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Mar 04, 2004

Hold the Dam!

It’s a corruption cornucopia!  Tom DeLay today moved his traveling sell out circus from the editorial pages of all the Texas newspapers right on up to the New York Times.  Kudos! “Two Washington lobbyists with close ties to Mr. DeLay have harvested a cool $45 million across three years by selling lobbying and public affairs services to four Indian tribes flush with casino profits. This is such an eye-popping profit that Senator John McCain is planning hearings on what …

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Mar 03, 2004

Tom DeLay’s “Horse Blinders”

“The House ethics system has almost stopped functioning because public interest groups no longer can file complaints and party leaders have an informal agreement not to trigger new investigations, several organizations said yesterday.” ... “Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said DeLay ‘has horse blinders on’ where ethical conduct is involved.” For those of you who don’t know, Judicial Watch is about as conservative as they get, although this isn’t the first time they’ve gotten a bit peeved with …

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Mar 03, 2004

SD Update: Larry evokes Janet Jackson Moment

Roll Call (registration required) is reporting that a campaign billboard for Larry Diedrich (the GOP nominee in the the Special Election) in Sioux Falls has a photo of him next to a sign that reads “T&A”. DCCC Communications Director Kori Bernards was quoted as saying: “I am not sure what their polls are saying, but I think this message plays better on Broadway than in Sioux Falls on Minnesota Avenue.” In all fairness, it appears that the initials are …

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Mar 03, 2004

DeLay Update: Katherine Harris… You Too?

As hard as it may be to believe, Katherine Harris, the former Florida Secretary of State and current Representative from the 13th District of Florida, attended a TRMPAC (Tom DeLay’s PAC to funnel money into Texas state elections - which paved the way for their re-redistricting) fundraiser in Austin in 2002. This fundraiser was paid for by corporate money, which may be illegal. The Grand Jury is investigating. I know. Tom Delay and Katherine Harris accused of violating election …

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Mar 02, 2004

Thank you from DCCC Executive Director Jim Bonham

I just wanted to add my thanks to the comments posted by DSCC Executive Director Rudd. I would particularly like to thank you for all the help and encouragement you provided in the weeks leading up to Ben Chandler’s stunning win in Kentucky a few weeks back. People like Atrios, Daily Kos, Lean Left and the countless others who have been busy blogging to support us (and to tell us when they think we have screwed up) really have …

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Mar 02, 2004

BTW - About this “Defeatist” Attitude…

We have all been reading a lot about how the Dems are supposedly conceding that we aren’t going to win back the House. Our Chair, Rep. Matsui, was on “One on One” (ironically NRCC Chair Reynolds was there too) this Sunday, and here is what he had to say on the matter: MR. MCLAUGHLIN: What’s the current composition of the House of Representatives? REP. MATSUI: Well, we’re 12 seats down right now. And I think we’re going to take …

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Mar 02, 2004

That Is What I’m Talking About

This is exactly the kinda love from the blogosphere that I am talking about. hugs, steve

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Mar 02, 2004

Herseth Ads Up

For the three of you who read us that didn’t see it on Kos, Herseth ads are up on her website. Note to self: move to the West Coast for more timely posting. Seriously, though, we are ecstatic that the blogosphere is paying attention to these races, especially given what is @Stake (if you’ll excuse the pun)... Thanks to Kos, Atrios, and the zillions of you out there blogging, reading about and getting involved!

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Mar 01, 2004

House race outlook - 2004

In response to an earlier story about Tom DeLay’s growing PAC scandal, ljm4clark@yahoo.com posted this message : “Winning Without Delay…whatever we have to do to take back the house and senate. House net pickup of 12, support incumbents and everyone in a close race.” Double entendre aside, ljm trumpets the growing resolve to send the GOP majority packing in these next elections.  Can it be done?  The NRCC says “no way,” but what would you expect?  Republicans currently have …

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Mar 01, 2004

DeLay Scandal Apology

You may have seen me insinuate that Tom DeLay’s PAC had a donation-swapping system going to take corporate contributions and put them into Congressional Races (where they are illegal). I apologize for creating the impression that something improper was going on. Apparently, they only: “...sent $190,000 in corporate funds to the Republican National Committee; the money was conveyed by Jim Ellis, a top political aide of DeLay. A few weeks later, the RNC’s state election committee sent the same …

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Mar 01, 2004

SD Update: Diedrich Ducks Dick’s Dinner

Ok, this came out on Friday, but Larry Diedrich, the GOP nominee in the SD Special Election is already high-tailing it away from Bush/Cheney. The Veep is coming to raise money for John Thune on the 8th, but Larry Is avoiding it like the plague. He does, however, expect that the Administration will be helping “in other ways.” (read: “cash”) I’m no expert, but it may have something to do with his sub-50% approval rating (and 33% unfavorable) in …

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Feb 27, 2004

Guest Post - Jesse Lee: That Darned Liberal Media Filter

Ah, the sheer utility of the blog. Many will be surprised to hear this, but Democrats quite regularly compile blistering reports calling out the Republicans on their worst excesses, taking the time to prove their point beyond the shadow of a doubt.  These are released to the media and ultimately ignored virtually without fail.  Now we too are able to bypass the infamous �liberal media filter” and provide our fellow bloggers with such information directly. Here is Steny Hoyer’s …

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Feb 26, 2004

Open Thread for KY Vols!

Post your stories by clicking on the “comments” below.

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Feb 26, 2004

This Week’s @Stake

We just sent out this week’s edition of @Stake, our weekly email update. If you don’t get it, you should - click here to subscribe. It is sort of like this blog, but with a good writer, actual information, etc. If you would like to kick the tires to see what you will be getting each and every week, please check out some of the stories below. • Ben Chandler Takes His Seat at the Table       …

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Feb 26, 2004

Hastert Stumping for South Dakota

In case you thought the GOP were going to easy on us in the South Daktoa Special Election, National Journal’s Congress Daily (paid registration required) is reporting in this morning’s edition: A week after Republicans suffered a special election defeat in Kentucky, House Speaker Hastert sought Wednesday to redirect Republican energy toward its next special election challenge in South Dakota.     During a weekly House Republican Conference meeting, Hastert told members that it is important to back former …

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