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  • Michigan: The closest race getting the least attention

    10/01/2014 8:51:38 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 30 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Iowa, Colorado, Kansas and North Carolina Senate races, to name four, are getting plenty of attention. But keep an eye on Michigan where in a blue state GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land is in a statistical tie with Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.). RealClearPolitics has the race as a tossup, with the last two public polls showing Peters with a 2 or 3 point lead. Charlie Cook also shows the race to be a tossup.
  • Lena Dunham Warns Women GOP Could Affect Your Sex Life: Steps into toss-up Senate races

    10/01/2014 7:22:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/01/2014 | Rod Kackley
    Women have been warned in a Planned Parenthood Action Fund email [1] that Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan, who is running for the U.S. Senate, and three other GOPs could “affect their sex lives.”The warning came from Lena Dunham, the creator and start of the HBO series Girls. In the email Dunham urged women to remember Thom Tillis, who’s challenging Sen. Kay Hagan (D) in North Carolina, “stuck a bunch of abortion restrictions into a bill that was supposed to be about motorcycle safety.”She also wrote that Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa running for the Senate who made hog...
  • Confirmation Battles Are Back (Senate GOP-E already planning to reinstate filibuster rules)

    09/29/2014 12:18:20 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 9-28-2014 | Burgess Everett
    Prepare for the return of the confirmation fight. If Republicans capture the Senate majority in November, their sway over prominent judgeships and Cabinet vacancies potentially including a new attorney general will become one of the GOPs primary leverage points against President Barack Obama. But first the GOP must decide whether to adopt Senate Democrats bellicose tactic to allow approval of most executive branch nominees by a simple majority vote. The rules change to the filibuster was implemented by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), but it could now come back to bite him...
  • Nate Silver's Senate Update: When Should Democrats Panic?

    09/29/2014 10:02:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Five Thirty Eight Politics ^ | 09/29/2014 | Nate Silver
    The Des Moines Registers Iowa Poll always makes news and with good reason: The pollster that conducts it, Selzer & Company, is among the best in the country, according to FiveThirtyEights pollster ratings. On Saturday evening, the poll had an especially interesting result in Iowas Senate race. It put the Republican candidate Joni Ernst six points ahead of the Democrat, Representative Bruce Braley. Most other recent polls of the state had shown a roughly tied race. Consider the implications. Republicans need to pick up six seats to win the Senate. Right now, theyre favored to win the Democratic-held seats in...
  • Greg Orman, a political enigma, faces growing scrutiny in Kansas Senate race

    09/29/2014 7:53:21 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2014 | Phillip Rucker
    Greg Orman, the upstart Senate candidate threatening to unseat longtime Republican incumbent Pat Roberts in Kansas, says its liberating to run as an independent: I can go to Washington as a problem solver, not a partisan. But not having a party also liberates Orman from taking positions especially on controversial issues that might alienate partisans. Greenlight the Keystone XL pipeline? Orman said he doesnt have enough information to say yes or no. What about gun control? He said gun restrictions should be strengthened but would not specify whether he backs an assault-weapons ban. And on the biggest question of...
  • This Weekend Was A Disaster For Senate Democrats

    09/29/2014 7:10:43 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 22 replies
    Yahoo finance ^ | Brett LoGiurato
    Just as momentum was beginning to swing toward Democrats in retaining control of the Senate this November, the last 10 days particularly the last weekend served as a setback to those chances...The math does not look good for Democrats with 33 days until Election Day, as conditions look favorable for Republicans in eight seats currently held by Democrats West Virginia (19-point average lead in polls), South Dakota (13.3), Montana (19), Louisiana (5), Iowa (2.2), Colorado (0.8), Arkansas (3.6), and Alaska (4.7). Democrats need to prevent Republicans from winning six of these seats or hope independent candidate...
  • Confirmation battles are back

    09/29/2014 5:59:35 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/29/14 | Brugess Everett
    Prepare for the return of the confirmation fight. If Republicans capture the Senate majority in November, their sway over prominent judgeships and Cabinet vacancies potentially including a new attorney general will become one of the GOPs primary leverage points against President Barack Obama. Continue Reading But first the GOP must decide whether to adopt Senate Democrats bellicose tactic to allow approval of most executive branch nominees by a simple majority vote. The rules change to the filibuster was implemented by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), but it could now come back to bite him. Republicans left Washington...
  • The Difference Between Winners and Whiners

    09/29/2014 4:36:00 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 30 replies
    American Spectaror ^ | 9/29/2014 | David Catron
    Democrats think conservatives in general, and Tea Partiers in particular, are stupid. Heres how to reinforce that belief: Sit out the 2014 congressional elections because your favorite candidate lost his primary bid to an establishment Republican. If you live in Kansas, for example, you can suck your thumb while Democrat ringer Greg Orman beats Republican Senator Pat Roberts. If youre a Kentucky conservative, you can stay home and bitch about Mitch while Alison Rubberstamp Grimes heads to Washington. If youre in Mississippi, you can stay mad at Thad and allow Travis no repeal Childers to win. Thatll show those RINOs!...
  • GOP cautions that Senate control would have limits

    09/28/2014 1:45:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 131 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2014 1:33 PM EDT | Charles Babington
    How much difference will it make if Republicans win the Senate majority on Nov. 4, joining the GOP-run House against a Democratic White House? Congress persistent gridlock is due largely, but not entirely, to the current power split in the two chambers. But even if Republicans add Senate control to their safe House majority, big legislative roadblocks will remain. President Barack Obama still can veto legislation. Should Democrats lose six or more Senate seats, ceding the majority, they can use the power of the filibuster to thwart dozens of GOP initiatives. Republicans have employed this tactic from the minority side....
  • Senate No Toss Ups (Maps, Charts)

    09/28/2014 11:46:36 AM PDT · by Windflier · 22 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 28 September 2014 | unattributed
    Current Senate: 55* Democrats | 45 Republicans (please follow the link to view maps and charts)
  • Poll: Joni Ernst Leads Bruce Braley by 6 Points in Iowa Senate Race

    09/28/2014 7:53:27 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 27, 2014 | Todd Beaman
    Republican Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in a race for the U.S. Senate that had been considered virtually deadlocked for months, a new poll released Saturday by The Des Moines Register shows. Ernst leads 44 percent to 38 percent in the race that is considered pivotal to the GOP's effort to retake the Senate on Nov. 4, the Register reports. Twelve percent of the 546 likely voters surveyed Sept. 21-24 said they were undecided. "Very interesting, and good news not just for Ernst but also for the GOP's chances of taking the...
  • Iowa Senate Race: Joni Ernst now leads Bruce Braley

    09/28/2014 12:15:37 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 32 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | September 27, 2014
    DES MOINES Republican Joni Ernst leads Democrat Bruce Braley by 6 percentage points in Iowas open-seat U.S. Senate race, a new Iowa Poll published Saturday night reveals....
  • Joni Ernsts Iowa campaign makes quick work of the war on women

    09/27/2014 8:27:53 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2014 | George Will
    -SNIP_Of the five Senate contests in purple states Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Colorado this is currently the closest: The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows a tie (Ernst ahead by 0.2 percentage points as of Friday). Which should make Republicans anxious as they try to take control of the Senate and as they contemplate the 2016 presidential landscape. Although Iowa has voted Democratic in six of the last seven presidential elections, the Ernst-Braley contest should not be this close. Only 38 percent of Iowans approve of Barack Obamas performance. Braley, a past president of an...
  • Senate Update: A Troubling Trend For Democrats In Colorado

    09/26/2014 8:05:32 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 8 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | September 25, 2014 | Nate Silver
    The battle for Senate control has been close all year, but also remarkably consistent. Way back in March, we described Republicans as slight favorites to pick up the chamber. And since FiveThirtyEight officially launched its forecast model this month, Republicans have had between a 53 and a 65 percent chance of winning the Senate. Our most recent update, as of Thursday evening, is close to the middle of that range, putting Republicans takeover chances at about 58 percent. Theres no guarantee things will remain this way. At just about this time two years ago, Democrats broke open what had been...
  • In Kansas, longtime GOP Sen. Pat Roberts faces doubts as he scrambles to hold seat

    09/25/2014 9:22:26 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2014 | Phillip Rucker
    Shirley Deege is a proud Republican. For as long as she can remember, the nurse has been voting for Pat Roberts in the 1980s, when he represented a vast patchwork of dusty plains hamlets in the House; in 1996, when he first ran for the Senate; and every six years after that. Looking back over my life, Im wondering, What major things has he done for Kansas? Im coming up empty, said Deege, 53, as she sipped coffee while waiting for Roberts to arrive at the county fairgrounds in Kinsley this week. Hes spent so much time in Washington,...
  • Commentary: Why we should repeal the 17th Amendment

    09/24/2014 11:11:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Elko Daily Free Press ^ | September 24, 2014 | Thomas Mitchell
    We managed to repeal the 18th Amendment, which created Prohibition. It is time to repeal the 17th. What? You have no idea what the 17th Amendment is? Well, it is the one that effectively ended federalism by taking the power to appoint U.S. senators from state legislatures and having the citizens directly elect them, as they had always done with the House of Representatives. We may not get better senators, but it is likely they would not try dictating to the states what they should do as they did when they set the national speed limit at 55 mph...
  • If No Democrat Senate Candidate, I'll Vote for Roberts

    09/23/2014 5:53:55 PM PDT · by kathsua · 5 replies
    Lawrence Journal world ^ | September 23, 2014 | Reasonmclucus
    I had been looking forward to the opportunity to vote for an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate. I often vote for "third party" candidates because the two 19th Century major parties are out of touch with reality. For example, I voted for Ross Perot in 1992 and Ralph Nader in 2000. Chad Taylor's withdrawal as the Democrat's Senate candidate provides strong evidence that Sen. Pat Roberts is probably correct when he says Greg Orman is really just a Democrat masquerading as an Independent. Chad Taylor apparently filed for the Senate nomination to keep serious Democrats from running for the office....
  • Long Island state Senate candidate accused ... of stealing $2M through fraudulent billing

    09/23/2014 7:51:30 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 2:30 AM | BY GREG B. SMITH
    David Denenberg, a Nassau County legislator whos running for the Senate as a Democrat, billed for fictional expenses from the day he arrived at the firm in 2006 through most of last year, according to a lawsuit the firm Davidoff Hutcher & Citron says it will file Tuesday. Denenbergs former colleagues call him a 'criminal mastermind still inexcusably running for public office.'
  • Karl Rove, Joe Trippi Handicap The Midterm Elections on FOX News Sunday

    09/22/2014 6:44:35 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 47 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 22, 2014 | Chris Wallace; FOX News Sunday
    On "FOX News Sunday." WALLACE: First, Louisiana, Bill Cassidy leads Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu by more than five points, and Arkansas, Tom Cotton leads Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor by 2.5. Karl, how solid are those for the GOP? 2.5 points that doesn't sound very solid. ROVE: Well, out of the last ten polls Mark Pryor has led in one; Tom Cotton has led in nine. WALLACE: Iowa. This is an open seat in Iowa. And Democratic congressman Bruce Braley is up against GOP State Sen. Joni Ernst; it's flat tied. TRIPPI: No, it's a dead heat. Both parties are going...
  • Freep a poll at PMSNBC - Will the GOP take control of the Senate?

    09/22/2014 10:47:19 PM PDT · by WMarshal · 23 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9/22/2014 | MSNBC
    The dreamers at PMSNBC think the Democrats are likely to keep control of the Senate.
  • The swarm of attack ads claiming $500 million in North Carolina education cuts

    09/21/2014 6:51:25 PM PDT · by eyedigress · 84 replies
    Notice a theme? In the hard-fought North Carolina Senate race, just about every ad from a Democratic outside organization repeats the same talking point that the GOP candidate, Thom Tillis, as speaker of the North Carolina House, presided over a $500 million cut in education funding. Tilliss opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan (D), also raised it in a political debate. In June, we first looked at this issue, when yet another outside group, Emilys List, ran a similar attack ad. The Emilys List ad, as well as two of these new ads, pair the $500 million allegation with the bogus claim...
  • Greens fear loss of Senate firewall

    09/21/2014 9:39:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 21, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Green groups are fearful of Republicans winning the Senate majority in November, predicting it could lead to a whittling away of environmental regulations at the hands of GOP leaders. While environmental groups are spending millions of dollars trying to save the Senate for Democrats, they acknowledge the possibility that they could be forced to play defense against an all-Republican Congress in 2015. I think that the wholesale repeal of environmental legislation, repealing [Environmental Protection Agency] greenhouse gas authority, things like that, thats unlikely to happen, said Ben Schreiber, director of the climate program at Friends of the Earth. It is...
  • Scott Brown riding an anti-Obama wave in N.H.

    09/21/2014 9:12:37 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 94 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | September 18, 2014 | Josuha Miller
    Voters have soured on President Obama. National and statewide trends favor Republicans. And here in his new home state, Scott Browns truck is gaining speed. Analysts and recent polls have found Brown closing in on US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the Democratic incumbent he is vying to unseat, in a race that has become increasingly nasty and expensive. Once largely dismissed by critics as an unlikely second act in a state he moved to only last year, Browns Senate bid is increasingly seen as a plausible path back to the US Capitol. Observers see a race that may be largely determined...
  • Democrats Are Poised To Hold The Senate, And Its Conservatives Fault

    09/21/2014 4:48:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 506 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    I know a lot of people are giddy at the prospect of Republicans taking the Senate this November, but that’s becoming less and less likely. It’s not because Democrats are rallying around a particular mission or set of candidates; it’s because Republicans and conservatives aren’t. It seems like I’m always writing on issues no one wants to hear are mistakes, such as messaging or social issues. But I don’t care. These things have to be said. If these columns are received like a gaseous cousin on a long car trip through the desert, so be it. Crack a window… If...
  • Your To Do List to Save America

    09/20/2014 12:41:26 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 49 replies
    AnnCoulter.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    The most important words printed in The New York Times since "REAGAN EASILY BEATS CARTER" were from a front-page article last Sunday about how, after six years of Obama, the federal judiciary is now dominated by Democratic appointees. Edward Whelan, head of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, responded to this by saying: "The best way for conservative voters to prevent further damage to the courts is to swing the Senate to Republican control in the elections this November." He's absolutely right. Turn that into a mnemonic, sew it on needlepoint pillows, include it in your wedding vows, right-wingers. For...
  • Sheldon Adelson 'Roved' Again?

    09/20/2014 11:57:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/18/14 | DAN RIEHL
    Just as a high stakes gambler in the wrong place at the wrong time might get "rolled" from time to time, Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson appears ripe to get "Roved" yet again based upon reports he's "donated $10 million to a Karl Rove-backed outfit boosting Republican Senate candidates and promised a similar amount to an allied group focused on House races."
  • 5 Reasons Senate Control May Not Be Decided on Election Day

    09/20/2014 3:01:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | September 19, 2014 | Kyle Kondik
    Think the Senate will be decided on Election Day, Nov. 4? There are all sorts of reasons why you shouldn't, unless in the next seven weeks one side or the other probably the Republicans starts opening up a clear lead in enough races to give them a clear majority. If neither side does, control of the Senate could remain up in the air for a while. At the very least, political watchers are going to be in for a longer night than usual because one of the key races that is likely to determine control, Sen. Mark...
  • Democrats Pin Senate Hopes on a Kansan

    09/20/2014 8:38:01 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 44 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    The Senate race in Kansas may suddenly be the most crucial contest in the country. Republicans are scrambling to protect a longtime incumbent. Bob Dole is back on the campaign trail. The states Democrats have no candidate and are trying to say as little about that as possible. And a 45-year-old investor from suburban Kansas City may hold the key to control of the Senate in January. At the beginning of the year, no one thought that Kansas which has sent only Republicans to the Senate since 1938 would be critical in determining the balance of the Senate....
  • Could ISIS Hurt Franken's Chance for Reelection?

    09/19/2014 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    While incumbent Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (D) has a comfortable lead in opinion polls, some are wondering if his relatively muted response to ISIS actively recruiting soldiers from Minnesota will come back to haunt him in November.Minnesota has been a hotbed for ISIS recruitment, with over a dozen residents of the Twin Cities traveling to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State. Two have been killed. Mike McFadden, the Republican candidate for Franken's seat, has jumped on the issue of ISIS in Minneapolis by portraying Franken as ineffectively combating the terror threat.More from ABC: Hours after the release...
  • New committees in the VA Senate under Republican control

    09/19/2014 1:07:34 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    Where in the World is Russ Potts? By Chris Freund September 19, 2014 The new Republican majority in the state Senate quickly went to work reorganizing committees while in town for the special session on the budget and Medicaid. Of course, those whove been paying attention may remember the battles over committee makeup when Republicans took over the Senate with then LG Bill Bolling casting the tie breaking vote, only to see a reversal of fortune in January when Democrats took control with LG Ralph Northam. Bad blood has been flowing between the two caucuses ever since, so the changes...
  • Senate Bill Passes To End FDA Stranglehold On Sunscreen Innovation

    09/19/2014 12:03:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 18, 2014 | Jonah Bennett
    Without any objection, the Senate has passed a bill forcing the FDA to speed up the approval process for sunscreen technology, HAPPI reports.Sunscreen technology has stagnated in the United States since the 1990s, not because companies have failed to innovate, but because the Food and Drug Administration has been sitting on proposals submitted 12 years ago without even reviewing them.The proposals include new sunscreen ingredients, and since the FDA has dropped the ball, the Senate has picked it up with the passage of the Sunscreen Innovation Act on Wednesday night.Rates of melanoma have skyrocketed in the last 40 years, giving...
  • Alleged ISIS Photo Controversy Engulfs Sen. John McCain

    09/19/2014 5:44:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his aides swear the Syrian rebels he was pictured last year with werent ISIS members or supporters, and the mainstream media is by and large buying the 2008 GOP presidential nominees story. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has endured brutal criticismmedia fact checkers, reporters, and political figures have shredded himfor questioning just who McCain posed with. But a closer look at the situation tells perhaps a different story than McCains office or the mainstream media have pushed. The criticism of McCain centers around how the Arizona senator met with Syrian rebel leaders in May 2013 when...
  • Cowardly Congress Authorizes Obama to Pay Others to Fight

    09/19/2014 5:24:10 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 33 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/19/14 | Steve Berman
    Yesterday, the Senate approved a bill to arm and train Syrian rebels, who fight against Bashar Assad, so they can eliminate ISIS, which possesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and no shortage of fighters willing to die for them. I fail to see the wisdom in this action, or what good can come of this. It appears cowardly, and even immoral to pay others to fight for you. The New York Timespenned almost 1,800 words describing and analyzing this vote, and even got the tally wrong in the original version. Correction: September 18, 2014 An earlier version of this article...
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • Will Dems go all-out to beat Sen. Pat Roberts now?

    09/19/2014 7:35:36 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/19/14 | Kyle Cheney and Manu raju
    Democrats won a key legal battle in the Kansas Senate race Thursday, but now the party faces a wrenching choice: Spend precious dollars to try and unseat Republican Pat Roberts in a solidly red state, or sit on the sidelines and pass up a chance to steal a seat and potentially the Senate majority from Republicans. The ruling removed the Democratic candidate from the ballot, clearing the way for a showdown between Roberts and independent Greg Orman and, at least on paper, increasing the likelihood that the longtime senator can be beaten. A smattering of recent polls shows...
  • Your 'To Do' List to Save America

    09/18/2014 12:40:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    The most important words printed in The New York Times since "REAGAN EASILY BEATS CARTER" were from a front-page article last Sunday about how, after six years of Obama, the federal judiciary is now dominated by Democratic appointees. Edward Whelan, head of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, responded to this by saying: "The best way for conservative voters to prevent further damage to the courts is to swing the Senate to Republican control in the elections this November." He's absolutely right. Turn that into a mnemonic, sew it on needlepoint pillows, include it in your wedding vows, right-wingers. For...
  • Counterpoint: The GOP Needs Ted Cruz

    09/18/2014 5:58:51 AM PDT · by absentee · 3 replies
    Pocket Full of Liberty ^ | 9/18/14 | Jay Caruso
    Ah, to be a Ted Cruz hater. I put the word in quotation marks, lest I be accused of being too harsh on Cruz detractors who seem to get their panties wadded up whenever he opens his mouth. One of the mistakes those of us who are involved or interested very much in politics often forget is many people outside of that realm dont know or dont care about the day to day goings on of the political world. Therefore when people start shrieking about Cruz and how hes leading the GOP to defeat I just happen to laugh. At...
  • CIA Director John Brennan Refuses To Tell Congress Who Authorized Senate Spying

    09/17/2014 6:56:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    The CIAs ongoing defiance of congressional authority continued during a closed-door meeting last week after Director John Brennan refused to tell lawmakers who authorized the illegal surveillance of Senate Intelligence Committee computers, which were used to compile a report on the agencys interrogation practices.
  • Dick Durbin: Amnesty Bill Will Help Contain Ebola

    09/17/2014 6:39:45 AM PDT · by babylon_times · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/16/14 | Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that a comprehensive amnesty bill would have helped America contain the Ebola epidemic in Africa......
  • Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate

    Democrats are now (very slightly) favored to hold the Senate majority on Nov. 4, according to Election Lab, The Post's statistical model of the 2014 midterm elections. Election Lab puts Democrats' chances of retaining their majority at 51 percent a huge change from even a few months ago, when the model predicted that Republicans had a better than 80 percent chance of winning the six seats they need to take control. (Worth noting: When the model showed Republicans as overwhelming favorites, our model builders led by George Washington University's John Sides warned that the model could and...
  • Live Blogging #KSSEN Taylor v. Kobach: Analysis

    09/16/2014 11:42:35 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 9 replies
    Election Law Blog ^ | September 16, 2014 | Rick Hasen
    Oral argument in the Kansas Supreme Court has now completed in the case of Kobach v. Taylor, on the question whether Taylors name can be removed from the Kansas U.S. Senate ballot. The issue is especially important with incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts now trailing independent Greg Orman in recent polling and with the fate of the Senate potentially hanging in the balance. While it is always hazardous to predict outcomes from oral argument (because Justices sometimes ask rhetorical questions or minds change after argument), I think it is likely the Justices will quickly issue an order removing Taylors name...
  • Nate Silver's Senate Update: Democrats Draw Almost Even. Is It The Money?

    09/16/2014 10:15:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    FIVETHIRTYEIGHT ^ | 09/16/2014 | Nate Silver
    When we officially launched our forecast model two weeks ago, it had Republicans with a 64 percent chance of taking over the Senate after this fall’s elections. Now Republican chances are about 55 percent instead. We’ve never quite settled on the semantics of when to call an election a “tossup.” A sports bettor or poker player would grimace and probably take a 55-45 edge. But this Senate race is pretty darned close.What’s happened? The chart below lists the change in our forecast in each state between Sept. 3 (when our model launched) and our current (Sept. 15) update.As you...
  • Jeb Bush Adviser Mike Murphy: Throwing Senate to GOP in Harry Reid's Interest

    09/15/2014 5:33:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/14/14 | Tony Lee
    Jeb Bush adviser and GOP hack Mike Murphy thinks it may be in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) interest to throw the Senate to Republicans. In an appearance on Sunday's Meet The Press, the conservative-bashing consultant who has yet to win a presidential election and once referred to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) as Reid's secret weapon, said if Republicans took back the Senate, it could turn into an "American idol of grievance." Todd snickered and egged Murphy on, showing nothing but contempt for conservatives. "Harry Reid may throw the Senate," Murphy said. "You can argue it's in his interest."...
  • 20 insane rules the Senate has for its members

    09/15/2014 3:43:11 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2014 | Jaime Fuller
    USA Today has published a copy of the November 2010 edition of the Senate Handbook, a "compilation of the policies and regulations governing office administration, equipment and services, security and financial management." It has never been released publicly before, which means we now have much more about how Senate offices go about their business, decorate their office spaces, etc. In fact, it's far more than you would ever want to know. But now that the information has been published online, we can at least tell when elected officials are fudging the official rules. We read the manual (so you don't...
  • Mary Landrieu: Louisianas Long-Lasting Liberal -- Why's She's Tough to Beat.

    09/15/2014 8:39:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/15/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    I can’t help it: I sorta like Mary Landrieu. In that admission lies a clue as to why Louisiana’s fairly liberal Democratic senator has been so hard for Republicans to defeat, and why she still has a chance to survive a Republican challenge in one of the most important races of this political year. Landrieu possesses a high degree of a particularly Louisianan style of political pugnacity that makes even many Republicans in the state pay her a grudging respect bordering on a form of fondness. Political prognosticators can list manifold reasons why Landrieu should lose her reelection bid to...
  • Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench

    09/14/2014 5:07:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 13, 2014 | By JEREMY W. PETERS
    Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obamas legacy. For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the presidents nominees. Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only...
  • Nancy Pelosi Just Might Be Insane

    09/13/2014 12:35:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 85 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 13, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    The Democrats’ leader in the House, California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, is either dishonest, drunk, or losing her mind. Soopermexican caught this tweet from Pelosi, which he calls “brutal stupidity.” Nancy Pelosi ✔ @NancyPelosi An American family can't just change their address to avoid paying taxes. @HouseGOP, why can corporations? Let's put the #MiddleClassFirst! 1:54 PM - 12 Sep 2014 As the multimillionaire Pelosi surely knows, individuals and corporations (which are artificial people under the law) can change their addresses and thereby change their tax burdens. It happens every day. I know that from personal experience. I moved from high-tax Maryland...
  • (Exempt) Nancy Pelosi: Civilization In Jeopardy If GOP Takes Senate [VIDEO]

    09/13/2014 2:55:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/12/14 | Chuck Ross
    **SNIP** Nobody comes about to vote to say thank you, Maher said. The people who get health care now theyre the people least likely to vote. The people who come out to vote are the angry people. Thats true, said Pelosi. Fear is a motivator, and we are not fear-mongers. The Democrats are messengers of hope, and thats what we will continue to be. **SNIP** Nevertheless, Pelosi said she thinks election models are flawed. All of the prognostications are predicated on false, ancient, old, stale assumptions, she claimed. Were in a whole new world of communications now.
  • Rooting for Dems, Part II

    09/11/2014 4:05:40 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    More on whether a GOP Senate will give us immigration amnesty: Fawn Johnson of National Journal contributes to the near-dominant school of MSM reporting on immigration, a sort of locker-room pep talk in which a journalist calls activist Frank Sharry and then sketches a fanciful optimistic scenario on how amnesty could well happen. (SNIP) But many Republicans have bought into the iffy argument that they have to do something before the 2016 election to improve their share of the Hispanic vote. (SNIP) But Im not sure. Coulters vicious ad hominem attack on this column could be correct: a big pro-GOP...
  • Republicans Leading In 8 Senate Races Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert! (video)

    09/11/2014 3:55:19 PM PDT · by Signalman · 9 replies
    Dickmorris.com ^ | 9/10/2014 | Dick Morris
    In this video commentary, I discuss how Republicans are leading in 8 Senate races. Tune in!