The Buzz: Strange state of mind as GOP blasts Bera for a vote

07/19/2013 12:00 AM

07/18/2013 10:32 PM

According to the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Ami Bera will be held accountable next year for putting the interests of big business ahead of voters.

In Illinois.

But Bera's constituents in Sacramento shouldn't worry: California may have redrawn its congressional districts, but they remain within the state.

On Thursday, the GOP's campaign arm sent out separate but largely identical attacks blasting 13 House Democrats it considers vulnerable, including Bera, for voting to delay the federal health care law for employers, but not for everyone else.

The release, a type of cookie-cutter communication employed by both parties, is headlined "(member of Congress) doesn't think you're good enough," and explains that "(member of Congress) supports giving big business delay from Obamacare, but not (state) families.

"He should be ashamed of himself," it continues. "In 2014, Illinois voters will know that Ami Bera would rather help big business than help them."

Another NRCC letter said that Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington state should be ashamed of how she's representing Illinois voters.

Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, attributed the mistakes to a typo.

– Curtis Tate

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Erasing California's local redevelopment agencies and redistributing their revenue and assets resulted in nearly $4 billion in payments, according to the state Department of Finance. K-12 schools and community colleges received about $1.5 billion, indirectly lowering their payments from the state's general fund – the main rationale for dissolving the agencies.

– Dan Walters

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