2010 Midterms: Scale of the GOP Wave Was Evident for Almost a Year

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 2:45 pm

The Republican victory in the House was truly historic. It was one of the largest congressional swings in American history, but it should not have come as a shock to any Democrat in Congress. For almost a year it was plainly evident to the DCCC and others that the party had screwed up royally and was facing massive loses.


The Last Super: Delaware, DC, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin Primary Preview

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 1:15 pm

Today effectively marks the end of the primary election season and the true beginning of the general elections. It’s not only one of the last primary days but one of the biggest, including Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. [Ed. note: Jon will be liveblogging results all night. Delaware polls close at 8pm EDT, with a number of others closing at 9. Look for results and reaction at FDL's Elections page.]

Will Tim Bishop’s “Yes” Vote on Mandate Cost Him His Seat?

By: Tuesday January 5, 2010 9:39 am

When Mike Stark spoke to Bishop earlier this year, he asked him if he’d pledge to vote against any bill that doesn’t have a public option. Bishop replied, “I am not going to take a pledge because I want to see how the final legislation comes out.” Mike pointed out that the right-to-lifers had pledged to vote against any bill over the abortion language, but that public option supporters like Bishop didn’t seem to feel that strongly.

Bishop voted for the House bill on the first vote. If he votes for the Senate bill, he’ll kowtow to those like Stupak and Nelson who did draw a line in the sand over abortion, piss off the tea party activists and abandon his own principles on the public option. Hard to know who the constituency is for that.

Bishop has taken $287K from the health care sector, and $72K from pro-choice advocate groups and $1 million from unions.

Bishops office is (631) 696-6500. Ask him if he’s really planning on voting for a mandate that will force people to pay almost as much to private insurance companies as they do in federal taxes, with the IRS acting as a collection agency — and no public plan as an alternative.

No public plan? No mandate.

Let us know what you hear from Bishop’s office on the reporting form in the war room. You can now see call reports people are submitting after their calls for all House offices as they appear, which is pretty interesting.

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