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  • GOP selects Ronna Romney McDaniel to lead party's operation

    01/19/2017 9:32:00 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 19, 2017
    The Republican National Committee has selected a woman to lead the party. Little-known Michigan Republican Ronna Romney McDaniel was elected to serve as RNC chairman on Thursday. Committee members from across the nation are gathered in Washington on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.
  • Jeb Bush Goes from Low Energy to No Energy with Announcement GOP's Been Waiting For...

    01/14/2017 11:59:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Inddependent Journal Review ^ | January 13, 2017 | Michelle Ray
    In the event that you've been wondering what former Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush has planned for the future, you can rest easy now knowing that it — probably — won't involve running for office again. The Associated Press reports that Bush has joined The Foundation for Excellence in Education, an organization he founded to focus on pushing for “changes in education policy that often drawn opposition from teacher unions and Democrats.” Of his loss in the GOP race, Bush is quoted as saying: “I just think this was my chance. The conditions of this election weren't...
  • Pelosi blames Bush for $9 trillion in debt added under Obama

    01/13/2017 6:33:04 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1/13/2017 | AL WEAVER
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blamed former President George W. Bush and the Republicans on Friday for the more than $9 trillion that has been added to the national debt under President Obama's watch. Pelosi argued that under Obama, the annual budget deficit, which contributes to the national debt, has been reduced dramatically, and said that without Obama's work, the national debt would be even higher. She also mostly blamed Bush for not paying for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. "When President Obama stood on the steps on the Capitol eight years from next week, the [budget] deficit was...
  • Repealing Obamacare Is Just the Start: How to Fix American Health Care, Part 1

    01/13/2017 12:28:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 12, 2017 | Jim DeMint
    Obamacare, the left’s grand attempt to create a national government-run health care system, has failed. They promised lower health insurance premiums, but delivered higher ones. They promised more choice and competition, but delivered less. They promised continuity and better access to care, but delivered disruption and dislocation. Despite promises that people could keep their plans and doctors, thousands of Americans were forced into more expensive insurance with higher deductibles and plans that didn’t include their doctors. After spending billions in tax dollars, Obamacare managed to increase the number of people with health insurance by much less than predicted—with over 80...
  • To GOP: Repeal Obamacare and DON’T replace

    01/09/2017 9:29:21 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 30 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/09/17 | A. Dru Kristenev
    The catastrophe of ObamaCare was and is complete Plain and simple, the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) must be repealed utterly, no replacement or residual “good idea” left to haunt us. This is stated emphatically for the following reasons and I pray that Congress, particularly the republicans, are listening to the people and not to polls purposely skewed by the misleading, malpracticing media. It doesn’t take someone who has worked in healthcare to understand the overwhelming disaster that has been ObamaCare although I’m one who has, so it behooves us to go back to the beginning… why people...
  • Someone is trying to take down the Drudge Report — and it's a mystery who's behind it

    01/08/2017 8:08:13 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 78 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oliver Darcy
    The Drudge Report, the highly trafficked conservative news website, has been knocked offline for extended periods of time over the course of the last two weeks, succumbing to large distributed denial of service attacks, according to its founder, Matt Drudge. And it's a mystery who's behind it all. Drudge wrote on Twitter that a December 30 attack was the "biggest DDoS since [the] site's inception." A DDoS attack is executed by using hijacked computers or electronic devices to flood a website with redundant requests, aiming to overload the website's hosting server and render it unavailable.
  • TIME FOR SEN. BOB CORKER TO FEEL THE HEAT!

    01/08/2017 9:50:24 AM PST · by windhover · 41 replies
    1/8/2017 | Windhover
    According to A.P story run on Yahoo News, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee will oppose repealing Obamacare until an entirely new bill for health care is passed by the GOP in the Senate.
  • Donald Trump gets revenge by dismantling Gov. John Kasich's Ohio Republican Party machine: Analysis

    01/08/2017 6:55:19 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 46 replies
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Donald Trump finally exacted revenge. On Friday, the president-elect settled scores with John Kasich and the Ohio governor's Republican machine. The first political casualty: Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges. Borges, a key Kasich ally, lost the top job after a series of dramatically deadlocked votes by the state party's Central Committee. Taking his place is Jane Timken, a prominent Stark County activist and donor. Most importantly, she's the person Trump wanted at the helm. Timken initially edged Borges by a single vote but couldn't reach the required majority in the first two rounds of secret balloting. That...
  • GOP congressman takes down colleague's sponsored 'art' depicting police as pigs

    01/06/2017 9:34:21 AM PST · by mom4melody · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/6/2017 | Judson Berger, Malia Zimmerman
    A Republican congressman took matters into his own hands Friday and personally removed a painting depicting police officers as pigs that a colleague had allowed to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex. “I was angry,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told FoxNews.com. “I’ve seen the press [reporting] on this for about a week or so. … I’m in the Marine Corps. If you want it done, just call us.”
  • Republicans Are Courting Disaster on Health Care

    01/06/2017 7:03:12 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 82 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 4, 2017 | NYT Editorial Board
    And so it begins. After six years of posturing and futile votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans in the Senate have started a process to erase the most important provisions of the health reform law with a simple majority. Millions of Americans are at risk of losing their coverage. Republican opponents of the health care law insist that it has failed, though it has reduced the number of uninsured Americans to the lowest level in history. They say that it has driven up costs, though health care costs have risen at a much slower pace since 2010 than...
  • Councilman Eric Ulrich Steps Before the Camera Ahead of Possible Mayoral Run (NYC)

    01/05/2017 6:52:31 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 4, 2017 | Mara Gay
    Filming his run for mayor didn’t work out so well for Anthony Weiner, but New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich is hoping for better luck. Mr. Ulrich, a Queens Republican who is considering challenging Mayor Bill de Blasio, began filming Wednesday for a possible reality show featuring his would-be run for mayor. Surrounded by a bevy of cameras, Mr. Ulrich said he wanted to avoid the fate of Mr. Weiner, a former New York City congressman, whose failed bid for mayor in 2013 was painstakingly chronicled in a feature-length documentary.
  • Seven Tests That Can Keep Republicans from Screwing Up

    01/05/2017 8:17:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 01/05/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    It didn’t take long for Republicans to make their first tin-eared mistake after winning a broad victory in November. In fact, they had barely opened the new session of Congress before performing a pratfall that called into question whether they learned anything from the populist revolt that struck both parties over the past two years. On Monday night, House Republicans met to consider their top priorities for the 115th Session of Congress, after an election in which voters made clear their displeasure with the Washington DC establishment and the status quo. Instead of focusing on moves to improve accountability...
  • Obamacare Repeal Budget Resolution Passes Senate With 51 Votes

    01/04/2017 3:17:08 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 4, 2017 | Ali Meyer
    Senate Republicans passed a budget resolution on Wednesday that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. The resolution, which used the reconciliation process to repeal elements of Obamacare with only 51 votes, was introduced Tuesday by Sen. Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.), the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Republicans are using the reconciliation process to “fast-track” repeal and send legislation to President-elect Donald Trump’s desk as soon as possible. The budget resolution would require $1 billion in deficit reduction over the next decade and reserves funds for a replacement health care reform plan. “Make no mistake about it, we’re...
  • Another judicial dirty trick from Senate Republicans

    01/03/2017 11:09:16 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 56 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 03, 2017 | The Editorial Board
    One of 2016’s most spectacular examples of government dysfunction was the U.S. Senate’s outrageous refusal to consider President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. That dereliction of duty by the Republican majority not only denied a sitting president his constitutional prerogative to fill vacancies in the court (so that the appointment would go instead to a hoped-for Republican successor). It also prevented the court from resolving a handful of cases because of a 4-4 split and probably discouraged the justices from accepting other cases because of the possibility of a...
  • TRUMP THUMPS HOUSE GOP

    01/03/2017 11:08:49 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 42 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 3, 2017 | Chris Stirewalt
    It was probably never a good idea for House Republicans to use a procedural gimmick to change ethics rules. It was definitely foolish to do it as their first order of business in the new Congress. House Speaker Ryan told them so, but his lieutenants were not interested in optics as they prepared to clamp down on the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. Two tweets from President-elect Trump, however, were enough. In a sharp turn, lawmakers dropped their gambit today. Trump was understandably miffed at the ham-fisted move by the new Congress to make disempowering watchdogs the first order of...
  • Fake News About the Office of Congressional Ethics

    01/03/2017 8:56:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/3/17 | Joel B. Pollak
    The mainstream media are abuzz with claims that House Republicans have voted to “gut” or “eviscerate” the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), or to strip it of its independence. Perpetual House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) claimed Republicans had “eliminated” the oversight body, and linked the move to President-elect Donald Trump, claiming that the House Republicans’ move represents a violation of Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington. The story qualifies as “fake news,” and the fact that it is being repeated by so many outlets does not make the it any less fake. First of all, the...
  • Why Obamacare is unlikely to die a swift death

    01/02/2017 9:19:39 PM PST · by dila813 · 137 replies
    www.washingtonpost.com ^ | January 2 at 7:37 PM | By Kelsey Snell and Mike DeBonis
    Congressional Republicans have long boasted that once they claim the reins of power, they will act quickly and decisively to roll back what they view as the most onerous piece of President Obama’s domestic agenda: the Affordable Care Act. But their actions starting Tuesday to end Obamacare will be far less sweeping, at least initially, than a full-blown repeal of the law.
  • More black millennial men voted GOP in 2016 than previously thought (25%!)

    12/29/2016 3:35:18 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 21 replies
    After the shocking results of the 2016 election, most analysts focused on the shift among working-class whites towards Donald Trump. However, there was another seismic transformation on election day that may have longer repercussions: young black men are leaving the Democratic Party like never before. Exit polls of the nationwide House races showed two important numbers, black men and millennials voted for the GOP in numbers that hadn’t been seen in decades. According to CNN exit polls, 18 percent voted of black men for a Republican candidate for the U.S. House, which is more than three times the number of...
  • Hogan announces start of $105 million I-81 widening

    12/29/2016 11:49:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | December 24, 2016 | CJ Lovelace
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan came to Hagerstown Thursday bearing gifts, announcing the start of a $105 million project to widen Interstate 81. In partnership with West Virginia, the first phase of construction of the long-sought project, which recently got under way, will expand the heavily traveled interstate to six lanes from U.S. 11 in West Virginia to Md. 63 near Williamsport. "These improvements to I-81 are critical infrastructure investments that will help citizens here in Washington County, across Western Maryland and all across our state go about their daily lives in a faster, more efficient and safer manner," Hogan said...
  • The Stolen Supreme Court Seat

    12/25/2016 5:37:35 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 260 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 24, 2016 | The Editorial Board
    Soon after his inauguration next month, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate someone to the Supreme Court, which has been hamstrung by a vacancy since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. There will be public debates about the nominee’s credentials, past record, judicial philosophy and temperament. There will be Senate hearings and a vote. No matter how it plays out, Americans must remember one thing above all: The person who gets confirmed will sit in a stolen seat. It was stolen from Barack Obama, a twice-elected president who fulfilled his constitutional duty more than nine months ago by nominating...
  • Republican Leaders Want to Keep the Obamacare Taxes

    12/22/2016 7:18:28 AM PST · by milton23 · 40 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | 12/22/2016 | Erick Erickson
    Did the GOP not just win an election, in part, because of the devastating effects Obamacare is having? They keep pledging they are going to repeal it, but one Republican Senator who will have a great deal of say in the matter wants to keep the Obamacare taxes in place. Some conservatives have long pushed for repealing the entire health law, including the taxes. But other Republicans, including Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), want to keep some of the taxes to provide revenue for a replacement plan. “There needs to be some source of revenue,” Cassidy told The Hill. He noted...
  • GOP Again Eyes Sanctuary Cities Ban Due to Political Tide

    12/18/2016 1:56:32 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 33 replies
    ABC news via AP ^ | December 18, 2016 | Jim Vertuno
    Texas Republicans have spent years trying to crack down on illegal immigration across the southern border with Mexico. Emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, however, the time may finally be right for the GOP to mobilize an assault on loosely defined "sanctuary cities," especially with two large counties eyeing such policies. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has pushed the issue to the front of his unofficial agenda for 2017, pledging in interviews and on social media to sign into law a "ban" on cities and local governments that are seen as protecting people in the U.S. illegally, with sanctions such...
  • Politics In last-shot bid, thousands urge electoral college to block Trump...

    12/17/2016 5:37:10 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/17/2016 | Robert Samuels
    Pressure on members of the country’s electoral college to select someone other than Donald Trump has grown dramatically — and noisily — in recent weeks, causing some to waver, but yielding little evidence Trump will fall short when electors convene in most state capitals Monday to cast their votes. Carole Joyce of Arizona expected her role as a GOP elector to be pretty simple: She would meet the others in Phoenix and carry out a vote for Trump, who won the most votes in her state and whom she personally supported. But then came the mail and the emails and...
  • Harassment of GOP Electors Continues as Vote Nears

    12/17/2016 2:09:59 PM PST · by Belteshazzar · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 17, 2016 | John Sexton
    Even as progressives whine about the threat Donald Trump represents to Democratic norms, the harassment of GOP electors has continued across the country. In Arizona, electors Bruce Ash and Alberto Gutier tell Tucson.com the number of calls, letters and emails are increasing as the vote draws near: (continued)
  • Here's how Republicans plan to repeal Obamacare within weeks of Trump taking office

    12/16/2016 7:36:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/16/2016 | Philip Klein
    In the weeks following the presidential election, there's been some debate about whether Republicans would actually go through with repealing Obamacare as opposed to getting cold feet. But after a number of conversations with senior GOP leadership aides in both chambers of Congress, this is the message I've received: Republicans are moving full-speed ahead on Obamacare, and could have a bill repealing much of the law on President Trump's desk within weeks of him being sworn into office. In my conversations with GOP Hill staffers in both chambers, I was actually a bit surprised at their certainty. The basic approach...
  • Infrastructure Spending Done Right

    12/14/2016 2:41:06 PM PST · by DonaldAx · 8 replies
    Donald Ax ^ | 12/12/2016 | Donald Ax
    The Democrats have already signaled that they will support a significant component of Donald Trump’s economic growth plan, infrastructure spending. The Republicans do not have the same old ideas though, but have a much more nuanced plan than what the Democrats are used to.Whenever there is talk about stimulating the economy, the Democrats immediately begin talking about infrastructure spending. After the 2008 economic crisis, for instance, President Obama turned to government spending to stimulate the US economy with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The Obama administration used the ARRA for plenty of shoveling, but very...
  • RNC keeps close tabs on Electoral College vote

    12/13/2016 10:08:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 13, 2016 | Kyle Cheney
    The Republican National Committee is overseeing an expansive whip operation designed to lock down Donald Trump’s Electoral College majority and ensure that the 306 Republican electors cast their votes for the president-elect. Two RNC sources familiar with the effort said the committee — with the assistance of state Republican parties and the Trump campaign — have been in touch with most of the GOP electors multiple times, and has concluded that only one is a risk to cast a vote against Trump on Dec. 19, when the Electoral College meets. The RNC’s elector head count, the sources emphasized, is standard...
  • Comedian Joe Piscopo Eyeing Run For NJ Governor

    12/12/2016 5:41:49 AM PST · by bryan999 · 19 replies
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Joe Piscopo’s Frank Sinatra impression, made famous from his days on “Saturday Night Live,” has gotten an update. It’s no longer “New York, New York,” but “NJ, NJ,” the actor, standup comic and potential 2017 Republican candidate for governor is now crooning. Piscopo performed the updated song — lyrics included “my New York and Philly blues are melting away” — at a recent charity event for the Boys and Girls Club in New Jersey, where his flirtation with running for governor to succeed incumbent Republican Chris Christie when his term ends in 2018 is out...
  • Shattuck: President-elect’s popularity rising Americans like what they see so far

    12/12/2016 3:54:40 AM PST · by calvincaspian · 12 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 12-12-16 | Tom Shattuck
    Tread carefully around liberals at this year’s non-denominational holiday office party, the polls just added insult to injury. Donald Trump is getting more popular. A new Bloomberg poll has his favorability at 50 percent, up a dramatic 17 points since August — and the poll finds 73 percent of Americans don’t mind him switching up his actual policy from his campaign statements. Gallup has him at 42 percent, over last month’s 34 percent. Public Policy Polling gives his favorability at 43 percent, up from 39 percent in September. The polls note he’s still way below many past incoming presidents. But...
  • Gohmert's Statement on House Passage of Bill to Track Those with Disabilities

    12/11/2016 5:39:30 PM PST · by blueyon · 29 replies
    http://gohmert.house.gov ^ | 12/08/16 | Congressman Gohmert
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on his decision to vote against H.R. 4919, Kevin and Avonte's Law, which establishes a federal program to chip individuals with autism and developmental disabilities: “While this initiative may have noble intentions, ‘small and temporary’ programs in the name of safety and security often evolve into permanent and enlarged bureaucracies that infringe on the American people’s freedoms. That is exactly what we have here. A safety problem exists for people with Alzheimer’s, autism and other mental health issues, so the fix, we are told, is to have the Department...
  • John Kennedy wins Senate Seat in Louisiana - Republicans now control Senate 52-48

    12/10/2016 7:31:00 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 83 replies
    Great news out of Louisiana tonight. With 80% of the vote in, John Kennedy (R) is blowing out Foster Campbell (D) by a 64-36% margin. Some insurance for the Republican majority and this virtually guarantees that President Elect Trump gets the Cabinet he wants.
  • Rogue Republican Elector Warns Trump: "I Am Not The Only One Who Will Not Vote For You"

    12/09/2016 11:52:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/09/2016
    Last week a Republican member of the Electoral College, Christopher Suprun, published an op-ed in the NYT explaining why he would not be casting his vote for Donald Trump. Suprun is the same elector who the NY Post reported one month ago that he’s on track to vote as assigned for Donald Trump next month, despite reports saying he’d consider going rogue and voting for Hillary Clinton. Previously, Politico had quoted Suprun in August saying he found Trump so unpalatable, he’d consider going “rogue” and voting for Clinton. He then told the Post that he “always planned to vote...
  • Buchanan Warns Trump: Be Wary of GOP Congress [predicts president elect will face fierce opposition

    12/09/2016 10:28:33 AM PST · by GonzoII · 30 replies
    Lifezette ^ | 07 Dec 2016 | Brendan Kirby
    President-Elect Donald Trump is riding high during the post-election honeymoon phase, but conservative commentator Pat Buchanan predicted it might be shattered by an unlikely source — the Republican Congress. Buchanan, whose two presidential runs could be viewed as the ideological forerunners to Trump’s own successful bid this year, said on “The Laura Ingraham Show” Wednesday that Trump almost certainly will need some sort of “border tax” on imported goods if he hopes to fulfill campaign promises to reverse massive trade deficits with major trading partners.
  • The Supreme Court oral argument that cost Democrats the presidency

    12/08/2016 3:47:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 71 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 7, 2016 | David Bernstein
    The presidential election was so close that many factors were “but-for” causes of Donald Trump’s victory. One that’s been mostly overlooked is Trump’s surprising success with religious voters. According to exit polls, Trump received 81 percent of the white evangelical Christian vote, and Hillary Clinton only 16 percent. Trump did significantly better than the overtly religious Mitt Romney and the overtly evangelical George W. Bush. He likely over-performed among other theologically conservative voters, such as traditionalist Catholics, as well. Not bad for a thrice-married adulterer of no discernible faith.
  • HOUSE GOP EYES FOOD STAMP OVERHAUL, POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS

    12/07/2016 11:28:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 114 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 7, 2016 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are laying the groundwork for a fresh effort to overhaul the food stamp program during Donald Trump's presidency, with the possibility of new work and eligibility requirements for millions of people. The GOP majority on the House Agriculture Committee released a two-year review of the program on Wednesday that stops short of making specific policy recommendations, but hints at areas where Republicans could focus: strengthening work requirements and perhaps issuing new ones, tightening some eligibility requirements or providing new incentives to encourage food stamp recipients to buy healthier foods.
  • Pennsylvania GOP Slams Secretary of State for Releasing Contact Info of Electors

    12/05/2016 9:47:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/5/16 | Rick Moran
    Pennsylvania Republicans are livid with the secretary of state´s office for releasing not only the names of the state´s electors, but also their home addresses and phone numbers. The GOP is calling the move "unprecedented." Going by recent history, it certainly is. Previously, the secretary of state´s office would release the names and home counties of electors. Now all of a sudden, Democratic Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés discovered a way to release the personal contact information of electors, despite the fact the state had never done so previously. Cortés´s office claims they were just following the law on
  • Sheriff Babeu – In A Month We’re Going After The Criminals Obama’s Been Protecting

    12/04/2016 7:17:07 AM PST · by Cheerio · 35 replies
    ETF News ^ | December 4, 2016 | Rick Wells
    Sheriff Paul Babeu can barely contain his enthusiasm for what lies ahead after January 20th. It’s a time when he and other law enforcement professionals, both local and at the federal level, finally get to return to doing the job the people pay them to do. It’s the wondrous time when the obstructionist scofflaws currently occupying and abusing positions will be kicked to the curb. Rick Wells reported: They play a couple of quotes from President-elect Trump during his thank you tour stop in Cincinnati. In one he pledges to restore our sovereignty, a huge commitment that is diametrically opposed...
  • I'm a Democrat and I'm ashamed at how tone deaf we've become

    12/03/2016 9:51:50 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 44 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | 12/3/2016 | Bryan Dean Wright
    During a shouting matching Thursday night between top aides of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the President-elect’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway summed up a key reason for why my Democratic Party lost – and will likely continue to lose. “There’s a difference for voters between what offends you and what affects you.” To understand what she meant, look to the recent developments in Indiana. Millions of voters in the Rust Belt are in awe as 1,100 of their fellow blue-collar workers at Carrier narrowly missed being laid off. Instead of training Mexican replacements, these Hoosiers are celebrating an American paycheck....
  • GOP Plans Transition Period to Wean US Off Obamacare

    12/02/2016 5:59:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 97 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming physician, gave an outline of the plan on the Senate floor this week, which he said has a goal of doing “no harm.” "I want to make a couple of things clear. First of all, nobody is talking about taking people off of insurance without a replacement plan in place. We all understand that there needs to be a transition over time," Barrasso said. "People have already been hurt too much when they lost their insurance and when their rates went up because of Obamacare and the mandates, and the government saying they know better...
  • Lindsey Graham Working on Bill to Protect Dreamers if Trump Revokes Obama Executive Actions

    11/30/2016 5:09:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 30, 2016 | Justin Baragona
    President-elect Donald Trump ran on a platform of being extremely tough on immigration. One of his vows to voters was that he’d get rid of President Barack Obama’s executive actions, which could include those that provided protections to young undocumented immigrants from being deported. One Republican lawmaker and Trump critic is now prepping legislation that would keep those protections in place in case Trump moves forward with his pledge. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said he is working with both Democrats and Republicans in order to protect immigrants, known as Dreamers, who willingly came forward to give their information in...
  • Why the GOP won’t challenge vote fraud (2012 article but timely for all asking these days)

    11/29/2016 2:11:19 AM PST · by b4me · 8 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | Nov 15, 2012 | Dr. Eowyn
    It’s major duct tape time ’cause you’ll need it to keep your head from exploding. (snip) The Republican Party made an agreement 30 years ago with the Democrat Party NOT to ensure voting integrity and NOT to pursue suspected vote fraud. (snip) To settle the lawsuit, in 1982 — while Ronald Reagan was President (1981-1989) — the RNC and RSC entered into an agreement or Consent Decree, which is national in scope, limiting the RNC’s ability to engage or assist in voter fraud prevention unless the RNC obtains the court’s approval in advance. (snip) In 2010, the RNC unsuccessfully appealed...
  • The GOP probably doesn’t have the votes to nuke the filibuster

    11/27/2016 5:01:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/26/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    We should probably think of this as an exercise in managing our expectations heading into next year’s congressional battles. Two days after the election I posed a question to the Republican Party leadership: we’ve given you control of the entire federal government. Now what will you do with it? The answer will largely depend on what happens in the Senate. Trump can, if he wishes, undo many of Obama’s executive actions with the stroke of a pen and Republicans will largely control what bills come up for a vote in both the House and Senate. But activity in the...
  • Jeb Bush urges the GOP to restore its brand: There is 'no excuse for failure'

    11/25/2016 12:54:17 PM PST · by PROCON · 163 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Nov. 25, 2016 | GABBY MORRONGIELLO
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush urged Republicans to pursue "21st-century solutions" to issues Americans face and govern inclusively if they wish to improve the GOP's brand and build on recent party victories under the next administration. "Our party must be big-hearted and creative and opportunistic," the ex-White House hopeful, who was President-elect Trump's greatest rival for much of the GOP primary, wrote in a Friday op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. Bush declined to support Trump in the general election, often criticizing his lack of policy knowledge and foreign policy plans, though he now admits the incoming Republican president "successfully...
  • The GOP’s Future Is as the Party of Industry

    11/25/2016 3:27:40 AM PST · by randita · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/25/16 | Michael Lind
    The GOP’s Future Is as the Party of Industry Republicans have a chance to reshape American politics by offering a program for an industrial economy. By Michael Lind — November 25, 2016 Donald Trump won the presidency in an upset victory largely because of his appeal to the white working class in a number of industrial states that have been reliably Democratic for years. His denunciations of Chinese mercantilism and U.S. transnational corporations that offshore jobs to low-wage countries resonated strongly in the parts of the South and the Midwest where most U.S. manufacturing is concentrated — while shocking defenders...
  • GOP Senators hint at nuclear option if Dems block Supreme Court appointment

    11/21/2016 7:47:22 AM PST · by Cheerio · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 18, 2016 | John Sexton
    Republicans are vowing that President Trump’s appointment of a Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Justice Scalia will be confirmed no matter what Democrats do. Politico reports the unspoken threat underlying the GOP’s confidence is that, if necessary, they can end the Senate filibuster for confirmation: Republicans won’t come out and say it, but there’s an implicit threat in their confidence: If Democrats play things the wrong way, they might find themselves on the wrong end of a legacy-defining change to Senate rules that scraps the chamber’s 60-vote threshold to confirm Supreme Court nominees. “We’re going to confirm the...
  • Spoiler Trump: a GOP Coup de Grace

    11/21/2016 5:24:45 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 9 replies
    intellectualconservative.com ^ | November 18th, 2016 | By David Hunter
    “A lion doesn’t concern itself with the opinion of sheep.” ― George R.R. Martin, “A Game of Thrones” In the MSM’s unrelenting criticism of President-elect Donald Trump (and his transition team), the term “bloodletting” is weirdly telling of their collectively deluded mind-set. The Washington Post misuses that precise word in relation to the unremarkable demotion of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (for the more experienced Mike Pence) and the departure of former congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI). A couple of understandable personnel changes and The Post’s Wednesday front page radiates: ‘Key figures purged’? Likewise, the next day obviously aggrieved columnist Dana...
  • SR 1356 – Trump Brings the Strongest Republican Party in History!

    11/20/2016 9:21:04 PM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11-20-16 | Bill Still
    Good evening, I’m still reporting on Trump Brings the Strongest Republican Party in History! Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on Trump. Newt Gingrich’s assessment of Donald Trump’s coattails is that Trump brings the strongest Republican party ever to Washington. [insert] However, Gingrich says he does not want to join the administration: [insert] I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books...
  • Trump's Bizarre Winning Formula

    11/18/2016 8:59:05 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 11-18-16 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Reformulating the Republican message, Donald Trump was able to exploit political mistakes Democrats have made. The Democratic Party handed Donald Trump a rare opportunity to make radical changes in the electoral map that could last for years to come.
  • GOP getting on board Trump's victory train

    11/16/2016 7:16:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 16, 2016 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Republicans who once dreaded an election-day pummeling by Democrat Hillary Clinton were instead greeted on Capitol Hill Tuesday with dozens of signature red baseball caps bearing the "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan of president-elect Donald J. Trump, the GOP nominee whom few of them had been willing to embrace. Until now.
  • Kellyanne Conway says Trump to expand GOP

    11/16/2016 4:36:18 AM PST · by detective · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/15/16 | Paul Bedard
    Kellyanne Conway, the manager of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign, visited both of the Washington transition headquarters Tuesday afternoon with a direct message that the new administration "will deliver change for the people." Speaking at the provisional transition headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue and also the HQ set up by the General Services Administration, Conway first thanked transition aides and Trump organizers in Washington.