Stuff Politicians Say

KING: “Richard, that was a great press conference. You and Mark did a terrific job. It’s important for the American people to be together on this. Like they say in Hamilton, ‘History has it’s eyes on you.’”

BURR: “Angus, I don’t know if you want to quote Hamilton to me, since my great, great grandfather shot him.”

— Sen. Angus King (I-ME), praising Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) for his work on the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to Knox VillageSoup.

Should U.S. Senators Who Voted against Additional Funding for VA Hospitals in February 2014 Also Resign?

Filibustered VA hospital funding, from left: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr of North Carolina and Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake — all Republicans

With the drumbeat growing to hold VA Secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki accountable for the wait lists at hospitals in Arizona and elsewhere by forcing him to resign, perhaps the U.S. senators who voted in February to filibuster a bill that would have increased the VA’s budget by $24 billion should resign as well.

You’ll find a complete list of senators who voted to filibuster the VA hospital funding after the jump.


NC Sen: Dem Elaine Marshall Moving Up – Kos: ‘Most Winnable Race of Cycle Ignored By DSCC, This One Ain’t Over’

As a long-time Tar Heel in my past life, N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall‘s campaign to unseat GOP Sen. Richard Burr has been on my radar for months. Burr — an ideological intellectual featherweight along the lines of Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell and former Sen. Lauch Faircloth — is the biggest political embarrassment to my home state since the retirement of the bizarre racist homophobe Jesse Helms.

Marshall is North Carolina’s first woman secretary of state — she defeated NASCAR legend Richard Petty for the job in 1996, 53 percent to 45 percent. She has been running a smart, effective campaign on a shoe string, but with no cash to buy ads, her polling has been so anemic that Sen. Burr has already taken a “victory lap” tour around the state. Talk about measuring the drapes.