“I have determined that it is in the best interest of my constituents and my family to end my time in Congress at the end of this year and not seek re-election,” she said in a Facebook post. “Too many women have been harmed by harassment in the workplace. In the terrible situation in my office, I could have and should have done better.”
There is no room for this behavior. None. Connecticut Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty must resign at once for actions that can, in no way, be condoned. The Washington Post reports in detailed account how Esty did not act when she found out her chief of staff threatened to murder a woman who worked in the office. To make matters even more bizarre Esty also wrote the man a letter of recommendation!
“There is no way I would want to be in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s shoes. He does not have a smooth walk ahead. But that is not due to his lack of skill or intellect. Rather it has to do with the rabble that he has to deal with in his caucus and also from…
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan has officially been elected as the 54th Speaker of the House after he got the votes of 236 members by the full House of Representatives.
One for the road –
This new budget bill is merely a continuation of what Washington has been doing for years…more spending money that we don’t have on things don’t need while promising that some future politicians will cut spending to “pay” for it. Further down the rabbit hole…
Here’s the thing… Ryan will be a fine Speaker. And he is certainly the most conservative Speaker in my lifetime. But it’s a thankless job, and as someone who hoped that Ryan would one day ascend to higher office, being the Speaker make that much less likely.
Clinton has been immersed in politics for decades, and yet the panel managed to make the contrast between her manner and the ways of Washington look stark. She appeared to be a sensible outsider. At 7:15 P.M., nine hours after the hearings began, Martha Roby, of Alabama, asked Clinton about her movements when she went home on the night of the attack. “Were you alone?” she asked. Yes, Clinton said. “The whole night?” Clinton started to laugh once more. “I don’t see why that’s funny,” Roby said. Not funny, perhaps, but, like the Benghazi committee itself, absurd.
After spectator blogging about Congressman Ryan for the past decade, my first instinct tells me that although he is a career opportunist of the first kind, he knows that history shows the House Speaker position (even under more amicable circumstances) would probably be the end of the line for his carefully laid personal ambitions in government – and that’s really all that matters to Ryan. Let’s just say he’s got bigger priorities.
Via Cognitive Dissidence.
The quip from incoming house speaker Kevin McCarthy says all that needs saying when it comes to the ongoing, continual, meaningless political game the Republicans are playing with Benghazi. Republicans have cheapened the narrative over Benghazi and proved they are intent only on playing in the shallow end of the pool. What they should be more concerned about is how this plays with an electorate that is not in the mood for more of the same from congress. Using committee hearings on Benghazi for political gain does not restore the institution of congress or move this nation forward.
He calls Boehner “a great leader of the Republican Party and the House of Representatives.”
U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner said Friday on WTMJ radio that Boehner ended up “being the scapegoat” for not being able to overcome filibustering Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
Sensenbrenner calls the speaker’s job “thankless.”
So… skilled, professional drafters… failing to check the cross-references. That’s the story. As opposed to the idea that the loss of the subsidies was supposed to motivate the states to set up exchanges. Via “Four Words That Imperil Health Care Law Were All a Mistake, Writers Now Say” @ Althouse.
Via U.S. Senate Cook Lives In Poverty CAFFEINATED POLITICS.
Of the 435 House members who took office last week, no Republican got more votes from their constituents (231,160) than Jim Sensenbrenner of Menomonee Falls. And no Democrat got more votes (224,920) than Mark Pocan of Madison. These two lawmakers, in neighboring congressional districts, were easily the top two “vote-getters” in races for the U.S.…
“Elections have a way of voluntarily and willingly neutering congressmen.” Prominent blogger bashes Grothman for backing Boehner @ JS No Quarter Blog.
Via In first vote, Glenn Grothman backs Boehner for House Speaker @ JS All Politics Blog.
Via “Congress quietly ends federal government’s ban on medical marijuana” @ Althouse.
Washington, D.C. — Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin has been named to sit on the powerful Senate appropriations committee, a panel that her predecessor Herb Kohl served on for two decades. Via Sen. Tammy Baldwin gets seat on appropriations committee @ JS All Politics Blog.
MapLight, a California-based nonpartisan research group, has spent the better part of a year painstakingly entering data from these filings to create a Personal Financial Disclosures Database for members of Congress. The numbers for 2012 and 2013, the last reporting, are now available. Via New tool helps track congressional assets @ WisconsinWatch.org
Via Walker Calls on Congressional GOP to “Put Up or Shut Up” @ Boots & Sabers.