Blue Dog Democrat


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Blue Dog Democrat

n
a fiscally conservative member of the Democratic Party
[perhaps influenced by Yellow Dog Democrat, a term formerly used to describe Southern supporters of the Democratic Party]
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Voters awarded all four of Arkansas' House seats to Republicans, with rising star Tom 1 Cotton defeating Democrat Gene Jeffress in the 4th District, home of retiring Blue Dog Democrat Mike Ross, who increasingly looks like the last of a breed in Arkansas.
John Barrow is a Blue Dog Democrat who has managed to hang on to his Republican-leaning district for four terms.
A symbolic challenge from Blue Dog Democrat Heath Shuler aside, few saw an Democrats with the skills of Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, or Kevin McCarthy, the new troika of relatively young GOP pacesetters who provided energy and welcomed the Tea Party to the GOP opposition putatively led by the charisma-challenged John Boehner.
And for those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target, the answer is that she's a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist," he wrote.
Jim Cooper, a conservative Blue Dog Democrat from Tennessee, went so far as to call the debate in the House "a sideshow.
But if the decidedly blue dog Democrat ever retires, the district will become a Republican target.
But three Republican Senators - Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine and Scott Brown of Massachusetts - crossed the aisle to support the bill, and blue dog Democrat Ben Nelson came onboard, giving the majority party the 60 votew necessary for passage.
As chairman of the Health Care Task Force and member of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, the Blue Dog Democrat from Prescott is wielding a great deal of power over what any health care reform package might eventually look like.
But in a political environment where most voters agree that Graham's record is embarrassing, even if Bob Conley goes down in defeat, an unexpected attack from the right by a Blue Dog Democrat might be enough to make this red-state Republican senator blush.
Spencer Bachus (R-AL), ranking member of the Financial Services Committee, and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD), a leader of the Blue Dog Democrat coalition.
Congressman Shuler is supposed to be a Blue Dog Democrat, but for someone who claims to be a fiscal conservative, he's not taking real life economics into consideration on his energy votes.
Most notably, Hulings has leaned on endorsements from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the moderate Blue Dog Democrats and his former law school classmates, Julian and Joaquin Castro.