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House Republicans target moderate Democrats: ‘Where are the Blue Dogs?’

By | 10.03.11 | 4:17 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

House Republicans are increasing pressure against U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell and other members of the Blue Dog Democrats with a new website feature.

House Panel Jumpstarts Reconciliation on Health Care

By | 03.15.10 | 5:45 pm

The House Budget Committee this afternoon approved a budget reconciliation bill that jumpstarts the process that Democrats hope will end in the Senate passing sweeping health care reforms by a simple majority.

The reconciliation bill, which will be the vehicle for the health care “fixes” the Democrats will More…

The Democrats’ Jobs Pickle

By | 02.04.10 | 6:00 am

With unemployment in double digits and no relief in sight, swift passage of the Democrats’ “jobs agenda” — set to be unveiled today in the Senate — might seem like a sure thing.

Well, not quite.

Not only are Senate Republicans balking at early proposals to cover the More…

Swing District Dem in Good Shape After Bucking Party on Health Care

By | 01.12.10 | 10:49 am

Here’s the sort of polling Democrats haven’t seen much of in a few weeks. Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), a freshman who rode into a western North Carolina district on the 2008 Obama wave, is comfortably ahead of several credible Republican challengers. Lou Huddleston, whom I spoke to for More…

Hoyer ‘Reasonably Confident’ of Abortion Deal in Health Bill

By | 11.03.09 | 3:52 pm

The threat from moderate House Democrats to derail health reform legislation over abortion funding concerns is a problem that can be worked out this week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters Tuesday.

“We are still working on that,” Hoyer said, “but I am reasonably confident. I have talked More…

Blue Dog Leader Hardens Opposition to Public Option

By | 09.08.09 | 1:29 pm

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) had said throughout the August recess that the outcome of this year’s health reform debate will likely hinge on lawmakers’ individual experiences with the sometimes-rowdy town hall forums that marked the break.

In the case of Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), Grassley hit the nail on the More…

GOP Campaign Against Blue Dogs: More Bark Than Bite

By | 08.25.09 | 11:54 am

By accident, simply by being polite, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) drafted the best-known opponent of one of the leading Blue Dog Democrats.

At this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Coburn was on his way out when he was approached by a 25-year-old constituent, Dan More…

‘Keeping the Blue Dogs Honest’

By | 08.20.09 | 10:02 am

Hastings Wyman has a good piece up at the Southern Political Report, talking to Oklahoma strategists about the NRCC’s eyebrow-raising inclusion of Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) on their target list. The five Republicans who’ve thrown their hats into the ring present basically no threat to Boren; one is a More…

Florida Blue Dog Wants a Do-Over on Health Care Reform

By | 08.18.09 | 10:06 am

Saying that he can’t support the health reform bill working its way through the House, Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), a member of the conservative-leaning Blue Dog Democrats, told a town hall gathering yesterday that he supports scrapping the overhaul proposal in favor of more gradual reforms. From CNN: More…

House Won’t Vote On Health Reform ‘Til September

By | 07.29.09 | 1:23 pm

So reports The Hill, indicating that the conservative-leaning Blue Dog Democrats have struck a deal with House leaders to delay the vote until after the August recess.

In exchange for putting off a floor vote until after Labor Day, the Energy and Commerce Committee may be allowed to