Reactions Mixed to Senate Gun Vote

47%

Of Americans express negative feelings about the Senate vote that halted gun control legislation last week, while 39% have a positive reaction to the Senate’s rejection of gun control legislation that included background checks on gun purchases, according to Pew. Overall, 15% say they are angry the legislation was voted down and 32% say they are disappointed, while 20% say are very happy the legislation was blocked and 19% say they are relieved.

Billionaires Choose Husband of Sonny Bono’s Widow to Be Florida Senate GOP Nominee – Former Sen. LeMieux Drops Primary Bid

Yesterday, Politico.com reported that Newt Gingrich’s former sugar daddy, the casino mogul and Israel-firster Sheldon Adelson, was donating $1 million to a super PAC for Rep. Connie Mac — who, non-Floridians should note, is a man — in his bid to become the Republican nominee in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat.

Mack has also been endorsed by the astroturf billionaire front-group Freedomworks, as well as the GOP nominee and quarter-billionaire Mitt Romney.

Today, Roll Call reports that former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux is dropping his primary. LeMieux released a whiny video in which he indicates that he was shoved out of the race by a shadowy group he refers to as the Florida GOP “establishment.”

Rep. Mack is married to Rep. Mary Bono, the widow of Sonny Bono, the late ex-husband of Cher. Mary Bono now holds the U.S House seat representing Palm Springs, Calif., that Sonny held before he was killed in a skiing accident in 1998.

In Upset, Tea Party Birther Queen Orly Taitz Is Trounced in Bid to Unseat California Sen. Dianne Feinstein

One disappointing result for Democrats from Tuesday’s California primary is that they will be denied the spectacle of having an even bigger tea party bozo on the ballot for U.S. Senate this fall than the bozos in the 2008 Senate races, Sharron “Second Amendment Remedies” Angle in Nevada and Christine “I am Not a Witch” O’Donnell in Delaware.

One possible reason for her change in fortunes is that Taitz, who has made her name demanding that Pres. Obama release his birth records, made news on the day before the election because she had failed to submit her campaign finance records.

Tea party birther queen Orly Taitz had been the odds-on favorite to take on the incumbent, Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the fall. But Taitz came in a disappointing fifth on the ballot, with just 3.1 percent or 113,563 votes.

There was no Republican elected official, high-ranking party member or GOP establishment candidate in the race. Instead, Feinstein will run against a political unknown, Danville autism activist Elizabeth Emken, in November.

The voting on Tuesday was the first in California’s new “jungle primary” system in which candidates’ party affiliation are not shown on the ballot. Feinstein faced 23 other candidates, 14 of whom were Republicans. The senator won 49.3 percent of the vote (1.8 million votes), while Emken received 12.5 percent (454,937 votes).

Taitz had the highest name recognition by far among the challengers. One possible reason for her change in fortunes is that Taitz, who has made her name demanding that Pres. Obama release his birth records, made news on the day before the election because she had failed to submit her campaign finance records.

What was she hiding? Possibly a poor showing in attracting donations. Records show that Taitz had been forced to lend own campaign $280,000 last month.

GOP Florida U.S. Senate Candidate Urges Republicans in Congress Not to Fear Shutting Down Government

This is looking like another line in the sand moment. I want the Republican version to pass. Republicans shouldn’t be afraid of a shutdown.

– Adam Hasner, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaking to David Weigel minutes after winning the CPACFL straw poll in Orlando yesterday.

40 Republican U.S. Senators Vote to Kill Medicare

Talking Points Memo:

The GOP continued its bloody walk into the Medicare buzzsaw on Wednesday, when 42 out of 47 Senate Republicans voted for the House GOP budget, and its plan to phase out and privatize the popular entitlement program.

The budget failed by a vote of 57-40. But the roll call illustrates that Medicare privatization — along with deep cuts to Medicaid and other social services — remains the consensus position of the GOP despite the growing political backlash against them.

Voting with all of the Democrats were Sens. Scott Brown (R-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) — both 2012 incumbents — along with Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Rand Paul (R-KY) voted against it because it wasn’t radical enough.

List of the senators who voted to kill Medicare follows:

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