Representative Annie Kuster (D., N.H.) held a campaign rally on Wednesday to accept the endorsement of the pro-choice group NARAL. Apparently someone on Kuster’s campaign though it was a good idea to make the whole event Halloween themed—complete with cobwebs and skeletons—to make the point that when it comes to abortion, Republican policies are “truly frightening.”
Becoming a U.S. senator can be great way to increase your personal wealth. Just ask Kay Hagan, whose net worth has increased almost 40 percent since getting elected.
According to CQ Roll Call, which tracks the wealth of members of Congress on an annual basis, Hagan’s minimum net worth (figures are provided in broad ranges on financial disclosure forms) was $6.67 million when she took office in 2009. As of this year, Hagan had a minimum net worth of $9.12 million, which amounts to a 37 percent over her Senate career.
Like Paul Krugman, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) knows a nefarious conspiracy when he sees one. Blumenthal has called on the National School Board Association to end its recently announced partnership with Right Decision Right Now, a program designed to prevent youth tobacco use.
That sounds like a good thing, right? Why would Blumenthal oppose the partnership? Well, because Right Decision Right Now was founded by R.J. Reynolds, a tobacco company that obviously wants children to smoke (or something). He called the partnership a “deadly deal” that must be stopped.