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Mitch McConnell's Misguided Coal Crusade

Flush from victory last November, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell threw down the gauntlet. "What the administration has done to the coal industry is a true outrage," he said, referring to the loss of mining jobs in his home state of Kentucky. Show More Summary

Midday open thread: Investors don't get solar, do social media undermine political movements?

Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Chagrin Falls: A patriotic debate: "Despicable" mailer from McConnell-Grimes race wins award: A direct mail piece that Mitch McConnell’s campaign sent to Eastern Kentuckians in the closing days of last year’s U.S. Show More Summary

ROLL CALL: Cruz Says Fate of ‘Dangerous’ Lynch Up to McConnell. Sen. Ted Cruz called attorne…

ROLL CALL: Cruz Says Fate of ‘Dangerous’ Lynch Up to McConnell. Sen. Ted Cruz called attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s immigration views “dangerous” Wednesday and questioned whether Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., should even have the chamber consider her nomination. “That is the decision the majority leader is going to have to make. I believe […]

Cruz Says Lynch Nomination Shouldn’t Get a Vote

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Roll Call that attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s immigration views were “dangerous” and questioned whether Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should even have the chamber consider her nomination. Said Cruz: “That is the decision the [...] The post Cruz Says Lynch Nomination Shouldn’t Get a Vote appeared first on Political Wire.

Sanctions face-off

Despite a Democratic attempt to delay a vote on the Menendez-Kirk sanctions legislation, the bill was introduced on Tuesday. In addition to the two named senators, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kelly...Show More Summary

Morning Bits

No brainer. “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday said Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should bring an Iran sanctions bill to the Senate floor immediately. ‘Absolutely,’ Cruz said in response to a question about whether he’d urge McConnell to do so. Cruz criticized Democrats for holding up a sanctions bill, which President Obama has threatened […]

Mitch McConnell, Really!

Mitch McConnell failed on his pledge to make Obama a one-term president, but he did succeed in obstructing the passage of many bills that would have grown the economy and helped the American people. Since 2007, McConnell has used the filibuster 413 times as minority leader. Show More Summary

Bevin Announces Bid for Kentucky Governor

Matt Bevin (R), who lost a Republican Senate primary loss to Mitch McConnell (R), “launched another statewide race Tuesday, this time for Kentucky governor,” National Journal reports. “Bevin’s unexpected and late entry—he officially joined the race less than two hours [...] The post Bevin Announces Bid for Kentucky Governor appeared first on Political Wire.

Keystone Pipeline Stopped By Senate Filibuster

Democrats are pressing Mitch McConnell to keep the debate going. “Like” us on Facebook Now read this:Republicans Block Amendment Requiring Steel for Keystone XL Pipeline To Be Made In America (Jan 21, 2015) Keystone XL Rides Shotgun On State Of The Union Night (Jan 21, 2015) Time For President Obama To Trade Keystone Pipeline For [...]

If You Think the GOP Is "Refocusing" on the Wealth Gap, I've Got A Bridge To Sell You

The New York Times reported last week that in the closed-door Republican Senate Caucus retreat, Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell "encouraged the Republican troops to refocus policy on the stagnant middle class." That would be...Show More Summary

Don't Have to Be a Hippie to Hate the 1%

3 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

Why it’s a good thing that conservatives like Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz are talking about income inequality.

McConnell's big 'open amendment' ruse

Laura Clawson wrote earlier about the farce that is new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's "open amendment" process for the Keystone XL bill. She included a snippet of video from the floor "debate" in which Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)...Show More Summary

Mitch McConnell and 'regular order': Just flirting or going steady?

New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised senators late last year that he'd return to the "regular order" of debate and amendments that his predecessor, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, had abandoned. But as the Senate struggled to finish work last week on a bill to clear the...

Obama’s Secret Anti-Environmental Agenda: Ring Of Fire Features DeSmog On Obama Policies That Fly In The Face Of Climate Legacy

The new Republican majority in the Senate was just a few hours old when Mitch McConnell vowed to pass legislation that would greenlight the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, despite President Obama’s veto threat. That’s just one of the...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

“My first thought was it sounded like he was running for a third term.” — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by The Hill, on President Obama saying during his State of the Union address: “I have no more [...] The post Quote of the Day appeared first on Political Wire.

Distinguished pol of the week

There were many stand outs this week. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ran the Senate just as he promised, enabling him to crow: “We just cast our 15th roll call vote on an amendment on this bill, which is more votes — more roll call votes on amendments than the entire United States Senate [did] in […]

The Senate is Finally Getting Back to ‘Normal’ After the Disastrous Reign of Democrats, Harry Reid

Yes, we have some major problems with the Senate but there was a little good news coming out of the upper chamber this week. The new Senate Majority Leader, Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, has gone back to allowing the minorityShow More Summary

The Senior Senator From Kentucky

Wendell Ford, a Kentucky Democrat who served 24 years in the Senate after three years as governor, died on Thursday at the age of 90 after a battle with lung cancer. On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who served opposite...Show More Summary

'Poor,' 'Middle Class'–What's the Difference to the 1 Percent?

A New York Times piece seems to treat the poor and middle class as almost interchangeable. Thus Mitt Romney vowing to "end the scourge of poverty" is equated with Mitch McConnell calling for a focus on "the stagnant middle class."

If this is your definition of productivity, you must be a Republican

Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) Republicans are getting all braggy about how much they've accomplished since taking control of the Senate. Their big claim is that already in 2015 they've held votes on more amendments...Show More Summary

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