2012 Election

You Can Take the Man Out of Politics…

Just when we thought Dennis Kucinich was the last Democrat objecting to the bill because it wasn’t progressive enough, enter Rep. Steve Lynch. The Massachusetts Dem, who voted for the bill in November, says he doesn’t like the Senate version because it doesn’t do enough to put competition into the health insurance market – ie, …

Almost Everyone’s An Outsider

I’ve said many times the current anti-Washington mood makes congressional incumbents act like they’ve never been there before. Nowhere is this more apparent than in carefully staged campaign ads. But Blanche Lincoln is taking a slightly different tack in her latest TV spot, hoping her recent ascent to the chair of the Senate Agriculture …

The Rand Paul Phenomenon

Here’s a story from me out of Kentucky, where I went a few weeks ago to look at the GOP primary for Jim Bunning’s Senate seat. It’s hard to say who’s running a worse campaign, Rand Paul who has no message discipline and lacks charisma or Trey Grayson who doesn’t even post his events on his website (I’m still scratching my head …

Re: Rock Bottom

Marjorie Margolies, whose career-ending vote Karen recently recounted, describes rock bottom in a Washington Post column addressed to wavering Dems.

I was pressed on all sides: by constituents opposed, my president needing a victory and Republicans promising my demise. I was in the country’s most Republican district represented by a …

Kucinich Says He’ll Vote For Health Care Reform

Ohio Congressman and former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich today announced his support for health care reform. Kucinich was one of two progressives who voted against the legislation when it passed the House in November on the grounds that it didn’t go far enough towards the single payer system they supported. The other member …

And here we go…

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Here’s a brief guide to the health care final sprint (at least the schedule that we can predict) in the House over the next week:

Monday
3pm
This afternoon the fun will begin with an anticipated Congressional Budget Office score followed by* a House Budget Committee markup of the …

“This City is the City of the Perishable”

Those are Nancy Pelosi’s words today on why she wants to get health reform done as quickly as possible.

But even among Hill reporters, there’s some confusion over what procedurally will happen this week. Democratic leaders, including Pelosi, are keeping quiet about their precise parliamentary strategy for three reasons. One, if they …

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