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Ohio Gov. Kasich suggests blocking public union-busting bill will lead to card check

By | 09.09.11 | 11:47 am

Image by: Matt MahurinIn an effort to galvanize support for his signature piece of legislation, a public employee union-busting bill commonly known as Senate Bill 5, Ohio Gov. John Kasich told a group of northeast Ohio business people Wednesday that if that law is defeated in a referendum challenge this November, it could More…

What Kind of Democrat Would Joe Manchin Be?

By | 10.19.10 | 9:11 am

During the U.S. Senate debate in Morgantown, W.Va., last night, Republican John Raese’s campaign kept me faithfully updated with emails pairing Gov. Joe Manchin’s (D) latest “rhetoric” with the “reality” of his past stances on various issues.

The emails told me that last night Manchin said “[Obama] is dead wrong More…

Obama Attempts to Shore Up Union Support

By | 08.04.10 | 9:54 am

On his birthday, no less, President Obama will address the AFL-CIO Executive Council during its meeting in Washington, D.C. today. The Democrats know that having the unions on board and excited will be crucial to driving good voter turn out for the party during midterms, but they also realize it’ll More…

Campus Right Unbowed by O’Keefe Scandal

By | 02.03.10 | 6:00 am

When James O’Keefe applied for a grant to fund a conservative newspaper at Rutgers University, he appealed to people like Sarah Longwell. As the senior program officer at the Collegiate Network, she toured campuses across America to help conservative and libertarian students start newspapers or keep their publications running. She More…

NY-23: Scozzafava Flip-Flops on Card Check

By | 10.19.09 | 3:28 pm

Lindsay Beyerstein has the goods on Dede Scozzafava, the GOP’s luckless candidate in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. In September, Scozzafava’s campaign claimed she opposed the “card check” provision of the Employee Free Choice Act. But at the same time, she told the AFL-CIO, in a candidate questionnaire, that More…

RightOnline Attendees Groan at Specter EFCA Switch

By | 08.14.09 | 3:34 pm

PITTSBURGH – Three days ago, a Pennsylvania voter thanked Sen. Arlen Specter (D-a.) for his opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act. At the Americans for Prosperity-funded RightOnline conference, happening at a Sheraton only a mile away from Netroots Nation, the news of Specter’s statement that he’ll vote More…

The Year of the Moderate

By | 07.17.09 | 11:39 am

If anyone thought that a liberal President Obama, backed by large Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, was just going to write his way through Washington this year — think again.

It’s a moderate’s world on Capitol Hill right now, and the latest evidence arrived yesterday when the Democratic More…

Toomey Whacks Specter on EFCA Soul-Searching

By | 05.14.09 | 3:10 pm

When Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) switched parties, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform told me that it could have been worse; Specter was still blocking the Senate from a vote on the Employee Free Choice Act. Today Specter is hinting that he might support a compromise, and More…

Harry Reid on the Specter Party Swap

By | 04.28.09 | 1:15 pm

Here’s the statement just issued from the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in response to today’s news that Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch over to the Democratic Party in an attempt to salvage his political career.

I have known Senator Specter for more than a quarter-century. 


Grover Norquist Sees Silver Lining in Specter Switch

By | 04.28.09 | 12:28 pm

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist tells me that Sen. Arlen Specter’s party switch is not a total disaster because “the most important issue before Congress is EFCA, and his restatement of his commitment to oppose it is very important. It’s the one silver lining in this decision.”

Indeed, More…