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  • Obama’s blunders bolster Jeb Bush’s 2016 chances

    06/11/2014 7:55:15 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 64 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 6/11/14 | Darrell Delamaide
    Every political misstep by President Barack Obama and every dodge by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi brings us closer to a Jeb Bush candidacy in 2016 and an unprecedented third president from the same family. With the 2014 midterm elections all but over except for counting the votes — yes, Republicans will win a majority in the Senate — there is a slow but steady momentum building for Jeb Bush to re-expand the Republican tent toward the center.
  • The Greek tragedy that is David Dewhurst’s political career

    05/27/2014 9:47:41 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/14 | Aaron Blake
    Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) is very likely to lose his reelection bid today, in what would be the latest huge setback (and a potentially fatal blow) in a once-promising political career that had the wealthy second-in-command on a crash course for the U.S. Senate. In doing so, Dewhurst is likely to become the first big-name Republican to lose two primaries against the tea party — and only two years apart. So what the heck happened to David Dewhurst? In sum: The seeds for his likely loss were planted long ago, and it's not all his fault. But there...
  • Tea Party Victory Seen in Today's GOP Primary Runoff (Texas)

    05/27/2014 7:15:33 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    WOAI ^ | 5/27/14 | WOAI
    The once promising political career of three term Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is expected to come to an end today, as challenger Dan Patrick is expected to defeat Dewhurst in today's Republican runoff, handing the Tea Party one of its biggest victories of the year, 1200 WOAI news reports.
  • Tea party takeover of Texas GOP is nearly complete

    05/27/2014 6:28:53 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 5/27/14 | Gromer Jeffers Jr.
    There’s panic in some quarters of the Texas Republican Party. The movement conservatives are poised to strike a mighty blow in Tuesday’s runoff elections. If all goes well for these tea partiers and libertarians, they will be on the way to taking control of critical statewide offices and key seats in the Legislature. The list includes Dan Patrick for lieutenant governor and Ken Paxton for attorney general. The crowd already scored a victory in Dallas with businessman Don Huffines’ win over incumbent state Sen. John Carona. So how did this all happen? Republicans have had solid control over all parts...
  • Texas Runoffs Could Be End For Dewhurst

    05/27/2014 6:23:42 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | 5/27/14 | AP
    Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has been one of the most powerful figures in Texas since 2002, but he could be ousted Tuesday by GOP voters who appear ready to steer the state even further to the right by backing tea party favorites over establishment candidates. Despite spending $5 million of his own fortune on his campaign, Dewhurst has struggled to gain ground on state Sen. Dan Patrick. A victory by Patrick, a fiery conservative talk radio host and founder of the Legislature’s tea party caucus, would complete the overhaul of every elected statewide office next year when Gov. Rick...
  • Dewhurst Vs. Patrick In Republican Lieutenant Governor Debate (Dewhurst down 20 pts in polls)

    05/03/2014 5:13:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    KERA ^ | 5/2/14 | Daniel Kramer / Michael Stravato
    The two Republican lieutenant governor candidates, David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick, faced off Friday night in a runoff debate. The debate took place at the studios of Houston Public Media. The runoff is May 27. The latest polls show Dewhurst, the current lieutenant governor, far behind Patrick, a state senator. Here’s a look at the race from KUHF, Houston’s public radio station: It's unusual for the incumbent to be unseated, but Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is as many as 20 points behind state Sen. Dan Patrick in the polls.
  • Jeb Bush Outlines Campaign Strategy, Should He Choose to Run

    04/06/2014 2:08:34 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/6/14 | PETER BAKER
    With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he ran for president: one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education. Even as he sharply criticized President Obama for his handling of foreign affairs and health care, Mr. Bush made clear that he would run against the style of politics that has characterized recent Republican nominating contests. He said he would decide by the end of the year, in part on whether he thought that with a “hopeful” message, he could avoid “the...
  • Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal to join forces in ad

    04/04/2014 7:29:44 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/04/2014 | JAMES HOHMANN
    Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal appear in a commercial that will air Sunday to promote NewRepublican.org, a project focused on outlining a positive GOP agenda for the future. The former Florida governor and the current Louisiana governor, both potential 2016 presidential candidates, support a super PAC that is the brainchild of Republican strategist Alex Castellanos. “If you believe that every parent ought to be able to choose their child’s school, and that the economy should be driven from the bottom up, not the top down from Washington, then you’re thinking like a New Republican,” Bush says to the camera at...
  • Jeb Bush Giving 2016 'Serious Look'

    03/19/2014 1:26:12 PM PDT · by This Just In · 155 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 18, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sees an opening in the 2016 field and is seriously considering an attempt to become the third member of his family to occupy the White House.
  • Jeb Bush’s Bush Problem Clouds 2016 (6% support in polls is worse than Romney...)

    03/07/2014 11:22:51 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/6/14 | Rick Klein
    If 2016 brings another Bush-Clinton matchup, not all famous last names are equal at the start. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll makes clear why it’s better to be associated with the 42nd president than the 43rd and 41st, at least for now. The poll has plenty of good news for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Two-thirds of Americans say they’d consider voting for Clinton in 2016, and a full 25 percent say they will definitely support her. Again, among all Americans – not just Democrats, or Democrats and independents – one in four say they are fully on board for Hillary...
  • Gov. Chris Christie goes to Puerto Rico as New Jersey digs out of Nor’easter

    02/17/2014 5:39:13 AM PST · by cll · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 2/15/2014 | Tim O'Connor
    As New Jersey dug out Friday from the Nor’easter and braced for more snowflakes on Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie jetted off to Puerto Rico for some sun and fun, CNN reported on Friday. “After the storm had passed, the governor left the state [Friday] morning for a long weekend away with his family, and he will return Monday night,” Christie spokesman Colin Reed told the network.
  • Republicans 'must act' on immigration reform, McCain says

    02/16/2014 8:52:26 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/14 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    As the debate brews over whether Republicans will take up the task of pushing through immigration reform, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday said he is hopeful Republicans will put something forward. "I have not given up hope that we would act and we must act," McCain said on "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley. "In states like mine, the demographics will only overtake and throughout the whole southwest," McCain said referencing the Hispanic vote he said Republicans need to win a national election. McCain stood by his past comments that Republicans would not be able to win another...
  • Matt Bevin: Mitch McConnell can’t win in November

    02/10/2014 10:48:17 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/10/14 | Katie Glueck
    Matt Bevin, the tea party primary challenger aiming to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, charged Monday that McConnell can’t win a general election. In remarks at a Washington, D.C. event sponsored by the tea party-affiliated group FreedomWorks PAC, Bevin painted himself as the only Republican who can beat Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in what is already among the most high-profile races of the 2014 midterm cycle. “We run a tremendous risk of losing this seat in Kentucky to someone who does not represent Kentucky values,” Bevin said. “We run the risk of losing this seat because of a...
  • Top Texas Republicans Avoid Chris Christie’s Fundraising Events

    02/06/2014 10:02:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/6/14 | Michael Falcone
    As head of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie is expected to be out of state fundraising quite a bit. But he did not expect the current storm clouds to follow him from New Jersey to Texas where he is today. While fundraising for the RGA in Dallas and Fort Worth, the Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa will be shadowing Christie. More interesting is who will not be present – both Texas Gov. Rick Perry and leading GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, the Dallas Morning News reports. “Governors come to our state regularly for a variety of reasons...
  • Tea Party goes after GOP incumbents McConnell & Graham

    02/04/2014 2:54:20 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/4/14 | S.A. Miller
    A top Tea Party group practically declared war on the Republican Party establishment Monday, launching a super PAC to target GOP incumbents in Senate races who don’t meet its conservative standards. In announcing the move, the Tea Party Patriots’ Super PAC put a bull’s-eye on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who already face tough re-election contests. “Both Lindsay Graham and Mitch McConnell vote with President Obama more frequently than they vote the way the people in the Tea Party movement would want them to vote,” Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin, who is...
  • Chris Christie to speak at CPAC

    02/03/2014 6:52:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/3/14 | Tal Kopan
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference next month, despite a snub from the group last year and the ongoing controversy over the George Washington Bridge closures. Christie has accepted an invitation to address CPAC, POLITICO confirmed Monday.
  • Put Christie under oath

    02/01/2014 6:36:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/31/14 | Editorial Board
    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men will never put Chris Christie together again if New Jersey’s governor fails to refute the accusation that he knew of the George Washington Bridge lane closures as they were taking place. In that event, Christie’s governorship is over and he should prepare to face a federal criminal probe as a private citizen. Resignation would be a must. Otherwise, impeachment would be a snap. Christie stands on the brink of ruin thanks to David Wildstein, the high school pal who, as his Port Authority enforcer, ordered the closures that plunged Fort Lee...
  • Cruz won't praise Gillespie after Va. entrance

    01/20/2014 11:27:59 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2014, 12:20 pm | Cameron Joseph
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) refused say whether he thinks former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie (R) will be a good candidate for Virginia's Senate race, putting the National Republican Senatorial Committee vice chairman at odds with its chairman and many in his party.Cruz repeatedly refused to say what he thinks of Gillespie's background or chances as a candidate against Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)."I like Ed Gillespie, he is a friend of mine, he's a good man. That's ultimately a decision for the voters of Virginia," Cruz told The Hill on Thursday evening, hours after Gillespie entered the race.He demurred...
  • Why the GOP cavalry is not coming to Chris Christie’s rescue

    01/13/2014 10:59:58 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/13/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Chris Christie is one of the GOP's brightest stars and one of its best hopes for 2016. But during his toughest hour, he simply hasn't been able to count on a chorus of national GOP support rallying full-bore to his side. -snip- Christie's rise in GOP circles is in no small part due to an invisible but immensely powerful donor and power broker class that loves him. This wing of the party tried to woo him to run for president in 2012, even after Mitt Romney was in the race. And they are expected to be there for him in...
  • Chris Christie faces probe for alleged misuse of Sandy funds

    01/13/2014 8:01:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01/13/2014
    U.S. investigators are looking into whether embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie misused about $2 million in Superstorm Sandy relief funds for an ad campaign that put him in the spotlight in an election year, a lawmaker said on Monday. Already enmeshed in a scandal over snarled traffic at the George Washington Bridge, Christie, a rising star in the Republican party, is now being audited by the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat. The inspector is focusing on a federally financed $25 million Jersey Shore marketing...
  • Mitch McConnell claims to be conservative in new ad

    01/13/2014 5:43:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    Marxist collaborator Mitch McConnell kicked off his reelection campaign last week with a new ad in which he claimed to be a conservative who loves America. This is the same Mitch McConnell that: •Told GOP donors that Tea Party activists needed to be punched in the face •Opposed the Ted Cruz-led partial shutdown of the tyrannical federal government •Bribed Kentucky voters with $3 billion in taxpayer money •Defends Obama’s illegal NSA spying •Works behind-the-scenes to pass amnesty To add insult to injury, the ad featured Rand Paul– whom Mitch McConnell opposed in 2010, and who only reluctantly agreed to endorse...
  • Jeb Bush is best presidential candidate for GOP in 2016

    01/10/2014 11:24:51 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 132 replies
    Clearwater Gazette ^ | 1/9/13 | Barney Bishop
    As the political winds are turning to presidential politics in 2016, now is the time for Republicans to start thinking about their ticket. I know it's early, but the top of the Democratic ticket has already been pretty much decided by the mainstream media. It's Hillary and whoever she wants as her veep. For the Republicans, they will need someone at the top of the ticket who is principled. He'll keep his campaign promises. He must have an economic issue that will resonate with women because men already support the GOP. Women — especially independent women — are the holy...
  • Rudy Giuliani among few Republicans supporting Christie during Bridgegate scandal

    01/10/2014 7:50:55 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/10/14 | LESLIE LARSON
    Christie, 51, leads the Republican Governors Association and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was one of the few members to stand in support with Christie, expressing her support after his press conference. Rudy Giuliani came out to support Christie on Friday and RNC Chair Reince Priebus praised Christie for his transparency.
  • Romney's Presidential Dreams Crash in Emotional 'Mitt' Trailer (Spoiler Alert!)

    12/18/2013 12:25:29 PM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Mashable ^ | December 1, 2013 | Brian Anthony Hernandez
    (Spoiler Alert!)Netflix's new trailer for Mitt, a documentary about Mitt Romney's run for president of the United States, begins where the Republican candidate's journey ends: the moment he realizes he lost the election to Barack Obama. The film, directed by Greg Whiteley, premieres Jan. 24. It details the behind-the-scenes actions of Romney's aspirations starting in 2006 and concluding at his concession speech in 2012. Among the moments Whiteley captured was this odd way to iron his clothes: *****Image in Comments****** “I first met and filmed the Romney family in Park City [Utah] in 2006 as they gathered to discuss whether...
  • Shock: The new documentary about Mitt Romney looks … really good

    12/18/2013 9:09:05 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 39 replies
    HotAir ^ | 12/18/2013 | Allahpundit
    It’s early for a palate cleanser but I’m not sure this doesn’t qualify as legit news. I … did not expect to find myself eager to revisit the Romney 2012 campaign on film, but here we are, my friends. Here we are. It’s true that the trailer is more humanizing than anything Romney’s campaign did for him, but the deck is stacked. The bio video that the GOP produced for the convention was solid but nothing as stage-managed as campaign propaganda will ever have the disarming charm of behind-the-scenes footage of the candidates in unguarded moments. Plus, the trailer’s cheating...
  • Scott Brown moving to New Hampshire

    12/17/2013 5:45:43 PM PST · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 17, 2013
    Former senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is selling his home in Massachusetts and moving to New Hampshire — perhaps the clearest sign yet that he's serious about running for Senate in the Granite State two years after losing his seat in its neighbor to the south.
  • Alexander: Chief of Staff under investigation for child porn

    12/11/2013 9:17:04 AM PST · by don-o · 28 replies
    WJHL-TV ^ | December 11, 2013
    U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander says his chief of staff is under investigation for child pornography. In a statement released shortly before noon, Alexander says law enforcement is searching the home of Ryan Loskarn. Alexander also said he was stunned and disappointed about what he has learned and he has placed Loskarn on administrative leave. The full text of the statement is below: WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement: "I was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel's office that law enforcement agents are conducting a search of the personal residence of...
  • Tea partiers line up to tackle GOP senators (Karl Rove, Chamber of Amnesty deeply saddened...)

    12/11/2013 8:17:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/13 | MANU RAJU and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    GOP senators have aggressively tried to keep their conservative base at bay to ensure there’s virtually no space on their right for a primary foe to emerge. That didn’t work so well. Republican primary challengers are lining up to take on sitting senators next year in eight of the 12 races involving sitting GOP senators, gunning for party leaders like Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, veterans like Thad Cochran in Mississippi and Pat Roberts in Kansas and deal-makers like Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. Texas Sen. John Cornyn became the latest target this week, when a fiercely conservative congressman, Steve Stockman,...
  • Mitch McConnell: Senate Conservatives Fund ‘counterproductive’

    12/10/2013 6:27:03 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/10/13 | JOSE DELREAL
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) defended his condemnation of the Senate Conservatives Fund on Tuesday and stressed that despite his disputes with the organization he remains a fan of the tea party movement at large. “Let me make it clear: I’m a big fan of the tea party movement. It’s been extremely important in helping us regain the House and do well in the Senate in 2010,” McConnell told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto.
  • GOP Senate hopeful Jack Kingston: Don’t let Obamacare fail

    11/26/2013 4:00:06 PM PST · by Ray76 · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Nov 26, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A Republican lawmaker hoping to grab a Senate seat in the next election says the GOP shouldn’t let Obamacare fail — it would be irresponsible.
  • Report: Jeb Bush might jump into 2016 race if Christie looks weak outside the northeast

    11/15/2013 8:39:08 AM PST · by Bratch · 64 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 13, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Alternate headline: “Second look at Chris Christie?” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gets all the love as the current GOP front-runner for 2016 (to the extent there can even be a front runner three years out.) But there is growing chatter in elite New York financial circles that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is giving more serious consideration to getting in the race, especially if it appears at any point that Christie is not drawing big national appeal beyond the northeast. Several plugged in GOP sources said Bush has moved from almost certainly staying out to a 30 percent chance...
  • Cornyn calls for halt to ObamaCare navigators on heels of undercover video

    11/12/2013 11:03:22 AM PST · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/12/2013 | fox news
    Republican Sen. John Cornyn -- citing Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' recent admission that felons potentially could become ObamaCare navigators as well as new undercover video showing questionable behavior by these officials -- called Monday for the program to be halted. Cornyn ripped the program after conservative activist James O'Keefe released a new video that appears to depict ObamaCare navigators, in Cornyn's home state of Texas, encouraging applicants to fib on their applications. "This behavior is unacceptable, and is yet another broken piece of a deeply flawed system. The Obama administration should stop this program immediately," Cornyn said in a statement....
  • Chris Christie's provincial problem: Can he win outside the Northeast?

    11/12/2013 11:22:21 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 46 replies
    The Week ^ | November 12, 2013 | Jon Terbush
    If the entire nation were one big New Jersey, Chris Christie would have the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in the bag....an NBC poll out Tuesday found that Christie was the preferred candidate of GOP voters in just one region, the Northeast. There, 57 percent of Republicans said they would support Christie in a GOP primary versus 22 percent who said they would not. However, pluralities of Republicans everywhere else said they would prefer a different candidate. Christie trailed a generic "other" GOPer in the Midwest (35/30 percent), the South (29/27 percent) and the West (40/22 percent.)
  • [August 29, 2012] Chris Christie, tamed and leashed at the RNC (Flashback)

    11/12/2013 6:08:53 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 29, 2012 | Charles Hurt
    TAMPA, Fla. — What the heck happened to Chris Christie? Everyone eagerly anticipating his signature New Jersey-style smackdown on the first night of the Republican convention walked away scratching his head wondering who or what muted the famously uncontainable, confrontational, loud-mouthed governor. His speech was so tame and devoid of red meat, it could have been delivered by George H.W. Bush at a United Nations convention. Once it was clear how toothless a speech it would be, it became almost painful to watch him. It was like watching an episode of “Jersey Shore” with Snooki sober and fully dressed in...
  • Poll: Lee Bright Becomes Main Challenger to Lindsey Graham

    11/04/2013 7:23:01 AM PST · by C. Edmund Wright · 35 replies
    The Republican Liberty Caucus ^ | 10-30-13 | Liberty Caucus Staff
    A poll conducted by Harper Polling released today shows US Senator Lindsey Graham remains vulnerable and within the margin of error of being forced into a head-to-head runoff against a conservative challenger in the 2014 South Carolina Republican primary for re-election. Meanwhile, among those vying to replace Graham, South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright has broken away as the main challenger with more support than all others taking on Graham combined.
  • Iraq veteran to challenge John Cornyn’s Senate seat

    11/04/2013 5:12:53 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    blog.chron.com ^ | 11/1/13 | Nora Lindtner
    <p>Erick Wyatt, a 37-year-old veteran of the war in Iraq, is running for Sen. John Cornyn’s seat in the Republican primary in March 2014.</p> <p>The young Veteran said he does not think Cornyn is doing a good job representing Texas, and the current Senator is “a moderate at best.”</p>
  • Romney: Christie 'Could Easily Become Our Nominee and Save Our Party’ [barf alert]

    11/03/2013 6:55:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 118 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/3/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who lost the 2012 election to President Barack Obama, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he believed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could “easily” become the GOP presidential nominee in 2016 and “save our party.” Christie most recently made national news when he decided to drop a legal challenge to rulings in New Jersey state courts that declared same-sex marriage legal there. And not long before that, he changed his position on the question of whether illegal aliens should get in-state tuition rates at New Jersey state colleges. Now he backs legislation...
  • Bush prescribes conservative blueprint for Washington

    10/29/2013 1:48:33 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/28/13 | Dana Davidsen
    A prominent figure in the Republican party and one to watch as 2016 approaches, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Monday night offered a fiscal and social blueprint for the conservative movement, pushing for economic freedom and a repeal of Obamacare. Speaking before a crowd of who's-who in the Republican Party, Bush decried Washington's current fiscal path as bogged down with unnecessary bureaucratic regulations and laden with policies that benefit the rich while disenfranchising the working-class. "Our current policy awards portfolio Americans at the expense of pay check America while enabling the greatest sustained deficits in American history," -snip- "Much of...
  • Lamar Alexander: 'Somebody ought to be fired' (you fund it, you bought it, Senator!)

    10/23/2013 1:04:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 10/23/13 | Lucy McAlmont
    Sen. Lamar Alexander said Wednesday that someone ought to be fired over the online glitches surrounding the Affordable Care Act, whether it’s President Barack Obama, or someone else. “Somebody needs to be on the flagpole for this, and somebody ought to be fired. If the president’s not going to resign, he should fire somebody else,” Alexander said during Fox News’s “Happening Now.” Alexander (R-Tenn.) added that “the president first” is to blame, but wouldn’t say whether Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should be fired. “Well, that’s up to be president. I think he should make that decision,” Alexander...
  • Will Boehner break the “Hastert Rule” today? The Hastert Rule explained

    10/16/2013 9:40:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10/16/13 | Lynn Sweet
    In a 2003 speech, then Speaker Denny Hastert (R-Ill.) discussed his House management guidelines that became known as “The Hastert Rule.” The rule calls for a leader not to send legislation to the House floor for a vote unless it has the support of the majority of the majority. On Wednesday, with just hours left to raise the debt ceiling or risk default, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)–who has been holding fast to the Hastert Rule–has to decide whether to break it.
  • Senate GOP concludes meeting with Obama (Mitch McConnell's Surrender Summit...)

    10/11/2013 10:49:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    The HIll ^ | 10/11/13 | Justin Sink
    Senate Republicans met with President Obama for more than 90 minutes on Friday, as lawmakers search for a breakthrough agreement that could end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Like House Republicans the night before, the GOP senators departed the White House without speaking to reporters. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted shortly after the meeting that it was a "very good discussion." "Nothing obvious decided, but hope," he tweeted. "I'm surprised there may be progress."
  • McCain wants House to pass clean funding bill

    10/09/2013 4:36:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 9, 2013 | Mario Trujillo
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday said he would like to see a clean funding resolution pass the House to end the government shutdown. McCain expressed hesitancy at criticizing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) or Republicans in the House but said he is trying to convince them to sit down and negotiate. “I would like to see that myself,” McCain said on CNN when asked if he would like to see the House take up the measure. “But also again I really am hesitant to pile on members of the House of Representatives.” “I try to keep in mind that many...
  • Ryan Drops All Obamacare Demands in WSJ Op-Ed

    10/09/2013 1:27:43 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 134 replies
    breitbart ^ | 10/9/13 | ben shapiro
    On Monday, former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, suggesting that Republicans drop all Obamacare demands in their push for a deal on the debt ceiling and a continuing resolution to fund the government. Instead, he suggested that Republicans look for a bargain on entitlement reform, a pet project of his, as well as tax reform. “This isn't a grand bargain. For that, we need a complete rethinking of government's approach to helping the most vulnerable, and a complete rethinking of government's approach to health care. But right now, we need...
  • Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus won't seek re-election(amnesty supporter retires)

    10/02/2013 6:30:30 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 6 replies
    Fox news ^ | 10/02/2013 | Ass press
    Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus, the longest-serving member of Alabama's House delegation, said Monday he will not seek re-election in 2014 after his current term. The 6th District congressman, who first made the announcement during a live interview on WBRC-TV, said he is too worried about problems like the national debt to resign, yet he also is frustrated by the climate in Washington
  • Senate Majority Pac Launches New Radio Ad in 30 Years is too long campaign (McConnell)

    09/30/2013 5:51:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    Ad Highlights Mitch McConnell’s Long Career Of Making Things Worse In Washington (Washington DC) As part of the ongoing “30 Years Is Too Long Campaign,” a new radio ad launched today highlights the disastrous record of failure and gridlock that Mitch McConnell has racked up in his 10,000 days as a U.S. Senator. Mitch McConnell has had 30 years to make things better in Washington, but instead it’s just gotten worse. After 10,000 days of Mitch McConnell in Washington, we’ve got $16 trillion in debt and he’s out of touch with Kentucky. The ad fights back against the latest misleading...
  • Who voted for the House short-term budget plan? (RINO Scott Rigell Va. voted NO)

    09/20/2013 9:34:13 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 9/20/13 | Ed O'Keefe
    The House passed a short-term spending plan Friday morning that would continue funding government operations through mid-December and withhold funding for President Obama’s signature health-care law, the opening act in what promises to be a several-act drama over how to pay for government operations and raise the federal debt limit. -snip- Which Republican voted against the budget plan?: Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.)
  • The Day John Boehner Admitted He's Totally at a Loss

    09/12/2013 5:45:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Molly Ball
    On Tuesday, after John Boehner’s last gambit to pass a government-funding bill ran aground in the face of a Tea Party revolt, a reporter asked the House speaker if he had any idea what he’d do next. “No. Do you have an idea?” Boehner replied, according to Politico. “They’ll just shoot it down anyway.” Boehner’s dilemma -- finding a way to satisfy the right wing of his caucus that doesn’t involve shutting down the government -- isn’t new. The debate rages in Washington over whether he has an impossible job or whether he’s just terrible at it, but it doesn't...
  • Boehner Seeks Democrats’ Help in Avoiding Shutdown

    09/12/2013 1:59:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 12, 2013 | By JONATHAN WEISMAN
    With the Syrian crisis receding on Capitol Hill, Congress on Thursday plunged back into its bitter fiscal standoff as Speaker John A. Boehner appealed to the Obama administration and Democratic leaders to help him resolve divisions in the Republican ranks that could lead to a government shutdown by month’s end. In meetings with Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders on Thursday after a session with Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Wednesday, Mr. Boehner pleaded for a resumption of negotiations that could keep the government running and yield a deficit-reduction deal that would convince b>recalcitrant conservatives to raise the government’s borrowing...
  • Missouri House fails to override veto of tax cut legislation

    09/11/2013 1:42:01 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 37 replies
    STL Today (St. Louis Post Dispatch) ^ | Sept. 11, 2013 | Elizabeth Crisp
    JEFFERSON CITY • The Missouri House has failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation that would cut state income taxes for the first time in nearly a century. The vote, which happened after more than an hour and a half of debate near the start of the state Legislature’s annual veto session today, signaled a key victory for Nixon, who has spent the summer advocating against the tax legislation, which he often characterized as poorly drafted. “This (legislation) is bad tax policy and bad public policy,” state Rep. Jill Schupp, a Creve Coeur Democrat who spoke out against...
  • Rubio's Immigration Threat

    09/02/2013 7:28:41 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/23/13 | STEPHEN MOORE
    The buzz in Washington continues over Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's assertion last week that if Congress stalls out on immigration reform, President Obama may legalize many of the 11 million illegal immigrants administratively. The Florida lawmaker told a radio station that Mr. Obama will be "tempted to issue an executive order like he did for the Dream Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen." Then he added, "a year from now we could find ourselves with all 11 million people here legally under an executive order from the president."...