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  • RNC Declares War on Conservative Grassroots

    04/04/2013 11:41:33 PM PDT · by Bratch · 23 replies
    Big Government ^ | April 4, 2013 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    At a meeting of the Ripon Society held in Washington, D.C.'s exclusive Capitol Hill Club on Tuesday, new Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Mike Shields effectively declared war on the conservative grassroots. In a strong attack, Shields coined a new derogatory term, "the professional right," to refer to groups that have publicly criticized the recent RNC "Autopsy" report. "It's a term I'll be using often in the coming months," he told the crowd of about 40 Ripon Society members, RNC insiders, and Capitol Hill staffers. But Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, who was not one of those in attendance at...
  • Top G.O.P. Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races (Rove Targets Tea Party)

    02/03/2013 8:15:49 AM PST · by kristinn · 59 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, February 2, 2013 | Jeff Zeleny
    The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate. The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles. It is the most robust attempt yet by Republicans to impose a new sense of discipline on the party, particularly in primary races. “There is a broad concern about having blown...
  • Democrats, tea party unite vs. Mitch McConnell

    01/28/2013 1:26:18 PM PST · by what's up · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | Manu Raju
    Tea party activists looking to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a GOP primary may get some help from an unlikely source: Democrats. Big Democratic donors, local liberal activists and a left-leaning super PAC in Kentucky are telling tea partiers that they are poised to throw financial and organizational support behind a right-wing candidate should one try to defeat the powerful GOP leader in a 2014 primary fight. -snip- Now, Paul is supporting McConnell’s reelection bid. And much to the chagrin of tea party activists looking for a McConnell primary challenger, Massie has emphatically said he won’t take on...
  • Obama refuses to negotiate debt ceiling raise (McConnell, Boehner preparing to surrender?)

    01/14/2013 12:53:10 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/14/13 | Mark Felsenthal and Matt Spetalnick
    President Barack Obama on Monday rejected any negotiation with Republicans over the most pressing U.S. fiscal issue, refusing to trade cuts in government spending in exchange for raising the borrowing limit.
  • GOP senators lash out at Jim DeMint

    09/29/2010 10:59:12 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 90 replies
    Politico ^ | September 29, 2010 | MANU RAJU
    South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint last week accused his Senate Republican colleagues of doing “everything” in their power to help Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s write-in campaign against GOP nominee Joe Miller. And he pounded them in a fundraising solicitation for doing “business as usual,” just as he “thought Republicans in Washington were beginning to get the message.” Turns out Republicans got his message — they just didn’t like it. A number of Republican senators told POLITICO Tuesday that DeMint was skewing the GOP conference’s position solidly backing Miller, saying he was intensifying a rift within a party that’s trying to...
  • Rove Returns, With Team, Planning G.O.P. Push

    09/26/2010 1:37:29 PM PDT · by no dems · 74 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 25, 2010 | Jim Rutenberg
    In 2004, the Republican master strategist Karl Rove led weekly sessions at his Washington residence where he planned the re-election of President George W. Bush. In April, Mr. Rove summoned several of the important players behind Mr. Bush’s ascendance to his home once again, this time to draw up plans to push a Republican resurgence. The landscape has changed, with Mr. Rove at times clashing with potent new Tea Party-style activists, some of whom view him as a face of the old party establishment they want to upend. Already a prominent presence as an analyst on Fox News Channel and...
  • Illegal alien amnesty has no place on the Defense Authorization bill

    09/20/2010 1:23:33 PM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/20/2010 | Dan Stein
    In a move designed to boost his own bid for re-election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced last week that he intends to attach a massive illegal alien amnesty bill to legislation authorizing funding of our military, known as the Defense Authorization bill, when the Senate considers it this week. The amendment Reid plans to offer is the DREAM Act, which would grant amnesty and costly education subsidies to millions of illegal aliens under the age of 35. Using a bill that authorizes funding for our military -- at a time when our troops are fighting in the Middle East...