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  • Chris Christie: I won't state position on immigration unless I run for President

    09/05/2014 7:18:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/05/2014 | By Ashley Killough
    Gov. Chris Christie, who has long avoided wading into the immigration debate, said Thursday in Mexico City that he won't lay out his position on immigration reform unless he decides to run for president. "Until that time I have no role in the immigration debate, except for how it may affect the individual citizens of New Jersey, which I'll deal with as governor," the New Jersey Republican told reporters. "But I won't have anything to say on immigration unless and until I become a candidate for president of the United States," he continued. "If that happens, then I will articulate...
  • Paul Ryan airs frustrations with GOP in new book (that no one is buying!)

    08/22/2014 8:15:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/19/14 | JOSHUA ROBERTS
    As Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown in the fall of 2013, Rep. Paul Ryan looked around at fellow Republicans who were agitating to shutter national parks, federal agencies and Head Start programs. "This can't be the full measure of our party and our movement," Ryan writes of that moment in his new book, released Tuesday. "If it is, we're dead and the country is lost." Such moments of raw frustration pepper Ryan's "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea," a book as much about his front-row seat as Republicans' favorite budget wonk as it is about his political future....
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Rep. Tim Griffin [R-Arkansas] to retire

    10/21/2013 6:55:28 AM PDT · by AuH2ORepublican · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 21, 2013 | Cameron Joseph
    Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) will retire after two terms in office. The congressman said in a statementthat he's leaving Congress to spend more time with his family, opening up a Republican-leaning district and a coveted spot on the House Ways & Means Committee. "God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Elizabeth, and two precious children, and for several months Elizabeth and I have been discussing whether to seek a third term in Congress, especially considering the formative ages of Mary Katherine and John. It has been an agonizing and difficult decision involving much prayer, thought and discussion. We have...
  • 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...
  • Intervention to speed relative’s jail release could hurt Dewhurst politically (Karl Rove's buddy...)

    08/23/2013 11:07:05 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/23/13 | TERRENCE STUTZ and CHRISTY HOPPE
    Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — once a dominant political figure with money, power and position — is now seen after a phone call to Allen police as the one who’s hanging on the line. A Dewhurst spokesman insists that the lieutenant governor did only what anyone else would do when he called police on Aug. 3 to get a relative out of jail. But the just-released audio recording has animated his opponents and created another pothole on what has been a bumpy political path. -snip- In July 2012, Dewhurst lost the U.S. Senate race to political newcomer and tea party...
  • Scott Brown: I'm exploring a run for president

    08/18/2013 2:04:28 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 105 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/18/13 | Hillary Chabot
    Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown told the Herald he is exploring a possible 2016 presidential bid today as he hit a well-worn stomping ground for Oval Office hopefuls – the Iowa State Fair. “I want to get an indication of whether there’s even an interest, in Massachusetts and throughout the country, if there’s room for a bi-partisan problem solver,” said Brown, who has been meeting with top republicans nationally and last week hosted a Fenway event for Republican National Committee members. Brown indicated he isn't close to deciding whether he will run. “It’s 2013 I think it’s premature, but I...
  • Romney warns Republicans against government shutdown

    08/06/2013 6:03:40 PM PDT · by yongin · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 6, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    Mitt Romney on Tuesday warned congressional Republicans against shutting down the government in an attempt to defund ObamaCare. “I badly want ObamaCare to go away, and stripping it of funds has appeal,” Romney said at a fundraiser in New Hampshire for the state’s Republican Party, according to prepared remarks. “But we need to exercise great care about any talk of shutting down government. What would come next when soldiers aren't paid, when seniors fear for their Medicare and Social Security, and when the FBI is off duty?” Speaking at the event in Wolfeboro, just miles from his summer vacation home,...
  • Lindsey Graham’s Tea Party Opponents Are Emerging

    07/26/2013 5:52:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 7/26/13 | David Freedlander
    The contenders looking to primary the controversial South Carolina senator in 2014 are starting to come forward. Watch out, Lindsey Graham: the Tea Party says that you are next. Tea Party members demonstrate outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on June 19. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty) According to sources in South Carolina and within the Tea Party, at least two serious challenges to Graham are expected to emerge in the next few weeks. Dustin Stockton, a leading conservative activist and head of Western PAC, told The Daily Beast that he is headed to South Carolina next month to help build a ground...
  • Why Lindsey Graham's Support for Immigration Reform Isn't Popular in South Carolina

    05/03/2013 6:09:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 5/2/13 | Beth Reinhard
    CHARLESTON, S.C. – Avery and Susan Burns don’t like the immigration-reform bill in the U.S. Senate one bit. “People come here illegally, and now we’re giving them the red carpet,” grumbled Avery, a 71-year-old doctor, climbing the steps of the public library on a recent morning. His disgust is making him reconsider his support for home-state Sen. Lindsey Graham, the only Republican sponsor of the bill who is up for reelection in 2014. Yet Susan said she’d still vote for Graham because he’s a “strong Republican,” recalling his leadership during former President Clinton’s impeachment. The retired couple’s reaction shows why...
  • Karl Rove snaps back at Sarah Palin (Poor Tokyo Rove's feeling are hurt...)

    03/17/2013 1:01:24 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/17/13 | Ashley Killough
    Karl Rove wasted no time in hitting back at Sarah Palin after she criticized him for getting involved in Republican primaries last year. "If she can play in primaries, other people can play in primaries," he said on "Fox News Sunday."
  • Big CPAC surprise: Jeb Bush not on ballot (GOP-e RINO afraid of CPAC Straw Poll...)

    03/14/2013 12:53:58 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/14/13 | Paul Steinhauser
    There are 23 names on the Conservative Political Action Conference's much watched 2016 GOP presidential nomination straw poll. And there's one glaring omission: Jeb Bush. It appears the former two-term Florida governor is the reason his name isn't on the ballot. "He requested not to be put on the poll this year," an official with the American Conservative Union, the group that puts on CPAC, told CNN.
  • Romney: ‘It kills me’ not to be in White House

    03/03/2013 10:10:39 AM PST · by lowbridge · 633 replies
    yahoo ^ | march 3, 2013 | Dylan Stableford
    Mitt Romney says it "kills" him that he's not president. But he doesn't blame Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or anything else on his loss to President Barack Obama--except his campaign's failure to connect with minority voters. “I lost my election because of my campaign," Romney said on "Fox News Sunday" in his first television interview since his November defeat, "not because of what anyone else did." The former Massachusetts governor refused place blame on Christie, who some Republicans say elevated Obama in his embrace of the president in the wake of the storm. Romney said his inability...
  • Jeb Bush Moving Closer to 2016 Run

    02/05/2013 2:04:41 PM PST · by illiac · 57 replies
    News Max ^ | 2/5/13 | Cyrus Afzali
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will speak for the first time at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a clear sign that he is mulling a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The American Conservative Union, which sponsors the conference, announced Tuesday that Bush will address the group, set for March 14-16 in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington. Bush has been invited by the group to speak at CPAC several times, but this will be his first appearance. “We are pleased to announce that my friend Gov. Jeb Bush will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2013,”...
  • Saxby Chambliss to retire at end of term (Bye, bye RINO!)

    01/25/2013 8:47:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/25/13 | Dana Bash
    Saxby Chambliss, the Republican senator from Georgia, will not seek re-election in 2014, a GOP source said Friday. A conservative voice in the upper chamber since 2002, Chambliss recently drew the ire of some activists to his right who took issue with his support for bipartisan compromise. He was a member of the "Gang of Six," which tried in 2011 to strike a bipartisan deal on reducing the federal debt.
  • Romney lunches with Obama at White House

    11/29/2012 1:52:56 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/29/12 | Associated Press
    President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks in the Oval Office following their lunch. Bitter campaign foes just weeks ago, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for lunch at the White House on Thursday, sitting down with an eye on overlapping interests rather than the sharp differences that defined their presidential contest. In their first meeting since the election, Obama and the Republican nominee met in the White House's private dining room, fulfilling a promise Obama made in his victory speech the night of Nov. 6. Romney arrived at the White House early Thursday afternoon in...
  • Jeb Bush hammers teachers unions at education summit

    11/27/2012 12:02:00 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 67 replies
    Washington Time ^ | 11/27/12 | Ben Wolfgang
    In the fight to reform American schools, former Florida Gov. and outspoken education advocate Jeb Bush on Tuesday took direct aim at labor groups and joined a growing chorus who believe real change must start by loosening the grip of teachers unions. “We need to have a teacher evaluation system that is based on teachers being professionals, not part of some collective trade union bargaining process,” said Mr. Bush, chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education Reform, which kicked off its national summit in D.C. on Tuesday. “We have a system to reward teachers that’s based on an industrialized,...
  • (PowerLine Blog Endorses Mitt) For President in 2012, Mitt Romney

    12/27/2011 10:04:55 PM PST · by pogo101 · 24 replies
    PowerLine Blog ^ | December 27, 2011 | John Hinderaker
    It is time for Republicans to get serious. After flirting with just about every candidate in a large presidential field, is is time to come home to the one candidate who has the demonstrated ability to run the largest organization in the United States, the Executive Branch of the federal government; who has never been touched by the slightest taint of scandal; whose success in the private sector makes him the outsider that Republicans say they are looking for; and who has by far the best chance of beating President Obama: Mitt Romney.{Snip}
  • Poll: Lugar may be in jeopardy

    12/26/2011 7:06:03 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies
    WISH TV ^ | November 4th
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The 2012 GOP primary between Sen. Richard Lugar and challenger Richard Mourdock is still more than six months away, but you can get a sense of what kind of battle it will be in this week's WISH-TV/Franklin College Poll. Lugar has a big advantage in some areas. When it comes to name identification, more than nine out of 10 voters recognize him, while Richard Mourdock's name registers with only two-thirds of the voters. Lugar also has a high favorability rating at 59 percent. Mourdock gets a positive response from just 17 percent. Yet if you place Mourdock's...
  • Why the Tea Party is Mad at Scott Brown (RINO fires back)

    02/06/2011 7:30:11 AM PST · by nhwingut · 106 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02/06/2011 | Andrew Romano
    Scott Brown was the Tea Party’s first big electoral coup. Then Ted Kennedy’s successor began siding, again and again, with Barack Obama—and now, as Andrew Romano reports in this week’s Newsweek, some in his own party want to oust him. Scott Brown isn't himself. Which is to say, he isn't sounding much like the square-jawed, truck-driving, barn-jacket-bedecked Scott Brown—the calm, cool, collected Captain America—who stunned the political world a year ago by winning the special election to replace Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate. [SNIP] The strain of walking such a fine line must be getting to Brown, because as...
  • This GOP Senator Is Ready To Take Down The Tea Party

    02/03/2011 2:53:24 PM PST · by blam · 87 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-3-2011 | Grace Wyler
    This GOP Senator Is Ready To Take Down The Tea Party Grace Wyler Feb. 3, 2011, 4:20 PM Image: scriptingnews via Flikr Veteran GOP Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana has thumbed his nose at Tea Party threats. The Hoosier State Republican knows they are coming after his Senate seat in 2012 but he is not going down without a fight. Lugar, who has served six terms in the Senate, has $2.3 million in his campaign war chest, which likely puts him far ahead of any potential primary challengers. But the 78-year old says he is kicking his fundraising up a...
  • George Will:Palin‘cannot be elected’[but if you're short,bald,uncharismatic but competent governor]

    01/03/2011 5:14:56 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 73 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Updated: 4:28 PM 01/03/2011 | Laura Donovan
    To many, the biggest question surrounding the 2012 presidential election remains: Will Sarah Palin run? Regardless of the answer, conservative columnist George Will believes Palin “cannot be elected president because she cannot compete where elections are decided.” On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, Will explained that Palin will have trouble getting votes in specific parts of the country.
  • No, Mike Castle Didn't Vote to Impeach President Bush

    09/14/2010 1:08:57 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 132 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Mary Katharine Ham
    No, Mike Castle Didn't Vote to Impeach President Bush BY Mary Katharine Ham September 14, 2010 2:00 PM As the Republican primary for the Senate seat from Delaware manages to become even more heated than it's been thus far, the newest charge of O'Donnell backers is that Rep. Mike Castle voted to impeach President George W. Bush. Those backers are referring to this vote, taken in June 2008. As you can see from the roll call, fully 24 Republicans voted to impeach President Bush, including conservatives like Pete King of New York and Kevin Brady of Texas. One imagines that...
  • Castle Planning To Go Negative On O'Donnell

    09/02/2010 11:04:04 AM PDT · by MarkLevinFan · 59 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9-2-2010 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
    Rep. Mike Castle (R) is gearing up for battle in Delaware: He is planning to air negative ads on his GOP primary opponent Christine O'Donnell. "We're not just going to sit by and let her destroy Mike Castle," a Castle campaign source told Hotline On Call. Hotline On Call reported that Castle has purchased about $180K worth of air time from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6. The campaign says that, at this point, it is not planning to air the negative ads during that time span, but it could change its mind. The campaign is currently making the ads. Castle...