Rep. Lee Terry sent out this email Wednesday evening soliciting money for his reelection campaign. Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are willing to do anything to take his 2nd District seat away from him? Apparently not. As of yet, Democrats have failed to finish the first step: Finding a candidate. Potential opponents still have another couple of weeks to file the formal paperwork with the secretary of state’s office, but it looks like Terry will skate through 2014.
*** Third District House candidate Tom Brewer has completed treatment for leukemia and is returning to the campaign trail, according to KCSR in Chardon. Brewer has a meet and greet scheduled Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Praire Pines in Chadron.
*** Mark your calendars now: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has proclaimed the week of February 24 Stop Government Abuse Week. Cantor says House Republicans will be bringing a package of legislation to reign in President Obama’s ability to issue executive orders and regulatory guidance to federal agencies. Cantor says the Obama administration “is threatening people’s liberty and their hard-earned paychecks.”
Republicans have been ramping up the fear campaign since the State of the Union Address, when the president announced he would sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. Rep. Adrian Smith of Nebraska’s 3rd District went after it full-force last week in a column in The Business Farmer. Smith suggested that Obama would use an executive order to impose gun control, and said it represents a “dangerous shift in power.”
So, once again, we present this chart on the use of executive orders, showing Obama to have issued the smallest number of executive orders since President Cleveland.