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Political Roundup For February 18th, 2011…Red Racing Horses…..

by: Imperial

President

Pawlenty: Tim Pawlenty is having a good day. He landed a keynote at the Tea Party Patriots’ first national policy conference (in Phoenix later this month) and will be featured on the cover of National Review.

Huntsman: His brother’s statement may have been misleading; advisors to the former Governor’s Horizon PAC say that no decision will be announced until he returns from his job as Ambassador of China. That means May 1st at the earliest; his resignation is effective April 30th.

Romney: Speaking of Mormons, it looks like Mitt Romney is looking to circle his wagons in Utah in case of a challenge from what should be his most solid state. The former Massachusetts Governor is meeting with supporters and legislators in the state, including Governor Gary Herbert.

Politics Daily also speculates that he could face a problem (despite that recent poll showing him at 40%…) in New Hampshire: Ovide Lamontagne. The insurgent in the 2010 senatorial primary was a strong backer of Romney in 2008, but he never received Mitt’s endorsement in the tight race. There could be some lingering animosity on this front.

Giuliani: If the former New York Mayor runs for President again, expect him to make a stand in New Hampshire. He polled second to Romney in a recent poll and will be in the state in March.

Iowa: The Washington Post led a couple of focus groups in the state recently; they found that the electorate is largely undecided and very divided over Sarah Palin……

More….

Wall Street crooks that skate…And public employee’s that Governors want to screw….DSD…

What the Democrats and unions should do, but I don’t know if they’re smart enough, is to remind everyone of all the obscenely-high bonuses, benefits and severances that had to be paid out (even with public bailout money) to so many architects and engineers of the financial collapse on Wall Street because they had valid contracts which had to be honored.

(A principle with which I agree in general no matter what qualms I have with individual golden parachutes; distasteful as it can be in an individual case, the alternative of unilateral revocation by political fiat is worse. This is quite apart from the practical fear of protracted and uncertain litigation.)

But if we should respect the contract of the chairman or chief trading officer of a Wall Street brokerage house who made more in one year than a schoolteacher, librarian or firefighter will see in a whole lifetime, what moral rule allows someone to rip up that teacher’s, librarian’s or firefighter’s contract after the fact without negotiation, and then to forbid the employee to negotiate the non-salary terms of any future contract?

DSD…..

The Air Force Aerial Tanker contract winner will be annouced…Again….

The original winner of the bid to produce 179 aerial refueling aircraft was EADS……

But after a Boeing protest and few Air Force people getting fired we’re back to square one…

I know a lot of people are pushing ‘buy American’….

But the fact is Boeing has an inferior product up for this…..

Their aircraft doesn’t exist except on paper…..

They plan to use a 767 body with ‘as to be’ manufactured other parts and wing…..

Their tanker carries less fuel in a smaller airframe…


The Airbus A-330 is a bigger airplane that is cheaper to operate…

Flys farther…..

Is in limited production (to be fair a boom fell opff one a few weeks ago)


Boeing thinks it’s probably not gonna win this again.

And is preparing to fight for it’s chance to overturn the expected decission….again….

At this rate there will never be a replacement tanker for the 1950’s and 1960’s built aircraft still flying….

By the way….

BOTH aircraft would be built in the USA…

The Boeing plane in Washington state…

The Airbus plane in Mobile Alabama….


The Airbus plane could be in production quickly while the Boeing plane has have a prototype first assembled……

We’ll see….

My suggestion was to give both the job in a split buy so everyone would shut up and they can go ahead and start building the darn things…..

An ‘old’ KC-135 tanking up a couple of F-15’s


AZ-SEN: More bad News for Democrats as Napolitano, Pederson ruling out Senate Runs…Daniel…

There is more bad News for Senate Democrats this Friday. Two of their strongest potential Recruits in Arizona have ruled out Senate Bids for the Seat Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) is vacating.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) as well as former Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Jim Pederson (D-AZ) who ran against Kyl in 2006.

The Hotline has the Scoop:

http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2011/02/napolitano-wont.php

Daniel G.

Ok….
The Napolitano news isn’t news…..As I posted yesterday….The Democrats DON’T want her to run…..
The Pederson news I don’t anything about…..
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been mentioned as a possible choice …..Although it is way too early for anything on that….
The Dog….

More on the Wisconsin Labor story….Unions DID want to bargin…Democrats in State Assembly vow to fight…

From TPM….

Wis. Dem: Unions ‘Willing To Come To The Table’ — But Walker ‘Refused’ (VIDEO)

State Sen. Julie Lassa (D-WI)

Wisconsin state Sen. Julie Lassa, one of the Democrats who fled the state in order to block the three-fifths quorum for Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget and its anti-public union proposals, said on MSNBC Friday that public employees are willing to make sacrifices — but that Walker isn’t willing to negotiate with them.

Lassa was recently an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the House during the Republican wave of 2010. She ran for the seat vacated by longtime Democratic Rep. David Obey that was won by Republican Sean Duffy. Lassa remained a member of the state Senate, however, as her seat was not up for election — and she is now a fugitive from politics, along with 13 other Dem state senators.

During a phone interview, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer asked Lassa for her opinion of concerns that some people have, that benefit agreements for public employees were “crushing” state and local budgets. “Should there be — maybe this is not the way to do it — but should there be a reformation when it comes to the way that unions approach, especially public workers’ jobs?”

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Wisconsin Dem Assembly Leader: We’ll Fight To The ‘Bitter End’

Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D)

Earlier Friday, Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D) directed some sharp words at Republicans from the floor of the Assembly’s chamber, at a moment when he wasn’t even supposed to be speaking. Democratic members of the Assembly are in the Capitol even as their 14 counterparts in the Senate are still sticking to the walkout they initiated Thursday.

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Will there be a shut down of the Government?…Who would get blamed?

Who knows?

Right now the Democrats and the Republicans are using the threat to drive their members and  the public…..

Listen…

All sort’s of crazy things are going on….

200 or so amendments are still left for the House to work thru…..

While the media focuses on this…

The fact is those changes ….

If there are any…..

Will have to get thru the Senate……

And the President will surely veto draconian cuts…..

Remember…..

he’s now Helping union and state employee’s in Wisconsin against a GOP Governor who wants to take their bargaining rights away….


If the government does shut down….

Who gets painted as the bad guy here?

Certainly not the President….(Bill Clinton rode HIS shutdown to re-election)

He presented the current budget……

Congress has to PASS it….


Democrats in the House?

Nope….

They are the minority party there….


Democrats in the Senate?

Well maybe…..

or

Maybe not…..


Just like in Wisconsin….

There’s gonna be a whole lot of noise…


But whose gonna blink?

Who gets the blame?

And…

How much will it hurt?

Note…. An Update and  link was added to this piece@ 3:44 PM  2/18/11

BREAKING NEWS; Announcement: Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION…Daniel…

What a STUNNER on this Midday Friday 18th February 2011:

POLITICO just confirmed that Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) WILL RETIRE and WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION in 2012.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/davidcatanese/0211/Jeff_Bingaman_to_retire.html?showall

Stay tuned to the PDog for this Developing Story.

Daniel G.

From DSD …Backgrounder on Bingaman…..

From The Santa Fe New Mexican‘s story

…For years, Bingaman has flummoxed New Mexico’s Republican Party leaders, who have criticized him for keeping a low-profile.

But he has remained popular with the voters, and his quiet, serious-minded style helped him carve out a reputation on Capitol Hill as a no-frills legislator who eschews the limelight. He once said not tooting your own horn can be very effective.

Republican leaders would not speculate on who might seek the seat in 2012, but state Republican Party Chairman Monte Newman said “our bench is going to be broad and deep.”

Bingaman won his first election to the Senate with 54 percent of the vote, defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Harrison Schmitt, a former Apollo astronaut. In winning a fifth term in 2006, Bingaman garnered nearly 71 percent of the vote against a Republican newcomer.

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/Democratic-Sen–Bingaman-to-retire

Today in Congress …2/18/11

By David Waldman@Dailykos……

In the House, courtesy of the Office of the Democratic Whip:

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.Members are advised that no votes are expected before 11:00 a.m.

Last votes: ???

“One Minutes” (5 per side)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 1 – Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations)

No further amendment to the bill may be offered except those included in the unanimous consent agreement.

The Senate is not in session today.

The House stayed in late again last night, still burning through the pile of amendments to H.R. 1, though as the nights stretch into the wee hours, a few members have second thoughts about showing up to claim time for their amendments. But not everyone, so there could still be a long way to go here. No definitive word yet on whether they expect to finish up today, but they’ve got a unanimous consent agreement in place limiting amendments to those on a list (which I haven’t seen) that was submitted last night as part of this deal. The chairman and ranking member of the Appropriations committee can still offer pro forma amendments (“strike the last word”) for some extra debate time in five minute increments, but clearly the intent is to get this bill finished.

The Senate, you’ll notice, has finally found a way to wrap up their month-long struggle with the FAA bill. Having checked the calendar and seen a 10-day recess on the horizon, the bill they spent all of February on suddenly saw a ton of amendments agreed to by voice vote or by unanimous consent, saw cloture invoked by 96-2, and was passed, 87-8.

So that’s nice.

The House, meanwhile, struggles on, hoping to get to their recess as soon as possible.

Interesting note about that FAA bill in the Senate, though: They’ve already agreed by unanimous consent that no matter what the House does with their own version of the FAA bill, the Senate will strip it out, substitute the text of the Senate bill, and immediately insist on a conference. I guess that tells you they’re pretty sick of dealing with this damn thing.

That’s undoubtedly how they’d like to handle the continuing appropriations bill, too. But I’m not sure Senate Republicans will help facilitate that. Still, they’ve got five days to get that done when they come back after the break. And Speaker Boehner apparently insists that there will be no clean short-term CRs to give them more time.

Tune in next month to find out! Kind of funny, though, how the Senate moved to wrap up quickly when it needed to, and it’s the House that’s working under a UC agreement limiting amendments to an agreed-upon list.

UPDATE: From today’s Daily Whip:

Continue Consideration of H.R. 1 – Fiscal Year Continuing Appropriations Act for FY2011 (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations) H.R. 1 is a continuing resolution that would fund federal departments and agencies for fiscal year 2011. It provides $1.029 trillion in non-emergency discretionary funding for fiscal year 2011. It contains a fully funded Defense appropriations bill with other programs and agencies funded through a continuing appropriations resolution.The House has propounded a unanimous consent agreement, providing for consideration of 129 amendments under set time allotments. 121 amendments will be considered with 10 minutes of debate, evenly divided between the proponent and opponent of the amendment. 4 amendments will be considered with 20 minutes of debate, evenly divided. The Jordan amendment (#104) and the LaTourette Amendment (#540) will be considered with 30 minutes of debate, evenly divided. The King amendment (#273) will be considered with 40 minutes of debate, evenly divided. The Rehberg amendment (#575) will be considered with 60 minutes of debate, evenly divided.

The House is expected to begin debate on the Rehberg amendment (#575) after one minute speeches at 9:00 a.m. Amendments do not need to be offered in the order that was set in the unanimous consent agreement.

Note the difference in language between last night’s Nightly Whip and today’s Daily Whip with respect to consideration of H.R. 1. Last night, it was “complete consideration” and today it’s “continue consideration.” That — plus the fact that the UC agreement is to debate another 129 amendments — tells you that they expect the House to be back at work tomorrow, as well…..

Discussion on defunding Planned Parenthood in the House leds to a revelation…..

There is a move on from the anti-abortion faction to defund ANY funding to Planned Parenthood because they provide abortion services…..

The reasoning brought up by some is federal money shouldn’t be used for abortions….

It isn’t….

But the federal government does give the agency about $75 Million a year to help woman with other services also….

Some of those service help woman not have abortions…..


During yesterdays evenings discussion on the House floor where opponents of the funding read graphic abortion procedures descriptions California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier rose to complain that in fact she had HAD the procedure in her 17 month of a pregnancy and she resented the inferences that being made in chamber…..

The Congresswoman went on to scold the other members, saying she was not happy about her action but took them because it is her right to do so….And infered that the actions of the anti-abortionists where against women …in general..not abortion specifically…..

The place stopped for several moments as the members stood stunned with the revelation……

Them moved back on…….

Rep. Jackie Speier is pictured. | AP Photo

‘That procedure that you talked about was a procedure I endured,’ Speier said during debate.

(AP Photo)


Speier shocked the lower chamber, half-full of lawmakers and staff, still hard at work on a government funding measure for the third straight day.

Speier said she intended to speak to a different topic but was so upset by her GOP colleague Rep. Chris Smith’s (N.J.) preceding five-minute speech during which he read graphic depictions from a book of a woman describing the experience of having an abortion.

“I really planned to speak about something else but the gentleman from New Jersey just put my stomach in knots because I’m one of those women he spoke about just now. I had a procedure at 17 weeks pregnant with a child who moved from the vagina into the cervix. And that procedure that you just described is a procedure that I endured,” Speier said.

At that moment, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who had been standing in the aisle of the Democratic side, took a seat to listen to her fellow Golden State colleague.

“I lost the baby. And for you to stand on this floor and suggest that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought, is preposterous,” Speier said, glaring at the Republicans on the other side of the aisle…..

More….

Ohio and Tennessee look to join Wisconsin in striping teacher’s bargaining rights….

I just did a post predicting this……

And this is why Obama came down on the side of preserving those bargining rights these states are looking to take away….

The fight is on people!

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Add Tennessee to the list of states primed for a fight over public sector worker rights.

The Senate Education Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to abolish collective bargaining between teachers unions and school boards across the state.

The vote was 6-3, with all Republicans on the panel voting for the bill and all Democrats against.

Sponsor Sen. Jack Johnson said passage of the bill — SB113 — will remove ‘an albatross from around the neck of our school boards across the state’ and remove a roadblock to education reform.

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The President comes down on the Union’s side in Wisconsin…Sending them help…..

I am surprised at this development……

But it makes sense….

Obama is playing to his base in a local battle that he is going to fight with Congress….

While the President has froze federal salaries for two years, he is well aware that cuts being pushed by freshmen GOP House members will create the same dynamic all across the country…..

The Wisconsin Governor made a tactical mistake by prominently threatening to use force to cut bargaining rights for the state employee’s who know that they WILL have to give concessions…..

Anyone who thinks that this movement to cut benefits and salaries arrived at through collective bargaining isn’t going to spread to all lower and middle income workers  is leaving in a fantasy….

We have discussed employer-employee relations here before….

In hard financial times employee’s always take cuts…..People are the highest coast for any organization including the government.


But the problem now has been caused by legislatures which approved generous benefits when times where good….

Now that Federal government has started to recover it’s budget….

The states and local government are still caught in a deficit lag…..

And…

New House members are gung-ho to cut off even more money from the states….


We get it….

That is STILL no excuse to permanently lock government employee’s out of existing and the future contract’s…..

Just like in private business….

When the company does good ….

Employee’s should benefit….


Politician’s vote for their own raises….

WTF…..The everyday workers are dirt?


While some out there bitch about Obama…

I stand by my message….

The guy IS alright…

He may not get it all the time…

But he has done pretty damn good job considering what’s been thrown at him so far….

Obama accused Scott Walker, the state’s new Republican governor, of unleashing an “assault” on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would nullify collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.

The president’s political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to mobilize thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.

Their efforts began to spread, as thousands of labor supporters turned out for a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a measure from Gov. John Kasich (R) that would cut collective-bargaining rights.

By the end of the day, Democratic Party officials were working to organize additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana, where an effort is underway to trim benefits for public workers. Some union activists predicted similar protests in Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Under Walker’s plan, most public workers – excluding police, firefighters and state troopers – would have to pay half of their pension costs and at least 12 percent of their health-care costs. They would lose bargaining rights for anything other than pay. Walker, who took office last month, says the emergency measure is needed to save $300 million over the next two years to help close a $3.6 billion budget gap.

“Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where they’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions,” Obama told a Milwaukee television reporter, taking the unusual step of inviting a local station into the White House for a sit-down interview. “I think everybody’s got to make some adjustments, but I think it’s also important to recognize that public employees make enormous contributions to our states and our citizens.”

More…..

Is a strange coalition developing in the House?

While driving this afternoon I heard Chris Matthews jabbering along about something I had noticed …..

On the defeat of the second engine for the F-35 …..and the Patriot Act renewal votes in the House a strange thing occurred….

Correct if I’m wrong…..

But there seem to be a gathering of votes from the new Tea Party GOP members and the Liberal Democrats…..

Strange bedfellows indeed?


Or maybe no so strange at all….

Talkandpolitics, our buddy, has been very sour on President Obama recently for not being forceful enough on handling things….

Our GOPer’s here are saying the same thing…..


I have been on record showing the establishment politicians from BOTH parties are going to be very reticent to make major cuts in the Defense Budget….

Well that didn’t happen on the second engine vote…..

But that vote came after several votes that were defeats for Speaker of the House Boehner and House Majority Leader Cantor early on…..


Something IS happening here….

Matthew’s was getting all hot and bothered….

And he MAY…JUST MAY be on to something…..


While the new House members are doing their kamikaze run at the Current Budget with amendments …

They are getting help sporadically from dissatisfied liberal’s and progressive who are pissed at Obama and the ….

Get this establishment Democrats and Republican’s!


I don’t know how long this is gonna last…

Sooner or later John Boehner is gonna have to get ahold of the reigns in the House least he get replaced with a young upstart and then

the whole thing goes in the dumpster because the traditional horse trading to get a budget might become impossible…


But just like actions here and around the globe….

New orders are springing up ALL OVER….

And political establishments are gonna have to watch their butts….
Least they be sent packing…..