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  • House rejects bid to close Gitmo

    05/14/2015 4:57:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    The House rebuffed a proposal Thursday to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility by the end of 2017. An amendment to the annual national defense authorization that would provide a framework for closing the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, failed on a vote of 174-249. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and author of the amendment, called the facility an "international eyesore." He noted that the U.S. already has prisons that can hold dangerous convicted terrorists. "We have the facilities. We have the ability to hold them safely here," Smith said. The legislation...
  • Star GOP Congressman Finances Lavish Life with Taxpayer Money (Aaron Schock)

    03/13/2015 10:03:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 13, 2015
    A popular Illinois congressman once considered a rising star in the Republican party is in deep trouble for reportedly using taxpayer money to fund an extravagant lifestyle that includes stays at luxurious hotels, world travel, expensive cars and private jet rides to concerts and pro sporting events. The lawmaker’s name is Aaron Schock and he’s only 33, but he’s a seasoned politician who should have known better than to use public funds as a personal piggy bank. For six years he’s represented a working-class district in Peoria, Illinois in the U.S. House. One national media report says he had a...
  • Report: White House mulls how to push back at Bibi

    02/20/2015 4:43:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 20, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes & David McCabe
    The White House is reportedly exploring how to handle Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming address to Congress and is considering a media blitz to counter his messaging. The Associated Press reported Friday that U.S. officials are mulling multiple responses, including having President Obama sit for an interview with "a prominent journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama and Netanyahu." Other options include senior White House national security aides appearing on multiple Sunday morning shows as well as the administration bucking tradition and sending lower-level foreign policy officials to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, the...
  • Boehner defends retribution - says no final decision has been made

    01/07/2015 10:17:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 7, 2015 | Scott Wong
    A day after winning his third term as Speaker, John Boehner (R-Ohio) said his conference had begun a "family conversation" about how to respond to the 25 conservatives who revolted and voted against him on the floor. Boehner confirmed that the Rules Committee agreed hours after the Tuesday vote to boot two of the defectors off the committee: Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), who challenged Boehner for Speaker, and Rep. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.), who voted for his fellow Florida Republican. But the Speaker said no final decisions had been made, suggesting Webster and Nugent could rejoin the committee, even as some...
  • This Is Why We Have Elections - Gohmert vs. Boehner was a fight worth having

    01/07/2015 3:06:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    NRO ^ | January 7, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    "................This is why we have elections — to choose representatives. The 2014 congressional elections were quite good for conservatives, who are restive and impatient for reform. Many of them fault congressional leaders, especially John Boehner and Senate leader Mitch McConnell, for being too eager to compromise and too generous in their terms. There might have been a mutiny against McConnell if all the likely candidates for Senate majority leader — Senators Rubio, Paul, Cruz, etc. — weren’t running for president. Will Rogers famously joked: “I don’t belong to any organized political party — I’m a Democrat,” and there has long...
  • 'They p***ed him off': Conservative Republicans lose committee assignments in retaliation...

    01/06/2015 11:30:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | January 7, 2015 | David Martosko
    Iron-fisted U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is moving quickly to punish conservative Republicans who tried to oust him Tuesday during the biennial leadership election. Hours after the contentious vote, Florida Rep. Daniel Webster – who actively campaigned against Boehner and persuaded 12 GOP members to support him – found himself left off the membership list of the powerful House Rules Committee, where he served for the last two years. Rep. Rich Nugent, a fellow Floridian who voted for him, suffered the same fate. 'My philosophy,' Webster told reporters after he heard the news that he had been bumped from the...
  • Glenn Beck Unloads on GOP Rep. for Voting for John Boehner in Fiery Radio Interview

    01/06/2015 5:49:00 PM PST · by Mozilla · 178 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1.6.15 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck on Tuesday tore into Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) over his decision to vote for John Boehner as speaker of the House, saying he believes Stewart — who has been his friend for years — is losing his soul. Beck asked the congressman whether it was Boehner’s decision to fund Obamacare, his support of the CRomnibus bill, or his decision to continually delay any action in opposing President Barack Obama’s agenda that garnered his support. Stewart said the allegations against Boehner aren’t true, and continued: “I think in the time we have here, we can’t go back and review...
  • Will John Boehner Be Embarrassed Again?

    01/05/2015 8:01:48 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 16 replies
    The Atlantic/Yahoo News. ^ | Jan 5, 2015 (Updated) 10:05PM | Russell Berman
    Barring a stunner, John Boehner will be reelected as speaker when the House convenes for the beginning of the 114th Congress. But as opposition from conservatives trickles out, it appears Boehner won't be able to escape the indignity of watching a dozen or more members of his own party refuse to support him in a public vote shortly after noon on Tuesday. For the second consecutive term, a vote that is ordinarily a formality will carry with it the potential for high drama. Two Republicans, Representatives Ted Yoho of Florida and Louie Gohmert of Texas, have launched what can only...
  • Disconnect 75% of GOP Voters Want Boehner/McConnell Out..

    01/05/2015 7:46:20 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | David Steinberg
    A national poll of GOP voters supervised by Caddell Associates, Pat Caddell’s outfit, presented the following findings yesterday regarding tomorrow’s full House vote for the speaker position: Only a quarter of GOP voters think [John] Boehner and [Mitch] McConnell should remain Speaker and Majority Leader. Three-fifths want someone new rather than Speaker Boehner and almost half want someone new rather than Leader McConnell. As of now this finding has received scant media attention. It deserves more. The Daily Signal broke Caddell’s poll but somewhat buried that lede; Drudge linked the Daily Signal article halfway down his site. Otherwise, I see...
  • Voting Present is a Vote For Pelosi

    01/05/2015 7:35:06 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 26 replies
    Redstate ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | Streiff
    Some new members of the House of Representatives have pledged not to vote for Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/AN/A. Instead of casting their vote for someone, they claim they will vote “present.” They need to understand that doing so is a vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy Pelosi11%House Democrat Average13%See Full Scorecard11%. Under House rules, a Speaker is elected based on an absolute majority of votes cast for a person. There can be no plurality. The person elected Speaker must be elected based on an absolute majority of the votes cast. If a member of the House of Representatives...
  • Conservative Lawmakers Plan To Vote Against Boehner For Speaker

    12/30/2014 1:56:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 29, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    "...........These potential defectors are mostly keeping quiet about it in public, but in a posting on Twitter over the weekend, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky hinted he would oppose Boehner. He posted a photo of a sign that reads: “Next Speaker Please.” Such an attempt was tried two years ago, but ultimately failed: a group of conservatives tried to overthrow Boehner during the public vote, but only nine conservatives, frustrated with Boehner’s leadership, ended up voting against him. Organizers of that effort said more people had committed to vote against Boehner beforehand, but backed out before the vote. And...
  • New Chairman of Congressional Black Caucus Legitimizes Possible Ferguson Violence

    11/24/2014 8:53:20 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 24, 2014 | Paul Chesser
    As the nation awaits a decision from a grand jury Ferguson, Mo. about whether they will charge a police officer for shooting and killing black teenager Michael Brown, the new leader of the Congressional Black Caucus has already publicly stated that anything but indictment will not represent justice. The comments (audio) came as Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a North Carolina Democrat, assumed the chairmanship of the CBC last week. He expressed his concern in an interview with WUNC in Chapel Hill, a NPR affiliate, when asked about the problem of civil unrest in “places like Ferguson” and what he thought...
  • GOP pressure builds to block Obama immigration order

    11/12/2014 12:30:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 12, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Dozens of House Republicans have signed onto a new letter that insists the GOP include language in the upcoming spending bill to prevent President Obama from taking unilateral action on immigration, escalating a simmering fight between Congress and the White House. Rep. Matt Salmon, an Arizona Republican who organized the letter, said Congress needs to use its power of the purse to defend its own powers to write immigration policy — and he said he believes there could be enough support even in the Democratic-controlled Senate to win. “I’m not going down without a fight,” he said in an interview...
  • Since when was health care reform authored in the House?

    10/31/2014 6:42:55 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 44 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 31, 2014 | Jonathan H. Adler
    If you’re trying to convince the Supreme Court not to grant certiorari in a high-profile case, I suspect that publishing an op-ed in the Washington Post on the day the Court is scheduled to consider the petition is not the best strategy. I also suspect that it would be a good idea to ensure than such op-ed not include blatant falsehoods. It would be one thing for such an op-ed for forcefully advocate a given perspective on a contested issue. Quite another for it to simply make stuff up. In this case, however, we see the latter. Friday the Supreme...
  • Smoking-Guns on Obamacare Fraud (Weekly Update)

    10/18/2014 10:58:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 17, 2014 | Tom Fitton
    Fraud Alert: Judicial Watch Files Taxpayer Lawsuit to Stop Congress from Participating in D.C.’s Small Business Exchange Both houses of Congress were not exactly honest on the applications they filed with the District of Columbia’s Health Benefit Exchange Authority. In fact, the signatories who put their names to the applications seemed to make little pretense of providing truthful information. Under D.C. law, only those small businesses that have 50 or fewer employees can participate in the Small Business Exchange. Guess how many people are employed by Congress? And, guess how many employees Congress claims to have? Congress employs upwards of...
  • UDE FOR CONGRESS

    10/14/2014 7:41:21 PM PDT · by Experiment 6-2-6 · 13 replies
    facebook ^ | 14 October 2014 | Experiment6-2-6
    I haven't been on this website in some time. But in the shadow of Congressman Billybob, I am running for Congress. But instead of the 11th District of North Carolina, I am running for the American Samoa Delegate at Large to the United States House of Representatives There are NINE (9) candidates for this seat. The Incumbent is a Democrat who was medically evacuated over a year ago. Eni is finding himself at 71 to be on dialysis and perhaps the electorate might see him as someone too old to be re-elected for another (14th) term.
  • Step into Congress and strike it rich

    08/24/2014 8:59:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/24/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    As soft television advertisements now hypocritically portray US House of Representatives Democrat incumbent Patrick Murphy as the best friend a Treasure Coast family ever had, an outstanding analysis of the young single man presents an appalling revelation of who and what he really is. A staggering statistic shows that after taking office, Murphy’s yearly net worth jumped from $205,682 to $3,185,011, an unbelievable increase of 1,449% while in comparison, the American citizen’s median yearly income features a net worth decline of MINUS-0.94%. According to outstanding research and source work done by ballotpedia.org, Murphy now ranks as the “102nd wealthiest representative...
  • House GOP Plans To Save Obama With Immigration Reform (Ted Cruz speaks against amnesty)

    01/21/2014 2:34:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Investors.com ^ | January 21, 2014 | Editorial
    Immigration: President Obama expects House Republicans to jump-start his presidency by embracing amnesty for illegal aliens. But if it does, the GOP could wreck its chances to take back the Senate. Republicans should own the issue of immigration. After all, the last time — 1986 — the nation took the "comprehensive" approach that Democrats now propose, nothing ended up being fixed in exchange for the amnesty for millions of illegals. And today, insisting on securing the border before doing anything else is no-lose politically. Yet the House GOP is poised to use a piecemeal strategy as cover to enact, more...
  • 3rd District Iowa US House My Decision

    01/03/2014 7:03:20 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 6 replies
    03 Jan 2014 | US Navy Vet
    I have decided not to "throw my hat" into the ring and run for US House 3rd District/Iowa. I felt that I could not run a viable Campaign and it would reflect badly on both Tea Party and Free Republic people. Tom Latham is leaving and THAT was the important thing. I am looking CLOSLY at who is running and will endorse later.
  • Ok all I am thinking about mounting a Primary Challenge against...

    10/25/2013 8:07:59 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 46 replies
    25 OCt 2013 | US Navy Vet
    ...RINO US Congressman Tom Lathan(3rd District Iowa)he voted to keep the ObamaCare Congressional Exemptions and "Re-Open" the "Government"
  • Cruz: If House GOP Stands Its Ground, Reid Cannot Fund Obamacare

    09/26/2013 11:31:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 26, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Audio at link. (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) said today on a conference call the even if the Senate passes a continuing resolution that permits funding of Obamacare the fight to defund it is not over--because Obamacare cannot be funded unless the Republican-controlled House of Representatives agrees to do it. “House Republicans can, and I believe should, continue to stand their ground,” said Cruz. “And, so, if the House holds firm, Harry Reid has no ability to muscle the House of Representatives—if they stand their ground.” Cruz said that the cloture vote the Senate will hold Friday on the...
  • Senator Coburn believes Obama close to providing grounds for impeachment

    08/30/2013 9:42:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/30/13 | George Spelvin
    President Barack Obama is “getting perilously close” to meeting standards for impeachment said Senator Tom Coburn at an Oklahoma town hall meeting recently. He struck a nerve with Americans all over the nation who are very upset about how our US Constitution has been subverted over and again. The “Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment” initiative is now considered to be the fastest growing grassroots movement in the US. (1) A 40,000 member volunteer group is organizing rallies by ordinary citizens who stand on busy highway overpasses to hold up banners of impeachment. “His actions go unimpeded, our pleas through petitions unanswered....
  • Dem bill would trigger huge new taxes on guns, ammo

    08/26/2013 2:24:16 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 24 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Aug 26 2013 | FNS
    A pair of Democratic lawmakers are proposing steep new taxes on handguns and ammunition, and tying the revenues to programs aimed at preventing gun violence. Called the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act," the bill sponsored by William Pascrell, D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., would nearly double the current 11 percent tax on handguns, while raising the levy on bullets and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent. "This bill represents a major investment in the protection of our children and our communities, and reflects the long-term societal costs of gun and ammunition purchases in our country,” Pascrell said....
  • U.S. Rep. Alexander (LA-5) won't run for re-election

    08/06/2013 2:08:22 PM PDT · by abb · 30 replies
    The (Monroe, LA) News Star | August 6, 2013 | Greg Hilburn
    Gannett article.
  • Rep. Bob Goodlatte floats pathway to legalization

    07/23/2013 7:20:08 AM PDT · by onyx · 48 replies
    politico ^ | 7/23/13 4:57 AM EDT | SEUNG MIN KIM | 7/23/13 4:57 AM EDT
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte recently threw a curveball into the immigration debate by floating what has been anathema to House Republicans — a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The Virginia Republican’s idea: legalize the 11 million undocumented immigrants and allow them to apply for citizenship using ways that already exist — including marriage to a U.S. citizen or sponsorship by another relative or an employer. But the chairman’s July 11 comments have piqued interest among immigration advocates. Reformers want to hear more about what the powerful chairman is thinking. Many are encouraged that Goodlatte is seeking solutions...
  • Competitive House Race Surfaces in Maine (ME-2 open?)

    07/01/2013 6:40:09 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 13 replies
    CQ Roll Call ^ | June 13, 2013 | Emily Cahn
    Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud’s Thursday announcement that he is exploring a run for governor in Maine could spark crowded primaries for his competitive 2nd District. Michaud has won that district with comfortable margins for six terms, but his seat could be competitive if he launches a gubernatorial bid. President Barack Obama won it with 53 percent last year. “This obviously becomes a nationally targeted race if Michaud runs for governor,” said Erik Potholm, a Republican consultant who has worked extensively in Maine politics. “For Republicans, it’s a tremendous opportunity to pick up a new seat, because the … rural...
  • Must See: Paul Ryan: The House Delivers A Responsible, Balanced Budget (Video )

    03/23/2013 11:54:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    youtube ( HouseBudgetCommittee ) ^ | March 21, 2013 | Paul Ryan
    Video -- Senate passed Budget Last Night - March 22, 2013:related threads:Senate approves Democratic budget plan that recommends $1 trillion in tax increases ... (AP)-------House Passes Ryan Budget, 221-207 Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | Guy Benson
  • Fight begins for control of House GOP

    11/13/2012 11:44:17 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 13, 2012 | New York Times
    WASHINGTON - The battle to shape the Republican Party's direction after its electoral losses will see its first skirmish in the Capitol on Wednesday in a House leadership fight in which the profile might be low but the symbolism is high. The House's Republican leaders would dearly like to elevate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington to lead the House Republican Conference, putting a female face into the pantheon of the white male Republican leaders. But standing in their way is Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, one of the most conservative members of the House who has lined up some...
  • Corruption Scandals Don’t Stop U.S. Reps from Winning Reelection

    11/07/2012 11:58:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 7, 2012
    Jesse Jackson Jr.’s victory in Illinois is the latest example of a congressman winning reelection under a dark cloud of corruption, illustrating that in some districts voters are blindly loyal to certain beloved candidates. Jackson, son of the famed civil rights con man with the same name, is not the only U.S. House member to accomplish this feat. We’ve seen this around the country in the past few elections, most notably in Florida and Louisiana. We’ll get back to those after going through Jackson’s remarkable reelection this week despite being out half a year with a mysterious “mood disorder.” A...
  • Andy Barr ousts Ben Chandler in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District

    11/06/2012 9:18:51 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | November 6, 2012 | Jack Brammer
    The second time around proved a winner Tuesday for Republican Andy Barr in wresting Central Kentucky's 6th Congressional District seat from Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler. Barr, a Lexington attorney, lost to Chandler in 2010 by 648 votes but defeated him Tuesday by more than 11,000 votes, thanks in large part to a huge sentiment in the 19-county district against Democratic President Barack Obama. Barr was successful in linking Chandler to Obama, especially on Chandler's support in 2009 for the Obama-backed "cap and trade" bill that angered coal officials by seeking to curb carbon dioxide emissions from coal-powered plants. The measure...
  • Timid House Republicans refuse to defund ObamaCare

    07/30/2012 9:56:53 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/30/2012 | Doug Book
    Determined as always to travel the safest, least contentious path to their own re-election, House Speaker John Boehner, Majority leader Eric Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy have decided that the Party will do NOTHING to defund ObamaCare when current, federal funding legislation expires on September 30th. Thirty times over the past two years the House has voted to repeal the President’s “Affordable” Care Act. Of course, on each occasion Republican leaders were secure in the knowledge that the measure had NO chance of passing the Democrat controlled Senate or collecting the signature of Barack Obama. And this was...
  • Congressional Democrats’ Pennsylvania Problem

    06/29/2012 5:30:18 PM PDT · by randita · 36 replies
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | 6/29/12 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Congressional Democrats’ Pennsylvania Problem Stuart Rothenberg June 29, 2012 · 3:48 PM EDT As Democrats struggle to net 25 seats and win back the House majority in November, no single state reflects the party’s challenges more than Pennsylvania. After all, Pennsylvania has gone Democratic in the past five presidential contests, and the apparent movement of the Philadelphia suburbs away from the GOP during the past two decades suggests a fundamental political shift in the state. But if the southeastern corner of the Keystone State has started to resemble New Jersey and Connecticut, Western Pennsylvania increasingly looks like West Virginia or...
  • GOP Congressional District 9: Quinones gets McCollum endorsement; Melendez gets two nods

    06/08/2012 7:15:16 PM PDT · by randita · 18 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6/7/12 | Scott Powers
    GOP Congressional District 9: Quinones gets McCollum endorsement; Melendez gets two nods Uncategorized — posted by scottpowers on June, 7 2012 4:54 PM Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has endorsed Osceola County Commissioner and former State Rep. John Quinones in the multi-person race for the Republican nomination to run for Congress in the new District 9. Meanwhile, one of Quinones’ opponents, Osceola County School Board Vice Chairman Julius Melendez, announced endorsements from his board’s Chairwoman Barbara Horn and from State Rep. Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island). Former Congressman Alan Grayson is running on the Democratic side. The district takes in...
  • Can Any of These House Underdogs Survive?

    06/08/2012 6:46:26 PM PDT · by randita · 26 replies
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | 6/8/12 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Can Any of These House Underdogs Survive? Stuart Rothenberg June 8, 2012 · 1:48 PM EDT Remember their names: Reps. Charles Bass (R-N.H.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and Robert Dold (R-Ill.). If any of these five House incumbents survive, it will surprise most dispassionate observers (including some in their own parties). But upsets happen, and each of these candidates has a scenario for victory. Moments after Bass was declared the winner in November 2010, most political insiders figured he would be doomed in 2012. But considering his past electoral success, reports of his political demise...
  • Judicial Watch Files Amicus Curiae Brief with Supreme Court Challenging U.S. Census Policy of...

    01/17/2012 3:20:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 17, 2012
    Complete title: Judicial Watch Files Amicus Curiae Brief with Supreme Court Challenging U.S. Census Policy of Counting Illegal Aliens When Apportioning Seats in Congress Judicial Watch Brief Supports Lawsuit Filed by State of Louisiana which Lost a Seat in the House of Representatives due to Census Bureau’s Unlawful Policy (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the State of Louisiana challenging a current federal policy in which “unlawfully present aliens” were counted in the 2010 Census (...
  • Fortress Blue, Fortress Red, The partisan bedrock of the new House

    10/20/2011 4:40:02 PM PDT · by randita · 16 replies
    Center for Politics ^ | 10/20/11 | Kyle Kondik
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said that “There is nothing I love as much as a good fight.” If so, he would’ve hated where the House is headed for the next decade, because by and large it likely won’t have all that many good fights. Instead of looking at the House through the competitive races, consider instead the uncompetitive races — the large number of seats that should be safe for one party or the other for the foreseeable future. Based on the latest Crystal Ball ratings, less than one in four of the 435 House seats will be competitive next...
  • GOP group to raise unlimited cash to keep House majority

    10/14/2011 1:43:42 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, October 13, 2011 | Luke Rosiak
    A collection of former high-ranking Republicans will launch a group that will raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in a bid to retain the party’s majority in the House, they announced Thursday. The formation of the Congressional Leadership Fund solidifies the movement of the new type of loosely regulated committee from outside operators to establishment tools. A former director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), Brian O. Walsh, will head the group, which will be chaired by former Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota. It will be organized as an independent expenditure committee, or “super-PAC,” meaning it may run...
  • Let’s Talk About Redistricting

    06/19/2011 6:06:47 PM PDT · by randita · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/19/11 | Micah Cohen
    Let’s Talk About Redistricting By MICAH COHEN The following is an edited transcript of an interview with David Wasserman, the House Editor of The Cook Political Report. Mr. Wasserman is Cook’s resident redistricting expert and the author of “Better Know a District,” the The Cook Political Report’s 2012 redistricting outlook. (Readers might also want to check out Cook’s redistricting scorecard for background). We will post the conversation in two parts, this being Part 1, which focuses on the more general aspects of redistricting. Part 2 will focus on more granular details at the state and local level. The interview was...
  • House approves redistricting plans, Dems plan to sue (South Carolina)

    06/17/2011 7:00:44 PM PDT · by randita · 23 replies
    The State ^ | 6/15/11 | Gina Smith
    House approves redistricting plans, Dems plan to sue (South Carolina) Plan going to Senate soon creates state’s seventh congressional district centered in Horry County By GINA SMITH June 15, 2011 The state House of Representatives signed off on a plan Tuesday to redraw its legislative lines and create a seventh congressional district, centered in Horry County and running along the North Carolina border. The plan requires one more perfunctory vote before heading to the Senate. But some are disappointed with the plan, including the state Democratic Party, whose chairman plans to sue. The plan House members approved: • Creates two...
  • US House LIVE THREAD!

    01/05/2011 9:24:27 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 387 replies
    Post comments here, please!
  • Texas gains four seats as U.S. population up 9.7%

    12/21/2010 9:24:58 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 48 replies · 4+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Dec. 21, 2010, 11:56 a.m. EST | By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Texas will add four seats in the House of Representatives as the Census Department revealed Tuesday that the U.S. population grew at the slowest pace since the Great Depression. The population as of April 2010 was 308.7 million, up 9.7% over the last decade. The South and the West led the way in growth, with the West now more populous than the Midwest for the first time. Michigan actually lost population, down 0.6% as the automotive industry struggled. The population shift will affect 12 out of the 435 seats apportioned in the House. Florida gets two more...
  • On the Bubble: 10 States Await Tuesday Census Verdict on Congressional Gains, Losses (Predictions?)

    12/17/2010 3:15:41 PM PST · by randita · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/17/10 | David Wasserman
    On the Bubble: 10 States Await Tuesday Census Verdict on Congressional Gains, Losses The Cook Political Report's David Wasserman looks at what it might mean for House members and their constituents. By David Wasserman Friday, December 17, 2010 | 2:23 p.m. On Tuesday, U.S. Census Bureau officials will unveil numbers that will determine which states gain House seats and which states lose them in the once-a-decade reapportionment of congressional districts--and in the process launch a high-stakes political round of musical chairs. For the next year, powerful members of Congress will be nervously consulting computerized maps and wooing their political juniors...
  • Idaho’s Minnick Says He’s Done for Good

    12/17/2010 5:35:03 AM PST · by randita · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 12/17/10 | Kyle Trygstad
    Idaho’s Minnick Says He’s Done for Good By Kyle Trygstad Roll Call Staff Dec. 16, 2010, 11:56 p.m. Rep. Walt Minnick was defeated for re-election after serving just one term representing his state’s western Congressional district, and the Blue Dog tells Roll Call he’s gone for good. Looking ahead at redistricting in his deep-red state, it may be awhile before another Idaho Democrat makes it back. “I think I’m done with elective politics,” Minnick said in an interview with Roll Call. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but I think it’s time for somebody else.” The Idaho Democratic...
  • Does anyone here know who the presumptive Chairman will be in the upcoming GOP controlled House?

    11/24/2010 8:22:29 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    24 Nov 2010 | US Navy Vet
    I'm just wondering.
  • NC-02 Renee Ellmers Recount Update

    11/10/2010 6:02:21 PM PST · by randita · 6 replies
    Renee for Congress ^ | 11/10/10 | Renee Ellmers
    Recount Update by RENEE on NOVEMBER 10, 2010 in CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENTS Dear Supporter, The Boards of Election in three counties have met and counted their ‘provisional’ ballots. Congressman Etheridge has gained 33 votes. Overall, I lead by 1,600 votes. What is a ‘provisional’ ballot? When a voter shows up at a precinct, but is not on the list of registered voters, then he or she is given a ‘provisional’ ballot. Then, later, the local Elections Board determines if he or she is entitled to vote. What happened Monday night in Franklin County – one of the ten counties in my...
  • Latest Results For 9 UNDECIDED US HOUSE RACES GOP+63

    CURRENT GOP 240 DEM 187 (GOP+61) 8 UNDECIDED based on reading 8 articles (one for each race)--see links below and full details in my comment PREDICTION GOP 243 DEM 192 GOP +64 vs last Congress WA-2 http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013366051_apwahouse2nddistrict1stld.html VA-11 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/05/AR2010110506548.html CA-11 http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_16537059?nclick_check=1 NY-25 http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/how_the_west_was_won_by_ann_ma.html IL-8 http://dailyherald.com/article/20101106/news/711079971// NY-1 http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2010/Nov/06/error_in_tally_upends_ny_congressional_election.html
  • GOP Expected to Take Control of NY Senate

    11/05/2010 6:22:53 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/5/2010 | David A. Patten
    New York Gov. David Paterson, a Democrat, is conceding that Republicans "probably" have won control of the New York state Senate, which GOP leaders say has important implications for the long-term balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives. No official winner has been named in three senate races in the Empire State. Republicans lead in two of those outstanding contests. New York Republicans, including the current minority leader, Sen. Dean G. Skelos, have said they expect to take over the Legislative gavel in the next session. According to a Friday report in the New York Post, Paterson told...
  • So now that the Reps have taken the US House who will the Committee Chairmen be?

    11/04/2010 5:28:29 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 9 replies
    Nov 4 2010 | US Navy Vet
    Anyone know?
  • (PA-08) Murphy: GOP using 'Florida-style' tactics

    10/28/2010 8:08:03 AM PDT · by randita · 17 replies
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | 10/28/10 | Peter Hall
    Murphy: GOP using 'Florida-style' tactics By: PETER HALL Bucks County Courier Times The Congressman charged Republicans with using unfair tactics to give their candidate for the 8th Congressional District an edge. Congressman Patrick Murphy blasted Bucks County Republicans for using "Florida-style" tactics to deny voters the right to participate in Tuesday's election, which includes the hotly contested race between Murphy and his Republican challenger Mike Fitzpatrick. Murphy's statement in a brief news conference Wednesday afternoon came shortly before Democratic Party lawyers filed a response to Republican claims that Murphy's campaign is behind an effort to mislead voters into applying for...
  • The Crystal Ball’s Final Calls (GOP Gains: +55 for House, +8 for Senate +8-9 Governors)

    10/28/2010 5:49:03 AM PDT · by randita · 86 replies · 1+ views
    Center for Politics ^ | 10/28/10 | Larry J. Sabato
    The Crystal Ball’s Final Calls Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics October 28th, 2010 The time has finally come in this two-year election cycle to make the final calls. Thanks to everyone who has helped us by providing background info, tips, private polls, observations, and constructive criticism. We operate on the proverbial shoestring and we’re outside the Beltway (a plus and a minus), so we can always use the assistance. Our tradition is that we make a prediction in every contest. We’ve been studying these states, districts, and candidates for many years, and we feel entitled! We’re proud...