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  • Vitter defends Southern influence in GOP, slams Voinovich [2009]

    03/05/2016 6:17:20 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | July 29th, 2009 | Rebecca Sinderbrand
    Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana slammed fellow Republican George Voinovich Wednesday for saying the GOP's problems stem from the fact that it is "being taken over by Southerners," calling the Ohio senator "a moderate, really wishy-washy." (SNIP) "We got too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns," Voinovich told the Columbus Dispatch Monday. "It's the Southerners…. "They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr . . .' People hear them and say, 'These people, they're Southerners,'" he said. "The party's being taken over by Southerners. What the hell have they got to do with Ohio?"
  • New Orleans Mayor Landrieu: Vitter is 'race-baiting' on immigration

    03/04/2016 3:16:46 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    nola.com ^ | March 03, 2016 | Richard Rainey
    Mayor Mitch Landrieu had harsh words for David Vitter on Thursday (March 3) after the Republican senator blasted New Orleans for its sanctuary city policies when it comes to undocumented immigrants. (SNIP) "Like Donald Trump, David Vitter wants you to believe that all immigrants are criminals," Landrieu said in a statement. "The people of our city and state saw through this kind of divisive, race-baiting politics during Vitter's failed gubernatorial campaign."
  • Byron York: The facts on Rubio, Cruz, and immigration

    12/21/2015 9:05:09 AM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/21/15 | Byron York
    The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate after a series of votes in June 2013. Democrats, who controlled the Senate at the time, unanimously supported the bill, while most Republicans opposed it. The four Republicans on the gang - Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jeff Flake - of course voted for it, and also agreed with Democrats on a plan to kill almost all GOP amendments.Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allowed just a handful of amendments to reach the Senate floor. One, from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, would have prohibited the legalization of illegal...
  • John Bel Edwards' transition team to examine restoring food stamp benefits

    12/04/2015 7:37:32 AM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | December 4, 2015 | Kevin Litten
    Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has decided not to re-apply for a waiver that allows out-of-work residents to apply for food stamp benefits after they've been on the program for three months. But because Louisiana's unemployment rate is above the national average, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards could decide to apply for the waiver once he takes office Jan. 11. Doing so could restore food stamp benefits, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, to as many as 64,000 Louisianians who have been unable to find work. snip
  • John Bel Edwards will issue executive order protecting LGBT state employees

    12/01/2015 3:03:19 PM PST · by abb · 41 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | December 1, 2015 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards plans to issue an executive order to protect the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community from firing, discrimination and harassment as state employees and government contractors. Edwards' directive would cover state workers and government contractors in agencies and departments he oversees. But executive orders don't necessarily bind parts of state government outside the governor's control, such as the judiciary. The Edwards' transition team did not provide a timeline for when the order might be issued, but the Democrat will be sworn into office Jan. 11. The governor-elect told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune directly a few weeks...
  • Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards’ Medicaid expansion timeline hits bump in road; here's what's next

    11/27/2015 10:46:13 AM PST · by abb · 8 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | November 26, 2015 | Marsha Shuler
    By Marsha Shuler| mshuler@theadvocate.com Nov. 26, 2015; 6:25 p.m. On the campaign trial, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards promised time and again that he would expand the rolls of Medicaid on his first day in office. His promise to reverse repeated rejections of expanded Medicaid by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and open the government health insurance program to more low-income workers was a cornerstone of the Democrat’s campaign. But legal realities have caused Edwards to back off, at least for the time being, while his incoming administration works through a legal glitch raised by the Legislature’s fiscal advisers. Edwards told reporters...
  • Jay Dardenne Auditions For John Bel Edwards’s Commissioner Of Administration

    11/25/2015 10:32:20 AM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 25, 2015 | Kevin Boyd
    The outgoing RINO Lt. Governor Jay “Ephialtes” Dardenne just sat down with Baton Rouge talk show host Clay Young to discuss his future plans and the governor’s race. The interview was largely Jay Dardenne’s audition for Commissioner Of Administration. Young asked Dardenne if there was a deal between John Bel Edwards and him for his endorsement. Dardenne says that it didn’t come up and that he endorsed Edwards because he believed David Vitter would be a terrible governor. Dardenne says Vitter was too much of a Washington politician and he didn’t want the Washington style politics of division to come...
  • GOP leader says Edwards backs New Orleans Democrat for (Louisiana) House speaker

    11/24/2015 4:09:08 PM PST · by abb · 31 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | November 24, 2015 | Mark Ballard
    Governor-elect John Bel Edwards told Republican House leaders Tuesday afternoon that he backed New Orleans Rep. Walt Leger III, a fellow Democrat as Speaker of the House, Majority Leader Lance Harris said. The Republican majority in the Louisiana House would prefer one its members in the top leadership role and passed a resolution to that effect during a meeting in the State Capitol. The 61 GOP representatives in the 105-member Louisiana House met for several hours behind closed doors to discuss how to handle the incoming administration of a Democratic Party governor. Traditionally, Louisiana governors choose the leaders of each...
  • How Long Did It Take John Bel Edwards To Break His First Campaign Promise?

    11/24/2015 2:42:52 PM PST · by abb · 24 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 24, 2015 | Kevin Boyd
    The answer is less than 24 hours after he was elected. John Bel Edwards tried to run an issue free campaign for governor. Instead, he made the election about David Vitter’s character. While he was busy destroying a good man, Edwards didn’t really go into his vision for Louisiana. Despite his best efforts though, he made some promises to the state. One of them was to hold two special sessions this coming year to deal with structural budget crisis the state is in. Here’s John Bel Edwards making the case via some questions posed on social media. Plans or priorities...
  • 'School choice' activists wary of Louisiana's new governor

    John Bel Edwards' alliances with teachers unions and conventional public school leaders are drawing concern that Louisiana's next governor will seek to revisit legislative battles over charter schools and private school tuition vouchers. In a sign of the strength of Edwards' ties to the unions, the Democrat's first speech since winning Saturday's runoff election was Monday (Nov. 23) at the Louisiana Federation of Teachers convention in Lake Charles. "I know the power and the promise of a public school education when it's done right and when you've got a good partner in the governor's office. Well, let me tell you...
  • John Bel Edwards Names A Bunch Of Old School Hacks To His Transition Team

    11/23/2015 9:03:13 AM PST · by abb · 24 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 23, 2015 | Kevin Boyd
    It didn’t take long for Governor-elect John Bel Edwards to show his true colors. In fact, it only took about 12 hours after he was elected governor. The fresh air he was claimed to bring to Louisiana is now a whiff of the stench of Louisiana’s corrupt past. Here are the members of the transition team, according to the Times-Picayune. The transition team, which will operate from the Kirby Smith Hall on the campus of LSU, will include Laura Leach of Lake Charles; Mayor Jamie Mayo of Monroe; Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newel Normand; state Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, of Baton...
  • John Bel Edwards calls Medicaid expansion 'among the highest priorities'

    11/23/2015 2:06:46 AM PST · by abb · 21 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | November 22, 2015 | Kevin Litten
    Governor-elect John Bel Edwards called expanding Medicaid "among the highest priorities" of his new administration, though he said Sunday (Nov. 22) he may not be able to approve an expanded program on Day One. Edwards has said for months that he would accept the expansion of Medicaid, which requires executive approval, in the early days of his administration. But he said new questions have been raised about a funding mechanism the Legislature finished building in the spring. There is "a difference of opinion" in interpretations of how the bill was drafted and passed, Edwards said. But he did not appear...
  • David Vitter somehow manages to lose the Louisiana governor’s office

    11/22/2015 10:43:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Democrat John Bel Edwards took a victory lap last night after winning Louisiana’s gubernatorial race by a wide margin. While things had looked pretty good for Republican Senator David Vitter a couple of months ago, in the end it really wasn’t even close. (New York Times) With a victory that defied political geography and near universal predictions from just months earlier, a previously little-known Democrat, State Representative John Bel Edwards, soundly defeated United States Senator David Vitter in a runoff election on Saturday to become the next governor of Louisiana.Mr. Edwards won 56 percent of the vote with virtually...
  • Reservoir King Named as John Bel Edwards' Chief of Staff

    11/22/2015 2:42:46 PM PST · by abb · 32 replies
    The Dead Pelican ^ | November 22, 2015 | Chad Rogers
    11/22/2015-- 4:12 PM CDT Governor-elect John Bel Edwards has named Ben Nevers as his chief of staff. He announced this at a press conference Sunday afternoon. Edwards said that Nevers "has my complete confidence. I could not be happier with the decision that I have made and couldn't be more pleased that Senator Nevers agreed to do this." Ben Nevers has taken positions and supported legislation that has come under fire over the years. Years ago, we wrote about the ongoing controversy regarding man-made reservoirs in Louisiana. One of our concerns was with the Oak Grove community in Washington Parish,...
  • The Latest: Vitter Says Won't Run for US Senate in 2016

    11/22/2015 2:08:23 AM PST · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 22, 2015
    Republican David Vitter says he is not going to run again for the U.S. Senate after losing in an upset race for governor to Democrat John Bel Edwards. Vitter made the announcement during an appearance to campaign supporters in the New Orleans suburbs Saturday evening after it became apparent that he would not win the governor's race. Vitter, who has one year left in his second U.S. Senate term, told supporters that before entering the governor's race, he and his wife had decided that he would not seek another term in the Senate.
  • Louisiana Governor Race Results

    11/21/2015 6:35:35 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 137 replies
    Early Results
  • Louisiana to choose governor today

    11/21/2015 9:04:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 88 replies
    arklatexhomepage.com ^ | Updated 11/21 2015 10:22AM | Nancy Cook
    Today, Louisianans are going to the polls to decide who will lead the state for the next four years. In what was arguably the state's most interesting primary elections since 1987, state Rep. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Sen. David Vitter ended up in the top two slots in the Oct. 24 primary election. Edwards finished in first place among the four gubernatorial candidates receiving votes in the double digits in that primary election, garnering 40 percent of the vote - almost double those of his nearest contender, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who received 23 percent. Back in May a...
  • Louisiana Gov. Race: Syrian Refugee Debate Erodes Dem's Lead to 4 Points

    11/20/2015 11:02:43 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Nov. 2015 | John Nolte
    According to the newest state-wide poll of Louisiana taken Thursday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) 71% has inched to within just 4 points of his Democrat opponent, John Bel Edwards. Earlier in the month, Edwards had been handily beating Vitter by as much as +22 points. Proving once again why early voting is an appallingly dumb idea, while the Syrian refugee debate appears to be helping Vitter gain ground (he leads on this issue 40% to 36%), according to the Huffington Post, more than a quarter of a million votes have already been cast in Louisiana. Like almost...
  • Poll: Vitter riding typhoon with Syria Refugee issue, down by only 4 against Edwards (47%-43%)

    The Fat Lady ain't singing. Not yet. Shades of the 1993 election in which Mary Landrieu rode the wave of the Sugar crises in South America, David Vitter, behind in the polls, all runoff season, is building a typhoon over the international Paris terrror crises. In the last poll of the runoff, John C. Convillion of JMC Analytics notes the race has now dropped to 4 percent difference. Weeks ago, Edwards led by 22 points.
  • Another Poll Has The Governor’s Race At 48-42 For Edwards (Vitter closing the gap?)

    This one is by RRH Elections, which is an offshoot polling operation of Red Racing Horses - a political junky blog we frequent often. They've decided to take up collections from their readers and poll races, and the LAGOV race is the latest project within that effort. The poll is an IVR, which is a robopoll, and the sample size is 359 voters. It was apparently taken in two tranches - Nov. 12 and last night. That's not great, but there is some method to the madness here which might offer some credibility to the results. From the poll memo...
  • Louisiana governor candidates John Bel Edwards and David Vitter clash in heated final debate

    11/16/2015 9:30:12 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 47 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | November 16, 2015 | Kevin Litten
    In a final statewide TV debate Monday (Nov. 16), Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter began making the closing arguments in a wild gubernatorial campaign that often took on an angry tone. The two men came out swinging as the debate opened with a question about Syrian refugees; it ended with Vitter making a personal appeal to voters for forgiveness for his prostitution scandal and Edwards making the case that he's the best leader. In between, both men fumed at each other for a series of attacks that each said was a distortion of his record. It was...
  • Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz Make Robocalls In Support Of David Vitter

    11/16/2015 9:14:28 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 4 replies
    Huffpost Politics ^ | 1/16/2015 | Igor Bobic
    Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) are coming to the aid of their colleague Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in the final week of his Louisi­ana gubernat­ori­al run­off cam­paign. On Sunday, National Journal reported the two presidential hopefuls recorded robocalls voicing sup­port for Vitter, who is trailing Democratic Louisiana state Rep. John Bel Edwards in the heated race. The Vitter campaign told National Journal that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is expected to do the same. Vitter's involvement in the 2007 "D.C. Madam" prostitution scandal resurfaced after a tough Edwards attack ad alleged Vitter "chose...
  • John Bel Edwards Won’t Say He’ll Fight Syrian Refugee Placement #LAGov

    11/16/2015 7:29:18 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 23 replies
    Redstate ^ | November 16, 2015 | Joe Cunningham
    All weekend long and well throughout the day today, the topic of conversation has been on the attacks in Paris. Here in Louisiana, perhaps more than anywhere else, there is a strong connection with the French: It’s in our culture, it’s the basis of a (rapidly dying) local language, and it is where we as a state came from. The Paris attacks have now given way to a broader U.S. conversation about the acceptance of Syrian refugees, and several states, including Louisiana, have said “No, we’re not cooperating on this.” But, do you know who is okay with accepting Syrian...
  • Vitter’s Governor Race Raises Concerns Over His Senate Seat in 2016

    11/12/2015 3:48:06 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | November 12, 2015 | Eli Yokley
    Louisiana lawmakers such as Reps. Charles Boustany Jr., John Fleming and State Treasurer John Kennedy have made it known that they are looking at seeking Vitter’s seat, and Republicans there say that field could grow even larger in an open primary. With their support for Vitter, the three have been catering to their constituency of one, Vitter, who, if elected governor, would be able to appoint his successor if he was sworn-in. As they did in Kentucky, Republicans in Louisiana appear to be counting, at least in part, on President Barack Obama’s unpopularity in the South in their messaging against...
  • Is Vitter on the Verge of Losing Everything?

    11/10/2015 4:01:39 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 38 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | November 10, 2015 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    Louisiana isn’t anywhere close to belonging on a list of swing states, yet Republican David Vitter is at risk of losing not only his gubernatorial race this month, but also his Senate seat next year. The Pelican State’s senior senator has struggled to unify the Republican vote after finishing second in the Oct. 24 jungle primary with just 23 percent. He trails Democrat John Bel Edwards in multiple public polls heading into the Nov. 21 runoff. Vitter’s numbers have dipped to a point where, should he lose, some Republicans will want him to drop his bid for re-election to the...
  • Attack ad slams Vitter for choosing 'prostitutes over patriots' (Edwards gets down and dirty)

    The latest attack ad targeting Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in the Louisiana gubernatorial race claims that he chose "prostitutes over patriots." The 30-second spot contrasts Vitter with opponent Louisiana state Rep. John Bel Edwards (D) on their commitment to the armed forces. "The choice for governor couldn't be more clear: John Bel Edwards, who answered our country's call and served as a Ranger in the 82nd Airborne Division," the ad begins, "or David Vitter, who answered a prostitute's call minutes after he skipped a vote honoring 28 soldiers who gave their lives in defense of freedom." "David Vitter chose prostitutes...
  • Republican Lt. Gov. Endorses Vitter’s Democratic Rival (Vitter in trouble)

    Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, a Republican who was eliminated from the state's gubernatorial race in the jungle primary last month, has endorsed Democrat John Bel Edwards over Republican Sen. David Vitter. Dardenne announced his support for Edwards at a news conference at Louisiana State University on Thursday, a day after the Vitter campaign rolled out an endorsement of its own from former Republican Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster. The race has split Team Dardenne, which, along with supporters of Republican Scott Angelle, came up short in the October primary. Earlier this month, Dardenne's spokeswoman, Marsanne Golsby, announced her support for...
  • Bobby Jindal not ready to endorse David Vitter for governor

    10/30/2015 2:19:00 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/30/15 | David Weigel
    Three weeks before Louisiana voters decide who will replace Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), the outgoing Republican is offering no advice on who to support.
  • Pollsters say ... it's not a sure bet that State Rep. John Bel Edwards will win

    10/27/2015 3:46:00 AM PDT · by Pikachu_Dad · 35 replies
    The Advocate ^ | Oct 26, 2015 | BY MARK BALLARD| MBALLARD@THEADVOCATE.COM
    Pollsters: Win over Vitter still tough path BY MARK BALLARD| MBALLARD@THEADVOCATE.COM Oct. 26, 2015; 7:59 p.m. State Rep. John Bel Edwards’ surprise showing in Saturday’s election gave hope to many that the Democratic Party could elect one of its own to a statewide office for the first time since 2008. Edwards was expected to make the Nov. 21 runoff. What surprised many political professionals was that he polled 40 percent of the vote and outpaced Republican candidates in every region of the state in a low-turnout election.
  • Rubio backs Cruz on tougher penalties for illegal immigrants

    10/23/2015 9:01:18 AM PDT · by Isara · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Marco Rubio is backing a push to increase penalties for undocumented immigrants who reenter the country after previously being deported. The Florida Republican signed onto legislation from fellow 2016 White House hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday, according to the Congressional Record. Under Cruz's legislation, undocumented immigrants face additional prison time if they reenter the country after being deported, including a minimum five-year sentence if they were previously convicted of an aggravated felony or of illegally reentering the country twice. The Texas Republican is expected to come to the Senate floor next week to try to pass the...
  • Sen. Cruz: We Must Send the Message That Defiance of Our Laws Will No Longer Be Tolerated (Video&T)

    10/20/2015 11:35:57 AM PDT · by Isara · 57 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | October 20, 2015
    Demands accountability of the Obama Administration through legislation cracking down on sanctuary cities, criminal illegal aliens Watch the video WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor citing the Obama Administration’s persistent negligence of immigration law enforcement and bolstering the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146), of which he is a lead cosponsor, as a small step in the right direction. In addition to stripping certain federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions, the legislation also incorporates critical elements of Kate’s Law, which Sen. Cruz introduced earlier this year, by imposing...
  • Trump echoes Vitter proposals on immigration, including 'birthright citizenship' ban

    08/21/2015 7:50:21 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    Times-Picayune News ^ | August 16, 2015 | Bruce Alpert
    Front-running Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Sunday picked up on a proposal from Sen. David Vitter, R-La., for a constitutional amendment barring "birthright citizenship" for children born in the United States to parents without legal status. It is part of a policy proposal unveiled Sunday (Aug. 16) on his campaign website. The plan calls for Mexico to fund a protective wall across the U.S.-Mexican border, deportation of all "criminal aliens," and tripling the force of U.S. immigration officers.
  • Louisiana Campaigns Tread Water Until Vitter’s Race

    07/16/2015 3:51:39 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 81 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | July 16, 2015 | Eli Yokley
    For a number of ambitious Republicans in Louisiana, a whole lot hinges on the state’s gubernatorial election later this year — and Sen. David Vitter. Vitter is one of four candidates facing off in the Pelican State’s “jungle primary” in October. He will be up against two other Republicans and one Democrat in a race that, unless a single candidate gets half the vote, would advance the two top candidates to a runoff in late November. If he ultimately emerges as the victor — and that’s still an “if”— a brand new set of ifs would arise and leave politicians...
  • Louisiana Democrats' best hope to beat David Vitter? Vote Republican

    05/20/2015 4:55:19 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    nola.com ^ | May 16, 2015 | Robert Mann
    Last week, I argued that Sen. David Vitter – the undisputed leader in this year's governor's race – should be nervous because of our electorate's long history of punishing frontrunners and promoting also-rans. (SNIP) Democrats have a clear choice: send Edwards into a runoff that he almost certainly cannot win – or back a moderate Republican, who could defeat Vitter. If Democrats have any power left in Louisiana politics, it is electing moderate Republicans. That's not a goal that will launch Democratic activists out of bed each morning but it's about all the power the party has left (in statewide...
  • Vitter's Obamacare crusade draws GOP ire

    05/12/2015 6:32:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | May 12, 2015 | By MANU RAJU
    One fellow senator calls David Vitter’s years-long crusade to scrap health care subsidies for lawmakers and their staffers “disingenuous.” Another says it’s obviously being done “for political purposes.” “I just don’t think he’s made a lot of progress on this issue,” a third senator says. And those are just fellow Republicans talking. Within the chummy confines of the U.S. Senate, Vitter has emerged as one of the most disliked members. The second-term senator’s effort to kill the federal health care contribution, worth several thousand dollars to lawmakers and their staffers, is a big part of it.
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies

    05/07/2015 2:49:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/7/2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    Health-care experts call it D.C. insiderism at its worst. The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the...
  • Why is Jeb Bush Endorsing & Fundraising for Leading Anti-Immigrant Senator David Vitter?

    04/23/2015 7:57:36 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    America's Voice ^ | 04/15/2015
    If Jeb Bush embodies many Republicans’ hopes to soften the GOP’s harsh brand image on immigration and expand the party’s competitiveness with Latino voters, then why is he endorsing and appearing at a political fundraiser tonight for the virulently anti-immigrant Senator David Vitter? (SNIP) Meanwhile, David Vitter is one of the most consistent anti-immigrant hardliners in the Senate – a vocal opponent of the DREAM Act, comprehensive immigration reform, and President Obama’s immigration executive action programs and a lead sponsor of efforts to restrict the use of discretion in immigration enforcement to target felons, not families (it continues to be...
  • 10 U.S. senators seek investigation into H-1B-driven layoffs

    04/15/2015 5:08:46 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Computer World ^ | Apr 9, 2015 | Patrick Thibodeau
    Ten U.S. senators, representing the political spectrum, are seeking a federal investigation into displacement of IT workers by H-1B-using contractors. They are asking the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Labor Department to investigate the use of the H-1B program "to replace large numbers of American workers" at Southern California Edison (SCE) and other employers. (SNIP) The other signers are Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), a longtime ally of Grassley on H-1B issues; Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), David Vitter (R-La.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), James Inhofe...
  • Vitter quotes '93 Reid Senate speech on ending birthright citizenship

    03/16/2015 3:15:00 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 13, 2015 | Sean Higgins
    Sen. David Vitter gave a speech on the Senate floor calling on Congress to end the practice of birthright citizenship, arguingthat "no sane country" would allow it for the children of illegal immigrants. Vitter ended the remarks Thursday by saying he was actually quoting an old speech by Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who now opposes ending birthright citizenship. Reid had slammed Vitter over the issue the previous day. "This is not my statement. Let me clarify: This is Sen. Harry Reid's statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate," said the Louisiana Republican, who is sponsoring an anti-birthright...
  • Vitter to block nomination, citing ObamaCare rule ('Show Your Exemption Act')

    02/19/2015 4:18:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/11/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is blocking a high-ranking nomination at the Office of Personnel Management, an agency that he says is responsible for an “unfair, possibly illegal” exemption from ObamaCare. Vitter announced Wednesday that he will refuse to allow Earl Gay to become the agency’s deputy director because the agency has ignored his questions about what he calls the “Washington exemption for ObamaCare.” “Once they answer some specific questions about why they think Congress is entitled to a special exemption from Obamacare, I’ll release the hold,” Vitter wrote in a statement Wednesday. Vitter, who was recently named chairman of the...
  • IRS Obstructs Justice? (Weekly Update)

    02/07/2015 11:40:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 6, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    U.S. Senate Follows JW Lead on Obamacare FraudObama IRS Obstructs Justice?Election Integrity Battle Moves to Supreme CourtU.S. Senate Follows JW Lead on Obamacare Fraud Someone on Capitol Hill has taken notice of the lawsuit we filed last fall challenging members of Congress who are taking advantage of health benefits they are not entitled to claim. That someone is Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) who now chairs the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. As a prominent figure in the new Republican majority, Vitter is well-positioned to investigate and expose illegal maneuverings that make it possible for elected officials, and their staff members,...
  • La. treasurer leads to replace Vitter in Senate

    01/23/2015 1:55:34 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy leads among Republicans potentially seeking to replace Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in the Senate. According to a poll conducted by conservative North Star Opinion Research on behalf of Kennedy, the state treasurer takes 18 percent support, ahead of Reps. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), at 13 percent, and John Fleming, at 7 percent. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu would be the strongest Democratic challenger in the Senate race. He took 39 percent in the poll, which is the baseline of support for any Democrat in the state, according to the poll. Louisiana has gone deep red in...
  • Holder on the hot seat: Senators demand answers on U.S. fugitives in Cuba

    01/23/2015 11:25:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    A group of Senate Republicans pressed Attorney General Eric H. Holder on Friday to explain the administration’s policy for U.S. fugitives in Cuba, including a convicted cop killer, following President Obama’s announced normalization of relations with the communist island nation. “As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, do you support the normalization of relations with Cuba without the return of fugitives from justice for prosecution who have the blood of Americans, including law enforcement officers on their hands?” said the three senators in a letter to Mr. Holder. The letter was signed by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz...
  • Jeff Sessions to take over Senate panel overseeing immigration (with Vitter)

    01/21/2015 2:46:26 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | Seung Min Kim
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), one of the most relentless critics of the Obama administration’s immigration directives, is taking over the Senate’s panel that oversees immigration, according to three sources familiar with the decision. Sessions is set to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, according to the sources — giving the conservative a key platform to advance his immigration policies. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), a new member of the Judiciary Committee, is going to be the panel’s vice chair, the sources said. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/jeff-sessions-senate-panel-immigration-114455.html#ixzz3PUytKfXy
  • Eric Holder’s Replacement

    01/12/2015 5:11:07 AM PST · by AU72 · 6 replies
    NRO ^ | January 12, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    David Vitter believes that Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s attorney-general nominee, might be even more dangerous than Eric Holder, the man she will replace if confirmed. The Louisiana senator met privately with Lynch this week in his capacity as a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He tells NRO that Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, is quieter and more restrained than Holder, which he worries will deflect attention from some of the Justice Department’s more outrageous actions and policies. Vitter’s warning about Lynch should not be taken lightly. While he previously said that Holder...
  • Obama’s deportation amnesty trips up AG pick Loretta Lynch in confirmation talks

    01/07/2015 3:21:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 7, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s pick to be the next attorney general, failed Wednesday to convince Sen. David Vitter that she wouldn’t be an accomplice to the president’s executive action that could granted deportation amnesty for up to 5 millions of illegal immigrants. “I didn’t get any straight answers during our meeting today, and I’m not convinced Ms. Lynch will put any stop to it,” Mr. Vitter, Louisiana Republican and a member of the SenateJudiciary Committee that will cast the first votes on her confirmation. Ms. Lynch, who Mr. Obama tapped to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, has...
  • What Words Should We Use To Describe Lamar White?

    We ask, because earlier this month when he attempted to paint The Hayride as a hate site for the crime of ridiculing his clownish attempts at whoring himself out as a political tool for the noted leftist bigot Wendy Davis in Texas we said he was lame. And since White suffers from cerebral palsy and trades, in part, on using that condition as a shield against criticism from those who might judge him by the quality of his work rather than his status as a member of a special interest or victim group, he dispatched a horde of lefty keyboard...
  • What Scalise and Vitter Told Roll Call About David Duke in 1999

    12/29/2014 7:09:07 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Niels Lesniewski
    Back in 1999, Roll Call interviewed white supremacist leader David Duke about the possibility he would seek the House seat vacated by the resignation of Republican Rep. Bob Livingston. As part of that report, reporter John Mercurio also talked to up-and-coming Louisiana politicians, current Sen. David Vitter and current House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. “I honestly think his 15 minutes of fame have come and gone,” said state Rep. David Vitter (R), a wealthy Metairie attorney who holds Duke’s old seat in the state House and is “seriously considering” a Congressional bid. “When he’s competed in a field with real...
  • David Vitter to Obama: Screen 'The Interview' for Congress

    12/23/2014 3:46:33 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Kelly Cohen
    Sen. David Vitter thinks members of Congress deserve a viewing of “The Interview.” In a letter to President Obama, the Louisiana Republican is asking that Congress be invited to the White House for a private screening of the controversial movie. Sony Pictures pulled the movie from its planned Christmas Day release after the company was hacked by offenders from North Korea. After terrorist threats were made against theaters planning to show the film — which comedically portrays the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — caused the movie to be pulled, there has been a flow of outrage...
  • The New Senate Judiciary Committee

    12/22/2014 4:11:37 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    NRO Online ^ | Ed Whelan
    In January, the Senate Judiciary Committee will swing from a 10-8 Democrat-to-Republican advantage to an 11-9 Republican to Democrat advantage. Here are the eleven Republicans: Chuck Grassley, Iowa (presumptive chairman) Orrin Hatch, Utah Jeff Sessions, Alabama Lindsey Graham, South Carolina John Cornyn, Texas Mike Lee, Utah Ted Cruz, Texas Jeff Flake, Arizona David Vitter, Louisiana David Perdue, Georgia Thom Tillis, North Carolina