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Republicans press budget fight over immigration

  • 11:29 am Thursday, November 13th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

Even before President Obama has issued executive actions on immigration, Republicans in the Congress are calling for the approval of a plan to block the Obama Administration from granting work permits and green cards for people in the United States illegally.

“Unfortunately, since the president seems intent on bypassing the people’s representatives in Congress, we must do the only thing we can and exercise our power of the purse,” said Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), one of a number of GOP lawmakers who sent a letter demanding budget restrictions on any immigration executive orders.

The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), showcases [More]

Congress anything but lame in post-election return

  • 10:49 pm Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

The start of a lame duck session of Congress produced no shortage of partisan fireworks on Wednesday, as the battle over a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana spilled onto the floors of the House and Senate, and both parties angled for advantage in what could be an especially political fight over Presidential actions on immigration reform.

“If there’s no other reason, Mr. President – go big, go bold,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) at a rally in favor of action by the White House on immigration.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) does a TV interview after a U.S. Capitol rally on immigration reform.

“There’s [More]

A day of smiles for Republicans

  • 12:23 pm Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

With no fanfare just after 9:30 this morning, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell – soon to be Senate Majority Leader – entered the Capitol, flashing a gigantic smile on his face, giving me a wave as he headed up the stairs to his office just off the Senate floor.

It could have been any other day of the year – but McConnell’s smile gave away the excitement of Republicans right now, as they returned to celebrate their election victories last week.

“We’re really excited about having a great new bunch here,” McConnell said about a half hour later, as he greeted the [More]

Election questions loom for Democrats

  • 8:41 pm Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

As the lame duck session of the Congress begins on Wednesday afternoon, Democrats return to Capitol Hill looking at election losses that will see them not only in the minority in both the U.S. House and Senate, but also in a number of state legislatures around the country.

“Look, the last election that produced so few House Democrats was the one in 1928,” said Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) in an email to his supporters, acknowledging the hard truth about what happened at the polls last week.

“The last election that produced so few Democrats in state legislatures was the one in [More]

Still counting votes for Congress

  • 9:11 pm Monday, November 10th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

Even as newly-elected lawmakers get ready to fly to Washington, D.C. for freshmen orientation meetings this week, there are still some races for the U.S. House and Senate that still haven’t been settled, a week after voters went to the polls on Election Day.

As of now, Republicans have picked up seven seats in the U.S. Senate, and still have the chance to win two more. The GOP leads in one race in Alaska; the other is the runoff in Louisiana involving Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

In the House, the GOP has currently gained 12 seats, with 7 races still undecided.

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Supreme Court to hear challenge to health law subsidies

  • 1:54 pm Friday, November 7th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

Wading back in to the highly charged political arena that is the Obama health law, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced that it has agreed to hear a legal challenge to the subsidies offered to some Americans to purchase insurance coverage, vaulting the issue to the top of this year’s Supreme Court term.

The announcement was made in typical Supreme Court fashion – with little fanfare, and no explanation:

At issue is the text of the original law, which opponents argue was written in a way that subsidies are allowed only for people buying insurance through an exchange that has been [More]

Immigration looms as late year flash point

  • 6:40 pm Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

Even as Republicans get ready to take charge of the U.S. Senate in January, all signs are pointing to a intense political showdown before that change in power occurs over executive actions on immigration by President Obama, which could well thrust the issue to the top of the agenda in the new Congress.

A day after the President made clear he would push ahead with unilateral actions, Speaker John Boehner joined Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell in warning the President not to make that choice, arguing it would ‘poison the well’ between the parties.

“When you play with matches, then you take [More]

More questions about election polling

  • 8:46 pm Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

After seeing polls in 2012 that often produced a result which underestimated support for President Obama and overestimated the backing for Republicans, the quick review of polling in the 2014 elections raises even more questions about the accuracy of those surveys.

“This was a difficult year for polling,” wrote Doug Rivers, reviewing his work on polls by YouGov,
in which he acknowledged they ended up overstating support for Democrats.

An initial study by the website fivethirtyeight.com shows that 2014 had a bias of 4.0 points in favor of Democrats in races for Governor, and a significant amount in [More]

Republicans swamp Dems, take over Senate

  • 5:47 am Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

Whether it meets your personal definition of a “wave” election or not, Republicans won a major victory at the polls on Tuesday, winning more than enough seats to take control of the Senate, bolstering their majority in the House to historic levels, and winning a number of close races for Governor.

“The American people have put their trust in the Republican Party,” said Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus.

“I won’t sugarcoat it – we always knew tonight would be a challenging night,” said Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), who led Democratic re-election efforts in the Congress. “In short, it could have been [More]

Braley calls on history for Iowa Senate win

  • 5:12 pm Monday, November 3rd, 2014 by Jamie Dupree

From Ottumwa, Iowa

Urging on his supporters, Democrat Bruce Braley barnstormed across the Hawkeye State one final time on Monday, telling reporters he remains optimistic that he can keep this Senate seat in the hands of Democrats, and help block Republicans from an important win on Election Day.

“Let’s get out and get to work!” Braley said to applause as he addressed campaign workers and volunteers in Ottumwa, Iowa.

At his Ottumwa stop, Braley told his backers to squeeze out every vote possible, as he pulled a copy of the famous “Dewey Defeats Truman” photo from 1948 out of his coat jacket pocket.

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