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Has Strong Shutdown Rhetoric Violated Senate Rules? (Video)

Roll Call

The debate surrounding the government shutdown has been white hot in the Senate over the past few weeks, leading some lawmakers to complain about a lack of decorum.

Indeed, twice over the past two days, senators reminded their colleagues of Senate rules.

“I think we’ve all here in the Senate kind of lost the aura of Robert Byrd, who was such a stickler for Senate procedure,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday morning on the Senate floor. “I think we’ve all let things get away from us a little bit. The Senate is a very special place with very particular rules.”

Longstanding Senate precedents tied to the Senate’s original rules require senators to speak through the presiding officer, as noted in “Riddick’s Senate Procedure.”

“Senators in debate should address each other through the Chair and in the third person,” the book of precedents explains.

Additionally, Senate Rule 19 states: “No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”

Interestingly, Reid may have been reminding himself of those rules and precedents. The Nevada Democrat, who has sparred with tea party darling Sen. Ted Cruz over the past month, criticized the Texas Republican on Thursday for influencing  House Republicans’ political strategy.

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Reid rips tea party on the Senate floor: ‘Anarchists have taken over’ Congress

Harry Reid speaks on the Senate floor (C-SPAN)

The Raw Story

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday said that efforts by tea party-backed Republicans in the Senate to use an energy efficiency bill to defund Obamacare was evidence that “anarchist have taken over” Congress.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Reid said that some senators had attempted to derail the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act with unrelated amendments.

“The anarchist have taken have taken over,” the Nevada Democrat observed, throwing up his hands. “They’ve taken over the House, now they’re here in the Senate.”

“We’re in a position here where people who don’t believe in government — and that’s what the tea party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.”

Reid pointed out that Republicans had not allowed a single amendment to be offered that had anything to do with energy. In fact, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) had vowed to block every amendment until his measure to exempt lawmakers from the health care reform law came up for a vote.

“As the fiscal year comes to an end, I guess that’s what it’s all about,” Reid noted. “You do what we want, get rid of Obamacare or we’re not going to fund the government.”

“Where are we? Where we have been this whole year. And what have we accomplished? Not much.”

Watch the video below from C-SPAN, broadcast Sept. 12, 2013.

The 2013 version of the Obamacare town meeting

Daily Kos

Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) is another recipient of a well-informed, Obamacare-supporting constituent schooling, just like Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and Daniel Webster (R-FL). Heck was confronted by a small business owner in Nevada, an employer who has always provided health benefits and a living wage to his employees, who doesn’t appreciate the fact that he’s subsidizing the uninsured to the tune of $600 annually out of his insurance premiums, but who appreciates the fact that he’s now getting a tax break for doing the right thing.

He had a question for Heck:

Why would you oppose the ACA if it was passed by congress, passed by the senate, signed by the president, upheld by the supreme court and re-affirmed by the reelection of the president of the United States who won your district? Why would you revoke something that’s helping me now? It’s bending the cost curve and it’s going to bend the cost curve in the future? Why Congressman? Why?

To which Heck replied “2,700 pages! Dead of night! Nobody read it!” and then a tutorial on how health insurance works, as if this is all new under Obamacare:

You talked about the $600 everybody was paying for the uninsured, there’s no such thing as free preventative health care. You might not be pay for it but somebody’s got to pay for it. And that payment is going to be spread across everybody that’s insured.

Well, Heck has that part right, though he doesn’t recognize that he’s making the case for Obamacare. This is how insurance works, and if everyone is paying into insurance, the cost spread across everyone’s premiums is much less. Note, however, that Heck also says “[t]here are good things in the bill to keep and there are bad things. [...] I won by 8 points here, more than President, and I ran on fixing ACA.” Obama won Heck’s district, so this is one Republican who has to think about something besides repeal, repeal, repeal and needs to talk about that whole fixing part. Too bad his leadership isn’t up to that part.

 

ROMNEY: “MAKE IT VERY CLEAR TO YOUR EMPLOYEES” HOW THEY SHOULD VOTE

This was no faux pas.  In fact, Romney was talking to his base when he suggested that employers should make it very clear how their employees should vote…

Examiner

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican Party nominee, spoke to the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) yesterday in a Tele-Townhall meeting, telling them to“make it very clear” to their employees who they should vote for in the November General Election. The NFIB has over 100,000 members nationwide.

“I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections,” Romney said. “And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope you pass those along to your employees.”

Romney laughed, saying “nothing illegal” about informing your employees, even if it may be inferred as a threat to losing their jobs.

“Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I believe that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision.”

The topics in the Tele-Townhall covered the Republican Party message of fewer regulations, tax cuts for businesses and less healthcare, referring to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which Republicans and media call “Obamacare”.

Mitt Romney again shows that he doesn’t care about anyone who actually works for a living as he instructs the NFIB to let all their employees know via a perceived threat, that their jobs may be in jeopardy if they don’t vote for Romney. And Mitt Romney laughed as he spoke to them about it.

Nevada has been hit hard with foreclosures and unemployment, so what is Mitt’s advice to Nevada members of the NFIB?” Make it very clear” that this November, you should vote for Romney because your jobs may be on the line.

This is the same man who said:

Mitt Romney, the “Everyday Joe”, loves America so much; he hides his money in foreign banks, in foreign countries.


Scott Walker Using $100 Million Of Taxpayer Money To Fight Off Recall?

Scott Walker on February 18, 2011Stating it clearly and concisely, Scott Walker is a crook, period.

Forbes

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker heads into the final stretch in his effort to hang onto his job, he is finding it increasingly more difficult to make his case honestly— or without using huge sums of taxpayer money to sway voters.

While life would likely have been easier for the Governor had collective bargaining remained the key issue of the campaign, now that the election has become largely about Walker’s record on job creation, the polls reveal that things are becoming increasingly more difficult for Scott Walker. Wisconsin currently competes with Nevada for the dubious title of worst job creator in the nation, resulting in the polls tightening into a dead heat,  leaving the Governor with reason to be worried.

In the effort to move withering public opinion in his direction, the Governor has embarked on a campaign strategy highly dependent upon finding someone else to blame for the poor economic performance of his state. In the process, Walker has resorted to committing a huge amount of taxpayer money to aid in his political survival, while mounting a campaign that—to anyone paying attention—only serves to highlight his own failures over the past decade.

Not surprisingly, the ‘someone’ chosen by Walker to play the role of scapegoat is his recall election opponent, Mayor Tom Barrett of city of Milwaukee—a city with some of the most difficult poverty problems in the nation.

The effort kicked off ten days ago when, after fifteen months in the Governor’s chair where Walker has consistently cried poverty in the state budget as the rational for his many controversial moves, the Governor miraculously came up with $100 million to fund economic development in Milwaukee’s poorest areas—money Walker claims will come from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Board.

Even more surprising is the astonishing resemblance between the Walker scheme and the series of measures put forth by President Obama as the Governor’s proposal involves reoccupying foreclosed and vacant properties while making loans and venture capital money available to small businesses and industrial developers.

Of course, Scott Walker had been a vocal opponent of such proposals when uttered by the President.

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Oops: CNN host calls Romney ‘Governor Mormon’

This appears to be an honest mistake…

The Raw Story

Almost everyone knows that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but CNN host John King made the association all to clear Saturday by referring to him as “Governor Mormon.”

Following the former Massachusetts governor’s decisive win in the Nevada caucuses, King attempted to break down the vote based on religion.

“Obviously, Governor Mormon is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,” King said. “He won big among Mormons. He won every nine out of ten votes among Mormons.”

According to CNN entrance polls , about 25 percent of caucus-goers in Nevada identified themselves as Mormons. Romney was also the top choice among all other Christian voters, while Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul got over 50 percent of the voters who did not identify with a religion.

Church membership records  show that only Wyoming, Idaho and Utah have a higher percentage of Mormons in their populations.

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Feb. 4, 2012.

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West Wing Week: 4/22/11 or “My Old Number, 23″

The White House Blog

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, President Obama held townhalls in Northern Virginia, California, and Nevada, to speak directly to the American people about his vision for reducing our debt and bringing down our deficit based on the values of shared responsibility and shared prosperity.

Palin Inches Toward 2012 in Iowa, Nevada

Some say that Sarah Palin will not try to run for the 2012 Presidency.  I strongly believe she will.  You see, it all works out according to prophecy.  The Mayans say that the world as we know it will cease to exist on 12/21/12.   Another prediction shows up in a dramatic video detailing what would happen when/if Palin is elected.

Ok, so my sense of humor leaves a lot to be desired.  

The fact of the matter is that our own “Caribou Barbie” will not only run, but has a statistical chance of winning…

The New York Times

Sarah Palin may be inching toward a presidential run in 2012 as she heads next week to Nevada for two speeches and her advisers quietly begin talking to Republican activists in Iowa.

Both states will be key to winning the Republican nomination, and Ms. Palin’s advisers are determined to do the groundwork necessary should she decide to jump into the campaign.

The informal conversations in Iowa, reported by the Web site Real Clear Politics, are the first baby steps in what would have to become a much more elaborate turnout effort if Ms. Palin, the former Alaska governor, decides to run.

And her speeches in Nevada to two outdoors groups — including one on the same night that President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech in Washington — give her a platform to talk about hunting and guns in the wake of the shootings in Arizona this month.

Representative Michele Bachman of Minnesota is scheduled to arrive in Des Moines this weekend to headline the annual reception for Iowans for Tax Relief. And Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, is set to give a talk to the Iowa Renewable Fuel Association’s annual meeting in Des Moines a week later.

Taken together, the steps by Ms. Palin and the others suggest that the 2012 campaign for president is beginning to pick up some steam.

But advisers to several of the politicians have said they would like to push back any official announcements as far as they can. Forming an exploratory committee and becoming an official candidate trigger costly legal requirements that require sophisticated fund-raising efforts to support.     More…

Harry Reid Toppled Sharron Angle In Nevada Senate Election With Many Votes From Registered Republicans

This is a great post-script to the very well organized campaign that Harry Reid ran in his Nevada midterm bid for Senator against Sharron Angle.

Huffington Post

The Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Because there were 60,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans at the time of the election, the figures are a clear indication that many Republicans cast votes for Democrat U.S. Sen. Harry Reid rather than for his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, a secretary of state spokeswoman said.

Read the whole story: The Las Vegas Review-Journal