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  • Oh Look, Senate Democrats Now Causing Abortion Ruckus Over House Medicare Deal

    03/21/2015 5:42:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    What is it with this party? Senate Democrats have really personified the “you shall not pass” war cry for anything abortion-related as of late. First, they’re filibustering what was an extremely bipartisan bill to combat human trafficking until their staffs missed the non-controversial Hyde Amendment language, which was added as a rider (standard operating procedure for most spending bills) to the law. Democrats knew this language was going to be in the law because Republicans told them months in advance. Heck, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) aide found the language, but failed to inform the senator before the bill went to the judiciary committee...
  • McConnell Urges States to Help Thwart Obamas War on Coal

    03/19/2015 7:46:25 PM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    nytimes ^ | March 19, 2015 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has begun an aggressive campaign to block President Obamas climate change agenda in statehouses and courtrooms across the country, arenas far beyond Mr. McConnells official reach and authority. The campaign of Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is aimed at stopping a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring states to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, the nations largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Once enacted, the rules could shutter hundreds of coal-fired plants in what Mr. Obama has promoted as a transformation of the nations energy economy away from fossil...
  • White House Faults G.O.P. Senators Letter to Irans Leaders

    03/09/2015 12:03:05 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 9, 2015 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON The White House on Monday sharply rebuked nearly four dozen Republican senators who sent a letter to Iranian leaders just as nuclear negotiations reach a pivotal moment, characterizing the correspondence as an illegitimate interference in President Obamas foreign policy. The letter, signed by 47 Republican senators and addressed to leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, suggested that the Iranian leaders might not understand the American system and warned them that any deal Mr. Obama and other world leaders might reach on the future of its nuclear program would be reversible without congressional approval. Josh Earnest, the White...
  • AP sources: Edwards to seek Maryland Senate seat (Donna Eddwards, Barbara Mikulski)

    03/09/2015 8:51:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 11:40 AM EDT | Erica Werner
    Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland intends to join the race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, hoping to become the first African-American elected to the Senate from her state, according to officials familiar with her plans. Edwards would become the second member of the states House delegation to announce her intentions to run for the Senate. Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen joined the race last week. No Republican has yet stepped forward to run for a seat in a Democratic state.
  • 47 Republicans May Have Just Broken the Law By Writing An Outrageous Letter To Iran

    03/09/2015 8:22:20 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 67 replies
    The Daily Banter ^ | 03/09/2015 | Michael Luciano
    Just whenyou thoughtcongressionalRepublicans couldnt look any more like atroupeof treacherousclowns hellbent on circus-ifying anything President Obama tries to do, they pull another bag of tricks from the trunk of their tinycar.On Monday, 47 Republican senators signed an open letter addressed to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran on U.S. Senate letterhead. The correspondence basically indicated that Irans ongoing negotiations on its nuclear program with the Obama administration arean all but futile endeavor.The weirdest thing about the letter other than the fact that it was written in the first place is that it doesnt address anything specific...
  • Did political speech cop Russ Feingold violate the federal Hatch Act?

    03/06/2015 7:20:50 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-5-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold is doing more than dropping hints that he may seek another run at the seat from which he unceremoniously dumped during the conservative revolution of 2010. Multiple media accounts assert the Wisconsin Democrat has been reaching out to supporters possibly potential donors in recent weeks to feel out a 2016 Senate bid against first-term Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. But is the man whose name is synonymous with campaign finance reform and expansive political speech policing violating the long-standing federal Hatch Act, which limits executive branch employees like Feingold from politicking...
  • Cuccinelli rips Republicans: 'They don't have any backbone!'

    02/26/2015 9:42:44 PM PST · by Perseverando · 30 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2015 | Greg Corombos
    Ken Cuccinelli Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli calls Senate Republicans decision to push Homeland Security funding that includes money for President Obamas amnesty a total surrender that proves GOP leaders really dont have any backbone. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., decided earlier in the week to stop pushing a Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, appropriations bill that strictly forbids funding for Obama administration executive action on immigration in 2012 and 2014. With Democrats blocking debate, McConnell agreed to bring a clean bill forward in exchange for Democrat promises to vote on a separate bill to defund...
  • Socialist Bernie Sanders on single payer: Will you believe me or the tidal wave of red ink?

    02/26/2015 8:04:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/26/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Socialists, Democrats, Communists and liberals rely on people being kept in the dark about their policies. Things are so much easier for them that way. When the media never asks inconvenient questions, any chance of the truth getting out is generally non-existent. But when the bottom publically falls out of one of their fake benefits it becomes impossible for these people to keep us in the dark. When the Berlin Wall was coming down the Communists were still telling people to go back to work at their useless factories where they were making useless commodities no one wanted; but the...
  • Condoleezza Rice Leads Race to Replace Barbara Boxer in CA

    02/18/2015 9:31:56 AM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    breitbart ^ | Feb. 18, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    The leader in the race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in Americas most liberal state is Republican Condoleezza Rice, according to a new Field Poll released Wednesday. Rice, the former Secretary of State and Stanford don, is backed by 49% of votersahead of Attorney General Kamala Harris, the liberal Democrat who was the first to declare. The poll, which sampled 972 likely voters in California, presented respondents with a list of 18 potential candidates and asked if they would be inclined or not inclined to vote for that person, with no limit on the number they could...
  • State Senator Authors Resolution To Repeal Indiana's Ratification Of 17th Amendment

    02/10/2015 9:45:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    WBAA Public Radio ^ | February 9, 2015 | Network Indiana
    An Indiana state senator wants to change the way US senators are elected. Until the 17th Amendment was ratified a century ago, senators weren't elected directly, but by state legislatures. Charlestown State Senator Jim Smith says the idea was to make senators responsive to their states concerns. He argues the switch to direct election has contributed to a shift in the balance of power from the states to the federal government. Smith says its separated senators from state concerns and made it harder to remove them. "As the needs of the state of Indiana change," says Smith,"then we would essentially...
  • The Senate just advanced the Keystone pipeline bill and will pass it later today

    01/29/2015 11:02:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 29, 2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Senate on Thursday took a major step toward passing legislation that would approve the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline. After weeks of considering Republican and Democratic amendments to the bill, Republicans finally found enough Democrats to get over a procedural obstacle that required 60 votes. The Senate voted 62-35 in favor of ending debate on the bill, which will allow the Senate to pass the bill later in the day. The Senate will pass the Keystone XL pipeline bill Thursday afternoon, delivering a victory to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas.). Image: AP Photo/J. Scott...
  • Feinstein's Folly

    12/15/2014 8:23:54 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/15/2014 | Charlie Daniels
    Furthermore, Ms. Feinstein seems to have no regard for thousands of American lives around the world she has put in jeopardy or the droves of new recruits ISIS will enlist because of her reckless actions. She has singlehandedly hogtied the CIA, who, by the way, vehemently disagree with this report (the methods were even defended to a degree by Obamas CIA head, John Brennan), and was put together totally by Democrats, without even interviewing the persons who would have been able to refute their claim that the enhanced interrogation techniques did not provide information that foiled other attacks...
  • Virginia Senate Candidate Honors Hamas Associate

    10/26/2011 5:14:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 25, 2011 | Ryan Mauro
    On September 25, the 23rd Arab-American Candidates Night Dinner was held in Virginia, attended by 46 Democrats and Republicans seeking office, with former governor and current Democratic Senate candidate, Tim Kaine, as a major speaker. The dinner honored a top Muslim Brotherhood official affiliated with Hamas named Jamal Barzinji, an inconvenient and overlooked fact for Kaines campaign team. Tim Kaine was the governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010 and then was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was on the short-list to become President Obamas running mate. He is now running for Senate and will likely face...
  • Harry Reid Begins Bid for 6th Term With Fundraising Blitz

    01/12/2015 10:58:10 AM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan. 12, 2015 | James Morrison
    Battered and bruised physically as well as politically, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, 75, is still planning to run for re-election next year, even as Republicans target him as the "most vulnerable" senator "right now." Despite serious injuries from an exercise accident, Reid is working with allies to launch a fundraising blitz with a big campaign event this month and three in February, Politico reports. The Nevada Democrat told Las Vegas radio station KNPR he is planning to run for a sixth term in 2016 and is confident that he can lead the Democratic minority through the next two years....
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer will retire after term ends in 2016

    01/08/2015 8:34:45 AM PST · by PROCON · 59 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Jan. 8, 2015 | Carolyn Lochhead
    WASHINGTON Sen. Barbara Boxer, Californias junior senator since her election in 1992 and a former Marin County supervisor, announced Thursday that she will not run for re-election when her term expires in 2016. Boxer, 74, made her decision public via a video release with her grandson Zach Rodham.
  • Mitch McConnell is off to a bitter start

    01/08/2015 1:14:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    "................McConnell took the Senate on the low road. He stood still at his desk, lips pursed, clearing his throat often, and reading a grim message. “Moment of great anxiety . . . lost faith in their government . . . no longer trust Washington . . . losing health plans after being told otherwise . . . rising medical costs . . . difficult just to get by . . . world filled with chaos . . . autocrats scoffing at a superpower that doesn’t seem to have a real plan.” “Confidence in the American dream has plunged,” McConnell said, pointing an index finger downward. “Anxiety about the type of country we leave to...
  • Will the Senate threaten the 2nd Amendment?

    12/21/2014 9:07:07 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 36 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/21/14 | Doug Book
    The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty goes into effect on December 24th. Through that date, Coach is Right will provide background and current information concerning the dangers this treaty poses to the American people and their freedom. President Obama has been re-elected since this piece was written and Republicans secured a massive, midterm victory in 2014. The midterm results should guarantee an incoming Senate that would not ratify the Arms Trade Treaty. But conservative voters were certainly betrayed by the vote of the Republican House on the Omnibus Spending Bill a few days ago. First published on July 13, 2012...
  • GOP hits the brakes on Obama nominees

    12/12/2014 12:39:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans are throwing up obstacles to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reids (D-Nev.) plans to confirm a batch of executive and judicial branch nominees this weekend. Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said if Reid wants to confirm 12 pending federal district judges, he will have to run them through the regular floor process, which could take days. Grassley noted that Republicans dont have enough votes to block the judicial nominees but they can drag out the process, which may force Reid to bring the Senate in next week if he wants to get the...
  • Should Ted Cruz Delay The Omnibus Bill 30 Hours By Forcing Reid To Hold A Cloture Vote?

    12/12/2014 9:21:59 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    12/12/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If some (i.e. Harry Reid) in the Senate seek unanimous consent to go straight to a vote on Cronybus, but Cruz (and others who may wish to join him) delay this move by forcing Reid to hold a cloture vote - and thus stall the vote in the Senate on Cronybus by 30 hours - would you support this if it led to a short-term funding measure? While this move may upset Boehner, who has now bent his will to Obama's desire, would you support Cruz (or whomever may wish to do this - Warren?) doing this?
  • Reid threatens to extend lame-duck

    12/01/2014 1:22:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2014 | Ramsey Cox
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned senators that they might have to stay in session through the week of Dec. 15. In comments on the floor, Reid said he hoped the Senate could avoid staying at work the week before Christmas, but warned an additional week of work was possible. We have a lot to do and not a lot of time to accomplish it, Reid said. We might have to be here the week before Christmas, however Mr. President, not into the Christmas holiday. Both the House and Senate are scheduled to recess for the year by Dec....
  • Landrieu demands Cassidy produce disputed LSU timesheets

    11/28/2014 3:36:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 28, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is demanding Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) bring time sheets for work he performed at Louisiana State University to their Monday debate after allegations surfaced that he wrongly billed the school while a member of Congress. Landrieu appeared briefly on a conference call with reporters Friday to call on Cassidy to bring 63 months of records to their debate to explain this situation and put it to rest. A spokesman for Cassidy said LSU would have to provide those records. Senator Landrieu is still failing to produce any evidence of her ludicrous claims, the spokesman told The...
  • Poll: Cassidy leads Landrieu by 11 points

    11/19/2014 1:46:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has opened up an 11-point lead over incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in their runoff race for Senate, according to a new survey from Republican polling outlet Vox Populi. The poll finds Cassidy with a 53-42 lead over Landrieu, with 5 percent undecided. Thats up from Cassidys 48 to 44 edge in the same poll in October. Cassidy is crushing Landrieu 58 to 31 among independents in the state. In addition, the poll found that Landrieus efforts to pass the Keystone pipeline during the lame duck session may have backfired 39 percent said it made...
  • Sen. Durbin: Elizabeth Warren a great spokesman for Democrats

    11/16/2014 10:08:28 AM PST · by PROCON · 45 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Nov. 16, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren long has been a hero on the progressive left, but her popularity among the Democratic Party establishment is growing rapidly. Ms. Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, now is set to assume a leadership role in her partys Senate caucus, and the leaders of that caucus say shes uniquely qualified for the job.I think [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid, all of us, have confidence that Elizabeth Warren is a great spokesman for our caucus and for our party on a national basis, said Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat and the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. Mr. Durbin appeared on...
  • GOP pressure builds to block Obama immigration order

    11/12/2014 12:30:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 12, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Dozens of House Republicans have signed onto a new letter that insists the GOP include language in the upcoming spending bill to prevent President Obama from taking unilateral action on immigration, escalating a simmering fight between Congress and the White House. Rep. Matt Salmon, an Arizona Republican who organized the letter, said Congress needs to use its power of the purse to defend its own powers to write immigration policy and he said he believes there could be enough support even in the Democratic-controlled Senate to win. Im not going down without a fight, he said in an interview...
  • Harry Reid vows to cooperate when Dems become Senate minority (riiight)

    11/12/2014 11:42:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 12, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Sen. Harry Reid said Wednesday hes seen obstruction from Republicans and has no intention of adopting those tactics when he lands in the minority next year. Mr. Reid, the Nevada Democrat who will go from being majority leader to minority leader, said he will work in good faith to make the Senate operate smoothly, and said that means rejecting the obstruction he said the GOP pioneered while they were in the minority. I have no desire to engage in that, Mr. Reid said in opening the Senate for the lame-duck session, which will see a number of retiring or defeated...
  • Dems unlikely to ram through Obamas attorney general pick

    11/11/2014 4:20:09 PM PST · by PROCON · 33 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Nov. 11, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama will have to get his nominee for attorney general past a Republican-controlled Senate, Democratic and Republican aides say. A packed schedule after the election is almost certain to push the vetting process for Loretta Lynch into January, when Republicans are set to take power in the upper chamber. It seems likely [the Lynch vote] would be in the next Congress. Its difficult to process an [attorney general] that quickly, said a Democratic aide. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has not yet made a decision on whether to move Lynchs nomination in the lame-duck session, according to spokesman...
  • McCain Assures Incoming GOP Senators Wont Be More Ted Cruz Types

    11/11/2014 1:25:12 PM PST · by PROCON · 110 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Nov. 11, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Senators John McCain and Ted Cruz dont exactly have the best relationship. Cruz has said Republicans like McCain are why their party doesnt do better, and McCain has not been shy about publicly dumping on Cruz, especially during last years government shutdown. And in a new interview with Salon today, McCain wanted to make it clear that the incoming crop of Republicans that will give their party control of the Senate will not be Cruzes. McCain even claimed that a lot of the GOP Senate candidates who won are in the same mold as himself and Lindsey Graham.
  • Reid leaves a legacy of wreckage

    11/09/2014 7:53:10 AM PST · by PROCON · 19 replies
    suntimes ^ | Nov. 7, 2014 | Steve Huntley
    The first order of business for the U.S. Senate under Republican Mitch McConnell will be getting the Senate back in business. For most of the last four years, Democrat Harry Reid manipulated what was once the worlds greatest deliberative body for political purposes, not for the hard task of governing. The House passed more than 300 bills but they mostly died from neglect in the Senate. What little legislation that made it to the floor crashed as Reid manipulated Senate rules to ban amendments and debate. When Republicans refused to bow to his tin-pot dictatorial rule, he accused them of...
  • 28 senators who voted for Obamacare and won't be part of new Senate

    11/05/2014 2:46:01 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Philip Klein
    On Dec. 24, 2009, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed President Obamas healthcare law with a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority, triggering a massive backlash that propelled Republicans to control of the House the following year. On the Senate side, going into Tuesdays elections, 24 senators who voted for Obamacare were already out or not going be part of the new Senate being sworn in on January. To be sure, it isnt fair to attribute all of the turnover in the chamber to Obamacare. Many senators voted for Obamacare and lost re-election battles in which they were hit hard for their support for the...
  • Senate Update: Polls Point Increasingly To Republican Senate Win

    11/02/2014 4:28:10 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 19 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    By this point in an election year, when polls are coming in by the bucketload late in the evening, you can get a sense for which pollsters are taking fresh samples of public opinion and which are herding toward the conventional wisdom. J. Ann Selzer, whose firm Selzer & Company conducts the Des Moines Registers Iowa Poll, is in the former group: Shes always been one to trust what her data is telling her. On Dec. 31, 2007, Selzers poll was among the first to show a large lead for Barack Obama in the Iowa Democratic caucuses most other...
  • Election Day In The Big Sleazy

    11/02/2014 1:22:24 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11-2-14 | Jeff Greenfield
    Politics in Louisiana is a uniquely business. Dont believe me? Then take a look at whats about to go down there on Tuesday. You might not think a noontime political rally with two or three-dozen listeners in Lafayette, Louisiana -- a town 135 miles west of New Orleans -- is a logical place to look for one of the potentially crucial elements of the mid-term elections. And in just about any other state, youd be right. But this is Louisiana. And Louisiana is....different. Its not just its accents, its terrain, its laws (shaped by the Napoleonic Code, not British common...
  • Michelle Obama urged to run for California seat in Senate

    10/25/2014 11:09:45 AM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies
    pagesix ^ | Oct. 22, 2014 | Richard Johnson
    Michelle Obama is being urged by her husbands true believers to move to California when she leaves the White House and to pursue the US Senate seat expected to be vacated by Dianne Feinstein in 2018. The oldest member of the Senate, Feinstein, 81, has strongly suggested this will be her last term, Richard Turley will report in Orbmagazine.com on Thursday. The first couple havent said where theyll go when Barack Obama leaves office in 26 months, but Los Angeles is the leading contender.
  • Mary Landrieu is the best choice by far for Louisiana: Editorial (NOLA) (Barf alert)

    10/20/2014 7:45:08 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 23 replies
    Times Picayune, NOLA.com ^ | 10/17/2014 | Times Picayune Board
    When Mary Landrieu was elected to the U.S. Senate 18 years ago, Louisiana residents needed her to become a strong and effective advocate for the state. She did that, forging relationships across party lines, pushing three different presidents and her colleagues in Congress to treat us fairly and building the clout that comes not only with seniority but respect. The benefits to Louisiana have been enormous. At a time when the New Orleans area needed eloquent and powerful leadership after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the levee breaches, Sen. Landrieu provided it. She championed our community's right to be rebuilt,...
  • Obama Behind Pumpkin Patch Melee

    10/20/2014 6:24:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | John Ransom
    As you can imagine, I was alarmed, but not very surprised, when I received reports of rioting at the Pumpkin Festival in Keene, NH. The residents of Keene hold the Pumpkin Festival annually. Their mission is first and always to amass the most number of jack-o-lanterns in history. In 2013 they broke the previous record held by Boston when they brought together 30,581 jack-o-lanterns, according to accounts by the Keene Sentinel.But into their 30,581 points of light this year was inserted sinister, dark forces. Forces that were nonsensical, dystopian and anarchical.And those forces descended into the hallmark expression of Obamas...
  • DWS: Dems Will Hold the Senate

    10/19/2014 11:48:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    Townhall.com | October 19, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    With the midterm elections just weeks away, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz seemed confident during her appearanceon Fox News Sunday that Democrats will keep the Senate. We are going to hold the Senate, the Florida lawmaker said. The president is not on the ballot. Republicans are desperate to put him on the ballot because theyre trying to turn away from their own terrible record, she added. She made her prediction amid a majority of polls that give Republicans at least a 60 percent chance of retaking the upper chamber, including a Washington Post forecast that gives the GOP a...
  • Smoking-Guns on Obamacare Fraud (Weekly Update)

    10/18/2014 10:58:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 17, 2014 | Tom Fitton
    Fraud Alert: Judicial Watch Files Taxpayer Lawsuit to Stop Congress from Participating in D.C.s Small Business Exchange Both houses of Congress were not exactly honest on the applications they filed with the District of Columbias Health Benefit Exchange Authority. In fact, the signatories who put their names to the applications seemed to make little pretense of providing truthful information. Under D.C. law, only those small businesses that have 50 or fewer employees can participate in the Small Business Exchange. Guess how many people are employed by Congress? And, guess how many employees Congress claims to have? Congress employs upwards of...
  • Sen. Reid Wont Say Whether Americans Should Be Forcibly Barred From Asking Him a Question

    10/16/2014 9:54:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 16, 2014 | Lauretta Brown
    (CNSNews.com) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not respond to repeated questions about whether public citizens who ask him a question in the Capitol hallway should be physically barred from doing so by Capitol Police, as happened recently when reporter Jason Mattera introduced himself, shook Reids hand, and asked him a question about how he became a millionaire on a government salary. A plainclothes Capitol Hill policeman forcefully pushes journalist Jason Mattera into a wall after Mattera asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) a question. (Photo: Daily Surge.) Through several e-mails and telephone calls, CNSNews.com asked Sen....
  • Hagan Husband Pocketed Stimulus Savings

    10/15/2014 3:14:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10-15-14 | Michael Warren
    A company owned by the husband of Democratic senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina received taxpayer money for a green energy project through the federal stimulus of 2009, later revising down the project's estimated cost and keeping the difference. Don Carrington at the Carolina Journal, a publication of the conservative John Locke Foundation, has the scoop on how JDC Manufacturing, co-owned by Chip Hagan kept savings from a stimulus grant instead of returning the money to taxpayers: The companys original application stated the total project would cost $438,627, and said JDC would contribute leveraged funds amounting to $187,983, or 43...
  • Video: McConnell proudly announces his presidential votes

    10/14/2014 6:40:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    Mary Katharine already covered the first part of this exchange and noted the second, but it’s worth revisiting for Mitch McConnell’s brief rebuttal. The Republican incumbent scoffs at Alison Grimes’ invocation of a sacred right to avoid answering an obvious question, and demonstrates it by announcing he “proudly” voted against Barack Obama in the last two presidential elections: Mitch McConnell Proudly Voted For Mitt Romney There’s also no sacred right to not announce how we vote. I voted for Mitt Romney, proudly. I voted for John McCain. And by the way, 116 out of 120 Kentucky counties agreed with my...
  • Fox News Polls: Senate battleground races trending GOP, Roberts up in Kansas

    10/08/2014 4:10:46 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | 10/08/14 | Dana Blanton
    New Fox News battleground polls show a Republican trend in the fight for the U.S. Senate.The GOP candidates -- helped by anti-Barack Obama sentiment and strong support from male voters -- lead in all five states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky. The races, however, are still far from settled. None of the Senate candidates has a lead outside the polls margin of sampling error. And none of the front-runners hit the important marker of 50 percent support from their electorate.
  • Are big three senate races slipping from Dems?

    10/03/2014 10:03:58 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | October 3, 2014 | James Hohmann
    Its been the most remarkably enduring story line of Election 2014: three Democratic senators defying their states deep red complexion and their presidents abysmal approval ratings to stay competitive in races that should have, on paper, been lost long ago. The question all along has been, Could it possibly last? Now, a month out from the election, Republicans are seeing subtle but perceptible signs that contests in Alaska, Arkansas and Louisiana all three pivotal in the battle for the Senate are finally breaking their way. In Alaska, the conservative base has rallied behind Republican Dan Sullivan after a...
  • Republican Senate candidates Cotton, Brown and Land moving up by attacking amnesty

    09/30/2014 9:02:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/30/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    For many conservatives this election is an odd mixture of joy and foreboding. On the one hand we are happy that the indications point to an end of the tyrannical reign of Harry Reid; but on the other we are faced with the prospect of more of the same old same old from Republicans. While there are many issues to be weighed as we decide what to do on November 4th, few would argue that amnesty is not our top concern. If the Republicans join Barack Obama in granting amnesty to illegal aliens our country will collapse and eventually cease...
  • Senate Update: A Troubling Trend For Democrats In Colorado

    09/26/2014 10:12:06 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 15 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | September 25, 2014 | Nate Silver
    The battle for Senate control has been close all year, but also remarkably consistent. Way back in March, we described Republicans as slight favorites to pick up the chamber. And since FiveThirtyEight officially launched its forecast model this month, Republicans have had between a 53 and a 65 percent chance of winning the Senate. Our most recent update, as of Thursday evening, is close to the middle of that range, putting Republicans takeover chances at about 58 percent. SENATEUPDATE Theres no guarantee things will remain this way. At just about this time two years ago, Democrats broke open what had...
  • Fight for Senate Control Down to Five States

    09/24/2014 7:11:02 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 34 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 23, 2014 | Stuart Rothenberg
    With six weeks to go, the fight for control of the Senate is down to five states, four of them currently held by Democrats. Republicans must win only two of those contests to guarantee the 51 seats they need to control the Senate for the last two years of Barack Obamas presidency. And they need to win only one of the Democratic states if they hold the only GOP seat at serious risk. While things could still change and national polls continue to show an environment that may produce a substantial GOP wave in the House and Senate ...
  • GOPs scorched-earth Kansas plan

    09/23/2014 9:10:56 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 30 replies
    Control of the Senate is potentially at stake in Kansas, and the GOP is beginning to double down. With a two-man race now looking all but certain, national Republicans are planning a scorched-earth offensive to frame Sen. Pat Robertss (R-Kan.) independent opponent, Greg Orman, as a shady businessman. Their first volley this weekend: reports that Orman represented Rajat Gupta the former Goldman Sachs board member who incurred criminal and civil fines of more than $18 million and was jailed earlier this year for securities fraud on a two-person board of a Cayman Islands private equity partnership. Kansas Republicans...
  • Greens fear loss of Senate firewall

    09/21/2014 9:39:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 21, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Green groups are fearful of Republicans winning the Senate majority in November, predicting it could lead to a whittling away of environmental regulations at the hands of GOP leaders. While environmental groups are spending millions of dollars trying to save the Senate for Democrats, they acknowledge the possibility that they could be forced to play defense against an all-Republican Congress in 2015. I think that the wholesale repeal of environmental legislation, repealing [Environmental Protection Agency] greenhouse gas authority, things like that, thats unlikely to happen, said Ben Schreiber, director of the climate program at Friends of the Earth. It is...
  • Dem Senators Small Business Experience Was Co-Running Store that Sold Stolen Goods

    09/19/2014 2:53:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9-18-14 | CJ Ciarmarella
    Throughout her political career, including during her current race against former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) has touted her experience as a small business owner. Shaheens small business experience was co-running a store that once sold thousands of dollars-worth of stolen jewelry. As the former owner and manager of a small retail business, Senator Shaheen knows what its like to worry about meeting payroll and inventory costs to keep a business going, the Issues section of her Senate website declares. Her Senate biography also describes her as a former small business owner. This week, the Shaheen...
  • Debo Adegbile: At least one enemy Obama was not able to force on us

    09/17/2014 10:35:04 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/17/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    To the great delight of those who value and cherish American freedoms, Barack Obama has once again failed to put the power to destroy our Constitution in the hands of Debo Adegbile. Monday this warrior of destruction was forced to withdraw his name from consideration as Obamas attack dog at the Department of Justice. He would have been the chief Civil Rights lawyer for Eric Holder, another enemy of our freedoms. The magnitude of this victory cannot be overstated. What we have avoided is the placement of a yet another man who is essentially a foreigner being placed in a...
  • Voter fraud probe roils Ga. Senate race

    09/12/2014 9:40:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A group helmed by a major donor and policy adviser to Democratic Senate candidate Michele Nunn is under investigation by the Georgia secretary of State for alleged voter fraud. Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) said in a memo, reported by WSB-TV, that his office has received numerous complaints about voter applications submitted by the New Georgia Project, an organization launched to register and turn out voters to the polls. Preliminary investigation has revealed significant illegal activities, including forged voter registration applications, forged signatures on releases, and applications with false or inaccurate information, Kemp wrote in the memo. Nunn is...
  • Mississippi State Supreme Court agrees to hear McDaniel election challenge

    09/11/2014 8:56:32 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 28 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/11/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Sometimes the good guys do win and beat the devils in the end. Sometimes if you are right, you know you are right and you dont give up, your dreams do come true. Late Tuesday afternoon the Mississippi State Supreme Court agreed to consider the mountain of evidence State Senator Chris McDaniel has put together to prove his allegations of voter fraud committed by Republican United States Senator Thad Cochran and several members of his staff. The case revolves around a contest to secure the Republican nomination to run for the US Senate from Mississippi. The history of this case...