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  • Howard Baker, Man in the Middle

    07/03/2014 6:09:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The news that Howard Baker had passed at the age of 88 set off a kaleidoscopic swirl of memories, impressions, recollections and reflections -- so many it was surprising, for he was not a particularly memorable politician, and certainly not a colorful one. On the contrary, Howard Baker's great strength was an ability to meld into the background, to mediate between the political stars of his time, to serve rather than lead, to be the gray between black and white opposites, always the man in the middle, the one in the background when a president signs a bill into...
  • These Senators Could Be in Ethics Trouble Over the IRS Scandal

    06/04/2014 6:29:29 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | june 4, 2014 | fred lucas
    The smoking gun in the IRS targeting scandal could be found in the Senate, one advocacy group says, pointing out a correspondence it believes pressured the tax agency to impose extra scrutiny on conservative groups as part of a Democratic election strategy in 2010 and 2012. The Center for Competitive Politics, which opposes campaign finance restrictions and other limits on political speech, filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against nine Democratic senators, most notably Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin of Illinois and Carl Levin of Michigan, for repeated lobbying of the IRS to probe conservative groups. It also...
  • Senators: Obama Broke the Law by Releasing ‘Taliban Dream Team’

    06/02/2014 11:53:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/2/14 | adam kredo
    Leading lawmakers on Monday called for an immediate investigation into the Obama administration’s controversial decision to release from prison five top Taliban leaders in exchange for an American prisoner that some troops have dubbed a “traitor.” Sen. Lindsay Graham (R., S.C.), in a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, requested that an immediate hearing be organized to examine if the Obama administration broke any laws by unilaterally releasing five top Taliban leaders in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years in captivity. Graham and other key lawmakers charge that the White House has jeopardized U.S. national...
  • Senators Raise Questions About Grid Vulnerability 'Leaks' to Media

    04/02/2014 12:50:15 PM PDT · by bonnieblue4me · 3 replies
    T&D World Magazine ^ | Mar 27, 2014
    Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today called on the Department of Energy’s inspector general to examine the leak of sensitive internal Federal Energy Regulatory Commission information on potential physical vulnerabilities of the nation’s electric grid.
  • Poll: John McCain’s low job approval

    03/06/2014 2:20:20 PM PST · by gooblah · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/6/14 12:30 PM EST | Tal Kopan
    Sen. John McCain is the least popular senator in the country of those surveyed by Public Policy Polling, with low marks from members of his own party, independents and Democrats. Just 30 percent of Arizona voters approve of the job the Republican senator is doing, while 54 percent disapprove, according to a PPP release Thursday. That is the worst of any senator’s polling in the nation that PPP has found. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/poll-john-mccains-low-job-approval-104355.html#ixzz2vDwQ2KMU
  • Poll: The least popular senator in America is…

    03/06/2014 1:48:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/06/2014 | AllahPundit
    To clarify, he’s the least popular incumbent in his home state among the many states that PPP has polled this year. This is a survey of Arizona, not of the entire U.S., in case that makes a difference to you. And maybe it should: A former national nominee would probably poll better nationally, based on pure name recognition (and maybe some sympathy for his defeat), than he might among locals who are following his Senate votes day to day.But let’s not let the fine print spoil this. At last, my friends, people of all partisan stripes have found something they...
  • Democrats Introduce Bill to ‘Protect Children’ From Electronic Cigarettes

    02/27/2014 8:04:02 AM PST · by Cheerio · 50 replies
    FreeBeacon ^ | February 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday that would ban marketing electronic cigarettes to teens. Despite their admission that the health implications of electronic cigarettes “are not yet clear,” Senators Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.), Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), Tom Harkin (D., Iowa), Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.), and Edward Markey (D., Mass.) introduced the bill to “protect children” from the smoking simulators.
  • Senators Demand FBI Head Answer Questions About Indictment of Dinesh D'Souza

    02/21/2014 9:49:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/21/14 | DANIEL HALPER
    Four United States Senators have a written a letter to FBI director James Comey about the indictment of author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza. Senators Charles Grassley, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee are the four senators, all Republicans, to have signed the letter. The letter quotes Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz as saying, "I can't help but think that [D'Souza's] politics have something to do with it. ... It smacks of selective prosecution." And, the senators write, "To dispel this sort of public perception that Mr. D'Souza may have been targeted because...
  • Democratic senators who won with Obama's help may not want it now

    02/11/2014 2:32:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/10/14 | Michael A. Memoli
    NASHUA, N.H. — For better or worse, they are the class of Obama. Eight Democratic senators swept into office partly on Barack Obama's 2008 coattails are facing their first reelection bid without the benefit of having the president on the ballot and at a time when his approval rating is near an all-time low. The future of the Senate, and President Obama's ability to push through an agenda during his final two years in office, rests largely on their fate. Democrats hold a five-seat Senate majority, when two independents aligned with the party are included. That means Republicans hoping to...
  • Ranking the Top 5 Senators Vulnerable in 2014 Primaries

    12/27/2013 10:56:17 AM PST · by secretsexposed89 · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/27/2013 | By Julie Sobel
    As we close out 2013, here's a look at the senators at risk of losing their primaries. It's worth noting that it's a relatively rare event for senators to fall in a primary—in 2012, only former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., lost to a primary challenger, and the previous cycle just Sens. Robert Bennet, R-Utah, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, did—though Murkowski came back and won reelection as a write-in candidate. So, keeping in mind that we predicted in our final Hotline Spotlight of the year that no Senate incumbent will lose a primary next year, here are the candidates who should...
  • Senators fight cuts to veteran benefits ahead of key budget test vote

    12/17/2013 6:11:47 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 67 replies
    AP and Fox News ^ | 17 Dec 13 | AP Staff
    <p>Republican senators were making a last-ditch bid to undo cuts to military retiree benefits in the House-passed budget deal ahead of a crucial vote Tuesday morning in the Senate.</p> <p>Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions filed an amendment late Monday to restore money that was cut from veteran and military retiree pension benefits by closing a loophole that allows illegal immigrants to qualify for child tax credits.</p>
  • Kerry to Senators on Iran: “Stop Listening to the Israelis”

    11/14/2013 7:03:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Front Page ^ | 11/14/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    Despite Obama Inc’s embarrassing attempt at selling out to Iran, an attempt that was averted only when France staged an intervention, while Iran laughed itself silly, it not only relaxed sanctions on Iran, but is furiously pressing the Senate against sanctions, despite Iran’s rush to the bomb. Kerry, fresh from threatening Israel with a Third Intifada and groveling to the Iranians so badly that the French had to step in, took point. Describing Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday, Kerry, a Senate aid told BuzzFeed that “every time anybody would say anything about ‘what would the Israelis...
  • Obama meets with GOP Senators raising hopes of deal to end government shutdown and debt ceiling

    10/11/2013 9:44:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/11/13 | David Martosko
    President Obama and senior Republicans were hoping to thrash out a deal to end the deadlock over the government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling time bomb today in a series of crunch talks. Obama was meeting with GOP Senators this morning, who have come up with their own plan to end the stand off, after talks with House Speaker John Boehner broke up with no agreement last night. In addition to ending the shutdown and increasing the debt limit, the proposal includes an easing of the across-the-board spending cuts that began taking effect a year ago, and replacing them...
  • Syria: Call Your Representatives - Phones are being answered on 2nd ring - Vanity

    09/06/2013 7:17:14 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 34 replies
    Self - Vanity | September 6, 2013 | Self
    Just called my two senators (Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker) and Representative (Steve Cohen). All phones were answered on the second ring. Please call your representatives voicing your concerns over Syrian conflict. Make sure you let them know that you know about the gas pipeline that Saudi Arabia and Qatar want to run through Syria and Assad won't let them. They want Obama to pimp our troops to do their fighting against Assad for the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda. All three who answered said the senators and representative were concerned about the use of chemical weapons and conflict spreading...
  • Look to the governors in 2016 (Not the Senators)

    08/18/2013 9:26:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier this week, CNN asked me to write an op-ed on Ted Cruz, and whether he’s a realistic contender for the presidency. My reaction: Of course he is — but probably not in 2016. And for that matter, neither are the Republicans who seem to get the most mention for that position: No one doubts that Cruz has a bright future in the Republican Party, but that doesn’t mean the future is now.Cruz, like Rubio and Rand Paul, have only barely arrived on the national stage and are many years younger than their sell-by date. None of the three has...
  • Straight Talk, Forked Tongue or Hot Air? John McCain Rides Again

    07/28/2013 8:52:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2013 | Brian Birdnow
    Last week the never-ending carnival known as American politics witnessed the return of one of its most talented barkers, the esteemed Arizona Senator and former Republican Presidential candidate John McCain. It may be inaccurate to speak of McCain’s return, since he had never actually left. More precisely, we are witnessing the return of John McCain, the media darling, and the liberals favorite self-styled conservative Republican. We know this as the result of a puff piece written by Washington Post political writer Dana Milbank, who interviewed McCain at the Russell Senate Office Building on Monday July 22nd. Milbank singled McCain out...
  • Time to Throw Out Second Best GOP Senators

    07/10/2013 5:17:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is a loyal Republican, a decent guy, and generally a good senator. He also needs to retire from the Senate because he is not good enough, and I don’t care if that makes him sad. The New York Times probably thought it was helping him recently when it ran an article about how Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz is planning to challenge him in the 2014 Republican primary. The Times hailed him as “a studious, low-key legislator who worked well with Senator Edward M. Kennedy,” and Enzi probably thinks that’s a compliment. For that reason alone he...
  • Senators Unaware of Potential Syrian Refugee Resettlement in U.S.

    06/14/2013 5:17:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/14/13 | Kerry Picket
    Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), two lawmakers who are part of the gang of eight immigration bill, are unaware of the administration's willingness to accept thousands of Syrian refugees into the United States. Rubio, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, told Breitbart News, “Well this country has a long history of asylum and taking people who are fleeing oppression. On the other hand, given the nature of the Syrian conflict, like any asylum seeker, that they be carefully vetted. That’s my initial take. It’s the first I’ve heard of it.” Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon have taken...
  • BEDFORD: A House Divided: The Wacko Birds and their war on DC

    06/10/2013 5:45:26 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/10/13 | Christopher Bedford
    There is rebellion afoot in the United States Senate. A new breed of conservatives and libertarians are loosed, unconcerned with The New York Times, unfettered by back-bench rank and unintimidated by Washington politics. Elected over the past three years, Republican Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz have had a meteoric impact in Washington, soaring to grassroots stardom, crashing into the Democratic majority and raining down on the old bulls of the Republican Party. Ads by GoogleDubbed “Wacko Birds” by top Republican John McCain, these three wear the senior Arizona senator’s scorn as a badge of honor. The Democrats...
  • Senate Dems Have as Much to Explain as the IRS (pols sicced IRS onto Tea Party)

    05/15/2013 2:41:50 PM PDT · by Liz · 8 replies
    usnews.com ^ | 5/14/13 | BRIAN WALSH
    With Washington gripped by a trio of exploding scandals – from Benghazi to government spying on news outlets, to thug tactics by the IRS – Senate Democrats seem to be hoping that if they just yell loud enough, voters will overlook a key role they played in at least one of them. The pols quickly sensed the political toxicity associated with Friday's admission by the IRS that they selectively targeted conservative organizations for special government scrutiny, and so Democrats didn't waste any time springing into action. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana, for example, vowed congressional hearings and...
  • Obama plays round of golf with 3 senators (WTF? Larry, Curly and Mo unavailable?)

    05/06/2013 2:13:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/6/13 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama took his congressional outreach effort to the green on Monday, playing a round of golf with a bipartisan trio of senators. Democrat Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado and Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Bob Corker of Tennessee joined Obama for a round at Maryland's Andrews Air Force Base, where Obama frequently plays golf on weekends with aides and friends. Under overcast skies, the three chatted casually with Obama, wearing a windbreaker and baseball cap. They putted on the first green before leaving the view of reporters on a pair of golf carts....
  • Aiming at a Compromise, 2 Senators Hit Bull's-eye

    04/14/2013 11:28:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    When Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., visited the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board in February, he essentially predicted that Washington would end up where it is today. Asked whether an assault weapons ban had a realistic chance of passage, the longtime gun owner, Vietnam vet and Democrats' point man on crafting legislation in the wake of the horrific Dec. 14 Sandy Hook shooting replied, "You don't think this whole thing's going to get through?" His apparent assessment was that it would not. With a foot in both the gun world and the sausage factory, Thompson has a keen sense of what...
  • The 16 Republicans Who Voted Against The Filibuster

    04/11/2013 10:26:25 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 99 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Apr 2013, 9:57 AM PDT | Debra Heine
    In response to Schumer-Toomey Gun Control Bill Gets 68 Votes for Cloture; Now Passes to Full Senate for Lay-Up Passage: Via Roll Call: The Republicans who voted against the filibuster are Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire Richard M. Burr of North Carolina Saxby Chambliss of Georgia Tom Coburn of Oklahoma Susan Collins of Maine Bob Corker of Tennessee Jeff Flake of Arizona Lindsey Graham of South Carolina Dean Heller of Nevada John Hoeven of North Dakota Johnny Isakson of Georgia Mark S. Kirk of Illinois John McCain of Arizona Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania Roger...
  • Filibustering senators under no obligation to 'play fair' to protect gun rights

    04/10/2013 11:48:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    examiner ^ | 4/10/13 | Kurt Hofmann
    With at least 14 United States senators (all Republicans), including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), having vowed to filibuster any proposed unconstitutional gun legislation (and given the Constitution's clear statement that the right to keep and bear arms is one that shall not be infringed, that would seem to indicate that all proposed gun legislation would be subject to filibuster), the forcible citizen disarmament advocates are growing louder and louder in their outrage. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), for example, speaking on the Senate floor Monday, said, "Shame on them," in reference to the senators planning a filibuster. From...
  • Dem Senators Vote to Keep WH Tours Closed

    03/20/2013 6:25:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 3/20/13 | Ben Shapiro
    While President Obama’s administration has suggested that the Secret Service is to blame for the closure of White House tours, the onus now falls on the Democrat-controlled Senate. On Wednesday, Democrats rejected a Republican attempt to reopen the White House tours in a straight party-line vote. 54 Democrats voted against reopening the tours. None have voted to defund President Obama’s golf trips. The amendment, sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn, required 60 votes to pass.
  • Obama Declines Lunch w/ GOP Senators 'cuz He Didn't Have His Royal Tester There!

    03/15/2013 2:15:51 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    NOT a joke... Yesterday Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) described an event she hosted: served at a working lunch with Obama on Capitol Hill, the menu came from her home state's University of Maine, inc. a recipe for healthy lobster salad/blueberry pie/etc that Collins pointed-out fit Moochelle's healthy food initiative guidelines- alas, Obama could only look 'longingly' at it, as he didn't have a 'taster' present.  She pointed-out directly to him that all present in the room were 'tasters', and if it was poisoned or something they'd have all already 'keeled over'... yet -after stating 'you have better food than the Democrats...
  • Senators Ask Hagel Whether the State Dept. Is Controlled By Israel

    02/15/2013 1:59:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/15/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Two U.S. senators have written a letter to Chuck Hagel to ask the defense secretary nominee to explain his assertion that "the State Department was becoming an adjunct of the Israeli Foreign Ministry." Hagel, the Washington Free Beacon reported yesterday, made the comment in 2007. "Dear Senator Hagel," Senators Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte write. "Yesterday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that in a 2007 speech at Rutgers University regarding America's relationship with the Middle East you remarked that 'the State Department was becoming an adjunct of the Israeli Foreign Ministry.' According to notes posted on the internet by a...
  • Tim Scott and Daniel Inouye Show a Better America

    12/20/2012 4:20:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Michael Barone
    On Monday, the U.S. Senate got its newest member and lost its most senior member. The newest senator is South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott, whom Gov. Nikki Haley said she would appoint to fill the vacancy caused by the pending resignation of Jim DeMint. The most senior senator was Hawaii's Daniel Inouye, who died at 88 just a few hours after Haley's announcement. Much has been made of the fact that Scott will be the only black senator and the first black Republican senator since Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, who was elected in 1966 and 1978. Haley noted that fact...
  • Jon Kyl, Kay Bailey Hutchison Unveil Alternative To DREAM Act

    11/27/2012 1:07:35 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    ABC News - Univision ^ | November 27, 2012 | Jordon Fabian
    .....The bill, introduced by Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Texas) and dubbed the ACHIEVE Act, would offer a pathway to permanent residency to young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents who are seeking a higher education or military service. The bill stops short of providing a separate pathway to citizenship..... Kyl and Hutchison said, however, that they have been working on the bill for about one year, well before the contours of the election took shape in full.To be eligible for legal status under the ACHIEVE Act, an applicant must have lived in the...
  • Benghazi documents available to senators only when they are out of to

    11/08/2012 11:02:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 11/8/12 | Josh Rogin
    Under pressure from senators, the State Department is allowing some lawmakers to look at cables and other documents related to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, but only today and tomorrow, when most senators are not in Washington. Congress is gearing up for a full week of Benghazi-related hearings next week, including a Nov. 13 hearing behind closed doors of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Chairman John Kerry (D-MA). Kerry has written two letters to the State Department requesting congressional access to information and documents related to the circumstances
  • The 19 most left-wing members of the U.S. Senate

    07/23/2012 8:54:13 PM PDT · by FL2012 · 16 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 23, 2012 | Robert Elliott
    According to the American Conservative Union, the following 19 Senators compiled the most left-wing voting record in 2011. These scores are based on 20 separate votes that were taken by the U.S. Senate in 2011. A score of 0.00 indicates that the senator voted against the conservative position in each of these 20 votes (in a few instances, the senator did not cast a vote).
  • Sea Treaty all but dead, 34 GOP senators oppose

    07/16/2012 1:14:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 103 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/16/12 | Donna Cassata - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A treaty governing the high seas is all but dead in the Senate as two Republican senators announced their opposition Monday, giving conservative foes the necessary votes to scuttle the pact. Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire — both mentioned as possible running mates for likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney — said they had serious concerns about the breadth and ambiguity of the Law of the Sea treaty and would oppose it if called up for a vote. The Constitution requires two-thirds of the Senate — 67 votes — to ratify...
  • GOP Senators Want IRS to Cite Legal Grounds for Demanding Donor Lists of Tea Party Groups

    06/19/2012 9:05:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/18/12 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – Senate Republicans want to know if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has any legal standing to demand donor information from various Tea Party and conservative groups, which the IRS apparently is pursuing. “We remain concerned that the IRS is requesting the names of donors and contributors to organizations that apply for tax-exempt status,” says the Senate letter sent to IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Schulman on Monday. “In doing so, the IRS appears to be circumventing the statutory privacy protections that Congress has long provided donors.” The letter is signed by Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah; Mitch McConnell...
  • Senate Democrats balk at ending Bush-era tax rates for wealthy (reelection problems)

    06/19/2012 2:52:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/19/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats balk at ending Bush-era tax rates for wealthyBy Alexander Bolton - 06/19/12 05:00 AM ET A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy unless Congress approves a grand bargain to reduce the deficit. At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out supporting a temporary extension of the Bush-era income tax rates, breaking with party leaders who have called for letting the rates expire for people earning more than $1 million per year. That gives Senate Republicans a chance to push a temporary extension...
  • Someone else needs Tea Party support in Wisconsin and we are there to help [TPX](Lt. Gov. Kleefisch)

    05/22/2012 10:01:07 AM PDT · by Syncro · 10 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | 05/22/2012 06:05:04 am | Tea Party Express HQ
    Someone else needs Tea Party support in Wisconsin and we are there to help - will you join us? . We have been telling you for month about the importance of defeating the union and liberal left led Recall against Gov. Walker, but there is someone else that needs our support that is facing a Recall of her own.  Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca KleefischGov. Walker's Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is facing a Recall of her own, that is independent of Gov. Walker's, that is being funded by the unions and the liberal left and with the election only 14...
  • GOP senators wonder: Am I next?

    05/09/2012 2:44:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/09/2012 | Manu Raju
    There’s a new rule in American politics: Republican senators and Senate hopefuls who are too close to Washington and show streaks of moderation are toast — or most certainly poised for a grilling of their lifetime. Call it the Mike Castle rule. Or the Bob Bennett rule. Or, now, the Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) rule of politics. Lugar’s Tuesday night blowout loss to Richard Mourdock is shocking to longtime fans and friends, but it’s hardly surprising to any student of Republican races in 2010 and 2012 — and to the 13 GOP senators taking stock of what all this means...
  • Democratic senators seek to curtail 'harmful impact' of super-PACs (Even the Occupy freeloaders?)

    03/13/2012 4:09:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/13/12 | Rachel Leven
    Democratic senators seek to curtail 'harmful impact' of super-PACsBy Rachel Leven - 03/13/12 05:14 PM ET Seven Democratic senators have created a task force aimed at mitigating the impact on elections of a 2010 Supreme Court decision, the senators announced Tuesday. The senators formed the group last year in response to the high court's ruling in the Federal Election Commission (FEC) v. Citizens United, which allows certain political action groups to accept unlimited contributions from corporations and unions. The court decision led to the creation of so-called super-PACs, which have the right to make unlimited expenditures for or against political...
  • GAB: No WI Senate recall decisions until March 12

    02/25/2012 3:02:33 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-23-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — The Government Accountability Board doesn’t plan to rule on the validity of state Senate recall petitions until March 12, in hopes that any recall elections ordered can be scheduled for the same election day. “We believe this approach is better for the taxpayers, because it reduces the costs of conducting multiple elections, and better for the voters because it avoids possible confusion about who is on the ballot and for what office,” GAB Director Kevin Kennedy wrote in a letter last Friday to the Wisconsin County Clerks Association and the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association. “We also believe it...
  • GOP Senate leader expects 3 recalls to proceed

    02/11/2012 3:54:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    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...
  • Senators challenge recall signatures in Wisconsin

    02/10/2012 10:06:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-10-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — The challenges begin. Four Republican state senators targeted for recall filed challenges late Thursday, contesting signatures collected on petitions in the campaign. Just how many challenges were filed was unclear late Thursday — the candidates weren’t talking and the Government Accountability, or GAB, was busy filing the challenge documents. State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, in an earlier news release, said he would contest 4,300 signatures as invalid, more than meeting the threshold to halt a recall election. The Committee to Recall Scott Fitzgerald needed to collect 16,742 signatures from the 13th Senate District electorate to force a recall....
  • Madison-based Appeals court vacates order on the review of recall petitions (WI)

    02/04/2012 11:51:47 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 2-3-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - A state Court of Appeals on Friday vacated an order requiring election officials to more aggressively check for duplicate and fictitious signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker. The Madison-based appeals court took that step because it found the trial court judge had improperly barred Democratic recall committees from intervening in the case brought by the Republican governor. Walker's campaign in December sued the state Government Accountability Board, arguing it did not plan to do enough to find duplicate and fictitious names on the petitions. The recall groups tried to intervene in the case, but Waukesha County Circuit Judge...
  • The petitioners: How 4 political novices drove the recall movement

    02/01/2012 3:40:45 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 2-1-12 | JESSICA VANEGEREN
    Last Oct. 3, four people who had met by chance seven months earlier sat down together over Mexican food to hash out when to launch the recall effort against Gov. Scott Walker. These board members of United Wisconsin, the political action committee created with the sole purpose of recalling the governor, along with founder Michael Brown via conference call, spent two and a half hours weighing the pros and cons of a decision that would pit the fervent hopes of thousands of deeply alienated Wisconsin citizens against a governor with fundraising prowess and an unflappable commitment to his conservative agenda....
  • Dems unveil recall candidates in three Senate races

    01/31/2012 8:20:19 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-31-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison -- Democrats on Tuesday announced three of four of their candidates for likely Senate recalls. The lineup is largely as expected: Former Sen. John Lehman will run against Sen. Van Wanggaard of Racine; Rep. Donna Seidel will run against Sen. Pam Galloway of Wausau; and former Rep. Kristen Dexter will run against Sen. Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls. Lehman served in the Senate for one term but was defeated in November 2010 by Wanggaard. "With the announcement today of Kristin Dexter, Donna Seidel and John Lehman as candidates to replace Walker's blindly loyal lieutenants, Democrats are poised to complete...
  • Recall-targeted senators say they collectively have $734,000 for campaigns

    01/20/2012 2:55:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The four Republican Wisconsin state senators targeted for recall said Thursday that collectively they have about $734,000 in the bank to fight efforts to remove them from office. ~snip~ Recall organizers submitted more than enough signatures on Tuesday to force elections in all four districts. State elections officials are in the process of verifying those signatures, which could take months. It's not known when any elections may be but most expect them to be in the spring or summer. Under state law, anyone targeted for recall can raise unlimited amounts until an election is certified. In regular elections, donations are...
  • Senators warn new EPA rules would raise gas prices

    01/13/2012 6:17:29 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 22 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | January 13, 2012 | Judson Berger
    Snips from Excerpt Only Website: Senators from both sides of the aisle are warning that looming EPA regulations on gasoline could impose billions of dollars in additional costs on the industry and end up adding up to 25 cents to every gallon of gas.  Citing the nearly $3.40-a-gallon average price of gas and the state of the economy, the senators said "now is not the time for new regulations that will raise the price of fuel even further." 
  • Is the Democrats’ Attempt To Recall Scott Walker A Mistake?

    12/17/2011 9:15:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    Powerline ^ | 12-16-11 | John Hinderaker
    The national labor unions have accumulated more than 500,000 signatures on their petition to recall Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, so they are getting close. There is no process, apparently, for validating the signatures, so it is impossible to say how many are fraudulent. But it seems probable that one way or another, a recall election will take place in May. Will that election be a triumph for the Democrats? Ann Althouse thinks not: Let’s assume the signature-gatherers hit the mark and trigger a recall. Walker can only be removed if the Democrats come up with an opponent who beats...
  • Senators Propose Law to Make Fake Maple Syrup a Felony Offense

    10/26/2011 3:06:20 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/26/11 | Anon (staff)
    Senators from maple syrup-producing states are seeking a law to make selling the fake stuff a punishable offense. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, proposed legislation Thursday to make selling fraudulent maple syrup a felony. The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is called the Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement (MAPLE) Act. Leahy stated in a press release that he is alarmed at the increasing number of people and businesses claiming to sell Vermont maple syrup but actually selling something "that is not maple syrup at all." "This is fraud, plain and simple, and it undermines...
  • Senators urge baseball to ban tobacco (for the children)

    10/18/2011 10:24:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    KATC ^ | 10/18/11
    Senators urge baseball to ban tobaccoPosted: Oct 18, 2011 11:58 AM by AP WASHINGTON (AP) - Four U.S. senators and health officials from the cities hosting the World Series are urging the baseball players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera. The senators, including No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, and health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas, made the pleas in separate letters, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals begins in St. Louis Wednesday night. "When players use smokeless...
  • Senators propose amendment to prevent flag burning

    06/16/2011 10:20:44 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/15/11 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, respectively, on Tuesday introduced an amendment to the Constitution that would allow Congress to pass laws preventing the physical desecration of the American flag. Tuesday was Flag Day. The two senators have introduced this legislation in the past, and believe that an amendment is needed in order to give Congress the right to protect the flag. Hatch explained on Tuesday that under a 1990 Supreme Court ruling, burning or destroying the flag is protected speech, and that any law against these actions...
  • (30) Dem senators want to warn states against targeting Planned Parenthood

    05/28/2011 6:09:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/27/11 | Stephanie Condon
    Dem senators want to warn states against targeting Planned ParenthoodPosted by Stephanie Condon May 27, 2011 10:10 AM Thirty Democratic senators sent a letter to the Obama administration on Thursday, urging them to warn Medicaid directors at the state level that it's against the law to block Medicaid funds or Title X family planning funds from going to clinics that provide abortion services, like Planned Parenthood. The letter comes in response to Indiana's new law, which took effect May 10, barring state agencies from entering contracts with or giving grants to entities (besides hospitals) that perform abortions. Republican lawmakers in...