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  • 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...
  • News 12 Special Report: 'Hooked on Heroin'

    03/11/2014 9:06:24 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    News12 (Hudson Valley, NY) ^ | 3/10/14 | Tara Rosenblum
    The use of heroin has risen over the past few years in the Hudson Valley. In part one of News 12's special report "Hooked on Heroin," Tara Rosenblum speaks with parents who have lost children to the drug. After Renee Hustins lost her son Benjamin to an overdose three months ago when he was 23, she met other parents who have lost children to heroin. The parents now all rely on each other for support. The parents Rosenblum spoke to all say they never would have expected their children to become addicted to heroin. Some of them also shared their...
  • Carr calls on Senator Alexander to Co-Sponsor the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

    11/08/2013 11:35:53 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies
    Joe Carr for Senate ^ | November 8, 2013 | Joe Carr
    Nashville, TN – Today, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation currently has 33 cosponsors – but Senator Alexander is not one of them. Conservative Senate candidate Joe Carr called on Senator Alexander to change his stance and add himself as a co-sponsor. “I’m strongly pro-life and believe it’s imperative the Senate pass this important piece of legislation. When Senator Graham announced his co-sponsors and Senator Alexander’s name was missing, I was disappointed. I am hoping Senator Alexander will change his stance and add himself as a co-sponsor. This legislation is too...
  • VP Biden hosts dinner with GOP Senators on Syria

    09/08/2013 4:19:58 PM PDT · by EBH · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/8/2013
    Fox confirms Vice President Joe Biden will have dinner Sunday night with a group of GOP Senators who could be swayed on Syria. The topic of conversation is expected to be what the President needs to say in his Tuesday address.
  • HUGH HEWITT - GOP isolationists are taking U.S. back to the 1930s

    09/03/2013 3:58:13 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 90 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 9-2-2013 | HUGH HEWITT
    Syria's butcher Bashir Assad could end up toppling British Prime Minister David Cameron and not the other way around, while also giving Russia a big boost back on to the Great Power stage and green lighting Tehran's most ambitious and sparky plans in its mountain tunnel complexes. Along the way he has exposed President Obama as feckless and fearful. The president and his team are scrambling to remind lawmakers of what the Commander-in-Chief ought to have long ago argued to the country: When the good guys blink, the bad guys notice. Lots and lots of blinking. Most of the people...
  • Many 2016 Republican hopefuls agree: Defund ObamaCare

    08/17/2013 2:03:45 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug 17, 2013 | By Elise Viebeck
    Many Republicans who are eyeing a run for president in 2016 are backing an all-or-nothing plan to defund ObamaCare. More than half a dozen possible GOP White House candidates support that strategy while a handful are calling for a more nuanced approach to defunding or repealing the healthcare law. Another five are dodging questions and a couple others are not signaling one way or another. [A detailed breakdown is outlined in the chart below.] In short, some are willing to go to the brink and beyond of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare. But it’s far from unanimous. Still, the...
  • Schumer still confident fiscal cliff deal possible

    12/28/2012 9:38:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 28, 2012 7:24 AM EST
    New York’s Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tells NBC’s “Today” show he’s encouraged that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is getting “actively engaged” in talks to resolve the problem. … (Senator John Thune, R-SD) said the two sides are at a stalemate because “Democrats haven’t been willing to discuss the issue of spending.” …
  • Administration doubles down on plea to contractors amid pending layoffs [Sen. Thune responds]

    09/29/2012 4:00:21 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 17 replies ^ | September 29, 2012 | unattributed
    The Obama administration has doubled down on its plea to defense contractors not to warn employees about possible layoffs due to looming budget cuts -- going so far as to offer to cover legal fees in compensation challenges. The move drew a stern rebuke Friday from South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune. "For the second time, the Obama administration has now encouraged government contractors to ignore the WARN Act and hold off on warning employees about possible layoffs due to the looming sequestration cuts,” Thune, lead author of the Sequestration Transparency Act, said Friday. The offer to pay the legal...
  • Romney wins Thune endorsement, pair to campaign in Iowa

    11/23/2011 6:00:59 AM PST · by maggief · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 23, 2011 | Justin Sink
    Popular two-term Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is set to endorse Mitt Romney Wednesday morning in Iowa, the second major endorsement from the Senate for the former Massachusetts governor this week. "Mitt Romney has shown throughout his life in the private sector, as leader of the Olympics, as governor and in this campaign that he will not back down from difficult challenges," Thune said in a statement. "Washington could use these common sense principles at such a critical time."
  • Mitt Romney wins Sen. Thune endorsement

    11/23/2011 12:07:11 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2011-11-23 | Philip Rucker
    DES MOINES -- Sen. John Thune (S.D.), a conservative member of the Republican Senate leadership, will endorse presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a campaign stop here on Wednesday.
  • Republicans Unveil Their ‘Buffett Rule’ Allowing Americans to Pay More to Uncle Sam

    10/15/2011 9:05:33 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/15/2011 | fox news
    President Obama’s proposed “Buffett Rule”-- which would force the wealthiest Americans to pay higher taxes to help cut the nation’s deficits -- has met its Republican match. Republican lawmakers have introduced their own “Buffett Rule” that would allow billionaire investors like Warren Buffett who say they’re not paying enough taxes to voluntarily give more money to the federal government. Under the legislation, authored by Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Rep. John Scalise of Louisiana, taxpayers can donate at least a $1 to the Treasury fund for deficit reduction when they file their federal income tax returns starting next...
  • THUNE: Another broccoli mandate?

    08/06/2011 6:28:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 5, 2011 | Senator John Thune
    When Congress was debating the Obamacare law last year, I raised many concerns about the size and scope of the law and the outrageous amount of new federal taxes and spending it created. Like many people, I also have grown concerned about the law’s impact on Americans’ personal freedoms. My concern stems not only from its controversial mandate that every American buy health insurance, but also from other federal mandates that could follow. In challenging Obamacare’s individual mandate, the law’s critics have pointed out that if Congress can force Americans to buy health insurance, federal power would be nearly unlimited....
  • Mitt Romney, John Thune make pitch to Jewish Republicans at RJC bash

    04/05/2011 12:22:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | April 5, 2011 | Ron Kampeas
    LAS VEGAS (JTA) -- At the Republican Jewish Coalition's winter leadership retreat here, it was the absence of certain likely candidates for president that had the crowd most excited. While names like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann generate enthusiasm at some other conservative gatherings, their absence over the weekend here had the Jewish crowd giddy that ahead of the 2012 race, the Republican Party may be retreating from the divisive hyper-conservatives that have frustrated Jewish attraction to the party in recent years. At this GOP gathering the heroes were probable presidential hopefuls who are likelier to sway Jews from their...
  • 'Obamacare' is a failed experiment

    03/24/2011 1:23:30 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | March 23, 2011 | John Thune
    It has been one year since Obamacare was signed into law. This is the same law about which then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” It is the same law that Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues jammed through Congress. The same unpopular law that led to Democrats losing control of the House. After a year of learning what is in the law — and seeing its effect on families, small businesses and our economy — it is now clear that Obamacare is a failed experiment. Sadly,...
  • What Does America Need Right Now?

    03/23/2011 4:04:17 PM PDT · by Franky D · 17 replies
    A Hollywood Republican ^ | March 23, 2011 | Frank DeMartini
    Yesterday, I was talking on the phone with a college roommate who is a typical New York Democrat. During our discussion, we began talking politics. Unlike most Democrats, it is possible to have a civil conversation with him and to actually discuss facts on either side of the political spectrum. In 2008, he was full of the vim and viger now known as “Hope and Change.” He was a diehard supporter of Barack Obama. In fact, he could not understand why I would even think about voting for John McCain.
  • (John) Kerry set to introduce bipartisan infrastructure bank bill

    03/14/2011 12:04:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 54 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 14, 2011 | By Vicki Needham
    Democratic Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) will introduce bipartisan legislation later this week to create a federal infrastructure bank to fund major projects around the nation, an aide told The Hill. Kerry has at least one Republican senator backing the initiative — the American Infrastructure Financing Authority — that will initially cost about $10 billion and provide loans and loan guarantees for large, much-needed infrastructure projects.
  • Breaking:Sen. John Thune NOT Running for President

    02/22/2011 9:16:34 AM PST · by ejdrapes · 87 replies
    NRO ^ | February 22, 2011 | Jim Geraghty
    Sen. John Thune NOT Running for President February 22, 2011 12:09 P.M. By Jim Geraghty Tags: John Thune John Thune will NOT be running for president. For months now, my wife Kimberley and I have received encouragement from family, friends, colleagues, and supporters from across South Dakota and the country to run for the presidency of the United States. We have appreciated hearing their concerns about where the country is headed and their hopes for a new direction. During this time, Kimberley and I and our two daughters have given a great deal of thought to how we might best...
  • Thune To Make Presidential Decision Within Weeks

    02/09/2011 4:02:37 AM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 88 replies
    KELO-TV ^ | February 8, 2011 | Ben Dunsmoo, KELO
    SIOUX FALLS, SD - We will know whether South Dakota Senator John Thune will run for president by the end of the month. Thune says he is close to making a decision and will announce his plans in the next few weeks. It may seem early to announce a run for president, but the first primaries are less than a year away. And, even though no other Republican has made an official announcement, Thune is prepared to announce his presidential aspirations within weeks. "It's such a big decision unlike anything we've ever contemplated before," Thune said. Thune and his wife...
  • Huckabee sends clear signal he is running; Thune, Daniels laying groundwork

    02/04/2011 9:52:18 AM PST · by bigred08 · 111 replies ^ | 2/4/2012 | Kevin Hall
    The clearest sign yet that Mike Huckabee is leaning toward another presidential run emerged Thursday. The former Arkansas Governor plans to visit Iowa in June and participate in the Family Leader’s “Presidential Lecture Series”, according to the group’s CEO Bob Vander Plaats. He disclosed that information to a crowd of 50 in Oskaloosa.
  • PPP: Obama leads Palin by eight … in South Dakota?

    02/01/2011 7:43:18 PM PST · by Justaham · 204 replies ^ | 2-1-11 | Allahpundit
    I’m highly skeptical — this is a state the GOP’s won in every election since 1964 — but their sample doesn’t seem obviously skewed to me. The partisan breakdown is 48R/38D/14I; the sample in the state’s 2008 exit poll on election day was 42R/36D/22I. If anything, PPP skewed too heavily towards Republicans. The ideological sample is similarly in line. For PPP, it’s 43 percent conservative, 44 percent moderate, and 13 percent liberal. In 2008 on election day, the exit poll had it 35 percent conservative, 50 percent moderate, and 15 percent liberal. Again, PPP’s numbers tilt against Obama. And their...
  • Graham ‘Real High’ on Thune, Says ’12 Contender Has ‘Unlimited Potential ("Consensus Builder")

    01/28/2011 10:14:33 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | Friday January 28, 2011
    As Rep. Mike Pence bows out, the 2012 presidential field remains “wide open.” Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, one possible contender, will decide whether to launch a bid by the end of February. Earlier this week, he hinted at his interest, telling ABC News that there is a “big opportunity” on the “national field” for someone to step up. He’s also speaking at CPAC next month and increasing his presence in New Hampshire. For now, in the marble halls of the Senate, many of his colleagues are urging him to jump in. GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, for instance, told...
  • Huckabee ahead nationally

    01/21/2011 9:29:29 AM PST · by speciallybland · 45 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 01/21/2011 | Tom Jensen
    For the first time in PPP's national polling for the 2012 Republican nomination there's a clear leader: Mike Huckabee. Huckabee's at 24% to 14% for Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, 11% for Newt Gingrich, 8% for Tim Pawlenty, 7% for Ron Paul, 4% for Mitch Daniels, and 1% for John Thune.
  • John Thune Attacks Conservatives, Ignores Ethanol Support

    12/14/2010 1:53:34 PM PST · by red meat conservative · 9 replies
    Red Meat Conservative ^ | 12/14/10 | Daniel
    Potential presidential candidate John Thune (R-Ethanol) lashed out at conservative critics of the Porkulus II (Obama tax deal) today.  Thune said on the Senate floor,"Inaction is not an option, and advocating against this proposal is no different than advocating for higher taxes.” It's funny that Thune makes no mention of the ethanol subsidies that he so emphatically supports.  He has supported subsides, tariffs, and mandates that have driven up the costs of food and fuel on every American.  If this is not a tax, please explain to us what is. So, Mr. Thune, who is the one who is raising...
  • John Thune and Tim Pawlenty Engaged in Backyard Battle in Iowa?

    12/12/2010 5:33:57 PM PST · by iowaguy1972 · 29 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 12/12/10 | Shane Vander Hart
    POLITICO has an interesting article up today about Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) being engaged in a backyard battle in Iowa.
  • Michigan GOP Numbers

    12/10/2010 2:01:56 PM PST · by speciallybland · 40 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 12/10/2010 | Tom Jensen
    John Engler, largely based on superior name recognition, is the top choice of Michigan Republicans to take on Debbie Stabenow in 2012. Among the more likely roster of potential GOP contenders Pete Hoekstra is the leader by a good margin with only Mike Cox also hitting double digits. 31% of Republican voters say Engler would be their first choice, followed by 24% for Hoekstra, and 12% for Cox. Rounding out the Republicans polled is Terri Lynn Land at 7%, Candice Miller at 5%, Mike Rogers at 4%, Thad McCotter at 3%, and Tim Leuliette at 0%. If Leuliette, who has...
  • Exclusive: Democrats Ask Pentagon for Info on Potential Obama Challengers (The 4th Reich!)

    10/27/2010 2:36:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 153 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | October 27, 2010 | Rick Klein and Luis Martinez
    DNC Requests Records Related to Palin, Romney, Seven Other Possible 2012 Contenders. The Democratic National Committee formally has asked the Pentagon for reams of correspondence between military agencies and nine potential Republican presidential candidates, a clear indication that Democrats are building opposition-research files on specific 2012 contenders even before the midterm elections. An internal Army e-mail obtained by ABC News indicates that the DNC has filed Freedom of Information Act requests for "any and all records of communication" between Army departments and agencies and each of the nine Republicans -- all of whom are widely mentioned as possible challengers to...
  • Move Over "Palin Power",Here Comes "Pence Power"?Is Mike Pence The Dark Horse?

    09/18/2010 8:35:06 PM PDT · by JohnThune2012 · 49 replies
    So What Do You All Think Of "President Mike Pence"? What A SURPRISE He Won The STRAW POLL!! Amongst all the potential candidates,He appears to be the Most Presidential.In a way,Mike Pence can be described as "The Conservative John Kennedy".The Tea Party Movement is looking for the next Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy.Mike Pence would be an ideal candidate being he represents the Rust Belt.What are your views on Mike Pence,and who would make an ideal VP? Paul Ryan?
  • John Thune starts prepping for 2012

    07/27/2010 4:42:19 PM PDT · by JRochelle · 101 replies · 2+ views
    Politico ^ | 7/27/2010 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    With speculation growing that he’ll join the wide-open 2012 Republican presidential field, South Dakota Sen. John Thune plans to roll out a sweeping proposal Tuesday to remake the congressional budget process. Thune’s budget plan would create a joint House-Senate panel on cutting government spending, call for a line-item veto and mandate that 10 percent of the deficit be cut each year until it is eliminated. As he tries to build up his policy credentials, Thune is also stepping up his political travel, headlining a Republican Party of Virginia event on Wednesday, to be followed by trips to Arkansas, California and...
  • Petraeus Gives Shout-Out to B-1B Lancer Fleet

    06/30/2010 10:14:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 6/30/2010 | Greg Grant
    Last week, we wrote that the Air Force Council, the blue suiters board of directors that advises the air chief, was considering deep cuts to force structure to meet aggressive savings targets laid out by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. One option they are reportedly considering is early retirement of all 66 B-1B Lancer bombers, last delivered in the late 1980s. Yesterday, the Lancer fleet got a hearty shout-out from new installed Afghan commander Gen. David Petraeus. “It is a great platform,” he told senators at his confirmation hearing. “It carries a heck of a lot of bombs… and it has...
  • The GOP's Fresh 2012 Faces

    05/14/2010 7:54:26 AM PDT · by moose2004 · 5 replies · 391+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5/14/10 | Mark McKinnon
    Daniels will be hard to match when it comes to substance, detail and record of accomplishment. He inherited a state hundreds of millions in debt and since taking office has balanced every budget. And he’s done it while enacting the largest tax cut in state history, ethics and telecom reform, and a fully-funded tax- and debt-free transportation plan.
  • Assessing John Thune's 2012 chances (He is reportedly considering a run for President in 2012)

    03/30/2010 8:01:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 836+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 03/30/2010 | Chris Cillizza
    Today's candidate filing deadline in South Dakota marks the start of serious talk about Sen. John Thune's potential presidential campaign in 2012. The Thune forces have been loathe to discuss his potential 2012 candidacy while there was still a possibility -- albeit it a VERY slim one -- that he could draw a serious Democratic challenge for his re-election race this fall. But, privately, those close to Thune acknowledge that he has been receiving considerable encouragement to run and is likely to take a hard look at a national bid. Those same sources caution, however, that he remains entirely undecided...
  • Thune: GOP preparing to slow or block health bill in Senate debate

    03/03/2010 11:09:56 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 65 replies · 1,694+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 3, 2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Republicans are preparing to raise points of order and other roadblocks to the healthcare bill, a member of the Senate GOP leadership said Tuesday evening. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the fourth-ranking Senate Republican who serves as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, said the GOP is prepared for a number of scenarios in which they would seek to slow down or halt passage of healthcare legislation once it comes back before the Senate. "I still think it creates a lot of problems when it comes back to the Senate because there will be lots of points of order that will...
  • Romney To Fundraise For Thune

    02/04/2010 10:35:27 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 317 replies · 2,629+ views ^ | 02-03-10 | Erin McPike
    Get out the long lenses in South Dakota: Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is making one of his first high-profile fundraising stops of the 2010 midterm cycle later this month for none other than Sen. John Thune (R-SD), chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Romney will join Thune for a fundraiser to benefit the senator's re-election bid at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls, SD, on Feb. 19, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by National Journal. The suggested contribution is just $100. Romney and Thune met several years ago in the Capitol and have...
  • John Thune considered "safe" for 2010 election

    12/29/2009 7:06:33 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 14 replies · 940+ views
    For John Thune, 2010 looks like a good year to run for re-election. For Tim Johnson, it looks like a good year not to. Thune, the first-term Senate Republican from South Dakota, showed well in a statewide sampling of voters that offered more troubling results for Johnson. Thune’s job approval rating of 57 percent is particularly strong when compared to the 28 percent and 31 percent approval ratings for Democrats and Republicans in Congress overall, respectively.
  • Franken's loud enough, he's rude enough

    12/26/2009 3:03:06 PM PST · by Def Conservative · 47 replies · 2,843+ views
    Twice recently, Mr. Franken's obnoxiousness was on public display. On Dec. 14, after having missed most of a talk by Sen. John Thune, Mr. Franken tore into him, time after time accusing the South Dakota Republican of being dishonest by claiming that the Senate bill would hike taxes immediately while delaying the "spending benefits."
  • Sen. Al Franken Rants and Raves at Sen. John Thune on Senate Floor - Video 12/15/09

    12/15/2009 12:32:42 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 34 replies · 1,498+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 15, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of Minnesota Democrat Sen. Al Franken slamming GOP Sen. John Thune from the Senate Floor over remarks Thune had made about the Democrats' Government Health Care Bill. Thune and Franken went back and forth over whether any benefits from the bill would begin as soon as it is passed, or whether nothing really begins flowing until 2014. Franken comes across as a total jerk in the video, as he rants and raves. . . . (VIDEO)
  • John Thune for President?

    12/09/2009 7:50:53 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 14 replies · 523+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | December 9, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is not on a lot of people's lists of presidential contenders. His name doesn't show up in many straw polls of the GOP faithful. But that doesn't mean he won't be the guy who takes down Obama (or Hillary) in 2012. Back in our November 13, 2009 podcast I made the bold prediction that John Thune would be the next president of the United States. Click the link to hear the excerpt.
  • Meet John Thune

    11/13/2009 11:22:28 AM PST · by GoldStandard · 34 replies · 1,335+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/12/2009 | David Brooks
    Some days the Republican Party seems to be going crazy. Its public image is often shaped by people who appear to have gone into government because they saw it as a steppingstone to talk radio. But deep in the bowels of the G.O.P., there are serious people having quiet conversations. The people holding these conversations created and admired Bob McDonnell’s perfectly executed Virginia gubernatorial campaign. And now as they look to the future of their party, and who might lead it in 2012, the name John Thune keeps popping up. As you may or may not know, Thune is the...
  • CNN Reports on GOP Sen. John Thune; Says there is "Buzz" He May Run for President - Video

    11/12/2009 6:13:28 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 46 replies · 843+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 12, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video report from CNN's Dana Bash on South Dakota GOP Sen. John Thune. The report is amazingly positive about Thune (considering it's from CNN), pointing out that he is a freshman senator who is already in the GOP Leadership. He leads the weekly strategy session each week where the Republican Senators "plot their Obama opposition." The report mentions that Thune's nickname is "Giantkiller" for his victory over former Sen. Majority Leader Tom Daschle when he was elected to the Senate in 2004. Bash says there is speculation that Thune will run for President in 2012, but Thune...
  • Gun Crazy in the Senate (Thune amendment on concealed carry)

    07/21/2009 5:05:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies · 1,299+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 20, 2009
    On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to vote on the latest assault on public safety in the name of gun ownership. Introduced as an amendment to the military’s budget bill by Senator John Thune, a Republican of South Dakota, this radical measure would nullify the laws of almost every state, subjecting police officers to greater risk and increasing the potential for gun violence. Nearly all states issue licenses to carry concealed firearms, but the criteria for granting such permits vary widely, and it is now, sensibly, up to each state to decide whether to accept another state’s permits. At least...
  • Government Ownership Exit Plan Act of 2009

    06/28/2009 5:36:59 PM PDT · by retrogo · 6 replies · 558+ views ^ | John Thune
    The government has taken unprecedented actions over the past 15 months to stabilize the economy, including taking direct ownership stakes in private companies.  This creates a dangerous conflict of interest between the federal government and the private sector.  The government shouldn’t be an owner of companies it regulates in the private marketplace. Ends government ownership of private companies by: Preventing the U.S. Treasury from purchasing additional ownership stakes in private companies in any form, including preferred stock, common stock or warrants.Requiring the U.S. Treasury to sell any ownership stake of private entities by July 1, 2010.Requiring the Secretary of the...
  • Thune Could Replace Ensign on GOP Policy Committee (Thune 2012?)

    06/22/2009 4:39:24 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 33 replies · 1,378+ views
    US News & World Report ^ | June 18, 2009 | Paul Bedard
    We're hearing that South Dakota Sen. John Thune has locked up support to replace Sen. John Ensign as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. The opening came when Ensign admitted to an affair with an ex-aide and could clear the way for Thune, talked about last year as a vice presidential nominee, to run against President Obama in 2012. Tall, somewhat quiet, and Western handsome, Thune is already considered a dragon-slayer, having taken out former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle in 2004 and beating back a base closing in his state during the Bush administration. Should he nail the...
  • Thune: "Don't Play Politics" With Economic Bailout (another yes man)

    10/01/2008 12:33:39 PM PDT · by pissant · 21 replies · 488+ views
    KTIV ^ | 10/1/08 | staff
    Everyone agrees that something has to get done to bailout the economy. But, U.S. Senator John Thune, of South Dakota, says there's a lot of disagreement about how Congress can get it passed. Thune, a republican, blames the pressure of politics, and the election which is four-weeks away. "Don't try and score political points with this," Thune warned. "This is too important to America's economy, it's too important to the state's we represent, and the people we represent. We need to sit down, in a bipartisan way, and not try and play politics." Thune thinks that Monday's meltdown got lawmaker's...
  • Mitchell: Intensity of Palin's Popularity . . . Might Be Bad Thing

    09/02/2008 11:20:44 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies · 285+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is there nothing—nothing?—that the MSM won't try to spin against Sarah Palin? They've turned the matter of her Down syndrome son into a suggestion she will neglect her child. Twisted the news of her daughter's pregnancy into a "damaging revelation" that will cause her image to "suffer." Now, in perhaps the most acrobatic stunt yet, Andrea Mitchell has suggested that the intensity of support that Palin's nomination has unleashed among Republicans . . . could be a bad thing. View video.
  • GOP Senators Killing Energy Issue for Republicans and America

    08/12/2008 8:18:51 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 39 replies · 163+ views ^ | 12 Aug 08 | Bobby Eberle
    Last week, I wrote on efforts by House GOP members to draw attention to the fact that Nancy Pelosi sent House members home for the summer without a vote on domestic oil drilling. The American people want it, and the GOP House members are fighting for it. I also wrote on how big the energy issue is. It could be THE issue of the upcoming elections... an issue upon which Republicans could run AND win. However, this is a new week, and whenever too much time passes, there is bound to be a new effort by the GOP to stall...
  • Con-Artist GOP Senators Connive to Thwart Drilling

    08/08/2008 2:47:47 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 39 replies · 162+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/8/08 | Purple Mountains
    Those of us who got our hopes up that $4 gas would finally galvanize the country to break the strangle-hold the extremists in the environmental movement have on our lives and on our future – and impel the Congress to do something sensible for a change – are going to have to grit our teeth and fight even harder. Not only have these five Republican Senators joined with Democrat environmentalists to scuttle all attempts for citizens of the U.S.A. to begin to achieve some semblance of energy independence, but they may have robbed John McCain of the hottest issue to...
  • 1996: Independents add interest to U.S. House race (South Dakota)

    03/07/2008 11:51:25 PM PST · by Kurt Evans · 12 replies · 366+ views
    The Aberdeen American News (SD) ^ | October 26, 1996 | Lance Nixon
    The two Independent candidates on this year's ballot for U.S. House of Representatives each expect to draw more votes than Independents traditionally have gleaned in South Dakota, and that could make a difference in how the Democratic and Republican candidates fare. Independent Stacey Nelson said Friday he expects to draw between 15 and 55 percent of the popular vote. Independent Kurt Evans said that he estimated his support at 5 to 8 percent of the vote as of Oct. 24... Democrat Rick Weiland and Republican John Thune are expecting to share most of the votes. Weiland's campaign press secretary Clay...
  • Hitchens: She'd Run 'As George Wallace' To Beat 'Shallow and Flaky' Obama

    03/05/2008 8:49:13 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 61 replies · 257+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    When Christopher Hitchens came on today's Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough began by inviting him to comment on "last night's" results. Quipped the famously hard-living Hitchens: "I'm still thinking of it as this morning's result. I hope it doesn't show." Unfortunately for Christopher, it did. See screencap. But whatever price Hitchens was paying for indulgences of the night before did nothing to blunt his acerbic wit. The quondam Englishman turned naturalized American offered acid observations about both Dem contenders. Hillary was first in his sights. He described as "slightly sinister" her listing during last night's victory speech of Florida and...
  • Long list before short list for veep

    02/10/2008 1:24:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies · 286+ views
    The Press of Atlantic City ^ | February 10, 2008 | Nancy Benac
    Yes, yes, yes, it's much too early to start thinking about running mates. Too bad. People are doing it anyway. And even though they won't admit it, odds are that Sens. John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are giving it at least some thought. So, too, are people who turn up their noses at the suggestion they might be a good fit, yet secretly harbor ambitions of getting the nod. Veepstakes speculation - always an undercurrent with a presidential election afoot - intensified this past week after Mitt Romney dropped out of the race, helping to clear McCain's...
  • 1996: Congressional candidates debate economics (Early call for Fair Tax)

    01/09/2008 1:12:04 AM PST · by Kurt Evans · 8 replies · 176+ views
    The candidates for South Dakota's lone U.S. House seat debated again Sunday night, and, for the most part, refrained from direct attacks and addressed questions from citizen panelists. The forum, at the South Dakota Public Broadcasting studios in Vermillion, was broadcast on radio and television. It featured five panelists and audience members asking questions of Democrat Rick Weiland, Republican John Thune and independents Stacey Nelson and Kurt Evans. Most of the questions dealt with economic matters. One panelist, noting that the net worth of the three richest people in the nation is three times the value of all of South...