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Ron Paul plans more trips this spring to key presidential primary states

By | 03.30.11 | 10:29 am

Image by: Matt MahurinDeclaring that recent visits to Iowa, New Hampshire and North Carolina were successes, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Clute) says more trips to key primary battlegrounds are in the works, as well as national media appearances. In the letter to supporters Tuesday evening, Paul also referred to himself as a “major More…

Florida Senate committee passes bill that bans abortion coverage with state or federal funds

By | 03.14.11 | 4:43 pm

A bill to prohibit private health insurers from covering abortion passed the Florida Senate Health Regulations Committee 8 to 4 on Monday.

Senate Bill 1414, introduced by Republican Sen. Stephen R. Wise, says that if an individual or group health insurance policy is purchased in whole or in part with More…

Michigan Senate moves to strip domestic partner benefits

LANSING — The Senate Committee on Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing approved a resolution Wednesday morning that starts the process to revoke partner benefits for unmarried state workers.

The benefit plan was approved by the Michigan Civil Service Commission in January.

Republicans, led by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge), More…

House votes to block all funding to Planned Parenthood

By | 02.18.11 | 2:18 pm

Image by Matt MahurinThe House voted Friday to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood, passing 240 to 185.

The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), has been added to the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) to fund the federal government through September.

Colorado lawmakers pushing hard for bipartisan reform in Congress

By | 01.28.11 | 9:10 am | More from The Colorado Independent

Maybe it’s something in the water, but Colorado lawmakers are increasingly leading the charge on the wave of bipartisanship that’s sweeping Washington. Whether it will continue – or result in any substantial change in what many deem a badly broken system – remains to be seen.

Fresh off of his More…

Sanders mounting filibuster now against tax cut deal

By | 12.10.10 | 2:25 pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is mounting a filibuster in the U.S. Senate right now against the Bush tax cuts deal brokered by President Obama and congressional Republicans. He has been speaking since 10:25 a.m. EST against the tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, and his office writes that More…

Senate GOP pledges to forgo earmarks, for the most part

By | 11.16.10 | 6:35 pm

It’s official: Senate Republicans voted this afternoon to pass a moratorium on earmark requests among their members for the next two years. In addition, Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) are making a bipartisan push for a floor vote tomorrow on statutory language that would apply to More…

Republicans blast Manchin’s support for Reid as majority leader

By | 11.16.10 | 1:00 pm

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is targeting newly sworn-in Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for voting today to keep Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in his position as majority leader. The NRSC painted Reid as an “anti-coal” lawmaker who “strongly supports a job-killing cap-and-trade energy tax and has repeatedly attacked West Virginia’s More…

Everybody hates earmarks

By | 11.15.10 | 5:24 pm

In the wake of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s flip-flop on the earmarks question, the conservative group Let Freedom Ring is pointing to the results of a question it posed to voters about earmarks in a post-election survey conducted by The Polling Company/WomanTrend. The question asked voters to agree or More…

Coburn says he’ll force a Senate floor vote on earmarks on Wednesday

By | 11.15.10 | 1:54 pm

On a conference call hosted by the Heritage Foundation, Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) delivered an impassioned plea in advance of tomorrow’s Republican Conference vote over ending the practice of requesting earmarks for local spending projects. But if the measure doesn’t pass tomorrow, Coburn made it known More…