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19 Oct 2010 17:22


Politics, U.S.: Clinton holds more sway over Dems than Obama

  • 48% of Democrats like a candidate more if Barack Obama endorses them
  • 53% of Democrats are persuaded by a Bill Clinton endorsement source
  • » They don’t call him the Big Dog for nothing. He’s been out of office twelve years, yet Democratic voters trust his judgment more than that of their official party leader. Clinton’s been in high demand this cycle, and luckly for Democrats, he’s been more than happy to rise to the occasion. The 42nd President has been campaigning for Democrats left and right, and many believe it was his endorsement of Blanche Lincoln that enabled her to defeat Bill Halter in the Arkansas Senate primary. Curiously, there hasn’t been a corresponding demand for George W. Bush on the Republican side.

25 Jun 2010 09:22


Biz: It took all freaking night, but we have a finance reform deal

  • Quite frankly, common sense prevailed. … Our objectives were to get the risky stuff out of banks. We figured out how to do that.
  • Sen. Blanche Lincoln • On her derivatives proposal, the meat of which was kept in a last-minute deal brokered waaaaaaaaaaaaay past bedtime. Obviously, most of this stuff will fly over non-investors’ heads, but the deal essentially allows banks to keep using derivatives on less-risky investments – foreign exchange, interest rate, gold and silver swaps, and hedges on their own investments – while forcing them to spin off separate companies for their riskiest derivatives. You know, the ones that caused the financial crisis, like cleared and uncleared commodities, agricultural, energy and equities swaps, and credit. Some biz-friendly Democrats wanted to railroad this, but failed. Nice save. source

20 Jun 2010 11:03


Politics: Democrats wish they could clone Bill Clinton right about now

“Slick Willie,” as the kids call him, singlehandedly managed to help keep one House seat in Democratic power and save Blanche Lincoln’s hide. Not bad. source

09 Jun 2010 00:06


U.S.: From Blanche to Meg, it’s ladies night in the 2010 primary races

  • yes Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas survived a Democratic primary runoff against Lt. Gov.  Bill Halter to stay in the race in the fall.
  • no South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki “scandal target” Haley didn’t get enough votes to prevent a runoff – but she almost did.
  • yes Meg Whitman easily won the Republican primary in the California governor’s race. If you can call easily spending lots of your own money. source
  • » Still on deck: Carly Fiorina’s the likely favorite to win the Republican primary for the Senate in California, but it’s still to early to call that race. And Nevada’s Republican Senate primary – a.k.a. the fight to win Harry Reid’s seat – hasn’t been decided yet.

18 May 2010 20:58


16 Apr 2010 20:12


Politics: GOP Senators to Obama, again: Drop dead

  • We are united in our opposition to the partisan legislation reported by the Senate Banking Committee. As currently constructed, this bill allows for endless taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street and establishes new and unlimited regulatory powers that will stifle small businesses and community banks.
  • A letter from all GOP Republicans to Harry Reid • Making it clear that the party will again be the Party of No when it comes to financial reform. Because, hey, it worked out for them last time. Obama, by the way, says he won’t pass a bill that doesn’t do something to hold back the onslaught of derivatives. Blanche Lincoln is working on adding teeth to the bill. source

11 Apr 2010 09:48


Politics: The political climate in Arkansas so rough, “Democrat” off-limits

  • I’m complicated. I doubt you would like it very much if someone put a one-word adjective to describe you.
  • Senate candidate Bill Halter • Regarding his status as a “Democrat,” which is apparently too harsh of a word to call the progressive candidate running against incumbent Blanche Lincoln. Lincoln is facing it on all sides. Beyond Halter, eight Republicans are running for Lincoln’s seat in one of the more conservative states in the country. Lincoln, a centrist who voted against a lot of things Democrats hold dear, is holding a strong face, but it may not be enough to keep her seat warm. source

07 Mar 2010 02:37


Politics: Hear that? It’s the sound of Democrats fighting in Arkansas

  • $1
    the amount donated to Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who just announced his Senate run, in just 48 hours
  • angry liberals the reason why Halter, who’s taking on incumbent Blanche Lincoln, is gaining financial traction source

01 Mar 2010 11:00


Politics: Halter, who goes there! Blanche Lincoln has competition in Arkansas

  • He’s a Democrat, but wait, so’s she! Bill Halter, the Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, just announced a Senate run. He’ll be running in the primary against Blanche Lincoln, whose poll numbers are sagging at the moment. Lincoln, by the way, voted for the health care bill, but was one of the moderates who pushed against the public option. Halter, a former Clinton staffer, seems more likely to support health care based on this video. source

21 Nov 2009 15:00


Politics: Senate update: The Democrats have 60 votes for health care!

  • Although I don’t agree with everything in this bill, I have concluded that I believe it is more important that we begin this debate to improve our nation’s health care system for all Americans rather than just simply drop the issue and walk away.
  • Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln • On her reason for agreeing to allow the Senate bill to go to discussion. Her move gives the Democrats 60 votes. Reminder: This is only a vote to discuss health care. None of the moderate Democrats have agreed to a final vote, just more discussion. source