Barbara Boxer

Cronyism: Senators supportive of Syria strikes bring in big bucks from defense contractors

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who voted last week to authorize military force against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime have brought thousands of dollars more from defense contractors than those who voted against it, according to a report from David Kravets of Wired:

Senators voting Wednesday to authorize a Syria strike received, on average, 83 percent more campaign financing from defense contractors than lawmakers voting against war.

Overall, political action committees and employees from defense and intelligence firms such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Technologies, Honeywell International, and others ponied up $1,006,887 to the 17 members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who voted yes or no on the authorization Wednesday, according to an analysis by Maplight, the Berkeley-based nonprofit that performed the inquiry at WIRED’s request.

Committee members who voted to authorize what the resolution called a “limited” strike averaged $72,850 in defense campaign financing from the pot. Committee members who voted against the resolution averaged $39,770, according to the data.

Barbara Boxer wants a $10 minimum wage

It looks like Leftists in Congress are about to make another push to raise the minimum wage, even higher than the increase proposed by President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address earlier this year.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) recently told MSNBC host Ed Schultz that raising the minimum wage is a matter of “fairness” and claimed that California is a model for the rest of the country on the issue:

“We need to raise the minimum wage. That will make a huge difference. … People are struggling,” the California Democrat told Ed Schultz on “The Ed Show” on Monday. “The difference between the very wealthy and the working poor has grown. We raise that minimum wage and we move forward with the vision of this president that we have, which is everyone pays their fair share” of taxes.

Boxer used her own state as a model, saying that the focus must be on fairness.

“There’s one word we always have to focus on and that’s ‘fairness’. Everyone has to do their part,” she said. “I’ve spoken to people in California who earn a lot who were very anxious to help the country and their state. We’ve proven the point, you know, a rising tide lifts all boats.”

President Obama proposed an increase in the minimum wage to $9 an hour during his State of the Union address, the prospects of which are unlikely. But that wasn’t enough for some on the far-Left in Congress. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) one upped President Obama by introducing a measure to raise the minimum wage to $10.10.

Boxer’s comments on the issue are peculiar for a couple of reasons.

Sen. Barbara Boxer: Use National Guard troops in our schools

If you’ve been decrying the militarization of law enforcement, hold on to your hats boys and girls. because crap just got real.

Senator Barbara Boxer, seeking to be heard in the din of “do something” that has gripped the beltway, trotted out her own idea of how to prevent the Sandy Hook tragedy from ever happening again.  Her brainiac idea?  Bring in the National Guard:

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., proposed using National Guard troops to help make schools across the nation safer and avoid another shooting like last week at Sandy Hook.

“Three hundred million weapons are out there, nothing I know is going to change that. And in the meantime we better — we darn better — keep our kids safe,” Sen. Boxer said at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday. “And if we avoid looking at that question I think we are failing.”

The Save Our Schools Act (SOS) would allow the federal government to reimburse Governors who want to use National Guard troops in schools and is modeled after the National Guard program that allows governors to use the Guard to assist with law enforcement efforts related to drug interdiction activities.

“So we take a successful program and we say we’re going to add a new purpose,” Boxer said. “National guard troops could be used to help support local law enforcement agencies in protecting our children at schools.”

Because really?  What could be more awesome than armed troops in our schools?

Now, if one believes that teachers shouldn’t be armed under any circumstances, why would you want armed troops hanging the school?  After all, a teacher with a concealed carry permit - or even one trained at taxpayer expense - will most likely have their weapon in a very inconspicuous location.

CA Senate: Hollywood director picks at Barbara Boxer

David Zucker, a movie director and producer, is having some fun at Barbara Boxer’s expense. You may remember her telling a Brigadier General during a hearing to call her “Senator” and not “ma’am” because she “worked so hard to get that title. “The video is pretty funny, and includes a cameo by Clint Howard.

Boxer is still ahead in recent polls, though by single-digits, over Carly Fiorina. The race is listed as a “Toss-Up” by Real Clear Politics.

Repeal of 1099 provision fails again

For those of you that don’t remember or don’t know, the health care reform contains an onerous provision that requires businesses to file 1099 forms for expenditures totaling over $600 in a year. The provision is opposed by the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Obama Administration and several members of Congress in tough re-election bids support removing nixing this job killer.

Congress had a second chance to repeal the provision that is part of ObamaCare, and for the second time, they failed. When it first came up in the House, Democrats decided to play games by putting repeal of the requirement in a bill containing tax hikes. Yesterday in the Senate, Democrats did the exact same thing, this time putting the provision in an amendment with a tax hike on oil companies, which would hurt states like Louisiana that depend on that industry for jobs, in the president’s latest gimmick to “create jobs.” You can see how your Senators voted here.

CA Senate: Boxer trails Fiorina

A new poll out of California, conducted by Survey USA, shows Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) trailing Carly Fiorina (R) by 5 points:

The CBS 5 poll, conducted by the research firm SurveyUSA, showed Fiorina edging Boxer 47 percent to 42 percent, compared to a CBS 5 poll one month ago showing Fiorina over Boxer 47 to 45 percent.

The poll results indicated Fiorina’s support was essentially unchanged among men and women, young and old, white and Hispanic while Boxer had lost small ground among men, younger voters, and independents.

The poll also showed Fiorina tripling her lead in the Central Valley, from seven points one month ago to 21 points in this latest poll.

Eleven percent are undecided. Fiorina leads Boxer among independent voters, 49% to 32%, and leads in three of the four regions of the state, the Bay Area is where she trails.

You can read the crosstabs here.

I have to tell you, I’m shocked to read this, but it a Republican can win Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat, then a Republican can beat Barbara Boxer. Voters are that angry.

Rasmussen ranks Senate races in 2010 mid-terms

Rasmussen Reports released their rankings of United States Senate seats in the 2010 mid-term elections. The rankings show 10 seats up for grabs, six of those being held currently by Democrats.

Listed below are the seats expected to be competitive in November. Not included are Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana and North Dakota, which are all currently held by Democrats but are expected to turn Republican.


  • Colorado
  • Florida (open)
  • Illinois (open)
  • North Carolina
  • Missouri (open)
  • Nevada
  • Ohio (open)
  • Pennsylvania (open)
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Lean GOP

  • Kentucky (open)
  • New Hampshire (open)

Lean Dem

Hey Washington Post, 11 Senators are rated to the left of the self-described socialist

David Boaz takes issue with the Washington Post profile of Bernie Sanders. He is the only self-described socialist in the United States Senate. If that’s the case what do you call the 11 Senators that are rated to the left of him by the American Conservative Union?:

In a profile of the poetry-reading chief of staff to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the Washington Post calls Sanders not only “the only socialist in the U.S. Congress,” but also “surely [the Senate’s] most liberal [member].” Surely. I mean, he’s a socialist, right? (And by the way, that isn’t a label that Sanders rejects.)

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