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  •  Expect Sen. Bruce Braley come 2015... (7+ / 0-)

    ...especially since I expect King will be the GOP nominee. With Harkin gone, the temptation for him to run will be too great and I can't see anyone beating him in the GOP primary. (Latham will likely be scared off.)

    So Harkin's retirement may well end up ridding us of Steve King. Celebrate, folks!

    •  How is Braley? (1+ / 0-)
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      LordMike

      Is he at least relatively progressive, or are we talking about Harkin being replaced by a Blue Dog or New Democrat?

      •  Here's some information that might be help: (1+ / 0-)
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        cocinero
        •  Thanks. (4+ / 0-)
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          HappyinNM, cocinero, betelgeux, JBraden

          Sounds like we could do a lot worse, especially in a purple state.

        •  Thanks for the link to VoteSmart. Depressing (0+ / 0-)

          though.

          Appears that everyone is "throwing seniors under the bus."

          Saw absolutely no mention of seniors/social safety net issues listed.  [unless I overlooked it]

          Including, among the 14 subgroups under "Family and Children."  I worry that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

          Here we're been though a couple of years of nothing but talk of fiscal crises and "entitlement reform," yet VoteSmart doesn't even think that entitlement reform/cuts merit any mention?  [Let's not forget that there have been many cuts to Medicare already.  Most not directing hurting the seniors' bottom line, but there should be a record of them, for Pete's Sake.]

          More to the point, I wonder if lawmakers object to having their votes on these issues tracked  and listed here.  This is very troublesome.

          Mollie

          “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

          by musiccitymollie on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:26:39 PM PST

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