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  • USA Freedom Act for NSA reform is voted down in the Senate

    11/18/2014 6:18:56 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | 11/18/2014 | Adi Robertson & Nathan Ingraham
    The US Senate has just voted down the USA Freedom Act by a vote of 58-42, leaving it just two votes shy of the 60 it needed. The bill would have ended the controversial phone record metadata collection by the NSA, but the Senate was not in favor of rolling back any of the NSA's broad surveillance powers. While telephone companies would have still collected the data in question, the records would have stayed in the hands of the phone companies and a new type of court order would have been needed by the government to access these records. Additionally,...
  • Barbara Boxer Creates Phony Dirty Sky In Opposition to Keystone Pipeline

    11/18/2014 3:03:25 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 66 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 11/18/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    There’s a debate raging on the Senate Floor right now over the Keystone XL Pipeline, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D – CA) is lamenting how dirty the air is where the pipeline will end, Port Arthur, TX. Specifically, she is using a photo of a playground in the Texas city located near oil refineries showing dark plumes of smoke pouring into the sky and an entirely overcast sky. She claims the air will become even worse if the pipeline is approved. I’ve done graphic design for many years now and can tell when something is most likely Photoshopped. This is...
  • Why It Will Be Elizabeth Warren (Not Hillary Clinton) And A Castro For The Democrats In 2016

    11/17/2014 2:37:16 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 48 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 11/17/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    In just two years, Americans will be voting for our next president. Many, many potential Republican contenders are already positioning themselves to run. On the other hand, it appears that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee for the Democrats. If you really try to understand how the Democrat Party works, this won’t be the case. Democrats Don’t Like To Play Next In LineRepublicans for many election cycles have used this method in selecting their non-incumbent candidate, and it has always been someone who was a heavy weight and usually came in second in the previous primary or election. Nixon in...
  • Response to “You Americans have no idea just how good you have it with Obama”

    11/16/2014 7:09:35 PM PST · by scchapma1 · 16 replies
    Wordpress ^ | November 14, 2014 | Scott Chapman
    Response to “You Americans have no idea just how good you have it with Obama” This planet will not be the same in generations to follow the Obama administration. Let’s address some of the blatant falsehoods in the article, then address some of the glaring omissions from the record. First, the most egregious claim would be that the unemployment rate has decreased. I think the most important part of this is to lay out how the unemployment rate is calculated, and it will be clear why simply referring to that number (5.8%) and saying everything is okay is so misleading....
  • Mixed Bag for Abbott in Rio Grande Valley

    11/12/2014 1:10:11 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 17 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 11/12/14 | Jordan Long
    Greg Abbott made a very public play for Hispanic voters in his successful quest for the governor’s mansion. He frequently reminded people that his wife would be the first Latina First Lady of Texas, made economic opportunity and education reform important parts of his campaign message, and invested significant financial and volunteer resources in the heavily-Hispanic Rio Grande Valley. How did these efforts pay off?Statewide, the campaign did quite well. Abbott captured 44% of Hispanics who cast ballots, and actually outright won Hispanic men, 49%-48%. By almost any measure, this is a significant victory for a Republican candidate. What about...
  • What New Republican Majority Should Do [Why did American Thinker Refuse to Print this?]

    11/12/2014 5:20:59 AM PST · by Moseley · 22 replies
    Fairfax Free Citizen ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    1.Restore Obamacare cuts to Medicare. Democrats cut an estimated $716 billion from Medicare to finance the subsidies in Obamacare. Republicans should reverse these Medicare cuts and restore the Medicare Advantage program. When low-information voters believe liberal lies, Democrats win elections. Sadly, it doesn’t matter what is true, only what the voters believe. In the Delaware U.S. Senate race, freshman Democrat Chris Coons ran ads of voters praising Coons for stopping the tea party from cutting Medicare. That ad also praised Coons as someone who tells the truth. Of course the tea party never wanted to cut Medicare. President Obama and...
  • Texas Rep Capriglione Angers Tea Party Group After Expressing Support for Speaker Straus

    11/11/2014 7:14:31 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/11/14 | Merrill Hope
    DALLAS, Texas -- A Texas State Representative, Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake), shocked Tea Party activists in Fort Worth Monday night, November 10, when he declared he would be supporting the current Speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus, instead of the Tea Party favorite son, State Representative Scott Turner (R-Rockwall). The announcement came during the NE Tarrant Tea Party final meeting of 2014 as a pre-84th Texas legislative session panel discussion on the upcoming race for the Speakership in the Texas House. Many conservatives and Tea Party leaders across Texas are rallying around Turner. However, in front of over 200 Tarrant...
  • GOP’s gay outreach plan fails as both homosexual candidates for House are defeated

    11/10/2014 2:41:40 PM PST · by NYer · 65 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    After five days of ballot counting, it’s official – neither of the two openly homosexual Republican candidates for U.S. House won their races last Tuesday. They lost despite strong public backing from Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, and other high-profile GOP leaders, who aggressively promoted the two men as part of their “Young Guns” recruitment program after concluding in a post-2012 election report that the party’s position against same-sex “marriage” was hurting them with millennial voters. In Massachusetts, former state senator Richard Tisei was defeated by 14 percentage points by Democrat Seth Moulton, a former Marine and combat...
  • Pa. House GOP says new margin is largest since '58

    11/08/2014 7:10:45 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    AP, via WTAE.com ^ | November 5, 2014 | MARK SCOLFORO
    Pennsylvania Republicans said Wednesday their majority in the state House will be the largest in more than half a century after a sweeping Election Day victory. The party gained at least eight seats and a western Pennsylvania race in which the incumbent Democrat was holding a narrow lead was considered too close to call.
  • Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world

    11/07/2014 10:59:47 AM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-06-14 | DrJohn
    The GOP absolutely smashed democrats on Tuesday. Although some persist in denying it, it's a wave. Come with me and let's ride the wave. Surf's up, dude! The epiphaniesChris Matthews: Obama lives in his own world: MSNBC host Chris Matthews expressed dismay over President Obama’s post-election press conference on Wednesday, calling him entirely deaf to the millions of Americans who voted against his plan to grant executive amnesty for as many as 6 million illegal immigrants. “The people, if you look at the polling, their problem is illegal immigration,” he said. “He says, ‘I’m going to fix the problem.’ He...
  • GOP Leaders to Tea Party: The Infighting Stops Now

    11/06/2014 12:56:30 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 117 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11/06/2014 | Melanie Batley
    Just days after their historic midterm victories, the Republican congressional leadership is sending out signals to the caucus that infighting and gridlock will not be tolerated. According to Politico, incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested he will not go along with conservative calls to use the debt ceiling as leverage for spending cuts, an insistence by tea party members which triggered the government shutdown last year. "Emboldened by sweeping midterm election victories, Republican leaders are vowing not to repeat the errors of past years, when messy fiscal fights eroded public confidence in Washington and became the hallmark of the...
  • Texans Turn Deep Red For Abbott

    11/06/2014 7:56:05 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 24 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 11/06/2014 | Jordan Long
    Republicans won major victories nationally on Tuesday, reclaiming control of the United States Senate and picking up approximately a dozen seats in the House of Representatives. As well as the GOP did in the broader country, they absolutely ran wild in Texas. It has now been twenty years since a Democrat has won election to a statewide office. None of their candidates for any of those spots managed to crack 40% of the vote. Wendy Davis garnered a great deal of attention and money in her quest for the governor's mansion. Aided by the resource-rich organizers at Battleground Texas, she...
  • MSNBC: 'Old white people who vote Republican will die someday'

    11/05/2014 10:03:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/5/2014 | Rick Moran
    This may be the best comment about the election from a liberal heard all night. Washington Free Beacon: Liberal MSNBC contributor Jimmy Williams said the “old white people” in the South who vote Republican are “going to die someday” and hopefully usher in a new era of Democratic rule in the region. Host Krystal Ball, a former failed Democratic congressional candidate, asked Williams whether white Southerners should just be written off by the party, but Williams said never, saying that since they are “for people” and Republicans aren’t, they would eventually win the day. “Mitt Romney only won South Carolina with 53...
  • Historic Victory for Republicans as America says "NO!" to Liberalism

    11/05/2014 5:46:22 AM PST · by Arcy · 16 replies
    Last night, American's in large numbers poured into their local election houses and polling places to send a message that they have had enough! 6-years into an 8-year presidency the promises of prosperity continued, but as families have continued to suffer under these failed draconian policies of an amateur president and a clueless but arrogant liberal Senate, American's decided to send a [mandate] to stop the madness before it's too late! The road of liberalism has only resulted in economic and social disaster and America was tired of the lies. They said, "Enough! We cannot sustain the unsustainable. It's time...
  • SELF-Republicans Gain Majority Control of the U.S. Senate!

    11/04/2014 8:27:08 PM PST · by Gigantor · 16 replies
    ABC News | SELF
    Republican Ernst wins Iowa US Senate seat -- take majority control of US Senate
  • Capito becomes first female Senator, first Republican in 56 years for West Virginia

    11/04/2014 8:18:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    WBOY.COM ^ | Nov 04, 2014 | Mandi Cardosi
    U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will be the first female Senator representing the Mountain State, and first Republican in 56 years. Just minutes after the polls closed, the Associated Press called the race. Typically, two candidates running for a spot in the U.S. Senate to represent a state don't share so much in common. That was not necessarily the case in the race for retiring U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.'s, spot in Washington. Capito and opponent, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, ran campaigns on pro-coal, pro-guns and pro-jobs; just some of the platforms each candidate shared. However, West Virginians showed...
  • Juan Williams."This Is Not A Republican Wave". Huh?

    11/04/2014 8:12:31 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 41 replies
    He can't be serious! Did any of you see him try to defend the rats again on FOX? The others hosts there looked at him as if he had to be joking. GOP picks up at least 10 House Seats, and cleaning house all over the map. And a little while ago Juan denies it's a Republican wave. He should be fired for acting like Debbie Wasserman and Joe Biden!
  • Republicans pick up 2 more Senate seats in Montana, Colorado, Fox News projects [GOT MAJORITY!]

    11/04/2014 7:15:38 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-4-2014 | Unknown to me
    Fox News projects that Republicans are making another two pick-ups in the battle for the Senate. This brings their total so far to five, with just six needed to take control of the Senate. In Montana, Republican Steve Daines is projected to defeat Democrat Amanda Curtis, flipping control of the seat to the Republican Party for the first time since 1913. In Colorado, GOP Rep. Cory Gardner is projected to oust first-term Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, one of the most closely watched contests in this election cycle Republicans have picked up three Senate seats, Fox News projects, bringing them halfway...
  • Man Tries to Vote for Republican Candidate on Voting Machine, But This Happened

    11/04/2014 12:53:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/4/14 | Steven Ertelt
    While polling data makes it appear pro-life Republicans will take over the Senate from pro-abortion Democrats, whether votes cast on Election Day line up with those polls in another question. And one of the worries some pro-life voters have is whether illegal voting will prevent pro-life candidates from winning. virginiaIn Virginia, early reports are showing that some voters may be having problems getting votes registered properly for the candidates they support. One news report indicates voters have experienced voting errors — including voters who say votes for a Republican candidate have been registered for his Democrat opponent. According to a...
  • Election Day

    11/04/2014 6:11:28 AM PST · by Dr. Sivana · 10 replies
    steynonline.com ^ | 11/4/2014 | Mark Steyn
    one of the last of this season's election flyers arrived at my Post Office from the GOP. : SCOTT BROWN HAS A STRONG RECORD OF FIGHTING FOR WHAT IS RIGHT. SCOTT IS PRO-CHOICE & SUPPORTS ISSUES IMPORTANT TO WOMEN. But this flyer came from the NH Republican State Committee. "The official position of the State Committee is that it is opposed to abortion. We believe that life is sacred, from conception to natural death and that we cannot diminish the value of one category of human life without diminishing the value of all human life." Now maybe that's all squaresville,...
  • Mia Love Tries to Be the First Black Republican Woman in Congress

    11/03/2014 8:32:19 PM PST · by Ripliancum · 48 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | Winston Ross
    White, white, white. In nearly every room Love enters as she stumps her way across Utah’s 4th District on a quest to become the first black female Republican in Congress, she is not just the only black person there. She’s the only person of any color, unless you count farmer tans. This 39-year-old, Brooklyn-born daughter of Haitian immigrants and former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, seems completely at home in a crowd of mostly old white dudes. What’s more, she gets a warmer reception here than when she made a speech at the University of Chicago Law School in 2013....
  • Joe Soucheray: Rich Democrats want us to abhor rich Republicans

    11/03/2014 3:41:15 AM PST · by rhema · 11 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 11/1/14 | Joe Soucheray
    Money certainly has been the villainous elephant in the room during another midterm bombardment of horrifically childish political advertising. Democrats have used every trick in the book to paint their Republican opponents as blue blazer-wearing Chatsworth Osborne Juniors, with the Rick Nolan campaign, for example, smugly referring to Stewart Mills as Stewart Mills the Third, apparently because thirds, in a "Great Gatsby" kind of way, have all the dough. Nolan might be running the dumbest campaign in the history of campaigns. He is trying to tell the people of northern Minnesota, who might very well be employed at a Mills...
  • Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen campaigning for 11th term in Congress(donates to Planned Parenthood)

    10/31/2014 8:02:13 PM PDT · by Coleus · 37 replies
    The Record ^ | 10.25.14 | MINJAE PARK
    Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who is seeking an 11th term in Congress in the Nov. 4 election, struck a moderate note on social issues in a meeting with The Record editorial board, even as he criticized President Obama on many issues. In a wide-ranging interview on Thursday, Frelinghuysen, R-Harding Township, said he favors exploring alternatives to a regional water authority’s plan to drain three Garret Mountain reservoirs — two of them in Woodland Park, at the eastern edge of his 11th District – and replace them with concrete tank farms. He called the scenic New Street and Great Notch reservoirs in...
  • Six North Carolina judges quit after gay ‘marriage’ legalized

    10/31/2014 4:33:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    In the wake of a federal court decision legalizing same-sex “marriage” in North Carolina, at least six judges in the state have resigned rather than be forced to officiate such unions. All stepped down, since October 10, because they believe marriage is a union between one man and one woman. They are: John Kallam Jr. (Rockingham County), Gilbert Breedlove (Swain County), Bill Stevenson (Gaston County), Tommy Holland (Graham County), Gayle Myrick (Union County) and Jeff Powell (Jackson County). The decision wasn’t easy for Stevenson, whose family depends on his $50,000 per year salary as their primary income. "I prayed about...
  • Candidate in Washington state lampooned for his Catholic faith

    10/31/2014 3:54:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | October 31, 2014 | Adelaide Mena
    This image on an anti-Mark Miloscia website has since been taken down. Seattle, Wash., Oct 31, 2014 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mark Miloscia, a candidate for Washington's state senate, has been attacked for his Catholic faith and adherence to Church teaching on a website belittling his faith as incompatible with representing his district. “'Mississippi Mark' has always worn his church on his sleeve. Rather than represent the people of Federal Way, he has best represented the people of The Vatican,” read an image which was posted on markmiloscia.info, a website erected by critics of Miloscia, the Republican senate candidate...
  • AGAIN: Voting Machines Swap Votes For Republicans to Votes for Democrats ( Illinois, Maryland .. )

    10/31/2014 11:48:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 29, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In the past week we've see votes cast on machines in Illinois' Cook County and in Maryland switch from Republican to Democrat due to "calibration errors." Watchdog.org has done phenomenal work in documenting changed votes. Now, a new report from The Weekly Standard shows that votes cast in Illinois for Republicans are being changed yet again in favor of Democrats. ... So what do we do about this? If machines in different states repeatedly changed votes from Democrat to Republican, Eric Holder would have launched a federal investigation under suspicions of fraud and I doubt "calibration error" would be accepted...
  • Scion prepares to return Bush name to Texas politics

    10/31/2014 9:21:41 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 15 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/30/2014 | Brian M. Rosenthal
    AUSTIN - With the formalities of a lightly contested election almost out of the way, the stage is all but set for the arrival of the most anticipated political newcomer in recent Texas history. The George P. Bush era appears ready to begin. About a quarter-century after first speaking at the Republican National Convention, and two years after filing paperwork to run for a then-unspecified state position, the 38-year-old grandson and nephew of presidents is expected to easily be elected land commissioner Tuesday. And while he has maintained a relatively low profile this year, holding few public events and focusing...
  • Mark Levin Feud With Michael Savage?

    10/30/2014 8:06:21 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 46 replies
    thetallguy24 ^ | 10/30/2014 | Vanity
    Can someone explain to me who Mark Levin is always taking pot shots at at the beginning of his show? Is it Michael Savage? If so, what's the deal between the two? I rarely ever get to listen to Savage at work.
  • George P. Bush: 'I'm Not A Scientist' When It Comes To Climate Change

    10/30/2014 6:53:33 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 31 replies
    Fair.org ^ | 10/27/2014 | Peter Hart
    Yesterday ABC's This Week (10/26/14) profiled George P. Bush, a Texas land commissioner candidate who is a grandson and nephew of the more famous George Bushes.  It was part of This Week's "Closer Look" series, which seems to be intended as a place for upbeat profiles of political heavyweights. But a brief exchange about climate change showed the limits of this kind of journalism. Given its impact on land issues, correspondent Jonathan Karl had good reason to ask Bush about climate change. KARL: As land commissioner, he'll oversee millions of acres of oil and natural gas reserves. But he also...
  • Texas Spending Faster Than The Federal Leviathan

    10/27/2014 1:06:46 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 24 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 10/27/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    Conservatism is supposed to mean less government, especially in terms of spending. In Texas, nearly every Republican candidate takes a hard turn to the right to prove just how conservative they have been. This marketing strategy has proved quite successful, considering that Republicans are expected to again dominate our state executive and legislative branches. How has the record matched with the rhetoric over the years? Last year, a massive debate swirled about how much the state was increasing its budget. The Wall Street Journal and conservative/libertarian groups like the Texas Public Policy Foundation claimed the 2014-15 budget was increasing by...
  • Republican versus Democrat Truck

    10/24/2014 6:34:47 AM PDT · by pikachu · 15 replies
    AARP ^ | 8-24-2014 | AARP
    I stopped by the Chevrolet Dealership yesterday for a look at the new Silverado 1500 pickup. Just for fun, I took it out for a test drive. I wanted to sense that new "feel" before they become extinct. The salesman (a black man wearing an Obama "change" lapel pin) sat in the passenger seat describing the truck and all its "wonderful" options. The seats were of particular interest. He explained that the seats directed warm air to your bottom in the winter and directed cool air to your bottom in the summer heat. Feeling like messing with him, I mentioned...
  • Lifelong Black Democrat Votes Republican Because Obama "Is Destroying This Country"

    10/22/2014 3:57:29 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 56 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | October 22, 2014 | Rachel Mullen
    Joyce, an 82 year old lifelong black Democrat called C-Span to express her dismay with her party and announce that she voted straight Republican this year. She is dismayed with the Democrats stance on religion, abortion, and the poor effects of Obama’s policies on the black community and the country. “I have noticed in years what the Democratic party has done to my people. Unemployment is higher in the black community….than anywhere else. I cannot say, there’s no way I can continue to say that I was a Christian and stay in the Democrat party. They advocate the killing of...
  • Why Republicans Don't Get It

    10/22/2014 2:21:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-22-2014 | Ben Shapiro
    The Republican Party simply doesn't get it. A new poll this week shows 2012 presidential nominee and 2008 primary candidate Mitt Romney leading the field of potential 2016 Republican candidates. According to ABC News/Washington Post, 21 percent of Republican voters would vote for Romney in the primaries; Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee tie at 10 percent, followed by Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Paul Ryan. Altogether, some 44 percent of Republican primary voters want an "establishment" candidate -- by which we mean a candidate for whom social issues are secondary, immigration reform is primary and economics dominates. The establishment donors...
  • 2014 Voter’s Guide For The Texas Constitutional Amendment, Proposition 1

    10/18/2014 5:47:16 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 26 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 10/17/2014 | Hardhatter's Team
    On November 4th, 2014 (early voting starts October 20), Texans will have the opportunity to vote on one proposed amendment to the state’s constitution. Hardhatters offers our views on Proposition 1. Prop 1 (HJR 1)Ballot: "The constitutional amendment providing for the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads."Summary: Proposition 1 will require the Texas Comptroller to transfer 50% of oil and gas tax revenues away from the economic stabilization fund (Rainy Day Fund) to the State Highway Fund....
  • Milwaukee election chief bans 78-year-old grandmother from observing at polls

    10/18/2014 6:59:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 10-16-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Leave it to the Dem-heavy City of Milwaukee Election Commission to ban a 78-year-old poll observer for doing her job, a draconian punishment one election official described as nothing short of partisan “intimidation” in the remaining days before Wisconsin’s tightly contested gubernatorial election. Now, the commission’s executive director has turned in Marguerite Ingold to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, the same agency that has spent the past four years drag-netting conservatives in secret, politically charged John Doe investigations. The reason, according to Ingold: The election director believed this Muskego great-grandmother could have become “violent and stormed...
  • Can Scott Walker make the case for conservatism?

    10/17/2014 2:21:23 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 10/17/14 | Stephanie Condon
    During his first term in office, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gained a nationwide reputation for his often polarizing yet unapologetically conservative agenda. He feuded with public employees over their collective bargaining rights and was subject to a recall vote because of it. He enacted income tax reductions and oversaw property tax reductions. He signed a controversial law requiring women to get an ultrasound before getting an abortion, and he enacted a controversial voter ID law now tied up in court. Now, Wisconsin voters must decide whether they're up for four more years of the Walker agenda. If they are, political...
  • Looking Past The Party, The Texas House Is Blue

    10/16/2014 2:50:21 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 15 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 10/16/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    Elections are only a few weeks away, and most polls show that Texas Republicans again will control all statewide offices and large majorities in both houses of the Legislature. On the surface, Republicans should be pretty happy with the results. By just looking at a map of the party makeup of the Texas House, Republicans appear to control vast swaths of the Lone Star State. The devil is in the details; however, as we've provided you numerous scorecards from various organizations showing the voting records of House members in the 2013 Legislative session. Creating a map using these scores (Empower...
  • Choosing a republican President

    10/16/2014 8:21:03 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 15, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    Note: This is the first in a series of essays examining the prospects for electing a republican president in 2016 and ultimately reining in the modern imperial presidency through the lens of Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist essays on the executive branch. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a politician making Iowa or New Hampshire his second home must be in want of the presidency. We’ve got more than a few of those these days and can expect the 2016 presidential campaign to begin in earnest minutes after the mid-term elections conclude. Expect the Big Announcement from Hillary some time “around”...
  • The Dumb Republican Calls for a Travel Ban to Fight Ebola (BARF!)

    10/14/2014 7:54:51 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 33 replies
    Even before Thomas Eric Duncan, who was being treated in Dallas for Ebola, died on Wednesday and a nurse who was treating him contracted this terrible disease, Republicans were vying with each other to shame the Obama administration into implementing a travel ban against Ebola-affected countries. That wouldn't be an unreasonable suggestion if it could stop the spread of the disease. But the fact of the matter is that it will do the opposite.
  • This cartoon is off the charts wrong, and then it got corrected...

    10/10/2014 11:06:41 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 54 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-10-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • WHITEKER: Tracking Texas’ education spending

    10/10/2014 7:26:19 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 2 replies
    Lufkin News ^ | 10/08/2014 | MARY ANN WHITEKER
    Moak Casey & Associates released their newest version of “Tracking the Education Dollar in Texas Public Schools” on behalf of the Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards. Contrary to public school critics, the 2013 school expenditures reflected 60.8 percent of the $52.4 billion in state funds were spent on direct instruction for the 4.9 million children in Texas public schools. Direct instruction includes teacher salaries and benefits, instructional materials, teacher aides and librarians. Add another 21.4 percent for instructional support, which includes principals, counselors, and nurses. Approximately 14.9 percent of a district’s funds provide transportation,...
  • Rand Paul, Ted Cruz Differ on Gay Marriage and Military

    10/09/2014 12:03:17 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 35 replies
    News Max ^ | 10/09/2014 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas share a desire to run for president in 2016, but this week the Republicans differed on an issue of importance to the conservative base — gay marriage. During a recent visit to South Carolina's College of Charleston, Paul told CNN that "people change their minds all the time" on the issue of gay marriage. “The bottom line is, I’m old fashioned, and I’m a traditionalist. I believe in old-fashioned traditional marriage. But, I don’t really think the government needs to be too involved with this, and I think that the...
  • Rumble In The Jungle: Republicans Could Win Louisiana Outright… With A Tweak

    10/07/2014 1:09:50 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/06/2014 | Christopher Bedford
    A new, in-depth analysis of the closely-watched Louisiana Senate race shows that Republicans can cleanly defeat Sen. Mary Landrieu on Nov. 4 — saving millions of political dollars and putting the GOP one step closer to a Senate majority — but they need one thing to happen first: Third-place Republican candidate Rob Maness needs to bow out. In a study exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller, data and analytics firm 0ptimus conducted an opinion-read of 5,711 likely voters to find out if a Republican dropping out of the Louisiana “jungle primary” would make a difference on Nov. 4; if the...
  • Speaker Boehner Raises Cash for Openly Gay Republican Candidates Despite Conservative Opposition

    10/07/2014 10:49:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/07/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, is making good on his vow to support gay GOP candidates in the name of inclusivity this week when he is expected to stump for openly gay Republican candidates Carl Demaio of California and Richard Tisei in Massachusetts. A report in The Hill says Boehner is expected to raise cash for both candidates despite opposition from conservative groups such as the Family Research Council in a bid to expand the 17-seat majority of Republicans in Congress. The Hill noted that Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage were among...
  • Extreme Conservatives in Search of Purity

    10/04/2014 8:54:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 33 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Don't give America to the hard left liberal progressive commie bastard democrats because you can't find purity in the Republican Party A listener to my Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs program on KCAA AM1050, and regular reader of Political Pistachio, emails me often to challenge what he considers to be my oath to the Republican Party. I have no oath to the GOP. My oath is to God, and my political ideology is that of a Classical Centrist, which is someone that, without compromise, supports the original intent of the United States Constitution. I wish, I have told Nathan,...
  • Pennington endorses Libertarian candidate for governor

    10/04/2014 6:46:53 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 10 replies
    The Daily Citizen (Dalton, Georgia) ^ | October 4, 2014 | Staff and Wire Reports
    Former Dalton mayor David Pennington endorsed Andrew Hunt, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor, on Friday, calling him “the only true limited government candidate in the race.” Pennington lost a bid to replace Gov. Nathan Deal as the Republican nominee in the May primary. Pennington said he wouldn’t tell anyone else how to vote but decided to back Hunt based on his approach to taxes and fiscal policy. Hunt, the former CEO of an Atlanta nanotechnology firm, is in the race against Deal and Democrat Jason Carter. “When Andrew came out for true tax reform — led by an income...
  • Gay marriage debate splinters GOP into 3 camps

    10/04/2014 6:26:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/04/2014
    NEW YORK (AP) — As same-sex marriage cases cascade through the federal courts, Republican politicians find themselves awkwardly split into three camps. There's a small but growing number who favor legalizing gay marriage, a hard-core faction that continues to denounce it, and a sizable group in between that seems to wish the issue would disappear. At one end of the spectrum, at least eight GOP members of Congress have endorsed same-sex marriage, and two openly gay GOP candidates for the House hope to join them. In Massachusetts, Richard Tisei has run ads featuring his husband. In California, Carl DeMaio ran...
  • Supreme Court rules 5-4 for Republican plan to limit early voting in Ohio

    09/29/2014 7:47:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/29/14 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court’s conservatives cleared the way Monday for Ohio to restrict early voting in the state, on the eve of the day it was to start. The court granted the state’s request to stay decisions of lower courts that threw out the state’s new plan, passed by the Republican-led legislature. But the court’s four liberal justices said they would have stayed out of the case and left those decisions in place. Ohio argued that the new plan--reducing from 35 to 28 the number of days voters could cast an early ballot--could not be seen as violating the rights of
  • Return To Republicanism?

    09/28/2014 6:27:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    IÂ’m a republican. YouÂ’re a republican. It used to be that most Democrats were also republicans. Today, IÂ’m not even sure that most Republicans are republicans. But IÂ’m hoping you are, whether you vote R or D or something else. Or donÂ’t vote at all. This is not an essay in political latitudinarianism. Or its opposite. Actually, IÂ’m trying to argue against anarchism. Let me start again. A republican is someone who upholds the idea of a republic, of a people-initiated government with limited powers and purview. This notion brewed in early Roman times, and the history and demise of...
  • Power of Positive Campaigning

    09/25/2014 4:22:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    With just under six weeks to the Nov. 4 Election Day, the pressure is on. With a Democratic sitting president with a low 44 percent approval rating, many Republican races across the nation are being run by tying the Democratic candidate to the president. In many cases, this might indeed create distaste for the Democratic candidate by the voters and lead to a Republican victory. But, with no clear path forward, who is to say that the voters won't be just as disgruntled in a few years with Republicans? The Republicans are forecasted to maintain their House majority, and there...