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  • Why Are Republicans Suddenly Leaning Left? (because the Establishment got their candidates!)

    09/08/2014 5:52:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 9/8/14 | Bill Scher
    Several Republican candidates in the year's most competitive Senate races have begun their fall sprint to Election Day, not by embracing Tea Party-fueled conservatism but by defensively tacking leftward. Let’s start in Colorado, site of a strategic GOP retreat in the “War on Women.” The Republican backtracking there is being done by Rep. Cory Gardner, following withering attacks by Democrats on his past support for “personhood amendments” that bestow rights to fertilized human eggs and effectively ban some forms of birth control. Gardner released an ad claiming he would make access to “the pill … cheaper and easier” than would...
  • The Tea Party Is On The Verge Of Its Biggest-Ever Victory In Washington

    06/24/2014 8:44:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/24/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Since it swept into Congress during the 2010 wave elections, the Tea Party has claimed small victories in blocking President Obama's legislative priorities and extracting spending cuts through debt-ceiling ceasefires. But if things go their way this fall, they would get their first true scalp: the Export-Import bank. Reinvigorated by the GOP primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Tea Party is on the verge of claiming perhaps its biggest policy victory in Washington. Its victim would be an institution that has existed for 80 years and far beyond the Obama era — since the New Deal era...
  • Republicans Begin Shift To The Right After Cantor's Defeat

    06/23/2014 5:35:33 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 6/23/14 | Sahil Kapur
    If anyone doubted that the Republican Party would become more conservative after the ousting of Eric Cantor, his successor put those doubts to rest over the weekend. In an interview with Fox News, incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) revealed leadership's first significant policy shift: opposition to reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank when its current charter expires on Sept. 30, a move that would shutter the credit agency. "One of the problems with government is it's going to take hard earned money so others do things that the private sector can do. That's what Ex-Im Bank does," he said. "I...
  • Steve Scalise, A Rising Conservative Star

    06/21/2014 5:45:44 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/20/2014 | Larry Kudlow
    “Reinvigorating the leadership” is how one senior House staffer described the ascendency of Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican who won a first-ballot victory for the position of GOP whip. The staffer went on to portray Scalise as not a member of the Washington establishment. Indeed, Scalise is a former chair of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the conservative caucus in the U.S. House. He has had a meteoric rise, and he is someone to be reckoned with. Scalise’s win follows Kevin McCarthy’s first-ballot victory for the GOP majority-leader slot. And here’s something I did not know: As whip, Scalise gets...
  • White House: New GOP leadership boosts immigration’s chances (Jarrett)

    06/20/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The White House believes that the election of a new House leadership team has opened up an opportunity to pass immigration reform this summer, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett said Friday. Jarrett said the change necessitated by Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) surprising primary loss gives new life to immigration reform. “There’s a change in leadership obviously with Cantor’s loss and so we have an opportunity with a new team in place in the House to act,” Jarrett told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Friday. President Obama believes “this summer is a pivotal opportunity for us to get comprehensive...
  • REPUBLICANS SELECT KEVIN MCCARTHY AS NEXT HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER

    06/19/2014 12:19:57 PM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 248 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 06/19/2014 | www.foxnews.com
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  • Eric Cantor was criticized for being too cozy with big business. Who funds Kevin McCarthy?

    06/17/2014 11:41:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/17/2014 | By Chris Moody
    One of economic professor David Brat’s central criticisms of Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor was that the House majority leader was too cozy with big business, leaving him more concerned about his relationships with K Street lobbyists than with his constituents. Although there are many reasons for Cantor’s shocking defeat last week, Brat’s attacks on the appearance of “crony capitalism” do seem to have resonated with voters in Virginia’s 7th District. Cantor’s ouster forced House Republicans to choose a new leader, and all signs suggest that they will choose House Whip Kevin McCarthy, who has launched an aggressive campaign for the...
  • Our Endorsement of Raul Labrador for Majority Leader

    06/14/2014 1:31:03 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 20 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 14, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In the wake of Eric Cantor's shocking primary election loss to Dave Brat earlier this week, the choice to replace him as House Majority Leader seemed a foregone conclusion, as Pete Sessions (R-TX) decision to bow out appeared to seal the decision and ascend Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to the second highest position in the House. This changed yesterday as Raul Labrador (R-ID) announced he will challenge for the role, a move Dignitas News Service both applauds and has no reservations in providing our endorsement for. Not only would the second-term Representative from Idaho bring solid conservative credentials and voting record...
  • Rep. Raul Labrador Will Challenge Kevin McCarthy for GOP Leader: A race for Cantor's job after all.

    06/13/2014 5:01:09 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 13, 2014 | Tim Alberta
    Rep. Raul Labrador, a fiery conservative lawmaker from Idaho, will challenge House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy in next Thursday's special election to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader, according to Republican sources. "I want a House Leadership team that reflects the best of our conference," Labrador said in a statement provided to National Journal. He later added: "I am running for Majority Leader because I want to help create a vision of growth and opportunity for everyone and start getting to work for the American people." A sophomore representative from a heavily Republican district, Labrador's election would dramatically alter the...
  • Rep. Raul Labrador Will Challenge Kevin McCarthy for GOP Leader

    06/13/2014 1:24:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    National Journal ^ | 06/13/2014 | Tim Alberta
    Rep. Raul Labrador, a fiery conservative lawmaker from Idaho, will challenge House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy in next Thursday's special election to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader, according to Republican sources. "I want a House Leadership team that reflects the best of our conference," Labrador said in a statement provided to National Journal. He later added: "I am running for Majority Leader because I want to help create a vision of growth and opportunity for everyone and start getting to work for the American people." A sophomore representative from a heavily Republican district, Labrador's election would dramatically alter the...
  • Breaking: Raul Labrador will run for House majority leader

    06/13/2014 10:50:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 40 replies
    Vanity | 06/13/2014
    Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador said Friday he will run for the House majority leader position being vacated by Eric Cantor. The decision sets up a race next week between Labrador, a leading conservative voice, and Kevin McCarthy, the current House majority whip.
  • Kevin McCarthy Won’t Enjoy Being Majority Leader

    06/13/2014 11:01:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | David Firestone
    Kevin McCarthy of California, the House Republican Whip, is running hard to win Eric Cantor’s post as Majority Leader, and claims he has the votes locked up. But except for the big office — and the security detail, and the power and the glory — it’s hard to know why he really wants the job. It’s no fun leading a caucus that resembles a raucous playground, split up into camps that agree on little but their unwavering contempt for President Obama. Almost immediately after winning it, he will become as large an object of ridicule by the hard right as...
  • Kevin McCarthy set to replace Cantor as House Majority Leader: Same Old, Same Old

    06/13/2014 7:17:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/13/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Or worse. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California now stands to inherit the position of Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, as Reps. Hensarling and Sessions have withdrawn from contention.  The plain fact is that the GOP House delegation is far less conservative than its base. My colleague Rick Moran estimates that tea Party-aligned House members number 80 or so votes out of the caucus, so this was probably inevitable. On the upside, it avoids a divisive intraparty battle as the election looms. On the downside, it sends a message to...
  • Sessions drops out of Majority Leader race, leaving McCarthy as lone hopeful

    06/12/2014 7:25:17 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 12, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) has dropped out of the race for House majority leader, leaving current Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as the only candidate in the race. Sessions has released a statement announcing his exit, and his spokeswoman, Torrie Miller, confirmed his departure to the Post. “After thoughtful consideration and discussion with my colleagues, I have made the decision to not continue my run for House majority leader," Sessions said. "Today, it became obvious to me that the measures necessary to run a successful campaign would have created unnecessary and painful division within our party." Sessions had also been...
  • California's Kevin McCarthy a virtual lock for House majority leader

    06/12/2014 11:04:32 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 12, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) is all but assured of becoming the next House majority leader after a lawmaker considered to be a strong conservative challenger declined Thursday to run in the internal GOP race. The affable McCarthy, now the No. 3 Republican in the House, is by no means the top choice among tea party lawmakers who believe the current leadership is tied too closely to the party's establishment wing. But the path for his ascent to the No. 2 spot seemed to clear Thursday as the potential challenger, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, said he would not seek the...
  • Are they really going to shove Kevin McCarthy down our throats? The House GOP better wake up!!

    06/12/2014 8:20:03 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 56 replies
    one man's opinion...
    Are they kidding? Are they serious? Did they learn NOTHING from Tuesday's results? Are they really going to try and make us swallow Kevin McCarthy as the next majority leader? And HELLO!!!!!..in case anyone is paying attention, that would make him the presumptive Speaker in waiting. The conservatives in the House GOP conference have the votes to stop it..they need the cojones, and someone to step forward as an alternative to McCarthy.
  • The Stupid Party

    06/12/2014 9:04:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 75 replies
    RedState ^ | June 12, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Less than twenty-four hours after the shockwaves of Eric Cantor’s defeat, the House Republican Party has decided to ignore the results as a meaningless anomaly. They will expedite a leadership election to affirm the status quo with Cantor’s right hand, Kevin McCarthy, picked as Majority Leader. McCarthy is squishy on a host of issues, bad on immigration, and not a friend of conservatives. House Republicans looked on the biggest electoral surprise of the year and are giving it the middle finger.
  • JEFF DUNCAN DROPS CO-SPONSORSHIP OF IMMIGRATION BILL PLANNED FOR INCLUSION IN NDAA

    04/03/2014 9:43:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 2, 2014 | By Jonathan Strong
    South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan is dropping his co-sponsorship of an immigration bill House Republicans have been quietly working to include in the upcoming Department of Defense authorization bill, saying the language should never have been considered to be added to the unrelated measure. Late Wednesday, Duncan said he hadn't been aware of efforts by the bill's author, California Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), to add the language to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – and that if it were added, “NDAA would lose my vote as well.” At issue is a proposal to allow so-called DREAMers to obtain...
  • California's Drought Isn't Due To Global Warming, But Politics

    02/15/2014 6:12:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    IDB ^ | 02/15/2013
    President Obama visited California's drought-hit Central Valley Friday, offering handouts and blaming global warming. But the state's water shortage is due to the left's refusal to deal with the state's water needs. Following legislative action last month by Speaker John Boehner and California's Central Valley Representatives David Valadao, Devin Nunes and Kevin McCarthy, whose Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act was designed to resolve the long-standing problem of environmental water cutbacks that have devastated America's richest farmland, Obama is grandstanding in California, too. His aim, however, is not a long-term solution for California's now-constant water shortages that have hit...
  • Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling increase

    02/11/2014 5:55:24 PM PST · by bestintxas · 53 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/11/14
    The following Republicans voted Tuesday to raise the government's borrowing limit: John Boehner, R-Ohio. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy,R-Calif. Chief Deputy Whip Pete Roskam, R-Ill. Ken Calvert, R-Calif. Dave Camp, R-Mich. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y. Doc Hastings, R-Wash. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. Dave Reichert, R-Wash. Chris Collins, R-N.Y. Howard Coble, R-N.C. Charlie Dent, R-Pa. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. Pete King, R-N.Y. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J. Buck McKeon, R-Calif. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa. Gary Miller, R-Calif. Ed Royce, R-Calif. John Runyan, R-N.J. John Shimkus, R-Ill. Chris Smith, R-N.J. David Valadao, R-Calif. Frank Wolf,...
  • Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico

    01/22/2014 8:07:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    The State ^ | 1/22/14 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS — A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment. Edgar Tamayo, 46, received a lethal injection for the January 1994 fatal shooting of Officer Guy Gaddis, 24. Asked by a warden if he had a final statement, he mumbled "no" and shook his head. As the lethal dose of pentobarbital began taking effect, he took a few breaths and then made one slightly audible snore before all movement stopped. He was pronounced dead...
  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy: ‘Immigration Reform Is Going to Happen’ (RINO-CA)

    11/25/2013 7:16:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 25, 2013 - 6:44 AM | Susan Jones
    Is immigration reform dead? “No; immigration reform is going to happen,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the House Republican whip, told CBS’s Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.” “But it’s going to happen in a step-by-step method. And I will tell you, the president came out and supported that the other day.” …
  • House GOP Leadership Statement on Syria

    08/31/2013 11:37:59 AM PDT · by kristinn · 39 replies
    The Speaker of the House ^ | Saturday, August 31, 2013 | John Boehner
    WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today issued the following joint statement. “Under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress. We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised. In consultation with the president, we expect the House to consider a measure the week of September 9th. This provides the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people.”
  • Inside Boehner's Strategy to Slow Walk Immigration to the Finish Line

    07/30/2013 5:52:30 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 54 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 30, 2013 | Chris Frates
    Keeping immigration on the back-burner helps avoid a recess filled with angry town-hall meetings reminiscent of the heated August 2009 protests where the backlash against health care reform coalesced. Doing nothing also starves Democrats of a target, Republicans argue. But for Boehner, who by all accounts wants to see some kind of immigration reform pass, that raised serious strategic problems. First, passing tougher enforcement measures before August would take all the momentum away from other more divisive measures, such as giving “Dreamers,” the children brought to the United States illegally, a legal option for staying in the country. While House...
  • Mark Levin 'convinced' GOP leadership 'has a Republican death wish'

    03/13/2013 6:28:13 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 13, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    On his Tuesday radio show, conservative talk show host Mark Levin said House majority whip Kevin McCarthy, who this weekend claimed Congress could soon pass a comprehensive immigration bill, has a political death wish. “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m convinced the Republican leadership — particularly in the House — has a Republican death wish,” Levin said. “When you put these Mickey Mouse types in charge of the Republican Party in the House, what do you get, Mr. Producer? You get mice turds. And that’s what we have here: mice turds from the likes of [Rep.] Kevin McCarthy.” McCarthy had told CNN...
  • House GOP Leaders: We Can Pass Gun Control, Immigration, Without Republican Support

    03/10/2013 2:39:04 PM PDT · by Bratch · 47 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 10, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    With more and more conservatives in the House rebelling against John Boehner’s increasingly questionable Speakership, Republican House leadership is now moving to quash in-house concerns by reaching across the aisle for support. [...] This is a declaration of war within the Republican ranks. And it should be deeply troubling to Republicans across the country, watching as the recently and controversially reminted House leadership continues to pursue the same political philosophy that led to a mini-rebellion in the House in January.
  • MCCARTHYISM? GOP SOURCE SAYS MAJORITY WHIP DRAFTED BOEHNER PURGE LIST

    12/11/2012 10:53:59 PM PST · by Fred · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 121212 | Matthew Boyle
    A House GOP source has confirmed to Breitbart News that House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy was the one who drafted the secret criteria list House Speaker John Boehner used in his purge of conservatives from House committees. The source, someone with inside knowledge of how Boehner conducted the purge, told Breitbart News that McCarthy crafted the list, which included a scorecard of where several conservative members stood on certain votes. According to the source, it’s unclear at this time whether McCarthy made the list of his own accord or if he did so at the request of somebody else in...
  • Republican Party in California Is Caught in Cycle of Decline (Shrinking to rank of minor party)

    07/23/2012 4:08:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/23/2012 | By ADAM NAGOURNEY
    LOS ANGELES — This would seem a moment of great opportunity for California Republicans. The state has become a national symbol of fiscal turmoil and dysfunction, the Legislature is nearly as unpopular as Congress and Democrats control every branch of government. But instead, the state party — once a symbol of Republican hope and geographical reach and which gave the nation Ronald Reagan (and Richard M. Nixon) — is caught in a cycle of relentless decline, and appears in danger of shrinking to the rank of a minor party. “We are at a lower point than we’ve ever been,” said...
  • Republicans Struggling to Praise Mitt Romney

    03/30/2012 11:31:12 AM PDT · by NoRedTape · 40 replies
    Atlantic.com ^ | March 30, 2012 | Molly Ball
    "The GOP is falling in line behind the all-but-inevitable nominee, but they're doing it with gritted teeth and a sense of obligation. Coming up with nice things to say about Mitt Romney is hard, even for his supporters. As Romney enters what seems to be the home stretch of the primary campaign, the Republican establishment is rallying around him. But the scene is less rah-rah than obligatory, with heavy sighs all around.........."
  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy endorses Mitt Romney for president

    03/30/2012 9:20:43 AM PDT · by NoRedTape · 9 replies
    The Tribune and SanLuisObispo.com ^ | March 26, 2012 | J. Scott Applewhite
    "Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, the No. 3 legislator in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Republican hierarchy, has endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president. McCarthy, the majority whip, will serve as Romney’s statewide chairman..........."
  • Kinzinger Defeats Manzullo in Illinois's 16th Congressional District Primary

    03/20/2012 9:14:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2012 | Scott Bland
    Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., has defeated fellow Republican Rep. Don Manzullo in the state's 16th District GOP congressional primary. The AP called the race for Kinzinger just after 11 p.m. Eastern time. With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Kinzinger led Manzullo 56 percent to 44 percent. The race between Kinzinger and Manzullo, forced because Illinois lost a congressional seat and state Democrats controlled the redistricting process, followed a common tea party-against-establishment trend in recent GOP primaries. But the script flipped here, with 10-term veteran Manzullo garnering the bulk of the tea party and movement conservative support while Kinzinger, a freshman,...
  • Speaker Boehner: House Has Now Passed More Than 20 Bipartisan Jobs Bills

    11/03/2011 5:02:17 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Speaker Boehner: House Has Now Passed More Than 20 Bipartisan Jobs Bills WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 3) House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) applauded the House for passing two more bipartisan jobs bills tonight: the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act (H.R. 2940), introduced by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act (H.R. 2930), introduced by Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC). Boehner released the following statement: “The House has now passed more than 20 bipartisan jobs bills so far this year. The bills approved tonight will make it easier for small businesses and start-ups to access the...
  • McCarthy touts 'common ground' with Dems on jobs plans (RINO Alert)

    10/16/2011 3:38:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 2 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-10-14 | Molly K. Hooper
    House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) touted “common ground” measures to spur job creation in the GOP weekly address on Saturday. The California lawmaker – a former small business owner – took to the airwaves promoting several areas in which he says there is bipartisan agreement. “By finding ways to support small business and promote entrepreneurship, we can rev up our economy and grow the jobs we need," he said. "And this shouldn’t be an exercise of partisan gamesmanship or credit-claiming." Noting that the Congress approved three trade deals for the president’s signature last week, McCarthy says that there are...
  • Eric Cantor aide to launch 'super PAC' to back GOP hopefuls

    10/05/2011 6:52:04 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct. 5, 2011 | Tom Hamburger
    A senior advisor to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is leaving his federal post to open a "super PAC" that can raise unlimited amounts from individuals and corporations to back conservative Republican candidates and causes. The move by John Murray, who served as Cantor's deputy chief of staff, is another indication that congressional leaders are looking to raise fund through super PACs, new, technically independent political organizations that were spawned as a result of a controversial Supreme Court decision in 2010. In an interview Wednesday, Murray confirmed that the new super PAC fundraising is intended to support efforts such as...
  • Republican Kevin McCarthy Says No Debt Deal Likely Today, Or Over Weekend

    07/22/2011 10:32:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/22/2011 | Tyler Durden
    Well, it looks like there will be no debt ceiling hike enacted prior to August 2 at which point the money really does run out. From The Hill: "The No. 3 Republican in the House said Thursday night that he didn’t expect any surprises in the deficit debate over the weekend. “I do not see something springing this weekend,” Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. McCarthy pooh-poohed reports that the White House and Republican leadership are closing fast on a deal on the budget deficit and raising the debt ceiling. “There is no deal,” McCarthy...
  • House Majority Whip Schools CNN's Candy Crowley on Why No Debt Deal

    07/11/2011 5:30:45 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 11, 2011 | P.J. Gladnick
    "Why can you not get this deal?" That was the attitude of CNN's Candy Crowley on yesterday's State of the Union. She acted like if only the Republicans were "reasonable" and accepted some "revenue" enhancements, then a deficit deal could be cut. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy set her straight on why the deal as presented was unacceptable. Oh, Candy tried and tried to make a deficit deal agreement seem reasonable but McCarthy kept knocking her assertions out of the ball park as you can see in the interview video below the fold. Candy led off by accusing House Speaker...
  • McCarthy Aide Compares Members To "Hanoi Jane" (GOP Leader's Staffer Must Go)

    04/14/2011 1:29:52 PM PDT · by Windy City Conservative · 11 replies
    A top aide to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy on Thursday suggested Republicans who have problems with the continuing resolution hitting the floor Thursday are committing a sin akin to Jane Fonda heading to Vietnam. In an email to chiefs of staff sent Thursday morning, Pete Meachum, McCarthy's director of member services, forwarded a link to a Weekly Standard post praising the continuing resolution. Those who are using opposition to the resolution to better position themselves are hurting the fight, he implied. "For the handwringers out there, buck up," Meachum wrote. "For those seeking other office please campaign at home,...
  • Some in GOP grow tired of right wing

    03/17/2011 3:55:44 AM PDT · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/16/11 4:33 AM EDT | MARIN COGAN & JAKE SHERMAN
    Some veteran Republican House members are pushing back against conservative deficit hawks who are pushing for endlessly deep spending cuts, saying the right wing of the party is creating unnecessary divisions for the GOP majority. While the 54 Republicans who voted against the most recent stopgap spending bill didn’t derail the legislation, some GOP lawmakers are becoming increasingly wary of a faction that rejects substantial spending cuts because they want deeper ones or the inclusion of divisive social policy riders. Many of the critics are close to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who struggles more each day to keep his majority...
  • Va. Tea Party activists 'disappointed' with Cantor on spending

    03/14/2011 1:25:21 PM PDT · by Qbert · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/14/2011 | Jordan Fabian
    Virginia Tea Party activists this weekend turned up the pressure on House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) over the speed at which the GOP-led Congress is looking to cut spending.  Leaders of the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation issued a tough statement on Sunday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, calling on Cantor to make deeper cuts to the budget at a faster pace. "We are extremely disappointed in Eric Cantor, but not surprised," Mark K. Lloyd, the group's chairman, said in a release. "The will of the American people was pretty clear in November — cut, cut, cut spending. Apparently,...
  • Eric Cantor’s Failure of Leadership

    02/22/2011 12:39:26 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Redstate ^ | February 22, 2011 | Erick Erickson
    On Friday, 92 Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, joined all of the Democrats to defeat an amendment offered up by Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn to ensure the GOP lived up to its “$100 billion in cuts” pledge. This was a failure of leadership, particularly by Eric Cantor. Blackburn’s amendment, by its own description, would have “reduce[d] spending by 5.5% in 8 non-securiy spending subsections of the bill and reduce[d] Legislative Branch appropriations by 11%.” In other words, just as Republicans pledged to bring spending down to 2008 levels, Congresswoman Blackburn’s amendment would have...
  • House Majority WHIP says YES to sitting with the democrats at SOTUA [I SAY HELL NO]

    01/14/2011 12:08:34 PM PST · by stockpirate · 101 replies
    VANITY ^ | 1/14/2011 | Stockpirate vanity
    As heard on 630 WMAL Washington DC during RUSH's profit break. Majority Whip says he thinks it is a GREAT idea for everyone to sit together.
  • GOP Young Gun: 'Reagan Revolution' is over

    12/10/2010 8:55:42 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 111 replies
    GOP Young Gun: 'Reagan Revolution' is over By Michael O'Brien - 12/10/10 10:47 AM ET The "Reagan Revolution" that spurred a GOP renaissance in Washington is dead, one of the party's new faces said Friday. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee and one of the Republican "Young Guns," said that the movement sparked by President Reagan's election in 1980 fizzled out with Democrats' wins in the congressional elections of 2006. "The Reagan Revolution ended in 2006 when Pelosi took the gavel — definitely in 2008," Ryan said in a video interview with The Wall...
  • Safe Republican Candidates Earn Cred Giving To GOP Contenders

    10/30/2010 9:25:13 PM PDT · by JSDude1
    CQ Politics/Roll Call ^ | Oct. 30, 2010 – 12:54 p.m. | Tricia Miller
    Call it being a team player. If you’re a Republican House candidate flush with cash and poised to win, you can score points with leadership if you donate to competitive races. That cred could lead to good committee assignments down the line. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) followed that model in 2006 and ended up with a prime spot in leadership. Now he’s advising candidates from South Carolina to Missouri to do the same, even suggesting which contenders are most in need of funds for new ads. In a great year for their party, some House Republican challengers are doing more...
  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy: Why Change is Happening This November

    10/27/2010 10:52:36 AM PDT · by seanhackbarth · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10/26/2010 | Rep. Kevin McCarthy
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy explains why the country is changing. Republican candidates are running for office because of the love of their country.
  • Conservatives denounce GOP 'Pledge' as sellout, inside job

    09/26/2010 9:19:11 AM PDT · by GOPavenger33 · 244 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/25/10 | Jon Ward
    House Republicans have been relatively successful this week at presenting a united front around their “Pledge to America,” but only through a strategic outreach campaign to lawmakers, media and outside groups, that has managed to keep deep dissatisfaction over several key issues largely under wraps. Still, interviews with Republican aides reveal that many in the GOP caucus are unhappy that there was no earmark ban and no promise to pass a balanced budget amendment in the proposal, which was unveiled Thursday by House Minority Leader John Boehner. The inclusion of a health insurance provision considered to be mandate angered many...
  • Randy Demmer Advances to Top Level of Young Guns Program (Minnesota GOP PING!)

    09/17/2010 10:36:18 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 3 replies
    The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced today that Randy Demmer (MN-01) has reached 'Young Gun' status, the premiere level of its three-tiered Young Guns program. Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program is a member-driven organization dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. “I am honored to receive this recognition as an acknowledgement of the support that we have received from voters across Southern Minnesota,” Demmer said. “Throughout my campaign I have heard nothing but frustration with Tim Walz. His active support for...
  • The Contract of 2010 (Cantor, Ryan, and McCarthy preview the sequel to the Contract with America)

    09/16/2010 6:39:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/16/2010 | Rich Lowrey
    Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy, dropped by NR’s offices yesterday for a spirited, very enjoyable discussion. They were here to promote their new book, Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders. We’ll have more from the conversation in a while, but wanted to highlight what McCarthy said about the “America Speaking Out” effort, which he leads and is creating the Contract-like document Republicans will unveil in a couple of weeks. It’s clearly going to be an incrementalist document focusing on opposition to basic Obama administration initiatives, on measures aimed at small business, on rolling back discretionary spending,...
  • 'Bodysnatchers' star Kevin McCarthy dies age 96

    09/13/2010 2:04:42 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13th September 2010 | BBC News
    'US actor Kevin McCarthy, best-known for his role in the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, has died aged 96. The veteran character actor died of pneumonia at Cape Cod Hospital in Massachusetts, the Washington Post reported. McCarthy appeared in more than 50 films and received an Oscar nomination for his role in 1951's Death of a Salesman. But he is best remembered as the doctor trying to save his friends from alien "pod people" in the sci-fi classic.'
  • Body Snatchers Star Kevin McCarthy Dies at 96

    09/13/2010 10:19:43 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies
    seattlepi ^ | September 13, 2010
    Golden Globe-winning actor Kevin McCarthy, who played the doctor trying to save his neighbors in the sci-fi film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, has died. He was 96. McCarthy died Saturday, a Cape Cod Hospital spokesman told The Associated Press. The cause of death or any other details were not released. McCarthy's career began on the stage. His 1938 Broadway debut in Abe Lincoln in Illinois earned him membership in the Actors Studio. McCarthy was chosen to play Willy Loman's son, Biff, in the London production of Death of a Salesman, a role which McCarthy also played in the 1951...
  • Prolific actor Kevin McCarthy, best known for 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' dies at 96

    09/12/2010 12:38:36 PM PDT · by Borges · 72 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 09/12/10 | Dennis McLellan
    Kevin McCarthy, the veteran stage and screen actor best known for his starring role as the panicked doctor who tried to warn the world about the alien "pod people" who were taking over in the 1956 science-fiction suspense classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," died Saturday. He was 96. McCarthy died of natural causes at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass., said his daughter Lillah. During a career that spanned more than 70 years, beginning on stage in New York in the late 1930s, McCarthy played Biff Loman opposite Paul Muni's Willy in the 1949 London production of "Death of...