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Paul Ryan tip: When John Boehner smokes, the meeting’s gone bad

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Perry Case Complicates Boehner’s Lawsuit

The indictment of Governor Rick Perry of Texas and his subsequent court case are about to complicate things politically for John Boehner. No matter the actual outcome of Perry’s case, the arguments made by Perry and his supporters are going to provide an easy equivalence with Boehner’s plans to sue President Obama — an equivalence that would not have existed had Perry not been indicted.

Perry is making the claim that the entire thing is just a partisan witchhunt, driven by out-of-control Democrats in the liberal enclave of Austin. He may succeed in convincing the public of this — and it remains to be seen whether this will help or hurt Perry among Republican primary voters in the upcoming presidential contest. So far, he has signaled that he’s going to wear it as a Republican badge of honor — standing up to liberals trying to tear him down in the courts. Here is Perry’s lawyer, summing up this defense:

The facts of this case conclude that the governor’s veto was lawful, appropriate and well within the authority of the office of the governor. Today’s action, which violates the separation of powers outlined in the Texas Constitution, is nothing more than an effort to weaken the constitutional authority granted to the office of Texas governor, and sets a dangerous precedent by allowing a grand jury to punish the exercise of a lawful and constitutional authority afforded to the Texas governor.

He is arguing that the voters entrusted Perry with executive powers, which Perry then faithfully exercised, and that the case against him is nothing more than Democrats fighting a partisan battle that they already lost at the ballot box.

Now, I should explicitly point out that I have no idea what the actual facts are and until a jury hears the case, it is impossible to know whether the indictment was partisan overreach or not. I’m not going to argue the facts of the case here, to put this another way — we’ll all have plenty of time to do so as the case makes its way through the legal system in the months to come. I’m instead focusing only on the politics of the case.

Perry and his defenders are going to be making the case for strong executive power, which (they will say) is supposed to be executed without the interference of the courts. That’s Perry’s argument in a nutshell, and so far he has not been shy about strongly making this argument himself.

But this is going to become a major political stumbling block for House Republicans when John Boehner actually files his own lawsuit against President Obama. Because they’ll be arguing that, in Texas, the executive should be allowed to execute his powers without interference from the courts; while at the same time arguing that on the national level the courts should indeed interfere with the executive attempting to exercise his powers. The parallels are going to be obvious to all, in fact.

Again, the facts of both cases won’t even really enter into the discussion much, because while one party thinks the Texas case is weak, the other party is going to say the same thing about Boehner’s case. The real argument, in both cases, is: Should this be the way politics works? At what point should political arguments be handled by the justice system? Perry’s case is all about politics from beginning to end. Boehner’s case will be too.

Republicans were counting on Boehner’s case to whip their base voters into a frenzy, right before the midterm elections. They were all set to pronounce the righteousness of their position, using the justice system to rein in an otherwise-unchecked president. That’s going to be a lot tougher a sell now, especially since it is scheduled to happen after weeks and weeks of discussing the merits of the case against Perry. Republicans will be denouncing using the justice system against an executive in purely partisan fashion, and then they’ll have to start arguing that John Boehner has every right to use the justice system against an executive in purely partisan fashion. The turnabout will be so dramatic it might induce whiplash.

To the casual observer of politics, the two cases are going to sound an awful lot alike. Some Democrats, perhaps realizing this, have already expressed doubts about the case against Perry. The woman at the heart of the case isn’t exactly a “poster child” character, since video exists of her drunk driving arrest, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in her personality. To defend the case against Perry means also having to defend her, which is why some Democrats are already backing away from this one.

But Republicans won’t be able to back away so easily from Boehner’s case. This isn’t some squabble in one faraway state; this is national politics. The speaker of the House will be suing the president of the country, which can’t be written off as some sort of parochial affair. House Republicans are already on the record, having voted to proceed with the lawsuit right before the August break. For some Republicans, the lawsuit won’t even go far enough — Boehner is already walking a tightrope with Republicans who want to see him impeach Obama. Boehner won’t be able to back down, to put this another way.

But now the argument for suing Obama is going to get more complicated than anyone could have foreseen. Perry’s case is going to prepare the ground with the public, and provide Democrats with an easy response: “How is this case any different than Perry’s?” Republicans are going to be arguing one thing for Perry, and the exact opposite for Obama. This is going to become more and more obvious to all concerned, in fact.

The best Boehner can hope for, at this point, is that Perry’s case moves very, very slowly. Maybe everyone will forget about it if there is no breaking news from Austin in the next month or so. My guess, however, is that Democrats will be more than ready to remind everyone of the similarities between the two cases, and how Republicans are taking positions in the two which are completely contradictory. The Perry case — again, no matter how it turns out — has certainly made it a lot more politically complicated for Boehner to move forward with his lawsuit.

 

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Nancy Pelosi Debunks John Boehner’s 40 Jobs Bills Myth

Below are the facts about the GOP’s Faux 43:

33 Partisan, Special-Interest Bills; Message Bills to Nowhere; NOT “Jobs” Bills

* A Gift to Big Oil Act Attempt 1 (Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act, H.R. 1613) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill includes a special-interest provision sought by Big Oil that waives a Wall Street Reform provision requiring public disclosure by companies of payments made to foreign governments for oil and gas resources – a provision designed to shed light on the deals between energy companies and government officials/paramilitary groups abroad.

* A Gift to Big Oil Act Attempt 2 (Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel An America That Works Act, H.R. 4899) – Instead of creating jobs, this special-interest bill is an omnibus energy bill that rewards Big Oil and does nothing to help consumers at the pump. It mandates the most sweeping expansion of offshore drilling in our nation’s history – making broad sections of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans open for new, unsafe drilling, threatening tourism, fishing, our coast environment, and American jobs. It also gives away our public lands to Big Oil companies – elevating energy production above hunting, fishing, recreation, grazing and conservation in managing our public lands and irresponsibly expanding drilling on these public lands.

* A Gift to Big Oil and Gas Act (Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, H.R. 2728) – Instead of creating jobs, this extreme, special-interest bill blocks all federal oversight of oil and gas drilling using hydraulic fracking on federal lands and relinquishes control to the states, no matter how weak a state’s guidance, thereby undermining the ability to ensure the safety of drinking water resources around the country.

* A Gift to the Mining Industry Act (National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, H.R. 761) – Instead of creating jobs, this special-interest bill is a gift to the mining industry – with the bill, under the guise of promoting development of minerals critical to U.S. national security, being so broadly drafted that it would dramatically reduce or eliminate proper environmental reviews for almost all types of mines on public lands, even mines for sand and gravel, not remotely strategic.

* A Gift to the Coal Industry Act Attempt 1 (Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, H.R. 2218) – Instead of creating jobs, this special-interest bill endangers public health by preventing effective management of coal ash, even though coal ash contains significant quantities of heavy metals like arsenic, lead and selenium, and more than 65 sites in 26 states have been found where coal ash has contaminated the groundwater.

* A Gift to the Coal Industry Act Attempt 2 (Electricity Security Affordability Act, H.R. 3826) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill undermines our health, our economy and our environment by blocking responsible, measured efforts to reduce carbon pollution – despite the fact that carbon pollution has been shown to damage our health by causing more asthma attacks and damage our economy by causing more frequent extreme weather events, such as floods, hurricanes, and drought, and despite the fact that moving towards clean power will create tens of thousands of jobs and spark innovation.

* A Gift to the Coal Industry Act Attempt 3 (Preventing Government Waste Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act, H.R. 2824) – Instead of creating jobs, this special-interest bill gives a gift to big coal companies by replacing sensible Reagan-era protections for streams and communities in Appalachia from the impacts of mountaintop removal mining with much weaker protections – which would make the families of Appalachia pay the price through degraded water, flooding and health impacts.

* A Gift to the Timber Industry Act (Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, H.R. 1526) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill establishes “timber production zones” in each national forest, with each forest required to meet annual timber volume targets set at half of what the forest grows each year. Meeting these targets would require logging and related road building in currently protected roadless areas. In addition, the bill includes additional provisions reversing 100 years of national forest management precedent and undermining, or in some cases eliminating, multiple-use of our national forests, thereby harming recreation, hunting, fishing, and tourism.

* Rulemaking for Special Interests Act Attempt 1 (Northern Route Approval Act, H.R. 3) – Instead of creating jobs, this extreme bill tilts rulemaking in favor of special interests – effectively exempting TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from all federal permitting requirements, including requirements that apply to every other construction project in this country.

* Rulemaking for Special Interests Act Attempt 2 (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, H.R. 367) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill tilts rulemaking in favor of special interests – requiring that, in order to go into effect, any significant rule must be approved by both Houses of Congress within 70 legislative days of being received, giving special interests with deep pockets – such as banks, hedge funds, major polluters – the ability to simply bottle up a rule in one House for a relatively short period of time in order to completely kill the rule.

* Rulemaking for Special Interests Act Attempt 3 (Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, H.R. 1900) – Instead of creating jobs, this tilts rulemaking in favor of special interests – allowing the automatic approval of natural gas pipeline projects if the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or other federal agencies do not issue the required permit within rigid, unworkable timeframes.

* Rulemaking for Special Interests Act Attempt 4 (Achieving Less Excess in Regulation Requiring Transparency Act (ALERRT) Act, H.R. 2804) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill tilts rulemaking in favor of special interests – adding 60 new analytical requirements to rulemaking to throw sand in the gears and making it much easier for big corporations – banks, hedge funds, major polluters – to evade their obligations to protect the public by giving deep-pocketed special interests with enough legal resources the option to challenge rules at many more points in the process.

* Rulemaking for Special Interests Act Attempt 5 (Unfunded Mandates Information Technology Act, H.R. 899)- Instead of creating jobs, this bill tilts rulemaking in favor of special interests – by giving private industry an unfair advantage in the rulemaking process, politicizing independent regulatory agencies, and giving deep-pocketed regulated industries new abilities to tie up rules in litigation in the courts for years – with the bill opposed by Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America.

* Rulemaking for Special Interests Act Attempt 6 (Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act, H.R. 2641) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill tilts rulemaking in favor of special interests – giving private sector businesses increased control in the project approval process, tipping the scales in favor of private entities by restricting the alternatives that can be considered, and blurring the distinct roles of private entities and agencies in agency decisions by allowing project sponsors to prepare environmental review documents.

* Rulemaking for Special Interests Act Attempt 7 (North American Energy Infrastructure Act, H.R. 3301) – Instead of creating jobs, this special-interest bill tilts rulemaking in favor of special interests – eliminating the current requirement that proposed oil and natural gas pipelines and electric transmission lines that cross the U.S. border with Mexico or Canada obtain a presidential permit, after an environmental review and determination that the project is in the national interest, and replaces it with an extremely weak, limited review process.

* GOP’s Budget to Give More Tax Breaks to Millionaires, As Well As To Destroy 3 Million Jobs (Path to Prosperity Budget, H.Con.Res. 96) – Instead of creating jobs, this House GOP budget is estimated to destroy 3 million jobs and decrease economic growth by 2.5 percent in 2016. The GOP budget guts investment in America’s highways, railways, transit systems, and ports and slashes education funding. In addition, the GOP budget raises taxes on middle class families with children by an average of at least $2,000, while giving a $200,000 tax break to millionaires.

* Exploding the Deficit By Providing Corporations $156 Billion in Permanent, Unpaid-For Tax Cuts Act (American Research and Competitiveness Act, H.R. 4438) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill is part of a GOP 14-bill package of permanent tax cuts, unpaid for, that explodes the deficit by $800 billion over 10 years. This bill alone increases the deficit by $156 billion – by making permanent the RD tax credit, unpaid for. Democrats strongly support the RD tax credit but believe it should not be made permanent by adding to the deficit without any revenue offsets and also believe this proposal should be considered as part of comprehensive tax reform.

* Exploding the Deficit By Providing Businesses $73 Billion in Permanent, Unpaid-For Tax Cuts Act (America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act, H.R. 4457) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill is part of a GOP 14-bill package of permanent tax cuts, unpaid for, that explodes the deficit by $800 billion over 10 years. This bill alone increases the deficit by $73 billion – by making permanent expanded “Section 179″ expensing for small businesses, unpaid for. Democrats strongly support “Section 179″ expensing but believe that it should not be made permanent by adding to the deficit without any revenue offsets and also believe that this proposal should be considered as part of comprehensive tax reform.

* Exploding the Deficit By Providing Corporations $2.2 Billion in Permanent, Unpaid-For Tax Cuts Act (S Corporation Permanent Tax Relief Act, H.R. 4453) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill is part of a GOP 14-bill package of permanent tax cuts, unpaid for, that explodes the deficit by $800 billion over 10 years. This bill alone increases the deficit by $2.2 billion – by making permanent two provisions providing tax breaks for S-corporations, unpaid for. Democrats believe that this proposal should be considered as part of comprehensive tax reform.

* Exploding the Deficit By Providing Corporations $287 Billion in Permanent, Unpaid-For Tax Cuts Act (Making Permanent Bonus Depreciation, H.R. 4718) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill is part of a GOP 14-bill package of permanent tax cuts, unpaid for, that explodes the deficit by $800 billion over 10 years. This bill alone increases the deficit by $287 billion – by making permanent bonus depreciation, unpaid for. Democrats support continuing bonus depreciation in the manner it was intended – as a temporary boost to our economy during economic downturns – but NOT as a permanent tax break.

* Exploding the Deficit By $96 Billion With Higher Education Tax Benefit Provisions That Leave Many Students Worse Off Act (Student and Family Tax Simplification Act, H.R. 3393) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill is part of a GOP 14-bill package of permanent tax cuts, unpaid for, that explodes the deficit by $800 billion over 10 years. This bill alone increases the deficit by $96 billion – by making the American Opportunity Tax Credit permanent, unpaid for. The bill also takes away tax benefits from certain students – non-traditional undergraduate students, lifetime learners, and graduate students – to pay for benefits for undergraduate students completing their degrees in four years.

* Exploding the Deficit By $90 Billion With Child Tax Credit Provisions That Leave Millions of Low-Income Working Families Behind Act ( Making Permanent Bonus Depreciation, H.R. 4718) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill is part of a GOP 14-bill package of permanent tax cuts, unpaid for, that explodes the deficit by $800 billion over 10 years. This bill alone increases the deficit by $90 billion. The bill extends the Child Tax Credit up the income scale – on a permanent basis – so more families with six-figure incomes will benefit, while letting the Child Tax Credit disappear for many low-income working families after 2017. The nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that the GOP bill will result in pushing 12 million people – including 6 million children – into or deeper into poverty.

* Putting Insurance Companies Back in Charge of Your Health Care Act (Repealing Obamacare, H.R. 45) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill puts insurance companies back in charge of Americans’ health care by repealing the Affordable Care Act. The bill would allow insurers to once again deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, charge women more than men for the same coverage, and deny young adults the opportunity to stay on their parents’ plan; increase prescription drug costs for seniors; increase the costs of preventive services for those with private insurance; increase the deficit by $109 billion over 10 years; and destroy jobs.

* Raising Taxes on More Than 20 Million Americans and on Small Businesses Act (Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act, H.R. 2009) – Instead of creating jobs, by prohibiting the Treasury Department from implementing the ACA, this bill raises taxes on more than 20 million Americans and on small businesses. First, it takes away from Americans the premium tax credits that would save them hundreds of billions of dollars, and secondly, it takes away from small businesses the small business health care tax credit that is already saving them money.

* Forcing One Million People to Lose Their Employer-Sponsored Coverage Act (Save American Workers Act, H.R. 2575) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, would force one million people to lose their employer-provided coverage, increase the federal deficit by $74 billion, and increase the number of uninsured by up to 500,000.

* Slashing Education Act (Student Success Act, H.R. 5) – Instead of creating jobs, this right-wing bill guts education funding, cutting education funding by $1 billion in 2014 alone; rolls back protections for disadvantaged students; and removes accountability provisions designed to ensure all students have access to a high-quality education – with the groups opposed to this radical bill including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, National PTA, The Education Trust, NEA, and AFT.

* Ignoring the Concerns of Law Enforcement Act (Stop Government Abuse Act, H.R. 2879) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill allows individuals to record telephone calls and in-person conversations with federal employees, including federal law enforcement agents, without their knowledge – and is opposed by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association.

* Political Stunt Act (Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act, H.R. 890) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill is a political stunt – overturning the Administration’s proposal to provide states more flexibility to move more Americans from welfare to work, based on the false claim that the proposal gutted the work requirements in TANF. Indeed, this false GOP claim received a “Pants On Fire” designation from PolitiFact.

* Waste of Time Act (The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, H.R. 6) – Although the bill’s proponents claim that it is needed to accelerate Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports, this bill would not have that effect. The bill is unnecessary because the Department of Energy is already aggressively approving LNG exports. To date, DOE has approved seven export applications. The amounts already approved for export would transform the U.S. into the world’s second largest exporter of LNG, just behind Qatar. If one more application is granted, the U.S. would become the world’s largest exporter of LNG.

* Preempting State Water Rights Act (Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, H.R. 3964) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill sets a dangerous precedent of preempting state water rights, leaving other states vulnerable to this kind of unwarranted federal interference. It repeals existing law regarding the use of water in California and unravels a key water settlement reached by the state of California, local ranchers, farmers, and other users of water from the San Joaquin River that has been decades in the making. It dismisses the best available science, repeals environmental protections, damages local tourism, hurts fishermen and farmers, and would cause job losses.

* On Behalf of Special Interests, Working to Undermine Wall Street Reforms Act (Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, H.R. 1105) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill exempts private equity funds from the disclosure requirements that the Congress included in Wall Street Reform to allow regulators to assess systemic risks – with such disclosure necessary to make the financial market more transparent and protect investors.

* Anti-Worker Act (Working Families Flexibility Act, H.R. 1406) – Instead of creating jobs, this bill gives employers the flexibility to substitute overtime pay to their workers with comp time. Under the bill’s provisions, workers will not get paid for hours that exceed 40 hours per week. That pay will instead go into an employer-controlled pot to be paid later. Furthermore, employers could schedule excessive overtime hours and only offer overtime work to workers who agree to take comp time instead of overtime wages.

* Pro-Polluter Act (Energy Consumers Relief, H.R. 1582) – Instead of creating jobs, this extreme bill blocks the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to put in place critical public health rules to reduce pollution that harms the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate.

10 Generally Modest Bills with Bipartisan Support; Still Under Consideration in Senate; Not Significant “Jobs” Bills

* Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act (H.R. 2640) – Still Under Consideration in Senate – This is a modest, bipartisan, noncontroversial bill that passed the House under suspension of the rules by voice vote. It contains provisions designed to provide a long-term water supply for the City of Prineville, Oregon and the surrounding area and generate clean and emissions-free hydropower. It is still under consideration in the Senate.

* Veterans Economic Opportunity Act (H.R. 2481) – Still Under Consideration in Senate – This is a bipartisan, noncontroversial bill that passed the House under suspension of the rules by voice vote. It creates a Veterans Economic Opportunity Administration within the VA to administer existing vocational, education and other assistance programs for veterans. It also clarifies foreclosure and refinancing protections for veterans and extends certain homeless veterans reintegration programs. It is still under consideration in the Senate.

* Success and Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10) – Still Under Consideration in Senate – This is a modest, bipartisan bill that passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 360 to 45. This bill reauthorizes and strengthens the Charter School Program, which supports the planning, development, and initial implementation of charter schools. It is still under consideration in the Senate.

* Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) – Still Under Consideration in Senate – This is a bill that received bipartisan support, passing the House by a vote of 325 to 91. 130 Democrats voted for the bill, arguing that it was a positive step forward in promoting innovators and cracking down on abusive practices of patent “trolls.” 64 Democrats voted against the bill, arguing that it needed improvements, including better fully protecting the interests of small businesses. It is still under consideration in the Senate.

* Hire More Heroes Act (H.R. 3474) – Still Under Consideration in Senate – This is a bipartisan, noncontroversial bill that passed the House under suspension of the rules by a bipartisan vote of 406 to 1. It is designed to encourage the hiring of veterans by allowing employers that hire a veteran who has health coverage through TRICARE or the Veterans Administration to not count that veteran towards the 50-employee threshold for triggering the ACA employer responsibility requirement. It is still under consideration in the Senate.

* Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 624) – Still Under Consideration in Senate – This is a bill that received some bipartisan support, passing the House by a vote of 288 to 127. It encourages greater sharing of cyber threat data between the private sector and the federal government. 92 Democrats voted for the bill, arguing that it would improve the ability to successfully defend against cyber threats. 98 Democrats voted against the bill, arguing that the privacy of Americans was not being adequately protected. The bill is still under consideration in the Senate. Although a significant bill, it is not a jobs bill.

* Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086) – Still Under Consideration in Senate – This is a bipartisan bill that passed the House under suspension of the rules by voice vote. It permanently extends the Internet Freedom Act, which is set to expire on November 1 – thereby permanently banning state and local governments from taxing Internet access. Although it passed by voice vote, some Democrats expressed concerns that permanently extending the ban could limit the ability of state and local entities to review Internet policies. The bill is still under consideration in the Senate.

* Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act (H.R. 3136) – Still Under Consideration in Senate – This is a modest, bipartisan, noncontroversial bill that passed the House by a vote of 414 to 0. It creates some demonstration projects for competency-based higher education programs that substitute the assessment of student knowledge in place of such time-based measures as credit hours or time spent in class. The bill is still under consideration in the Senate.

* Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act (H.R. 4983) – Still Under Consideration in Senate – This is a modest, bipartisan, noncontroversial bill that passed the House under suspension of the rules by voice vote. It requires improvements in the Education Department’s college comparison website for students and parents, requiring more detailed information on enrollment, costs, financial aid, faculty, and graduation rates. The bill is still under consideration in the Senate.

* Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act (H.R. 4984) – Still Under Consideration in Senate – This is a modest, bipartisan, noncontroversial bill that passed the House by a vote of 405 to 11. It makes improvements in the financial counseling that recipients of student aid and loans receive so that students can make more informed choices of how to finance their education and always know how much they will owe. The bill is still under consideration in the Senate.

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Thanks To John Boehner and Sarah Palin Democrats Are Crushing Republicans …

Thanks To John Boehner and Sarah Palin Democrats Are Crushing Republicans In Fundraising


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palin-boehnerThanks to John Boehner’s lawsuit and Sarah Palin beating of the impeachment drums, Democrats had their July in history and are crushing Republicans in 2014 fundraising.

The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee reported that they had their best July in history. The DSCC has raised $103.5 million more than Senate Republicans. This is a $27 million advantage over the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The Democrats have more money and zero debt.

In a statement, DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil said, “The Koch Brothers are spending millions on Republican candidates like Tom Cotton, Thom Tillis, Joni Ernst and others who would go to Washington so they can privatize Social Security, gut Medicare, and limit access to common forms of birth control. But with less than 80 days to go, Democratic candidates are fighting back thanks to the hard work and generosity of grassroots supports all across the country. We’re running smarter, better campaigns with better candidates and are in position to hold the majority.”

It is clear that the Democrats have the better candidates. The superior Democratic organization is why the race for the majority in the Senate is so close. Democrats are campaigning on an uneven playing field this year. The map is tilted towards the GOP, but Republicans have not been able to get a firm grip on the 2014 election.

John Boehner’s lawsuit and the demand for Obama impeachment are two of the main reasons why money has been flowing in for Democrats. Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama motivated Democrats who otherwise might have dozed off until 2016 to get involved. The Republicans calls for impeachment are serving to remind Democrats of what is at stake in 2014. As Mike Huckabee said on a radio show in Iowa, President Obama can be impeached if Republicans have a majority in the Senate.

Republicans woke Democrats up. It is great that so many people are donating to help keep the Senate majority, but the real test comes in November when Democrats must go to the polls and vote.

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Boehner ‘La-Z-Boy’ tour canceled due to Ferguson

Members of MoveOn.org are starting a 4-day satirical tour of Ohio Friday to bring attention to what they say are Speaker John Boehner and the Republican party’s failure to address certain issues.

The John “Lazy Boy” Boehner and his “Do-Nothing-Good House Tour” is making stops in West Chester – Boehner’s home town – Beavercreek, Dublin, Toledo and Columbus.

An actor portraying Boehner will recline in a La-Z-Boy recliner and contemplate various topics for up to eight hours a day. The event will be live-streamed on the MoveOn.org website.

“Speaker Boehner and House Republicans have failed to pass meaningful legislation, and have in fact blocked important legislation like the Employee Non-Discrimination Act and a minimum-wage increase, both of which are widely supported,” said a MoveOn.org press release. “Instead, Speaker Boehner led a vote to sue President Obama for acting on important issues facing Americans.”

A representative for Boehner was not immediately available for comment.

August 15: Job creation and the economy

Noon – 5 p.m. at Speaker John Boehner’s Office, 7696 Cincinnati-Dayton Road Suite B, West Chester.

August 16: America’s gun violence epidemic

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at William Mason High School, 6100 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason.

August 17: Climate change and water quality

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Toledo Water Treatment Facility, 3040 York Street, Toledo.

August 18: Immigration and the refugee crisis

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Taco Bell, 4915 Tuttle Crossing Boulevard, Dublin.

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John Boehner Blames All Of His Failures On Obama Not Being Up To The Job …

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During a recent radio interview, John Boehner blamed every single Republican failure on Obama not being up to the job of being president.

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The Hill summed it up:

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blasted President Obama’s domestic and foreign policies in a recent radio interview, saying Obama was “not prepared for the job.”

Boehner also blamed global tensions on Obama’s “apology tour” five years ago.

“When America leads and America is strong, the world is a much safer place,” he said. “The world wants us to lead.”

“When you look at this White House, you see incompetence at many levels,” Boehner added.

“Democrats, Republicans, nobody has a relationship with the White House,” he said.

“It’s not about Democrats versus Republicans,” Boehner said. “It’s a White House that’s not very well organized and, frankly, not very effective as well.”

“There’s nobody more frustrated than I am, but we’re the minority party,” Boehner added.

Boehner is going around the country trying to pass the buck for his own failures. The idea that Obama is responsible for the failings of a House of Representatives that refuses to cooperate with the Senate or the White House is borderline insane.

Speaker Boehner’s talking points were old and tired years ago. When a Republican breaks out the old apology tour line, they are really fishing for an excuse. The reality of the situation is that John Boehner is the one who hasn’t been up to the job. He can’t control his own Republicans. Rep. Boehner can’t even pass his own legislation. It is Boehner who has failed the country, not Obama.

Since Republicans can’t run on their records, they are giving voters more of the same batch of excuses that they have used for the last four years. Obama never went on an apology tour, but Speaker Boehner is traveling the country making excuses for his own incompetence.

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Boehner’s fundraising skills evident during summer

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FILE: Aug. 27, 2012: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.AP

House Speaker John Boehner’s fundraising skills put him in a class with few others. He has scooped up more than $43 million for accounts under his direct control and helped amass tens of millions more for Republican allies.

The Ohio lawmaker accounts for about one-fifth of the cash collected by House Republicans’ campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee. Boehner has written almost $18 million in checks to the group, which has raised $101 million this campaign cycle.

He is spending Congress’ August break on a 14-state bus tour to help the GOP hold the majority in the House, appearing at fundraisers for candidates, including one Friday night in North Dakota for first-term Rep. Kevin Cramer.

“I’m glad he’s on my team. Let’s get him re-elected,” Boehner said of Cramer during a fundraiser in an old dairy barn that is now an events center in Lincoln, a town of about 2,400 people southeast of Bismarck.

Boehner said it was about “saving the American dream for my kids and yours.”

In the audience were about 250 lobbyists, business leaders and farmers who each paid $100 to hear Boehner and grab a hamburger, some potato salad and cookies.

By the time Boehner returns to Washington, he will have traveled 6,000 miles and appeared at campaign events for 20 Republicans candidates. He will have met with party leaders and the activists behind local political organizing.

Elmer Knodel, 82, drove 85 miles from his farm in Drake for the chance to see Boehner, and write Cramer a check.

“I’ve been corresponding with (Boehner) for years,” Knodel said. “The speaker told me he was real glad to meet me.”

Boehner’s draw and fundraising prowess ensure he probably can lead the GOP as long as he wants.

He “is probably the more important Republican in America today,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple told as donors.

Speculation about Boehner’s retirement often quiets when operatives realize the large role his fundraising machine plays.

The speaker’s role typically brings with it tremendous fundraising potential.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent more than $2 million from her campaign accounts to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s unsuccessful bid to keep the party’s House majority in 2010. Democrats say she helped raise more than $20 million for the committee in that year, and $27 million last year.

Pelosi, still the top Democrat in the House, has paid $1 million directly to the congressional campaign committee this year and has helped it raise more than $45 million this cycle, party officials said. Her fundraising haul stands at almost $69 million for candidates and committees combined.

Pelosi tends to help other Democratic political machines raise money. Boehner, who rose to the House’s top job after 2010′s tea party-driven elections removed Pelosi as speaker, favors collecting the cash through his committees and doling it out.

Boehner’s Ohio re-election campaign raised $15 million and his national fundraising committee raised more than $25 million. His grass-roots committee, The Freedom Project, raised an additional almost $3 million.

Boehner’s fundraising footprint is significantly larger than what appears on federal campaign tallies. He raises millions more through fundraising letters, automated phone calls and emails that have his signature. Events like the one Friday evening add to that tally.

National Republican Congressional Committee officials declined to detail how much Boehner-backed fundraising pitches collect for them.

Even with Boehner’s deep pockets and drawing power, the House Republicans’ campaign committee lags its Democratic rival. Heading into July, the Democratic committee had raised almost $125 million this cycle and outraised the Republicans in 16 of the previous 18 months.
  

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John Boehner Is A Fundraising Machine

LINCOLN, N.D. (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner’s fundraising skills put him in a class with few others. He has scooped up more than $43 million for accounts under his direct control and helped amass tens of millions more for Republican allies.

The Ohio lawmaker accounts for about one-fifth of the cash collected by House Republicans’ campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee. Boehner has written almost $18 million in checks to the group, which has raised $101 million this campaign cycle.

He is spending Congress’ August break on a 14-state bus tour to help the GOP hold the majority in the House, appearing at fundraisers for candidates, including one Friday night in North Dakota for first-term Rep. Kevin Cramer.

“I’m glad he’s on my team. Let’s get him re-elected,” Boehner said of Cramer during a fundraiser in an old dairy barn that is now an events center in Lincoln, a town of about 2,400 people southeast of Bismarck.

Boehner said it was about “saving the American dream for my kids and yours.”

In the audience were about 250 lobbyists, business leaders and farmers who each paid $100 to hear Boehner and grab a hamburger, some potato salad and cookies.

By the time Boehner returns to Washington, he will have traveled 6,000 miles and appeared at campaign events for 20 Republicans candidates. He will have met with party leaders and the activists behind local political organizing.

Elmer Knodel, 82, drove 85 miles from his farm in Drake for the chance to see Boehner, and write Cramer a check.

“I’ve been corresponding with (Boehner) for years,” Knodel said. “The speaker told me he was real glad to meet me.”

Boehner’s draw and fundraising prowess ensure he probably can lead the GOP as long as he wants.

He “is probably the more important Republican in America today,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple told as donors.

Speculation about Boehner’s retirement often quiets when operatives realize the large role his fundraising machine plays.

The speaker’s role typically brings with it tremendous fundraising potential.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent more than $2 million from her campaign accounts to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s unsuccessful bid to keep the party’s House majority in 2010. Democrats say she helped raise more than $20 million for the committee in that year, and $27 million last year.

Pelosi, still the top Democrat in the House, has paid $1 million directly to the congressional campaign committee this year and has helped it raise more than $45 million this cycle, party officials said. Her fundraising haul stands at almost $69 million for candidates and committees combined.

Pelosi tends to help other Democratic political machines raise money. Boehner, who rose to the House’s top job after 2010′s tea party-driven elections removed Pelosi as speaker, favors collecting the cash through his committees and doling it out.

Boehner’s Ohio re-election campaign raised $15 million and his national fundraising committee raised more than $25 million. His grass-roots committee, The Freedom Project, raised an additional almost $3 million.

Boehner’s fundraising footprint is significantly larger than what appears on federal campaign tallies. He raises millions more through fundraising letters, automated phone calls and emails that have his signature. Events like the one Friday evening add to that tally.

National Republican Congressional Committee officials declined to detail how much Boehner-backed fundraising pitches collect for them.

Even with Boehner’s deep pockets and drawing power, the House Republicans’ campaign committee lags its Democratic rival. Heading into July, the Democratic committee had raised almost $125 million this cycle and outraised the Republicans in 16 of the previous 18 months.

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Elliott reported from Washington.

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