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  • Scarborough: Cruz 'Even Worse Than Trump' for Republican Senate Candidates

    04/14/2016 8:09:42 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The Coming Cruz Senate Apocalypse? That's Joe Scarborough's baleful prophesy, should the senator from Texas snatch the Republican presidential nomination. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough asserted that "Ted Cruz is the worst-case scenario for [GOP] Senate candidates, even worse than Donald Trump." So bad, in fact, that Joe agreed with Mike Barnicle that Cruz as nominee = Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader. In making his case against Cruz, Joe said "there's a reason why in 2008 there was not a single Republican representing anybody in all of New England in Congress." Kind of strange tarring Ted for the absence...
  • Senate Republicans still on pointless quest to make Cruz apologize to McConnell

    04/08/2016 11:17:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/08/16 | DAN Calabrese
    "Ain't gonna happen." This one probably requires a bit of a memory refresher. Last July, Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor and revealed publicly the sort of thing that traditionally U.S. senators keep to themselves: In a private meeting, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had looked Cruz in the face and lied to him about whether a sneaky back-room deal had been cut to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank. McConnell had insisted three times to Cruz’s face, “There is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal.” That was a lie. Hardly an earth-shaking development. McConnell lies all the...
  • WaPo: Three Pinocchios for declaring Senate’s “constitutional duty” to vote on Garland

    03/16/2016 3:50:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    How often does someone get pre-emptive Pinocchios? Barack Obama got three of them today in his speech regarding the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Obama offered a pre-emptive argument of his own, accusing Republicans of “an abdication of their constitutional duty” if they refused to give Garland’s nomination a hearing and a floor vote: resident Obama: The Senate must fulfill constitutional duty At a time when our politics are so polarized, at a time when norms and customs of political rhetoric and courtesy and comity are so often treated like they’re disposable — this is precisely the...
  • Eight Reasons Why Senate Republicans Need to Stop All Action to Fill the Scalia Seat

    02/23/2016 8:19:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2016 | Michael Hammond
    ONE: Barack Obama's pulling the same scam he pulled with the Toomey-Manchin gun control package. Remember the State of the Union refrain: "They deserve a vote!"? So the gullible Republicans gave "them" a vote. And what happened? We won, by the skin of our teeth -- no thanks to the Republicans' partial surrender. (Had Lisa Murkowski flaked, there is no doubt that Reid would have picked up the four "swing Democrats" he had in reserve and achieved victory.) But the GOP paid a horrible price for letting the process go further than it should have gone. Kelly Ayotte, Dean Heller,...
  • Audio: Senate GOP Considering Weakening Filibuster to Force Votes (Do it, don't just consider)

    12/17/2015 1:08:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Ever since Harry Reid's Democratic majority blew up decades of precedent to significantly weaken the filibuster in order to grease the skids for President Obama's left-wing judicial and executive appointments, some conservatives have wondered if the GOP would answer in kind upon regaining the majority. On Wednesday's edition of the Hugh Hewitt Show, John Thune -- the third ranking member of Senate Republican leadership -- told Hugh and me that an option is under consideration that would further erode the minority's filibuster tool: Benson talks w/ Sen. Thune on action to change filibuster rules on appropriations bills Thune says Senate Republican leadership...
  • The Five Most Endangered Senate Republicans

    12/06/2015 8:51:33 AM PST · by EveningStar · 42 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | December 6, 2015 | Eric Pianin and Martin Matishak
    With Donald Trump continuing to dominate the Republican presidential primary field, many of the GOP's senior leaders are beginning to contemplate the down-ballot consequences of having the controversial outsider atop the ticket. Typically, control of the Senate and House are heavily influenced by the outcome of the presidential contest, and a bruising general election contest between Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton almost certainly would affect the outcome of some of the congressional races.
  • Truth And Reconciliation:

    12/03/2015 3:03:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    The Senate seems poised to pass a bill that will gut parts of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood for a year. President Obama will most certainly veto this legislation, making this possible legislative victory a symbolic gesture. But it would represent some progress in Republican efforts to repeal the presidents' signature domestic achievement, which has been marred by failure. Just as Democrats used the process of reconciliation to pass Obamacare back in 2010, Republicans alluded to using it during their winter meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania in January. After months of wrangling over deadlines for the reconciliation process, the Senate agreed to start...
  • Senate Republicans take revenge against Ted Cruz by refusing to back amendments

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

    03/14/2015 6:07:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    In liberal land, Speaker of the House John Boehner is guilty of it. Sen. Tom Cotton and the 47 Senate Republicans signatories of his letter to the Islamic Republic of Iran outlining the constitutional dynamics of our government are surely guilty of it: violating the Logan Act. So, what is the Logan Act? Besides a brief mention in the 2007 films "Charlie WilsonÂ’s War" starring Tom Hanks, the law prohibits private citizens from engaging in unauthorized negotiations with foreign governments. The impetus for this law dates back to 1798. Dr. George Logan, a state legislator, traveled to France in order...
  • Obama: I’m ‘Embarrassed’ For Those 47 Senators Who Sent That Letter to Iran

    03/13/2015 6:12:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    In an upcoming interview with Vice News, President Obama said he was “embarrassed” for Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK)–and other Senate Republicans–who signed a letter to Iran, warning that “the next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen” (via NPR):resident Barack Obama: The VICE News Interview (Trailer) President Obama said he's "embarrassed" for the 47 Republican senators who tried to undercut nuclear talks with Iran by writing a letter directly to the Iranian leadership. "For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah, who they claim is our mortal enemy, and their basic argument to them is,...
  • The Dictatorship of Obama’s Bureaucrats

    12/22/2014 5:07:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Early in the morning, two hundred thirty eight years ago, George Washington and the Continental Army reached the outskirts of Trenton, New Jersey. Much like today, no-one really wanted to go to New Jersey, but they were forced by circumstances to make the arduous trek. Washington’s force of 2,400 men surprised, and ultimately defeated, the 1,400 Hessian mercenaries who were fighting on behalf of the British Crown. A much needed win was tallied under the Patriot’s side of the scoreboard, emboldening the Continental Army and our quest for freedom. Washington had lead his men through the icy waters of the...
  • Enviro Meltdown Over “Unpatriotic” and “Irrational” Republicans

    11/28/2014 1:16:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Uh oh… The evil, hate filled, GOP now has control of the US Senate. Clearly the world will soon end. (Lucky for me, I have stocked up on guns and ammo… So I’m feeling better prepared than my Diana DeGette-loving neighbor.) Ben Adler, the former Newsweek.com editor, was among the more frantic examples of post-election meltdown. Appearing somewhat like Chris Matthews during a Republican victory, Ben scrambled to express his frustration at conservative gains with over-the-top rhetoric. He even went so far as to say that conservatives should not be mistaken for “rational human beings” or “patriotic Americans”.Super classy. Adler insisted...
  • 6 Reasons We Need To Help Republicans Take The Senate Even Though They Stink

    10/28/2014 5:34:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 115 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2014 | John Hawkins
    The Democratic Party is systematically destroying America and other than Barack Obama, no one deserves more blame for it than Harry Reid. He may be an excellent politician who runs circles around Mitch McConnell the way Bugs Bunny baffles Elmer Fudd, but he's also a habitually dishonest, mean-spirited sociopath who cares absolutely nothing about the good of the country. The Democrat senators who put Reid into power and went along with Obama deserve to be punished for what they’ve done. Certainly, that doesn't mean the Republicans are wonderful. Just the fact that they allow themselves to be led by a...
  • Mississippi Is Not Burning.

    06/05/2014 2:10:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | Matt Towery
    The Republican U.S. Senate primary race in Mississippi between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel has been portrayed as a battle of the traditional Republicans versus the insurgent Tea Party. It ended in a virtual draw. There will be a runoff. But even that won't establish the "trend" that so many believe they see. Contrary to much media, Mississippi is not on fire and there is no new outbreak of the Civil War there. (But there's plenty of media making that trite comparison.) Sen. Cochran is a longtime Republican soldier. He says in so many words that he is weary....
  • In 'Crazy" Cruz versus McClique, I'm with Cruz

    09/26/2013 4:22:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2013 | John Ransom
    While many people will attack GOP leaders in the Senate for not understanding what Sen. Ted Cruz is doing, don’t count me as one of them. You see GOP leadership has been handicapped for quite some time now. Mark Twain, who witnessed the impeachment debacle of Andrew Johnson in the House of Representatives in 1868, pegged it: “[I] was reporter in a legislature two sessions and the same in Congress one session,” Twain wrote, “and thus learned to know personally three sample bodies of the smallest minds and the selfishest souls and the cowardliest hearts that God makes.” You...
  • Republican Senator Claims Peers Punished By Republican Leadership For Opposing Tax Increase

    06/24/2013 3:10:42 PM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 11 replies
    The Missouri Torch ^ | 6/24/13 | Duane Lester
    I attended an event in St. Joesph held by the Northwest Missouri Republican Club. The event featured a speech by Republican State Senator Brad Lager, who is entering his final year in the Senate. During his speech, Lager told the group about something that occurred during the last session that he’d never seen before. Here’s that section of his speech: One of the senators mentioned, Sen. Dr. Rob Shaff, said the President Pro-Tem of the Senate, Sen. Tom Dempsey, told him there would be repercussions for killing the tax bill. Sen. Dr. Rob Shaaf, claims Sen. Dempsey punished him for...
  • Senate Republicans block campaign disclosure bill (D-51/R-44 party line vote, 60 votes needed)

    07/16/2012 7:15:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/16/12 | Patrick Temple-West and Thomas Ferraro | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans blocked a bid by Democrats on Monday to require political fundraising groups to reveal their anonymous contributors who are fueling negative television advertisements ahead of the November election. By a 51-44 party line vote, supporters of the Disclose Act of 2012 fell short of the 60 votes needed to clear a Republican procedural hurdle. But Democrats promised to debate the bill late into the night and seek another vote on Tuesday, hoping to paint Republicans as thwarting transparency. "This is too important an issue to let it die quietly," said Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat....
  • John Cornyn: Time to get serious about energy

    07/12/2008 5:44:13 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 19 replies · 155+ views
    Power Line ^ | July 12, 2008 | Scott Johnson
    Senator John Cornyn has forwarded a post commenting on John Hinderaker's "Democrats sucking wind on energy policy." Senator Cornyn writes: . . . Nancy Pelosi promised an effective new energy plan before the 2006 election -- that's about 809 days ago -- and we're still waiting. They're now postponing votes because some Democrats fear reality has finally set in -- and Congress may actually approve more domestic exploration for new energy. We've put ourselves in an irrational box. We've put 85 percent of our prime energy exploration lands off-limits. The U.S. is the only country in the world that refuses...
  • "Find More, Use Less" [Sen. Lamar Alexander on Oil]

    07/12/2008 5:08:28 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 26 replies · 1,472+ views
    The Next Right ^ | July 11, 2008 | Senator Lamar Alexander
    We welcome Senator Alexander to the blog, and applaud his action to improve our energy situation. - Jon Henke Americans are feeling the pain at the pump. Hundreds of my constituents have written me with their stories of how record-high fuel costs are affecting their family budgets. One Tennessean who wrote to me is a diabetic who is having trouble paying for her insulin shots due to rising gas prices. She says: "Gas for work or insulin to live. That is the decision I have had to make several times daily." It's time for Congress to take action. Forty-four Senate...
  • No State Budget But Senators To Try Again This Week (Dem Crybabies Hit Road Alert)

    07/22/2007 12:59:34 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 408+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/22/2007 | Evan Halper
    Conservative activists, meanwhile, told the lawmakers to hold their ground. "You 15 are officially martyrs for all California taxpayers," Jon Fleischman, a member of the state party's board, wrote to the caucus on his blog Flash Report, http://www.flashreport.org.GOP senators have been using the blog to sound off on Perata, the governor and Assembly Republican Leader Michael Villines of Clovis. They also offered updates on the lockdown. Just before 7 a.m. Saturday, Sen. Jim Battin (R-La Quinta) sent in a posting. "We've been locked in, and there are sergeants at every exit making sure we can't leave," he wrote. "I slept...
  • Support the NRSC

    06/03/2005 7:38:09 AM PDT · by normy · 17 replies · 420+ views
    e-mail NRSC | 6/2/05 | NRSC
    <p>I need your help.</p> <p>I ask that you immediately make an online contribution of $25, $50, $75 or even $100 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).</p> <p>As Senate Majority Leader, I want to assure you that, if the Democrat's campaign of judicial obstruction resumes, I will not hesitate to use the Constitutional Option.</p>
  • The Battle over Bolton

    04/21/2005 4:58:48 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 15 replies · 583+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 4/21/05 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When a United States senator publicly declaims, as Ohio's Sen. George V. Voinovich did this week, that he is suffering pangs of conscience, my question to him is, have you considered that it might be acid reflux? Consult your physician, Sen. Voinovich. If your problem really is a problem of conscience, consult your psychiatrist. Conscience among the senator's colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee appears these days to be an abnormality. The committee is holding confirmation hearings over the president's nominee to head our mission to the United Nations, John R. Bolton. Bolton has already passed...
  • Senate Majority Leaders Survey

    03/09/2005 7:08:41 AM PST · by hubbubhubbub · 6 replies · 321+ views
    u.s. mail ^ | 5/8/05 | vanity
    Did anyone else get the survey from Senator Frist? What struck me as unusual was the very first question rating the importance of 7 issues. Not one of the seven issues was confirming judicial nominees(so I wrote that one in as most important). Then in question #17 he lumps Veterans Benefits in with all the welfare programs as targets for cuts and asks if I approve.
  • SocialSecurityForAll Website Launches

    02/22/2005 1:50:15 PM PST · by GOPMark · 1 replies · 201+ views
    SocialSecurityForAll ^ | 2/22/2005 | Mark Harris
    Americans for Prosperity launched a website entitled "Social Security for All" at CPAC that will work to create a network of grassroots activists to push for real reform of the Social Security system. If you want to get involved check out www.SocialSecurityForAll.com!
  • Sign Petition: Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) must Step Aside

    12/16/2002 9:16:54 PM PST · by StopDemocratsDotCom · 51 replies · 775+ views
    StopDemocrats.com ^ | 12-17-2002 | StopDemocrats.com
    StopDemocrats.com is asking for Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) to Step Aside. The petition reads: Recent comments by Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) involving Senator Strom Thurmond's 1948 presidential candidacy supporting segregation have created a controversy that may force the Senator to step aside as leader of the Senate Republicans. This petition asks that the same standards be applied to Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) ,who is the current President pro tempore of the US Senate, and demands that he resign from any leadership post in the 108th Congress for saying the following racist comments on National television 21 months ago. "My old...
  • Senate Republicans aim to keep hold on their majority

    09/29/2002 9:04:46 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 163+ views
    Newsday ^ | 9/29/02 | JOEL STASHENKO
    Republicans say they intend to maintain their franchise in the state Senate again this November, despite a 2 million statewide enrollment deficit to Democratic voters that would daunt less adept politicians. The GOP under Majority Leader Joseph Bruno will enter the Nov. 5 elections with a 36-25 advantage over Democrats, with Republicans counting Democratic Sen. Pedro Espada of the Bronx as one of their own because he announced he will switch parties but hasn't done so yet. The chairman of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, Manhattan Sen. Eric Schneiderman, predicted that Democrats will emerge from this Election Day with 27...