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Blue Dogs

Amanda Terkel

Half Of The Blue Dog Coalition Goes Down In GOP Wave | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday was a tough night for Democrats, as they watched Republicans win enough seats to take back the House in the next Congress and be...

Agents of Change? We Recommend It

Robert Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Cramer

Based on my experience from the 1994 cycle and based on the poll of independents that we did, I offer these suggestions to those surviving Blue Dogs and other conservative Democrats that come back into Congress licking their severe wounds.

Republican House Musings

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party's approval rating is the most dismal of all, clocking in lower than even the Democratic Party's approval. In other words, the voters are about to vote into power a party they like less than the party currently in power.

The Sour Politics of Epithet and Government by Tantrum Brews Chaos

Merton and Joan Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Merton and Joan Bernstein

"Hunger makes the old grandmother trot" was a 19th century slogan attempting to justify England's harsh poor laws. Recent Republican and Blue Dog oppo...

Tea Partiers Should Prepare for Disappointment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tea Partiers want to cut the favorite target of conservatives -- "entitlements." The only problem with that is that most folks don't call these programs "entitlements," most folks call them "my Social Security check."

Sam Stein

Blue Dogs Identifying Spending Cuts To Pay For Bush Tax Cuts For Wealthy | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hoping to find a middle ground in the debate raging over what to do about expiring Bush tax cuts, Blue Dog Democrats have escalated their pitch to lea...

Sam Stein

White House Reminds Blue Dogs, Before Tax Cut Vote, That They're Deficit Hawks | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration is not budging from its position that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy should be allowed to expire this year and is taking s...

Dems Likely To Extend Bush Tax Cuts

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...A small but growing number of moderate Democrats are balking at boosting taxes on the rich. Many face electorates that recoil at the mention of any...

The Midterm Blues, Part 2

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Democrats would vote for Democrats again if that would get them some....

A Showdown For Democrats To Avoid

Ronnie Shows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

The Democratically-controlled Congress is currently on a collision course with the Obama administration, the Pentagon and the Secretary of Defense over the Defense Authorization Bill.

Polls Apart

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Poor Obama: the people he liked instead of me still don't like him....

Can Brigham Young's Great Great Gay Progressive Granddaughter Oust a Blue Dog and Win a House Seat In Utah?

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

Claudia Wright has told delegates at the Salt Palace Convention Center that Republicans have become so radical that some of their party members will consider Democrats, including her.

Go Easy on the Blue Dogs

Ronnie Shows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

I am asking my progressive friends within the Democratic Party to act carefully until Election Day and not advance legislation that forces conservative Democrats to take difficult votes that upset their constituents.

Blue Dog Leader Goes To War With Pelosi

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The first female Speaker's famous iron grip on her Caucus has been shaken lately by another woman. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has made passing a...

Friday Talking Points [129] -- Incrementalism Wins Big

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with the news that a popular New Jersey beach is considering allowing women to sunbathe topless. And then move right on to...

Is Dan Boren (Blue Dog-OK) the Joe Barton of the Democratic Party?

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

Boren, who has voted against virtually every piece of Democratic legislation since Obama has become president, has never found anything in the oil industry's agenda that he didn't get behind.

Michael Tomasky's Despairing Take on American History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Tomasky's notion that anything that happened before today cannot be adequately invoked to derive lessons or guidance negates the very idea of looking to history for inspiration, hope, and direction.

Sam Stein

Obama's $50 Billion Request Gets Chilly Reception From House Dems | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Additional Reporting By Ryan Grim President Obama's request for lawmakers to pass $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments re...

Who Let The Blue Dogs Out?

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Howie Klein

Blue America is going to give away a genuine RIAA-certified double platinum record award for "Who Let The Dogs Out?"

Back to the Blue Dog Basics

Ronnie Shows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronnie Shows

Our country is facing a budget deficit that threatens our ability to operate as a functioning democracy. Whether or not you agree with the Blue Dogs, you have to agree that we need to get the budget deficit under control.

My Response to Jane Harman: You're in the Bubble

Marcy Winograd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcy Winograd

Who's in the bubble? Me or corporate Democrat Jane Harman, who took us to war in Iraq and votes for an onerous bankruptcy bill that makes it harder for the poor to climb out of debt?

It's On! Progressive State Senator Jim Wilson Challenging Blue Dog Dan Boren In Oklahoma's Democratic Primary

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

To the delight of Oklahoma Democrats and independents news is leaking out that the most beloved -- and progressive -- state legislator in Oklahoma, state Senator Jim Wilson, has decided to challenge Boren in the July 27th primary.

Ryan Grim

Pelosi: House Will Pass COBRA Subsidies, State Aid | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday that the House would return to the debate over COBRA subsidies and aid to state governments when Congr...

Democrats Let the Tail Wag the Dog, Fail to Make the Best Case for Reform

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Why haven't Democrats advocated the best case for reform, also the simplest to define and legislate, improving and extending Medicare to all?

Can Georgia Progressive Regina Thomas Replace Anti-Healthcare Blue Dog John Barrow?

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Klein

When Barrow followed his anti-health care votes in committee, and his anti-health care procedural votes, with an actual vote against health care, his constituents were stunned -- and angry.