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Blanche Lincoln goes to K Street

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There should just be a shuttle that goes back and forth between Congress and K Street. It could run on hot air.

Blanche, feel free to step right through the revolving door:

Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln is planning to set up shop on K Street. Alston & Bird will announce this week that the Arkansas Democrat will join its operation, according to a source close to the firm.

Know who else is at Alston & Bird? Former Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.), and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.).

So many lobbyists, so little time.

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Christopher Dodd Drops Plan To Scale Back Derivative Regulation

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TPM brings us some good news:

A far-reaching proposal to regulate derivative trading will not be scaled back in Wall Street reform legislation, at least for now, multiple Senate aides confirm. The development comes as welcome news to an unusual mix of progressives, financial officials, and at least one conservative Democrat: Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).

[...]  Dodd proposed kicking the spin-off provision down the road for two years pending review by federal regulators, many of whom are already unfavorably disposed to it.
Progressives who support tougher oversight opposed that.

As for conservaDem Blanche Lincoln, she's now facing a run-off against a much more progressive Bill Halter.See what a few thousand determined voters can do?

But that would still buy Lincoln time (her runoff is on June 8 ) and would force top Democrats to explain why they scrapped the tough-on-Wall-Street plan behind closed doors.

Before the primary, there was criticism of Lincoln for putting forth a progressive piece of legislation. As I already mentioned, she didn't win or lose the primary, and there will be a run-off in three weeks. So, for the next few weeks, she will still push for this legislation. As Thom Hartmann just said on his radio show, she is an unlikely hero.

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Quickie: Real Dem outraises Blue Dog

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By GottaLaff

Today's Quickie:


Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) raised about $1.3 million from January to March, her campaign announced Tuesday. Her challenger, Bill Halter, raised $2 million.

There's a reason Halter is pulling in more cash: He's not a fake Democrat. Blanche, on the other hand, will hopefully have to consider starring in own reality show:


That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?

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Nancy Pelosi "gets what she wants"

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By GottaLaff

Today's Quickie, directly from the Thom Hartmann Show just now:

Thom Hartmann: Will Nancy Pelosi get the votes for health care?

Ellen Ratner: She gets what she wants, to quote someone very high up. And Blanche Lincoln is now considering a two step process.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?

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VIDEO: Why Bill Halter must win the Arkansas primary

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By GottaLaff

Why we need to make sure Bill Halter wins:

Lincoln appears more concerned about a general election battle against a Republican than being ousted in the primaries by newly-declared Democratic contender Bill Halter, a progressive. [...]

Less than a day after his announcement, a coalition including MoveOn.org and the Progressive Change Campaign managed to raise over half a million dollars for Halter's primary campaign against Lincoln, claimed DailyKos's Markos Moulitsas, who is helping organize the effort. The number reportedly jumped to over $1 million within two days.

The White House reaffirmed its support for Lincoln in the Democratic primaries on Thursday, despite her opposition to several of its policies. [...]

Gibbs added that Obama "understands even as he's the head of the Democratic Party that not every Democrat is going to agree with him on every issue, and he's not going to agree with every other Democrat on their views on every issue."

Then I guess Obama will understand why many of us disagree with him on this issue and will donate to her opponent.

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VIDEO: Blanche Lincoln's rival, Bill Halter, on The Ed Show

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By GottaLaff

Ed Schultz:


"This is the fastest start by any candidate since the November elections."

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

My previous post on Halter here.

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VIDEO: Halter Raises $600,000 in 24 Hours, Releases First TV Ad

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By GottaLaff

Arkansas, Blanche, watch out. There's a liberal a-comin':


In the 24 hours after announcing his plans to challenge Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Democratic primary, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter raised more than $600,000, mostly through the efforts of a coalition of progressive groups who are directing their donors to support his campaign.

Oh, it gets better. The AFL-CIO pledged $3 million in independent expenditures to get Blanche outta there.

Check out his ad above. He's full of energy and rarin' to go.

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