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Sen. Reid gets help from two who could get his job……

Senators Durbin (ILL – D ) and Schumer ( NY – D ) will fight for election from their fellow Democratic Senator ‘s for the position as Senate Majority leader if Reid loses in November and the Democrats hold on to the Senate…..

Being good party people….The two have doubled down and are helping the current Speaker of the House raise campaign money…..


Sen. Chuck Schumer invited Harry Reid to spend Monday morning with him in Brooklyn, where some of Schumer’s well-heeled friends opened their checkbooks to help the Senate majority leader’s struggling reelection bid.

Democratic Whip Dick Durbin has invited Reid to join him next week in Chicago, where he’ll connect the Nevada Democrat with Windy City business leaders who’ll pour even more money into Reid’s campaign.

For Schumer and Durbin, it’s all part of a delicate dance. While Capitol Hill insiders say the two men appear to be jockeying to show their fellow Democrats that they’d be the logical successors to Reid, they’re also showing Reid unyielding loyalty where it counts: campaign cash.

So, there Schumer was Monday morning, introducing Reid to the big-money developers of the New Jersey Nets’ new $4.9 billion facility in Brooklyn. Schumer told the developers that he and Reid had been “through war together,” and he called the Nevadan his “foxhole buddy,” according to someone who was there.

“He is beloved by our caucus, from the most conservative to the most liberal,” Schumer told the fundraisers on Monday, the source said. “He does a great job of bringing together 59 Democrats of such broad philosophical and geographic diversity. And the egos are not small. What Harry does is amazing.”

Monday’s fundraiser was headlined by Bruce Ratner, the real estate mogul who owns the Nets — and who has donated more than $127,000 to Democrats in recent years.

While Schumer’s office won’t say how much money the event raised for Reid, cash poured in from a number of developers and real estate types. The event came just hours before a procedural vote on a plan to rewrite the rules for Wall Street, but Reid’s office stressed that the donors who turned out Monday weren’t bankers or Wall Street officials — and that, in fact, many work for Ratner’s company as well as for electrical and construction companies.

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April 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , , , | 5 Comments

As goes Sen. Reid….goes Sen. Schumer………

Just a thought people….

Sometimes the comments on a blog piece are better than the piece…

Now I don’t want the authors of this piece to be mad at me…..(they are never gonna read THIS Dog ) but the chance they might…..Their piece is good…..

But the more people talk about Harry Reid losing…and the Senate staying democratic..the more the Dog realizes that New York States senior senator will most probably be in line for the Minority or maybe even Majority Leader of the United States Senate……..

Damn!

That’s a get for the Empire State….

With that in mind I give you the piece from the Hill……

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) reelection effort continues to lag behind GOP competitors, a poll found Friday.

Former state GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden maintains a 10 point lead over Reid, even with independent and Tea Party candidates included in the poll.

Forty-seven percent of Nevada voters said in a Mason-Dixon poll that they’d vote for Lowden if the election were held today, while 37 percent said they would reelect Reid.

The poll shows Reid’s effort continuing to lag in the first poll since the two-week congressional recess, during which Reid barnstormed the state, touting his leadership on healthcare, jobs and a number of state initiatives.

More……..….Please read the comments also…..

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Is the Nevada Tea Party candidate for the Senate…… for real?

Is it possible to be a fake Tea Partier?

Is it possible to be a fake Tea Partier?

The Dog doesn’t know…but he does know that Republicans have every right to be worried about a split vote send Harry Reid back to the Senate for six more years…..

Here’s the PoliticalWire piece that links up to a CNN story……

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Republicans Say Tea Party Candidate is Fake

CNN reports that some Republicans are accusing Jon Scott Ashjian, “a new Tea Party candidate running for U.S. Senate in Nevada, of being a fake. The allegation? He was put in the race by agents of Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to siphon votes from the GOP.”

Says Senate candidate Danny Takanian (R): “No doubt about it. Nobody in the Tea Party knows who he is. He didn’t know any of the principles of the Tea Party.”

If true, and Reid ultimately wins, it would be one of the all time great political stories.

You’re damn real!

March 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

From Daniel G……..Nevada Senate: Lowden opens up lead in Republican Primary; Tea Party Candidate would help Reid…..

Morning Dog!

Mason-Dixon has released the second part of their Nevada Polling showing that Sue Lowden has opened up a Primary lead over her Rival Danny Tarkanian. The Poll also reveals that Senator Harry Reid would be the big benificiary if a Tea Party Candidate would file for the November Ballot. Without a Tea Party Candidate Reid has nearly ZERO chance of winning trailing Lowden & Tarkanian by double digits.

Las Vegas Review Journal / Mason-Dixon Poll

Nevada Senate 2010
Republican Primary

Former Nevada GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden  47 %
Businessman Danny Tarkanian  29 %
Businesswoman Sharron Angle  8 %
Investment Banker John Chachas  1 %
Project Manager Bill Parson  0 %
Undecided  15 %

General Election

Former Nevada Chairwoman Sue Lowden (R)  52 %
Incumbent Senator Harry Mason Reid (D)  39 %
Undecided  9 %

Businessman Danny Tarkanian (R)  51 %
Incumbent Senator Harry Mason Reid (D)  40 %
Undecided  9 %

Businesswoman Sharron Angle (R)  44 %
Incumbent Senator Harry Mason Reid (D)  42 %
Undecided  14 %

3-way Race with Tea Party Candidate

Incumbent Senator Harry Mason Reid (D)  36 %
Republican Party Nominee  32 %
Tea Party Nominee  18 %
Undecided  14 %

Full Results can be found here:

http://www.lvrj.com/hottopics/politics/polls/feb_2010_2_polls.html

My Question: Will the Tea Party & Republican Party really go at each other and squander a chance to unseat the Majority Leader in the Senate? I seriously doubt that. Also, the Percentages for the TP Candidate for me seems a little bit too high. I doubt he or she gets 18 Percent.

Daniel G
From the Dog…..The Tea party and the GOP are already going at each other…..check this out……http://politicaldog101.com/2010/02/28/conservatives-turn-on-their-own/

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

The 'Scott Brown Effect' works on the GOP also……..

The Dog reminded people that newly minted Senator Brown comes from a solid ly Democratic state…so it was no surprise when the Dog heard that he was in favor of the second Stimulus Bill coming…the so-called ‘Jobs’ Bill……turns out Sen. Brown put his fellow Republicans ina tough spot…whilke they have been steeling themselves against anything with the Presidents fingerprints on it……Brown informed anyone who would listen that he a practical man…and with him ever mindful og the fact that will have to run for his spot in two years…..Hell yea…he was a ‘Jobs ‘ Bill……..

The GOP woke up to the fact ever GOP Governor took the money from the first Stimulus Bill…and they were actually asking for more money from this one…….

End of story……..The Bill will pass……so much for ideology…..

Here’s the New York Times piece……

Five Republican senators broke ranks with their party on Monday to advance a $15 billion job-creation measure put forward by Democrats, a rare bipartisan breakthrough after months in which Republicans had held together to a remarkable degree in an effort to thwart President Obama’s agenda.


The 62-to-30 vote — two more yeses than the minimum required to get past a procedural roadblock — cleared the way for the Senate to vote Wednesday to approve the measure, which Democrats said would create tens of thousands of new jobs at a time when the unemployment rate is hovering near double digits and is expected to remain high for years to come. But it is not clear whether the House, which has backed a broader approach, will go along without making substantial changes.

With the midterm elections already revving up and the parties facing deep ideological divides over a host of issues, there was no evidence that Monday’s vote was the beginning of a trend. But after being repeatedly stymied by Republicans on a series of initiatives and nominations over the past months, Democrats were elated with the outcome and expressed gratitude to Republicans who sided with them in cutting off a potential filibuster.

“Today, jobs triumphed over politics,” said Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California.

Senator Scott Brown, the newly elected Republican from Massachusetts, was the first member of his party to cast his vote for the measure. He was followed by Senators Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, George V. Voinovich of Ohio and Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, who voted after it became evident that Democrats would prevail. Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the sole Democrat to vote no.

Mr. Brown, breaking with his party’s leadership on one of his first high-profile votes, said he backed the measure grudgingly, since even its sponsors acknowledged its limited scope.

“It is the first step in creating jobs, not only for the people of Massachusetts but for the people of the country,” said Mr. Brown, who said he intended to pursue other proposals, like an across-the-board cut in payroll taxes.

The bill was drafted by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Majority Leader, and is built around an approach that has won bipartisan support in the past: a $13 billion plan to give companies who hire unemployed Americans an exemption from paying payroll taxes on those workers through the end of this year. It also provides a $1,000 tax credit to employers who keep new workers on the payroll for at least for 52 weeks.

Harry Reid is on a roll folks…..first this…then he’s gonna get Healthcare done…..The Dog has said that the Majority Leader, who is 73 years old… still has a lot of fight still left in him……..

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

The ‘Scott Brown Effect’ works on the GOP also……..

The Dog reminded people that newly minted Senator Brown comes from a solid ly Democratic state…so it was no surprise when the Dog heard that he was in favor of the second Stimulus Bill coming…the so-called ‘Jobs’ Bill……turns out Sen. Brown put his fellow Republicans ina tough spot…whilke they have been steeling themselves against anything with the Presidents fingerprints on it……Brown informed anyone who would listen that he a practical man…and with him ever mindful og the fact that will have to run for his spot in two years…..Hell yea…he was a ‘Jobs ‘ Bill……..

The GOP woke up to the fact ever GOP Governor took the money from the first Stimulus Bill…and they were actually asking for more money from this one…….

End of story……..The Bill will pass……so much for ideology…..

Here’s the New York Times piece……

Five Republican senators broke ranks with their party on Monday to advance a $15 billion job-creation measure put forward by Democrats, a rare bipartisan breakthrough after months in which Republicans had held together to a remarkable degree in an effort to thwart President Obama’s agenda.


The 62-to-30 vote — two more yeses than the minimum required to get past a procedural roadblock — cleared the way for the Senate to vote Wednesday to approve the measure, which Democrats said would create tens of thousands of new jobs at a time when the unemployment rate is hovering near double digits and is expected to remain high for years to come. But it is not clear whether the House, which has backed a broader approach, will go along without making substantial changes.

With the midterm elections already revving up and the parties facing deep ideological divides over a host of issues, there was no evidence that Monday’s vote was the beginning of a trend. But after being repeatedly stymied by Republicans on a series of initiatives and nominations over the past months, Democrats were elated with the outcome and expressed gratitude to Republicans who sided with them in cutting off a potential filibuster.

“Today, jobs triumphed over politics,” said Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California.

Senator Scott Brown, the newly elected Republican from Massachusetts, was the first member of his party to cast his vote for the measure. He was followed by Senators Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, George V. Voinovich of Ohio and Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, who voted after it became evident that Democrats would prevail. Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the sole Democrat to vote no.

Mr. Brown, breaking with his party’s leadership on one of his first high-profile votes, said he backed the measure grudgingly, since even its sponsors acknowledged its limited scope.

“It is the first step in creating jobs, not only for the people of Massachusetts but for the people of the country,” said Mr. Brown, who said he intended to pursue other proposals, like an across-the-board cut in payroll taxes.

The bill was drafted by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Majority Leader, and is built around an approach that has won bipartisan support in the past: a $13 billion plan to give companies who hire unemployed Americans an exemption from paying payroll taxes on those workers through the end of this year. It also provides a $1,000 tax credit to employers who keep new workers on the payroll for at least for 52 weeks.

Harry Reid is on a roll folks…..first this…then he’s gonna get Healthcare done…..The Dog has said that the Majority Leader, who is 73 years old… still has a lot of fight still left in him……..

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Democrats have found their footing………

The Democrats are coming back…..

…….after floundering for several weeks after the ‘Scot Brown’ win..they have finally found their bearing and are moving ahead…..The Dog note these things….

There will be  ‘Jobs Stimulus Bill’ vote…and the GOP has signaled they will ,probably go along with the Bill….

There will be a ‘Healthcare Bill’ vote….and if the Bill is attached to budget bill…the Democrats can pass it….the Republicans know that…..

The Brown win has been a blessing……It has crystalized effectively to the Demovrats…especially the President what the stakes are in the 2010 elections

The passage of both of the above Bills will take pressure off Democrats and help them in the fall to run on providing jobs and added healthcare benefits ……

Here’s more from The Hill.…..

Congressional Democrats are celebrating what they say was their best week politically since Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts on Jan. 19.

After playing defense on the economy, the stimulus and healthcare for much of the past year, Democrats went on the offensive this week.

Democrats took advantage of the one-year anniversary of the passage of the economic stimulus package and a slow news week to blast Republicans for claiming credit for stimulus funds they opposed.

“It’s a pretty easy case to make that there’s a lot of crocodile tears and a lot of hypocrisy,” Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, speaking of the points Democrats scored. “This gets [Democrats] more on offensive while they’ve been on the defensive.”

Darrell West, director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, said Democrats have found a more effective line of argument the “Party of No” label they’ve tried to fix on the GOP for much of the past year.

“The Republicans complain about the stimulus, but take the money and go home and claim credit,” West said. “You can’t have your hand in the cookie jar while complaining about cookie consumption.”

West said it would more likely resonate with voters than the “Party of No” line of attack.

Democrats knew they had live ammunition when the conservative Washington Times bit on their story line the preceding week.

The Times published a 1,767-word front-page article on GOP lawmakers vying to steer funds from the economic stimulus program back to their states.

The lead example was Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) who quietly sought more than $50 million for two projects in his state despite regularly blasting Obama’s stimulus as irresponsible.

February 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Harry Reid may make it after all…….

Yep…..Thanks to the GOP  Tea Party movement!

This from PoliticalWire………

Reid Gets Potentially Big Break in Nevada

Jon Ralston reports the Tea Party has qualified as a third party in Nevada and will have a candidate in the U.S. Senate race.

Assuming the Tea Party candidate would draw votes away from the Republican candidates, it may be just the thing Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) needs to win in a race where he’s run behind in polls for months.

I keep telling Merlin……You never know……He, he, he…….

Note:.…..The President of the United States will be Nevada for two days this week…….Does that tell ya something, huh?

February 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Merlin…..on the Nevada Senate (Senate Majority Leader) race……

Hi Dog!

U. S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Mason Reid (D-NV) continues to trail 4 potential Opponents a new Statewide Survey in the Silver State shows though the Numbers in Head-to-Head Match-Ups are a little bit closer.

Rasmussen Survey

Nevada Senate 2010

General Election

Danny Tarkanian (R)  47 %
U. S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D)  39 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  6 %

State Republican Chairwoman Sue Lowden (R)  45 %
U. S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D)  39 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  8 %

State Representative Sharron E. Angle (R)  44 %
U. S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D)  40 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  8 %

Lieutnant Governor Brian Krolicki (R)  44 %
U. S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D)  41 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  8 %

Job Approvals

President Obama

Approve  46 %
Disapprove  54 %

Governor Jim Gibbons (R)

Approve  39 %
Disapprove  59 %

Merlin’s Observation:

Although Reid is still trailing badly his Numbers have improved compared to the last Survey with Sue Lowden. Should Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki enter we’ve probably a new Ball Game.

Merlin

Merlin….I told you Harry Reid is a fighter...do not count him out…He just needs to get Healthcare done…..

February 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 14 Comments

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid has plenty of money to spend towards his re-election……

I told Merlin……Harry Reid was a boxer…he’s not ready to take a dive…..he may never be ready…he’s still got a lotta fight in him…….

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, trailing badly in the polls, is pouring money from his prodigious fundraising operation into the state Democratic party organization to bolster his reelection campaign.

Reid has tapped his campaign war chest for dozens of state and local Democratic candidates as well as party organizations representing African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, women, gays and college students. But the bulk of Reid’s largesse is going to the Nevada Democratic Party, which will play a critical role in his race, especially in getting out the vote this November.

Reid helped funnel nearly $660,000 to the state party in 2009 alone, according to Federal Election Commission records. These funds came from Reid’s reelection campaign, his leadership PAC — the Searchlight Leadership Fund — and a joint fundraising committee created by Reid’s campaign and the state party. President Barack Obama, who will be making another trip to Nevada later this month to stump for Reid, was the headliner at a multimillion dollar fundraiser last year that benefited Reid’s reelection campaign and the state party.

Sources close to the Reid campaign said the veteran lawmaker will pump hundreds of thousands of additional dollars into the state party’s coffers throughout the year, even as he looks to raise $25 million or more for his own race. He has already raised more than $15 million.

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments