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Morning Examiner: Red state Senate Dems face tough early votes (Gun control, debt limit, amnesty)
Washington Examiner ^ | January 7, 2013 | 7:57 am Modified: January 7, 2013 at 8:30 am | Conn Carroll

Posted on 01/08/2013 2:39:40 PM PST by Red Steel

“I think you need to put everything on the table,” Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, told ABC News‘ George Stephanopoulos this past Sunday, “but what I hear from the administration – and if the Washington Post is to be believed – that’s way, way in extreme of what I think is necessary or even should be talked about. And it’s not going to pass.”

The Washington Post article Heitkamp was referring to, reported that President Obama would soon seek to pass legislation “that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors.” And Obama wants all of this “by the end of January” according to The Boston Herald.

While this ambitious agenda and timing may be music to blue state Democrat ears, it can only be a headache for red state Democrats like Heitkamp … and she isn’t even up for reelection this cycle. A total of seven Democratic Senators from states that Mitt Romney carried in 2012 are up for election in 2014. And six of those Senators (Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Max Baucus, D-Mont., Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Jay Rockefeler, D-W.V.) hail from states that Romney carried by double-digits. Only North Carolina’s Kay Hagan will face an electorate that Obama came close to winning in 2012 (Romney +2) … and the only other Democrat on the ballot statewide in 2012 lost by 11.

And gun control is not the only issue Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will ask red state Democrats to take tough votes on. If Obama is serious about not negotiating over the debt limit, then the Senate is going to have to pass a debt limit hike without any mitigating spending cuts sometime before March. Then there is the amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants that Obama promised to address this month too.

Gun control, debt limit, amnesty … that is not an agenda red state Dems want to take home to states dominated by conservative voters.

TOPICS: Extended News; US: Alaska; US: Arkansas; US: Louisiana; US: Montana; US: Nevada; US: North Dakota; US: South Dakota; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: alaska; arkansas; banglist; guncontrol; louisiana; montana; nevada; northdakota; secondamendment; southdakota; westvirginia

1 posted on 01/08/2013 2:39:56 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Yes, this move by the lefties in DC could backfire and cause the Dems to lose the Senate and lose further ground in the House.

2 posted on 01/08/2013 2:46:07 PM PST by expat2
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To: Red Steel

Not a good time to actually vote on silly gun restrictions when the leftist gun control folks are a bit out of their minds.

Wait until everybody calms down and look at this in depth and then respond with reasonable legislation if any. You will always have some on the left that are looking for a way to get bad legislation passed (never let a crisis go to waste), but this has to be ignored and delayed.

It is never a good time to pass emotional legislation. Let time pass and look at the problem rather than the object. Let common sense apply - a rather unknown reaction in the Congress these days.

3 posted on 01/08/2013 2:49:46 PM PST by Deagle (quo)
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To: Red Steel
Was poking around to see if Feinstein had even introduced legislation for her AWB and I see the coward has not. She knows once it is available on paper it will get torn to shreds.
I did, however, run across an obnoxious bill introduced by the bottom-feeder from Houston.

The text of the legislation is here:
...where in the HELL is that HTML bootcamp page?

Anyway, they always dress their crap up in a pretty package, "To prevent children's access to firearms" - and then load in their effluent.

4 posted on 01/08/2013 2:54:31 PM PST by grobdriver (Sic semper tyrannis!)
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To: expat2

I thought healthcare was gonna be a tough vote for some of the Dems. How’d that work out for us?

5 posted on 01/08/2013 3:00:04 PM PST by sheana
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To: sheana

Dims don’t have big majorities in either House as they did the first 2 years of the Obama Administration.

6 posted on 01/08/2013 3:14:19 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: sheana

“I thought healthcare was gonna be a tough vote for some of the Dems. How’d that work out for us?”

The electorate has an attention span of two weeks. They could vote to create death camps for kittens and, as long as there were two weeks left before the election, it would be overwritten in the voter’s minds by a good photo op. (My cat has a longer attention span than a low information voter.)

7 posted on 01/08/2013 3:17:41 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Red Steel

I’m sure they’ll all fall in line with their supreme ruler just like they do on everything else. Obama will make them offers they can’t refuse. You know, the usual. They are all cowards who serve their king rather than the American people.

8 posted on 01/08/2013 3:31:56 PM PST by jersey117
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To: Red Steel

If Virginia could elect a jerk like Kaine then I have no hope.

9 posted on 01/08/2013 3:34:08 PM PST by HarleyD
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To: Red Steel

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor Votes No To Repeal ObamaCare

Sen. Mark Pryor
Votes to the Left of Liberal

Bill Smith, Editor: Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor joined other liberal democrats in voting against repealing the federal health care law (Obamacare) which has been declared unconstitutional and void. The vote was on amendment offered to the FAA Re-authorization bill by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) which was identical to the text of the House-passed bill (H.R. 2) to repeal the Democrats’ health care law. At last count the vote was 47 Yes and 51 No on the amendment.

Four hours prior to the vote, Senator Pryor responded as follows via email to my request for him to vote to repeal the bill. Note that his email response even promoted a non-government website:

February 2, 2011
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith,

Thank you for contacting me regarding health care reform. I appreciate hearing from you.

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law. Since being signed into law, PPACA has helped over 43,000 Arkansas seniors who fall in the “donut hole” afford their medicines and provided tax credits to small businesses in Arkansas that offer health coverage to employees. It has also prohibited insurance companies from placing lifetime limits on coverage, ensuring that 1.4 million Arkansans who have private insurance are not abandoned when they need health coverage the most.

While the passage of health care reform was a step in the right direction for making health care more affordable and expanding access to health care in rural America, there is still work to be done. I will continue to consider changes and improvements to PPACA as implementation moves forward. Please know that I will continue to work to ensure that health coverage is available to and affordable for all Americans.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I value your input. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my office regarding this or any other matter of concern to you.

Mark Pryor
United States Senate


Feb 03 2011

Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor Votes To Block Obamacare Repeal

February 3, 2011

Media Contact
Katherine Vasilos

Pryor Votes To Block Obamacare Repeal

Webb says Pryor is “out of step” with Arkansas

Little Rock, Ark. – Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA) Chairman Doyle Webb issued the following statement after U.S. Senate Democrats, including Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), voted 51-47 to block the repeal of Obamacare Wednesday:

“Yesterday Senator Mark Pryor voted to defend a law that destroys freedom of choice, raises the cost of health care, and has been declared unconstitutional by two federal judges. Senator Pryor cast a vote to oppress individual liberty, despite the fact Arkansas’ four Congressmen recently voted in a bi-partisan manner to repeal the harmful law.

“We applaud Senator John Boozman for defending individual freedom, listening to Arkansans and voting to repeal Obamacare.

“Senator Pryor’s blatant disregard for the overwhelming majority of Arkansans who object to all or some of the President’s health care law demonstrates he is largely out of step with Arkansas values.”

10 posted on 01/08/2013 3:41:22 PM PST by kcvl
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11 posted on 01/08/2013 3:49:04 PM PST by RedMDer (Those that believe in gun free zones should wear GUN FREE ZONE T-SHIRTS.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Yeah, that’ll make a big difference to them. They’ve got their lifetime pension and healthcare, and fortunes they’ve somehow, gosh I wonder how, managed to acquire while in office.

12 posted on 01/08/2013 5:25:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: grobdriver

From your link on Thomas:

“Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18] (introduced 1/3/2013)”

“Cosponsors (None)”

“Latest Major Action: 1/3/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.”

13 posted on 01/08/2013 5:39:03 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: HarleyD

Obama coattails, we will get him next time around. We probably will knock off his big brother Mark Warner in 2014. He is one of the Senators on this list

14 posted on 01/08/2013 5:45:35 PM PST by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: Texas Fossil

That bill is as good as dead then, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is the Judiciary Committee Chairman

15 posted on 01/08/2013 5:50:34 PM PST by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: sheana

We had a candidate who couldn’t attack Obamacare because of Masscare.

16 posted on 01/08/2013 7:53:43 PM PST by expat2
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To: ClayinVA

I thought so.

Did not know about Bob, but it makes sense.

Oh how I despise the Leftist vermin who are gloating about dismembering this nation.

17 posted on 01/08/2013 8:46:08 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil
And here's the judiciary committee chairman, for contact:
Congressman Bob Goodlatte.
18 posted on 01/09/2013 3:25:43 AM PST by grobdriver (Sic semper tyrannis!)
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To: All

Fat ass Mark Pryor has never had a real job in his life.

19 posted on 01/09/2013 9:53:00 PM PST by Terry Mross (Liberal people who hate me read my posts. It drives them nuts. hee hee)
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To: Red Steel

Anybody know if that bonehead Sen. Jon Tester has said anything? I understand he has a poor rating with the NRA. Hard to believe he was even elected in Montana.

20 posted on 01/18/2013 11:40:03 AM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Pining_4_TX

It lools like those Montana Dim senators are keeping their mouths shut.

21 posted on 01/18/2013 12:08:58 PM PST by Red Steel
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