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February 9, 2016

8 House Race Ratings Changes Boost GOP, Democrats

Dold is waging a comeback bid in Illinois. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dold is waging a comeback bid in Illinois. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This week Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call made ratings changes in eight congressional districts and confirmed our rating in a ninth — Wisconsin’s 6th District — after GOP Rep. Tom Petri announced his retirement.

Here is a link to the Ratings map and a quick rundown of the moves we made, with links to the corresponding analysis.

Races that moved toward Republicans:

Races that moved toward Democrats:

Races updated:



    It’s now been almost five months, since the more than two million unemployed workers have been without unemployment benefits. Since late last December, when these families ran out of their benefits, they have been waiting and struggling patiently for the senate to pass the unemployment extension bill. However, due to the Republicans constant rejections and stalling tactics, the much needed bill has not yet been passed. While these politicians continued to play their ‘party politics”, these millions of families have had to face evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcies, and homelessness. These workers have been destroyed financially and emotionally, and the Republican party is to blame for this, due to their reluctance to accept any of the proposals brought to them by the Democrats. Since the past several months, whenever the bill was to be discussed and voted upon, time and time again , the senate took another break or vacation, leaving these poor Americans hung out to dry a little longer waiting for help that doesn’t come. This was the first time in many years that the senate did not pass an extension bill. Their refusal this year to pass an extension bill can only be explained because of their deliberate and calculated plan to make the democrats, and particularly president Obama to look bad, and not be successful in the people’s eyes. These Republicans have shown us that their own political agenda is much more important to them than the needs of the people for whom they serve. While senators such as John Boehner expressed their concerns about fiscal responsibility , and budget concerns, the congress just has passed a foreign aid package worth Billions for the Ukraine. Why was this passed without much fanfare or debate, while poor unemployed families who are becoming more and more destitute with each more senate delay of the extension bill? Where are the Republicans “family values’ which they like to so often claim to be the party that represents family values? The Republicans will surely find out in the 2016 elections just how foolish their decision has been not to help these millions of workers

    • papacito9999

      You’re preaching to the choir here. We need to get our folks out to vote so we don’t get ambushed the way we did in 2010

    • retiredinva

      Cry me a river! Three pages of “help wanted” in local paper!

      • johnblack45john

        What paper is this the Baggerville Daily News? All the want ads in the 10 local papers where I live would do good to take up a third of a page combined.

    • bishop24230

      Haven’t you heard? Obama brought our economy back from the brink and we are flushed with economic growth and jobs. Unemployment benefits should no longer be needed for those who truly want to work.

      • johnblack45john

        The first part is right but the jobs part could be better and would be better were it not for your obstructionist republicans. Where are the jobs thj promised when they lied to America running on jobs jobs jobs to win the 2010 election?

        • bishop24230

          johnlack45john – the GOP led House has passed 30 jobs bills since 2010 and each one has died on Harry Reid’s desk.

          • johnblack45john

            30 deregulations bills. not

            one of them will create one single job

          • bishop24230

            That is your opinion. These bills would have created million of jobs.

          • johnblack45john

            Total BS

    • thaidude

      YONATAN…You are so right. You eloquent post has won me over. New laws should be enacted immediately that would ensure every person that sets foot in the US of A and can prove they have worked 5 or more consecutive days should be entitled to perpetual unemployment benefits. These benefits should be set at 150% of the poverty level indexed to the number of dependents claimed by the recipient.
      The minimum wage level should also be adjusted to $19.75 per hour (be Kind). It too needs to be indexed to reflect the needs/wants of the worker based on his/her number of dependents.
      The only people that disagree are racist, nasty, cruel, ultra- extreme, right winger, 1% , gun tooting, bible thumping Republican types.

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  • Peeta Mellark

    In related video, our resident marxist agitator lies to the face of the American people about keeping their insurance and their doctor:

    • johnblack45john

      How many more times are you lying Commie baggers going to post this BS

  • Fresh Mountain Air

    One of the defining characteristics of today’s liberalism is a dogmatic reliance upon fortune-tellers and soothsayers.

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