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  • The HR 1 'Incumbent Protection Act' destroys free elections

    02/03/2019 1:02:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 31, 2019 | Adam Brandon
    Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., represents arguably the most gerrymandered congressional district in the country, and he wants to keep it that way. His latest piece of legislation, H.R. 1 “For the People Act,” would force taxpayers to fund congressional campaigns. Congress has a knack for naming legislation after its opposite intended effect. If you’ve spent more than a weekend in Washington, you know that a bill named “For the People” is likely a far cry from actually benefiting the public. The “Incumbent Protection Act” would be a more fitting name for this piece of legislation. Forcing citizens to fund political...
  • In last night’s primaries, all 8 incumbent Republicans who voted for the omnibus won

    05/17/2018 9:56:18 AM PDT · by qaz123 · 27 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 16May18 | Chris Pandolfo
    It’s great to be an incumbent Republican. You can break your promises to voters, vote to massively increase government spending, and time and time again sell out the conservative base — and for the most part, you don’t need to worry about losing a Republican primary election.
  • Free Market Term Limits Breakthrough

    03/28/2018 1:14:35 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/28/18 | Michael R. Shannon Serial entrepreneur Norbert Richter claims no relation to the inventor of the Richter Scale, but if his breakthrough idea is successful, he’ll be causing political tremors for decades. Richter has used his failed congressional primary challenge as inspiration for a free market workaround that has the potential to be voter–imposed term limits. His new organization,, bypasses the roadblock that has stopped every federal term limits proposal: Incumbent professional politicians who intend to die in office. Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell’s clichéd response to voter’s desire for term limits is always a dismissive ‘that’s what elections are for.’...
  • List Of U.S. Congress Incumbents Who Are Not Running For Re-Rlection In 2018

    11/27/2017 7:56:08 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    This page lists the incumbent members of the 115th U.S. Congress who are not running for re-election in the 2018 Congressional elections (both U.S. Senate and U.S. House).U.S. Senate members 0 Democrats 2 Republicans U.S. House members As of November 28, 2017, a total of 33 representatives will not seek re-election to their U.S. House districts. Party breakdown: 11 Democratic members of the U.S. House and 22 Republican members of the U.S. HouseIncumbents retiring from public office 4 Democrats 12 Republicans Incumbents seeking other offices U.S. House members seeking a seat in the U.S. Senate 3 Democrats 5 RepublicansU.S. House...
  • Mitch McConnell ATTACKS Steve Bannon During Joint Presser with Trump

    10/16/2017 3:15:22 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    GP ^ | 10/16/17 | Jim Hoft
    It’s on! Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Steve Bannon on Monday during his joint press conference with President Donald Trump. McConnell has failed to pass ANY significant legislation since President Trump entered office in January.Nothing!   Former Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon announced his plans to replace the deadbeat Republicans who trash President Trump and stall the conservative-populist agenda in Washington DC. Last week Steve Bannon warned the GOP elites, ” We’re going to cut off the oxygen to Mitch McConnell.” McConnell didn’t like that.Today McConnell lashed out at Steve Bannon for going after GOP senate seats in...
  • Call Bannon’s bluff: The only way he’ll beat GOP incumbents is if they fold

    10/10/2017 7:47:12 PM PDT · by Mariner · 48 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 10th, 2017 | By John Podhoretz
    The 248 Republican officials serving in Washington who are up for election in 2018 are facing a deeper and more frightening version of the threat that has haunted GOP senators and representatives since the rise of the Tea Party in 2009: populist ouster from inside their own camp. How much jeopardy does the right’s internal turmoil put them in? This may be the wrong question. The real issue may be how much jeopardy they think they might be in and what they might do to stave it off as a result. This would seem to be a strange moment for...
  • After Alabama, GOP anti-establishment wing declares all-out war in 2018

    09/26/2017 9:06:52 PM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 174 replies
    The Washington Post (digital subscription) ^ | September 26 | Robert Costa
    The stunning defeat of President Trump’s chosen Senate candidate in Alabama on Tuesday amounted to a political lightning strike — setting the stage for a worsening Republican civil war that could have profound effects on next year’s midterm elections and undermine Trump’s clout with his core voters. It marked yet another humiliation for the Washington-based Republican establishment, particularly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose allies pumped millions of dollars into the race to prop up Strange and reassure his colleagues that they could survive the Trump era. “If you’re an incumbent, you have to assume the wind is against...
  • Oberweis shunned by fellow Republicans

    03/25/2014 4:18:10 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 32 replies
    WLS-AM ^ | 3-24-14 | Bill Cameron
    In the race for U.S. Senate, Republican challenger Jim Oberweis is getting shunned by two top Republicans - one local, one national. Dick Durbin is such a favorite for reelection that Republican Senator Mark Kirk says he’s not even planning to campaign with fellow Republican Oberweis. “I’m going to be protecting my relationship with Dick and not launching into a partisan jihad that hurts our partnership [in which we] both pull together for Illinois.” And at his side at an unrelated news conference was Republican Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, in town for a fundraiser, who took a...
  • Crisis: Reid calls “special meeting” of Senate Democrats on ObamaCare

    11/13/2013 4:40:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Hot ^ | November 13, 2013 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I don’t get it. Sebelius claims that “the marketplace is working.” What is there to talk about? Actually, I can think of two items on the agenda. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday will convene a special meeting of the Senate Democratic caucus and senior White Officials to discuss the troubled rollout of ObamaCare…The Senate leader said President Obama called him Tuesday evening to discuss healthcare and other issues.Several Democrats have signed onto a proposal sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) that would force insurance companies to let people keep their health plans if they like them.Sen. Tim...
  • When things keep going wrong We should change how We deal with them

    10/06/2013 11:34:09 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 6, 2013 | Dan Miller
    The Republican Party is broken. Its leadership has great difficulty doing anything beyond yielding to the Obama Machine. Can the party be fixed, or should it be put out of our misery.Here's the RINO view: It hasn't worked very well.Here's the Democrat view: It has worked. In a presentation shortly after the November election debacle, Bill Whittle explained that most Republicans do not stand for what they say are their basic principles. Before getting into that, some historical insights into basic concepts, "big ideas" and what most conservatives believe is necessary Part I -- Constrained vs. Unconstrained Visions of Humanity[youtube=] Video linkPart II --...
  • Incumbents uneasy over political changes

    07/29/2012 6:38:30 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/29/12 | Willie Brown
    Between the new congressional district lines and the new open primaries, people who hold elected office in California are running for their lives. In previous years, maybe 10 percent of congressional and legislative districts were competitive. Now everybody thinks they're at risk. Even well-known incumbents in Democrat-dominated districts - people like Reps. Barbara Lee and John Garamendi - fear they might get beat. As a result, they are scooping up and holding onto as much campaign cash as possible. It's all putting a pinch on Rep. Nancy Pelosi's hopes of the Democrats retaking the House. You see, in the past...
  • Senate runoff turns on style, experience, not policy differences

    07/29/2012 9:16:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | July 28, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    When the dust clears after Tuesday's U.S. Senate runoff, voters in the Republican primary probably will have chosen Texas' next senator. Their decision is expected to shape Texas politics for years to come. It has been a bitter, bruising and expensive battle between Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz, a former state solicitor general. Little divides the two on core policy matters. They are both conservatives who oppose President Barack Obama's health care reform, have called for significant cuts to the federal budget and support stronger measures to secure the border with Mexico. But they differ greatly in terms...
  • Incumbency Shakers

    05/05/2012 11:45:58 AM PDT · by Twotone · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 2012 | John H. Fund
    More Americans approve of polygamy than of Congress. A February CBS News/New York Times poll found just 10 percent of respondents approved of Congress’s job performance. snip A new group called the Campaign for Primary Accountability (CFPA) plans to shake up this stagnant system. Its key insight is that incumbents who are ethically challenged, lazy, or ideologically mismatched to their district can be beaten—but in party primaries. And it has already had some impact on this year’s elections.
  • The next Jean Schmidt? The top 10 House incumbents who could lose their primaries

    03/31/2012 3:20:03 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 30, 2012 | Aaron Blake
    Even in the most anti-incumbent primary season of the past few decades, less than 5 percent of members of Congress lost their primaries. ... But relatively speaking, this looks like one of the most anti-incumbent years in decades. There are several factors in the coming election that will lead to an increase in the number of members sent home early — and it’s quite possible we could see more incumbents lose than at any point in the last 40 years.
  • Tea Party Express Turns Eyes to Senate

    12/18/2011 12:36:33 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | December 17, 2011 | By Janie Lorber and Ambreen Ali
    For the Tea Party Express, next year’s election is all about the Senate. With no consensus tea party presidential candidate in sight, the group plans to kick off the new year with a stream of endorsements in Senatorial races, Chairwoman Amy Kremer told Roll Call Friday. In September, the group co-sponsored a Republican presidential debate with CNN and its leaders expected to anoint one of the nominees as the candidate of the tea party shortly thereafter. But no single candidate managed to capture the imagination of grass-roots conservatives.
  • The Most Important Day Isn't Tuesday--It's THURSDAY (Rare Opportunity in Bay State)

    10/28/2010 5:56:03 AM PDT · by suspects · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 28, 2010 | Michael Graham
    What will you be doing one week from right now? The most important date in this election isn’t, as Massachusetts Democrats want us to believe, 1991, or 1998, or even this Tuesday, Election Day. The date you should focus on like a laser beam is Thursday. Tuesday you vote. Wednesday is the postgame show. But Thursday will be the first day you fully comprehend the consequences. How are you going to feel if the Massachusetts you wake up to that morning is exactly like the one you’re living in today? How will you feel if, after four years of higher...
  • Midterm blowout: 50 or more Dem seats set to fall in the election

    10/27/2010 6:26:59 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/2010 | Shane D’Aprile
    Republicans are headed for a blowout election win that seems certain to seize more than enough seats to knock out the Democrats and take control of the House. The Hill 2010 Midterm Election poll, surveying nearly 17,000 likely voters in 42 toss-up districts over four weeks, points to a massive Republican wave that, barring an extraordinary turnaround, will deliver crushing nationwide defeats for President Obama’s party. The data suggest a GOP pickup that could easily top 50 seats (the party needs 39 for control of the House). Of the 42 districts polled for The Hill, all but two of which...
  • Three Words To Describe The Pelosi Congress? (Globe Spins for Dems)

    10/26/2010 4:19:43 AM PDT · by suspects · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 26, 2010 | Michael Graham
    If I asked you to describe the performance of the Pelosi Congress in three words - three family-friendly words, that is - what would they be? “Corrupt and incompetent?” “Arrogant and inept?” Maybe “dazed and confused?” The Boston Globe-Democrat’s three words? “Record of Accomplishment.” And here’s the scary part: I think they mean it. Knowing the Globe, I wasn’t surprised that they endorsed every Democrat for Congress. After all, they haven’t endorsed a single Republican in a congressional general election this century. But if you want to see how lost the left has gotten in its own fantasies, the Globe-Democrat’s...
  • The Amazing, Disappearing Democrat Incumbents! (Identity Crisis Hits Democrats)

    10/19/2010 4:32:34 AM PDT · by suspects · 15 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | October 19, 2010 | Michael Graham
    Will the real incumbent Democrat politician please stand up? Last week I received a mailing from “Candidate for State Senate” Karen Spilka out in MetroWest. The mailer promises that “As our next state senator [emphasis added], Karen Spilka will protect and create good jobs,” etc., etc. Now, in what has to be the most bizarre twist in the history of Massachusetts politics, it turns out MetroWest already has a state senator named Karen Spilka. And now there’s this new “candidate” Karen Spilka who apparently wants to become “our next state senator” and replace her. Wow - what are the odds...
  • GOP House Contenders Flying under the Radar

    09/30/2010 1:27:54 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 30, 2010 | Richard Baehr
    November 2nd could see some big, unpleasant surprises for incumbent Democrats in the House of Representatives. Strong GOP contenders, largely unnoticed by the national media and party bigwigs, are making bold plays for seats long regarded as belonging to the Democrats. How big a wave will there be for the GOP in House races this year? The latest analysis by rates only 139 of the 256 Democratic-held seats as safe, or 54% of the total now held by the Democrats. For the GOP, only sixteen of 179 are in play (9% at risk). RCP divides seats into seven categories:...