Jim Graves, the Minnesota businessman who mounted an unsuccessful bid this year to unseat Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), said this week there could be another effort against the conservative firebrand in his future.
Graves added, however, that he hoped a different Bachmann would be on display during her fourth term.
“If she comes out and really changes her modus operandi and starts serving the people,” Graves said. “Maybe one of the byproducts is Michele will become a better congressperson and more responsive. And if so, I’d be happy.”
Bachmann defeated Graves by fewer than 5,000 votes out of more than 350,000 ballots cast. The race was her closest despite Bachmann’s prolific fundraising, which allowed her to outspend Graves by a 12-to-1 margin.
The win came after a whirlwind third term that included a rapid rise to the top of the GOP presidential primary pack, followed by an equally rapid descent down and eventually out of the contest. Her congressional input was no less lively, though her highly criticized decision to accuse top officials in President Barack Obama’s administration of working for the interests of the Muslim Brotherhoodwithout any evidence became another mark on a career that has frequently been highlighted by controversy.
(CNN) — Edith “Edie” Windsor lost her spouse in 2009, her grief compounded by an estate tax bill much larger than other married couples would have to pay.
Because her decades-long partner was also a woman, the federal government in legal terms did not recognize the same-sex marriage, even though their home state of New York did.
“I was devastated by the loss of the great love of my life, and I was also very sick, then had to deal with pulling together enough money to pay for the taxes,” Windsor, 83, told CNN. “And it was deeply upsetting.”
That fundamental unfairness as Windsor and her supporters see it, is at the center of legal fight now awaiting action at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The justices will meet privately Friday for a closed-door conference to decide if they will accept any of 10 pending appeals, essentially over whether a fundamental constitutional right for gays and lesbians to marry exists.
If they agree to hear the issue, oral arguments would be likely be held in March with a ruling by late June.
The political, social, and legal stakes of this long-simmering debate will once again put the high court at the center of national attention, a contentious encore to their summer ruling upholding the massive health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama.
While time marches on the President’s staff is meeting with Speaker Boehner‘s staff. Some reports are hopeful and some say no progress has been made. We have only 31 days left before massive fiscal changes start as we go over the cliff, or slope or curb. One is comforted by the fact that Congress can pass laws retroactively to reverse “going over the cliff,” but can one undo the damage that could occur in financial markets that are so fearful and reactionary? Consumer confidence is growing but business owners are still reluctant to create jobs, begin capital improvements, etc. President Obama has said there will be no “fiscal cliff” but one wonders if this December 31 will be full of drama like the last two. Have you applied pressure to your federal officials like the President asked? Keep piling on. They are slow to be convinced to do the right thing.
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Boehner, House GOP reject debt deal offer from White House By Russell Berman, Mike Lillis and Erik Wasson
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday rejected a White House offer to avert the fiscal cliff that would include $1.6 trillion in tax increases, $400 billion in spending cuts and a permanent increase in the debt ceiling, Republican aides said.
While the Obama administration described the offer as reducing the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years, Republican told The Hill its tax increases amount to $600 billion more than what the Democratic-led Senate passed earlier this year when it approved legislation that would allow tax rates on top earners to rise.