Trumka: Taking Out Anti-Health Care Dems in Primaries “Never Our Policy”

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 11:15 am

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took issue with the suggestion that the labor movement failed in punishing Democrats who voted against the health care law through primary challenges in 2010. Speaking about the One Nation Coming Together rally scheduled for Washington DC and 300 satellite sites around the country on October 2, Trumka disputed the notion [...]

Lincoln Kabuki Good Omen for Derivatives Title

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 2:20 pm

Earlier, I noted the House offer on derivatives, which will be a focus of tomorrow’s final FinReg conference committee meeting. It’s not bad, it actually strengthens in places (like closing the enforcement loophole, something sought by Maria Cantwell), and the weakening pieces aren’t all that crucial. The exchange and clearinghouse requirements remain, as does Section [...]

Lincoln Loses Chamber of Commerce Ad Support in a Snap

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 11:43 am

Nobody could have anticipated: The pro-business organization Americans for Job Security played an influential role in helping Lincoln beat her challenger, Bill Halter, by running a controversial ad campaign in which Indian actors thanked the Lt. Governor for outsourcing American jobs to their country. The spots were effective (Lincoln echoed the message in mailers of [...]

White House Trying to Kiss and Make Up With Unions

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 9:06 am

I hadn’t commented on the “pointless exercise” comments coming from some anonymous, cowardly sore winners at the White House after Blanche Lincoln’s runoff election victory, and the resultant pushback from labor. It seemed to me a dick-swinging comment by elites that wasn’t likely to look good after Lincoln got torched in November. In fact, if [...]

Late Night, Early Thoughts

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 6:12 am

So we all piled into the hotel bar last night and turned on our PDAs and laptops and basically did what we do at home. This despite not seeing one another generally. And it was loud and chaotic and I’m working on a few hours sleep. So I don’t have a whole lot to say [...]

The Arkansas Bait and Switch – Key Rural County Closes Almost All Polling Places for Runoff

By: Sunday June 6, 2010 2:50 pm

It’s very hard to read the goings-on in Arkansas over the weekend and not reach for your tinfoil hat. Bill Halter’s campaign discovered that Election Day would feature only two open polling places in Garland County – a county of 80,000 which includes Hot Springs, and which went fairly strongly for Halter in the first [...]

AR-Sen: Flurry of Ads Include Assault On Lincoln’s Support for Big Ag

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 9:35 am

The Arkansas Senate runoff has featured a multitude of ads and endorsements in the final week. Joe Biden pledged his personal support in a fundraising email. Labor has attacked Lincoln for her funding from oil company special interests and her votes for Wall Street and insurance companies. But this latest ad, from Arkansas for Change, [...]

AR-Sen: Lincoln Ads Again Act Like FinReg Signed Into Law

By: Tuesday June 1, 2010 11:41 am

The establishment is going all out for Blanche Lincoln in an attempt to save her job. Bill Clinton told a small crowd that national progressives were “manipulating your votes to terrify members of Congress and members of the Senate” by working with Bill Halter in a primary against Lincoln. But who’s doing the manipulation in [...]

AR-Sen: Halter Leads Narrowly, Performs Better in General Election

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 11:47 am

Markos released a poll showing Bill Halter in excellent position in Arkansas. He leads Blanche Lincoln in their June 8 runoff 47-44. Lincoln seems stuck in the mid 40s, as she has for weeks. Halter scooped up all the undecideds during the first round primary, and continues that trend in the runoff period. All the [...]

Lincoln’s Audacity: Asks Opponent to “Come Clean” on Key Issue

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 8:34 am

This is really something. Blanche Lincoln thinks her opponent needs to “come clean” on an issue of importance: (Blanche) Lincoln’s refusal to support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) was one of the issues that prompted labor groups to back Halter’s primary bid. “My stand on this legislation is the reason D.C. unions are in [...]

New Lincoln Ad Only Operative Until June 8

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 1:13 pm

This is pretty incredible, even for Blanche Lincoln. Never mind that she’s using all kind of liberal imagery (Salon, Rachel Maddow, the New York Times) in the ad, never mind that she’s taking credit for shepherding the ENTIRE BILL (I’m sure Chris Dodd might have a word or two to say about that) and not [...]

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