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  • John Boehner Violates The Hastert Rule Again

    05/09/2014 5:34:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 May 2014 | Jonathan Strong
    A bill that reauthorized the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which was criticized on the right as unnecessary interference by the federal government in the free market, passed the House in violation of the so-called “Hastert Rule” Thursday. The bill passed 297-117 overall. 106 Republicans voted “yea” while 116 Republicans voted “nay.” One Democrat, embattled Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), voted no as well, while 191 Democrats voted yes. The Hastert Rule, the operating principle of former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, requires support from a “majority of the majority.” Hastert has criticized Boehner for relying on Democratic votes on...
  • Hastert still quite the speaker (Wants Mitt -- Slams Newt)

    03/28/2012 2:04:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Sun Times ^ | March 28, 2012 | HANNAH KOHUT
    Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert speaks at St. Xavier University in Chicago Wednesday, March 21, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media There were jabs at Newt Gingrich, kudos for Mitt Romney, connections between driving a school bus and serving as speaker of the U.S. House and opinions on the wars in the Middle East. Denny Hastert, who went from teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School to become the longest-serving Republican House Speaker ever, shared thoughts as wide-ranging as his background last week in a speech at St. Xavier University in Chicago. Hastert, who was raised...
  • Former House speaker endorses Romney (Dennis Hastert)

    10/12/2011 7:46:29 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Illinois, today endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “During my years in the House, I was an advocate for balanced budgets and low taxes,” Hastert said in a statement. “Mitt Romney stands up for these principles….From his success in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands how to create jobs and turn around this economy.” Hastert was speaker from 1999 to 2007.
  • Lauzen Asks About Outside $$ For Hastert (DC Big Shots Come in to Illinois for Hastert's son)

    01/22/2010 10:38:58 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 01/22/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    During the January 14 Republican meeting and candidate forum in Geneva Township a question was raised by speaker Chris Lauzen (R, Aurora), State Senator from the 25th State Senate District. That question focused on all the support not only from outside the district but outside the entire state that is streaming in to shore up the campaign for Congress of the young Ethan Hastert. Senator Lauzen questioned the propriety of all this outside money pouring into the 14th District when there was already a worthy, proven candidate in the person of Randy Hultgren running for that seat. (Note: I'd have...
  • Gingrich to Headline [Ethan] Hastert Fundraiser

    11/21/2009 8:04:12 AM PST · by BillyBoy · 20 replies · 734+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | Friday, November 20, 2009 | Ethan Hastert
    Friday, November 20, 2009 GINGRICH TO HEADLINE HASTERT FUNDRAISER from Ethan Hastert for Congress campaign GENEVA, IL – Ethan Hastert will welcome Newt Gingrich to the 14th Congressional District on Friday, December 11, 2009 for a fundraising event at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, IL, to benefit the Ethan Hastert for Congress Campaign. The breakfast event will begin at 8:00 a.m. “I am proud to welcome Speaker Newt Gingrich to the 14th Congressional District. Newt Gingrich lead the Republican Revolution in 1994, resulting in the first Republican majority in 40 years, said Hastert. “As Speaker, Newt Gingrich insisted on...
  • Vargas to challenge Hastert in the 14th

    07/23/2009 10:33:55 AM PDT · by BillyBoy · 8 replies · 633+ views
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | July 23, 2009 | Fran Eaton
    Vargas to challenge Hastert in the 14th Illinois Review - 23 July 2009 [This article was syndicated via RSS from Illinois Review. The views represented do not necessarily represent those of the Chicago Daily Observer.] A 27 year old graduate of Elgin's Judson College is close to announcing his intention to run in the 14th CD, taking on attorney Ethan Hastert for the Republican bid to regain Congressman Bill Foster's seat back from the Democrats. Mark Vargas , who grew up in St. Charles, has been working for the past few years in Iraq for Defense Secretary William Gates....
  • Issa unloads: Says GOP must address 'failures' of Bush and Hastert

    07/07/2009 11:02:34 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies · 1,417+ views
    Issa unloads: Says GOP must address 'failures' of Bush and Hastert @ 1:15 pm by Michael O'Brien Republicans have a responsibility to reflect on the "failures" of leaders like former President George W. Bush and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), a prominent House Republican said Tuesday. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, argued the GOP must "throw everything we did wrong under the bus" — even if it means alienating some members of the party. Issa said that his committee and Republicans in general wouldn't be doing their jobs "if we're...
  • Dennis Hastert's son to run for father's seat

    06/08/2009 7:14:45 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 1,132+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 8, 2009
    Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's son, Ethan Hastert, has announced he'll run for his father's Chicago-area seat in Congress. The 31-year-old Hastert said Monday he would begin campaigning and fundraising for the 14th District seat. Dennis Hastert held the seat for 20 years and was the longest-serving Republican House Speaker. He announced in August 2007 that he would not seek reelection. Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Batavia won the seat in the November general election. The younger Hastert has never held elected office. The self-described economic and social conservative grew up in Yorkville and now is...
  • Illinois GOP leader critical of Lauzen (RINO ALERT!)

    04/27/2009 3:55:13 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 30 replies · 484+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 26 2009 | Rick Pearson
    Illinois’ Republican national committeeman said that state Sen. Chris Lauzen of Aurora should “take a deep look” to see if he wants to say in the GOP and shouldn’t make another bid for Congress in the far west suburbs. Pat Brady, who last summer became Republican National Committeeman from Illinois to replace the controversial Bob Kjellander, also said he expected a GOP primary contest next year for nomination to the 14th Congressional District seat won last year by freshman Democrat Bill Foster of Geneva. Among those considering a bid for the seat formerly held by longtime Republican U.S. House Speaker...
  • Governor Palin Now A Laughing Stock Amongst Beltway Republicans

    04/20/2009 3:03:08 PM PDT · by sussex · 100 replies · 2,425+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 20.04.09 | The Aged P
    "Where is she heading? She is going to get her own reality show, not the White House," said John Feehery, a Republican consultant. "There a lot of big challenges in this country and how can she handle them if she can barely handle her own family?" And there we have it – those powerful Republican circles, none more influential than John Feehery. Mr Feehery was, of course, a staffer for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who endorsed Mitt Romney last year. Though retired from politics he is still the Don Corleone of the GOP, a man who can make or...
  • Hastert's son may be eyeing dad's old seat

    04/18/2009 11:23:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 34 replies · 1,283+ views
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 18, 2009
    Could another Hastert be in line for a run at the 14th Congressional District seat? Ethan Hastert, the 31-year-old son of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, confirmed Friday that he has started meeting local leaders and introducing himself as a potential candidate. He said he has made no decisions yet. Hastert's father held the far west suburban seat for nearly 21 years, serving as speaker from 1999 to 2007. Ethan Hastert is an associate at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago. He worked for more than a year in then-Vice President Dick Cheney's office.
  • FOX News Documentary Shows Congressmen Sent Millions in Earmarks to Their Own Families

    05/30/2008 6:53:41 PM PDT · by weef · 57 replies · 401+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/30/2008 | Fox News
    A number of U.S. congressmen and their families — including former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert — have personally profited from congressional earmarks they slipped into federal legislation, a FOX News documentary reveals. The documentary, “Porked: Earmarks for Profit,” hosted by Chris Wallace, premieres Sat., May 31, at 8 p.m. EDT on FOX News Channel. Budget earmarks became a national scandal — and a national joke — after some wasteful schemes made headlines recently: a $223 million “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska, a $500,000 teapot museum in North Carolina, a $10 million extension to Coconut Road in Florida. Many...
  • Loss of Hastert Seat is Proof Conservatives Are Prepared to Sit Out This Year

    03/26/2008 4:45:52 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 115 replies · 1,597+ views
    conservativehq.com ^ | 3-11-08 | Richard Viguerie
    Mar 11 2008 Loss of Hastert Seat is Proof Conservatives Are Prepared to Sit Out This Year …It’s a wakeup call for John McCain… By Richard A. Viguerie Republicans’ loss of the House seat held for two decades by former Speaker Dennis Hastert is proof that conservatives are prepared to sit out the 2008 elections. Instead of contributing and volunteering, conservatives are closing their checkbooks and staying home.  Liberals and Democrats are enthusiastic to a degree not seen in decades, and grassroots conservatives are sitting on their hands. This is a wakeup call for John McCain.  Since securing the nomination,...
  • Governor Bloomberg?

    03/15/2008 6:18:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 430+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2008 | Robert D. Novak
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The disgraced Eliot Spitzer had hardly resigned as governor of New York when Republican strategists began calculating a return to power in Albany via New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Lt. Gov. David Paterson, Spitzer's successor as governor, is considered a weak prospect for the 2010 election and might not even be the Democratic nominee. Bloomberg, finishing two successful terms as mayor in 2009, might find life as a private citizen boring enough to try for governor. Bloomberg, who changed his affiliation from Republican to independent, could obtain the Independence Party nomination for governor, and then be endorsed...
  • Republicans ponder lost election (to succeed Denny Hastert)

    03/12/2008 2:33:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 44 replies · 895+ views
    The Beacon News ^ | March 11, 2008 | Andre Salles
    Saturday's special election has left area Republicans stunned, and some of them are directing their ire at Jim Oberweis and his campaign. Democrat Bill Foster defeated Oberweis by roughly 5,000 votes Saturday to become the new congressman in the 14th District. That seat has only been held by a Democrat once, immediately after Watergate, and has been in the hands of retired Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert for the past 21 years. The 14th District has long been considered a Republican stronghold. So how did Foster, a scientist and businessman from Geneva, muster enough votes to win?
  • Gov.Blagojevich taps former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and SIU Pres.Glenn Poshard

    03/10/2008 11:30:15 AM PDT · by OeOeO · 8 replies · 419+ views
    CHICAGO -- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today named two of the state’s most influential leaders, former Speaker of the U.S. House Dennis Hastert and Southern Illinois University (SIU) President and former U.S. Congressman Glenn Poshard, as co-chairs of the newly created Illinois Works Coalition. The new bipartisan working group will draw expertise from business, labor and local leaders across the state and will focus on helping pass a statewide infrastructure plan in Illinois. Last month in his annual budget address, Gov. Blagojevich proposed Illinois Works, a $25 billion capital plan, as the central piece of a statewide stimulus package aimed...
  • Dan Proft: Oberweis Defeat a Victory for Change?

    03/10/2008 9:04:19 AM PDT · by JulianaJohnson · 17 replies · 654+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | 3/10/08 | Dan Proft
    Democrat Bill Foster’s victory over Republican Jim Oberweis in Saturday’s special election in Illinois is evidence of the clamor for change in the countryside? Perhaps. Are exurban Chicagoans disgusted with Washington? Yes, they are. But there were some uniquely local factors that were more decisive. This was Oberweis’ fourth run for high office since 2002. Over the past six years, he has turned in more stale, lackluster, straight-to-video performances than Matthew McConaughey. The dairy magnate’s gaffe-filled campaigns have demonstrated one thing clearly: he has exponentially more personal wealth than good sense. He burst onto the scene in 2002 running for...
  • The Hastert (non-)legacy

    03/09/2008 1:12:22 PM PDT · by jdm · 24 replies · 1,163+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 09, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    The retirement of Dennis Hastert, the former Speaker of the House, has led to the loss of his seat from the Republican ranks. In a low-turnout special election, political newcomer Bill Foster beat Jim Oberweis to win the seat for the Democrats. The loss leaves the GOP looking even more impotent in Illinois than ever before (via Memeorandum): In a stunning upset Saturday that could be a sign of trouble for Republicans this fall, a little-known Democratic physicist won the special election for a far west suburban congressional seat long held by former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert.Rookie candidate Bill...
  • Dennis Hastert's seat lost in Special Election today

    03/08/2008 7:56:08 PM PST · by The_Republican · 380 replies · 12,513+ views
    Fox News-Star Tribune ^ | March 8th, 2008 | AP
    A longtime Republican district fell to the Democrats Saturday when a wealthy businessman and scientist snatched former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's congressional seat in a closely watched special election. Democrat Bill Foster won 52 percent of the vote compared to 48 percent for Republican Jim Oberweis. With 565 of 568 precincts reporting, Foster had 51,140 votes to Oberweis' 46,270.
  • Election Results: Illinois 14th Congressional District Special 03/08 Oberweis (R) v Foster (D)

    03/08/2008 5:35:35 PM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 115 replies · 8,752+ views
    Kane County Elections ^ | March 8, 2008 | the eagle has landed
    FOR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS - 14TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT (Vote for 1) Votes % of Votes -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jim Oberweis 4332 52.86% Bill Foster 3798 46.35%
  • Rookie Congressman to Fill Hastert Seat

    03/08/2008 3:09:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 671+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2008 | Deanna Bellandi
    Voters in former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's district will choose a new congressman in a special election Saturday, but there's one thing they won't replace: his clout. Hastert funneled millions of dollars to the district during his 21 years in Washington, but his retirement means his seat will go to either Democrat Bill Foster or Republican Jim Oberweis _ two wealthy businessmen with no seniority on Capitol Hill. "That's something he (Hastert) had to earn. It will be a learning curve for whoever gets in there," said William Barclay, an alderman in the Chicago suburb of Geneva. Democrats are eager...
  • Special Election Illinois Congressional 14th District Election Today 03/08 from 6AM to 7PM

    03/08/2008 7:16:00 AM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 18 replies · 1,787+ views
    McLean County Pundit ^ | March 8, 2008 | mcpundit
    Update: Special Election Saturday in the 14th Congressional Race to Replace GOP Former House Speaker Hastert. . . Oberweis vs. Foster Posted by: mcpundit | February 28th, 2008 | Category: HASTERT RACE McPundit Comment: Back in July, we had an exclusive that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was retiring as our source told us his staff had been informed to start looking for jobs; but also in July, Hastert said, “I’m running”. In October, he said he said he didn’t plan to retire; and then SURPRISE, HE WAS JUST KIDDING, he not only announced his retirement but he was also...
  • Hastert knocks McCain as 'allied with Democrats'

    01/31/2008 8:53:51 PM PST · by Def Conservative · 16 replies · 79+ views
    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert questioned John McCain’s Republican credentials today, saying he was always known among the GOP as “the undependable vote” in the Senate and always “allied with Democrats.”
  • Speaker Hastert backs Romney

    01/15/2008 1:25:32 PM PST · by americanophile · 20 replies · 107+ views
    mlive.com ^ | January 15, 2008 | Holly Klaft
    GRAND BLANC -- On the evening before Michigan's primary, Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert had words of encouragement for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign volunteers. "You're work getting people to the polls and getting them to check the right delegate has paid off," Hastert told about 20 campaign volunteers and supporters Monday at Romney's Grand Blanc campaign operations center, 5225 E. Cook Road. "We can't do it without folks like you." Hastert -- who also has worked with Republican presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, and John McCain during his political career -- said Romney has the background and...
  • Hastert bids farewell to (US)House

    11/15/2007 2:40:42 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 17 replies · 69+ views
    The Hill.com ^ | 11/15/07 | Jackie Kucinich & Bob Cisack
    In his retirement speech on the floor Thursday afternoon, Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said his heart will always be in the House and called for greater civility in the lower chamber. The former Speaker thanked his wife, Jean, who was in the chamber, and also recognized the dean of the House, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.). After Hastert was introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), members rose and applauded him for several minutes. Senate GOP leaders Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Trent Lott (Miss.) attended the speech and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) wiped away tears as Hastert spoke. Hastert...
  • Hastert Bids House Farewell

    11/15/2007 1:26:41 PM PST · by SmithL · 25 replies · 55+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/15/7 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer
    Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, who served as House speaker longer than any other Republican, bade farewell to his colleagues Thursday, confirming that he will not complete his 11th term. Hastert, 65, did not say exactly when he will resign, but indicated it will be soon. He said his speech would be his last from the House floor. The 110th Congress will end in January 2009. He later told reporters, "I think I'll be gone by the first of the year." In his 16-minute address, Hastert recounted his career's high points, concluding: "It's time for this legislator to return to being...
  • Breaking News: Former Speaker Hastert to resign

    10/18/2007 8:39:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 88 replies · 68+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 17, 2007
    The Roll Call newspaper in Washington reported on its website this evening that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois intends to resign his House seat later this year. The subscription-only site said Hastert, who had already announced he would not seek reelection in 2008, was calling friends and associates today and telling them of his decision. His early departure would create the need for a special election in his exurban Chicago district, possibly on Illinois' Feb. 5 presidential primary day. The 65-year-old former high school teacher and wrestling coach, first elected to the U.S. House in 1986 after six...
  • Lauzen reveals run for Congress

    09/20/2007 4:56:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 365+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | September 19, 2007 | John Patterson
    Aurora Republican state Sen. Chris Lauzen will announce today his plans to run for Congress, seeking the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert. "The reason why I'm running is I'd like to serve my neighbors by continuing to provide the best constituent service at home and then to reinforce those people in Washington who are using good judgment," Lauzen told the Daily Herald on Tuesday. The pending retirement of Hastert, the former Republican House speaker, is attracting a crowd in both the Republican and Democratic parties. On the Democratic side, Geneva scientist and businessman Bill Foster is...
  • A Genius for Service

    08/18/2007 3:51:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 549+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2007 | Tom Delay
    Denny Hastert never met a problem he couldn’t solve. He was so good at legislating that it’s possible he would have been just as successful in his career had he never been Speaker at all. That is to say, Denny didn’t need the gavel to lead, but to a greater degree than many know, Congress needed him to govern. He was as committed a conservative and as loyal a Republican as I ever met, and yet principled liberals and partisan Democrats never had a harsh word for him. Whether as a back-bencher, as my chief deputy whip, or as Speaker...
  • From Rove to Hastert

    08/15/2007 9:31:50 PM PDT · by gpapa · 3 replies · 400+ views
    townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2007 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- It is indicative of the bias that gusts through our media that when the most successful political strategist in memory, Karl Rove, retires from his powerful position in the Bush White House, the press reports his departure tsk-tskingly. Somehow Rove's departure must suggest his failure and disgrace. Or as some nitwit anchoring the midday CNN news broadcast, "Your World Today," put it when I was walking past a television monitor, "Does that mean the Bush administration is essentially over?" And we are told FOX News is biased. What about stupid? Well, who has been a finer political strategist...
  • CBS 2 Exclusive: Hastert Leaving Congress

    08/14/2007 7:24:38 PM PDT · by RDTF · 103 replies · 5,558+ views
    CBS2 via Drudge Report ^ | August 14, 2007 | Mike Flannery
    (CBS) CHICAGO Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is in Asia, but he's scheduled a news conference in Kendall County for Friday. CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports exclusively sources say that they expect Hastert to announce he will not seek re-election next year. In personal terms, it's been a big year for him and wife, Jean. Denny Hastert turned 65, and the couple just welcomed their first grandchild, Jack Hastert, to the family. He also had to surrender the speaker's gavel to a Democrat. While sources tell CBS 2 that he’s leaving Congress after 22 years, he’s ridiculed...
  • Will Hastert say farewell on Friday?

    08/14/2007 6:20:28 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 40 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Politicio ^ | August 13, 2007 | Patrick O'Connor
    The congressional retirement season has started, and it appears former Speaker Dennis Hastert may soon announce his own plans to ride off into the sunset. The Illinois Republican sent supporters a letter over the weekend asking them to join him for a speech this Friday at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville, Ill. The letter does not say whether he'll run for reelection in 2008 or announce his retirement, but speculation skews heavily toward retirement. And neither Hastert nor his aides have done much to dispel the widely accepted opinion back home that he'll call it quits. For example, an...
  • Congress slams UK academic boycott [414-0-2 present]

    07/13/2007 8:47:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies · 827+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7-13-07 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
    The US House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday afternoon condemning a British call to boycott Israeli universities. The measure, approved 414 to 0, urged the European Union and governments around the world to reject the call by the leadership of the University and College Union of the United Kingdom to cease cooperation with Israeli institutions. The resolution describes the "senseless" boycott as "a dangerous assault on the principles of academic freedom and open exchange" and a move that "contributes to the deligitimization and demonization of the state of Israel." The resolution was the first bill freshman Representative Patrick...
  • Hastert May Step Down

    07/22/2007 11:30:06 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies · 758+ views
    Political Wire ^ | July 22, 2007
    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert "has indicated to a close former aide that it is likely he will not run for a 12th term from his northern Illinois district and may even resign from Congress before his present term concludes," Robert Novak reports. "That runs counter to widespread speculation on Capitol Hill that Hastert will continue in the House for another two years as a private member with no leadership responsibilities. Since last year's Democratic takeover of Congress moved him out of the speaker's office, he has enjoyed returning to his former specialty of energy issues as a member of...
  • Hastert -- House speaker no more -- may call it quits

    05/27/2007 5:07:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 54 replies · 1,687+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 24, 2007 | Lynn Sweet
    Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) will decide in a few weeks if he is going to seek another term, the Sun-Times has learned. Hastert, 65, is considering retiring, said chief of staff Mike Stokke. "I think that is a possibility," Stokke said. Stokke said Hastert "believes he needs to let people know by the next recess," referring to a congressional break in August. Hastert, who was the longest-serving GOP speaker before the Republicans lost the House in 2006, would be tempted to run again if he had work remaining on energy, health care, trade and anti-drug issues, Stokke...
  • Governor Mitt Romney Announces the Support of Former Speaker Dennis Hastert

    01/23/2007 10:38:46 AM PST · by coca-cola kid · 51 replies · 688+ views
    MittRomney.Com ^ | 1/23/2007 | Press Release
    Governor Mitt Romney Announces Support of Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Tuesday, Jan 23, 2007 Boston, MA - Today, Governor Mitt Romney announced that former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) will be joining the Romney for President Exploratory Committee. "I am honored to have the support of Speaker Hastert. As a leader in our Party and former Speaker, his long and continued career of service has been marked by a deep commitment to improving the lives of the American people. Under his leadership, Congress passed the most significant tax relief in a generation, and in...
  • HASTERT TO ENDORSE ROMNEY

    01/23/2007 9:13:47 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 64 replies · 1,013+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/23/07
    Sources inside former Gov. Mitt Romney's camp tell The Politico that they've picked up yet another major Washington endorsement: former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. The Illinoisan is set to publicly endorse Romney today. Romney has cultivated the congressional wing of the GOP in an effort to cast himself as the consensus alternative to Sen. John McCain. Although the former Speaker is now just a rank-and-file member of the House, his support of Romney is a strong indicator of where much of the anti-McCain Republican establishment is headed. Also helpful to Team Mitt, Hastert still retains significant goodwill within the House...
  • Toy soldiers on the border

    01/09/2007 8:09:04 AM PST · by Gritty · 31 replies · 1,702+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 9, 2007 | editorial
    It sounds like Iraq or some other foreign land, but it happened on U.S. soil last week. Outside Sasabe, Ariz., a band of armed assailants stormed a National Guard border post and forced the Guardsmen to retreat without a shot. It was a personal affront to the Guardsmen, who should never have been in the unnatural position of being incapable of defending themselves in the first place. But they were, thanks to the Bush administration's look-tough, act-weak immigration policy. *snip* It's past time to rethink this policy of placing Guardsmen at the border but defanging them with overly restrictive rules...
  • Republicans Need a Great Communicator

    11/16/2006 12:45:52 PM PST · by Milltownmalbay · 117 replies · 1,741+ views
    SeaMax news ^ | 11/16/2006 | Fr. Michael Reilly
    For a change it’s the Republicans who have some soul-searching to do after the elections. There is no doubt that the Republicans failed to control spending, failed to control illegal immigration, and failed to reform social security. Nevertheless, the biggest failure of the Republican Party has been communication with the American people. Ronald Reagan was the Great Communicator. George Bush can’t connect subject and predicate . Bill Frist looks like a doctor telling his patient that she has cancer and Denny Hastert just looks like he wants directions to the local pub. In spite of the proverbial six year itch,...
  • The Big Rumor That Won?t Be Dismissed

    11/10/2006 8:34:26 PM PST · by quidnunc · 61 replies · 3,384+ views
    TomRoeser.com ^ | November 9, 2006 | Tom Roeser
    It?s pretty late at night and I?m not going to go into a lot of research but a rumor has been bubbling up that should be recorded ? even if it?s knocked down later as more information comes due. The rumor, substantiated by a number of people I?ve talked to who know the Denny Hastert people personally is this: Denny Hastert has determined to resign before his term as Speaker expires ? for one reason only. When you step down as Speaker your pension is calculated on your level of pay and Speaker?s pay is a lot more than that...
  • Hastert Will Step Down

    11/09/2006 9:39:54 AM PST · by meg88 · 50 replies · 1,523+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 11/8/06 | Mike Allen
    Hastert Will Step Down Exclusive: The Speaker bows out of the Republican leadership after Democrats take his power. The contest to succeed him will help define the Republican Party in a new era of divided government. By MIKE ALLEN/WASHINGTON House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) will not seek reelection to the Republican leadership when his members return as a minority party after taking heavy losses in Tuesday's elections, a Republican official tells TIME. Hastert, 64, a low-key former high school wrestling coach, was beloved by members as a "good cop," compared to the enforcer style of the longtime number two leader,...
  • AP: Hastert Won't Seek House Leader Post

    11/08/2006 10:56:05 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 116 replies · 2,546+ views
    AP ^ | November 8, 2006 | DAVID ESPO
    Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., told fellow Republican lawmakers on Wednesday he does not intend to run for minority leader when Democrats take control of the House in January, officials said. Hastert conveyed word in a conference call one day after Republicans lost control of the House in midterm elections. The officials who described Hastert's plans did so on condition of anonymity, saying they did not want to pre-empt a formal announcement. His decision to step down cleared the way for a likely succession battle. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the majority leader, is expected to run, and Reps. Mike Pence...
  • Speaker Previews Tomorrow's White House Signing of the 'Secure Fence Act';

    10/25/2006 2:06:15 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 42 replies · 710+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | 10/25/2006 | Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) today commented on tomorrow's White House signing of the Secure Fence Act passed by the Republican Congress. "Our borders constitute the first line of defense in protecting the American people from terrorists. Last July I met with border security agents and other federal and local officials during my visit to the border, and I promised them we would address this national security crisis. The Republican Congress has responded to the American people's demand for a secure border by increasing the physical barriers and infrastructure along the...
  • Hastert urges quick action on Foley

    10/24/2006 2:09:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 689+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/06 | Larry Margasak - ap
    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Dennis Hastert testified in private before ethics investigators Tuesday and then said they should work quickly to find out who knew about Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record)'s come-ons to congressional pages and what was done about it. Hastert spoke briefly after his closed-door testimony to the House ethics committee that is trying to pin down when he and his staff learned about Foley's actions. "I answered all the questions they asked to the best of my ability," Hastert said after testifying for almost three hours. "I also said that they need to move quickly...
  • Pelosi Doesn't Understand War on Terror, Hastert Says

    10/24/2006 7:47:36 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies · 1,609+ views
    Pelosi Doesn't Understand War on Terror, Hastert Says By Susan Jones CNSNews.com Senior Editor October 24, 2006 (CNSNews.com) - The United States cannot win the global war on terror if U.S. leaders don't understand it -- and Rep. Nancy Pelosi does not understand it, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said on Tuesday. Hastert -- who holds the job that Pelosi is eager to assume -- was reacting to Pelosi's remarks on the CBS program "60 Minutes." He said her comments should serve as a "bellwether" for the American people. "Democrat Leader Pelosi would trust the terrorists to give up their objective...
  • Diocese opens inquest of Foley priest

    10/20/2006 10:11:18 AM PDT · by TexKat · 4 replies · 427+ views
    AP ^ | 10/20/06 | ALESSANDRA RIZZO
    ROME - A Roman Catholic diocese has opened an investigation of a priest who said he fondled and shared saunas while naked with Mark Foley when the former U.S. congressman was a boy in Florida. In interviews in the past two days, the Rev. Anthony Mercieca, 69, who is now retired and lives on the Maltese island of Gozo, has given different details about his encounters with Foley four decades ago. On Wednesday, he told the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune by telephone that he massaged the boy in the nude, was naked in the same room on overnight trips with him...
  • Wash. Post - Fearmongering Over 'Secret Line of Succession' for Presidency

    10/17/2006 1:11:16 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 23 replies · 1,076+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 10/17/06 | Warner Todd Huston
    The Washington Post, yesterday, posted a story raising questions about a House rules change that clearly delineates a line of succession should the Speaker of the House be unable to take his place as the third in line to succeed the president in a state of emergency or vacancy. In keeping the the liberal mantra that the Republican leadership is the most "secretive" ever, the Post seemed worried that the House rules change is somehow a danger to American democracy because the persons chosen by Speaker Hastert to succeed him has not been made public knowledge. The Post's story over...
  • A Secret in the Line of Succession

    10/16/2006 8:20:19 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 21 replies · 1,274+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/16/06 | Charles Babington
    House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) shows no sign of resigning over the Mark Foley-House page scandal. But the mere suggestion that he might do so raises an intriguing political and constitutional question: Who would replace him while Congress is in recess? The answer, it appears, is on a piece of paper locked away in the House clerk's office. In a little-noticed action taken nearly four years ago, the House amended its rules dealing with the "continuity of Congress" in emergencies and the succession of speakers. The rule, cited recently in Roll Call, directs the speaker to "deliver to the...
  • Bush Gives Hastert Boost in Time of Need

    10/12/2006 6:58:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 393+ views
    AP ^ | 10/12/6 | NEDRA PICKLER
    CHICAGO -- President Bush stood shoulder-to-shoulder with embattled House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Thursday, offering a powerful boost in his moment of need and declaring the country "better off" with Hastert in power. "I am proud to be standing with the current speaker of the House who is going to be the future speaker of the House," Bush said as he opened a speech to raise money for two Illinois congressional candidates. The $1.1 million fundraiser provided the first picture of Bush with Hastert since a scandal broke involving a Republican congressman pursuing underage male pages. Although the president has...
  • Dog At Large! (A ticket fix for Sandy Berger)

    04/09/2005 9:43:37 AM PDT · by Dr.Syn · 19 replies · 870+ views
    dansargis.org ^ | April 7, 2005 | Dan Sargis
      Dog At Large!April 7, 2005 The Devil once made an offer to former Clinton lackey, Sandy Berger.  The Devil visited Berger's office and made him an offer. "I can arrange some things for you,” the devil said. " I’ll get you a top level security clearance; I’ll give you your 15 minutes of pathetic fame; I’ll make you the best liar in the world and I’ll let you get away with being a despicable scumbag. All I require in return is that your wife's soul, your children's souls, their children's souls and your country’s soul rot in hell for eternity." Berger...