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Dear Lisa Murkowski…

In Elections, Senate, Tea Party on August 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Senator Murkowski calls for primary "do-overs."

Senator, I’m interested in taking our country back from the progressives who have taken it so far off course. By your record I, and apparently many Alaskans, see that you are not.

There is a special kind of contempt that the public has for the likes of Al Gore and Al Franken for their electoral childishness. Senator, by your actions in this primary you are on the verge of reserving yourself a spot at that same table.

If you are indeed considering making a switch to run in the General Election as a Libertarian candidate then I have to question what that means for your beliefs and priorities. If choosing a party is a matter not of convictions but political expediency then I daresay you, Senator Murkowski, are a part of the problem in Washington D.C. and the Tea Party is right in looking to replace you.

It’s time to concede, Senator. The race was close and hard-fought but it’s done. Further tantrums on your part may succeed only in handing the General Election to your Democrat opponent.

Rossi Wastes No Time, Issues Debate Challenge to Murray

In Congress, Elections, Senate on August 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Challenger Dino Rossi (R) issues debate challenge to Senate incumbent Murray (D)

With the Washington State Primary just days behind him, Republican primary winner Dino Rossi has challenged Democrat incumbent Patty Murray to a series of public debates as he vies for the Senate seat she has occupied since 1993. From Rossi’s press release:

The U.S. Senate race is one of the most important elections in the State of Washington in 2010.  Given the importance of this election, and the desire for voters to make an informed decision this fall, I propose we hold five debates in Washington State, in addition to one nationally televised debate.  I further propose we hold one debate in each media market hosted by local civic organizations, with two debates in the Seattle area.
The five debates in Washington State would be Lincoln-Douglas style, in which we would be allotted equal time to make opening statements, ask questions of each other, introduce new ideas, or defend policy positions.  A timekeeper would ensure each side adheres to time limits which are mutually agreed upon.

This is an opportunity for us to question each other on various policy positions in a manner which allows the public, not the press or interest groups, to dictate the issues covered.

The Washington Primary was flush with Republican contenders, some of whom earned noteworthy numbers. Pooling the votes cast for various candidates into “Rossi” and “Murray” voters (see graphic below), the two candidates are dead even heading for the General Election in November. In a left leaning state with a Democrat incumbent, that’s a significant statement.

Washington State Primary results. Candidates whose supporters would likely vote for Murray in the General Election are designated "D" while supporters who would likely vote for Rossi are designated "R".

GOP Identifies Flaws In Reconciliation Bill

In health care, Senate on March 25, 2010 at 8:12 am

From NYT:

With the Senate working through an all-night session on a package of changes to the Democrats’ sweeping health care legislation, Republicans early Thursday morning identified parliamentary problems with at least two provisions that will require the measure to be sent back to the House for yet another vote, once the Senate adopts it.

After spending the night shooting down Republican amendments to the bill (see here and here), the Democrat controlled Senate had hoped to have the reconciliation process complete and ready for the President’s signature by this morning. With revisions to the legislation now necessary, the changes will have to be sent back to the House for another vote.

Ed Morrissey on the strategy:

…the only effect will be to lengthen the debate on health care.  Obviously, that’s exactly what the Republicans want.  With 62% of voters wanting the GOP to keep fighting against ObamaCare, their leadership has no reason to let up.

In the end, the delay won’t be particularly significant. The House has no reason to challenge minor fixes and the primary legislation was already signed into law on Tuesday.

Dems Vote to Provide Viagra to Rapists

In health care, Senate on March 24, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Picture is, um... unrelated.

Senate Democrats today voted down an amendment to the health care bill aimed to prohibit the use of Federal funds to purchase Viagra and other ED drugs to rapists, pedophiles and other sex offenders. The amendment, defeated 57-42, was submitted by Senator Coburn (R-OK).

Via Politico:

Democrats have defeated every amendment offered by Republicans so far, arguing that any change will kill the bill.

I think that was the point… In any case, the defeat of this amendment will make the political ads more entertaining this fall.

Keep Hoping ‘Cause You’re Certainly Not Getting Change

In Congress, health care, House, Obama, Senate on January 5, 2010 at 8:08 am

Pay attention here, it’s only 22 seconds:

From Heritage:

Politico is reporting that President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will meet at the White House today (joined by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) via conference call) to set the parameters for reconciling the House and Senate versions of health care legislation. However, instead of proceeding with the usual public and open conference committee process, the White House is going to take a very active role in secret behind-closed-door meetings between the House and Senate. The Sunlight Foundation explains the implications for the American people: “Both House and Senate rules require that all conference committee meetings be open to the public unless a majority of conferees votes in open session to close the meetings. Senate rules require all conference committee reports be publicly available for at least 48 hours prior to a final vote. Without conference, there is no mechanism to provide for openness in the final discussions regarding the health care bill.”

If a candidate promises “hope” and “change” and one observes no change, is it reasonable to continue to hope?

Nelson Abortion Deal May Not Stick

In Abortion, health care, Senate on December 22, 2009 at 6:58 am

But I’ll bet he keeps the money for his state…

WASHINGTON — Twice now, abortion was almost a dealbreaker. This time, it was a dealmaker.

But of hundreds of deals cut so health care legislation can stay alive, the hardest to keep may be the Senate’s abortion compromise — achieved after 13 hours of negotiation. The volatile issue remains the biggest threat to getting a history-making bill to President Barack Obama. Link (FoxNews.com)