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Entries in midterm elections (7)


For Democrats, a shutdown could be a preferred weapon in 2014

Are Democrats positioning to use a government shutdown as a weapon in the 2014 midterm elections?

The party will certainly need to be creative, considering the current plight of the middle class.

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GOP impact: Dem committee chair wants 1099 proviso in PPAC repealed

One backdoor tax tucked into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) was a proviso expanding reporting for small businesses via IRS form 1099. This requirement mandated that small businesses report the payment of more than $600 to any individual or corporation (as opposed to contractors). Small businesses like The US Report and others across the land will be subject to this requirement and completing the extra paperwork would cost more time or money depending on whether you use a tax preparer or do the return yourself.

Current chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Democrat Max Baucus (Mont.) wants the provision repealed. CNN Money said,  “Top Democrats are uniting with Republicans in a show of support for small business owners: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said Friday that he will introduce legislation to repeal the expanded 1099 reporting requirements set to take effect in 2012.”

Freshmen in the US House of Representatives don’t fit the traditional politico mold.

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Warning to GOP: Be mindful of media and don’t talk to hacks

Late Tuesday evening as I struggled to stay awake in hopes of learning who my home state’s next governor would be, someone sent me a link to a video of longtime Democrat cheerleader Chris Matthews. Matthews was grilling Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) who was at a campaign event. Behind her a supporter stood with a sign that read, “How’s the tingle, Chris?”

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Midterms produce power shift, few surprises

I have to confess the Midterm Elections pretty much worked out the way I thought they would. I did believe the GOP would take the US House. I did believe we would gain some seats in the US Senate.

I did not believe Democrat stalwarts like Rep.  Barney Frank (Mass.) would lose a seat, mainly because Frank is entrenched in a state that tends to stick with known brands no matter what they do when they're in a position of power. Frank hasn't had to answer for his actions, but if the voters in Mass. don't care, it's not much of my concern as long as he isn't all powerful. And with the shift in power, he won't quite have the run of the place as he did when he was helping inflate the taxpayer sinkholes we call Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

I do confess one of the best moments of my evening came when Marco Rubio won the US Senate seat for Florida.

We will also now have a new speaker of the House and for that I am truly grateful.

In my opinion we will have a more balanced Washington and it is my hope that some of the divisiveness we've seen will lessen.

If you've read my column before, you know how diligently I covered the legislation in this Congress. You also probably know I am a Republican. What you might not know is that I will continue to cover the legislation just as diligently. Our country is facing serious fiscal challenges--the more I dig into government records and information the more troublesome it is.

We can't go to sleep because we got what we wanted.

And I'd like to ask my fellow Republicans to be gracious in victory. I remember some of the commentary directed towards us after the losses in 2006 and 2008. It was pretty rough. I'd hope we can rise above that sort of thing and as Rick Scott says, "Get to work."

I was invited to many celebrations tonight. I love to be around people but I decided to stay home and cover the races from here. I posted updates in three previous columns and this is my last--it's already Wednesday and there is much to do once I get a few hours of sleep.

Congratulations to the candidates who won and to those who ran honorable races. It's a new morning in Florida already and in America as well. We must make the best of it. (Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 3, 2010)



Midterm Elections: Pt. 3

~10:53 p.m.

Democrat Chris Matthews just treated Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in such a rude manner I wanted to kick him right in his big old tingling leg.

Matthews was sitting there with Keith Olbermann who was giggling like a 5 year old and some female pundit whose name I can't remember.  Matthews told Bachmann (who could barely hear him I'm sure because the crowd behind her was going wild) she looked like she was in a trance.

He was so condescending. I fail to see how so-called progressives believe they're so superior. Their policies do nothing but create misery and mediocrity.

Matthews has been in a trance for two decades. He's only relevant to the far left. I don't even think we can get his network here. Who cares? Bachmann gave it right back to him.


Midterm Elections: Coverage Pt. 2

~9:10 p.m.

Sen. Elect Rand Paul is making amazing speech right now--"The Tea Party is sending a message." He talked about government getting out of the way and American exceptionalism. He will be a great senator.

Gov. Sarah Palin is talking about the races on Fox News. "A big overreaching government is not what people had in mind (in 2008)."

Scott still ahead in Florida gubernatorial.

Palin is saying Republicans need to reach out to the Democrats. Problem is we've done that in the past and it didn't work. We ended up conceding too much and that helped get us where we are today. Democrats dismissed just about every idea and proposal GOP put forth since 2006. Hopefully we will see common sense return to government.


Fox News reports Dems are "already taking legal action" in precincts in Connecticut and Illinois. No surprise there; look what they pulled off with Al Franken. Old habits never die.

Sen. Elect Marco Rubio is speaking from Coral Gables--"a chance for Republicans to be what they said they were going to be long ago....America is the single greatest nation in all of human history...I know America is great not because I read about it in a book but because I've seen it with my eyes...I was raised in a community of exiles...They lost all those things (dream) due to an accident of history..."

Rubio said the Cuban exile community wanted to give their children the dreams they could not have. "I will always be the son of exiles."

No doubt in my mind Rubio is presidential material.

~10:27 p.m.

Democrat pundit and one-time vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro is talking on Fox News. She said Dems didn't do a good job of telling people what was in the healthcare bill.

Gov. Palin reminded Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said we had to pass the bill to see what was in it.

Ferraro quipped she knows Pelosi and Pelosi knows what's in it.

Ferraro needs to read up on her politics. None of the congressmen read the bill; they admitted it publicly.

Gov. Palin is being very nice to Ferraro. I really don't see why. Ferraro is downplaying GOP gains tonight; no surprise there. Just so you know, I never cared for Ferraro before she became a TV personality.

~10:47 p.m.

Congratulations to Governor Elect Nikki Haley in South Carolina. Haley will be a good governor--a good Republican conservative.

Delighted to see the candidate I voted for and wrote about early on won Florida Attorney General race --congrats to Pam Bondi (R).



Midterm Elections, 2010: Political championships in play-Pt. 1

~8:19 p.m.

Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Marco Rubio (Florida) can celebrate the wins I knew they were capable of all along, an indication to GOPers at the top level that Main Street does matter. The US Report officially endorsed Rubio and I'm proud to know he'll represent my state in Washington.

A lot of pundits claim this election is a referendum on President Barack Obama's policies, and that may be true to a degree.

But I think this election is just as much about Congress.

Democrats passed huge spending bills they did not read. Americans are already seeing utility bill increases because Dems in the House passed Cap and Trade and utilities are already raising rates in preparation of a similar bill.

Or they were before tonight.

That could change.

Congress also cast votes that undermined US sovereignty.

So Obama's policies are factoring in but so are Congress'. Republicans made sweeping changes, from the grassroots level.

Democrats refused to budge and status quo politicos like Sen. Harry Reid have demonstrated little respect for Main Street.

~ 8:31 p.m.

Bye-bye Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and hello, Sen. John Boozman (R).

In Florida, I am delighted to share that Col. Allen West (R) is beating Democrat Ron Klein for US House Seat in Florida Dist. 22.

Also in Florida, Republican Daniel Webster is ahead of Democrat Alan Grayson ("Republicans want you to die!") in District 8. That is one US House seat I will be thrilled to see a Democrat lose because if I had to pick a lousy statesman, it'd be Grayson.