-point lead over Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in Florida’s U.S. Senate race, and the incumbent remains just ahead of his other two potential GOP rivals. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Mack with 43% support to Nelson’s 36%. Five percent (5%) like another candidate in the race, and a sizable 16% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) A month ago, Mack and Nelson were tied at 41% apiece. Last November, Mack, a congressman from the Fort Myers/Naples area of the state, led 43% to...
  • Forget About the White House, it's Lost- Focus on Congressional Majorities to Neutralize Obama

    03/14/2012 3:25:23 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 14, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    After a disappointing night that found Newt Gingrich unable to register outright victories in the deep South, I'm left with the conclusion that the only capable conservative fighter we had left has been unfortunately tossed aside by primary voters in order to back an unqualified, low-charisma schmoe who will be pounded to smithereens in the general election if we give him the chance. And that's a big 'if'-Santorum himself admits he cannot win the nomination anytime before the Tampa convention: an internal memo reveals the goal as a 'contested convention' (same as Gingrich has been saying for weeks). I'm all for stopping Romney... but...
  • Senate rejects plan to open Arctic refuge to drilling

    03/13/2012 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2012 | Sean Cockerham
    WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to oil drilling, as well as to approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project. Tuesday's vote was the first time in four years that the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably.
  • Obama Turns Keystone Pipe Dream To Nightmare

    03/12/2012 11:18:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor;s Business Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | IBD editorials
    Energy Policy: After presidential lobbying, the Senate fell four votes short of taking a giant step toward energy independence as gas prices and unemployment rise. In the White House, everything is going according to plan. The 56-42 vote defeated a proposal by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., that would have granted approval of the pipeline without any further environmental reviews by the State Department. It came after President Obama personally called lawmakers to lobby for the Hoeven amendment's defeat. Sixty votes were needed for passage to avoid a filibuster. As we've said, you have to watch what Obama does, not what...
  • Senate Conservatives

    03/10/2012 3:44:01 PM PST · by JaguarXKE · 10 replies
    Senate Conservatives ^ | March 2012 | Jim DeMint
    The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) announced today that it has launched a new 30-second television spot highlighting the conservative record of Don Stenberg, candidate for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.
  • Senate GOP on Keystone: This isn’t over

    03/08/2012 4:36:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/08/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Senate GOP on Keystone: This isn’t overBy Andrew Restuccia - 03/08/12 05:34 PM ET Republicans vowed to continue aggressively pushing for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday shortly after the Senate narrowly rejected a GOP-backed measure to greenlight the project. The Senate Republicans who authored the Keystone provision told reporters they are working with House GOP leadership to ensure that a measure fast-tracking approval of the project is ultimately attached to the highway bill. “We intend to continue our efforts, including on this bill,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) told reporters shortly after the Senate Keystone vote. “Remember, we’re...
  • Tea Party senators unveil five-year plan to balance the budget (“A Platform to Revitalize America”)

    03/08/2012 4:21:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/08/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Tea Party senators unveil five-year plan to balance the budgetBy Alexander Bolton - 03/08/12 02:16 PM ET Members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus on Thursday announed a plan to balance the budget in five years, cutting spending by nearly $11 trillion compared to President Obama’s budget. The plan, dubbed “A Platform to Revitalize America,” is a wish list of conservative policies, none of which have any chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate or being signed into law by a liberal Democratic president. The ambitious blueprint would achieve a $111 billion surplus in fiscal year 2017. “The whole point here...
  • Dan Liljenquist skips a lot of votes

    03/06/2012 6:14:57 PM PST · by swampfoxniner · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | March 6th, 2012 | Youtube
    The truth behind the Liljenquist rhetoric. Utah needs a Senator that actually votes...
  • Netanyahu meets House leaders, thanks Congress for ‘display of solidarity’ (Senate? Not so much)

    03/06/2012 5:35:56 PM PST · by Libloather
    The Hill ^ | 3/06/12 | Molly K. Hooper
    Netanyahu meets House leaders, thanks Congress for ‘display of solidarity’By Molly K. Hooper - 03/06/12 01:12 PM ET Top Republican and Democratic congressional leaders affirmed U.S. solidarity with Israel on Tuesday amid growing concerns over Iran’s nuclear program. Following a meeting of key House leaders and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said “the United States Congress will never allow Israel to stand alone.” Boehner added that the “growing threat of a nuclear Iran cannot be ignored,” and that the U.S. and Israel must be clear with each other, and to the...
  • With Kerrey coming and Snowe going, Senate Dems confident (It's ALL about power)

    03/03/2012 12:42:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/03/12 | Alexander Bolton
    With Kerrey coming and Snowe going, Senate Dems confidentBy Alexander Bolton - 03/03/12 01:15 PM ET Senate Democrats are buoyantly optimistic about keeping control of the upper chamber after developments this past week increased their chances of winning races in Maine and Nebraska. They sought to capitalize on the new wave of optimism by blasting out a fundraising email Friday touting the “seismic” shift of the Senate electoral map. “This week’s entry of Democrat Bob Kerrey into the Nebraska race and surprise retirement of Republican Senator Olympia Snowe in Maine have completely changed the face of the 2012 map in...
  • Senate vote to block HHS mandate on religious organizations tomorrow

    02/29/2012 11:07:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Hotair ^ | 02/29/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Get your dialing fingers ready. Roll Call reports that the Senate will hold a floor vote on an amendment by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) to impose a religious-conscience exception to the HHS mandate announced by Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius last month. The bill will come in the form of an amendment to the troubled transportation bill — which either complicates or simplifies the issue for the White House, depending on one’s perspective: The Senate will vote Thursday on a conscience clause amendment to release religious organizations from government mandates in health care, Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) said today.The...
  • Bob Kerrey changes his mind, will run for Senate, source says

    02/27/2012 5:59:29 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 22 replies · 3+ views
    Wash Post ^ | February 27, 2012 | unattributed
    <p>Former senator Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) has changed his mind and plans to run for the open Senate seat in Nebraska, according to a senior Democratic aide.</p> <p>The aide said Kerrey has called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to inform him of his plans.</p>
  • Senate GOP slams Schumer’s push for Saudis to ramp up oil production (strongly worded letter)

    02/27/2012 5:16:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/12 | Ben Geman
    Senate GOP slams Schumer’s push for Saudis to ramp up oil productionBy Ben Geman - 02/27/12 01:17 PM ET Senate Republicans are bashing Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) call for increased Saudi Arabian oil production to help ease prices, alleging it shows that Democrats are weak when it comes to boosting North American energy supplies and jobs. Schumer on Sunday urged Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to press Saudi officials to expand production, noting that the kingdom is producing well below its capacity of 12.5 million barrels per day. Republicans are hopeful that the letter provides a political opening to...
  • Choice Neighborhoods Initiative – “The Better Way?” – JOBS!

    02/25/2012 8:55:31 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/24/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has proposed S. 624, The Choice Neighborhoods Bill. The Bill calls for $350 million in 2012 for competitive grants to revitalize distressed neighborhoods. Bear in mind that Stanford University recently built a business school campus for $345 million. And this Bill purports to spend $350 million for neighborhood revitalization with expensive green technology. This Bill is a makeover of the HOPE VI program that was less than a success (although it worked about as well as other government initiatives). As of June 1, 2010 there have been 254 HOPE VI Revitalization grants awarded to 132 housing...
  • Freep a Poll! (Virginia senate tables bill declaring life begins at conception. you agree?)

    02/24/2012 3:03:37 PM PST · by dynachrome · 15 replies ^ | 2-24-12 | Hampton Roads
    Do you agree with the Virginia Senate's decision to table the bill declaring that life begins at conception? Yes No Not sure
  • US SENATE: Coburn Most Conservative, Gillibrand, Merkley Most Liberal

    02/23/2012 9:57:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | 02/23/2012 | By Stephanie Palla
    Oklahoma's Tom Coburn is the most conservative member of the Senate, while New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand and Oregon's Jeff Merkley share the title of top liberals, according to National Journal's 2011 Congressional Vote Ratings. Coburn jumped eight spots to snag the most conservative label this year, and it's Gillibrand's second consecutive appearance in the list of top ten most liberal members. For the past three decades, National Journal has rated members of Congress based on selected roll-call votes from the previous year to create an ideological scale for Congress. This year, National Journal examined all 949 roll call votes in...
  • Were the President’s Recess Appointments Constitutional?

    02/23/2012 7:45:07 AM PST · by Martin_Schmidt · 23 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 02/23/2012 | Staff
    Tuesday at AEI, four distinguished lawyers aggressively debated the constitutionality of the president’s recent "recess" appointments during the Senate's 2011-2012 pro forma sessions. First, Morton Rosenberg asserted that the president was explicitly violating the Constitution by making recess appointments when the Senate was in pro forma sessions, thereby avoiding recess by its own constitutional authority to develop its own rules. Douglas Kmiec countered that the Senate's creation of pro forma sessions simply to inhibit the executive branch violated the honest interface that the framers intended between the branches of government. David Rivkin Jr. concurred with Rosenberg's conclusion about the unconstitutionality...
  • Tea Party Express Makes Major Endorsement (Senate/Ohio)

    02/21/2012 2:09:50 PM PST · by Syncro · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Tea Party Express ^ | 02/21/2012 11:02:43 am | Staff
    The Tea Party Express traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio this week to proudly endorse Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate. . . Josh Mandel, US Senate Candidate from Ohio. It is the focus of the Tea Party Express to take conservative control of the U.S. Senate, and we are proud to announce our endorsement of Treasurer Josh Mandel in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race. Josh is the perfect candidate to replace Sherrod Brown, Washington’s most liberal senator according to National Journal. . . Josh Mandel accepting the Tea Party Express endorsement from Chairman Amy Kremer and Chief Strategist Sal...
  • Senate’s Intransigence Should Prompt Repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment

    02/20/2012 1:03:56 PM PST · by Starman417 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-20-12 | Leo Shishmanian
    As of today, it has been 1,028 days since the U.S. Senate last passed a budget.That's about 20 dog years.Imagine if you were employed in a business where one of your duties was to plan an annual budget for each upcoming year and you just decided you weren't going to do it.  And 1,028 days later, you still had not done it.  Assuming your employer hadn't already canned, assuredly you would lose your job after such a long failure.  If you are a Democratic Senator, however, you not only keep your job because a majority of the people still...
  • Tea Party faces a turning point in 2012 Senate races -top 10 Senate Races

    02/19/2012 12:22:25 AM PST · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2012 | Aaron Blake
    The tea party referendum has officially begun. Despite the success of tea party candidates all over the country in 2010, many top GOP Senate candidates have avoided the same kind of tough insider-outsider primary matchups that made the summer of 2010 so interesting. The latest is New Mexico Republican Heather Wilson, a moderate whose more-conservative opponent dropped out of the race this week. But that doesn’t mean the tea party doesn’t have its chances this year. The Club for Growth’s endorsement of Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock over Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) this week cements that race as the biggest...
  • GOP senators introduce new plan to overhaul Medicare ( transition to private insurance)

    02/16/2012 1:42:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Hotair ^ | 02/16/2012 | Tina Korbe
    Republicans Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Richard Burr (N.C.) today unveiled a plan to revamp Medicare that would accelerate a transition to private insurance, raise the benefit eligibility age and up the premiums paid by middle-class and upper-income seniors. (Avik Roy calls it "the best Medicare reform proposal yet.")Coburn said it best when he explained to The Washington Times why they decided to release the plan in an election year, when it's unlikely to actually go anywhere: "All of us in Congress are running around fixing everything except our biggest problem. If you don’t start fixing Medicare, you can't save...
  • Catholic League on Sebelius’s admission before a Senate committee

    02/16/2012 1:16:41 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 16, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf and Bill Donohue
    Yesterday I saw video clips of Kathleen Sebelius, catholic Dem who as Pres. Obama’s patsy is implementing his anti-Catholic agenda, testifying before a Senate committee. She admitted that the Administration did not to any significant degree consult with the US bishops before issuing their mandate. Of course, the Administration didn’t care what the bishops would have said. The President was going to do this no matter what.From The Catholic League: OBAMA MANDATE NEVER SCRUTINIZEDFebruary 16, 2012Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:Following her testimony yesterday before the Senate Finance Committee, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius...
  • GOP leader Fitzgerald sees recall elections moving ahead (WI)

    02/16/2012 8:59:34 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin State journal ^ | 2-15-12 | SCOTT BAUER
    The Republican leader of the state Senate said Friday he expects recall elections to proceed against three of his colleagues, despite challenges they made to thousands of signatures on petitions seeking their ouster from office. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he is hopeful, though, that his election can be blocked through the challenges he made to the Government Accountability Board on Thursday. As for the others, Fitzgerald said, "They're not even close." Fitzgerald was the only one of the four who clearly challenged more than enough signatures to void an election. But whether to reject the signatures is up to...
  • Rothenberg - Nevada, Massachusetts Key to Senate Control

    02/16/2012 2:14:42 AM PST · by SMGFan · 3 replies
    Roll Call ^ | February 16, 2012 | Stuart Rothenberg
    It is a little more than eight months until Election Day, but even now two Republican-held Senate seats look increasingly like the keys to whether Democrats can hold their narrow majority in November. ... With five Democratic seats at greatest risk — Nebraska, North Dakota, Missouri, Montana and Virginia — and another five definitely in play — New Mexico, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and Hawaii — the 2012 Senate landscape is stacked in the Republicans’ favor. ...
  • Was Santorum a Senate Spendthrift?

    02/15/2012 9:14:01 PM PST · by Shery · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 2/15/2012 | Jeffrey H. Anderson & Andy Wickersham
    Mitt Romney is now arguing that Rick Santorum’s record exposes him as one of those Republicans who “act like Democrats” once they get to Washington. Romney surrogate Tim Pawlenty adds that Santorum “clearly has been part of the big-spending establishment in Congress.” Another Romney surrogate, former senator Jim Talent, says of Santorum, “He certainly has been outspoken on social issues . . . but when you get outside those issues into fiscal, spending, regulatory issues, his record shows that he’s been in the liberal wing of the Republican party.” This is clearly emerging as one of Romney’s two prominent lines...
  • Reid to Allow Vote on Rescinding Contraception Rule

    02/15/2012 6:31:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 14, 2012 | Maggie Fox
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., relented on Tuesday and now says he’ll allow a Senate vote on an amendment that would reverse the White House’s controversial requirement that all insurers provide birth control free of charge to women. The proposal put forward last week by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., would exempt employers from providing any care they find immoral. It’s unlikely to pass the Senate, and Reid blocked the vote last week. But he gave in on Tuesday, providing a potential opportunity for his fellow Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska (a cosponsor of Blunt's amendment), Robert Casey of Pennsylvania,...
  • A Tea Party Senate Takeover

    02/15/2012 3:54:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | February 15, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    The tea party isn't dead. It's just looking down ballot. While fiscal conservatives remain split over the GOP presidential candidates, grassroots activists are coalescing around a stellar slate of limited-government candidates looking to reinforce and reenergize the right in Washington. And in the spirit of the modern-day tea party movement, no entrenched incumbent -- Democrat or Republican -- is safe. Utah was Ground Zero for the movement's first major electoral upset. In April 2009, this column first reported on a Salt Lake City tea party protest of 2,000 Utahans who repeatedly booed GOP Sens. Bob Bennett and Orrin Hatch for...
  • Up From Big Government Conservatism

    02/15/2012 3:42:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 15, 2012 | W. James Antle, III
    It was yet another embarrassing spectacle of Republicans squabbling over who was for big government first. Jim Talent, a former senator from Missouri acting as a surrogate for Mitt Romney, took Rick Santorum to task for voting for Medicare Part D while in the Senate in 2003. Medicare Part D was indeed an egregious example of federal government growth. It added at least $7 trillion to the already substantial unfunded liabilities of the Medicare system. The deficit-financed prescription drug benefit was also the biggest new entitlement program since the Great Society. On a media conference call, Talent described it as...
  • Birth control mandate repeal will get vote

    02/14/2012 4:00:17 PM PST · by LisaFab · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/14/12
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he'll let a bill that would repeal the White House's hot-button birth control mandate be brought up for a vote. Reid had criticized Senate Republicans for offering what he called "extraneous" amendments to the Senate's transportation bill but then said he had agreed to a vote on contraception mandate, The Hill reported. Read more:
  • VA Senate passed gas tax increase, with help from a few RINO's (SB631)

    02/14/2012 1:36:18 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 12 replies
    This bill will increase the VA gasoline tax by indexing it to the Producer Price Index. Click on the link to see the actual results....should be posted by tomorrow. The bill passed 26 to 14. Republicans voting FOR the gas tax included Blevins, Hanger, Norment, Ruff, Stosch, Wagner and Watkins. Their emails are listed below....
  • The Do-Nothing Senate (Memo to GOP candidates: Make Harry Reid an issue during the elections)

    02/14/2012 9:37:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/14/2012 | WILLIAM MCGURN
    Back in the dog days of George W. Bush's second term, when each month seemed to bring new lows for the president's approval ratings, there was almost always this consolation: The surveys would show that Congress was even less popular than he was. In general, that's going to be the advantage an executive enjoys over a collective body such as a legislature. Hence the decision by Barack Obama to take a page out of Harry Truman's 1948 playbook and campaign for re-election against a "do-nothing Congress." Given his record, it may be his wisest course. It's also a gift to...
  • Tell your VA Senator to vote NO on SB 631, a bill to hike gas taxes

    02/13/2012 10:36:58 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 27 replies
    It is amazing how much legislators forget while they are in Richmond. While their constituents are home balancing their budget and making do with much less, the Senate of Virginia is supporting efforts to increase taxes. This week, the Virginia State Senate will consider a bill that will increase the gas tax (SB 631). The sponsor of the bill calls this an “inflation adjustment,” but AFP-VA is calling this a tax increase on hard working families of Virginia. Increasing the gas tax will drive up consumer costs; unfairly hurting the less fortunate and the unemployed. Tell your Legislators you oppose...
  • Abandon ship: At least five Senate Democrats now oppose Obama’s new contraception rule

    02/09/2012 2:01:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/09/2012 | Allahpundit
    ABC says Lieberman, Manchin, Casey, and both Nelsons (Bill and Ben) have headed for the lifeboats, but I think that count’s already outdated. According to Fox News’s Chad Pergram, John Kerry also thinks the new rule “needs to be compromised, adjusted.” If all six vote with the GOP caucus to either repeal the rule or expand the conscience exemption, then McConnell starts with 53 votes, but since Scott Brown’s been desperate lately to show he’s as good a Democrat as Elizabeth Warren, in reality it’s probably only 52. Even with pressure mounting on swing-staters like Tester and McCaskill, it’s hard...
  • Senate 2014 Field Looks to Favor GOP

    02/08/2012 6:12:13 PM PST · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Roll Call ^ | February 8, 2012 | By Kyle Trygstad
    If Democrats are concerned about the lopsided Senate playing field this cycle, just wait until 2014. An early scan of next cycle’s Senate landscape paints a favorable picture for the GOP, which will defend 13 seats to Democrats’ 20. There is a noticeable dearth of competitive Republican seats, while several Democrats will be automatic targets based on geography.
  • Senate Democrats Say Obama ‘Reinforced’ His Stance on Contraception Mandate at Democratic Retreat

    02/08/2012 5:14:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    abc news ^ | 2/8/12 | Sunlen Miller
    President Obama “reinforced” his stance on the controversial contraception mandate while speaking at the Democrats’ annual retreat at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. today, Senate Democrats said. The retreat was closed to media. Following President Obama’s speech at the retreat, a small group of Senate Democrats, mostly women, left the retreat early in order to hold a news conference on Capitol Hill to counter the Republicans’ news conference today at which they called for the mandate to be overturned.
  • Sen. Fitzgerald plans enough challenges to derail recall

    02/08/2012 3:48:01 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-8-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Tuesday he will challenge thousands of signatures this week - enough to prevent a recall election against him if state officials agree. Fitzgerald made the comments Tuesday as the state Government Accountability Board disclosed it is considering using statistical sampling to determine how frequently duplicate names have appeared on petitions to recall Fitzgerald, Gov. Scott Walker and four other Republicans. The board's director, Kevin Kennedy, said the board is committed to creating a database of those who signed the Walker recall petitions to find people who may have signed twice. But the...
  • Reid’s floor maneuvers leave some Senate Democrats frustrated (RATS out of the loop)

    02/07/2012 6:41:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/07/12
    Reid’s floor maneuvers leave some Senate Democrats frustratedBy Alexander Bolton - 02/07/12 05:15 AM ET Some Democrats are grumbling over how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has run the floor this year. The frustration is felt mostly among junior lawmakers, who want more of a role in decision-making and have yet to resign themselves to the traditional pace of the Senate, where seniority rules and lawmakers often have to wait years to have significant influence. They say Reid’s style leaves them feeling out of the loop. Colleagues have second-guessed Reid’s decision to greenlight a deal with Republicans on the...
  • Senate Democrats divided over deep cuts to U.S. Postal Services

    02/06/2012 6:17:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/05/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats divided over deep cuts to U.S. Postal ServicesBy Alexander Bolton - 02/05/12 06:00 AM ET Senate Democratic lawmakers from rural states are balking at legislation from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that would let the U.S. Postal Service close thousands of offices. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has convened meetings of Senate colleagues and staffs to overhaul the bill, which he believes could lead to the eventual privatization of the postal service. The postal reform bill crafted by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) was expected to reach the Senate floor as soon as next week....
  • Reid: This year's budget is done (Lead RAT: no "need to bring a budget to the floor this year")

    02/03/2012 3:44:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/03/12 | Vicki Needham
    Reid: This year's budget is doneBy Vicki Needham - 02/03/12 06:00 PM ET Senate Democratic leaders on Friday said they do not intend to bring a fiscal 2013 budget up for a floor vote. "We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year — it's done, we don't need to do it," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters on Friday. Reid and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued that the debt-limit agreement in August directs spending for the next year and said Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) has already asked the heads of the...
  • Split-Ticket Extinction

    02/02/2012 9:50:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 2, 2012 | Reid Wilson
    Presidential approval ratings matter more than ever now that swing voters are going the way of the dodo bird. Once, in the time before super PACs and independent expenditures, before blogs and social media made even local elections a national sport, great herds of split-ticket voters roamed the plains. They voted easily for a Democrat for one office, a Republican for the next, with little consideration for future political scientists who would puzzle over their motives. But now, ravaged by decades of hyper-partisanship, the split-ticket voter is becoming an endangered species. For generations, voters handed presidential electors to one party...
  • Burns bows out of (Pennsylvania)Senate race

    02/02/2012 11:26:02 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    U.S. Senate hopeful Tim Burns of North Strabane Township exited the U.S. Senate race on Thursday. “Those leaders spoke on Saturday,” Burns said of the GOP endorsement, where committee members confirmed Gov. Tom Corbett’s choice. “ And while it may not have been the outcome I hoped for, I have always known it would be difficult to carry on without their support.”
  • Virginia Senate passes bill requiring women to undergo ultrasound before abortion

    02/01/2012 8:45:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/12 | Anita Kumar
    RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would require women to have an ultrasound before an abortion, the first of several legislative measures this year that are expected to dramatically alter abortion law in the state. Democrats and moderates in the Senate had rejected a similar bill each year for the past decade, arguing that the measure is designed to discourage women from the procedure. But now that the body is more conservative, abortion and other social legislation are back to the forefront. Republicans, in control of both chambers for only the second time
  • Vulnerable Senate Democrats take early fundraising lead over 2012 challengers

    02/01/2012 2:37:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/31/12 | Cameron Joseph
    Vulnerable Senate Democrats take early fundraising lead over 2012 challengersBy Cameron Joseph - 01/31/12 09:00 PM ET Six Democratic Senate incumbents facing tough reelection bids brought in big bucks in the final months of 2011. All of those vulnerable senators raised more than $1 million in the fourth quarter of last year, an early indication of strength for Democrats, who are defending control of the upper chamber. Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Jon Tester (Mont.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.) and Bill Nelson (Fla.) brought in between $1.1 million and $1.6 million apiece for their...
  • Projections for US Senate 2012 (vanity)

    01/27/2012 3:29:45 PM PST · by bksanders · 10 replies
    27 JAN 2012 | bksanders
    © mmxii ittm® Somewhere in Alabama: While I'm at it why not look at the Senate races? Clearly a GOP majority there will be icing on the cake. Without it America runs the risk of stagnation. So let's have a look. Again I'll preface this piece with the disclaimer that I know no more about the subject than you do. I just choose to voice my opinion. American Affairs offers a good look at the races in the 2012 Senate. While I read from this and similar sites I am not "tainted" by their views. I go with my gut....
  • Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks (After CIA worked as a senior Democrat Senate aide)

    01/23/2012 12:58:10 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post World ^ | 1/23/2012 | Greg Miller
    The Justice Department on Monday charged a former CIA officer with repeatedly leaking classified information, including the identities of agency operatives involved in the capture and interrogation of alleged terrorists. The case against John Kiriakou, who served as a senior Senate aide after ending his CIA career, extends the Obama administration’s unprecedented crackdown on disclosures of national security secrets to journalist. Kiriakou, who was among the first to go public with details about the CIA’s use of water-boarding and other harsh interrogation measures, was charged with disclosing classified information to reporters and lying to the agency about the origin of...
  • [U.S. Senate Candidate Linda] Lingle's debut: $1.7M

    01/25/2012 9:46:18 PM PST · by Proud2BAmerican · 5 replies · 1+ views
    POLITICO: David Catanese ^ | Jan. 25, 2012 | David Catanese
    Hawaii Senate candidate Linda Lingle is out of the gate with a towering fundraising haul: $1.7 million during her first quarter in the race. The sum is almost three times what Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee-favored candidate Mazie Hirono raised over the same period. Lingle's campaign notes that 44 percent of donations came from inside the Aloha State, a statistic that highlights the reach of her national fundraising base. The campaign statement does not list a cash on hand number; Hirono carried $1 million into the year. The National Republican Senatorial Committee's Brian Walsh chest-beats with a bit with context: "Governor...