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  • Coalition Urges Malloy, Foley To Consider Taxes, Tolls to Raise Transportation Money

    08/20/2014 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | August 19, 2014 | GREGORY B. HLADKY
    HARTFORD - A broad coalition of environmental, economic, regional and construction groups urged Connecticut's gubernatorial candidates Tuesday to conduct a debate focused on transportation issues, and to consider higher taxes and tolls to pay for the state's dire transportation needs. The activists put out a four-point program they said the state's next governor must consider, and expressed concern about the possibility that massive federal funding for highways and mass transit might dry up in the next few years. The coalition's key issues are: •Making certain that state revenue that is supposed to be devoted to transportation - such as gas...
  • Gas tax increase for road work? Scott Walker, Mary Burke leave door open

    08/19/2014 12:08:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | August 18, 2014 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — When it comes to funding for roads, Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic opponent aren't pouring specific ideas in concrete, but both stress the importance of transportation infrastructure and neither rejects the idea of raising the gas tax. Over this two-year budget cycle, Wisconsin is spending about $7 billion on transportation. But far more is needed, according to a task force convened by legislators. Last year, the Wisconsin Transportation Finance and Policy Commission recommended boosting funding for roads by about $680 million annually. To get that money, the commission backed raising the gas tax and vehicle registration fees...
  • Where is the GOP heir apparent? It’s an odd election cycle when the Dems have one & Repubs don’t

    08/17/2014 2:33:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | August 17, 2014 | David M. Shribman
    The party of the next guy has no next guy. For more than two generations, the Republican presidential nominating process has had an immutable internal logic to it: The next guy in line gets the nomination. That’s how every Republican president of the post-Eisenhower era has won his party’s nomination and how just about every GOP presidential nominee since Thomas E. Dewey (1944 and 1948) got to the top of the ticket. It’s certainly how Barack Obama’s two opponents, Sen. John McCain and former Gov. Mitt Romney, were nominated. But just as the Republican Party is going through one of...
  • Exclusive–Sessions: Melt Down Senate's Phone Lines, Force Reid to Allow Vote on Executive Amnesty

    08/13/2014 6:27:49 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 8-12-2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is throwing down the gauntlet again. He is calling on every American citizen to call their U.S. senators and demand to know where they stand on President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty. Sessions, in a statement exclusively provided to Breitbart News, berated House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling on Reid to allow a vote on the House-passed measure that would block President Obama’s attempts to continue or expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty to millions more illegal aliens. “Recent developments suggest...
  • BATTLE IN THE STATES: NYT DOCUMENTS IMPENDING GOP TAKEOVER OF STATEHOUSES NATIONWIDE

    08/12/2014 8:05:25 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/12/2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Recess is in full force in Washington, D.C., as national lawmakers vacation around the country, but both political parties are fighting intense political battles on the ground in states nationwide as several statehouses are up for grabs in what’s shaping up to be a landslide pro-GOP election year. “Republicans, who had appeared to hit a high-water mark in control of statehouses in recent years, are seeking to pick off another half-dozen chambers this year, taking advantage of President Obama’s persistent unpopularity, anxiety about the economy, and a history of anemic turnout among Democrats in nonpresidential election years,” the New York...
  • The GOP Can Attract Young Black Voters—And Already Has: Young 'millennials' lean more conservative.

    08/12/2014 12:21:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/12/2014 | BY WHITNEY BLAKE
    In the midst of rioting in St. Louis over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, the New York Times decided to stoke the embers of racial animus even further with an incendiary op-ed titled, "Can the G.O.P. Ever Attract Black Voters?"In fact, the Republican party has already shown its ability to do just that. Exit polls from 2012 reveal an unprecedented development: not only did Mitt Romney's support from black men under the age of 30 jump 13 points from 2008, he also garnered a much larger share of votes from this group than from their elders.Even more intriguing...
  • With Christie hobbled, Jeb Bush’s lukewarm reception, Establishment GOP floats another Romney run?

    08/12/2014 9:09:04 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 83 replies
    againstcronycapitalism.org ^ | 8/11/14 | Nick Sorrentino
    Yes, this is the genius masterstroke the DC GOP has been waiting for. You have to hand it to the establishment. They keep trying. So what if Romney is another big government Republican which a large part of the GOP vote couldn’t really support in 2012. The consultants which got paid big time during the 2012 Romney run could get paid again! And if Romney could somehow get the nomination it would be another blow to the libertarian/conservative coalition in the Tea Party. Win/win. Well not for the American people, and probably not for Mitt Romney. But certainly a win...
  • Voters are set to hand Republicans "the rock"

    08/11/2014 2:13:09 PM PDT · by Noremac · 27 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | 8/11/2014 | Richard Cameron
    For those of you, who perhaps aren't dialed into the onset of Football season and all the terminology appurtenant to it, "the rock" is slang for the football. Polls confirm that voters are set to hand the Republican party "the rock" - i.e., take the ball away from Democrats. Each day it looks more like an avalanche for the Pachyderms, although, as I note in today's post, the GOP can always be counted on to find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. If you're strongly of the sentiment that Republicans embody everything that is virtuous on...
  • Clashes over immigration shape Alaska GOP Senate primary debate

    08/11/2014 1:57:28 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | Nicholas Riccardi and Becky Bohrer
    Thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, three Republicans vying for their party's nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration Sunday night in a televised debate ahead of the Aug. 19 primary. Both former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan and Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell refused to sign a pledge offered by tea party favorite Joe Miller to oppose all efforts at "amnesty" for people here illegally if elected to the U.S. Senate, with Treadwell chastising Miller for sending out a mailer on immigration featuring menacing Hispanic gang members. Miller, in turn, noted that several of Sullivan's backers, like...
  • Washington Post: Republican takeover of Senate appears more and more assured

    08/11/2014 9:11:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/11/2014 | By Chris Cillizza
    The decision by Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) not to seek election in November in the wake of a plagiarism scandal is the latest piece of good news for Republicans as they strive to take control of the Senate in less than three months. Walsh’s departure from the race came in the same week that two Republican senators — Pat Roberts in Kansas and Lamar Alexander in Tennessee — defeated tea party challengers in primary fights, ensuring that every GOP senator seeking reelection would be the party’s nominee. These past seven days typified the fates of the two parties this election...
  • Don’t Mistake Tea Party Birth Pains for Death Throes

    08/11/2014 5:43:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Star Parker
    With, most recently, incumbent Republican Senators Pat Roberts in Kansas and Lamar Alexander in Tennessee winning their respective primaries, Tea Party challengers failed in all attempts in this primary cycle to defeat Senate incumbents. Now we’re starting to hear eulogies about the Tea Party movement. But let’s not confuse birth pains with death throes. The Tea Party is on its way in, folks, not on its way out. Change is hard and doesn’t happen overnight. The undeniable facts are that America has huge problems, that these problems have been growing and festering for years while being ignored by our...
  • Pollsters: 'Everything is terrible'

    08/10/2014 7:36:38 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 10 Aug 2014 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    Polls from major networks, researchers and newspapers agree: America’s in a bad mood. In just one week, polls found politicians of all stripes are hitting approval numbers with record lows. The president finds himself roughly as popular as a trip to the dentist. The entire Democratic Party gets the thumbs down. Oh, and so does the Republican Party. But it doesn’t stop there. Americans are also bummed out about the future in general, especially the economy. Things are so low that even an old favorite, sugar, polled poorly. (See the latest congressional polls from POLITICO's Polling Center) Pollsters say it...
  • Ted Cruz for President?

    08/09/2014 3:41:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 9, 2014 | Molly Ball
    Conservatives are literally praying that the Texas senator will be the 2016 nominee. The rest of the Republican Party isn't so sure. FORT WORTH, Texas—After finishing his speech, Ted Cruz announced he would take questions from the audience. But instead of asking him anything, they just wanted to tell the Republican senator how great he was. "When I look at you, I can imagine you would be just like one of the founding fathers of this country," one woman said from the microphone stand in the middle of the hotel ballroom. "Honor to you, Ted Cruz," said the next. "We...
  • Republicans Reveal New Exotic Retreat in Iceland

    08/09/2014 10:18:02 AM PDT · by OneVike · 11 replies
    I just shocked the MSM hasn't reported on this yet. After all, the way they writeheadlines to mislead people, it's a story just waiting for MSNBC to jump all over.
  • Tea Party Losing Every Senate Battle And Winning The War

    08/08/2014 10:52:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | August 8, 2014 | Ron Elving
    Sen. Lamar Alexander easily dispatched rival Republican Joe Carr in the Tennessee primary Thursday, completing a clean sweep for this year's Senate incumbents who faced intraparty challengers claiming the Tea Party label. Yet while they were winless, the hard-core conservatives intent on selecting a Senate more to their liking this year were far from utterly defeated. All of the challenged GOP incumbents reacted to the pressure by working to reconfirm their credentials with conservatives. This held true even for those whose credentials should have been least in doubt. Having induced this embrace of their policies and principles, the GOP's most...
  • Tell RNC/GOP-e fundraisers where you stand! (Vanity)

    08/08/2014 12:43:43 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 47 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 08/08/2014 | BuckeyeTexan
    My Republican Affiliation and Renewal Confirmation Card arrived today. Here's how I filled it out and returned it at my own expense. The Republican National Committee needs to buy a clue. Later I'll publish the answers I supplied to a Republican-financed survey. The questioner was clearly distressed that I did not provide the expected responses.
  • War Against Whites? I Think Not

    08/07/2014 9:19:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 6, 2014 | Charles M. Blow
    When Representative Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama, claimed earlier this week that Democrats were waging a “war on whites,” he lifted the lid on a simmering resentment that is very real and very resilient and feeds on anxiety — and fear — about a changing America, and the possibility of those changes upending historical architectures of privilege. On Monday, Brooks was on Laura Ingraham’s radio show to talk about Republicans’ deportation policies. She played a clip of Ron Fournier of National Journal on Fox News saying: “The fastest-growing voting block in this country thinks the Republican Party hates them. This...
  • PHILLIPS: The tea party is dead, part 428

    08/07/2014 2:01:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 6, 2014 | Judson Phillips
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Wednesday’s political coverage was about as predictable as the drive by media fawning over the Obama regime. The narrative had already been set. Now the media, flush with Potomac fever, a disease far worse than Ebola, announced the tea party is dead. For liberals, the tea party probably is like a monster from a bad horror movie. Unfortunately, liberals never seem to learn. The monster in the bad horror movie never dies. Neither does the tea party. The left picked a curious race to call as the end of the tea party. In Kansas, Dr. Milton Wolf, Barack Obama’s second...
  • Palin Urged To Lead Third Party, But Despite Dysfunction No New Force Is Likely In Washington

    08/06/2014 9:39:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Huffington Post UK ^ | August 6, 2014 | Paul Vale
    On Tuesday conservative activist and commentator Steve Baldwin penned an article for the right-leaning website Barbwire calling for the emergence of a third political party in the US, one made up of religious and fiscal conservatives that could supplant the Republican Party. Baldwin even proposed a leader for this new political coalition – Sarah Palin, erstwhile governor of Alaska and, memorably, the vice-presidential Republican nominee in 2008. According to the activist, the thrust of this new political force would be to eliminate “all federal abortion funding, reversing Roe vs. Wade [the Supreme Court decision to legalise abortion], and prohibiting the...
  • Newt Gingrich: Obama’s upcoming executive order on amnesty will start a civil war in his own party

    08/05/2014 11:38:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 5, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via RCP, I want to believe it, I almost believe it — but I don’t really believe it. All the makings of a Democratic clusterfark are there. If O legalizes five million workers, plenty of blue-collar Democrats are bound to put two and two together and wonder what that means for their wages. And plenty of Democratic Senate incumbents in red states, like, oh, let’s say Mark Pryor, are going to panic, knowing what could happen if the backlash among conservatives is as ferocious as everyone expects. In fact, as Newt alludes to, both Pryor and North Carolina’s Kay Hagan...
  • Push is on for Sarah Palin-led Third Party to go on 'warpath'

    08/05/2014 8:53:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Could Sarah Palin revive her political career through an ultra-conservative third party? If one former California State assemblyman has his way, yes. In an op-ed published on conservative Christian site Barbwire, activist Steve Baldwin says the GOP establishment just isn't cutting it. And he thinks Sarah Palin is his woman to change that. "We don’t want the GOP to pursue a 'socialism-lite' agenda. We want them to go on the warpath and do whatever it takes to stop the destruction of our constitutional Republic," Baldwin wrote. "It has become increasingly clear that the GOP leadership will do everything in its...
  • Why Didn't Obama Push Amnesty When He Controlled Congress? Because He Wants Republicans to be Blamed

    08/05/2014 11:32:38 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 8-5-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Full Title- "Why Didn't Obama Push Through Amnesty When He Controlled Congress? Because He Wants Republicans to be Blamed for It" RUSH: So yesterday on this program I made a salient point. I pointed out that while Obama is out blaming the Republicans for doing nothing, and that's why he's gonna have to do blanket amnesty for, what, five million, six million illegal immigrants, he's running around all these campaign-style appearances (imitating Obama), "Hey, you know what? I'm willing to do the work. If the Republicans won't help me, if somebody won't do it, then I'm gonna do it myself."...
  • Out of Touch GOP Rapidly Seals Fate With Majority of Ordinary Americans...(Yes, barf bag time)

    08/05/2014 8:13:18 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 37 replies
    The Blog ^ | 08/05/2014 | Robert Creamer
    The Republican Leadership may be doing just fine with the Wall Street crowd and extremists who oppose birth control, but for the majority of ordinary Americans its actions over the last several weeks have rapidly begun to seal its fate as a minority party. First, let's start with the fact that the Republican Party is -- at this very moment -- a distinctly minority party in American politics. The Gallup poll reports that the number of Americans identifying as Republicans has fallen to its lowest level in the quarter century it has been tracking the number: 25 percent.
  • Obama’s Cousin in Kansas GOP Primary

    08/05/2014 7:36:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Valley News ^ | August 4, 2014 | By Zachary A. Goldfarb
    Eureka, Kansas — Orella Hosack, wearing a Choose Life shirt and sitting at the edge of the room at the Copper Kettle restaurant, liked what she was hearing from a Tea Party candidate challenging the state’s longtime GOP senator. But she had also heard a potentially alarming rumor — that Milton Wolf, the radiologist trying to unseat Sen. Pat Roberts in Tuesday’s primary, is related to President Obama — and she wanted him to address it. “If you’ve been paying attention to the campaign, you know there are a lot of vicious personal attacks,” Wolf replied. “I think you deserve...
  • TEA PARTY MILTON WOLF EDGES CLOSER TO ESTABLISHMENT PAT ROBERTS IN KANSAS PRIMARY

    08/05/2014 7:29:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 5, 2014 | By Robert Wilde
    ... According to the Senate Conservative Fund, poll numbers now show Wolf only trailing by nine points to Republican Senator Pat Roberts in the Kansas Republican primary race that will be decided on Tuesday. The race has closed steadily since January, when Wolf was down as much as 54 points. By March, he was down 26 points and has made headway every month since. The continuous and rapid closing of the race seems reminiscent of what happened in Virginia, where Dave Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
  • Tea Party-backed candidates look for Cantor-style upsets in Senate races this week

    08/05/2014 7:25:14 AM PDT · by Innovative · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 5, 2014 | FoxNews
    The first test will come Tuesday, when Dr. Milton Wolf tries to end Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts' 33-year run in Congress. Wolf, a radiologist who also happens to be a second cousin of President Obama, has taken heat for Facebook postings of X-rays of gunshots wounds -- while Roberts has awkwardly attempted to laugh off questions about whether he indeed lives in Kansas.
  • Chris McDaniel Formally Becomes the Defeated Tea Party Candidate That Won't Go Away

    08/04/2014 2:15:48 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 40 replies
    The Wire/Yahoo ^ | 07/04/2014 | Russell Berman
    Tea Party hopeful Chris McDaniel lost his Republican primary challenge to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi on June 24. Cochran beat him by about 7,700 votes. On July 7, the state's Republican Party certified Cochran's victory. Six weeks after the run-off election, McDaniel is having a tough time moving on. On Monday, McDaniel, a state senator, announced he was formally challenging the results and asking the Mississippi Republican executive committee to declare him the party's nominee in the November general election. "Justice has no timetable, and yet here we stand," McDaniel, 42, told reporters assembled at a press conference...
  • Nate Silver warns the political class that it could still be a GOP wave year

    08/04/2014 12:03:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/04/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Public opinion polls, as they say, are a snapshot in time. And a glance at the polls today suggests that the 2014 midterm elections are shaping up to be good for Republicans, but a landslide does not appear to be in the offing. As of this writing, Real Clear Politics puts nine of this yearÂ’s 19 even competitive Senate races in the tossup column. Many of those races poll so tightly that it's impossible to make an accurate prediction about how they will shape up but, as RCP notes, the GOP is set today to pick up six net...
  • Romney Loyalists Hyping Comeback: 'Republicans Are Dying to Be Associated with Him'

    08/03/2014 6:36:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 191 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 3, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Mitt Romney loyalists are trying to gin up the narrative that Republicans just can't get enough of Romney.“Democrats don’t want to be associated with Barack Obama right now, but Republicans are dying to be associated with Mitt Romney,” Spencer Zwick, "a longtime Romney confidant who chaired his national finance council," claimed to the Washington Post. The Chamber of Commerce, which has vowed to wage war on the Tea Party and push through amnesty legislation, glowingly praised Romney, alleging he would be in a "commanding position" if he entered the 2016 race. Romney is reportedly set to make trips to West...
  • Poll: Registered Voters Want A Republican House AND Senate

    08/03/2014 3:47:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:58 AM 08/03/2014 | Katie Frates
    Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid may be in trouble. NBC/WSJ/Marist has published a new poll, conducted July 28-31, that shows a majority of registered voters want a Republican majority in both the House and Senate. Respondents were first asked if they thought Congress had been very productive, somewhat productive, somewhat unproductive or very unproductive. 50 percent of registered voters said they thought Congress had been very unproductive, with only 3 percent saying Congress had been very productive. Even though the 50 percent who think Congress was very unproductive are in part talking about the Republican House, they don’t want the...
  • Tancredo demands Christie, RGA ‘come clean’ about helping Beauprez through primary

    08/02/2014 5:51:23 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    kdvr.com ^ | Eli Stokols
    DENVER — Tom Tancredo isn’t trashing Bob Beauprez, but he’s demanding one of his biggest benefactors, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, come clean about the Republican Governors Association’s influence on Colorado’s GOP gubernatorial primary. On Monday, the Denver Post reported that a campaign finance watchdog group discovered that the RGA, which Christie chairs, funneled money to help Beauprez through the Republican Attorney Generals Association despite its public pledge not to attempt to influence GOP primaries. (SNIP) “We already have a situation in Mississippi where grassroots Republicans feel disenfranchised by party elites. We need to avoid a repeat in Colorado. “Governor...
  • Hey, GOP: American exceptionalism demands compassion at the border (Another faux conservative)

    08/02/2014 8:57:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Week ^ | August 1, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Other countries may turn away desperate children. But the United States should aim higher. If a child showed up at your doorstep, begging for help, what would you do? Most Americans, I suspect, would offer help, even if that meant simply calling the police, who would, hopefully, ascertain whether the child was really in danger. But a lot of Americans who would respond to such a scenario with compassion also believe that America should simply shut its door to desperate refugees. I would suggest that a moral nation has an obligation to come to the aid of children who are...
  • The Coming Democratic Midterm Collapse

    08/02/2014 6:31:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 2, 2014 | Jeff Greenfield
    History tells us the “six-year itch” is a very real thing, and there’s little Obama’s Democrats can do to stave off a big loss this November.Time has been cruel to many once-revered political assertions. No, all politics is not local. No, the road to the White House does not lead through New Hampshire. The “solid South” hasn’t been a solid Democratic redoubt since 1944; “rock ribbed Republican” New England has yielded a grand total of four electoral votes for the GOP in the last six Presidential elections. If you’re looking for a truism that remains true, then reach out and...
  • Unhinged Dem Leader Pelosi Chases Rep. Marino (R-PA) Across House Chamber After He Called Her Out …

    08/02/2014 1:28:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Scared Monkeys ^ | August 2, 2014
    Nance Pelosi takes crossing the aisle to the extreme …Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) certainly did hit a nerve to say the least when he addressed the House regarding the debate on the border funding bill Friday night. Marino called out former Speaker of the House Nanncy Pelosi why when Democrats had control of the House, Senate and White House they did nothing about the border issue, but now with to make it a political issue. Needless to say, San Fran Nan then did something she never does, she came across the aisle. However, it was to confront Marino. After Pelosi...
  • Exclusive-Polling Shows GOP Voters Think Republicans Standing Tough On Immigration Most Important

    07/31/2014 5:31:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Polling data compiled by Tea Party Patriots and provided exclusively to Breitbart News shows that a majority of Republican voters think Republicans standing strong on immigration is more important than repealing Obamacare, getting to the bottom of the Benghazi or IRS scandals—or anything else for that matter. When asked by TPP’s pollster which issue they think is the important for Republicans in Congress to deal with, 34.6 percent of GOP voters said stopping the flow of illegal immigrants across our southern border. Stopping Obama’s “illegal overreach” with executive power came in a distant second with 24 percent of GOP voters...
  • Question: Who endorsed/supported Bush in the 1980 primary?

    07/31/2014 4:48:31 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 42 replies
    My brain | 07/31/2014 | thetallguy24
    I have been trying to find out if there's a list out there of the people, especially those still in power today, who endorsed Bush over Reagan in 1980.
  • House pulls border vote

    07/31/2014 11:41:20 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | 7-31-2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House GOP leaders canceled a Thursday vote on their $659 million border bill after failing to win over conservative members who opposed giving any more money to President Obama. A significant number of Republicans had balked at sending any money to the White House for the border, and Democrats were generally united in opposing the measure. The decision is another defeat for House GOP leaders, who have repeatedly failed to bring their members in line on tough votes. Signs of trouble emerged late Wednesday night when the House Rules Committee delayed reporting a rule for the border bill. Even a...
  • Harry Reid Plans to Convert House ‘Border Spending’ Legislation Into an Amnesty Bill

    07/31/2014 10:58:24 AM PDT · by montag813 · 24 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-31-2014 | Brian Hayes
    by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsAs House Republican lawmakers scramble  to pass an "emergency border spending bill" to address the so-called "immigration crisis"  the border, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated he would likely try to convert any House-passed legislation into an amnesty bill, The Hill reported.Reid said that if the House passes the $659 million bill -- which is up for a vote Thursday afternoon -- which will include changes to the law to speed up deportation of illegal minors, he may tie it to the "Gang of Eight" package passed in the Senate last year that would grant amnesty to tens of millions...
  • Boehner Begins To Crack On Border Bill

    07/30/2014 8:24:18 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/30/14 | Mathew Boyle
    ouse GOP leadership is beginning to crack on its position that it would not include any language intended to prohibit the President from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty in a border bill package. House GOP leadership is beginning to crack on its position that it would not include any language intended to prohibit the President from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty in a border bill package. Unable to find enough Republicans to pass the bill without the help of Democrats, who are lining up against the border bill, GOP leaders...
  • Vulnerable Dems balk at Obama actions

    07/30/2014 11:56:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2014 | Alaxander Bolton
    Democratic senators facing tough reelections want to put the brakes on President Obama’s plan to reform the nation’s immigration enforcement system through executive action. Two of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents, Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), say Obama should not act unilaterally to reduce deportations, arguing it’s Congress’s job to change the law.
  • Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

    07/30/2014 10:40:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 70 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/30/14 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class. "Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on," the president said in a boisterous and sharply partisan speech in Kansas City.
  • Lobbyists quietly advise GOP on gay marriage shift

    07/30/2014 8:30:49 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 177 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/30/2104 | Megan R. Wilson
    Republicans on K street are helping members of their party shift their stance on gay rights issues. Kathryn Lehman, a top GOP lobbyist and partner at Holland and Knight carries a list of 40 to 50 Republican offices in the House and Senate she visits on behalf of Freedom to Marry, a group that backs same-sex marriage. "The issue is losing its toxicity from a Republican perspective," she said, mentioning that the list was a fraction of that size when she first took on Freedom to Marry as a client in 2011. Lehman... helped to write the Defense of Marriage...
  • More GOP Lawmakers Shifting to Support Gay Marriage

    07/30/2014 7:49:39 AM PDT · by PlasticMan · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/30/14 | Melanie Batley
    Republican lobbyists are working to persuade GOP lawmakers to change their position on same-sex marriage and revise the party's official position that "traditional marriage" is between a man and a woman. Gay marriage advocates say their efforts are paying off as an increasing number of members of the congressional delegation are diverging from the party line, The Hill reported. "The issue is losing its toxicity, from a Republican perspective," Kathryn Lehman, a top GOP lobbyist and partner at Holland & Knight, who helped write the Defense of Marriage Act, told The Hill. She has been visiting dozens of Republican offices...
  • Illegal Immigrants Protest Outside White House, Not Fearing Deportation

    07/29/2014 7:58:01 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/29/2014 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, illegal immigrants openly protested in front of the White House--and demanded more grants of temporary amnesty--without any consequences or fear of being deported. According to a Fox News report, "Illegal immigrant activists can protest outside the White House without worrying too much about" deportation because Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) merely "focuses deportation mostly on serious criminals and--in some cases--those caught in the act of crossing the border." ICE reportedly "prioritizes deportation for felons, repeat offenders, gang members and others with a serious criminal record" and "largely gives a pass" to other illegal immigrants. “Unless the individuals meet...
  • The “Ted Cruz is smart” trap: Why this garbage is false — and dangerous (Preemptive Palin on him?)

    07/28/2014 10:40:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | July 28, 2014 | Nathan Robinson
    The Texas senator convinces all of his enemies to praise his intellect. Here's why they're wrong -- and should stop. Even Ted Cruz’s critics seem to concur on one point: whatever else you might say about him, the man is very smart. Mother Jones magazine has called him the “thinking man’s tea partier.” Josh Marshall, in a mostly withering assessment, made the same obligatory concession to his being an “incredibly bright guy.” Jeffrey Toobin’s recent, ostensibly critical New Yorker profile of Cruz is full of quotes about his being “the smartest guy in the room,” his “sophisticated” constitutional views, and...
  • Top House Dem: Obama’s Immigration Orders are More Important than Vulnerable Dems

    07/28/2014 3:33:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Representative Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) thinks that President Obama should pursue his immigration goals unilaterally, even if it hurts vulnerable Democrats in the 2014 midterms. “That’ll always be the case,” the Congressional Hispanic Caucus co-chair told National Review Online when asked if Democrats were still nervous that the border crisis had turned Obama’s expected orders into a political liability. “You’ll always have members whose political vulnerability they tie entirely to immigration,” Grijalva said. “We didn’t make progress when we were in the majority because we were being protective of those — on immigration reform — we were protecting those members....
  • Why Many People In The Middle Now Identify With The Left

    07/26/2014 9:00:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    While the country has become more liberal in some ways, the Republican Party has moved to the extreme right, and the Democratic Party has filled in the vacuum in the middle by also moving to the right on many issues. As a consequence, many people who previously considered themselves in the middle are finding that the current views of the left are closer to their views. Thomas Ricks, who wrote Fiasco, and excellent look at the Iraq War, described why he moved to the left at Politico: Disappointment in the American government over the last 10 years. Our wars in...
  • GOP Faces 2016 Quandary: Why No Women Candidates?

    07/25/2014 6:58:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/25/2014 | Scott Conroy
    The wide-open fight for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination appears certain to showcase a range of credible candidates, who differ from one another in both style and substance. What the next crop of top-tier GOP contenders may not feature, however, is a woman. The Republicans taking discernible steps to build the foundations required for White House runs are all men. And for a party trying to close the gender gap, the prospect of an all-male lineup may pose a significant public perception problem. After the 2012 race saw President Obama defeat Mitt Romney by a double-digit margin among women, one...
  • Gang of Eight Republicans Promise: We're Not Trying to Sneak Our Bill Through

    07/24/2014 5:35:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 24, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate “Gang of Eight” Republicans are vowing not to try anything sneaky, as Congress considers legislation to address the border crisis. In a statement that underscores the remarkable distance the immigration debate has traveled since their bill passed the Senate with 68 votes last year, the four Republican authors say they do not support bringing up such a bill this year. “Last year, we helped lead the effort to pass immigration reform legislation that received 68 votes in the United States Senate,” Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in a joint...
  • Puerto Rico GOP Supports July 27 Pro-Statehood March

    07/24/2014 6:19:39 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies
    (English-language translation) The Puerto Rico Republican Party (PRPR) announced on Wednesday that it supports the "Puerto Rico Chose Statehood" march and urged all statehood supporters to participate this Sunday, July 27. "I urge all Republican supporters of statehood and all of those who believe in equality to march and send a forceful message of support for Puerto Rico statehood," PRPR National Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas said in a press release. "We firmly demand that the democratic will expressed at the polls in November 2012 in favor of statehood be fulfilled. We proudly honor the legacy of our patriots [José Celso] Barbosa,...