Progressive Caucus Will Gain Members After Elections

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 3:30 pm

Democrats picked up three seats from Republicans, making good on some prior anomalies and realigning correctly. Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), Cedric Richmond (LA-02) and John Carney (DE-AL) all won. Of those, I would say Hanabusa and Richmond will join the Progressive Caucus. In AL-07, Terri Sewell replaced Artur Davis. She’s a lot more progressive than he ever was, and she will likely join the caucus. David Cicilline (RI-01), the replacement for Patrick Kennedy and another openly gay member of Congress, is likely to join (Patrick Kennedy never did). The race that a progressive lost in a primary, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI-13), was over ethical issues, and she’ll be replaced by Hansen Clarke, likely to join the caucus.

What’s likely, then, is an increase in the ranks of the Progressive Caucus numbers. Even if they opened the floodgates on the Blue Dog Caucus, which they limit, they won’t increase their numbers.


AL-Gov: Artur Davis, ConservaDem Casualty

By: Wednesday June 2, 2010 7:15 am

Let’s highlight the absolute trouncing given by Ron Sparks in the Alabama Governor’s race to Artur Davis, an African-American candidate who thought it would be a good idea to try and run the general election in the primary, amassing the voting record of a Dixiecrat and ignoring the black political leadership in the state.

Rep. Rangel Set to Step Down as Ways and Means Chair

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 5:51 pm

Rangel has been dogged by long-simmering ethics investigations and charges that he violated house rules. GOP House members have vowed to bring a resolution to the floor calling for the Harlem Democrat’s removal as chairman. When CBC member Arthur Davis and 13 other Democratic representatives called on Rangel to step aside earlier today, leadership no doudt feared that additional defections in this election year could push the resolution over the top. Rangel and Speaker Pelosi met earlier this evening, where it is believed Rangel agreed to step aside.

AL Gov: Rep. Artur Davis Attacked for Health Care Vote by Primary Opponent

By: Tuesday November 10, 2009 4:40 pm

Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) represented the most Democratic-leaning district of any member of Congress who voted against health care reform, or the Stupak amendment. He’s running for Governor of Alabama, and since that announcement, Davis has trended sharply to the right to please the full Alabama electorate rather than solely his district. His primary opponent [...]

FDL Welcomes Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman

By: Thursday July 24, 2008 9:09 am

Governor Don Siegelman joins FDL to talk about his on-going appeal, Karl Rove’s defiance of an HJC subpoena, and references to both in yesterday’s HJC hearing with Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

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