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Today, the House voted 254 to 159 to exempt private equity firms from financial regulations enacted by the 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (aka "Dodd-Frank").

Here's Reuters on what the so-called Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105) would do.

The bill would exempt many private equity fund advisers from a provision in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law which required advisers with more than $150 million in assets under management to register with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Any firm that registers with the SEC is also subject to reporting rules and is required to open its books to agency examiners for routine compliance inspections.

Dodd-Frank also imposed more extensive confidential reporting requirements on larger private equity and hedge fund advisers in an effort to help U.S. regulators monitor possible broader systemic market risks.

Stephen Lynch (MA-07) explained the danger of the bill:
"One of the most important lessons that we did learn during the financial crisis is that systemic threats seem to always bubble up from the opaque and unregulated segments of the market," said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.). "Giving this exemption will allow threats to once again grow in the dark corners of our financial system, only showing themselves when it is too late to prevent serious harm to the American taxpayer."
As I noted earlier, the bill passed 254 to 189. Only one Republican--Walter Jones (NC-03)--opposed it.

36 Democrats supported it:

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
John Barrow (GA-12)
Ami Bera (CA-07)

G. K. Butterfield (NC-01)
Tony Cárdenas (CA-29)
John Carney (DE-AL)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Tammy Duckworth (IL-08)
Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
Joe Garcia (FL-26)

Jim Himes (CT-04)
Steve Israel (NY-03)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Ron Kind (WI-03)
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01)
Dan Maffei (NY-24)
Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Jim Matheson (UT-02)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)

Gregory Meeks (NY-05)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Bill Owens (NY-21)

Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
Mike Quigley (IL-05)
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Brad Schneider (IL-10)

Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
Terri Sewell (AL-07)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)
Juan Vargas (CA-51)
Marc Veasey (TX-33)

All of the bolded names are members of the DCCC's Front Line, aka the MoC's that get most of the money when you donate to the DCCC. Many of them have awful records on financial legislation because they vote with their donors, not their constituents.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) offered an amendment to require private equity firms with U.S. assets worth anywhere from $150 million to $1 billion to register with the SEC but also to create a simpler registration process. The House rejected this 186 to 225.

Two Republicans voted for it: Walter Jones (NC-03) and Chris Gibson (NY-19).

Nine Democrats voted against it:

John Barrow (GA-12)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Jim Matheson (UT-02)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

Originally posted to Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 05:21 PM PST.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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  •  the blue dogs love their... (14+ / 0-)

    wall street bones and they vote accordingly.

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 05:25:57 PM PST

  •  Thanks especially for the list of 9 on amendment (14+ / 0-)

    which seems to have been more than sufficient to address all genuine concerns beyond keeping contributors and future employers happy.

  •  eh. (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, Lujane

    PE didn't present a systemic risk during the meltdown.  I certainly don't have a problem with them being subject to more reporting, but this is molehill-y.

    (one issue with the bill? how do you define PE?  cuz LTCM and that whole thing, although that was a hedge fund, not a PE fund.  the bill kicks the definition to the regulators, who may or may not be the smartest people in the room and/or may be subject to capture)

  •  We have a big tent and (0+ / 0-)

    don't have to agree with all Democrats on all votes. Sometimes we have to accept it when our more conservative Democrats disappoint us. In order for us to expand our numbers in the House we're going to have to get enthusiastic for purple and red district Dems.

    •  You first. (15+ / 0-)
      Sometimes we have to accept it when our more conservative Democrats disappoint us.
      Translated to:  No, we don't have to accept it.  We can speak out and work to change their minds and work on primarying them.  
      •  How often have we beat a moderate (0+ / 0-)

        Dem incumbent with a more liberal Dem in a primary, and then went on to win the general? Once, twice, ever?

        "Primary them!" is a rallying cry. It is not a plan.

        •  Maybe you should look up how often (3+ / 0-)

          and get back to us in a post.

          Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

          by Simplify on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 07:04:49 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  The number is likely zero. (0+ / 0-)
            •  I give up then. (3+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              Just Bob, Simplify, Johnny Q

              going back under my covers.

            •  Here's one (0+ / 0-)

              http://en.wikipedia.org/...

              I'll bet there are more.

              I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

              by Just Bob on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 08:34:59 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

            •  Let's count (4+ / 0-)
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              Lujane, jbob, nogo postal, kurt

              According to The Hill, there were 54 Blue Dogs following the 2008 elections. That number was cut in half in 2010.

              In 2012:

              In all, the coalition lost 13 members this year. But only four of those losses came from Republican’s in the general election.
              Then there's this:
              Twenty-seven members started off the 112th Congress. By Nov. 6, only 18 remained on the ballot after two abrupt resignations, three retirements, two primary defeats, a successful Senate campaign and the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.)

              Cal Jillson, a professor at Southern Methodist University, said Republicans would have won many of those seats even if Blue Dogs remained on the ballot. He said that’s a sign the group is on the way out.

              The Blue Dog coalition has fallen from 54 in 2009 to 15 in 2013.  Sounds like a dying breed to me.

              I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

              by Just Bob on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 09:06:20 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Make that 14 Blue Dogs in the 113th congress. (2+ / 0-)
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                mollyd, kurt

                Now we can start working on the Third Way New Democrat corporadems.

                I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

                by Just Bob on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 09:26:48 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

              •  The majority has fallen from +77ish to -32 (0+ / 0-)

                You might want to rethink that small tent strategy.

                Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                by benamery21 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 10:50:34 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  Correlation does not imply causation (0+ / 0-)

                  I seem to remember something about Republicans controlling a bunch of state houses during a census year and gerrymandering the hell out of Congress. In fact Democratic candidates earned over a million more votes in 2012.

                  Facts can be so inconvenient. But thanks for playing.

                  I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

                  by Just Bob on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 10:58:11 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  Redistricting didn't cost 50 net seats (0+ / 0-)

                    Maybe 10.  Incumbents tend to win elections.  The biggest problem was Dem turnout apathy in 2010.  I blame purists who didn't work to get out our discouraged vote for centrist candidates because of how big our majority was.

                    BTW, I'm well left of the party on economic issues.  That doesn't mean playing to lose.

                    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                    by benamery21 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 12:07:52 AM PST

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  Please provide a source. (0+ / 0-)

                      The purists did just fine in 2010. The progressive caucus lost only 1 or 2 seats. The Blue Dogs lost half their caucus.

                      Your assignment of blame is not supported by facts.

                      When you allow your prejudices to guide your thinking, you are playing to lose.

                      Oh...I checked. Democratic congressional candidates drew 1.4 million more votes in 2012.

                      Let me introduce you to Sam Wang:

                      Sam Wang is an associate professor of molecular biology and neuroscience at Princeton and the founder of the Princeton Election Consortium.
                      http://www.nytimes.com/...

                      I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

                      by Just Bob on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 12:34:39 AM PST

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  You are mis-reading me (or pretending to) (0+ / 0-)

                        Swing seats are always where you are going to lose seats in a wave election.  The point is that without progressives fighting for moderates in seats that are dead even to lean conservative, you get teahadis instead.  If you play purist, we all lose.

                        I am familiar with Sam Wang, and 538, and Cook, and Rothenberg, and Sabato.  If we had protected our right flank better in the 2010 wave, we'd have had more incumbents and done a lot better in the much more even 2012 election, even with the gerrrymander.

                        Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                        by benamery21 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 01:15:32 AM PST

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                        •  I don't think I'm misrerading you. I think your (0+ / 0-)

                          thinking is wrong headed and counter factual.

                          The Democratic Party has done much to protect their right flank. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the Chair of the Democratic National Committee. She is also a New Democrat. When she headed the Florida Democratic Party, she refused to support Democrat challenges to incumbent Republicans. She claimed to have an understanding with her Republican counterpart. The New Democrats are the Lieberman wing of the party.

                          I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

                          by Just Bob on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 01:32:26 AM PST

                          [ Parent ]

                          •  Purity in 2010, an example I happened across (0+ / 0-)

                            In 2010 we nominated a progressive African-American woman (Joyce Elliott) over the more electable Blue Dog Robbie Mills, for the R+5 open seat in AR-2 that had been held by Dem Vic Snyder since 1996.  She lost by 20 points to Karl Rove apparatchik Tim Griffin.  Tim Griffin is retiring in 2014, but for at least 4 years we lost a seat that could have been part of our continuing majority.

                            Nobody serious thought that Elliott could win an R+5, 20% black seat in Arkansas.  If I was picking between Elliott and Mills in Los Angeles County, I'd pick Elliott.  In Little Rock, that's not the pragmatic choice.  The primary runoff handed this seat to Republicans in the name of party purity.  The seat is now R+8 and is open again.  Let's do better this time.

                            Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                            by benamery21 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 12:54:25 PM PST

                            [ Parent ]

                      •  Here's a source that says net of 6 seats (0+ / 0-)

                        for Republicans in 2012 due to new district lines, with an estimate of a net of 11 seats longer term.

                        http://www.brennancenter.org/...

                        Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                        by benamery21 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 01:32:22 AM PST

                        [ Parent ]

                        •  You're cherry picking. Please read the entire (0+ / 0-)

                          article. I really like that third bullet point.

                          I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

                          by Just Bob on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 01:37:30 AM PST

                          [ Parent ]

                          •  Nope, you need to read a little slower (0+ / 0-)

                            Many of the folks that 3rd bullet refers to are Republicans.  Many of the Democrats it refers to were replaced by other Dems.

                            Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                            by benamery21 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 01:43:24 AM PST

                            [ Parent ]

                          •  I need to count better. Please read the fourth (0+ / 0-)

                            bullet point.

                            •Of the 79 sitting members of Congress who will depart before the start of the 113th Congress, over one-half — about 40 — will not be coming back partly because of redistricting. Many of the departing members of Congress did not run for re-election or lost in a primary election, but of the 26 incumbents who lost on Election Day, 19 of those casualties were redistricting-related.
                            In spite of the gerrymandering, we did cut into the Republican advantage. Getting back to Sam Wang, although Democrats earned 1.4 million more votes for congressional candidates, it would take 7 million more votes to regain control of Congress. That has nothing to do with purity.

                            I've had enough for the night.

                            I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

                            by Just Bob on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:21:40 AM PST

                            [ Parent ]

                          •  Good night. nt (0+ / 0-)

                            Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                            by benamery21 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:30:53 AM PST

                            [ Parent ]

                          •  Clarification (0+ / 0-)

                            Of the referenced 40, 20 were Republicans.  Of the referenced 19, only 6 were Dems who lost to Republicans, while 9 were Republicans who lost to Dems.

                            I'm not saying that the greater extent of gerrymandering by Republicans did not cost us seats, it did.  But that isn't the only or biggest reason we don't have a majority today.

                            Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                            by benamery21 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 01:04:11 PM PST

                            [ Parent ]

                •  Let me guess. Your real name is... (0+ / 0-)

                  Jon Cowan or Jim Kessler?

                  http://thinkprogress.org/...

                  I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

                  by Just Bob on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:10:44 PM PST

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                  •  Not even close (0+ / 0-)

                    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                    by benamery21 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 12:11:08 AM PST

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  Google "Americans for Gun Safety" (0+ / 0-)

                      Surprised?

                      In that wikipedia article you will find the name Jonathon Cowan. It's an embedded link. If you follow that link you will find Pete Peterson.

                      There are 50 members of the New Democrats Caucus. There are 71 members of the Progressive Caucus.

                      Now can you explain why the Democratic Party and the Obama administration is controlled by the Third Way New Democrats?

                      It started with the DLC and got worse, much worse.

                      I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

                      by Just Bob on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 12:45:23 AM PST

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  Why would I be surprised (1+ / 0-)
                        Recommended by:
                        mollyd

                        I say in my linked column that these folks are a fifth column.  I not Third Way.  I'm somebody who supports the most liberal candidate a given jurisdiction will elect.  That means when I have a choice between a centrist Democrat or a ultra-right Republican, I try to make sure that the Democrat wins.  If I help a progressive of average political skills win a primary in a seat that leans Republican I'm just helping a teahadi get elected (exceptional candidates make for exceptions).  In reverse, see the MO senate race.  We'd have lost that seat if Akin hadn't won the primary.  It also means in a district which is a safe Dem seat, I support the progressive Dem over the DLC puke.

                        Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                        by benamery21 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 02:09:24 AM PST

                        [ Parent ]

    •  what do you mean conservative? (0+ / 0-)

      Jared Polis is a member of the Progressive Caucus and one of the few openly gay members. He strongly supports liberal immigration and legalization of drug laws etc etc etc.

      Boulder is one of the most liberal districts in the country.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 07:33:08 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Because You're a Conservative (3+ / 0-)

      What do you mean "when our more conservative Democrats disappoint us"? You're a Conservative. You mean "disappoint you".

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 07:42:34 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Conservatives are always a disappointment (0+ / 0-)

        They do not have our interests at heart and should be opposed whenever possible and simply not supported when not.

        You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment.-- Francis Urqhart

        by Johnny Q on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 10:21:52 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  This is a meaningless vote (3+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, Justanothernyer, mollyd

    This is not going to pass the Senate.  The members voting along with the Republicans are almost all in swing districts, and are just avoiding giving ammo to their opponents.  If this vote had actual consequences you would be more warranted in headlining these votes.

    Frontline is intended to support congressmen whose seats will swing without national support.  You should expect A)Moderate to Conservative Dems, and B)Protective coloration on nonsense like this

    The few members voting against the amendment are typically Dem holdouts in highly Republican districts.  If they can swing a few votes our way on meaningful issues, it's a huge plus over some Tea party nut.

    Matheson: PVI R+16 (Romney won by 37), Rahall R+14(Romney won by 32), McIntyre R+12 (Romney won by 19), Barrow R+9 (Romney won by 12), Colin Peterson R+6 (Romney won by 10), etc.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 06:05:32 PM PST

    •  Their constituents (12+ / 0-)

      Something tells me that these votes aren't to please their constituents......

      •  There's no question we have a problem (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Lujane

        with corporatism.  I just don't see how ceding additional seats to Republicans helps that.

        Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

        by benamery21 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 06:39:33 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Misplaced resources (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Johnny Q

          Personally, I think propping up someone like Matheson, who votes against party frequently and requires a lot of spending to be competitive, is not a good party investment. There are many seats that are far more competitive and would produce a more reliable vote---many of those are given a free pass by Steve Israel.

          •  Contest every seat, ala Dean (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Lujane

            I can agree with you that Democrats do not adequately contest many House seats.  I would also say that we hold many seats in which the officeholder is far less progresive than the constituency would support.  However, I think it is very easy to miss the value of a Matheson or a Barrow.  The value is the expected difference between his votes and those of the most likely replacement.  Every time he votes against us that is no worse than the replacement.  Every time he votes for us, is value-added.

            Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

            by benamery21 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 08:51:18 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

        •  I'll vote for my local guy. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Lujane

          But I'm not working for him or donating to him again. He had a lot of very enthusiastic liberals killing themselves for him and donating from this very irrelevant1 leftwing website from across the country.

          He shouldn't count on me to do it again.

          ____
          1Schumer, Chuck, Senator and Exhibit A to the topic at hand.

          © grover


          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 08:48:44 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Schumer is not in a centrist jurisdiction (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Lujane

            he needs to be more progressive, or he needs a primary.

            Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

            by benamery21 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 08:56:51 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Ever been Upstate? (1+ / 0-)
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              © grover


              So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

              by grover on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 09:33:46 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Yep, I have relatives there (0+ / 0-)

                My father is actually there right now.  He lives in AZ, I grew up in AZ.  I live in SoCal.  NY conservatives aren't nearly as conservative as the ones I grew up with and work with now.

                Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                by benamery21 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 09:37:28 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

              •  Just checked PVI (0+ / 0-)

                Zero districts in NY State over R+7.  1 over R+3.  Out of 27 districts.  

                AZ has 9 districts (5 of which are held by Dems): 7 of them (the non-VRA districts) have a PVI of R+1 or higher.  6 of them have a PVI of R+3 or higher.  4 of them have PVI of between R+12 and R+20.

                I consider AZ a reasonable target for statewide office for Dems with Napolitano's views.  NY should be electing somebody only slightly right of Bernie Sanders.

                Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

                by benamery21 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 09:57:38 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

      •  No. (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Lujane

        Ami Bera was one of the first ready to charge into Syria.  

        He voted for the piece of crap ACA-undermining "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013." As a public health expert, he undermined the special skillset that he was supposed to be bringing to DC to add experience and knowledge on healthcare matters.

        And look who just sided with Private Equity!

        (Psst! there aren't a ton of private equity firms round these here parts. At least NY/NJ/CT politicians can claim they're protecting excellent local jobs.)

        Median income in his district about $55-60K.  There is some decent money here and also a lot of working folks.

        Dr Bera has been a pretty big disappointment to this girl who worked hard for him and donated to him. I've already unsubscribed to all his emails.

        In 2014, we aren't giving him any money.  Maybe he can suggest a good fund manager to help us invest our cash. It sounds like he knows plenty.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 08:44:04 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I do not blame you. I am pretty surprised at this. (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Lujane, grover

          sigh.

          if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

          by mrsgoo on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 09:03:44 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Right? (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            mrsgoo

            I mean, I know YOU are heavily invested in hedge funds, as are we, and all of our mutual friends at the country club,  of course, but....

            bwahahahahahahaaaa.

            © grover


            So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

            by grover on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 09:29:31 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  yeah - seems to me that Dr. Bera ran on (0+ / 0-)

              a populist platform. Of course I believe that Granite Bay is in his district so ya know - gotta protect those big money donors.

              if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

              by mrsgoo on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 09:36:59 PM PST

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  •  Pete Gallego (TX-23) (2+ / 0-)
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    I voted for this guy, but ever since he made some questionable votes regarding the shutdown(opening the government piecemeal), I'll REALLY starting not to like him.

    •  I've donated to him twice (2012 and 2014 cycles) (0+ / 0-)

      I've written him a couple times expressing my concern with some votes.

      He's in a swing seat in TX.  Give him a little slack and let the Senate and President clean up behind the Republican clown show.  He'll do us more good by staying in office until we have a majority than by losing the seat.

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 10:54:57 PM PST

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  •  When can we get someone in TN to run against (1+ / 0-)
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    Lujane

    Cooper? And I want to hear more about Walter Jones .

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

    by ZenTrainer on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 07:28:32 PM PST

    •  Walter Jones is the originator of Freedom Fries. (2+ / 0-)

      He is a Libertarian-leaning conservative Republican who apparently began to see the light during the second Bush term.  His district includes Camp Lejeune and has the largest military presence of any district in North Carolina.  His constituents were losing lots of loved ones in the wars, so the damage hit home with him more than most Congressmen.  He actually was a Democrat until 1994 and his father was a Democratic Congressman.  The Wikipedia article on him is really quite interesting and I'd especially encourage you to read the "Tenure" section.  

      Some notable quotes from the Widipedia article:
       

      In an annual survey conducted by Washingtonian magazine, Congressional staffers voted Jones the kindest member of the House.
      Jones called on President George W. Bush to apologize for misinforming Congress to win authorization for the war. Jones said, "If I had known then what I know today, I wouldn't have voted for that resolution. . . On June 16, 2005, he joined with three other members of Congress (Neil Abercrombie, Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul) in introducing a resolution calling for the start of a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq to begin by October 2006.[35] Jones covered the hallway outside his office with photographs of soldiers who had died in Iraq.[2] He said, "If we were given misinformation intentionally by people in this administration, to commit the authority to send boys, and in some instances girls, to go into Iraq, that is wrong. Congress must be told the truth."
      Jones has sided with the Democrats on economic issues such as raising the minimum wage.
      This one really surprised me, especially the last sentence:
      On January 12, 2007, he introduced H. J. Res. 14: Concerning the use of military force by the United States against Iran in the 110th congress.[37] According to Jones on his web site, the resolution requires that – absent a national emergency created by an attack, or a demonstrably imminent attack, by Iran upon the United States or its armed forces – the President must consult with Congress and receive specific authorization prior to initiating any use of military force against Iran.[38] This resolution was removed from a military spending bill for the war in Iraq by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) on March 13, 2007.
    •  Cooper worked as an investment banker (0+ / 0-)

      in private equity at one point.

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:47:38 PM PST

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  •  The Progressive Jared Polis makes both lists (4+ / 0-)

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 07:30:04 PM PST

    •  Polis is the 3rd richest House member (2+ / 0-)
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      He's progressive on other issues, not economics

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:00:12 PM PST

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      •  I think we could do better in his district (1+ / 0-)
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        “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

        by ban nock on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 07:03:12 AM PST

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        •  On economic issues (0+ / 0-)

          I would have to agree.  I don't think primarying someone for whom campaign cash is loose change is very pragmatic, unfortunately.  We really need to fix the money in politics situation, which at this point looks like fixing the Supreme Court.

          Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

          by benamery21 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 01:09:09 PM PST

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  •  Tammy Duckworth is proving to be a disappointment (8+ / 0-)

    For her it can't possibly be a constituency driven issue given the demographics of her district. This is all about her big donors who live on the Gold Coast, in Lake Forrest, in Kenilworth, and in Barrington, none of which are in her district.

    "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

    by Involuntary Exile on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 07:33:58 PM PST

    •  Very expensive house race, and multiple runs (0+ / 0-)

      I think she's actually with us on the issues (her family was destitute when she was in her late teens, her Dad was laid off at 55 and couldn't get a job), but doesn't see any point in pissing off donors on a symbolic vote when she needs to build her warchest (only $700K cash on hand)

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 11:28:26 PM PST

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  •  This is why I never donate to the DCCC (8+ / 0-)

    My money only goes to individual candidates.  I am especially disappointed in Patrick Murphy of FL.  I did donate to him against the idiot Allen West, but he'll get nothing from me this cycle unless he wakes up and starts voting in the interests o his constituents.  Sometimes I wonder why we even bother since it seems corporations (who are "persons" you know) seem to continue to hold a strangle-hold on the country.

  •  Sean Maloney has been a disappointment (2+ / 0-)
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    SunshineSocialist, Lujane

    and I'm hoping he has primary competition in his next cycle.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 07:48:56 PM PST

  •  Thank goodness Garamendi voted against. (1+ / 0-)
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    Lujane

    I was pretty pissed when he voted for the Republican Keep Your Insurance Bill and sent him a pretty pissed off message.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 09:06:29 PM PST

  •  Democrats? (0+ / 0-)

    Are really nothing more than Republican lite. Sure some make a great showing. But when I see the comparison of the Senate wanting to cut 4 billion off 'food stamps' and the House wanting to cut 40 billion, it's more like what kind of bullet do you want to get hit with? Large caliber or small? If we are honest with ourselves and really want a world that can sustain itself, we'd elect not to get shot at all.
    But go ahead and praise the good Dems and rail against the bad ones. After all it's worked before right? We had the good Dem government that stopped global warming right? We had a Presidential administration that didn't kill thousands if not millions of people right? We had a Congress that took control of the military industrial complex right? Raised the standard of living? Something right? It's much better to rearrange the deck chairs.

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