Aww, Here It Comes

May 13, 2013

STUART ROTHENBERG: Obama Administration Heading for a Tough Few Weeks.

And Susan Collins wonder why Obama hasn’t said anything about thew Tea Party audits and the IRS — which he trashed on multiple occasions …

If you have to ask …

Before you answer that, let’s take a quick trip down Memory Lane, via the Daily Caller:

Just months after being slimed by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, Mitt Romney supporter and businessman Frank VanderSloot was informed that he was going to be audited not only by the Internal Revenue Service, but by the Labor Department as well.

VanderSloot’s saga was told by columnist Kimberley Strassel in the Wall Street Journal last July.

In April 2012, VanderSloot, who served as the national co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential finance committee, was one of eight Romney backers to be defamed as ”wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records” in a post on the Obama campaign’s website. The post, entitled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” singled out VanderSloot for being a ”litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

Two months later, the IRS informed VanderSloot he and his wife were going to be audited, Strassel reported. Two weeks after that, VanderSloot was notified by the Labor Department that it was going to “audit workers he employs on his Idaho-based cattle ranch under the federal visa program for temporary agriculture workers,” reported Strassel.

Does anyone believe that the orders for that audit came from “low-level staffers”?



Tea Party Targeted By President And His IRS

May 13, 2013

IRS Probe Expands To Groups Opposed To Gov’t, Teaching Constitution…

‘Kept shifting targets in tax-exempt groups’…

Scrutiny Was Deeper Than Thought…

UPDATE: IRS also targeted Jewish groups… 

‘Absolutely chilling’…

House committee demands all communications by Wednesday…

Revelations ‘will fuel government distrust’…

As if we didn’t know what was going on…



Democratic Senate Control Harder With 7 Romney State Bids

March 27, 2013

Aye captain I don’t think we can take on the gun control bill …


Bloomberg reports:

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson’s announcement that he’ll retire after the 2014 election just made the Democrats’ job of holding their Senate majority a lot tougher.

Johnson, 66, the Senate banking committee chairman, is the second Democrat from a state won by Republican nominee Mitt Romney last year to say he won’t seek re-election in 2014. The announcement today means his party must defend two open seats and support five other Democratic incumbents running for re- election in Republican-leaning states.

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson, a Democrat from South Dakota, announced his plan to retire at the end of his term. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

“I will be 68 years old at the end of this term, and it is time for me to say goodbye,” Johnson said at a news conference in his home state of South Dakota.

In all, 21 Senate Democrats are running for re-election next year, compared with 14 Republicans. Only one Republican incumbent — three-term Senator Susan Collins of Maine — is seeking re-election in a state Romney lost. And, so far, Republicans must defend just two open seats, in Georgia and Nebraska, both of which Romney carried.

“The battle for the Senate will come down to Democrats’ ability to hold seats in Republican-leaning states,” said Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report, based in Washington. “A lot depends on how popular the president is” next year “because if people are dissatisfied, their option is to vote against the president’s party.”

President Obama joined the Senate Republicans for lunch on Thursday

March 15, 2013

Someone is getting paranoid … Obama Joins Republicans For lunch But Refuses To Eat In Fear Of Republicans Poisoning Him

Excerpted from THE HILL:

He just couldn’t eat the food.

“He looked longingly at it,”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who organized the menu, told reporters afterward.

“Apparently he has to have essentially a taster, and I pointed out to him that we were all tasters for it — that if the food had been poisoned all of us would have keeled over.”

Collins arranged for food from her home state to be served: University of Maine lobster salad, Fox Family potato chips, and Wild Maine blueberry pie.

“How can you go wrong with a University of Maine recipe for healthy lobster salad?,” she said. “I pointed that out to the president in keeping with the first lady’s initiatives.”

But even though he was unable to eat, Obama did appreciate the spread.

“He remarked we had far better food than the Democrats do and I said that’s because I was hosting,” Collins said.

After his meeting with Republicans, Obama moved to the opposite side of the Capital, where he met with House Democrats.

As he walked through the Senate basement to go through the underground walkway to the House side, Obama pointed out the subway trains that take senators between the office buildings and the Capitol.

“Do I get to ride the train like I used to?” Obama, a former senator from Illinois, asked. “I love the trolley.”

Hooker Gate Gets Closer to WH Gates…

September 21, 2012

The lead federal investigator into the Colombia prostitution scandal said for the first time Friday that White House personnel may have been involved — despite administration claims to the contrary.

Charles Edwards, the acting inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, wrote in a letter to Sen. Susan Collins that his office’s investigation into the April incident found “a hotel registry that suggests that two non-(Secret Service) personnel may have had contact with foreign nationals.”

The letter came two days after a report revealed possible White House team involvement.

Read more:

Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire

February 28, 2012

Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe will not seek reelection in 2012, according to two source with knowledge of her plans.

Republicans did get some traction in the state in 2010, including electing Republican Paul LePage as governor.

Tea Party gets their RINO — Maine returns to it’s conservative roots.

Trying To Take Away Their Money Maker

February 3, 2012

Ever wonder how when you get to Congress you become rich???

Does it cover things like Harry Reid’s “land deals”??? Long way before it becomes law.

Insider trading by members of Congress, their top staff and executive branch officials would be banned by legislation that passed the Senate on Thursday.

Although insider trading is illegal for anyone, some had argued that the STOCK Act, which passed 96 to 3, was needed to close loopholes that let lawmakers and lobbyists profit from “political intelligence.”

“We are entrusted with a profound responsibility to the American people to look out for their best interest, not for our own financial interest,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), one of the lead sponsors on a measure that garnered rare bipartisan support, including from Republican senators such as Maine’s Susan Collins and Massachusetts’ Scott Brown.

“Bottom line, members of Congress have to live by the same laws everyone else does,” said Brown. “With approval ratings of Congress at an all-time low, this bill represents an opportunity to build some trust with the American people.”

The three senators who opposed the bill were Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.). The two Republicans both argued that the measure was unnecessary and that the law already bars insider trading.

“Senator Burr voted against cloture on the bill because there are already laws in place to address this critical issue,” said Burr spokesman David Ward. “Members of Congress are elected to serve the people, not make money for themselves, and any Member or staff member who breaks the already existing insider trading laws should be held responsible.”

Bingaman added that the measure will pose problems for many federal workers. “I can’t support a bill that places unreasonable and burdensome reporting requirements on over 300,000 federal workers,” Bingaman said. “It is my hope that this legislation can be improved as the process moves forward.”

The Senate legislation also requires lawmakers and senior staffers to declare within 30 days if they sell a significant financial asset, in theory letting constituents know if a legislator might have had a financial interest in a measure.

A number of attempts to do other things with the bill, including banning earmarks, failed.

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