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  • Numbers Show The Deck is Stacked for Republicans in California’s Legislature

    10/17/2017 4:21:39 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/17/17 | Katy Grimes
    State of our great State, its present discourteous political discourse and this precedent set by the Democrats in 2017’s legislative session, it would be only fair and appropriate that their cries of anguish about bias and fairness go unanswered Elected Republicans represent nearly a third of California’s legislators, but are only getting 18 percent of their bills passed, for eventual consideration by Gov. Jerry Brown. This is despite the fact that they represent nearly 40 percent of the voters who cast ballots in the last election. And even worse, Brown so far has only approved about 16.5 percent of Republican...
  • Why Virginia Democrats Are Right to Be Nervous

    10/16/2017 8:32:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The National Review ^ | October 16, 2017 | Jim Geraghty
    On paper, Democrat Ralph Northam holds a small but fairly consistent lead in the polling of Virginia’s gubernatorial race. The most recent survey, from Emerson College, puts Northam ahead of Republican Ed Gillespie, 49 percent to 44 percent (with a margin of error of 5.5 points). But Democrats don’t feel confident at all. Last week Paul Krugman wrote about the race in a tone of panic: For whatever reason, however, Virginia isn’t getting nearly as much play in national media or, as far as I can tell, among progressive activists, as it deserves. Folks, right now this is where the...
  • This Miami politician says she was abducted by aliens. But is that a bad thing?

    10/16/2017 6:41:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies ^ | October 16, 2017 | Amy Reyes, Editor
    <p>Congressional candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera claims she has been to infinity and beyond. The Miami Herald reports that YouTube videos have surfaced in which the former Doral city council member says she was visited by aliens when she was 7 years old. Her extraterrestrial friends have also slipped her a few telepathic DMs since that meeting.</p>
  • As goes Pennsylvania's congressional delegation, so goes Congress

    10/16/2017 11:32:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 15, 2017 | Salena Zito
    TURKEYTOWN, Pa. — Just as you crest the hill along the Glades Pike highway heading east, a red-white-and-blue "Drain the Swamp" sign sits on the well-manicured lawn of a sprawling home in this western Pennsylvania town likely named for the abundance of the wild game that flourish in the region. A year ago, a Trump-Pence sign sat in just about the same place at the same house in the same lawn. A few miles down the road, a tri-colored sign in green, blue, and orange sits in front of a shuttered business bearing a simple message in three languages: "No...
  • The Black Budget: Republicans Love Tax Cuts, But Love Spending Even More.

    10/16/2017 9:40:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/16/2017 | Kevin Williamson
    Diane Black’s political problem — conservatives’ political problem — is America’s political problem: Tax cuts are popular, and spending cuts are not. Representative Black (R., Tenn.) has been chairman of the House Budget Committee for about a year, and she’s enjoyed the experience so much that she’s . . . trying to get the hell out of Washington, hoping to head to Nashville as Tennessee’s next governor. (She declined to comment on the gubernatorial race.) It is difficult to blame her for not wanting to cling to that gavel: Running the House Budget Committee is kind of a stupid job....
  • 19 GOP Congressmen Call For Mueller Hearings

    10/13/2017 6:57:15 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10.13.17 | Alex Pfeiffer
    Nineteen Republican congressmen signed on to a letter sent out Friday requesting congressional hearings to keep special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of lawyers accountable.
  • Republicans Want Trump to Go to War With North Korea Before Kim Attacks the U.S., New Poll Shows

    10/13/2017 9:24:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 12, 2017 | Christianna Silva, Newsweek
    An increasingly hostile relationship between the U.S. and North Korea has Americans considering a preemptive strike on the country—and many Republicans are all for it. About 46 percent of Republicans support a preemptive strike on North Korea today—compare that with just 42 percent of Republicans who say they don't support it, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. When members of both major parties are surveyed, that question changes a lot. Only 16 percent of Democrats favor the idea of the U.S. making a preemptive strike on North Korea, while a whopping 77 percent of Democrats oppose it. Across both...
  • The GOP Becomes the Party of the Little Guy

    10/12/2017 12:04:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | October 11, 2017 | Keith Koffler
    Follow the money. Because, even though Democrats don’t like it, money is speech. It speaks louder than words. And those who believe in something put their money where their mouth is. As they say. If you want evidence that President Trump’s populist revolution has made the Republican Party the party of the people, look no further than the money. The donations. An excellent but, of course, little-noted article by Matea Gold of the Washington Post reports that small-dollar donations – defined as $200 or less – to the Republican Party this year have vastly outpaced such giving to the Democrats....
  • Republicans nationwide begin to chase Steve Bannon’s endorsement

    10/11/2017 9:04:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    McClatchy ^ | October 11, 2017 | Katie Glueck
    FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The Steve Bannon primary is on—and it’s playing out at every level of government. Top Senate recruits are wooing him by phone, and candidates for state legislature are cornering him at political rallies. Primary rivals are openly jockeying for the support of his network, and insurgent Republican hopefuls text him, dine with him and traipse to his Washington townhouse in the hopes of securing his blessing. “Steve is one of Washington’s Pied Pipers of the conservative movement,” said Brett Doster, media consultant for Roy Moore, the GOP candidate who won a hotly contested Alabama Senate primary runoff,...
  • Bannon wants candidates to challenge 'every Republican incumbent' except Cruz

    10/09/2017 8:45:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 9, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    Stephen Bannon is looking to challenge every sitting GOP lawmaker except Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), saying "no one is safe" as he looks to challenge the Republican establishment in the 2018 midterms and beyond. "There's a coalition coming together that is going to challenge every Republican incumbent except for Ted Cruz," Bannon told host Sean Hannity on Fox News' "Hannity" on Monday night. The former White House chief strategist said he plans recruit candidates who can run against the lawmakers who have not faithfully fought to enact Trump's agenda. "There's a basic agenda that Trump ran on and won. He...
  • Both Parties' Extremists Seem Determined to Lose the Next Elections

    10/06/2017 6:13:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | October 6, 2017 | Michael Barone
    Almost no one disagrees that our two major political parties, the oldest and third-oldest in the world, have become increasingly extreme and estranged over the past decade. It's a startling contrast with the state of political conflict in the dozen or so years after the fall of the Soviet empire. In 1992, Bill Clinton ran on a moderate Democratic Leadership Council platform and, after the implosion of Hillary Clinton's health care plan and the election of Republican congressional majorities in 1994, mostly governed accordingly. This was the natural reaction of a politician who found an unusually wide range of policy...
  • It's A Trap: Republicans Are Open To Working With Democrats To Ban Bump Stocks

    10/05/2017 4:57:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 96 replies ^ | October 5, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    There’s that scene in Star Wars Episode VI when the Rebel Alliance finds itself between the Death Star and the Imperial Fleet to which Admiral Ackbar shouts, “It’s a trap!” It’s a line used  heavily in pop culture—and that’s all I can say to the Republican Party as they consider joining Democrats to ban “bump stocks.”The device is used to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic weapon. It’s not the same as automatic—and no, it doesn’t convert a semiautomatic system into an automatic one. That falsehood surely made its rounds yesterday. At least some outlets were somewhat more...
  • Report: Top GOP donors upset with legislative failures

    10/05/2017 6:25:36 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 71 replies
    Top GOP donors are reportedly angry over the Republican Party's legislative failures, telling lawmakers their wallets are closed until something passes through the chambers.... As the GOP agenda stalls, party contributors are slowing down their cash donations until the lawmakers start showing they can get results and keep their key promises to undo Obama-era measures. With the 2018 midterms just around the corner, GOP lawmakers are trying to reassure the donors that they can deliver.
  • Michelle Obama laments lack of diversity in ‘all men, all white’ GOP

    10/04/2017 8:22:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 4, 2017 | Jessica Chasmar
    Former first lady Michelle Obama lamented Tuesday that the lack of diversity in the Republican Party and Congress as a whole is part of the reason why the American people don’t trust politics. Speaking with television producer Shonda Rhimes at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia, Mrs. Obama said she noticed the stark contrast in diversity and “color” between the two parties every time she attended the State of the Union address while her husband was office. “Usually at the State of the Union address … when you’re in the room, what you can see is this real dichotomy,”...
  • Mike Pence's chief of staff wants to 'purge' Republicans who won't unite behind Trump

    10/03/2017 6:02:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 90 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/3/17 | Michael Kranz
    Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers on Tuesday pushed wealthy donors to unite against Republicans in Congress who oppose Donald Trump's agenda, advising them to "purge" the small contingent of GOP leaders impeding the implementation of the president's campaign promises. According to an audio recording of the event obtained by Politico, Ayers departed from Mike Pence's generally conciliatory public tone at a closed-door Republican National Committee event at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, and urged a more aggressive funding strategy.“Just imagine the possibilities of what can happen if our entire party unifies behind him?" Ayers told donors. "If — and...
  • We need more political parties to spur action

    09/30/2017 10:51:50 AM PDT · by TBP · 35 replies
    Post Independent/Citizen Telegram (Colorado) ^ | September 27, 2017 | Roland McLean
    The Republicans have done a terrible job of governing. With the presidency and majorities in the House and Senate, they have been able to do nothing regarding health care. As a fiscal conservative, I am not optimistic regarding their ability to get tax reform done. The Constitution does not mention political parties. There is no requirement to belong to any political party to run for office or vote. One can be independent of parties and do both. However, the reality of the high cost of campaigning has made most politicians seek out one party or the other for the fundraising...
  • North Korea seeks help from Republican analysts: 'What's up with Trump?'

    09/26/2017 1:42:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The National Post ^ | September 26, 2017 | Anna Fifield, The Washington Post
    BERN, Switzerland — North Korean government officials have been quietly trying to arrange talks with Republican-linked analysts in Washington, in an apparent attempt to make sense of President Donald Trump and his confusing messages to Kim Jong Un’s regime. The outreach began before the current eruption of threats between the two leaders, but will likely become only more urgent as Trump and Kim have descended into name-calling that, many analysts worry, sharply increases the chances of potentially catastrophic misunderstandings. “Their No. 1 concern is Trump. They can’t figure him out,” said one person with direct knowledge of North Korea’s approach...
  • Poll: More GOP Voters See Themselves As ‘Trump Supporters’ Rather Than Republicans

    09/25/2017 12:04:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 22, 2017 | Liam Clancy
    An NBC/WSJ poll released Thursday reveals that more Republican voters consider themselves a “supporter of Donald Trump” rather than a “supporter of the Republican Party.” A whopping 58 percent of respondents indicated they considered themselves Trump supporters, while only 38 percent indicated they considered themselves supporters of the Republican party. 2 percent see themselves as both, while 1 percent said they were neither. The poll further reveals a split within the Republican party, as Trump supporters hold a far less positive opinions of many GOP politicians. For example, only 13 percent of Trump supporters view Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
  • Will Trump-the-Conservative Overpower Trump-the-Republican?

    09/25/2017 7:53:21 AM PDT · by WWII_Historian · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 25, 2017 | Gary Gindler
    Who can with absolute certainty state the name of the ruling party in Washington? Formally, both the Congress and the president belong to the Republicans. Theoretically, the U.S. Supreme Court can also be attributed to the Republican camp. Democrats are content with the role of the opposition. At the same time, it has long been understood that the political division of Republicans and Democrats only exists in places outside of the District of Columbia. In the D.C., the members of the actual ruling party should be labeled Republocrats.It was precisely against the Republocrats that America voted in 2016. America voted...
  • GOP bill will offer Dreamers citizenship after ‘extreme vetting’

    09/24/2017 5:25:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Ledger-Enquirer ^ | September 24, 2017 | Franco Ordońez and Brian Murphy
    Sen. Thom Tillis will introduce his “conservative Dream Act” on Monday that would provide a pathway to citizenship for as many as 2.5 million young undocumented immigrants, but one that is long and involves “extreme vetting.” The North Carolina Republican and cosponsor James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican, will pitch the plan as “merit-based” relief that must be earned — and, critically, not “amnesty,” according to Republican talking points obtained by McClatchy. But unlike other merit-based immigration proposals that limit new immigrants from entering the country based on their job skills, this proposal would limit who can remain in the country...