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  • Szeliga, Van Hollen clash in first Senate debate ( Maryland )

    10/14/2016 12:49:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | Oct. 7, 2016 | John Fritze
    The two major-party candidates running for Maryland's open U.S. Senate seat sparred Friday over their legislative records as well as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as they took part in the first debate in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. ... Szeliga, a Baltimore County lawmaker and the minority whip in the Maryland House of Delegates, said she lived on the minimum wage as a "maid, a waitress, a dishwasher" before starting a contracting firm with her husband. Szeliga, who opposes raising the $7.25-an-hour minimum wage, said low-wage earners are more interested in a career than a...
  • Congressman Chris Van Hollen wins Maryland's Democratic Senate primary

    04/27/2016 2:31:32 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Guardian ^ | April 26, 2016
    Chris Van Hollen, the seven-term congressman from Washington’s northern Maryland suburbs, has won the Democratic primary against congresswoman Donna Edwards for one of the state’s soon-to-be-vacant Senate seats on Tuesday night. The win in heavily Democratic Maryland’s primary all but assures that Van Hollen, a key ally of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, will be seated in the US Senate in 2017. Van Hollen’s win also likely means that longtime Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski’s seat will likely be filled by a man – an outcome that Emily’s List, the powerhouse fundraising organization dedicated to electing pro-choice women to office, unsuccessfully...
  • White Man or Black Woman? Senate Race Tears at Maryland Democrats

    04/22/2016 1:17:21 PM PDT · by detective · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2016 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    On Capitol Hill, Representative Chris Van Hollen is, literally and figuratively, a Democratic fair-haired boy. An American son of diplomats born while his parents served in Pakistan, he has used his fund-raising savvy, policy smarts and easy manner to position himself, party elders assumed, as a potential Democratic speaker of the House. Instead, Mr. Van Hollen, now running for the Senate in his home state of Maryland, is fighting for his survival in an identity politics primary that raises an explosive question: Should a white man, or a black woman, inherit the seat held for 30 years by Barbara A....
  • Racial split defines Md.'s hotly contested Democratic Senate primary

    04/05/2016 1:31:22 PM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 5, 2016 | Rachel Weiner and Scott Clement
    Maryland's Democratic Senate race remains very much up for grabs three weeks before the primary, with voters sharply divided along racial lines, according to a new poll from The Washington Post and the University of Maryland. The rare open Senate seat, being vacated by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski after 30 years, has sparked a heated and expensive battle between Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen. . . . likely black voters favor Edwards by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. More than twice as many white voters support Van Hollen as back Edwards. . . . "It would be nice if...
  • Maryland Democrats gear up for bitter Senate battle

    03/11/2015 3:59:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    “Donna [Edwards] has to hope she remains the only minority candidate,” said one longtime Democratic Maryland strategist who has worked on multiple campaigns in the state. “The more white males that jump in, the better it is for her.” Maryland Democrats are bracing for a bitter primary battle split along gender, race, geographic and ideological lines. “It’s going to be a nasty, nasty primary,” one Democratic state legislator told The Hill. “When you have primaries with people that have such similar voting records, it usually comes down to character attacks.” That’s the scene Democrats fear is unavoidable after longtime Sen....
  • Democratic lawmaker introduces plan to give middle-class Americans tax breaks at expense of wealthy

    01/14/2015 2:39:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/14/15 | Francesca Chambers
    A senior U.S. House Democrat unveiled this week an aggressive agenda to boost workers' paychecks by shifting significant tax breaks from the wealthiest Americans to the middle class. The plan from Representative Chris Van Hollen has almost no chance of passage by the Republican-controlled Congress but is aimed at shaping Democrats' policy vision for the 2016 presidential election. The Maryland Democrat's plan calls for an annual 'paycheck bonus' tax credit of $1,000 for individuals making less than $100,000 a year and $2,000 for married couples making less than $200,000 and would be funded through a new fee on financial transactions.
  • New IRS Data Expose Dems' Phony Tax-the-Rich Mantra

    01/12/2015 3:54:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies ^ | January 12, 2015 | Editorial
    Taxes: Democrats unveiled a plan Monday that — surprise — would boost taxes on the rich. But new IRS data show these soak-the-rich campaigns are based on total falsehoods. 'Our tax code today is stacked in favor of people who make money off of money and against those who make money off of hard work," Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the Budget Committee, said Monday. The plan he announced — which to be sure has no chance of being enacted — would boost taxes on the top 1% and hand out checks to the middle class each...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 22 September 2013

    09/22/2013 4:51:18 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 252 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 22 September 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows September 15==22nd, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Tom Graves, R-Ga.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
  • 'That’s Not Fair & Balanced!': Dem Rep And Fox Host Get Into Fiery Exchange Over 'Demagoguing'

    03/12/2013 2:56:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/12/13 | Andrew Kirell
    During a conversation about Republican Paul Ryan‘s House GOP budget plan, Fox host Bill Hemmer and Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD) got into what can be described as a “fiery interruption-fest,” with the latter accusing Fox of not handling the topic in a “fair and balanced” manner. About midway through the conversation, Hemmer dismissed Van Hollen as having just repeated “talking points” on the Democratic Party’s desire for a “balanced approach” to fiscal reform — i.e., spending cuts and tax increases. The congressman did not take kindly to that characterization. “Don’t belittle statements by calling them so-called talking points,”...
  • Pelosi, Van Hollen, Durbin: Americans Still Not Taxed Enough

    01/07/2013 6:55:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 7, 2013 | Susan Jones
    Are Democrats done raising taxes on the American people? “No,” says House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “We can raise more revenue,” says Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). And Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says “there are still deductions, credits, special treatments under the tax code which ought to be looked at very carefully.” …
  • Reelecting Chris Van Hollen Would be "Reckless" [MD]

    11/05/2012 7:14:32 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | Nov 3, 2012 | CVMaryland
    Chris Van Hollen is pretending to be a bi-partisan compromiser now that the district 8 demographics have changed. Don't fall for it. Van Hollen is an ultra-left wing Democrat in the same mold as Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.
  • Van Hollen says changing gun law unnecessary after Brookfield shooting(WI)

    10/25/2012 3:48:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 25 October, 2012 | NA
    MADISON - The Wisconsin Attorney General says there is no need to change gun laws because of the killing spree at a spa in Brookfield this past week. Radcliffe Haughton bought his gun from a private seller. By law, private sellers are not required to do background checks on the buyer. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says changing the law would be too hard to enforce. "Who is to draw the line between, 'I sold you a firearm, I loaned you a firearm, I've given you a firearm, you've taken the firearm from me?' " asked Van Hollen. "Not to...
  • WI Attorney General to Ask WSSC to Reinstate Voter ID Law Ahead of November Elections

    08/21/2012 8:01:39 AM PDT · by MNlurker · 9 replies
    WI Dept of Justice ^ | Aug 21, 2012 | JB Van Hollen
    MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that they will file a “Petition to Bypass Court of Appeals” and “Motion for Consolidation” with the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in each of two legal actions originally commenced in Dane County Circuit Court challenging the state's “Voter ID” law, 2011 Wis. Act 23. The Attorney General will further ask the Supreme Court to immediately stay each of the Circuit Court injunctions against the Voter ID law in a determined effort to ensure the law will be in place for the November 6, 2012, general election.
  • WI: Walker says he won’t implement ACA in Badger State

    06/28/2012 1:30:45 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 6-28-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker is pledging to fight the U.S. Supreme Court, vowing that he will not implement the federal health care reform law, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the law is constitutional. Walker said in a statement shortly after Thursday’s court ruling that he hopes that Republicans will be in control of Congress and that the White House after the November elections and that they will repeal the law. “If there is no political remedy from Washington and the law moves forward, it would require the majority of people in Wisconsin to pay more money for...
  • Sources: [WI AG] Van Hollen's office declined to help with John Doe [Holder inv. of Walker aide]

    09/20/2011 6:08:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 6:22 p.m. | Patrick Marley
    Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was asked months ago to assist in a growing secret investigation of former and current aides to Gov. Scott Walker, but Van Hollen's office declined, sources familiar with the request said Tuesday. Van Hollen's agency assisted with at least one previous John Doe investigation run by the Milwaukee County district attorney's office, lending a hand during the probe of then Milwaukee Ald. Michael McGee. State Department of Justice officials would not say why they chose not to assist with the investigation of Walker's former county staffers. Sources said the request was made around the time...
  • Wall Street Is Biggest Donor to Deficit Panel Members

    08/17/2011 7:27:26 PM PDT · by Fred · 10 replies
    Who's been cozying up to the members of the new Congressional super committee? With the committee set to decide on a whopping $1.5 trillion in federal deficit reduction this fall, lobbyists and corporations are trying to figure out which industries are best connected to the 12 members of the new panel. You can bet that those connections will be pressed to the limit in coming months as companies and sectors scramble to ensure that federal spending they like and tax breaks they depend on aren't slated for elimination. As it looks at the new committee members, Wall Street may like...
  • FACTBOX-Top campaign donors to U.S. super committee members

    08/11/2011 10:52:27 PM PDT · by Fred · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 081111 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Here is a look at some of the top donors to election campaigns for the 12 members of the U.S. Congress named to a deficit-fighting "super committee." Known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the panel is expected to be the most heavily lobbied body in Washington ahead of its Nov. 23 deadline for making recommendations on $1.5 trillion in additional budget savings. Unless specified, donations below combine members' campaign committees and leadership PACs (political action committees). Data is from SENATE DEMOCRATS Patty Murray of Washington state * Software giant Microsoft Corp...
  • Special interests gave millions to budget panel

    08/11/2011 2:29:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/11/11 | JACK GILLUM, Associated Press
    The 12 lawmakers appointed to a new congressional supercommittee charged with tackling the nation's fiscal problems have received millions in contributions from special interests with a direct stake in potential cuts to federal programs, an Associated Press review of federal campaign data has found. The newly appointed members — six Democrats and six Republicans — have received more than $3 million total during the past five years in donations from political committees with ties to defense contractors, health care providers and labor unions. That money went to their re-election campaigns, according to AP's review. Supporters say the lawmakers were picked...
  • All 6 Democrats on Deficit-Reduction Panel Earned 'F's From Taxpayers’ Union

    08/11/2011 1:58:19 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    All 6 Democrats on Deficit-Reduction Panel Earned 'F's From Taxpayers’ Union Thursday, August 11, 2011 By Terence P. Jeffrey ( - All six Democrats that have been assigned to the special joint congressional committee that will recommend means for cutting the nation’s anticipated spending by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years compiled voting records last year that earned them grades of “F” from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) announced today that she has assigned Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (S.C.), Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) and Budget Committee Ranking Member...
  • Scott Walker seeks to stop defense of state's domestic partner registry

    05/18/2011 7:37:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 05/18/2011 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Gov. Scott Walker believes a new law that gives gay couples hospital visitation rights violates the state constitution and has asked a judge to allow the state to stop defending it. Democrats who controlled the Legislature in 2009 changed the law so that same-sex couples could sign up for domestic partnership registries with county clerks to secure some - but not all - of the rights afforded married couples. Wisconsin Family Action sued last year in Dane County circuit court, arguing that the registries violated a 2006 amendment to the state constitution that bans gay marriage and any...
  • Obama vs. Free Speech, Again

    04/25/2011 6:58:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 25, 2011 | The Editors
    In its Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court held that Americans do not forfeit their First Amendment rights when they join together to form businesses. This hardly remarkable conclusion produced howls of indignation among Democrats, who summarily denounced both the justices and the “corporations,” about which they are inclined to whisper darkly. Now the president is contemplating the imposition of free-speech restrictions through executive fiat. Democrats’ main response to Citizens United was the DISCLOSE Act (if you must know and can stomach it, that’s the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act) which, among other things,...
  • Democrats widen assault on anonymous campaign cash

    04/21/2011 7:55:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/21/11 | Alister Bull - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic congressman filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Federal Election Commission, widening efforts to expose anonymous campaign donations as the 2012 U.S. election gets under way. Representative Chris van Hollen, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives' Budget Committee, filed the suit challenging FEC regulations which he said undermined the degree of campaign finance disclosure demanded by U.S. law. "The absence of transparency will enable special interest groups to bankroll campaign initiatives while operating under a veil of anonymity," Van Hollen said in a statement. Democrats claim that attack ads worth millions of dollars...
  • Republicans push Ryan's 2012 budget as a sign of leadership

    04/03/2011 6:00:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 3, 2011 | Jamie Klatell
    While the budget for the current fiscal year remains in limbo, Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, fired the first broadside of next year's budget debate on Sunday. Ryan spoke publicly -- albeit without many details -- about his budget proposal which is to be released on Tuesday. Asked about the scale of his budget's spending reductions, Ryan said they would exceed $4 trillion. "We're looking at more than that right now," Ryan said on "Fox News Sunday." "We're fine-tuning our numbers with the Congressional Budget Office literally today, over the weekend. But we're going to be...
  • Wisconsin AG Declares Obamacare Dead

    02/02/2011 10:00:29 AM PST · by KansasGirl · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2/1/2011 | Brian Bolduc
    In light of Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional, Wisconsin’s attorney general, J. B. Van Hollen, has declared the Badger State free of any obligations imposed by the law. “Judge Vinson declared the health care law void and stated in his decision that a declaratory judgment is the functional equivalent of an injunction,” Hollen says in a statement. “This means that, for Wisconsin, the federal health care law is dead — unless and until it is revived by an appellate court.”
  • Wisconsin to fight health reform law

    12/06/2010 2:49:51 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-5-10 | Guy Boulton
    At some point after Jan. 3, when Scott Walker becomes governor, Wisconsin will challenge the constitutionality of the federal law to overhaul the health care system. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has not decided whether the state will join the lawsuit filed in Florida by 20 other states, the National Federation of Independent Business and two uninsured individuals, or file its own lawsuit. "That work is under way," Van Hollen said. "I have been in discussions not only with my staff but also with staff of both the Florida AG's office and the Virginia AG's office." Joining a lawsuit...
  • Van Hollen Says Pundits Are Wrong, Democrats Keep the House [Delusional ALERT]

    10/21/2010 2:01:45 PM PDT · by freespirited · 19 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | 10/21/10
    The man House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recruited to maintain the Democrats' control of the House is bucking conventional wisdom that Republicans could enjoy a landslide on election night. "I'm confident we're going to retain the majority and I'm confident that Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker of the House," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The DCCC is the national organization charged with electing House Democrats. Numerous, skilled political prognosticators suggest that Republicans could score 50 or more seats and win back control of the House for the first time since...
  • Rep. Adler, DCCC Must Come Clean on Fake New Jersey Tea Party Candidate

    10/08/2010 9:27:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 8, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
      It is almost beyond belief that Rep. John Adler, a Democrat from southern New Jersey and his allies could successfully plant a fake Tea Party candidate on the ballot in order to draw votes form the Republican candidate Jon Runyon. It is possible that Adler and operatives of the Democratic Congressional Campaign  Committee (DCCC) violated a number of statues and House Rules, but the more pressing priority is for Adler to fully explain his knowledge of these events. Moreover, DCCC Chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen, at right, must fully explain any role he played, and the role of...
  • Van Hollen: Impending ethics trials will help Democrats in November (Uh, No They Don't)

    08/05/2010 12:35:44 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 08/05/10 01:51 PM ET | Michael O'Brien
    Ethics trials against two top-ranking Democrats could actually help the party this fall, their House campaign chief asserted Thursday. The trials awaiting Reps. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in September will underscore the ethics reforms Democrats put in place in place after taking control of the House in 2006, said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). "It's another example of how we've actually strengthened the ethics process," Van Hollen said during an appearance on MSNBC. The House broke for recess last week after recommending the two lawmakers face proceedings after...
  • Rangel in a sleaze squeeze

    07/28/2010 2:45:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 28, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE and CHARLES HURT
    WASHINGTON -- One of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenants demanded yesterday that Rep. Charles Rangel quickly settle the swirling ethics charges against him rather than face a trial tomorrow that could embarrass Democratic candidates across the country -- but the disgraced pol isn't going without a fight. "I think it's best that he settle," Rep. George Miller, an influential California Democrat who helped engineer Pelosi's rise to power, told The Post. "Because I just said so, that's why. That's my feeling," he added. Amid mounting pressure on Rangel, Miller's blunt statement is the most direct message from any member...
  • Wait! There's even more dirt on Rangel

    07/27/2010 2:26:16 AM PDT · by Scanian · 25 replies · 2+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 27, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON -- Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel said yesterday that investigators have unearthed new allegations of misconduct against him, while House Democratic leaders increased the pressure on him to reach a settlement before a congressional trial starts Thursday. "We waited almost two years, and they finally investigated, and guess what -- they have some more alleged violations," Rangel said. The embattled pol did not reveal whether the latest accusations were previously unknown to the public or were related to the original charges that prompted the probe by the House Ethics Committee. The alleged misdeeds include Rangel using House stationery to solicit...
  • Van Hollen: Up To 70 Seats In Play ("Few targets" for Dems)

    07/15/2010 2:17:15 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 8 replies
    Hotline ^ | 07/15/10 | Reid Wilson
    As many as 70 House seats are in play this election cycle, DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen said Thursday as he sought to downplay a rift between House Dem leaders and the WH. "It's between 60 and 70 seats in play. That includes Democrats and Republican seats in play," Van Hollen said on MSNBC Thursday morning, maintaining the midterms will be a choice between Dems and GOPers.(snip) Van Hollen maintained that Dems still have a few targets this Nov., pointing to seats being vacated by Reps. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Mike Castle (R-DE). He also cited seats held by Reps....
  • NRA isn't the villain in the free-speech fight

    06/18/2010 1:53:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 406+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 18, 2010 | Timothy P. Carney
    Congressional Democrats, to avert a clash with the National Rifle Association, have crafted a blatantly unfair amendment to an already cynical and probably unconstitutional bill regulating political discourse. The amendment, crafted by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., exempts a handful of the most powerful lobbies -- including the NRA -- from proposed burdensome disclosure requirements.It's a shameful moment for the House of Representatives -- especially the Democratic majority, and particularly Van Hollen. On the right, though, the ire is mostly aimed at the NRA for agreeing to drop its opposition to the bill because of the carveout.But the facts paint...
  • Democrats Move To Undercut Citizens United Ruling

    04/25/2010 11:34:05 AM PDT · by Southnsoul · 11 replies · 825+ views
    POLITICO ^ | 4/24/10 11:47 PM EDT | POLITICO STAFF
    (D-N.Y.), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) plan to unveil legislation to close campaign-finance loopholes opened by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The legislation was written in consultation with the White House. Here are details that have been circulated to Democratic congressional staffers, and were obtained by POLITICO:
  • Wisconsin’s AG:It’s not my decision whether or not to challenge Obamacare

    03/24/2010 11:55:27 AM PDT · by Snerdley · 16 replies · 2,155+ views
    Wisconsin Radio Network ^ | 3/23/10 | ANDREW BECKETT
    Attorney General says staff reviewing health care bill by ANDREW BECKETT on MARCH 23, 2010 in POLITICS & GOVERNMENT Wisconsin’s Attorney General says it’s not his decision whether or not to challenge federal health care legislation passed by Congress. Republicans and several groups are calling on Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to bring legal action to block the health care reforms approved by Congress Sunday night. In a statement released Monday afternoon, Van Hollen said he’s disappointed in much of the policy included in the bill, but he does not have the power to mount a challenge on his own....
  • Chris van Hollen’s memo to Democrats describes how the U.S.Constitution will be shredded this week;

    03/14/2010 5:40:57 PM PDT · by blueyon · 15 replies · 1,628+ views
    Hotair ^ | 3/14/10 | directorblue
    the “Slaughter Rule” is a go The detestable menace Chris van Hollen (D-MD) sent out the following memo to House Democrats earlier today. TODAY or MONDAY: CBO will publish final scores on legislative language THEN: House Budget Committee must approve using the reconciliation process to pass this THEN: The bill will go to the Rules Committee, rule will be constructed for consideration on the floor, and language will be posted online (on the Rules website) and the 72-hour clock will start. When this happens, we will start to have a better idea on what the process will be. THEN: A...
  • A Note To Rep. Chris Van Hollen

    02/08/2010 9:35:46 PM PST · by DakotaRed · 3 replies · 311+ views
    Right In A Left World ^ | February 8, 2010 | Lew Waters
    Representative Van Hollen, while I am not one of your constituents, I do appreciate the frequent updates I receive from you pertaining to requests for donations to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. I received one such email from you just today, February 8, 2010 concerning the passing of Pennsylvania’s Representative John Murtha. My condolences to his family. In your email you claimed, “America has lost a patriotic veteran” and “Congressman Murtha worked to ensure that our men and women in uniform and their families had the support and resources they deserve.” Did you forget when Rep. Murtha accused a squad...
  • Dems Make Unfortunate Kennedy Analogy

    01/18/2010 12:10:26 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 102 replies · 3,018+ views ^ | Jan. 18, 2010
    Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said THIS about Ted Kennedy's Senate seat...“Why would you hand the keys to the car back to the same guys whose policies drove the economy into the ditch and then walked away from the scene of the accident?”
  • Senate Can Pass Health With 51 Votes , Says Top Democrat.

    01/15/2010 3:01:22 PM PST · by RED SOUTH · 10 replies · 666+ views
    Van Hollen said Republican predictions that the political climate had changed so much that they can capture the 40 seats needed to regain control of the House was “pure hallucination.” “Why would you hand the keys to the car back to the same guys whose policies drove the economy into the ditch and then walked away from the scene of the accident?” Van Hollen said. “For the Republicans to say vote for us and bring back the guys who got us into this mess in the first place, I don’t think it’s a winner.”
  • 2010 situation grows more difficult for Democrats

    01/02/2010 6:29:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies · 1,561+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | January 2, 2010 | By LIZ SIDOTI, AP National Political Writer
    WASHINGTON – An already difficult situation for Democrats in Congress is worsening as the 2010 political season opens. To minimize expected losses in next fall's election, President Barack Obama's party is testing a line of attack that resurrects George W. Bush as a boogeyman and castigates Republicans as cozy with Wall Street. Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who heads the House Democrats' campaign arm, said his party wants to remind voters who was on their side at a difficult time. "The Republican Party in Washington today is no different than the Republican Party that ran the Congress before," he said....
  • VanHollen avoids the health care debate

    08/09/2009 7:12:40 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 17 replies · 531+ views ^ | August 9, 2009 | DrewM
    Check out the strategic email featured on the website inviting people presumed to have the 'correct' opinions to be heard by their congressmen (VanHollen, Linder, and Kohl)on an appointment basis. I'll quote a comment from the webpage: "This is the dems plan, hide in the office, conduct “office visits”, and hold tele-conferences. That way, they don’t have to face their constituents, the media won’t be blind-sided into covering anything that isn’t love for the congresscritters, and no bad publicity of union goons beating up citizens." posted by UpNorth
  • House Democrats Target 29 GOP Seats

    04/29/2009 6:09:28 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 26 replies · 1,721+ views
    PoliticalWire ^ | 4/29/09
    According to a leaked memo, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) plans to target 29 House Republicans from districts won by Barack Obama last November. Democrats privately say "they expect to lose a handful of seats to the GOP in next year's midterms and the memo acknowledges that the average midterm loss for a ruling party in a midterm is 30," reports Politico. "Nonetheless, he paints a picture of an unusually unpredictable cycle and thinks Dems could do much better than average if President Obama's popularity stays sky-high and the party targets vulnerable Rs."
  • Van Hollen: Climate bill could wait

    04/27/2009 5:54:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 423+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/27/09 | Jared Allen
    The House may not vote on a climate change bill this year, according to a high-ranking Democratic leader. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told The Hill on Monday that leaders could opt not to bring a climate measure to the floor if the bill has little chance of passing the Senate. Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), had previously indicated they would pass a climate bill through the House by the August congressional recess. The competing allegiances of Van Hollen — charged with leading Democrats into what is arguably their most challenging election cycle since 1994 and serving as a...
  • What's disorderly?

    04/23/2009 10:42:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies · 520+ views
    J.B. Van Hollen says carrying a gun in the open doesn't violate disorderly conduct laws. Technically, he may be right, but individual communities should be able to regulate this. While state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen perhaps has the letter of the law on his side, we are pleased to hear that Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn would have his officers question anyone carrying a gun openly in public. Flynn's response follows Van Hollen's opinion that carrying a gun in the open does not necessarily violate disorderly conduct laws. That may
  • Attorney general won't say whether open carry is legal

    01/24/2009 7:15:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies · 889+ views
    Lakeland Times ^ | 23 January, 2009 | Richard Moore
    As conflicts over of the open carry of firearms mushroom in the state, Wisconsin attorney general J.B. Van Hollen is declining to issue a legal opinion about whether the practice is legal. In a Nov. 6, 2008, letter to then state Rep. Terry Musser (R-Black River Falls), deputy attorney general Raymond Taffora acknowledged a number of requests for just such an opinion, as well as a growing number of arrests for carrying firearms in plain view, mostly on the charge of disorderly conduct. On behalf of an unnamed constituent, Musser had specifically asked for an opinion about the open carrying...
  • Could Mahoney scandel grow? GOP expanding criticism to other Dems (Emanuel, Van Hollen)

    10/14/2008 4:07:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies · 946+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 10/14/08 | GEORGE BENNETT
    Could Mahoney scandel grow? GOP expanding criticism to other DemsBy GEORGE BENNETT Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Republicans are hoping the Tim Mahoney sex scandal creates the same kind of far-reaching toxic plume for Democrats that poisoned GOP candidates across the nation in 2006 after Mark Foley's downfall. **SNIP** "This is a gravely serious matter, and to date, the collective response from Speaker Pelosi, Congressman Emanuel, Congressman Van Hollen, and Congressman Mahoney has been entirely inadequate," said House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, who in 2006 faced similar claims that he knew of Foley's behavior with...
  • DCCC Chair Van Hollen Defends Not Drilling in ANWR on Misleading Claims

    06/16/2008 10:01:03 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 19 replies · 49+ views ^ | June 16, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    With gas prices topping $4 a gallon and the idea of tapping into oil under the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or the Outer Continental Shelf becoming more popular, liberal members of Congress are changing the basis for their opposition to drilling. Opposition to opening up new drilling has traditionally focused on environmental concerns, but the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on June 15 accused oil companies of not using what they already have. When CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked "why not start drilling" in more U.S. areas "that could dramatically increase supply and as a result reduce the...
  • Van Hollen optimistic, Schumer downright buoyant on Democrats’ prospects [Declares Reagan era over]

    11/01/2007 10:32:56 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 24 replies · 84+ views
    The ^ | 1 Nov 07 | Aaron Blake
    The chairmen of the House and Senate Democratic campaign committees sounded differing notes of optimism on Wednesday, just more than a year away from what they say will be a second straight election on the offensive. Speaking to reporters at a briefing, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was effusive, saying the 2008 election could be “a seminal election” on par with only a few in the history of the country. The two-cycle chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said the results could “change the tectonic plates of politics.” Schumer said he expects to hold all 12 seats that Senate Democrats...
  • Rep. Chris Van Hollen Won't Run For U.S. Senate

    07/13/2005 6:27:44 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 319+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | July 12, 2005 | Jim Craig & John Wagner
    Rep. Chris Van Hollen ended months of speculation yesterday by declaring that he will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate next year, saying he wants to focus instead on raising his family and electing more Democrats to Congress.
  • Lawmakers seek protection for homosexual employees

    07/12/2005 4:32:51 PM PDT · by scripter · 34 replies · 690+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 12, 2005
    A group of 11 representatives in the House want Congress to add "sexual orientation" to the list of protected characteristics used in regulating workplace discrimination in federal employment. Government employment discrimination and whistleblower-protection issues are handed by the Office of Special Counsel, which is empowered to prosecute managers believed to have violated the law. During the Clinton administration, Special Counsel Elaine Kaplan – an avowed lesbian, according to Concerned Women for America – incorporated "sexual orientation" under the "conduct unrelated to the job" portion of the regulation, thus elevating homosexuality to a protected status. Last year, Scott Bloch, who now...
  • GOP Hopeful Fights Uphill Battle In Md. 8th District

    10/27/2004 11:59:19 AM PDT · by kevkrom · 1 replies · 300+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, October 27, 2004 | Tim Craig
    GOP Hopeful Fights Uphill Battle In Md. 8th District Floyd Seeking to Unseat Van Hollen By Tim Craig Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, October 27, 2004; Page B01 Republican Charles R. Floyd said it isn't easy running for Congress in the heavily Democratic 8th District, in the midst of a heated presidential campaign. The retired military officer and State Department employee said he has been shouted down while handing out literature at Metro stops. Doors have slammed in his face. When he stands waving his campaign signs along roadways, he said, "if I don't get three middle fingers in the...