5 important political stories to watch in 2014

The Week – Taegan Goodard 1. Will Republicans win back control of the Senate?Most political forecasters give Democrats a minuscule chance of taking back the House of Representatives, so most attention will be on the six seats Republicans need to have the majority in the upper chamber. The seven most vulnerable seats all belong to Democrats… More 5 important political stories to watch in 2014

NJ Mayor: Nope, Guv, We Told You About Traffic Jam

Stay tuned… TPM LiveWire The mayor of Fort Lee, N.J. is disputing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s claim that top transportation officials were unaware of gridlock caused by lane closures in September on the George Washington Bridge, the Bergen Record reported Friday. Christie suggested at a press conference Thursday that local authorities never notified the Port Authority of New… More NJ Mayor: Nope, Guv, We Told You About Traffic Jam

Everyone in America Supports a Minimum-Wage Hike—Except the Tea Party

The following information should surprise no one… New Republic Fast-food workers across the U.S. are striking Thursday  (today) to demand higher wages, and it turns out they’re not alone in believing the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is much too low. A majority of Americans—71 percent—support hiking the minimum to $10, according to the 2013 American… More Everyone in America Supports a Minimum-Wage Hike—Except the Tea Party

DNC Wants To Help You Talk With ‘Your Republican Uncle’ On Thanksgiving

You gotta love this idea from Democrats.  Just in time for the holidays at that… TPM LiveWire The Democratic National Committee is launched a Thanksgiving-themed website Wednesday called YourRepublicanUncle.com that purports to help people deal with “lively discussions with Republican relatives about politics” that occur during the holiday season. YourRepublicanUncle.com features talking points Democrats can… More DNC Wants To Help You Talk With ‘Your Republican Uncle’ On Thanksgiving

Jon Stewart mocks Mitch McConnell’s warning to Democrats: Someday you will want to be obstructionist a*sholes

The Raw Story Daily Show host Jon Stewart poked fun at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) warning to Democrats that ending the long-standing abuse of the filibuster by invoking what pundits insist on calling the “nuclear option” would come back to haunt them. “Mark my words,” Stewart boomed on Thursday. “One day you Democrats will want… More Jon Stewart mocks Mitch McConnell’s warning to Democrats: Someday you will want to be obstructionist a*sholes

By the way: McConnell: For going nuclear before he was against it

Daily Kos Harry Reid is having a fun day: I’m old enough to remember when Sen. McConnell insisted on up-or-down votes for judicial confirmations. https://t.co/qEcBrh3yNR — Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) November 21, 2013 By filibustering 10 qualified judicial nominees in only 16 months, our Democratic colleagues have broken this unwritten rule. This is not the… More By the way: McConnell: For going nuclear before he was against it

Three reasons filibuster reform might actually happen today

This must be done soon.  Preferably, today.  Enough is enough from the Teapublican filibusters in the senate. The Washington Post – Wonkblog Filibuster reform might actually happen this time. In fact, it might happen today. Harry Reid is poised to end the filibuster against executive-branch appointments and judicial nominations. Could Democrats back out at the… More Three reasons filibuster reform might actually happen today

Robert Reich On Democrats’ Lack Of Spine Re: ACA

I’ve always admired this man’s  philosophical outlook on progressive issues. Robert Reich Democrats are showing once again they have the backbones of banana slugs. The Affordable Care Act was meant to hold insurers to a higher standard, so it stands to reason that some people with lousy policies will get better ones after their old… More Robert Reich On Democrats’ Lack Of Spine Re: ACA

7 reasons why Terry McAuliffe is going to win

I don’t always follow Chris Cillizza’s column, but in this instance, I totally agree with him… The Fix – Chris Cillizza There are lots of reasons for McAuliffe’s expected victory — GovBeat’s Reid Wilson hits on a number of them, including the Democrat’s massive spending edge – but the new WaPo poll is chock full of data… More 7 reasons why Terry McAuliffe is going to win

Texas Republican Judge Switches Party, Denouncing GOP as Party of Bigots and Hate-Mongers

This is is not the only defection the GOP will be facing in the next couple of years… Alternet A Republican Judge from San Antonio, Texas, has announced he is quitting the GOP and will seek re-election as a Democrat, saying that he can no longer be part of political party whose identity is based on… More Texas Republican Judge Switches Party, Denouncing GOP as Party of Bigots and Hate-Mongers