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 [...]

Warren, Brown, Sign Pact Banning Third-Party Ad Spending in MA-Sen

By: Monday January 23, 2012 2:21 pm

Antonin Scalia thinks that everyone should be blamed but him for the hash that the Citizens United decision, among other things, has made of the campaign finance system. Super PACs have raised more than $30 million just three races into the 2012 presidential race, according to the website opensecrets.org, run by The Center for Responsive [...]

MA-Sen: Warren Raises Nearly Twice as Much as Brown at End of 2011

By: Wednesday January 11, 2012 1:49 pm

The assumption for the Massachusetts Senate race is that the Big Money Boyz will lard up Scott Brown with oodles of cash, allowing him to run a scorched earth campaign that decimates Elizabeth Warren. In this context, then, it’s worth knowing that Warren has consistently raised a lot more money than Brown, most of it [...]

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 [...]

MA-Sen: Another Poll Shows Warren In the Lead

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 6:14 am

I’m not sure I should be paying this much attention to polls with almost a year to go until the election, but given that the Elizabeth Warren-Scott Brown race incorporates all the themes of contemporary politics in the 21st century, particularly the 1% vs. the 99%, it’s worth pointing out that this message is resonating [...]

Front-Runner: Wall Street Guns for Elizabeth Warren

By: Friday December 2, 2011 2:15 pm

If Elizabeth Warren were no threat to the established order, they wouldn’t get around to any effort to stop her ascension in the Massachusetts Senate race until much later in the cycle, if at all. But her surge over Scott Brown, and the possibility that she would have an even bigger perch from which to [...]

MA-Sen: Warren Takes Lead Over Brown in New Poll

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 10:56 am

Just as a postscript to the Martha Coakley lawsuit (which I’ll have more on in a bit), it was supposed to be her failure to beat Scott Brown that ruined the Democratic Party for generations. As it turned out, she’s doing her job as a public servant, and Brown could have a short-lived Senate career, [...]

Coakley Sues Five Major US Banks Over Foreclosure Fraud

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 9:35 am

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley plans to sue the five biggest banks in the mortgage business over “unlawful and deceptive conduct” in their foreclosure operations. A news conference is scheduled at 1pm ET to detail the charges, which were filed in Suffolk Superior Court. This is at least the third recent lawsuit from state Attorneys [...]

Now Everyone in Congress Wants to Pass the STOCK Act

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 8:17 am

I thought the 60 Minutes piece on insider trading by members of Congress had quite a few holes in it, but it did call attention to the indefensible fact that members of Congress have no restrictions on insider trading. The conceit is that all hearings, votes, etc. in Congress are a matter of public record, [...]

MA-Sen: Brown, Fearing Warren, Endorses Cordray for CFPB

By: Tuesday November 15, 2011 6:13 am

If you wanted an indication that Scott Brown was in any way nervous about his impending re-election matchup against Elizabeth Warren next year, check out this – he has now officially endorsed Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency that was the brainchild of his future opponent. The decision is a [...]

Scott Brown Plagiarized 2002 Elizabeth Dole Speech

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 7:40 am

Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Senator facing a serious challenge next year from Elizabeth Warren, drew inspiration from an unlikely source for his official website: Elizabeth Dole. A Democratic group has unearthed a bit of inspirational autobiography on Senator Scott Brown’s official website that was lifted verbatim from Elizabeth Dole’s site, language that originated in a [...]

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