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March 25, 2013
Johnson Confirms Retirement: According to The Hill, South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson will announce that he has no plans to seek reelection in 2014 on Tuesday, ending an 18-year career in the U.S. Senate. Sen. Johnson is the fifth Senate Democrat to announce retirement this year, leaving many to wonder if the Democratic Party will be able to maintain its majority after the midterm elections. (Photo via nnwo)
18:04 // 1 year ago
January 17, 2013
President Obama faces gun control pushback from Blue Dog Democrats, others
- Sen. Begich "I think they’ve got a long haul here … There are some of us who just fundamentally believe in a Second Amendment right. To be frank, I feel like it’s going to be hard for any of these pieces of legislation to pass at this point."
- Sen. Pryor ”While I appreciate the president’s efforts to keep Americans safe, I believe the place to start is to enforce the laws on the books. That being said, I will continue to look for areas of common ground, including funding for law enforcement in schools, implementing tracking systems for the mentally ill and criminals, and addressing violence in the media.”
- Sen. Johnson ”We in South Dakota have far fewer problems with guns than they do in New York or New Jersey, and it makes common sense to not have one size fits all.”
- Sen. Baucus ”Enforcing the laws we already have on the books is good first step, and it’s clear more needs to be done to address access to mental health care. Before passing new laws, we need a thoughtful debate that respects responsible, law-abiding gun owners in Montana instead of a one-size-fits all directives from Washington.” source
15:34 // 1 year ago