by Legate Damar
McConnell Allows Debt-Ceiling to be Raised
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recently engaged in legislative ruse that allowed Democrats to raise the debt ceiling without a fight. McConnell instructed the clerk not to announce senator’s votes, contrary to customary practice, which concealed them from the public. Adam Jentleson, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said “Republican leaders” requested the silent vote to make it easier to get colleagues to switch. He said such a request is consistent with Senate rules (Mitch McConnell under fire for move to allow debt-ceiling vote, 2014).
McConnell secured enough GOP votes to combine with Democrats’ to bring the debt ceiling measure to a vote. Additional Republicans joined their leader for the final tally, 67-31. In all, 12 GOP senators voted for cloture. On the debt ceiling measure itself, GOP senators in the chamber voted against it, while the Democrats backed it, resulting in the bill passing 55-43. (Two GOP senators did not vote) (Mitch McConnell under fire for move to allow debt-ceiling vote, 2014).
Republican primary challenger and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, Appearing on conservative commentator Glenn Beck’s radio program, called McConnell “spineless” and “a Democrat in disguise as a Republican.” Bevin said McConnell could have stopped the Senate from voting for the bill.
Bevin told Beck, “Once he went, all of the other sheep followed. ... It is irresponsible (Mitch McConnell under fire for move to allow debt-ceiling vote, 2014).”
by NO TOLLS
The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, which is gaining fame on the Web for its progressive agenda, http://nkychamberofcommunists.com/index.php wants you to pay tolls on the Interstate highway to cross the Ohio River. The River City News was the sole press in attendance at the raucous Kenton Mayor's Meeting. http://rcnky.com/articles/2014/02/16/possible-change-dialogue-bridge-project-emerges-mayors-group-meeting Please contact your mayor and members of your city council and encourage them to pass a no tolls resolution. Nine cities and Kenton County have passed resolutions against tolls. If you live in one of the cites listed below, that have not passed a NO TOLLS resolution, please contact your city and ask them to pass a resolution. The average toll in the US is $5.00 one way! The Louisville bridge toll is reported to be $4.00
City Mayor Phone Email
Florence Diane Whalen 859-647-8177
The enabling legislation for Public Private Partnerships is expected to be introduced in Frankfort. Leave a message for your legislator 1-800-372-7181 and tell them not to support P3 legislation. Tell them you do not want tolls. Tell them there are other options.
by Legate Damar
The Latest Bluegrass Poll Results for McConnell
Senator Mitch McConnell’s woes continue as the latest Bluegrass Poll of likely statewide voters show the Senate Minority Leader trails Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes by 4 percentage points in this year’s U.S. Senate race, 46%-42%. Only 27 percent of Kentuckians hold a favorable opinion of the five-term incumbent, while 50 percent said they had an unfavorable view. Only 43 percent of conservatives said they had a favorable opinion of him (Poll: Grimes has small lead over McConnell, 2014).
The poll’s high unfavorability rating for McConnell puts him in a comparable position with then-Senate President David Williams when he ran unsuccessfully for governor of Kentucky. A Bluegrass Poll during the 2011 gubernatorial election found Williams was viewed favorably by 17 percent of voters, while 38 percent viewed him unfavorably (Poll: Grimes has small lead over McConnell, 2014).
McConnell’s Job Approval Versus President Barack Obama
Testament to his unpopularity McConnell’s job-approval rating in Kentucky is worse than President Barack Obama’s, despite the fact that the president is wildly unpopular here, losing the state in the prior presidential elections overwhelmingly in 2008 and 2012. Sixty percent of Kentuckians said they disapprove of the jobs Obama and McConnell are doing, but they gave Obama a slightly higher approval rating – 34 percent to 32 percent for McConnell (Poll: Grimes has small lead over McConnell, 2014).
by Legate Damar
2014 Kentucky Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is a fifth-term senator from Kentucky. He is the minority leader in the 110th Congress and sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee. He currently is in a heated primary with challenger Matt Bevin that will be decided in the upcoming Republican Primaries on May 20th, 2014.
The Tea Party must have Mitch McConnell scared of losing his Senate seat. According to USA Today, McConnell announced that he has stockpiled $10.9 million in cash reserves for what promises to be one of the most expensive and closely watched Senate battles of the year (McConnell builds enormous war chest for Senate race, 2014). One would have to conclude McConnell’s fundraising is in response to hundreds of Tea Party activists from neighboring states coming to the Bluegrass state to assist with toppling McConnell (Tea Party Sets Its Sights on Mitch McConnell, 2014).
Must be nice to have such deep pockets from establishment donors like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in order to promote their big business agenda which most would unequivocally agree is crony capitalism (Support Mid-term Candidates that share Tea Party Values, 2013). If you don’t believe that McConnell provides kickbacks to big business campaign contributors, evidence indicates that would be an incorrect assumption. Two in particular are located in Louisville, KY; Boardpoint LLC and UPS.
by Stephanie Simon
The board of the New York state teachers union this weekend unanimously withdrew its support for the Common Core standards as they have been implemented — a major blow for Common Core advocates who have been touting support from teachers as proof that the standards will succeed in classrooms nationwide.
“We’ll have to be the first to say it’s failed,” said Richard Iannuzzi, president of New York State United Teachers.