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  • VA GOP primary: 'Prepare to be shocked'

    06/05/2012 9:25:26 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies ^ | June 5, 2012 | Unknown
    E.W. Jackson 'declaring war' on Obama, Kaine for 'ignoring Constitution' For months, former Sen. George Allen has been the prohibitive favorite to win the Republican nomination in his quest to win back the U.S. Senate seat he lost to Jim Webb six years ago. There have been no new public polls showing a major shift in the race but GOP hopeful E.W. Jackson says voters in the commonwealth can expect a shocking result next Tuesday. Jackson says internal polling gives him confidence that he will not only challenge Allen but score the biggest upset to date in the 2012 cycle....
  • Deposing McMahon: If not porn, what is it? (WWE)

    06/02/2012 10:01:21 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Journal Inquirer (Manchester, Connecticut) ^ | May 31, 2012 | Chris Powell
    Criticize U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon and you risk getting threatened with a libel lawsuit by the wrestling entertainment company she used to run, WWE Inc. of Stamford, now run by her husband -- threatened even when the criticism of McMahon doesn't mention WWE.
  • How To Persuade A Swing Voter (video at link)

    05/22/2012 1:23:47 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 6 replies
    Good ideas for winning back the Senate... How To Persuade A Swing Voter
  • A brand-new Sarah Palin headache

    05/15/2012 12:35:35 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 48 replies
    Salon ^ | Tuesday May 15, 2012 | Steve Kornacki
    That’s when Palin came through with a surprise endorsement of the third candidate in the race, Deb Fischer, whose personal story is the most naturally appealing to the Tea Party crowd. The 61-year-old didn’t enter politics until 2004, when she won a seat in the state Senate, and on the campaign trail plays up her work as a rancher. She doesn’t ooze the same ambition as her opponents, and of the three candidates she’s the most likely to be immune to Potomac Fever. The Palin announcement offered a huge jolt of momentum to Fischer’s effort, and was followed a day...
  • Bennet: Mourdock's views are 'Palin-style extremism'

    05/10/2012 11:20:52 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Michael Bennet, the Democratic Senator from Colorado who defeated GOP candidate Ken Buck in 2010, emailed supporters last night to slam newly-chosen Indiana GOP Senate nominee Richard Mourdock: Last night in Indiana, Sarah Palin's hand-picked Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock beat 36-year incumbent Senator Dick Lugar in the state's Republican primary. Lugar knew the value in working together to get things done and the Senate will miss his bipartisan tendencies. On the other hand, the name Richard Mourdock might be new to you, but his Tea Party ideology is more of the same Palin-style extremism we've seen from the likes...
  • Governor Sarah Palin Endorses Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate

    05/10/2012 8:27:36 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 40 replies
    Ted Cruz ^ | Thursday May 10, 2012
    AUSTIN—Just four days before the start of early voting in the Texas Senate primary, the Ted Cruz campaign announced the endorsement of Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin. In response to a letter from Ted Cruz, Governor Sarah Palin wrote: “We’re proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State.” "Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack,” Governor Palin added. “Our shared...

    05/09/2012 10:23:33 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    E.W. Jackson, U.S. Senate ^ | May 9, 2012 | E.W. Jackson website
    Norfolk-May 8: E.W. Jackson will be holding a press conference at the corner of Brambleton and Church Ave in Norfolk (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza) near the site of the Norfolk Mob attack on two innocent Virginian Pilot reporters on April 14. Bishop Jackson will be challenging the community, the media and all levels of government from the President to City Council and School Board Members, to combat the “racializing” of incidents and the exploitation of those incidents for political purposes. He is inviting religious and political groups to unite in a vision of America where violence against innocent...
  • Is E.W. Jackson the best choice for Virginia for U.S Senator in 2012? (Can he beat Tim Kaine?)

    05/09/2012 9:39:22 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    E.W. Jackson, U.S. Senate ^ | May 9, 2012 | E.W. Jackson website
    I Guarantee to Keep This Pledge to You… I will not vote for a budget that increases America’s debt nor will I vote to increase the debt ceiling. I will help lead the fight to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as ‘Obamacare’. I will vote against any increase in taxes and lead the fight for a more simplified and fair tax system. I will only support nominees to the Supreme Court and other federal courts who are strict constitutionalists. I will vote against legislation which allocates power to the federal government that is not given to...
  • Sarah Palin: Mourdock For Indiana

    04/27/2012 12:29:10 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 24 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook ^ | Friday April 27, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    I join commonsense conservatives in endorsing Richard Mourdock to be the next Senator from Indiana. Conservatives of all stripes are uniting behind Richard Mourdock. It’s not just Indiana that benefits from sending the right Senator to serve for the right reasons; the nation as a whole benefits, and that is one reason why the eyes of so many around the nation are focused on the Indiana race.   Indiana deserves a conservative in the Senate who will fight for the Hoosier State, uphold our Constitution, and not just go along to get along with the vested interests of the permanent...
  • DiFi blows away GOP Senate rivals with fundraising

    04/17/2012 6:15:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 4/17/12 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    Last fall, we pointed out that the California Republican Party was running a bit late in not being able to field — with all due respect — a “name” candidate to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. And now, we see one of the effects of that. DiFi is lapping the GOP field in the latest fundraising disclosures. . . . DiFi is outraising the entire Republican field by about a gazillion to one in the latest fundraising totals. That includes includes her closest GOP rival — Danville autism activist Elizabeth Emken, who was endorsed by the CA GOP....
  • Live Wisconsin US Senate Debate Thread

    04/11/2012 4:46:11 PM PDT · by Thunder90 · 3 replies
    Tonight's Wisconsin US Senate Republican debate features State House speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde, Former Representative Mark Newmann, and Kip Smith. Gov. Thompson was invited, but will not attend.
  • Lisa Murkowski to her fellow Republicans: It makes no sense to make this attack on women

    04/06/2012 8:47:28 PM PDT · by Belteshazzar · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/6/12 | Tina Korbe
    WOW. Look, I respect that Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski values her moderate reputation, that she’s a kind person who seeks to facilitate conversation across the aisle, that she doesn’t want to offend her friends who are Democrats, but c’mon. She’s going to provide cover for Democratic rhetoric that Republicans are waging a “war on women”? Oh, I’m sorry, excuse me. Murkowski didn’t say Republicans are “waging a war.” She said they’re “making an attack.” Honestly, I can’t even figure out who she’s pandering to, other than to Democrats. From HuffPo: “It makes no sense to make this attack on...
  • Thompson a no-show at Senate debates in Wisconsin

    04/05/2012 1:07:27 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 4-4-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — There’s no arguing the point. Tommy Thompson is not going to debate. At least not anytime soon. And it’s unclear whether the former governor and, according to polls and pundits, the front-runner in Wisconsin’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race, is going to debate his fellow Republican opponents at all leading up to August’s primary. Thompson’s campaign Wednesday said the candidate would not be able to make it to next week’s U.S. Senate debate, hosted by Wisconsin Reporter and the Republican Party of Waukesha County. “Unfortunately, due to a prior engagement, Governor Thompson will not be able to attend...
  • McCain: Washington is the 'city of Satan'

    03/28/2012 10:58:16 AM PDT · by bkopto · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | Mar 28, 2012 | Josiah Ryan
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called Washington, D.C., the "city of Satan" from the Senate floor on Wednesday while describing the effects of the healthcare law currently under review across the street at the Supreme Court. "It's interesting that the very same organizations that all signed up… and were bludgeoned into supporting ObamaCare… are the same organizations that come to our offices and ask for relief from ObamaCare," said McCain. "It's a fascinating commentary on trying to do the Lord's work in the city of Satan," concluded the senior senator....
  • Kerrey: I intended to live at sister's home

    03/20/2012 6:53:55 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 16 replies
    The Omaha World Herald ^ | March 20, 2012 | By Maggie O'Brien
    When Bob Kerrey registered to vote last month in Douglas County and listed his sister's address as his home — swearing under oath that it was his residence — he fully intended to live there for some time, he said Monday. A day later, Kerrey said, he “lucked out” in finding his own place when real estate developer Jay Noddle offered to let him live in his guest home. “I thought it would take longer to establish residency,” Kerrey said in an interview Monday. “I lucked out.”
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s last-ditch appointments

    03/12/2012 6:03:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 12, 2012 | Editorial
    Harry Reid moves to stack the judiciarySenate Majority Leader Harry Reid is up to his dirty political tricks. He’s sitting on the jobs bill that passed the House last week with 390 votes and has the president’s endorsement. Instead of taking it up, the Nevada Democrat announced on Monday he will force votes this week on 17 of President Obama’s lifetime judicial nominees. Mr. Reid is manufacturing this fight to paint Republicans as obstructionists in a tight election year. There’s no backlog of nominations to complain about, as the Senate has approved seven judges so far this year. The president...
  • George LeMieux's new video slams Connie Mack as 'half Mack'

    02/27/2012 8:37:25 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 9 replies ^ | February 27, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    George LeMieux pointed to a laundry list of policy differences between himself and Congressman Connie Mack, his most formidable opponent in the U.S. Senate race, even questioning Mack’s fitness to run for office, in a conference call Friday. Mack’s record of misconduct recently documented by the Miami Herald was only part of the conversation with reporters, LeMieux also scheduled the call to remind the press of Mack’s history and voting record. LeMieux's campaign released this video, calling Connie a "half Mack" on Monday
  • Thompson backs Walker bargaining decision

    01/24/2012 7:29:58 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-24-12 | Don Walker
    Former governor Tommy G. Thompson said Monday that he would not second-guess Gov. Scott Walker for taking steps to greatly limit collective bargaining for most public employees. Thompson, who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), also indicated he would not support so-called right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin. Right-to-work legislation forbids forcing workers to join a union or pay dues in order to get or keep a job. It has emerged as an issue in other states, including Indiana. "I think that right now we do not need any further deterioration of labor-management relationships...
  • Thompson and the Keystone XL pipeline

    01/20/2012 8:52:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 1-20-12 | Don Walker
    When President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he had rejected for now the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, former governor Tommy Thompson quickly issued a statement criticizing the president's action. “America needs the jobs and the oil this pipeline can help deliver," Thompson said in a statement. "It's a travesty that President Obama is choosing election year politics over good jobs and what’s in the best interest of the country. Our economic and national security are directly tied to our energy demands and supply, and the president is putting the country at greater risk by...
  • ‘Dark horse’ and big dogs battle in well watched Senate race

    01/20/2012 7:34:07 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 1-20-12 | M.D. Kittle and Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — Jeff Fitzgerald may be the “dark horse” candidate in the three-person race for the GOP nominations for Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat, but the Assembly speaker says he can go toe-to-toe with the big dogs in this conservative contest. And the Juneau Republican tells Wisconsin Reporter his close ties with arch conservative Gov. Scott Walker make him the conservative’s conservative. Fitzgerald, who stood at the center of last year’s heated and harried Republican reform agenda, now finds himself standing in the shadows of a contest for the seat being vacated by long-serving Democrat, U.S. Sen Herb Kohl, who...
  • Allen West says no to U.S. Senate run, he prefers 'the people's house'

    01/13/2012 7:22:55 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 9 replies ^ | January 12, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Speaking to the Regional Republican Club in Pompano Beach, Monday, Allen West answered the question about running for U.S. Senator and talks about what Congress will do to push back President Obama. (video)
  • The White House Is Wrong – The Senate Conducted Business During Its ‘Recess’

    01/05/2012 4:54:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Tatler ^ | January 5, 2012 | Hans von Spakovsky
    In the uproar over President Obama’s unconstitutional “recess” appointments (Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three new members of the National Labor Relations Board), one fact has gotten too little attention . Attempting to justify the president’s violation of the Constitution and 90 years of legal precedent, presidential spokesman Dan Pfeiffer claimed that the president can exercise recess appointment powers because the Senate’s pro forma sessions—conducted since mid-December—are merely “a gimmick” during which “no Senate business is conducted and instead one of two Senators simply gavel in and out of session in a matter of...
  • Smith Internal Poll: Smith Leads Senate Primary (PA U.S. Senate)

    12/31/2011 6:52:47 AM PST · by randita · 6 replies
    PoliticsPA ^ | 12/27/11 | Keegan Gibson
    Smith Internal Poll: Smith Leads Senate Primary By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor Tom Smith of Armstrong County is leading the field of Republicans hoping to take on Senator Bob Casey, according to an polling memo released by Smith’s campaign Tuesday. The former coal company owner and former Tea Party leader boasts a 22 percent plurality in the crowded primary. “Smith’s early lead is indicative of his strong biography and message that is resonating with Republican voters. The campaign’s ability to get that message out through paid media has been important to the lead,” Republican strategist and pollster John McLaughlin said...
  • Nancy Pelosi’s office disputes daughter’s suggestion that Mom may be ready to retire

    12/29/2011 6:11:18 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 12/29/11 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office is downplaying statements made by the San Francisco Representative’s filmmaker daughter Alexandra — who reportedly told a conservative website that Mom is only sticking around Congress because of pressure from her big donors. Alexandra Pelosi, 41, a documentary filmmaker, is quoted in the conservative website, Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government, as saying that her mother “would retire right now, if the donors she has didn’t want her to stay so badly. They know she wants to leave, though.” “They think she’s destined for the wilderness. She has very few days left,” the Pelosi daughter is...
  • Poll: Lugar may be in jeopardy

    12/26/2011 7:06:03 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies
    WISH TV ^ | November 4th
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The 2012 GOP primary between Sen. Richard Lugar and challenger Richard Mourdock is still more than six months away, but you can get a sense of what kind of battle it will be in this week's WISH-TV/Franklin College Poll. Lugar has a big advantage in some areas. When it comes to name identification, more than nine out of 10 voters recognize him, while Richard Mourdock's name registers with only two-thirds of the voters. Lugar also has a high favorability rating at 59 percent. Mourdock gets a positive response from just 17 percent. Yet if you place Mourdock's...
  • GOP freshman: McConnell 'ran over us'

    12/23/2011 11:59:40 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 103 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-12-23 | Jonathan Easley
    Freshman Tea Party Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is incensed that Republicans caved in the payroll-tax debate, and is putting the blame squarely on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “I don’t think there’s a revolt with respect to Speaker Boehner,” Gowdy said Thursday night on Fox’s "Your World With Neil Cavuto." "I think the license tag of the truck that just ran over us has Kentucky license tags. For the life of me, I cannot understand when the Senate is going to find something they care enough about to stand on policy and principle.”Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a...
  • Did Intelligence Services Alumni Sabotage the 2010 Delaware campaign of Christine O’Donnell ?

    12/20/2011 6:27:09 AM PST · by Moseley · 17 replies
    Delaware News Center ^ | December 20, 2011 | Jonathon Moseley
    Could the US Senate campaign of Christine O'Donnell have been influenced by mysterious retirees of the intelligence services? Yeah, that sounds strange. And I look upon conspiracy theories with disdain. But hold on a minute. This is an enduring mystery, still unanswered at the end of 2011. There is still no answer to this question. It started out very simply: David Charles Keegan, Jr., claimed in a sworn affidavit that (a) he had been the Finance Consultant for the Christine O'Donnell US Senate campaign in 2008, and (b) in that capacity -- as a Finance Consultant -- he became aware...
  • Republican Proposes New Corporation to Replace Fannie, Freddie

    12/07/2011 10:47:23 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-12-08 | Nick Timiraos
    A Georgia Republican is set to introduce on Thursday a bill that would replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a government-owned corporation that could one day be sold off to the private sector. The proposal from Sen. Johnny Isakson, a former Realtor, is the latest in a series of competing measures to address the fate of the mortgage-finance giants whose government takeover has cost taxpayers $151 billion. (snip) To take the place of Fannie and Freddie, the bill would create a new government agency that would provide guarantees on securities comprised of mortgages that meet designated standards. Unlike Fannie...
  • ‘On What?’--McCain Says He Didn’t Know Defense Bill He Approved Repealed Military Ban on Sodomy...

    12/07/2011 3:22:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 83 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 7, 2011 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Complete title: ‘On What?’--McCain Says He Didn’t Know Defense Bill He Approved Repealed Military Ban on Sodomy, Bestiality Video at link ( - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told on Wednesday that he did not know that the 926-page Defense Department authorization bill that came through his committee and was approved by the Senate last week on 93 to 7 vote included a provision that would repeal the military’s ban on sodomy and bestiality if the bill becomes law. asked McCain: “Senator, did you read the Defense authorization bill that...
  • Did the Senate vote to SUSPEND the Constitution?

    12/02/2011 9:40:23 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 26 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/2/2011 | Doug Book
    Has the United States Senate voted to suspend the Constitutional right of every American citizen to due process? Over the past weeks a great deal has been reported, mainly by the NOT “legacy media,” about the National Defense Authorization Act, or Senate bill S 1867, passed yesterday by a vote of 93-7. From highly respected bloggers to the highly agenda driven ACLU, stated opinions on the content of the legislation and its effect on our rights have varied widely. At issue is whether Senate passage of the bill and the concomitant signature of Barack Obama will allow the Executive branch,...
  • Holder: No apology for ‘Fast and Furious’ death of border patrol agent

    11/08/2011 9:52:47 AM PST · by martosko · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/08/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    During a Tuesday Senate hearing, Attorney General Eric Holder refused to apologize to the family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was murdered last December with a gun “walked” to Mexico as part of Operation Fast and Furious.. Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn asked Holder if he has apologized to Terry’s family for what happened to him because of the DOJ’s controversial program. Holder replied that he hasn’t. “I have not apologized to them, but I certainly regret what happened,” Holder said. Cornyn followed up, asking if Holder has “even talked to them.” “I have not,” Holder replied.
  • Former Gov. Lingle not running from RINO tag (self-proclaimed RINO stabs conservatives)

    10/30/2011 8:27:20 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-10-25 | Josh Lederman
    LAS VEGAS — For most Republican politicians, there is no smear more loathed, more insulting or more politically perilous than to be called a RINO — a Republican in Name Only. Not for Linda Lingle. “I’ve been called a RINO before, which I don’t mind,” the former Hawaii governor told a crowd of diehard Republican activists huddled in a Las Vegas ballroom. “There are a lot of people who support these RINOs, whether it’s me or [former New York Mayor] Rudy Giuliani or [former New Jersey Gov.] Christine Todd Whitman.”(snip) And from Lingle’s point of view, moderate Republican candidates such...
  • Frank Lasee: Conservative Seeks to Bring Wisconsin Reform Message to US Senate

    10/24/2011 12:44:46 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | 10-24-11 | Robert Stacy McCain
    “Let’s Get Wisconsin Working Again” was the winning message that helped elect Frank Lasee to a state senate seat in Wisconsin last fall, and he was part of the conservative Republican majority that pushed through reform legislation and balanced the budget under Gov. Scott Walker. A veteran legislator with a business background, first elected to the state assembly in 1994, Lasee describes himself as a limited-government, constitutional, fiscal conservative. Two weeks ago, Lasee announced that he will seek to bring that kind of message to the U.S. Senate, forming an exploratory committee to enter the GOP primary for 2012. With...
  • Senate Sets Vote on Next Slice of Stalled Jobs Bill

    10/21/2011 2:03:12 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 21, 2011 | Sunlen Miller
    The Senate will move forward with another piece of President Obama’s jobs bill the first week in November, following the failure of two separate pieces of the bill Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced in a conference call today that the next part of Obama’s jobs bill that they will now move to is a $70 billion bill to rebuild roads bridges and infrastructure. The Rebuild America Jobs Act, Reid said, would create “hundreds of thousands” of new jobs. The bill invests $50 billion in immediate projects for roads, rails and airports and another $10 billion for a...
  • This Sunday: 900 Days Without a Senate Budget

    10/14/2011 3:19:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 14, 2011 | Guy Benson
    It's been awhile since we've harped on this unlawful, cowardly, and politically-calculated failure of Democrats in the Senate -- but the 900-day mark seems like as good an opportunity as any to refresh everyone's memory about just how derelict Reid's posse continues to be. Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Jeff Sessions pre-emptively mark this pitiful milestone with a scathing indictment : America is greatly in need of strong, competent leadership. Our nation’s total debt is now larger than our entire economy. Unemployment is painfully high and growth is painfully slow. Since taking office, the president has accelerated Washington’s reckless...
  • GOP vows retaliation after Reid uses nuclear option in Senate

    10/08/2011 2:12:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 8, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans vow they will retaliate for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) decision to unilaterally change the Senate’s rules Thursday without prior warning or negotiation. Republican aides say their bosses will now be even more reluctant to allow the Senate to conduct routine business by unanimous consent, forcing Reid to gather 60 votes for even the most mundane matters. “Reid fired a major salvo and it’s hard to imagine a return shot won’t be fired. Maybe over the weekend they’ll come up with something and try to make it less worse than it already is,” said a Senate...
  • Reid's ‘nuclear option’ changes rules, ends repeat filibusters

    10/06/2011 4:42:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 253 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 6, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    In a shock development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely-used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules. The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had appeared to have been a hum-drum legislative knife fight. Reid appealed a ruling from the chair that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) does not need consent to force a vote on a motion to suspend the rules to consider an amendment after cloture has already been approved. The maneuver is highly arcane but momentous. If...
  • Poll: Who should run against Dianne Feinstein in 2012? {FReep for McClintock!}

    09/21/2011 6:46:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/21/11 | Dan Smith
    Michael Reagan has ruled out a candidacy, and Republicans are still looking for a challenger to Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year. . . . Could the GOP have a chance, even in this bluest of blue states?
  • Tammy Baldwin (D, WI) Says Senate Race Won't Be About Her Sexual Orientation

    09/08/2011 10:45:18 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 49 replies
    On Top Magazine ^ | September 8, 2011 | Carolos Santoscoy
    Openly gay Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin says her bid for a Senate seat won't be about her sexual orientation, gay weekly the Washington Blade reported. Baldwin on Tuesday became the first Democrat to formally declare her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Herb Kohl. She is the first openly gay Senate candidate with a viable shot at winning. During a conference call on Wednesday, Baldwin insisted she's always been open about her sexual orientation, but added that the race will focus on other issues. “I have always since the beginning of all my adult life...
  • Wisconsin Republican Neumann announces Senate run

    08/30/2011 7:52:02 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Monday, August 29, 2011 | Scott Bauer
    MADISON, Wis. — Former two-term Republican congressman Mark Neumann announced Monday that he will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl. Mr. Neumann is the first to officially announce his candidacy in the 2012 race, but several other prominent Republicans and Democrats are expected to announce soon. One of them, former Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican, released a statement welcoming Mr. Neumann into the race and urging him to focus his campaign on the policies of President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat. “Republican voters deserve a primary campaign based...
  • APNewsBreak: 2012 dropout Pawlenty a no for Senate

    08/17/2011 12:41:39 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, August 17, 2011 3:27 PM EDT | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday definitively ruled out a 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate after ending his Republican bid for the White House a few days ago. Some Republicans, including state GOP chairman Tony Sutton, were hoping Pawlenty would get right back into the ring and take on freshman Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar next year. "I don't know what I will be doing next," Pawlenty said in an email to The Associated Press. "However, I will not be running against Amy in 2012."
  • Kerry, McCain say bipartisan work needed post-S&P downgrade, differ on who to blame

    08/07/2011 8:52:26 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 56 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2011-08-07 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators and former presidential candidates say Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade the U.S. credit rating speaks to the need for more bipartisan compromise — but they also say the blame lay with the other party.
  • Rasmussen: By 2 to 1, voters fear deal will raise taxes too much, cut spending too little

    07/23/2011 9:04:33 AM PDT · by patriot453 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 22, 2011
    Most Voters Fear Debt Deal Will Raise Taxes Too Much, Cut Spending Too Little Friday, July 22, 2011 While Washington wrangles over how to avoid defaulting on the government’s massive debt load, voters are worried the final deal will raise taxes too much but won't cut spending enough. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters are worried more that Congress and President Obama will raise taxes too much rather than too little in any deal to end the debt ceiling debate. Just 26% fear they’ll raise taxes too little. Twelve percent (12%) aren’t...
  • Senate Democrats ‘Volcanic’ Over Deal Rumors

    07/21/2011 3:42:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 7/21/11 | Meredith Shiner
    Congressional Democrats are set to meet with President Barack Obama on Thursday evening at the White House, and if it’s anything like the “volcanic” intraparty sessions that took place earlier in the day, it could be quite the contentious affair. Senate Democrats were huddled for lunch with Jacob Lew, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, when news broke of a possible deal between Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The reports of the “grand bargain” — potentially worth $3 trillion in savings over 10 years with no upfront revenue raisers — started filtering into the Mansfield Room,...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio Being Very BLUNT

    07/13/2011 7:43:04 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies ^ | July 13, 2011 | annem040359
    On Fox News “Hannity” on Monday night, USA Senator Marco Rubio, (R/FL) in an interview with Sean Hannity on the United States of America’s federal budget debt and debt ceiling “crisis”, Sen. Rubio was very BLUNT in his opinion on the course of the direction America has taken since President Barack Hussein Obama took office: “Every aspect of life in America TODAY is worse than it was when he took over” The word I had made bold, TODAY, is the real center of that quote, because Sen. Rubio speaks truth to power in that. IMHO, I second what Sen. Rubio...
  • Carly Fiorina named vice chair of GOP's Senate campaign committee

    07/12/2011 2:15:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/12/11 | Seema Mehta
    Failed California GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was named on Tuesday as the vice chair of the Republicans' effort to retake the Senate in 2012. ... "I'm pleased to welcome my friend Carly Fiorina to the NRSC team, where her many business and civic achievements will make her an invaluable leader and fundraiser during this critical election cycle," said the committee chair, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, in a statement. "I look forward to working with Carly to elect strong Republican Senators who will finally put a stop to President Obama’s failed tax-and-spend agenda, and instead promote the economic growth...
  • Which Republicans voted today to support Reid's 'Class Warfare' vote...

    07/11/2011 7:18:09 PM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 74 replies ^ | July 11, 2011 | The Bronze Titan
    Bill - S. 1323: "Mr. REID introduced the following bill; which was read twice and ordered to be placed on the calendar" "Sense of the Senate- It is the sense of the Senate that any agreement to reduce the budget deficit should require that those earning $1,000,000 or more per year make a more meaningful contribution to the deficit reduction effort." The Final Vote was 69-27 in favor. 17 "Republicans" joined Reid in support of his Class War ideology propaganda game (a vote which carries not weight). 24 Republicans wanted no part of this (along with 1 Dem) So who...
  • Senate GOP Poised to Win 4-Seat Majority

    06/23/2011 2:20:42 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 28 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 06/23/11 | Paul Bedard
    Republicans are looking strong going into the 2012 election, poised to pick up enough states to create a four-seat majority and possibly a filibuster-proof lead if the eventual GOP presidential nominee routs President Obama, according to party leaders and a new election analysis. "Barring an unexpected reelection landslide by President Obama, Republicans are at least slightly favored to take the Senate. It's just a basic matter of numbers," says Larry Sabato, the University of Virginia political analyst, in a new report. He predicts that Republicans are likely to win Republican Senate seats in North Dakota, Missouri, Montana, and Nebraska. He...
  • Dianne Feinstein's support dives in Field Poll

    06/21/2011 8:09:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/21/11 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Washington -- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's popularity has plunged by double digits from her previous re-election ratings, according to a new Field Poll survey, demonstrating the toll that the anemic economy is taking on incumbent Democrats, including President Obama, heading into next year's elections. Campaigning for a fourth full term, Feinstein enjoys a four-point edge, 43 to 39 percent, among registered California voters asked if they would vote for her - even as a strong majority, 46 to 31 percent, approves of the job she is doing. Eighteen percent of voters have no opinion on whether they'd vote for her,...
  • Poll: Time for Senator Orrin Hatch to go (59 percent of Utah voters want to retire RINO Hatch)

    06/19/2011 10:14:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies
    Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah ^ | 2011-06-18 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — A majority of Utah voters believe Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has been in office too long and should be replaced, a new Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows. The poll by Dan Jones & Associates found only 38 percent of registered voters agree that it's important to re-elect Hatch in 2012 because of his seniority. Fifty-nine percent said after 36 years, it's time for someone new.(snip) Hatch's most likely GOP challenger appears to be Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. In a primary race, 40 percent of poll respondents said they would vote for Hatch and 41 percent for Chaffetz....