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  • Boehner should seize his chance for the nation

    10/09/2015 10:08:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPartisan ^ | October 9, 2015 | Colbert I. King
    If House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wasn’t convinced before, he now knows to a 100 percent degree of certainty that the extreme right wing of the Republican caucus would burn down the U.S. Capitol before they would let him keep the gavel in his hands. They are joined by a nationwide crowd of prominent conservatives, including GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who cheered Boehner’s announcement of his resignation from Congress. All conclusive proof that there’s nothing that Boehner can do, even if he was inclined to try, to get back in the far right’s good...
  • Rush Limbaugh: GOP Implosion Feared by ‘Establishment of Both Parties’

    10/09/2015 9:52:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 9, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Friday the reason why the mainstream media is not visibly celebrating Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’s decision to drop his bid for House Speaker and the ensuing Republican Party implosion is because the perception is that conservatives have won a victory over Washington insider establishment individuals like McCarthy. Limbaugh told listeners: What it should tell you is that McCarthy obviously is a Washington insider, and his fall from grace as future Speaker obviously is bad news to the insiders or the establishment in Washington, both parties. And the reason for that is it is perceived...
  • In which I obliterate the Wall Street Journal's pathetic attempt to see Paul Ryan become Speaker

    10/09/2015 3:22:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | October 9, 2015 | Doug Ross
    Over at the GOP establishment's press release reprint service known as The Wall Street Journal, the panic over Kevin McCarthy's sudden withdrawal from the race for the Speaker's gavel is palpable. Decrying a "toxic crack-up inside the Republican conference", the Journal says the real issues in Washington are the fault of the "Refuseniks" (the party's conservative base and its representatives, albeit a better epithet than "hobbits"). According to the WSJ rocket scientists, conservatives blame the GOPe "for all the country’s problems, not President Obama." That kind of sheer unvarnished idiocy is not unexpected from the GOP, which now seeks to...
  • Pete Lopez says he'll seek House seat (upstate NY)

    10/09/2015 2:53:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Oneonta Daily Star ^ | October 8, 2015 | Joe Mahoney
    Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, told The Daily Star on Thursday that he will be entering the race for New York's 19th Congressional District seat held by retiring Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook. A formal kick-off for the campaign will be scheduled soon, Lopez said. Lopez, 54, expressed optimism about his potential to win the Republican and Conservative party primaries in June as well as the general election in November 2016, saying he will run on his record as a balanced problem solver who worked vigorously to address the region's relief needs following the floods of 2011 and has forged close bonds...
  • Kevin McCarthy's Exit Came After Personal Threat Over Affair Allegations

    10/08/2015 10:19:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | October 8, 2015 | Michael Calderone, Senior media reporter
    "Why not resign like Bob Livingston?”In the hours before House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly withdrew his candidacy to be the next speaker of the House, he was sent an email from a conservative activist threatening to expose an alleged affair with a colleague. The subject line: “Kevin, why not resign like Bob Livingston?” The email, sent just after 8 a.m. on Thursday, came from Steve Baer, a Chicago-based GOP donor known for mass-emailing conservative figures and Republican lawmakers. It was addressed to McCarthy and numerous others, including the personal account of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), who conservative media...
  • Report: Boehner phones Paul Ryan, asks him to run for Speaker—or he might stay on as Speaker himself

    10/08/2015 9:21:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 8, 2015 | Allahpundit
    This makes three top House Republicans who’ve endorsed Ryan in the last two days as a potential uniting force. Yesterday it was Trey Gowdy: “To me, just speaking as one member, the smartest kid in the class is Paul Ryan,” Gowdy said. “If I had one draft choice and I was starting a new country, I would draft Paul to run it. Not because I agree with him on everything, but because he’s super, super smart. And when someone is super, super smart and is not interested, that tells you something. It tells me a lot.” This morning, after he’d...
  • Ted Cruz for House speaker?

    10/08/2015 5:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 8, 2015 | Rebecca Kaplan
    With the news that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, has dropped his bid for House speaker, the Republican conference is scrambling to find a new leader. Although speakers have always been members of the House of Representatives, it is in fact not a requirement written in the Constitution. Article I, Section 2 Clause 5 reads: "The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment." On a few occasions, lawmakers have voted for someone who isn't a member. Last January, when John Boehner was elected to serve as speaker...
  • RNC Looks to Empower GOP Women to Run

    10/08/2015 4:31:50 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | October 9, 2015 | Emily Cahn
    Sharon Day rose through the ranks of GOP politics, starting as a precinct captain in her native Florida and eventually co-chairing the Republican National Committee. But Day said she’d never be in the position she’s in today if people hadn’t empowered her to run for those roles. And she’s made it her mission to pay it forward to encourage more Republican women to become activists in the party and to run for office — all in the hopes of making women a more integral part of the GOP. “I think for women, we’re built different than men in that we...
  • GOP schism not new, still a factor

    10/07/2015 5:54:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 6, 2015 | Jack Torry and Jessica Wehrman
    In 1952, the combatants were Dwight Eisenhower and Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio. In 1964, it was Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller. Today, they are outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. All have been at the center of an endless struggle that has roiled Republicans for decades as conservatives attempt to yank the party to the political right while more moderate or establishment Republicans try their best to nudge their way toward the center. In the vivid glare of an intense presidential race, party conservatives such as Cruz and Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana are...
  • State Senator Prepares GOP Primary Challenge to Shimkus

    10/06/2015 1:39:48 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | October 5, 2015 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    State Sen. Kyle McCarter is poised to launch a primary challenge to GOP Sen. John Shimkus in Illinois’ 15th District later this week, according to GOP sources. The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. McCarter has been openly discussing the possibility with fellow Illinois Republicans since at least August, when I wrote about him in The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report. In the last few days, McCarter has been calling various Republicans across the state and has unveiled a new campaign logo (noticeably void of the office he intends to seek) at the Little Egypt parade in Salem on...
  • Tea Party not in step with the majority

    10/04/2015 7:53:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Ocala Star Banner ^ | October 4, 2015 | James Harris
    Tea Party supporters would have us think they are a model group with only what is best for the U.S. as their goal. The fact that the Tea Party supports the likes of U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho and Sen. Ted Cruz to mention two is a clear indicator the Tea Party does not act or support what is in the best interest of our country. Any representative who advocates shutting down the government as a means to an end endangers the stability of the country and its people. Our government is not a business and was never intended to be...
  • Kevin McCarthy on Immigration: Potential House Speaker Supports 'Step-by-Step' Immigration Reform

    10/03/2015 9:29:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Latin Post ^ | September 29, 2015 | Michael Oleaga
    Current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican congressman for California's 23rd Congressional District, announced his bid to succeed Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as Speaker of the House of Representatives. With Boehner resigning, calls have reemerged to vote on comprehensive immigration reform, but what has been McCarthy’s immigration record? First, in an email to colleagues, McCarthy, representing a congressional district where 35 percent of the population is Latino, announced his bid for the speakership. "We have made real progress towards shrinking an overgrown federal government and reforming our broken entitlement system," McCarthy wrote. "But our work is far from done. We...
  • Jason Chaffetz reportedly planning to challenge Kevin McCarthy for Speaker

    10/02/2015 2:04:40 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:01 PM ON OCTOBER 2, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    The CW this week is that McCarthy’s Benghazi gaffe was a gift to Hillary Clinton but it’s also a gift to House conservatives who are looking for a foothold in electing Boehner’s successor. You won’t convince the centrists in the caucus that McCarthy’s too squishy to rule but you might convince them that he’s a political liability whom the GOP can’t risk having as a major spokesman during next year’s death match with the Clintons. All tea partiers need to mount a challenge is a candidate. Hensarling won’t do it, Jordan won’t do it, Ryan won’t do it. Jason Chaffetz?...
  • Rep. Randy Weber becomes sixth Texan congressman to endorse Ted Cruz for president

    09/28/2015 2:50:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | September 28, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, is backing Sen. Ted Cruz for president, Cruz’s campaign announced Monday. “We need a President who will march into the White House on day one with their conservative values in one hand and the Constitution in the other,” said Weber. “I believe Ted Cruz is the candidate who will do just that.”(continued)
  • Boehner's resignation is good for these GOP candidates (Guess who?)

    09/28/2015 2:07:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 28, 2015 | Sara Fagen
    I've learned from my time in politics that things are rarely as bad as they seem. The converse is also true – they're rarely as good either. I'm reminded of this statement as we hash out the meaning of Speaker John Boehner's abrupt decision to depart Congress and resign his speakership at the end of October. Many leading conservatives, none more than Senator Ted Cruz, have cheered Boehner's demise, claiming a scalp and taking a victory lap. They see the speaker's departure as the obvious outcome of a grassroots uprising that demanded change. They look at Boehner's political troubles and...
  • John Boehner vs. the 'crazies': Should GOP just let tea party win?

    09/27/2015 9:22:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 27, 2015 | Mark Sappenfield, Staff writer
    John Boehner is leaving as speaker because he can't control the tea party. Should the whole GOP give in? It has happened before. The Republican Party is barreling head-first toward a worst-case scenario – or is that a best-case scenario? The tea party wing of the party has essentially toppled House Speaker John Boehner. His replacement will almost certainly need the tea party's stamp of approval. Meanwhile, the Republican presidential campaign continues to confound the establishment. Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz together have more support than all other Republican candidates combined, according to polls....
  • Boehner Warns Conservatives About The Tea Party: Reavows Calling Ted Cruz ‘That Jack-Ass’ (Video)

    09/27/2015 2:59:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Liberals Unite Magazine ^ | September 27, 2015 | Samuel Warde
    Outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner lashed out at the House’s “most conservative members” during a Sunday interview on ABC’s “Face the Nation.”CBS host John Dickerson began the interview by asking Boehner about the threatened government shutdown: “Four days, the government runs out of money. Is there going to be a shutdown?” Boehner responded, “no,” that he expected the Senate to pass a continuing resolution and that with the help of Democrats in the House, he expected the House to vote to keep the government open. Moving to the issue of Boehner’s upcoming retirement, Dickerson asked Boehner about conversations...
  • GOP Rep. Peter King: ‘The crazies have taken over the party’

    09/26/2015 10:34:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 26, 2015 | Zachary Roth
    The abrupt resignation of House Speaker John Boehner shows that “the crazies have taken over the party,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Friday. “I think it signals the crazies have taken over the party, taken over to the party that you can remove a speaker of the House who’s second in line to be president, a constitutional officer in the middle of his term with no allegations of impropriety, a person who’s honest and doing his job. This has never happened before in our country,” King said in an interview on CNN. “He could have stayed on.” King praised Boehner,...
  • Ted Cruz's Best Weekend Ever

    09/26/2015 9:38:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Slate ^ | September 26, 2015 | Beth Ethier
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz scored a runaway victory in the presidential straw poll at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, grabbing 35 percent of the vote among attendees at one of the country's highest-profile conservative gatherings, where no fewer than eight GOP presidential hopefuls came to court the crowd. Cruz had nearly double the support of the second-place finisher, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and seven times the votes for Donald Trump, who was audibly booed during his Values Voter speech but still leads the Republican field among likely primary voters who are outside of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington...
  • John Boehner left because Republicans' true faith is incompatible with governing

    09/26/2015 12:11:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 25, 2015 | Chris Lehmann
    The real religion of Washington conservatives is that having a government at all is offensive to the market. No wonder leading a branch of it is thankless work.House Speaker John Boehner’s last official moment in the media spotlight found him crying: sitting behind Pope Francis during the pontiff’s address to Congress, Boehner – a notorious public cryer – teared up at the homiletic spectacle, and was forced to dry his eyes with a handkerchief. It was fitting because, over the past five years, Boehner himself has presided over a far less decorous and infinitely more fractious show of ardent faith,...
  • House speaker: Anyone can run, even you (Ted Cruz?)

    09/25/2015 2:42:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Grier, Washington editor
    Non-House members have received votes for speaker, and that’s a trend that seems to be growing.Who can replace Speaker of the House John Boehner, who announced Friday he’s quitting? Almost anyone. Maybe even you. This isn’t a comment on the job Representative Boehner has or has not done in his role as leader of his legislative chamber. It’s meant to illustrate a little-known fact: Under the Constitution, the speaker does not have to be a member of the House. He or she doesn’t have to be an elected lawmaker or government official. The speaker can be an ordinary, private citizen....
  • Cruz Slams Outgoing Boehner Over ‘Early Reports’ That He ‘Cut a Deal’ With Pelosi Before Resigning

    09/25/2015 1:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 25, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    WASHINGTON — Hours after House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would be resigning from Congress, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz added fuel to the fire by saying he’d heard “early reports” that Boehner cut a deal with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to continue funding some of President Barack Obama’s most controversial measures. “I will say, the early reports are discouraging. If it is correct that the speaker, before he resigns, has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi to fund the Obama administration for the rest of its tenure, to fund Obamacare, to fund executive amnesty, to fund Planned Parenthood, to...
  • Lack of endorsements within Republican Party suggests Trump a no-hoper

    09/19/2015 1:16:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Dublin's NewsTalk Radio ^ | September 18, 2015 | Ruairi Casey
    Donald Trump may be a hit with the public, but Republicans appear to have little confidence.Seemingly immune to controversies and gaffes that would have ruined less ridiculous men, Donald Trump has topped every single poll taken on the Republican Primary race since late July. But while his controversial views on everything from immigration to trade with China have appealed to a wide swathe of Americans, it has earned him few friends within the party. Statistics site FiveThirtyEight has analysed the endorsements given to each candidate by their fellow party members, weighting the approval of governors, senators and representatives in descending...
  • GOP LEADERSHIP’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUMMER TOWNHALLS: Ignore Voters on Illegal Immigration and Trade

    08/28/2015 9:45:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | August 28, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    Republican legislators have gotten their messaging instructions from their top leaders: Tout unpopular free-trade measures during the August recess, ignore popular curbs on the migration that saps Americans’ wages. Breitbart News has exclusively obtained an internal August recess messaging instruction set for Republican legislators produced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who orchestrates the GOP Senators’ PR pitch. This 20-page messaging instruction manual seems to confirm prior reports by Breitbart News that Republican Congressional leadership has no plans to enact popular immigration reforms to curb large-scale migration. Each August, Senators and Congressmen return home to listen to constituents’ concerns and to...
  • 'It's just wrong': Walker defends Cruz from Boehner 'jackass' attack

    08/28/2015 11:31:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 28, 2015 | Al Weaver
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to the aid of Sen. Ted Cruz Friday after reports that Speaker of the House John Boehner called him a "jackass" during a fundraiser. Appearing on "The Hugh Hewitt Show," the Republican presidential hopeful called Boehner's reported Wednesday night statement "just wrong." Boehner made the comments at a Steamboat Springs event for GOP Rep. Scott Tipton, according to the Daily Caller. "I think it's just wrong," Walker said. "Even though I don't know Sen. Cruz as well as I know some of the governors, I've grown to know him and like him and admire him...
  • Boehner reportedly tells Colorado donors: Ted Cruz is a “jackass”

    08/27/2015 3:44:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 27, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Juicy, but I don’t know how scandalized we should be at learning that Boehner holds a view we all assumed he held in the first place. Next we’ll find out that Mitch McConnell thinks Cruz is a jackass too. This isn’t the first time he’s been accused of saying something privately to fundraisers that he wouldn’t dare dream of saying publicly. Remember when he allegedly told a bunch of donor-class amnesty fans that he was “hellbent” on passing comprehensive immigration reform in 2014? Two months later Dave Brat upset Eric Cantor in their House primary by running hard against illegal...
  • What do FReepers think I should ask them?

    08/24/2015 10:01:21 AM PDT · by John 3_19-21 · 57 replies
    me,myself, &I | Self
    Attending Congressman Jeff Duncan's 5th. annual Faith and Values BBQ/fund raiser this evening.Scheduled speakers include: Dr. Ben Carson, Scott Walker, and my personal favourite; Sen. Ted Cruz. I more than likely will not receive any one-on-one time with these gentlemen but if given the chance to ask any or all of these a question, I respectfully ask my much more learned FReeper colleges what best and poignant question(s) to ask?
  • No Congressional GOP Leaders Will Support Reducing Immigration

    08/01/2015 8:12:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 31, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)As U.S. census data projects that immigration will soon exceed all documented historical records, not one Republican leader in Congress supports the popular step of reducing immigration. Each year the United States admits one million people with green cards, their dependents and refugees, as well as half a million foreign youths sought by college administrators. Census data projects that, if visas are not slashed or halted, another 14 million immigrant settlers will arrive in the U.S. over the next decade. Polls from Fox News and Gallup show that Americans — by a 2-to-1 ratio — want to see visa issuances...
  • It's Too Weird: What Explains the Behavior of the Republican Leadership?

    07/27/2015 12:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I've been thinking about this. We are all inundated by each other, every day, with e-mails, phone calls, texts, what have you, of utter incredulity over what's happened to the Republican Party. It's just too weird, folks. There just isn't any serious opposition to anything that the Democrat Party wants. Remember Angelo Codevilla? He's back. He had that great place on the ruling class that I read in its entirety to you when he published it, and he then turned it into a book. He's back with his thoughts on Trump, and I found it at the...
  • Economics 101 - Reagan vs Obama

    07/17/2015 6:56:24 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 4 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 7-17-15 | zeo221
    Capitalism vs Socialism - Economics 101 - Reagan vs Obama
  • Ron Paul Praises Iran Nuke Deal, Says Critics 'Misinterpreted' It

    07/14/2015 11:39:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    NewsMax ^ | July 14, 2015 | Greg Richter
    The Iranian nuclear deal is a big step toward world peace, and Republicans would be praising it if one of their own had negotiated it, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul told Newsmax TV's "The Hard Line."Paul told host Ed Berliner that the deal echoed Ronald Reagan's deal with the Soviets in the 1980s. Paul's biggest problem with the deal was that the United States had to work under the confines of the United Nations and NATO. "There's something to be said about moving in the direction of at least talking to people instead of saying, 'All right, you're scoundrels, we'll...
  • Donald Trump won’t be criticized by Republicans, White House says

    07/09/2015 7:40:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    The White House lashed out at congressional Republicans as a party of racists Thursday, calling the GOP defenders of the Confederate flag and silent partners to Donald Trump’s Mexican-bashing rhetoric. White House press secretary Josh Earnest opened his daily press briefing with an unsolicited broadside on Republicans, saying they are “out of step” with Americans’ values on race relations and immigration. He blasted GOP lawmakers as “eager to protect the status of the Confederate flag on National Park Service grounds” and reminded the public that the third-ranking House Republican, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was once described as “David Duke...
  • Republican Mary Thomas Explores Running Against Gwen Graham (FL)

    07/07/2015 3:56:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | July 2, 2015 | Kevin Derby
    Tallahassee attorney Mary Thomas announced on Wednesday she was forming an exploratory committee as she looks at running for the Republican nomination to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., in 2016. Currently working in Gov. Rick Scott’s administration as the general counsel at the Department of Elder Affairs, Thomas is active with the Federalist Society, a conservative group of attorneys. In the announcement to the media on Wednesday afternoon, Thomas’ team played up the fact that if she won she would be the first Indian-American woman in Congress and her experience in Tallahassee. “During her time in the Scott...
  • Brian Babin becomes fifth Texas congressman to endorse Ted Cruz

    07/03/2015 12:02:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers ^ | July 2, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Sen. Ted Cruz now has five fellow Texan members of Congress publicly backing his 2016 presidential run. Cruz’s campaign announced Thursday morning the endorsement of Rep. Brian Babin, R-Woodville. “Ted has shown the conservative leadership and fortitude we so desperately need in our nation’s highest office,” said Babin in a statement released by the Cruz campaign. ”Now is a time for truth,” echoing the title of the senator’s new book, “and he will speak honestly to the American people.” Like Cruz, Babin has been critical of Republican leadership and President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Babin voted “present” in...
  • Mike Flynn Tries to Jump From Pundit to Politician in Illinois

    07/02/2015 4:05:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 1, 2015 | Lisa Hagen
    July 1, 2015 Mike Flynn has published about a million and a half words on politics and policy. Now, he's trying to put them into practice. Last month, Flynn, an editor for the conservative Breitbart News, announced his bid for the special election to replace former Rep. Aaron Schock in Illinois. The former columnist and founding editor of the Big Government blog decided to make his first run for political office after the scandal-tarred Schock's resignation, arguing that his role in the media prepared him for office. "My position is long-known, established, and out there, and I think that's something...
  • BARNEY FRANK: Justice Scalia Is a Homophobe

    06/27/2015 3:53:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | June 26, 2015 | Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
    Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people won two victories in the Supreme Court today. We expected the big one: the fourth in a series of opinions by Justice Anthony Kennedy—one of the last sitting Reagan appointees—vindicating our right to legal equality. The unexpected one was smaller in public impact but also significant: Justice Antonin Scalia’s disclaimer that he is not personally troubled by the fact that we can marry each other. After a series of opinions, speeches and public comments expressing his strong disapproval of us, vigorously defending society’s right to express this attitude in discriminatory public policies, Scalia begins...
  • 2016 Strategist

    06/27/2015 12:43:56 AM PDT · by Gene Eric · 26 replies
    As we head to 2016, I'm beginning to wonder who's leading the way. If I had the liberty of arranging the leadership, my choices wouldn't be surprising. But I'm interested in the opinions and thoughts of my fellow FReepers without qualification. So share your ideas without reservation. We need to make decisions, agree, and advance.
  • John Lewis: Take down Georgia’s U.S. Capitol statue of Confederate V.P.

    06/25/2015 7:59:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 25, 2015 | Daniel Malloy
    As the nation debates the placement of Confederate battle flags, Atlanta Democratic U.S. Rep. and civil rights legend John Lewis said it’s high time to take a look at the statues under the U.S. Capitol dome, starting with one of Georgia’s. “I think it should move, be removed,” Lewis said in an interview Wednesday. “I think there will be other symbols, not just from Georgia but other parts of our country [that are removed]. … It’s the beginning of a movement that will help us move toward the realization that we’re one people, we’re one nation and we have to...
  • This Isn't the GOP I Grew Up With

    06/21/2015 3:24:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | June 19, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Scott in Philadelphia. Great to have you on Open Line Friday, sir. Hello. CALLER: It's an honor, Rush. I got a problem with all the... McConnell, Boehner, and Karl Rove. They've hijacked the party. RUSH: Yeah. (sigh) CALLER: I want to know why nobody says nothing about it. I mean, we elect these conservatives, they get in there, and then they're browbeaten into submission. RUSH: Well, it's not that nobody says anything about it. I myself have been referencing this. Others I know have. I mean, I know people who are making this the focal point of...
  • CBC criticizes Baltimore on water shut offs [Congressional Black Caucus]

    06/15/2015 11:41:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Baltimore Sun's Maryland Politics Blog ^ | June 15, 2015 | John Fritze
    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus criticized Baltimore's efforts to disconnect water service for unpaid bills in a letter Monday that was focused primarily on utility privatization in Nigeria.. City officials announced in March they were sending shut-off notices to about 25,000 customers who owed a collective $40 million in overdue bills. The move prompted some activists to call for a moratorium on shut-offs in the city...
  • Blum Says Others Will Support Him If Republicans Don’t

    06/15/2015 4:30:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | June 12, 2015 | Emily Cahn
    Republicans are on defense this cycle, needing to protect more than a dozen districts in Democratic-leaning territory after the 2014 GOP wave. And Blum’s is one of the most challenging of the bunch to hold onto, as President Barack Obama carried it by a 14-point margin in 2012. With a daunting map in front of them, some Iowa Republican operatives said Blum’s vote against Boehner provides the NRCC with cover to not waste resources on a race that would be difficult to win. “He’s an outlier; he’s an anomaly,” one Iowa Republican operative unaffiliated with the race said of Blum’s...
  • #ObamaTrade (TPA) Relaxes Visa Process for Pakistan

    06/11/2015 8:27:49 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 17 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | June 11th, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    Is it a good idea to loosen the screening process for Pakistani nationals seeking visas to enter the United States? If you believe that such an outcome has national security problems written all over it, be very wary about giving Obama fast-track trade authority. Several weeks ago, we listed 6 reasons even free traders should oppose giving Obama fast-track authority, given the political climate, the distrust of the president, the comprehensive nature of these agreements, and the lack of ability to practically relinquish the fast track authority if the trade deals are finalized with harmful provisions. But even more concerns...
  • Possible Primary Brewing in Michigan’s 1st District

    06/02/2015 3:31:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | April 14, 2015 | Simone Pathé
    It’s not just Democrats considering a challenge to Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, who plans to run for a fourth term after pledging to serve only three. Several Republicans in the state were mentioned as potential primary challengers to the 1st District incumbent. State Rep. Peter Pettalia had been encouraged to run before Benishek announced his intent to seek another term, and “that talk hasn’t stopped” since, Pettalia told CQ Roll Call. The legislator declined to say which “supporting groups” have reached out to him. But, as a “loyal Republican,” Pettalia noted he’d have to give “deep thought” to challenging a...
  • America Is Being Run Just Like Baltimore

    05/31/2015 9:50:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | June 1, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Congressional Black Caucus is the most ridiculously corrupt part of an already corrupt Congress. A study two years ago found that a third of black congressmen had been named in an ethics probe during their careers. 5 of the 6 members under review by the House Ethics Committee that year were CBCers. In 2009, every single member of Congress under investigation was from the same old gang. Like the Clinton Foundation, the CBC exists to trade money for influence. The Caucus takes in tens of millions from major corporations and spends it on parties for its members and funnels...
  • The last thing America needs? A left-wing version of the Tea Party.

    05/29/2015 1:52:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2015 | Representative John K. Delaney (D-MD)
    Washington is paralyzed by extreme political rhetoric that creates powerful sound bites but poor policy. The big legislative updates that we need to compete in the 21st century and to raise living standards have been blocked by a reluctance to seek common ground. With Washington already broken, the last thing we need is a left-wing version of the tea party. But I am worried about where some of the loudest voices in the room could take the Democratic Party. Rejecting a trade agreement with Asia, expanding entitlement programs that crowd out other priorities and a desire to relitigate the financial...
  • State Rep. Scott Petri considers run for Congress (Pennsylvania)

    05/28/2015 3:48:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | May 28, 2015 | Gary Weckselblatt
    State Rep. Scott Petri has formed an exploratory committee as he considers running for the 8th District congressional seat currently held by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. Petri, a seven-term Republican representing the 178th state House district, said he has been “quite humbled” by the number of people “encouraging me” to seek a seat in the U.S. House. Fitzpatrick, a Republican, has pledged to limit himself to four terms, which would take him out of the running for 2016.
  • Tea party favorite Elizabeth Scott first in line to challenge DelBene

    05/28/2015 3:43:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    The Everett Herald ^ | , May 28, 2015 | Jerry Cornfield
    One of Snohomish County’s most conservative Republican lawmakers has quietly begun a campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene. State Rep. Elizabeth Scott of Monroe filed paperwork May 21 with the Federal Election Commission to become a candidate and start collecting contributions. Scott is in her second term in the Legislature and seemed assured of re-election next year if she chose to stay in Olympia. Now it appears she wants to serve in Congress, though she had made no formal campaign announcement as of Wednesday. Scott did not return phone calls.
  • 4 Texas Congressmen Say They're Backing Cruz's 2016 Bid

    05/21/2015 10:04:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | May 20, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign will announce the endorsements of four members of the Texas congressional delegation. Republican U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, John Culberson of Houston, Louie Gohmert of Tyler and John Ratcliffe of Heath are all backing the state's junior senator on Thursday, according to a Cruz campaign news release obtained by The Texas Tribune. Gohmert had a specifically pointed statement in the batch of endorsements. "With a Ted Cruz Presidency, America will finally be respected around the world again as other nations will see a courageous and intellectual leader, NEVER wavering on principle, who stands...
  • Georgia Right to Life Bullies Congress Against Pro-Life Bill

    05/19/2015 1:29:10 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 5 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 5/19/15 | Steve Berman
    In Bible-belt Georgia, one would think that pro-life organizations would support the federal “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which imposes a 20 week abortion ban (with exceptions for rape and incest).  The bill passed the House last week generally along party lines, 242-184.  But one pro-life organization vigorously opposed this bill. Georgia Right to Life wrote that the bill, H.R. 36, “contains dangerous exceptions that allow babies conceived via rape or incest to be murdered despite the ability to feel pain.”  And while that’s true, this is more than a case of throwing out the baby with the bathwater.  It’s a...
  • This Congressman May Pick Your President

    05/11/2015 10:44:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 11, 2015 | Patricia Murphy
    Why Republican candidates are scrambling to court Jeff Duncan, a one-time Clemson benchwarmer and arguably the most right-wing member of the House. Welcome to the Jeff Duncan primary. The what? Exactly. If you’ve never heard of Rep. Jeff Duncan, you’re not alone. The former banker and auctioneer isn’t well known outside his conservative South Carolina district. But Republicans running for president know Duncan as a man who is quietly emerging as an unlikely yet crucial figure in the process to pick the Republican nominee for 2016. In South Carolina this past weekend, more than a dozen Republicans from across the...