A few weeks ago, I wrote you about our party's Senate candidate in Georgia, Jim Martin. I asked for your help and you came through, contributing almost $30,000 to his campaign.
Our efforts paid off, and Jim Martin held Saxby Chambliss to under 50% of the vote, forcing a runoff election that will take place on December 2.
You can help put Jim Martin over the top and give Barack Obama another vote in the Senate to pass his agenda.
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In 2002, Saxby Chambliss and Karl Rove ran one of the most disgusting campaigns imaginable, airing a television commercial that attempted to scare voters with images of Osama Bin Laden.
Back then, John McCain called the ad "worse than disgraceful" and condemned it. Well, last week John McCain headed down to Georgia to campaign for Chambliss.
Jim Martin needs all the help he can get to fight back.
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Democrats have already picked up seven seats in the Senate, bringing our total to 58, including Mark Begich who was declared the winner in Alaska last night. In Minnesota, a statewide recount begins today and several experts predict that Al Franken could prevail.
If Jim Martin can pull off a win in Georgia on December 2, that just might give Barack Obama 60 votes in the United States Senate.
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I know it's been a long campaign season, but right now Jim Martin needs your help more than ever.
New Mexico: Things are looking better and better for Tom Udall. Pollster.com's poll of polls has him up 55-41, and his newest ad, "Polly" makes a big joke out of Steve Pearce's inane attacks.Have a great week! Tune in next week for another edition of the Weekly Reid!
New Hampshire: Jean Shaheen's been leading in the polls since she lost to Sen. Sununu in 2002. But this is one of those races that will tighten as we get closer to election day. Gov. Shaheen's doing all she can to put the election away now (ARG has her up 12), and ads like this one, Dig, is a great step in that direction. Tag line: "The President has dug us into a very, very deep hole." And John Sununu's helped rubberstamp it!
Minnesota: SurveryUSA and Razz have this race very close - one point stands between Norm Coleman's reelection and his gradual fade into obscurity. Al Franken has really turned this race around in the last few months. And despite brutal attack ads from Coleman's campaign, Al's playing it straight (well, as much as he can be expected to) and running some of the best ads of the year. Here's his newest. And it's the Weekly Reid's favorite type of ad: the direct, stare-in-the-camera and remind-voters-what-the-issues are kind.
The economy certainly isn't strong for the 606.000 Americans who lost their jobs this year. This is 606,000 people, and you have John McCain saying the economy looks good? I really don't understand what he means, the fundamentals are good.Thanks Sen. Reid, for putting that in perspective. Thank you for reminding Americans that what’s brought the American economy and Wall Street to its knees are the failed policies of Bush-McCain Republicans. Thanks for pointing out that the failure to police lenders and protect consumers will be the long lasting legacy of the GOP in the first decade of the 21st century.
There may be places in America where the economy is strong – country clubs, a few board, firms that haven't – boardrooms, firms that haven't folded. For the rest of America this country is not strong and won't solve itself. No matter what President Bush and Senator McCain say, fixing this mess will take real leadership and a change of direction.
Oregon: Merkley’s up 2 in a new internal poll. Even better - Gordon Smith’s approval numbers are in the tank. Ad: Jeff Merkley channeling his inner populist.
North Carolina: A slew of polls - Hagan up one says Public Policy, down two says another. This race is tightening, folks. Kay can hang in there - can Liddy? Here’s Kay’s newest ad - she knows how to balance a budget.
Mississippi: Interim Senator Roger Wicker is up five on Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. The Governor has closed this gap greatly in the last month, and he's got statewide name ID. And he’s also successfully challenged the location of his race on the ticket. Mississippi Republicans attempted to have his race put at the bottom of the ballot in November. Looks like it’ll be near the top, where it belongs. Ad: The DSCC hits Wicker on exporting jobs.
“Senator McCain and the Republicans have centered their answer to our vital energy needs on one solution: off-shore drilling. Senator McCain calls for it in every speech; his party has demagogued the issue in both houses of Congress.Baloney! Get that? Now, the Weekly Reid loves baloney and mustard on white bread as much as the next first grader, but a baloney energy policy - based not on reality, but on election year politicking? When it comes to solving our country’s energy crisis, John McCain doesn’t have any of the answers. Well, in fairness, he does have one answer, and it’s George W. Bush’s as well: drill. That’s not the change we need; that’s more of the same.
So, is off-shore drilling energy policy or snake oil? Let’s review the facts. White House analysts, congressional analysts, and the oil industry all agree that off-shore drilling won’t add one drop to our energy pool for at least ten years. The way things are going now, in another ten years we won’t need more oil; nobody will be able to afford it.
But even if Doc McCain’s magic off-shore oil elixir won’t work, will it do any harm?
The answer is, we just don’t know, and neither does he. It might not ruin tourism in the Gulf or on the California coast. It might not destroy vital fisheries. It might not pollute our waterways.
Nobody really knows. But kindly old Doc McCain would like to sell it to you anyway.
The simple fact is that the promise of more oil isn’t part of the solution; it’s part of the problem. At best this is an 18th century answer to a 21st century crisis; at worst it’s pure baloney.”
Polling in NV-3? Why are veterans thanking Harry Reid? Who is Mark Begich sending through the car wash, the local car wash? Reid on!
Nevada First: We’re Up. Up. Up And Away. Great News. Huge News. But not Surprising News. Dina Titus, the congressional challenger in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional district leads Rep. Jon Porter 50 - 43. For the last three months (remember, Dina got in this race late) she’s been all over the 3rd CD, talking to some of the 25,000+ newly registered Democrats and reconnecting with those folks who supported her in her gubernatorial bid in 2006. And all that campaigning is paying off. She has her finger on the pulse of the 3rd CD. Jon Porter? Not so much. He can't get anything through Congress. And he's becoming more of a partisan, Bush-McCain Republican every day. Oh, and he hasn’t been campaigning. In fact, it's been so long since he's been seen on the stump, that Las Vegas bookstores are considering replacing their stock of Where’s Waldo books with the new Where’s Jon Porter edition.
Dina’s going to win this race because she knows what Nevadans want - someone who can think for themselves and isn’t beholden to special interests. Or the Republican Party and their failed policies. In fact, that's exactly why Dina first ran for office 20 years ago.
News That's Fit To Print. Last week, the Weekly Reid mentioned Harry Reid’s Clean Energy Summit, set to start on August 19th at the UNLV campus. Well over the weekend, Harry Reid had an op-ed published in the Las Vegas Sun, where he again called for making Nevada the renewable energy capital of the world. “Nevada is an independent state born of opportunity and of the great resources we held both during the Civil War and today. The treasure we have offered to the country in silver, gold and minerals, we can now offer in heat and power from our vast solar, wind and geothermal potential.” And channeling his inner-Obama, Sen. Reid continued, “Our moment, as Nevadans and as caretakers of our families and our planet for generations to come, is now.”
With partisan bickering and Republican obstruction dominating the energy debate in DC, there aren’t too many people who could pull together a bipartisan energy summit with as many big names as this one. But Sen. Reid’s got clout, and he’s using it to showcase Nevada’s natural resources - and remind Americans that we can be energy independent.
We Have Sen. Reid To Thank. The Weekly Reid couldn’t have said this any better:
“Rural Nevada veterans now have easier access to federal benefits information and assistance through an innovative Remote Benefits Delivery Program using video conferencing technology. In partnership, the Nevada Office of Veterans Services (NOVS) in Elko and the Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Reno will be providing this additional service to an estimated 7,671 veterans who reside in Elko, Humboldt, Lander, Eureka and White Pine counties. [snip] ‘We have Sen. Reid to thank for this enhanced service which will benefit our rural veterans. Through his efforts at the federal level, our State is the second in the nation to obtain this Remote Benefits Delivery Program,’ said Tim Tetz, Executive Director of NOVS.”
The Weekly Reid covered Sen. Reid’s request to the VA back in April. Let’s be honest - we owe it to our returning vets to provide them with the best care possible. They’ve stood up for us, and we need to keep our promise to them.
Must Reid: The Recess Recap. The Congress stands in recess for the next five weeks, and each of the 535 members are back in their home districts, meeting with constituents, and (for all but the 66 Senators not up this cycle) campaigning for reelection. Follow the Weekly Reid down memory lane, as we look at what each party has to be proud of as they head home to talk to voters.
We listened to the American people and passed sweeping and far reaching housing legislation. At first the President didn’t like our bill, but after a record-breaking seven cloture votes the bill that emerged did more for the American Family than anything the Republicans did in their years in the Majority. Before the bill passed about 8,500 Americans received foreclosure notices every day. Since the bill passed, more than 50,000 Americans are safe in their homes because of our Democratic majority.
With the help of Ted Kennedy’s surprise arrival on the Senate floor and his now famous, thundering “Aye!” Democrats passed the so-called “Doctor’s Fix” of the Medicare bill. Millions of America’s seniors breathed a sigh of relief. Teddy - their favorite liberal lion - was back, and their doctors were going to get paid.
Under the steady-handed leadership of the Democratic majority, the Senate passed a bill to combat the Global AIDS epidemic. To their credit, the (normally obstructionist) Republican minority saw the light and supported the legislation. You know, people around the world look to the US for leadership on the most pressing issues of the day. If we’re not leading in the fight against global HIV/AIDS, then how can we expect the world to look up to us?
In a last minute flurry of activity last Thursday, Democrats in the Senate led the charge and passed two bills especially important to middle class families - The Higher Education Opportunity Act and the Consumer Product Safety bill. Now, American parents can sleep a little better, knowing a college education is back within reach for their kids, and the toys in the game room are safe to eat(?).
Who's ready for the National Clean Energy Summit? Who was running around the Capitol on a Saturday? What are your favorite campaign ads so far this cycle? Reid on!
Nevada First: File Under “Clout and Clouds.” An oil man, a former president and the Senate Majority Leader plan a trip to Vegas. There are a lot of ways this story can end - but none better than "and they host the National Clean Energy Summit!" We’re talking about a meeting of the minds - politics, policy and power. Harry Reid, President Clinton, and T. Boone Pickens. Solar power, wind turbines, and breaking our dependence on foreign oil. Here’s the deal according to Jonathan Humbert, of Channel 8 News: “A landmark clean energy summit is right around the corner, and it will be held right here in Las Vegas. Political heavy hitters are expected to work with industry leaders to shape renewable energy policy and bring much needed jobs here to the valley.” It’s a renewable energy party in Las Vegas - and Harry Reid’s playing host.
How is this possible? “Clout and Clouds” (and Casinos?). That’s Harry Reid’s commitment to making Nevada the renewable energy capital of the world, and his fighting for Nevada in ways only he can. And that’s the great state of Nevada, battle born, with her abundant natural resources, bright sun and environmentally minded citizens. Sen. Reid said it best, “As we know in Nevada, we know the sun shines all the time, the wind blows a lot and we have that steam pouring from the earth that has just been wasted all these many generations.” Let’s harness those resources and break away from the oil oligarchs.
The National Clean Energy Summit is set for August 19th, on the UNLV campus. Attendees who arrive in Hybrid cars or Jet Packs get priority seating.
Must Reid: File Under “Even I Had the Day Off” When the Weekly Reid woke up on Saturday and turned on the C-SPAN (isn’t that what you watch on Saturday morning?), guess whose face graced the screen? Harry Reid. On a Saturday. Thanks to obstructionist Republicans, the Senate convened for a rare Saturday session. On the agenda: the Housing Bill (which had an astounding 8 cloture votes associated with it) and LIHEAP (the low incoming heating assistance bill championed by everyone’s favorite independent, Sen. Bernie Sanders). After President Bush signaled he’d support the Housing bill it passed overwhelmingly.
File Under “Made for TV.” Sadly, LIHEAP didn’t go nearly as well. By a 50-35 margin, the cloture motion failed. You read that right. 35 United States Senators voted against providing millions of dollars to keep low income families, seniors and disabled Americans warm this winter. How many Republicans with tough reelection battles in ‘08 voted against it? 3. And one was Sen. Ted Stevens from oh-so-tropical state of Alaska! Last time the Weekly Reid looked at a globe, Alaska was, like, in the Arctic. Which Senator facing a tough reelect didn’t bother to vote at all? Liddy Dole. Memo to Mark Begich and Kay Hagan and the Obama campaign: find a few of the Alaskans and North Carolinians who stood to receive some of the $96 million the LIHEAP expansion would provide. Put them on TV.
File Under "Business as Usual." On the floor this week, two things are certain. The Republicans will try to block something, and Democrats will have our agenda - both short- and long-term solutions to the energy crisis - subjected to cloture vote after cloture vote. We’ve got the ideas and the solutions. Republicans would rather TALK TALK TALK about the problem.
Reid’s Watching: File Under “New Addition.” You’ve asked for it. We’ve listened. The most popular websites the Weekly Reid links to are campaign ads. So we’ve decided to scour the Internets for the best political ads each week. See one you like? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve got two great ones for you this week. First, Mary Landrieu. We don’t talk enough about Sen. Landrieu. She has drawn an opponent this cycle, but she’s proven she’s the best leader Louisiana could ask for - and that doesn’t stop her from having great ads that remind folks of her leadership!
Second, we have Al Franken. One of the best things about AL Franken is that he’s raising good money from a large network of grassroots supporters. This ad shows that he’s much more than a one trick pony. His jokes are great, but his politics are better.
What did Harry Reid do for Nevada this week? What plan of Obama's are people coalescing around? Can you really put a hold on Superman? Reid on!
Nevada First: Help is NOT on it's way. Just how badly damaged is the GOP brand in Nevada? Ignore the “voter’s remorse” many Nevadans are feeling about sending Jim Gibbons to the Governor’s Mansion. Pay no attention to the massive voter registration advantage Democrats now have (60,068 more!). And Mac’s down to Barack in the latest Razz poll? Forget about it. The clearest sign that the GOP brand is crashing faster even than Fred Thompson’s presidential bid - They couldn’t get 675 people to show up to the State Convention. So they canceled it. As Blue Sage Views noted on Friday, the NV GOP needed just .1% of the 390,443 registered Republicans in the state to sign a card (postage paid!). Our convention? 2,500 - and there were plenty more who wanted to come. The GOP reminds the Weekly Reid of Mrs. Fletcher, from those Life Alert commercials in the 80s. It’s fallen - and it ain’t getting up.
Support you can count on. Senate Democrats have done a lot this year to take away the GOP's favorite talking point - that Democrats don’t support the troops. We passed the 21st Century GI Bill. We’ve voted 30+ times to bring this war to an end (more on that below). And just last week, Senator Reid announced he helped secure $194.5 million in funding for Nevada’s military bases. About $80 million of that will go to the National Guard and the Army Reserves. Harry Reid - fighting (and delivering) for Nevada’s veterans in ways only he can.
Must Reid: Look who's walkin' back. The weekend news cycle was dominated by the back and forth and back again over Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki’s comments to the German magazine Spiegel. In case you missed it, he basically endorsed Barack Obama’s position for withdrawing troops from Iraq. This puts John McCain in a pretty pickle - he keeps saying we must stay to finish the job, leaving only when we’ve secured Iraq, finished the mission and have been asked to go. His is an open ended commitment. If he were to backtrack now...well. To paraphrase the words of a Republican strategist, as quoted in Marc Ambinder’s blog, they're in trouble. (Bonus question: Who was Ambinder's source? Email your guesses here.)
Look. The Iraqi people are coming together around Sen. Obama’s plan. The Iraqi government is coming around to Sen. Obama’s plan. The American people support Sen. Obama’s plan. And, as Sen. Reid said on the Senate floor yesterday, “Even President Bush – who bears the primary responsibility for this incompetently managed war – is now belatedly and gradually moving toward some elements of key Democratic positions – on Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq.” Once again, times are changing. The political landscape is changing. And John McCain is behind the ball.
Coburn-tastic! The Weekly Reid brought you news of the Coburn Omnibus a few weeks ago. As a recap, the bill is really a package of bills that have passed the House, cleared the appropriate Senate committee and typically have broad support. Pretty much everyone likes them except Senator “Dr. Tom” Coburn. Here’s just a sample of some of the bills packaged in the Coburn Omnibus: The Emmitt Till Unsolved Crimes bill, The Runaway and Homeless Youth bill, The Combating Child Exploitation bill, The ALS Registry bill, and The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act. Who’s against helping runaways and the homeless? Who’s for Child Exploitation? How can you possibly put a hold on Superman!?
Reid's Watching: Begich Buzz: New Razz poll has Mayor Mark Begich up 50% - 41% over Alaska’s Founding Father Ted Stevens. The poll was taken after Mayor Begich started airing two new (and awesome) ads.
Other polling updates: Oregon Assembly Speaker Jeff Merkley’s up over Gordon Smith 43% - 41%. That’s an 11 point swing in the last month (in our direction). We’re up 6 in Louisiana, 9 in Colorado, and we’ve all but won in Virginia and New Hampshire.
DSCC’n. In the past, the campaign arm of Senate Democrats - the DSCC - has been a valuable resource for challengers and incumbents alike. The DSCC has the ability to shift large amounts of money around in the final weeks of the campaign - right when races tighten and the attack ads start flying. Well this year, according to both the WaPo and Roll Call, the DSCC is going to be more than just an ad machine - they’re investing in field operations. Great idea. Independent and undecided voters pick a generic Dem in most polls these days - let’s make sure they get out and vote for our candidates.
How many Nevadans are going to sleep easier this week? Guess who showed up and shocked 9 Republicans? What's up with Dina Titus's fundraising prowess? Reid On!
Nevada First: Throwing Lifelines. Last week was a hectic one on the Hill. And while some of our legislative priorities were blocked by obstructionist Republicans, Senate Democrats threw more than one life preserver to the American people. On Friday, the Senate passed a version of the Housing bill. The bill, which was sent back to the House for some additional tweaking, focused on the root causes of the (much larger) economic crisis in this country - home foreclosures. You’ve probably heard Senator Reid hammer home the point on C-SPAN: This bill will keep people in their homes by allowing 400,000 American homeowners to swap their adjustable mortgages with ones backed by the FHA. With stable monthly payments, homeowners can turn their eyes to other pressing matters - like saving for their kid’s college education. President Bush (surprise!) vowed to veto the bill.
What does this mean for Nevada? It means that thousands of Nevadans can sleep a little easier this week. It also means that Nevadans looking to buy a home for the first time can get a credit of $8,000. Senator Reid has made solving the housing crisis one of his top priorities. And while the bill isn’t totally ready, we’re one step closer.
The Investment That Keeps On Giving. Proving once again that he stands up for Nevada’s interests like no one else, Harry Reid announced on Monday a nearly $1.5 million grant for the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization. The non-profit brings together public and private organizations and aides them in the research and development of clean, renewable technologies.
What does this grant mean for Nevada? Jobs, for one. As Sen. Reid works to make Nevada the world leader in clean, renewable energy, more companies will invest in Nevada’s workforce. It also promises to make energy cheaper for Nevadans - and all Americans. Harry Reid’s worked for decades to protect Nevada’s natural resources, and breaking our dependence on foreign oil is just one piece of that puzzle.
Must Reid: Saving the Day. Words cannot explain what happened on the Senate floor Wednesday, nor can they adequately describe the shiver that went down the Weekly Reid’s spine as it watched the roll call vote on the Medicare “Doctor’s Fix” bill. Senator Reid did his best summing up the dramatic events of Wednesday: ““They [the Bush-McCain Republicans] thought they had us beat until the last minute. They didn’t know I started working last Thursday in getting Sen. Kennedy here.” And get him there he did. After a standing ovation, the Liberal Lion - who was there in 1964 when Medicare was born - cast the deciding vote for cloture, thus ending debate on the “Doctor’s Fix” Medicare bill. With Senator Kennedy on the floor and passage of the bill a sure thing, 9 Republicans - 9! - broke ranks, changed their vote and joined a united Democratic caucus in voting "Aye."
Think about the scene (if you haven’t seen it, check it out here). Sen. Kennedy, who got on a plane right after getting a chemo treatment, his immune system weakened, makes a triumphant return to the floor of the Senate to cast the deciding vote saving a program he has long championed. How could you not be moved? The Weekly Reid won’t speculate as to what was running through the minds of those 9 Senators. But it was either that, or more banal things like getting reelected.
Oh. The president vetoed the bill. Thankfully, House and Senate Democrats brought enough Republicans on board to rebuke (for the fourth time in two years) Mr. 28%. One more thing: if the 69-30 original roll call vote looks weird to you, it does to the Weekly Reid as well. Who would have missed this vote? Someone seeking to avoid casting a vote that would placate the base of his party, yet enrage average Americans? Yes! John McCain - missing yet another vote.
Who has your back? Pop quiz: What are three things Democrats are doing to solve our energy crisis? What are the three things Republicans are doing? For the former: standing up to greedy speculators (bill coming this week), investing in renewable energy (see above), encouraging oil companies to drill on the 68 million acres of federal land they already have access to. For the latter: … Um. Nothing? Unless you count giving tax breaks to oil companies for NOT drilling on the 68 million acres of land they already have and lining the pockets of oil executives for NOT investing in renewable energy.
Bush-McCain Republicans in the Senate must think the oil companies need more power and influence over our energy policies. And they must think that Americans are going to continue shelling out $4+ for gas. Democrats are working to lower has prices by combating speculation - Bush Republicans should join their Democratic colleagues in supporting the bill.
Reid’s Watching: Money Money! Fundraising numbers are slowly trickling in, and we’ve got good news. Our two Nevada Congressional challengers, Dina Titus and Jill Derby, turned in great quarters. Dina raised over $575,000 (her opponent raised a disappointing $418,000) and Jill over $280,000. Jill also raised more than her opponent. Read those two sentence again: both of our Congressional challengers raised more money that their opponents. Think Nevada's ready for change?
On the Senate side, Kay Hagan raised $1.6 million. With her serious (and much needed?) ad blitz, Sen. Liddy Dole spent more money than she raised - and her cash on hand dropped by nearly half a million bucks. What’s Kay got going for her? A lot of grassroots support - and an opponent who can’t seem to break 51% in any reelection poll.
Which agency lifted a moratorium this week? Know what the Coburn Omnibus is? What was the first casino on the Strip? Reid On!
Nevada First: Filed Under "That'll Show 'Em." Last week, we brought you the news of the opening of the Ausra plant in Las Vegas (Remember? It builds components for solar thermal power plants). Hot on the heels of the opening of the plant - more good news for Nevadans and renewable energy fans across the country. The Bureau of Land Management lifted a moratorium on the development of solar plants on public lands (3/4 of Nevada's land is managed by the BLM). Why the sudden change of heart? Two words: Harry Reid. Nevada's senior senator was a vocal opponent of the moratorium. And someone at BLM must have seen his ire coming, because they never gave Sen. Reid the customary heads up. He read it in the paper.
But there's more at work here than just a simple clerical error. The Bush administration refuses to fully pursue viable options for renewable energy. Two weeks ago, Bush-McCain Republicans blocked a bill that gave tax cuts to American innovators and entrepreneurs who developed clean and renewable alternatives to foreign oil. The Republican Party of Bush and McCain refuse to stand up to Big Oil and would rather line the pockets of oil executives than lower gas prices for American Families. They'd rather fill their campaign coffers with contributions from oil executives than invest in renewable energy. Now that the BLM has realized the error of their ways, will Senate Republicans follow suit?
Filed Under "Odds and Ends." Harry Reid had a busy recess (as the LV Sun notes). In Reno on Wednesday, Sen. Reid met with representatives from the various agencies working to ensure Nevada is prepared for this year's wildfire season. Meetings like this are one of the most important things Sen. Reid can do for the state - bringing stakeholders together to share ideas and coordinate activities.
Did you see this interactive map of the Las Vegas strip? Scroll through the years and watch as the Strip blossoms from a "desert stop over town for GIs" to the glitz and glamor capitol of the West (Sorry LA).
The newest voter registration numbers were released this week. And it's official - the momentum and enthusiasm the caucuses stirred up continue. We now have a 55,560 voter registration advantage. Help our congressional challengers talk to each one of these new voters - Dina Titus and Jill Derby.
Must Reid: Filed Under "Forecast for DC." Sen. Reid took the the Senate floor yesterday to lay out a road map for this four-week work period. In a nutshell: "Everything you guys blocked two weeks ago? We're going to revisit that. Plus: lowering gas prices, PEPFAR, Consumer Product Safety, DOD Authorization, DOD Appropriations, and The Coburn Omnibus" (more on that below). The forecast for the month of July in DC is hazy, hot and humid. Bush-McCain Republicans won't find relief from the heat in hallowed halls of the United States Senate. We're holding their feet to the fire.
Filed Under "Gotta Know When to Fold 'Em." Sen. Tom Coburn has placed a hold on hundreds of bills this year - bills that deal with minor legislative issues and typically have broad support. The Weekly Reid isn't going to bore you with an analysis of the legislative philosophy of Sen. Coburn; basically, it appears he simply doesn't like government or governing. Sen. Reid has found a workaround. Ryan Grim of the Politico writes, "In a stroke of legislative creativity that may have no precedent, Reid could lump all of the bills into one package and bring up the Coburn Omnibus for a single vote. Coburn can still object, but the broad popularity of the bills means that there would likely be more than enough support for veto-proof passage." How's that for thinking outside the box? Harry Reid: Giving 'Em Hell.
Filed Under "FISA Fight." Miss the fireworks on July 4th? Want to see more? Just mention FISA or retroactive immunity in a political circle. Then sit back and enjoy the show. The bill is likely to come up for a vote this week, and Harry Reid will vote against it. Although the bill is likely to pass, Sen. Reid cannot support the retroactive immunity for the telecoms.
Reid's Watching: Filed Under "Big Time Attention." The Udall cousins, Mark and Tom, are hoping to bring their Democratic "New West" philosophy to the Senate in 2008, and they got a major press boost on Monday from the New York Times. Know what's great about winning these two races? They'll bring with them the Udall commitment to protecting the natural resources of the West - a longtime priority of Sen. Reid.
Filed Under "On The Air." Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich is up statewide with two new ads, "Path" and "Energy Leader." Mayor Mark's making a whole lot of noise up there. Alaskans say "North to the Future" but the Weekly Reid says "North to Victory." Help the mayor keep these ads up on the air.
This is it - the final election to decide which Senate candidate we as a community want to direct our energy, enthusiasm, and dollars towards.
I am proud to announce that the two Senate challengers who received the most votes in round one are ... Al Franken and Tom Udall!
Now, it's up to you to vote in the final round, and decide which one of these two outstanding candidates gets to send two emails to the GiveEmHellHarry.com list, helping him build the resources needed to win this fall and reach our 60 Senator filibuster-proof majority.
As a Member of Congress and Attorney General of New Mexico, Tom Udall has earned a reputation as a principled leader who has the integrity to do what is right for New Mexico. In the House, Tom has established himself as a leader on key issues - writing and passing a bill to establish a national renewable energy standard, voting against the Iraq War, working to expand preventive health care, attempting to increase well-deserved benefits for veterans, and acting as a champion of small businesses owners.
You might know Al Franken as an award-winning comedian and author. You might know him as the host of Air America Radio's "The Al Franken Show," the network's flagship program that helped put progressive talk radio on the map. But, here's what's most important for you to know: Al Franken stands by his principles and leads by his values. As the founder of Midwest Values Political Action Committee, he raised over $1.1 million for Democrats across Minnesota and around the country. Now he is putting all of his energy into being elected to the United States Senate, and representing the progressive values of all Minnesotans.
I can't wait to see which Senate challenger you choose to help us reach our 60 Senator filibuster-proof majority. But, whoever you choose, this much is true:together, we will finish what we started in 2006 and deliver a mandate for change in 2008 that Republicans can't lay a finger on.
From the beginning I've wanted GiveEmHellHarry.com to be driven by you. Now, I need you to make a choice. Which Senate challenger do you want to hear from and raise money for?
You've raised ten of thousands of dollars for candidates - close to $1,000,000 in 2006 - and directly helped Democrats take back the Senate. But today, the tables are turning - you're going to tell us who to raise money for. It's time for you to choose where we as a community direct our energy, enthusiasm, and dollars.
To pump up the excitement even more, we're going to have two rounds of voting - first round voting starts now, and ends on July 10th - and second round voting starts right after that. The winner of the second round will get to send two emails to the GiveEmHellHarry.com list, helping them build the resources needed to win this fall and reach our 60 Senator filibuster-proof majority. But hurry! The deadline to vote is July 10th.
I'm looking forward to seeing which Senate challenger you pick. But I'm especially looking forward to throwing our support behind that challenger, and getting even closer to a 60 Senator Democratic majority.
So, what are you still reading this for? Vote today!