Poll: Not Great News For Dems, But Not Necessarily All Good News For GOP, Either

An analysis of a new Harris poll doesn’t necessarily contain a lot of great news for beleaguered Democrats. But neither is it coming up all rosy for the GOP in the coming election, either. If the election for the House of Representatives were held today, two in five registered voters (40 percent) would vote for the Democratic candidate and 36 percent would vote for the Republican candidate with one in five (19 percent) not at all sure. Among those registered voters who say they are absolutely certain to vote this November, 43 percent would vote for the Republican candidate, 41 percent for the Democratic candidate and 12 percent are not at all sure. The Republicans have a larger advantage when … Continue reading

Dean Group Raises $425K For Senate Dems; $100K For Feingold

A progressive political action committee associated with former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean says its members have raised $425,000 to help Democrats running for Senate this year. It also says it raised $100,000 in 24 hours to help Sen. Russ Feingold’s troubled re-election bid. Democracy for America (DFA) has endorsed a number of Democratic incumbents, and challengers, in the run-up to the November midterm elections, in which Democrats must defend their majorities in both the House and Senate against a determined conservative “tea party”-driven movement. Republicans need to win 10 seats in November to take the Senate away from Democrats. In its own separate fundraising appeals, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee acknowledges 15 races are close, within 5 points … Continue reading

Time to Get Inspired

I love this photo!!! There’s been a lot of talk about disgruntled, whining Dems and voter apathy recently. Quite frankly, I think it’s time to put the apathy aside and get inspired. The man we put in the White House is out there helping to make sure we win in the mid-terms. It’s time to get working and make sure we’ve got his back and the back of every other member of Congress who’s up for re-election. President Obama may not meet out liberal and progressive ideals over every issue, but we’ve come a long way on some issues and we all knew it would take time for change to happen. Let’s get inspired and win in November. (*AP Photo/Charles … Continue reading

Some Dems Join GOP Outsourcing Filibuster

A handful of Senate Democrats joined all Republicans to block a vote on a bill that would have ended tax policies that provides companies incentives to ship jobs overseas. Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) stood with a united Senate GOP on Tuesday to filibuster the Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act (S. 3816). An independent, Lieberman caucuses with Democrats, and as such holds a committee chairmanship. In all, the bill failed on a 53-45 vote, with two senators not voting. A supermajority of 60 votes were necessary to overcome the filibuster and move the legislation to final passage. The legislation would provide 24 months of payroll tax relief to employers for each job … Continue reading

Bill Would Cut Taxes For Firms That Bring Jobs Back To United States

The Senate is set to consider legislation to offer tax breaks to companies that bring jobs into the United States. The measure scheduled for a Senate vote this week also would end tax breaks for firms that move jobs overseas. The bill likely will have to overcome a potential GOP filibuster in order to reach a final vote for passage, however. Under the legislation, payroll taxes paid by employers would be waived for two years at companies that can certify that an employee hired to work in the United States replaced a worker performing similar duties overseas. The bill also would prohibit U.S. firms from deferring payments on overseas income, and companies no longer could take a tax deduction for … Continue reading

Capitol Idea: Conservatives, Fancy A Splash Of E. Coli In Your Tea?

Food safety isn’t some abstract concept up for debate, particularly after we all weathered the recent egg recall that left millions fearing if their breakfasts would make them sick. Foodborne pathogens cause 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and kill 5,000 annually in this country — and may contribute to long-term disease in more than 1 million Americans, according to estimates by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, the total economic impact of foodborne illness across the nation is estimated to be $152 billion annually, according to the Pew Charitable Trust, which maintains a program advocating for improved food safety. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates 80 percent of our food supply, it does so … Continue reading

The DREAM (Act) Also Dies In Defense Filibuster

It grabbed headlines for its failure to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military, but the Republican filibuster this week of a massive defense bill also blocks another piece of legislation embedded in it: the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or “DREAM Act.” The DREAM Act is a piece of immigration reform to enable the children of illegal immigrants to obtain an education, and permanent residence status. Senate Democrats failed to overcome a Republican filibuster of defense authorization bill. The legislation, which authorizes a wide variety of activities and spending for the U.S. armed forces, included a provision that would have repealed the 17-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. It … Continue reading