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Massachusetts Senate Race Results: Scott Brown Defeats Martha Coakley

GLEN JOHNSON and LIZ SIDOTI | 01/19/10 10:50 PM | AP

BOSTON — In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to win the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy for nearly half a century, leaving President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in doubt and marring the end of his first year in office.

Addressing an exuberant victory celebration Tuesday night, Brown declared he was “ready to go to Washington without delay” as the crowd chanted, “Seat him now.” Democrats indicated they would, deflating a budding controversy over whether they would try to block Brown long enough to complete congressional passage of the health care plan he has promised to oppose.

“The people of Massachusetts have spoken. We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate and will move to seat him as soon as the proper paperwork has been received,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said he would notify the Senate on Wednesday that Brown had been elected.

The loss by the once-favored Democrat Martha Coakley in the Democratic stronghold was a stunning embarrassment for the White House after Obama rushed to Boston on Sunday to try to save the foundering candidate. Her defeat on Tuesday signaled big political problems for the president’s party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.

Brown’s victory was the third major loss for Democrats in statewide elections since Obama became president. Republicans won governors’ seats in Virginia and New Jersey in November.

“I have no interest in sugarcoating what happened in Massachusetts,” said Sen. Robert Menendez, the head of the Senate Democrats’ campaign committee. “There is a lot of anxiety in the country right now. Americans are understandably impatient.”

Brown will become the 41st Republican in the 100-member Senate, which could allow the GOP to block the president’s health care legislation. Democrats needed Coakley to win for a 60th vote to thwart Republican filibusters. The trouble may go deeper: Democratic lawmakers could read the results as a vote against Obama’s broader agenda, weakening their support for the president. And the results could scare some Democrats from seeking office this fall.

The Republican will finish Kennedy’s unexpired term, facing re-election in 2012.

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Crooks and Liars
By Heather Monday Dec 21, 2009 10:00am

From The New York Times–Health Bill Passes Key Test in the Senate With 60 Votes:

After a long day of acid, partisan debate, Senate Democrats held ranks early Monday in a dead-of-night procedural vote that proved they had locked in the decisive margin needed to pass a far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s health care system.

The roll was called shortly after 1 a.m., with Washington still snowbound after a weekend blizzard, and the Senate voted on party lines to cut off a Republican filibuster of a package of changes to the health care bill by the majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada.

The vote was 60 to 40 — a tally that is expected to be repeated four times as further procedural hurdles are cleared in the days ahead, and then once more in a dramatic, if predictable, finale tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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GOP Bickering Threatens US Economic Security!

The Republicans are being duplicitous, disingenuous, and hypocrites to the Obama Stimulus Bailout package.

When the first Bailout package was passed the Republicans had all kinds of pork in that bill and the GOP knew that the Bill they passed was not going to be enough to help the problems plaguing the US Economy. Yet they wanted it so badly that they threatened that the world would fall if it wasn’t passed.  So Wall Street was bailed out and Main Street was going to foot the bill. Yet we still have no idea what Paulson did with all that 360+ billion dollar loot and inquiring minds really want to know…

Yet now that help is coming to Main Street instead of Wall Street, the GOPers are not so cooperative. The answer to the GOP now is all the power they have left as far as the Legislative branch of Govt. Ie: The Filibuster to stop it.

It should be noted that not one Congressional GOPer voted for the Obama Stimulus package. The Republicans still refuse to acknowledge the fact that President Obama won by an overwhelming American vote to CHANGE the direction of this country. Are the GOP going to be obstructionists for the next 4 years ? That sure seems to be the tone being set by the GOP in DC. and 4 years of “no votes and filibusters” is not going to sit too well with the electorate.

However in this case, the reality is that the GOPs actions are endangering the Economic Stability of the United States which further endangers the Global Economy. Main Street is the driving economic force in this nation and without Main Street there could not be any Wall Street.

Being led by Rush Limbaugh’s “I hope he fails campaign” is going to be a certain death sentence for the Republican party because now that the Bush shield is gone and the Country has turned against all things GOP, there is no place for the GOP to go but down…

It is obvious that whatever Washington GOPers decide to do will not be enough and will come days late as well..because…the ball is on the Republicans court once again and they will no doubt screw it all up again as they have done so for the last 10 years! Apparently it is ok to Bailout Wall Street but when it comes to Main Street “We The People” just like in Hurricane Katrina are once again on our own…

It should come as no surprise to anyone why the Republicans are drastically shrinking as a party…


FLASH BACK TO GOP’S INITIAL BAILOUT “STIMULUS” PACKAGE:  “PASS THIS BAILOUT OR WE GO INTO MARTIAL LAW!!”

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The new embassy, already underway in early 2005, was not mentioned in the main stream media at the time, and was supposedly a secret. I didn’t see anything on Google untill 2006, but it was underway by May 11, 2005 when funding was signed by congress under an emergency supplemental appropriation, (H.R. 1268/P.L. 109-13), which included $592 million for embassy construction.

The position of Ambassador to Iraq was initially filled by John Negroponte, who served from May 2004 to March 2005. On April 5, Secretary Rice announced President Bush’s intention to nominate Zalmay Khalilzad (formerly the Ambassador toAfghanistan) as the new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq; this appointment requiredSenate confirmation.

Guess who the emcee for the dedication of the  (cough cough)  new embassy is?  Yep, you guessed it and he can be seen in todays presentation on  CNN VIDEO.

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Caroline Kennedy seeks Clinton’s Senate seat

Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:47pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy, is pursuing the Senate seat of Sen. Hillary Clinton, who has been nominated Secretary of State, civil rights activist Al Sharpton said on Monday.

Sharpton said he received a phone call from Kennedy on Monday in which she expressed her interest in the Senate seat.

Sharpton said he told her he had not had any meaningful discussions with New York state Gov. David Paterson, who has the authority to appoint any replacement for Clinton, “about her or any other potential candidate to date.”

“I unequivocally disagree with those that say she is not qualified and could not bring needed leadership to this state and country,” Sharpton said in a statement.

Paterson told a news conference in the state capital Albany on Monday that he would not talk about any individual candidates.

Kennedy, 51, spent part of her childhood in the White House until her father was assassinated in 1963 and since then has kept a relatively low public profile.

She endorsed Obama during his primary campaign against Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination and later helped the search for his vice-presidential candidate.

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