Top 10 Things We Did To Help Progressives in the 2010 Election

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 9:19 am

1.  Worked across party lines for a year and a half passing Audit the Fed, and forced a 96-0 vote in the Senate.  Chris Hayes on MSNBC called it “the single greatest act of bipartisanship since Obama took office.”  It was popular with 80% of the country. 2.  Backed Bill Halter in an accountability challenge [...]

Obama Mocks Public Option Supporters

By: Friday September 17, 2010 10:19 am

Obama took the opportunity to mock supporters of the public option last night at a DNC event in Greenwich, Connecticut (per Mike Allen): OBAMA: Democrats, just congenitally, tend to get — to see the glass as half empty. (Laughter.) If we get an historic health care bill passed — oh, well, the public option wasn’t [...]

Damn the Deficits, the Children of the Wealthy Need More Tax Breaks

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 10:30 am

Few things better demonstrate the ludicrous futility of the Senate’s deficit hysteria than Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s (D-AR) and John Kyl’s (R-AZ) long fight to cut the estate tax. From The Hill: Their proposal would require Democratic leaders to amend the small-business jobs bill with a provision that sets the estate tax at 35 percent with [...]

Accountability Now: Successes and Failures in Arkansas

By: Friday June 11, 2010 10:56 am

Ryan Grim and Sam Stein have an excellent piece on the coordinated efforts of various groups to support Bill Halter’s challenge to Blanche Lincoln.  It represents the evolution of the efforts behind the Ned Lamont and Donna Edwards races, and now that the election is over, deserves some discussion. Accountability Now grew out of the [...]

Avalanche of Evidence: Why We Need Clean Money in Elections

By: Friday May 21, 2010 11:15 am

Recent events give us four powerful examples of why we desperately need to take back our elections from the big-money interests that are buying our politics. The solution is to clean up election funding through voluntary public financing, so that candidates can run without needing to grovel for donations from wealthy individuals and corporate lobbies. [...]

House Dems Give Up On Governing

By: Monday May 10, 2010 11:40 am

For the first time in more than 30 years, House Democrats are considering not making a budget resolution. They’ve decided to give up completely on governing despite having an overwhelming majority. Why should we care about this non-binding budget resolution? Because you need a budget resolution to use reconciliation, which remains the main option to [...]

Blanche Lincoln’s New Ad Says She Didn’t Vote For Bank Bailout… But She Did

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 10:51 am

Blanche Lincoln’s new Arkansas primary ad is, as BT says, so politically tone deaf it’s hard to imagine anyone thought it was a good idea.  In it, she tries to distance herself from all the partisan bickering in DC, and says “I voted against giving more money to Wall Street.” But Blanche Lincoln voted for [...]

Health Insurance Industry’s $300 Billion Victory Over the Public Option

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 9:27 am

When Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and the entire Republican Senate caucus stepped up to kill the public option in the Senate, it is important to remember that the health insurance industry won a victory—a victory worth $300 billion. As Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) now [...]

Bill Halter Crosses the $5 Million Mark

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 7:22 am

Blanche Lincoln is not in the “center” of anything but K Street, and most of her money will have to be spent making people forget where it came from.

Obama, Rahm and the DSCC will do everything they can to make sure Lincoln stays in office. It’s going to be an ugly 2 months until the primary, but because liberal interest groups stormed out of the veal pen and marshaled their resources, at least Halter has a fighting chance.

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Van Hollen: Reconciliation Is An Option

By: Saturday January 16, 2010 8:46 am

Finally, all it takes is the possibility of losing a Senate seat in Massachusetts plus tanking poll numbers for House Democrats for Congressional leaders to admit they really only need a simple majority in the Senate to pass health care reform. “Even before Massachusetts and that race was on the radar screen, we prepared for [...]