Bernie Sanders Strikes

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So, right off the bat, we can see where having Bernie Sanders in the Senate makes a difference. As part of the ethics bill that was passed in the Senate, …

Two-Faced Towns

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A reader sent this along. Turns out that Rep. Ed Towns (NY-11) has caught religion when it comes to trade. Well, sort of. He has called for the cutting off …

CAFTA 15 Who Vote For Torture

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Here’s a small observation. One-third of the CAFTA 15 also voted for HR 6166, the “enemy combatant” bill: Melissa Bean, Henry Cuellar, Jim Matheson, Dennis Moore and John Tanner. Sad. …

Jefferson Gets Challengers

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I’ve been calling for someone to get up and challenge CAFTA 15 Rep. William “I Store 90,000 In My Freezer” Jefferson. And, sure enough, a number of someones have stepped …

The Jefferson Case Quicksand

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The case of Rep.William Jefferson, one of the CAFTA 15, gets even more sticky.Yesterday, the Democratic caucus voted to strip Jefferson of his seat on the Ways and Means Committee …

“Dollar Bill” Jefferson

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As Rep. William Jefferson, one of the CAFTA 15, continues to wrap himself in the constitutional fight over whether the F.B.I. improperly raided his offices, more details emerge about the …

Jefferson Hiding Evidence?

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[A note: last two days were no-post days…sorry…various hiccups…not that you were asking!] It strikes me that it does not help Rep. William Jefferson, one of the CAFTA 15, to …

Day Four of Jefferson

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I’m not obsessed with Rep. William Jefferson but this story just keeps growing. First, the Democrats and Republicans united to demand that the F.B.I. return the documents seized in the …

Day Three on Jefferson

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Hmmm…this controversy about the FBI raid on Rep. William Jefferson’s office has now kept going for a third day. Thought it’s an interesting debate, this can’t be what the Democrats …

Melissa’s Fundraiser

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Melissa Bean, one of our CAFTA 15, held a fundraiser the other night. Some committed souls were on hand to greet her in the appropriate fashion. The picture says it …

Downgrade Melissa

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Here’s a fun little political game. Rep. Melissa Bean, one of the so-called Democrats who voted for CAFTA, is a key target for those who want the CAFTA 15 to …

Another Hat In The Ring

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This was rumored for some time–yesterday, Assemblyman Roger Green tossed his hat into the ring, declaring that he would challenge Rep. Ed Towns, one of the two CAFTA 15 members …

A Correction

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Earlier in the week, I reported that a number of unions, including SEIU, were helping an independent candidate, Bill Scheurer, who is running against Melissa Bean, one of the CAFTA …

Meeks On The Mind

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Here I hadn’t really mentioned Greg Meeks for some time and, bingo, he pops up twice in a row. After yesterday’s posting about the protest at his fundraiser, I received …

Melissa Bean Is Nervous

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Melissa Bean’s people are getting nervous out there in Illinois. Bean is one of the CAFTA 15. I hear today that the Teamsters Joint Council in the district has endorsed …

Towns Has A Challenger

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Back in September, I wrote about Two-Faced Towns: Rep. Ed Towns of New York (Brooklyn) who became one of the 15 so-called Democrats who voted for the Central American Free …

Will Jefferson Go Down?

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Will one of the CAFTA 15 go down? That likelihood grew a bit–though not as a result of an election-related development. You may remember, back in August, the F.B.I. raided …

Melissa’s Handouts

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Over the past couple of months, the corporate money has been flowing into the hands of the CAFTA 15. Besides the fundraiser that business associations held for the CAFTA 15 …

Cashing In a Vote

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The corporate ATM machine just keeps on giving…especially for those Members of Congress whose spine gave way just minutes before the vote on CAFTA. What I love about this little …

Murphy Caves In

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Make other plans for Thursday night because the fundraiser for Rep. Tim Murphy to “celebrate” his vote for CAFTA has been called off. Here’s how it went down. My friend …

Roast Another CAFTA Voter

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So, a number of people have made the observation: why am I not going after the Republicans who voted for CAFTA? Well, that’s a legitimate point and I’m planning to …