Tags: Nick Rahall

The Increasingly Rare Pro-Life Congressional Democrat


Four members of Congress are scheduled to speak at today’s March for Life: Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, New Jersey Republican Chris Smith, Missouri Republican Vicky Hartzler, and Dan Lipinski, Democrat of Illinois.

As our Jonathan Strong noted back in November:

The morning of March 21, 2010, Representative Daniel Lipinski of Illinois was one of 34 House Democrats to vote against the final iteration of Obamacare.

Many who joined him that day are no longer serving in Congress, but unlike them, Lipinski did not, and does not, represent a district that continually places him in mortal political peril. He won reelection in 2012, for example, with about 70 percent of the vote.

Today Lipinski is leading the charge among House Democrats to delay Obamacare. He introduced a bill this week that would indefinitely extend the exchange market’s enrollment period and suspend the individual mandate until a neutral third party certified is up and running.

Lipinski was the only pro-life Democrat to address Congress in the run-up to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, according to Life News

Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Representative James Langevin of Rhode Island, Representative Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, and Representative Nick Rahall of West Virginia are on the federal advisory board of Democrats for Life of America. McIntyre announced his retirement at the end of this term; former members Jerry Costello of Illinois and Health Shuler of North Carolina are also members of that board, but they did not seek reelection in 2012.

Tags: Dan Lipinski , Joe Donnelly , James Langevin , Mike McIntyre , Nick Rahall

NRCC: Stand With the AFL-CIO, Not Obama, on the Keystone Pipeline!


On Twitter, I asked this morning, “Does anyone doubt that if the Keystone Pipeline ran through must-win swing states for Obama, he would have instantly approved?”

The NRCC is going after Democrats like Ohio Rep. Betty Sutton , arguing that by supporting Obama’s hesitation on the Keystone XL Pipeline, he is betraying “labor unions like the teamsters and segments of the AFL –CIO.

Announcer: Remember when President Obama said this about passing new jobs legislation?

Obama: We can no longer wait.

Announcer: But now it’s President Obama who wants to wait, to create up to 130,000 jobs with the Keystone pipeline bringing oil from Canada to the US.Announcer: If Washington does it Obama’s way that oil and those jobs will go to China. Congress has a chance to pass the pipeline jobs law before Christmas. The law has support of labor unions like the teamsters and segments of the AFL –CIO. But Betty Sutton is on the fence. Tell Sutton to support new jobs instead of supporting Obama.

Ads and robocalls will run in the districts of Reps. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) and Mark Critz (D-Pa.). 

Tags: Barack Obama , Betty Sutton , Collin Peterson , Jason Altmire , Keystone XL Pipeline , Mark Critz , Nick Rahall , NRCC

NRCC Debuts Ads Hitting Health Shuler in N.C., Nick Rahall in W.V.


The National Republican Congressional Committee is already running ads. This one is running in North Carolina, hitting Heath Shuler for claiming to be a fiscal conservative but voting against the House GOP’s proposal to cut $61 billion from this year’s budget:

This one hits Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia for expressing support for higher gas taxes and supporting Obama’s moratorium on offshore drilling:

Tags: Heath Shuler , Nick Rahall

Well, He Locked Up the West Virginian Obama-Backing Arab-American Vote.


Hmm. Laugh at the cheesy background music if you like, but I think West Virginia Democrat Nick Rahall may run into trouble in his R+6 district for bragging about his early support of Obama, and how he helped mobilize the Arab-American vote for Obama in 2008.

Rahall looked vulnerable very early on, then looked pretty good in some polls. But Obama is phenomenally unpopular in West Virginia; if challenger Spike Maynard can tie Rahall to the president enough, this may be Rahall’s toughest race in a long while. Rahall’s first congressional win came in 1976.

Tags: Barack Obama , Nick Rahall , Spike Maynard

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