Love's seat to lose?2:39 PM, Dec 17, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jim Matheson, the lone Democratic congressman from Utah, will not run for reelection in 2014. Matheson announced the decision on his Facebook page:
When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service. Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives.
Matheson's 2012 Republican opponent was Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs. Love is running for the seat again, and the seat leans heavily toward the GOP.
Love was seen as a rising star in her race last year, despite losing to the veteran Matheson. She even delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa:
“My parents immigrated to this country with $10 in their pocket and a hope that the America they heard about really did exist,” Love said. “When tough times came, they didn’t look to Washington; they looked within.”
The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Love is a Mormon convert and the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. And if she wins the election over six-term Democrat Jim Matheson, she will also be the first black female Republican in Congress. In an election year where Democrats and their allies in the media have tried to portray the Republican party as bigoted toward women and minorities, the decision to give Love precious time in Tampa was a no-brainer for the GOP.
In her remarks, which focused on celebrating the “American story,” Love gave a nod to the chapter on civil rights. “Our story has been told for over 200 years, with small steps and giant leaps, from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream, from the bravery of the greatest generation to the innovators and entrepreneurs of today, this is our story. This is our America,” said Love, who is normally cautious—almost averse—to incorporating her own race into her political profile.
“The main reason for bringing up Rosa Parks and bringing up Martin Luther King is because I wanted to paint a vision of where we’ve been and where we’ve gone, how much we’ve moved forward,” Love says.
Dec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15 • By FRED BARNES
In Washington, folks are celebrating a new bipartisan budget deal that saves us from another full round of reductions in federal spending mandated by the “sequester.” Far fewer are lamenting the dwindling of the sequester itself. As usual, Washington has things upside down.
6:33 PM, Dec 12, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Thursday evening, House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the budget deal crafted by Republican congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic senator Patty Murray, chairs of their respective budget committees.
The resolution passed with 332 votes for it and 94 votes against it. Sixty-two Republicans voted against the bill, which had the support of House leadership.
30 members support the House Resolution calling for civil action.1:49 PM, Dec 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch." In other words, Rep. Rice wants to take President Obama to court for not faithfully executing the laws.
7:05 AM, Dec 12, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
David Hawkings, at Roll Call, writes almost wistfully of what might have been if Tom Daschle, President Obama’s first choice to be secretary of Health and Human Services, had been confirmed by the Senate where he had been majority leader before his constituents in South Dakota voted him out of office, most likely on the grounds that he had come to represent the interests and values of the Beltway more than those of his home state.
3:01 PM, Dec 11, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Tough times in the lobbying industry and the news is sure to be greeted with an outpouring of sympathy from across the land. As Kevin Bogardus and Megan R. Wilson of the Hill report:
12:20 PM, Dec 11, 2013 • By ROGER I. ZAKHEIM and THOMAS DONNELLY
A future historian would describe the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) as having a profound effect on the United States. The BCA, he would write, was a critical step toward making America into a social democracy while ensuring its decline as a global military power. He would conclude that the law transformed the U.S. government into an entitlements agency that occasionally paved a road or killed a terrorist.
11:17 AM, Dec 9, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Welcome, Washington, to the real world.
Congress passed the bill and now it is having a little trouble finding out what is in it. As reported on CNN:
4:25 PM, Dec 4, 2013 • By ROGER I. ZAKHEIM and THOMAS DONNELLY
House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon doesn’t look like an insurgent. The quintessential Californian – a man of Reaganesque optimism whose congressional district now includes the Gipper’s presidential library – McKeon has been a steadfast supporter of House speaker John Boehner in turbulent times. Yet, to the green-eyeshade editorialists of the Wall Street Journal, McKeon is leading a “rebellion” of defense hawks, an “act of masochism” threatening the Holy of Holies: the sequestration provision of the Budget Control Act (BCA). McKeon’s crime is that he’s hoping for a 2014 budget deal that would reduce the amount of defense sequestration by half.
8:01 AM, Dec 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Pryor, the incumbent Democratic senator from Arkansas up for reelection next year, is releasing a new TV ad Wednesday in which he invokes his belief in God. The ad first aired on the news broadcast on ABC affiliate KATV in Little Rock Tuesday evening.
10:04 AM, Nov 26, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The politics of Obamacare have erased a lead Democrats once held in the generic congressional ballot for the 2014 elections, according to a new poll from CNN. Here are the details:
Republicans will run on it. Democrats will run away from it.Dec 2, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 12 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman and chair of the Democratic National Committee, is nothing if not dedicated to the cause. “You’re darn right our candidates are going to run on the advantage that Obamacare will be going into the 2014 election,” she recently told CNN.