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Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) greets supporters Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at the Disabled American Veterans Headquarters after being sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)  B582622945Z.1  ....OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS,  NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, CHICAGO OUT, NO DIGITAL MANIPULATION...
Received this e-mail today from Rep. Tammy Duckworth's (D. IL) U.S. Senate campaign:
Abusive lenders have long preyed on military families. They surround bases with misleading advertisements and charge heavy interest payments, causing unmanageable debt.

The good news is that the Department of Defense is working to prevent predatory lenders from targeting military families with high-cost loans. But banking industry lobbyists are trying to delay important new protections.

I introduced an amendment last Wednesday to immediately protect our service members from predatory loans, and it passed the House Armed Services Committee. Now, we need to ensure that members of the Senate stand strong against banking industry lobbying too.

Join me and VoteVets: tell the Senate we should protect military families from predatory lending without delay:

http://action.tammyduckworth.com/...

Predatory lending doesn’t just hurt military families - it threatens military readiness by affecting security clearances and even forcing experienced service members to leave the military.

When our troops work to protect our nation, they should not have to shoulder the additional burden of worrying about a bad credit report or the threat of potential foreclosure.

Thank you for speaking up for military families,

Tammy

Click here to add your name:

http://action.tammyduckworth.com/...

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More words of lunacy from one of the most vulnerable Senators up for re-election next year:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/...

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 27: Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., speaks with reporters following the Senate Republicans' policy lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
If he had it his way, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) would like to see the Department of Education abolished.

Johnson, up for re-election in 2016, made the comment to a small crowd in New London on Saturday.

"I would sure love to do it," Johnson said in response to a question about the Department of Education. "One of the reasons I got involved and thought I could run for senate is I was involved heavily on a volunteer basis in our education system in Oshkosh." - TPM, 5/6/15

Can't wait for Russ Feingold (D. WI) to take back his seat from this clown.
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This is ridiculous:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is preventing one of his own judicial nominees from moving forward, for reasons nobody seems to understand.

Toomey has long supported Luis Restrepo, who President Barack Obama nominated in November to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. When Restrepo was nominated to be a district court judge in 2013, Toomey ushered him through the process, hailing his record as a magistrate judge and his volunteer work in the community. He boasted about Restrepo being one of three Latino federal judges he helped to confirm, and when Obama tapped him to be a circuit court judge last year, Toomey called him a "superb" choice.

But Toomey is now blocking Restrepo's nomination by not submitting his so-called "blue slip" to the Judiciary Committee, which gives the chairman a green light to move forward with a nominee. The committee won't take up a nominee until both home-state senators turn in their blue slips. Pennsylvania's other senator, Bob Casey (D), turned his in a while ago. - Huffington Post, 5/5/15

Why would Toomey do this? Sorry, he just doesn't have the time to answer that question:
"No, I'm not. Well, let me explain how that works to you. But I've got to run for this lunch," he said, walking away quickly. "But I support his confirmation."
Now there is a legit reason why this is becoming a judicial emergency:
In the nearly six months that he's been waiting for a hearing, the vacancy he would fill has become a "judicial emergency." That means the number of cases per panel of judges on that court exceeds 700, or is between 500 and 700 for more than 18 months. The more overloaded those judges get, the more delays there are in justice being carried out.
Sounds like someone is afraid to piss off his conservative base because he faces re-election next year. Well it's this type of shit that makes Toomey appear vulnerable and more focused about next year's election than doing his job. While PA Democrats figure out who their nominee should be, I for one back Joe Sestak's (D. PA) comeback bid. Click here to donate and get involved with his campaign:
Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
http://joesestak.com/
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Received this e-mail from Joe Sestak's (D. PA) U.S. Senate campaign today:
Sen. Toomey says one thing in Pennsylvania, and then does another with his votes in Washington, D.C. Let's take a look.

On the left, below, we have what Sen. Toomey says in Pennsylvania, from his April 24 newsletter. On the right is what he does when he gets to Washington, D.C.

Click here if you would like to donate and get involved with Sestak's campaign:
Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
http://joesestak.com/
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Received this e-mail from Rep. Donna Edwards' (D. MD) U.S. Senate campaign:
A bill just introduced in the Senate would give the President “fast track” trade authority to push through a disastrous trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which will ship American jobs overseas with little to no public debate.

I’ve seen enough of these “free trade” deals to know how this goes.

Giant, multinational corporations write the bill with their best interests in mind, and then try to sell the public pipe dreams of jobs and economic growth that never materialize.

I’m going to fight tooth and nail to stop this bill, but I need your help. Will you stand with me against this deal and say no to fast track and the TPP? If progressives stand up and show we are willing to fight for American workers, we can stop this anti-worker bill in its tracks.

Click here now to join Daily Kos and me in telling Congress to stop fast track and the TPP!

http://signforgood.com/...

We’ve seen this story before. “Free trade” deals that promise to grow our economy and create jobs end up making big corporations richer, while American jobs disappear.

Even worse, this bill was written in secret, away from the eyes of the public and Congress.

I know a bad deal for workers when I see it. That’s why I’ve fought to stop these job-killing agreements every time they come up in Congress.

Add your name to mine and let’s show progressives are ready to stand up and fight.

http://signforgood.com/...

Thanks for standing with me,

Donna

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http://signforgood.com/...

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Received this e-mail from Joe Sestak's (D. PA) U.S. Senate campaign today:
Sen. Toomey says one thing in Pennsylvania, and then does another with his votes in Washington, D.C. Let's take a look.

On the left, below, we have what Sen. Toomey says in Pennsylvania, from his April 17 newsletter. On the right is what he does when he gets to Washington, D.C.

Click here if you would like to donate and get involved with Sestak's campaign:
Congressman Joe Sestak stands with his daughter Alex (left) and wife susan (right, behind) as he gives his concession speach after losing to Pat Toomey on Tuesday, October 2, 2010 at the Radnor Hotel.  //ed note: ROB KANDEL / THE MORNING CALL  ***** Headline:  2010 THE YEAR IN REVIEW ** From a quadruple homicide in Northampton to the defeat of Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, 2010 will go down as a year of heartache, anxiety and political change (12/26/10) *****
http://joesestak.com/
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Missouri Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander (D. MO) just posted this video on his campaign website where he speaks out against fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership and explains how it would hurt jobs in Missouri. Please watch the video above.

If you would like to donate and get involved with Kander's campaign. You can do so here:

https://jasonkander.com/
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He's not up for re-election but my home state U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D) has a terrific record on labor and he's helping in leading the fight to stop fast tracking the T.P.P.:
I need your help to protect American jobs. A new bill was just introduced in the Senate and it must be stopped. This so-called “Trade Promotion Authority” legislation, better known as Fast Track, will pave the way for another NAFTA-style deal that will cost jobs and hurt Pennsylvania’s economy.

Help me stop the Fast Track bill in its tracks!

https://act.myngp.com/...

Over and over again we’ve been told that trade deals will create jobs and better protect workers and the environment. Those promises have never come to fruition. Now some in the Senate are ready to dive into another misguided trade deal.

Jobs in Pennsylvania are at stake, Fast Track must be stopped!

https://act.myngp.com/...

Your help in this fight will make the difference. Your voice must be heard. Pennsylvania–and our country–need your help. We must defeat this Fast Track legislation.

Thank you,

Bob

Click here to add your name:

https://act.myngp.com/...

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BOOM!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called out Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Thursday after Grassley blamed Democrats for not confirming Loretta Lynch while they controlled the Senate.

Earnest accused Grassley of being "duplicitous" when he said earlier this week that Democrats could have confirmed Lynch in December before they handed over control of the Senate to Republicans. Last year, Grassley had urged Democrats to wait until Republicans took control of the Senate before beginning Lynch's confirmation hearings.

During the White House press briefing on Thursday, Earnest said Grassley made an "astounding display of duplicity," which he said was sad because Grassley had a reputation as "somebody who is true to his word." Earnest also suggested that perhaps Grassley, who was first elected to the House in 1974 and the Senate in 1980, had been in Washington too long. - Huffington Post, 4/16/15

Here's what Grassley said earlier this week after confirming judicial nominee Alfred H. Bennett:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Monday evening deftly turned the table on Democrats, who confirmed a dozen federal judges at the end of 2014 before losing power. If they hadn’t passed so many, “we’d have more stars in our cap, but they got the stars in theirs,” he told the Loop.

Then, before hustling onto the Senate floor to vote for Bennett, Grassley added, “They could have done Loretta Lynch, and now they are complaining about not getting that done.” - Washington Post, 4/14/15

Ah, but here's what Grassley said in September:

http://www.pbs.org/...

WASHINGTON - JULY 15:  U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) speaks during the third day of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor before the Senate Judiciary Committee July 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. Sotomayor has faced pointed questioning from Republicans on the committee.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Some Republicans are urging Obama to delay a nomination until after a new Senate is sworn in next year. Democrats control the chamber now, but the majority is up for grabs in November.

“Rather than rush a nominee through the Senate in a lame-duck session, I hope the president will now take his time to nominate a qualified individual who can start fresh relationships with Congress so that we can solve the problems facing our country,” said Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on the nominee.

In response to those GOP calls, Earnest raised the example of President George W. Bush’s nomination of Robert Gates as defense secretary the day after the 2006 midterm election in which Republicans lost their Senate majority.

“In less than a month, December 6, Secretary Gates was confirmed to his post, with strong bipartisan support,” Earnest recalled. “So there is a precedent for presidents making important Cabinet nominations and counting on Congress to confirm them promptly, even in the context of a lame-duck session, if necessary.”

Earnest also pointed out that Attorney General Eric Holder’s predecessor, Michael Mukasey, was confirmed by a Senate led by the opposition party seven weeks later. “So there is a pretty clear precedent for attorneys general and for other prominent Cabinet officials to go through the process of being nominated and confirmed quickly and with bipartisan support,” Earnest said. - PBS News Hour, 9/26/14

Might want to keep track of your bull shit statements there, Chuck.
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Looks like there might be a real Democratic primary in the battle to take outgoing Senator Marco Rubio's (R. FL) seat:

http://www.tampabay.com/...

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 15:  Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., participates in a news conference calling for no funding of the escalation of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009.  (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images)
Rep. Alan Grayson says he’s moving closer to getting in the race for U.S. Senate, citing difficulty of Republicans to field a top-tier candidate.

“It sure does encourage me more,” the liberal Orlando Democrat said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday afternoon. “I’m closer.

“I like the fact that we got an unequivocal statement that Marco Rubio is running for president. I think he will pay a big price with the electorate if he ends up changing his mind (and runs for re-election)." - Tampa Bay Times, 4/16/15

Grayson will have to catch up to Rep. Patrick Murphy (D. FL) who has already been off to an impressive start with his campaign. I'm torn between who would be the better candidate. We will have to see. Stay tuned.
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Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis) speaks at a campaign event with first lady Michelle Obama Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
This better prompt Russ Feingold (D. WI) to jump in and take back his Senate seat:

http://www.jsonline.com/...

As Gov. Scott Walker moves closer to a formal announcement that he will run for president, the latest Marquette University Law School poll shows Walker's job approval rating among Wisconsin voters has slipped since last fall.

Meanwhile, Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson distantly trailed former Democratic U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold in a matchup. Johnson had 38%, and Feingold had 54%.

Johnson unseated Feingold in 2010. Feingold hasn't announced his plans but is widely expected to run again.

For Walker, the results of the poll released on Thursday of registered voters show 41% approved of the way he is handling the job as governor, while 56% disapprove.

The poll of 803 respondents was conducted between April 7 and April 10 and included both landlines and cellphones.

The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for most questions. The margin of error was more than 5 percentage points for questions that dealt with a subset of voters, such as only Republican- or Democratic-leaning voters. - Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, 4/16/15

We need Feingold back in the Senate now more than ever. He's been quietly working on making a comeback and it looks like Wisconsin voters truly do miss him. Stay tuned.
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Received this e-mail today from Rep. Tammy Duckworth's (D. IL) U.S. Senate campaign on behalf of herself and California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D. CA) and Rep. Donna Edwards' (D. MD) U.S. Senate campaigns:
During my Army service, I always earned equal pay for equal work. The military's policy of fairness has not only created opportunities for women, but also contributes to making our military the best in the world.

Every woman in America deserves the same treatment. But we're not there yet. Today is Equal Pay Day, the date that marks how far into the year women must work, on average, to earn what their male counterparts earned the previous year.

So today, I'm joining Kamala Harris and Donna Edwards - fellow Democratic women running for Senate - to demand that Congress take action on equal pay. Add your name too:

http://action.tammyduckworth.com/...

Illinois women can earn an average of nearly $12,000 less than men annually. This isn't just a matter of equality - it's an economic problem that's making it hard for women in our state to support themselves and their families.

Today is an important opportunity to remind Congress that women everywhere are calling for an end to the wage gap, once and for all.

Thank you for adding your voice,

Tammy

Click here to add your name:

http://action.tammyduckworth.com/...

And click here to donate and/or get involved with Duckworth, Harris and Edwards' campaigns:

http://tammyduckworth.com/
http://www.kamalaharris.org/
7/8/14 2:18:05 PM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., is interviewed by USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page for a Capital Download segment. --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY staff ORG XMIT:  JG 131093 CAPDOWN EDWARDS 7/8/2014 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]
http://www.donnaedwardsforsenate.com/
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