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Elizabeth Warren appointed to Senate Banking Committee, HELP Committee gets 3 more liberals: Warren, Murphy, Baldwin

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Guess who's going to oversee Wall Street and the financial system?

Via Livewire:

Consumer advocate and Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will serve on the Senate Banking Committee once the 113th Congress convenes in January, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on Wednesday.... Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) will also chair the Budget committee, Reid announced.

And Sam Stein tweeted:

Here is the entire list of committee assignments, including:

BANKING – 113th
Tim Johnson – CHAIRMAN
Reed
Schumer
Menendez
Sherrod Brown
Tester
Warner
Merkley
Hagan
Manchin
Warren
Heitkamp

HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions)– 113th
Harkin – CHAIRMAN
Mikulski
Murray
Sanders
Casey
Hagan
Franken
Bennet
Whitehouse
Baldwin
Murphy
Warren

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People were elected "on their merits, not who they sleep with."

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

[Tammy Baldwin] is not only the first openly lesbian US Senator, she will be the first openly gay US Senator [...]

It was an unexpected advancement of equality for individuals regardless of gender preference.  

That is something to remember.  2012 turned out not to be just a "defensive" election.

It resulted in something that moved the nation forward in being more inclusive – and in electing people on their merits, not who they sleep with.

Please read the entire post here.

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Tommy Thompson Forgets How Many Homes He Owns

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A gift for Tammy Baldwin!! Call John McCain and see how well this went over with the public there Tommy. h/t Taegan.

Simply ask the U.S. Senate candidate exactly how many residences he owns. Just like U.S. Sen. John McCain, Thompson has a hard time keeping track.

"Three," the veteran Republican responded last week at a campaign event.

Thompson has three houses? Isn't there another one?

"No," he answered without hesitation.

(snip)

Only later did a correction come from his campaign staff:

He actually has one more place he calls home.

Thompson - who is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin - had forgotten his condo off Lake Wisconsin in Sauk County. The property is currently assessed at more than $1.3 million.

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Ledbetter, Baldwin, Longoria to address DNC convention

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Now this is a fun line up. And yes, Longoria will get us tons of attention. Plus, it's a nice play after all the women bashing the GOP has been doing.

The Democratic National Convention Committee unveiled a list of prominent women Wednesday to speak at party's upcoming convention in Charlotte, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and Lilly Ledbetter, the woman who gave the name to President Obama's signature pay equity law.

(snip)

Among the speakers are Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the openly gay Democratic Senate candidate; Illinois congressional candidate and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth; Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving female senator and Nancy Keenan, who heads NARAL Pro-Choice America.

The speaker who may draw the most media attention: actress Eva Longoria, who is a national co-chair of Obama's campaign.

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student who has been a surrogate for Obama since her showdown this year with Rush Limbaugh, is also on the list, as are Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late president.

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Gay Community Gears Up for Tammy Baldwin Senate Bid

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Oooo, watch out GOP! The evil commie Marxist Kenyan socialist liberal gay agenda is contagious! Get inoculated before it's too late, and hide the kids!

Via Roll Call:

Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s potential to become the first openly gay Senator escalates the already sizable implications of the state’s open-seat race. When she jumps in, Baldwin will have a national fundraising network ready to mobilize. [...]

EMILY’s List is expected to jump on board as well when Baldwin makes her candidacy official. The group, which works to elect women who support abortion rights, helped raise about a quarter of Baldwin’s $1.5 million in contributions in her first bid for Congress in 1998.

The Human Rights Campaign has more than a million members and supporters nationwide, and it already has a fundraising portal for Baldwin set up on its website.

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund spokesman Denis Dison said that the LGBT community nationwide will be enthusiastically supporting her. They're not the only ones.

What’s unclear is whether that financial support will keep other potential Democratic contenders out of the race. Rep. Ron Kind and former Sen. Russ Feingold have said recently that they will make a decision on the race by the end of the summer.

Baldwin is expected to announce this summer. As of the end of March, she had $709,000 in the bank. Tommy Thompson (R) will most likely run, so the Dems need a strong candidate who can beat him. And until the recall elections are over (Wisconsinites are voting today), the contenders are not saying all that much. The outcome will have an effect, and for the time being, that's pulling attention from the prospective candidates.

Katie Belanger, executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Fair Wisconsin and a former Baldwin campaign finance director said that Baldwin's appeal extends beyond liberal voters, saying that "“She has some very rural and socially conservative parts of her district that now vote overwhelmingly for her."

This is all good news, and Dems need to continue to support progressive congressional candidates if they want to get anything done, because clearly, what we have going on now is completely dysfunctional.

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