Republicans Run From Cliven Bundy After Slavery Statements

By: Friday April 25, 2014 11:40 am

It was not so long ago that Cliven Bundy was a conservative hero for organizing an armed posse to defend his right to not pay federal grazing fees, but now it seems everyone in the Republican Party and mainstream conservative movement is running the other way. After claiming African-Americans would be better off in chains, [...]

Blunt Amendment Tabled: Casey, Manchin, Nelson Cross Over

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 9:01 am

The Senate voted to table the Blunt amendment today, but several Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans and for an amendment that would give employers effective control over the medical procedures their employees could access. The final vote was 51-48. Sen. Roy Blunt proposed the legislation, which would let employers decide to block [...]

Three Senate Republicans Urge House Colleagues to Pass Payroll Tax Deal

By: Monday December 19, 2011 1:35 pm

One side effect of the payroll tax crackup in the House is that Senate Republicans were totally blindsided by it. 39 Republicans, including the Minority Leader, supported the compromise two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and a doctor’s fix to prevent a 27% cut in Medicare reimbursement rates. They seemingly had no [...]

Durbin Undercutting Democratic Message on Medicare

By: Monday May 16, 2011 9:52 am

The Senate plans a floor vote on the Ryan budget at some undisclosed point. Initially the thought was it would come up this week, but now that has been pushed back to “sometime this month.” There are only two weeks left before the Memorial Day break, so that doesn’t leave much time. It would be [...]

NV-02: GOP Files “Stop Sharron Angle” Lawsuit in Nevada Special Election

By: Friday May 6, 2011 8:00 am

The special election for Nevada’s 2nd Congressional district, replacing Dean Heller, who was called up to the Senate to replace the disgraced John Ensign, is an object lesson in the problems Republicans can have with their purity-seeking base. We leaned in Nevada in 2010 a central lesson: do not present Sharron Angle to voters as [...]

NV-Sen: Dean Heller Officially Appointed to US Senate

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 12:56 pm

Dean Heller, currently a Congressman from Nevada’s 2nd Congressional district, will be chosen as the Senate replacement for John Ensign, who resigned in disgrace rather than face questions about his adulterous affair and cash payoffs to his mistress and her husband. Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Rep. Dean Heller today to fill the Senate seat being [...]

John Ensign Will Resign Tomorrow; Rep. Dean Heller to Replace Him

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 3:35 pm

John Ensign, the Nevada Senator still reeling from an adultery and corruption scandal, will resign tomorrow, according to several published reports. Rep. Dean Heller, who has already announced a run for Ensign’s seat in the Senate, will be appointed as an interim replacement for Ensign by Governor Brian Sandoval, giving him the power of incumbency [...]

John Ensign to Become 8th Senator to Announce Retirement

By: Monday March 7, 2011 11:20 am

The retirement wave continues in the US Senate, although this one hardly surprises. Sen. John Ensign, who has been battered by an adultery and then a political payoff scandal, will hold a news conference today in Las Vegas to discuss his political future, and the indications are that he will retire. Sen. John Ensign is [...]

Knives Out For Ensign

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 11:00 am

The troubles of Sen. John Ensign have finally dawned on Republican leaders in Nevada. They realize that having a corrupt, indicted leader at a time when they’re trying to take down the state’s Democratic Senator with candidates who have embraced that same indicted figure would be devastating. So gradually, they’re backing away from Ensign. Rep. [...]

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