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« Reply #100 on: May 18, 2018, 04:39:18 pm »

November 16th, 2017

As worldwide #MeToo movement gains traction, Sen. Al Franken accused of sexual misconduct



ST. PAUL - The United States, and the whole world with it, are engulfed by a new movement called #MeToo after a Tweeter hashtag started by actress Alyssa Milano, encouraging women (or men) to stand up and tell their stories of sexual assault and harrassment by powerful figures. Triggered by the sexual assault allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, the movement had been wildly successful, and lead to allegations of sexual assault against actor Kevin Spacey by fellow actor Anthony Rapp and others, causing Netflix to terminate their relations with him, allegations against Bill O'Reilly which lead to his firing from Fox News, comedian Louis C.K., Israeli media mogul Alex Giladi, USA Gymnastic national team doctor Larry Nassar who was accused of child molestation, and many others. But the movement had major impact on politics, too- dozens of political candidates, state legislators and 2016 Republican nominee Donald Trump were already accused, many of them forced to resign or drop out of their races, and now they were joined by another big name. Senator Al Franken (D-MN), a popular politician and former comedian who many Democrats were cheering as a possible Presidential contender, was accused today by radio host Leeann Tweeden of forcibly kissing her during a skit rehearsal. A picture also surfaced of Franken putting his hands on or above her breasts while she was asleep. The Minnesota Senator issued an apology, though claiming that he does not recall the skit rehearsal like that. High profile Democrats seem reluctant to comment on the story- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) became the first Democrat to do so and said that if the allegations were true it was "very serious and disappointing", while White House Press Secretary said that the Obama administration "hopes Franken has a good explanation to this".

November 21st, 2017

The flood continues- longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) accused of sexual assault, resigns under pressure from President, Democratic leadership



DETROIT - The waves made by the #MeToo worldwide movement of women revealing stories of sexual assault continues to make waves, this time felling one of the most respected and revered members of congress coming from the civil rights movement. A story first reported on Buzzfeed asserts that longtime U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015, leveled by a former staffer who said she was fired for refusing his sexual advances. Shortly after the story was reported, several other women accused Conyers of inappropriate sexual conduct, leading top Democratic leaders to start pressuring him to resign his seat, as Democrats nationwide embrace the #MeToo movement. The Michigan representative reportedly resisted calls to resign from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader Tim Ryan (D-OH) at first, but when President Barack Obama personally called him to ask for his resignation, he finally agreed to step down. Conyers, who served in congress for over 50 years, and has the distinguished title of the longest-serving African American there and an activist in the civil rights movement, is considered an icon, and Democratic leaders were praised by feminist activists for acting despite that. In a statemnet, President Obama said that Conyers is "an icon with years of distinguished service", but added that "the allegations are credible and disappointing, and he was right to resign".

November 26th, 2017

As Washington is engulfed by #MeToo, EPA Administrator Gore reportedly removes Franken from consideration to join "Inconvenient Gang"



MINNEAPOLIS - Initially considered likely to begin working on an environmental bill this week, EPA Administrator Al Gore has reportedly delayed forming his bipartisan team of Senators in light of the recent turmoil caused by sexual misconduct allegations against major political figures. Notable, sources confirm that Gore was ready to choose Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to take part in the group, called by pundits "an Inconvenient Gang" after Gore's famous documentary film about climate change. Now, the former Vice President has reportedly ruled out Franken's participation and will choose a different Democrat to join the group. A spokeswoman for Gore confirmed that the EPA Administrator will make his choice "in the coming weeks" and immediately begin work on "the most ambitious bill to combat climate change that we have seen in America".

November 30th, 2017

As more sexual misconduct claims surface, Sen. Gillibrand says "enough is enough", calls for Franken to resign; Pres. Obama, White House officials and dozens of Democratic Senators quickly join her



WASHINGTON, D.C. - After more and more women came forward to accuse Senator Al Franken of problematic conduct- with the most prominent accusations being that the Minnesota Senator groped them when taking photos, and today an allegation of an unwanted kiss when appearing at his radio show- the back of many Democratic lawmakers has finally snapped. The first to call for Franken's resignation was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a longtime crusader against rampant sexual misconduct, who said that "enough is enough" and that Franken "should not continue to serve, because we can't let anything go unanswered- not sexual assault and not sexual harrassment of any type". She seemed to have opened the floodgates, because later that day dozens of other lawmakers joined her, including women like Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). They were joined by President Obama himself, who stated that "with all of these credible allegations, Senator Franken cannot continue to serve, and should resign". According to a spokesman, Senator Franken will be making an announcement in the coming days.

December 4th, 2017

Franken to resign from congress "effective immediately" after successor is chosen, apologizes for any "grief" caused



WASHINGTON, D.C. - Minnesota Senator Al Franken, accused by several women of inappropriate sexual conduct and harrassment, has made a speech on the Senate floor officially announcing his resignation "effective immediately" after his replacement is chosen. In his address, Franken apologized for "letting down my constituents" and for "any grief caused by my actions and this recent episode". This is considered a relief for Democrats, who hoped not to appear hypocrticial in their support of the #MeToo movement, and a show of strength by President Obama, who called for Franken to resign, as well as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who was the first to make the call and put herself in the forefront of the political support for #MeToo. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will now have to choose a replacement for Senator Franken.

December 8th, 2017

U.S. Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ), accused of sexual misconduct, to resign from House seat



PHOENIX - Yet another politician was taken down by sexual harrassment allegations, as U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) resigned his seat after pressure from family and Minority Leader Paul Ryan (R-WI). According to the allegations by two women who worked as staffers for Franks, he repeatedly asked them to carry his children as surrogate mothers, retaliating against one of them when she refused. The two woman feared that the suggestion was of a sexual nature. Minority Leader Ryan was praised for quickly acting on the allegations, saying that they were "credible claims of misconduct" and pressing Franks to step down. The pressure worked and, after his wife was admitted to the hospital, the Arizona congressman resigned his seat.

December 10th, 2017

Gov. Dayton appoints his Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to Franken's seat; special election scheduled for 2018



ST. PAUL - Following embattled Senator Al Franken's resignation from the Senate, pending an appointed replacement, due to sexual harrassment accusations, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) has finally made the choice of Franken's replacement. Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, who previously served at Planned Parenthood and later as Dayton's Chief of Staff, will be appointed to Franken's seat after his resignation- and have to face a potentially tough reelection in 2018's special election. Despite Franken's seat only being up for election in 2020, a special election will be held in next year's midterms due to Minnesota Senate vacancy laws, and Republicans see a potential pickup opportunity, with the national climate favouring them and Smith holding low name recognition in her state. Several high-profile Republicans in the state are rumoured to be considering a run, including former Governor Tim Pawlenty, U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, and former Senator Norm Coleman, who previously held the seat before Franken ousted him in 2008. But with a gubernatorial election and the other Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobucher (D), running for reelection in 2018, Republicans will have to spread their bench thin in the state.
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« Reply #101 on: May 18, 2018, 06:48:02 pm »
« Edited: May 20, 2018, 07:40:57 pm by Progressive Pessimist »

Now Don Jr. can go back to his true love, killing elephants

He already did that metaphorically.
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« Reply #102 on: May 20, 2018, 07:52:39 am »

There is no way that Kander,Bayh and other Democratic Senators from the rust belt would support the TPP.
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« Reply #103 on: May 20, 2018, 09:45:38 am »

There is no way that Kander,Bayh and other Democratic Senators from the rust belt would support the TPP.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTQPIjkWpYY
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« Reply #104 on: May 20, 2018, 10:33:38 am »

There is no way that Kander,Bayh and other Democratic Senators from the rust belt would support the TPP.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTQPIjkWpYY
"This is a bad deal for Missouri, which is why I oppose it."
"and that’s one of many reasons why I oppose the Trans Pacific-Partnership."
This video proves my point.
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« Reply #105 on: May 20, 2018, 01:01:44 pm »

There is no way that Kander,Bayh and other Democratic Senators from the rust belt would support the TPP.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTQPIjkWpYY
"This is a bad deal for Missouri, which is why I oppose it."
"and that’s one of many reasons why I oppose the Trans Pacific-Partnership."
This video proves my point.

Yes, but you see, politicians don't always vote according to what they've said.
Let's start with Evan Bayh- I do not believe he's a protectionist by any measure, and most of his trade views seem to concetrate on opposing China- which would make the TPP an attractive deal for him.
As for Kander- he just seemed to me like someone who could break from the traditional dogma of "I I won't be a blue-dog protectionst, I'll lose". And there's another thing- I've already been pretty generous to Democrats with the whole voting against the President issue. Most of the times, especially in our polarized era, pressure from the White House and leadership can be very effective in whipping Senate votes. Look at how Rand Paul, for example, straightened up and voted for the Republican healthcare bills each time, and how only 3 Seantros could find it in them to break the line. This time, due to Republican support, the White House could let Senators up in 2018 vote against it, but Kander is up in 2022 so I could definitely see him shifting to support the TPP after its new form was presented. It was actually a smart move from the Obama administration- not that much was changed in the deal, but enough changed to allow people like Kander and Bayh to say that they now support it.
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« Reply #106 on: May 20, 2018, 01:19:49 pm »

I think Kander would come around to support it. Since it's good policy. And he has a history of not being subject to things because they'll help him win an election, like in 2012 or 2016.
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« Reply #107 on: May 20, 2018, 01:25:32 pm »

Even HRC withdrew from her support to the TPP,TPP was a dead deal long before Trump won.
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« Reply #108 on: May 20, 2018, 01:30:04 pm »

https://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/32295/20160728/schumer-trashes-tpp-trade-policy-in-talk-to-ny-delegates
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« Reply #109 on: May 20, 2018, 01:35:11 pm »

TPP isn't "a good policy",there is a reason why Trump won.
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« Reply #110 on: May 20, 2018, 01:50:22 pm »

Bayh voted against CAPTA so he wouldn't vote in favor of the TPP either.
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« Reply #111 on: May 20, 2018, 02:02:19 pm »
« Edited: May 20, 2018, 04:02:55 pm by Parrotguy »

Bayh voted against CAPTA so he wouldn't vote in favor of the TPP either.

Ok but it's an alternative timeline and not reality so you could 1. concentrate your arguments in one post 2. not get worked out over an alternative timeline lol Tongue
And my previous line of argument stands- the White House has considerable power over Senators, and if anything, Senators like Gary Peters, Debbie Stabenow and others would likely vote for the re-negotiated TPP due to this sheer pressure.
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« Reply #112 on: May 20, 2018, 03:07:17 pm »
« Edited: May 20, 2018, 03:21:13 pm by Lamda »

Your timeline,do whatever you want.
I just really don't like the TPP.
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« Reply #113 on: May 21, 2018, 11:49:05 am »

What is Obama’s Approval Rating?
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« Reply #114 on: May 21, 2018, 03:07:50 pm »


Soon. In the post after next, he'll have his first year "celebration". Also, I can confirm that the next few months will pass fairly quickly, with the environmental bill and foreign policy being the major issues, before we delve into the really interesting part- the midterms. I promise they'll be eventful Tongue
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« Reply #115 on: May 21, 2018, 03:16:43 pm »
« Edited: June 22, 2018, 12:33:26 pm by Parrotguy »

December 11th, 2017

Al Gore makes final selection for Inconvenient Gang- 5 Democrats, 5 Republicans to help draft ambitious climate change legislation



WASHINGTON, D.C. - Finally, after weeks of deliberations, the work on the drafting of an ambitious environmental bill can begin- EPA Administrator Al Gore has made his choice for an unprecedented bipartisan group of Senators who will help him brainstorm, write and then, presumably, push the bill through the Senate. The group consists of 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans, and According to an EPA spokeswoman, it deliberately includes both young, new Senators who can "provide vigour, enthusiasm, fresh ideas and new insight" and older Senators who've been on Capitol Hill for years and have "a deep knowledge of the issues and the ins and outs of the legislative process". Thus, from the Democratic side of the aisle, Gore and his team have chosen Senators from different wings of the party. One is Senator Jason Kander (D-MO), a young, popular and relatively moderate politician elected in 2016 after running a widely-praised campaign, remaining true to his progressive ideals while appealing to the people of the conservative Missouri. There is the very liberal Senator Kamala Harris (D-MO), also elected in 2016 but with a lengthy law experience as a prosecutor, district attorney and then Attorney General of California. Senator Gwen Graham (D-FL), also elected in 2016 but with experience as a congresswoman, and coming from a state which is projected to be deeply impacted by climate change, was also chosen by Gore to join the group. From the progressive wing of the party, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), who is very popular with progressives and has a long record in the Senate, was chosen. Lastly, centrist Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), who has many years of experience as Governor and later Senator from the Hoosier State and usually puts strong emphasis on bipartisanship, joined the group.

On the Republican side it's more compliacted- due to the low amount of Republicans who support environmental legislation, Gore had to choose members from the more moderate wing of the party. The first obvious choice was Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), considered the most moderate member of the Republican Caucus and who is usually supportive of Gore's agenda. Also chosen was Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), another Senator open to environmental legislation who is known for his ability to work on compromises. Another obvious choice was Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), a famously pragmatist Senator and a relative environmentalist from Gore's original home state who has known the former Vice President for decades. Another choice was Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)- originally, Gore hoped to choose Flake's senior Senator, John McCain, but the ailing Senator could not join. Thus, with McCain's blessing, Flake was chosen. Lastly, Gore also chose Senator Cory Gardener (R-CO), a fairly controversial choise due to the Colorado Senator's past tedency to oppose environmental legislation. However, sources around the EPA Administrator hope Gardener will tack left on the issue to increase his reelection chances in 2020. With these choices made, Gore is expected to begin the work on his ambitious environmental bill, meant to honour an agreement made between Secretary of State Joe Biden and other Foreign Affairs Ministers in Paris, in the coming days.

December 16th, 2017

U.S. Reps. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) and Blake Farenthold (D-TX) won't seek reelection in 2018 after sexual misconduct scandals; Sec. Bobby Scott denies allegations against him



LAS VEGAS - #MeToo continues to make waves in political world, sparing neither Democrats nor Republicans. In the past few days, following mounting pressure from party leaders lead to announcements from two congressmen that while they won't resign from congress, they will forego their plans to seek reelection in 2018. Kihuen is a freshman Democrat from Nevada elected in 2016, and was considered a rising star before a former campaign staffer accused him of sexual harrassment and unwanted touching. Meanwhile, Farenthold took office as representative from Texas' 27th district back in 2011, and was accused by a former staffer of sexual harrassment, inappropriate behaviour and gender discrimination in his office. Now, both will end their political career in shame. Meanwhile, the waves reached the White House, as a woman accused Education Secretary Bobby Scott of sexual harrassment. However, Scott said the allegations were "completely false and fabricated", and pointed to the woman, Marsheri Everson, former congressial fellow, appearing with attorney Jack Burkman, who is a Republican party lobbyst, an anti-gay activist and a conspiracy theorist. Details from Everson's past and her giving several versions of the events also lead many to question the allegations, to the point that President Barack Obama, asked for a comment, said that he will "reserve judgement" but that the allegations "have a certain stench to them". Secretary cott thanked the President for backing him up and called Everson's attorney "a renowned homophobe, extremist and liar". Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) echoed the President's sentiments, saying that "clearly, the case here is less straightforward and Ms. Everson's choice of attorney speaks volumes."

January 1st, 2018

As midterm year arrives, candidates start entering key races; Manchin, Nelson, Flake reportedly pondering retirement



WASHINGTON, D.C. - As 2017 passed and 2018 begun, people around the world celebrated the New Year's Eve. But in America's political world, the preperations begin for a different event- the 2018 midterm elections. With Democrats scrambling to defend many vulnerable seats and Republicans hoping for a comeback after two bad years, it seems like there are many dramatic races to watch. Candidates are already starting to run campaigns around the country, challenging incumbents or aiming to fill open seats. In three key races, Democratic incumbents facint a potentially tough reelection are pondering retirement. Senator Joe Manchin, 70 years old from West Virginia, a state that trended hard to the Republicans in recent years, is being challenged by several strong Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and young West Virginia Delegate Pat McGeehan, endorsed by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and other libertarian-leaning Republicans. Polls have been showing Manchin consistently struggling against his opponents, and sources around him report that he's seriously considering retirement, which could strike a blow againt Democrats' efforts to keep the Senate.

West Virginia Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
State Att. Gen. Patrick Morrisey- 25%
U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins- 24%
Businessman Don Blankenship- 19%
State Delegate Pat McGeehan- 15%
Undecided/Other- 17%

West Virginia Senate Election (General)- Polling
Republican Candidate- 46%
Senator Joe Manchin*- 40%
Undecided/Other- 14%

Meanwhile, in Florida, Republican leaders are trying to convince former Senator Marco Rubio, defeated by Gwen Graham in 201 and reportedly considering a Senate comeback, to run for Governor instead and let the term-limited Governor Rick Scott run for Senate, thus running two very high-profile and strong recruits in both races. But already, moderate former U.S. Rep. David Jolly and   State Attorney General Pam Bondy are running in the Florida Senate race, promising a competitive primary. Nontheless, with both Rubio and Scott considering, 75 years old Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is facing a tough race, and is reportedly considering retirement, too. If that happens, Democrats will have a hard time finding a good candidate in this race, which could jeopardize their chances in the Senate.

Florida Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Governor Rick Scott- 27%
Fmr. Senator Marco Rubio- 25%

Fmr. U.S. Rep. David Jolly- 14%
State Att. Gen. Pam Bondy- 13%
U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis- 5%
Undecided/Other- 16%

Florida Senate Election (General)- Polling
Republican Candidate- 44%
Senator Bill Nelson*- 43%
Undecided/Other- 13%

The last incumbent pondering retirement is 55 years old Republican Jeff Flake in Arizona- despite his young age, Flake is fairly unpopular in the state, with low approval ratings, and is facing both a strong Democratic opponent- popular U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is likely to run unopposed- and a very hard Republican primary, with radical conservative Kelli Ward running against him and, right now, leading the polls. The controversial Former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, despite a criminal conviction, is also considering a run, and could gain right-wing support. If Flake retires or loses the primary to Ward or Arpaio, and even if he wins the primary, it could be a prime pick-up opportunity for Demorcats in an otherwise tough map for them. Additionally, there's an increasing possibility that Senator John McCain would retire in 2018, opening up another possible seat in Arizona.

Arizona Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Fmr. State Sen. Kelli Ward- 35%
Senator Jeff Flake*- 30%
Fmr. Sheriff Joe Arpaip- 18%

Undecided/Other- 17%

Arizona Senate Election (General)- Sinema vs Flake Polling
U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema- 46%
Senator Jeff Flake*- 43%
Undecided/Other- 11%

Arizona Senate Election (General)- Sinema vs Ward Polling
U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema- 49%
Fmr. State Sen. Kelly Ward- 38%
Undecided/Other- 13%

January 10th, 2018

Feingold says work on environmental bill "going well", final draft to be submitted soon



WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), one of the ten members of the 'Inconvenient Gang', a bipartisan group of Senators helping EPA Administrator Al Gore draft his ambitious environmental bill, has given an interview yesterday, confirming that the work is "going very well", and that the final draft will most likely be released and submitted very soon, in January. Asked how it is to work with five Republcian Senators, Feingold, who worked with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on campaign finance reform, said that he's "not unaccustomed to the feeling", and praised the five Republicans, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Cory Gardener (R-CO) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for their "great spirit of unity and great ability to work together and hammer out agreements". Feingold also said that he's very "enthusiastic and optimistic" about the bill, claiming that it will be "the largest and most substantial legislation to protect our planet ever". Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), another member of the group, agreed with Feingold and said that he believes it will be "a tremendous piece of legislation". Senator Alexander echoed the sentiments, saying that he's "really enjoying the work with each and every one of them", despite "obvious disagreements". The bill is expected to leave the five Republicans in a tough place, clearly favouring Gore's strong approach against climate change, and has been a central point of attacks from State Senator Kelli Ward, Flake's primary opponent, against him.
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« Reply #116 on: May 21, 2018, 03:20:49 pm »

If Kelli Ward wins the primary, than Democrats could actually pick-up a seat in an R wave year.
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« Reply #117 on: May 21, 2018, 07:03:50 pm »

Excited about this "Inconvenient Gang"... also nice to hear Senator Kander, Senator Gwen Graham, and Senator Feingold Smiley
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« Reply #118 on: May 21, 2018, 08:02:30 pm »

I feel like 2018 will be 1994 again
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« Reply #119 on: May 24, 2018, 05:37:29 am »
« Edited: May 24, 2018, 06:13:27 am by Parrotguy »

January 20th, 2018

Obama's first year as a third-term President: with a strongly Democratic congress, the President finally enjoys success



DENVER - While liberals praised the Environmental Protection and Clean Energy Act, many conservatives had sharp criticisms against it, and against those who participated in its creation. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) called it "a perfect display of bloated government and federal invasion of Americans' freedom and lives", while Senator Jim Inhofe, a known climate change denier, said that it was "a waste of money and an attack on businesses, all for a total hoax" and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) proclaimed that the five Republican Senators who helped draft it are "traitors to the conservative movement". One of them, Senator Cory Gardener (R-CO), who was generally a conservative on environmental issues before, explained that his change of heart came from the realization that "climate change is very real and we have to act in order to stop it", but added that he has "some disagreements with the EPCEA", and was rumoured to be the least enthusiastic supporter in the Inconvenient Gang. Meanwhile, the rest of the group mostly praised the bill, with Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) calling it "a great and balanced measure", Senator Jason Kander (D-MO) saying that it would "protect the planet and provide and a stimulous for Missouri's economy", and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) called it "an important first step". Senator Gwen Graham (D-FL) held a rally in her home state, and promised Floridans that the bill would "protect our state and our wonderful cities from an impending disaster". Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) appeared with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to praise the bill as a "bipartisan creation that will protect our planet from a big scientifically proven problem". President Barack Obama also had praise for the bill, congratulating Gore for "a wonderful job" and saying that he chose "the absolute best person to lead the EPA and act for our planet's well-being". But with conservative opposition and a likely problem securing the votes of applachian Democratic Senators, with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) already leaning against it, the Obama administration's ability to reach 60 votes in the Senate is in doubt, and Administrator Gore said that and the President are "gearing up for a fight". At the same time, Secretary of State Joe Biden is reportedly getting closer to reaching a deal with dozens of foreign ministers on a bolstering of the Paris Agreement.
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« Reply #120 on: May 24, 2018, 09:37:28 am »
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January 31st, 2018

Reports: almost all Democrats on board for EPCEA, fight for swing votes continues; Schumer to bring bill to a floor vote "in few days"



MIAMI - The battle for the EPCEA, Al Gore's ambitious environmental protection bill, continues. As the Obama administration rushes for an attempt to quickly pass it through congress, in time for the signing of a deal bolstering the Paris Agreement currently being negotiated by Secretary of State Biden, the battle lines are starting to form. With strong efforts and pushing from President Obama, Vice President Baldwin, Administrator Gore, Majority Leader Schumer and Majority Whip Durbin, most Senate Democrats have rallied around the flag, pledging to support the bipartisan legislation. While most conservative Republicans announced opposition to the bill, which includes increased regulation and taxation in addition to tax relief for "green" companies, at least six Republicans have already announced their support- Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Cory Gardener (R-CO), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who are five of the original authors of the bill, as well as Senator Joe Heck (R-NV), a moderate appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to replace Secretary of Commerce Dean Heller. Additionally, the ailing Senator John McCain (R-AZ), undergoing treatment at his home in Arizona and unable to vote, is also supporting the bill, while Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), whose state might be hurt by the bill's increased taxation of fossil fuels, is undecided. But while the Republican support would be enough to give the bill more than 60 votes necessary to bypass a filibuster (already announced by Senators Cruz (R-TX), Paul (R-KY) and Inhofe (R-OK), it's not a sure thing, as some Democrats are also undecided. Already, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a supporter of the coal industry, is leaning against the EPCEA, while Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), whose states are supportive of fossil fuels, are undecided. Yesterday, Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Evan Bayh (D-IN), supporters of the bill, met with the three undecided Democrats to try and convince them to support it too. Indeed, Democrats are determined the pass the bill quickly- Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that the bill will be brought to a vote "in a few days". It remains to be seen whether the efforts will succeed, but what's certain is that a failure would be a huge embarrassment for President Obama, former Vice President Gore and the involved Senators.

February 4th, 2018

Environmental Protection and Clean Energy Act passes Senate in 61-38 vote; Biden signs agreement with foreign ministers in Paris in the same day



WASHINGTON, D.C. - A big victory for the Obama administration was achieved today, as the EPCEA passed the higher chamber of congress with 61 Senators supporting and 38 opposing, bypassing a possible filibuster which would've caused the failure of the bill. It's the largest and more comprehensive piece of environmental legislation passed in the last decades, and the victory was received with celebration amongst Democrats and green groups. It's also a big victory for Gore himself, who came out of the status of a has-been and became a hero amongst Democrats, and is now one of the most talked-about names for the 2020 Demcoratic primary. The Senate vote was mostly as expected- most Democrats supporting, as well as six Republican Senators, five of whom helped draft the bill, and all other Republicans opposing, except for John McCain who isn't in the capital to vote. However, the single biggest surprise of the evening came when only one Democrat voted Nay- and that Senator wasn't Joe Manchin (D-WV), but Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). While Heitkamp's opposition was not surprising, given that North Dakota is heavily dependant on oil, Manchin's vote was a shock to many. Usually supportive of the coal industry and rated as the most conservative Democratic Senator, Manchin voted for the bill against all expectations and has not yet given a rationale for his action, avoiding media question. Meanwhile, in Paris, Secretary of State Joe Biden finished his flash negotiations with diplomats and foreign ministers from dozens of nations, signing a small deal bolstering the Paris Agreement by reducing deadlines for various goals and imposing stricter limits on pollution. The deal also included a promise to attempt passing environmental bills in each country, and indeed, like in the U.S., many other such deals appear likely to pass- namely in Russia, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Brazil and maybe even China. This combination of events makes today a joyful one for all environmental activists around the world.

AYE: 61 Senators ✓
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Chris Murphy (D-CT)
Tom Carper (D-DE)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Gwen Graham (D-FL)
Jason Carter (D-GA)
Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Brian Schatz (D-HI)
Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Tom Vilsack (D-IA)

Angus King (I-ME)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Ed Markey (D-MA)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Gary Peters (D-MI)
Amy Klobucher (D-MN)
Al Franken (D-MN)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Jason Kander (D-MO)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)

Joe Heck (R-NV)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Tom Udall (D-NM)
Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Betty Sutton (D-OH)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA)
Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Russ Feingold (D-WI)


Safe NAY: 38 Senators
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
David Perdue (R-GA)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Jim Risch (R-ID)
Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
John Neely Kennedy (R-LA)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Stever Daines (R-MT)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Ben Sasse (R-NE)
Thom Tillis (R-NC)

Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
James Lankford (R-OK)
Tim Scott (R-SC)
John Thune (R-SD)
Mike Rounds (R-SD)
Bob Corker (R-TN)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)
Sean Duffy (R-WI)
Mike Enzi (R-WY)
John Barrasso (R-WY)


February 5th, 2018

After EPCEA vote, Joe Manchin gives heartfelt, emotional speech announcing retirement



CHARLESTON - After shocking the political world by voting for the EPCEA, the Obama Administration's landmark environmental protection bill which is extremely unpopular in his state, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a powerful aftershock. In a heartfelt speech before a crowd of supporters and journalists outside Capitol Hill, Manchin explained the motives for his vote, saying that he "just couldn't let the opportunity to create thousands of new jobs in my state pass for electoral reasons". The Senator somberly proclaimed that "no matter what we want to believe, the coal industry is slowly dying, and it hurts to see it leaving so many in my state unemployed", so he "had to vote for this bill, with all its flaws, because it will bring jobs and new industries to West Virginia". Manchin admitted that "I know this vote is very unpopular with the people of my state", and vowed that he did it "only for their good". However, Manchin said, "after much consideration, prayer and consultations with family and friends, I have decided that I will not be seeking another term in the Senate this year, and want to apologize if my vote has hurt anyone in West Virginia". The emotional speech was widely praised on both sides of the aisle, with President Obama calling Manchin "a brave man" and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying that he's "a friend who I admire and respect". However, Manchin's retirement strikes a heavy blow on Democrats' hopes of keeping the Senate, as Republicans, who would have a hard time to unseat the popular Manchin, will now have a very good chance to win his seat in the deeply conservative state of West Virginia. Democrats are now scrambling to find a recruit before it's too late, and according to inside sources Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is zeroing in on one man- former Senator Carte Goodwin, who lost the 2016 West Virginia gubernatorial election to Bill Cole but is still considered popular, if too liberal, for the state. Polls are showing that Republicans are heavily favoured in the race, but that conservative firebrand Don Blankenship, who's very unpopular in the state, could win the primary and potentially sabotage their chances.

West Virginia Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
State Att. Gen. Patrick Morrisey- 25%
U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins- 23%
Businessman Don Blankenship- 21%
State Delegate Pat McGeehan- 18%
Undecided/Other- 13%

West Virginia Senate Election (General)- Polling
Republican Candidate- 54%
Democratic Candidate- 37%
Undecided/Other- 9%

February 10th, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: plane carrying Sen. Casey Jr. crashes in Colorado; officials proclaim "no survivors found"



COLORADO SPRINGS - Tragedy hit Washington today, as news arrived that an airplane carrying Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) has crashed on an open plane in Colorado, enroute from D.C. to San Diego, California, where Casey was to attend a fundraiser for a local congressial candidate. Officials at the scene quickly issued a statement proclaiming that no survivors were found in the tragic crash, which means that the accident has left 58 people dead, including airplane staff, many of Casey's aides and the Senator himself. According to a perliminary investigation, the crash seemed to have occured because of an engine failure. Politicians from across the aisle have already issued statements mourning the popular Senator, with President Obama calling him "an amazing public servant who served the people of his state like no other" and ordering the flags at the White House to be flown at half mast, Senator Joe Sestak (D-PA) saying that "it's a very tragic day for our state- Bob was an amazing human being and one of the best Senators we ever had", and former Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) adding that "we all mourn Bob and wish that this never happened". This is a developing story.
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« Reply #121 on: May 24, 2018, 09:46:12 am »

Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu...
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« Reply #122 on: May 24, 2018, 09:53:46 am »

encironmental is a typo
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« Reply #124 on: May 24, 2018, 11:43:55 am »

Jesus Bob Casey...

Well, that's a really somber note to end a good period overall on.  On Manchin, I like how he went out, recognizing Coal is dying and moving towards the future.  I hope for the Rs Evan Jenkins wins, please god not Blankenship or stupid Morissey.
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