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  • Senate GOP Launches Inquiry Into Facebook’s News Curation [Letter Zuckerberg Requesting Answers]

    05/10/2016 11:57:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies ^ | Today 12:34pm | Michael Nunez
    The US Senate Commerce Committee—which has jurisdiction over media issues, consumer protection issues, and internet communication—has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg requesting answers to questions it has on its trending topics section. The letter comes after Gizmodo on Monday reported on allegations by one former news curator, who worked for Facebook as a contractor, that the curation team routinely suppressed or blacklisted topics of interest to conservatives. That report also included allegations from several former curators that they used a “injection tool” to add or bump stories onto the trending module. The letter asks that Facebook “arrange for your...
  • Obama’s Legacy Is Already Collapsing

    01/19/2016 1:59:27 PM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies ^ | Jan. 19, 2016 | John Thune
    Last week, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. In the lead-up to the speech, there was a lot of discussion about the nature of the president's legacy. Less discussed, however, was that most of the president's so-called legacy may not outlast his presidency, since most of his supposed achievements have never been enacted into law.Early on in his presidency, it became clear that the president didn't have much interest in working with Congress in a bipartisan manner, and after losing large majorities in the House and Senate, he made it clear that he did not want...
  • Byron York: The facts on Rubio, Cruz, and immigration

    12/21/2015 9:05:09 AM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/21/15 | Byron York
    The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate after a series of votes in June 2013. Democrats, who controlled the Senate at the time, unanimously supported the bill, while most Republicans opposed it. The four Republicans on the gang - Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Jeff Flake - of course voted for it, and also agreed with Democrats on a plan to kill almost all GOP amendments.Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allowed just a handful of amendments to reach the Senate floor. One, from Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, would have prohibited the legalization of illegal...
  • Sen. John Thune to push Chamber of Commerce’s tax reform

    01/16/2015 12:06:51 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 14 replies
    1/16/15 | johnwk
    SEE: GOP targets budget process for tax reform 1/13/15 ”The quiet push, led by South Dakota Sen. John Thune, seeks to use the potent tool known as budget reconciliation to give both the GOP and President Barack Obama the sweeping victory on tax policy that business groups want, which could include a significant cut in corporate tax rates as well as provide funding for a long-term transportation bill.” This is what happens when Republican voters elect Washington Establishment candidates to office. They use their power to manipulate a corruptible system of taxation to meet the Chamber of Commerce’s demands rather...
  • John Thune Puts Gas Tax Hike on the Table for GOP Senate(yep,GOP that is really important right now)

    01/05/2015 5:35:44 AM PST · by bestintxas · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/4/15 | d riehl
    The incoming chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) put all options on the table when it comes to replenishing the shrinking Highway Trust Fund, which is widely seen as opening the door to a tax increase. Per an AP report, “Gas and diesel taxes haven’t risen since 1993, resulting in perennial shortfalls in the fund that pays for most road projects”. Several commissions have called for raising the taxes, but Congress has been reluctant. Instead lawmakers have dipped repeatedly into the general treasury to keep the trust fund solvent. The federal gas tax...
  • GOP seeks creative ways to avert a shutdown (Even if Obama uses executive action on immigration

    11/18/2014 9:29:25 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/17/2014 (8:04 PM EST) | Jake Sherman and Manu Raju
    Republican leaders have intensified their planning to prevent a government funding shutdown, weighing legislative options that would redirect GOP anger at Barack Obama's expected action on immigration and stave off a political disaster, according to sources involved with the sessions. Obama plans to use his executive authority to change the enforcement of immigration laws by the end of the year, a move that top Republicans warn could derail efforts to pass a long-term spending bill by a Dec. 11 deadline. Increasingly, some top Republicans believe that it will be difficult to pass the year-long spending package that they originally envisioned,...
  • Thune Questions Burwell About Obamacare Exemptions for Unions

    05/14/2014 5:09:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/14/14 | staff
    Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.) questioned Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Sylvia Burwell Wednesday about the Obama administration’s call on exempting specific union plans from Obamacare’s reinsurance tax. Burwell is the current White House director of the Office of Management and Budget. “I’m simply saying is that as a matter of fairness in the way that this is implemented, carving out favored groups shouldn’t be the modus operandi,” Thune said. “We ought to be going about this in a way that treats everybody fairly under the law, and I don’t think you can argue based on the number of...
  • Thune Seeks to Prevent Trillion-Dollar-per-Year EPA Regulation

    05/13/2014 3:16:44 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies
    heritage ^ | may 12, 2014 | nicolas loris
    As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves forward with more stringent ozone regulations, it could be the costliest EPA regulation in history. Senator John Thune (R–SD) wants to make sure that doesn’t happen. In 2011, President Obama asked then-EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the agency’s draft for more stringent National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Although Jackson begrudgingly complied, the EPA moved forward to implement the Bush Administration’s 2008 proposed standards of 75 parts per billion (ppb) of ozone, down from 84 ppb. A ppb is the concentration of ozone in the air over an eight-hour period; for reference, a drop of gasoline...
  • Thune: ‘Every American Ought to be Outraged’ at Obamacare Tax Break for Unions

    03/10/2014 9:48:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/10/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.) called out the Obama administration for an “outrageous” Obamacare tax exemption for certain unions that he says will be passed on to the American people. “Every American ought to be outraged,” he said. “This is cronyism at its worst. Basically, what the president said was that he and his friends are above the law, because there is a reinsurance tax in Obamacare that’s designed to apply to all self-insured plans. And what the president did is he waived that for certain, self-insured, self-administered plans, namely unions, so they don’t have to pay that tax. And...
  • NASDAQ Delisting Threat Jeopardizes Chinese Rescue of A123 Systems

    08/23/2012 11:01:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 23, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Two weeks ago the mainstream and clean tech advocacy media proclaimed that taxpayer-subsidized, failing electric vehicle battery maker A123 Systems would be saved by a deal with a Chinese company. Since then the Massachusetts-based manufacturer’s stock price sank below what had been its previous low of 44 cents. This morning it is down to 38 cents, and yesterday the company received a delisting notice from the NASDAQ. So what happened? There could be several reasons why the recipient of hundreds of millions of U.S. stimulus dollars hasn’t impressed Wall Street with its pending bailout from Wanxiang Group. The deal is...
  • Thune Called Romney's 'Sleeper' VP Pick

    08/07/2012 6:18:59 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 75 replies
    Newsmax ^ | June 11, 2012
    Sen. John Thune of South Dakota is being touted as a “sleeper” candidate to serve as Mitt Romney’s vice president, the Sioux City Journal reported. Thune may be at a disadvantage because he comes from a state with only three electoral votes, South Dakota Democratic Party Executive Director Ben Nesselhuf told the Journal. So electoral strategy might tempt Romney to pick Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida or Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. Rubio ‘s Florida has 29 electoral votes and Portman’s Ohio has 18. That aside, Thune has qualities to match the job, according to Doug Gross, an Iowa Republican...
  • John Thune Rising: GOP senator on Romney's Veepstakes and his Future

    07/16/2012 6:51:44 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 29 replies ^ | 07/16/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has reemerged as a viable vice presidential candidate who would check many of the boxes Mitt Romney is looking for in a running mate. He’s an experienced legislator who has earned respect from both parties in Congress, and if he didn’t end up in a Romney cabinet many think he could one day become the Republican leader in the Senate. In an interview with The Hill, Thune acknowledged he’s been to Boston to meet Romney’s senior advisers and has met Beth Myers, who is leading the search for the vice presidential nominee. ... Thune also has...
  • Thune: What Corzine Won't Tell Us, the FBI, CFTC Will Tell Us

    12/27/2011 3:04:00 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12-27-11 | Neil W. McCabe
    In an exclusive Human Events interview, the senior Republican on the Senate’s Agriculture Committee's Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation subcommittee discusses his take on the MF Global bankruptcy scandal. “I have heard from several South Dakotans who were affected by the apparent fraud that occurred in the final days of MF Global before its collapse,” said Sen. John R. Thune (R-S.D.), who worked in the Small Business Administration​ under President Ronald W. Reagan. [Video of Thune's December 13 questioning Corzine is at the bottom of the article.] The firm’s Halloween bankruptcy was followed by the November 4 resignation...
  • Romney wins Thune endorsement, pair to campaign in Iowa

    11/23/2011 6:00:59 AM PST · by maggief · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 23, 2011 | Justin Sink
    Popular two-term Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is set to endorse Mitt Romney Wednesday morning in Iowa, the second major endorsement from the Senate for the former Massachusetts governor this week. "Mitt Romney has shown throughout his life in the private sector, as leader of the Olympics, as governor and in this campaign that he will not back down from difficult challenges," Thune said in a statement. "Washington could use these common sense principles at such a critical time."
  • Mitt Romney wins Sen. Thune endorsement

    11/23/2011 12:07:11 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2011-11-23 | Philip Rucker
    DES MOINES -- Sen. John Thune (S.D.), a conservative member of the Republican Senate leadership, will endorse presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a campaign stop here on Wednesday.
  • 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.
  • THUNE: Another broccoli mandate?

    08/06/2011 6:28:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 5, 2011 | Senator John Thune
    When Congress was debating the Obamacare law last year, I raised many concerns about the size and scope of the law and the outrageous amount of new federal taxes and spending it created. Like many people, I also have grown concerned about the law’s impact on Americans’ personal freedoms. My concern stems not only from its controversial mandate that every American buy health insurance, but also from other federal mandates that could follow. In challenging Obamacare’s individual mandate, the law’s critics have pointed out that if Congress can force Americans to buy health insurance, federal power would be nearly unlimited....
  • House Repubs: Debt + Deficit Reduction Plan w/Senate Republicans (Video-WORTH WATCHING)

    07/21/2011 6:26:20 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 7-21-11
    GOP members on Cut, Cap, and Balance: From Earlier Site page article excerpt: White House talks with Congressional leaders resumed as President Obama’s hopes for a deficit reduction deal to coincide with an increase to the debt ceiling resurfaced. President Obama called Congressional leaders to the White House in separate meetings to discuss the “Gang of Six” proposal. VIDEO
  • Thune: I Will Bring Back A National Concealed Carry Bill

    07/19/2011 7:19:18 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 54 replies ^ | 7/19/11 | Neil W. McCabe
    A leading supporter of gun rights in the Senate in an exclusive July 14 interview with Guns & Patriots that touched on many firearms issues made assurances that he will introduce a national concealed carry bill within weeks. A new national concealed carry bill will be introduced within a matter of weeks, said Sen. John R. Thune, R-S.D., whose 2009 bill received 58 votes in the Senate, failing short of the 60-vote threshold required by Democratic parliamentary maneuvering. A national concealed carry law would not only create a baseline right to carry a concealed firearm for all states, including Illinois,...
  • Which Republicans voted today to support Reid's 'Class Warfare' vote...

    07/11/2011 7:18:09 PM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 74 replies ^ | July 11, 2011 | The Bronze Titan
    Bill - S. 1323: "Mr. REID introduced the following bill; which was read twice and ordered to be placed on the calendar" "Sense of the Senate- It is the sense of the Senate that any agreement to reduce the budget deficit should require that those earning $1,000,000 or more per year make a more meaningful contribution to the deficit reduction effort." The Final Vote was 69-27 in favor. 17 "Republicans" joined Reid in support of his Class War ideology propaganda game (a vote which carries not weight). 24 Republicans wanted no part of this (along with 1 Dem) So who...
  • 11 Republican Senators Permit Former Planned Parenthood Director to Become Federal Judge

    05/05/2011 1:48:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 5, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    ( - Senate Democrats were able to confirm the former director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island to a lifetime federal judgeship after 11 Republicans voted to close debate on the nomination and allow it to come up for a final vote. As a lawyer, the new judge was also involved in litigation against the tobacco industry and a failed lawsuit against former manufacturers of lead paint. The cloture vote on the nomination of John J. “Jack” McConnell was 63 to 33 with 1 senator voting present and 2 senators not voting at all. Had 4 of the 11...
  • Senate Approves Former Planned Parenthood Director as Judge (McCain leads RINOs for infanticide)

    05/09/2011 2:23:49 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies · 1+ views ^ |
    The U.S. Senate today overcame a Republican filibuster and approved a former Planned Parenthood abortion business director, John McConnell, as a federal judge in Rhode Island. Senators voted 63-33 to surpass the 60-vote threshold necessary to stop the filibuster and approve the nomination of McConnell’s nomination to the District Court for the District of Rhode Island. his nomination previously cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee recently on a party-line 11-7 vote. Senate Republicans joining all Democrats to end debate included Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins of Maine, Lyndsey Graham of South Carolina, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Mark Kirk of Illinois,...
  • 'Obamacare' is a failed experiment

    03/24/2011 1:23:30 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | March 23, 2011 | John Thune
    It has been one year since Obamacare was signed into law. This is the same law about which then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” It is the same law that Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues jammed through Congress. The same unpopular law that led to Democrats losing control of the House. After a year of learning what is in the law — and seeing its effect on families, small businesses and our economy — it is now clear that Obamacare is a failed experiment. Sadly,...
  • Breaking:Sen. John Thune NOT Running for President

    02/22/2011 9:16:34 AM PST · by ejdrapes · 87 replies
    NRO ^ | February 22, 2011 | Jim Geraghty
    Sen. John Thune NOT Running for President February 22, 2011 12:09 P.M. By Jim Geraghty Tags: John Thune John Thune will NOT be running for president. For months now, my wife Kimberley and I have received encouragement from family, friends, colleagues, and supporters from across South Dakota and the country to run for the presidency of the United States. We have appreciated hearing their concerns about where the country is headed and their hopes for a new direction. During this time, Kimberley and I and our two daughters have given a great deal of thought to how we might best...
  • Gallup: Obama Tied at 45% With a Generic Republican

    02/17/2011 1:08:12 PM PST · by Jack Black · 28 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 3/17/2011 | Ace
    Gallup: Obama Tied at 45% With a Generic Republican This gets at my claim (which few of the harder-core conservatives are willing to entertain as true) that presidential elections are generally won by someone who seems to be or claims to be unthreatening and promises continuity with small course corrections, rather than the fire-breathing ideological warriors many prefer. Call it the Small Target theory of politics. And yes, this is exactly what Obama did. Many of you seem to believe he ran as an out and proud leftist. No, not at all. That's what we knew he was, but that's...
  • Thune: No Truce on Abortion, Social Issues for Republicans

    02/17/2011 8:52:48 AM PST · by julieee · 2 replies ^ | February 17, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Thune: No Truce on Abortion, Social Issues for Republicans Washington, DC -- In a new interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on Wednesday, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, a potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate, says there should be no truce on social issues like abortion.
  • Leftist PFAW attacks Thune and SD over abortion (BARF ALERT)

    02/17/2011 6:36:06 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    Tell potential presidential contender and South Dakota's most nationally visible "pro-life," Republican elected official, U.S. Sen. John Thune, to speak out against the reckless "justifiable homicide" bill in his home state's legislature! Dear Have you heard the latest out of South Dakota? A right-wing state legislator, in an effort to advance the embryos-are-citizens-too movement and demolish a woman's right to choose, has introduced a bill which would make homicide "justifiable" if done to protect the life of an unborn child. This is an unbelievably extreme attack on women's reproductive choice ... one that transcends the choice issue and crosses all...
  • Thune To Make Presidential Decision Within Weeks

    02/09/2011 4:02:37 AM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 88 replies
    KELO-TV ^ | February 8, 2011 | Ben Dunsmoo, KELO
    SIOUX FALLS, SD - We will know whether South Dakota Senator John Thune will run for president by the end of the month. Thune says he is close to making a decision and will announce his plans in the next few weeks. It may seem early to announce a run for president, but the first primaries are less than a year away. And, even though no other Republican has made an official announcement, Thune is prepared to announce his presidential aspirations within weeks. "It's such a big decision unlike anything we've ever contemplated before," Thune said. Thune and his wife...
  • The Health Care Repeal Chorus Grows Louder

    02/05/2011 12:41:08 AM PST · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Feb 4, 2011 | John Thune
    There is a loud, and growing, chorus calling for Congress to finally act to repeal the awful health care law Democrats jammed through last spring against widespread opposition. But the people are not stupid. They know a bad idea when they see one, and to them this law was simply a bad idea. That is why public opinion has not shifted the Administration's way. One recent Rasmussen poll, for instance, found that 58 percent of registered voters favor repealing the law, the exact same percentage as last April. People understand that the health care law destroys jobs, imposing more than...
  • Huckabee sends clear signal he is running; Thune, Daniels laying groundwork

    02/04/2011 9:52:18 AM PST · by bigred08 · 111 replies ^ | 2/4/2012 | Kevin Hall
    The clearest sign yet that Mike Huckabee is leaning toward another presidential run emerged Thursday. The former Arkansas Governor plans to visit Iowa in June and participate in the Family Leader’s “Presidential Lecture Series”, according to the group’s CEO Bob Vander Plaats. He disclosed that information to a crowd of 50 in Oskaloosa.
  • No Primary Endorsement From McCain for 2012 GOP Candidates (This is bad news?)

    02/03/2011 11:29:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | February 3, 2011 | Andrew Bair
    2008 Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain from Arizona announced this week he would not be making an endorsement in the 2012 presidential race in the Republican primary. McCain told Politico, “I think I’m staying out of this for the first time in many years.” In abstaining from presidential politics, McCain may be depriving some of his closest political allies a major campaign boost. One potential recipient of a McCain endorsement could have been former running mate Sarah Palin whose presidential hopes may depend on polling numbers in early primary states. McCain’s blessing would have given needed credibility to Palin’s...
  • Palin Outraises Romney, Rivals (Even though Willard has a Nat'l and 5 state PACS!!)

    01/31/2011 1:05:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The National Journal's Hotline On Call ^ | January 31, 2011 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin led her potential rivals for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in end-of-the-year fundraising, nosing ahead of her closest competitor, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Both Palin and Romney filed impressive year-end fundraising reports, due Monday at the Federal Election Commission. From Nov. 23 and Dec. 31, Palin's Sarah PAC hauled in $279,000. She finished the year with $1.3 million in her campaign account. Palin's total is particularly striking because she outraised Romney using only a federal political action committee. Romney's series of state level PACs set up in Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire and South...
  • Huckabee ahead nationally

    01/21/2011 9:29:29 AM PST · by speciallybland · 45 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 01/21/2011 | Tom Jensen
    For the first time in PPP's national polling for the 2012 Republican nomination there's a clear leader: Mike Huckabee. Huckabee's at 24% to 14% for Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, 11% for Newt Gingrich, 8% for Tim Pawlenty, 7% for Ron Paul, 4% for Mitch Daniels, and 1% for John Thune.
  • When Will The GOP Candidates Announce for 2012?

    01/10/2011 3:00:56 AM PST · by · 14 replies ^ | 1/9/11 | David Shedlock
    I am not a prophet nor do I play one on television. Nevertheless, here is my take on possible announcement dates by the candidates most likely to run for President in 2012. All of them would be wise to get in by the time the Reagan Library debate in May, 2011 is held. Tim Pawlenty:  Expected in Iowa to close his book tour the last two days of January.  Perhaps while he is still in Iowa on February 1st, he will make his plans known (or make a short trip back home to tell us from his home in Minnesota)....
  • CALL TO ACTION- Congress (202) 224-3121 - Say NO TO OMNIBUS BILL

    12/15/2010 9:57:05 AM PST · by SE Mom · 81 replies
    15 December 2010
    ENOUGH! Call the Congressional Switchboard and ask for your Senator's office. NO MORE OUTRAGEOUS SPENDING! NO more hidden projects and sneaky laws passed inside the budget. Tell them (politely of course) IT IS TIME TO STOP. This bill will cost $1.1 TRILLION. There are 1,924 PAGES. EACH PAGE represents $575 MILLION. There are at LEAST 6,488 earmarks. Included in this bill is funding for the beginning of the health care legislation. CALL (202) 224-3121 NOW!!!
  • Bill Hemmer Grills GOP Senator On Earmark Hypocrisy

    12/15/2010 10:43:28 AM PST · by La Lydia · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 15, 2010
    Senator John Cornyn appeared on FOX News with anchor Bill Hemmer and hoped to discuss his strong opposition to the massive spending bill proposed by Democrats. Hemmer, however, would not let him escape without addressing Cornyn’s own contribution to the bill: $16 million worth of earmarks. Cornyn said he was in favor of an earmark moratorium yet considered his earmarks “individually defensible.” Hemmer rightly said “I’m confused.” First Cornyn described passing the spending bill at this time as “completely tone deaf . . . after coming off this election when the American people said very clearly that this runaway Washington...
  • Senate GOP leaders take heat over millions of dollars in earmarks

    12/15/2010 10:15:17 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/10 11:45 AM ET | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republican leaders are taking heat for millions of dollars worth of earmarks they requested in a $1.1 trillion spending package on deck for passage this month. GOP Policy Committee Chairman John Thune (S.D.) and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) convened a Wednesday morning press conference to criticize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for trying to speed the package through the Senate before Christmas. But Thune and Cornyn faced a barrage of hostile questions about their earmarks by reporters from NPR, ABC News and NBC News. “Going through this bill, there is earmark after earmark from...
  • Senate Dems Unveil $1.1 TRILLION Spending Bill

    12/14/2010 9:25:55 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | Dec. 14, 2010
    Senate Democrats have filed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through fiscal 2011. The 1924-page bill includes funding to implement the sweeping healthcare bill Congress passed earlier this year [ObamaCare]. The package drew swift rebuke from Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. "This bill is loaded up with pork projects and should not get a vote. Congress should listen to the American people and stop this reckless spending," Thune said in a statement.
  • Thune: Deal critics want higher taxes

    12/14/2010 5:40:47 PM PST · by Qbert · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/14/2010 | Kasie Hunt
    South Dakota Sen. John Thune took a veiled swipe at Mitt Romney on the Senate floor Tuesday, saying it’s “easy” and “possibly even politically expedient to stand on the sidelines and criticize” the tax cut proposal backed by President Obama and GOP congressional leaders. “Inaction is not an option, and advocating against this proposal is no different than advocating for higher taxes,” Thune said in a Tuesday afternoon speech. Thune voted to advance the proposal in the Senate on Monday. Just a handful of Republicans, including possible 2012 candidate Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), opposed it. Thune did not mention Romney by...
  • Thune, Pawlenty Working Iowa Hard for 2012

    12/13/2010 11:31:53 AM PST · by pissant · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/13/10 | staff
    Minnesota Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been working Iowa hard as he prepares a potential presidential campaign for 2012. But he may face a strong challenge for home-field advantage in the nation’s first primary state from South Dakota Sen. John Thune, Politico reports. “If he decides to run, the widespread assumption is that [Thune] will play well there,” the news service states. “And that's a problem for Pawlenty, who's been the most aggressive of the 2012 contenders about laying Iowa groundwork, with a systematic approach that includes hiring top Iowa-savvy GOP operatives and campaigning for state-level Republican candidates.”
  • Michigan GOP Numbers

    12/10/2010 2:01:56 PM PST · by speciallybland · 40 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 12/10/2010 | Tom Jensen
    John Engler, largely based on superior name recognition, is the top choice of Michigan Republicans to take on Debbie Stabenow in 2012. Among the more likely roster of potential GOP contenders Pete Hoekstra is the leader by a good margin with only Mike Cox also hitting double digits. 31% of Republican voters say Engler would be their first choice, followed by 24% for Hoekstra, and 12% for Cox. Rounding out the Republicans polled is Terri Lynn Land at 7%, Candice Miller at 5%, Mike Rogers at 4%, Thad McCotter at 3%, and Tim Leuliette at 0%. If Leuliette, who has...
  • Political markets betting on John Thune in 2012

    11/30/2010 6:34:41 PM PST · by pissant · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/30/10 | Kassie Hunt
    He barely registers in polls, but there’s a lot of smart money betting on Sen. John Thune for Republican presidential nominee in 2012. In a Quinnipiac University poll out Monday, just 2 percent of likely Republican voters said they support the South Dakota senator. That places him at the bottom of the field, tied for seventh place with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. A Gallup Poll earlier in November had Thune in eighth place, also with 2 percent. But on two of the three major political exchanges — markets in which users bet on or buy stocklike futures contracts for candidates...
  • SD senator urges Christian involvement, prayer

    11/21/2010 12:55:10 PM PST · by IbJensen · 34 replies
    One News Now ^ | 11/21/2010 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON - Senator John Thune, who was elected this month to a second term, is urging Christians to be engaged in a world that's often hostile to their faith. The South Dakota Republican told KNWC radio in Sioux Falls that the U.S. needs "Christian people to be in the arena," influencing every aspect of public life. Thune said church and family anchor his own life in Washington, where he also tries to make time for prayer and Bible studies. Noting that public life can be hard on a politician's family, Thune asked people to pray for them and for him...
  • Thune just lost any support for 2012 from me (VANITY)

    11/19/2010 2:14:35 PM PST · by jakerobins · 121 replies · 1+ views
    John Thune voted for S510...the Senate bill enabling the FDA to have wide Regulation Authority over the food supply. Sorry folks but I still say DeMint is the man to watch...and of Course Sarah Palin despite her support for RINO McCain..
  • McCain adds to chatter about third party threat to GOP [Palin and Thune quoted as well]

    11/16/2010 6:01:19 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 107 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov. 16, 2010 | Michael O'Brien
    "I predict to you that unless Republicans act in response to the American people, they will reject Republicans," McCain said at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council meeting. "If Republicans use their power in the fashion, frankly, we did previously when we were in the majority, then I think you will see an emergence of a third party in America." -----Two of the party's possible presidential candidates in 2012 have talked about the possibility of a third party, too. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has asked "why not a third party" if the GOP strays, while Sen. John Thune...
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    11/11/2010 3:29:48 PM PST · by Jack Black · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News Special Report Web Site ^ | 11/11/10 | Chris Stirewalt
    John Thune Age: 49 Current Position: Senator from South Dakota (Elected 2004) What you might not know: His Pitch: Cowboy Up If John Thune doesn’t get elected president, he may have to go to Hollywood to play one in the movies because casting directors could hardly pass him up. And while Thune’s looks (think of a tall Gary Cooper) has helped propel him forward in politics, the reasons he was a hot commodity in the 2008 vice presidential derby and a top-tier contender for 2012 are more about attitude and ideology. Thune appealed to John McCain and party elders two...
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    11/10/2010 2:20:43 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 93 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/10/2010 | CHARLES BABINGTON
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  • Exclusive: Democrats Ask Pentagon for Info on Potential Obama Challengers (The 4th Reich!)

    10/27/2010 2:36:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 153 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | October 27, 2010 | Rick Klein and Luis Martinez
    DNC Requests Records Related to Palin, Romney, Seven Other Possible 2012 Contenders. The Democratic National Committee formally has asked the Pentagon for reams of correspondence between military agencies and nine potential Republican presidential candidates, a clear indication that Democrats are building opposition-research files on specific 2012 contenders even before the midterm elections. An internal Army e-mail obtained by ABC News indicates that the DNC has filed Freedom of Information Act requests for "any and all records of communication" between Army departments and agencies and each of the nine Republicans -- all of whom are widely mentioned as possible challengers to...
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    10/26/2010 3:02:20 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 8 replies ^ | OCT 26, 2010 | MarkKirkNews
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