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  • The Romney Statement: Not Running. "I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party...."

    01/30/2015 7:56:14 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 228 replies ^ | 01/30/2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    I’ve been emailed this text of remarks Mitt Romney will be making to his supporters shortly: Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who...
  • Cruz...letter to...Kerry demanding info on...campaign against Netanyahu by administration....

    01/30/2015 7:49:56 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 10 replies ^ | January 30, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The intervention in Israel’s forthcoming election by groups that have received funding from the U.S. government, and which are staffed by veterans of the Obama campaign, certainly sounds like intervention on the internal politics of another nation – a big no-no on the world stage. It demands investigation, and unsurprisingly, Senator Ted Cruz, joined by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), is at the forefront. He has sent off a letter to Secretary of State Kerry asking specific questions – questions that can be repeated at Senate oversight hearings. Israel Matzav excerpts some of the key issues....
  • Sarah Palin Should Not Run For President

    01/30/2015 4:54:59 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 173 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 30, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Sarah Palin made headlines last weekend when she said she was interested in running for President. Palin has been an important part of the Tea Party and conservative movements in this country since she came onto the scene in 2008. Nobody on the right throws red meat to a crowd quite like Palin. Her ability to sarcastically tear down liberal sacred cows is second only to Rush Limbaugh. Best of all she drives liberals up a wall. They hate her more than any other conservative in this country, including George W. Bush and Limbaugh. Watching liberals fall to pieces over...
  • Former Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 5:59:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Former Speaker of the House Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He focuses on national security issues and foreign relations.
  • Rush Limbaugh Was Right: Anonymous GOP Aide Leaks House Leadership Purge Story to Politico

    01/29/2015 2:51:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 1/29/15 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Rush Limbaugh’s recent assertion that Politico is the “go-to inside the Beltway publication for Republican establishment leaks” is proving true again. In a featured story that relied upon an anonymous “Republican staffer familiar with the meeting,” Politico reported: Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, is laying plans to boot lawmakers from the leadership’s elite vote-counting team if they oppose party-line procedural motions. That might sound like insignificant inside baseball, but it’s a critical development — and yet another sign that top Republicans are looking to ostracize troublemakers in the Capitol. On his nationally syndicated radio show last...
  • Rubio presidential run could appeal to GOP establishment and conservatives, analysts say

    01/29/2015 2:37:10 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 42 replies ^ | 1/29/15 | Elizabeth Llorente/
    Could U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio win back the White House for the Republicans? Some political experts think so, describing the Florida lawmaker as a candidate who has the support of the party’s conservative base, but who also has crossover appeal. Rubio, who is said to be seriously leaning toward running for president in 2016, has earned credibility with both so-called establishment Republicans, and the party’s conservative faction, which has wielded considerable influence in recent national and local elections, especially during the all-important primaries. “Marco Rubio is one of the best organized” in terms of political campaigns, Alfonso Aguilar, executive director...
  • They're back! The new tea party surge

    01/29/2015 1:27:55 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 1/29/15 | Alex Isenstadt
    Congress hasn’t even been in session a month and a raft of Republicans are already being threatened with primaries in 2016. The reasons run the gamut, from backing John Boehner for speaker to objecting to an anti-abortion bill. One congressman is under fire for failing to amass clout that would help his district on a key issue. It’s the latest proof that divisions within the GOP are very much alive, despite the triumph of the establishment GOP wing over the tea party in last year’s midterms. Since the new Congress kicked off Jan. 6, more than a half-dozen Republican congressmen...
  • Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu: Likud behind in polls

    01/29/2015 6:47:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/29/2015
    JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up. After joining forces with former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to create a joint grouping they call "The Zionist Camp," Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog is looking, to increasingly many Israelis, like a viable alternative to Netanyahu. He promises to reverse the country's slide toward international isolation and corrosive social...
  • Boehner defectors not returning to Rules panel, aides say

    01/28/2015 1:08:56 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 1/28/15 | Scott Wong
    After publicly defying Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Florida GOP Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent won’t be getting their seats back on the Rules Committee, The Hill has learned. Boehner and his allies booted the pair of congressmen from the influential Rules panel on Jan. 6, just hours after they joined a failed bid by 25 conservatives to oust the leader from his post. In the wake of the vote on the House floor, the Speaker said the GOP conference would be having a “family conversation” about whether to further punish his conservative foes. Boehner left the door open to...
  • House leaders may boot dissenters from whip team

    01/28/2015 1:07:31 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 1/28/15 | Jake Sherman, Lauren French and Anna Palmer
    House Republican leadership’s crackdown against dissenters is continuing. Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, is laying plans to boot lawmakers from the leadership’s elite vote-counting team if they oppose party-line procedural motions. That might sound like insignificant inside baseball, but it’s a critical development — and yet another sign that top Republicans are looking to ostracize troublemakers in the Capitol. Procedural motions are crucial for the majority party. The rule vote, for example, is a party-line motion that allows the speaker to control the House floor by laying out the guidelines for legislative debate. If the House...
  • Mavericks? Independents far outnumber Republicans and Democrats - and it’s recordbreaking

    01/28/2015 10:25:11 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 48 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/8/2015 | Jennifer Harper
    Republican, Democrat — and Maverick? We already know that Americans are weary of Congress, the White House, gridlock and government. Now that ire has inspired voter defections: The number of self-described ‘independents” is at a record high level says substantive new Gallup research. “An average 43 percent of Americans identified politically as independents in 2014,” says analyst Jeffrey M. Jones, who also reports the number is the highest since the pollster began tracking the phenomenon in 1988.
  • Boehner’s Canny Immigration Gambit (another friggin lawsuit!)

    01/28/2015 6:10:55 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 1/28/15 | Ben Jacobs
    The speaker’s plan to sue Obama over his immigration executive action may capture support of even those lawmakers who back reform. Even Republican supporters of immigration reform aren’t inherently opposed to a potential congressional lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the president’s executive action on immigration. Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday morning that he was exploring ways to sue the White House on behalf of the House of Representatives over the controversial November executive action, which allowed up to 5 million illegal immigrants to remain in the United States without fear of deportation. While the president’s action was applauded by...
  • Tea Party lawmakers may take on McCain

    01/28/2015 6:03:34 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 1/28/15 | Scott Wong and Cameron Joseph
    A couple of Tea Party lawmakers are strongly considering challenging Sen. John McCain in 2016, but they won’t both get in the race. Arizona GOP Reps. Matt Salmon and David Schweikert, who are “best friends” on Capitol Hill, have spent recent weeks mulling over the possibility with family members, analyzing polling and keeping tabs on McCain, as he makes moves toward running for a sixth Senate term. ADVERTISEMENT But if one decides to take a shot against the state’s entrenched senior senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, the other won’t. “If Matt came to me and said he wants to...
  • Republican leaders look for escape plan on immigration

    01/28/2015 6:01:40 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 1/28/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Republican leaders in the House and Senate are boxed in on immigration and searching for a way out. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) are struggling to find a way to fund the Department of Homeland Security while meeting conservative demands to unwind President Obama’s executive actions giving legal status to millions of immigrants who would otherwise face deportation. Congress is only scheduled to be in session for three weeks in February, giving lawmakers little time to craft a funding bill that would prevent an embarrassing shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on...
  • Conservatives Take Credit for Derailing Border Security Bill

    01/28/2015 5:59:36 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 1/27/15 | Matt Fuller
    With inclement weather grounding planes across the country Monday, GOP leaders pulled a border security bill from the floor schedule this week, citing the weather and an already condensed schedule. One day later, though there are no blizzards conveniently scheduled for next week, Speaker John A. Boehner wasn’t about to commit to a timeline for resurrecting the border bill — a delay that some hard-line conservatives are already chalking up as a victory. “We’re going to continue to talk to our members about these issues,” Boehner said following a Tuesday morning conference meeting. “When you look at it, it wasn’t...
  • House Freedom Caucus a Real Opportunity for Conservatism in Washington

    01/28/2015 5:56:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 1/27/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Ever since Republicans swept the midterm elections in November, we’ve had to report on a lot of disappointing news for conservatives. Some days it’s almost as if the elections never occurred. But today, we have some positive and promising news with the formation of a new formal House conservative group, the Freedom Caucus. We have been arguing for quite some time that conservatives needed a new home outside of the ineffective Republican Study Committee – a working group to collaborate, strategize, and reassert control over party leadership that is more concerned with lobbyist wish lists than providing a bold conservative...
  • GOP lawmakers confront Jim DeMint over ratings

    01/28/2015 5:49:19 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 1/28/15 | Anna Palmer, Lauren French and Jake Sherman
    Long-simmering tensions between the Heritage Foundation, its sister political arm and House Republicans erupted Tuesday during a weekly meeting of conservatives, as GOP lawmakers confronted the nonprofit group’s leader behind closed doors. Several Republican lawmakers unleashed on Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint — a former South Carolina senator — griping mostly about Heritage Action’s legislative scorecard. The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action are related groups, but the latter advocates for policy and has a scorecard that judges lawmakers’ voting records on Capitol Hill. Story Continued Below . . The heated exchange comes just one day before conservative Republicans head to...
  • Secretive ‘Freedom Caucus’ Claims Scalp On Border Bill Delay

    01/27/2015 8:01:05 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 1/27/15 | Jonathan Strong
    Members of the newly-formed, staunchly conservative House “Freedom Caucus,” which just announced its nine founding members, are already claiming credit for blocking an immigration bill that had been scheduled for floor action this week. “The communications were made to the House leadership by our Freedom Caucus last week, and all of the sudden this week you see the bill has been delayed,” said Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), a top immigration hawk who was not named as part of the group but nonetheless has been attending its meetings. The group is clearly considerably larger than nine, and it includes many outspoken...
  • Senate's swing-state Republicans break ranks

    01/27/2015 6:28:26 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 1/27/15 | Manu Raju
    It didn’t take long for vulnerable Republican senators to start bucking their new majority’s party line. Just three weeks into Mitch McConnell’s reign as Senate majority leader, he’s already confronting the challenges of running a caucus filled with blue-state Republicans who face reelection next year. They’ve begun departing from the GOP stance on issues like energy and climate change — a move that lets them espouse independence back home, but also exposes divisions that are bound to intensify as 2016 draws nearer. The Senate’s dynamic was on display in a series of amendment votes over the last week on the...
  • Is Iowa turning into a no-win situation for establishment Republicans in 2016?

    01/27/2015 6:18:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 1/26/15 | Chris Cillizza
    Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who famously skipped Iowa in the 2012 Republican presidential race by saying the state "picks corn, not presidents," has since admitted he was wrong. "You gotta play Iowa," Huntsman said on "Morning Joe" recently, adding: "You don’t have to win [in] Iowa, but you have to get the top four." Huntsman is right. Skipping states in this political-media world is simply unworkable. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's decision in 2008 not only to skip Iowa but also, inexplicably, to take a pass on New Hampshire ensured that by the time the race got to...
  • New GOP Caucus Could Set Stage for Leadership Coup

    01/27/2015 6:06:31 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 1/26/15 | Joel Gehrke
    A group of 30-40 House Republicans — more than enough to prevent House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) from mustering 218 votes for anything — is organizing into a formal caucus and hiring staff. The organization is devoted to pushing conservative legislative goals, as I write on the home page, but it could be an important component of the next leadership elections. That’s because the existence of the caucus provides outsiders with an opportunity to count votes, and court supporters, in public. “Any leadership election is pretty much about organization and who has votes lined up or who can reach...
  • The danger of RINO presidents

    01/27/2015 6:01:32 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 1/27/15 | Bruce Walker
    The Republican Establishment seems to believe that conservatives will naturally line up behind a RINO candidate because the alternative – President Hillary, for example – is so awful. Conservatives understand, however, the real dangers of electing a RINO president. When a RINO sits in the White House, he can parade around as the “mediator” between conservatives and the left. RINO presidents can craft “compromises” and claim to be able to “get things done.” RINOs see themselves as practical men, pragmatists who assume that the left wants government and politics to work. As a consequence, these RINO presidents appoint to the...
  • Levin: Maybe Jeb Realizes Immigration Position ‘Just Not Flying’

    01/27/2015 5:59:14 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 43 replies ^ | 1/26/15 | Ian Hanchett
    On Monday, talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin suggested that Jeb Bush was changing his tone on immigration because he realized his position was “just not flying.” After playing a clip of Bush saying “we ought to be able to figure out where they [illegal immigrants] are and politely ask them to leave,” Levin initially wondered how politely asking someone to leave would work and what would happen if someone said “no.” He then remarked, “so, Jeb says we ought to be able to figure out where these people are and politely ask them to...
  • House GOP pulls border bill, citing weather, but foes say support wasn’t there

    01/26/2015 5:12:41 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 1/26/15 | William Douglas
    House Republican leaders Monday pulled a controversial, party-sponsored border security bill from a vote scheduled later this week, citing poor weather conditions in the Northeast. However, Republican and Democratic opponents of the bill contend that the leadership pulled it for lack of support. House leaders postponed all Monday votes as blizzard conditions socked-in much of the Northeast. The cancellation further truncated a short congressional work week. The House is scheduled to adjourn Wednesday so the chamber’s Democrats can attend a retreat in Philadelphia the rest of the week. A House Republican leadership aide said ‘there are no scheduling announcements at...
  • Greece’s new anti-austerity government set on collision course with Brussels

    01/26/2015 12:57:20 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 1-26-2015 | Helena Smith in Athens, Julian Borger in Brussels and Katie Allen in London
    Greek radicals sought on Monday to redraw the political map of Europe, forming a coalition government of left and right, united only by their desire to defy the European financial establishment and shrug off the constraints of austerity. The coalition, led by 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, was expected to dispatch its new finance minister to Brussels in the next few days to seek a fundamental renegotiation of Greece’s economic bailout package, vowing that “the end of humiliation has come”. Tsipras and his Syriza party have promised to replace the austerity programmes imposed by Greece’s international creditors with policies aimed at helping...
  • How Can You Fight When You Don't Believe?

    01/26/2015 10:16:06 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 1/26/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    It doesn’t take a genius to ascertain the political motivations behind the behavior of GOP leaders in Washington. When you believe in a specific issue or principle with all your heart, you harness every opportunity to advance the cause. Conversely, when you lack a core belief in the cause you are tasked to pursue, you will look for every excuse to avoid any significant achievement of that goal. The recent behavior of Republicans on a host of issues reveals what many of us have known for quite some time – the party leadership fundamentally does not share our values, principles,...
  • House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists

    01/26/2015 7:29:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 1/26/15 | Charles Babbington
    This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats. Some conservatives are fighting back, demanding that Senate Republicans stand firm against President Barack Obama. But their leverage is limited. And now, however reluctantly, some tea party-affiliated House members are acknowledging a political landscape in which the GOP-run Senate will dilute House legislation,...
  • Deport 2 Manchuria’: Republican Delegates Boo McCain In HIS HOME State [VIDEO]

    01/26/2015 7:17:42 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 1/25/15 | Scott Greer
    Sen. John McCain didn’t quite receive a warm welcome when he spoke before a Arizona Republican Party committee meeting Saturday, with several GOP delegates booing and turning their backs on him during his speech. According to the Arizona Daily Independent, the only members of the audience who showed any appreciation for McCain were a “mostly silver-haired faction” and outside supporters reportedly brought in to cheer him on. However, some attendees claimed to The Arizona Republic that only a few booed the senator and nearly everyone there seemed to love him. But video and images of the event show a sizable...
  • Jeb Bush: We Need to Control Border By Politely Asking Illegals to Leave

    01/26/2015 6:44:15 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 80 replies ^ | 1/25/15 | Pam Key
    This weekend in San Francisco while speaking to the National Automobile Dealers Association, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said, “First and foremost we need to control our border.” “The 40 percent of the people that have come here illegally came with a legal visa and overstayed their bounds,” he added. “We ought to be able to figure out where they are and politely ask them to leave.” State and local enforcement should partner with the federal government to encourage illegal aliens to return to their home countries in a “compassionate” way, Bush continued. The 9/11 hijackers, whose airliner suicide mission...
  • Boehner-McConnell retreat in Obama amnesty fight panics conservatives

    01/26/2015 6:35:41 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 1/25/15 | S.A. Miller
    Conservatives saw it as raising a white flag when Republican congressional leaders pledged not to withhold funding for the Department of Homeland Security in the fight over President Obama’s deportation amnesty, stoking fears that for the next two years House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will consistently surrender. For the Republican base, Mr. Obama’s unilateral move to grant legal status and work permits for up to 5 million illegal immigrants was an unlawful power grab that created a constitutional crisis. The anger I see from my audience at the Republican Party cannot become any more...
  • Boehner’s Establishment GOP has Double-Crossed the Tea Party on Amnesty -

    01/26/2015 6:30:56 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 1/25/15 | Jerome Corsi
    Now that we have seen the immigration bill House Speaker John Boehner has championed in the House of Representatives, we can have no doubt that Boehner and the establishment GOP in Congress have once again sold out Tea Party Loyalists to capitulate to President Obama and the Democrats on amnesty. As the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies reported last week, the House Homeland Security Committee rubber-stamped flawed border security bill (HR399) proposed by the committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, without meaningful improvements. Instead of listening to career Border Patrol and ICE agents committed to border security recommending to toughen penalties...
  • Electoral Math: Who can really win?

    01/25/2015 4:51:12 PM PST · by parksstp · 14 replies
    270 to Win Dot Com ^ | 01-25-2015 | parksstp
    For the first time in a LONG time, given the anticipation of some of the candidates running, I can finally look at the Electoral Map and see not just ~50%/%50%, but a real possibility of gaining the upper-hand in the projected battleground states
  • Charles Koch: We’re just getting started ('Left-eye' Reid deeply saddened)

    01/25/2015 3:46:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/24/15 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Charles Koch on Saturday signaled to hundreds of donors, operatives and conservative leaders gathered in the California desert that the political operation he and his brother David created was just getting started. “Americans have taken an important step in slowing down the march toward collectivism,” Charles Koch said in his speech, seemingly in reference to the Republican takeover of the Senate during the 2014 midterm elections. “But as many of you know, we don’t rest on our laurels. We are already back at work and hard at it! In fact, the work never really ends. Because the struggle for freedom...
  • Governor Palin Clarifies Her Statements on 2016

    01/24/2015 8:43:32 AM PST · by Bratch · 26 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 24, 2014 | Steve Flesher
    Yesterday, while in Las Vegas, Governor Palin said "of course" she was interested in running for president in 2016.  Naturally, this got quite a response from the mainstream media.As such, she arrived in Iowa last night and greeted many supporters, fellow commentators, and other perceived hopefuls for the nomination where she was asked to clarify her statement:As Bob Costas reports: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told The Washington Post in an interview Friday that she is “seriously interested” in running for the White House in 2016.“You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” Palin said, when asked to clarify her thinking about a...
  • BREAKING, EXCLUSIVE: DC Sources: “Rep. Kevin McCarthy & Rep. Renee Ellmers Are Having An Affair”

    01/23/2015 7:30:11 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 86 replies ^ | 1/23/15 | Charles C. Johnson
    <p>Multiple sources within Bakersfield, North Carolina, & on Capitol Hill tell that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Renee Ellmers (R-NC) have been carrying on a long-running affair since 2011.</p> <p>The affair is something of an open secret in Washington, D.C. Reporters at other publications, lobbyists, congressional staffers of both parties all know about it. One staffer for a congressman describes it as the “biggest open secret” in D.C. A lobbyist describes Ellmers as a “social climber who has ingratiated herself” with McCarthy.</p>
  • Renee Ellmers Call Your Campaign Team, You Have A Primary Challenge (Well, almost.)

    01/23/2015 2:03:45 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 1/23/15 | Aaron Gardner
    Rep. Renee Ellmer, who shuttered a pro-life bill with 60% public support on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade may have a challenger in the Republican Primary. According to GOP operatives who spoke to Roll Call politics the Chatham county GOP chair, Jim Duncan has been interested in a primary challenge of Rep. Renee Ellmers for some time and this most recent betrayal of a core Republican principle may be enough to push Duncan to commit. Ellmers already started the 2016 cycle with a couple cracks in her hold on the seat. In 2014, local activists were angry over her...
  • La. treasurer leads to replace Vitter in Senate

    01/23/2015 1:55:34 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 1/23/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy leads among Republicans potentially seeking to replace Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in the Senate. According to a poll conducted by conservative North Star Opinion Research on behalf of Kennedy, the state treasurer takes 18 percent support, ahead of Reps. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), at 13 percent, and John Fleming, at 7 percent. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu would be the strongest Democratic challenger in the Senate race. He took 39 percent in the poll, which is the baseline of support for any Democrat in the state, according to the poll. Louisiana has gone deep red in...
  • Senate’s marathon Keystone debate ends in anger

    01/23/2015 7:04:41 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 1/23/15 | Elena Schor
    The new, freewheeling Senate of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presided over an agitated debate on the Keystone XL pipeline that churned into Friday’s wee hours and ended with aggrieved Democrats crying Koch. Around midnight, a seemingly endless series of amendment votes and quorum calls shifted as McConnell moved to end debate on a bill that would yank President Barack Obama’s authority over the proposed oil pipeline — after quickly disposing of five Democratic amendments. Story Continued Below . . Blindsided Democrats accused the Kentucky Republican of shutting down a Senate that he had promised to run in a more open...
  • Mitch McConnell Did Something Last Night to Senate Dems That Has Them Furious

    01/23/2015 7:01:55 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 66 replies ^ | 1/23/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) late Thursday left Democrats angry and sputtering on the Senate floor, as he used his new power as majority leader to brush off several Democratic amendments in an effort to speed up work on a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline. McConnell has so far made a point of allowing amendment votes, something Democrats barely allowed for the last few years. Earlier Thursday, McConnell boasted that the Senate had already held more amendment votes on the Keystone bill than Democrats allowed during all of 2014. “We’ve actually reached a milestone here that I think’s noteworthy for...
  • Rep. Dave Brat Aims To Slay Another Goliath: Takes on McCaul’s Border Bill

    01/22/2015 12:57:57 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 1/22/15 | Matthew Boyle
    David has his sights set on another Goliath. After taking down then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary last year, Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) is aiming to slay a border bill from House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)—a bill Brat says is a “Trojan Horse” for amnesty. “A border security bill should do what its name suggests and this thing– the McCaul bill– still leaves enforcement in President Obama’s hands,” Brat said in a radio interview on The John Fredericks Show— a local Virginia radio program—on Thursday. “So is that where you want to leave...
  • ‘Toughest Border Security Bill Ever’ Sets Table for Piecemeal Strategy

    01/22/2015 12:41:34 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 1/22/15 | Emma Dumain
    The House is set to vote next week on what some Republicans are proudly calling “the toughest border security bill ever.” But once the roll is called and the measure is passed, then what? Not yet a month into the 114th Congress, Republican leaders’ plans to advance border security legislation are sparking some speculation this could be the first installment in the GOP’s long-promised “piecemeal” approach to fixing the immigration system. Just what Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and his allies have in mind could have some effect on what sort of support the pending bill receives. The bill, sponsored...
  • Conservative Republican lawmakers lambaste McConnell on immigration

    01/22/2015 5:04:52 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 1/21/15 | Scott Wong
    House conservatives are taking aim at a new target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Tea Party lawmakers on Wednesday directed their ire at the Kentucky Republican after Senate leaders signaled they don’t have the votes to pass a House-approved bill that would fight President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. It’s a new tack for the Tea Party members in the House, who have repeatedly criticized Obama, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). House lawmakers say their conservative allies in the Senate have a responsibility to force the upper chamber to aggressively challenge Obama’s actions. But...
  • Boehner’s revenge may be served cold

    01/21/2015 5:19:37 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies ^ | 1/21/15 | Scott Wong
    Speaker John Boehner is showing mercy to his foes — but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to forgive and forget. The Ohio Republican so far has chosen not to exact revenge against most of the roughly two dozen Tea Party Republicans who tried to overthrow him earlier this month. snip Working with committee chairmen, Boehner could cut off their ability to travel abroad on congressional trips. His loyalists could also skip defectors when it comes to deciding who gets to sponsor legislation moving in the House. The Speaker can also turn off the spigot of donations that flow from his...
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions: McCaul Bill Breaks Republican Promise to Voters on Immigration

    01/20/2015 1:26:10 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 1/20/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), arguably the intellectual leader of the national movement against immigration amnesty, has come out swinging against a new border bill proposed by House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). Sessions issued a lengthy and blistering statement detailing the reasons he thinks McCaul’s bill would be a mistake for any Republican who supports stopping President Obama’s executive amnesty and other “lawlessness” on immigration. The senator writes: Republicans won a historic midterm vote on the promise to take real action—not symbolic gestures—to end the immigration lawlessness. It is essential that any immigration measures moved by the Republican...
  • Senate Votes to Advance Democrat Agenda, Passes Liberal Keystone Amendment

    01/20/2015 1:22:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    Today, the new Republican-led Senate gave conservatives a frightening preview of how we might expect to see the rest of the 114th Congress play out. Instead of using their new majority to support conservative policy, in one of the first votes of the year the Senate overwhelmingly passed a liberal green “energy efficiency” amendment offered by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in a roll call vote of 94-5. The five members who voted against the amendment were: Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Rand Paul (R-KY). Last year, Republican...
  • The Resurrection of Lew Eisenberg - More Evidence GOP Establishment Hates Us

    01/20/2015 1:18:29 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 1/20/15 | Steve Deace
    Could you imagine the uproar that would occur if the Democrat Party appointed as its CFO someone with a long history of supporting marriage as only between a man and a woman, the sanctity of life, and the Second Amendment? No, you can't imagine it for the same reason you can't imagine riding your unicycle to Saturn. Both are impossible. Unless the literal hand of God swooped down and made it so, in no known universe would today's Democrat Party put someone who was an anathema to the values enshrined in its platform in charge of the mother's milk of...
  • McCaul Border Bill a Trojan Horse for Amnesty

    01/20/2015 1:14:53 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 1/20/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Despite a torrent of deceptive push polls showing that Americans are agog over amnesty, politicians in both parties understand Americans are overwhelmingly against their amnesty agenda. After all, 67% of blue state voters in Oregon rejected an effort to grant drivers licenses to illegal aliens, even though proponents of the ballot measure outspent opponents by 10-1. Accordingly, all of their amnesty bills will be couched in faux border security parlance, much like they did with the Gang of 8 bill in 2013. The latest Trojan Horse for amnesty is the “McCaul border bill,” which is authored by Rep. Michael McCaul...
  • McConnell allies form group to defend Senate (yeah, from conservatives!)

    01/20/2015 12:56:43 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 1/20/15 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Republican operatives linked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have launched a new super PAC focused on keeping the Senate in GOP hands in 2016, when they'll face a much tougher map and a political climate that favors Democrats. The new super PAC, called the Senate Leadership Fund, will work with American Crossroads, another major GOP super PAC, to defend Republican-held seats and help nominate the most electable candidates in primaries to contest Democratic-held seats, according to a source familiar with the group's plans. American Crossroads will also be heavily engaged in the GOP presidential primary fight, however, and Republicans...
  • States Recently filing Article V convention applications in their legislatures

    01/20/2015 8:35:57 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    Upon opening their legislative sessions in 2015, these states have Article V applications in one or both houses: AZ MA MO MT NH NJ ND SC VA WY
  • Tea party reeling (piece worth reading)

    01/20/2015 6:58:38 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 37 replies ^ | 1/19/15 | Katie Glueck
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The past year has not been kind to the tea party: Its most prized candidates were crushed in primary elections to establishment-backed foes, then it watched in dismay earlier this month as conservatives in Congress failed to block John Boehner from another term as House speaker. Five years into its existence, the tea party is a movement adrift, interviews with conservative activists at this weekend’s South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention show. Its members are at odds over what went wrong in the 2014 election and on how to move forward in 2016; there’s even disagreement...