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  • BOEHNER TOUTS IMMIGRATION REFORM: 'THE SOONER WE DO IT THE BETTER'

    09/18/2014 1:44:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/18/14 | CAROLINE MAY
    America’s immigration system is a “mess” and reforming it would help the economy, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute about “resetting America’s economic foundation” Boehner addressed immigration reform when asked by a member of the audience. “Yeah, I think immigration reform would help our economy, but you’ve got to secure the borders first — we’ve got a mess and I think everybody knows we’ve got a mess. Our legal system is broken, our borders aren’t secure. And then we’ve got the problem of those that are here without documents,” Boehner said. “It needs to...
  • GOP prepares 100 day agenda for takeover of Senate

    09/12/2014 6:46:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-12-14 | Miller
    Senate Republicans are preparing an agenda for their first 100 days in power next year in case they win majority control of the upper chamber, The Hill reported. The agenda includes authorizing the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, approving “fast-track” trade authority, rolling back new Environmental Protection Agency regulations and repealing Obamacare’s unpopular tax on medical devices. Republican senators insisted they were not “measuring the drapes” in anticipation of a wave election sweeping them into power after years in the minority. “We will have to be prepared if we are in a position to govern,” Sen. Bob Corker said. “You...
  • Obama Weighs Broader Move on Legal Immigration

    08/20/2014 2:02:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 20, 2014 | By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and JOSH LEDERMAN
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd adopt after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed. Following a bevy of recent White House meetings, top officials have compiled specific recommendations from business groups and other advocates whose support could undercut GOP claims that Obama is exceeding his...
  • RNC Chair: Minority Outreach Must Be Full Time

    08/20/2014 8:12:22 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 62 replies
    ap ^ | August 19, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy
    <p>A GOP effort to send hundreds of party workers into minority communities across the country will continue long after this year's midterm elections are over, the chairman of the Republican National Committee said Tuesday.</p> <p>"We need to be a year-round party," Reince Preibus said to a gathering of Georgia Republicans. "We need to be a party that is engaged full time in black, Hispanic and Asian communities. Not just once in a while, but all the time."</p>
  • Sen. Sessions: CEOs ´Scheming with WH to Extract by Executive Fiat´ Amnesty Congress Denied

    08/19/2014 9:49:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/19/14 | Craig Bannister
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) today accused executives at some of the world´s largest corporation of "scheming with the White House" to circumvent the law during their closed-door meeting with Pres. Obama today. "We have now arrived at a crisis point in American politics. Politico reports that the White House is meeting with the world´s largest corporations to discuss how executive actions on immigration could benefit them financially. The Administration has solicited ´a list of asks for the tech sector´ and ´provisions for low-skilled workers for industries, like construction´-including green cards and work authorizations-in order to ´get them on board´ with...
  • Boehner on Border Crisis: 'Doing Something is Better than Doing Nothing' (BARF ALERT!)

    07/31/2014 6:25:10 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 31 Jul 2014, | Caroline May
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress must do something to alleviate the ongoing crisis at the border, and President Obama’s plan to take more unilateral action on immigration reform will make the crisis worse, House Speaker John Boehner argued Thursday. “The crisis on the border is one of the president’s own making, but he still hasn’t learned his lesson,” Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference. “Now he has threatened to rewrite the law and take more unilateral action on immigration in the coming months. Let me just be clear, such action would create an even greater incentive for more illegal...
  • John McCain: ‘Cornyn and I are’ Going to Introduce House Border Bill in the Senate

    07/31/2014 2:07:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/31/14 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator John McCain and Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) will likely introduce the House border legislation in the Senate, according to the Arizona Republican. “Cornyn and I are [going to introduce] whatever the House passes,” McCain told National Review Online Wednesday afternoon. “I think that’s what we’re talking about; we aren’t fully committed, but that’s what we’re talking about.”
  • US Chamber to Back Democrat Mary Landrieu

    07/29/2014 1:37:04 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 37 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/28/14 | m flynn
    Rob Engstrom, the US Chamber of Commerce's national political director, recently told a gathering of trade association executives that the Chamber planned to endorse Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in her reelection bid this year. The endorsement, reported by the New York Times columnist Joe Nocera, could decide the balance of power in the Senate and preserve Sen. Harry Reid as majority leader. Landrieu, running in crimson-red Louisiana, is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection this November. In the RealClearPolitics average of polls, she trails her leading Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, by one point. An endorsement...
  • US Chamber of Commerce is not winning

    07/28/2014 12:51:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/28/14 | streiff
    The US Chamber of Commerce has for years viewed the GOP as its personal political party. Sure they supported the now-extinct “Blue Dog Democrats” but when most of them disappeared in the maelstrom of 2010 they were left with GOP candidates and communists. Unfortunately for the Chamber, the GOP caucus has been getting progressively more conservative each year. And not merely conservative but populist. This has caused a tension between the Chamber’s members and conservatives. Many of the Chamber’s larger members and its leadership worship stability as though it were a deity, preferring even double digit deficits reaching as far...
  • Chamber Of Commerce Hires Top Marco Rubio Aide To Push Amnesty

    07/25/2014 4:07:19 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/25/14 | Tony Lee
    A year after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was the face of the Senate's Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill, one of his top immigration aides will help the Chamber of Commerce push amnesty legislation. According to LegiStorm, "Jon Baselice, who covered immigration issues as Rubio's legislative assistant for the past four years, filed lobbying forms as the Chamber's new director for immigration policy." Baselice reportedly joined Rubio's office in January of 2011 and helped Rubio draft the Senate's immigration bill. The Chamber of Commerce has been one of the most vocal proponents of comprehensive amnesty legislation, vowing to spend at...
  • GOP lawmaker returns award to protest Chamber of Commerce’s immigration policy

    07/24/2014 3:47:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) said Thursday that he refused to accept an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of that group’s position on immigration, and called the Chamber the “biggest pro-amnesty group” in the country. “The Chamber of Commerce is beholden to special interests and has long since forgotten the main street businesses that struggle everyday to make payroll and keep their company afloat,” Bentivolio said. “It is with great pride that I reject their award, and call on them to stand on the side of America, instead of on the side of China and corporate interests seeking...
  • Jeb Bush: Don’t use border crisis to defer immigration reform (Amnesty pimp emerges from hidey-hole)

    07/24/2014 11:32:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/24/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is urging Congress not to use the current crisis on the southwestern border as an "excuse" for not passing comprehensive immigration reform. Bush and Clint Bolick, co-authors of a 2013 book on immigration, write in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Wednesday evening that surge of Central American children crossing the border illegally should not be a reason for House Republicans to refuse to pass immigration reform.
  • Perdue grabs surprise runoff victory over Kingston in Georgia

    07/23/2014 8:16:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | ED MORRISEY
    First-time political candidate David Perdue won a surprise victory over favored Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for the US Senate nomination in Georgia. Kingston, who had the backing of the US Chamber of Commerce as well as conservatives such as my Salem colleague Erick Erickson, had been leading in almost every poll as the runoff approached. In the end, Perdue’s outsider message may have won the day: Businessman David Perdue stunned Georgia’s Republican political establishment Tuesday by capturing the party’s U.S. Senate nomination in his first run for office.The former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General toppled 11-term...
  • Chamber of Commerce: We've 'Never' Supported Amnesty (are they feeling the heat??)

    07/17/2014 6:29:27 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 51 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/17/14 | Tony Lee
    On Wednesday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce claimed that it has never supported amnesty, despite vowing to spend at least $50 million to ram through amnesty legislation and oppose anti-amnesty and Tea Party candidates. "The U.S. Chamber does not support amnesty and never has," Sean Hackbarth wrote on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. The Chamber of Commerce took issue with Rush Limbaugh's statement that the Chamber would not finance candidates in 2016 who do not support comprehensive amnesty legislation because Limbaugh, though capturing the gist of the Chamber's stated intentions, did not accurately quote Chamber of Commerce...
  • Karl Rove to GOP: Work with Obama

    07/10/2014 4:33:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 64 replies
    politico.com ^ | Sarah Smith
    Unlike many of his Republican colleagues, Karl Rove advocated Thursday for bipartisan compromise on immigration. “Republicans have to look at this as an opportunity that they have to work,” the Republican strategist said on the Fox News program “Happening Now.” “It’s an opportunity to get some things done to help secure the border.” He suggested that in working with President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion request for additional funds to deal with the current immigration crisis, Republicans could make policy gains like increasing the amount of border patrols. “They ought to sit down in good faith,” he said of Republicans and...
  • Let’s Deal With Reality and Pass Immigration Reform

    06/20/2014 10:01:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/19/14 | SHELDON G. ADELSON
    Radio show hosts and political pundits are suggesting that the primary election defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is the final nail in the coffin for passing immigration reform in this session of Congress. They surmise that other Republicans will be especially reluctant to tackle the issue for fear of losing political support. If we are led to believe that the results of a local election with 12 percent voter turnout in a single congressional district (one out of 435) with a mere 65,000 votes cast is all that it takes to disrupt a necessary and important national policy...
  • RUPERT MURDOCH: AMNESTY, UNLIMITED HIGH-TECH VISAS 'CAN'T WAIT'

    06/19/2014 5:35:54 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/19/14 | Tony Lee
    American workers are struggling to find jobs and illegal immigrants flooding across the border are straining the country's resources, but Rupert Murdoch believes amnesty legislation "can't wait." A day after dining with President Barack Obama's top adviser Valerie Jarrett, Murdoch, the Chairman of the group that owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, pushed for amnesty and an unlimited number of high-tech guest-worker visas in a Wednesday op-ed in the Journal. Murdoch said his "heart sank" when he learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was ousted last week in a primary election that was widely viewed as...
  • Rupert Murdoch Pushes for Immigration Reform in WSJ Op-Ed

    06/19/2014 6:19:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 6//18/14 | Josh Feldman
    Rupert Murdoch, the head of NewsCorp (the corporate owner of Fox News), penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal today in which he strongly advocates for immigration reform, an issue believed to have cost Eric Cantor his reelection at the hands of the tea party. And, in fact, Murdoch opens his op-ed by saying, “When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank.”
  • Why the tea party should favor immigration

    06/11/2014 10:46:34 AM PDT · by illiac · 141 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 6/11/14 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Opinion: Immigrants are productive and make us a richer nation With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss to tea party candidate David Brat, federal immigration reform looks dead. But the Tea Party should favor sensible immigration reform with border controls. It would result in additional economic growth, allowing the government to cut spending and lower taxes — key tea-party demands. Immigrants increase gross domestic product growth. Immigration expands the American workforce and encourages more business startups. In 2013 the labor-force participation of foreign-born workers was higher than native-born workers (66.4% vs. 62.7%). Their unemployment rate was lower (6.9%, compared...
  • Poll: 62 percent support pathway to citizenship for illegals

    06/10/2014 12:21:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/10/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    More than 60 percent of Americans back a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living here illegally — winning support from majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents, according to a sweeping new poll to be released Tuesday. When it comes to undocumented immigrants, 62 percent of Americans believe they should be allowed to gain citizenship if they meet certain requirements, while 17 percent would support green cards but not citizenship for them. Meanwhile, 19 percent think the undocumented immigrants should be deported. Split down by party, 70 percent of Democrats, 61 percent of political independents and 51 percent of Republicans said...
  • Cantor Wants Youth Amnesty Deal With Obama

    06/10/2014 11:40:34 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/8/14 | Neil Munro
    GOP Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor called for a compromise immigration deal with President Barack Obama during a campaign interview with a local Virginia TV station. “I have told the president, there are some things we can work on together,” he said in the WTVR interview. “We can work on the border security bill together, we can work on something like the kids,” he said referring to his proposal to offer some undetermined variety of amnesty to the children and youths of millions of parents who entered the country illegally.
  • DAVE BRAT: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS POURING INTO USA AFTER CANTOR ANNOUNCED 'KIDS ARE WELCOME'

    06/10/2014 11:35:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/9/14 | Tony Lee
    Dave Brat, who is challenging House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in Tuesday's primary, believes Cantor betrayed his district on amnesty and shares the blame for surge in illegal immigrant children flooding into the country. "One you announced that kids are welcome, they're going to head in," Brat said on Breitbart News Sunday of Cantor's support for giving the children of illegal immigrants amnesty and citizenship because he believes it is one of the "founding principles" of the country. Brat, who has been surging in the polls, said Cantor has taken "zero responsibility" on the issue and blasted him for...
  • Haley Barbour Dismisses Palin And Santorum As Self-Interested ‘Outside Celebrities’

    06/02/2014 4:06:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 2, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is dismissing Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum as “outside celebrities” who have gotten involved in the highly-charged Mississippi GOP Senate primary to “help themselves nationally.” Voters in Mississippi head to the polls on Tuesday, when incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran will face a challenge on the ballot from state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Ahead of the primary, Barbour, the influential Republican in the state, is arguing that McDaniel is relying on out-of-state conservative stars, while Cochran is boasting support from Mississippi Republicans. “The McDaniel campaign emphasizes the outside celebrities (Palin and Santorum) who are involved in MS...
  • What should the tea party do now? (Rove's RINOs already spinning expected Texas runoff results)

    05/27/2014 8:42:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/14 | Jennifer Rubin
    Yesterday I noted that the tea party in big states and national elections faces a challenge both in money and support when facing competent, mainstream Republicans. To put it bluntly, there aren’t enough Republicans who think that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is a sellout or that the shutdown was a good idea to sustain the tea party in its current form. I’ve suggested that it, in essence, disappears as a distinct subset of the right and, like most insurgent movements, will be soaked up by the larger political entity, in this case the GOP. But are there other things the...
  • Chamber Prez: GOP Has No Chance In 2016 If It Blocks Immigration Reform

    05/12/2014 4:46:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 12, 2014 | Sahil Kapur
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has strongly supported Republican candidates and priorities in recent years. So it was notable when its leader on Monday said the GOP shouldn't even bother to field a presidential nominee in 2016 if it doesn't pass immigration reform. "If the Republicans don't do it they shouldn't bother to run a candidate in 2016. I mean, think about that. Think about who the voters are," Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue said at a Washington, D.C. panel about the economy and infrastructure. Donohue said he believes immigration reform is still doable in 2014 even though it's...
  • Boehner ‘Nudging’ Jeb Bush to Run in 2016

    05/12/2014 1:39:02 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 29 replies
    Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said Monday he is “nudging” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to run for the Republican nomination to be president. Though he stopped short of endorsing anyone early in the process, Boehner named Bush, son of President George H. W. Bush and brother of President George W. Bush, as a favorite. “We’ve got a lot of good candidates out there. If you look historically, our best candidates have come from the ranks of governors, of former governors, and yes, Jeb Bush is my friend, I think he’d make a great president, and I’ve been nudging...
  • When will Boehner turn to immigration?

    05/12/2014 1:38:54 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/12/14 | Russell Berman
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has a pretty good idea of what immigration reform in the House is going to look like. He just doesn’t know when it’s going to happen. Addressing the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Monday in San Antonio, Boehner said he wanted to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws “in chunks” over a period of a week or two to a month. The process would likely begin with border security measures, and it would address the crucial question of citizenship for illegal immigrants in a way that he said would “pass the straight-face test” for people who have...
  • Chamber of Commerce gives ultimatum to GOP (immigration)

    05/12/2014 11:52:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 77 replies
    politico.com ^ | 5/12/14 | Kevin Robillard
    Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the GOP shouldn’t even field a presidential candidate in 2016 unless Congress passes immigration reform this year. “If the Republicans don’t do it, they shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016,” Donohue joked at an event on infrastructure investment in D.C. “Think about that. Think about who the voters are. I just did that to get everybody’s attention.” Republicans have focused on immigration reform as a way to woo Hispanic voters, who have increasingly drifted to Democrats over the past two election cycles. Growing Hispanic populations in Nevada, Texas...
  • Jeb Bush’s rush to make money may be hurdle

    04/23/2014 6:51:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NY Times CNBC ^ | 4/21/14 | Michael Barbaro
    As it sought to recruit well-heeled investors, an untested and unprofitable Miami company named InnoVida brought aboard a trusted Florida figure in 2007: Jeb Bush, the former governor and the brother of a sitting president. For potential stockholders, the imprimatur of Mr. Bush, who joined InnoVida as a paid consultant and a member of the board of directors, conferred credibility on the young start-up. That credibility did not last long. It turned out that the leaders of InnoVida, a manufacturer of inexpensive building materials, had faked documents, lied about the health of the business and misappropriated $40 million in company...
  • Jeb Bush: ‘It’s Not An American Value To Allow People To Stay In The Shadows’

    04/11/2014 5:57:59 AM PDT · by maggief · 143 replies
    AP ^ | April 11, 2014
    With a single phrase of compassion for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, Jeb Bush has prompted questions about his viability as a potential presidential contender and underscored how divisive the immigration issue remains for the Republican Party. The former Florida governor sparked a conservative furor this week when he described illegal immigration in an interview as an “act of love” by people trying to provide for their families. Backing Bush are some of the GOP’s most powerful insiders and financiers, who are hoping the party can woo Hispanic voters and rebound from Mitt Romney’s damaging “self-deportation” rhetoric in 2012. “The...
  • Eric Cantor falls hard from good graces of conservatives (Teetering from leadership post)

    04/10/2014 6:36:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 4/9/14 | Seth McLaughlin
    Conservatives are increasingly targeting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, arguing that he has abandoned conservative principles and protesting his planned meeting with moderate and liberal Republicans. Mr. Cantor, who just a few years ago was seen as a champion for conservatives in the House and a possible candidate to replace House Speaker John A. Boehner, now is viewed with suspicion, said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican. “I think that Boehner can survive the discontent that the tea party and the more conservative element of the Republican Party has, but I don’t think that is true of Cantor,” Mr. Rohrabacher told...
  • GOP lawmakers don’t love Jeb’s comments

    04/09/2014 9:59:32 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/8/14 | Russell Berman
    Republican members of Congress are criticizing Jeb Bush’s comments on immigration, highlighting the challenge he’d face in winning over the GOP’s conservative base in a 2016 presidential primary. The former Florida governor made headlines this weekend, when he said people coming to the U.S. illegally were doing so out of an “act of Bush’s comments at an event marking the 25th anniversary of his father’s presidency come as he is weighing his own bid for the White House, but they weren’t warmly received, even among Republican members who want to see the system changed. Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), a conservative...
  • Haley Barbour: Jeb Bush stance like Reagan’s

    04/09/2014 8:04:40 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/8/14 | UCY MCCALMONT
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour defended Jeb Bush’s recent comments that some illegal immigration is an “act of love,” saying it’s very similar to what former President Ronald Reagan thought. “What people want you to do: Tell the truth,” Barbour said Tuesday at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit. “And if Jeb feels that way about it — it sort of reminds me of my boss, Ronald Reagan.” Barbour, who was an aide in Reagan’s administration described what the president used to call the “gates test” during a panel Tuesday with Democratic San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. “Ronald Reagan...
  • The GOP Establishment Has Picked Its Candidate in North Carolina

    04/08/2014 1:06:12 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 4/7/14 | Josh Kraushaar and Alex Roarty
    The GOP establishment is piling on in its support of Thom Tillis. Two sources confirm to the National Journal that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will endorse the North Carolina House speaker, the Republican front-runner for his party's Senate nomination who is fighting off an array of opponents in a primary. The endorsement is expected before the state's May 6 primary. One source with knowledge of the situation said the chamber also plans to air TV ads on his behalf, a big boost for a candidate who already holds a sizable fundraising advantage over his intra-party foes. The business group's...
  • Republicans are realizing that Jeb Bush is their only option in 2016

    04/08/2014 11:02:53 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 108 replies
    The Week ^ | Damon Linker
    It's not hard to understand why. Even without a replay of the Bachmann-Cain-Gingrich-Perry-Paul GOP primary freak show of 2012, the party is heading into its confrontation with Hillary Clinton at a serious general election disadvantage. Some of the weakness has demographic roots that no single candidate can change in a single race. But the rest is a product of the party's rightward lurch over the past six years — and a restive base that demands absolute ideological purity on the part of candidates. The result, as in 2012, is likely to be a primary contest devoted to winning the Real...
  • The Jeb Boomlet: Why journalists are promoting another Bush candidacy

    04/02/2014 6:25:43 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 2, 2014 | Howard Kurtz
    You know who wants Jeb Bush to run for president? The pundits. It's not that they pine for another Bush in the White House; it's that they need a GOP front-runner, preferably a household name. The Republican race is too amorphous for their taste. Every story has to mention Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and on and on. What journalists love is a two-person showdown, especially if each candidate hails from a different wing of the party, paving the way for lots of civil war themes. Christie was their guy. A brash, blunt blue-stater with...
  • Ryan unveils House GOP budget claiming balance (another Budget Resolution)

    04/01/2014 10:11:52 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 16 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 4/1/2014 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government's books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class. Ryan's plan would also cut Pell Grants for low-income students and pensions for federal workers, while steering away from cuts to benefits for senior citizens, at least in the short term. The proposal would reprise a voucher-like Medicare program for future retirees that would be the basis for...
  • Rand Paul: GOP must get ‘beyond deportation’

    04/01/2014 8:34:13 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 84 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/14 | Katie Glueck
    en. Rand Paul on Tuesday argued that the Republican Party needs to get “beyond deportation” in order to break through to Hispanic voters. The Kentucky Republican and likely 2016 contender argued that before the GOP can make its case to the Latino community, which voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in 2012, the party needs to make clear it is open to a more welcoming approach to immigration. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/rand-paul-gop-must-get-beyond-deportation-105241.html#ixzz2xeJfopZK
  • Texas Tea Party Taking Power Back From Conservative Business Groups

    03/12/2014 8:44:55 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    kot.org ^ | TUE MARCH 11, 2014 | BEN PHILPOTT
    Last week’s GOP primary showed the continued strength of the Tea Party in Texas. But it also showed a weakening of another stalwart Republican demographic: the businessperson.First, a disclaimer: The results don't prove anything definitive. One election does not a trend make. And it's not hard to find people who say the state's business leaders still have a large role in Republican Party politics."I think the business community hasn't lost its voice," Rice University Political Science department chair Mark Jones says. "But its influence is much less then it was say 10 years ago." Last week’s GOP primary showed the...
  • A Love/Hate Relationship With CPAC

    03/09/2014 6:58:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    It’s over. The 50th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference has ended, and it was everything I’d hoped and feared it would be. Once again, it wasn’t far from being great. I just wish it were. I look forward to it every year, and hate it while it’s happening. I’ve never thought much about why before, but this year, it hit me. It’s an opportunity that far too often is wasted. I’m a cynical person, always have been. So while that may be a part of this, it only clouds my attitude, not my thoughts. CPAC brings together thousands of conservatives...
  • Jeb Bush’s Bush Problem Clouds 2016 (6% support in polls is worse than Romney...)

    03/07/2014 11:22:51 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/6/14 | Rick Klein
    If 2016 brings another Bush-Clinton matchup, not all famous last names are equal at the start. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll makes clear why it’s better to be associated with the 42nd president than the 43rd and 41st, at least for now. The poll has plenty of good news for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Two-thirds of Americans say they’d consider voting for Clinton in 2016, and a full 25 percent say they will definitely support her. Again, among all Americans – not just Democrats, or Democrats and independents – one in four say they are fully on board for Hillary...
  • Cruz: GOP Can Win by Fighting Crony Capitalists 'Suckling Off of Washington'

    03/07/2014 6:28:11 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Mar 2014 | Tony Lee
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has the lead among Tea Partiers in nearly every 2016 GOP presidential primary poll, opened CPAC on Thursday. Cruz said that conservatives can win elections when they draw a clear and sharp contrast between corrupt Washington and the American people, in a way that the GOP establishment has not been able to do. The potential 2016 presidential candidate noted that Washington is the wealthiest region in the U.S. and blasted the "corrupt interlocking system" of lobbyists, lawyers, and consultants that are "suckling off of Washington." . . . "If you want to lose elections, stand for...
  • Waiting for Jeb [Bush to run in 2016?]

    03/03/2014 5:35:39 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 3, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    The 2016 presidential election is Jeb Bush’s now-or-never-moment. As other potential GOP standard-bearers have been hit by scandal or seen their luster fade, many Republicans desperately want the former Florida governor to get in the race. His allies say he is considering it more seriously than ever before. They believe he could be their Goldilocks candidate: Not too conservative, not too centrist; not too dull, not too unpredictable; not too inexperienced, and not too marred by scandal. In fact, just right. But many of his greatest potential advantages could also be liabilities. The Bush name gives him a deep and...
  • NO shortage of high-tech workers, not enough jobs: Amnesty: Not Just for Low-Skilled Workers?

    02/24/2014 6:07:03 AM PST · by Moseley · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 24, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Amnesty is being driven, among others, by big businesses claiming they cannot hire enough high-tech professionals. These are (or posture as) major donors to members of Congress. So these businesses are twisting arms on Capitol Hill. The compromise is that Democrats get amnesty for illegal aliens if business gets more high-tech foreign workers. However, in fact, there is no shortage of high-tech professionals in the USA. Businesses do not need immigration reform. On August 30, 2013, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers published a review of this question in its journal Spectrum, titled "The STEM Crisis Is a Myth."...
  • Cornyn downplays latest split with Cruz as primary approaches (+ Chamber of Amnesty endorsement)

    02/22/2014 5:52:45 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    KVUE Austin ^ | 2/21/14 | MARK WIGGINS, J.P. HARRINGTON
    United States Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) enters the final weeks of his reelection campaign with the backing of one of the nation's largest business lobbies. The senior senator from Texas received the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Friday morning. "There's so much uncertainty about the policies emanating from Washington, D.C., whether it has to do with regulations or whether it has to do with taxes or whether it's new burdens that are placed on employers like Obamacare," Cornyn told media and supporters at the Austin headquarters of the Texas Association of Business. Cornyn faces renewed criticism by some...
  • CD2 incumbent Simpson notches Chamber of Commerce endorsement (Chamber of Amnesty on tour...)

    02/21/2014 8:22:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 2/20/14 | Sven Berg
    Idaho Republican Mike Simpson’s influence with fellow members of Congress is what makes him a key player in this year’s election, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Rob Engstrom said Thursday. Besides earning high marks on the chamber’s rating scale, Engstrom said, Simpson has the trust of dozens of men and women in Congress. That makes him valuable to the chamber, which can’t individually reach out to each member, Engstrom said. Simpson is being challenged in this year’s election by Idaho Falls Republican Bryan Smith, who has the endorsements of groups such as Club for Growth, The Madison Project...
  • Chamber of Commerce backs Cornyn in primary (Update: Will formally endorse Cornyn in Texas on 2/21)

    02/20/2014 5:17:27 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/10/13 | Cameron Joseph
    The Chamber of Commerce will back Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in his reelection campaign, helping him in his surprise primary against Tea Party-aligned Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas). ‎"Senator Cornyn is a conservative champion for the American free enterprise system. He has a proven record on issues important to the business community and has received a 90 percent lifetime voting record with the U.S. Chamber," Chamber National Political Director Rob Engstrom said in a statement. "The Chamber is proud to stand with him." The endorsement is the latest example of establishment conservative and business groups stepping up for Republicans facing right-wing...
  • Ayotte to Boehner: Get over 'trust deficit'

    02/09/2014 3:35:17 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    The HIll ^ | 2/9/14 | Megan R. Wilson
    GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) on Sunday urged House Republicans to take up immigration reform, despite a “trust deficit” with President Obama. “Here’s the deal: The status quo is totally unacceptable,” she said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer. “I think we should solve this. I think [Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)] can find a way forward. Certainly, the bill that came out of the Senate was not perfect, but it was a good solution to a hard problem,” Ayotte continued. “I think it’s an important issue to solve – not only for the country, but for the Republican...
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce vs. America

    01/25/2014 8:45:34 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/24/14 | Michelle Malkin
    Giant corporations make common cause with leftist special interests to win government favors. he U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a politically entrenched synod of special interests. These fat cats do not represent the best interests of American entrepreneurs, American workers, American parents and students, or Americans of any race, class, or age who believe in low taxes and limited government. The chamber’s business is the big business of the Beltway, not the business of mainstream America. If you are a business owner who believes your country should strictly and consistently enforce its borders and deport illegal immigrants who violate the...
  • Bloomberg: Immigration Reform Key to GOP Future

    01/24/2014 4:49:15 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    ABC News AP ^ | 1/24/14 | DONNA CASSATA
    Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg said Friday that a Republican Party that ignores the nation's Hispanics and balks at immigration overhaul does so at its political peril as Republicans pressured the House GOP to act this year. "If you are against the fastest-growing voting bloc in the country, you and your party don't have a future," Bloomberg said flatly at a forum on immigration with Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, who served in President George W. Bush's administration. National Republicans insist that the party must pass reforms and address the issue of the...