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  • Not so fast: Defeated anti-Trump delegates vow trouble during the convention

    07/15/2016 9:01:00 PM PDT · by Innovative · 209 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 15, 2016 | Ed O'Keefe
    The Never Trump agitators have been defeated, but they say theyre not going away. Republicans who failed to change party rules here this week and stop Donald Trump from winning the partys presidential nomination are threatening to cause chaos on the floor of the national convention next week. Bruised by the way party leaders handled debate on a series of proposed rule changes, leaders of anti-Trump groups vowed Friday to find ways to draw at least some political blood when the party meeting begins Monday. The options are limited, and attempts to cause trouble at political conventions are usually quickly...
  • Mike Lee predicts backlash after RNC smothers delegate rebellion

    07/15/2016 9:06:12 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 107 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 15, 2016 | Jon Ward
    Lee denounced the result in the room in front of the 112 committee members and a large contingent of reporters, and then spoke exclusively with Yahoo News for 15 minutes afterward in a room down the hall. In the committee meeting, Lee did not concede that Trump who is now all but certain to be named the GOPs nominee next Wednesday night will in fact be the partys choice. I hope whoever the nominee is going to be this time will in fact win over the delegates, Lee said. But rules like this are not going to help...
  • "Conscience Amendment" rule fails

    07/14/2016 7:08:04 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 166 replies
    RNC Rules Committee
    The amendment to unbind delegates and allow them to vote "their conscience" has been soundly defeated in the RNC Rules Committee
  • Anti-Trump forces move to defy RNC, free delegates to vote their conscience

    07/13/2016 6:25:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 13, 2016 | Seth McLaughlin & Ralph Z. Hallow
    CLEVELAND It is nearing time for the dump-Trump forces to put up or shut up, as they prepare for a final showdown this week on trying to free delegates to the Republican Convention to vote against presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. Party leaders, and a growing number of rank-and-file delegates, say the renegades effort is going nowhere: Mr. Trump has solidified his support, struck the right balance with the partys platform and is in little danger of being ousted. Now is the time to stand united as Republicans, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told delegates Wednesday as he kicked off...
  • Stop Trump Effort Short But in Striking Distance Ahead of Committee Meeting

    07/13/2016 3:29:39 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 54 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 13, 2016 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Anti-Donald Trump forces are within striking distance of getting a vote on a measure aimed at challenging his nomination at the GOP convention next week. An NBC News whip count of convention Rules Committee delegates finds that the Free the Delegates movement -- a grassroots group of delegates pushing a rules change to allow bound delegates to vote their "conscience" -- can count on at least 16 delegates open to the change based on delegates' public statements, backgrounds and social media profiles. That's more than halfway to the 28 votes Trump detractors would need to produce a minority report on...
  • GOP Senator Jeff Flake: Suck it Up and pass TPP

    07/02/2016 4:45:06 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 82 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 2 Jul 2016 | Julia Hahn
    In a remarkable interview with Business Insider, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake argued that Congress should pass President Obamas Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement despite the American peoples overwhelming objection to it. BI writes: Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake told Business Insider during a Wednesday interview that Congress is going to have to suck up and ratify the agreement because it simply must be done, even in the face of hostile opposition to trade along the campaign trail I do still think there are enough people that realize weve got to do it, the Arizona Republican said. Some of those things you just...
  • Lee on lack of Trump endorsement: 'He accused my best friend's father of conspiring to kill JFK'

    06/30/2016 11:42:52 AM PDT · by freedomcrusader · 137 replies
    CNN ^ | 2016-06-30 | David Wright
    Sen. Mike Lee on Wednesday cited Donald Trump's use of a baseless tabloid report that Ted Cruz's father helped conspire to kill President John F. Kennedy as a reason he has yet to endorse the presumptive Republican nominee in a heated exchange.
  • Two transgender candidates win in Democratic primaries

    06/29/2016 3:33:19 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 33 replies
    The New York Posts ^ | 6/29/2016 | David K. Li
    Two transgender women both named Misty won Democratic nominations for Congress on Tuesday, becoming the first transgender politicians to ever win major-party nominations. Utah grocery store cashier Misty Snow will take on incumbent Sen. Mike Lee in November, while IT consultant Misty Plowright is set to challenge US Rep. Doug Lamborn in Colorados 5th Congressional District. Snow, a liberal Bernie Sanders supporter, defeated marriage therapist Jonathan Swinton, a moderate Democrat who campaigned for limitations on abortion rights.
  • Transgender women running for House, Senate seats

    06/29/2016 9:32:52 AM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | KELLY COHEN
    The U.S. may soon see its first transgender senator and member of Congress, as two transgender women are running for Congress as Democrats. In Utah, Misty Snow, a 30-year-old Salt Lake City native, will run against incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee after defeating Jonathan Swinton in the Democratic primary by nearly 19 percent. "While I'm not running on the basis of being a trans woman, my experiences as a trans woman have given me the empathy to understand the struggles of groups that feel that the American Dream is out of reach. I'm running to give a voice to...
  • SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK LEE AMENDMENT, PRESERVE AFFH (Obama's Plan to Ghettoize Your Neighborhood)

    05/20/2016 9:28:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 141 replies
    PowerLine ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Lee Amendment to defund President Obamas Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation failed in the Senate yesterday because not enough Republicans backed it. The Amendment was tabled by a vote of 60-37. Jeremy Carl aptly describes this vote as a defeat for conservatism, community control, and common sense. It is a victory, as Carl says, for turning the federal government into a National Zoning board, forcing high density housing on unwilling cities and towns, and letting bureaucrats decide the racial, ethnic and income balance of local communities.
  • Poll: Trump Tops Clinton and Sanders in Utah [Trump 43%Clinton 30%]

    05/16/2016 5:33:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 35 replies
    utahpolicy.com ^ | 16 May 2016. | Bryan Schott
    Utahns aren't feeling the Bern so much anymore as it looks like they're starting to line up behind the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. One month after a poll showing Bernie Sanders would beat Donald Trump head-to-head in Utah, Trump has opened a lead over Sanders. He also leads Hillary Clinton after that same poll showed him tied with the likely Democratic nominee. Trump leads Sanders 43-37%, which is a significant reversal from April when Sanders led Trump 49-34%. 20% are undecided between the two. In April, Trump was tied with Hillary Clinton at 38% apiece. Now, Trump leads Clinton...
  • Mike Lee: Trump 'scares me to death'

    05/12/2016 6:08:44 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 337 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/11/16 | Rebecca Savransky
    Mike Lee(R-Utah) said Wednesday that he is not ready to endorse presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump "I have not supported Donald Trump up to this point, I have not endorsed him," Lee said, according to The Washington Examiner. "I have some concerns with him. He scares me to death; so does Hillary Clinton . There is no easy choice right now." Lee had previously endorsed Ted Cruz , before the Texas senator ended his presidential bid earlier this month. At the time, he said Cruz had a "proven record of fighting for our conservative values and for the issues that...
  • Utah prosecutor wants grand jury probe of Harry Reid, Mike Lee, feds, others

    05/10/2016 4:11:28 PM PDT · by DaxtonBrown · 44 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 10, 2016 | JENNIFER DOBNER and Tom Harvey
    It reads like a cast of characters for a detective film noir: powerful politicians, shady businessmen, high-ranking law officers and an idealistic, persistent prosecutor. The plot includes allegations of corruption, cover-ups and the naked exercise of power. Let's title this movie "Rogue Runner" only this story is not fiction. It's the code name Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings has given the sprawling probe he has spun off from the investigation that ensnared former Utah Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow. And now, in a dramatic twist, Rawlings wants a state grand jury this summer to hear the evidence...
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Cruz wins on second ballot

    04/07/2016 3:09:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 183 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | April 7, 2016 | Jessie Hellmann
    Utah Sen. Mike Lee said he believes Ted Cruz would be the GOP presidential nominee if the convention is contested. "On successive ballots, I think victory is more likely to go to Ted Cruz," Lee, who is a backer of the Texas senator, said during a radio interview Wednesday. "We have to remember that most Republicans around the country have voted for someone other than Donald Trump." A convention would become contested if no candidate gets 1,237 delegates beforehand. On the first ballot, delegates are typically bound to the candidates their state picked in the primaries or caucuses. On subsequent...
  • Exclusive: Marco Rubio rejected 'unity ticket' with Ted Cruz

    03/21/2016 5:50:00 PM PDT · by 20yearsofinternet · 132 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/21/2016 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Ted Cruzs campaign has been exploring the possibility of forming a unity ticket with ex-rival Marco Rubio going so far as to conduct polling looking into how the two would perform in upcoming primary states. The motivation, hashed out in conversations among Cruzs top aides and donors: to find a way to halt Donald Trumps march to the Republican nomination. Its unclear whether Cruzs campaign brass views a partnership with Rubio as realistic or quixotic. In Rubios orbit, according to three sources, its seen as an outright nonstarter with Rubio telling his team that he isnt interested. Yet...
  • Poll: Utah would vote for a Democrat for president over Trump

    03/20/2016 1:04:47 PM PDT · by jurtal · 17 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 3/20/16 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY If Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party's nominee, Utahns would vote for a Democrat for president in November for the first time in more than 50 years, according to a new Deseret News/KSL poll. ... While Clinton was only slightly ahead of Trump 38 percent to 36 percent Sanders, a self-declared Democratic socialist, holds a substantial lead 48 percent to 37 percent over the billionaire businessman and reality TV star among likely Utah voters. Read More
  • Poll: Utah would vote for a Democrat for president over Trump

    03/20/2016 12:24:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 158 replies
    Deseret News ^ | March 20, 2016 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY If Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party's nominee, Utahns would vote for a Democrat for president in November for the first time in more than 50 years, according to a new Deseret News/KSL poll. "I believe Donald Trump could lose Utah. If you lose Utah as a Republican, there is no hope," said former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, a top campaign adviser to the GOP's 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney. he poll found that may well be true. Utah voters said they would reject Trump, the GOP frontrunner, whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont...
  • Cruz Flies to Romney's Defense in Spat With Trump Over Mormonism

    03/20/2016 4:44:12 AM PDT · by kevcol · 395 replies
    Newsmax ^ | March 19, 2016
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, campaigning in Utah, called Donald Trump's attacks on Mitt Romney Mormon affiliation "sad" and "disgraceful.'' "It was sad yesterday to see Donald Trump stand up in Utah and call into question Mitt Romney's faith," the Texas senator told reporters on Saturday after a rally in Draper ahead of the state's Republican nominating contest on March 22.
  • First on CNN: Ted Cruz summons top fundraisers to Vegas

    03/19/2016 2:33:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/18/16 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz is summoning his top fundraisers to an exclusive retreat in Las Vegas next month. The Texas senator's aides on Friday called their top bundlers to gather between April 8 and 10, according to an invitation obtained by CNN. The candidate and his wife, Heidi, will be on hand. The retreat for national finance committee members comes at a time when Cruz's fundraising team is taking on more moneymen in order to wage a long, expensive national campaign, in order to prevent Republican front-runner Donald Trump from locking up the delegates needed to win the nomination. Current fundraisers must...
  • Left-wing activists 'throw ROCKS at Trump supporters' as tensions boil over in Utah

    03/19/2016 2:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The London Express ^ | March 19, 2016 | Tom Parfitt
    Hundreds of activists chanted "Dump Trump" and "Mr Hate out of our state" as riot police blocked the entrance to the rally in Salt Lake City last night. Others waved banners reading "Trump is Hitler" and "Trump makes America hate again" before tearing down a security tent, according to media reports. And some eyewitness claimed rocks were thrown at Trump supporters leaving the venue, the Infinity Event Centre, at around 9pm local time....
  • Glenn Beck Channels Mormon Prophecy in Utah for Cruz: Body of the Priesthood-'Constitution Hangs

    03/19/2016 7:26:34 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 282 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Mar 2016 | Rebecca Mansour
    I want to speak to you about something that may be controversial. And its not something that I have said when I have been out for Ted [Cruz] and now Mike [Lee]. But its something that this crowd needs to hear that Utah needs to hear. The body of the priesthood is known to stand up when the Constitution hangs by a thread, Beck said. ... I joined many times. What held me through was the prophesy that the Constitution will hang by a thread, and this People would remember what our Founders did. It is our responsibility to...
  • LIVE STREAM [NOW!]: Mike Lee rally with Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck (starts 2:30 pm CST)

    03/19/2016 11:16:08 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 98 replies
  • Obama Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland has very liberal view of gun rights

    03/16/2016 9:03:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/16/2016 | Dave Boyer
    The conservative Judicial Crisis Network, which plans to spend at least $2 million on an advertising campaign to oppose Judge Merrick Garlands nomination, says the nominee has a very liberal view of gun rights. JCN chief counsel Carrie Severino said in a blog post that Judge Merricks record on the bench since 1997 leads to the conclusion that he would vote to reverse one of Justice Scalias most important opinions, D.C. vs. Heller, which affirmed that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms. In 2007, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit ruled against the...
  • Mike Lee Confirms Again: Judiciary Committee Will Not Hold Hearings For Obama's SCOTUS Nominee

    03/16/2016 8:33:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    resident Obama has nominated Federal Appeals Judge Merrick Garland to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia. Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is reconfirming the Committee's decision to deny any nominee confirmation hearings. The president has full and complete power to nominate individuals to the Supreme Court, as he will reportedly do later today, Lee said in a statement. But the Constitution also gives the Senate the full and complete power to reject or confirm the nominee, Lee continued. Its as simple as that. In light of the contentious presidential election already well underway, my...
  • 49 Senators OK Common Core Advocate as Education Secretary

    03/15/2016 6:54:04 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 44 replies
    dailysignal ^ | March 14, 2016 | Leah Jessen
    The Senate voted 49-40 Monday evening to confirm John B. King Jr., President Barack Obamas nominee, as secretary of education. A total of 11 senators did not vote on Kings confirmation, while those who voted against him cited his loyalty to the system and support for Common Core education standards. King, 41, has been the acting secretary of the Department of Education since January, after Arne Duncan stepped down from the Cabinet post at the end of last year. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, spoke in support of King on the Senate floor....
  • Is Senator Ted Cruz an outsider or establishment presidential candidate?

    03/13/2016 6:41:33 AM PDT · by OddLane · 133 replies
    Undercover Porcupine ^ | 3/13/16 | Chris Dixon
    Reading the headline might leave some in disbelief for different reasons. Is Senator Ted Cruz an outsider? Hes a first term United States Senator who has alienated everyone and has yet to secure a single Senate endorsement. Businessman Donald Trump even has more Senate endorsements than him. How much clearer of an outsider definition can that get? Valid, to a degree, but theres more to the story at this point. Senator Cruzs background in politics extends a lot further back than his rookie Senate career. To be clearer, it extends back more than a decade and a half, when he...
  • Mike Lee Endorses Ted Cruz

    03/10/2016 4:12:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | March 10, 2016 | McKay Coppins and Rosie Gray
    MIAMI -- Utah Sen. Mike Lee endorsed Ted Cruz for president on Thursday afternoon. "It's time, my fellow Americans, to expect more. It's time to expect freedom," Lee said at the University of Miami. "It's time to elect Ted Cruz as the next president of the United States." Two sources told BuzzFeed News earlier on Thursday of Lee's plans to endorse Cruz. The Lee endorsement comes on the heels of Carly Fiorina's unexpected endorsement of Cruz on Wednesday. Both of these endorsements were rolled out in Miami, the home turf of Cruz's rival Marco Rubio, whose campaign is struggling ahead...
  • Cruz to land first Senate endorsement: Mike Lee

    03/10/2016 11:37:22 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 178 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/10/16 | Katie Glueck and Burgess Everett
    Utah Sen. Mike Lee plans to endorse Ted Cruz Thursday, making him the first U.S. senator to back the Texas senator's presidential bid, sources told POLITICO. In a blow to Marco Rubio, whose campaign is on life support as he seeks to avoid a knock-out blow in his home state Tuesday, Lee is expected to make the announcement in Rubios hometown of Miami ahead of Thursday nights GOP debate.-snip-Lee is close with both senators, and he had resisted jumping into the race and potentially alienating one of them. He sat down with Rand Paul, Rubio and Cruz as the presidential...
  • Ted Cruz Floats ‘Robe’ for Mike Lee

    02/20/2016 7:22:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 2/18/16 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Mike Lee hasn't endorsed in the presidential contest, but he appeared Thursday in South Carolina with both of his Senate Republican colleagues seeking the White House - Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. And Cruz, who hasn't tipped his hand about whom he’d like to see on the Supreme Court, said at an event at a barbecue joint in Easley that, "I think Mike would look pretty good in a robe." While appointing someone like Lee to the Supreme Court would be unusual in recent history, he has the kind of track record that Cruz has long talked about. Lee’s...
  • Cruz - and Rubio - back Mike Lee's bill to make sure Congress,

    02/11/2016 7:29:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 11, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    This is a no-brainer for Cruz, who came out hard against drafting women last week, but it’s interesting coming from Rubio after he declared himself in favor at the last debate. You can read his motives here as charitably or uncharitably as you like. Charitably: He’s striking a blow for legislative power at the executive’s and judiciary’s expense, a welcome corrective in an age of growing presidential power and judicial social engineering. Uncharitably: He realized belatedly that “let’s draft your daughters” isn’t a sentiment that’ll play well in a Republican primary, especially among the social conservatives he’s trying to win,...
  • Reformer Sen. Cruz and Brutal Mr. Hyde

    01/31/2016 8:01:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had the voice of a liberal and a libertarian when he wrote a piece for the Brennan Center for Justice in April that ripped the federal criminal justice system on three fronts -- "overcriminalization, harsh mandatory minimum sentences, and the demise of jury trials." "Draconian mandatory minimum sentences," he wrote, can produce sentences that far outweigh the crime, especially for "nonviolent drug offenders." The Ted Cruz who wrote that piece -- and co-sponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 with Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill. -- may not be familiar to those following...
  • ICYMI: Has Marco Rubio Lost Conservatives By Falsely Attacking Cruz?

    12/18/2015 8:29:49 PM PST · by Isara · 55 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 12/18/15
    Influential Conservatives Rallying to Defend CruzHOUSTON, Texas - Today, the New York Times reported that Senator Marco Rubio's false attacks on Ted Cruz's immigration record are beginning to backfire as "influential conservatives are now rallying to Mr. Cruz's side and denouncing Mr. Rubio."New York Times Highlights Conservative Ire Over Rubio Attacks "Senator Marco Rubio made a big bet on an immigration overhaul that failed - and he has been running away from it since. Now his past is catching up with him, stoking old grievances from conservative rivals who are reopening one of the most vulnerable episodes in his past."The...
  • Mike Lee: Suggestion Ted Cruz Supported ‘Gang of Eight’ Amnesty ‘100 Percent False’

    12/17/2015 5:11:37 PM PST · by VinL · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/17/15 | Jeff Poor
    [On Hannity] Sen. Mike Lee dismissed the suggestion that his GOP colleague Ted Cruz, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, was a proponent of the so-called “Gang of Eight” bill during the legislative process in 2013. Lee, who was on the Judiciary Committee with Cruz at the time the legislation was being debated in that committee, argued Cruz's efforts to introduce amendments was in no way a gesture that he supported the bill. He went on to add that that accusation, which would have meant that he and Marco Rubi... had similar positions on immigration reform at that...
  • Statement by U.S. Senator Mike Lee on Omnibus Bill's Legal Protection of Social Media Companies

    12/17/2015 11:07:11 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    Senator Mike Lee's Facebook Page ^ | 12-17-2015 | Senator Mike Lee
    If you use Facebook- and that's everyone who sees this post - then your relationship with Facebook will be redefined by the government if the ‪Omnibus‬ spending bill before the Senate is passed into law. Tomorrow we are scheduled to vote on a 2,000 page spending bill to fund the government through the end of next year. It was crafted in a back-room deal with almost no input from most members of Congress. Because of the "must-pass" nature of the bill, those in the room air-dropped controversial cybersecurity legislation into the bill, hoping no one would object. If this bill...
  • 'That Is Not What You Said At the Time': Bret Baier Confronts Cruz on Previous Immigration Remarks

    12/17/2015 1:00:42 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 64 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | Dec. 16, 2015
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was confronted by a Fox News Channel host Wednesday over previous comments he had previously made in favor of legalizing individuals who are in the U.S. illegally. The line of questioning was prompted by an exchange over immigration Cruz had with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) at Tuesday night's GOP debate. 'Special Report' host Bret Baier played a 2013 clip of Cruz introducing an amendment that would have stripped out a proposal for a pathway to citizenship from the gang of eight’s so-called 'amnesty' bill. Cruz boasted at the time his amendment would have allowed illegal immigrants...
  • Fox News anchor confronts Cruz with 2013 remarks on immigration reform

    12/16/2015 8:03:23 PM PST · by 867V309 · 282 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 16, 2015 | Elliot Smilowitz
    “The problem, though, is that at the time you were telling people … this was not a poison pill,” Baier said in response. “You said you wanted it to pass at the time. Looking back at what you said then, and what you said now, which one should people believe?”
  • On Immigration, Cruz Aims for Middle Ground

    12/16/2015 6:51:58 PM PST · by fg566asd · 57 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | Sept. 13, 2013 | Julián Aguilar and Jay Root
    On Immigration, Cruz Aims for Middle Ground When it comes to immigration reform, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has made it abundantly clear what he opposes: giving citizenship to people who broke the law to come here. What has not been as evident is what he supports: legal status for millions of people here already, while making it easier for immigrants to come here through the front door. “I have said many times that I want to see common-sense immigration reform pass,” he said. “I think most Americans want to see the problem fixed.” But for Cruz, a Tea Party favorite...
  • Republican Immigration Critic Gets Slapped Down(By Cruz & Lee as lobbyists buzz)[2013]

    12/17/2015 12:26:02 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2013 | Fawn Johnson
    The most potent illustration that Republicans have shifted their attitudes on immigration came Tuesday morning when all GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to severely limit the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country. The committee’s overwhelming ‘No’ vote shows that the battle for Republicans’ souls on immigration has shifted away from groups that want to reduce the influx of foreigners, like the Heritage Foundation, NumbersUSA, and Fairness for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), toward free-market groups that applaud increased immigration, such as Americans for Tax Reform and the CATO Institute....
  • Mike Lee Slams Rubio For USA Freedom Act Comments At Debate: “He’s Dead Wrong”

    12/16/2015 4:54:15 PM PST · by Isara · 18 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | Dec. 16, 2015 | Andrew Kaczynski
    "The USA Freedom Act has not made us less safe at all." Republican Sen. Mike Lee on Wednesday slammed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for attacking Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over the USA Freedom Act at Tuesday night's GOP debate. Lee, who along with Cruz sponsored the bill that halted the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone metadata, said Rubio was wrong to say the bill made America less safe. "Look, Marco Rubio has been attacking Ted Cruz on the USA Freedom Act, for his vote in favor of the USA Freedom Act, and he's been doing so by suggesting...
  • Cruz Strikes Back on Rubio’s Patriot Act Attacks

    12/10/2015 1:33:44 PM PST · by FourPeas · 20 replies
    RollCall ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Facing accusations from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida that he's supported weakening surveillance powers, presidential rival and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas hit back against his rival on Thursday. The two Republican presidential candidates have been at each other over their differing views on reauthorization of provisions of the Patriot Act. The provisions in question involve the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency. Rubio is in a contingent led by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that is blasting people who supported ending the bulk collection, claiming the practice is key to fighting terrorist threats. But Cruz, who...
  • Senate rejects Paul's crackdown on refugees

    12/05/2015 7:31:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-3-2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Thursday rejected a push by Sen. Rand Paul to tie a battle over accepting refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks to an ObamaCare repeal bill. Senators voted 10-89 on the amendment from the Kentucky Republican, who is running for president. Sixty votes were needed for the amendment to be adopted. Republicans Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), David Vitter (La.) and Paul supported the amendment. Paul's amendment would place a "pause" on issuing visas to more...
  • Utah Republican May Back Senate Bill to Undo Much of Obamacare

    12/01/2015 6:25:03 PM PST · by FourPeas · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1 December 2015 | Jim Rowley, Kathleen Miller
    A Republican U.S. senator who said earlier he opposed his party's House bill to repeal Obamacare's core provisions is now "strongly leaning" toward supporting the Senate version of the measure. Such a decision by Senator Mike Lee of Utah would increase the chances that the Republican-controlled Congress can send a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act to President Barack Obama for the first time. The president has said he would veto legislation that would destroy much of his signature domestic achievement, and Democrats in Congress would be able to block an override. Lee in October joined two other Senate...
  • Budget Bill Gouges Social Security

    10/30/2015 2:59:40 PM PDT · by UncleRicosFootball · 43 replies
    Mike Lee Facebook Feed ^ | 10/30/2015 | Mike Lee Facebook Feed
    From Mike Lee's Facebook: This is how it happens. Last night while you were sleeping the Senate voted to steal $150 billion dollars from the Social Security Trust Fund. I joined 34 of my colleagues in a vote to prevent this raid. I would like to thank Senator Rand Paul for leading the fight to protect to Social Security from the thieves in Washington, who seem to think that if they steal from the American people at night while they are sleeping that they will get away with it. I was proud to vote with Senator Paul on his point...
  • Ted Cruz: School Choice is Todays Civil Rights Issue

    10/26/2015 8:17:15 PM PDT · by Isara · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Tr Goins-Phillips | Tr Goins-Phillips
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pushed back against accusations that he and Sen. Mike Lee (R- Utah) have pushed for homeschool to be reclassified as private school The Glenn Beck Program Monday evening. Im not remotely pushing for homeschool to be reclassified in any way, shape or form, the Texas lawmaker said. I am a passionate supporter of homeschooling. In fact, many of the people who helped elect me to the Senate and who are among our most passionate supporters in the presidential race are homeschoolers. Cruz went on to say he is a passionate supporter of school choice, an issue...
  • Lee, Cruz, And Rubio Issue Joint Statement on House Reconciliation Bill (Repeal ObamaCare)

    10/22/2015 2:15:48 PM PDT · by Isara · 10 replies
    Lee.Senate.gov ^ | Oct 22 2015
    WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement Thursday in anticipation of Friday’s House vote on H.R. 3762:“On Friday the House of Representatives is set to vote on a reconciliation bill that repeals only parts of Obamacare. This simply isn’t good enough. Each of us campaigned on a promise to fully repeal Obamacare and a reconciliation bill is the best way to send such legislation to President Obama’s desk. If this bill cannot be amended so that it fully repeals Obamacare pursuant to Senate rules, we cannot support this bill. With...
  • Sanctuary cities divide GOP (Jeff Flake, Mike Lee, Dean Heller attempting to derail bill)

    10/11/2015 10:58:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/15 | Jordain Carney
    A battle over sanctuary cities is dividing Senate Republicans. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has teed up legislation that would crack down on cities that don't comply with federal immigration law. But its unclear whether the bill can get through the Senate and not just because of opposition from Democrats. In addition to limiting federal money for sanctuary cities, Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) bill would increase the amount of prison time an undocumented immigrant could serve if they re-enter the United States after having previously been deported. Conservatives like his plan, but it has drawn opposition from Sens. Jeff...
  • Wanted: a Tea Party Speaker

    10/10/2015 2:14:19 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10 October 2014 | Ross Douthat
    IN an earlier, cozier Washington, D.C., John Boehner could have been the kind of House speaker whose memory is held dear by high-minded chin strokers on Sunday morning television programs: An icon of sadly bygone bipartisanship, a cutter of the grandest bargains, a man who, by God, made legislation move. In this Washington, D.C., alas for him, Boehner was a humble bomb defuser, and the only grand bargains he cut were between his more intransigent backbenchers and the demands of political and constitutional reality. And now D.C. looks at his record, his resignation and his possible successors and asks: Can...
  • Ted Cruz Versus The Establishment, Again

    10/01/2015 7:23:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 1, 2015 | Emily O'Neill, co-founder Envallo
    This week, Politico released on article suggesting that Ted Cruz has lost the trust of his peers, save for libertarian-leaning Mike Lee, who chimed in to his defense. The comments on the article, mostly from liberals who will never agree with a conservative philosophy anyway, resorted to ad hominin attacks. Criticism from the left is to be expected; however, the concerning part of this story is that conservatives and libertarians are voicing their opposition to Cruz fighting the status quo. The irony? Both camps claim to share the belief that Washington is dysfunctional, and many public opinion polls show that...
  • Sen. Mike Lee Says Exactly What Americans Needs To Hear On Planned Parenthood

    09/10/2015 7:12:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Lee delivered a speech on the Senate Floor urging that the silence on Planned Parenthoods organ-trafficking scheme be broken. After the Center for Medical Progress released undercover video footage revealing that Planned Parenthood has been harvesting organs from aborted babies to sell, the media and government has stayed largely silent, Lee said. The silence has kept Planned Parenthood safe from an investigation and kept Americans in the dark on what the abortion industry is really doing, he said. (video at link) Lees full remarks are as follows: Last month, before the August recess, the Senate took...
  • Cruz's second shutdown play rankles fellow Republicans

    09/10/2015 9:24:42 AM PDT · by VinL · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/10/15 | Burgess Everitt
    Ted Cruz says his hard-line strategy to defund Planned Parenthood and risk a government shutdown is about doing the right thing and following through on Republicans' vows to conservative voters. But many of his Republican colleagues say its really all about Cruz. Even some of his closest allies from past battles fellow tried and true tea party Republicans like Sen. Mike Lee of Utah arent exactly jumping to join Cruzs latest crusade. Same goes for Cruzs onetime allies-turned-presidential rivals, Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky. As the Texas Republican prepares for a potentially decisive month...