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Waxman to Retire

In what is likely the clearest indication Democrats realize they have no shot of winning the House this November, 40-year veteran and former chairman of the multiple House committees, Henry Waxman (D-Hollywood) is retiring.

Veteran California Democrat Henry Waxman, whose legislative and political savvy helped remake the American health care system, reveal tobacco’s dangers and expose steroids in baseball, will retire at the end of the 113th Congress.

“I will have completed 40 years in Congress by the end of this year,” Waxman said in an interview with POLITICO in his Capitol Hill office this week. “I think it’s time to let somebody else come in and take on some of these fights.”

Since arriving in the Capitol during the Watergate-era, Waxman’s reach has extended nationally. As the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the George W. Bush administration, he was a pugnacious partisan who sought to hold the White House accountable. When President Barack Obama was elected, Waxman came out on top of a bitter brawl within the Democratic Caucus when he knocked off Michigan Rep. John Dingell to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he helped craft Obamacare, as well as legislation that sought to drastically slash on carbon emissions.

“I leave with a lot of satisfaction for the accomplishments that I’ve had in my congressional career,” Waxman said in the interview. “And I think it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life.”

Waxman’s retirement is the latest blow to House Democrats, who’ve endured a string of high-profile retirement announcements in recent weeks. Waxman’s seat will likely remain in Democratic control, but taken all together, the departures suggest that party veterans don’t believe their party will take back the House in the fall.

By “high-profile retirement announcements,” Politico is implying California Democrat (and Pelosi confidante) George Miller and Virginia’s Jim Moran.  These are high-ranking generals for the minority leader.

Which now raises a question that should be asked:  Dems are now looking at their third election in which they’ve lost significantly under Pelosi.  Forget talk about a coup against Boehner, how long does she hang onto power?

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Democrats Running the DNC Like the Federal Government…in the Red

This could come back and haunt a whole mess of state parties come November 2014.

(No wonder Mike Tate is pushing for a self-financing candidate to run against Gov. Scott Walker.  There’s not going to be a ton of help from D.C. if these numbers hold up.)

The Republican National Committee raised $2 million more than the Democratic National Committee during July and sits on $12 million in cash, while the DNC has a net balance of $14 million in debt.

The Republican National Committee reported receipts of $5,859,144 and disbursements of $6,330,364 in July, leaving $12,267,525 cash on hand as of July 31, and no debts.

The committee raised $3.1 million from contributors giving $200 or less and itemized $2.5 million from donors giving more than $200. PACs gave $36,000.

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The DNC Services Corp./Democratic National Committee reported receipts of $3,858,625 and disbursements of $5,386,438 in July, leaving $4,143,852 cash on hand as of July 31, with debts of $18,466,369.

The committee raised $2.1 million from contributors giving $200 or less, and $1,458,577 from those giving more than $200. PACs and other committee gave $190,909.

In the DNC’s defense, they did send over $1M to a number of state parties, none of which were identified.  Also to the saving grace of Democrats, idiotic temper tantrums led by Tea Party groups have given the DCCC and DSCC a fund raising lead for 2014 against their GOP counterparts, the NRCC and NRSC.

The committees should be announcing new fund raising numbers during the rest of the week.

UPDATE: Already in for July, the DSCC outraised the NRSC by a margin of $3.4M to the NRSC’s $2.7M.  So far for the cycle, the DSCC has raised over $30M while the NRSC has raised around $20M.

Cash on Hand totals for the committee have not yet been released.

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The First Ever “East Coast v. West Coast, Government Perv-Off”

Thanks to our friends at the Conan O’Brien show on TBS.  (Very Funny)

 

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Filner Wants San Diego Taxpayers to Pay His Legal Costs

Seriously, this has got to be insulting on so many levels for many a San Diegan.

Embattled Mayor Bob Filner is asking San Diego taxpayers to cover the legal fees he’ll incur from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former staff member.

Filner’s attorney, Harvey Berger, sent a letter Monday requesting the city pay the mayor’s legal expenses. The City Council will consider the issue Tuesday in closed session and allow public testimony at 5:30 p.m. or whenever the regular council meeting ends.

Irene McCormack Jackson, the mayor’s former communications director, filed the lawsuit July 22 against Filner and the city seeking unspecified damages. She has accused Filner of creating a hostile work environment in which women were treated as “sexual objects or stupid idiots” and making unwanted sexual advances toward her, including kisses and derogatory comments.

Council President Todd Gloria announced the mayor’s request at the end of Monday’s council meeting and said it would be discussed by the council in closed session Tuesday. It’s not likely to pass given that seven of the nine council members have called on Filner to resign.

Filner isn’t be sued because as mayor he oversaw a new law or ordinance.  He’s being sued as a 70-year-old horn dog / serial hugger who clearly has issues on a personal level.  There’s little to no justification for the city to pay the cost for his misdeeds.

If he had a brain in his head, he’d just resign.  It’s just a pity that it took so long for his fellow Democrats in D.C and California to call for it.  Word is the state Democratic Party of California covered for him as late as two years ago.  That woman — a former Democratic California state legislator —  is now one of the seven or eight now suing Filner for harassment.

Liberals really need to decide what matters more to them, having a narrative where they say the Right is staging a “War on Women,” or covering for politicians who are actually attacking women on a frequent and almost daily basis by their personal actions.

But who am I kidding.  For the Left, it is always about abortion.  I think Nina Burleigh put that in enough context back in 1998, didn’t she?

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Meta Moment of the Day

Actual summary of a news story at CNN.

New York (CNNMoney) – When it comes to budgeting for the federal government, things are about to get strange.

Starting Friday, federal agencies will be forced to make cuts to their programs without knowing what their actual budgets for this year will be. Why? Because Congress never passed a budget, just a stopgap funding measure that expires soon.

No budget?  Gee, who hasn’t done that for nearly four years and counting…?

 

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The Latest Group Seeking an Obama Bailout: The DCCC

It’s $14 Million in the red.

It owes $4.2 million to vendors…that needs to be paid back now!

And it is trying to make 48 seats competitive in a cycle in which history says they are about to take it on the chin due to the “Six-Year Itch” of politics.

It is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and its de facto leader Nancy Pelosi spent part of the week at the White House not talking about the fiscal cliff, but begging for money from the President’s campaign.

White House officials declined to comment on the Pelosi-Obama meeting or whether the president plans to help out House Democrats with their debt.

Both Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sought millions of dollars from the Obama campaign early in 2012, as the campaign season was heating up, POLITICO reported on March 5.

But Obama and his top campaign advisers, fearing a tidal wave of GOP super PAC spending — correctly, as it turned out — refused to provide any financial help to the DSCC or the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Now, with Pelosi staying on for another two years and Obama safely reelected, the California Democrat wants the president’s help in getting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee back in the black.

According to its latest disclosure report, the DCCC owed $10 million on a loan from Bank of America. The DCCC also owes another $4.2 million to its vendors. The committee has $2.5 million in cash on hand as of Nov. 26.

Obama for America has debt of $7.2 million and still has $5.4 million in cash.

The bulk of the entire Democratic campaign operation is nearly broke after this past election.  The DNC is said to be $20 million in the red and I believe only the DSCC (The Senate campaign arm) has any real money in the bank.  In order to fill it — and fill it quickly before the bill collectors call and the next cycle starts in earnest — they are going to need help from Obama.

Given his past cooperation (or lack thereof) when it comes to helping out the DCCC / DNC / DSCC, many are wondering will Obama deliver and help fund raise.

All indications are that “The List,” the much-talked about donor and volunteer file kept by the Obama Campaign will stay in-house and go nowhere near state parties, the DNC and other committees.  Instead, it will be used to have Obama supporters go after Congressional Republicans for not giving the President what he wants in legislative fights.

If that’s so, then the Dems have one selfish party leader and a lot red ink to swim through.

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Not Yet a Congressman, Pocan Already Has a PAC

Glad to see that attempt to get into leadership I’ve mentioned to folks off-line is already underway.

Anyone want to give me over / under odds that Pocan is running or a chief fund raiser at the DCCC in six years time?

Six lawmakers-elect filed paperwork to establish their own leadership political action committees in September, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Reps.-elect Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), Roger Williams (R-Texas), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) all established leadership PACs — a fundraising vehicle that members use to support candidates and colleagues — before Nov. 1.

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Pocan, who will fill Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-Wis.) vacant House seat, became the first candidate-turned-member to sponsor a leadership PAC. He said he was surprised the name “Blue Majority” had not been taken and decided to make it his own.

The leadership PAC gained official status on Sept. 21, more than six weeks before the election. DeSantis, Wagner, Kilmer, Salmon and Williams followed suit in October.

Pocan said he was focused on helping people and making the steps necessary to regain a Democratic House majority, “even before day one.”

And he has a running head start: New campaign finance reports released Thursday revealed that Blue Majority PAC raised more than $33,000 since its inception.

(Can’t wait for the angry blog post by Mike McCabe on this news…)

At the Washington Post’s “The Fix” blog, Aaron Blake writes that Democratic odds of taking the majority are quite long for 2014.  Simply put, they have history working against them as “The Six-Year Itch” is expected to be in full effect.  History shows that the party of a president in the mid-terms of his second term often takes it on the chin.

Already on Blake’s first “line” of the 10 House seats most likely to flip in 2014, seven of them are currently held by Democrats.

But Pocan’s PAC isn’t about 2014.  It’s about the years beyond.

Members form leadership PACs to fill the coffers of other candidates.  Those who make said donations then expect to get something in return from the representative (newly-elected or returning) in the next session of Congress.  With his ability to fund raise and his assured security by representing an ultramarine-level “blue” seat in Madison, Pocan isn’t trying to protect himself, he’s set to create quite the little favor factory for himself.

Not bad work if you can get it.

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Democratic Congressional Staffers Behaving Badly

This comes from LegisStorm, a website run by a non-partisan outfit of the same name which tracks Congressional staffers, their salaries, and apparently now, their personal blogs.

This, is what they found on the personal website of a soon-to-be ex-staffer of retiring Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL).  (Best of luck job hunting after this gets out.)

Congressional staff are supposed to work behind the scenes and leave all the headlines for their boss. However, as LegiStorm closed the book on the turbulent tenure of departed Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), two of his less discreet staff caught our eye.

Jeffery Mingo, an aide in the congressional district’s Homewood, Ill. office since 2000 (and even after Jackson left), describes himself as an “ethnic studies scholar” and student of such subjects as gay studies and critical race theory on his Amazon.com profile. Mingo’s profile interspersed reviews of multiple pornographic titles with children’s toys and cartoons. Here are Mingo’s words on “Black Tranny Whackers 06” from Nov. 17:

“I want to see men get busy with trannies. I want to see men be passive with trannies. For those who like interracial action, a white typical male-black tranny combo would really show how opposites can attract. However, this is just black trannies mastering their domains. Black trannies need love too!…this monkey-spanking stuff is just too boring and uninteresting to be bothered with. Yuck! And Yawn!”

His review appeared one day after a much more glowing review of a DVD of “The Smurfs”. Mingo did not have much better things to say about “Frat Boys on the Loose 08” on Oct. 18, in part because the movie featured “Ken doll types” and “I like men who are fat or have chest hair.”

However, his Halloween review of “Forced Bi Cuckolds 05” was more favorable: “Here, all the men either give or receive male pleasure. … You don’t have to be a both-ways man to enjoy this novel and exciting new genre. I highly recommend it.”

Mingo declined comment on his reviews. Within a few hours, the ones featuring pornography were taken down.

A reviewer of gay porno and gay sex toys, just what America wants up on the Hill!

 

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