Six Senate Democrats Remain Opposed; Bill Nelson (FL) Backs Marriage Equality

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 3:49 pm

This conversion was actually quite unexpected. Although in his list yesterday of Senate Democrats likely to switch sides, WaPo’s Young Conventional Wisdomeer Chris Cillizza listed Bill Nelson second-most-likely to support marriage equality, Firedoglake readers mostly thought him unlikely to flip.


Mixed News for Democrats in the Senate Races

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 7:30 am

A flood of new Senate polling holds mixed news for Democrats as they try to retain control despite a very unfriendly map.

Senate Democrats’ Prospects Appear to Be Modestly Improving

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 10:15 am

Things appear to be looking up for Senate Democrats. While this year will be inherently very tough for Senate Democrats — they have 23 seats to defend compared to the Republicans who have only 10 seats up this year — the Democrats recently received several pieces of good news. Earlier this year there seemed to be a very good chance Republicans could take over the chamber, but recently that has begun to seem a more remote possibility.

Democrats Continue to Push Speculation Angle on Gas Prices

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 11:20 am

House Democrats have continued their efforts to keep the notion of oil speculation driving the run-up in gas prices at the head of the national conversation.

Florida Congresscritters Look to End-Run Rick Scott on High Speed Rail

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 6:30 pm

I noted yesterday that Rick Scott returned $2.4 billion in high speed rail money to the federal government, which would halt a planned project for an intercity link between Tampa and Orlando. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has dealt with this before with respect to Ohio and Wisconsin (there are those two states again), and he simply redistributed the money to states who wanted it. However, in this case, Florida Congressional leaders, Democrats and Republicans, are scheming to get the deal done anyway.

Obama Administration Eases Travel, Remittance Restrictions With Cuba

By: Saturday January 15, 2011 11:30 am

The White House announced last night a series of changes to travel and remittance policies with Cuba, that will allow more visitation and transfer of funds to the island 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

Inside the 1099 Reporting Requirement, the First Piece of the Health Care Law Under Threat Today

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 8:01 am

Around 11am et, the Senate will begin a complicated series of votes on the small business bill. What’s their deal? They actually have to do with some reporting requirements passed in the Affordable Care Act. As a pay-for in the bill, the ACA mandated 1099 reporting for all businesses on certain transactions over $600. The idea here is that companies routinely don’t report such purchases, and summarily don’t pay taxes on them. So basically, the amendment from Johanns eliminates this requirement, and allows businesses to freely evade taxes again. The Nelson amendment would exempt small businesses with less than 25 workers from the requirement, and raise the threshold on transactions to $5,000.

Small Business Bill: Last Shot at Improving Economy Before Elections

By: Friday August 6, 2010 5:20 pm

The only bill on the horizon that might have a positive economic impact is the small business loan bill. Yesterday, the Senate adjourned for a month, but Reid filed for cloture on the bill, and Senators hope to build support over the recess.

Senator Bill Nelson Fights Back Against $10 Billion BP Tax Write-Off

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 1:01 pm

On Tuesday, BP announced that they would be taking a $10 billion deduction on their US taxes because of losses stemming from the blown out oil well and expenses associated with the subsequent clean-up and compensation payments to Gulf businesses. Florida Senator Bill Nelson responded on Wednesday, writing a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, demanding an investigation into BP’s planned write-off.

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