April 15, 2011 Brett Guthrie KY-2, Ed Whitfield KY-1, Geoff Davis KY-4 and Hal Rogers KY-5 all voted to end Medicare as we know it. They voted for the Radical Paul Ryan’s “Path to ProsperityPoor House” budget plan that will privatize Medicare and put Medicare recipients in the hands of the insurance companies. They voted to cut spending $4.3 trillion, mostly Medicare and Medicaid, and give their rich pals $4.2 trillion in tax cuts. Wow! Click here to see the Roll Call.
In the Fourth Congressional District of Kentucky John Waltz has been working hard and it is showing. Proving that you can run on Progressive ideals in red state America, Waltz has been giving incumbent Geoff Davis all he can handle. Whether outraising him in a quarter, or challenging him for his sorry record for Kentucky families Waltz is using his work ethic to make this a race. Now, he is ready to release his new TV ads.
Overshadowed by the antics of the Kentucky Senate race is the fact that we have some fine men running for the Congress this year in the Bluegrass State. Ed Marksberry, John Waltz, and Jim Holbert are all great Democrats and deserve our support. John Waltz conducted a tour across his district and found out one thing. Folks are pretty scared about their retirement security with the talk of benefits being cut and retirement ages being raised. While Waltz believe budget cuts are inevitable, he has the right mindset to do it rationally.
Republicans across the country are bearing down, hoping that voting against any Democratic proposal will get them back in power this fall to complete their destruction of our country next year. They are running on a platform of hatred for the federal government and while they preach "jobs" they care nothing about saving or creating them if Democrats get credit. They hope to break any power of the federal government and leave all the responsibility on cash-strapped states. Yes, even when the benefits of federal funding come home to their states they still vote no.
I wrote this diary, "John Waltz Continues to Show Strength" yesterday when I realized that the Waltz campaign had put up a very strong showing in fundraising for the last quarter. However, now it appears as if I put it up before I realized just how strong this showing really was. You see, as a political newcomer and a Progressive in a red area John Waltz did the unthinkable. He actually OUT-RAISED the sitting Republican Geoff Davis. Even more remarkable is that Waltz smoked Davis in donations from individuals.
So what's new? Hal Rogers, Ed Whitfield and Brett Guthrie showed their true colors and when they had a chance to stand up for seniors on Medicare they voted "Nay" to kill H R 4213 and allow a 21% cut in Medicare payments to physicians essentially killing Medicare as we know it. Geoff Davis was a no show and didn't even bother to vote.
With the Mad Doctor Rand Paul running in the Senate race that race will be getting plenty of attention nationwide and on this site because not only is the Rand Paul vision for our state and country dangerous, but Jack Conway happens to be a pretty good candidate in his own right. However, with all the press that race will bring the fact of the matter is we have some fine Democrats running in other races too. One of them is John Waltz. His campaign has already shown surprising strength and as a veteran himself he wanted to speak on Memorial Day.
As many of you know that are regular readers Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District has a Democratic candidate. They have a real citizen, veteran, and Progressive alternative to corrupt Geoff Davis for representation in Congress. While he has shown some great success on ActBlue in that district he needs and deserves the support of national and statewide Democrats. Today, he is fighting back against the threats of Geoff Davis, who is playing both sides of the tea-bag movement.
March 22, 2010 Last night Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie, Geoff Davis, Hal Rogers and Ben Chandler Voted Against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform). Click here for the Roll Call.
Click here to see what Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie, Geoff Davis, Hal Rogers and Ben Chandler Voted Against.
Click here to let your Represenative know how you feel.
I wrote a few diaries several months ago about a Democratic newcomer in Kentucky politics when John Waltz announced his run here, here, and here. While I very much liked what Waltz was saying, I wondered about his ability to mount a race as a newcomer and in Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District. However, as this race is progressing John Waltz is proving to be an extremely viable candidate as well as being a real fighting Democrat. Now, Waltz's campaign is picking up steam and with our help could mount a real challenge to put Republicans on defense this fall in at least one previously secure district.
When Democrats go to the polls in November to elect members of Congress and the US Senate will there really be any difference between the Democratic and Republican candidates? The answer to that question depends on the candidates and to some extent, where you live.
Jim Bunning, Mitch McConnell, Geoff Davis, Brett Guthrie, Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield Vote Against Seniors And Military Families.
October 21, 2009 the Senate filibustered (S. 1776). Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning voted against a motion to end the filibuster of (S. 1776), click here to see the Roll Call. This bill would have put an end to the annual cycle of enacting short term measures to stop Medicare and Tricare payment cuts (21% in 2010 and 40% by 2016) caused by the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. (See graph after the hump.) Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning voted to stop this legislation against the wishes of, Norb Ryan, Jr, President of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and Dr. J. James Rohack, President of the American Medical Association. It seems that Mitch Mcconnell and Jim Bunning would be happy to see Medicare and Tricare wither and die on the vine and can't wait to see Medicare and Tricare payments cut 40 percent over the next 6 years under the current system.
The "Affordable Health Care For Americans Act" (HR 3962) passes 220-215. 39 Dems voted against it and 1 Republican voted for it. Click here to see individual House floor debate speeches.Update: Nov. 8, 2009 8:14 pm the CSPAN links are all screwed up. Thats why we uploaded the videos to Youtube and I had a tough time finding them. More on this here. The Stupak Amendment passed 240-194 with 64 Democrats voting for the amendment. Republicans voted for the Stupak Amendment and then against "Affordable Health Care For Americans Act" (HR 3962). View House floor debate speeches of Kentucky House members Rep. Brett Guthrie (R) KY 2nd District, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R) KY 1st District, Rep. John A. Yarmuth (D), KY 3rd District and Rep. Geoff Davis (R), KY 4th District below.
Politico Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is taking the extraordinary step of reading off the number of people he calculates will die as a result of lacking health insurance -- in each district represented by a GOP member of Congress who opposes health care reform.
KY-01 Ed Whitfield: 113 will die each year KY-02 Brett Guthrie: 102 will die each year KY-04 Geoff Davis: 83 will die each year KY-05 Hal Rodgers 130 will die each year Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) Act Blue page. View the entire speech after the hump.
After investing much money, passion and time to elect leaders to enact a Progressive vision in this country, many of us have felt the bitter chill of disappointment run up our spine. It appears in our run to elect more Democrats, we have put some folks in office who are not Progressive and do not share our values. Now, even with huge majorities in the Congress and a sitting President it seems almost as impossible as it ever was to get a Progressive direction for our country.
The House of Representatives voted today to shift student loans to the government freeing up $80 million dollars for other investments. The Student Loan and Fiscal Responsibility Act now goes to the Senate where most believe it will be enacted and signed by President Obama. Proponents of the bill cited that it would assure that students could still get loans in a tough economy and that it would save money to be re-invested. Republicans touted that it was more big government that would take loans away from their buddies in the credit industry and that it would add to the deficit, ingnoring that it would actually save money.
Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Jim Bunning, Geoff Davis, Brett Guthrie, Hal Rogers and Ed Whitfield opposed the $787 billion stimulus that would fund projects like the battery plant. Well they won and Kentuckians lost. Of course Anne Northup won't be without a high paying government job, Senator Mitch McConnell took care of her. Some folks believe Senator Mitch McConnell traded the Battery plant off to get his pal Anne Northup a plum job on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. Thanks Mitch!
One rural Progressive is already fighting hard to unseat a sitting Republican and expand our Congressional majority with a much needed new Progressive. His campaign will be kicking in high gear soon when people start to pay attention to the Congressional races in the 2010 elections.