The answer to how Congressional Democrats regain their footing remains unknown. But, history grants a clue. Governing.com,
We looked at how the parties fared under the last three presidents in U.S. Senate seats, U.S. House seats, governorships and state legislatures. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have all suffered grievously down-ballot over the course of their tenures…
Historically speaking, an additional two more years in office doesn’t make a difference — neither Clinton nor Bush was able to break into positive territory after their eighth year in office….
Only one president managed to gain seats in any category over that entire time: Ronald Reagan gained six Republican state legislative seats over eight years. Even that victory, though, represents a paltry fraction of the 7,000-plus state legislative seats nationally…
The takeaway is clear: Win the presidency, and you’ll lose everywhere else. “There is a presidential penalty in American politics,” said Alan Abramowitz, an Emory University political scientist. “The Democrats’ best chance to take back Congress is to lose the White House in 2016.”
Charges have been announced against two Democrat state lawmakers from Philadelphia in a bribery probe Democrat state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane previously declined to prosecute. Philadelphia Inquirer,
U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, the chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, on Wednesday called state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane “asleep at the switch” and said he had no faith in his fellow Democrat as the state’s top law enforcement officer…
Kane had been touted as a future governor or U.S. senator, but many Democrats are now wondering if she should be reelected in 2016…
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, also a Democrat, sharply criticized Kane on Tuesday, saying she had irresponsibly and without evidence asserted that the undercover investigation that led to the lawmakers’ arrests had been tainted by racism. The elected officials caught on tape accepting money are African American.
State Reps. Vanessa Lowery Brown, 48, and Ronald G. Waters, 64, were charged with bribery and other offenses Tuesday in a case that Kane had ridiculed as “half-assed” and “dead on arrival.”
Williams said both lawmakers admitted to grand jurors that they illegally pocketed cash from an undercover informant who was secretly taping them. Waters accepted $8,750 in nine payments, he said, and Brown accepted $4,000 in five installments.
The sting targeted five Philadelphia officials, all Democrats. One, Thomasine Tynes, a former Traffic Court judge, pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting a $2,000 bracelet from the operative.
President Obama announced that he would establish diplomatic relations with the oppressive communist regime in Cuba. As a part of the “normalization” process, the United States will re-open its “embassy in Havana and significantly ease restrictions on travel and commerce within the next several weeks and months.” The Washington Post,
Although Obama has the power to establish diplomatic relations, the move was the latest in a series of steps he has taken to use executive powers to circumvent legislative [laws].
While those laws remain standing, the administration made clear that the measures announced Wednesday are designed to undermine them as much as possible…
Normalization fulfills a goal set by the President early in his administration, which officials only saw as possible during his last two years in office, following November’s midterm elections.
But Cuban-American lawmakers were quick to denounce the move. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Obama’s actions “will invite further belligerence toward Cuba’s opposition movement and the hardening of the government’s dictatorial hold on its people.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called the announcement “just the latest in a long line of failed attempts by President Obama to appease rogue regimes at all cost.”
While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton lifted a ban on entering the U.S. for a woman named Estefanía Isaías so she could work for an Obama fundraiser. Politico,
Isaías had been previously barred from the U.S. after she attempted to secure fraudulent visas for her maids, the paper reported, citing financial records and government officials.
The Isaías family, which has been under federal investigation, has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns and received additional beneficial treatment from the Obama administration, including its refusal to extradite two Isaías brothers, one of whom is the father of Estefanía Isaías, the Times reported. The Ecuadorian government sentenced the pair to eight years in prison in 2012 for banking fraud…
A Clinton spokesman denied any special treatment, while the White House refused to comment, saying visas are issued by other federal agencies and separate from any political interference, the paper said. Requests for comment from the Isaías family were also declined.