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U.S. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listens during remarks about leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 16, 2010.   REUTERS/Jim Young
Sweat, Mitch, sweat.

Senate Republicans blocked a bill raising the minimum wage on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean the issue is going away—and voters may hold Republicans' minimum wage opposition against them.

“This is not the only time you will see the Senate vote on the minimum-wage bill this year. We’ll be back again and again, and we’ll keep trying until we get this to the president’s desk,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the bill’s sponsor.
In Kentucky, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is locked in a tight race with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, a January poll found that 57 percent of voters support a $10 minimum wage, and 42 percent say they'd be less likely to support McConnell if he voted against raising the minimum wage. Which is exactly what he did Wednesday.

In New Hampshire, a January poll found that 60 percent of voters support raising the minimum wage to $10. Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, now running for Senate in New Hampshire, ducked and weaved when asked if he would have voted for the bill:

“I haven’t read the bill,” Brown said yesterday. “I certainly would be willing to be part of the conversation, as I have been before.” [...]

“I’ve supported a minimum wage increase before. It’s something that I think needs to be periodically reviewed, but it’s really important to make sure that everyone’s at the table, especially people who are hiring and growing,” he said.

So he hasn't read the bill (pssst ... it raises the minimum wage to $10.10) and he's not saying no, but the "everyone" at the table should "especially" include not the millions of workers trying to pay their bills on poverty wages but the people paying the poverty wages. And then he changed the subject.

With just one Republican voting to move the minimum wage bill forward, rinse and repeat in basically every competitive Senate race in the country. Raising the minimum wage is popular. Senate Republicans voted it down. And Democrats are going to do their best to be sure voters notice—which, politically speaking, isn't a bad position to be in.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu May 01, 2014 at 09:31 AM PDT.

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  •  My current sig is looking more and more like (6+ / 0-)

    the actual GOP playbook for this election. They've got nothing the American people actually want and they know it. So they're going to stymie and stall at every opportunity, crank up the Wurlitzer of Distraction on everything from Benghazi to the IRS to Benghazi (they REALLY like Benghazi) and hope the media acts like obedient lap dogs and bores the electorate to sleep.

    Democrats at every level (and the President taking them to the woodshed yesterday was a great start) have to keep the pressure on and keep the message in people's heads -- Republicans hate you and want you to go broke and don't care if you get sick and die.

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu May 01, 2014 at 09:46:51 AM PDT

    •  Andrea Mitchell is doing her best to help BENGAZI (2+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z, ontheleftcoast

      meme to keep going.

    •  I'll bet if the issue was the minimum wage (1+ / 0-)
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      fer TERRAPINS ol' Yertle would be all for raising it.

      “When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” —Abraham Lincoln

      by Pragmatus on Thu May 01, 2014 at 10:23:30 AM PDT

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      •  And send McConnell's lame ass a postcard (2+ / 0-)
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        sea note, hbk

        Sen. Mitch McConnell
        317 Russell Senate Office Building
        Washington DC  20510

        I just sent mine off:

        "Congratulations on your latest slap in the face not only to America’s working poor but to your very constituents, 57% of whom support raising the minimum wage to $10, an action you saw to it was destroyed in the Senate yesterday.  Every time you kick at the middle class, slander them, disparage their aspirations, throw roadblocks in the path of their already beleaguered attempts to get ahead, you are moving not only your political career but that of the entire GOP party that much  closer to the oblivion all of you deserve.  What is so hard about working for the interests of the people, instead of the bankers, the über rich and their lobbyists?  Why are you so terrified of the Tea Party that you will commit any sin against the American public in vain hopes of appeasing them?"

        “When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.” —Abraham Lincoln

        by Pragmatus on Thu May 01, 2014 at 10:25:36 AM PDT

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  •  Use it like a big ol' hammer Harry! (3+ / 0-)

    Make'em squeal.  Make'em take a stand on it in public and beat them with it in this election cycle and the next. Show the public that the republicans do not want you to have a chance at the American Dream. They want you as obedient peasants and wage slaves, and nothing more than that.

    Give blood. Play hockey.

    by flycaster on Thu May 01, 2014 at 09:51:07 AM PDT

  •  Hard to believe the Turtle can win reelection, (0+ / 0-)

    barring massive voting for GOP senators out of habit and massive Koch money (though that doesn't always seem to work).

  •  On the local NPR radio station here in Louisville (7+ / 0-)

    yesterday afternoon, they made it abundantly clear that: 1) the Republicans were solely responsible for defeating it, 2) Mitch McConnell was the one who led the GOP filibuster of it, and 3)  Alison Lundergan Grimes is a big supporter of it.

    So yes, I'd love to see many, many more of these votes!

    Conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less. E.J. Dionne

    by blueyescryinintherain on Thu May 01, 2014 at 09:53:45 AM PDT

  •  "voters may hold Republicans' minimum wage" (1+ / 0-)
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    "voters may hold Republicans' minimum wage opposition against them."
    Not bleeping likely. American voters are, as I have remarked before are too dumb to live. All this happy talk about "trusting the American voter" is just talk.

    As long as people do not vote their own interests against the Koch bros. moralizing, demagoguery, we will flounder as a nation.

    One might hope, dream even of Democrats actually raising the issue of minimum wage to the American voter and that sub-minimum voters would march in the streets along side well-educated middle income voters, the democrats mainstay  voters.

    One might also dream of black and Latino voters marching too.  Eventually the plague of TP/Koch support would be driven from the political landscape.

    What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

    by TerryDarc on Thu May 01, 2014 at 10:00:01 AM PDT

  •  Increasing the minimum wage is a no-brainer (3+ / 0-)
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    Democrats MUST run on this issue, it has 71% support according to this Gallup poll.

    Even Repugs support it 50% to 48%!

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Thu May 01, 2014 at 10:02:06 AM PDT

  •  Once again, treated to a closeup of MMs pores (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm tired of being forced to look at that image! Ugh!

  •  The White House too (4+ / 0-)

    Watching the press conference, and Chuck Todd asks somehing like, "why arent you compromising with the GOP?"

    Carney asks if you have seen anything that would suggest they want to compromise and that their arguments against a minimum wage increase sound like arguments against having a minimum wage at all.

    •  Old Upchucked Toad was at it again, eh? (2+ / 0-)
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      Pushing the tired old line about compromise. Well, we don't compromise with terrorists and the GOP is nothing but economic terrorists. We've seen they're willing to harm the nation's credit just to score political points. Hell, unless they actually put forth an alternative to $10.10 they're not even negotiating. They're holding the minimum wage workers hostage and not even willing to discuss the terms of their release.

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu May 01, 2014 at 10:12:36 AM PDT

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      •  Republican's idea of compromise. (1+ / 0-)
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        Republicans want a minimum wage of $7.25, and the Democrats want a minimum wage of $10.10. The Republicans would be willing to compromise by eliminating the minimum wage altogether.

        Republican Health Care Plan: marry a Canadian.

        by shoeless on Thu May 01, 2014 at 11:44:47 AM PDT

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  •  And we have our wedge (2+ / 0-)
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    blueyescryinintherain, hbk

    I've noticed a deluge of concern trolling of late on the web in general, and I think it's pretty clear a lot of the "communications" efforts from the RNC/GOP are aimed at pushing the "There's No Difference, Democrats Are Just As Bad" line to blunt our turnout.

    While they can, and do, land blows against our side because of the admittedly influential presence of our own economic elite and corporate toadies, nothing will blunt the Both Sides argument better than the minimum wage issue.


    The polls don't tell us how a candidate is doing, the polls tell us how the media is doing.

    by Thumb on Thu May 01, 2014 at 10:04:25 AM PDT

  •  The contrast couldn't be more stark (1+ / 0-)
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    Dems: want to raise minimum wage, so people can work fulltime and hopefully get out of poverty

    Rethugs: want people to work for peanuts, stay in poverty, continue to get government aid

    Dems: want as many folks as possible to get healthcare (although single payer would be better, the ACA is a start)

    Rethugs: want to kick people off of health insurance and make it more difficult, if not impossible, for women to get reproductive health care

    Dems: want to move toward clean energy

    Rethugs: want to continue unregulated, subsidized polluting via fossil fuels

    You could go on and on, and the differences continue to mount. What I don't understand is how anyone could think Republicans have the best interests of the American people at heart. It's just inconceivable to me.

  •  How screwed up is the GOP?.....So screwed up (1+ / 0-)
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    they wouldn't even offer a compromise.....Them's principles I tells ya!

    •  Oh yeah...and Susan Collins is drafting her own (0+ / 0-)

      bill which you'll never hear of again.

      •  meanwhile, (0+ / 0-)

        Maine Democrats will again provide the margin to re-elect her comfortably. She knows this vote doesn't change that.

        "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

        by JackND on Thu May 01, 2014 at 11:48:07 AM PDT

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    •  It's sad how often the GOP gets away with that (1+ / 0-)
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      GOP: "We're against <Random Obama Plan>. It's bad for <America/Business/Our Re-Election Chances>"
      Press: "What's your alternative plan?"
      GOP: "We don't have one"
      Press: "OK."

      Next Day Headlines

      "Obama Plan 'Bad for America', says GOP."

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu May 01, 2014 at 10:22:37 AM PDT

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  •  This thread is VERY depressing... (1+ / 0-)
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    Here we are talking about how we're fighting to up the minimum wage...the minimum wage!

    Since Reagan we've LOST to "Government is the enemy, trickle down, deregulation.." We've LOST the middle class. We've LOST the Unions (the ONLY route to the middle class for millions of Americans). We've lost even the mention of Gun Sanity - much less any action on that front.

    The other side has so successfully voted against their own personal interests CONSISTENTLY that now the 1% more or less has SUCCEEDED in owning almost ALL of America.

    The other side has convinced Americans that REAL AMERICA is a nation where we won our Revolution - NOT for Democracy (the right to enact rules that represent the interests of the 99%) BUT for the RIGHT to CARRY GUNS and use them to oppose "TYRANNY" (in other words we fought the revolution for the right to carry guns and use them to threaten our democratically government).

    Our NATION is swimming in INSANITY and we (the left) are doing SO badly - that we're having to fight to our last breath to save the MINIMUM WAGE. What a disgusting mess our nation has become - what a disgusting impact we on the left have been able to have to help right this ship.

    What an INSANE, DISGUSTING MESS we are heart bleeds...

  •  If it's not going to pass.... (1+ / 0-)
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    It would be great for the Democrats in the senate to bring the minimum wage increase to a vote as many times as the Republicrats have done for repealing Obamacare.  It would highlight in very basic terms exactly where each party stands on taking care of the middle class.

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