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  • Obama encouraged by Republicans who oppose government shutdown

    12/03/2014 11:42:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 3, 2014 | By Steve Holland
    U.S. President Barack Obama voiced optimism on Wednesday that a government shutdown can be avoided in coming weeks, pointing to comments from Republican leaders of Congress who oppose a budget showdown. Obama said there are enormous potential areas for compromise with the Republican Congress, mentioning tax reform, trade and paying for infrastructure projects that would create jobs.
  • "Obama Is Positively Allergic To Compromise"

    12/03/2014 11:41:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/03/2014 | Tyler Durden
    One of the recurring topics during Obama's speech to the Business Roundtable taking place today, aside from Obama's clear revulsion against any sort of pessimistic thought - although we admit there is still time for an executive order that makes only Optimistic thought legal, or a brand new Federal Department of Optimism with a $1 trillion annual budget - has been Obama's fear and loathing of another government shutdown. The issue, you see, is that Republicans are simply unwilling to compromise. Because, apparently, Obama is, about everything... except taxes, immigration or healthcare. And while everyone knows Obama's position and...
  • Cornyn: Obama needs ‘remedial civics’ lesson

    11/20/2014 1:50:08 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/14 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) blasted President Obama’s executive order on immigration, saying the president needs a “remedial civics 101” course to refresh his understanding of the Constitution's separations of power. “There is an appropriate way to address this, and it’s not amnesty,” Cornyn said on the Senate floor Thursday. “This is really a terrible precedent.”
  • Senate rejects Keystone XL bill {and Mary Landrieu}

    11/19/2014 5:00:29 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Senate narrowly rejected legislation to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, handing a defeat to the oil industry and dealing a major blow to Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, who staked her political career on the outcome. The Senate voted 59-41 for the legislation, falling one vote shy of the 60 needed for passage under the deal bringing it to the floor. But Keystone supporters insisted the defeat would be short-lived. Republican leaders are vowing to try again after they take over the chamber in January — when they will have more than enough votes to get a measure...
  • Online toll roads

    11/18/2014 11:08:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | November 14, 2014 | The Houston Chronicle
    Internet old-timers - those of us over age 25 - remember a time when the web was called the Information Superhighway. The debate over net neutrality has us thinking about another sort of highway: the Trans-Texas Corridor. The TTC, a proposed 4,000-mile toll road, rail and utility project, died a death of a thousand cuts in 2010. First proposed as a much-needed infrastructure investment, the well-intentioned project grew into a monstrosity of politically connected contractors, private property concerns and conspiracy theories. The biggest blow to TTC was statewide opposition to granting Spanish-owned developer Cintra a 50-year, multibillion-dollar deal to control...
  • GOP's John Cornyn Eyes Immigration Reform 'After We Get Majority'

    10/29/2014 7:49:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 167 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/28/14 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    During a debate with Democratic challenger David Alameel, Texas Sen. John Cornyn said it is time to reach a "consensus" on immigration reform by "finding parts that we agree on," including providing children of illegal immigrants access to education. "I believe education is the way out," the Republican said. He added that the children of parents "who did not comply with our immigration laws are guilty of nothing," and "it makes no sense to condemn them to a minimum-wage job for the rest of their lives when they could produce so much more, when they could be so much more....
  • BOLD COLORS VS. PALE PASTELS: TEXAS SENS. TED CRUZ, JOHN CORNYN DIFFER ON GOP VISION

    10/23/2014 6:29:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/14 | Tony Lee
    Texas' two Republican Senators disagree on what Republicans should prioritize if the party regains control of Congress. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is considering a 2016 presidential run and is seen as the conservative voice in Congress, wants Republicans to try to repeal Obamacare and stop President Barack Obama's executive grants of amnesty. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who may become Majority Whip if the GOP wins a net of six Senate seats this year, believes Republicans will only win the White House in 2016 if conservative stalwarts like Cruz water down their bold conservatism and compromise. Cornyn recently said "that...
  • Senators to Obama: Do Something About Hong Kong

    10/10/2014 1:53:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 9, 2014 | Steven Dennis
    A bipartisan group of senators from across the political spectrum—from Elizabeth Warren and Patrick J. Leahy to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio—wants President Barack Obama to speak out and act to support Hong Kong’s democracy movement.They don’t specify exactly what they want Obama to do—they say “demonstrable, meaningful steps”—but note that a 1992 law “authorizes you to suspend trade and economic provisions should Beijing not provide sufficient autonomy for Hong Kong.”Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who is president pro tempore and Judiciary chairman, leads the letter with Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Rubio.“The people of Hong Kong have sent a strong...
  • Cornyn demands answers on Ebola screening procedures (but doesn't support Africa flight ban...)

    10/04/2014 3:34:38 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Friendswood Journal ^ | 10/3/14 | Senator John Cornyn
    U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today wrote to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske to request additional information on the screening process for incoming passengers to the U.S. following this week’s first confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas: “Under current protocols, what specific events or indicators would justify an enhanced screening process by CBP? Is CBP currently considering additional plans to increase enhanced screenings of incoming passengers?,” wrote Sen. Cornyn. “I urge you to coordinate with the CDC to ensure that we are providing accurate, timely, and appropriate information to all passengers arriving into the United...
  • NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran: Republican donors ‘skeptical’ after Romney loss

    10/03/2014 5:30:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 10/2/14 | Sean Sullivan
    National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran (Kan.) said Thursday that lingering disappointment over the outcome of recent elections has made it harder for Republicans to raise money in their pursuit of the Senate majority. "When I started the attempt to raise money for our candidates -- or for races even before we had candidates -- it was hard to get Republican donors to get out the checkbook," said Moran. "They had been through election cycles before in which we didn't have the success that people thought we should and Governor Romney did not get elected president." Moran made his...
  • National Republican Senatorial Committee Loves the Senate Conservatives Fund (Or At Least Its Money)

    09/15/2014 10:30:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 9/15/14 | Erick Erickson
    Remember how the National Republican Senatorial Committee wanted everyone to know just how terrible the Senate Conservatives Fund is? Remember how NRSC consultants took to op-ed pages, pushed reporters, and tweeted about the lavish and extravagant expenses of SCF? Remember how when a candidate got endorsed by SCF, everyone knew immediately NRSC would support the opposite candidate out of spite? (See e.g. Ben Sasse v. Shane Osborn) Remember how the NRSC, Chamber of Commerce, and other establishment groups poured tons of money into primaries to stop SCF gains and those of other outside groups? Well, NRSC spent so much money...
  • Why Are Republicans Suddenly Leaning Left? (because the Establishment got their candidates!)

    09/08/2014 5:52:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 9/8/14 | Bill Scher
    Several Republican candidates in the year's most competitive Senate races have begun their fall sprint to Election Day, not by embracing Tea Party-fueled conservatism but by defensively tacking leftward. Let’s start in Colorado, site of a strategic GOP retreat in the “War on Women.” The Republican backtracking there is being done by Rep. Cory Gardner, following withering attacks by Democrats on his past support for “personhood amendments” that bestow rights to fertilized human eggs and effectively ban some forms of birth control. Gardner released an ad claiming he would make access to “the pill … cheaper and easier” than would...
  • Cornyn takes ‘let’s make a deal’ stance on border crisis

    08/04/2014 12:28:11 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | 8/1/14 | NOLAN HICKS
    Unlike many of his fellow Republican lawmakers, U.S. Senator John Cornyn sounded a conciliatory note when talking about the border crisis in San Antonio on Friday afternoon. He complimented the federal government on its response along the border and treatment of the children who have immigrated from Central America, said that he would be open to compromise on his controversial — but bipartisan — proposal that would require the children have a hearing before an immigration judge within seven days of entering the country; and added that he would not touch President Barack Obama’s current policy that allows children of...
  • Source: Cornyn and McCain Are Working on a Version of the House Border Bill (to thwart Cruz)

    07/30/2014 1:17:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/30/14 | Ryan Lovelace
    NRO is hearing from a GOP aide that Senators John McCain and John Cornyn, of Arizona and Texas, respectively, are working on a Senate version of the House supplemental-funding bill aimed at addressing the border crisis that is expected to move forward tomorrow. -snip- It will likely provide new funding for immigration courts and enforcement agencies, as well as some aid for Central American countries from which the migrants currently crossing the border hail. Senator Ted Cruz’s proposal to halt the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by refusing funding for the program is not expected to be included...
  • Senate advances border bill (Cornyn votes yes; McConnell votes yes, then switches to no)

    07/30/2014 11:02:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/30/14 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    The Senate on Wednesday narrowly advanced an emergency funding measure to respond to the influx of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the southern border that has triggered a humanitarian crisis. -snip- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is opposed to the Senate Democratic measure, initially voted in favor to advance the bill. But once it looked like the legislation might collapse, he switched his vote to “no.” A McConnell aide said when the outcome of the procedural vote looked murky, “many of our members wanted to be on record in opposition to a bill that didn’t even include the minor...
  • Cornyn, Cuellar push bipartisan border bill (Amnesty weasel John Cornyn alert)

    07/28/2014 11:55:05 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    KSAT ^ | 7/28/14 | RJ Marquez
    Pair proposed Humane Act to handle influx of minors at border The deadline is looming for a solution to the illegal immigration surge at the border. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, continued to pitch their bi-partisan proposal on Sunday. The pair proposed a bill called the Humane Act, which they say could mean a quicker resolution for many unaccompanied minors crossing the border. Under the bill, U.S. Border Patrol agents would be allowed to ask children from Central America whether they choose to return home, the same question they ask those from Mexico. That question is...
  • Ted Cruz Drafting Border Crisis Bill

    07/16/2014 4:46:04 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 16, 2014 6:11 PM | Joel Gehrke
    I’m hearing from Senate sources that Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is writing an alternative to the border crisis bill proposed by Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D., Texas). A “central feature” of Cruz’s bill will be a reversal of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to one Senate source.Republicans in both chambers agree that the surge of children from Central America was caused by Obama’s 2012 announcement of DACA, a policy under which the federal government does not deport people who would have qualified for the DREAM Act, a bill that never...
  • Cornyn: Provide Funds To Mexico To Secure Border

    06/15/2014 6:00:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    KRWG ^ | 6/14/14 | KRWG NEWS AND PARTNERS
    U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, says the United States should provide financial assistance to Mexico to help secure its borders and slow the flow of thousands of immigrants. Cornyn says some 47,000 immigrants have been apprehended along the southwest U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year, and that the number is expected to exceed 60,000 by the end of September.
  • Cornyn says Fund Mexico to Stop Surge in Immigration

    06/15/2014 5:37:42 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 102 replies
    KGNS ^ | 6/14/14 | KGNS
    U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, says the United States should provide financial assistance to Mexico to help secure its borders and slow the flow of thousands of immigrants.
  • Ted Cruz Spikes the Ball

    06/13/2014 6:01:35 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 13, 2014 4:42 p.m. ET | Allysia Finley
    Ted Cruztook a victory lap of sorts this week after Eric Cantor's primary defeat. And why shouldn't he? The junior senator from Texas helped fuel the anti-establishment furies that devoured the House majority leader. "This election should be a reminder to all in Congress—Republicans and Democrats alike—that the conservative base is alive and well, and the American people will hold us all accountable," said Mr. Cruz. "Each of us needs to do what we said we would do and tell the truth." If this sounds like a threat, that's because it is.Mr. Cruz is wont to criticize Republican politicians who...
  • 45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

    05/23/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    It’s only a small matter of time until the Obama administration finally, rapturously releases what its hopes will be the crown jewel of its rise-of-the-oceans-slowing climate-change agenda: Regulations capping the emissions from existing power plants, a.k.a., stamping out coal plants across the country. This set of regs is going to be even more complicated and controversial than the regulations for only new power plants the administration released last year, and as the AP obliquely explains, we’re likely to start seeing those “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices Obama once mentioned pretty quickly here: Electricity prices are probably on their way up...
  • Cruz sounds tepid on McConnell; Cornyn calls for party unity

    05/22/2014 3:00:13 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 28 replies
    Dallas News ^ | Todd J. Gillman
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had vowed to crush the tea party in this spring’s primaries. His decisive win on Tuesday over a tea party challenger in Kentucky’s GOP primary has fueled plenty of establishment-over-tea party stories. Let’s just say the war ain’t over. “After the primary is over, it’s really the responsibility of everyone who wants to see a change in Washington, D.C., come November to support our candidates,” said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, McConnell’s deputy GOP Senate leader, who survived a much more tepid tea party onslaught in his own primary in early March. Cornyn singled out Kentucky’s...
  • Tea party vs. establishment as primary season opens - The Washington Post

    05/05/2014 3:52:41 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 11 replies
    WASHINGTONPOST.COM ^ | Monday, May 5, 12:19 PM | Dan Balz
    Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. A major subplot of this year’s midterm elections is the competition between the Republican establishment and the tea party wing of the party. The establishment is fighting back, but has the tea party already won? The general election is still six months off. But Tuesday opens the summer preseason of intraparty contests, which starts with an important primary in North Carolina. Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. After a July break, the preseason will...
  • The “Cowardly” Senate Leaders Employ Another Budget Gimmick (McConnell, Cornyn, Boehner)

    04/01/2014 7:07:36 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Red State ^ | April 1st, 2014 | Daniel Horowitz
    Here is exhibit A of why we don’t trust current Senate leadership to do the right thing if they were to win back the majority; they refuse to block new spending when in the minority. Last week, House leadership decided to pass the “doc fix” bill (H.R. 4302) by voice vote. This bill reimburses healthcare providers for the scheduled 24 percent cut in payments for services rendered to Medicare patients. The bill extends the payments through next March. It also continues some new programs created under Obamacare. They used a hodgepodge of tenuous offsets spread out mainly over the next...
  • Cornyn, Cruz, Sessions File Brief in Support of Obamacare Challenge

    05/18/2014 2:46:52 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Wilson County News ^ | May 16, 2014
    WASHINGTON-- This week, U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) and U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-32) and his colleagues filed an amicus brief and joined a court challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, specifically challenging the legality of that law. The PPACA, which effectively originated as legislation in the Senate, raises revenue through the individual mandate, which violates the Constitutional clause that requires any bill which raises revenue to originate in the House of Representatives. “The President has changed the law six ways to Sunday in order to satisfy political donors, provide breaks to Big...
  • GOP Senators Push for Tougher Response to Putin

    04/30/2014 2:57:46 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/30/14 | KRISTINA PETERSON
    Frustrated with President Barack Obama’s reaction to Russian action in Ukraine, a group of Republican senators said Wednesday they will introduce legislation outlining a more muscular response. “What we’ve seen from the administration is a lot of rhetoric,” Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. The White House has been dealing “with the situation after something bad has already occurred,” he said. Earlier this week, violence flared up in another area of Ukraine that hugs the Russian border, as the new government in Kiev criticized local police...
  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 4:34:11 AM PDT · by BobL · 42 replies
    PPP Press Release ^ | April 15, 2014 | PPP
    PPP's newest Texas poll finds Republicans leading by double digits in all of the state's major races for 2014. In the Governor's race Greg Abbott's at 51% to 37% for Wendy Davis. ------snip----- There's been some thought that Democratic prospects might be better in the race for Lieutenant Governor but Leticia Van de Putte actually trails by slightly more than Davis, regardless of who her Republican opponent ends up being. Dan Patrick leads her by 16 points at 51/35. ------snip----- Although it hasn't really been on anyone's radar screen the likely US Senate match up between John Cornyn and David...
  • Texas Lawmaker on Amnesty: ‘Republicans Will Never Win a Presidential Election Again’

    04/11/2014 5:55:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 11, 2014 - 2:14 PM | Penny Starr
    Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) said Thursday that giving the estimated 12 million illegal aliens in the United States a path to citizenship will result in an increase in Democrat voters and will spell doom for the Republican Party’s presidential aspirations. “[Illegal aliens are] not going to come out of Mexico and become Libertarians,” Stockman told CNSNews.com at an immigration radio town hall event on Thursday in Washington, D.C. “It’s not going to happen.” Stockman said his state is a bellwether for the future of the GOP if amnesty becomes the law of the land. “Being from Texas, I can assure...
  • Two Claims for Reagan’s Mantle (Ted Cruz and Rand Paul)

    03/29/2014 12:43:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 23, 2014 | Albert R. Hunt
    Two newcomers, Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, are the hottest figures in the dominant conservative wing of the Republican Party. In markedly different ways, they both claim to be the heirs to the party’s contemporary patron saint, Ronald Reagan. In a short time, these first-term lawmakers have electrified elements of the party’s base and rattled the Senate establishment. The top two Republican leaders in the chamber, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas, have had to defer to the political popularity of their junior colleagues. Both are outside the party mainstream, rock stars...
  • Exclusive: John Cornyn Rips Chuck Schumer's Media 'Shield Law'

    03/27/2014 5:58:34 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/27/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    The number two Republican in the Senate is lambasting a media “shield law” proposed by New York Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer, potentially imperiling its shot at passage. “This is a bad idea and one whose time has not come,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate minority whip, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “Believe me, we will not be rolled over.” Schumer’s “Free Flow of Information Act” passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, and he recently said he already has the 60 votes needed to pass the bill on the floor. “We’ll get a few more Republicans, not...
  • Ted Cruz, Veteran of 9 Supreme Court Arguments, Says First Amendment on Trial Today

    03/25/2014 6:49:43 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Heritage - The Foundry ^ | March 25, 2014 at 9:52 am | Rob Bluey
    Ted Cruz has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in his lifetime, more than any other current member of Congress. Today, as a U.S. senator from Texas, Cruz is making a different kind of argument—one in the court of public opinion.On his Facebook page and in a statement released by his office, Cruz has declared his support for the families who own Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their First Amendment challenge of an Obamacare mandate.Oral arguments in both cases take place today at the Supreme Court.>>> Q&A: Tough Questions on Religious Freedom, Abortion Drugs“The Supreme Court...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz rallies religious freedom activists at the Supreme Court in support of Hobby Lobby

    03/25/2014 6:01:55 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 25, 2014 AT 2:13 PM | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, surprised freezing religious freedom activists who had spent the morning rallying in support of Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court appeal."God bless you for being here today!" Cruz said Tuesday, after wading into the crowd and stepping up to the podium.Activists cheered Cruz's arrival after spending several hours standing in the snow in front of the court during oral arguments inside."Thank you for being here in this beautiful weather from God," Cruz added as the crowd laughed.Cruz reminded activists that the United States was founded by people who fled religious oppression and enshrined religious freedom in the Constitution."There...
  • Justices Hear Case on Health Law’s Contraceptive Rule

    03/25/2014 4:48:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 25, 2014 | By ADAM LIPTAK
    In an argument that touched on medical science and moral philosophy, the Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to their workers based on the religious beliefs of the corporations’ owners. --snip-- Hobby Lobby told the justices that it had no problem offering coverage for many forms of contraception, including condoms, diaphragms, sponges, several kinds of birth control pills and sterilization surgery. But drugs and devices that may prevent embryos from implanting in the womb are another matter, the company said; its owners believe those would make the company complicit in...
  • Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let Employees Use Exchange

    03/25/2014 12:27:37 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 121 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/25/2014 | Penny Starr
    During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees Chief Justice Roberts interjected that this was in opposition to what Hobby Lobby presented in its lawsuit. “I thought – I thought that part of the religious commitment of the owners was to provide health care for its employees,” Roberts said and Clements agreed. “Well, if they want...
  • Cruz, Cornyn Join Hobby Lobby in Obamacare Legal Fight

    03/25/2014 12:25:31 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Bob Price
    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will begin hearing oral arguments in two high profile cases regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The two cases are Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. These two cases deal with the religious freedom aspects of the ACA and how it applies to individual businesses. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas offering his continuing support for the two companies who have taken the federal government to court. "The Supreme Court has the opportunity to affirm our...
  • Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column (Gay Epis Bishop strikes again)

    03/25/2014 12:00:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    USA Today (title and link only) | March 24, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/03/24/hobby-lobby-obamacare-contraception-supreme-court-column/6838853/
  • Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims

    03/25/2014 11:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/25/14 | Lawrence Hurley - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies' religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. It was unclear whether the companies objecting to the regulation requiring them to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception would win overall, but a majority of the nine justices seemed ready to rule that companies had the same religious rights to object as individuals do. In one of the biggest cases of the year, the court heard an extended 90-minute oral argument,...
  • The Future of the Tea Party

    03/06/2014 12:44:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2014 | Matt Towery
    As one of the first to chronicle and applaud its rise, I am not ready to pronounce the death of the tea party movement. But there are plenty of reasons to believe that what was a concerted and focused force in politics is becoming more that of a less focused and more diffused effort. Some who have created their political fortunes under the tea party mantel, particularly its "leaders" in various parts of the nation, refuse to accept that what remains a great overall philosophy is no longer a "party" with which vast numbers want to identify. That has been...
  • Ted Cruz endorses John Cornyn

    03/05/2014 4:44:02 PM PST · by Innovative · 82 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 5, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    "John is a friend, and a good man. He's earned considerable respect in the Senate. We have not agreed on everything, but we have agreed on the vast majority of issues. Together, we're a strong and effective team for Texas," Cruz wrote, later adding that he is "proud" to endorse Cornyn.
  • Texans vote in primaries shaken by Tea Party influence

    03/04/2014 5:22:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | March 4, 2014 | Jon Herskovitz
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texans went to the polls on Tuesday in primary elections where the top candidates for governor were expected to post easy wins and favorites of the conservative Tea Party movement are trying to topple established Republicans in several races. U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, will win his race easily, opinion polls show. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading Republican candidate for governor, and state Senator Wendy Davis, the top Democratic Party candidate, were also expected to win by wide margins. Voting closes at 7 p.m. U.S. Central Time. Run-off elections will be held on May...
  • Discussion Thread: Texas Primary Today (3-4-14) ..first hand reports, observations, comments..

    03/04/2014 7:00:48 AM PST · by ken5050 · 355 replies
    one man's opinion...
    I was hoping one of the Texas FReepers would start a thread, but didn't see one. The Texas primary is today..several interesting races, but the BIG ONE involves Cornyn. When you vote...let us know what you heard/saw? What's the weather like down there?
  • Meet U.S. Senate Hopeful Chris Mapp, Who Thinks "Wetbacks" Should Be Shot on Sight

    02/28/2014 2:23:25 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    Dallas Observer ^ | 2/17/14 | Eric Nicholson
    You probably haven't heard of Chris Mapp, a South Texas boat salesman and one of the six also-rans challenging John Cornyn in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, and here's hoping you never have occasion to hear of him again after March 4. If you do, chances are disconcertingly high that it will somehow involve a smoking rifle and a dead Mexican. That would at least be in line with what he told the center-right editorial board of The Dallas Morning News, the most influential newspaper in the state: South Texas businessman Chris Mapp, 53, told this editorial board that...
  • South Texas Senate hopeful slammed for racial slur (Cornyn slams Mapp for Wetbacks comments)

    02/28/2014 1:23:49 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 2/21/14 | KOLTEN PARKER
    A Republican hopeful for the U.S. Senate who used a racial slur to describe undocumented immigrants has defended the language as “normal” in South Texas. Chris Mapp, a Port O'Connor businessman, stood by his comments that “wetbacks” should be shot by ranchers and that President Barack Obama is a “socialist son of a bitch” — remarks that have created a national stir among both parties. “That kind of rhetoric is discouraging from anybody,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said during a visit to a San Antonio charter school Friday. “I recognize this is a free country but that's not the...
  • Bad News for Cornyn: Early Voting Numbers Down in Texas (Vanity)

    02/21/2014 11:45:39 AM PST · by Din Maker · 75 replies
    News92FM ^ | February 21, 2014 | Din Maker
    Bad news for John Cornyn: Early voting down in Texas. Low turnout always benefits the "crawl over glass" Conservatives and die-hards. The first day of voting in Harris County (Houston) Texas was 15,000; and that includes the all mail in ballots that had been received. Now, this total includes those who voted in the Democrat Primary as well as the GOP Primary. You can figure only 50% of the votes were GOP (This is Houston after all.) That's worse news for Cornyn. Only 7,000 GOP in person, and mail, votes in Harris County the first day???? Wow! On the two...
  • Reid Reasor Statement (Cornyn opponent)

    02/22/2014 6:11:26 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 2 replies
    KSAT ^ | 2/21/14 | Reid Reasor
    KSAT-12 reached out to Reid Reasor's campaign for a statement Friday. His response follows: Senator Cornyn Violates Oath of Office and U.S. Constitution Austin, Texas – February 9, 2014 – Lt Col Reid Reasor (Ret) calls for Senator John Cornyn’s immediate resignation over his numerous violations to his oath of office resulting in the illegal removal of our inalienable Bill of Rights. Lieutenant Colonel Reid Reasor, USAF (Ret), calls for the immediate resignation of Senator John Cornyn for his violations to his oath of office. Senator John Cornyn failed to support and defend the United States Constitution when he illegally...
  • Chris Mapp Statement (Cornyn opponent)

    02/22/2014 6:06:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 2 replies
    KSAT ^ | 2/21/14 | Chris Mapp
    KSAT-12 reached out to Chris Mapp's campaign for a statement Friday. His response follows: Our current sitting US Senator John Cornyn is silent on the issues ranging from health care to IRS oversight. Our current US Senator is not bringing unity to our party. The generation behind us feels very strongly about the issue of decriminalization and I’m speaking about our current sitting US Senator does not seem to want to listen to the generation that’s coming up behind us – the generation that is going to be our next constituent base, those who really embrace the conservative ideas. It...
  • Ken Cope Statement (Cornyn opponent)

    02/22/2014 6:03:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 1 replies
    KSAT ^ | 2/21/14 | Ken Cope
    KSAT-12 reached out to Ken Cope's campaign for a statement Friday. His response follows: I believe (Cornyn) is a failed leader. We’ve had several opportunities where he has demonstrated that – the nine time vote for basically the increase for the national debt has been a significant challenge for Texans to be able to accept. There are numerous other opportunities where he has failed as leadership. You can look at the cloture vote on Obamacare in which they were trying to suspend the financing and so on. His lack of leadership in bringing the coalition in the senate caucus together...
  • Cornyn optimistic about primary - Calls primary campaign 'strange'

    02/22/2014 5:58:35 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    KSAT ^ | 2/21/14 | Charles Gonzalez
    U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, spoke to students of KIPP San Antonio's University Prep high school during a short visit Friday and told them the most difficult part of his job is his schedule. Trying to organize fellow Republicans in Texas might be a bit tougher. Fellow Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has not publicly endorsed him for re-election. "This is all more or less to be expected and it's manageable, but I hope after the primary is over we can all come together and be unified, because then we're much more likely to be successful," said Cornyn. "The Republican...
  • Polling Center: Cornyn and the Cruz Effect (Cornyn favorability #'s from Oct 2013)

    02/21/2014 10:48:37 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 11/14/13 | Jim Henson and Joshua Blank
    Nothing captures the political impact of Ted Cruz’s ascension in American politics like a comparison of public sentiment toward him and fellow Sen. John Cornyn in the wake of last month’s government shutdown. Cornyn’s ratings in the electoral sweet spot where conservatives and Tea Party Republicans overlap have fallen at the same time as Cruz’s have risen. With the shutdown behind him, Cruz’s net favorability (his favorable rating minus his unfavorable rating) among Tea Party Republicans in Texas has risen from +85 to +90, while Cornyn’s have fallen from +38 to +5, according to University of Texas/Texas Tribune polling. While...
  • Dwayne Stovall Highlights Senator John Cornyn’s Obamacare Votes

    02/21/2014 10:25:30 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 2 replies
    Four States News ^ | 1/9/14 | Steve Oglesby
    The campaign for Dwayne Stovall, Texas candidate for U.S. Senate, brings attention to the voting record of Sen. John Cornyn. Sen. Cornyn votes for unconstitutional legislation and then attempts to mislead Texans about his votes. This is part of an ongoing series of press releases exposing the Congressional Record of Senator Cornyn. Stovall said in a statement, “Senator Cornyn betrays the trust of Texans who sent him to Washington. He voted ‘YEA’ on the FY 2013 FUNDING BILL (March 23, 2013) that gave the Obama Administration the money needed to implement Obamacare. Subsequently, he also voted ‘YEA’ on ‘CLOTURE’ (September...