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  • They’re Coming For Your Home

    05/23/2016 5:03:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    They’re coming for your home. Right now. I suggest you save it. I can guide you, but you must do exactly as I say. Except, this isn’t The Matrix. You’re no actor, like Keanu Reeves, playing a distraught programmer-hacker named “Neo.” Nor am I an actor, like Laurence Fishburne, playing your guide “Morpheus.” This is real life, baby. Your home or apartment—and the neighborhood in which you live—is under siege. “Agents”—sans black glasses and black business suits—who work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have written a new regulation called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) that...
  • Poll: Utah would vote for a Democrat for president over Trump

    03/20/2016 1:04:47 PM PDT · by jurtal · 17 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 3/20/16 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — If Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party's nominee, Utahns would vote for a Democrat for president in November for the first time in more than 50 years, according to a new Deseret News/KSL poll. ... While Clinton was only slightly ahead of Trump — 38 percent to 36 percent — Sanders, a self-declared Democratic socialist, holds a substantial lead — 48 percent to 37 percent over the billionaire businessman and reality TV star among likely Utah voters. Read More
  • Poll: Utah would vote for a Democrat for president over Trump

    03/20/2016 12:24:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 158 replies
    Deseret News ^ | March 20, 2016 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — If Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party's nominee, Utahns would vote for a Democrat for president in November for the first time in more than 50 years, according to a new Deseret News/KSL poll. "I believe Donald Trump could lose Utah. If you lose Utah as a Republican, there is no hope," said former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, a top campaign adviser to the GOP's 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney. he poll found that may well be true. Utah voters said they would reject Trump, the GOP frontrunner, whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont...
  • Senate GOPs Refuse to Budge on Obama's 'Bipartisan' SCOTUS Pick

    03/16/2016 10:49:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 16, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    Despite President Obama citing the bipartisan congressional support his Supreme Court pick received in the past, Senate Republicans vowed to remain firm on not moving nominee Merrick Garland forward. Garland, a Harvard Law grad and the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997, stood by Obama's side in the Rose Garden today as the president detailed the judge's list of accomplishments. During the confirmation process to the D.C. Circuit, Obama noted, "he earned overwhelming bipartisan praise from senators and legal experts alike." "Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, who was then chairman...
  • The Potential Nomination of Merrick Garland (flashback)

    03/16/2016 8:07:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    scotusblog.com ^ | 3/16/16 | Tom Goldstein
    After graduating with honors from Harvard University and Harvard Law School, D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland clerked for Judge Henry Friendly on the Second Circuit and then for Justice William Brennan. Garland has spent most of his career in public service, much like Justice Samuel Alito. Both served as Assistant United States Attorneys and as high-level aides to Attorneys General. If nominated and confirmed to the Court, Garland would be the third sitting justice with prosecutorial experience (joining Justices Alito and Sotomayor). But while Alito remained in government, Garland's career also included several years in private practice at Arnold &...
  • Orrin Hatch Names Hillary Clinton as Possible Supreme Court Nominee

    04/12/2010 9:48:47 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 103 replies · 2,740+ views
    CBS News ^ | 12 April, 2010 | Stephanie Condon
    Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, one of the top Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Monday morning that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been mentioned as a possible nominee to the Supreme Court. "I even heard the name Hillary Clinton today, and that would be an interesting person in the mix," Hatch said on NBC's "Today Show." The senator said he would not pre-judge whether any potential nominee would be an appropriate candidate to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, but he had general praise for the secretary of state. "I happen to like Hillary Clinton, I think she's...
  • 49 Senators OK Common Core Advocate as Education Secretary

    03/15/2016 6:54:04 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 44 replies
    dailysignal ^ | March 14, 2016 | Leah Jessen
    The Senate voted 49-40 Monday evening to confirm John B. King Jr., President Barack Obama’s nominee, as secretary of education. A total of 11 senators did not vote on King’s confirmation, while those who voted against him cited his loyalty to the system and support for Common Core education standards. King, 41, has been the acting secretary of the Department of Education since January, after Arne Duncan stepped down from the Cabinet post at the end of last year. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, spoke in support of King on the Senate floor....
  • Orrin Hatch endorses Marco Rubio

    02/22/2016 2:44:52 PM PST · by pilgrim · 103 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/22/16 3:49 PM | Ryan Lovelace
    Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president, the senator's staff confirmed to the Washington Examiner. Hatch is one of the highest ranking Republicans in Congress, and he is third in the line of the succession to the U.S. presidency as president pro tempore of the United States Senate. The six-term senator had previously endorsed Jeb Bush and sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2000. Hatch's endorsement could be interpreted as a sign of the party's governing class rallying to Rubio.
  • 207 members of Congress file amicus brief on behalf of Little Sisters of the Poor

    01/13/2016 1:09:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | January 13, 2016 | Rebecca Downs
    Speaker Paul Ryan invited the Little Sisters of the Poor to join him as his guests for the State of the Union. But that’s not the only way in which they’re getting a helping hand from Congress. The office of Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) issued a press release with a link to a bipartisan amicus brief signed by 207 members of Congress in support of the Little Sisters of the Poor. The amicus brief was sent to the Supreme Court in support of the Catholic group and other non-profit organizations in the upcoming case of Zubik vs. Burwell. Such groups...
  • Is Trump GOP's choice? Utah delegation says no

    01/01/2016 4:25:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | January 1, 2016 | Lisa Riley Roche
    WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump continues to lead in national polls among the many GOP contenders for president, but members of Utah's all-Republican congressional delegation said they believe voters will make a different choice. "It's a problem because he's both an asset and a tremendous liability," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said of the possibility the billionaire businessman and reality TV star could become the Republican nominee in 2016. Trump is attracting huge crowds, "telling people what they want to hear, and they're all mad at everybody here" in Washington, Hatch said. "But you still have to be responsible, no matter what...
  • Bill to Ban Travel for "Tax-Accused" Americans (Orrin Hatch, Senate GOPe's latest RINO betrayal)

    08/13/2015 5:23:45 AM PDT · by Javeth · 58 replies
    Conservative Refocus ^ | July 16, 2015 | Barry
    Freedom to travel is a fundamental and internationally recognized human right. Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states: Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country. Congress ratified the UDHR on April 2, 1992. But it’s now having second thoughts. The “right to travel” makes some politicians very nervous. Consider the issue from their viewpoint. Leaving the country makes it more difficult to detain you if the Feds suspect you of...
  • Senate Republicans take revenge against Ted Cruz by refusing to back amendments

    07/27/2015 10:06:51 AM PDT · by Marcus · 74 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | July 28, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Think of it as the Empire strikes back. Two days after Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas took to the floor of the Senate and called Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar, Republican senators, apparently on the behest of the Republican leader, refused to second a motion to back a Cruz amendment to the highway bill to make the lifting of sanctions against Iran contingent on that country recognizing Israel’s right to exist and freeing four American hostages. As the Washington Examiner reported on Sunday, the lesson was struck home by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah when he delivered a soliloquy about...
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch scolds Sen. Ted Cruz for saying Senate leader lied about Export-Import vote

    07/26/2015 12:48:37 PM PDT · by VinL · 54 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 7/26/15 | Tom Howell
    Without invoking his name, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah scolded fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday for publicly accusing their party leader of lying about a deal to revive an obscure government agency, saying comity in the august chamber is both tradition and simply “the honorable thing to do.”.... “We’re not here on some frolic or to pursue personal ambitions,” Mr. Hatch said, adding that he worries for the future of the institution. He said bonds of trust are essential when lawmakers of differing parties and backgrounds come together to debate the hot topics of the day. “But we...
  • Republicans brace for glorious victory over Obamacare

    05/16/2015 10:59:44 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2015 | By Greg Sargent
    Nancy Pelosi is now predicting that Republicans will “rue the day” that the Supreme Court guts Obamacare subsidies for millions in three dozen states. “They’re going to then go out and say we’re going to take subsidies away from people who have health care? No, I don’t think so,” says Pelosi. “It would be really bad news for them.” Meanwhile, if anything, Republicans may be moving away from their previously-stated vow to participate in providing a contingency fix to temporarily keep those millions covered. The Hill reports that GOP Rep. Tom Price, the chairman of the House budget committee and...
  • Senate Democrats block action on Obama's trade agenda

    05/12/2015 2:50:09 PM PDT · by kingattax · 37 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 5-12-15 | By CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats dealt President Barack Obama a stinging setback on trade Tuesday, blocking efforts to begin a full-blown debate on a top priority of his second term The president's supporters said they will try again, possibly starting in the House. But they couldn't sugar-coat a solid rebuke from the president's own party, led by some who served with him in the Senate.
  • The Controversy Over Immigration And New Trade Authority

    05/12/2015 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 12, 2015 | by Stuart Anderson
    A controversy has emerged about whether granting the president Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) would result in expanded immigration. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), chair of the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, has written, “There are numerous ways TPA could facilitate immigration increases above current law – and precious few ways anyone in Congress could stop its happening.” To negotiate international trade agreements, a U.S. president needs Trade Promotion Authority. TPA allows a president to finalize an agreement and put it before the U.S. Congress for an up-or-down vote. Without such authority, other countries would not conclude trade agreements with the United States, since...
  • Republicans: Dems reneged on trade deal

    05/12/2015 1:28:02 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-12-2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Republicans Tuesday accused Democrats of reneging on deal that would give President Obama "fast track" authority to approve trade pacts. Senate Finance panel Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Democrats broke an agreement struck in committee that Trade Promotion Authority legislation would move separately from two provisions dealing with trade enforcement and preferences. "This demand materialized last week and came from the Senate Democratic leadership, virtually all of whom oppose TPA and their president outright," Hatch said, moments after Democrats voted to block the trade bill. Democrats said Tuesday they opposed the bill because they wanted the legislation to include...
  • Senate rejects linking Iran's support for terrorism to nuke deal (Senators voted 45-54)

    04/29/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Wednesday blocked a Republican push to tie Iran's support of terrorism to a final deal on the country's nuclear program. Senators voted 45-54 on the amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), which would have required President Obama to certify as part of a diplomatic deal that Iran hasn't carried out or directly supported an act of terror against the United States or a U.S. citizen. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and John McCain (Ariz.) voted with Democrats against the amendment....
  • The GOP is scared of you?

    04/25/2015 12:29:19 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 38 replies
    www.glennbeck.com ^ | Apr 24. 2015 | Shannon
    This morning on radio, Glenn gave some hints from an important phone call he received before going on the air. While Glenn was unable to release any of the details about who called or exactly what it was about, he did share a snippet of content concerning the GOP. Courtesy of Glenn, we do know that there were “big names involved” and Glenn was “encouraged by who it came from.”Glenn did provide some of the message from the mystery caller, saying“Just please tell Glenn to continue to put the heat on. Because the party is split. And half of...
  • Tim Cook: Apple Will Oppose Bills Like Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

    03/29/2015 9:23:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 267 replies
    NBCNews ^ | March 28, 2015
    Tim Cook: Apple Will Oppose Bills Like Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Sunday broadened his criticism of a new law in Indiana, which opponents say could be used to discriminate against gay people, to other states that he says have similar laws. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law Thursday, sparking an outcry from those, including Cook, who say it could be used to protect businesses that refuse to serve gay people. The law's supporters say it will prevent the government from forcing business owners from providing services that go...
  • Don’t even think it: GOP warns Obama not to try executive-fiat tax hikes

    03/18/2015 11:55:54 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Congress’s two top tax chairmen warned President Obama on Wednesday not to claim unilateral executive powers to raise taxes on his own, saying it violates the Constitution and ruins chances for a lasting deal. Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said they were troubled by White House’s announcement earlier this month that Mr. Obama is “very interested” in exploring what options he has to raise taxes without going through Congress. “This would be a mistake, both constitutionally and politically,” the two lawmakers said, adding...
  • Exclusive — Scott Walker: Loretta Lynch ‘Not Fit To Serve’ As Attorney General

    03/13/2015 2:13:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | March 13, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says President Barack Obama’s Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch, is unfit to be the nation’s top lawyer because of her support for executive amnesty and other positions she’s taken, the governor’s spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski tells Breitbart News.“Given Loretta Lynch’s failure to commit to protect Americans from the president’s lawless executive overreach, that even he said nearly two dozen times, she is not fit to serve as the nation’s Attorney General,” Kukowski said in an email.Walker is in New Hampshire,the first in the nation primary state,on Friday, meeting with—among other—former Sen. Scott Brown(R-MA)—who narrowly lost to Sen....
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • GOP cools on Loretta Lynch

    02/16/2015 9:06:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    President Obama’s pick to serve as the next attorney general is having a hard time finding Republican supporters. To be confirmed by the Senate, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch only needs four Republicans to support her nomination. But it is unclear where those votes will come from. Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) is the only Republican so far who has signaled his intention to vote for Lynch, though several others have spoken favorably about her. But many Republicans are expressing concerns about Lynch's stance on immigration and what they suggest is a lack of “independence" from the White House. Lynch’s confirmation...
  • The GOP's Orrin Hatch Problem

    02/04/2015 6:10:46 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/4/2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Did the 2014 midterms really happen? Less than three months after a red tide rolled over the country, the Senate Republican Rollover Caucus is back to its default position in Washington, D.C.: Hands up, bow down. Last week, senior GOP supplicant Sen. Orrin Hatch announced that he will support the confirmation of President Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. He praised her "qualifications" and decried the Justice Department's previous leaders who "have facilitated executive abuses by this president rather than upholding the rule of law." Guffaw. A Utah Republican, Hatch was one of the biggest, fattest facilitators of that lawlessness...
  • The GOP’s Orrin Hatch Problem: He Embodies Everything that's Wrong with the Establishment GOP

    02/04/2015 8:31:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/04/2015
    Did the 2014 midterms really happen? Less than three months after a red tide rolled over the country, the Senate Republican Rollover Caucus is back to its default position in Washington, D.C.: Hands up, bow down. Last week, senior GOP supplicant Senator Orrin Hatch announced that he will support the confirmation of President Obama’s attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. He praised her “qualifications” and decried the Justice Department’s previous leaders who “have facilitated executive abuses by this president rather than upholding the rule of law.” Guffaw. A Utah Republican, Hatch was one of the biggest, fattest facilitators of that lawlessness...
  • Loretta Lynch nomination gathering GOP support

    01/30/2015 5:30:41 AM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    Newsday ^ | January 29, 2015 | Tom Brune
    Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won the backing of a senior Republican senator during the second day of her Senate hearings Thursday, a big step on her path to be confirmed as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. [Snip] "I'm going to be a strong supporter of her nomination," Hatch told the witnesses. "And I believe she's not only qualified, but exceptionally well qualified, and a very good person, to boot." Two other committee Republicans, Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona, have indicated they'll support her nomination, which would give her the...
  • Gang of Six Unveils High-Tech Immigration Bill

    01/13/2015 12:52:51 PM PST · by C19fan · 76 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 13, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    A bipartisan group of six senators — including Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), the Gang of Eight member mulling a run for president — released the first bipartisan immigration bill of the new Congress, in the form of legislation to expand high-tech visas and green cards for immigrants. “Our bill is a commonsense, bipartisan approach to help ensure that those who have come here to be educated in high-tech fields are able to stay with their families and contribute to the economy and our society,” said Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), who headed up the effort. “I’m...
  • GOP lawmaker: O-Care repeal top priority (Barrasso)

    01/04/2015 11:23:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/04/15 | Megan R. Wilson
    The repeal of ObamaCare is the priority of the Republican party, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on Sunday. “There will be a vote on repeal. The president, in the White House, will veto that,” he said of the symbolic gesture offered by GOP lawmakers still unsatisfied with the healthcare legislation. However, Barrasso told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that there would also be other bills that strike at other parts of the Affordable Care Act – some of which have gained bipartisan support – including a repeal of the medical device tax and the employer mandate. There is...
  • Key GOP Senator Says He Thinks Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Will Be Confirmed

    11/13/2014 3:05:07 PM PST · by Maceman · 42 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | Nov. 13, 2014 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said Thursday he believes U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch will get approved by the Senate to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, but that the confirmation process should wait until after the new Senate has taken office in January. “Looking at it, I have to say, she looks like she will be a good person,” said Hatch on the Steve Malzberg Show. “But I think the newly-elected senators on both sides should have the privilege of voting for or against her — and I think most of them will probably vote for her. And it ought to...
  • Breaking: Harry Reid Tied to MASSIVE Bribery Case (VIDEO)

    07/17/2014 12:25:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 127 replies
    Political Insider ^ | July 17, 2014 | Editor
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is a shady operator. From changing the Senate rules which allowed him to increase the tax-raising power of the Senate Democratic majority, ties to shady lobbyists, and numerous scandals in Nevada, it is little wonder how a guy on a relatively modest public servant salary has become obscenely wealthy. Now, Reid has been linked to a new massive bribery case that had two state attorneys general arrested already. Utah prosecutors on Tuesday filed criminal charges against two former state attorneys general in a court filing that makes tantalizing references to a possible pay-to-play influence...
  • MARK LEVIN TRANSCRIPT: Here's What I'm gonna do, Mitt Romney and Orrin Hatch

    06/11/2014 5:40:08 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 77 replies
    Transcript of Mark Levin, 6/10/2014 You know what I've heard? On good authority, that Mitt Romney and Orrin Hatch want one of Mitt Romney's sons to go after Mike Lee in the Republican fight -- should there be one -- because they want to get rid of Mike Lee. Who are the purists, exactly? Who are the "Big Tent" guys, exactly? Now let me tell you what I'm gonna do if these fools pull that. Listen to me, Orrin, I'm talkin' to you. I'm going to go into your state and expose you. For your lies on this show. I'm...
  • Hatch: gay marriage will become law of the land

    05/29/2014 6:51:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2014 7:31 PM EDT
    Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch conceded Wednesday it’s only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal across the country, even though he doesn’t think that’s the right way to go. Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks during an appearance on KSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show. […] Hatch also questioned whether judges should be able to tell states how to handle an important matter like marriage. He said he believes nobody should suffer discrimination, and said religious people should try to understand other people’s beliefs. …
  • 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...
  • Club for Growth Now Working With GOP Establishment (who's surprised??)

    03/26/2014 12:20:30 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 3/26/14 | Drew Mackenzie
    The conservative group Club for Growth has changed gears and is supporting establishment GOP candidates in primaries. Launched a decade before the tea party made life difficult for moderate Republicans, the club quickly rose to the political forefront while supporting challengers to incumbent Republicans who it felt were not conservative enough, according to the National Journal. In 2012, the fiscally conservative organization backed tea party candidate Richard Mourdock’s challenge to Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar and vilified veteran Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch for his voting record. The group also targeted 10 moderate House Republicans. But the political action committee has suddenly...
  • Cory Booker: My dinner with Ted Cruz

    03/20/2014 2:34:22 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/20/14 8:41 AM EDT | TAL KOPAN
    “First of all, he’s a Texas meat-eating cowboy, I’m a Jersey boy, vegetarian, so choosing the restaurant alone,” Booker joked Thursday when asked about the meeting on “Good Day New York” on the local Fox affiliate.Booker and the Texas Republican were spotted dining together at Capitol Hill restaurant Bistro Bis last week.(Also on POLITICO: Booker shuns spotlight)“We went to a place close to the Capitol and we sat, what was going to probably be an hour meeting, we sat for three hours,” Booker said. “He and I sat for three hours looking for common ground. We found some good areas...
  • Pat Roberts, 2014's Richard Lugar?

    02/09/2014 2:53:20 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 24 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/8/14 | midwestconservative
    Recently the New York Times reported on the Senior Senator of Kansas, Pat Roberts, who has been in Washington for 47 years in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The article in question alleged that Senator Roberts does not live in Kansas, the Senator released a statement that did not contend that point but mentioned how he had visited every county in Kansas and during that time lived with friends and donor while paying them for the use of their homes. In other words he doesn’t live in Kansas. Richard Lugar the recently retired Senior Senator of...
  • Much Better than Obamacare: The Burr-Coburn-Hatch Plan

    01/30/2014 1:37:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/30/2014 | James Capretta
    The introduction of an Obamacare replacement plan by Republican senators Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) has given Obamacare’s apologists — who admittedly have had very tough duty over the past four years — a rare opportunity to get out of their defensive crouches and go on the attack. Not surprisingly, fast out of the gate has been Ezekiel Emanuel, who has a piece up at the New York Times website claiming that the fatal flaw of the Republican senators’ plan is that it would raise taxes on millions of American households. There are a couple...
  • The Proposed Republican Replacement For ObamaCare Is A Big Tax Hike (RINOcare?)

    01/28/2014 8:06:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/28/2014 @ 4:14PM | Matthew Herper
    Yesterday, three Republican Senators—Tom Coburn (Okla.), Richard Burr (N.C.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah)—put forward a plan to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. They call it the Patient CARE Act, and my colleague Avik Roy says it is “the most credible plan yet” offered by the GOP. Except the Coburn-Burr-Hatch plan (read it here) amounts, among other things, to a big tax increase. The main way that it remains budget neutral is by making employer-provided health insurance plans, which are currently not taxed, partially taxable as income. In fact, this income replaces income that, under...
  • 10 Republicans vote yes as transgender ENDA bill passes U.S. Senate

    11/08/2013 2:47:18 PM PST · by NYer · 105 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 8, 2013 | BEN JOHNSON
    John McCain voted yea WASHINGTON, D.C., November 7, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – This afternoon the Senate approved a bill that could force business owners who adhere to traditional values to hire homosexuals, bisexuals, and those who do not dress in accordance with their biological sex or face litigation. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed following a bipartisan 64-32 vote. Supporters say it would forbid “workplace discrimination” against homosexuals and transgender employees and job-seekers. But critics say, like the HHS mandate, its religious exemption is unduly narrow and would force employers – including Christian schools and nurseries – to violate their consciences....
  • 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...
  • Sen. Hatch touts Christie-Martinez ticket in 2016

    11/08/2013 10:16:12 AM PST · by CedarDave · 41 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 7, 2013 | James Monteleone / Journal Staff Writer
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez would make a “great” 2016 Republican presidential ticket, longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters Wednesday. The endorsement of Martinez as a vice presidential nominee with Christie came after Martinez joined the New Jersey governor this week to help him campaign into the homestretch of his successful gubernatorial re-election bid. “Let’s face it: Susana Martinez has a lot of qualities that would help a lot of people to understand that the Republican Party is a broad base party,” Hatch said.
  • Hatch (R-UT) blames two Pub senators for Cuccinelli Loss

    11/07/2013 6:02:41 AM PST · by CedarDave · 37 replies
    Fox News | November 7, 2013 | Orrin Hatch - Fox News Interview
    At 8:45 a.m. EST, Hatch was being interviewed on Fox & Friends and was asked about the loss of Cuccinelli to Clinton clone McAuliffe. His response was "Cuccinelli would have won if two Senators had not shut down the government." Outrageous! It is unclear whether one of the two he was referring to was his fellow Republican senator from Utah, Mike Lee. The other, of course, was Ted Cruz of Texas.
  • Health and Human Services quietly giving unions Obamacare fix

    11/06/2013 4:02:22 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/6/2013 | SUSAN CRABTREE
    The Obama administration has found a way to give unions relief from an Obamacare tax nearly three weeks after Republicans rejected a Democratic push to include the labor carve-out in the latest budget deal.The Department of Health and Human Services quietly released a final rule last week that includes an intention to exempt some union insurance plans from a substantial new tax known as the reinsurance fee.As part of Obamacare, the tax was supposed to be levied against all insurance plans to share the risk for insurers taking on the sickest patients next year.But unions, which were among the strongest...
  • GOP Establishment Signals Primary Fight Against Tea Party Favorite Mike Lee

    10/26/2013 9:26:57 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/25/2013 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Tuesday, 79-year old Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), now serving his seventh term in the Senate, signaled that he and other members of the Republican establishment are likely to encourage a primary challenge to first term Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Lee upset former Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) in the 2010 Utah Republican primary convention in the Tea Party's first major primary win over a Republican establishment politician. Hatch told the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio that "[i]t's time now... for Lee and other tea party Republicans to be 'rehabilitated' for refusing to pass a budget bill needed to keep the government...
  • Orrin Hatch vs. the Heritage Foundation (In case you were in any doubt)

    10/19/2013 6:29:00 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 30 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 10/18/2013 | Chris Cillizza
    After calling Obamacare a “dog bill” and insisting that some good did come out of the shutdown showdown, Hatch was blunt when asked about the influence of outside conservative groups and the Heritage Foundation in particular. “Heritage used to be the conservative organization helping Republicans and helping conservatives and helping us to be able to have the best intellectual conservative ideas,” Hatch said. “There’s some real question in the minds of many Republicans now … is Heritage going to go so political that it really doesn’t amount to anything anymore…. Right now I think it’s in danger of losing its...
  • GOP Establishment Lost All Credibility In Fiscal Fight

    10/18/2013 11:30:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/18/13 | Mike Flynn
    To fully understand the state of play in the Republican party, look no further than Sens. Mike Enzi (WY) and Pat Roberts (KS). Both are reliable, mainstream conservatives, yet neither have a record of seeking a fight or standing on principle. Think Orrin Hatch, without the tab-collars. Both, however, stood with Ted Cruz in the fight over ObamaCare. Not coincidentally, both face serious primary challengers. Sen. Mike Enzi is being challenged by Liz Cheney, who criticizes his "go-along-to-get-along" approach to government. Sen. Pat Roberts, who helped guide HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius through the nomination process, is being challenged by doctor,...
  • GOP senator criticizes Heritage (Orrin Hatch goes on MSNBC to trash Jim DeMint)

    10/18/2013 4:39:04 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/17/13 | Jessica Taylor
    After last evening's vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, groups on the right were already criticizing Republicans who voted for the bipartisan compromise as traitors and threatening to work against their re-election. But longtime GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch said on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" Thursday that those groups -- particularly a surging and newly controversial Heritage Action -- were risking their credibility by attacking Republicans and fueling primary challengers. -snip- Hatch, who himself survived a primary challenge from the right in 2012, had both empathy and praise for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in leading the deal, possibly...
  • Dem senator (Klobuchar): Federal charges for Zimmerman a 'tough' call for DOJ

    07/14/2013 8:14:40 AM PDT · by maggief · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 14 2013 | Bernie Becker
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said Sunday that the Justice Department had a tough choice in deciding whether to bring federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. A former prosecutor, Klobuchar said that the department would need to wait until their investigation collected all the evidence they could. “I know that investigation’s going on. As a former prosecutor, I know you wait until you see all the evidence,” Klobuchar said on ABC’s “This Week.” “They’re going to have to make that decision. It’ll be a tough one.” (snip) On “This Week,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) called the verdict “devastating.” “I just...
  • Six 2012 House losers to watch in 2014

    06/22/2013 2:16:44 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 22, 2013 | Cameron Joseph
    That's what some defeated House candidates from 2012 are hoping, at least. Several failed candidates who ran strong campaigns, but fell just short last year, are back for a rematch this election cycle. Whether they can use lessons learned in their losing campaign to change next year's results will go a long way in determining which party gains seats in the House.