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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched it’s “Drive To 25″ advertising campaign “to hold 19 vulnerable House Republicans accountable for choosing a partisan plan that will cost jobs and make America less competitive over the President’s common sense solutions to create jobs and get the economy moving again.”

During the campaign the DCCC will run radio ads, web ads, automated and live phone calls and e-mails in the targeted districts.

Well, here’s a shocker! Florida’s own controversial Republicans Allen West and David Rivera are listed among the 19 “vulnerable” Republicans targeted by the campaign. Why, who could have guessed?

David Rivera, in addition to jobs policy, has other problems as well, because of all the financial disclosure scandals which surfaced both before the election and since, the latest being that Rivera paid himself nearly $60,000 in unexplained campaign reimbursements over the eight years he served in the state Legislature. That’s in addition to the probe over “Millennium Marketing, a company owned by Rivera’s mother and godmother that received $510,000 from the Flagler Dog Track as part of a deal for Rivera to lead a pro-slots political campaign on behalf of the parimutuel.” Rivera “denied receiving any money from the dog track, earlier this month admitted to receiving $132,000 in undisclosed loans from Millennium — loans Rivera says he has since repaid.” Then there’s “Rivera’s campaign expenses, including $30,000 he paid to Millennium for consulting in 2006, and $75,000 he paid last year to a now-defunct consulting company owned by the daughter of a longtime aide. Rivera has denied any wrongdoing.”

As for Allen West, among his problems aside from jobs policy? Well, that he’s Allen West. Need I say more?

Here’s the full list of those “vulnerable” members of the GOP:

Lou Barletta (PA-11)
Charlie Bass (NH-02)
Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25)
Steve Chabot (OH-01)
Chip Cravaack (MN-08)
Robert Dold (IL-10)
Sean Duffy (WI-07)
Blake Farenhold (TX-27)
Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
Nan Hayworth (NY-19)
Joe Heck (NV-03)
Robert Hurt (VA-05)
Thad McCotter (MI-11)
Patrick Meehan (PA-07)
Dave Reichert (WA-08)
David Rivera (FL-25)
Jon Runyan (NJ-03)
Joe Walsh (IL-08)
Allen West (FL-22)

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Last July 24th I was in the audience at Netroots Nation when Sen. Harry Reid took Lt. Dan Choi’s West Point ring after Choi asked that he keep it until Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed and the bill was signed into law. Choi, who was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard for being gay first met Reid last year. At the time Reid promised he would repeal the DADT policy. In July Lt. Choi gave Sen. Reid the ring to remind him of that promise, and vowed to hold Reid accountable:

On Saturday the bill passed. I had followed the earlier votes in the Senate that day on C-span, but I wasn’t able to see the final vote. When I finally got the chance to check and see if the bill had passed I used my phone to check Twitter.

Ironically, the first Tweet I saw about DADT was actually this one from Lt. Choi himself:

The bill was expected to pass, so learning that it had wasn’t a surprise. Finding out it had passed this way certainly was, and I can tell you it made me smile.

Sen. Reid made good on his promise and gave Lt. Choi his ring back, and once again Choi took to Twitter in celebration:

Congratulations to Lt. Choi and all those men and women who won another round in a hard-fought victory in the face of unconscionable and indefensible obstruction.

And many thanks to President Obama for another in a long line of accomplishments met and promises kept.

He vowed to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, and yes, he did.

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Yesterday in the U. S. House, 234 members voted in favor of tax cuts for the middle class only, while 188 voted against middle class tax cuts because they didn’t include those with incomes of $250,000 or more.

Below is the breakdown of votes:

 

Democrats who voted against (Florida members in bold):

 

Rep. Brian Baird [D, WA-3]

Rep. Dan Boren [D, OK-2]

Rep. Kathleen Dahlkemper [D, PA-3]

Rep. Artur Davis [D, AL-7]

Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D, TX-25]

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin [D, SD-0]

Rep. Ron Klein [D, FL-22]

Rep. Jim Matheson [D, UT-2]

Rep. Mike McIntyre [D, NC-7]

Rep. Michael McMahon [D, NY-13]

Rep. Jerry McNerney [D, CA-11]

Rep. Walter Minnick [D, ID-1]

Rep. Gwen Moore [D, WI-4]

Rep. James Moran [D, VA-8]

Rep. Collin Peterson [D, MN-7]

Rep. Earl Pomeroy [D, ND-0]

Rep. Robert Scott [D, VA-3]

Rep. Gene Taylor [D, MS-4]

Rep. Michael Thompson [D, CA-1]

Rep. Peter Visclosky [D, IN-1]

Republicans who voted against (Florida in bold):

Rep. Robert Aderholt [R, AL-4]

Rep. Todd Akin [R, MO-2]

Rep. Rodney Alexander [R, LA-5]

Rep. Steve Austria [R, OH-7]

Rep. Spencer Bachus [R, AL-6]

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett [R, MD-6]

Rep. Joe Barton [R, TX-6]

Rep. Judy Biggert [R, IL-13]

Rep. Brian Bilbray [R, CA-50]

Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R, FL-9]

Rep. Rob Bishop [R, UT-1]

Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R, TN-7]

Rep. Roy Blunt [R, MO-7]

Rep. John Boehner [R, OH-8]

Rep. Jo Bonner [R, AL-1]

Rep. Mary Bono Mack [R, CA-45]

Rep. John Boozman [R, AR-3]

Rep. Charles Boustany [R, LA-7]

Rep. Kevin Brady [R, TX-8]

Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10]

Rep. Henry Brown [R, SC-1]

Rep. Vern Buchanan [R, FL-13]

Rep. Michael Burgess [R, TX-26]

Rep. Dan Burton [R, IN-5]

Rep. Ken Calvert [R, CA-44]

Rep. David Camp [R, MI-4]

Rep. John Campbell [R, CA-48]

Rep. Eric Cantor [R, VA-7]

Rep. Anh Cao [R, LA-2]

Rep. Shelley Capito [R, WV-2]

Rep. John Carter [R, TX-31]

Rep. Bill Cassidy [R, LA-6]

Rep. Michael Castle [R, DE-0]

Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R, UT-3]

Rep. Howard Coble [R, NC-6]

Rep. Mike Coffman [R, CO-6]

Rep. Tom Cole [R, OK-4]

Rep. Michael Conaway [R, TX-11]

Rep. Ander Crenshaw [R, FL-4]

Rep. John Culberson [R, TX-7]

Rep. Geoff Davis [R, KY-4]

Rep. Charles Dent [R, PA-15]

Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart [R, FL-21]

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R, FL-25]

Rep. Charles Djou [R, HI-1]

Rep. David Dreier [R, CA-26]

Rep. Vernon Ehlers [R, MI-3]

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson [R, MO-8]

Rep. Jeff Flake [R, AZ-6]

Rep. John Fleming [R, LA-4]

Rep. Randy Forbes [R, VA-4]

Rep. Jeffrey Fortenberry [R, NE-1]

Rep. Virginia Foxx [R, NC-5]

Rep. Trent Franks [R, AZ-2]

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R, NJ-11]

Rep. Elton Gallegly [R, CA-24]

Rep. Scott Garrett [R, NJ-5]

Rep. Jim Gerlach [R, PA-6]

Rep. John Gingrey [R, GA-11]

Rep. Louis Gohmert [R, TX-1]

Rep. Robert Goodlatte [R, VA-6]

Rep. Kay Granger [R, TX-12]

Rep. Samuel Graves [R, MO-6]

Rep. Tom Graves [R, GA-9]

Rep. Parker Griffith [R, AL-5]

Rep. Brett Guthrie [R, KY-2]

Rep. Ralph Hall [R, TX-4]

Rep. Gregg Harper [R, MS-3]

Rep. Doc Hastings [R, WA-4]

Rep. Dean Heller [R, NV-2]

Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R, TX-5]

Rep. Walter Herger [R, CA-2]

Rep. Peter Hoekstra [R, MI-2]

Rep. Duncan Hunter [R, CA-52]

Rep. Bob Inglis [R, SC-4]

Rep. Darrell Issa [R, CA-49]

Rep. Lynn Jenkins [R, KS-2]

Rep. Samuel Johnson [R, TX-3]

Rep. Timothy Johnson [R, IL-15]

Rep. Jim Jordan [R, OH-4]

Rep. Steve King [R, IA-5]

Rep. Peter King [R, NY-3]

Rep. Jack Kingston [R, GA-1]

Rep. John Kline [R, MN-2]

Rep. Doug Lamborn [R, CO-5]

Rep. Leonard Lance [R, NJ-7]

Rep. Thomas Latham [R, IA-4]

Rep. Steven LaTourette [R, OH-14]

Rep. Robert Latta [R, OH-5]

Rep. Christopher Lee [R, NY-26]

Rep. Jerry Lewis [R, CA-41]

Rep. John Linder [R, GA-7]

Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R, NJ-2]

Rep. Frank Lucas [R, OK-3]

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer [R, MO-9]

Rep. Cynthia Lummis [R, WY-0]

Rep. Daniel Lungren [R, CA-3]

Rep. Connie Mack [R, FL-14]

Rep. Donald Manzullo [R, IL-16]

Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R, CA-22]

Rep. Michael McCaul [R, TX-10]

Rep. Tom McClintock [R, CA-4]

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter [R, MI-11]

Rep. Patrick McHenry [R, NC-10]

Rep. Howard McKeon [R, CA-25]

Rep. John Mica [R, FL-7]

Rep. Jeff Miller [R, FL-1]

Rep. Candice Miller [R, MI-10]

Rep. Gary Miller [R, CA-42]

Rep. Jerry Moran [R, KS-1]

Rep. Tim Murphy [R, PA-18]

Rep. Sue Myrick [R, NC-9]

Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R, TX-19]

Rep. Devin Nunes [R, CA-21]

Rep. Pete Olson [R, TX-22]

Rep. Erik Paulsen [R, MN-3]

Rep. Mike Pence [R, IN-6]

Rep. Thomas Petri [R, WI-6]

Rep. Joseph Pitts [R, PA-16]

Rep. Todd Platts [R, PA-19]

Rep. Ted Poe [R, TX-2]

Rep. Bill Posey [R, FL-15]

Rep. Tom Price [R, GA-6]

Rep. George Radanovich [R, CA-19]

Rep. Tom Reed [R, NY-29]

Rep. Dennis Rehberg [R, MT-0]

Rep. Dave Reichert [R, WA-8]

Rep. Phil Roe [R, TN-1]

Rep. Michael Rogers [R, AL-3]

Rep. Michael Rogers [R, MI-8]

Rep. Harold Rogers [R, KY-5]

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R, CA-46]

Rep. Thomas Rooney [R, FL-16]

Rep. Peter Roskam [R, IL-6]

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R, FL-18]

Rep. Edward Royce [R, CA-40]

Rep. Paul Ryan [R, WI-1]

Rep. Steve Scalise [R, LA-1]

Rep. Jean Schmidt [R, OH-2]

Rep. Aaron Schock [R, IL-18]

Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R, WI-5]

Rep. Peter Sessions [R, TX-32]

Rep. John Shadegg [R, AZ-3]

Rep. John Shimkus [R, IL-19]

Rep. William Shuster [R, PA-9]

Rep. Michael Simpson [R, ID-2]

Rep. Adrian Smith [R, NE-3]

Rep. Lamar Smith [R, TX-21]

Rep. Christopher Smith [R, NJ-4]

Rep. Clifford Stearns [R, FL-6]

Rep. Marlin Stutzman [R, IN-3]

Rep. John Sullivan [R, OK-1]

Rep. Lee Terry [R, NE-2]

Rep. Glenn Thompson [R, PA-5]

Rep. William Thornberry [R, TX-13]

Rep. Todd Tiahrt [R, KS-4]

Rep. Patrick Tiberi [R, OH-12]

Rep. Michael Turner [R, OH-3]

Rep. Frederick Upton [R, MI-6]

Rep. Greg Walden [R, OR-2]

Rep. Zach Wamp [R, TN-3]

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA-3]

Rep. Edward Whitfield [R, KY-1]

Rep. Addison Wilson [R, SC-2]

Rep. Rob Wittman [R, VA-1]

Rep. Frank Wolf [R, VA-10]

Rep. Donald Young [R, AK-0]

Rep. Bill Young [R, FL-10]


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I thought things were bad last week when Republicans not only won back control of the House, but also took control of my state as well. All election analysis aside, people seem to agree that a lot of voters stayed home rather than vote because this Administration hasn’t moved quickly enough to clean up the mess that eight years of the Bush/Cheney Administration left us with. This made me angry at those voters for being unrealistic in their expectations. I was one of the people who have defended the Obama Administration since day one in spite of compromises with Republicans who don’t deserve them in the least.

I bit my nails and nearly made myself ill watching every minute of the struggle to get a watered down health care reform law passed and cheered for the result we ended up with. I defended Obama when other liberals and progressives complained that it wasn’t good enough. And the health care bill was just one example.

Today what headline did I wake up to?

This one:

“WHITE HOUSE GIVES IN ON BUSH TAX CUTS”

I see that President Obama wasn’t kidding when he said he was willing to make compromises with Republicans after his “shellacking” in the election last week.

Now, granted, I’m just an unemployed blogger, but I have to say this to the President and his Administration who seem a bit confused over the results of the election last week:

A large part of the reason you were “shellacked” in the election last week is because you’ve compromised too much in the name of “bipartisanship” already. Much of your base didn’t stay home because they like the Republicans better. If they did they would have voted for them.

So now it sounds as if you are compromising once again.

You’re going to continue to try “bipartisanship” once again.

That’s a shame because the Republicans have no interest in “bipartisanship” or “compromise.” They won’t stop until you completely give in to all their demands. And then they’ll kick you for it in return. Then demand something else.

For the next. Two. Years.

Here in Florida Democrats lost in this election big time. For starters, Alan Grayson who was a rare breed of congressmen who really stood up for working families and tried to do the right thing, lost. He’s the one who said the Republicans health care plan was “Don’t get sick, but if you do, die quickly.” and was chastised for doing so. Well, he was right. The Republicans are proving him right in that they threaten to repeal and replace the health care laws you fought for, and then watered down.

Today David Axelrod says that while you will veto such a repeal, you will “work with people” who “have constructive ideas about how to strengthen” it. Really? And who might that be? It certainly won’t be the Republicans. It won’t be the voters. We have no say in the matter and the closest we get to having any “input” beyond our vote is a request from the Democratic Party for contributions which you won’t use to defend congressmen who will actually make a difference, like Alan Grayson.

Grayson’s opponent Daniel Webster and Marco Rubio, courtesy of SCOTUS and Citizens United via truckloads of undisclosed donations that drowned out the opposition both won. They’re Republicans who want to defeat you and your policies.

Rick Scott, our newly elected Governor spent $73 million dollars of his own money and won, in spite of the fact that the former company he owned and ran was fined $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud.

Yes. Medicare fraud. He’s now the Governor of Florida. He’s a Republican. He also wants to get rid of the health care reform law, but you know that since he was the one who led the fight against it in the first place when he formed Conservatives For Patients’ Rights. He hasn’t changed his position.

He’ll have lots of help with our newly elected Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, who vows to continue to move forward in the lawsuit that was filed along with other states against the health care reform law. She also won courtesy of SCOTUS and Citizens United via truckloads of undisclosed donations and Karl Rove.

They all want the same thing, and it’s NOT compromise or bipartisanship. They want to cut everything, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Education, and on and on. They also want a permanent Republican government and all the perks and money that come with it at our citizens expense.

Most of them are also millionaires. And now you’re going to sweeten the deal for them. You’re going to give them tax cuts that they don’t need when you could merely sit back and let them expire. This on top of the news yesterday that your “bipartisan” commission recommends drastic cuts to just about every conceivable thing they could come up with that didn’t interfere with incomes over $250,000 and the corporations who are pouring cash into funds used to elect the very people who want to defeat you and cut even more of these so called “entitlements” in order to further devastate what’s left of the middle class and sink this country into an oblivion of debt.

I’ll tell you what entitlements are: Tax cuts for the rich.

Mr. Axelrod says this is the only way the middle class can keep their tax cuts. Wrong. It’s not the only way. It’s the Republican’s way.

Mr. Axelrod says “We have to deal with the world as we find it,” and “The world of what it takes to get this done.” Wrong again. In 2008 I voted for “Change.” I didn’t vote for more of the “world as we find it.” If I wanted that I would have voted for the Republicans.

I voted for the candidate I thought would finally fight for the rights of the American people, and not the incompetent, foolish bullies who are dragging this country into a black hole and taking everyone in it with them.

If you plan to give in and not fight for us this time,  you’ve lost me for good. I won’t be fighting for you any longer.

“The world as we find it” isn’t good enough when there’s a better way. Not again.

Not this time.

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If you haven’t already voted early, it’s more important than ever that you vote. Please don’t sit this one out.

Go to the polls. Take a friend. Take ALL your friends.

Don’t be discouraged by what hasn’t been accomplished in the last two years. Look at what HAS been accomplished. Contrary to what the pundits and the Republicans tell you, President Obama and the Democrats have accomplished quite a bit. It will take a lot more than two years to clean up the mess left by Bush and the Republicans for those last eight years, and the last thing we need to do is to turn things back over to the Republicans now.

But if you don’t vote that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.

This is NOT over.

Don’t be intimidated.

Please. VOTE.

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