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ME-Sen: Well, well, well. After a surprisingly quiet 15 months, Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine has decided to make a stink. First came his vote Wednesday against cloture for the Paycheck Fairness Act, claiming it would hurt businesses and making him the only non-Republican to oppose the legislation. (Yes, even Joe Manchin voted in favor.) The bill failed.

Now King is saying, much as he did throughout 2012 when he was running for the Senate, that he might caucus with the GOP come 2015. When King finally did decide to join the Democrats two years ago, he was quite naked in admitting he did so because the party had retained its majority in the Senate, meaning more perks for him.

So if the chamber winds up in a 50-50 split following the elections this fall—a very real possibility—King could control the balance of power and demand, well, a king's ransom. Of course, if the GOP wins control outright, he might just bolt simply so he can get his pick of plum committees. Principled Angus King is not.

But he also doesn't seem to understand how far to the left of the Republican Party he is. King's not especially liberal—looking at Progressive Punch scores, he's the 47th-most liberal member of the Senate, with a lifetime score of 72 out of 100 on "crucial votes." But the most left-leaning GOP senator, King's fellow Mainer Susan Collins, rates just a 28. King would be extremely out of place among the Republicans, and for that reason, he's probably full of bluster about this whole caucus switching nonsense.

Of course, he could also just change his voting habits dramatically—and since Angus King's number one priority is Angus King, you can't rule out that possibility.

1Q Fundraising:

AK-Sen: Dan Sullivan (R): $1.3 million raised, $2 million cash-on-hand

CO-Sen: Cory Gardner (R): $1.4 million raised, $2 million cash-on-hand

GA-Sen: Jack Kingston (R): $1.1 million raised, $2.1 million cash-on-hand

ME-Sen: Shenna Bellows (D): $433,000 raised

NH-Sen: Jeanne Shaheen (D-inc): $1.54 million raised, $4.35 million cash-on-hand

MN-Gov: Scott Honour (R): $200,000 raised (plus $50,000 in self-funding)

AZ-02: Martha McSally (R): $449,000 raised

CA-25: Tony Strickland (R): $400,000 raised, $640,000 cash-on-hand

CA-52: Scott Peters (D-inc): $455,000 raised, $1.48 million cash-on-hand

CO-06: Mike Coffman (R-inc): $593,000 raised, $1.85 million cash-on-hand

IA-03: Monte Shaw (R): $204,000 raised, $168,000 cash-on-hand

MA-06: Seth Moulton (D): $454,000 raised

ME-02: Emily Cain (D): $190,000 raised; Troy Jackson (D): $100,000 raised

NY-23: Martha Robertson (D): $325,000 raised, $810,000 cash-on-hand

Senate:

AR-Sen, -Gov: Hmm. So we've got a new poll of the Arkansas Senate race from an outfit called Opinion Research Associates that finds Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor with a gaudy 48-38 lead on GOP Rep. Tom Cotton. (The survey was commissioned by Give Arkansas a Raise Now, a group that supports a ballot measure to increase the minimum wage.) It's an understatement to say that these are by far the best numbers Pryor's ever seen. The highest he's ever been is 46, and his largest lead this year has been 3 points, so what gives?

Well, ORA doesn't have much of a web presence, and we don't have any entries for them in our polling databases covering the last three cycles. An old pollster accuracy scorecard compiled by SurveyUSA rated the firm 57 out of 63 in terms of mean error, but that dates back all the way to 2007.

What we do know, though, is that nameless Democratic operatives are trying to send a message that Pryor's in better shape than the public polling has indicated. Indeed, writes Jessica Taylor, they feel "better about Pryor than even other vulnerable incumbents, privately noting they've never had a poll where he's been down." And a new public poll from Hendrix College did in fact paint a better picture for Pryor than any he'd seen in some time. (In fact, that's the survey alluded to above that had him up 46-43 on Cotton.)

The NRSC also took time on Thursday to pen a memo pushing back against ORA's poll, calling it "pure hogwash." It's pretty unconvincing, though, and mostly focuses on unskewing the numbers based on the sample's partisan composition, which favors Democrats by 12 points. That margin is indeed in excess of what recent exit polls have shown (5 points in 2010, 4 in 2008), but it's always risky to try to rejigger polls in this manner.

Still, a lead like this for Pryor is comparable to, say, where Jeanne Shaheen stands against Scott Brown (see our new NH-Sen item below), so these numbers merit a great deal of skepticism. But if the NRSC wants to tell a different story, it simply has to release polling of its own. How hard can that be?

P.S. ORA also has numbers on the governor's race. Democratic ex-Rep. Mike Ross leads Republican ex-Rep. Asa Hutchinson 45-39.

IA-Sen: The Senate Majority PAC is deploying a new ad in an attempt to undo some of the damage Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley did to himself with his remark dismissing Sen. Chuck Grassley as "a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school." The spot features a couple of authentic-looking Hawkeye farmers who say that "family farmers like us know" Braley, whose parents "met at a farm community event." They go on to cite Braley's support for farmers, including his leadership "to pass the new farm bill" and on renewable fuels. The size of the buy is $204,000.

NC-Sen: We're accustomed to thinking of the Kochtopus as one sprawling Cthulhian terror, all operated by a central brain box anchored at the bottom of the ocean, but sometimes, individual tentacles get ideas of their own. That's apparently what happened with that bizarre ad the 60 Plus Association ran attacking a whole bunch of senators in both parties (chief among them Democrat Kay Hagan) for supporting a bipartisan plan to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 60 Plus has received at least $16 million in Koch money, but according to the AP, "the Kochs' political advisers" were "frustrated" by the ad,

Addressing the controversy, 60 Plus' spokesperson stressed the group's independence, saying, "No one is putting words in our mouths. This is an ad that comes from us." And under normal circumstances, he's right: Donors shouldn't be able to dictate what recipients of their largesse do. But of course, the Kochs are no ordinary donors, and the limb that is 60 Plus risks getting sliced off if they don't toe the party line. It may also be why Freedom Partners, the cash-distributing organization at the top of the pyramid that the Kochs do explicitly control, is now taking an active role in running ads itself. If you're Charles and David Koch, there's no reason not to cut out the middleman.

NH-Sen: A new PPP poll for the League of Conservation Voters finds Republican Scott Brown trailing Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen 49-41, the same margin the firm saw in February, when Shaheen led 47-39. Brown also remains pretty unpopular, with favorables of just 35 positive to 49 negative.

As Tom Jensen points out, back in September, he stood at an even 40-40 split, so his rollout to New Hampshire voters hasn't exactly gone very well. What's more, on the eve of his loss to Elizabeth Warren in 2012, Brown managed a gaudy 52-36 job approval score, so he's starting off this race in a much worse place. Shaheen, meanwhile, has a 47-46 approval rating—not awesome, but better than Brown's current numbers.

OK-Sen-B: Just ahead of the filing deadline, state Sen. Constance Johnson has decided to run in the special election for Tom Coburn's Senate seat. That gives Democrats their first (and likely only) notable candidate in the race, but no party member has won a Senate seat in Oklahoma since David Boren last did so in 1990.

Gubernatorial:

AR-Gov: Republican ex-Rep. Asa Hutchinson has radically changed his messaging in his newest ad. In his first spot, Hutchinson rather unusually claimed to have a bipartisan desire to "hear the other side, so we can pull together," which is the kind of thing you almost never see in a Republican ad. Evidently that approach wasn't succeeding, though, because Hutchinson is now touting his conservatism, saying he'll "stand up to Washington liberals like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi" and adding that he's "fought for conservative ideals" his whole life.

MD-Gov: Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's newest ad focuses on his son Jonathan, who came into his family through adoption. Brown uses his experience to discuss how "adoption and foster care can transform lives," as statistics flash on screen to show the efforts Maryland has made on behalf of children in need.

PA-Gov: Here's an interesting new piece from the Philadelphia Inquirer that goes deep into Democrat Tom Wolf's business record. Wolf has prominently featured his cabinetry company, the Wolf Organization, in his ads, calling it a success story, and the wealth he accumulated from it has powered his campaign.

The complete picture is more complicated, though, and the privately held firm has lost half its value in recent years, thanks to the Great Recession and taking on too much debt. Wolf helped keep his company from going under, though, and one investment manager says that Wolf maintains a reputation as "a well-respected guy who has been successful in building his business." But one question raised by all this is whether Wolf, who had to take out a $10 million loan to self-fund his campaign, has sufficient personal resources to last him past the primary.

RI-Gov: A new Brown University poll of Rhode Island's Democratic primary for governor finds state Treasurer Gina Raimondo leading Providence Mayor Angel Taveras 29-26, with attorney Clay Pell at 10. Brown's prior poll in October, before Pell entered the race, had Raimondo ahead 43-34, but it received heaps of criticism, not least because the sample somehow had more Republicans than Democrats! It's not clear what the breakdown is this time, though.

House:

CA-33: In a follow-up to Democratic attorney David Kanuth's surprising announcement that he raised $800,000 in just two months in his bid for Rep. Henry Waxman's open seat, Kanuth says there was no self-funding involved.

IA-01: State Rep. Pat Murphy is now the second candidate in the 1st District Democratic primary to go up on the air, following Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman Monica Vernon. Murphy's ad is of the intro/biographical variety, discussing the four kids he raised with his wife and his priorities in the legislature (raising the minimum wage, equal pay for women).

LA-05: State GOP chair Roger Villere, after reportedly getting ignored via private channels, is now publicly calling on Rep. Vance McAllister to resign. Gov. Bobby Jindal wants him gone, too, so it's truly hard to see how McAllister survives at this point.

Meanwhile, ex-Rep. Rodney Alexander, who resigned himself last fall (to take a job with Jindal) is already entertaining the possibility of a comeback bid. But given how wounded McAllister is, and how many other Republican candidates are potentially interested in unseating him, it hardly seems like the GOP needs a savior to come out of retirement.

Grab Bag:

Polarization: In case you needed one more alarming infographic demonstrating how much more polarized Congress has become over the last few decades, here's a pretty stark one, compiled by lobbying firm Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti. In 1982, 344 House members fell in the gray area between the most liberal Republican and the most conservative Democrat; in 2013, only 4 did. The corresponding numbers dropped from 58 to 0 in the Senate during the same period.

However, these charts are based on National Journal rankings, which have always shown more members in the median area than other aggregators have. By contrast, DW-Nominate and Progressive Punch, both show that today the most liberal Republican is still more conservative than the most conservative Democrat, and that's been the case for a number of cycles now. So if anything, the picture is more stark than these charts depict.

In addition, DW-Nominate scores give you the advantage of being able to see how the polarization is so asymmetric—in other words, driven mostly by the Republican center of gravity moving further and further right. National Journal scores, which are always on the same 0-to-100 scale from cycle to cycle, can't show that. (David Jarman)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  NC Sen primary American Crossroads (3+ / 0-)
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    Oh Mary Oh, Cadillac64, abgin

    Tillis 27
    Brannon 16
    Harris 10

    http://m.washingtonpost.com/...

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 05:11:00 AM PDT

    •  Is this NC poll from Rove's Crossroads group? (1+ / 0-)
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      freakofsociety

      If so, take it with a grain of salt. Rove and the GOP establishment are working hard for Tillis, who needs to clear 40% in the primary early next month to avoid a runoff against one of the nuts.

      NC House Speaker Tillis carries a ton of baggage himself from the legislature's actions against poor people, working people, vote suppression, environmental deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, gutting school funding, attacking teachers, etc. etc. etc.

      Unfortunately Kay hagan has a tougher opponent ----
      Kay Hagan

  •  Polarization and 2014 (6+ / 0-)

    It's safe to assume that the 4 remaining Reps in that "middle" will be all but gone by 2014.  Matheson and McIntyre have already called it quits and Barrow and Rahall will be very lucky to survive another election.  

    Of course the last 4 would be Dems since the GOP all vote in lockstep like little stupid lemmings walking over a cliff.  

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:20:22 AM PDT

    •  Well it makes sense (0+ / 0-)

      The bluest district held by a Republican is, what, D+5 in CA, the fluke? And the next is like D+3? Whereas the reddest we hold are Matheson and Rahall at R+14.

      TX-17 (Bill Flores-R), TX Sen-14 (Kirk Watson-D), TX HD-50 (Celia Israel-D). Senate ratings map (as of 3/10/14)

      by Le Champignon on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:32:10 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It makes sense only (3+ / 0-)

        when you consider that even in the bluest districts like that D+5 in CA the GOP are STILL to the right of the reddest Dems.  The GOP as a collective are off the rails crazy but its their extremism that will make it easier for the Dems to take back the House if not in 2014 then in 2016.  There are ALOT of GOP Reps in competitive R+1 R+2 and R+3 seats who are too extreme for the districts they represent.  

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:42:24 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Or, as in The Life of Brian: (2+ / 0-)
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      shoeless, Cadillac64

      "YES! WE'RE ALL INDIVIDUALS!"

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:33:55 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The four should be (0+ / 0-)

      Matheson, McIntyre, Barrow and Peterson.

      Two are out and the other two will need to fight.

      •  Rahall is in a redder district (0+ / 0-)

        Peterson is in an R+6 district while Rahall is in an R+14 and Barrow is in an R+9.  

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:35:57 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Yes but Peterson has a more conservative voting re (0+ / 0-)

          record. I think it was about voting record.

          •  Ah you would be correct (1+ / 0-)
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            abgin

            Peterson has the most conservative voting record of ALL Dems.  Surprisingly Owens is the 4th most and Barrow is 5th (Matheson and McIntyre are 2nd and 3rd).  

            Either way we'll see at least 3 of the these gone and very likely 4.

            BTW what the fuck is up with AZ. 3 of the top 10 are from Arizona.  Oh and Jim Costa and Henry Cuellar.  What fucking asses.  They're in D+7 districts.  They needs to be fucking primaried or beaten.

            This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

            by DisNoir36 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 10:18:10 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  be stupid of King to switch (5+ / 0-)

    Even if the democrats lose the senate they will probably regain it in 2016. What would King do switch again to the democrats, he would look like a total jerk.
    If he plans on running again the voters would no take kindly to that kind of behavior.  Watch how he votes the rest f the year he may take a conservative turn.

    •  Maybe he's looking at what happened to (2+ / 0-)
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      bananapouch1, Cadillac64

      Lieberman.

      At least, the response of the Dem leadership, which was absolutely nothing.

      The voters, on the other hand . . .

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:31:00 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Hoping King is reminding dems of his value (2+ / 0-)
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      Cadillac64, freakofsociety

      ...and this remark is meant more as a power move intended to caution the Democratic leadership to not take him for granted - as a way of claiming a solid chit to be redeemed in 2014 (if the Dems hold the Senate) or in 2016 (when they likely retake the Senate, even if they temporarily lose it by a narrow margin in 2014).  King may appear a bit selfish and self-centered in making that statement, but he's also probably no fool, and (hopefully) realizes that the odds are that any switch of allegiance in 2014 will prove fool's gold if the Dems retake the Senate in 2016 by enough of a margin that they don't really need him to have a decent majority again.

  •  Hell, I'd vote against Braley if I could. (3+ / 0-)
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    Pale Jenova, Cadillac64, pademocrat

    Not only did he diss farmers, but sounded like sooooo many asshole lawyers that I've known.

    I haven't been following this -- is the guy new to politics or did somebody that dumb really come up through the ranks?

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:25:32 AM PDT

    •  He would probably make Dad split the ticket. (3+ / 0-)
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      dinotrac, Cadillac64, pademocrat

      And he was an old Iowegian Dem. Actually he was close to being a Reagan democrat, except he had a little too much uncommon sense to vote for that bastard.

      Back in the day Dad was pissed at Berkley Bedell (sp?) because of his callous handling of the American Beef bankruptcy, which burned my Dad.

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:33:13 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Kind of interesting to see the little Braley note (3+ / 0-)

        in the same FP item referencing greater polarization in Congress.

        These days, I really wonder what liberal/conservative means any more and the extent to which political parties mirror the electorate in any way.  When life is complicated -- and it is these days -- a choice between two parties is increasingly unlikely to represent anybody.

        I moved from Illinois to Texas back in the fall and found myself transformed from conservative to liberal, relatively speaking.

        But not so much as I'd have thought.  The most surprising example of that came just a couple of days ago when we ran out to the store to get a couple of items for my youngest daughter.  Right next to the handicapped parking spots at a Kohl's store in a strip mall in Lewisville, TX -- a couple of parking spots with EV charging stations.  Must be for Nissan Leafs, right? Although... the state that bans Tesla sales has more than a thousand of the critters roaming around.  How many more, I don't know. The only number I found was that 1,000 Teslas were sold to Texans in the first two quarters of 2013.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:51:16 AM PDT

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    •  This is a serious question (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not familiar with this race. Can you provide where he dissed farmers? Because the diary just cited that he said Chuck Grassley didn't have a law degree and I was thinking how is that bad, he's telling the truth.

      I love president Obama!!!

      by freakofsociety on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:38:07 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  One Seat Less (0+ / 0-)

    King is waking up to the Party of NO STUPOR, that has destroyed the country, but most republicans just say what they need to to stay under the tax funded cinchy job umbrella.  Let him put his vote where his mouth is.

    They put the Congressional Progressive Caucus BUDGET up today:
    http:cpc.grijalva.house.gov/uploads/The%20Better%20Off%20Budget.pdf

    Makes Ryan's AX on families and future, look like "Golam from the Rings saga.

    I love this bill, it's all that we've asked for and shows who's paying attention without being paid for it by KOCH brothers.  I think it's time for some progressive foot up the KOCH arse and not a moment too soon for sanity.

    Enjoy the vision for progress and debt erasure with a scratch on the people, not a guillotine to US families, elderly and poor who didn't NOT CAUSE ANY OF THE REPUBLICAN STOCK MARKET SCAM CRASHES like Student and LOAN pillage by John McCain.  Fake war debt for drugs IRAN CONTRA and REagans send it to the top and let them pi$$ on American Investors and families college investment savings and bonds.

    WE got out before, and now that the market is RIPE for NEW IDEAS, PROGRAMS THAT WORK AND ECONOMIC JOBS PROSPERITY FOR NEW CLEANER INFRASTRUCTURAL BUILDINGS THAT LAST IN A WIND STORM, it's now or never.  WE stabilized the WS banksters, and whether the rich want it or not, IT'S TIME TO STRAIGHTEN OUR HOMES AND BUDGETS OUT WITHOUT THEIR HELP.

    WE will NEVER FORGET HOW MUCH THEY HELPED IN IT, NOR WILL THEY EVER, EVER, EVER, RECIEVE ANOTHER BAILOUT FROM US.

    PROGRESSIVES FROM ALL SIDES OF THE AMERICAN CITIZENRY ROCK!!

    Go to the site, make a copy and be ready for trollz to try and shame it, because it's for, of and by the people and makes sense.

  •  King is bluffing. (8+ / 0-)

    So he's going to switch sides so he can be in the majority for two years of total gridlock before the GOP Senate wipeout on the horizon in 2016, where he would spend the rest of his career in the political wilderness?

    I guess it's a smart move if he has a political death wish. I think this is just a power play for better committee assignments.

  •  Ironic about King (2+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64, freakofsociety

    I always though Manchin was much more likely.

    •  I doubt Manchin will switch (7+ / 0-)

      He can vote conservative and stay a democrat and he knows party jumpers don't do well in primaries. My daughter lives in WV and I think once Obama is gone democrats will do somewhat better in the state.
      There is irrational hatred of Obama just because of his color and his Muslim father. My son in law is typical, not real political but an ex marine who is convinced democrats are weak on defense.
      When I explained how republicans want to take away his VA benefits he just couldn't be reasoned with.

  •  Hmmm. The graph is surprising to me. (0+ / 0-)

    I would have expected, in light of the so-called "Tea Party", that more Republicans would have run right than Democrats moving left.  According to the graph, though, movement is pretty close for both parties, with Democratic movement to the left exceeding that of Republican movement to the right.

    May be time to dig a little deeper and check out dw-nominate, although first glance hurts my brain.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:34:00 AM PDT

  •  Electing More and Better Oligarchs (2+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64, Nespolo

    Silly Democrats - the way to cement Sen. King's love for you is to give him lots of money.  Obviously, if he is making noises about siding with the Republicans, it is because he thinks he can acquire more money and power for himself from the Republicans.

    This is the great thing about America's new form of "market" government - if your current elected representative is not doing what you want, you simply give that rep. more money or you buy yourself a new one.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:51:43 AM PDT

  •  If he were in the GOP, (4+ / 0-)

    the teabaggers would lynch him. They care much more about wingnut ideological purity than they do about having a majority.

    Republican Health Care Plan: marry a Canadian.

    by shoeless on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:57:13 AM PDT

  •  You are never out of place when that place is the (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Cadillac64

    place where you can control the balance of power and get paid back for voting the way that whoever pays you the most wants you to vote.  Welcome to the Beltway, Cunning Angus.

    King would be extremely out of place among the Republicans, and for that reason, he's probably full of bluster about this whole caucus switching nonsense.

    If you get confused, listen to the music play - R. Hunter

    by SpamNunn on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 07:00:58 AM PDT

  •  Two observations from a boston-burb'er (4+ / 0-)

    1 - Angus.  He's a moderate among conservatives and I agree with nearly the entire diary.  However, I don't see him as unprincipled; he's a politician, knows his foodchain rank and I think he will continue to push for his agenda within whatever caucus he chooses.  In some ways a moderate voice among the teabaggers would do us all a service in increasing the internal strifes within the GOP.

    2 - Brown.  NH'ers generally don't like Massholes.  Brown is one and I'd suspect his support up there is shallow and simply partisan.  In my circles he's seen as a dick out of his element.  Winning his special seat was a fluke of confluences.

    The ground for taking ignorance to be restrictive of freedom is that it causes people to make choices which they would not have made if they had seen what the realization of their choices involved. A.J. Ayer, Sir. "The Concept of Freedom "

    by Memory Corrupted on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 07:07:46 AM PDT

  •  thought King was against partisan gridlock (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    freakofsociety, LordMike, Nespolo

    for the sake of partisan gridlock - but now he is considering joining the party, the GOP, that has perfected it as an over-arching strategy on all votes?

    Disappointed in him.

  •  qualifying polarization (0+ / 0-)

    Note that it uses those idiot national Journal rankings. The same rankings that the GOP - including bleeping Mehlman - to proclaim that Kerry and Edwards were the two most liberal members of the senate in 2004. The Edwards one was laughable, but just looking at Kerry, consider tht the 2004 Senate included Kennedy, Boxer, Mikulski, Feingold, Saunders, and I think I'd also add Biden, Schumer and Harkin.

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 07:45:26 AM PDT

  •  huh? (0+ / 0-)

    "a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school."

    How exactly does this hurt Baley? It's the truth. Whatever. lol

    I love president Obama!!!

    by freakofsociety on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:29:19 AM PDT

  •  Does anybody here do local and state elections? (0+ / 0-)

    n/t

    I love president Obama!!!

    by freakofsociety on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:34:58 AM PDT

  •  Mark Schauer is aggressively taking the (2+ / 0-)
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    fight to Rick Snyder's door:

  •  voting in fl (0+ / 0-)

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 11:58:02 AM PDT

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