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Norcross and Sires – again, these two – vote with Republicans on KeystoneXL

Here’s the list of Democrats who voted with the Republicans today to approve the $5.4 Billion Keystone XL pipeline. Two of the 29 are from New Jersey; Donald Norcross (NJ-1) and Albio Sires (NJ-8). House vote was 270-152, on a bill identical to one passed by the Senate in late January.

If you want to say anything to them about it, you can use Twitter. Tweet to:



Neither has posted on this vote; both know it wouldn’t be their best play (Norcross’ Twitter account is inactive since Jan. 21).

Oddly enough, the tweets at the top of both congressmen’s accounts are about jobs; Sires here (from today) and Norcross here (pinned form Oct. 22, 2014).

President Obama will have 10 days to issue a veto, which he’s very likely to do. Speaker John Boehner says the president is “standing with a bunch of left-fringe extremists and anarchists. (Watch). Norcross and Sires are standing with Boehner and the Republicans.  

Bonnie Watson Coleman endorsed by Steny Hoyer

NJ12 Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman & Rep. Steny Hoyer

Bonnie Watson Coleman gets her practice on, sitting next to House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer who endorsed her today at CWA 1039’s Front Street, Trenton offices, right around the corner from the New Jersey Statehouse where she’s worked for 16 years. And right in the district she’s vying to represent in Congress. Come November, if the voters who sent Rush Holt to Washington within months of when voters sent her to the Statehouse, Watson Coleman’s vote may be one of those Whip Hoyer will count against the increasingly awful House Republican House caucus.

Holt & Pallone in House iPad Protest of Darrell Issa

Members of Congress hold up tablets & iPhones protesting Rep. Issa

That’s Frank Pallone, low center (under the chyron) and Rush Holt middle top (with white tablet).

This happened last night on the House floor. A little Democratic iPad army appeared behind Rep. Daniel Kildee, Democrat of Michigan, as he rose to protest Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) treatment of Maryland Dem Rep. Elijah Cummings last week during an IRS hearing Issa was running. You’ll remember that Issa had Cummings mic cut as Cummings was speaking and then walked out of the room as the Maryland Dem – ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – called after him. Champion behavior on Issa’s part, and his later apology only came after Democrats and the press called him out as a jackass.

Last night, as Kildee stood to talk about it, a group of Democrats pulled around him holding tablets and smartphones in the air, all with a still shot of Issa drawing his finger across his own neck to signal staff to kill Cummings mic.

Didn’t last long. Mike Simpson (R-ID), presiding, shut it down, claiming the display of devices was a violation of House rules. Pallone’s used to GOP House shenanigans and we imagine that the GOP’s extended obnoxious behavior in the majority is something Rush Holt won’t miss when he leaves the House (and is absolutely a reason to shift the majority).

But wait, what? Pallone’s only holding up a 8×10 glossy, not an outlaw tablet. Is that because he scoped out the House rules, or because we need to take up a collection and outfit the dude with a nice tablet)?

Watch it on CSPAN – on the jump page.

Poll: Congressional Republicans are losing the hearts & minds of Americans

This isn’t strictly New Jersey, except as vmars’ post below makes clear,the federal government shutdown perpetrated by (some of) our elected reps in Congress is all kinds of mess.

So, I had to flag this poll for you, just out from the Washington Post/ABC News poll:

Poll: approval of Congress

Hallelujah, the Republicans – and particularly its minority Tea Party faction – are losing the hearts and minds of America. And that’s despite the efforts of people like Chris Christie to somehow equalize out the blame to both parties (though Christie, ever self-promoting, has proposed himself as the solution).

I think this is key, particularly since it becomes ever more obvious that Republicans in Congress are driven by their radical fringe, who claim ultra-patriotism even as they gloss right over key tenets of America like majority rules (have you seen TIME Magazine’s cover photo?) and why playing chicken with default deadlines is a bad idea. And be clear: GOP Senate candidate Steve Lonegan is PRO-shutdown.

Disapproval of how congressional Republicans have handled this budget dispute (read: deep fear that ACA will be a success) has shot up to 70%, up from 63% about a week earlier. But there’s strong indication that the GOP tantruming baby’s dirty diaper stinks things up for everybody within smelling distance. Approval of President Obama’s response is climbing, but so are his disapproval numbers – moreso (with 39% approving strongly). And 61% now disapprove of congressional Dems (up from 56%) with strong disapproval up to 45%.  

Meanwhile approval of Pres. Obama’s response is climbing (Congressional Dems don’t get off easy either, though, proof that the GOP tantruming baby’s diaper stinks it up for everybody nearby;  

Charlie Cook Says Every NJ Congress Critter is Safe for 2014

promoted by Rosi

Fifteen months out from the 2014 Congressional elections Charlie Cook is out with his first (I think) House Race Ratings and he thinks Democrats are on the defensive.

Except in New Jersey, where no one — donkey or elephant — is on the defensive. Instead they’ll spend their time, according to Cook, swatting away fly-like opponents and sending money out of state to other races.

If course, progressives could see this as an opportunity and start harassing GOP congressional critters now, getting them on the record and publicizing their radical voting records on websites (you’re on one now), in letters to the editor and with friends.

Some questions to ask:

  • Why have you voted 40 times to eliminate ObamaCare but not once to protect food stamps for NJ’s working poor?
  • Last election you promised to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs and there hasn’t been one jobs bill passed in the House.  Besides voting once every two weeks to eliminate ObamaCare, what have you done to merit returning you to office?
  • How can you justify voting to send your constituents’ federal income tax dollars to subsidize corporate farms while voting against helping NJ families who need help affording food for their families?
  • Do you support the level of cuts laid out in the Ryan budget you voted for, or was it just a symbolic vote?
  • Do you support Darryl Issa’s accusations — which have proven unfounded — that the White House used the IRS to target Tea Party groups?
  • What do you think the scandal of Benghazi is about?

Myself, I like the last one because I’ll bet not one of them can actually answer it.

Be sure to bring someone with a video camera to record for posterity.

113th Congress by the Numbers

“This is the people’s House.  This is the people’s gavel.  It represents a sacred trust.  May we all fulfill that trust and make real the ideals of democratic government.”                            – Leader Nancy Pelosi

Stats culled from CNN and Dem Daily & wiki.

Leadership of the 113th Congress:

House of Representatives

Speaker of the House: John Boehner              

Democratic Leader: Nancy Pelosi

Majority Leader: Eric Cantor                            

Democratic Whip: Steny Hoyer

Majority Whip: Kevin McCarthy                        

Assistant Democratic Leader: James Clyburn


Majority Leader: Harry Reid                              Minority Leader: Mitch McConnell

Majority Whip: Dick Durbin                               Minority Whip: John Cornyn

113th Congress by the numbers:

13 new Senators

84 new House members

20 women in the Senate

78 women in the House (number of women in NJ delegation = 0)

12 new members who have served in U.S. military

1  Massachusetts senator with Rutgers Law degree

Elizabeth Warren was 9 months pregnant & already had a 2-year-old at graduation

19% of the House now belong to minority groups

40 African American Members, 1 in the Senate (*appointed)

28 Hispanic Members in the House, 3 in the Senate

7   Openly Gay or Bisexual Members in the House

33 Members under the age of 40 in the House, 1 in the Senate

2  Physicists in the House [Rush Holt & Rep. Bill Foster (D-Il), sworn in today]

5  House members from previous careers in professional sports [incl. Jon Runyan]

85 Members in the House who have served in the Military, 19 in the Senate

88 Oldest member of the Senate, Frank Lautenberg

     Lautenberg will be 89 on Jan. 23

89  Oldest member (ever) of the House, Ralph Hall (R-TX)

A Congress of Firsts

First Openly Gay Senator: Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

First Openly Gay minority member of Congress: Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41)

First Asian-American woman Senator: Mazie Hirono (D-HI) ** thanks theoneo for the correction

First Bisexual member of Congress: Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)

First Hindu member of Congress: Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02)

Fun Facts

  • For the first time, white men will be a minority in the House Democratic Caucus as a majority of Members are now either non-white or female.

  • 3 states are now represented by two female senators: New Hampshire, Washington, and California.

  • Women comprise 20% of the Senate and 18% of the House Members
  • Dear NJ Democratic Volunteers

    OFA fans particularly should consider this. Not only are New Jersey supporters being directed out-of-state, I see little evidence that work for – or contribution to – downballot local candidates are advocated. Promoted by Rosi

    Dear New Jersey Democratic Volunteers,

    Every four years we are told that NJ isn’t in play and that we should spend our time elsewhere in neighboring states like Pennsylvania, or even trek out to Ohio.  We do this so we can feel that we matter, this is because to so many of us the Presidential race is what matters and we ignore everything else.

    I am writing to remind you, the hard working volunteers, that if you believe in this President, and in his grass roots message then the you need to start in New Jersey first.   In order for President Obama to have the support he needs we need elected leaders in every level of government willing to push his policies and working to protect democratic values like choice, equality, and fairness.  Elected officials like Senator Robert Menendez who although polls show him ahead, he and his campaign should not be forgotten!  After all without a democratic Senate, what is the point of a democratic White House?  

    Senator Menendez grew up in a tenement building in Union City, the son of immigrants, and worked hard to rise to be one of 100 United States Senators.  His story is the story of the American dream that you can grow up poor, work hard, play by the rules and you will succeed.  Lets ensure his story doesn’t end on November 6th.