Bart Stupak D-MI packs it in…

He got ‘all wee-weed up’ and is getting out of Dodge ahead of an electoral smackdown by his constituents…reap the whirlwind baby…He is cutting and running ahead of a Tea Party movement to unseat him, MM covers it here

RedState:

(Via The Business Insider) No question mark on this: Marc Armbinder’s first mention has been expanded upon here, and CBS News is now reporting it as well.  This should surprise nobody: we’ve been expecting this announcement since Wednesday.  Particularly since the Tea Party folks are going to – justifiably – claim at least the assist on this scalp*.

So… Stupak betrays the pro-life movement and his district, then quits rather than face the wrath of either.  And don’t weep for him: he’ll segue right into the comfortable life of a DC lobbyist, which means that he’ll probably get a pay raise and will certainly enjoy the remainder of his term, free from the nagging terror beginning to fill the lives of his Democratic colleagues.  Because you cannot trust a ‘conservative’ Democrat….

I agree with RedState that there is no conservative Democrat left in this Congress. I certainly haven’t seen one. Nary a sign of anyone I would call a ‘pro life Democrat’ either. That is a door that is closed IMO.

Evan Bayh was a moderate but he caved and voted with Pelosi Reid and Obama on HCR and he is on his way out the door…Hubby and I are voting GOP until we find a D with the courage of their convictions, maybe a decade before we see any DLC types that I can support again…

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April 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes. Comments off.

Update: Last Stand Rally D.C. – It’s Now or Never – please call these critters!

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March 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. Comments off.

Shenanigans continue: House Dems try ‘rule change’ to ram through Obamacare – the Constitution stands in their way…

Every day they write RE-write the book…

AceHQ has complete coverage of Louise Slaughter’s (D-NY) attempt to change Teh Roolz so that the House Dems can get around actually passing, you know, the bill into, you know, a law BEFORE they do their fixes etc etc etc…

when in doubt losing, change teh roolz. Hell that’s how Obama ‘won’ the nomination….

(…) So what they’re trying to do is pass a bill which includes 1) changes to the Senate bill and 2) some kind of clause stating that “if these changes pass, the bill we’re trying to change also passes.” And what they’re claiming then is that the Senate bill would be self-executing; it would vote for itself, or something. It would be “constructively passed” if the changes are passed.

And so they are doing this to accomplish two fundamentally irreconcilable goals:

1) Pass the Senate bill without changes so that the Senate can use reconciliation.

2) Pass the Senate bill with changes so that the Senate bill can’t pass without those changes.

But if a bill is changed, it gets voted on again by the Senate. You cannot change this by “rule” — this is a Constitution-level thing. Obviously, all legislation must be voted for by House and Senate; the Constitution says so. You cannot claim that a bill “automatically passes” by voting on some other matter. You cannot claim that you’re passing a changed bill for one purpose but an unchanged bill for another purpose. Either it’s changed or it’s not; either it requires a new vote by the Senate or it doesn’t….

Of course the Constitution is protecting us from their power grab… AGAIN….Have you thanked your Founding Fathers (and Mothers) today? God Bless you Founding Fathers!!! RedState:

…Apparently, some Democrats can’t seem to tell the difference between a rule of debate and just declaring by rule that the House has passed a bill that they have not, when the Constitution itself expressly states that “in all [] Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays[.]” What Slaughter and Pelosi here are attempting here is a blatant violation of the principles of bicameralism and presentment.

And unlike other Unconstitutional things Congress does, there’s caselaw here suggesting pretty clearly that when Congress attempts to pass a law in the absence of proper bicameralism and presentment, a person negatively affected by Congress’s action (e.g., a person required to pay a fine for not having health insurance) has standing to challenge the law’s validity in the Courts. This farce is illegal and unconstitutional on its face, and someone has to be advising the Democrats in the House of this fact….

March 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. 1 comment.

Update: D.C. House Call II – Tea Party Patriot Action Alert – Chain of Congressional Fools

3/13 Update, courtesy of MM, here is the Tea Party Patriot contact list for the House again as well as the info for the D.C. Rally. Millions of us cannot attend but we can all call! Please call the Critters on the video

Reminder: March 16 in Washington DC – The People’s Surge against the Demcare cramdown.

Time: March 16, 2010 from 9am to 6pm
Location: Cannon House Office Building
Street: Independence Avenue SE and New Jersey SE
City/Town: Washington, DC

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Contact Louise Slaughter:

Washington D.C. Office
2469 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3615
Fax: (202) 225-7822

Contact Pelosi:

Office of the Speaker
H-232, US Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-0100

Contact list – Blue Dog Democrats

Via Tea Party Patriots:

TARGETS BY STATE

ALABAMA

Rep. Bobby Bright, Alabama 2nd

http://www.bright.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-2901, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-8913
Local Office Number: (334) 794-9680, Local Fax Number: (334) 671-1480
Chief of Staff: Jason Buckner email: jason.buckner@mail.house.gov
Voted Yes on Stupak
Voted No on Health Care
Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition

ARIZONA

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona, 1st

http://kirkpatrick.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-2315, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-9739
Local Office Number: (928) 226-6914, Local Fax Number: (928) 226-2876
Voted Yes on Health Care
Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote

Rep. Harry Mitchell, Arizona 5th

http://mitchell.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-2190
Local Office Number: (480) 946-2411
Voted Yes on Health Care, Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona, 8th

http://giffords.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-2542, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-0378
Local Office Number: (520) 881-3588, Local Fax Number: (520) 322-9490
Voted Yes on Health Care
Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

ARKANSAS

Rep. Marion Berry, Arkansas 1st

http://www.house.gov/berry/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-4076, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-5602
Local Office Number: (870) 972-4600, Local Fax Number: (870) 972-4605
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

Rep. Mike Ross, Arkansas 4th

http://ross.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-3772, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-1314
Local Office Number: (870) 881-0681, Local Fax Number: (870) 881-0683
Voted Yes on Stupak, Voted No on Health Care, Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

CALIFORNIA

Rep. Dennis Cardoza, California 18th

http://www.house.gov/cardoza/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-6131, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-0819
Local Office Number: (209) 383-4455, Local Fax Number: (209) 726-1065
Voted Yes on Health Care, Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

Rep. Jim Costa, California 20th

http://www.house.gov/costa/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-3341, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-9308
Local Office Number: (559) 495-1620, Local Fax Number: (559) 495-1027
Voted Yes on Health Care, Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

Rep. Laura Richardson, California, 37th

http://richardson.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-7924, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-7926
District Office Number: (202) 225-7924, District Fax Number: (202) 225-7926

Rep. Linda Sanchez, California, 39th

http://lindasanchez.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-6676
Local Office Number: (562) 860-5050

COLORADO

Rep. Markey, Colorado 4th

http://betsymarkey.house.gov/

DC Office Number: 202-225-4676, DC Fax Number: 202-225-5870
Local Office Number: 970-221-7110, Local Fax Number: 970-221-7240
Voted Yes on Stupak
Voted No on Health Care
Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition

FLORIDA

Rep. Allen Boyd, Florida, 2nd

http://boyd.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-5235, DC Fax Number: (202) 225-5615
Local Office Number: (850) 561-3979, Local Fax Number: (850) 681-2902
Voted Yes on Stupak
Voted No on Health Care
Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote
Listed on Blue Dog Coalition Membership

Rep. Ron Klein, Florida, 22nd

http://www.klein.house.gov/index.html

DC Office Number: (202) 225.3026, DC Fax Number: (202) 225.8398
Local Office Number: (561) 544-6910, Local Fax Number: (561) 544-2864

Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, Florida, 24th

http://www.kosmas.house.gov/

DC Office Number: (202) 225-2706, DC Fax Number: (202) 226-6299
Local Office Number: (407) 208-1106, Local Fax Number: (407) 208-1108
Voted Yes on Stupak
Voted No on Health Care
Currently Undecided on Next Health Care Takeover Vote

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March 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes. Comments off.

Tea Party Patriot Action Alert – please call these Critters if you live in their district..

Tea Party Patriots has a focused call list. Please call these Critters if you live in their district. Get their numbers here, or scroll down MiM’s home page for a list:

House Members by State

Name
District
Competitive race?
Obama-McCain
Junior?
Comment

Brian Baird
WA-03

Retiring
52-46
No
He’s retiring, making him immune to GOP pressure. He recently said he was totally “undecided.”

John Boccieri
OH-16

Yes
48-50
Freshman
Boccieri has turned out to be a lesser priority for the NRCC than fellow Ohio freshmen Kilroy and Driehaus. He has recently sounded open to supporting the bill.

Bart Gordon
TN-06

Retiring
37-62
Sophomore
He’s retiring, which puts him right at the top of the Democrats’ priority list since the GOP can’t pressure him with electoral reasons. He is a Blue Dog. A very important detail: He voted for the bill in the Energy & Commerce Committee before opposing it on the floor, which certainly suggests he’d be open to voting for it now.

Larry Kissell
NC-08

Yes
53-47
freshman
Faces a competitive race, though he represents one of the bluest districts among the 39 who voted ‘no’ in the fall.

Scott Murphy
NY-23

Not for now
51-48
freshman
Murphy looks safer than he did this fall

That leaves us with 18 Democrats whose support for a final bill is plausible, albeit still tough to envision. It will at the least require some very heavy pushing for Pelosi to convince any of these:

Jason Altmire
PA-04

Yes
44-55
Sophomore
Despite a few hints of openness to supporting a bill, he has sounded very hostile to health-care reform and the abortion issue should seal his “no.” He’s a Blue Dog.

John Adler
NJ-03

Yes
52-47
Freshman
Adler has done his best to position himself as a centrist over the past few months and he is facing a tricky race. Yet, he is less vulnerable than many others on this list and he represents a district that clearly voted for Obama. He should be right at the top of Pelosi’s target list.

John Barrow
GA-12

No
54-45
No

Allen Boyd
FL-02

In primary
45-54
No
At this point, this Blue Dog has more to worry about in the Dem primary than in the general election. He’s a Blue Dog.

Rick Boucher
VA-09

Yes
40-59
No
Boucher looks far more vulnerable now than he did in the fall, which will complicate Pelosi’s outreach.

Ben Chandler
KY-06

Probably not

43-55
No
The filing deadline has passed in Kentucky, and while the race could heat up Chandler doesn’t have to worry about facing a top-tier Republican. Will this encourage him to vote “yes”? He did support cap-and-trade. He’s a Blue Dog.

Tim Holden
PA-17

Yes
48-51
No
He’s a Blue Dog, and he is facing his first tough re-election race in some time.

Suzanne Kosmas
FL-24

Yes
49-51
freshman
She has emerged as a fairly centrist Democrat, so I’d be somewhat surprised if she switches; but her district is not as red as others on this list.

Frank Kratovil
MD-01

Yes
40-58
freshman
If Pelosi convinces him that he will lose anyway, perhaps?

Betsy Markey
CO-04

Yes
49-50
freshman
She’s a Blue Dog. The Democratic leadership let her be the main sponsor of the bill repealing the anti-trust exemption; might she repay them by voting “yes”?

Eric Massa
NY-29

Probably
48-51
freshman
He is fundraising off his initial vote for health-care, but he is one of the most obvious votes for the leadership to target.

Jim Matheson
UT-02

Probably not

39-57
No
Would be surprised if he votes “yes,” but in recent comments he was less hostile than other Blue Dogs. He’s a Blue Dog.

Michael McMahon
NY-03

Perhaps
49-51
freshman

Mike McIntyre
NC-07

No
47-52
No
The filing deadline passed in North Carolina, and the GOP failed to recruit a credible challenger despite the district’s red lean. Despite McIntyre’s conservatism, that alone makes him a target to leadership pressure. He’s a Blue Dog.

Glenn Nye
VA-02

Yes
51-49
freshman
He’s a Blue Dog, a freshman and he faces a tough race in November – a tough combination for Pelosi. But he also represents one of the few Obama districts on this list, so he is sure to face more pressure than others.

Colin Peterson
MN-07

Probably not

47-50
No
Committee chairman. He’s a Blue Dog.

Ike Skelton
MO-04

Yes
38-61
No
He’s a Blue Dog. The abortion issue could prevent Pelosi from convincing him.

John Tanner
TN-08

Retiring
43-56
No
His retirement is prompting talk he might be more wiling to help his party, though he looks likely to do so than Baird and Gordon. He’s a Blue Dog.

March 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. Comments off.

Hitler finds out Scott Brown won Massachusetts Senate seat

h/t RedState

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January 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Entertainment, Film, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes. 1 comment.

CONFIRMED! Unions throw middle class under the bus! CALL YOUR CRITTERS! : A-HA! WH/Congress Dems reach tentative deal to exempt labor from excise tax on health insurance benefits…

1/15 WSJ confirms that the Dems have cut a deal for 12% of the middle class and left the other 88% of us to pay the excise tax. No no no. They are dividing the Middle Class against itself. Nice job labor. Right to work states should what? Die younger? No I don’t think so.

CALL YOUR CRITTERS.

Democratic negotiators acceded to union demands for a scaled-back tax on high-end health-insurance plans, exempting union contracts from the tax until 2018, five years beyond the start date for other workers.

The deal helped Democrats clear a key hurdle, but the reduced tax added to the pressure to find new revenue to pay for their health bill, which is designed to give coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans. Negotiators were considering increasing the financial hit on drug makers, nursing homes and medical-device makers, according to people familiar with the discussions….

I knew it! J’ACCUSE!!! Those frakkers! If they think this will fly and they can exempt 12% of the middle class (labor) from the excise tax and leave the other 88% of us twisting they are barking up the wrong tree…

Jane Hamsher has it at FDL:

You could see this one coming down Sepulveda, ever since the Senate started doing carve-outs for individual unions to exempt them from the excise tax:

Unions tentatively struck a deal Tuesday to exempt collectively bargained healthcare plans from a tax on high-cost plans expected to be used to help raise revenue for the healthcare overhaul….

Oh, and they also, tossed the employer mandate. “The better to stick you with high deductible, low quality plans on which to tax you my dear”, said the Wolf from Aetna….

January 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Taxes. 2 comments.

Sen Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announces he will not run in 2010…

A nice guy who seemed to really care about the middle class. Dorgan was the force behind the numerous attempts to pass Drug Reimportation so Americans who lose their jobs can still afford their life saving meds while unemployed….Our many posts on that Amendment and Dorgan here

Obama and Rahmbo smacked Dorgan down HARD on this. Obama sold out Americans to big PhaRMa and Billy Tauzin (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!) when he began his ‘reform’ of health care….GOP Senators crossed the aisle to vote YES on RX REIMPORTATION and DEMOCRATS KILLED IT.

Here is Dorgan’s statement. Frankly that’s a big part of why I think he’s leaving, why fight a death match in ’10 to stick with a bunch of sell out corpocrats?

Twitter Feed Roundup courtesy of AllahPundit at HA who has an analysis up (go read it!):

markos Dorgan retirement is a huge blow to Dems.

jaketapper ND Dem Sen Dorgan’s retirement is horrible news for Democrats + may v likely mean an attempt to end 60-vote cloture requirement

mkhammer RT @mikememoli: Dorgan first non-appointed Democratic Senate incumbent to pass on 2010. Dodd next?

mattklewis If Hoeven runs, he’s in. If not, a strong GOP bench includes: Drew Wrigley, Kevin Cramer, Ed Schafer, Stenehjem, Clayburgh, Berg, et al.

stevebruskCNN One poll last month had suggested Dorgan could face a tough race if Republican Gov. John Hoeven did challenge him in 2010

AmandaCarpenter Dorgan says he wants time to write books, teach and… “would also like to work on energy policy in the private sector. ” http://ow.ly/T7cr

marcambinder She’s the (Cook Rpt) expert —> RT @jennifereduffy: More ND Sen: Dems will need a star to make this competitive and the pickings are slim.

marcambinder Biggest effect of the Dorgan retirement is not in the numbers per se; it’s about social psychology. Dorgan’s decision may push other Dems..

marcambinder Hoeven will now almost certainly run; it’s hard not to assume that, absent a stellar candidate, Republicans will pick up this Senate seat.

chucktodd Dorgan retirement means Dems will have hard time maintaining 60 seats going post-10. Dems have pulled ND rabbits out of hat b4 but…

chucktodd A gut punch to Senate Democrats: Byron Dorgan is retiring instead of running for re-election. ND SEN best 2010 pickup opp, hands down.

January 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

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