Tag Archives: US Senate

US Senate Democrats collect co-sponsors to reinstate corporate welfare program for Big Data

Source: Tech Times

“Democrats in the U.S. have now collected co-sponsors for a measure that would invalidate the Federal Communications Commission’s vote against net neutrality. To overturn the net neutrality repeal, Senate would use the Congressional Review Act. In December, the FCC repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules which protected [the bottom lines of bandwidth hogs like Netflix and YouTube]. … Using the Congressional Review Act, lawmakers can debate, vote, and undo actions by federal agencies. For the Congressional Review Act, Democrats needed only 30 votes.” (01/10/18)


UT: Hatch to retire from US Senate, clearing way for Romney

Source: CNN

“Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announced Tuesday that he won’t seek re-election this year …. Hatch, the Senate’s longest serving Republican, has wrestled with the decision for months, emboldened by the entreaties of President Donald Trump to seek an eighth term. Now, it sets up a potential path for Trump critic [Mitt] Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, to reclaim the spotlight as a conservative counterpoint to the President.” (01/02/17)


AL: State certifies Jones election win as Moore’s court challenge fails

Source: NBC News

“Alabama officials certified the results of its special Senate election Thursday, officially naming Democrat Doug Jones the victor not long after a judge rejected a last-minute challenge from Republican Roy Moore. Late Wednesday, hours before the Alabama State Canvassing Board was scheduled to meet Thursday to certify Jones’ victory, Moore and his campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud had tainted the election results and requesting that certification be delayed.” (12/28/17)


AL: Moore challenges US Senate election defeat, alleges rampant voter fraud

Source: Fox News

“Roy Moore filed an election complaint late Wednesday, claiming voter fraud altered the outcome of Alabama’s Senate race, paving the way for Democrat Doug Jones’ victory. The Moore campaign said in a statement that the purpose of the complaint is to delay the certification of the election results until ‘a thorough investigation of potential election fraud, that improperly altered the outcome of this election, is conducted.’ The request came just a day before the State Canvassing Board is scheduled to meet and certify the results of the election. … The election complaint also includes an affidavit from Moore saying that he underwent a polygraph test and confirmed that the allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls are ‘completely false.'” (12/28/17)


UT: Salt Lake paper says Hatch should end his career, or voters should end it for him

Source: US News & World Report

“The editorial board of Utah’s largest newspaper blasted Sen. Orrin Hatch in a column accusing him of an ‘utter lack of integrity’ and urging him not to run for re-election next year as it would be ‘basically a theft from the Utah electorate.’ The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday named Hatch, 83, its ‘Utahn of the Year,’ a dubious honor it says the longest-serving Republican in Senate history earned by his ‘part in the dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments,’ ‘his role … in passing a major overhaul in the nation’s tax code,’ and ‘his utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.’ … President Donald Trump has launched an effort to sway Hatch to run again. In large part seen as an attempt to block Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee who is seen as Hatch’s obvious successor, from running.” (12/26/17)


Relieved by Roy Moore’s defeat? Thank a Libertarian

Libertarian Party

Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“Republican candidate Roy Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election for U.S. Senate. The Moore campaign was plagued by allegations of sexual impropriety, and voters turned away in droves from what was once considered a safe GOP seat. The race was so close, though, that Jones won by a margin of only 1.5 percent — less than the 1.7 percent of votes for write-in candidates, including Libertarian Ron Bishop. … According to Bishop campaign staffer Jim Albea, it will be several weeks before we know how many of the write-in votes went to Bishop. Libertarian candidates usually draw equally from disaffected Republicans, Democrats, and independents. Considering the slim margin of victory in such a heavily Republican state, though, Bishop probably turned far more voters away from Moore than from Jones. He did so with an unabashed campaign championing free trade, a balanced budget, lower taxes, and other common-sense Libertarian positions …” (12/14/17)


The Republican nightmare is just beginning

Source: The Atlantic
by McKay Coppins

“Roy Moore’s stunning defeat Tuesday night was met with quiet sighs of relief throughout the GOP establishment, where the culture-warring ex-judge and accused child abuser was widely regarded as radioactive. Yet even as Moore’s political obituaries were being written, party strategists were bracing for the army of Moore-like insurgents they expect to flood next year’s Republican primaries. Indeed, Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon has already pledged to field challengers for every incumbent Republican senator up for reelection next year (with the exception of Ted Cruz). … While Republicans in the political class will no doubt cite Moore’s loss as proof that their party needs to nominate stronger, more mainstream candidates next year, it’s far from certain that primary voters on the ground will heed such pleas from the swamp.” (12/14/17)


This bloodsport needs to end

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The left is getting nuttier, the hard right is getting scarier, and the entire enterprise of political control seems ever more outmoded. Over the last century, we’ve seen these gigantic government institutions with hegemonic power. All that remains is the struggle for who gets to control them and these elections are the public vehicle we’ve traditionally relied upon to render a decision. It was once believed that mass elections like this would bring peaceful outcomes to the struggle. Not so any more. It only pushes the conflicts into the future. The seething over the results begins as soon as they are announced, and the cries for revenge follow in short order. It is particularly dangerous when the results track racial and gender demographics so closely, inviting everyone involved to regard his or her neighbor as an enemy. This winner of this election declared that his victory had united the state. That’s absurd. The losers will be madder than ever and swear that they too will have their day.” (12/13/17)


It’s never fun to lose a Senate seat, but the GOP dodged a bullet

Source: National Review
by Jim Geraghty

“The populists are indeed miracle workers, they’ve managed to elect a Democrat in Alabama. Roy Moore may very well have been the worst Senate nominee for any major party in American history. Even if you dismissed the allegations of him sexually pursuing teenagers in his 30s — and there was no compelling reason to believe Moore’s shifting denials — he managed to create appalling new controversies in almost every appearance. He completely avoided the campaign trail in the final days, because he could not be trusted to speak to the public. Despite the frustration of a 52-seat majority becoming a 51-seat majority, tonight’s result is in fact, a long-term victory for the Republican Party.” (12/12/17)


Another election “against”

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“As I write, Democratic candidate Doug Jones has just taken the stage to declare himself the winner of the Alabama Senate race, the one in which Roy Moore became more infamous than famous, and better known for the worst kind of reasons. The final counts are not in, and I suppose there could be a turnaround at the last moment, but it doesn’t look like it. It looks like Republicans lost the seat. Hillary Clinton is already crowing that this is a sign of more Democratic victories to come. Maybe. Too soon to tell. Meanwhile, what to make of it all?” (12/13/17)