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  • Final GOP tax bill repeals ObamaCare mandate

    12/15/2017 4:33:43 PM PST · by springwater13 · 50 replies
    The final Republican tax-reform bill unveiled Friday repeals ObamaCare’s individual insurance mandate, leaving the GOP poised to blow a significant hole in the health-care law next week. The change, which takes effect in 2019, removes one of the least popular parts of ObamaCare, but one that many experts warn is necessary to make the law function smoothly. Without a mandate, there is less incentive for healthy people to enroll and balance out the costs of the sick. That is expected to lead to premium increases and could lead insurers to drop out of markets, potentially leaving some areas of the...
  • John McCain described as increasingly frail, Senate sources say

    12/14/2017 2:00:02 PM PST · by libstripper · 118 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 13,2017 | Jamie Gangel, Sullen Serfati, Eric Bradner
    (CNN)Sources in the Senate tell CNN they have been worried about Sen. John McCain recently, following a week when the Arizona Republican was kept from the Senate to address side effects from his brain cancer treatment. The sources described McCain as looking increasingly frail and said he has not spoken up in recent GOP meetings the way he had before, in addition to his absence this week for treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.
  • Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to An End

    12/14/2017 10:23:07 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/14/2017 | TIM ALBERTA and RACHAEL BADE
    Spirits were high inside the House chamber on Thursday, November 16, when, in the early afternoon, the gavel fell and a measure to rewrite the American tax code passed on a partisan tally of 227 to 205. As the deciding votes were cast—recorded in green on the black digital scoreboard suspended above the floor—the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, threw his head back and slammed his hands together. Soon he was engulfed in a sea of dark suits, every Republican lawmaker wanting to slap him on the shoulder and be a part of his moment. Ryan was the man...
  • Republican Civil War Could Hand Senate to Democrats

    12/13/2017 10:59:59 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Scott Rasmussen
    With Doug Jones' victory in Alabama, Democrats now have at least a plausible path to winning control of the U.S. Senate in the 2018 elections. It's a difficult path to be sure, but it could happen. The first step will be for Democrats to successfully defend all of their Senate incumbents next November. That's not going to be easy because the list includes 10 running in states that voted for Donald Trump. But, the results from Alabama suggest that it could happen. If it does, all Democrats would need to win the Senate is to pick up a pair of...
  • Short-Term Loss, Potential Long-Term Gain

    12/13/2017 11:43:03 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    While Democrats are crowing about their victory in the Alabama Senate race, now is the time for potential long-term gain for Republicans. The Alabama special election for senator was held this week, with Democratic candidate Doug Jones beating Republican Roy Moore. In the Republican primary, Moore had beaten a more moderate candidate, Sen. Luther Strange, who had been appointed by then-Gov. Robert Bentley. A few months later, Bentley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of violating campaign finance law and resigned. Moore, a far-right conservative, was plagued with allegations of sexual impropriety during the campaign. His flair for the theatrical was...
  • GOP leaders reach deal to cut corporate rate to 21%, lower top individual rate to 37%

    12/13/2017 11:03:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 13, 2017 | Lisa Mascaro
    GOP leaders on Wednesday agreed on a final tax cut plan that would lower the corporate rate to 21% and drop the top individual rate to 37%, according to a Republican source briefed on the deal. Earlier House and Senate versions of the measure would have lowered the corporate rate to 20%, but in reconciling the two plans, leaders needed to nudge up the corporate rate in order to pay for benefits elsewhere.
  • Illinois Drives People Away

    12/13/2017 7:13:40 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/12/2017 | The Editorial Board
    If Republicans succeed in limiting the state-and-local tax deduction, one hope is that this could finally inspire a come-to-Jesus moment in prodigal high-tax states. Democrats in Illinois ought to be especially chastened by new IRS data showing an acceleration of out-migration. The Prairie State lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax year, according to recently IRS data released. That’s up from $3.4 billion in the prior year. Many of the migrants were retirees who often flock to balmier climes. But millennials accounted for more than a third of the net outflow...
  • MASSIVE DEMOCRAT TURNOUT In Alabama — GOP Turnout 50% of 2016; Democrat Turnout 92% of 2016

    12/13/2017 6:57:15 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 157 replies
    GP ^ | 12/12/17 | Jim Hoft
    DEMOCRATS HAVE MASSIVE TURNOUT IN 2017 SPECIAL ELECTION–   In 2016 Republican Donald Trump won Alabama with 62% of the vote. Trump had 1,318,255 votes Hillary had 729,547 votes On Tuesday night Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special election for US senate. In 2017 Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama senate seat with 49.9% of the vote to 48.4% of the vote. Democrat Doug Jones had 671,151 votes Republican Roy Moore had 650,436 votes Via The New York Times: Republicans (Roy Moore) lost 667,819 votes — or 50% of 2016 vote Democrats (Doug Jones) lost...
  • Republicans fear deep losses in 2018 elections

    12/13/2017 6:13:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 203 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 13, 2017 | Reid Wilson
    After years of strong gains in states across the country, Republicans now fear they stand to lose hundreds of state legislative seats in next year’s midterm elections if there is a significant voter backlash against President Trump. Any losses would come at the worst time: Just ahead of the redistricting process that begins with the 2020 census.
  • GOP outreach to Hispanics is paying off in Las Vegas

    12/12/2017 9:49:23 AM PST · by 198ml · 15 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 12/12/17 | Jesus Marquez
    The Republican Party is working diligently to support Hispanics who are eager to become civically engaged leaders in their communities. Last month, I led a Republican Leadership Initiative event in Las Vegas to teach local activists how to mobilize their communities around issues that affect them. The training — tailored to a Spanish-speaking audience — was an opportunity to share our conservative message as we work to earn the widespread support of people from all backgrounds, nationwide. To win elections in 2018 and beyond, we must ensure that Americans know that our values of limited government and economic freedom are...
  • DNC Member: There's 'Less Funny Business' at the RNC

    12/12/2017 6:28:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    The DNC Unity Commission is going about as well as last year's unity tour. Tom Perez took over as Democratic National Committee chair in February and hoped to bring the wings of the party together, hoping to prove that Hillary Clinton supporters and Bernie Sanders supporters can get along. Instead, he was met with boos and heckles by frustrated liberals who believe the DNC rigged the primary for Hillary. That theory got plenty of traction from Donna Brazile's bombshell of a book. Failing to hold a fair election is bad enough, but according to one outspoken Democrat at the DNC...
  • Flabbergasted: Frank Luntz Shocked As Alabamians Back Roy Moore in Vice News Focus Group

    12/10/2017 3:43:29 AM PST · by smileyface · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 9, 20017 | Matthew Boyle
    MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Frank Luntz, a GOP establishment messaging consultant, was visibly flabbergasted as every single one of his focus group participants in a Birmingham area Vice News-produced panel backed Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. Titled “Why These Alabama Voters Are Sticking By Roy Moore,” Luntz’s Vice News focus group aired on Vice News Tonight on Dec. 8 on HBO. “Are you all Christians here?” Luntz opens the seven-and-a-half-minute long segment. “Yes,” all of the focus group participants, who joined Luntz in a Birmingham area restaurant, replied. “Is Roy Moore a good Christian?” he followed up. “Yes,” one woman...
  • Sad! David Brooks Neglects to Blame Me for “Rot” of GOP

    12/08/2017 2:50:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 8, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Something that’s got me rather disappointed today. I must admit I’m a bit down. There’s a column by David Brooks in the New York Times today, and the title of the column is “The GOP Is Rotting.” So I figured I had to play prominently in this because I’ve always played prominently in David Brooks columns. I’m always held up as one of the primary perpetrators in the dissolution of the party, the damage to the party. But I didn’t make the cut in this column. Sarah Palin and Fox News are held out today as the primary perps...
  • Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter storms off stage in protest of performer's anti-GOP comments

    12/08/2017 9:38:37 AM PST · by Sopater · 38 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | December 5, 2017 | Chris Riemenschneider
    Performing in a classier place than usual with a fleet of musicians behind him working on union time, Rufus Wainwright didn’t shoot his mouth off nearly as much as he usually does during his elegant and dramatic two-set performance Saturday night with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall. In the one instance when he did go on a brief political tangent, though, the 44-year-old piano-pop tunesmith was met with protest by one of the orchestra’s veteran members, principal trumpeter Manny Laureano, who stormed off stage. The awkward moment came midway through the second set, as Wainwright sat at the grand...
  • GOP senator joins calls for ethics probe if Moore wins Senate election

    12/07/2017 2:15:34 PM PST · by detective · 69 replies
    MSN News ^ | 12/7/17 | Avery Anapol
    Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said Thursday that if Roy Moore is elected to the Senate next week, there should be an ethics investigation into the sexual assault and misconduct allegations against him. Tillis said on Buzzfeed's "AM to DM" Twitter morning show that he thinks an investigation should take place before the chamber moves to expel Moore or take other action.
  • New Jersey Congressman Endorses Federal Fuel Tax Increase

    12/06/2017 1:08:56 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | December 5, 2017 | Eugene Mulero
    An increase in federal taxes on fuel would significantly help fund repairs for highway infrastructure along Interstate 95 in Newark, N.J., Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D) said amid Congress’ consideration of tax reform legislation. “Improving I-95 will boost the economy by shortening commutes, making cargo transport more efficient and improving highway safety,” Payne said Nov. 30, adding the I-95 stretch, or the Turnpike as it is known in the state, has been underfunded due to deficits in the Highway Trust Fund over the years. The intricate network of ports, railways, highways and an international airport in the state’s largest city...
  • Poll: 31% of Republicans want a different presidential nominee in 2020

    12/05/2017 4:05:07 PM PST · by Hadean · 84 replies
    NBC News ^ | Dec. 5, 2017 | Carrie Dann
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump continues to enjoy robust support within the Republican Party, but about a third of his own political partisans still say they would prefer a different Republican at the top of the ticket in 2020, according to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute. Three in ten Republicans — 31 percent — say that they’d like to see a different GOP nominee in the next presidential election, while 63 percent say they’re happy with the current president running for reelection as the party’s standard-bearer. While Trump’s support for reelection is solid among those who...
  • Hannity: The GOP ‘Is a Dead Party’– Morally Corrupt, Weak, Ineffective, Vision-less with No Identity

    12/05/2017 12:31:12 PM PST · by detective · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Dec 2017 | Dan Riehl
    Fox News and nationally syndicated radio host Sean Hannity joined Breitbart News Tonight Special Edition host Stephen K. Bannon on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel on Monday evening. Asked to discuss the establishment’s “nullification process” to undermine the Trump presidency, Hannity said, “I think the only way to stop it is all of us and all of the people that mobilized in 2016 to get back, organized, fighting every day.”
  • The GOP is set to eliminate one of the biggest benefits of owning a home

    12/05/2017 7:47:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 114 replies
    Yahoo Finance via Business Insider ^ | 12/05/2017 | Akin Oyedele
    Housing-industry trade organizations immediately condemned House Republicans' tax bill when it passed in mid-November.Senate Republicans' version passed over the weekend. Unlike the House's bill, it doesn't halve the mortgage interest deduction, but it could still remove tax benefits for homeowners.The Senate's bill raises the standard deduction, meaning households would be less likely to exceed that threshold and choose to itemize their mortgage interest.Both versions could end up weakening home prices. The GOP tax bill should keep homeowners on alert.Early on Saturday, Senate Republicans passed their version of the bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, pushing it closer...
  • Wear: Explaining TxDOT’s sudden retreat on toll roads

    12/04/2017 7:11:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | November 26, 2017 | Ben Wear
    People forgot the asterisk. Or maybe they never noticed it in the first place. The consequences of that oversight took full form about a week ago, and the result is that the prospects for several major highway projects in Central Texas and the state’s other urban centers are now uncertain. Back during the 2013 legislative session, when Texas Department of Transportation officials and their lawmaker allies began pushing for more money through a constitutional amendment, they said that TxDOT needed an extra $5 billion a year to fight traffic congestion. Just give us that much money and all will be...