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  • House Conservatives Band Together to Form New Group to Push Conservative Agenda

    01/31/2015 9:14:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 26, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservative lawmakers are officially rolling out a new group aimed at advancing a conservative agenda in the House of Representatives after they expressed discontent with the direction of the Republican Study Committee.“Our main hope is that we can represent the voids and valleys for our constituents back home,” Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho told The Daily Signal today. “With a small group that is nimble and able to work on issues that are of importance to our constituents, we can make a difference in Congress.”Called the House Freedom Caucus, the group serves as a conservative alternative to the Republican Study...
  • Give Sarah Palin A Break: The strongest blows Sarah Palin faces should not come from her own party

    01/30/2015 4:23:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 30, 2015 | Christian Toto
    We know how the mainstream media piles on Sarah Palin. Its the industrys obsession when its not covering missing planes, New Jersey bridge closings, and binders full of women. Now, were seeing a new attack on the former Alaska governor, and its coming from an unexpected source: conservative media. Palin had it coming, to a degree. She made a speech in Iowa last week, and she fantastically flubbed a metaphor after an alleged teleprompter hiccup. Its ugly on the ears: The man can only ride you when your back is bent so strengthen it! Then the man cant ride...
  • The Tea Party's 5 biggest 2016 problems

    01/30/2015 3:46:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vox ^ | January 30, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    As the 2016 GOP presidential primaries get closer, many conservatives have been growing increasingly hopeful that this will be finally the year they determine their party's nominee. It's a tall order. The Tea Party has shown it can push GOP politicians to the right and win one-off Senate primaries. But taking on the establishment in an expensive, months-long slog of primaries and caucuses across the country is a more difficult proposition. Even when Mitt Romney looked weak in 2012, the Tea Party didn't manage to coalesce around a viable alternative. This time, things feel different candidates like Scott Walker...
  • Beck Suspects Romney Bowing Out Was Part of Secret Deal with Jeb Bush

    01/30/2015 3:14:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 30, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Glenn Beck suspects that Mitt Romney bowing out of the 2016 presidential race might be the result of a secret deal between him and Jeb Bush, to avoid the risk of both of them attacking each other and fighting for the same supporters while someone like Ted Cruz can capitalize on a split vote like that. Remember that secret meeting Romney and Bush had this month? Well, Beck figured that was about both men admitting they would kill each other and could both lose to the race to a more conservative candidate. And Beck admitted it bothers him that Bush...
  • SHAPIRO: Will Republicans Go The Way Of The Whigs?

    01/30/2015 1:55:43 PM PST · by Twotone · 50 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    In 1856, the Whig Party ran former president Millard Fillmore for president of the United States. Fillmore had last run in 1852; he'd been denied the nomination as the party fell apart over the issue of slavery. In an attempt to bring the party back together that year, the party nominated General Winfield Scott, who promptly imploded in the general election against Democrat Franklin Pierce. "We are slain!" shouted Representative Lewis D. Campbell of Ohio. "The party is dead, dead, dead!" Free Soiler Charles Sumner wrote, "Now is the time for a new organization. Out of this chaos the party...
  • Real Clear Politics: 2016 GOP Field Deeper, More Qualified

    01/29/2015 5:25:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 29, 2015 | Andrea Billups
    The nominating process for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate could be fraught with chaos because of the unusually large number of candidates who will likely run, creating real problems for the GOP, which is likely to end up without what many might consider a powerful, unifying nominee, an analysis by Real Clear Politics suggests. The candidate who does emerge could very likely come from a brokered convention, notes RCP's Sean Trende of possible scenarios. "I see a race that is largely chaotic. It is one where an unusually large number of candidates have perfectly plausible paths, if not to the...
  • Kathleen Parker: The sacrifice of Sarah Palin

    01/28/2015 10:22:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 27, 2015 | Kathleen Parker
    When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A Sarah Palin. This isnt to say that Palin was part of the war on women, though many Democrats would say so. Rather, she was one of the wars most conspicuous victims fragged, you might say, by her own troops. And yet, shes back again. And yet again shes assuming her default position of presidential tease. Yes, shes seriously interested in running for president. As evidence, she gave an utterly befuddling speech last weekend in Iowa, where other likely candidates were...
  • New GOP Caucus Could Set Stage for Leadership Coup

    01/27/2015 6:06:31 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Joel Gehrke
    A group of 30-40 House Republicans more than enough to prevent House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) from mustering 218 votes for anything is organizing into a formal caucus and hiring staff. The organization is devoted to pushing conservative legislative goals, as I write on the home page, but it could be an important component of the next leadership elections. Thats because the existence of the caucus provides outsiders with an opportunity to count votes, and court supporters, in public. Any leadership election is pretty much about organization and who has votes lined up or who can reach...
  • The Uniparty working to own DC

    01/25/2015 10:10:36 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/25/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    As Mitt Romney prepares to run a THIRD time for President because Jeb Bush is pre-empting the third timer in big money enclaves controlling the Unipartys political machinations, word out of Raleigh, NC is that the Conservatives challenge to tan mans Speaker of the House position may have done more good than our left leaning media would have led us to believe. The word from Washington is that our efforts to go after John Boehner have generated a stronger piece of legislation designed to shut down Obamas unconstitutional amnesty, says William Gheen, head of Americans for Legal Immigration. (1) With...
  • Ted Cruz Just Launched His Iowa Campaign

    01/24/2015 3:51:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 238 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Shane Goldmacher
    The Texas conservative and his team are trying to lock down a state director for his White House run.DES MOINES -- Ted Cruz's presidential campaign​ in Iowa is unofficially underway. The Texas senator and his lieutenants have been making calls to top Iowa activists and consultants for the past two weeks, multiple Republican sources told National Journal, hoping to lock down a state director for his White House campaign. Cruz has not yet made that critical hire, the sources said. But he's making other moves in this first nominating state. At the end of a fiery speech here Saturday to...
  • 12 keys to the GOP presidential race right now

    01/24/2015 6:14:45 AM PST · by libstripper · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan. 24, 2015 | Byron York
    DES MOINES -- As the Freedom Summit marks the unofficial start of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign here in Iowa, the race is already too sprawling, with too many characters and too many crosscurrents, to have a single theme. But here are a dozen keys to understand what is happening now:
  • If Republicans won't fight for late-term babies, what will they fight for?

    01/23/2015 9:30:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    Babies after 20 weeks of gestation can feel pain. If allowed a couple more weeks to grow inside their mothers, they can survive outside the womb. Most Americans especially most women believe that government should protect these babies by banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. After 20 weeks, a baby is entering her 6th month of in-utero life. She is forming taste buds and can hear her mothers voice. At 20 weeks, an unborn child is on the brink of viability: James Elgin Gill was born after 21 weeks and 5 days gestation. Hes now a healthy...
  • House Republicans Cowardly Retreat: Late-Term Abortion Ban Enjoys Widespread Support

    01/23/2015 7:00:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2015 | David Harsanyi
    Evidently, Republicans dont feel competent enough to make a case against infanticide. Why else would the GOP pull its 20-week abortion-limit bill? Heres a short list of things that are less popular than banning late-term abortions: Acting on climate change. Free community college. Taxing the wealthy. Building the Keystone XL pipeline. President Barack Obama. Future President Hillary Clinton. Every Republican whos thinking about running for president. A new Marist poll finds that 84 percent of Americans favor some level of further restrictions on abortion. And regardless of their feelings about the legality of the procedure, 60 percent believe it to...
  • Marylands Larry Hogan takes office with promise of bipartisanship, conservative agenda

    01/22/2015 9:26:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    At his inauguration as Marylands 62nd governor, Republican Larry Hogan promised to usher in an era of bipartisanship and cooperation in a state capital dominated by Democrats, even as he outlined an unabashedly conservative pro-business agenda. We must get the state government off our backs and out of our pockets so that we can grow the private sector, put people back to work and turn our economy around, Mr. Hogan said in a speech delivered on the steps of the State House. As he began his speech amid a flurry of snowfall that dusted the crowd, Mr. Hogan with a...
  • At the March for Life, Republicans Defend Commitment to Passing 20-Week Abortion Ban

    01/22/2015 4:01:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    breitbart ^ | 22 Jan 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    As pro-life members of Congress gathered at the Susan B. Anthony reception last night on the eve of the March For Life, they were faced with the implosion of their legislation attempting to ban abortions after 20 weeks of a pregnancy. That put many of them in an awkward situation as prominent pro-life leaders came to town for a number of events in Washington D.C. The legislation was scheduled to pass the House of Representatives in time for members to trumpet the pro-life victory as the product of a Republican congress with an expanded majority at the March for Life....
  • Pro-Life Lawmakers Sabotage Vote on Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

    01/22/2015 6:38:19 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/22/15 | Steven Ertelt
    A handful of pro-life lawmakers have sabotaged a vote House Republican leaders planned for today to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientific evidence showing unborn babies feel pain in abortions. As LifeNews reported yesterday, Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina along with Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Jackie Walorski of Indiana each of whom have pro-life voting records objected to a vote on the bill on the grounds that the language in the bill did not do enough to allow women who have been victimized by rape to have abortions. Together, they reportedly...
  • House GOP leaders cave on abortion bill

    01/21/2015 8:02:28 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 168 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 21 2015 | Deirdre Walsh
    Washington (CNN)Mark it down as a rare win for House GOP moderates. After scrambling into the evening on Wednesday, House Republican leaders decided to scrap a vote on a controversial anti-abortion measure scheduled to coincide with an annual gathering of anti-abortion advocates on Thursday because they couldn't round up enough support.
  • New GOP Border Security Bill Removes Border Fences

    01/21/2015 9:31:31 PM PST · by Glad2bnuts · 23 replies
    daily caller ^ | 1/21/15 | Neil Munro
    The new border bills drafted by Republican leaders require the actual removal of at least 66 miles of weak border fencing between laborers in Mexico and employers in the United States. The border bills also only require for the construction of 27 miles of effective double-layer fencing along the 2,000-mile border. It is a remarkable that the direction of our progress is going backwards, from a goal of building 700 miles of double-layer border fencing [in 2006] to only 27 miles [in 2015], said a Hill staffer who opposes the leaders bills. Where the double-layer fence has been put in,...
  • Obama's State of Disunion

    01/21/2015 12:55:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    President Obama is either the most cynical man in Washington today, or the blindest.That is the only conclusion one can reach after being subjected to his 2015 State of the Union Address."You know, just over a decade ago, I gave a speech in Boston where I said there wasn't a liberal America, or a conservative America," Obama recounted."Over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency hasn't delivered on this vision," Obama continued."How ironic, they say, that our politics seems more divided than ever."At this point, even a slightly more honest or self-awarepolitician...
  • 2016: RNC Awards Liberal Media Majority of Sanctioned Debates

    01/16/2015 1:17:10 PM PST · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-16-15 | Tony Lee
    Liberal media outlets will host six of the nine 2016 GOP presidential debates that the Republican National Committee (RNC) will sanction. On Friday, the RNC announced the nine sanctioned debates from August 2015 through March 1, 2016 with three more that are pending. Though there is a pending Conservative Media Debate, conservative new media outlets and talk radio did not receive a sanctioned debate. RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer has previously said that conservative media outlets can often hold Republican candidates more to account than mainstream media outlets. Fox News outlets will host three of the sanctioned debates while CNN,...
  • RNC rolls out 2016 debate schedule [NINE(!) GOP debates]

    01/16/2015 10:54:43 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/16/2015 | JAMES HOHMANN and ALEX ISENSTADT
    he Republican National Committee will announce Friday that it has sanctioned nine presidential primary debates, starting this August in Ohio and continuing through March 2016, with the potential to add a few more. The schedule will be rolled out at the partys winter meeting here later this afternoon, but POLITICO obtained a first look at the line-up from insiders. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/rnc-2016-debate-schedule-114329.html#ixzz3P0qSfxLm
  • Andrew Klavan: Republicans Are Smarter than Democrats - and More Liberal Too!

    01/15/2015 9:57:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 1/15/15 | Andrew Klavan
    In which our host knocks down some of the myths surrounding Republicans and presents instead the Revolting Truth that they are smarter, kinder, more compassionate and more liberal than their Democrat counterparts. TRANSCRIPT: Im Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth Everything you know about Republicans is wrong. Thats not because youre stupid. Well, some of you are stupid. That guy over there looks like an idiot. But for the rest of you, its because the flow of important information in America has been largely monopolized by Democrats and Democrats lie. Because theyre Democrats. Reliable studies show that somewhere...
  • The Republican Congress Has a Mandate (Andrew McCarthy)

    01/15/2015 7:37:16 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | January 15, 2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    The Republican partys conservative base has a major problem. In assessing the 2014 midterm elections, a tidal wave in which the base propelled the GOP to substantial majorities in both houses of Congress, conservatives are in full agreement with President Obama and completely at odds with Republican leadership. The president boldly declared that, while he was not on the ballot, his policies were. He could not have been more right. GOP leadership boldly declares that the election was a case of voters trusting Republicans with an opportunity to prove we can govern to demonstrate that GOP lawmakers can work...
  • S. Fla. Republicans join Democrats in opposing DHS funding bill because of immigration amendments

    01/14/2015 9:42:13 PM PST · by Ray76 · 18 replies
    Miami Herald blog ^ | Jan 14, 2015
    Three South Florida Republicans Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and freshman Rep. Carlos Curbelo sided with Democrats Wednesday in opposing a bill that would overturn President Barack Obamas key immigration policies and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion from the U.S.
  • Dems double down on liberal populism, push bolder wealth redistribution

    01/14/2015 12:13:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2015 | S.A. Miller and David Sherfinski
    House Democrats, fresh off massive election losses, say the problem is they didnt make a bold enough case for tax increases and wealth transfer to the poor. They rectified that Monday with a speech by Rep. Chris Van Hollen proposing tax increases on the wealthy with the money going straight to tax cuts for the poor and middle class. The plan uses tax laws to encourage employee wage increases, reduce tax breaks for Wall Street and slap another fee on financial transactions. The government would dole out $1,000 tax credits for most workers and increase a slew of other tax...
  • Hogan taps highway builder as transportation secretary, appoints 7 others

    01/13/2015 8:53:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2015 | John Wagner
    Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) announced eight more senior members of his administration Tuesday, including a new transportation secretary whom he introduced as the best highway builder in the entire country. Hogans nomination of Pete Rahn, who has held top transportation jobs in New Mexico and Missouri, comes amid great uncertainty over the future of the light-rail Purple Line in the Washington suburbs and other proposed mass-transit projects. The governor-elect has strongly signaled that he will emphasize roads over rail after he takes office Jan. 21. Hogan, who made tax cuts a rallying cry of his campaign, also pledged to...
  • I Am No Longer a Republican

    12/22/2014 11:20:17 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 135 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | 12/21/14 | Matt Berber
    I am no longer a Republican. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and their Democrat-lite, RINO Republican establishment have seen to that. They have betrayed their own constituents. They have actively turned against the American people the very voters who granted them power to do good. Even before the gavel has sounded on the Republican-led 114th Congress, these treacherous cowards shamelessly, eagerly, it seems, squandered perhaps the one opportunity they had to stop, in his tracks, America's first cultural Marxist, anti-American, palpably evil president. If ever there were, there can no longer be any doubt. Barack Obama is bent on turning...
  • Can a rebrand make Republicans raise the gas tax?

    01/13/2015 2:11:14 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    PRI.org ^ | January 12, 2015 | PRI
    Gas prices are the lowest they've been in five years a welcome relief for many drivers. But now that fuel prices are falling, some lawmakers are talking in a serious way about raising the gas tax Republican lawmakers. The debate is at an early stage, and its fair to say House conservatives will hate the idea. But a few powerful GOP senators are signaling they're open to the idea. Even House Speaker John Boehner, who personally opposes raising the gas tax, hasn't ruled it out. Some Republicans in the Senate are speaking up, says Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's...
  • GOP hopes its cracked the abortion code

    01/12/2015 9:54:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 12, 2015 | Burgess Everett, Lauren French and Kendall Breitman
    Republicans unite around a push to ban the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy.Republicans are more united than they have been in years on a national strategy to roll back abortion rights, using state legislatures and the new GOP Congress to push for banning the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy a platform that also has the backing of the partys presidential candidates. The cohesion comes at a significant time for Republicans, who have long fought among themselves over how hard to press new abortion restrictions, debating exceptions for rape, incest and threats to the life or health of...
  • Martin OMalley: My feelings were hurt by Maryland voters

    01/10/2015 9:11:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 9, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday that hes still seriously considering a run for president but admitted that he was rattled when voters rejected his hand-picked Democratic successor in favor of Republican Larry Hogan. I can tell you my feelings were hurt, Mr. O'Malley said in a speech at the University of Chicago, CNN reported. We had done a lot of really good things in Maryland and in the end, you did not hear much about it during the campaign, Still, he acknowledged, I was on the ballot. Mr. Hogan won a stunning upset victory over Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown,...
  • Why Is Party Of Limited Government Pushing A Gas-Tax Hike?

    01/09/2015 4:11:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Investors.com ^ | January 9, 2015 | Editorial
    Fiscal Policy: In this time of political partisanship, the two parties at last have found something they can agree on: raising the gas tax. It's a truly awful idea, and might get Republicans kicked out of office. It's shocking that Republicans, who won the last election by promising limited government and lower taxes, would in their first week back in power make noises about joining tax-and-spend liberal Democrats to raise the 18-cents-a-gallon gas tax. But that's exactly what they're doing. Suddenly, a number of Republicans who should all know better are saying they'll "consider" a gasoline tax hike,...
  • Taking Over the Republican Party

    01/09/2015 8:42:55 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 53 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | 1/6/15 | Nelson Hultberg
    One of the biggest fallacies in politics today is the claim that we, as conservatives and libertarians, can only be effective if we stay loyal to the Republican Party and work to gain control of it by electing more free-market conservatives every election year. We at AFR believe such thinking to be tragically misguided. To expect the Republican Party to challenge the modern day juggernaut of statism is as foolish as expecting socialist professors to instill Americanism into our youth. It wont happen anymore than the planets will one day reverse their orbits. This is because the members of the...
  • Taking Over the Republican Party

    01/09/2015 8:02:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    RightSideNews ^ | January 5, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    One of the biggest fallacies in politics today is the claim that we, as conservatives and libertarians, can only be effective if we stay loyal to the Republican Party and work to gain control of it by electing more free-market conservatives every election year. We at AFR believe such thinking to be tragically misguided. To expect the Republican Party to challenge the modern day juggernaut of statism is as foolish as expecting socialist professors to instill Americanism into our youth. It wont happen anymore than the planets will one day reverse their orbits. This is because the members of the...
  • If Palin and Levin Walk, the 2016 Nomination Is Not Worth Having

    01/09/2015 7:04:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 169 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 9, 2015 | M. Joseph Sheppard
    It's all very simple: the Republicans lost Florida in the 2012 presidential election by 0.88. If conservatives stay at home in 2016 in the same numbers as they did in 2012, then there is no chance of the GOP winning. If conservatives are advised by Governor Palin (unlike in 2012) and Mark Levin to either stay home or vote third-party, then it is impossible to see how Florida could be won by, for example, Jeb Bush. However, for argument's sake, if, because of Bush's Florida connection and a bad economy, Florida is won, then Ohio (-2.98%), Virginia (-3.88%), and Colorado...
  • No 'Squish' : Boehner Says He's 'Most Anti-Establishment Speaker' Ever

    01/08/2015 3:47:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 8, 2015 | Luke Russert and Carrie Dann
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In his most forceful language yet against GOP detractors, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that he dislikes being described as "spineless or a squish" by conservative Republicans, but that the label that stings him the most is when he's called a part of the "establishment." "I am the most anti-Establishment Speaker we have ever had" he told NBC News at his first solo press conference of the new Congress. "Who was the guy who got rid of earmarks? Me. Who's the guy who believes in regular order? Me. Who believes in allowing more members to participate in the process,...
  • Paris Shooting Another Example Of Why Republicans Must Lead

    01/08/2015 7:53:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2015 | Matt Towery
    The shocking act of murder by terrorists in Paris this week provides chilling new evidence that Republican majorities in Congress must act. The tepid response from the White House -- a hallmark of Obama, except on issues like race and law enforcement -- must come to an end. It will take action by Republicans on Capitol Hill to force a change. On Monday, the political press was abuzz over a challenge to House Speaker John Boehner from several of his fellow representatives. But Boehner won another term as speaker. Now it's time for Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
  • The Do-Something Congress

    01/08/2015 4:34:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    As members of the 114th Congress were sworn into office on Tuesday, their party affiliations described what happened last November: 246 of the 435 representatives and 54 of the 100 senators are Republican. That might be enough for some fellow GOP'ers to claim victory and a "mandate," but they would be wise to recall a lesson from history. The last time the House had so many Republicans was in 1947, when the 80th Congress was sworn in. At that time, Republicans also held 51 of the 96 Senate seats. Democrat Harry S. Truman, who had become president on April 12,...
  • Why don't the Republicans in Congress work with the Reps in the State Legislatures to stop Obama?

    01/07/2015 7:38:17 PM PST · by ShivaFan · 18 replies
    ShivaFan
    Why don't the Republicans in Congress work with the Republicans in the State Legislatures to get around Obamas vetoes? Most of what I think the Republicans want to do can be accomplished by those Republicans in the Congress to hook up with and start very active communications, including action committees, with the Republicans in the STATE LEGISLATURES AND WORKING WITH THOSE LEGISLATORS. The large Republican gains were made not only in the House and Senate but in the State Legislatures... Meaning, to heck with Obama and his "actions" and veto power, stop him with STATE specific actions, death of the...
  • Time for 3rd Party After Boehner Win?

    01/07/2015 3:03:01 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 01/07/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    In recent years, examples of good Christian art have at times been difficult to come by. This is partly due to the increasing preponderance of modern art that is often more focused on making a statement (political, social, or otherwise) and pushing boundaries than on capturing true beauty and uplifting the human spirit. Despite this, there remain many artists who wish to explore the persons of saints and Biblical figures through their art, whether for their own personal interest or simply because they have been commissioned. The following is a list of nine examples of such art in various styles,...
  • This Is Why We Have Elections - Gohmert vs. Boehner was a fight worth having

    01/07/2015 3:06:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    NRO ^ | January 7, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    "................This is why we have elections to choose representatives. The 2014 congressional elections were quite good for conservatives, who are restive and impatient for reform. Many of them fault congressional leaders, especially John Boehner and Senate leader Mitch McConnell, for being too eager to compromise and too generous in their terms. There might have been a mutiny against McConnell if all the likely candidates for Senate majority leader Senators Rubio, Paul, Cruz, etc. werent running for president. Will Rogers famously joked: I dont belong to any organized political party Im a Democrat, and there has long...
  • CONGRESS, CATHOLICS, AND THE VANISHING PRO-LIFE DEMOCRAT

    01/06/2015 4:13:32 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 6, 2015 | STEPHEN WHITE
    Yesterday, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released some statistics on the religious composition of the new 114th Congress, which includes more Catholics (with 164) than any Congress in history. Thats about 31% of Congress that identifies as Catholics, compared with about 22% of American adults. Sadly, while the number of Catholics in Congress reaches an all-time high, pro-life Democrats in Congress are on the verge of extinction.But first, some good news for Catholic Democrats.Given the large margin by which Republicans control the new Congress (301-234, counting both houses) and the fact that the incoming class in a...
  • Huckabee 2016 Could Be 2008 Redux

    01/06/2015 1:59:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | January 5, 2015 | David Catanese
    His coalition of evangelicals could be broken up by new alternatives like Ted Cruz.Mike Huckabee loyalists still believe their guy was screwed in 2008. After pulling off an impressive upset of the better-funded Mitt Romney in the Iowa presidential caucuses, the former Arkansas governor eyed a second Republican primary win in South Carolina. His allies are convinced the Palmetto State shouldve been his for the taking if not for the peculiar, lethargic candidacy of former Sen. Fred Thompson, a friend of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who siphoned conservative voters from Huckabee in South Carolina. Thompsons 16 percent slice of...
  • Tom Marino: doesnt have any options except Boehner

    01/06/2015 12:02:04 PM PST · by conservative98 · 14 replies
    David Madeira Show ^ | January 6, 2015 | David Madeira
    David asks Congressman Tom Marino about who hes supporting in SpeakerFight 2015. The Congressman believes he doesnt have any options except Boehner.
  • In a Year Dominated by Stories of Strife, Republicans and Democrats Did Come Together in 2014

    01/05/2015 6:50:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/1/2015 | Tom Gantert
    News reports on bills and votes in the Legislature tend to focus on confrontations and things that divide us. On this Christmas Day, Michigan Capitol Confidential is focusing on examples from the past year of successful problem-solving legislation that overcame two separate divides: Republicans vs. Democrats and the people vs. the political class. House Bill 4186: Second chances get a unanimous vote of support. On Feb. 5, 2013, State Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes, a Democrat, introduced legislation to limit restrictions on "expunging" (clearing) a felony conviction from a persons record (with exceptions for very serious crimes). On Dec. 4, 2014...
  • Is Now the Time for a Second Political Party?

    01/02/2015 9:14:05 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 38 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/02/15 | Jim Yardley
    We see, on a daily basis, that the current Democrats and the current Republicans are by-and-large nothing more than opposite faces of the same coin No, my friends, the term second political party is not a typo. It is not an error. It is not a misstatement. The cooperation afforded to that tall, slim fellow who lives in the White House by those who call themselves Republicans can hardly be viewed as the behavior of what one would normally be referred to as the opposition party. There are a lot of ordinary citizens who object strongly to the idea of...
  • Can Conservatives Keep Winning On Infrastructure Spending?

    12/30/2014 7:03:50 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/30/14 | Conn Carroll
    It is rare for conservatives to score a federal policy victory these days, especially with a Democrat in the White House, but as Michael Barone reminds us, just by playing defense conservatives have done exactly that on transportation. Unfortunately there are some in Congress who want to reverse these gains. The big win for conservatives on transportation comes from two sources. First, when the gas tax was last raised in 1993, it was not indexed for inflation, so the 18.4 cents a gallon collected today doesn't go as far today as it did more than two decades ago. Second, thanks...
  • GOP's Medicaid Expansion Plans Encounter Growing Skepticism

    12/30/2014 11:40:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 29, 2014 | Joe Himelfarb
    While states debate expanding their Medicaid programs under Obamacare, they're wrestling with a looming 2017 deadline when their taxpayers begin paying for the cost of the expansion. Beginning in 2014, states that agree to expand Medicaid to persons with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty line will have the federal government pay 100 percent of the cost. But beginning in 2017, the federal share will fall to 95 percent, and it drops to 90 percent in 2020. This has officials many of them in Republican-dominated states across the country worried that they will not...
  • The Most Republican House in 70 Years: Can the GOP use it to make real changes?

    12/30/2014 6:04:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/30/2014 | Michael Barone
    Before Christmas, Arizona finished its 2nd congressional-district recount, showing Republican Martha McSally beating incumbent Democrat Ron Barber by 167 votes. This means there will be 247 Republicans in the House in the 114th Congress one more than was elected to the House in the 80th Congress in 1946. Its the most Republican House since the one elected in 1928, a year when very few of todays voters were alive. But while the party numbers are almost precisely the same in the Houses elected this year and 68 years ago, the composition of the two parties caucuses (the Republicans call...
  • Once Again, the Establishment Cries Foul Over a Stand for Principle

    12/28/2014 6:39:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 18, 2014 | Josh Withrow
    The "CRomnibus" government funding bill passed handily last weekend, but not before Senators Lee and Cruz had their say. In a controversial move, the two senators managed to put their colleagues on record voting for or against funding President Obama's latest unconstitutional executive power grab. Many Republican senators, however, protest too much, claiming that Lee and Cruz may have allowed the Democrats to pass a number of executive nominees because of their insistence upon making their point. As the story goes, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had promised to adjourn the Senate after passing the CRomnibus and a couple...
  • Jeb Bush Vs. Ted Cruz

    12/23/2014 9:41:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | December 24, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced his intention to "actively explore" a run for president. That announcement spurred spasms of joy in some segments of the Republican Party who have been itching for an effective counter to the enthusiasm of the grassroots right. Those Republicans -- largely coastal donors who scorn social conservatives as rubes, and shun the supposed fiscal extremism of the tea party -- have been searching for a candidate who will buck the base on immigration, who doesn't mind hand-in-glove corporatism, and who, most of all, feels the same way they do about the grassroots....