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  • Secretive ‘Freedom Caucus’ Claims Scalp On Border Bill Delay

    01/27/2015 8:01:05 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/27/15 | Jonathan Strong
    Members of the newly-formed, staunchly conservative House “Freedom Caucus,” which just announced its nine founding members, are already claiming credit for blocking an immigration bill that had been scheduled for floor action this week. “The communications were made to the House leadership by our Freedom Caucus last week, and all of the sudden this week you see the bill has been delayed,” said Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), a top immigration hawk who was not named as part of the group but nonetheless has been attending its meetings. The group is clearly considerably larger than nine, and it includes many outspoken...
  • Senate's swing-state Republicans break ranks

    01/27/2015 6:28:26 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    politico.com ^ | 1/27/15 | Manu Raju
    It didn’t take long for vulnerable Republican senators to start bucking their new majority’s party line. Just three weeks into Mitch McConnell’s reign as Senate majority leader, he’s already confronting the challenges of running a caucus filled with blue-state Republicans who face reelection next year. They’ve begun departing from the GOP stance on issues like energy and climate change — a move that lets them espouse independence back home, but also exposes divisions that are bound to intensify as 2016 draws nearer. The Senate’s dynamic was on display in a series of amendment votes over the last week on the...
  • Is Iowa turning into a no-win situation for establishment Republicans in 2016?

    01/27/2015 6:18:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Chris Cillizza
    Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who famously skipped Iowa in the 2012 Republican presidential race by saying the state "picks corn, not presidents," has since admitted he was wrong. "You gotta play Iowa," Huntsman said on "Morning Joe" recently, adding: "You don’t have to win [in] Iowa, but you have to get the top four." Huntsman is right. Skipping states in this political-media world is simply unworkable. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's decision in 2008 not only to skip Iowa but also, inexplicably, to take a pass on New Hampshire ensured that by the time the race got to...
  • New GOP Caucus Could Set Stage for Leadership Coup

    01/27/2015 6:06:31 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Joel Gehrke
    A group of 30-40 House Republicans — more than enough to prevent House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) from mustering 218 votes for anything — is organizing into a formal caucus and hiring staff. The organization is devoted to pushing conservative legislative goals, as I write on the home page, but it could be an important component of the next leadership elections. That’s because the existence of the caucus provides outsiders with an opportunity to count votes, and court supporters, in public. “Any leadership election is pretty much about organization and who has votes lined up or who can reach...
  • The danger of RINO presidents

    01/27/2015 6:01:32 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/27/15 | Bruce Walker
    The Republican Establishment seems to believe that conservatives will naturally line up behind a RINO candidate because the alternative – President Hillary, for example – is so awful. Conservatives understand, however, the real dangers of electing a RINO president. When a RINO sits in the White House, he can parade around as the “mediator” between conservatives and the left. RINO presidents can craft “compromises” and claim to be able to “get things done.” RINOs see themselves as practical men, pragmatists who assume that the left wants government and politics to work. As a consequence, these RINO presidents appoint to the...
  • Levin: Maybe Jeb Realizes Immigration Position ‘Just Not Flying’

    01/27/2015 5:59:14 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 43 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Ian Hanchett
    On Monday, talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin suggested that Jeb Bush was changing his tone on immigration because he realized his position was “just not flying.” After playing a clip of Bush saying “we ought to be able to figure out where they [illegal immigrants] are and politely ask them to leave,” Levin initially wondered how politely asking someone to leave would work and what would happen if someone said “no.” He then remarked, “so, Jeb says we ought to be able to figure out where these people are and politely ask them to...
  • House GOP pulls border bill, citing weather, but foes say support wasn’t there

    01/26/2015 5:12:41 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    mcclatchydc.com ^ | 1/26/15 | William Douglas
    House Republican leaders Monday pulled a controversial, party-sponsored border security bill from a vote scheduled later this week, citing poor weather conditions in the Northeast. However, Republican and Democratic opponents of the bill contend that the leadership pulled it for lack of support. House leaders postponed all Monday votes as blizzard conditions socked-in much of the Northeast. The cancellation further truncated a short congressional work week. The House is scheduled to adjourn Wednesday so the chamber’s Democrats can attend a retreat in Philadelphia the rest of the week. A House Republican leadership aide said ‘there are no scheduling announcements at...
  • Greece’s new anti-austerity government set on collision course with Brussels

    01/26/2015 12:57:20 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 51 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 1-26-2015 | Helena Smith in Athens, Julian Borger in Brussels and Katie Allen in London
    Greek radicals sought on Monday to redraw the political map of Europe, forming a coalition government of left and right, united only by their desire to defy the European financial establishment and shrug off the constraints of austerity. The coalition, led by 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, was expected to dispatch its new finance minister to Brussels in the next few days to seek a fundamental renegotiation of Greece’s economic bailout package, vowing that “the end of humiliation has come”. Tsipras and his Syriza party have promised to replace the austerity programmes imposed by Greece’s international creditors with policies aimed at helping...
  • How Can You Fight When You Don't Believe?

    01/26/2015 10:16:06 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    It doesn’t take a genius to ascertain the political motivations behind the behavior of GOP leaders in Washington. When you believe in a specific issue or principle with all your heart, you harness every opportunity to advance the cause. Conversely, when you lack a core belief in the cause you are tasked to pursue, you will look for every excuse to avoid any significant achievement of that goal. The recent behavior of Republicans on a host of issues reveals what many of us have known for quite some time – the party leadership fundamentally does not share our values, principles,...
  • House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists

    01/26/2015 7:29:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Charles Babbington
    This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats. Some conservatives are fighting back, demanding that Senate Republicans stand firm against President Barack Obama. But their leverage is limited. And now, however reluctantly, some tea party-affiliated House members are acknowledging a political landscape in which the GOP-run Senate will dilute House legislation,...
  • Deport 2 Manchuria’: Republican Delegates Boo McCain In HIS HOME State [VIDEO]

    01/26/2015 7:17:42 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/25/15 | Scott Greer
    Sen. John McCain didn’t quite receive a warm welcome when he spoke before a Arizona Republican Party committee meeting Saturday, with several GOP delegates booing and turning their backs on him during his speech. According to the Arizona Daily Independent, the only members of the audience who showed any appreciation for McCain were a “mostly silver-haired faction” and outside supporters reportedly brought in to cheer him on. However, some attendees claimed to The Arizona Republic that only a few booed the senator and nearly everyone there seemed to love him. But video and images of the event show a sizable...
  • Jeb Bush: We Need to Control Border By Politely Asking Illegals to Leave

    01/26/2015 6:44:15 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 79 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/25/15 | 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.” “The 40 percent of the people that have come here illegally came with a legal visa and overstayed their bounds,” he added. “We ought to be able to figure out where they are and politely ask them to leave.” State and local enforcement should partner with the federal government to encourage illegal aliens to return to their home countries in a “compassionate” way, Bush continued. The 9/11 hijackers, whose airliner suicide mission...
  • Boehner-McConnell retreat in Obama amnesty fight panics conservatives

    01/26/2015 6:35:41 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 1/25/15 | S.A. Miller
    Conservatives saw it as raising a white flag when Republican congressional leaders pledged not to withhold funding for the Department of Homeland Security in the fight over President Obama’s deportation amnesty, stoking fears that for the next two years House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will consistently surrender. For the Republican base, Mr. Obama’s unilateral move to grant legal status and work permits for up to 5 million illegal immigrants was an unlawful power grab that created a constitutional crisis. The anger I see from my audience at the Republican Party cannot become any more...
  • Boehner’s Establishment GOP has Double-Crossed the Tea Party on Amnesty -

    01/26/2015 6:30:56 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    teaparty.org ^ | 1/25/15 | Jerome Corsi
    Now that we have seen the immigration bill House Speaker John Boehner has championed in the House of Representatives, we can have no doubt that Boehner and the establishment GOP in Congress have once again sold out Tea Party Loyalists to capitulate to President Obama and the Democrats on amnesty. As the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies reported last week, the House Homeland Security Committee rubber-stamped flawed border security bill (HR399) proposed by the committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, without meaningful improvements. Instead of listening to career Border Patrol and ICE agents committed to border security recommending to toughen penalties...
  • Electoral Math: Who can really win?

    01/25/2015 4:51:12 PM PST · by parksstp · 13 replies
    270 to Win Dot Com ^ | 01-25-2015 | parksstp
    For the first time in a LONG time, given the anticipation of some of the candidates running, I can finally look at the Electoral Map and see not just ~50%/%50%, but a real possibility of gaining the upper-hand in the projected battleground states
  • Charles Koch: We’re just getting started ('Left-eye' Reid deeply saddened)

    01/25/2015 3:46:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/24/15 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Charles Koch on Saturday signaled to hundreds of donors, operatives and conservative leaders gathered in the California desert that the political operation he and his brother David created was just getting started. “Americans have taken an important step in slowing down the march toward collectivism,” Charles Koch said in his speech, seemingly in reference to the Republican takeover of the Senate during the 2014 midterm elections. “But as many of you know, we don’t rest on our laurels. We are already back at work and hard at it! In fact, the work never really ends. Because the struggle for freedom...
  • Governor Palin Clarifies Her Statements on 2016

    01/24/2015 8:43:32 AM PST · by Bratch · 26 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 24, 2014 | Steve Flesher
    Yesterday, while in Las Vegas, Governor Palin said "of course" she was interested in running for president in 2016.  Naturally, this got quite a response from the mainstream media.As such, she arrived in Iowa last night and greeted many supporters, fellow commentators, and other perceived hopefuls for the nomination where she was asked to clarify her statement:As Bob Costas reports: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told The Washington Post in an interview Friday that she is “seriously interested” in running for the White House in 2016.“You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” Palin said, when asked to clarify her thinking about a...
  • BREAKING, EXCLUSIVE: DC Sources: “Rep. Kevin McCarthy & Rep. Renee Ellmers Are Having An Affair”

    01/23/2015 7:30:11 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 86 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Charles C. Johnson
    <p>Multiple sources within Bakersfield, North Carolina, & on Capitol Hill tell Gotnews.com that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Renee Ellmers (R-NC) have been carrying on a long-running affair since 2011.</p> <p>The affair is something of an open secret in Washington, D.C. Reporters at other publications, lobbyists, congressional staffers of both parties all know about it. One staffer for a congressman describes it as the “biggest open secret” in D.C. A lobbyist describes Ellmers as a “social climber who has ingratiated herself” with McCarthy.</p>
  • Renee Ellmers Call Your Campaign Team, You Have A Primary Challenge (Well, almost.)

    01/23/2015 2:03:45 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Aaron Gardner
    Rep. Renee Ellmer, who shuttered a pro-life bill with 60% public support on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade may have a challenger in the Republican Primary. According to GOP operatives who spoke to Roll Call politics the Chatham county GOP chair, Jim Duncan has been interested in a primary challenge of Rep. Renee Ellmers for some time and this most recent betrayal of a core Republican principle may be enough to push Duncan to commit. Ellmers already started the 2016 cycle with a couple cracks in her hold on the seat. In 2014, local activists were angry over her...
  • La. treasurer leads to replace Vitter in Senate

    01/23/2015 1:55:34 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy leads among Republicans potentially seeking to replace Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in the Senate. According to a poll conducted by conservative North Star Opinion Research on behalf of Kennedy, the state treasurer takes 18 percent support, ahead of Reps. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), at 13 percent, and John Fleming, at 7 percent. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu would be the strongest Democratic challenger in the Senate race. He took 39 percent in the poll, which is the baseline of support for any Democrat in the state, according to the poll. Louisiana has gone deep red in...
  • Senate’s marathon Keystone debate ends in anger

    01/23/2015 7:04:41 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Elena Schor
    The new, freewheeling Senate of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presided over an agitated debate on the Keystone XL pipeline that churned into Friday’s wee hours and ended with aggrieved Democrats crying Koch. Around midnight, a seemingly endless series of amendment votes and quorum calls shifted as McConnell moved to end debate on a bill that would yank President Barack Obama’s authority over the proposed oil pipeline — after quickly disposing of five Democratic amendments. Story Continued Below . . Blindsided Democrats accused the Kentucky Republican of shutting down a Senate that he had promised to run in a more open...
  • Mitch McConnell Did Something Last Night to Senate Dems That Has Them Furious

    01/23/2015 7:01:55 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 66 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) late Thursday left Democrats angry and sputtering on the Senate floor, as he used his new power as majority leader to brush off several Democratic amendments in an effort to speed up work on a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline. McConnell has so far made a point of allowing amendment votes, something Democrats barely allowed for the last few years. Earlier Thursday, McConnell boasted that the Senate had already held more amendment votes on the Keystone bill than Democrats allowed during all of 2014. “We’ve actually reached a milestone here that I think’s noteworthy for...
  • Rep. Dave Brat Aims To Slay Another Goliath: Takes on McCaul’s Border Bill

    01/22/2015 12:57:57 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/22/15 | Matthew Boyle
    David has his sights set on another Goliath. After taking down then House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary last year, Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) is aiming to slay a border bill from House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)—a bill Brat says is a “Trojan Horse” for amnesty. “A border security bill should do what its name suggests and this thing– the McCaul bill– still leaves enforcement in President Obama’s hands,” Brat said in a radio interview on The John Fredericks Show— a local Virginia radio program—on Thursday. “So is that where you want to leave...
  • ‘Toughest Border Security Bill Ever’ Sets Table for Piecemeal Strategy

    01/22/2015 12:41:34 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 1/22/15 | Emma Dumain
    The House is set to vote next week on what some Republicans are proudly calling “the toughest border security bill ever.” But once the roll is called and the measure is passed, then what? Not yet a month into the 114th Congress, Republican leaders’ plans to advance border security legislation are sparking some speculation this could be the first installment in the GOP’s long-promised “piecemeal” approach to fixing the immigration system. Just what Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and his allies have in mind could have some effect on what sort of support the pending bill receives. The bill, sponsored...
  • Conservative Republican lawmakers lambaste McConnell on immigration

    01/22/2015 5:04:52 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/21/15 | Scott Wong
    House conservatives are taking aim at a new target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Tea Party lawmakers on Wednesday directed their ire at the Kentucky Republican after Senate leaders signaled they don’t have the votes to pass a House-approved bill that would fight President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. It’s a new tack for the Tea Party members in the House, who have repeatedly criticized Obama, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). House lawmakers say their conservative allies in the Senate have a responsibility to force the upper chamber to aggressively challenge Obama’s actions. But...
  • Boehner’s revenge may be served cold

    01/21/2015 5:19:37 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/21/15 | Scott Wong
    Speaker John Boehner is showing mercy to his foes — but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to forgive and forget. The Ohio Republican so far has chosen not to exact revenge against most of the roughly two dozen Tea Party Republicans who tried to overthrow him earlier this month. snip Working with committee chairmen, Boehner could cut off their ability to travel abroad on congressional trips. His loyalists could also skip defectors when it comes to deciding who gets to sponsor legislation moving in the House. The Speaker can also turn off the spigot of donations that flow from his...
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions: McCaul Bill Breaks Republican Promise to Voters on Immigration

    01/20/2015 1:26:10 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/20/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), arguably the intellectual leader of the national movement against immigration amnesty, has come out swinging against a new border bill proposed by House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). Sessions issued a lengthy and blistering statement detailing the reasons he thinks McCaul’s bill would be a mistake for any Republican who supports stopping President Obama’s executive amnesty and other “lawlessness” on immigration. The senator writes: Republicans won a historic midterm vote on the promise to take real action—not symbolic gestures—to end the immigration lawlessness. It is essential that any immigration measures moved by the Republican...
  • Senate Votes to Advance Democrat Agenda, Passes Liberal Keystone Amendment

    01/20/2015 1:22:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    Today, the new Republican-led Senate gave conservatives a frightening preview of how we might expect to see the rest of the 114th Congress play out. Instead of using their new majority to support conservative policy, in one of the first votes of the year the Senate overwhelmingly passed a liberal green “energy efficiency” amendment offered by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in a roll call vote of 94-5. The five members who voted against the amendment were: Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Rand Paul (R-KY). Last year, Republican...
  • The Resurrection of Lew Eisenberg - More Evidence GOP Establishment Hates Us

    01/20/2015 1:18:29 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 1/20/15 | Steve Deace
    Could you imagine the uproar that would occur if the Democrat Party appointed as its CFO someone with a long history of supporting marriage as only between a man and a woman, the sanctity of life, and the Second Amendment? No, you can't imagine it for the same reason you can't imagine riding your unicycle to Saturn. Both are impossible. Unless the literal hand of God swooped down and made it so, in no known universe would today's Democrat Party put someone who was an anathema to the values enshrined in its platform in charge of the mother's milk of...
  • McCaul Border Bill a Trojan Horse for Amnesty

    01/20/2015 1:14:53 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 1/20/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Despite a torrent of deceptive push polls showing that Americans are agog over amnesty, politicians in both parties understand Americans are overwhelmingly against their amnesty agenda. After all, 67% of blue state voters in Oregon rejected an effort to grant drivers licenses to illegal aliens, even though proponents of the ballot measure outspent opponents by 10-1. Accordingly, all of their amnesty bills will be couched in faux border security parlance, much like they did with the Gang of 8 bill in 2013. The latest Trojan Horse for amnesty is the “McCaul border bill,” which is authored by Rep. Michael McCaul...
  • McConnell allies form group to defend Senate (yeah, from conservatives!)

    01/20/2015 12:56:43 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 1/20/15 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Republican operatives linked to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have launched a new super PAC focused on keeping the Senate in GOP hands in 2016, when they'll face a much tougher map and a political climate that favors Democrats. The new super PAC, called the Senate Leadership Fund, will work with American Crossroads, another major GOP super PAC, to defend Republican-held seats and help nominate the most electable candidates in primaries to contest Democratic-held seats, according to a source familiar with the group's plans. American Crossroads will also be heavily engaged in the GOP presidential primary fight, however, and Republicans...
  • States Recently filing Article V convention applications in their legislatures

    01/20/2015 8:35:57 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    Upon opening their legislative sessions in 2015, these states have Article V applications in one or both houses: AZ MA MO MT NH NJ ND SC VA WY
  • Tea party reeling (piece worth reading)

    01/20/2015 6:58:38 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    politico.com ^ | 1/19/15 | Katie Glueck
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The past year has not been kind to the tea party: Its most prized candidates were crushed in primary elections to establishment-backed foes, then it watched in dismay earlier this month as conservatives in Congress failed to block John Boehner from another term as House speaker. Five years into its existence, the tea party is a movement adrift, interviews with conservative activists at this weekend’s South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention show. Its members are at odds over what went wrong in the 2014 election and on how to move forward in 2016; there’s even disagreement...
  • GOP Leaders Set to Enable “ObamaTrade” With Fast Track for President

    01/20/2015 5:32:17 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    thenewamerican.com ^ | 1/19/15 | William F. Jasper
    A vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, better known as "Fast Track") is likely to come up in March as Senator Mitch McConnell (left, R-Ky.), Repressentative Paul Ryan (center, R-Wis.), Senator Orrin Hatch (right, R-Utah), and other GOP leaders line up Republican votes to push for Obama’s U.S.-Atlantic-Pacific merger pacts. "The first thing we ought to do is pass trade promotion authority," new House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said at a committee hearing on the U.S. economy, according to a January 14 report on politico.com. Ryan argued that TPA would allow the White House to bring back...
  • Portman could face primary challenger

    01/20/2015 5:28:05 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    toledoblade.com ^ | 1/19/15 | Tom Troy
    U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) enjoys an unbroken record of election success, has a campaign war chest that is one of the Senate’s deepest, and claims the endorsement of just about every Republican party officer and elected official in the state. But he’ll still face a Democratic opponent in the general election, and possibly a primary opponent. Two weeks ago Mr. Portman released a list of endorsements with about 250 names including elected Republicans, county chairmen, and state central committee members. snip Matt Borges, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, said that even though Republican voters will decide in...
  • Boehner Loyalists Upset His GOP Challengers Rewarded With House Subcommittee Chairmanships

    01/18/2015 6:38:56 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/17/15 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Speaker of the House John Boehner has rewarded Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), one of the most well known candidates who challenged him in his successful effort to be re-elected Speaker, with a powerful Subcommittee Chairmanship. The news that Gohmert and others who publicly rebelled against Boehner have received gavels to chair powerful House subcommittees rather than one-way tickets to the House basement has angered several Boehner loyalists. On Thursday, Gohmert said he had been named chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee. According to current practice in the House, committee chairmen have the authority to...
  • Stacking the Deck (2016 GOP Nominee Hopefuls)

    01/18/2015 9:40:45 AM PST · by parksstp · 14 replies
    Green Papers ^ | 01-18-2015 | parksstp
    If you're not familiar with the following website, you need to. These guys have systematically all of the data concerning the delegates and nomination process for the parties and how delegates are selected, what counts, and what doesn't count. I've reviewed the list and am currently working on an IA projection map of the caucus and potential vote but waiting until the straw poll when I can start filling in candidates. Yet, when I review the total states, I find it difficult to see how the Establishment loses if they are unopposed by other Establishment candidates. Red States for the...
  • The Jitt Rombush Mushy Middle GOP

    01/15/2015 4:51:54 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 1/15/15 | Jeffrey Lord
    Greetings from the “delusionally insane right.” Senator Cruz has used the term “mushy middle” in describing Mitt Romney the other day, and certainly some of the people in that Breitbart article fit the description. The exact sentence in the Breitbart piece by Matt Boyle was: “While posting Lord’s article, (Grover Norquist aide Ryan) Ellis described Cruz and Lord as “from the ‘delusionally insane’ wing of the for-profit Right.” It is certainly amusing if nothing else as this Breitbart story, the nominal focus of which is immigration, comes amid all the sudden maneuvering between the Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney camps,...
  • Mexican Government To Issue Birth Certificates In The US, A Boon To Obama’s Executive Amnesty

    01/15/2015 10:33:54 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/15/15 | Chuck Ross
    On Thursday, the Mexican government began issuing birth certificates to its citizens at its 50 U.S.-based consulates, a move that will make it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and work permits and to stay in the U.S. under President Obama’s executive amnesty decision. In the past, Mexican citizens had to obtain their birth certificates from offices in Mexico. Individuals would often have relatives and friends obtain the documents and send them into the U.S. But with the Mexican government’s help, its U.S.-based citizens will receive documents more quickly, which will help them apply for amnesty under Obama’s...
  • GOP Retreat: Rep. Jeff Denham Says Party’s Quietly Crafting Broad Immigration Bill

    01/15/2015 10:31:47 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/15/15 | Jonathan Strong
    The GOP’s most outspoken proponent of comprehensive immigration reform let loose in an interview with reporters here, detailing quiet efforts to draft far-reaching legislation, saying House leadership is “committed” to bringing the hot-button topics on the floor and criticizing President Obama for carrying out too many deportations. “We’re the party of deportation? Look at this president’s numbers!” Rep. Jeff Denham said. The California Republican says he is part of a working group laying the ground work to bring forward comprehensive immigration reform, and that top-ranking Republicans are supportive of addressing the full gamut of immigration topics in legislation in 2015....
  • Cruz out at Senate campaign arm

    01/15/2015 5:12:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/15/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who repeatedly clashed with GOP leaders in the last Congress, has not been asked to return as vice chairman of grassroots outreach for the Senate Republican campaign arm. National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) said neither Cruz nor Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who was the NRSC’s finance vice chairman in the last election cycle, would serve additional stints in the committee’s leadership. “No, Rob is up for reelection. We wouldn’t ask him to do that,” Wicker said. “I think we’ll be releasing some names in the next week of people willing to do this.”...
  • Conservative Leaders Draft Mandate For GOP: Stop Obama’s Fundamental Transformation Of America

    01/15/2015 5:10:20 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/15/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Conservative movement leaders are unveiling the mandate they say Republicans have heading into this new Congress, after voters gave them a majority in both the House and Senate for the first time during President Obama’s tenure. The document, obtained exclusively by Breitbart News, details how the conservative leaders expect Republicans in Congress to “stop” Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America,” something they say the American people made clear in the 2014 midterm elections with such resounding GOP victories. “The November 2014 election was a repudiation of the complicity of the United States Congress in President Obama’s dramatic and unconstitutional expansion of...
  • Battle for King RINO Shows Party Paradigm Shift

    01/15/2015 5:07:46 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 1/14/15 | Jen Kuznicki
    Mitt Romney told donors that he's running for president in 2016. Many have speculated that this hurts Jeb Bush, and some have really had a good time dreaming about an epic fight between the two men who won't be getting any base support. I know this isn't breaking news, but it really should be understood. Both Jeb and Mitt are prime examples of where the beltway wants to take the Republican Party. When you read Jeb, think: amnesty. When you read Mitt, think: Obamacare. As if after this country has been beaten into mediocrity and submission to the state, by...
  • Paul: Romney run 'definition of insanity' (Bush, Dole, McCain, Romney)

    01/14/2015 1:12:25 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 38 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/14/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a likely 2016 presidential contender, took a shot Wednesday at a possible rival, saying it was "the definition of insanity" for Mitt Romney to launch a third White House bid. "It’s sort of what Einstein said, that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result,” Paul told the New Hampshire Journal. “A couple of months ago he said that he’d had his chance and it was time for somebody new. He was probably right when he said that," Paul added. "I think we do need...
  • House votes 218-209 to freeze Obama's delayed deportation program

    01/14/2015 1:09:15 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 38 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/14/15 | Christina Marcos
    The House adopted an amendment Wednesday to freeze a 2012 program allowing illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to apply for work permits. Passage fell largely along party lines by a vote of 218-209. But 26 Republicans, many of whom represent districts with large minority populations, voted against the amendment. Adoption of the amendment onto a $40 billion base funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security makes it unlikely to pass in the Senate, where it will need 60 votes to advance. The amendment would prohibit funds for new or renewed applications for the Deferred Action...
  • Centrists break in deportation vote (centrists = pro-amnesty republicans)

    01/14/2015 1:06:43 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/14/15 | Cameron Joseph
    More than two dozen House Republicans broke with their party on Wednesday to oppose defunding a program that lets those who entered the U.S. illegally as children to stay in the country, a sign of tension within the party on immigration. A total of 26 GOP lawmakers bucked leadership and voted with Democrats against an amendment to defund Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. snip Freshman Reps. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Crescent Hardy (R-Nev.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) all voted with Democrats on the amendment, as did perennial Democratic targets including Reps....
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Some Democrats May Vote to Defund Obama's Amnesty

    01/14/2015 6:36:13 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 1/14/15 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Some Democrats will likely join in a plan to defund President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, Sen. Mike Lee says, but he isn't speculating whether enough will actually cross the aisle and vote to block the plan. "There is an instinct of many Democratic senators to want to support the president because he is a member of their political party," the Utah Republican told The Daily Signal. "But there are people all over the country who, regardless of how they feel about the underlying policy, there is a lot of discomfort with what the president has done." Most Democrats...
  • Norquist pushes immigration reform to Hill GOP

    01/14/2015 5:20:57 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    politico.com ^ | 1/13/15 | Seung Min Kim
    Conservatives backing immigration reform aren’t quite done trying to lobby Hill Republicans on an overhaul. Key leaders on the right, including anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, will host a briefing for lawmakers and aides on the Hill on Tuesday to provide information from “trusted conservatives” about how to tackle immigration reform from a “faith, law enforcement and business perspective,” according to a notice obtained by POLITICO. Story Continued Below . . “We all know the struggles our broken immigration system causes our nation,” Norquist, along with the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s Barrett Duke, wrote in the email sent...
  • Roy Blunt Is a Paper Elephant

    01/14/2015 5:12:34 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    In an effort to ingratiate themselves to their conservative constitutions, establishment Republicans offer combative and assertive rhetoric once the fight is already over, but retreat in fear whenever a consequential fight is underway. They are akin to the boxer who aggressively assails a punching bag in front of on-looking fans during practice, but draws back in fear upon entry in the ring with a real live opponent. The latest embodiment of the political paper tiger, or more aptly named, paper elephant, is Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). In the spirit of ringing in the New Year with a set of resolutions,...
  • Boehner Prepares to Pay Obama's Amnesty Extortion

    01/14/2015 5:07:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 1/13/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Just as the ink dried on our column praising Republican House leadership for proposing a solid bill defunding Obama’s amnesty, John Boehner has, once again, reminded us why we are all so leery of offering positive feedback on GOP leadership. Although he is giving conservatives what they want in the first round of legislation, with six weeks to go until the funding deadline for DHS, Boehner appears to have other tricks up his sleeve. When asked by a reporter during a press conference whether he would be open to passing a “clean” DHS funding bill (without defunding amnesty) before the...