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Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes
As the fight to extend unemployment aid moves through the Senate, Democrats are standing firm. Even some red-state Democrats are pushing the issue.

North Carolina's Republican legislature cut state unemployment insurance to the point where it no longer met the standards to qualify for federal aid. Now, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is battling her state's Republicans over the issue, trying to get federal aid restored to the state if federal aid for the long-term unemployed is restored anywhere, while pointing a finger squarely at the state legislature:

"The General Assembly knowingly and willingly violated federal law, and I refuse to let the people of our state suffer because of their reckless actions," Hagan said in a written statement, adding "North Carolinians struggling to get by while looking for work should receive the same benefits as citizens in other states.
Republican legislators responded by arguing that Hagan should have found a way to keep federal benefits to North Carolina flowing even when they, as she points out, "knowingly and willingly violated federal law." That's the level of Republican argument here: Democrats should enable Republican law breaking or else they own the consequences of said law breaking.

Less aggressive, but in marked contrast to the man she's challenging (Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell), Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes had her campaign issue a statement saying:

Alison supports the bipartisan effort in the Senate to extend unemployment benefits. Unemployment insurance benefits are the only source of income for many in Kentucky, especially for the 1,200 coal miners who recently lost their jobs in Pike County.
There are so many arguments in favor of extending aid, from basic humanity to strengthening the economy. On the flip side, the arguments against doing so are basic inhumanity, economic illiteracy, or a straightforward desire to weaken the government.

Sign and send a petition your Republican senator or senators, demanding that they restore benefits to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 08:44 AM PST.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos and Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Leadership is Economically Knowlegeable, They're (4+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony, Stude Dude, a2nite, PhilK

    harming the economy in order to damage government.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 08:57:58 AM PST

  •  Keep hammering on this, Dems. (1+ / 0-)
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    PhilK

    The Republicans just really screwed 1.3 million+ people. And I'd be willing to bet that a portion of those people have voted Republican. Maybe this can change that.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 10:50:48 AM PST

  •  Don't know how true, but Indianapolis Star reports (0+ / 0-)

    Dan Coats in one of the Republicans crossing over to help Democrats on unemployment issue.  I guess it finally happened amid our record low temps and record amounts of snow fall this week= Hell has, indeed, frozen over.

  •  Obviousness. (0+ / 0-)

    Long-term unemployment aid should be tied to long-term unemployment rates...not arbitrary calendar dates.

    For politicians that like the aid -- by which we mean the unemployment insurance people pay into and are entitled to -- this will be an good solution.

    For politicians that hate it...this will be an incentive to actually increase employment among the unemployed instead of utilizing the unemployment issue to push for trickle-down economics -- they'll actually want to decrease unemployment.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 06:59:14 PM PST

  •  the fairer sex (0+ / 0-)

    may not be stronger physically but they are strong emotionally and they will stand firm against the gop's attempt to hurt those that need and depend on assistance they have earned as a citizen of the united states of america, a place the gop don't seem to  reside in anymore.

  •  If the State Leg violated federal law (1+ / 0-)
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    psnyder

    Wouldn't the best fix be some indictments and subpoenas?  

    I am increasingly convinced the best fix for the rampant criminality in the Republican Party is aggressive prosecution.  

    The problem with failing to gain convictions just encourages the bad behavior.  

    I'm a 4 Freedoms Democrat.

    by DavidMS on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 07:16:11 PM PST

  •  Time for some unemployment aid problems in NC! (0+ / 0-)

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 07:17:31 PM PST

  •  Paying for the unemployment extension (1+ / 0-)
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    ahumbleopinion

    I don't understand why democrats don't do the logical thing.

    The cost for a 3 month extension is around 6 billion, so if we extend it for a year maybe that is 25 billion.  Where is that money going to come from

    By adjusting Medicare Part D to align it with the policies of the department of  veteran affairs which pays maybe half of what Medicare pays for drugs.  This will save the US $
    25-50 billion.

    This would pay for unemployment extension, all us to extend drug benefits.  It would be win win for everyone, so why don't the conservatives like it?

    Because cutting deficits and increasing benefits isn't what they want.  This is not about deficits,  It is about tax cuts.  It is about cutting capitals gains taxes to zero.  It is about cutting tax on the top 1%.  It is about doing what Bush did, which drove our deficits to historical highs, but allowed the wealthy to capture increasing portions of out wealth.

  •  It is nothing short of Treason. (0+ / 0-)

    The Republicans have shown time and time again that they will allow any calamity to befall the American people, as long as there is a chance the black man in the White house will get blamed.

    Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your shackles. It is by the picket line and direct action that true freedom will be won, not by electing people who promise to screw us less than the other guy.

    by rhonan on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 08:30:39 PM PST

  •  = rebuttal pt #1 to Rubio's joke antipoverty 'plan (0+ / 0-)

    ' to 'gaive all the federal aid $ to the states' aka block grant it all (which btw fratboy2 has been the Thug's plan since before fratboy1 was appointed POTUS by the Fascist 5).

  •  NC is an extreme example. (0+ / 0-)

    The state legislature voted to reduce the level of unemployment aid from 26 to 12-20 weeks depending on the state's unemployment aid, and to reject all federal help. The consequences are predictable - the unemployment rate "fell" because the long-term unemployed dropped out of the workforce.

  •  My local news just had a report about Florida's (0+ / 0-)

    messed up unemployment website.  People who qualify can't get their benefits because the website is messed up.  The company who made it apparently didn't know what they were doing.  Meanwhile people are losing everythingl they have because of it.  They had a mother on who is living with her parents with her kids because she lost her job, can't get the benefits she should and lost her home and car.  

  •  All these Repubs that are so worried (0+ / 0-)

    about the grillions of dollars (gasp) being wasted on the lazy unemployed masses could fix it.  There's a jobs bill that's been laying around for two years that would put people back to work.  Pass it and, voila, unemployment recipients and those on food stamps would disappear from the rolls.  Problem solved.  "Course that would make Obama look good so we can't have that.  

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