Progressive Caucus Could Move Back to Single Chairperson

By: Monday November 15, 2010 2:10 pm

I suppose a lot of people here have little use for the Progressive Caucus. I wouldn’t venture to say they covered themselves in glory in this Congress. They still face problems of internal cohesion and discipline, as well as using candidate recruitment and fundraising as a tool for progressive outcomes. I think at least some [...]

Deal Avoids Divisive Clyburn-Hoyer Minority Whip Fight

By: Sunday November 14, 2010 4:45 pm

So Nancy Pelosi managed to get a deal whereby James Clyburn and Steny Hoyer stay in the House Democratic leadership, without displacing any other junior member. Hoyer would get the Number 2 position of Minority Whip, while Clyburn would get some other as-yet-undescribed Number 3 spot. In essence, the House Democrats added one chair to [...]

Dem Leaders Jockey for Power Amidst Bickering

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 9:44 am

George Miller, who’s probably the member of Congress best equipped to speak for Nancy Pelosi at this point, wants to see Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn in the leadership come next year. These are two very talented, very competent — I love them both in leadership,” Miller said. “They’re working it themselves. They have decisions [...]

Clyburn, Hoyer Pick Up Supporters for Minority Whip Race

By: Tuesday November 9, 2010 8:31 am

More House Democrats have made their position known on the inside-baseball leadership battle for the Number 2 spot of Minority Whip, between current Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and current Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. Several committee chairs, like Barney Frank and Henry Waxman, along with the chair of the Global Warming Subcommittee Ed Markey, came out [...]

Jackson’s Modest Proposal: Hoyer and Clyburn Out of Leadership, Off to DCCC

By: Monday November 8, 2010 11:32 am

The AFL-CIO has endorsed Nancy Pelosi’s bid to remain as leader of the House Democratic caucus, citing her work on getting key legislation passed for working families. Between the labor endorsement and the attention being focused elsewhere on the Minority Whip battle, I’d say Pelosi’s position is secure. As to how to resolve that other [...]

Hoyer and Clyburn Battle for Minority Whip Votes

By: Monday November 8, 2010 7:31 am

Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn continued their aggressive battle for number 2 in command in the House Democratic leadership over the weekend, with Hoyer revealing at least 30 backers while Clyburn made his case more quietly. Hoyer produced a “Dear Colleague” letter promoting his candidacy for Minority Whip, signed by 30 current members of the [...]

Hoyer/Clyburn Battle for Minority Whip

By: Friday November 5, 2010 12:01 pm

Could Nancy Pelosi’s decision to return as Minority Leader of the Democratic caucus end up squeezing Steny Hoyer out of the leadership entirely? It looks possible. Hoyer may have been banking on Pelosi exiting quietly, with him moving from Majority Leader to Minority Leader. However, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), the Majority Whip the past two [...]

Pelosi Poised to Return as Minority Leader

By: Friday November 5, 2010 7:04 am

I really did think she would leave, but the most effective leader in the Democratic Party may just hang around for a while longer. High-level Democratic sources in the House tell ABC News Pelosi is seriously considering staying in Congress and running for the position of minority leader. Pelosi is methodically calling every Democratic House [...]

Heath Shuler, Following His Football Career, Wants to Quarterback Democrats to Defeat

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 11:24 am

I personally don’t think Nancy Pelosi will be back to take the position of Minority Leader. Aside from a return going against the historical norm (outside of Sam Rayburn in the 1940s and 50s), I don’t think she would want to put up with the garbage anymore. However, I would strongly support her coming back [...]

Snowe, Collins Work to Cut Up FinReg

By: Thursday April 22, 2010 10:04 am

The schedule for Wall Street reform looks set: Harry Reid will ask unanimous consent on the bill today. If it’s denied (and it will be), he’ll file cloture for a motion to proceed on Monday around 5:15pm ET. Republicans are already howling about this, but of course a motion to proceed doesn’t preclude amendments or [...]

Progressive, LGBT Blogs Push For Leadership On Repealing DADT

By: Tuesday February 16, 2010 10:21 am

LGBT and progressive bloggers are engaging in an all-out push today to contact the Human Rights Campaign, the leading gay rights organization in America, and have them show leadership on repealing the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy on gay and lesbian service members. OUR MESSAGE TO HRC IS SIMPLE: Publicly demand that President Obama [...]

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