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  • Gowdy Tries to Get Martin Shkreli to Talk by Invoking Wu-Tang Clan

    02/05/2016 6:07:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 5, 2016 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli refused to answer any questions during a congressional hearing on Thursday, drawing the ire of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers.Shkreli was arrested in December 2015 on securities fraud charges.Shkreli, 32, is the founder and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals AG. He has been widely criticized for raising the price of the lifesaving drug Daraprim more than 5,000 percent."Shkreli essentially ran his company like a Ponzi scheme where he used each subsequent company to pay off defrauded investors from the prior company," Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers said at a press conference in December.According...
  • Despite Threats, Obamacare Still Winning

    12/18/2015 4:30:42 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 14 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | December 18, 2015 22:56 GMT | Not Listed
    Another year gone. Another year of the Affordable Care Act's opponents moving further from - not closer to - getting their way on health care. How so? This week's omnibus deal, which was approved Friday by the U.S. House and Senate, provided a clear view once again of the uphill climb Republicans face in repealing Obamacare. The omnibus negotiations never included talk of repeal, because that's a non-starter among Democrats and the White House. Instead, Republicans were left to chip away at the health law they hate. They did so by postponing two important Obamacare taxes - the Cadillac tax...
  • Mike Allen (Politico): White House Would Like Paul Ryan as Speaker

    10/12/2015 7:30:44 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 26 replies
    Brietbart NN ^ | Oct 12, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Politico’s Mike Allen thinks President Barack Obama likes the idea of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)58% for Speaker. The White House would like that idea,” Allen said during an interview with Laura Ingraham on her radio show today. “Because they would like one more win … what they’ve always told me is that they admire Paul Ryan for being a substantive, smart guy.” Speaking to business leaders in Washington D.C. last month, Obama acknowledged that his administration was working with Ryan to negotiate some level of tax reform, even though Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)50% disagreed. “To his credit,...
  • 187 House Members Vote for Baby Homicide

    09/19/2015 8:51:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2015 | Michael Brown
    On Friday the House voted 241-187 to defund Planned Parenthood, and shortly after we posted this news on our Facebook page a man named Domingo commented: “How appropriate: 187 voted against defunding. 187 is the police code for homicide.” This is beyond ironic. Let’s remember that this was not a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and to ban abortion on demand. This was not even a vote to ban late term abortions or, more extreme still, a vote to guarantee medical care for babies that survived abortion attempts. This was as basic as it comes: a bill to defund...
  • Nearly All House Republicans, Two Dozen Dems Vote Against Iran Deal Approval

    09/11/2015 11:49:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    In a vote of 269-162, the House of Representatives rejected the approval of the White House’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Every Republican except one voted against it, while they managed to get 25 Democrats on board as well. House votes 269-162 with one Present against approving the Iran nuclear deal pic.twitter.com/cluWKTroPQ— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) September 11, 2015 Today's vote may prove to be just a temporary setback for the Obama administration. Thursday night, the Senate voted to reject a GOP-led disapproval resolution. Even if it had passed, the president has enough votes to use his veto power. Several House members have...
  • Trump: Deport children of immigrants living illegally in US

    08/16/2015 12:42:58 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 189 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/16/2015 | Stephen Braun
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants more than a wall to keep out immigrants living in the country illegally. He also wants to end "birthright citizenship" for their children, he said Sunday. And he would rescind Obama administration executive orders on immigration and toughen deportation, allowing in only "the good ones." Trump described his expanded vision of how to secure American borders during a wide-ranging interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press," saying that he would push to end the constitutionally protected right of any family living illegally inside the U.S. ...
  • Oh Dear: The Liberal Hysteria Over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill Has Begun

    03/29/2015 4:49:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Earlier this week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a religious freedom bill that some think is discriminatory, and could lead to businesses being allowed to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers.  The governor soon found himself under siege by nearly 3,000 angry protestors, according to The Hill. The publication also reported businesses voicing their opposition to the measure, with Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeting his “disgust” over law. Yelp proposed that businesses boycott the state, and said it had cancelled all of its travel there. Angie’s List’s CEO said he plans to cancel a $40 million expansion to their headquarters in Indianapolis, cannibalizing 1,000...
  • Oh Look, Senate Democrats Now Causing Abortion Ruckus Over House Medicare Deal

    03/21/2015 5:42:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    What is it with this party? Senate Democrats have really personified the “you shall not pass” war cry for anything abortion-related as of late. First, they’re filibustering what was an extremely bipartisan bill to combat human trafficking until their staffs missed the non-controversial Hyde Amendment language, which was added as a rider (standard operating procedure for most spending bills) to the law. Democrats knew this language was going to be in the law because Republicans told them months in advance. Heck, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) aide found the language, but failed to inform the senator before the bill went to the judiciary committee...
  • McSally (R) Wins Recount in Arizona CD-2, Officially Delared Winner

    12/17/2014 9:59:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    Martha McSally (R) has been officially declared the winner in Arizona's second congressional district by a razor-thin 167-vote margin over incumbent Rep. Ron Barber (D). This was the final race of the 2014 election that was yet to be decided, as Arizona law mandates a recount if an election is decided by fewer than 200 votes.Member-elect McSally released the following statement thanking everyone who worked on her campaign and the people of southern Arizona: "We're grateful to everyone who devoted their time and resources, especially during the extended vote and recount processes, to get us over the finish line," said...
  • UPDATE: Border Security Bill Fails in Senate, Passes in House

    08/01/2014 7:42:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Amanda Muńoz
    Update - 8:50 p.m. ET: House passes H.R. 5230 with 223 yeas, 189 nays. $694 million was approved by the House for border security. Members are currently debating H.R. 5272, which would limit the President's ability to implement and expand his Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program to children involved in the border crisis. Update - 9:05 p.m. ET: Next vote series in the House expected to start within half hour. We now expect our next vote series between 9:25-9:40 p.m. — Republican Cloakroom (@RepCloakroom) August 2, 2014 Update - 9:30 p.m. ET: GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers...
  • All Senate -- All the Time

    06/26/2014 4:40:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    It's an off-year election, and the White House is securely in the Democratic camp for two more years. That means the focus is turning instead to down-ballot races. In the House of Representatives, all 435 members are up for reelection. The current split is 233 Republicans, 199 Democrats and three vacancies, and the House is projected to remain a Republican stronghold. While there might be some momentary excitement on the individual race level (i.e., the recent primary defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor in Virginia), the real excitement concerns the Senate, where power could shift. Of the 100 Senate seats,...
  • Obama’s Immigration Games Must Be Stopped By The House

    06/25/2014 2:19:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Bob Barr
    One might think the websites of various federal agencies tasked with protecting America’s borders would be information resources about how the Obama Administration is handling the now crisis-level situation at the border. Curiously, however, the “newsroom” sections of websites for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Department of Health and Human Services post no information about the Administration’s current policies or plans for dealing with the “surge” of illegal immigrants flooding across our border with Mexico. The reason for this deafening silence is clear to anyone following the Administration’s confusing and frequently contradictory...
  • Bill would force members of Congress to fly coach

    05/18/2014 11:11:29 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 31 replies
    WATE.com ^ | May 15, 2014
    Members of Congress fly across the country continually for business, but a new bill would keep them from spending taxpayer money on first-class seats. The "If Our Military Has to Fly Coach Then So Should Congress Act" was recently introduced by Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.), with his colleagues Reps. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.). The bill is aimed at cutting "waste, fraud and abuse," according to a statement by Rep. Gosar. "Members of Congress should not be using taxpayers' hard-earned money to buy luxury airline seats. If members of our military can't fly first...
  • Could NY-23 Dem candiate have (gasp) lied about GOP cyberattack?

    03/01/2014 7:24:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    This is actually an update to a story which first broke last October and it takes place in upstate New York’s 23rd congressional district, currently represented by Republican Tom Reed. Democrat hopeful Martha Robertson is seeking to unseat Reed and has run into some tough sledding in terms of attracting donors and broad support. But last fall she appeared to have hit upon an idea to generate some sympathy (and cash) when she sent out the following fundraising e-mail. (Revealed by Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection.) Clearly that’s a pretty serious charge, and if either the Reed campaign or the...
  • ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL With Tea Party Express (SC Richard Cash Podcast)

    02/04/2014 4:01:50 PM PST · by Syncro · 6 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | Feb 4, 2014 | Staff/Richard Cash
      This Candidate Fights for His ConvictionsHear what Richard Cash, the U.S. Senate candidate from South Carolina, had to say In this week's "On the Campaign Trail" podcast, we are joined by Richard Cash. Richard discusses his campaign for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina where he hopes to replace Republican incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham. Cash's story includes being married for over 28 years, a proud father of eight children, a corporate computer analyst, a full time pro-life missionary, a volunteer youth coach and athletic director, and the founder and owner of two small businesses. In this Podcast, he...
  • The Democratic Class of 1974 Passes From the Scene

    02/04/2014 7:03:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Henry Waxman and George Miller are retiring from the House and not running for re-election after 40 years as congressmen from southern and northern California. Also retiring and not running for re-election is Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa. Sen. Max Baucus of Montana will resign if, as expected, he is confirmed as ambassador to China. Both were first elected to the House in 1974 and were later elected to the Senate. These four are just about the last members serving in Congress of the 75 Democrats first elected to the House in the Watergate year of 1974. The only other...
  • It's Frustrating, but it Beats the Alternative

    10/03/2013 2:02:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Yes, it is frustrating. The government should run smoothly and efficiently, going about its business and getting things done without much pomp and circumstance. Having the government shut down, well, it's inconvenient for many of us -- no museums, zoos or national parks. For others, who either work in nonessential government jobs (and who are not working and not getting paid) it's more than an inconvenience. Just imagine if you were suddenly told that you should not go to work and you would not get paid. Then there are those who do not work directly for the government, but provide...
  • Real Immigration Reform

    06/29/2013 7:59:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2013 | Steve Deace
    For months now I have written extensively in numerous national publications about the treacherous legislation that is the “scamnesty” bill that will pass out of the U.S. Senate this week. When you have a “gang” writing legislation you get gangster government just like this. All of the people -- and by all I mean all -- claiming to be conservative who are either still advocating scamnesty or defending those that are fall into one of four categories: 1) Woefully uninformed to the point that they should no longer criticize anyone else for being a low information voter, and should perhaps...
  • Are Rubio, Graham, Boehner & McConnell Dumb Enough to Believe CBO's Scoring of the Immigration Bill?

    06/20/2013 2:18:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 25 replies
    6/20/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    And dumb enough to support this immigration bill given the Senate's 54-43 rejection of the Cornyn plan for a border security 'trigger'? The CBO dynamically "scored" (with numbers supplied to it by Dems) the immigration bill (S. 744) and found that it - low & behold - will DECREASE federal deficits over the next 20 years. Hmmm. How are those CBO-scored ObamaCare numbers working out for ya? They were only $2 TRILLION DOLLARS off when predicting the cost of ObamaCare. But no way they could botch this....right? I wonder what the odds are of these 4 getting primaried, given that...
  • White House threatens veto of House farm bill

    06/17/2013 5:12:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2013 7:06 PM EDT | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, five-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry. The House is preparing to consider the bill this week. The legislation would cut $2 billion annually, or around 3 percent, from food stamps and make it harder for some people to qualify for the program. Food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, cost almost $80 billion last year, twice the amount it cost five years ago. The Senate passed its version of the farm bill last...
  • Piece-by-piece on immigration in House

    04/25/2013 1:07:57 PM PDT · by posterchild · 22 replies
    AP via news.yahoo.com ^ | Thur April 25, 2013 | Erica Werner
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans will take on the immigration issue in bite-size pieces, shunning pressure to act quickly and rejecting the comprehensive approach embraced in the Senate, a key committee chairman said Thursday. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., declined to commit to finishing immigration legislation this year, as President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group in the Senate want to do. He said bills on an agriculture worker program and workplace enforcement would come first, and he said there'd been no decision on how to deal with legalization or a possible path to citizenship for the estimated...
  • How to Repeal ObamaCare in January

    10/23/2012 6:05:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2012 | Brian Darling
    Anticipating victory in November’s elections, both parties are working up their legislative plans for 2013. Republicans, looking forward to regaining a Senate majority along with the White House, will have repeal of ObamaCare high on their list.But how to do it? Attempts to repeal the law in the current Congress have fallen short. Flush with gains from the 2010 election that gave Republicans control of the House, the lower chamber made ObamaCare repeal Job #2. On January 19, 2011, H.R. 2, the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” passed the House on a 245-189 vote. In never got a...
  • The 113th Congress Will Decide Nation’s Fiscal Future, Not the President

    10/19/2012 7:35:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2012 | Julie Barowsky
    Mitt Romney certainly wasn’t the first choice to be the Republican presidential nominee for most limited government activists. Some have reluctantly warmed to Romney in recent months because they find him preferable to Obama. Other liberty lovers, particularly those within the Ron Paul-inspired Liberty Movement, refuse to throw their support behind Romney or Obama. Regardless of whether a liberty-minded president is an option on the big ticket, the outcomes of the congressional races are far more important, as Congress will truly determine the fiscal policies coming out of Washington. If we really want to put an end to reckless spending,...
  • Govt Broke by Sept 30: Funding ObamaCare in Spotlight - Why House Excuses for Funding Are Bogus

    07/26/2012 12:17:05 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 10 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-26-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is saying the House WILL fund the government, in yet another vote needed to support the swayed-back of Obama administration spending.  We are out of money again on September 30th. When Boehner was asked if ObamaCare will be defunded in the next Continuing Resolution, he coyly answered: "our goal would be to make sure the government is funded." Many are taking that answer as yes, we will continue to fund ObamaCare. We have no budget. The unconstitutional spending will continue through a Continuing Resolution (CR). See why there is plenty of precedent for not funding this...
  • House Republicans Push Bill to Shut Down Czars

    01/08/2011 7:55:30 AM PST · by Jerrybob · 25 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 1-7-11
    DO IT! DE-FUND THE CZARS and everything else you can find that is unconstitutional. In the strongest possible language: DE-FUND!!!!! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2623044/posts
  • What Republicans Need to Do Now

    11/03/2010 8:34:42 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | Nov. 3, 2010 | Adam Graham
    Tuesday’s elections swept Republicans across America into office, but what do freshly elected Republicans need to do next? 1) Realize They’ve Not Sold the American People Victorious Republicans should enjoy their election victory, but they should also understand it does not mean that the American people have bought wholesale into conservative political philosophy, as is so tempting to believe after a big election. After George W. Bush’s victory in 2004, Hugh Hewitt wrote Painting the Map Red. After 2008, James Carville wrote 40 More Years: How Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation. Both books turned out to be overly optimistic...
  • Likely lineup of GOP's new House chairs

    11/03/2010 8:21:41 PM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 8 replies
    Reuters via MSNBC ^ | updated 11/3/2010 5:45:31 PM ET | None
    WASHINGTON — After winning control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm elections, Republicans will take over the chamber's powerful committees when the new Congress convenes in January. Committee chairs, working with party leaders, set agendas and take the lead in drafting laws in their jurisdictions — from defense and education to farming and banking. They can also call investigative hearings on a variety of matters — including federal programs, suspected corporate wrongdoing or White House actions — and seek subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify. Here is a look at some of the likely new chairs: House appropriations...
  • Imagine with Repub control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    10/20/2010 8:32:01 PM PDT · by Pit1 · 17 replies
    When we take control of the US House, think of all the goofs that will be tossed out of Committee Chairs.
  • Rabbi Yehuda Levin interviews NY Congressional Candidate Joseph Hayon (my title)

    04/29/2010 2:51:07 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 17 replies · 281+ views
    The Fear Kashes: Parshas Emor Show 5770 ^ | 4/29/'10 | Rabbi Yehuda Levin
    This is a video/audio. Please click on the link to watch/listen.
  • Mich. Democrat: Pelosi 'not happy with me' over trying to pull govt funded abortion from bill

    10/28/2009 6:10:03 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 18 replies · 1,320+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/28/2009 | Bob Cusak
    Rep. Bart Stupak said Speaker Pelosi is not pleased with his effort to change abortion-related provisions in the healthcare bill being crafted by the House. During an interview on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" show, Stupak (D-Mich.) said he is undeterred in trying to ensure that taxpayer dollars do not pay for abortions. Stupak, who opposes abortion rights, acknowledged that some in his party are upset with his public campaign to change the bill. "The Speaker is not happy with me," Stupak said. The Energy and Commerce subcommittee chairman said he has been working with Democratic leaders on a compromise, but they...
  • Vanity: Strategy for Conservatives upset with the 2010 Census (Obama/Democrats' Power Grab):

    09/02/2009 6:05:08 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 9 replies · 1,346+ views
    Myself.. | Sept 2, 2009 | J,J.S. (Myself)
    Freepers, I was pondering the other day about what Conservatives can do (especially because we are worried about Obama/A.C.O.R.Ns' power grab over this very important issue- since it represents how many representatives we have in the House). WELL I HAVE A UNIQUE STRATEGY I WOULD LIKE YOU ALL TO HEAR (and comment on if you like): We know that the RNC/Republican members of Congress will probably sue the Obama Administration over the Census since their power grab may give an un-fair advantage to Democrats.. This is likely to fail, IMO becuase our courts are so far leftist that we are...
  • Fed-up Marine has guns blazing to oust Democrats

    08/24/2009 1:31:35 PM PDT · by agondonter · 12 replies · 2,370+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | August 23, 2009 | Joe Kovacs
    28 year old Jesse Kelly of Tucson Ariz., a Republican seeking to boot Democrat Gabrielle Giffords from the U.S. House of Representatives. "If you're not going to get anyone's attention, you might as well not waste your time or money." “I'm tired of President Obama and the liberals who control Congress insulting us, calling us racist, and calling us a mob. I'm tired of their double-talk. I'm tired of their bait-and-switch shell games. I'm tired of being avoided by my public servants. They have forgotten that they work for us. ... “ Ronald Reagan once famously said, "Freedom is never...
  • House gets unusual raise (15%=$90M .. for '10 elections issues)

    05/08/2009 11:28:05 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 48 replies · 4,158+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 5-7-09 | Ed Morrissey
    In tough economic times, one would expect most people and institutions to do a little belt-tightening to save money. Not Congress, however, although that’s hardly news in Year 1 of Porkulus. However, Pelosi & Co have slipped into the budget a $90 million increase in incumbency protection that has gone almost completely unnoticed — and unquestioned: ~~~ The House wants to increase Members’ office budgets next fiscal year by almost 15 percent, partly because 2010 is an election year and lawmakers anticipate a surge in franked mail. In a recently released budget request, the House Chief Administrative Officer asked appropriators...
  • Tourists Cheer GOP in House Chamber over Energy Issue

    08/05/2008 11:38:30 PM PDT · by kingattax · 38 replies · 240+ views
    CNS News ^ | August 06, 2008 | Penny Starr
    Washington (CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has the power to shut off microphones and still video cameras, but that has not stopped House Republicans – and a steady stream of Capitol Hill visitors – from gathering in the House chamber for a third day on Tuesday for what seemed like a pep rally for energy independence. “Nancy Pelosi has said no to a vote on a comprehensive energy bill,” said Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) before the rest of her words were drowned out by booing from the crowd. “Madam Speaker, get off your book tour …” Musgrave’s words...
  • BREAKING!!!! HOUSE REPUBLICANS RAISING CAIN!!!

    08/01/2008 9:22:03 AM PDT · by eeevil conservative · 2,893 replies · 13,462+ views
    Representative Jack Kingston's Office | 8/1/08 | Sherri Reese
    <p>I just called and said "There's a Republican revolt going on int the House Chamber and I wasn't seeing much coverage of it." I got a run around on it. Was told several times "There are no cameras on now. Cameras are not allowed." I objected, politely, that the story could still be covered.</p>
  • Republicans hardening stance on immigration

    08/04/2007 11:20:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 80 replies · 2,712+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/4/7 | Carolyn Lochhead
    An anti-immigration backlash has taken hold among Republicans in the Capitol, led in some cases by the staunchest supporters - Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina - of the failed Senate bill derided by many as amnesty. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a San Jose Democrat, fended off GOP efforts Friday to block what in normal times would be noncontroversial "private bills" to remedy the most compelling individual plights of a handful of illegal immigrants caught in the labyrinth of immigration law. Late Thursday night, Republicans walked out of a House vote to protest...
  • George Will: The Road to a GOP House

    05/03/2007 10:44:25 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 28 replies · 1,083+ views
    Washington Post Writers Group ^ | May 3, 2007 | George F. Will
    Tom Cole earned a Ph.D. in British history from the University of Oklahoma, intending to become a college professor, but he came to his senses and to a zest for politics and now, in just his third term in the House of Representatives, he is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. As such, he is charged with recruiting the candidates and honing the tactics that will transform Speaker Nancy Pelosi back to House minority leader. "We are looking," says Cole, speaking unminced words about the Republican Party, "like a beaten down stock." Nevertheless, he is sanguine regarding 2008: "The...
  • Pelosi kicks butts near House floor: No smoking

    01/10/2007 2:58:14 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 44 replies · 1,432+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2007
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is snuffing out one of Congress' enduring prerogatives, still cherished by some lawmakers -- the right to smoke near the floor of the House. Pelosi, D-California, announced Wednesday that effective immediately, House members would no longer be able to light up in the ornate Speaker's Lobby off the House floor where lawmakers mingle during votes. The room is often hazy with smoke, as it was Tuesday night as the House voted on anti-terror legislation; Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, often has a cigarette in hand, for example. "The days of smoke-filled rooms...
  • Democrats To Start Without GOP Input (Breaking a Main Campaign Promise)

    01/02/2007 1:22:54 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 86 replies · 2,849+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2007 | Lyndsey Layton and Juliet Eilperin
    As they prepare to take control of Congress this week and face up to campaign pledges to restore bipartisanship and openness, Democrats are planning to largely sideline Republicans from the first burst of lawmaking. House Democrats intend to pass a raft of popular measures as part of their well-publicized plan for the first 100 hours. They include tightening ethics rules for lawmakers, raising the minimum wage, allowing more research on stem cells and cutting interest rates on student loans. But instead of allowing Republicans to fully participate in deliberations, as promised after the Democratic victory in the Nov. 7 midterm...
  • Hugh Hewitt: The High Water Mark for the 2006 Democrats Was A Week Ago

    10/11/2006 2:29:25 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 37 replies · 2,816+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 11, 2006 | Hugh Hewitt
    It took 48 hours of loose nukes in the control of bad hair kooks to get the electorate refocused on the stakes in November's elections.  But even before North Korea reminded the electorate of the wonders of Clinton-Albright era diplomacy, even as "The Path to 9/11" and The Looming Tower had done, the Foley effect had begun to dissipate as the reality of the choice before the country broke through even the MSM's fascination with the destruction of the Republicans because of the notorious IMs.Now Santorum in Pennsylvania, DeWine in Ohio, and Corker in Tennessee have showed strong momentum to match...
  • Jay Cost: The Washington Times on GOP Optimism

    09/27/2006 2:30:39 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 942+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 27, 2006 | Jay Cost
    The Washington Times offered an article today about improving GOP prospects that, to me anyway, seemed long on conclusions and short on evidence. Their thesis: There has been a palpable shift in the mood in Washington in recent weeks. No longer are insiders in both parties sharing predictions of a Democratic rout of Republicans. Some on both sides had expected an election debacle for the Republicans, driven by the Iraq war, high gas prices and the perception that a Republican-led Washington can neither shoot nor spend straight.Now those perceptions have changed. First off, let me just note the strategic...
  • Ney (R, OH, USHouse) Formally Withdraws From Ballot, Triggers Special Primary

    08/14/2006 10:34:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 11 replies · 452+ views
    WCPO ^ | 14 Aug 06; | Antonia Berneike,
    Ohio State Representative Bob Ney formally requested that his name be removed from the November election ballot. A special primary must now be held to find a replacement. Ney first made the announcement a week ago, citing the strain of an intensifying corruption investigation that had focused for months on his dealings with lobbyists. The six-term congressman denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged. Democrats targeted Ney's seat in the wake of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Ney's campaign began hemorrhaging money after his former chief of staff pleaded guilty to corrupting the congressman and the justice department subpoenaed...
  • Battle Looms In Congress Over Military Tribunals (House GOP & White House v. Senate)

    07/12/2006 11:29:57 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 14 replies · 920+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 13, 2006 | Jonathan Weisman
    House Republicans signaled a coming clash with the Senate over the future of military tribunals yesterday when Armed Service Committee members indicated they were inclined to give the Bush administration largely what it wants in the conduct of terrorism trials. The tone at the first House hearing since the Supreme Court tossed out President Bush's tribunals last month was markedly different from Tuesday's Senate hearing, where lawmakers from both parties said they wanted to make significant changes to the White House's plans. "This could be easy," said Rep. Candice S. Miller (R-Mich.), who proudly announced she has neither a law...
  • Is 1994 a Model for Democratic Success? (Jay Cost Says No)

    06/26/2006 12:37:40 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 922+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 26, 2006 | Jay Cost
    In recent weeks, the talk among pundits about the inevitability of Democratic triumph has simmered down. For some reason - one that I have not yet ascertained - Bush in the high-30s induces an entirely different storyline than Bush in the mid-30s. While the logic does not make sense, the result is nonetheless a move in the right direction. We seem to have returned to the much more sensible conversation that we were having in March: for the Democrats to win the House, they will actually have to do something.What do they have to do? This is the $2.3 trillion...
  • Political Primer

    06/22/2006 9:07:27 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 166+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 22, 2006 | Julia A. Seymour
    U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry is in his first-term and is the youngest member of the House of Representatives at 30 years old, but found that losing his first state race taught him more than winning races could have. McHenry told a group of conservative students that won the Republican primary for a North Carolina state house race at 22, but was defeated in the general election which made him learn to appreciate victory and not believe he could accomplish things by himself. “You get into a race with a plan to win. Don’t tilt at windmills. Get into races you...
  • Base to Bush: Stop illegals

    06/19/2006 10:23:58 AM PDT · by kellynla · 154 replies · 4,338+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2006 | Stephen Dinan
    Top conservative leaders have written President Bush telling him to drop his insistence on a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens and instead support the 85 percent of congressional Republicans who want to tighten law enforcement first. Signers include William J. Bennett, Robert H. Bork, Ward Connerly, David A. Keene, Phyllis Schlafly and a number of think-tank academics and pundits. The immigration debate is the first major issue on which Mr. Bush finds himself opposing a majority of Republicans in Congress and depending on Democrats to deliver a victory. In their letter, the conservatives tell Mr....
  • It's Too Soon to Tell Whose Number is Up

    06/17/2006 7:02:05 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 1,186+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 17, 2006 | Tom Bevan
    How quickly things can change. For months Democrats have been basking in the glow of President Bush's dismal approval ratings, ongoing investigations of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and a White House in disarray and seemingly helpless to respond to the steady stream of bad news in Iraq. There has been giddy speculation by some Democrats about retaking control of one or both houses of Congress, and more than a few stories have popped up recently reporting that Democrats are already hard at work making plans for when they regain majority status in November. But a string of events over the...
  • Jay Cost: Closing the Books on CA 50

    06/08/2006 3:14:35 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 619+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 8, 2006 | Jay Cost
    The results from California's 50th district are now in - and Republican Brian Bilbray has defeated Democrat Francine Busby in the contest to complete the tenure of Duke Cunningham. This was Busby's third try at seizing the seat. She is now 0-for-3. The two will face off again in November, but it seems highly likely that the GOP will hold the seat.Pundits and partisans across the land have examined the returns to divine some kind of meaning from them. What did the voters tell us? Many answers have been offered - not all of them valid. Many people have seen...
  • Sanders' Departure Leaves Competitive Race in Vermont

    06/07/2006 9:46:49 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 24 replies · 1,383+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Monday, June 05, 2006 | By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — It is the home of the enviro-friendly Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream empire, the first civil unions law in the nation and 12-termer Bernie Sanders, the only Socialist in the U.S. House of Representatives. So as Sanders, who is registered independent, leaves his post as Vermont's at-large congressman in a bid to become the only Socialist in the U.S. Senate, it would hardly be surprising if a liberal Democrat were to replace him. But as political observers and both national parties make note, the open at-large seat is just that: very open and surprisingly competitive, with an aggressive...
  • D.C.'s taxes, tenacity could pay off with full House seat

    06/04/2006 2:30:49 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 30 replies · 737+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 4, 2006 | SUSAN MILLIGAN
    WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia is making historic and startling progress in its effort to gain full voting rights in the House of Representatives, as a compromise between Democrats and Republicans to permanently increase the size of the House to 437 members gains momentum.A Republican, Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, is brokering a deal that would give the district's delegate full representative status, a change that would give the overwhelmingly Democratic district a vote in the House.In exchange, another seat would be awarded to Utah, a heavily Republican state expected to gain a new seat in Congress after reapportionment...