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  • Landrieu to reimburse taxpayers for private charter flight to fundraiser that may have broken law

    08/15/2014 5:27:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/15/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Oops: Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) has decided to reimburse her Senate office $5,700 for a chartered flight from New Orleans to Shreveport for an official event, then Shreveport to Dallas for a fundraiser.Federal law and Senate rules require expenses to be split between campaign and Senate accounts when campaign functions overlap with official business. CNN: Under federal law and Senate rules, the cost of a trip that includes official and campaign stops must often be prorated between Senate and campaign accounts.
  • US Chamber to Back Democrat Mary Landrieu

    07/29/2014 1:37:04 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 37 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/28/14 | m flynn
    Rob Engstrom, the US Chamber of Commerce's national political director, recently told a gathering of trade association executives that the Chamber planned to endorse Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in her reelection bid this year. The endorsement, reported by the New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, could decide the balance of power in the Senate and preserve Sen. Harry Reid as majority leader. Landrieu, running in crimson-red Louisiana, is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection this November. In the RealClearPolitics average of polls, she trails her leading Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, by one point. An endorsement...
  • Campaign Contributions Ensnare Udall in IRS’s Missing Emails Scandal ( Colorado )

    06/21/2014 8:11:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | June 19, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    Top GOP officials are concerned that missing among the IRS’s internal emails are communications with Sen. Mark Udall and a dozen other Democrats who received campaign contributions from the federal agency’s union. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) first issued Freedom of Information Act requests to the IRS last year seeking all electronic and written documents between top officials there and the Democrats who received the campaign funding, but the attempts have been repeatedly stonewalled. Udall has accepted $13,000 in donations from the National Treasury Employees Union that represents IRS employees ... This is just another instance of Mark Udall...
  • Senate Energy Committee clears pro-Keystone XL measure, with Mary Landrieu leading the charge

    06/19/2014 2:37:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/19/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    In the face of the relentless dillydallying on the part of the Obama administration on the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada went ahead and starting exploring the potential of cutting deals with other markets in Asia — and yesterday, the Canadian government approved their own Northern Gateway pipeline to carry crude from the Alberta oil sands out to the Pacific Ocean for shipment via tankers. There has been some speculation about the possibility of the Obama administration approving the Keystone XL pipeline now that Iraq’s oil output is on seriously unstable footing (although, reality check: The Keystone XL pipeline by...
  • Sen. Landrieu: Ok to abort if baby can’t “live outside hospital” | Mary Landrieu

    06/17/2014 8:46:50 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    Although I personally believe that life begins at conception, I believe the last place the government needs to be is in the church, in the doctor’s office or in the bedroom. And so even people who advocate for less government intrusion, like Gov. Jindal, get themselves in the most personal decisions a family could ever make…. Some of the bills being passed around the country are just very intrusive to personal decisions and very harmful to women and girls, you know, to their physical health and life. It’s a shame… 20 weeks is not the norm for being able to...
  • 45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

    05/23/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    It’s only a small matter of time until the Obama administration finally, rapturously releases what its hopes will be the crown jewel of its rise-of-the-oceans-slowing climate-change agenda: Regulations capping the emissions from existing power plants, a.k.a., stamping out coal plants across the country. This set of regs is going to be even more complicated and controversial than the regulations for only new power plants the administration released last year, and as the AP obliquely explains, we’re likely to start seeing those “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices Obama once mentioned pretty quickly here: Electricity prices are probably on their way up...
  • (Exempt) Dems don't want to talk O-Care

    04/27/2014 4:58:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/14 | Sheila Timmons
    To many Democrats, ObamaCare is a four-letter word. Most Democrats in competitive elections are seeking to avoid the topic, opting not to tout the controversial law on their campaign websites. In a review of battleground races, The Hill found that out of 50 Democratic candidates with active campaign websites, only 11 mention the healthcare law by name, either as "ObamaCare," "Affordable Care Act," or "ACA." Fourteen more mention the law, but not its name, and half the candidates omit it entirely from their websites. President Obama has trumpeted that more than 8 million people have enrolled in ACA-related plans. Meanwhile,...
  • Cassidy pushes (exempt RAT) Landrieu to consider oil money bill

    04/27/2014 4:22:01 PM PDT · by Libloather
    WAFB ^ | 4/26/14
    **SNIP** In a statement, the Democratic senator said her 2006 GOMESA legislation has already secured millions for the state, and she noted her committee already has held a hearing on her revenue sharing legislation. "I am sure the people of Louisiana are happy that Bill Cassidy has finally joined the fight for revenue sharing for the Gulf Coast," Landrieu said. She added: "Unfortunately, Rep. Cassidy voted for a bill that makes Louisiana wait to share in this revenue, and that is inconceivable and unacceptable." Over the years, state officials have argued Louisiana was owed a greater share of the offshore...
  • Obama administration delays action on Keystone XL {again, still...}

    04/21/2014 5:56:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 30 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration on Friday said it was giving eight federal agencies more time to weigh in on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move almost certain to delay a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. That timeline spares President Barack Obama from making a politically difficult decision that would either anger environmentalists or jeopardize some Senate Democrats seeking reelection in red states. But Friday’s move alienated stakeholders on all sides of the issue, including oil industry allies who accused the White House of playing politics and environmentalists who want Obama to swiftly reject...
  • New York Times gives Republicans advantage in Louisiana Senate race

    04/22/2014 8:37:48 AM PDT · by topher · 16 replies
    NOLA.com [Times-Picayune newspaper] ^ | April 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM | Bruce Alpert, of NOLA.com | Times-Picayune
    WASHINGTON -- The New York Times latest statistical evaluation of U.S. Senate contests gives Republicans a 64 percent chance of winning the Louisiana seat now held by three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu. But it gives Democrats a 51 percent chance of retaining control of the Senate, a change from recent projections of a 54 percent Republican edge to capture the majority.
  • Landrieu faces her toughest political storm to stay in Senate

    04/17/2014 5:27:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 4/16/14 | Halimah Abdullah
    Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu is in the middle of a storm. She is beset by well-funded forces on the right who sense the Gulf Coast Democrat's vulnerability in trying to defend a Senate seat in a red state. On the left, she is trying to avoid being pulled down by the undertow of a president whose decline in approval ratings and controversial health care reform law might not play well with her state's conservative sensibilities. She's been buffeted by rough re-election fights before, and in previous successful bids for the state legislature, state treasurer's office and eventually two runoffs...
  • Mary Landrieu: 100% Pro-Abortion Record since 2009

    04/16/2014 8:14:42 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    Landrieu Record.com ^ | Benjamin Clapper
    Senator Mary Landrieu: 100% Pro-Abortion Record Since Re-Election. Too Extreme For Louisiana. Senator Mary Landrieu’s voting record makes it clear: she is a consistent ally of organizations lobbying for abortion-on-demand. Whether it is voting for the funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, or voting against attempts to remove abortion subsidies from Obamacare, Mary Landrieu’s votes have hurt common-sense protections on human life. Louisiana, a pro-life state, deserves better than a 100% pro-abortion senator. Pro-Life & Pro-Abortion Groups Agree: Since Re-Election in 2008: 100% Pro-Abortion Votes Since Louisiana re-elected Senator Landrieu in 2008, official scorecards from both pro-life...
  • Mary Landrieu's video fakery reveals desperation: LA Senator sees re-election chances evaporating.

    04/16/2014 7:09:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/16/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    When Democrats get desperate they resort to fakery. And Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu sees her re-election chances evaporating, so it’s time to pretend. Byron York in The Examiner reports on a video ad she is running that contains fake footage of a Senate hearing, where she poses as something she is not, a fighter against the Obama administration, which she actually supports 95% of the time when she votes on official actions. York explains: What Landrieu did to invite the ridicule was to re-create for her ad producers her own performance in a Senate hearing -- complete with set, supporting...
  • Time for a little Koch jiujitsu on Democrats

    04/15/2014 11:33:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/15/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Harry Reid’s jihad against the Koch Brothers has already yielded a hilarious video compilation (by the Free Beacon) of his 134 mentions of their name. But now with new information, his Koch addiction can become a potent tool in the hands of Republicans. Call it karma, if you like, but the former boxer now leading the Senate majority has left himself wide open.It turns out that Koch Industries employees and PACs have donated to quite a large number of Congressional Democrats. The data was right there on Open Secrets when Jeff Dunetz of Truth Revolt picked it up and posted...
  • Landrieu Reenacts Committee Hearing for Campaign Ad (Phony Hearing for a Phony Candidate)

    04/15/2014 8:40:09 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 4 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 04/15/14 | Michael Warren
    Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is in a tough reelection battle because of her support for Obamacare. So its not surprising her latest TV ad focuses on the one high-profile fight she's had with the Obama administration, over oil and gas exploration. The 60-second spot features people watching Landrieu arguing for expanding energy exploration in Louisiana and criticizing Barack Obama for its restrictionist policies. Watch the video below: Most of the clips the ad features are from her appearances on local and cable TV news. But watch the clips of Landrieu around the video's halfway point. They feature the...
  • Pro-Landrieu Ad Blasts Kochs, Fails to Mention She’s Accepted $55,000 from Them

    04/13/2014 4:29:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | april 11, 2014
    A Super PAC ad in support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) blasts the Koch Brothers, but declines to mention that the Democratic incumbent has received more than $50,000 from the philanthropists since 2000.
  • For Dems, a problem with seniors

    04/06/2014 3:44:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/06/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing the group aged 65 and over by 21 points in 2010 — when Republicans picked up 63 seats — and by 12 points in the 2012 presidential race. Seniors are the GOP’s most reliable voting bloc in midterm years, turning out in higher numbers than Democratic base voters. A recent Gallup poll showed seniors have become even more Republican over the last two decades; in 2013, 48 percent considered themselves Republican. That spells trouble for Democrats, who...
  • Louisiana's Landrieu Seeks Energy Boost in Re-Election Campaign (DRILL, exempt Mary, DRILL!)

    03/29/2014 8:12:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/28/14 | Amy Harder, Alicia Mundy
    **SNIP** She supports construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project that many Democrats oppose because of its potential climate impact. Ms. Landrieu is also pushing revenue-sharing legislation that directs more money generated from offshore energy production to coastal states like hers. Oil and natural gas fill the veins of Louisiana's economy and culture. Second only to Texas in natural-gas production and refining capacity, the state is home to the Henry Hub, a place where more than a dozen major pipelines come together and that serves as the official delivery location for futures contracts on the New York Mercantile...
  • Obama's populist pitch fizzles - "2014 might not be the year for Democrats"

    03/26/2014 5:22:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    President Obama’s populist economic pitch is fizzling. The White House hoped to hammer Republicans this year on an array of pocketbook issues centered on hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, an effort meant to appeal to independents and rally Democrats to the polls. Three months in, Obama’s approval ratings are flailing in the low 40s, and Senate Democrats haven’t even been able to unify their 55 members on a minimum wage bill. That’s made it tougher to contrast the positions of Democrats with Republicans in an election year that is shaping up to be about the healthcare law...
  • Mary Landrieu runs from Nancy Pelosi & Obamacare

    03/24/2014 5:03:38 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 19 replies
    Biggoverment.com ^ | 24 March 2014 | Trueblackman
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi boasted at last Thursday's weekly House Democrat News Conference that Obamacare was indeed a winning issue for Democrats, but Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu’s actions that same day indicated otherwise. While leader Pelosi was trying to convince reporters that Obamacare was actually affordable, Senator Landrieu refuse to appear with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was in New Orleans to promote Obamacare as the March 31st deadline fast approaches. Both the Times-Picayune and Bayou Buzz pointed out that Senator Landrieu was not mentioned on the official schedule sent out by HHS, while Senator Landrieu’s...
  • Democrats Plan Ads in Challenge to Koch Brothers

    03/23/2014 6:56:30 AM PDT · by Kenny · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 21, 2014 | ASHLEY PARKER
    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority PAC, a group that supports Democratic Senate candidates, is preparing a $3 million advertising campaign against Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch, the libertarian-minded billionaire brothers who support conservative causes and have already poured millions of dollars into the 2014 midterm elections. The group’s effort will last for roughly two weeks and span five states — Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan and North Carolina. In an attempt to combat the Koch brothers’ influence, the $3 million buy will nearly match what Senate Majority PAC has spent on all of its other television ads so far this...
  • LA Senate: (exempt) Mary Landrieu a no show at event promoting Obamacare (Sebelius visit)

    03/22/2014 2:41:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 3/21/14 | demouser
    **SNIP** Guess who decided to skip out on the event? Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), even though the Senate was not in session and no committee meetings were on the books, according to the chamber calendar. Bayou Buzz pointed out that Landrieu wasn’t mentioned on the official schedule sent out by HHS, nor was there any mention of her in The Times-Picayune’s coverage of the event.
  • Mary Landrieu Polling Continues Downward Spiral In Louisiana

    03/14/2014 10:00:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 3/14/14 | Joe Cunningham
    As I’ve mentioned before, Mary Landrieu has taken a dive in the polls last year. PPP ran two polls, one last February and one in August, both showing her up +10. PPP usually gives very, very pro-Democratic results a ways out from an election, but only goes very Democratic when you get closer to an election. Last month, a year out from their original +10 results, another PPP poll showed her only up +1.5 Another Democratic firm, Hickman Analytics, ran a poll at the beginning of March, with results that should absolutely terrify her. The Democratic-heavy sample of 404 breaks...
  • Cassidy: “Landrieu Supports (Obama’s) Agenda 97% of the Time” (Interview w/FReeper abb)

    03/07/2014 4:07:56 PM PST · by abb · 4 replies
    The Hayride ^ | March 7, 2014 | Walter Abbott
    “Barack Obama’s agenda has been awful for the American Family… and Senator Landrieu supports that agenda 97% of the time,” Congressman Bill Cassidy (LA 06) told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) in an interview earlier today in Ruston. That remark was in response to the question of why he is running for for the U. S. Senate, and against incumbent Mary Landrieu. Cassidy said that agenda has hurt Americans because it has “taken (away) their choice of healthcare,” and is “hurting their ability to get a good job with good benefits.” He added, “If she wins, the Senate continues to...
  • That snapping sound you hear is the AFL-CIO’s white flag of surrender flying over Dixie

    03/04/2014 9:01:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/4/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    When the UAW failed miserably in Chattanooga and was not able to unionize the Volkswagen plant, even with a staked deck, it started a chain reaction and the next domino has fallen. The news that the AFL-CIO has decided to keep its money and not even try to save three Southern Democrat Senators comes as no real shock. The powerful union reviewed the polls and the political climate in North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas and decided backing the Democrats in these states would be throwing good money after bad. The decision left Democrat Senators Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Mary Landrieu...
  • The Senate 7: The Races That Will Determine 2014 Control

    03/01/2014 6:21:39 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 17 replies
    USNEWS.COM ^ | Feb. 28, 2014 | Lauren Fox, David Catanese
    The familiar Washington narrative on the scrum for the U.S. Senate has been rinsed, recycled and delivered once again: Republicans are primed to pick up the six seats necessary to capture control of the upper chamber. The midterm atmosphere sure looks ripe, the polling appears favorable but, as it did in 2010 and 2012, the most competitive batch of races will likely come down to candidate quality. It’s the key component that stifled GOP chances before, and could very well again. .... .... A closer look at the most competitive contests demonstrates why a Senate majority in 2014 is again...
  • Bill Cassidy: The End of the Landrieu Line? : The current Louisiana Senator May Have Met her Match

    02/25/2014 5:30:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/25/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Baton Rouge, La. — Mary Landrieu is Louisiana political royalty, but her reign as the state’s senior senator may come to an end this fall. Like California’s Jerry Brown, New York’s Andrew Cuomo, and Arkansas’s Mark Pryor, Landrieu was born into Democratic politics. Her father, Moon Landrieu, served eight years as mayor of New Orleans before he became Jimmy Carter’s secretary of housing and urban development. Her younger brother Mitch was reelected as mayor of the Big Easy in February. Landrieu is now facing a reelection battle of her own, and it will be the most difficult of her career....
  • Senate Democrats are in big trouble in 2014

    02/23/2014 8:36:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/20/14 | Ron Pearson, Trevor Smith, Ph.D.
    **SNIP** Midterm elections are often a reflection of the approval rating of the incumbent president and now President Obama stands at 42.8%. And elections in the 6th year of a PresidentÂ’s term are usually not good for the incumbentÂ’s party. To make things even worse for Democrats, the issues of a weak economy and Obamacare make November look bleak for Harry Reid and his Senate Democratic cohorts. â—ľAlaska, Mark Begich â—ľArkansas, Mark Pryor â—ľLouisiana, Mary Landrieu â—ľMichigan, Open Seat (liberal Democrat Carl Levin retiring) â—ľMontana, John Walsh â—ľNorth Carolina, Kay Hagan â—ľSouth Dakota, being vacated by retiring Democrat Tim Johnson...
  • Mary Landrieu looks for independent, GOP support

    02/23/2014 3:33:13 PM PST · by gooblah · 31 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | February 23, 2014
    Democrat Mary Landrieu's quest for a fourth Senate term will turn on whether she can attract just enough support from independents and Republicans to win in this increasingly conservative state.
  • La.’s Landrieu looks for independent, GOP support

    02/23/2014 10:16:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 9:04 AM EST | Bill Barrow
    Democrat Mary Landrieu’s quest for a fourth Senate term will turn on whether she can attract just enough support from independents and Republicans to win in this increasingly conservative state. The daughter and sister of New Orleans mayors, that’s been Landrieu’s re-election strategy since 2002, when her donors included a Baton Rouge physician named Bill Cassidy—now her Republican challenger in this year’s midterm elections. Replicating that winning formula could depend on what matters more to voters: Landrieu’s growing ability to help Louisiana’s oil and gas industry through her recent promotion to chairwoman of the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee...
  • Billionaire Environmentalist May Target Louisiana's Oil-Friendly Senator Landrieu With Negative Ads

    02/18/2014 4:25:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    IB Times ^ | 2/18/14 | Meagan Clark
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has threatened to launch a political assault on Republicans as well as Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat friendly to the oil and gas industry who is gearing up for a tough re-election campaign. Steyer, a Democrat worth about $1.5 billion, leads a political organization called NextGen Climate Action. With Steyer’s funding, the group has launched a media campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline. Soon, that campaign may narrow its focus on Landrieu to criticize her for supporting the pipeline. Steyer’s super PAC, in its own words online, is dedicated to “supporting candidates … that will...
  • Underdog GOP candidate Rob Maness says he wants GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell replaced

    02/17/2014 2:48:28 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    nola.com ^ | 2/17/14 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- Long-shot Republican Senatorial candidate Rob Maness says he would not vote to re-elect Mitch McConnell as Senate Republican leader if he wins and McConnell survives a tough re-election challenge. "Sen. McConnell is a failed leader and it's time for a new perspective and for new leadership," Maness said Monday. "The time has come to stop routinely returning senators to leadership positions. We need a leader in the Senate who will stand up to President (Barack) Obama and Sen. (Mary) Landrieu and their harmful policies." If Democrats continue as the majority party in the Senate after the 2014 elections,...
  • Phil Robertson Ducks US Senate Run, Despite Poll Suggesting He'd Win

    02/13/2014 11:10:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/13/2014 | Morgan Lee
    Hopes that "Duck Dynasty" fans may have had in seeing the show head to Washington have been dashed after Alan Robertson said that his father Phil Robertson had no interest in running for Senate. After a poll released earlier this week suggested that the Duck Commander founder could be a formidable competitor against current Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), his son quickly shot down any speculation that his father, 67, would be willing to run. "While Phil is humbled and honored that so many fellow Louisianans have confidence in him, he has no interest in running for public office," Alan told...
  • Louisiana Senate: Cassidy (R) 44%, Landrieu (D) 40%

    02/01/2014 11:45:09 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | January 30, 2014
    Incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu runs slightly behind Republican challenger Bill Cassidy in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Louisiana. A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Louisiana Voters finds Cassidy, a U.S. congressman, with 44% support to Landrieu’s 40%. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate in the race, while 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • Chuck Todd: Sen. Landrieu’s numbers just “don’t add up” for her anymore

    01/31/2014 3:48:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    The latest Rasmussen poll on the race for the embattled Louisiana Democrat’s Senate seat shows Landrieu continuing to lose ground to her Republican challengers, and as David Gregory and Chuck Todd both observed on Morning Joe on Friday, things just aren’t looking very good for her.CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Without the president on the ballot, I have to say, I don’t know if the numbers work for her any more, work for any Democrat anymore. This is a unique — she has not had to run with this few registered Democrats in a nonpresidential year, it’s going to...
  • (The exempt) Mary Landrieu's election fate could swing U.S. Senate

    01/25/2014 3:05:58 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 1/24/14 | Jeff Crouere
    In the upcoming U.S. Senate campaign, Democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu is facing the most difficult campaign of her career. This November, Landrieu will have to face an electorate concerned about a weak economy and upset about the Affordable Care Act. In 2010, Landrieu cast a key vote allowing the healthcare legislation to pass without any Republican support. Louisiana voters have not forgotten about that Senate vote and with a disastrous launch of the Obamacare website, it is not likely they will forget anytime soon.
  • Five Senate races to watch

    12/29/2013 1:15:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 28, 2013 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrats and Republicans are amassing enormous war chests for a midterm battle that will decide who controls the Senate for the remainder of President Obama’s term. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to reclaim the Senate majority, and are gunning for Democratic incumbents in conservative-leaning states like Arkansas, Alaska, North Carolina, West Virginia and Louisiana. Democrats are mostly playing defense, but see a few opportunities to peel away seats from the GOP column. Here are the five Senate races to watch in 2014. KENTUCKY The reelection bid of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is the marquee race...
  • Fidgety Democrats: These Obamacare 'Fixes' Aren't Sufficient

    12/12/2013 6:51:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2013 | Guy Benson
    When the Obama administration declared Healthcare.gov "fixed" earlier this month, the announcement spawned a flurry of media reports about Congressional Democrats' fears being allayed by the news. As an aside, the website's technical troubles are hardly a thing of the past, for reasons we'll discuss below -- but the front end experience has been substantially improved. Ron Fournier wondered just how long jittery Democrats would be appeased. The detente appears to have lasted less than one week: Senate Democrats facing tough reelections say President Obama has not done enough to fix the botched rollout of his healthcare law and are...
  • Mary Landrieu (exempt RAT period-LA) and the Art of Backing Away

    11/20/2013 4:57:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/18/13 | Michael Catalini
    Later this week, Southern Media & Opinion Research is expected to release the first independent poll assessing the matchup between Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican opponents in next year’s Senate race in Louisiana. For Landrieu, the poll will illuminate whether her Obamacare strategy is working, or whether the health care law is going to define her race and hurt her prospects. While the poll will be conducted by the independent organization, GOP businessman Lane Grigsby is funding the survey, according to sources in the Landrieu campaign. “Up until now the issue was manageable for her,” said Louisiana political analyst...
  • Udall proposal would let people keep current healthcare plans for two years ( Colorado )

    11/14/2013 6:31:08 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    FOX31 Denver ^ | November 13, 2013 | Eli Stokols
    As Democrats on Capitol Hill are growing increasingly angry with the White House over problems with Obamacare — and increasingly uneasy about their individual fortunes heading into 2014 — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall Wednesday became the latest Democratic lawmaker to introduce legislation to change the beleaguered Affordable Care Act... With support building for a plan introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, that would allow people mislead by the president”s promise to keep their plans to actually do so indefinitely, Udall has come up with a scaled down version that would allow policyholders to keep their current plans, being cancelled under...
  • Reid calls special ObamaCare meeting

    11/13/2013 1:12:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 159 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday will convene a special meeting of the Senate Democratic caucus and senior White Officials to discuss the troubled rollout of ObamaCare. Reid on Wednesday told reporters he would not answer questions about the hundreds of thousands of insurance policy cancellations or other issues until he has further discussions with the White House. The Senate leader said President Obama called him Tuesday evening to discuss healthcare and other issues. Several Democrats have signed onto a proposal sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) that would force insurance companies to let people keep their health...
  • House Dems about to 'go crazy'

    11/13/2013 12:50:11 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    November 13, 2013, 02:39 pm House Dems about to 'go crazy' By Mike Lillis and Justin Sink House Democrats on Wednesday expressed increasing frustration at the Obama administration’s inability to improve the rollout of ObamaCare. Democrats said they’re worried about "being dragged into this non-stop cycle" of bad news about the ObamaCare rollout, rather than celebrating the successes of the law they helped to pass, a Democratic aide said. "They're voicing those frustrations with the administration," the aide said following a Democratic Caucus meeting where administration officials got an earful from exasperated lawmakers. ADVERTISEMENT With the House vote just two...
  • Abandon ship: Blue-state Dem Jeff Merkley to co-sponsor Landrieu’s version of “Keep Your Plan Act”

    11/13/2013 12:21:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/13/2013 | AllahPundit
    It’s not just red-state Democrats who are panicking. Then again, Merkley’s not a typical blue-state Democrat. He won his Senate race in Oregon by fewer than four points in 2008, a year in which Hopenchange fever boosted Dems nationally. Not only won’t he have that working for him next year, he’ll have the albatross of Obama’s biggest “achievement” hanging around his neck. Time for him to do what little he can to shed it by joining Landrieu’s bill.Last night a source told Greg Sargent that House Democrats were being whipped by the leadership to oppose Fred Upton’s bill, replete with...
  • It’s a Trap! ( GOP to save Obama )

    11/13/2013 10:32:38 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 52 replies
    http://www.redstate.com ^ | November 13th, 2013 | By: Erick Erickson
    Republicans are walking into a trap and they don’t even realize it. They are about to consider, in the House of Representatives, legislation by Congressman Upton that would allow people to keep their insurance plans. There’s a problem though. It is widely acknowledged that Congressman Upton’s legislation is more messaging than substance. His legislation does not have anything in it that can force insurance companies, in the topsy-turvy world of Obamacare, to keep insurance plans going. But there is a plan than does. Senator Mary Landrieu has written legislation in the United States Senate that the Democrats love. It mandates...
  • Dianne Feinstein joins effort to change Affordable Care Act

    11/13/2013 10:13:47 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/13/13 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday joined the ranks of worried Democrats demanding that President Obama allow people to keep their current insurance policies. Feinstein’s move is bad news for an administration desperate for good news following the roll-out debacle of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange on Oct. 1, which has been plagued by technical problems. In addition to the website snarl, thousands of individual policies have been cancelled by insurance companies to meet minimum coverage standards under Obama’s signature health care law. Feinstein said a “simple fix” would make good on Obama’s promise during the debate over the...
  • Popcorn: Democrats in Disarray, Debating Whether to Turn On Obamacare

    11/13/2013 8:07:10 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/13/2013 | Guy Benson
    Bill Clinton's comments may have been the tipping point. Yesterday, the former president told an interviewer that the White House should keep its promise and honor its commitment on Obama's infamous "keep your plan" pledge. And if there's one person on planet earth whose reputation for honoring both the truth and personal commitments is -- ahem -- unimpeachable, it's him. Snark aside, Clinton's remarks were hugely impactful; not because he was expressing his own personal opinion, but because in doing so, he was extending a tacit permission slip to fellow Democrats. Message: It's okay to abandon Obama by starting to...
  • (Exempt) Dianne Feinstein joins push to keep health plans (Obamacare reform?)

    11/13/2013 2:28:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/12/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    It’s not just red-state Democrats who want to take aggressive steps to mend controversial provisions in Obamacare. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that she will co-sponsor a bill by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to require insurance companies to continue offering their existing health care plans — a way to make good on President Barack Obama’s promise that consumers can keep their current coverage if they like it.
  • (Exempt) Landrieu Lobbies Hard for Keystone XL

    11/13/2013 2:21:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/12/13 | Clare Foran
    Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said Tuesday that she would continue to put pressure on the administration to speed up its review of the Keystone XL pipeline. "I intend to see if we can push forward the approval of the Keystone pipeline," Landrieu told reporters after a meeting the senator held with Premier Alison Redford of Alberta, Canada, to discuss a way forward on the pipeline, which, if built, would bring crude from Alberta's oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. "The ball is in our court and I hope the United States will make a decision," Landrieu said. "So I'm going...
  • CNN source: If White House has no solution by Friday, Dems may vote for “Keep Your Plan Act”

    11/12/2013 7:01:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 151 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2013 | AllahPundit
    Amazing stuff via Mediaite. The “Keep Your Plan Act” is Fred Upton’s bill, which Jay Carney spent a few minutes attacking at today’s press briefing because it would make canceled plans available to all consumers, not just the ones who’d been enrolled in those plans before. That would be a disaster for the insurance industry. Healthy people would flee the new, more expensive plans for the resurrected cheaper ones, leaving no one in the new risk pool except sick people with very expensive treatments. That means either heavy losses for insurers, steep premium hikes next year to make up the...
  • ‘Keep Your Plan’ bill puts Obama in bind (Democratic unity is cracking)

    11/09/2013 5:18:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/08/13 | Justin Sink
    House Republicans are pouncing on President Obama’s apology for cancelled insurance plans to push him into backing legislation that would change ObamaCare. The president on Thursday said he was “sorry” that Americans were losing their healthcare plans despite his frequent assurances that individuals with insurance could keep them. Obama said he was seeking an administrative fix, but Republicans say they have a ready-made solution in the Keep Your Plan bill that they plan to bring up for a vote next week. A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the president can’t address the problems plaguing the healthcare law through...