Summary A wide cross section of the Senate Democratic Caucus said in interviews that they are willing to back Reid as either majority or minority leader in the next Congress -- no matter how controversial the Nevada Democrat has become as part of the furious battle for control of the chamber this fall. "We all share in success, we all share in the failures; we're a team. But Harry Reid has tremendous respect of members of our caucus. ... I don't believe that he would be challenged in our party for leadership until he's ready to step aside." The Democratic consensus shows how high the stakes are this year, with voters going to the polls in states from West Virginia to Montana -- but effectively deciding whether to stay the course with Reid or elevate Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell if he survives his own reelection challenge in Kentucky.
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Summary I found this piece in Politico fascinating to read. Harry Reid says he's ready to return as Senate Democratic leader -- win or lose the majority this November -- so long as his colleagues are ready to support him. The article then quotes an array of Democrats in the Senate who -- at least in public -- place most of the blame for the poor standing of their party not on the despicable leadership of Harry Reid, but on the failures of the Obama administration:.
Summary Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) held a rally with union activists Thursday to press Republicans to back a minimum wage hike. "Over sixty percent of the people making minimum wage are women and they're not teenagers. They're averaging like 30 years old and many of them have kids." Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, who have sponsored legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour also attended the event.
Summary Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid brought up the issue again, in light of questions about the soldier responsible for the fatal shootings at Fort Hood, Texas. And keep bringing it up until it DOES work. Improved background checks are something that a majority of the people in the country want and that the big gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association, does not.
Summary Today Republican Senator Jerry Moran took to the Senate floor to read the full op-ed submitted to The Wall Street Journal by Charles Koch, and Harry Reid used this to slam the GOP for "falling over themselves" at every turn to do the bidding of the Koch brothers. Moran railed against the liberal attacks on the Kochs (Koch Industries is based in Kansas, the state Moran represents), and read the entire op-ed into the congressional record.