Gallup has a poll out today ahead of the April 15 tax-filing deadline showing that, when it comes to paying taxes, independent voters are far more likely to agree with Republicans than they are with Democrats:
Democratic Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes has sought to distance herself from the Obama administration’s War on Coal in her race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in coal-friendly Kentucky.
“I disagree with the president and his philosophies in terms of coal,” Grimes has said. “I stand by the 15,000 men and women who are employed here in the state of Kentucky.”
It’s a prudent political move, but does Grimes really mean it? Or is she just saying that to get elected? In any event, Grimes is likely to discuss the issue in more candid fashion at an April 30 fundraiser at the Washington, D.C., home of anti-coal Representative Patrick Murphy (D., Fla.).
Dan McLaughlin at RedState has nice rundown of how the left-wing political machine took a statement from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) wildly out of context, and then blasted it around the Internet as yet another example of the Republican “War on Women.”
Here’s what happened. After listening to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) launch into another tirade against the Koch brothers on the Senate floor, McConnell fired back, saying: “Instead of focusing on jobs, [the majority leader] launched into another confusing attack on the left’s latest bizarre obsession…Democrats chose to ignore serious job-creation ideas so they could blow a few kisses to their powerful pals on the left.”
As the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple explains, McConnell was clearly referring to Democratic “attacks” on the Koch brothers, but that not how the Left saw it:
Remember Saloman Melgen? He is the Florida ophthalmologist and major Democratic donor whose relationship with Senator Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) prompted a federal investigation amid allegations that the Senator accepted and failed to report inappropriate gifts from Melgen and used his influence in Congress to protect Melgen’s financial interests in the Dominican Republican.
Melgen is back in the news after a Wall Street Journal lawsuit revealed that he was the single largest recipient of Medicare reimbursements in 2012, collecting more than $20 million from the federal government that year.
If you haven’t already, read Matthew Continetti’s column on how cable giant (and MSNBC parent company) Comcast has effectively bought the Democratic Party. This will likely prove a wise investment, as Comcast is currently seeking government approval for its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, a move that would create the largest cable conglomerate in the country.
If you were a giant corporation looking to purchase Democratic loyalty, you would naturally target the ones with the most powerful, such as Barack Obama. So it’s no surprise that Obama is by far the largest recipient of donations from Comcast employees (and their family members) and political action committees.
Then there are the campaign committees. Comcast donations to the Democratic National Committee, and Democratic House and Senate committees total more than $1.8 million. And Comcast would certainly be short-changing its shareholders if it hadn’t bought off Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) as well. Don’t worry, they have.
New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan (D) celebrated “Equal Pay Day” on Tuesday:
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) criticized his colleague Jerry Moran (R., Kan.) for advancing the “Republican Koch agenda.” While speaking on the Senate floor, Moran had read from a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Charles Koch, who Reid has described as “un-American.”
“My Republican colleagues,” Reid said, were “falling all over themselves” to advance the “radical philosophy” of Charles and David Koch, who has frequently sought to undermine America by donating money to hospitals and the arts.
Democrats, on the other hand, would never kowtow to wealthy liberals such as Tom Steyer (and his older, poorer brother, Jim), who has pledged to spend at least $100 million backing Democrats who support aggressive government action to address the scientific theory known as “climate change.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) is obstructing a potential compromise over legislation to increase the minimum wage. You can read about it in this THE POLITICO article under the triumphant headline: “Harry Reid remains firm on $10.10 minimum wage.”
That’s one way of putting it.
Reid has made clear that compromise is out of the question. Senator Susan Collins (R., Maine), a noted Tea Party radical, is reaching out to lawmakers on both sides in the hope of crafting a bill that could actually pass. She has suggested a smaller wage increase, and the addition of some minor GOP-backed reforms. Is it a long shot? Sure. But red state Democrats such as Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu have already distanced themselves from Reid’s hard line. Or, as the excitable scribes at Daily Kos more eloquently put it: “Wimp Democrats look to split the baby on minimum wage.” As usual, Harry Reid is more than happy to woo the Kos crowd, and serve up heaping platters of whatever the left-wing equivalent of “red meat” is. Heirloom pomegranates?