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  • Scalise tells supporters: I have the votes

    10/05/2015 4:26:42 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | October 4, 2015 | Lauren French and Jake Sherman
    Rep. Steve Scalise told supporters in a conference call Sunday evening that he has the votes to win the race for majority leader, according to sources on the call.The Louisiana Republican, currently the majority whip, sent an email to supporters Sunday saying he had a "big announcement." Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is considering moving back the election, a move that would give conservatives time to find someone to oppose Scalise and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who is also running for the post.
  • Would-Be Boehner Successors Jockeying to Line Up Support

    09/17/2015 1:29:21 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 17, 2015 | Matt Fuller
    Talk of deposing John A. Boehner has reached such a crescendo that one frustrated House Republican stood up in a closed-door meeting Wednesday night and said she was tired of would-be leadership candidates contacting her about supporting them. Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota told the GOP conference Wednesday she didn’t appreciate all the calls she’s received from potential leadership candidates asking for her vote, multiple members told CQ Roll Call. It’s that early jockeying that has a number of conservatives questioning whether the speaker can survive through the end of the year. Asked how Ohio Republican’s foes could actually...
  • Three Booted From GOP Whip Team as Leaders Crack Down

    06/16/2015 9:45:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    The National Journal ^ | June 16, 2015 | Daniel Newhauser
    House Republican leaders are cracking down on rebellious members after a near-disaster on a trade vote last week, but another imperiled rule coming to the House floor Tuesday is making it difficult to punish the members who leaders need to pass the measure. Reps. Cynthia Lummis, Steve Pearce, and Trent Franks have been removed from the whip team after they sided with GOP rebels to vote against a rule governing debate on a trade bill, according to sources close to the team. Lummis, a deputy whip and a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, was perhaps the whip team's...
  • Two Members of Boehner’s Leadership Team Openly Refuse to Admit if They’ve Read Obamatrade

    06/04/2015 4:12:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/04/15
    Two members of House GOP leadership—Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)and Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)-refused to admit through spokespersons to Breitbart News whether they have read the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Pacific Rim trade deal, but they still support granting President Barack Obama the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to fast track it. What’s more, Scalise and Sessions—and others GOP conference-wide, including even perhaps Boehner—could be vulnerable to serious primary challenges if they continue forward with Obamatrade.
  • The Scalise Mess and the GOP Insider Culture - The Republican establishment drops the bal

    01/06/2015 2:04:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 6, 2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    "....................All this tells a considerable amount about what passes for the unremarkable inside the Washington establishment. For Feehery spends his time continually attacking conservatives. There was this open letter attack on Rush Limbaugh in Politico in which he snarked:Congratulations! You have been selected by the Obama administration, the mainstream media and 20 million of your most passionate followers to be the new head of the Republican Party.As such, you are given all the rights and responsibilities that come with being a true political leader.Your mission is simple: Restore the Republican Party to its former greatness by single-handedly helping Republicans to...
  • Exclusive: Boehner, McCarthy, Scalise to All Republicans on All Bills: Pass to Find

    01/05/2015 8:03:10 PM PST · by leapfrog0202 · 45 replies ^ | 1/5/2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Two top deputies to Speaker John Boehner defended on his behalf the tactic of forcing members to vote on legislation they haven’t yet read in Monday evening’s more than two-hour-long conference meeting of Republican members, one of the members challenging Boehner for Speaker told Breitbart News exclusively. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a candidate joining Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) to challenge Boehner for Speaker on Tuesday, told Breitbart News that he stood up and offered in conference that Republicans should not vote on legislation without having 72 hours to read it at a minimum. But Yoho was met with fierce opposition...
  • GOP lawmakers back Scalise in supremacist flap

    01/04/2015 10:51:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2015 12:42 PM EST | Erica Werner
    Republican lawmakers closed ranks Sunday behind the No. 3 House GOP leader, Steve Scalise, as the party aimed to move past the controversy over his speech 12 years ago to a white supremacist group. Scalise has said the speech was a mistake he now regrets, and party leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have backed him. Several incoming rank-and-file lawmakers added their support Sunday, including Utah’s Mia Love, the first black female Republican elected to the House. …
  • GOP Rebukes David Duke, But Not His Voters (LAUGH ALERT)

    01/04/2015 11:15:31 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan 4, 2015 | Clarence the Crosseyed Page
    Just when I thought David Duke had gone the way of the Betamax, buggy whips and record stores, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, Republican politician and jailbird has re-emerged to haunt the new Republican-controlled Congress. The new House Republican whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana apologized this past week for an honest "error in judgment" that led him to speak in 2002 to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, a white nationalist group founded by Duke.
  • Governor (Sarah) Palin Joins With Mark Levin Against (GOP Whip) Steve Scalise

    01/03/2015 9:31:49 AM PST · by xzins · 91 replies
    Governor Palin is lending her support to Mark Levin’s call for Representative Steve Scalise to step down from his Republican leadership position: Defense of this (last decade) racist action is disgusting and wrong, as is defense of the even more recent immoral actions of our President’s with any association he embraced with the racist Jeremiah Wright and the anti-American domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. I’ll add to Levin’s list: Do political “leaders” think Americans are so stupid we don’t recognize the despicable double standard here, and that we’re so weakly complacent that we’ll put up with this? - Sarah Palin Mark...
  • Erick Erickson Apalled That GOP Whip Spoke At White Nationalist Event

    01/03/2015 9:21:33 AM PST · by xzins · 64 replies
    TPM ^ | 29 Dec 14 | Caitlin MacNeal
    After the Washington Post reported that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) spoke at a 2002 event hosted by a white nationalist group, RedState editor Erick Erickson knocked Scalise's supposed ignorance about the organization. According to the Post's Robert Costa, Scalise appeared at an event for the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, a group founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, but didn't know at the time that the organization was a hate group. Erickson was not willing to give Scalise the benefit of the doubt. "How do you not know? How do you not investigate?" Erickson wrote...
  • Mark Levin: Idiot Defense Not Good Enough for House Leader

    01/02/2015 6:18:42 PM PST · by xzins · 60 replies
    CNS ^ | January 2, 2015 | Michael Morris
    Nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin posed some very pointed questions for U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip Stephen Joseph Scalise regarding Representative Scalise’s speech before a white supremacist group founded by former Louisiana grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan and neo-Nazi David Duke. According to a December 28, 2014 liberal blog, then Louisiana state senator Scalise, was “an honored guest and speaker at an international conference of white supremacist leaders,” a conference whose organization “was named, innocuously enough, EURO, an acronym for European-American Unity and Rights Organization.” However, a January 1, 2015 FOX News Report adds another wrinkle...
  • “Black people don’t work for Politico”

    01/02/2015 2:10:02 PM PST · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-02-15 | DrJohn
    Politico posted a nasty article highly critical Of Congressman Steve Scalise: Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, is already getting hit from both the left and right after his office admitted it was “likely” that he spoke to the white supremacist group at a hotel in a suburb of New Orleans. On Tuesday, The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee condemned Scalise, the House majority whip, and quoted popular conservative blogger Erick Erickson, who raised questions about Scalise’s “judgment” in appearing before the extremist group. Both Erickson and the DCCC wondered how Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who faces a leadership election in...
  • Steve Scalise and Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”

    01/02/2015 8:41:37 AM PST · by xzins · 45 replies
    CHQ ^ | 1/2/2015 | George Rasley
    Scalise Apologizes For Event He Didn't Attend The venality and outright lies about House Republican Whip Steve Scalise’s association with David Duke’s racist organization, EURO, keep getting more obvious as Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy struggle to contain the damage keeping Scalise on the House leadership team is doing to the Republican Party. None of what Scalise has said to try to explain away his association with David Duke, and Duke’s principle Louisiana political operative Kenneth Knight, has passed the smell test, and the more Scalise tries to explain it away, the deeper...
  • The left wing media once again defiles itself with the phony Scalise story

    01/01/2015 5:37:42 PM PST · by Starman417 · 32 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-01-15 | DrJohn
    The charge that Steve Scalise (R-LA) spoke at a David Duke organization was something of a surprise. He just doesn't seen like them kind of guy who would do such a thing. It turns out that he didn't. His office issued a statement: “One of the many groups that I spoke to regarding this critical legislation was a group whose views I wholeheartedly condemn,” he said. “It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold.” Fellow Congressman Cedric Richmond(D-LA), who is black, issued his own statement: "I don't think...
  • What we learned about the American voter in 2014

    12/31/2014 1:06:42 PM PST · by PROCON · 3 replies
    politico ^ | Dec. 31, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Have Republicans disrupted Democrats’ demographic advantage?Working-class white voters continued their decadeslong defection from the Democratic Party. The president was a major drag on his party, particularly given a challenging Senate map. Turnout was historically low, even for a midterm election. The 2014 Republican landslide has both parties poring over the data, hoping to glean insights about the current state of the electorate before the 2016 elections. But it might take until the next presidential cycle to answer the most pressing question: Is Republicans’ 2014 success the result of significant changes in how voters view the two parties, or is the...
  • Ditch Scalise For Not being Conservative Enough, Not For A BS Racism Charge

    12/31/2014 3:52:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/31/2014 | Aaron Gardner
    Have you heard? Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) burned a cross on MLK Jr. day while riding on David Duke’s shoulders waving a Confederate flag soaked in African American and Jewish blood. Oh, and he is in the Republican Leadership as the token Conservative.Actually, everything in that first paragraph was a lie. Well, all except for the part about Scalise being the token Conservative in leadership. Despite the fact that the above is a lie, it is the narrative being set by the media and others for various differing reasons. The actual claim which came out this week, while contextually different...
  • Steve Scalise apologized, will Rand Paul apologize for meeting with black supremacists (short title)

    On Tuesday, Tea Party favorite-turned-pro-amnesty Boehner lackey Steve Scalise issued an apology for addressing a KKK-linked white supremacist group in 2002… It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold. But just last month, likely 2016 presidential candidate Paul proudly shared photos from his meeting with homophobic black supremacist Al Sharpton…
  • [Alan Colmes]FREAKOUTNATION: Republican Congressman Defends Scalise At White Supremacist Event Becau

    12/31/2014 3:58:51 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies ^ | Alan Colmes
    Iowa’s Steve King reasons that since Jesus dined with tax collectors, Steve Scalise was fine keynoting a white supremacist rally. Steve King (R-Iowa) jumped to Scalise’s defense. “Jesus dined with tax collectors and sinners,” he said according to the Washington Post. “I know his heart, I’ve painted houses with him post-Katrina, and I know he is a good man.”
  • Steve Scalise: Not Guilty as Charged

    12/31/2014 1:08:24 PM PST · by Malone LaVeigh · 9 replies
    Here’s what Robinson told me about Scalise: “I have known Steve most of my professional career as a news anchor. I have always known him to be a straight-up good guy; I do not see him in the light that he is being painted.
  • Black lawmaker: Scalise needs 'more than words' to move forward

    12/31/2014 9:33:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 31, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-La.) said Wednesday that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) needs to respond with "more than words" to a controversy over a speech he gave to a white supremacist group in 2002. Jackson Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, implied that she doubted her fellow Louisiana lawmaker's explanation, that he did not know the views of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, which was founded by well-known former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. "This was not 50 years ago, it was 12 years ago, and every member knows what David Duke stands for,...

    12/31/2014 9:32:16 AM PST · by Bratch · 54 replies
    Human Events ^ | December 31, 2014 | John Hayward
    Hey, remember how the biggest story in every mainstream media outlet yesterday was the shattering revelation that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) spoke to a group with ties to the odious white supremacist David Duke in 2002?  Ancillary stories blossomed with lightning speed throughout the day, spreading across the front pages like fractal patterns blooming on a computer screen saver: the latest comments from Scaliese, reactions from other Republican leaders, calls for his doom from top Democrats, hard-hitting political analysis from veteran correspondents about whether the “embattled” Republican could possibly survive this devastating scandal…Have you checked the big news...

    12/30/2014 10:04:19 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 109 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 30, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, also a nationally syndicated radio host, is tripling down on his calls to demand new blood in House GOP leadership. In the wake of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) rebuffing his call to run against Speaker John Boehner after the white supremacy scandal that has rocked Boehner’s ally, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Hannity is calling on every Republican member of the House of Representatives to reconsider whether Boehner is in fact an effective leader. “Every Republican member needs to ask themselves if John Boehner is really the best person to lead the conservative movement at...
  • This Was the Standard (Steve Scalise)

    12/31/2014 5:04:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 12/30/14 | Erick Erickson
    (tweet) Brad Dayspring Candidates who associate with white nationalists & segregationists events give away #GOP seats to Democrats. #MSsen 10:30 AM - 3 Apr 2014 But that was before it was a member of the Republican Leadership who did that. Conservatives headed to Washington and asked to vote for Rep. John Boehner need to realize that the leadership in place now isn’t far removed from the pigs at the end of Animal Farm. They view themselves as more equal than others.
  • Exclusive-Mark Levin: Jeb Bush Must Answer Weither He Stands With Boehner,(Short Title)

    12/31/2014 4:19:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 12 replies ^ | December 31, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Nationally syndicated conservative radio host Mark Levin, a former official in President Ronald Reagan’s administration, is calling on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to answer whether he stands with House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise in the wake of a blistering Scalise scandal concerning his longtime ties to a top aide to former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.
  • Scalise should step down from GOP leadership (Chicago Trib wants Resignation!)

    12/30/2014 3:17:22 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    ChiTrib ^ | 12-30-2014 | Tribune Editorial Board
    ep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, says he made an innocent mistake in speaking to a white supremacist conference in 2002. How was he to know that the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) was a collection of racists and neo-Nazis?. "For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous," says Scalise, who was a state representative at the time. "I spoke to any group that called, and there were a lot of groups calling." Why, he even spoke to the League of Women Voters,...
  • Republican decries GOP double standard (Chris McDaniel)

    12/30/2014 1:53:27 PM PST · by Sybeck1 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/30/14 | Jonathan Easley
    Former Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel (R) on Tuesday accused Republican leaders of enforcing a double standard in their response to the revelation that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002. ADVERTISEMENTMcDaniel nearly took out Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in the this year's GOP Senate primary. He was the target of attacks from the National Republican Senatorial Committee and some in the state GOP who said he should withdraw from the race because he had booked a speaking engagement at a conservative rally alongside a white nationalist. McDaniel ultimately withdrew from the rally....
  • How Do You Show Up at a David Duke Event and Not Know What It Is? (Steve Scalise)

    12/29/2014 4:45:46 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 39 replies ^ | 12/29/14 | Erick Erickson
    In 2002, a year after not long before Trent Lott was driven from office in December of 2002, for his statements about support Strom Thurmond, Rep. Steve Scalise, now the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, went to a David Duke organized event. How do you not know? How do you not investigate? David Duke is the reasons I am no longer a resident of Louisiana. After supporting Edwin Edwards in the gubernatorial race against David Duke in 1991, I knew I had to get the hell out of a state where those were the two most popular...
  • Steve Scalise spoke to white nationalists in 2002. His days as GOP whip could be numbered.

    12/29/2014 4:48:13 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 40 replies ^ | 12/29/14 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    The GOP has had a pretty good story to tell this year in terms of race and African-American voters. Three black Republicans were elected to Congress — two in the House (Mia Love and Will Hurd) and one in the Senate (Tim Scott). Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and others are making outreach efforts, as is the Republican National Committee. Overall, Republicans did better among African American voters, particularly in states like Ohio. But that good news could be overtaken by some other news: The new House majority whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, spoke to a white nationalist group in 2002....
  • What Words Should We Use To Describe Lamar White?

    We ask, because earlier this month when he attempted to paint The Hayride as a hate site for the crime of ridiculing his clownish attempts at whoring himself out as a political tool for the noted leftist bigot Wendy Davis in Texas we said he was lame. And since White suffers from cerebral palsy and trades, in part, on using that condition as a shield against criticism from those who might judge him by the quality of his work rather than his status as a member of a special interest or victim group, he dispatched a horde of lefty keyboard...

    12/08/2014 4:24:56 AM PST · by servo1969 · 36 replies ^ | 12-7-2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    In a lengthy interview on Friday afternoon, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) exposed how House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise strengthened President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty with procedural trickery former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber would envy—and they did it all in the name of pushing a bill that they told Republicans would block Obama’s executive amnesty. What’s more is that a series of interviews and recent developments indicate that Boehner’s gambit here is placing several of his top lieutenants—including at least two committee chairmen—at political risk of serious primary challenges...
  • Steve Scalise other GOP leaders object to Obama's call for equal access to all Internet providers

    11/10/2014 5:25:38 PM PST · by abb · 33 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times Picayune ^ | November 10, 2014 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- Republicans were quick Monday to condemn President Barack Obama's declaration that the Federal Communications Commission should block internet providers from striking deals with cable companies and other content providers to stream their material at faster speeds. "Today's attempt by the President to have the FCC reclassify broadband Internet as a public utility is yet another example of the Obama Administration's radical effort to have the government take over more aspects of our economy where there is no justification," said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson. Joining Scalise in expressing opposition to the president's proposal were House Speaker John...
  • Steve Scalise Is Your New House Majority Whip. Here’s Why He Can Rule Forever.

    10/01/2014 1:53:52 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Slate ^ | June 19, 2014 | David Weigel
    What's the opposite of a "political earthquake"? If the primary defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor drained D.C.'s supply of dramatic analogies, the snap leadership election surprised almost no one. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the party's occasionally competent whip, easily took Cantor's old job after a furtive conservative challenge from Rep. Raul Labrador. And Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana conservative who had been leading the Republican Study Committee, nabbed McCarthy's job in one ballot. (SNIP) Why? Simple: There are three states where party primaries have been replaced by jungle primaries, followed by runoffs between the top two finishers. After John Boehner, the...
  • John Feehery: Fleeting gain, lasting worry (Scalise's buddy says pass amnesty)

    09/24/2014 3:59:33 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | John Feehery
    As the Senate wrapped up work before departing for the elections, Republicans forced a vote on the issue of immigration, wanting to put Democrats on record on the controversial issue of the president’s executive authority to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s obvious that, through the short-term lens of the coming election, this proved to be a smart political maneuver. In fact, four vulnerable Democrats sided with the Republicans and against the president because they were so worried about the political volatility of the vote. This follows a vote by House Republicans before the August recess that...
  • frightening number:

    08/22/2014 5:32:40 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 30 replies
    NRCC email | Majority Whip Steve Scalise
    Friend, We have a fight on our hands—and the future of our country is on the line. Obama, Pelosi, and the Democrats have outraised us by $27 MILLION this cycle. That’s a frightening number. We have only 75 days to cut that gap before Election Day in order to beat the Democrats. Friend, this is why I’m reaching out to you personally. Your name is on my list as someone who has not yet contributed to our winning cause this year. I am counting on you to help out by midnight tonight. (SNIP) Friend, every day that passes without your...
  • Steve Scalise picks Patrick McHenry as chief deputy whip

    06/26/2014 10:27:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 6/26/14 | LAUREN FRENCH and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Incoming House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has tapped Rep. Patrick McHenry as his chief deputy majority whip. McHenry, a North Carolina Republican, was elected in 2004 and was a key player in Scalise’s successful attempt to defeat Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) for the majority whip post. “I look forward to working with him on behalf of the Republican Conference to advance the conservative values and principles that unite us and move America forward,” the Louisiana Republican said in a statement. McHenry also served on the Republican whip team under Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the newly elected House majority leader. “His...
  • Tea party Republican breaks through to House GOP leadership (+video)

    06/20/2014 6:32:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6/19/14 | Francine Kiefer
    The tea party has claimed its first spot in House leadership with the election of Rep. Steve Scalise to the No. 3 post – majority whip. Will he ease GOP tensions or make them worse? ...The Louisianan will take the position of whip, making him responsible for corralling votes in order to pass legislation. He fills the slot left vacant by Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, who was elected – and elevated – to the No. 2 job of majority leader, who decides what legislation comes to a vote.
  • GOP introduces its own Buffett Rule: Add explicit donation option to tax returns

    10/13/2011 1:18:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/12/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Technically, nothing prevents Warren Buffett and other “Patriotic Millionaires” from donating money to the federal government right now, but, as they continue to clamor for a higher tax rate for themselves and others, it’s easy to assume they don’t know that. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) have introduced legislation to ensure they do: Dubbed “The Buffett Rule Act of 2011,” the names of the bills take a mocking swipe at President Barack Obama’s own proposed “Buffet Rule,” which conversely would close tax code loopholes to ensure that Warren Buffett and those like him no longer pay...
  • GOP introduces its own ‘Buffett Rule’: Streamline donating cash to government

    10/13/2011 12:14:43 PM PDT · by DFG · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/13/11 | Caroline May
    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett revealed Wednesday that he made $62,855,038 last year, paying $6,923,494 in income taxes (or about 17 percent of his $39,814,784 taxable income) and $15,300 in payroll taxes. With Buffett concerned that he does not pay enough in taxes, congressional Republicans have introduced legislation to allow Buffett — and others who believe they are under-taxed — the easy option of voluntarily donating to the U.S. Treasury on their tax forms.
  • Republican senators seek to cut funding to czars

    06/22/2011 7:37:13 PM PDT · by bronxville · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 22, 2011 | Michael Mayday
    Four Republican senators seek to cut off money to czars in the Obama administration and force current and future czars to undergo a Senate confirmation. The senators, David Vitter of Louisiana, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Dean Heller of Nevada and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, have introduced the amendment in the Nominations Process Reform Bill. Heller said the amendment, which defines czar as the “head of any task force, council, policy office or similar office established by the president that has not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” excluding the National Security Advisor, could return some accountability to the current administration’s...
  • New Orleans Times-Picayune election recommendations

    10/29/2010 6:37:49 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies
    This newspaper makes the following recommendations for Tuesday's ballot. CONGRESS U.S. Senate David Vitter Much of Sen. Vitter's first term in the Senate came in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches that left 80 percent of New Orleans under water. The senator fought hard to hold the Army Corps of Engineers accountable and to get recovery resources for South Louisiana, including vital funding for coastal restoration. He was a leader in the push to finally close the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, the corps-built waterway that contributed to the devastation during Katrina. He also played an important role in...
  • Oil Spill Visits Get Partisan

    06/30/2010 1:06:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies ^ | June 30, 2010 | Jake Sherman
    Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) wanted to fly 10 lawmakers down to the Gulf of Mexico to see the damage caused by BP’s gigantic oil spill first hand. House Democrats said no. Scalise’s trip was rejected for a variety of bureaucratic and logistical reasons, but it has also opened a new vein of partisan squabbling over who should be allowed to arrange a trip to view the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • [Congressman] Scalise Urges Louisiana To Challenge New Health Care Law

    03/22/2010 8:57:35 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies · 353+ views ^ | March 22, 2010
    1st District Congressman Steve Scalise says he hopes Louisiana's Attorney General will mount a legal challenge to the new federal health care law. Scalise says he believes a requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a fine is unconstitutional. During an appearance on the Castner and Carty Show Monday morning, Scalise says there is no precedent for the federal government mandating that every American must purchase a good or service to be a lawful resident of the country. "In their bill they've got this individual mandate that says every American has to buy government approved health...
  • Obama’s First Year? Grade Is “F!”

    01/20/2010 11:51:00 PM PST · by Hayrider · 14 replies · 727+ views
    The Hayride ^ | 1/20/2010 | Steve Scalise
    President Barack Obama gets a grade of “F” for his first year in office. President Obama has failed the American people on nearly all of his campaign promises. He campaigned on fiscal discipline, transparency, bipartisanship and job creation, but has failed miserably on all these pledges.
  • [Louisiana] Rep. Steve Scalise attacks Obama's health care reform efforts at town hall in Slidell

    10/20/2009 6:17:49 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 2 replies · 359+ views ^ | October 19, 2009 | Kia Hall Hayes
    As the health care debate raged on across the country, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise continued to attack proposals supported by President Barack Obama at a town hall event held Monday in Slidell, pushing instead an alternative bill to end frivolous medical lawsuits and create health care competition across state lines. "I oppose this bill," he said to applause from the more than 200 who attended the event at Slidell Junior High School. "I strongly think we need to make reforms to health care in this country but I think we need to be very careful to fix the things that...
  • U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise says Democrats' health-care plan would worsen problems

    09/03/2009 1:18:14 PM PDT · by BBell · 1 replies · 319+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | September 02, 2009 | Jeff Adelson
    U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise rallied conservative faithful on the north shore Wednesday night as he attacked the health care plans being considered in Congress and pitched an alternative bill that would provide tax credits for insurance and cap malpractice awards. Scalise, R-Jefferson, acknowledged there were things broken with the current health insurance system but echoed conservative rhetoric as he argued the plan supported by President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders would make problems worse. "I don't think we should break all the things that work to fix the things that don't work, " Scalise said. Several hundred packed the...
  • [Louisiana Congressman] Scalise blasts Obama health plan

    08/21/2009 6:21:06 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 574+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | August 21, 2009 | Bill Barrow
    U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, used a Thursday evening telephone conference with constituents to continue his assault on President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats for their plans to overhaul the American health insurance system. Scalise, serving his first full-term representing the conservative 1st Congressional District, framed the debate with familiar Republican rhetoric. In his opening, Scalise said he wants to expand access to care and lower costs. But he said House Resolution 3200, a Democratic bill Scalise opposed when it cleared the House Energy and Commerce Committee before the August recess, would mean a "government takeover of health care."
  • [Louisiana] Rep. Steve Scalise forum focuses on crime, health care

    08/20/2009 6:17:37 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 1 replies · 425+ views ^ | August 19, 2009 | Michelle Hunter
    A town hall gathering on crime and corruption hosted by U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise in Elmwood addressed a range of law-and-order issues Wednesday night, but the meeting eventually veered into a discussion of health care reform. The gathering attracted a standing-room-only crowd that packed the second-floor council chamber of the Joseph S. Yenni Building. Scalise said he organized the event before the town hall meetings on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul began. For his town hall meeting, Scalise pulled together a panel featuring Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick, Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon...
  • LA Cong. Steve Scalise (R) LIVE AND ON FIRE! 6 PM Eastern (See VIDEO)!

    03/20/2009 1:41:31 PM PDT · by eeevil conservative · 6 replies · 438+ views
    Congressman Steve Scalise of LA joins America Talks Radio LIVE at 6pm Eastern. He is ON FIRE and DEMANDING TRUTH for the American People! See Video HERE! (Just One minute long- but power packed)
  • Analyst: Democrat's win in Louisiana could be false hope

    05/04/2008 7:38:46 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 14 replies · 89+ views ^ | 05/04/08 | DOUG SIMPSON
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even as Democrats rejoiced Sunday at having snatched a Louisiana congressional seat long held by Republicans, an observer warned it doesn't mean voters are spurning the GOP and said the victor's hold on the seat is shaky. State Rep. Don Cazayoux polled 49 percent Saturday to beat Republican publisher Woody Jenkins, who received 46 percent, for the 6th District seat in the U.S. House. Cazayoux and Jenkins share conservative positions on gun rights and abortion, but interest groups' ads attacked the Democrat as a tax-happy liberal and accused the Republican of tax evasion. Some ads...
  • Democrat Cazayoux wins congressional seat in Louisiana

    05/03/2008 9:38:21 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies · 125+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2008
    Democrat Don Cazayoux has won a special congressional election, bolstering his party's majority status on Capitol Hill and taking a seat held by Republicans since 1974. Cazayoux, a state lawmaker, beat Republican Woody Jenkins to cap a campaign that drew attention and cash from the national parties and from interest groups in Washington. The seat opened when Republican Richard Baker, a 20-year incumbent, resigned to take a lobbying job. With all precincts reporting, Cazayoux had 49 percent to 46 percent for Jenkins, a community newspaper publisher.