Gun Control Advocates Are Planning To Target Three Vulnerable Pro-Gun Senators

by KIRA LERNER – After a 15-hour filibuster in the Senate and a 25-hour sit-in in the House will likely fail to produce meaningful gun reform after the Orlando shooting, gun control advocates are looking ahead to their next battle: the November election. Specifically, Everytown for Gun Safety — a group that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped form to match the National Rifle Association’s political influence — has set its sights and its resources on six key senators who have been resistant to what they call commonsense gun safety legislation. Press Secretary Lizzie Ulmer told ThinkProgress the group with be targeting three vulnerable members of Congress up for reelection this year — Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). “These are people who have consistently blocked efforts to close loopholes in our laws that keep guns in the hands of dangerous people...

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What Republicans Risk By Obstructing Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination

by Bill Scher – Conventional wisdom states that Republicans have every political reason to block anyone President Obama nominates for the Supreme Court. Any Republican who voted for an Obama nominee could face a primary challenge. The people who care most about judicial battles are ideological base voters, so swing voters in a general election wouldn’t blame one party over the other. And if a Republican wins the presidency, then Senate Republicans would confirm a conservative, while if a Democrat wins, the person’s nominee would be no different from an Obama nominee. Nothing lost by holding out. But there are reasons to question all of these assumptions. First, the immediate electoral risk for Republicans is in the general election, not the primary. There are 21 incumbent Senate Republicans up for re-election in 2016. (Three other Republican incumbents are retiring from the Senate.) Six of them, five of which are in...

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Two red states see biggest drop in uninsured rate because of Medicaid

by Joan McCarter – The two states with the biggest drop in uninsured people among all states are Arkansas and Kentucky, Gallup reports. These two states that voted red in the 2012 presidential election—but which have Democratic governors—expanded Medicaid, and that made a tremendous difference in getting people insured. Add in Colorado, which also had a big drop, and as Greg Sargent points out, you’ve got three battleground Senate races for 2014. In Arkansas, the rate of uninsured dropped from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 12.4 percent now — a change of over 10 points.In Kentucky, it dropped from 20.4 percent to 11.9 percent — a change of 8.5 percent. In Colorado, it dropped from 17 percent to 11 percent — a change of six percent. In Arkansas, Rep. Tom Cotton has nothing but gibberish to add to the healthcare debate, refusing to answer clearly what he’d do to protect...

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PA-Sen: Pat Toomey (R) Makes The List Of Seven Senate Races Dems Should Be Optimistic About In 2016

by poopdogcomedy – UPDATE: I think Senator Rob Portman (R. OH) will be a very tough race but again, we’ll need to see who the Democrats score in terms or a candidate.  I would also like to see how retiring Rep. Jim Matheson (D. UT) would do against Senator Mike Lee (R. UT) and I want to see how popular Senators Chuck Grassley (R. IA) and Lisa Murkowski (R. AK) will be in 2016.  Polls showed Hillary would be competitive in Alaska and Matheson would be competitive against Lee. This is going to be a short one but I wanted to post it and I apologize for it being late but this article from Slate came out on Friday right before the holiday weekend.  So I know there have been quite a few diaries focused on the 2016 Presidential race here on the Kos.  I have no problem with people...

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