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  • New House Ratings Ride a Republican Tide

    05/15/2010 11:10:25 AM PDT · by randita · 9 replies · 808+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 5/15/10 | Bob Benenson
    New House Ratings Ride a Republican Tide By Bob Benenson, CQ-Roll Call Senior Elections Analyst For the Democrats who control Congress, the outlook for this year’s midterm elections is the evil twin of the one they enjoyed in each of the past two election cycles — as CQ Politics’ latest race rating revisions underscore. In 2006 and 2008, Democrats surged in response to the collapse of President George W. Bush ’s popularity, and Republicans had to walk away from many efforts to challenge for what could have been vulnerable Democratic seats. This year, the voter backlash is against President Barack...
  • Kos poll: Burns by six (PA-12 Special Election)

    04/30/2010 10:58:09 AM PDT · by randita · 16 replies · 815+ views
    Politico ^ | 4/30/10 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    Kos poll: Burns by six By: Josh Kraushaar April 30, 2010 12:59 PM EDT Weighed down in his district by low presidential favorability ratings and a health care law that's unpopular there, Pennsylvania Democrat Mark Critz now trails by six points in next month's special election for the seat of the late Rep. John Murtha, according to a Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll released Friday. Critz, who served on Murtha's staff before the congressman's death, takes 40 percent of the vote in the poll compared with 46 percent for Republican businessman Tim Burns. The poll shows President Barack Obama's favorability number...
  • Cash pours in for Murtha's top aide in Pa. race for seat

    04/26/2010 9:00:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies · 818+ views
    WaPo ^ | April 26, 2010 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Many of the defense contractors that benefited from the late Rep. John Murtha's power to dole out Pentagon contracts are lining up to help elect his top aide to the seat. Defense contractors, local business officers and lobbyists that relied on earmarked federal contracts from Murtha (D-Pa.) recently chipped in $142,400 to elect Mark Critz, an analysis by The Washington Post shows. Those donations made up more than 52 percent of the individual contributions that Critz raised in the first-quarter of 2010 as he seeks to replace his late boss, new campaign records reveal. Critz is a friendly face to...
  • (Election Projection) Rating change: GOP projected to win Murtha's seat (5/12 Special Election)

    04/26/2010 5:57:24 AM PDT · by randita · 38 replies · 1,102+ views
    Election Projection ^ | 4/25/10 | staff
    Sunday, April 25, 2010 Rating change: GOP projected to win Murtha's seat With the Pennsylvania preview comes one more projected GOP takeover. On May 18th, a special election will be held to fill the seat vacated by John Murtha's unexpected passing. The pundits call it a toss-up, but polls give Republican Tim Burns an slight edge over Democrat Mark Critz. As a result, the race moves to a Weak GOP Gain. I'm looking forward to seeing if the momentum displayed in Massachusetts in January will still be going strong in May in southwestern Pennsylvania. This change brings the projected House...
  • Republicans: Focus on 2010 elections, not 2012

    04/10/2010 1:36:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 491+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/10 | Steve Holland
    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Republican leaders urged party loyalists on Saturday to concentrate on winning seats in November congressional elections and worry later about who to pick to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. "Don't get distracted by 2012," Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour told the Southern Republican Conference, a four-day pep rally that is hearing from several potential 2012 candidates, Barbour included. "The election we've got to be focused on is 2010. We can't wait until 2012 to start taking our country back," he said. Republicans are energized in opposition to Obama's agenda and harbor hopes of wresting the U.S....
  • Per NRO: Nye a No

    03/21/2010 3:02:38 AM PDT · by LS · 35 replies · 2,010+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 3/20/2010 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Glenn Nye, D-VA has announced a no vote on the health care bill. Was he an expected no? According to Lopez late last night, Stupak appeared to be holding firm.
  • Ike Skelton (D), HASC Chairman, admits Obamacare doesn't protect servicemembers, families

    03/19/2010 10:13:55 PM PDT · by No Longer Free State · 62 replies · 2,711+ views
    Skelton Press Release ^ | March 18, 2010 | Rep Skelton
    Skelton to Introduce Legislation to Protect TRICARE Washington, D.C.—Today, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the statement below regarding his intent to introduce legislation to explicitly state in law that TRICARE and the DOD nonappropriated fund (NAF) health plans meet all of the health care requirements currently under consideration by Congress for individual health insurance. These programs provide health coverage to members of the military and their families, military retirees and their families, and employees of U.S. military post/base exchanges and other nonappropriated fund activities. “Our nation’s military provides us with first-class protection, and it is our...
  • Shuler says he will vote no on health care reform

    03/19/2010 3:25:51 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 86 replies · 3,625+ views
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  • ObamaCare in the U.S. (Slaughter) House

    03/15/2010 4:49:15 PM PDT · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 17 replies · 397+ views ^ | 3/15/2010 | Peter Andrew
    "Without the votes to pass the Senate version of the ObamaCare Nightmare, you have to wonder why House Democrats are so giddy. All smiles, they promise to pass ObamaCare this week. One has to wonder if Nancy Pelosi and her pals are going to bypass going Nuclear and instead use the "Slaughter" Cheat to pass Socialist Health Care... ...The Slaughter Cheat involves the House first passing the bill to "fix" the Senate bill they never approved, and then changing the rules for a moment and declaring that the approval of the "fix" bill means that they have automatically passed the...
  • Slaughter Preps Rule To Avoid Direct Vote On Senate Bill (House to pass ObamaCare without vote!)

    03/10/2010 1:08:06 PM PST · by Pilsner · 80 replies · 3,965+ views
    National Journal via NRO's The Corner ^ | 10 March 2010 | Anna Edney, with Billy House and Dan Friedman contributing
    Democracy by Slaughter [Daniel Foster] The sense around here for the last week or so has been that "only the House vote matters" in deciding the fate of Obamacare. But what if the Democrats can pass the bill with no House vote at all? Astoundingly, House Democrats appear to be preparing to do just that: House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter is prepping to help usher the healthcare overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote on the Senate overhaul bill, the chairwoman said Tuesday. Slaughter is weighing preparing a rule that would consider the Senate bill passed once...

    03/09/2010 6:42:27 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 233 replies · 2,687+ views ^ | 3/9/2010 | Matt Drudge
    Just as the healthcare drama in the capitol reaches a grand finale, congressional officials are warning employees to avoid the DRUDGE REPORT! The Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works issued an urgent email late Monday claiming the DRUDGE REPORT is 'responsible for the many viruses popping up throughout the Senate.' The committee ordered hill staff: 'Try to avoid' the DRUDGE REPORT 'for now'. On Monday DRUDGE served over 29 million pages with NOT ONE email complaint received about 'pop ups', or the site serving 'viruses'. The site was seen 149,967 times since March 1st from users at and...
  • 'Trust' Gap Between House, Senate Dems Hurting Health Care Push

    03/07/2010 10:48:19 AM PST · by SmartInsight · 13 replies · 163+ views
    FoxNews ^ | March 7, 2010 | FoxNews
    House Democrats' distrust of the Senate is turning up as a major roadblock to passing health care reform. And they're playing right into Republicans' hands. With President Obama pushing anew to pass the health care package through Congress in the coming weeks, several House Democrats have voiced concern that the Senate could betray them if they go along and pass its version of the health bill. Trust is such a key factor because the end game for health care reform involves House lawmakers passing the Senate-passed bill, and then crossing their fingers in hopes that the Senate will follow up...
  • Rep. Anh 'Joseph' Cao's fundraising suffers after voting for health care bill

    02/24/2010 11:44:17 AM PST · by abb · 20 replies · 754+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | February 24, 20101 | Ben Evans
    The lone Republican lawmaker to support Democratic health care legislation has seen his fundraising drop by nearly 40 percent since his vote, and he is quickly burning through a dwindling bank account after resorting to a costly national fundraising operation. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, the unlikely congressman from New Orleans, is facing the perils of bipartisanship unlike any other lawmaker in Washington -- trying to please a heavily Democratic constituency while relying on core conservatives for money to fuel his campaign. Although Republican leaders have continued supporting Cao with money from their campaign committees despite his health care position, the...
  • Weekly Standard: Don't support these people

    01/22/2010 10:04:53 AM PST · by bmweezer · 14 replies · 966+ views
    The GOPNation ^ | January 22, 2010 | Bryan Wolfe
    The Weekly Standard has come out and bashed J Street and its list of early 2010 endorsements. Basically it boils down to this: if J Street is endorsing them, we GOPers should not: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-07) Rep. Michael Capuano (MA-08) Rep. Lois Capps (CA-23) Rep. Russ Carnahan (MO-03) Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09) Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53) Rep. William Delahunt (MA-10) Rep. Donna Edwards (MD-04) Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05), Sen. Russ Feingold (WI) Rep. Bob Filner (CA-51) Rep. Barney Frank (MA-04) Rep. Charles Gonzalez (TX-20) Rep. Deborah Halvorson (IL-11) Rep. Jim Himes...
  • EDITORIAL: Special protection for Black Panthers--The Justice Dept is institutionalizing discrim..

    01/15/2010 9:11:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 1,181+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2010 | Editorial
    Racial cowardice, thy name is Eric Holder. For those who don't remember, Attorney General H. Holder Jr. had the gall last February to claim that Americans form "a nation of cowards" with regard to racial issues. Saying that this nation must examine its "racial soul" and that "we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race," Mr. Holder explicitly vowed to "have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us." In that same context, he also vowed repeatedly last year to "restore" the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to a supposedly renewed focus...
  • Boehner calls on Rangel to step down from Ways and Means chairmanship

    09/04/2009 3:37:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 1,184+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2009 | Susan Crabtree
    House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has renewed his call for Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. “When it comes to the relationship between the American people and those they elect to serve them, trust is everything,” Boehner wrote in a letter to Rangel sent Friday. “This is especially true at a difficult time such as this for our nation, when Americans are looking to their government for leadership and solutions, and finding both in short supply. “For this reason, I am writing to again respectfully urge that you step aside as...
  • Sorry, Charlie Rep. Rangel must step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

    09/04/2009 12:45:18 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 22 replies · 1,042+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 3, 2009
    FOR POLITICIANS with major bad news to release or to make public, there's no time like the dead of August to do it. The thinking goes that the public won't remember a thing come September. We hope Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) will have no such luck. His belated revelation of previously unreported income, property and bank accounts demands that he step aside as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Rangel's amended financial disclosure form, which exposes omissions from his 2002 through 2006 records, is a treasure trove of outrage. He neglected to report a checking account...
  • As Ethics Issues Swirl, the House Finally Has the Right Process

    08/05/2009 9:35:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 453+ views
    Rollcall ^ | August 5, 2009 | Norman Ornstein
    Last week, the Washington Post had a story discussing potential conflicts of interest of the members of the House ethics committee over its investigation of alleged earmark irregularities linked to the lobbying firm PMA Group. PMA has close ties to a number of Members of Congress, including the powerful chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.). It turns out that the 10 members of the ethics panel have requested a number of earmarks from Murtha’s subcommittee. Let me start by saying that I have met with the chairwoman and ranking member of the Committee on Standards...
  • US House pumps 2 bln dollars into 'cash for clunkers'

    07/31/2009 12:55:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 967+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives voted Friday to pump another two billion dollars into a program that lets consumers trade in gas-guzzling cars and trucks for more efficient vehicles. Lawmakers voted 316-109 to prime the "cash-for-clunkers" program with monies taken from a giant economic stimulus package approved in early 2009 after the vastly popular effort burned through one billion dollars in its first week. The measure must now clear the US Senate, where its fate is far less clear, amid disputes on whether to require higher fuel efficiency and greater emissions reductions before extending the campaign. The...
  • What on Earth is Going on in the U.S. House?

    07/23/2009 6:23:01 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 10 replies · 771+ views
    Columbia Conservative Examiner ^ | July 23, 2009 | Anthony G. Martin
    To claim that the Congress is being run by an ape-wild gang of ring-tailed baboons going on a pilfering and plundering spree would be a gross understatement. They flush taxpayer dollars down the toilet faster than Joe Biden can reel off a string of foot-in-mouth inaccuracies. This is true with both the House and the Senate. However, at least on the House side, the Democratic leadership is not only exhibiting the pillage habits of zoo animals but the ethics and fairness of the Chicago mob.