In Nevada, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports that embattled U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is defending Bill Maher’s disgusting jokes he has made about conservative women, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley said Tuesday that entertainers like liberal comedian Bill Maher who make jokes at the expense of conservative women are not the same as Rush Limbaugh, who last week made disparaging comments about a Georgetown University law student.
- Meanwhile, Politico is reporting that even David Axelrod is distancing himself from Bill Maher. David Axelrod will not be appearing as a guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” despite reports last week that he was scheduled to do the show in the next few weeks. “He’s not scheduled to go on at this time,” said Ben LaBolt, the press secretary for President Obama’s re-election campaign. … Axelrod’s cold feet are not the only sign that the right’s attacks on Maher seem to be gaining some traction. On Thursday, The Daily Caller reported that the Alabama Democratic Party had scrubbed its website of an announcement for its upcoming fundraiser headlined by Maher.
- Additionally, the Associated Press reports that Senator Dean Heller wants to cut off lawmakers’ pay if they can’t pass a budget. The idea is simple. If Congress doesn’t pass a budget and all 12 of the accompanying spending bills setting annual agency budgets on time, every lawmaker’s paycheck would get cut off. No exceptions. … “I’m trying to help people understand that if you don’t have a job it has to do with uncertainties in the markets and it has to do with the fact that Washington, D.C., refuses to do its job, which is to tell people what their tax rates are going to be,” Heller said. “You take any other Nevadan or any other American and tell them you don’t have to do their job for 1,000 days — they probably don’t keep their job.”
- Finally, KTVN-TV in Reno reports that Heller assailed Berkley for supporting Barack Obama and Harry Reid’s failed energy policies. [Heller’s] campaign also says Obama administration energy policies endorsed by Berkley are to blame for higher gas prices.