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Jobs Stimulus Bill Passes in Senate With 11 Votes From Republicans….

The Senate has passed a second Stimulus bill ( ‘Jobs ‘ Bill ) by the vote of  68 to 29 with Republicans supplying 11 votes……

While a lot of GOPer’s complained about spending…the fact is these senators will be able to go home and tell their voters that they did their part to create jobs…….not just bash Democrats…..

The Senate approved and sent to President Obama on Wednesday what Congressional Democrats hope will be the first in a series of bills spurring employment by providing tax breaks and other hiring incentives to businesses.

The measure, approved on a bipartisan vote of 68 to 29, would give employers an exemption from payroll taxes through the end of 2010 on workers they hire who have been unemployed for at least 60 days. It also extends the federal highway construction program and takes other steps to boost public building projects.

“Congress is focusing on what the American people want us to focus on — which is jobs, jobs, jobs,” Senator Charles E. Schumer, the New York Democrat, said on the Senate floor before the vote.

While 11 Republicans voted for the measure, others in the party were skeptical that the measure would help create new jobs, or said they were distressed at its cost.

“This isn’t so much a jobs bill as it is a debt bill,” said Senator Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican.

Democrats had hoped to get the measure to the White House weeks ago, to demonstrate to the public that they were responding to the bleak national employment picture. But the measure was slowed in the House by concerns among some Democrats that the bill did not do enough, and by procedural obstacles in the Senate.

Even so, there were more than enough supporting votes in the Senate to jump the parliamentary hurdles. Democrats now intend to push ahead with renewing more than $30 billion in corporate tax breaks and providing additional help to small businesses.

Under the bill now heading to President Obama’s desk, businesses that hire workers who have been jobless for at least 60 days will be exempt from paying the 6.2 percent payroll tax on those employees’ earnings until the end of the year. If those workers stay on for a full year, businesses will also get a $1,000 tax credit. (The employee’s pay would still be subject to the usual personal income taxes.) The business tax breaks would add up to about $15 billion in all.

It also provides an extra $20 billion for road and bridge construction and extends the federal highway program through year-end. The Transportation Department furloughed roughly 2,000 workers earlier this month because of a temporary freeze in the program.


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March 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

From Daniel G……..Senators up for Reelection 2012……

Hi Dog!

Here is the List on Senators up for Reelection 2012:

Arizona

Jon Kyl (R; would be 70 years on Election Day 2012)

California

Dianne Feinstein (D; would be 79 on Election Day 2012)

Connecticut

Joseph Lieberman (I; would be 70 on Election Day 2012)

Delaware

Thomas R. Carper (D; would be 65 on Election Day 2012)

Florida

Bill Nelson (D; would be 70 on Election Day 2012)

Hawaii

Daniel K. Akaka (D; would be 88 on Election Day 2012)

Indiana

Richard G. Lugar (R; would be 80 on Election Day 2012)

Massachusetts

Scott P. Brown (R, would be 53 on Election Day 2012)

Maryland

Benjamin L. Cardin (D; would be 69 on Election Day 2012)

Maine

Olympia Snowe (R; would be 65 on Election Day 2012)

Michigan

Debbie Stabenow (D; would be 62 on Election Day 2012)

Minnesota

Amy Klobuchar (D; would be 52 on Election Day 2012)

Missouri

Claire McCaskill (D; would be 59 on Election Day 2012)

Mississippi

Roger F. Wicker (R; would be 61 on Election Day 2012)

Montana

Jon Tester (D; would be 56 on Election Day 2012)

North Dakota

Kent Conrad (D; would be 64 on Election Day 2012)

Nebraska

Ben Nelson (D; would be 71 on Election Day 2012)

New Jersey

Robert Menendez (D; would be 58 on Election Day 2012)

New Mexico

Jeff Bingaman (D; would be 69 on Election Day 2012)

Nevada

John E. Ensign (D; would be 54 on Election Day 2012)

New York

Kirsten Gillibrand (D; would be 46 on Election Day 2012)

Ohio

Sherrod Brown (D; would be 60 on Election Day 2012)

Pennsylvania

Bob Casey Jr. (D; would be 52 on Election Day 2012)

Rhode Island

Sheldon Whitehouse (D; would be 57 on Election Day 2012)

Tennessee

Bob Corker (R; would be 60 on Election Day 2012)

Texas

Kay Bailey Hutchison (R; would be 69 on Election Day 2012)

Utah

Orrin G. Hatch (R; would be 78 on Election Day 2012)

Virginia

Jim Webb (D; would be 66 on Election Day 2012)

Vermont

Bernie Sanders (I; would be 71 on Election Day 2012)

Washington

Maria Cantwell (D; would be 54 on Election Day 2012)

Wisconsin

Herbert H. Kohl (D; would be 77 on Election Day 2012)

West Virginia

Robert C. Byrd (D; would be 95 on Election Day 2012)

Wyoming

John Barrasso (R; would be 60 on Election Day 2012)

As you can see Democrats have a lot of Folks who are 70 years and older.

Daniel G.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

The Senate passes a Jobs Bill…….

From desmoinesdem @ MyDD.Com…..

The U.S. Senate passed a scaled-back jobs bill today by a 70-28 vote (roll call here). 57 of the 59 Senate Democrats voted for the bill; Ben Nelson of Nebraska voted no and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey was absent. 13 Republicans voted for the bill. Five of them helped Democrats break a Republican filibuster on Monday: Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, and the retiring Kit Bond of Missouri and George Voinovich of Ohio. Two Republicans who were absent for Monday’s cloture vote also voted yes today: Orrin Hatch of Utah and Richard Burr of North Carolina. Six other Republicans tried to block this vote from going forward on Monday but turned around and voted for the bill today: Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, George LeMieux of Florida, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Senate Democrats and the media are calling this a $15 billion jobs bill, but David Dayen notes, it’s really a $35 billion measure: “the extension of the Highway Trust Fund would add $20 billion for infrastructure projects, but because of the way it’s financed, through a fund shift, it doesn’t count as an expense.”

In addition to the highway fund money, the main features of the jobs bill are a tax credit for small businesses that hire new workers, “Build America Bonds” that help state and local governments to borrow money, and a provision to allow small businesses to write off more expenses.

Senator Chuck Grassley voted against today’s bill and against the cloture motion on Monday. He and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus had agreed on a different jobs bill, which Senate Majority Leader Reid abandoned. In a statement submitted to the Senate record on Monday, Grassley slammed Reid’s “disregard for bipartisanship” and noted that tax-extending provisions in the Baucus-Grassley bill had enjoyed broad support from both parties in the past.

The House passed a larger jobs bill in December that included many of the tax-extending provisions Reid omitted from the Senate bill.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moodys.com, said last week that Reid’s jobs bill was “a good first step” but not nearly large enough to address the unemployment problem:

A failure to provide additional funding to struggling states, for example, would lead to job losses that would “overwhelm” all the other job-creating efforts being tried, he said. And while the Schumer-Hatch tax credit would create between 200,000 and 300,000 new jobs, Zandi estimated, that number is a drop in the bucket relative to the roughly 11 million new jobs needed to get the country back to pre-recession jobless levels.

Reid has promised to introduce more jobs-creating legislation soon. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will try to move quickly on the bill the Senate just approved, Roll Call reported.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

No More Democratic Retirements Expected in Senate?

From CQ Politics……

Don’t expect any more Democratic retirements in the Senate this cycle, says Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ChairmanRobert Menendez (N.J.).

The DSCC was caught somewhat by surprise when Evan Bayh of Indiana and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota decided not to run for re-election. Those retirements leave Democrats defending territory in conservative states.

“I have every confidence at this point in time that there are no other Senate retirements,” Menendez assured reporters Wednesday at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “We clearly understand in the case of Byron Dorgan and Evan Bayh, these are very personal decisions that they came to the conclusion that they wanted to do something else with their lives.”

Menendez also attempted to deflect attention from what he even called tough cycle for his party, saying primaries in almost every GOP Senate race will harm Republicans’ chances of winning seats this November. His staff handed out packets listing GOP Senate primaries and money raised in races in Nevada, California, Colorado, Arkansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire and Florida.

“Nearly everywhere the Republicans have a primary, the Democrat has a cash on hand advantage over everyone in their field,” Menendez said.

While Senate Democrats have five retirements so far this cycle, Menendez pointed out that Senate Republicans have six, creating opportunities in open-seat races in Missouri, Ohio, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Florida. All of those races, he said, have competitive primaries that have forced GOP candidates like former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton to move further to the right.

“Look at what they’ve done in their primaries,” he said. “You’ve got people moving further and further to the right. Like Ayotte in New Hampshire, and Norton in Colorado… you have Ayotte trying to get the endorsement of Jim DeMint and you have Norton assaying that President Obama cares more about terrorists than he does about Americans.

A spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Brian Walsh, responded by stating that even though the GOP has primaries, polls in many of these races give his party the upper hand.

“Of course the reality is that even with a handful of primaries on our own side, Republicans are currently leading in the polls in eight Democrat-held seats and every open seat because Americans are unhappy with the Democrats’ out-of-control spending in Washington and they want a change in leadership this November,” Walsh said.

One never knows…..Do One?

As for GOP hopes for the 2010 election to change control of the Senate, Menendez chalked that up to “wishful thinking.” To do that, Menendez calculated, Republicans would have to defend all of their seats, win six open seat contests and then pick up 10 more seats.

“I just don’t see that under all possible sets of circumstances,” he said.

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 17 Comments

Charlie Cook on the 2010 Dem and GOP Senate races…..

The Insider's Choice for Election Analysis

Senate Lineup: 57 Democrats, 41 Republicans, 2 Independent(s)
Senators with names in parentheses are retiring.

The chart below provides a spectrum that analyzes the vulnerability (the chances of the seat switching parties) of the Senate races up this cycle.

Solid: These races are not considered competitive and are not likely to become closely contested.
Likely: These seats are not considered competitive at this point but have the potential to become engaged.
Lean: These are considered competitive races but one party has an advantage.
Toss Up: These are the most competitive races; either party has a good chance of winning.

  1. DEMOCRATS | 18 HELD SEATS

  2. SOLID D (7)

    Inouye (HI)

    Mikulski (MD)

    Schumer (NY-A)

    Wyden (OR)

    Leahy (VT)

    Murray (WA)

    Feingold (WI)

    LIKELY D (1)

    Gillibrand (NY-B)

    LEAN D (2)

    Boxer (CA)

    CT (Dodd)

    TOSS UP (5)

    Lincoln (AR)

    Bennet (CO)

    IL (Burris)

    Reid (NV)

    Specter (PA)

    LEAN R (1)

    IN (Bayh)

    LIKELY R (1)

    DE (Kaufman)

    SOLID R (1)

    ND (Dorgan)

    REPUBLICANS | 18 HELD SEATS
    SOLID D (0) LIKELY D (0) LEAN D (0) TOSS UP (4)

    KY (Bunning)

    MO (Bond)

    NH (Gregg)

    OH (Voinovich)

    LEAN R (0) LIKELY R (3)

    FL (LeMieux)

    Vitter (LA)

    Burr (NC)

    SOLID R (11)

    Shelby (AL)

    Murkowski (AK)

    McCain (AZ)

    Isakson (GA)

    Crapo (ID)

    Grassley (IA)

    KS (Brownback)

    Coburn (OK)

    DeMint (SC)

    Thune (SD)

    Bennett (UT)
    * = potential retirement Continue reading

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

White House reacts angrily to the GOP 'Blanket Hold' on ALL nominees………

From the New York Times……

The White House fired back this morning at a move by Senator Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama, who placed a “blanket hold” on dozens of President Obama’s nominees awaiting confirmation before the Senate.

Roberts Gibbs, the White House press secretary, sharply criticized Mr. Shelby’s actions, calling it the best instance yet for how Washington is broken. “I guess if you needed one example of what’s wrong with this town, it might be that one senator can hold up 70 qualified individuals to make government work better because he didn’t get his earmarks,” Mr. Gibbs told reporters today. “If that’s not the poster child for how this town needs to change the way it works, I fear there won’t be a greater example of silliness throughout the entire year of 2010.”

He added: “It boggles the mind to hold up qualified nominees for positions that are needed to perform functions in a government because you didn’t get two earmarks.”

Regan Lachapelle, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, confirmed that Senator Shelby has put a hold on dozens of nominations made by Mr. Obama for various government posts. Those include Pentagon and State Department positions.

“Senator Shelby is holding all of the president’s nominees pending on the Executive Calendar,” Ms. Lachapelle said. “Regardless of his concern, Shelby shouldn’t have a hold on 70-plus nominees because of a parochial issue.”

Democratic and Republican senators alike have often placed holds on particular nominees while negotiating issues, but Mr. Shelby’s overarching “blanket hold” is considered rare.

From the Dog……

This push back from Gibbs is expected…..Shelby’s move is a ‘in your face’ flex….We;ll see how much the Republican’s think they can get away with in broad daylight coming off the ‘Scott Brown’ effect……A point of information….My sister lives in Mobile, Alamaba…and the Aerial refueling tanker deal that got won and then cancel for down there was a VERY BIG DEAL…..I don’t think the White House understands that.…..The smart move politically for the White House on this up coming tanker contract would be overrule Defense Sec Gates and  divide the contract up between Boeing and Lockheed...thus making it a ‘Win-Win’ situation politically and economicly…..Letting Gates give the contract to Boeing (Buy American, just like the Marine One helo contract) is wasteful, and just screws the Democrats at the ballot box…..Take heed White House …..a little tinkering can make everyone happy and get you votes……

February 5, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 10 Comments

White House reacts angrily to the GOP ‘Blanket Hold’ on ALL nominees………

From the New York Times……

The White House fired back this morning at a move by Senator Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama, who placed a “blanket hold” on dozens of President Obama’s nominees awaiting confirmation before the Senate.

Roberts Gibbs, the White House press secretary, sharply criticized Mr. Shelby’s actions, calling it the best instance yet for how Washington is broken. “I guess if you needed one example of what’s wrong with this town, it might be that one senator can hold up 70 qualified individuals to make government work better because he didn’t get his earmarks,” Mr. Gibbs told reporters today. “If that’s not the poster child for how this town needs to change the way it works, I fear there won’t be a greater example of silliness throughout the entire year of 2010.”

He added: “It boggles the mind to hold up qualified nominees for positions that are needed to perform functions in a government because you didn’t get two earmarks.”

Regan Lachapelle, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, confirmed that Senator Shelby has put a hold on dozens of nominations made by Mr. Obama for various government posts. Those include Pentagon and State Department positions.

“Senator Shelby is holding all of the president’s nominees pending on the Executive Calendar,” Ms. Lachapelle said. “Regardless of his concern, Shelby shouldn’t have a hold on 70-plus nominees because of a parochial issue.”

Democratic and Republican senators alike have often placed holds on particular nominees while negotiating issues, but Mr. Shelby’s overarching “blanket hold” is considered rare.

From the Dog……

This push back from Gibbs is expected…..Shelby’s move is a ‘in your face’ flex….We;ll see how much the Republican’s think they can get away with in broad daylight coming off the ‘Scott Brown’ effect……A point of information….My sister lives in Mobile, Alamaba…and the Aerial refueling tanker deal that got won and then cancel for down there was a VERY BIG DEAL…..I don’t think the White House understands that.…..The smart move politically for the White House on this up coming tanker contract would be overrule Defense Sec Gates and  divide the contract up between Boeing and Lockheed...thus making it a ‘Win-Win’ situation politically and economicly…..Letting Gates give the contract to Boeing (Buy American, just like the Marine One helo contract) is wasteful, and just screws the Democrats at the ballot box…..Take heed White House …..a little tinkering can make everyone happy and get you votes……

February 5, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 10 Comments

The first Action in the GOP attempt to take back the Government…….

From Charles Lemos over @ MyDD.Com……

Senator Shelby Places a Blanket Hold on Executive Nominees

On day one of their new 41-59 majority, Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama placed a blanket hold on pending executive nominations on the Senate calendar in an effort to win concessions from the Obama administration. By placing a hold, a single senator can stop the Senate from taking up consideration of a particular nomination. Holds can be overcome, but it takes 60 votes to do so.

According to the Federal Times, Senator Shelby is upset over the handling of an Air Force refueling tanker contract worth up to $35 billion which was originally awarded to a consortia led by Northrop Grumman and Airbus last year, but later voided after a bid protest was filed by Boeing. Northrop Grumman has an assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama.

In a written statement, Senator Shelby complained Air Force efforts to build new tankers have been stalled for nearly 10 years and “we still do not have a transparent and fair acquisition process to move forward.” The senior Senator from Alabama who was first elected in 1986 as a Democrat (he switched parties in 1994) also wants the Obama Administration to release funds so the FBI can build a Terrorist Explosive Devices Analytical Center in Alabama, the statement said.

While individual holds are not unusual, Congressional scholar Gary Jacobson, a Professor of Political Science at the University of California at San Diego, said he knew of no previous use of a blanket hold.

This isn’t government, this is hostage-taking.

The Democrats will now pay for their over confidence after Obama won the presdiency…..The President will now hurt for his failure to do his homework and work to shore up the seats of his fellow democrats in Congress and his failure to take care of business at home…..

All politics is local….and if you don’t have that 60th vote…you gotta go and speak to the Republicans…..

Life is gonna be harder for the Democrats in the Senate…….

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 3 Comments

Tommy Thompson probably not in the running for Wisconsin…..

From PoliticalWire……

Thompson Signs on with Investment Fund……
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) just signed on as an advisor to the Peak Ridge Capital Group venture capital fund, according to HedgeNews.

It would seem Thomson is no longer weighing a challenge to Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) — even though he was leading in the most recent poll.

Sorry……Merlin….

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Merlin on the Illinois Senate PPP poll……

Hello Dog!

It has been really rare that Democrats receiving good Polling News in competitive Races the last few weeks. Well, here is one Exception ……. According to a new Public Policy Polling Survey Illinois State Treasurer Alexander “Alexi” Giannoulias (D-IL) leads his Main Republican Challenger Mark Steven Kirk (R-IL) by 8 Points. The two other Democrats David Hoffman & Cheryle Jackson running also competitive Races against Kirk. Why has Giannoulias such a modest lead? It’s the Independents: Kirk only leads by 2 there…..(and the Obama factor….Alexi and Obama are old buddies )

Public Policy Polling Survey

Illinois Senate 2010

State Treasurer Alexander “Alexi” Giannoulias (D)  42 %
Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (D)  34 %
Undecided  24 %

Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R) 37 %
David Hoffman (D)  36 %
Undecided  27 %

Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R)  38 %
Cheryle Robinson Jackson (D)  36 %
Undecided  26 %

Full Results can be found here:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_Ill_128.pdf

Merlin’s Thoughts:
I’m quite surprised Hoffman & Jackson running that well against Kirk. The Reason Folks: As I outlined above it’s the Independent Vote. This Seat unlike other will be iffy to get for Republicans.

Note: Rasmussen Reports to release Illinois Senate Primary Polls later today.

Merlin

The Dog has mentioned to Merlin several times that this seat belongs Presdient Obama’s former basketball buddy Alex Giannoulias…...nuff said!

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment