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blue dog

n. Informal
A Democrat in the US Congress, usually from the South or rural areas, who supports conservative legislation and causes.

[On the model of yellow dog, in reference to the blue dog often depicted in the works of American artist George Rodrigue (1944-2013), whose paintings hung in the offices of two prominent blue dog Democrats of the 1990s.]
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Now, with an increase in blue dogs, animal protection officers have called on local officials to cut the pollution.
The DCCC is tasking the self-described "fiscally responsible" Blue Dogs with recruiting candidates and helping these candidates with messaging and identifying consultants.
Other works featured are a sculpture of a giant orange ape, by Manu, that seems to be charging at the viewer, another is a bizarre assemblage of blue dogs huddled together, while a third has effigies of political leaders hanging like puppets on strings.
Shuler and other Blue Dogs, like nearly all Republicans, have denounced DREAM as an "amnesty.
Blue Dogs worry measure could be divisive before election.
Retirements also will thin the group's ranks further come January: Six other Blue Dogs, including one of its founders, John Tanner (Tenn.
The Democrats who voted against adjournment were a mix of centrist Blue Dogs and vulnerable members from Republican-leaning districts.
Representative Jim Cooper, (D-TN), a longtime Blue Dog and among the many centrist members who want to let the Senate act first, explained that he and other Blue Dogs consider it politically unwise for the House to vote on a bill that includes provisions the Senate is likely to omit.
Members of the Blue Dogs barked at the new taxes, too.
Ultimately, the Blue Dogs signed on to a bill that would cut an additional $100 billion from the bill so that the total cost of the bill would be under $1 trillion over 10 years; eliminate a proposed mandate on small employers with payrolls of less than $500,000 per year to provide health care benefits for their employees or face steep frees; and establish a more "competitive" public plan option that would require the government to negotiate provider payments like any insurance company.
As part of their deal with the Blue Dogs, Democratic leaders agreed to defer a vote by the full House until September, giving lawmakers time to gauge public reaction to the proposal.