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  • Darryl Glenn Looks for 'Labor Day Magic' - Colorado Republican has much ground to make up...

    08/30/2016 5:21:13 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 11 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Aug 29, 2016 8:42 AM | Eric Garcia
    The Republican Senate candidate in Colorado has been trailing Sen. Michael Bennet in recent polls but he is hoping for some "Labor Day magic." Darryl Glenn has consistently lagged behind Bennet by double digits in one of the few competitive Senate seats that Democrats are defending this cycle. Glenn won his five-way primary race in June after the campaign of former state Rep. Jon Keyser imploded. “I’m just not sure what happened here,” veteran Republican communications consultant Sean Duffy told The Denver Post. “You would think that a gentleman with his oratorical skills and background … you would think there...
  • COLD SHOULDER: Glenn Brushes Off Denver Post

    08/24/2016 2:39:35 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 14 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | August 24, 2016
    It appears that Darryl Glenn has a new strategy when dealing with the media. Just tried to talk to Darryl Glenn after an event. He made clear he is no longer talking to @denverpost, CO’s largest newspaper. #copolitics — John Frank (@ByJohnFrank) August 23, 2016
  • McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns

    06/23/2016 4:43:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 23, 2016 | Alexander Bolton
    Greg Nash Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday cut the legs out from a bipartisan effort to keep suspected terrorists from buying guns. In doing so, McConnell, a master of the Senate’s arcane rules, provided cover for vulnerable Republicans who wanted to be seen as supporting the effort, but did not want to cross the National Rifle Association. “The scenario that Sen. McConnell set up was textbook McConnell,” said Brian Darling, a former Senate Republican aide. McConnell had promised a vote this week to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on her bipartisan measure barring people on two key...
  • Democrats stage sit-in on House floor to force gun vote

    06/22/2016 9:36:58 AM PDT · by PROCON · 169 replies
    politico.com ^ | June 22, 2016 | RACHAEL BADE, HEATHER CAYGLE and BEN WEYL
    More than two dozen House Democrats staged a "sit-in" on the House floor Wednesday in protest of GOP leadership's refusal to allow a vote on a gun control measure following the Orlando massacre. Led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon, and more than 40 Democrats walked into the chamber just before noon and pledged to “occupy” the House floor until GOP leadership allowed a vote. Democrats have tried numerous times over the past week to force a vote on a so-called "no fly, no buy" bill, which would bar terror suspects on the “no-fly" list from purchasing...
  • Senators roll out bipartisan gun proposal

    06/21/2016 12:03:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Tuesday rolled out a bipartisan bill aimed at stopping suspected terrorists from buying a gun, as lawmakers try to overcome a stalemate on the issue. "Essentially we believe that if you are too dangerous to fly on an airplane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun," Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told reporters. The legislation would allow the attorney general to block the sale of a gun if an individual is on the "no-fly" list or the so-called "selectee" list, which requires additional screening at an airport. Collins said the two lists affect approximately 109,000 people, most...
  • Sen. Reid: The NRA ‘Doesn’t Care About The Constitutional Rights’

    06/21/2016 9:44:31 AM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | June 21, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Following the Senate rejection of a series of new gun control measures on Monday, Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D- Nev.) told fellow senators “the NRA doesn’t care about you” adding that the National Rifle Association doesn’t care for the constituents of lawmakers and “it doesn’t care about the constitutional rights of the followers.” “Here’s a little secret for my Republican colleagues,” Reid said on the floor of the Senate Tuesday morning, “The NRA doesn’t care about you. It doesn’t care about your constituents, it doesn’t care about the constitutional rights of the followers.”“The NRA and its leadership...
  • What will Marco Rubio do?

    06/03/2016 3:39:59 AM PDT · by onyx · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 03, 2016, 06:00 am | By Jordain Carney
    Sen. Marco Rubio is coming under heavy pressure inside and outside the Beltway to change his mind and run for reelection to the Senate.For Senate GOP leaders, the move is a political no-brainer. ADVERTISEMENT Rubio is a known quantity and an able fundraiser, and they believe he represents their best shot at keeping Florida’s Senate seat in the Republican column.For Rubio the question is tougher.Running for the Senate would amount to a significant political u-turn. He’s repeatedly railed against the ineffectiveness of the upper chamber and brushed aside questions about his lax attendance record.He could also be risking his...
  • GOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees

    04/26/2016 4:58:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 26, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Cameron Lancaster Senate Republicans blocked a slate of President Obama's lower court nominees Tuesday. Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii),Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) asked for consent four times to bring up a total of 11 judicial nominations Tuesday, arguing that the pace of confirmation votes has created a backlog. "The judicial confirmation process has been at a crawl for years. Now it has come to a functional standstill," said Schumer, who is expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader. The Senate's top Republicans teamed up to block the Democratic efforts. Majority LeaderMitch McConnell objected to requests...
  • WATCH: Sen. Barbara Boxer Tries and Fails To Explain Catholicism To A Priest

    04/15/2016 11:05:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    Sen. Barbara Boxer, who once dressed down a Army brigadier general who called her "ma'am," tried to shame a Catholic priest for not agreeing with Pope Francis on matters of climate change, which fall outside the magisterial authority of the Church. Watch the exchange here: 5 minute video: Unhinged: Senator Boxer ridicules 'philosopher', assails Catholic priest at Senate climate hearing The "Rev. Nelson" Boxer was referring to is a Methodist minister (and not a scientist!) who is ideologically aligned with herself on the issue of climate change. First, some basic Catholicism: the pope is not infallible unless he is...
  • Reid wishes he could stay in Senate 'til I drop dead'

    04/14/2016 1:50:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 14, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday he wishes he could stay in the Senate “'til I drop dead," even though he is not seeking reelection in November. "Well, I wish I could stay here 'til I drop dead, but I want to be remembered for my first 34 years, not my last six," Reid said in an interview with The Takeaway podcast . "I want everyone within the sound of my voice here today to understand what a joy it's been, an honor for me to serve in the Senate." The Nevada senator reflected on his unpopularity among some...
  • Senate panel subpoenas EPA’s McCarthy to force her to testify at Gold King Mine hearing

    04/13/2016 12:39:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 13, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    The Senate Indian Affairs Committee acted Wednesday to subpoena EPA administrator Gina McCarthy after the agency refused to provide witnesses to a field hearing on the EPA-caused Gold King Mine spill. Chairman John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, and vice chairman Jon Tester, Montana Democrat, said they had agreed to issue the subpoena ordering Ms. McCarthy or assistant administrator Mathy Stanislaus to testify at the April 22 hearing in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Barrasso said the subpoena would be served on the EPA later Wednesday. Committee members blasted the EPA for its lack of cooperation in aiding the panel in its oversight role...
  • Sowell: Supreme Hypocrisy

    03/28/2016 11:08:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 29, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    If there is one thing that is bipartisan in Washington, it is brazen hypocrisy. Currently there is much indignation being expressed by Democrats because the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to hold confirmation hearings on President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Democrats complain, and the media echo their complaint, that it is the Senate's duty to provide "advice and consent" on the President's appointment of various federal officials. Therefore, according to this claim, the Senate is neglecting its Constitutional duty by refusing even to hold hearings to determine...
  • McCain faces toughest reelection of his career

    03/19/2016 10:15:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 98 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 19, 2016 | Alexander Bolton & Scott Wong
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is facing what may be the toughest reelection of his Senate career in an unpredictable presidential year, when many voters are angry with Washington. Early polls show McCain tied with his Democratic challenger, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), at around 40 percent despite having nearly 100-percent name recognition in the state he has represented in either the Senate or House since 1983. “The basic problem for John McCain is the same kind of thing that faces a lot of incumbents right now. He’s been there a long time. People are leery of Washington. They don’t like Washington,”...
  • Rubio: 'Gang of 8' immigration bill never meant to pass

    02/15/2016 1:57:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2016 | Tim Devaney
    GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio on Monday said a controversial immigration reform bill he helped negotiate in 2013 was never meant to pass the Congress. As a member of the so-called "Gang of 8," the Florida senator negotiated an immigration compromise between Republicans and Democrats. But the bill never made it past conservatives in the House who complained it provided a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Rubio has taken criticism from fellow GOP presidential candidates for his role in the immigration package. On Monday, he suggested the bill was for show and he never expected House Republicans to go...
  • Democrats call for government-funded lawyers for illegal immigrants

    02/11/2016 10:05:16 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 11, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Top Senate Democrats introduced legislation Thursday that would grant government-funded lawyers to illegal immigrants who are part of the surge of Central Americans that have overwhelmed the border and stretched the immigration courts. Though unlikely to advance in the GOP-controlled Congress, the legislation is an important marker for both the presidential campaign and for the ongoing debate over how the U.S. treats the illegal immigrants -- and particularly the unaccompanied children -- that have skyrocketed in recent years. Sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, the bill would allow illegal immigrants to delay their court dates until the government has...
  • Senate Confirms Obama Court Nominee Who Called Reagan a Bigot

    01/20/2016 11:45:22 AM PST · by PROCON · 50 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | Jan. 19, 2016 | Philip Wegmann
    Minnesota jurist Wilhelmina Marie Wright's written accusation that President Reagan tolerated racism did not hinder her ascent to the federal bench. The Senate voted 58-36 on Tuesday evening to confirm President Barack Obama's nominee to U.S. District Court in Minnesota. While a student at Harvard Law School in 1989, Wright wrote an article published in the prestigious UCLA Law Review that accused Reagan and his administration of "bigotry" and implied that property rights undergird American racism.Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in July, Wright, an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court, renounced the style but not the substance of...
  • Feingold all in on Obama nuclear deal with Iran (barf alert)

    01/19/2016 1:23:00 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 1-19-16 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. - Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold spent part of his first interview of the election year defending President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran - a deal most Americans are leery about, to say the least. The Democrat, who is running against U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to reclaim the seat he lost in the 2010 Republican revolution, said it's only right to talk about the "great things the president has done." "He has accomplished some foreign policy goals we have had for a very long time," Feingold told Sherwin Hughes, host of "The Forum," Friday on Milwaukee's 860 AM,...
  • Senate race will test public's favorable view of Johnson, Feingold

    01/13/2016 10:27:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-13-16 | Bill Glauber
    U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic challenger Russ Feingold agree on very little. But one thing is likely to be true of both by the time their rematch race reaches its election day finish in November: Neither guy is going to be very popular with voters. "Historically, rematches between candidates are often pretty negative affairs," said Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette University Law School poll. The Johnson-Feingold race is shaping up as one of the more important Senate contests in the country and outside groups are already spending millions of dollars on the campaign. What does that mean? Expect...
  • Menendez Shameless But Indictment Looms

    01/04/2016 10:08:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 3, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    In a headline today NJ.com asks the question, "How has Menendez Indictment Affected His Senate Duties?" The story details how Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is acting if nothing is wrong, and quotesNLPC Chairman (not executive director) Ken Boehm: A leading Menendez critic said he had no problem with the senator's efforts to carry on as if he did not face criminal charges. "Defendants can act anyway they want," said Ken Boehm, executive director of the National Legal and Policy Center, a Falls Church, Va.-based watchdog group. "I take almost an attitude of, 'It's a free country, he's a free...
  • GOP's Mitch McConnell: Promises we kept this year

    12/19/2015 9:42:55 AM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    investors.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    Sen. Mitch McConnell gives the Republican Party's Weekly Remarks Hello, I'm Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. I'm proud to represent Kentucky in the United States Senate. I'm also honored to have served this past year as leader of the Senate's new Republican majority. When you voted for this new majority last November, the Senate was a mess. Some thought the Senate could never be cured of its dysfunction and its gridlock. But the new majority you elected didn't agree. We believed the Senate could be restored to a place of high purpose again, and we've made great strides over the...
  • Republicans, fearing congressional end-run, warn Obama ahead of climate talks

    11/27/2015 1:15:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 27, 2015
    Capitol Hill Republicans are aiming to take the air out of President Obama's push for a global climate deal at next week's international summit in Paris, warning they will block vital funding if he tries to circumvent Congress. Obama and other world leaders are charging ahead with the two-week U.N. conference starting Monday, under heightened security in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. At a press conference alongside French President Francois Hollande, Obama cast the climate summit as a global statement of solidarity. "What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one...
  • Senate GOP unveils measure to fund government through Dec. 11

    09/22/2015 8:13:00 PM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Sep. 22, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he will push a short-term spending bill that funds the government through Dec. 11 and redirects Planned Parenthood funding to other health centers amid controversy over the organization’s abortion practice. Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, set up a procedural vote on the measure for Thursday, or after Congress hears from Pope Francis in a joint session, although Democrats will likely block the GOP bid. “I know Democrats have already blocked virtually every bill to fund the government this year, but I’m asking them to allow the Senate to fund the government now,” Mr. McConnell...
  • To our Muslim enemies, September 11th is a day for celebrating and our Senate is helping them

    09/11/2015 12:17:47 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/11/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    On this September 11, 2015 our Senate has joined our enemies in celebrating their victories over us by making Iran the most powerful terrorists on earth. Fourteen years ago, on September 11, 2001 we sustained the most devastating terrorist attacks in our history. We were caught completely by surprise and to the delight of our Muslim enemies, thousands of innocent American men women and children were murdered. They enjoyed every minute of it. In our national bewilderment some people thought the seventh century savages attacked us because the numeric value of September 11, is 9 -1-1 the national number to...
  • ABORTION: Pro-Abortion Minority Blocks Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

    Pro-Abortion Minority Blocks Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Despite Bipartisan Majority’s Vote to Cut Tax Dollars BREAKING: The U.S. Senate has voted to continue the federal funding of Planned Parenthood despite the fact that they harvest and sell the body parts of aborted babies. Did your Senator vote to continue this barbarity? We have the list here. A pro-abortion extremist minority in the U.S. Senate has filibustered a vote to defund Planned Parenthood. A bipartisan majority of the Senate voted to close debate and vote to cut off the abortion giant’s taxpayer funding, falling short of the 60-vote threshold...
  • Sean Hannity: Three Senators Confirm that Mitch McConnell Lied to Ted Cruz

    07/30/2015 10:07:57 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07-30-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Sean Hannity says that three senators confirmed Ted Cruz’s account of a conversation he had with Senate Majority Liar Leader Mitch McConnell about a possible deal with Democrats about the Export-Import Bank. You may recall that Cruz blasted McConnell on the Senate floor for saying there was no deal, while there clearly was one. Although other Republicans have attacked Cruz for telling the truth — without denying his account of the conversation, by the way — a few have come out in support of him. Senator Mike Lee has been willing to go on record to confirm Cruz’s account. Sadly,...
  • Senate blocks Lee's vote to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/26/2015 3:45:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 69 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 26, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was rebuked by his Senate colleagues on Sunday as he tried to force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. Lee had tried to attach an amendment eliminating all federal funds for Planned Parenthood to the vote on Congress’s must-pass highway legislation. The amendment was rejected by the chair of the Senate, who called it out of order because it was not germane to the highway bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) decided last week that he would only allow two amendments to the bill – a repeal of ObamaCare and a reauthorization of the Export-Import...
  • Former Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan passed millions of tax dollars to family

    06/25/2015 8:54:48 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/25/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Kay Hagan, defeated senator from North Carolina, may be gearing up to make a run at Senior Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) in 2016. She narrowly defeated Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), and in turn was herself narrowly defeated by Thom Tillis (R) in 2014 in what wiki called “one of the toughest re-election bids in the country.” (2) The Hagan-Ruthven family combine of real estate development and solar energy projects in central Florida and NC, just keeps finding ways to feed at the public trough! After serving in the NC state senate, Hagan launched herself into the national political arena where...
  • Watchdog: Team Clinton broke ethics rules meeting with Senate Democrats

    05/04/2015 12:46:48 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5-4-15 | Paul Bedard
    A taxpayer watchdog group is calling for an ethics investigation into meetings between Hillary Clinton's team and key Senate Democrats inside official Senate offices where political activities are barred. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust has asked the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to probe the "apparent breach of ethics rules" stemming from an April 21 Clinton strategy session in a room just off the Senate floor. The group said that the rules need to be reinforced because it appears that "ongoing" strategy sessions are planned between the Democratic frontrunner and Senate supporters. "The taxpayers expect and deserve that...
  • Corker: Lynch vote coming in 2-3 days

    04/19/2015 12:44:17 PM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | April 19, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    CNN)—The Senate is likely to approve Loretta Lynch as the nation's next attorney general in the next two or three days, an influential Republican said Sunday. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee told CNN's Jim Sciutto on "State of the Union" that he expects a deal to quickly come together this week to clear both Lynch and an anti-human trafficking law that Democrats have blocked due to an abortion-related provision."My sense is, over the next 48 to 72 hours, that is going to be resolved, and we will move on to this Iran issue," said Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign...
  • Five Points on the Iran Deal

    04/17/2015 3:21:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-17-15 | William Kristol
    I've received several inquiries asking me to spell out some implications of this week's editorial. Here goes: 1) No deal is better than a bad Iran deal. And a bad Iran deal is not just a foreign policy setback. It's a foreign policy disaster. 2) The administration is heading toward a bad deal (see Kissinger-Schultz, and now even James Baker). 3) The Corker bill only helps, if it does, after a deal has been signed—and then 67 votes in the Senate and 290 in the House are needed to overturn a deal. That's unlikely. And a lot of damage in...
  • Pistols At Dawn

    04/02/2015 6:53:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 4-2-15 | Scott McKay
    Have you seen it? The outgoing Senate minority leader Harry Reid, whose pitiful lie about being severely beaten in a vicious attack by an elastic exercise band continues largely unchallenged by our lugubrious mainstream media, said in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash that he had no regrets about another pitiful lie he told back in 2012. Asked whether he felt any regret for defaming then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012 by accusing him of tax evasion, in no less a venue than the floor of the U.S. Senate where he would be immune from suit, Reid’s answer was haughty...
  • Oh Look, Senate Democrats Now Causing Abortion Ruckus Over House Medicare Deal

    03/21/2015 5:42:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    What is it with this party? Senate Democrats have really personified the “you shall not pass” war cry for anything abortion-related as of late. First, they’re filibustering what was an extremely bipartisan bill to combat human trafficking until their staffs missed the non-controversial Hyde Amendment language, which was added as a rider (standard operating procedure for most spending bills) to the law. Democrats knew this language was going to be in the law because Republicans told them months in advance. Heck, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) aide found the language, but failed to inform the senator before the bill went to the judiciary committee...
  • McConnell Urges States to Help Thwart Obama’s ‘War on Coal’

    03/19/2015 7:46:25 PM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    nytimes ^ | March 19, 2015 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has begun an aggressive campaign to block President Obama’s climate change agenda in statehouses and courtrooms across the country, arenas far beyond Mr. McConnell’s official reach and authority. The campaign of Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is aimed at stopping a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring states to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Once enacted, the rules could shutter hundreds of coal-fired plants in what Mr. Obama has promoted as a transformation of the nation’s energy economy away from fossil...
  • White House Faults G.O.P. Senators’ Letter to Iran’s Leaders

    03/09/2015 12:03:05 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 9, 2015 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday sharply rebuked nearly four dozen Republican senators who sent a letter to Iranian leaders just as nuclear negotiations reach a pivotal moment, characterizing the correspondence as an illegitimate interference in President Obama’s foreign policy. The letter, signed by 47 Republican senators and addressed to “leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” suggested that the Iranian leaders might not understand the American system and warned them that any deal Mr. Obama and other world leaders might reach on the future of its nuclear program would be reversible without congressional approval. Josh Earnest, the White...
  • AP sources: Edwards to seek Maryland Senate seat (Donna Eddwards, Barbara Mikulski)

    03/09/2015 8:51:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 11:40 AM EDT | Erica Werner
    Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland intends to join the race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, hoping to become the first African-American elected to the Senate from her state, according to officials familiar with her plans. Edwards would become the second member of the state’s House delegation to announce her intentions to run for the Senate. Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen joined the race last week. No Republican has yet stepped forward to run for a seat in a Democratic state. …
  • 47 Republicans May Have Just Broken the Law By Writing An Outrageous Letter To Iran

    03/09/2015 8:22:20 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 67 replies
    The Daily Banter ^ | 03/09/2015 | Michael Luciano
    Just when you thought congressional Republicans couldn’t look any more like a troupe of treacherous clowns hellbent on circus-ifying anything President Obama tries to do, they pull another bag of tricks from the trunk of their tiny car.On Monday, 47 Republican senators signed an open letter addressed to the “Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” on U.S. Senate letterhead. The correspondence basically indicated that Iran’s ongoing negotiations on its nuclear program with the Obama administration are an all but futile endeavor. The weirdest thing about the letter — other than the fact that it was written in the first place — is that it doesn’t address anything specific...
  • Did political speech cop Russ Feingold violate the federal Hatch Act?

    03/06/2015 7:20:50 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-5-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold is doing more than dropping hints that he may seek another run at the seat from which he unceremoniously dumped during the conservative revolution of 2010. Multiple media accounts assert the Wisconsin Democrat has been “reaching out” to supporters — possibly potential donors — in recent weeks to feel out a 2016 Senate bid against first-term Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. But is the man whose name is synonymous with campaign finance reform and expansive political speech policing violating the long-standing federal Hatch Act, which limits executive branch employees like Feingold from politicking...
  • Cuccinelli rips Republicans: 'They don't have any backbone!'

    02/26/2015 9:42:44 PM PST · by Perseverando · 30 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2015 | Greg Corombos
    Ken Cuccinelli Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli calls Senate Republicans’ decision to push Homeland Security funding that includes money for President Obama’s amnesty a “total surrender” that proves GOP leaders “really don’t have any backbone.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., decided earlier in the week to stop pushing a Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, appropriations bill that strictly forbids funding for Obama administration executive action on immigration in 2012 and 2014. With Democrats blocking debate, McConnell agreed to bring a “clean” bill forward in exchange for Democrat promises to vote on a separate bill to defund...
  • Socialist Bernie Sanders on single payer: Will you believe me or the tidal wave of red ink?

    02/26/2015 8:04:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/26/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Socialists, Democrats, Communists and liberals rely on people being kept in the dark about their policies. Things are so much easier for them that way. When the media never asks inconvenient questions, any chance of the truth getting out is generally non-existent. But when the bottom publically falls out of one of their fake “benefits” it becomes impossible for these people to keep us in the dark. When the Berlin Wall was coming down the Communists were still telling people to go back to work at their useless factories where they were making useless commodities no one wanted; but the...
  • Condoleezza Rice Leads Race to Replace Barbara Boxer in CA

    02/18/2015 9:31:56 AM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies
    breitbart ^ | Feb. 18, 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    The leader in the race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in America’s most liberal state is… Republican Condoleezza Rice, according to a new Field Poll released Wednesday. Rice, the former Secretary of State and Stanford don, is backed by 49% of voters–ahead of Attorney General Kamala Harris, the liberal Democrat who was the first to declare. The poll, which sampled 972 likely voters in California, presented respondents with a list of 18 potential candidates and asked if they “would be inclined or not inclined to vote for that person,” with no limit on the number they could...
  • State Senator Authors Resolution To Repeal Indiana's Ratification Of 17th Amendment

    02/10/2015 9:45:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    WBAA Public Radio ^ | February 9, 2015 | Network Indiana
    An Indiana state senator wants to change the way US senators are elected. Until the 17th Amendment was ratified a century ago, senators weren't elected directly, but by state legislatures. Charlestown State Senator Jim Smith says the idea was to make senators responsive to their states‘ concerns. He argues the switch to direct election has contributed to a shift in the balance of power from the states to the federal government. Smith says it‘s separated senators from state concerns and made it harder to remove them. "As the needs of the state of Indiana change," says Smith,"then we would essentially...
  • The Senate just advanced the Keystone pipeline bill and will pass it later today

    01/29/2015 11:02:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 29, 2015 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Senate on Thursday took a major step toward passing legislation that would approve the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline. After weeks of considering Republican and Democratic amendments to the bill, Republicans finally found enough Democrats to get over a procedural obstacle that required 60 votes. The Senate voted 62-35 in favor of ending debate on the bill, which will allow the Senate to pass the bill later in the day. The Senate will pass the Keystone XL pipeline bill Thursday afternoon, delivering a victory to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas.). Image: AP Photo/J. Scott...
  • Feinstein's Folly

    12/15/2014 8:23:54 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/15/2014 | Charlie Daniels
    Furthermore, Ms. Feinstein seems to have no regard for thousands of American lives around the world she has put in jeopardy or the droves of new recruits ISIS will enlist because of her reckless actions. She has singlehandedly hogtied the CIA, who, by the way, vehemently disagree with this report (the methods were even defended – to a degree – by Obama’s CIA head, John Brennan), and was put together totally by Democrats, without even interviewing the persons who would have been able to refute their claim that the enhanced interrogation techniques did not provide information that foiled other attacks...
  • Virginia Senate Candidate Honors Hamas Associate

    10/26/2011 5:14:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | October 25, 2011 | Ryan Mauro
    On September 25, the 23rd Arab-American Candidates’ Night Dinner was held in Virginia, attended by 46 Democrats and Republicans seeking office, with former governor and current Democratic Senate candidate, Tim Kaine, as a major speaker. The dinner honored a top Muslim Brotherhood official affiliated with Hamas named Jamal Barzinji, an inconvenient and overlooked fact for Kaine’s campaign team. Tim Kaine was the governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010 and then was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was on the short-list to become President Obama’s running mate. He is now running for Senate and will likely face...
  • Harry Reid Begins Bid for 6th Term With Fundraising Blitz

    01/12/2015 10:58:10 AM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan. 12, 2015 | James Morrison
    Battered and bruised physically as well as politically, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, 75, is still planning to run for re-election next year, even as Republicans target him as the "most vulnerable" senator "right now." Despite serious injuries from an exercise accident, Reid is working with allies to launch a fundraising blitz with a big campaign event this month and three in February, Politico reports. The Nevada Democrat told Las Vegas radio station KNPR he is planning to run for a sixth term in 2016 and is confident that he can lead the Democratic minority through the next two years....
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer will retire after term ends in 2016

    01/08/2015 8:34:45 AM PST · by PROCON · 59 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Jan. 8, 2015 | Carolyn Lochhead
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Barbara Boxer, California’s junior senator since her election in 1992 and a former Marin County supervisor, announced Thursday that she will not run for re-election when her term expires in 2016. Boxer, 74, made her decision public via a video release with her grandson Zach Rodham.
  • Mitch McConnell is off to a bitter start

    01/08/2015 1:14:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    "................McConnell took the Senate on the low road. He stood still at his desk, lips pursed, clearing his throat often, and reading a grim message. “Moment of great anxiety . . . lost faith in their government . . . no longer trust Washington . . . losing health plans after being told otherwise . . . rising medical costs . . . difficult just to get by . . . world filled with chaos . . . autocrats scoffing at a superpower that doesn’t seem to have a real plan.” “Confidence in the American dream has plunged,” McConnell said, pointing an index finger downward. “Anxiety about the type of country we leave to...
  • Will the Senate threaten the 2nd Amendment?

    12/21/2014 9:07:07 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 36 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/21/14 | Doug Book
    The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty goes into effect on December 24th. Through that date, Coach is Right will provide background and current information concerning the dangers this treaty poses to the American people and their freedom. President Obama has been re-elected since this piece was written and Republicans secured a massive, midterm victory in 2014. The midterm results should guarantee an incoming Senate that would not ratify the Arms Trade Treaty. But conservative voters were certainly betrayed by the vote of the Republican House on the Omnibus Spending Bill a few days ago. First published on July 13, 2012...
  • GOP hits the brakes on Obama nominees

    12/12/2014 12:39:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans are throwing up obstacles to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) plans to confirm a batch of executive and judicial branch nominees this weekend. Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said if Reid wants to confirm 12 pending federal district judges, he will have to run them through the regular floor process, which could take days. Grassley noted that Republicans don’t have enough votes to block the judicial nominees but they can drag out the process, which may force Reid to bring the Senate in next week if he wants to get the...
  • Should Ted Cruz Delay The Omnibus Bill 30 Hours By Forcing Reid To Hold A Cloture Vote?

    12/12/2014 9:21:59 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    12/12/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If some (i.e. Harry Reid) in the Senate seek unanimous consent to go straight to a vote on Cronybus, but Cruz (and others who may wish to join him) delay this move by forcing Reid to hold a cloture vote - and thus stall the vote in the Senate on Cronybus by 30 hours - would you support this if it led to a short-term funding measure? While this move may upset Boehner, who has now bent his will to Obama's desire, would you support Cruz (or whomever may wish to do this - Warren?) doing this?