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Boehner re-elected House speaker (after threatening his caucus)
Human Events ^ | January 3, 2013 | Audrey Hudson

Posted on 01/03/2013 1:36:50 PM PST by Timber Rattler

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was reelected on a 220 to 192 vote by his colleagues Thursday despite last minute grumblings that opposition from within his own party would derail the embattled politician as retribution for his leadership on controversial issues including the recent fiscal cliff deal.

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Boehner ran unopposed within his own party, contrary to speculation that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) might challenge him for the position. Just prior to the vote, Cantor told CNN that Boehner would “absolutely” be reelected. Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff deal, which raised taxes on a majority of Americans, but he voted for Boehner for speaker.

However, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) told Human Events after the vote that “arm twisting” on Boehner’s behalf was “very intense” with threats that Republicans would lose plum committee assignments or campaign donations from the National Republican Congressional Committee if they opposed the speaker’s reelection.

Huelskamp is one of four Republican lawmakers who lost key committee assignments recently for reportedly voting against issues that were important to Boehner.

“The intimidation and pressure was intense, there are a lot of people that wanted to vote no and today, the last call, the last twisting of arms, convinced them not to do that,” Huelskamp said.

“And certainly my vote was one of no confidence. I want conservative leadership, and that has not been provided by the speaker,” Huelskamp said.

Asked specifically who was intimidated to cast their votes for Boehner, Huelskamp declined to name names.

Huelskamp did add that one freshman lawmaker was called prior to the vote and told their committee seat was “probably gone if you vote your conscience.”

(Excerpt) Read more at humanevents.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boehner; gop; house; speaker
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To: Timber Rattler

There was a fellow on the radio one eve who was well-versed n how it all works.

One of the key components is being able to get a plum job as head of some kind of committee.

The reason is each committee has, as part of it’s budget, basically a discretionary amount that the head (or leaders) of the committee get to spend.

For big, important committees, it can be 100K to 200K or even more.

So if you get a job as head of a committee, it’s like getting a credit card with 200K on it you get to spend no matter what... as long as it can be reasonably connected to committee business.

This is money on top of your regular pay as a congresscritter.

After that, if you want to KEEP your job as committee head, you basically stay ready to ben dover and DO WHAT THE BOSSES TELL YOU!

The entire system is irreparably corrupt.


51 posted on 01/03/2013 3:20:02 PM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: Timber Rattler

SSDD


52 posted on 01/03/2013 3:26:27 PM PST by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen

Don’t give up... we need all the warriors that we can muster... if you do... no reason to stay here.

LLS


53 posted on 01/03/2013 3:27:21 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Norm, we are outraged as hell. Now we must fight the progressive republicans as well as the rats.

LLS


54 posted on 01/03/2013 3:28:43 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: tomkat

BINGO!

LLS


55 posted on 01/03/2013 3:30:04 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: muawiyah

Which is exactly what happened when many Republican ‘names’ infiltrated the Tea Party and started making all the noises they never did before about their ‘conservative values’.

And then threw their full support behind the biggest Liberal the GOP ever ran.

And people do not like admitting they got duped. Again.

So they will go along to get along. Again. Until they grow a pair and get rid of all the GOP loyalists pretending to be ‘Conservative’.


56 posted on 01/03/2013 3:38:48 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Timber Rattler

In other words: “They went along to get along.”

What have I been saying all of this time??? Seems to be true every time.

The Republicans are the “go along to get along” party and will never change.

Never forget the “RULE.” If you go along to get along you will be rewarded with riches and power while you are in office and after you serve your masters and retire.


57 posted on 01/03/2013 4:21:25 PM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: hadaclueonce

on the road to Galt’s Gulch myself as of last Friday.


58 posted on 01/03/2013 4:58:16 PM PST by crusher (Political Correctness: Stalinism Without the Charm)
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To: ArGee

I changed to Independent. When they still call me (and they always do), I tell them I charge by the minute for receiving solicitation by phone and then ask “Is that going to be Visa or Mastercard?” The shock on the other side of the phone is palpable and then they hang up.

Haven’t received any calls for quite a while now.


59 posted on 01/03/2013 5:00:13 PM PST by Frank Sheed (The injustice of trendiness is nearly dualistic in its isomorphism.)
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Roll Call vote -- Speaker of the House

Listing of how each Representative voted or didn't vote....

60 posted on 01/03/2013 5:07:06 PM PST by deport
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To: TheConservativeParty

According to ABC News he cried at the swearing in ceremony for the house today.


61 posted on 01/03/2013 5:27:39 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: cableguymn

Stop listening to the All Barak Channel. He did no such thing.


62 posted on 01/03/2013 5:29:51 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequensesheh)
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To: lowbridge

Ah, well. We really didn’t want to win mid term in 2014, did we?


No. I don’t want sell outs like Miss Speaker to lead me. Better to stand for SOMETHING than fall for ANYTHING.

I DO want Levin type conservatives to win. The GOPe keeps it up and I’ll have to run in the primary.

I’m Joe nobody. But at least I read and understand the rules provided to run the country.


63 posted on 01/03/2013 5:31:56 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: cableguymn
According to ABC News he cried at the swearing in ceremony for the house today.

The only person with a right to cry today at his swearing in ceremony is George Washington.

64 posted on 01/03/2013 5:46:29 PM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: Kaslin

It’s the news feed the local Levin station carries. No can do. But I normally try to ignore it ;)


65 posted on 01/03/2013 6:02:46 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Kaslin

By the way. I call BS on your “he did no such thing”

http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/281644.html


66 posted on 01/03/2013 6:04:47 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Timber Rattler

Ronald Reagan, a former Democrat, when asked why he left the Democrat Party said something to the effect that, “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party. The Democrat Party left me.”

Well, after 48 years of being a loyal registered Republican, I know that I have not left the party of my youth. That party has left me. Accordingly, I no longer consider myself a Republican and will be changing my voter registration to Independent. I will continue to support conservative Republicans.

Unfortunately, I live in California where my RINO Republican Congresswoman, Mary Bono Mack who ran a horrible campaign was defeated by an ultra left wing Democrat who posed as a moderate. And then we have the obnoxious Boxer and her cohort Feinstein.

With Obama, Biden, Boxer, Fineswine and now Raul Ruiz, I have to ask whether there is any hope. Surely, not from the likes of Boehner and Cantor. As for the Republican Party, it is dead here in California and on life support at the national level.


67 posted on 01/03/2013 6:05:31 PM PST by CdMGuy
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To: COBOL2Java

Washington would not be crying. he’s seen this type of government before.

He’d be pissed and loading his weapon.


68 posted on 01/03/2013 6:08:50 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Frank Sheed
I changed to Independent.

That can keep your money out of the hands of the Establishment Republicans, but it won't help get true conservatives elected.

69 posted on 01/03/2013 7:10:36 PM PST by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: muawiyah
The risk with a Conservative super pac is somebody like Rove will end up running it

So, get someone like Sarah Palin to set it up and run it.

70 posted on 01/03/2013 7:16:39 PM PST by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

In Texas, we cannot change parties until March 2014, and the only way we can “change” is to vote in a Democratic primary!


71 posted on 01/03/2013 7:47:29 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: CdMGuy

Ultimately, it is the Republican primary voters who have killed the party; they are too uninformed to pick good nominees. These Republicans know how to make money to pay their “fair share”, but they can’t pick good candidates.


72 posted on 01/03/2013 8:09:17 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: CdMGuy

I don’t know Raul Ruiz, but I know November 6 was a bad day not just for the Romneys but for the Macks as well! In fact, it was a very bad day for all conservatives. We should have seen it coming.


73 posted on 01/03/2013 8:11:51 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Norm Lenhart

Don’t you think these same low information Republican voters will be pushing for Jebbie in 2016? Boehner might even endorse first to get the ball rolling.


74 posted on 01/03/2013 8:14:15 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Chickensoup

“ball-less wonders.”

Yeah, notice that Boner and Romney are/were real good at attacking their own, but when it comes to the opposition, not so much! Boner is the biggest disgrace the Republicans have ever has as a leader. Note to self, go change registration to IND.


75 posted on 01/03/2013 8:29:40 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Moonman62
We can’t take back the country without taking back the party first.

Yeah baby!

Ska-rew those morons with their "third party" crazy talk. Take back the GOP.

76 posted on 01/03/2013 8:36:56 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: tomkat
My first act of 'business' in this New Year was to remove myself from the GOP voter rolls on Wednesday morning, changing my registration to Independent.

Phfffft!

All you've done is to guarantee a quadrupling of the junk mail you will receive during the next election...from both parties.

77 posted on 01/03/2013 8:41:04 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: aimhigh
My Oregon senator ends up representing Harry Reid’s state rather than Oregon.

That's because the city people elect the Senators rather than the State Legislatures...as is was originally designed.

78 posted on 01/03/2013 8:50:12 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: Timber Rattler

79 posted on 01/03/2013 9:11:19 PM PST by EternalVigilance (We will NOT disarm.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Oh well .. more kindling for my nifty 24-brick rocket stove


80 posted on 01/03/2013 9:13:58 PM PST by tomkat (-/\/\/\-)
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To: tomkat

The glossy postcard crap doesn’t burn well, and fills your stove with ash.

I don’t think there’s a real good answer to the political junk mail problem, other than staying “R”...they won’t waste a lot of money mailing to you.


81 posted on 01/03/2013 9:29:06 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: Timber Rattler

I call myself a “neutralist.” I don’t belong to any political party, and I want them all thrown out, and start over. It can’t be any worse than it is now.


82 posted on 01/03/2013 9:35:07 PM PST by Smorgasbord (I haven't bought a Toshiba product for many years)
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To: vette6387

Note to self, go change registration to IND.

_________________________

I already did. I will support any conservative candidate.


83 posted on 01/04/2013 4:51:05 AM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: cableguymn

Chuckle! Point well taken!


84 posted on 01/04/2013 5:36:19 AM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: Theodore R.

What’s wrong with that? Mess up their primary.

As long as you can still vote for who ever you want in the general.


85 posted on 01/04/2013 7:52:23 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Good luck with that.. Do report bad your success.


86 posted on 01/04/2013 8:08:03 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Good luck with that.. Do report back your success.

(or bad success.. that is more likely)


87 posted on 01/04/2013 8:08:44 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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