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  • John McCain in New Hampshire: ‘Lindsey Graham, he’s my man!’

    08/01/2015 8:27:19 PM PDT · by South40 · 71 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1 AUG 2015 | Jose A. DelReal
    LITTLETON, N.H. — Former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) was in his element Saturday — giving hugs, posing for pictures and shaking hands beside an oversized picnic pavilion at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post here in Littleton. He was asking Granite Staters for their votes in the first-in-the-nation primary. But this time, not for himself. “Lindsey Graham, he’s my man!” McCain declared with a chuckle,...
  • Jeb Bush: ‘I’m a joyful tortoise’ in long, acrimonious race

    07/27/2015 8:01:15 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/27/15 | Adam C Smith
    Repeat after Jeb Bush: He is not angry. Not even a tiny bit. Florida’s Republican former governor is happy — joyful even. And campaigning throughout Orlando Monday the merriest of presidential candidates reminded supporters over and over again that he is nothing like some of his churlish counterparts in the GOP primary. “Here’s the deal: I don’t have anger in my heart,” he told about 200 people at a community center in Maitland Monday evening. “We shouldn’t be scolding people. We shouldn’t be saying outrageous things that turns people off to the conservative message.” “I’m not a grievance candidate,” he...
  • Bush calls on GOP to embrace Latinos, African-Americans

    07/23/2015 3:41:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2015 5:23 PM EDT | Kathleen Ronayne
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says Republicans won’t win the White House if candidates don’t campaign in “every nook and cranny” of the country, especially in Latino and African-American communities. The Republican presidential contender made his comments Thursday during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. They come as businessman Donald Trump’s hardline rhetoric on immigration continues to dominate the GOP primary race. …
  • Republicans Insist They’re Tackling ‘The People’s Priorities,’ But Illegal Immigration Is Not…

    07/22/2015 11:23:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2015 | 12:06 PM EDT | Susan Jones
    “Here in the House, the people’s priorities continue to be our priorities,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told a news conference on Wednesday—one day after the father of Kate Steinle, a murdered San Francisco woman, urged Congress to pass legisation that would take felonious illegal aliens off America's streets for good. “We feel if Kate’s Law saves one daughter, one son, a mother, a father, Kate’s death won’t be in vain,” Jim Stienle told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. But on Wednesay, Boehner listed “the people’s priorities” as entitlement reform; human trafficking; veterans’ health care; free trade, EPA regulations;...
  • Rubio: Trump's McCain attack a 'disqualifier'

    07/19/2015 11:19:20 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/19/15 | Eric Bradner
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says Donald Trump's comment that Sen. John McCain is not a war hero should disqualify him from the 2016 presidential race. "It's not just absurd, it's offensive. It's ridiculous. And I do think it's a disqualifier as commander-in-chief," Rubio said in an interview Sunday with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." The Florida senator was the latest Republican White House contender to hit Trump after the real estate mogul said Saturday that McCain "is not a war hero" because he was captured and held prisoner in Vietnam. "He is a war hero because he...
  • Nikki Haley Lectures Donald Trump: “It’s Not Ok” To Speak About Illegal Immigration Like You Do

    07/12/2015 6:24:16 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 122 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 07/12/2015 | Spit Stixx
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  • Rupert Murdoch Criticizes Donald Trump Over Mexican Immigrant Comments

    07/12/2015 4:41:40 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 73 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 12 2015 | THR Staff
    Rupert Murdoch apparently won't be supporting Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The Australian-born media mogul, who became a U.S. citizen in 1985, on Sunday became the latest to decry the Republican candidate's comments about Mexican immigrants in a message posted to Twitter.
  • Don't skewer Jeb Bush over half of a sentence

    07/10/2015 9:49:22 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    The Week ^ | 7/10/15 | Paul Waldman
    Te 2016 gaffe wars have finally begun. Oh, there have been gaffes before now in this presidential race, but the one Jeb Bush uttered on Wednesday — that in order to get our economy moving, "people need to work longer hours" — may be the first of this campaign's gaffes that is being accepted by both his political opponents and the media as terribly consequential ("Jeb Bush's 'Longer Hours' Remark Will Haunt Him," reads a headline at Time magazine). I may not have a lot of love for Jeb, but even this liberal is willing to say that on this...
  • Bush: People Should Work More Hours To Grow Economy

    07/08/2015 6:08:48 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/15 | Blake Neff
    Jeb Bush may have made his first notable gaffe of the 2016 presidential campaign, declaring in an interview that Americans need to “work longer hours” for substantial economic growth to return. The Republican presidential candidate was conducting a recorded interview with New Hampshire’s The Union-Leader and was answering a question about his tax plan, which he used as an opportunity to state his goals for economic growth. “My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see,” Bush said. “Which means we have to be a lot...
  • Huckabee Says He Would Deny Federal Funding To Sanctuary Cities As President

    07/08/2015 2:52:05 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/15 | Alex Pappas
    If elected to the White House, Mike Huckabee says he would use “all powers of the presidency to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities,” among other executive orders to stop illegal immigration. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor running for president, said he would “use my pen and my phone to follow the Constitution” and sign executive orders. That includes:
  • Rand: We Need "Revolution" Of People Calling For Enforcement Of Immigration Laws

    07/08/2015 10:08:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 8,2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called for “a revolution of folks saying, ‘We want you to obey the law'” on immigration on Wednesday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.”
  • Sean Hannity scores first Jeb Bush interview

    06/11/2015 5:35:41 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/11/15 | HADAS GOLD
    Fox News host Sean Hannity continues his streak as conservative king maker, as the network announced Thursday that he will have the first interview with Jeb Bush after his presidential campaign announcement next week. The former Florida governor is expected to announce his presidential campaign Monday in Florida. On Tuesday, Hannity will interview Bush. Bush will also appear on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" that same night. Bush campaign spokespeople confirmed that Bush will not hold any interviews Monday and that Hannity will be his first.
  • Christie faults GOP for sounding unwelcoming to Latinos

    06/10/2015 7:52:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2015 6:09 PM EDT | Luis Alonso Lugo and Jill Colvin
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faulted his party Wednesday for its unwelcoming tone at times to minority voters. In a speech to a Latino Coalition small business conference, the potential Republican presidential contender also boasted about getting 51 percent of the Hispanic vote in his re-election as governor. Christie portrays himself as the kind of Republican who can attract females, blacks, Hispanics and other voters who are normally drawn to Democrats. …
  • Karl Rove on Jeb Bush's Iraq comments: He won't make the mistake again

    05/15/2015 6:27:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    NBC Today ^ | 5/15/15 | Eun Kyung Kim
    Jeb Bush will have learned from this week's firestorm over his Iraq War comments, says Karl Rove, the Republican strategist who helped steer his brother to the White House. "He's a very smart guy. He's not a guy who needs the lesson taught to him twice," Rove told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie on Friday. -snip- Rove said he hasn't endorsed Bush — or any of the other Republican candidates who have formally declared their presidential bid. The the strategist said he was months away from making his decision. "I want everybody to get in as a candidate and then start showing...
  • Jeb Bush: Opposing In-state Tuition For Illegals 'Over The Line'

    05/12/2015 6:32:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Breitbart News
    Opposing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants is going “over the line,” according to former Florida Governor and likely GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. In an interview that aired Monday on Fox News, Bush, who supported granting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants when he was governor, noted that Florida’s version of the DREAM Act was recently passed by a “conservative Republican legislature led by a very courageous Speaker of the House” and signed into law by Republican Governor Rick Scott. “I supported that,” he said. “If you’ve been here for an extended period of time, you have no nexus to the...
  • Lindsey Graham: As president, ‘I would veto any bill’ without path to citizenship

    05/09/2015 6:48:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 5/8/15 | Jessica Chasmar
    Likely Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted Thursday that the GOP will lose the 2016 presidential election unless they win over Hispanic voters by supporting a “long, hard path to citizenship.” “If I were president of the United States, I would veto any bill that did not have a pathway to citizenship,” the South Carolina Republican told USA Today. “You would have a long, hard path to citizenship … but I want to create that path because I don’t like the idea of millions of people living in America for the rest of their lives being the hired help....
  • Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush alliance sours in GOP primary faceoff

    04/18/2015 8:38:34 AM PDT · by South40 · 23 replies
    APNews ^ | 18 APR 15 | Steve Peeples
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up. In public, mentor Bush and protege Rubio have avoided criticizing each other since Rubio announced his candidacy. But Bush allies have started quietly spreading negative information about Rubio's record. Also, supporters of the two Miami politicians are drawing contrasts between Rubio, a 43-year-old son of Cuban immigrants, and 62-year-old Bush, a member of one of the nation's most powerful political dynasties. "Sparks are going to fly," said Al...
  • Senate Conservatives Fund targets McCain

    04/07/2015 12:44:28 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/6/15 | David McCabe
    The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) has launched an effort to defeat Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), bashing him for failing to uphold the principles of a “true conservative” just hours after he announced his intention to run for reelection. “There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain,” SCF President Ken Cuccinelli said in an email to supporters Tuesday of the party's 2008 nominee for president. “John McCain lost his way a long time ago and it's time to replace him with a strong conservative leader who will support and defend the Constitution.” Cuccinelli’s email links...
  • Senator Ted Cruz's Contradictory Position on Illegal

    03/28/2015 1:04:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 28, 2015 | Allan J. Favish
    [BIG SNIP] ".....Sen. Cruz is America’s last hope for a credible border. By that I mean a border that is controlled by the citizens of America, not the citizens of other countries. I mean a border that is controlled primarily for the benefit of citizens of America, not the citizens of other countries. I mean a border that is controlled by an American population that appreciates and welcomes immigrants, but only when they come here legally, and in numbers that are conducive to their assimilation into the American value system that is based on the principles expressed in our Declaration...
  • GOP wary of new immigration battle [GOP-e surrender monkeys cave again to Obama]

    03/12/2015 10:40:38 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 12, 2015 | By Bernie Becker
    Senate GOP leadership is staying away from a proposal to ensure illegal immigrants don’t get tax break payouts from the government, with the party still smarting from a battle over Department of Homeland Security funding. Senior Republicans generally say they support the goals of the bill from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that seeks to keep immigrants protected from deportation by President Obama’s executive actions from claiming several years’ worth of earned income tax credits. But with the most recent immigration fight having just finished, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has said he’s still examining the...
  • Kentucky's odd couple: the symbiotic friendship of Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell

    03/07/2015 2:13:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 7, 2015 | Francine Kiefer
    Kentucky is one place in America where a tea-party firebrand and a Republican from the governance wing amicably meet.For two Republican senators from the same state, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell could not be more mismatched. Senator Paul is a man in a hurry, with presidential stars in his eyes after a mere four years of serving Kentucky in Washington. The loquacious libertarian is a darling of young conservatives – a relaxed jeans-and-boots kind of guy. Senator McConnell, after three patient decades in office, has finally reached his dream job of Senate majority leader. A man of few words, he’s...
  • Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty? (Hint: only one with moral backbone)

    03/01/2015 6:34:06 AM PST · by bestintxas · 54 replies
    am thinker ^ | 3/1/15 | p gonzalez
    Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty? I have analyzed all the major Republican presidential candidates (except Ben Carson and Rick Sanctorum, who are long shots, and Donald Trump, who has undocumented hair). I have found that all the major presidential candidates support amnesty for illegal aliens, except for one. Can you guess which one? Jeb Bush: Jeb, as we all know, supports amnesty for illegal aliens, and he's proud of it. If he were running in Honduras, I would vote for him in a minute. Marco Rubio: Marco Rubio co-authored a bill that would have given amnesty to illegal aliens....
  • Conservative Sheep, Neocon Shepherds

    02/25/2015 9:10:14 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 1 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | February 24, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    In 1919, Rudyard Kipling wrote in The Gods of the Copybook Headings, “As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man / That…the Sow returns to her Mire / And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire.” Likewise, it appears that conservatives return to their disastrous past policies. In outlining his foreign policy plans for America, Jeb Bush recently stated, “I love my father and my brother…But I am my own man – and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.” He went on to say, “I...
  • Latinos to account for over 40% of increase in U.S. employment over next 5 years, study finds

    02/24/2015 10:58:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | February 24, 2015
    A new study released Tuesday indicates that Latinos will play an ever increasing role in the future of job growth in the United States. Latinos will account for more than 40 percent of growth in the next five years and more than 75 percent between 2020 and 2034 – an increase of 11 million jobs out of an economy-wide gain of 14 million, according to an analysis done by the economic forecasting firm IHS Global Insight. A number of reasons will account for the rise of Latinos in the workplace, but some major factors will be a Hispanic population growth...
  • CLINT BOLICK: JEB BELIEVES IN AMNESTY BILL ‘WITH HIS ABSOLUTE HEART & SOUL’

    02/19/2015 10:24:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 19, 2015 | Tony Lee
    A top Jeb Bush ally said that Jeb Bush will not back down on his support for comprehensive amnesty legislation and is willing to win or lose the GOP nomination based on the issue. On Thursday, Clint Bolick, who co-wrote Immigration Wars with the former Florida governor, said Bush “is either going to win or lose with a mandate on immigration.” “He’s not going to shift his position on this,”Bolick told MSNBC’s Jose Diaz Balart. “He believes in this with his absolute heart and soul.”
  • RUBIO RETREATS: ‘WE CAN’T LET HOMELAND SECURITY SHUT DOWN’ OVER EXEC AMNESTY (RINO ALERT!)

    02/18/2015 4:11:05 PM PST · by tobyhill · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/18/2015 | TONY LEE
    Days after a federal judge issued an injunction against President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Senate Republicans to abandon their defunding efforts and pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill. “We have to fund Homeland Security,” Rubio reportedly said on Wednesday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We can’t let Homeland Security shut down.” He reportedly “noted that Obama has threatened to veto any bill that would reverse his executive actions on immigration, including the measure to pay for Homeland Security” and “the Senate doesn’t have enough votes to pass the bill that ties the two...
  • Mainstream Press Anoint Jeb Bush ‘Frontrunner’ Despite Lackluster Poll Numbers

    02/14/2015 6:14:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/13/15 | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush may find out that Wall Street money will not buy him the love of GOP primary voters like it does mainstream media elites who are rushing to cast him as the 2016 frontrunner. As soon as Mitt Romney announced that he would not make a third White House run, the mainstream press immediately anointed Bush as the clear Republican 2016 frontrunner. They made their pronouncements even though Bush had not yet proven with his speeches that he can be a successful candidate in the digital age and neither had the best ground game nor the...
  • IRS commissioner: Illegals now eligible for tax credits under Obama’s amnesty — even for years past

    02/12/2015 9:57:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Our Townhall cousin Conn Carroll was way ahead of the game on this, warning back in December that handing out Social Security numbers to illegals under Obama’s new executive amnesty was a momentous development. Illegals are already eligible for some tax credits, he noted at the time, but the real money is in the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can add up to thousands of dollars for low earners with multiple children. Illegals can’t get the EITC, though, because the law requires a Social Security number to apply and they don’t have Social Security numbers. Until now. So they’ll be...
  • [Jeb] Bush touting conservative policies to aid middle class

    02/04/2015 11:59:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 2:08 PM EST | Thomas Beaumont
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is to deliver what aides call an “optimistic, conservative vision for the future” in his first unpaid speech since declaring his interest in a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. […] Wednesday’s speech is the first in a series of stops his aides call his “Right to Rise” tour, borrowing from his economic mantra and the name of the political action committee he formed in December. Bush’s speech, aides said, is aimed at underscoring his desire to reinvigorate the middle class, which he argues has languished despite the ongoing economic recovery. Conservative economic policies,...
  • Jeb Bush: We Need to Control Border By Politely Asking Illegals to Leave

    01/25/2015 9:16:15 AM PST · by Rockitz · 47 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 25 January 2015 | Pam Key
    This weekend in San Francisco while speaking to the National Automobile Dealers Association, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said, “First and foremost we need to control our border,” ...
  • Cruz: GOP ‘will get walloped’ without action on Obamacare

    01/12/2015 4:17:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2015 6:47 PM EST | Philip Elliott
    Republicans “will get walloped” in 2016 if they do not deliver on campaign promises, such as working to scrap the controversial national health care law and blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration proposals, Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday. The freshman Texas lawmaker said fellow Republican candidates promised during last year’s elections to scrap the health care law, which they call Obamacare, and to deny Obama’s executive actions, which they call “amnesty.” Cruz, a tea party favorite considering a White House campaign in 2016, said voters will punish Republicans in two years unless lawmakers have something to show for their new majority...
  • Boehner Vows to Fight ‘Tooth and Nail’ Against Executive Amnesty He Funded

    01/08/2015 12:04:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 269 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 8, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    48 second Video at link. (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) vowed today to fight “tooth and nail” against President Obama’s unilateral amnesty of up to five million illegal aliens—an amnesty the administration has been able to move forward with because Boehner’s House permitted funding of it. The 1,603-page omnibus spending bill that Boehner pushed through a lame-duck Republican-controlled House last month put no prohibition on Obama using government funds to implement the amnesty. That omnibus funded almost all the government through the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30 and the Department of Homeland Security through Feb....
  • Boehner ally: GOP challenges to Speaker 'unprofessional' (Rep. Tom Cole, Okla.)

    01/05/2015 6:39:53 AM PST · by maggief · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 5, 2015 | David McCabe
    Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) called GOP challenges to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “pretty unprofessional and very disappointing” on Monday. Cole, a close ally to Boehner, said the challenges aren’t serious and blasted Republicans trying to unseat the Speaker for not trying to do so when the GOP held its internal discussions late last year. “Well, I don’t think they’re very serious,” he said while appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe" of the bids by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) to challenge Boehner for speakership. “And frankly, they’re pretty disappointing in the sense that anyone who wanted to...
  • Undocumented Immigrants Line Up for Door Opened by Obama [and the GOPe]

    12/14/2014 11:54:31 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    NYT ^ | December 14, 2014 | By JULIA PRESTON
    LOS ANGELES — They pushed strollers, tugged toddlers and streamed into the convention center in the heart of this city on Sunday, thousands of immigrants here illegally and anxious to find out if they could gain protection from deportation under executive actions by President Obama. The crowd, waiting in a long snaking line to check in, was drawn by an information session organized by advocacy groups offering people initial assessments to see if they meet the requirements to apply to stay in the country and work. The day became a kind of coming-out party for about 5,000 unauthorized immigrants, the...
  • Would GOP Conference Chair Vote to Fund Obama’s Amnesty? No Direct Answer

    12/10/2014 1:22:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2014 - 10:47 AM | Ali Meyer
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the House Republican Conference Chairman, said today in response to the question of whether she would vote for a CR that funds Obama’s unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens that “we are looking at every option to hold the president accountable.” Yesterday, the Republican leadership of which McMorris Rodgers is a part, released a 1,603-page omnibus spending bill that places no restrictions on Obama’s implementation of his amnesty. The bill would fund most of the government through the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30 and the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27. …
  • Trey Gowdy (R-SC) Says His Preferred Method of Stopping Obama is to Let John McCain Do It

    12/06/2014 3:53:45 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 137 replies
    RedState ^ | Erick Erickson
    Now this is just pathetic. Some of you turned Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)87% into the hero of the day because of his Benghazi investigation. He could do no wrong. What happens when you build a cult of personalty around any politician is then they can go BOHICA on you. Bend over America. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)87% is now on record admitting he’s going to help shove President Obama’s amnesty plan right where you don’t want it. (SNIP) So, Hemmer asked Gowdy who he’d stop the President. Gowdy’s answer? He wants to let Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. John McCain52%Senate Republican...
  • Tea Party's Singular Focus on Amnesty Troubles GOP

    11/26/2014 9:29:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 26, 2014 | Melissa Clyne
    President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, granting de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, has so outraged the tea party faction of the Republican Party that the ultra conservatives are focusing their attention and resources on this single issue, potentially causing a fissure within the party, according to The New York Times. "What started five years ago as a groundswell of conservatives committed to curtailing the reach of the federal government, cutting the deficit and countering the Wall Street wing of the Republican Party has become a movement largely against immigration overhaul," writes the Times’ Jeremy Peters. "The...
  • Obama: I've 'Been Very Restrained with Respect to Immigration'

    11/24/2014 7:13:59 AM PST · by Cheerio · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | Tony Lee
    President Barack Obama claimed he has been "restrained" on immigration and that his position on executive actions has not changed after he unilaterally granted temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. On ABC's This Week, Obama said that he has "been very restrained with respect to immigration" and has "bent over backwards and will continue to do everything I can to get Congress" to pass a more permanent and comprehensive executive amnesty bill.
  • E.J. Dionne: Bush offers best hope for Republicans

    11/22/2014 10:19:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | November 23, 2014 | E.J. Dionne
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in U.S. politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is Jeb Bush. Yes, Democrats have their own divides, usually described as differences between their populist and Wall Street camps. Still, there is broad agreement inside the party, even among most of its Wall Streeters, that wage stagnation and economic inequality are major problems for the country and that Democrats need to make dealing...
  • Clinton says Obama on firm ground on immigration

    11/19/2014 6:51:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 9:48 PM EST | Ken Thomas
    Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday noted that previous U.S. presidents have issued some type of executive order on immigration, suggesting his Democratic successor was on “pretty firm legal ground.” The former president spoke on the eve of President Barack Obama’s scheduled announcement of executive actions to spare as many as 5 million immigrants from being deported from the U.S. Clinton said during an event honoring the magazine The New Republic that it was part of a larger debate about the nation’s role around the globe. “As far as I can tell, every president in the modern era has issued...
  • US Sen. Rubio urges Obama to wait on immigration

    11/05/2014 9:54:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 5, 2014 5:13 PM EST
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio urged President Barack Obama to hold off using executive authority to overhaul immigration regulations, saying reform should be gradual and come only after authorities clamp down on illegal immigration. “Taking executive action will set back the opportunity to make progress,” Rubio told reporters in Spanish on Wednesday during a two-day trip to Colombia. His comments echoed those by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a day after Republicans took control of the Senate. …
  • [Rob] Portman Predicts: ‘I Think We Begin to Move Legislation Right Away’

    11/04/2014 7:17:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 4, 2014 - 8:27 AM
    If Republicans take control of the Senate and hold the House in Tuesday’s midterm election, they’ll get busy passing bills, says Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). First up—“very popular” legislation to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline, Portman told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Monday evening. He called it “probably the biggest infrastructure project in America next year,” one that would create “20,000 to 40,000 new jobs.” “Jobs, lower gas prices, energy independence—what’s wrong with that?” he asked. “Let’s just do it.” Portman said Republican attempts to “do anything significant on Obamacare” probably would meet with a presidential veto, “but there...
  • Shaheen: 'Right-Wing' Group Behind Study Showing Majority of NH Jobs Went to Immigrants

    11/01/2014 10:42:22 AM PDT · by walford · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Nov 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    ... Shaheen, when asked by Breitbart News about a recent study from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) that found 71 percent of all New Hampshire jobs since 2000 have gone to both legal and illegal aliens rather than New Hampshire citizens, ducked for cover. “My understanding is that’s a study sponsored by a right-wing organization,” she replied. When Breitbart News noted that the study is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other government sources—and includes no data from non-governmental sources—her communications director Harrell Kirsten abruptly called an end to the press conference inside the local Democratic...
  • GOP's John Cornyn Eyes Immigration Reform 'After We Get Majority'

    10/29/2014 7:49:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 167 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/28/14 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    During a debate with Democratic challenger David Alameel, Texas Sen. John Cornyn said it is time to reach a "consensus" on immigration reform by "finding parts that we agree on," including providing children of illegal immigrants access to education. "I believe education is the way out," the Republican said. He added that the children of parents "who did not comply with our immigration laws are guilty of nothing," and "it makes no sense to condemn them to a minimum-wage job for the rest of their lives when they could produce so much more, when they could be so much more....
  • US Chamber on sidelines in close Georgia race

    10/24/2014 3:17:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    ksl.com ^ | 10/24/14 | Donna Cassata
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The most powerful business group in the country is spending tens of millions of dollars to help Republicans win control of the Senate with one glaring omission — the tight Georgia Senate race. Rob Engstrom, political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Friday that the organization will stay on the sidelines in the contest between businessman David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn in Georgia as well as the competitive Louisiana race pitting three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy. Days before the Nov. 4 election, both races are which are critical to...
  • Burrito chain urged to drop ‘illegal’ from name (‘Illegal Pete’s’, Colorado)

    10/23/2014 5:47:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 23, 2014 4:58 PM EDT
    Some people are urging the Colorado burrito chain Illegal Pete’s to change its name because of the way the word “illegal” has been used to describe immigrants. The Coloradan reports that about 30 people gathered in Fort Collins Wednesday to ask owner Pete Turner to change the name of the chain, which is about to open an outlet there. It’s part of a bigger campaign nationally against what critics refer to as the “I-word.” They think using the word to describe a person is dehumanizing. …
  • Republicans: Immigration reform is more likely to happen if we take the Senate

    10/16/2014 10:36:01 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 122 replies
    Key House Republicans say congressional action on immigration is much more likely if Republicans take control of the Senate. The effort, two Republicans say, would likely involve individual measures rather than a broad, comprehensive bill favored by Democrats. "I actually think it's more likely, if we take the Senate, that we will have immigration reform," said Rep. Raul Labrador. "We will be able to do it on a step-by-step approach like most Republicans have been asking to do and I think the American people want." Labrador, who was a member of the bipartisan House group working on the issue before...
  • GOP cancels spending in Michigan Senate race

    10/07/2014 9:27:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2014 11:37 AM EDT | David Eggert
    Republicans are canceling TV ad spending planned for the final two weeks of Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, signaling that the GOP is investing in other races in its drive for the Senate majority. The National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled nearly $1 million in ads for the weeks of Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, according to a political operative who tracks ad spending. Democrat Gary Peters leads Republican Terri Lynn Land in Michigan. …
  • House GOP Plan for September: Shame the Senate

    09/04/2014 1:30:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 3, 2014 | Emma Dumain
    Speaker John A. Boehner outlined the September legislative agenda in a Wednesday afternoon conference call with House Republican lawmakers, describing a scheduled 12-day session that will be “brief, but busy.” The most pressing item on the agenda is a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown on Sept. 30, but Boehner also spoke strongly and at length, according to a read-out from a source on the call, in favor of using the remaining legislative days before the November elections to draw “a very stark contrast between ourselves and the Democrats who run Washington.” The Republican-led House, Boehner said, “is...
  • Boehner: Obama Could Get Immigration Reform 'Next Year'

    09/02/2014 6:32:29 PM PDT · by maggief · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 2, 2014
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that President Barack Obama should “continue to follow the law” in order to help “create an environment where you could do immigration reform in a responsible way next year” on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”