Kucinich, Squeezed Out By Redistricting, Loses Primary to Kaptur in Ohio

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 6:15 am

Dennis Kucinich, the eight-term Congressman from Cleveland, lost his bid for re-election last night in a primary to fellow Rep. Marcy Kaptur. Ohio lost two seats after the 2010 reapportionment, and eliminated a seat in the Cleveland region, giving Kucinich few options. He decided to try to defeat Kaptur largely on her turf, and came [...]

Geithner Belatedly Backs Bill Allowing TARP Funds to Flow to Foreclosure Legal Services

By: Friday December 17, 2010 9:56 am

I’ve been writing consistently about the need to increase funding for legal services for foreclosure victims. As an investment, it certainly beats HAMP when it comes to actually helping borrowers avoid foreclosure. Moreover, states want to use federal block grants that come out of TARP for this purpose, but have to date been blocked by [...]

TARP Funds for Legal Services for Foreclosure Victims Blocked By Treasury

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 12:30 pm

This searing photo essay show in stark relief the landscape of the foreclosure crisis, in this case in Florida. By now we all know the details. Foreclosures are continuing at a reord pace, three years after the beginning of the recession. This massive turnover of property has turned entire neighborhoods into ghost towns and continued [...]

Populist Democrats Lose in Effort to Delay Leadership Elections

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 10:21 am

In a press conference outside the House Democratic caucus meeting, four members discussed their effort to delay leadership elections for a month, in a potential rebuke to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Ultimately, leadership beat this back by a 2-to-1 margin (129-68 in a secret ballot), and leadership elections will be held today. All leadership members from [...]

House Democrats Fight Back on Housing Policy

By: Friday August 13, 2010 2:22 pm

After months of relative silence, House Democrats have finally begun to assert themselves on the issue of housing and foreclosures, which is directly harming millions of families and threatening economic recovery. Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) are circulating a blistering letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Acting Director of the Federal [...]

House Dems Seek Criminal Investigation Of Goldman Sachs

By: Wednesday April 21, 2010 1:18 pm

The Goldman Sachs pile-on continues. This time, a group of populist Democrats, led by Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), want the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into the activities of Goldman Sachs during the financial crisis. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) made the request yesterday in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. Since then, almost [...]

Kaptur a Yes? UPDATE: Ortiz a Yes

By: Sunday March 21, 2010 7:12 am

I’m trying to get confirmation on this, but apparently Marcy Kaptur has flipped and will vote Yes, irrespective of the White House deal on an executive order about the abortion language. Kaptur was among the lowest hanging fruit of the Stupak bloc. However, keep in mind that Stupak said there were 8 members in the [...]

House Budget Committee Reports Reconciliation Bill Out

By: Monday March 15, 2010 12:40 pm

The House Budget Committee, on a mostly party-line vote, just kicked off the procedural process, voting by a 21-16 count to forward the Reconciliation Act of 2010 to the House Rules Committee. The vote itself tells us nothing about what’s in the bill; now the Budget Committee will debate what instructions to offer on reconciliation [...]

Yes, They’re Going To Go Around Bart Stupak

By: Friday March 12, 2010 11:11 am

Brian Beutler cast some doubt yesterday on the idea that Democrats were cutting off negotiations with Bart Stupak on the abortion language in the health care bill. Today, he heard from Steny Hoyer, who said, well, they’re no longer negotiating with Stupak: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters this morning that Democrats “have not [...]

Anti-Choice Site Names The Stupak 12

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 11:58 am

In case you were wondering which 12 House Democrats would throw health care overboard because they want to see further restrictions on a woman’s right to choose, the anti-choice website Life News has a list of them. The website lists the 12 House Democrats as follows: Bart Stupak (D-MI), Joseph Cao (R-LA), Jerry Costello (D-IL), [...]

Stephen Lynch Destroys Geithner On AIG Counter-Party Payments

By: Wednesday January 27, 2010 8:48 am

Stephen Lynch (D-MA), showing an unusual amount of fire, just lit into Tim Geithner in the House Oversight Committee hearing. He said that Geithner’s conduct was “not on the side of the American taxpayer.” He reminded Geithner that the Treasury Department “scalped the folks at Bear Stearns, 2 cents on the dollar. Goldman (Sachs, a [...]

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