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  • 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 · 77 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 · 19 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...
  • GOP Leaders Set to Enable “ObamaTrade” With Fast Track for President

    01/20/2015 5:32:17 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 1/19/15 | William F. Jasper
    A vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, better known as "Fast Track") is likely to come up in March as Senator Mitch McConnell (left, R-Ky.), Repressentative Paul Ryan (center, R-Wis.), Senator Orrin Hatch (right, R-Utah), and other GOP leaders line up Republican votes to push for Obama’s U.S.-Atlantic-Pacific merger pacts. "The first thing we ought to do is pass trade promotion authority," new House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said at a committee hearing on the U.S. economy, according to a January 14 report on Ryan argued that TPA would allow the White House to bring back...
  • Portman could face primary challenger

    01/20/2015 5:28:05 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 1/19/15 | Tom Troy
    U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) enjoys an unbroken record of election success, has a campaign war chest that is one of the Senate’s deepest, and claims the endorsement of just about every Republican party officer and elected official in the state. But he’ll still face a Democratic opponent in the general election, and possibly a primary opponent. Two weeks ago Mr. Portman released a list of endorsements with about 250 names including elected Republicans, county chairmen, and state central committee members. snip Matt Borges, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, said that even though Republican voters will decide in...
  • Boehner Loyalists Upset His GOP Challengers Rewarded With House Subcommittee Chairmanships

    01/18/2015 6:38:56 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 1/17/15 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Speaker of the House John Boehner has rewarded Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), one of the most well known candidates who challenged him in his successful effort to be re-elected Speaker, with a powerful Subcommittee Chairmanship. The news that Gohmert and others who publicly rebelled against Boehner have received gavels to chair powerful House subcommittees rather than one-way tickets to the House basement has angered several Boehner loyalists. On Thursday, Gohmert said he had been named chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee. According to current practice in the House, committee chairmen have the authority to...
  • Stacking the Deck (2016 GOP Nominee Hopefuls)

    01/18/2015 9:40:45 AM PST · by parksstp · 14 replies
    Green Papers ^ | 01-18-2015 | parksstp
    If you're not familiar with the following website, you need to. These guys have systematically all of the data concerning the delegates and nomination process for the parties and how delegates are selected, what counts, and what doesn't count. I've reviewed the list and am currently working on an IA projection map of the caucus and potential vote but waiting until the straw poll when I can start filling in candidates. Yet, when I review the total states, I find it difficult to see how the Establishment loses if they are unopposed by other Establishment candidates. Red States for the...
  • The Jitt Rombush Mushy Middle GOP

    01/15/2015 4:51:54 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 1/15/15 | Jeffrey Lord
    Greetings from the “delusionally insane right.” Senator Cruz has used the term “mushy middle” in describing Mitt Romney the other day, and certainly some of the people in that Breitbart article fit the description. The exact sentence in the Breitbart piece by Matt Boyle was: “While posting Lord’s article, (Grover Norquist aide Ryan) Ellis described Cruz and Lord as “from the ‘delusionally insane’ wing of the for-profit Right.” It is certainly amusing if nothing else as this Breitbart story, the nominal focus of which is immigration, comes amid all the sudden maneuvering between the Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney camps,...
  • Mexican Government To Issue Birth Certificates In The US, A Boon To Obama’s Executive Amnesty

    01/15/2015 10:33:54 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies ^ | 1/15/15 | Chuck Ross
    On Thursday, the Mexican government began issuing birth certificates to its citizens at its 50 U.S.-based consulates, a move that will make it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and work permits and to stay in the U.S. under President Obama’s executive amnesty decision. In the past, Mexican citizens had to obtain their birth certificates from offices in Mexico. Individuals would often have relatives and friends obtain the documents and send them into the U.S. But with the Mexican government’s help, its U.S.-based citizens will receive documents more quickly, which will help them apply for amnesty under Obama’s...
  • GOP Retreat: Rep. Jeff Denham Says Party’s Quietly Crafting Broad Immigration Bill

    01/15/2015 10:31:47 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 1/15/15 | Jonathan Strong
    The GOP’s most outspoken proponent of comprehensive immigration reform let loose in an interview with reporters here, detailing quiet efforts to draft far-reaching legislation, saying House leadership is “committed” to bringing the hot-button topics on the floor and criticizing President Obama for carrying out too many deportations. “We’re the party of deportation? Look at this president’s numbers!” Rep. Jeff Denham said. The California Republican says he is part of a working group laying the ground work to bring forward comprehensive immigration reform, and that top-ranking Republicans are supportive of addressing the full gamut of immigration topics in legislation in 2015....
  • Cruz out at Senate campaign arm

    01/15/2015 5:12:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 30 replies ^ | 1/15/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who repeatedly clashed with GOP leaders in the last Congress, has not been asked to return as vice chairman of grassroots outreach for the Senate Republican campaign arm. National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said neither Cruz nor Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who was the NRSC’s finance vice chairman in the last election cycle, would serve additional stints in the committee’s leadership. “No, Rob is up for reelection. We wouldn’t ask him to do that,” Wicker said. “I think we’ll be releasing some names in the next week of people willing to do this.”...
  • Conservative Leaders Draft Mandate For GOP: Stop Obama’s Fundamental Transformation Of America

    01/15/2015 5:10:20 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 1/15/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Conservative movement leaders are unveiling the mandate they say Republicans have heading into this new Congress, after voters gave them a majority in both the House and Senate for the first time during President Obama’s tenure. The document, obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, details how the conservative leaders expect Republicans in Congress to “stop” Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America,” something they say the American people made clear in the 2014 midterm elections with such resounding GOP victories. “The November 2014 election was a repudiation of the complicity of the United States Congress in President Obama’s dramatic and unconstitutional expansion of...
  • Battle for King RINO Shows Party Paradigm Shift

    01/15/2015 5:07:46 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 1/14/15 | Jen Kuznicki
    Mitt Romney told donors that he's running for president in 2016. Many have speculated that this hurts Jeb Bush, and some have really had a good time dreaming about an epic fight between the two men who won't be getting any base support. I know this isn't breaking news, but it really should be understood. Both Jeb and Mitt are prime examples of where the beltway wants to take the Republican Party. When you read Jeb, think: amnesty. When you read Mitt, think: Obamacare. As if after this country has been beaten into mediocrity and submission to the state, by...
  • Paul: Romney run 'definition of insanity' (Bush, Dole, McCain, Romney)

    01/14/2015 1:12:25 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 38 replies ^ | 1/14/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a likely 2016 presidential contender, took a shot Wednesday at a possible rival, saying it was "the definition of insanity" for Mitt Romney to launch a third White House bid. "It’s sort of what Einstein said, that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result,” Paul told the New Hampshire Journal. “A couple of months ago he said that he’d had his chance and it was time for somebody new. He was probably right when he said that," Paul added. "I think we do need...
  • House votes 218-209 to freeze Obama's delayed deportation program

    01/14/2015 1:09:15 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 38 replies ^ | 1/14/15 | Christina Marcos
    The House adopted an amendment Wednesday to freeze a 2012 program allowing illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to apply for work permits. Passage fell largely along party lines by a vote of 218-209. But 26 Republicans, many of whom represent districts with large minority populations, voted against the amendment. Adoption of the amendment onto a $40 billion base funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security makes it unlikely to pass in the Senate, where it will need 60 votes to advance. The amendment would prohibit funds for new or renewed applications for the Deferred Action...
  • Centrists break in deportation vote (centrists = pro-amnesty republicans)

    01/14/2015 1:06:43 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 1/14/15 | Cameron Joseph
    More than two dozen House Republicans broke with their party on Wednesday to oppose defunding a program that lets those who entered the U.S. illegally as children to stay in the country, a sign of tension within the party on immigration. A total of 26 GOP lawmakers bucked leadership and voted with Democrats against an amendment to defund Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. snip Freshman Reps. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Crescent Hardy (R-Nev.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) all voted with Democrats on the amendment, as did perennial Democratic targets including Reps....
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Some Democrats May Vote to Defund Obama's Amnesty

    01/14/2015 6:36:13 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 1/14/15 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Some Democrats will likely join in a plan to defund President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, Sen. Mike Lee says, but he isn't speculating whether enough will actually cross the aisle and vote to block the plan. "There is an instinct of many Democratic senators to want to support the president because he is a member of their political party," the Utah Republican told The Daily Signal. "But there are people all over the country who, regardless of how they feel about the underlying policy, there is a lot of discomfort with what the president has done." Most Democrats...
  • Norquist pushes immigration reform to Hill GOP

    01/14/2015 5:20:57 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 1/13/15 | Seung Min Kim
    Conservatives backing immigration reform aren’t quite done trying to lobby Hill Republicans on an overhaul. Key leaders on the right, including anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, will host a briefing for lawmakers and aides on the Hill on Tuesday to provide information from “trusted conservatives” about how to tackle immigration reform from a “faith, law enforcement and business perspective,” according to a notice obtained by POLITICO. Story Continued Below . . “We all know the struggles our broken immigration system causes our nation,” Norquist, along with the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s Barrett Duke, wrote in the email sent...
  • Roy Blunt Is a Paper Elephant

    01/14/2015 5:12:34 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    In an effort to ingratiate themselves to their conservative constitutions, establishment Republicans offer combative and assertive rhetoric once the fight is already over, but retreat in fear whenever a consequential fight is underway. They are akin to the boxer who aggressively assails a punching bag in front of on-looking fans during practice, but draws back in fear upon entry in the ring with a real live opponent. The latest embodiment of the political paper tiger, or more aptly named, paper elephant, is Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). In the spirit of ringing in the New Year with a set of resolutions,...
  • Boehner Prepares to Pay Obama's Amnesty Extortion

    01/14/2015 5:07:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 1/13/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Just as the ink dried on our column praising Republican House leadership for proposing a solid bill defunding Obama’s amnesty, John Boehner has, once again, reminded us why we are all so leery of offering positive feedback on GOP leadership. Although he is giving conservatives what they want in the first round of legislation, with six weeks to go until the funding deadline for DHS, Boehner appears to have other tricks up his sleeve. When asked by a reporter during a press conference whether he would be open to passing a “clean” DHS funding bill (without defunding amnesty) before the...
  • June Trial Set in Yee Corruption Case (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/19/2014 3:53:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 12/18/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee could face a jury as early as June for charges of political corruption and conspiracy to import guns. At a scheduling conference on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Yee will be tried along with his political consultant Keith Jackson, who also faces drug and murder-for-hire charges. Breyer said those charges will be tried separately, but lawyers for the defendants, including Yee's lawyer James Lassart, were not satisfied. "The firearms charges are going to be extremely prejudicial. The government has acquired 50 to 70 different firearms that, undoubtedly to...
  • Fresno's Mayor and LA County: What a fight! [can Republicans ever again win statewide?]

    01/13/2015 7:20:10 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | January 13, 2015 | by George Hostetter
    "We knew we had problems when the returns from Los Angeles County started coming in." That's what Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin told me several days ago when we chatted by phone about her race for the state controller's office. Turns out LA County voter returns are still catching the eyes of political gurus throughout the state. To refresh, Swearengin, a Republican, lost to Betty Yee, a Democrat, in the Nov. 4 general election by a 54%-46% margin. Yee had 3,810,304 votes. Swearengin had 3,249,668 votes. That's a difference of 560,636 votes. Those numbers from the state's official Statement of Vote....
  • House conservatives plot to blow up Republican Study Committee over feud with leadership

    01/13/2015 10:38:55 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 1/13/15 | Noah Rothman
    When former Republican Study Committee chairman and House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) came under fire for allegedly speaking to a white supremacist organization in 2002, he found himself short on friends among the influential conservative grassroots. Prominent conservatives like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, RedState’s Erick Erickson, and radio host Mark Levin joined a number of moderate Republicans who initially demanded that the GOP House leadership jettison their troublesome member. When the controversy broke, some conservatives argued that Scalise’s racially questionable past would make it harder for the GOP to appeal to minority voters. Others, however, harbored a...
  • Boehner: Vote To Defund Amnesty ‘Not About The Issue Of Immigration,’ About ‘Overreach’

    01/13/2015 9:57:57 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 1/13/15 | Caroline May
    House Republican’s effort to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty is not about immigration as much as it is about reining in the executive branch, Speaker John Boehner argues. “We’re voting to block the president’s overreach,” Boehner told reporters on Tuesday, when asked about the potential impact on the Latino vote. “His executive overreach, which I believe is beyond his constitutional duty and frankly violates the Constitution itself. This is not about the issue of immigration. What it is is about the president acting lawlessly.” Wednesday the House is expected to vote on funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which...
  • Boehner Refuses to Rule Out ‘Clean’ DHS Funding Bill

    01/13/2015 9:53:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 1/13/15 | Matt Fuller
    Speaker John A. Boehner wouldn’t rule out Tuesday the possibility the House may have to pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill that does not block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. That could dampen the enthusiasm of some hard-line conservatives in the House, who were practically ecstatic on Jan. 9 with an emerging GOP strategy to hold votes to defund the president’s executive action and a number of other immigration provisions. But on Tuesday, the speaker was noncommittal. “Our goal here is to fund the Department of Homeland Security,” the Ohio Republican said. “Our second goal is...
  • Ted Cruz on Mitt Romney: No need for ‘mushy middle'

    01/13/2015 5:52:26 AM PST · by celmak · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/12/15 | Ben Schreckinger
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took a swipe at Mitt Romney on Monday, saying that Republicans’ path to the presidency doesn’t cut through “the mushy middle.”
  • Romney's sudden move into 2016 talks a "conundrum" for some former aides

    01/13/2015 6:15:58 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jon Ward
    Mitt Romney has stopped Jeb Bush from locking down a significant faction of deep-pocketed Republican donors and top presidential campaign staffers, for the moment. But money and talent won’t stay frozen for long. And multiple Republican insiders said Monday that Romney has a short window of time in which he has to make a decision about whether to mount a third run for the White House — or let the dream of the presidency go forever. One 2012 Romney aide said the former Massachusetts governor might need to make up his mind in the next week. Most people who spoke...
  • Cornyn: ‘We Learned the Hard Way’ (they learned to go along with the media narrative)

    01/12/2015 10:21:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 1/12/15 | Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski
    At the start of the last Congress, John Cornyn wrote an editorial titled “Partial Government Shutdown May Be Needed to Restore Fiscal Sanity.” He’s singing a different tune today. “I’ve evolved,” the Texas Republican and newly minted Senate majority whip said in an interview last week with CQ Roll Call. For starters, the memory of the 2013 shutdown over Obamacare instigated by his fellow Texas senator, Ted Cruz, remains fresh. “Part of wisdom is to learn from your experiences, and I think we learned the hard way that shutdowns are not well received by the American people,” Cornyn said. “And...
  • Republicans Can Win Boxer’s Senate Seat

    01/12/2015 10:15:09 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 47 replies ^ | 1/12/15 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    Boxer’s Senate seat is the GOP’s to lose. But you’d never know it reading the news coverage. Pundits have already awarded the seat to one of the many Democrats rumored to run. Ironic that early rumors had two Democrat billionaires as possible suitors. I wonder how that would go. Would they tone down the class warfare rhetoric? Or would they behave like the GOP and go to war with themselves? Either way, it would be good for Republicans whose statewide drought has continued unabated since as long as anyone can remember. It’s become common knowledge that Republicans can’t win because...
  • Opportunity for GOP to Unite Behind Conservative Immigration Proposals

    01/12/2015 10:04:09 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 1/12/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Republican leaders can only thwart the will of their base for so long without facing reprisal. After feeling an unprecedented backlash from their voters for passing the Cromnibus bill and reelecting John Boehner as Speaker, Republicans have now agreed to unite behind a conservative plan to fight Obama’s amnesty “comprehensively.” Rather than becoming isolated and marginalized, the members who led the fight against Speaker Boehner have inspired the rest of the conference to place him on a short leash. It appears to be working for now. As we noted last week, conservatives wanted to condition any funding for the Department...
  • Poll: Economic mood brightens after GOP election victory

    01/12/2015 5:29:15 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/12/2015 | John Merline
    The recession technically ended 5-1/2 years ago, but the public is only now — in the wake of falling gasoline prices and the GOP election victory last November — starting to believe it, the latest IBD/TIPP Poll shows. The January survey found that 59% say the economy is improving, up from just 45% two months ago. And while nearly half said the economy was still in a recession last summer, only 37% say that's the case today. More than a quarter (28%) believe the economy will improve over the next six months, which is up from 19% who thought so...
  • The New York Times has a new boyfriend, and his name is Jeb (great piece!)

    01/12/2015 5:12:54 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 1/12/15 | Pedro Gonzales
    The media have two great loves in life: liberals, and conservative who "grow" and become liberals. Jeb Bush, who clearly falls in the latter category, was the subject of a fawning piece in the New York Times. The article starts with a big photo of Jeb doing charity work a month ago (that's big news now!) and talks about Jeb's "progression" from "headbanging" conservatism to a "more nuanced approach." Yes, Bush calls conservatism "headbanging," which tells you in just one word what he thinks of conservatism. Mr. Bush, 61, the former governor of Florida, insists that he will not contort...
  • Boehner joins the right-wing battle against immigrants

    01/11/2015 4:39:09 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 58 replies ^ | 1/11/15
    If you beat them, join them. That appears to be John Boehner’s new motto. Even though 90 percent of the Republicans in the House voted to re-elect him speaker, John Boehner has decided to appease the 25 right-wing Republicans who voted for someone else. To the delight of the far right, Boehner has taken a hard line against immigrants including Dreamers. This may hurt the GOP’s chances in the 2016 election. Rather than punish those who opposed him, Boehner has sided with them by supporting an immigration plan that would block President Barack Obama's recent limits on deportations and undo...
  • A provocateur the GOP can’t afford to ignore (Steve King)

    01/11/2015 4:29:05 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 1/11/15 | Matt Viser
    Representative Steve King has compared illegal immigrants to livestock. He tried last week to overthrow House Speaker John Boehner for being too moderate. And he was quick to defend a colleague who spoke before a white supremacist group in 2002, saying, “Jesus dined with tax collectors and sinners.” King could also play an important role in choosing the 2016 Republican nominee. A politician who delights Tea Party activists, riles liberals, and infuriates the Republican establishment, King is gathering outsized influence in presidential politics as a gatekeeper in the first caucus state, Iowa, and with a following that is attracting even...
  • Are Christians Commanded to (Always) Vote? [And should you care if you're not religious?]

    01/11/2015 7:14:22 AM PST · by Moseley · 37 replies
    Fairfax Free Citizen ^ | January 10, 2015 | Jonathon Moseley
    Is it a requirement for all Christians to vote? The question is not merely whether Christians should “dirty their hands” by participating in politics. Are Christians actually required to participate in politics? Can you be an obedient Christian without voting? I am starting to believe that nothing else can save the Republic. Everyone comments that we are a sharply-divided nation, with really no clear majority for either the Republican or Democrat Party. However, what if 10 million new voters showed up and voted Republican? The nation would no longer be 50-50. The balance would tilt sharply to the GOP Every...
  • Boehner's embrace of GOP rebels nudges House caucus to right

    01/10/2015 4:59:52 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 49 replies ^ | 1/10/15 | Charles Babington
    Die-hard House conservatives, after bungling a coup against House Speaker John Boehner, now look like winners who are pushing their Republican caucus farther right. Rather than punish and isolate those who opposed him as leader, Boehner surprised many on Friday by embracing a major immigration plan that's more stringent and conservative than lawmakers had expected. It not only would block President Barack Obama's recent limits on deportations, but also undo earlier protections for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. The House is pushing toward a vote Wednesday. As the rebellious hard-liners celebrated, mainstream Republicans said Boehner's decision probably...