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Mar 11, 2004

Dick Armey vs. Hastert and DeLay

“The Winter of Conservative Discontent” From Today’s @Stake: “For all the attention paid to partisanship in this town, the more interesting—and consequential—fights here in this election year will pit Republicans against Republicans.” - Wall Street Journal, “Bush Finds Party Faithful in Ugly Mood” There can be no clearer sign of how far off the edge the current GOP Leadership has fallen than the feud in which they are engaged with former Republican leader Dick Armey. Mind you, Dick Armey …

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Mar 11, 2004

Lying, but not Illegal…

GAO Speak, You Listen: “The General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress, said on Wednesday that advertisements and brochures prepared by the Bush administration to publicize a new Medicare law, although not illegal, misrepresented the prescription drug benefits that would be offered to millions of elderly and disabled people.” What do you say, GOP, good enough for you? By the way, with the recent revamping of the site, we’ve started a “Must Read” section, and our biggest problem …

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Mar 11, 2004

NRCC Employs Smut to Raise Filthy Lucre

Check out this fundraising appeal from the NRCC. Its not as if there is a lack of actual IMPORTANT things going on… say, the 341,000 people who just applied for unemployment benefits, the fact that the GOP leadership won’t even CONSIDER a bipartisan bill to save manufacturing jobs, etc. etc. Yet, with all the important issues that affect people’s lives every day, the NRCC thinks that the Jackson-Timberlake Superbowl incident is where they should focus their attention.  It says …

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Mar 10, 2004

Kerry at DNHQ Update

Ok. So I am a terrible photographer… all my interior shots came out too dark (donations to send me to photography school may be sent here). He gave a great speech, though. Trust me. Or rather, here are some excerpts: “We’re going to keep these guys rocking on their heels.” “We’re in the best position as a party that we have ever been going into election season.  I’m confident, because of the groundwork you’ve laid out, that we’re going …

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Mar 10, 2004

Kerry at the DNHQ

Download here. Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry is here speaking to the troops! In case you are wondering, the DNHQ is home to the DCCC and the DNC. More photos soon.

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Mar 10, 2004

Texas Primaries

As many of you know, the Texas redistricting was one of the lowest points in one of the lowest sessions of Congress in memory.  Well, the Texas primary results are in, and this is what National Journal’s Hotline had to say on it: “The TX primary results are in, and the GOP-drawn map for the most part had the intended effect on the outcomes: freshman Chris Bell (D) was easily defeated by a minority candidate, three Dem incumbents will …

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Mar 10, 2004

We Are in Their Heads!

“The last sign of defeated and intellectually bankrupt party is a hate-filled strategy of caricature assassination,” added Grella. That, is DeLay spokesperson Jonathan Grella regarding the newest section of our website, “Cockroach Corner”. He was quoted in this morning’s The Hill. As a friend (who shall remain nameless) of The Stakeholder pointed out this morning, “sounds like you’re in their head!” DCCC Press Secretary Greg Speed points out, “Once you raise his profile and how the right-wing agenda that …

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Mar 09, 2004

Rothenberg Saith

From The Rothenberg Political Report (subscription we’re afraid): “Democrats did pick up a seat in Kentucky and seem poised to make other special election gains…..The economy remains the most important issue for House candidates. That is particularly true in areas where significant job losses have created voter dissatisfaction and unrest.” Rothenberg concludes that the House layout favors us Dems, since of the 39 seats they list as in play, 23 are on Republican soil and only 14 are on …

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Mar 09, 2004

Bush’s Budget Plan a Dud

I think that the Reuters headline says it all. CBO: Bush Budget Plan Barely Helps Economy The Director of the non-partisan CBO (Congressional Budget Office), Douglas Holtz-Eakin, indicates that: ”...neither the spending controls nor the tax cuts were large enough to make a difference. “ Whoah. UPDATE: I suspect that the above may explain why 57% of people polled by the Washington Post/ABC News want us to move away from the current course pushed by Bush and DeLay. (full …

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Mar 08, 2004

Breaking Plame

From TAP. “President Bush’s chief political adviser, Karl Rove, told the FBI in an interview last October that he circulated and discussed damaging information regarding CIA operative Valerie Plame with others in the White House, outside political consultants, and journalists, according to a government official and an attorney familiar with the ongoing special counsel’s investigation of the matter.” “But Rove also adamantly insisted to the FBI that he was not the administration official who leaked the information that Plame …

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Mar 08, 2004

SD: Herseth Kicks off Campaign

Stephanie Herseth was officially declared the Democratic nominee at a meeting of the South Dakota Democratic Central Committee in Brookings, SD on Saturday. She was approved unanimously on a voice vote. (more from the Argus Leader) Now that the campaign is officially underway, both Herseth and the NRCC have put ads on the air. In other news, Roll Call (registration required) is reporting that Karl Rove will be appearing at a fundraising event for SD State Sen. Larry Diedrich …

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Mar 05, 2004

AP: 60% think America is on the “Wrong Track”

An Associated Press/Ipsos poll has 60% of registered voters answering that America is on the “wrong track.” fyi.

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Mar 05, 2004

GOP Misery Index Update

George Bush has now lost 2.96 MILLION private sector jobs since he took over in January of 2001 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 04/05/2004) Your share of the national debt is $24,2522.92 (US Treasury and US Census Bureau) and yet GW knows “what we need to do to continue economic growth so people can find work”. More info from Brad DeLong, Whiskey Bar,  and Lean Left. UPDATE: Response from DCCC Chair Robert T. Matsui: “The Bush-Cheney campaign needs to …

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Mar 04, 2004

Meet the Press, Mr. Cole

The Jewish Forward wins the race: “Republicans just haven’t learned from the bloopers uttered by the likes of conservative activist Grover Norquist, who compared the estate tax to the Holocaust. “While Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie declared recently that such speech was hateful and a no-no, Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, hasn’t heard.” We might add this quote from Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), who had some choice words for Bill Clinton a few years ago: “I would …

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Mar 04, 2004

Democratic Leaders on 9/11 and Politics

If you haven’t heard about Congressman Cole’s (R-OK) comments comparing a vote for John Kerry to support of Hitler (and / or Osama bin Laden), check out Atrios and Josh Marshall.  This is DCCC Chairman Robert Matsui’s response: “Congressman Cole’s comments are disgraceful and must be repudiated by Republican candidates from President Bush on down the ticket. Congressman Cole should apologize to Senator Kerry and the millions of Americans whose patriotism he has impugned. “The Republican Party’s continuing attempt …

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