DSCC Wastes $1 Million in Ads on Retiring Ben Nelson

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 12:00 pm

Ben Nelson, Nebraska’s Democratic senator, will retire from the Senate next year, despite benefiting from a million dollars in early-cycle advertising funded by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.


Barney Frank’s Retirement Leaves Open Position on Financial Services Committee

By: Monday November 28, 2011 1:30 pm

Rep. Barney Frank plans to retire, which means by next year, both lead co-sponsors of Dodd-Frank will be out of Congress, having secured a legacy of sorts through attaching their names to that legislation. So who might replace Frank as ranking member or Chair of the House Financial Services Committee?

The Very Serious People Missing the Interconnectedness of Everything

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 6:27 pm

Unemployment is officially at 9.1% (roughly 14M people) and underemployment is nearly double that. Social Security has been one of if not the most effective government program of all time, yet all we hear out of Washington is how there must be “shared sacrifices” (from all but the very richest of us of course) so Social Security must be “on the table” for budget discussions, even though Social Security has not contributed one dime to the “problems” with the budget.

John Ensign Will Resign May 3; Rep. Dean Heller to Replace Him [Updated]

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 3:42 pm

John Ensign, the Nevada Senator still reeling from an adultery and corruption scandal, will resign tomorrow, according to several published reports. Rep. Dean Heller, who has already announced a run for Ensign’s seat in the Senate, will be appointed as an interim replacement for Ensign by Governor Brian Sandoval, giving him the power of incumbency and a leg up in what should be a competitive Senate election in 2012. This leaves Heller’s seat open, and a special election will ensue.

Wisconsin: Sen. Hopper Could Resign, Be Replaced in Recall

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 7:55 am

Everyone’s having a laugh about Randy Hopper’s wife joining the recall against him, thanks to his marital indiscretions. And that’s practically poetic. However, there are also serious implications. First of all, if Hopper isn’t living in the district and instead with his mistress in Madison, as his wife apparently alleged, that’s a violation of state law. Second, there is at least some speculation that Hopper could resign the seat before a recall election could take effect, giving a successor a better opportunity to retain the seat for Republicans.

John Ensign Becomes 8th Senator to Announce Retirement

By: Monday March 7, 2011 12:50 pm

Just three months into the 2012 campaign cycle, 8 of the 33 Senators up for re-election will be retiring. Since 2006, there are 42 new Senators in the upper house, and with these 8 retirements, that means that at least half of the body will be made up of people who haven’t been there longer than 7 years, come 2013.

NM-Sen: Jeff Bingaman Becomes Latest to Announce Retirement

By: Friday February 18, 2011 11:42 am

Jeff Bingaman, the Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will announce his retirement later today, according to sources. He becomes the sixth Senator – three Democrats, two Republicans, and Joe Lieberman – to announce their retirements in the past month.

Jim Webb Will Not Seek Re-Election

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 10:10 am

Jim Webb, who squeaked out a victory for Senate in Virginia in 2006, will leave the Senate after one term, adding another to the many opportunities for Republicans in the Senate in 2012.

Welcome to Your America: Elderly Man Robs Bank to Get Back Into Jail

By: Monday August 2, 2010 6:35 pm

The class of workers aged 55-64 who were pushed out of their jobs in the recession and have almost no hope of getting a new one are basically having a disability imposed on them, and the impact on retirement is grave. Add in the fact that the elderly are at the front lines of the foreclosure crisis, because so many of them have major equity in their homes, and so many homeowners are massively underwater, and you have the makings of a generational disaster.

It’s in this context that members of the cat food commission are talking about raising the retirement age.

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