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As the senatorial elections approach, Democrat Feingold, a long standing campaign finance reformer must renounce his previous views, changing his 2015 strategy.

The Hill reports:

Feingold has frustrated liberals in the past by running on the principles of his campaign finance reform law and turning away financial help from national Democrats and outside groups.

There’s been an explosion of campaign spending since Feingold last ran for office, but he opens himself up to charges of hypocrisy if he accepts outside help.

In addition to going back on his previous values, Feingold refuses to change his outdated agenda—one that costed him the election in 2015.

The National Journal explains:

They [Republicans] say they will make the next contest a rerun of the last race, believing a politician who has yet to recant his old agenda will have a tough time convincing voters they made a mistake when they threw him out of office the first time.
If Senator Feingold does not admit he was wrong, then that means he thinks the voters were wrong," said Betsy Ankney, Johnson's campaign manager. "Telling Wisconsinites they were wrong is a surefire way to lose an election.
Clearly, Feingold has no intentions of altering his previous agenda of expanding the power of the government. However, he will do what needs to be done: a true manipulating politician.

The Wisconsin State Journal quotes Senator Johnson saying:

Sen. Feingold is a professional politician," Johnson said. "He really thinks, I believe, that the seat belongs to him.
Moreover, Feingold has relocated to California since he lost the election in 2010. His unfamiliarity will serve as a large advantage for Johnson.

The National Journal reports:

In their view, Feingold's outreach effort isn't a sign of changed candidate as much of a politician who has had to reacquaint himself in a state he has lost touch with.
All in all, Feingold faces a difficult road ahead facing claims of ideological hypocrisy, unchanging agendas and regional disaffiliation.
NRSC | June 12, 2015 |

Welcome to this Friday's edition of Feingold Flashback's. In honor of Flag Day - which is this Sunday - we wanted to highlight Feingold's radical position on flag burning... after all Flag Day originated in Ozaukee County, Waubeka Wisconsin.

In June 2006, Feingold Voted Against A Constitutional Amendment Granting Congress The Power To Prohibit The Physical Desecration Of The American Flag. Passage of the joint resolution to propose a constitutional amendment that would grant Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the U.S. flag.” (S. J. Res. 12, CQ Vote #189: Rejected 66-34: R 52-3; D 14-30; I 0-1, 6/27/06, Feingold Voted Nay)

Feingold Also Voted Against The Democratic Alternative Which Would Have Made Desecration Of The American Flag A Crime Without A Constitutional Amendment. “Durbin, D-Ill., substitute amendment no. 4543 that would establish statutory criminal penalties for desecration of the U.S. flag rather than through a constitutional amendment. It would make desecration of the U.S. flag a crime, including destroying or damaging a U.S. flag for the primary purpose of inciting violence or burning a U.S. flag to intentionally threaten or intimidate others. The amendment also would make it a criminal misdemeanor for individuals to protest at the funeral locations of deceased military veterans. The ban would apply to private locations and houses of worship as well as to federal cemetaries.” (S. J. Res. 12, CQ Vote #188: Rejected 36-64: R 3-52; D 32-12; I 1-0, 6/27/06, Feingold Voted Nay)

o Herb Kohl, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, And Chuck Schumer All Voted For The Alternative Measure. (S. J. Res. 12, CQ Vote #188: Rejected 36-64: R 3-52; D 32-12; I 1-0, 6/27/06, Kohl, Obama, Clinton, Reid, Schumer Voted Yea)
NRSC | June 12, 2015 |

Watch this great video detailing Senator Roy Blunt's efforts to fight for Missouri's priorities.

ANCHOR: "Missouri Senator Roy Blunt criticized the Obama White House for threatening to veto defense authorization and spending unless funding cuts to programs such as head start are restored. Blunt says Congress no doubt will pass defense authorization for a 54th consecutive year and Missouri has much to lose or gain. The President today committed 450 more troops to Iraq to train local forces to fight ISIS radicals."

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "We want to get more Iraqi security forces trained, fresh, well-equipped and focused."

ANCHOR: "At the same time, the White House is talking about blocking Congress on $600 billion in defense spending."

SENATOR ROY BLUNT: "Interestingly the authorizing bill authorizes exactly the amount of spending that the President asked for."

ANCHOR: "Missouri Senator Roy Blunt has a lot riding on the defense bill. It contains no cuts for Fort Leonard Wood and increased money for Whiteman Air Force Base where the Pentagon wants to build a 79,000 square foot consolidated stealth operations and nuclear alert facility. There's money included to develop a new long-range bomber."

SENATOR ROY BLUNT: "Which follows in the tradition of the stealth bomber and likely would have significant impact on the military work that happens in Missouri."

ANCHOR: "Blunt has sponsored amendments to require health screening of all military personnel both before and after deployment to document better any claims over deployment related injuries or illness. He says those screenings must include mental health as well as physical health."

SENATOR ROY BLUNT: "Looking at what you may need to do later to establish a veteran’s need for post-traumatic stress treatment."
NRSC | June 12, 2015 |
WASHINGTON – After saying that the minority party should never force a government shutdown, Senator Patty Murray has threatened to shut down the government if spending limits are not increased.

“After not getting her way, Patty Murray is now threatening to shut down the government if spending isn’t increased across the board,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “For Murray this is quite the turnaround given that two years ago she promised to never shutdown the government if she didn’t get her way.”


In 2015, Patty Murray Threatened A Government Shutdown If Spending Limits Are Not Increased.
“Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Wednesday will warn Republicans that if they don’t reach another bipartisan deal to lift spending ceilings, they risk causing another government shutdown this fall.” (Top Senate Dem warns GOP: Deal now on spending limits or face shutdown, The Hill, 06/10/15)

In 2013, Patty Murray Said The Minority Party Should Never Threaten To Shutdown The Government. “The great American system we hold so dear --our democracy that is the envy of the world --simply cannot work if a minority of Members can threaten to shut down the government or devastate the economy if they do not get their way on an issue--any issue. That is not what Democrats did when we were in the minority, and it is not what we should do should that day come again. Our system was designed to push both sides toward negotiations in a divided government, to encourage negotiation and movement toward common ground. It breaks down when one side refuses to negotiate in advance of a crisis, and it falls apart when a minority refuses to allow the basic functions of our government to perform unless their demands are met.” (Sen. Patty Murray, Congressional Record, 10/9/13, p. S7320)
NRSC | June 12, 2015 |
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