Two Blue Dogs Fall in Pennsylvania as Coalition Continues to Shrink

By: Wednesday April 25, 2012 8:45 am

In Yesterday’s Pennsylvania Democratic primary two incumbent members of the Blue Dog Coalition, Jason Altmire and Tim Holden, lost their re-election bids to more liberal opponents. Unless newly elected freshmen choose to join the coalition, the coalition’s membership could be down to just 18 Representatives next year; in 2008 they had 54 members.


In Which Chris Van Hollen Tells Jason Altmire to Get Real

By: Sunday November 7, 2010 12:45 pm

The big-business-worshipping Blue Dogs are (along with Big Media allies like Lawrence O’Donnell) trying to push the myth that they lost big, not because they pressured Obama to go with a stimulus package that every economist worthy of the name said was too small, but because of (get this) Nancy Pelosi.

Allen Boyd to Vote “Yes,” Altmire “No” on Health Care Bill: 197-209 (205-212 with Leaners)

By: Friday March 19, 2010 1:57 pm

This is the first major news of the day. Allen Boyd, a Blue Dog from the Florida panhandle, will vote for the health care bill. U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, who voted against national health care last November, said today he will vote for the new bill when it comes to the House floor. The Monticello [...]

“Deem and Pass” Strategy Rendered Useless by Right-Wing Noise Machine

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 3:59 pm

Thanks to a coordinated effort to paint a strategy long used by both parties as secretive and unconstitutional, Democrats have bungled their preferred “deem and pass” strategy for health care reform with just one vote, leaving it with pretty much no political utility.

Breaking Down the House Whip Count on Health Care’s Final Passage

By: Thursday December 31, 2009 9:30 am

While lots of House Blue Dogs say they’re keeping an open mind on the final vote, nothing has changed on the political landscape where the same people continually worried about challenges from their right and habitually unwilling to take stands on Democratic priorities and principles would suddenly change their worldviews. I would be surprised if more than a handful changed their vote. Which means that Speaker Pelosi will have a difficult job getting to 218, no matter what comes out of the conference committee.

Election 2009: Altmire’s Faulty Math

By: Tuesday November 3, 2009 7:27 am

Jason Altmire seems to think that if Democrats get their asses kicked today, it just proves he’s right about everything: Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) argued that an election night rebuke for Democratic candidates across the nation could lead some in the party to rethink their plans on healthcare reform and other issues. “It looks as [...]

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