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  • The Flier That Got Thad Cochran Elected?

    06/26/2014 6:39:30 AM PDT · by Qbert · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | June 25, 2014 | John Fund
    It’s generally agreed that Thad Cochran squeaked out a win in Mississippi last night in part by getting Democrats, especially African Americans, to turn out. Here’s a flier that was distributed in heavily black precincts suggesting how he accomplished this:
  • Final PPP poll shows Tillis down, Brannon & Harris up in GOP Senate primary (NC)

    05/05/2014 8:13:19 PM PDT · by Qbert · 27 replies
    WECT-TV ^ | May 05, 2014 | Jon Evans
    RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Greg Brannon and Mark Harris showed improved numbers while Thom Tillis saw his support slip in the final Public Policy Polling survey of the North Carolina Republican Senate primary campaigns. In a PPP poll done April 26-28, Tillis had support from 46 percent of the responders, with Brannon at 20 percent and Harris at 11 percent. In the final poll done over the May 3-4 weekend, Tillis had the support of 40 percent, with Brannon up to 28 percent and Harris at 15 percent. The 40 percent mark would keep Tillis at the level he needs...
  • GOP gets O-Care angst (Establishment Republican strategists: Stop criticizing Obamacare so much)

    04/02/2014 6:45:32 AM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/02/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Anxious Senate Republicans are worried party leaders are focusing too much this election year on ObamaCare and not enough on jobs and the economy. The concern among GOP centrists comes as President Obama and congressional Democrats are crowing about a surge in late enrollments and claiming the political winds are shifting around the Affordable Care Act. A growing rift in the GOP was exposed when a group of Senate Republicans recently struck a bipartisan deal to extend unemployment benefits. Neither Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) nor Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) embraced the agreement. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who spearheaded...
  • Scarborough: Christie's 'Ship Has Sailed,' Donors Lukewarm on Jeb Bush

    04/01/2014 7:20:31 AM PDT · by Qbert · 54 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 31 Mar 2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    Big money GOP donors are reluctantly leaning toward former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president in 2016, said talk show host Joe Scarborough. "The whispers are out there. You hear it among top [Republican National Committee] donors. There is not an excitement. I'll be really honest with you. Nobody's going, 'Oh, we got to get Jeb,'" Scarborough said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday.  Donors are eyeing Bush because they see him as the only nominee who could beat presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Scarborough said, adding that contenders like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz aren't considered viable against the former...
  • Miss. Anchor Says He's Sick Of LGBT News, Tells Activists To Go On 'Gaycation'

    03/28/2014 6:54:03 AM PDT · by Qbert · 65 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | MARCH 27, 2014 | CAITLIN MACNEAL
    Mississippi news station WLOX-TV anchor Dave Elliott on Thursday said that there has been too much coverage of LGBT issues in the news recently, according to Romanesko."I'm all for the LGBT community's ongoing fight for equality. I support their fight in every way. But, it seems they've been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation,.. [sic] just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!" Elliott wrote on his Facebook page, according to a screenshot published by Romanesko. WLOX-TV condemned Elliott's comments on the station's Facebook page. "We are not happy at all with...
  • Cornyn, Sessions appear to thwart tea party foes

    03/04/2014 7:12:59 AM PST · by Qbert · 37 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 02 March 2014 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    <p>WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s primaries will pit the tea party’s ardor for change against the staying power of two GOP leaders in Congress, Sen. John Cornyn and Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions.</p> <p>Both are deeply conservative. Both face challengers who complain that when it comes to fighting Democrats, the incumbents are more bluster than action.</p>
  • Holder: State Attorneys General Don’t Have to Defend Same-Sex Marriage Bans

    02/25/2014 6:22:39 AM PST · by Qbert · 41 replies
    Time ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | Alex Fitzpatrick
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a New York Times interview published Monday that state attorneys general aren’t required to defend laws they consider discriminatory, including bans on same-sex marriage. Holder said that state attorneys general should carefully analyze laws that raise major constitutional issues before deciding whether to defend them. “Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” Holder told the Times. To make his case, Holder said that if he were an attorney general “in Kansas in 1953,” he “would not have defended a Kansas statute that...
  • If Milton Wolf Were A GOP Incumbent, The NRSC Would Be Defending Him (Re: X-Ray pics)

    02/24/2014 6:36:50 AM PST · by Qbert · 13 replies
    Riehl World View ^ | February 24, 2014 | Dan Riehl
    I agree with Glenn Reynolds who has more to say at link below. I’ve said the DC GOP and its apparatchiks would prefer a Democrat to a potentially rogue Conservative Republican. I believe that, especially when it comes to clowns like Brad Dayspring of the NRSC. By the time he and his buddies get to K-Street, they can profit from both parties. Genuine reformers, not so much. It’s a career path just like any business to most of the folks in DC, including many elected pols. I’m so concerned about whatever Wolf posted, I haven’t even bothered to look. As...
  • Hillary Clinton's Favorability Slips, But Still High

    02/21/2014 6:58:59 AM PST · by Qbert · 26 replies
    RCP ^ | February 21, 2014 | Adam O'Neal
    Fifty-nine percent of Americans have a favorable view of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton a year after she left public life, down from the high of 66 percent she earned while serving in President Obama’s cabinet. According to a new Gallup poll, 37 percent of Americans view her unfavorably. “Clinton, an enduring figure on the U.S. political stage, has seen her favorability ratings rise and fall since she was introduced to the American public during Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign,” explained Gallup’s Art Swift.
  • In first, Minnesota poll finds Obama unpopular (43% Approval Rating)

    02/17/2014 6:39:02 AM PST · by Qbert · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2014 | Julian Hattem
    Half of the residents of Minnesota now disapprove of President Obama’s performance, according to a new poll. Results of The Star Tribune survey represent the first time that his approval rating has turned negative in the state since the president took office in 2009. Obama’s job approval rating in the poll has fallen to 43 percent. Men had an especially unfavorable opinion of the president. According to the poll, 60 percent of Minnesotan men disapproved of his job performance, compared to 40 percent of women in the state. People under 34 had the highest approval rating for Obama, with 59...
  • The Tennessee GOP's union-thwarting push has backfired

    02/15/2014 9:04:00 AM PST · by Qbert · 37 replies
    The Week ^ | February 14, 2014 | Peter Weber
    A key victory for the UAW is on the line. Friday is the last day of a union-organizing vote at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. At stake is whether the German automaker's sole plant in the U.S. will be represented by the United Auto Workers. But it's also much more than that: The battle being waged in Chattanooga is being billed as a seminal moment that will either pave the way for more labor unions in the South, or affirm the continuation of a "right to work" region that is UAW-free. Going into the three-day election, the vote was...
  • Cruz Debt Ceiling Move Puts Republicans, Red-State Democrats On the Spot

    02/13/2014 7:13:57 AM PST · by Qbert · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | FEBRUARY 12, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    Texas firebrand spews out lukewarm senators in both parties The debt ceiling fight in Congress has revived internal GOP tensions still lingering in the wake of last year’s government shutdown.   After the House of Representatives passed a “clean” debt-limit increase without any spending cuts attached, Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas), whose 21-hour Obamacare filibuster preceded the government shutdown, announced that he would block any effort to pass the measure by simple majority vote in the Senate. “If you ask anybody outside of Washington whether we should keep increasing the debt ceiling without fixing the underlying problem of out-of-control spending,...
  • Lamar Alexander Plummeting in Poll

    02/11/2014 8:04:01 PM PST · by Qbert · 16 replies
    Red State ^ | 2/11/2014 | volunteerstate
    RINO stumbling ? New polling data released today shows Lamar Alexander losing ground in Volunteer state wide polling. Ken Buck, director of the MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro) poll , said that Alexander’s approval  level has dropped from 54% approval down to 43% among all voters.  The trend was worse among independent voters, plunging 22 points to a 36% approval , down from 58%. Republicans were 29% favoring Alexander in his primary against (largely unknown) state representative Joe Carr. Fourteen percent of Republicans favor “SOMEONE ELSE” and 8% favor Carr , a tea party favorite. Forty five percent were...
  • JEFF SESSIONS: GOP MUST STOP AMNESTY BECAUSE IT HARMS U.S. WORKERS, NOT BECAUSE OBAMA 'LAWLESS'

    02/07/2014 7:11:43 AM PST · by Qbert · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Feb 2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), anti-amnesty hawk, said in a Thursday afternoon statement that even if President Barack Obama stopped governing lawlessly, amnesty would still be bad for the country. Sessions’ comments came in response to House Speaker John Boehner’s remarks that amnesty would need to go on hold because of a lack of trust in Obama’s law enforcement capabilities. “The Administration's aggressive defiance of congressionally enacted law is a profound obstacle in the way of any proposed immigration changes,” Sessions said.  Moreover, the Administration's actions undermine the constitutional system that provides all residents with a hopeful future. I warned about...
  • Schumer Gives House GOP A Thumbs Up For Immigration Proposals

    01/31/2014 6:49:32 AM PST · by Qbert · 34 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | JANUARY 30, 2014 | SAHIL KAPUR
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the set of immigration "principles" released Thursday by House GOP leaders suggest the door is open for reform. "While these standards are certainly not everything we would agree with, they leave a real possibility that Democrats and Republicans, in both the House and Senate, can in some way come together and pass immigration reform that both sides can accept. It is a long, hard road but the door is open," he said in a statement. Schumer is a leading author of the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate last year, which House Republicans have...
  • Some Republicans (Lindsey Graham) See Racism As a Factor in Immigration Stalemate

    01/30/2014 7:25:35 PM PST · by Qbert · 51 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 1/29/2014 | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — For more than a year House Republican leaders have insisted the chamber would act on new immigration laws. And for more than a year, Republicans have done virtually nothing on the issue — despite intense pressure from activists, business groups, and the nation’s changing demographics. And although there are a variety of reasons for inaction, one Republican lawmaker recently offered a frank acknowledgement that for many House Republicans, there’s one issue at play that’s not often discussed: race. “Part of it, I think — and I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I...
  • MIKE LEE'S TEA PARTY STATE OF THE UNION RESPONSE: OBAMACARE 'AN INEQUALITY GODZILLA'

    01/29/2014 7:17:54 AM PST · by Qbert · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/28/2014 | Tony Lee
    In his response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address that focused heavily on "inequality," Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) slammed Obamacare as "an inequality Godzilla," symbolizing an administration that has favored Washington, D.C. while purporting to fight for America's middle class. In an address sponsored by the Tea Party Express on Tuesday, Lee spoke for "those individuals and families who work hard, play by the rules, balance their budgets, honor the Golden Rule, and don’t understand why their government in Washington can’t do the same." He said these Americans "may feel they have been forgotten by both political...
  • Report: Wendy Davis' life story more complicated than compelling narrative (CNN/Pravda reports)

    01/21/2014 6:59:21 AM PST · by Qbert · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/20/2014 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) - Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis admitted in an interview with the Dallas Morning News that she hasn't been totally accurate about her life's story, a compelling narrative she has used to appeal to voters in Texas and bolster her national profile. "My language should be tighter," the Democratic state senator said. "I'm learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail." After her marathon filibuster against proposed abortion laws in the Texas legislature last summer, Davis was propelled to the national stage. The attention gave her the support and encouragement to announce...
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Drops Crusade Against Obamacare

    01/18/2014 12:11:06 PM PST · by Qbert · 50 replies
    eba.benefitnews.com ^ | JANUARY 14, 2014 | ELLIOT M. KASS
    In a striking about face, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will no longer seek the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, working instead to correct what it sees as its flaws. It was three years ago this month, during his annual State of American Business address, that the Chamber’s president and CEO, Tom Donahue, labeled the ACA “unworkable” and called for its repeal. During last week’s address he softened his views, calling instead for business-friendly adjustments to the new law. “The administration is obviously committed to keeping the law in place, so the chamber has been working pragmatically to fix...
  • In Defeat for Tea Party, House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    01/16/2014 7:14:27 AM PST · by Qbert · 33 replies
    NYT ^ | 1/15/2014 | Jonathan Weisman
    WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday, 359 to 67, to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill for the current fiscal year, shrugging off the angry threats of Tea Party activists and conservative groups whose power has ebbed as Congress has moved toward fiscal cooperation. The legislation, 1,582 pages in length and unveiled only two nights ago, embodies precisely what many House Republicans have railed against since the Tea Party movement began, a huge bill dropped in the cover of darkness and voted on before lawmakers could possibly have read it. The conservative political action committee Club for Growth...
  • House set to pass spending bill

    01/15/2014 7:08:03 AM PST · by Qbert · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/14/2014 | Erik Wasson and Russell Berman
    The House is poised Wednesday to approve a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the government, despite the opposition of conservative groups.  Both parties scored policy wins in the bill, creating the potential for a resounding show of support on the House floor. The deadline for a government shutdown looms at midnight Saturday, but the political dynamic has shifted dramatically since October’s break in funding. House lawmakers on Tuesday approved a three-day continuing resolution to keep the government open — and did so by voice vote, a procedure usually reserved for only the most uncontroversial legislation. The vote paved...
  • President’s goal for NSA reform — no more Edward Snowdens

    01/14/2014 6:39:47 AM PST · by Qbert · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/14/14 | Justin Sink and Julian Hattem
    The Obama administration plans to overhaul the nation’s security clearance system to prevent future intelligence leaks like the one by former defense contractor Edward Snowden. The changes, part of a package of reforms President Obama is expected to announce Friday during a speech at the Justice Department, will include more stringent — and more frequent  — vetting of security clearances, according to sources familiar with the administration’s plans.  The president is embracing some of the proposals offered by an advisory panel he appointed. The panel recommended security clearances become more highly differentiated and that a new clearance level be created...
  • House GOP group rejects Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform

    01/09/2014 7:13:42 AM PST · by Qbert · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/9/2014 | Fox News
    A group of House Republicans is rejecting President Obama’s call for members to pass comprehensive immigration reform. In a letter to the White House, the group calls the legislation, already passed by the Senate, an “awful deal” for American workers and questions how Obama could champion higher wages for them while backing a law that allows millions of low-skilled workers into the U.S. labor force. “We write to you today on behalf of the 21 million Americans who can’t find a full-time job,” writes Alabama GOP Rep. Mo Brooks and 15 other largely conservative House members. “Comprehensive immigration reform may...
  • The Chamber’s War on the Right Is So Wrong

    12/31/2013 11:26:39 AM PST · by Qbert · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/30/2013 | Quin Hillyer
    If U.S. Chamber of Commerce strategist Scott Reed really wants “no loser candidates” and “no fools on our ticket,” as he told the Wall Street Journal last week, then he might want to start by banishing himself from any involvement with the 2014 elections. It takes a truly foolish Republican consultant to declare war on the party’s most energized troops — the same foolish politico who once advised Republicans to work in favor of gun control and who ran the incompetent 1996 presidential campaign of Bob Dole. If Reed wants “no loser candidates,” presumably he will be working to rid...
  • ‘Duck Dynasty’ Marathons Still On A&E’s Schedule Leading Up to Christmas

    12/19/2013 8:37:02 AM PST · by Qbert · 51 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | 12/19/2013 | CBS Houston/AP
    WEST MONROE, La. (CBS Houston/AP) – ”Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson has been suspended indefinitely from filming the A&E reality series following his remarks about gay people where he called homosexuality illogical in a recent interview with GQ magazine. [Snip] Despite the suspension, A&E still has several hours of “Duck Dynasty” programming over the next week. For Thursday night, there is three hours of shows the network is airing. On Sunday Dec. 22, A&E will be airing the popular show from 5 p.m. until 4 a.m. the next morning. On Monday Dec. 23, episodes will air from 7 p.m. until...
  • Ryan Says GOP to Make Debt-Ceiling Demands in Early ’14

    12/16/2013 6:28:30 AM PST · by Qbert · 63 replies
    WSJ ^ | December 15, 2013 | DAMIAN PALETTA
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) signaled that Republicans would not raise the debt ceiling next year without some sort of concessions from Democrats, saying lawmakers were still crafting their strategy. “We, as a caucus, along with our Senate counterparts, are going to meet and discuss what it is we want to get out of the debt limit,” Mr. Ryan said on Fox News Sunday. “We don’t want ‘nothing’ out of the debt limit. We’re going to decide what it is we can accomplish out of this debt limit fight.” The U.S. government spends more money than it...
  • Democrats Using Boehner in Fundraising Efforts

    12/14/2013 1:23:27 PM PST · by Qbert · 40 replies
    NewsMax.com ^ | 12 Dec 2013 | Cynthia Fagen
    Democrats are gleefully using House Speaker John Boehner's own words in an effort to garner donations for mid-term elections next year. 21st Century Democrats, which bills itself as "building a progressive majority from the grassroots up since 1985," uses Boehner's proverbial public spanking of tea party opponents of the Congressional budget proposal to take back control of the House. "Even Speaker Boehner can't hide his disdain for the outside conservative tea party groups," the email reads.
  • Woman Featured in Obamacare Ad Forced to Cancel Employees' Insurance

    11/26/2013 6:52:23 AM PST · by Qbert · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Nov 2013 | JOHN NOLTE
    CBS This Morning's Charlie Rose sets up the segment with the words that should put a chill down the spine of every American, "CBS News is learning that another promise by the government isn't holding up. Some who get their insurance through work are losing their coverage." Eight Americans already feeling the sting of that broken promise work for Nancy Clark, a small business owner in New Hampshire who was featured in a White House online ad promoting ObamaCare. "The healthcare law is about me. It's NancyCare," Clark gushes. Reality intruded last month when her insurance company boosted premiums by...
  • Obamacare agency rushed in contractor without bids, documents show

    11/25/2013 6:27:53 AM PST · by Qbert · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 23, 2013 | SHARON BEGLEY
    (Reuters) - Caught flat-footed by the challenges of building the financial-management and accounting parts of the U.S. government's new online marketplace for health insurance, officials rushed to hire a familiar contractor without seeking competing bids, according to government procurement documents reviewed by Reuters. The documents dated in August - less than two months before the opening of online marketplaces established by President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law - showed the agency in charge had only "recently learned" that building the financial management functions was "beyond (its) currently available resources."
  • J Street Sees Iran Agreement as Positive First Step

    11/24/2013 5:50:12 PM PST · by Qbert · 15 replies
    J Street.org ^ | NOVEMBER 23RD, 2013 | J Street
    J Street welcomes the agreement reached today in Geneva by the P5+1 and Iran as a significant first step in efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The agreement will effectively freeze and begin to roll back the Iranian program in exchange for limited economic relief for six months. During this period, the P5+1 will continue to negotiate a permanent agreement, pressing the Rouhani regime to accept an enforceable comprehensive deal to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, while maintaining the essential sanctions architecture. The accord has several very important provisions that will effectively freeze Iran's program and...
  • Rush Limbaugh uses rape analogy to decry filibuster rule change

    11/23/2013 9:02:23 AM PST · by Qbert · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/22/2013 | CNN Political Unit
    (CNN) - Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh used an analogy about rape Friday to blast this week’s decision by the Senate's Democratic majority to change the chamber’s filibuster rules despite the unanimous opposition of minority Republicans. The so-called “nuclear option” will allow a bare majority of senators – as opposed to 60 - to approve most judicial and executive branch nominations. The Democratic caucus controls 55 of the chamber’s 100 seats. "Let's say, let's take 10 people in a room and they're a group. And the room is made up of six men and four women. The group...
  • As the Senate goes nuclear, what’s the House doing?

    11/22/2013 6:38:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/21/2013 | JENNIFER RUBIN (Callous manipulator)
    <p>While the Senate majority leader is blowing up his institution, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) held an interesting press conference, giving some broad hints as to where that body is going.</p> <p>First, Boehner suggested that the House isn’t merely going to club the president over Obamacare.</p>
  • Begich pushes back on health care ad

    11/21/2013 4:59:02 PM PST · by Qbert · 5 replies
    AP via MY San Antonio.com ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2013 | AP
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sen. Mark Begich's campaign is pushing back against an ad featuring a woman who speaks of him like he's her senator when she's actually an actress. Begich campaign manager Susanne Fleek-Green called the ad from Americans for Prosperity a "phony attempt to snooker Alaskans."
  • Obamacare Bailout Sought as Effort Planned to Bypass Site

    11/21/2013 6:28:04 AM PST · by Qbert · 8 replies
    Bloomberg | Nov 20, 2013 | Alex Nussbaum
    Bloomberg, link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-21/obamacare-bailout-sought-as-effort-planned-to-bypass-site.html
  • Rep. Nick Rahall (D- WV): I Don't Regret Voting for Obamacare

    11/20/2013 7:17:51 PM PST · by Qbert · 38 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | NOV 19, 2013 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Democratic congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia was one of the 39 Democrats to vote last Friday to allow insurance plans that were on the market in 2013 to be sold next year. But during a radio interview, Rahall made it clear that he didn't regret voting for Obamacare in the first place. "I think there's more good than bad in that law," he said. Rahall added that he thought some of his constituents will find it was in their "best interest" to have their current plans canceled.   "I believe that West Virginians, once they have access to the...
  • Spending cuts, shutdown lower US budget deficit

    11/20/2013 6:30:07 AM PST · by Qbert · 9 replies
    AP via SF Gate.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government started the first month of the 2014 budget year with a smaller budget deficit, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances at a time when lawmakers are wrestling to reach a deal to keep the government open past January. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the deficit in October was $91.6 billion. That's 24 percent lower than the $120 billion imbalance recorded in October 2012. The deficit is the gap between the government's tax revenue and spending.
  • Ted Cruz previews new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare

    11/15/2013 6:45:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | NOVEMBER 14, 2013 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz previewed a new plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with different health care reforms. "The only way to stop the problems is to admit this idea was fundamentally flawed to begin with," Cruz told Fox News' Megyn Kelly. "At this point, starting over, stopping Obamacare, is the essence of pragmatism." Cruz's approach differs from some congressional Republicans and Democrats who are working to pass a bill delaying the Obamacare individual mandate or help Americans keep their current health care plans. Cruz said that he would release a bill to empower Americans to purchase health...
  • Obama Open to Changing Obamacare (Obama considering backing Sen. Landrieu's new experiment)

    11/14/2013 6:44:48 AM PST · by Qbert · 48 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | NOVEMBER 14, 2013 | KEITH KOFFLER
    President Obama is considering backing a bill by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) that would force insurers to keep offering plans that were in existence this year, even if it means reinstating ones they had cancelled to get right with Obamacare’s standards, according to the Wall Street Journal. The legislation would be a step toward fixing Obama’s broken promise that under Obamacare, people could keep their insurance if they liked it, a vow that has turned out to be massively false. From the Journal: “Sen. Landrieu’s proposal shares a similar goal to what the president has asked his team to explore,”...
  • Business to tea party: Get out of our way

    11/13/2013 6:49:41 AM PST · by Qbert · 70 replies
    CNBC ^ | 13 Nov 2013 | Lawrence Delevingne
    The recent elections underlined a growing tension in political money circles: Business people are increasingly fed up with the activist wing of the Republican Party. It's a trend that will have broad implications for next year's midterm elections and the presidential race in 2016, political experts say. [Snip] And there's more to come. Business interests appear to be rallying behind moderate Republicans Brian Ellis, David Trott and Mike Simpson against tea party-approved challengers Justin Amash, Kerry Bentivolio and Bryan Smith for House seats in 2014 (Ellis and Trott are running in Michigan and Simpson is in Idaho). [Snip] "If the...
  • Virginia attorney general race: Herring (Dem) takes lead, with a recount appearing likely

    11/12/2013 6:08:07 AM PST · by Qbert · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/11/2013 | Antonio Olivo and Laura Vozzella
    Democratic state Sen. Mark R. Herring took the lead in the extraordinarily tight Virginia attorney general race Monday evening, after he picked up more than 100 previously uncounted votes in Richmond. Herring had started the day trailing his Republican opponent, state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (Harrisonburg), by a mere 17 votes out of 2.2 million cast. But as jurisdictions across the state continued to scrub their vote counts, the State Board of Elections showed Herring with a 117-vote lead late Monday. Lawyers from both parties have descended on elections offices in Fairfax County and Richmond. Meanwhile, the campaigns said they were...
  • Republican National Committee Needs a New Leader

    11/07/2013 6:39:29 AM PST · by Qbert · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 07, 2013 | Matt Towery
    For the record, I do not know the Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. I'm told he's a nice person, and I understand shares membership in a collegiate fraternity. But nice guys with lots of experience as president of a student body or as an aide to some state legislator or even as a lawyer for the national GOP -- all of which he has accomplished, just won't cut it anymore. The RNC and its many "affiliated groups" gave up on GOP nominee for governor of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. They likely relied on the same old bunch of...
  • Some reflections on the Virginia and New Jersey elections

    11/06/2013 6:37:47 AM PST · by Qbert · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | NOVEMBER 6, 2013 | MICHAEL BARONE
    1. The Obamacare rollout fiasco and Obama's lies hurt Democrats. You only have to look at Democrat Terry McAuliffe's narrow 48 percent to 46 percent margin in Virginia to see that. McAuliffe outspent Republican Ken Cuccinelli by a wide margin (as much as 10-to-1, some bloggers suggested) and was leading 46 percent to 37 percent in the last days of October in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls on Oct. 31. In Virginia, the state that voted closest to the national average in the last two presidential elections, McAuliffe ended up with 48 percent, 3 percentage points behind...
  • Senate Democrats Pause From Obamacare to Push Labor Bills (And ENDA, minimum wage bills, etc.)

    11/05/2013 6:29:19 AM PST · by Qbert · 10 replies
    Bloomberg | 2013-11-05 | Kathleen Hunter
    Bloomberg, link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-05/senate-democrats-pause-from-obamacare-to-push-labor-bills.html
  • Poll: Sarvis hurting Cuccinelli’s chances, women support McAuliffe

    11/03/2013 8:12:18 AM PST · by Qbert · 69 replies
    WTVR ^ | November 1, 2013 | Scott Wise
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WTVR) – A new poll put Democrat Terry McAuliffe seven points ahead of Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the race for Virginia governor. The Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University poll has McAuliffe with a 45 – 38 percent lead over Cuccinelli. The poll gives Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis 10 percent of the vote. More than two-thirds of those who said they were voting for Sarvis called their vote a protest vote against the “major-party candidates.” [Snip] “Sarvis is particularly shaving the Republican vote: 37 percent of his voters say they would have voted for...
  • 'Agitated' Dems vent on ObamaCare woes (Senate Dems vent frustrations in WH meeting)

    11/01/2013 7:08:11 AM PDT · by Qbert · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/31/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats vented their frustrations over the faulty rollout of the Affordable Care Act in a meeting Thursday with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior officials. “There’s a lot of frustration, everywhere,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said after the meeting. McDonough tried to assure angry senators he is personally taking charge of the disparate federal offices in charge of implementing the massive law, which has been plagued by technical errors. “He gave us the impression that he’s taking charge of the different elements and cracking the whip. He said to let him know if we had...
  • Robert Sarvis is a fraud (Virginia "Libertarian" candidate doesn't support tax cuts, etc.)

    10/30/2013 6:57:33 AM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies
    Redstate ^ | October 28th, 2013 | thelibertarian01
    We now know who Robert Sarvis is and certainly not a genuine libertarian and more like a LINO (libertarian-in-name-only). Like with the Republican Party, the Libertarian Party over the past couple election cycles has put up candidates with no real principle (Gary Johnson and Bob Barr). Robert Sarvis is no exception to the rule. For one thing when it comes to fiscal issues while he sounds conservative he really isn’t. He doesn’t support tax cuts (actually supports new taxes on roads), he doesn’t oppose medicaid expansion and isn’t part of the Austrian Economics crowd. Rather calls himself “pro-business” and not...
  • Report: Final Cost of Obamacare Website Tops $1 Billion

    10/25/2013 6:58:56 AM PDT · by Qbert · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 24 Oct 2013 | Newsmax Wires
    The principal contractors responsible for the federal government's troubled health insurance website say the Obama administration shares much of the responsibility for snags that have crippled the system. Executives of CGI Federal, which built the federal HealthCare.gov website serving 36 states, and QSSI, which designed the part that verifies applicants' income and other personal details, testified Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Meanwhile, figures released Thursday say the total cost of the deeply flawed website and healthcare exchange has topped $1 billion, according to a devastating new report by a widely respected government analyst. How? A surge in...
  • Study: Average Premiums for Young Women to Increase 193% (Obamacare's War on Women)

    10/24/2013 6:23:16 AM PDT · by Qbert · 32 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 23, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Healthy young women will see their premiums rise by an average of almost 200 percent under Obamacare, with increases occurring in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a new study.Earlier this month, the American Action Forum released an analysis that found the average 30-year-old male nonsmoker would see his premiums rise 260 percent. Using the same metrics, the organization found that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be just as harsh on women trying to purchase bronze level plans, the cheapest insurance available in the marketplace. “All 50 states and the District of Columbia saw insurance...
  • Software Expert: Obamacare Website Cost Hundreds of Times What It Should

    10/22/2013 6:46:15 AM PDT · by Qbert · 57 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 21 Oct 2013 | NewsMax TV
    The creation of the website for the Affordable Care Act should have cost the federal government just $1 million — not the hundreds of millions of dollars it has shelled out so far, a top software expert says. "The original number I saw was $200 million, which, to me, if you break that down — $200 per hour — would be a million man-hours," Luke Chung, president of FMS Software Solutions, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. Story continues below video. "That's like 500 man-years. I just don't see how they had time to even use that many...
  • Obama defends 2006 vote against raising the debt ceiling

    10/16/2013 6:36:49 AM PDT · by Qbert · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/10/2013 | Gabriella Schwarz
    <p>Washington (CNN) – There is no daylight between his vote against raising the debt ceiling as a senator in 2006 and his call for Congress to increase the limit in the next 10 days, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.</p> <p>“Nothing has changed,” Obama told WFLA in an interview. “I voted against a debt ceiling increase at the time because I had some concerns about what President (George W.) Bush was doing.”</p>