Archive for Rep. Tim Johnson

And then there were three: Dem. Sens. Mary Landrieu, Joe Manchin, and Mark Pryor still haven't evolved

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then there were three gay marriage equality evolution

Add one more Democratic senator to the list of supporters of marriage equality. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) joined the flurry of Dems who have decided it's time to evolve.

Or to put it the way Johnson did, evolve "sufficiently." As in, just enough to get re-elected.

Here is his statement, via WaPo:

After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn’t require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom.”

That leaves the three unevolved Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), all from red states. As was Johnson before he decided not to run again, Landrieu and Pryor are both up for reelection in 2014.

Rob Portman (Ohio) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) are the only two Republican Senators who support marriage equality. Given that many in the GOP don't believe in evolution, this is no surprise.

Note: Edited to correct.

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Report: Sen. Tim Johnson to announce retirement in South Dakota

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Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Sen. Tim Johnson is planning on holding a press conference tomorrow:

(Reuters) - Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, a South Dakota Democrat, does not plan to run for re-election when his current term ends in 2014, sources close to the matter and key Capitol Hill staffers said on Monday.

His son could end up running for the seat, as could Former Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin who lost in 2010.

Overall, 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for election in 2014, of which 21 are now held by Democrats and 14 are held by Republicans. The Republicans need a net gain of six seats to take control of the chamber.

Gulp. We cannot afford to lose the Senate.

MSNBC's Krystal Ball had this reaction on the Twitter Machine:

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Report: GOP Rep. Tim Johnson To Retire Suddenly In Illinois

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Via Capitol Fax:

In a move that will surely stun the political establishment, sources say that Congressman Tim Johnson (R-Urbana) intends to drop out of his reelection race.

He'll make the announcement tomorrow. David Gill won the Democratic primary.

H/t: Livewire

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