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 [...]

Netroots Nation Day 1 Impressions

By: Thursday July 22, 2010 2:38 pm

WiFi has seemed to come around here in Las Vegas, allowing me to deliver LIVE EXCLUSIVES about the Netroots Nation convention. Actually, I don’t have a whole lot to say. Here are some tidbits: • Ran into Lt. Dan Choi yesterday, when he learned he was officially discharged. He still hasn’t seen the documents yet, [...]

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: Halter Maintains Lead, Lincoln Running Out of Options

By: Friday June 4, 2010 10:50 am

Bill Halter has maintained a narrow lead over Blanche Lincoln in the R2K/Daily Kos poll, shockingly one of the only pollsters surveying the runoff election. I find it puzzling that almost nobody polled this race leading up to the primary election, and nobody’s wading into it now. It’s a tough race to poll, because there [...]

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 [...]

Blanche Lincoln 2.0 – Suddenly, Positioning Herself as a Down-the-Line Democrat

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 8:48 am

Something amusing has happened on the way to the June 8 runoff election in Arkansas. Blanche Lincoln, who started her campaign with an ad touting her votes against Democratic agenda items, from the public option to cap and trade, has now metamorphosed into a staunch Democratic reformer. Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is shifting her campaign [...]

Will Blanche Lincoln Back Car Dealers Over Consumers Today?

By: Monday May 24, 2010 1:29 pm

There’s a bit of unfinished business happening in the Senate on the financial reform bill today. Senators will vote on two nonbinding “motions to instruct” conferees of the conference committee ironing out differences between the House and Senate versions. These nonbinding instructions would offer the sense of the Senate on how the conferees should proceed, [...]

Blanche Lincoln Says Derivatives Title “Will Pass”; Warner Begs To Differ

By: Friday May 21, 2010 11:36 am

(I’ll be on the Dylan Ratigan Show today at 4pm ET talking about Wall Street reform.) This is an amazing ad by Blanche Lincoln. Amazing in that she’s almost entirely clueless about what’s really going on with her own bill: “It’s why I’m taking on Wall Street, with the toughest reform bill of anyone in [...]

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