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  •  Wishe we had a candidate like Gallego in AZ-02 (5+ / 0-)

    Instead of Congressman Ron Barber. I know it's heresy, but I won't vote for him again - he's voted with the GOP several times in an attempt to appear "bipartisan" in our swingy district. His vote for the #Benghazi 'Special Committee" was the final straw. I won't vote for GOPer McSally, I'll just write-in Matt Heinz, Barber's Democratic primary opponent in 2012.

    David Koch, a teacher and a Tea Partier sit down a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. Koch quickly stuffs 11 cookies in his pockets, leans to the bagger and says "watch out, the union thug will try to steal your cookie".

    by Dave in AZ on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:43:14 AM PDT

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    •  if McSally wins you might regret it. (2+ / 0-)
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      Samer, benamery21

      Barber is one of our most vulnerable incumbents. He's made some shitty votes in the last year, but they've mostly been meaningless. Sinema in AZ-09 is very skillful at casting votes with Republicans on meaningless votes to look bipartisan while staying loyal when it matters.

      We no longer ask if a man has integrity, but if he has talent. - Rousseau, Discourse on the arts and sciences

      by James Allen on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:52:47 AM PDT

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      •  Barber has been terrible. (2+ / 0-)
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        PSzymeczek, Odysseus

        If he wants Democrats to vote for him, perhaps he should take Democratic positions on the issues. If he wants to be a Republican, he should declare as a Republican.

        Republican-lite New Democrats like Barber and Sinema should stop taking for granted that people don't notice their crappy positions and won't make them pay for it.

        And I dispute your claim that Sinema has carefully crafted her votes. She and Barber have voted against a whole slew of issues and items that many Democrats find very important.

        I'll find my info on it and post it as a reply here.

        •  he is with Democrats on almost every issue. (2+ / 0-)
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          Swamp Cat, benamery21

          Sinema is even moreso. I doubt you'll find anything contradicting that.

          We no longer ask if a man has integrity, but if he has talent. - Rousseau, Discourse on the arts and sciences

          by James Allen on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:20:06 AM PDT

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        •  Sinema and Barber votes that mattered. (4+ / 0-)

          Here is a comment I wrote compiling only some of Sinema and Barber's terrible voting records. If anyone is actually interested, in my comment I have links to a diary about each vote and why the fact that Sinema and Barber voted with the Republicans actually mattered. Here's the link. Here are the votes:

          Here are some of the terrible votes by Sinema and Barber. Not all , just some. (Most of the language below is pulled from the diaries, so h/t to each author):
          Both joined in when the House voted to call on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the "targeting" of Tea Party groups by the IRS.
          Link.

          She was one of only 31 Democrats who voted against Rep. Rush Holt's amendment to appropriate $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), offset from funds in the House Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund. The OTA was created in 1972 to provide unbiased analysis of complex scientific and technical issues.
          Link.

          Barber was one of 18 Democrats who voted against an appropriations amendment to allow VA hospital doctors to discuss the use of medical marijuana with patients.
          Link.

          They both, along with 29 other Democrats, joined the GOP in voting against the Democratic caucus's budget.
          Link.

          Both joined 16 other Democrats in voting to pass the deceptively titled Save American Workers Act. The bill would eliminate language in ACA that defines a full-time employee as anyone working 30 or more hours a week, and replace it with a 40-hour requirement instead.
          Link.

          Both, along with 14 other Democrats, voted to pass the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act, which would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to use "fair value" estimates for the cost of all government loan programs as opposed to the direct costs themselves. "Fair value" estimates apply the same risk factors that a private business might apply to making a loan. Considering that the government is not a private business, such estimates end up overstating the cost of the programs and, thus, the size of the federal deficit.
          Link.

          Both voted in favor of delaying the implementation of the penalty for failure to comply with the individual health insurance mandate. Only 25 other Democrats voted with them.
          Link.

          Both supported a bill designed to increase corporate influence over federal regulations. Only 15 other Democrats voted in favor.
          Link.

          Another bill which they voted for, and which had the support of 39 other Democrats, was a collection of Republican proposals to roll back environmental restrictions on the use of federal land.
          Link.

          They both joined the cut to food stamps.
          Link.

          They voted to exempt private equity firms from financial regulations enacted by the 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (aka "Dodd-Frank"). They were joined by 34 other Democrats.
          Link.

          70 House Democrats voted with the GOP to undo the part of Dodd-Frank financial reform law that prevents banks from engaging in risky derivatives trading with funds insured by government programs like deposit insurance. Sinema and Barber were 2 of the 70.
          Link.

          During the shutdown, they both voted with a Republicans to fund pieces of the government, like the National Parks Dept.
          Link.

          During the defense appropriations amendment process, Adam Schiff proposed an amendment that would sunset the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) with the end of our combat role in Afghanistan, i.e. December 31, 2014. Both Sinema and Barber voted against it, along with 37 other Democrats.
          Link.

          the Amash-Conyers amendment (i.e. the amendment to curb the blanket surveillance powers of the NSA) failed 205 to 217. If seven votes had flipped, it would have won. 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans voted in favor of the amendment. 134 Republicans and 83 Democrats opposed it. A majority of the House Democratic caucus supported the amendment even though the President was lobbying heavily against it.  Both Barber and Sinema voted against it.

      •  I don't want to derail kos's excellent endorsement (6+ / 0-)

        of Mr. Gallego, so will be my only response. I think McSally will win, regardless. And Barber's "shitty votes" have not been 'mostly meaningless', like Sinema. Barber was one of the Seven Lying Democrats who, during the government shutdown, voted for HR 368 which gave Eric Cantor, and only Eric Cantor , the right to bring a clean continuing resolution to the floor for vote

        If we had a chance to hand the Speaker gavel back to Nancy Pelosi in 2014, and ever CD was vitally important I could probably hold my nose & vote for Barber. We don't have a chance at a House majority this election, so I won't regret it when McSally wins. I think she'll be so bad she'll motivate the many moderate and independent voters in the district to rally behind a progressive Democrat in 2016 - when with a landslide win by the Democratic Presidential candidate over Rand Paul or (please, please please!) Ted Cruz WILL give us a shot at re-taking a majority in the House.

        That is all.

        Except - All in for our next AZ-07 Congressman, Ruben Gallego!

        David Koch, a teacher and a Tea Partier sit down a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. Koch quickly stuffs 11 cookies in his pockets, leans to the bagger and says "watch out, the union thug will try to steal your cookie".

        by Dave in AZ on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:26:07 AM PDT

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