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  • Gov. Walker backs citizenship pathway for illegal immigrants [July 03, 2013]

    01/26/2015 3:29:43 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 100 replies
    The HIll ^ | July 03, 2013 | Daniel Strauss
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says he supports a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally as part of an overhaul of the nation's immigration system. "If people want to come here and work hard and benefit, I don't care whether they come from Mexico or Ireland or Germany or Canada or South Africa or anywhere else," Walker said Tuesday during an interview with the Daily Herald Media Editorial Board of Wisconsin. "I want them here." Walker was then asked about the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. The editorial board asked if he...
  • Jeb Bush: We Need to Control Border By Politely Asking Illegals to Leave

    01/25/2015 9:16:15 AM PST · by Rockitz · 47 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 25 January 2015 | Pam Key
    This weekend in San Francisco while speaking to the National Automobile Dealers Association, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said, “First and foremost we need to control our border,” ...
  • Cantor speaks to establishment Republicans in Va. about how to win

    01/24/2015 6:46:08 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 17, 2015 | Jenna Portnoy
    Republican Eric Cantor on Saturday addressed the inaugural gathering of a group formed after grass-roots activists helped Dave Brat topple the former majority leader in last summer’s GOP primary. The day-long meeting of the Virginia Conservative Network featured a who’s who of establishment Republicans in the mold of Cantor, many of whom are frustrated with the party’s loss of all five statewide offices in recent years. According to organizers, Cantor gave an invitation-only crowd of more than 100 people tips on how to frame their message to voters as Republicans prepare to defend their slim majority in the state Senate...
  • Jeb Bush previews 2016 run, promising ‘adult conversations’ on big issues

    01/24/2015 6:45:07 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 49 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | anuary 23 at 8:46 PM | Philip Rucker
    AN FRANCISCO — Jeb Bush previewed the ideas at the heart of his likely presidential campaign, delivering a sweeping address here Friday about the economy, foreign affairs and energy exploration, and challenging the country to question “every aspect of how government works.”
  • [Scott] Walker adds "Iowa expert" to his political campaign team

    01/23/2015 1:18:13 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies
    WQAD Quad Cities ^ | 1/23/2015 | Shelly Nelson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is adding a veteran GOP strategist and Iowa expert to his political team as the Wisconsin Republican considers a possible 2016 presidential bid. The addition of David Polyansky gives Walker's team a big dose of Iowa experience. The strategist helped engineer former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's win in the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and also served as deputy campaign manager for former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll.
  • Mississippi’s Chris McDaniel Launches New PAC Designed To Crack GOP Establishment

    01/23/2015 12:33:19 PM PST · by Mozilla · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 23, 2015 | Matt Boyle
    The GOP establishment can’t make Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel go away. On Friday, McDaniel will be announcing—he told Breitbart News exclusively—a new Political Action Committee (PAC) designed to help conservatives across Mississippi, and the nation, get elected to political office, replacing GOP establishment politicians. The PAC, titled the United Conservatives Fund will focus on “electing conservatives and holding Republicans accountable while messaging conservatism in a way that secures conservatives get a chance to be elected even over some of those in the establishment,” McDaniel tells Breitbart.
  • Rauner picks Planned Parenthood Vice-Chair to head Healthcare and Family Services [Illinois]

    01/21/2015 2:35:04 PM PST · by BillyBoy · 34 replies
    The Illinois Review ^ | Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | Fran Eaton
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Rauner picks Planned Parenthood Vice-Chair to head Healthcare and Family Services SPRINGFIELD, IL - Last week Governor Rauner announced a number of additional appointments, including those he wants to head the Department of Revenue, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Health and Illinois Commerce Commission.One appointment raising social conservatives' eyebrows is Felicia Norwood, who was named by the governor to be the new Director of Illinois' Department Healthcare and Family Services. Norwood, who will lead the state's agency focused on caring for Illinoisans' health, is also...
  • GOP abuzz over Mitt Romney’s liberal lexicon on poverty, foreign policy

    01/21/2015 11:45:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ralph. Z. Hallow
    Mitt Romney’s opening pitch for a third shot at the White House left many Republicans scratching their heads, in part because his plans to fight poverty and tyranny seemed to borrow the lexicon of liberals like FDR, LBJ and Woodrow Wilson. With a full house of Republican National Committee members listening aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Mr. Romney implored his party last week “to lift people out of poverty” and “to make the world safe.” The first phrase is a favorite of liberals who gush over Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs...
  • Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget fix slows income tax cuts, hikes taxes

    01/18/2015 8:48:01 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 12 replies
    Kansas.com ^ | 1/16/15 | Bryan Lowry
    Taxes on a pack of cigarettes would nearly triple from 79 cents a pack to $2.29 per pack. And taxes on liquor would rise to 12 percent from 8 percent.
  • Kansas governor seeks tax increases to address budget woes

    01/16/2015 7:57:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2015 10:01 PM EST | John Hanna
    Kansas would nearly triple its cigarette tax, raise taxes on alcohol and slow down promised income tax cuts to balance its budget under proposals Republican Gov. Sam Brownback outlined Friday. Brownback presented detailed recommendations to the GOP-dominated Legislature for eliminating projected shortfalls totaling more than $710 million in the current budget and for the fiscal year beginning July 1. He also presented a spending blueprint for the fiscal year beginning in July 2016 designed to leave the state with some cash reserves. The state’s budget problems arose after lawmakers aggressively cut personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback's...
  • No conservative - no vote

    01/15/2015 6:48:30 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 26 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/15/2015 | Keith Edwards
    The big question that spawned many pundit opinions after Romney lost the presidential election: what happened to the four million Republican voters who didn’t vote for him? To be honest, since Bush’s second-term win, there has been a steady decline in Republican voters in presidential elections, but that still doesn’t answer the question. The blunt answer is that many “conservative” Republicans have grown tired of putting up faux support for RINO presidential candidates. This has turned into a snowball effect and will culminate in an even larger number of conservative Republicans not voting again in 2016 if there is another...
  • Romney vs. Bush: Where They Stand on 7 Key Issues

    01/15/2015 3:51:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/15/2015 | The Fiscal Times By Eric Pianin, Brianna Ehley
    Almost overnight, former governors Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Jeb Bush of Florida have transformed the 2016 GOP presidential campaign into a mad scramble for support and funding for a lengthy and hard-fought battle.
  • The Problem with Romney Nostalgia

    01/14/2015 5:18:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    In 2007, when President Obama announced that he was running for president, he did it in Springfield, Ill., to highlight his supposed connection to Abraham Lincoln. He brought in his biggest fans to cheer him on. When George W. Bush announced in 1999, he did it in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Bush campaign, likewise, brought in a big crowd of supporters. John Kerry announced in Patriot's Point, S.C., in 2003, amid a sea of American flags, war veterans and an aircraft carrier in the background. And where was Mitt Romney when he announced on Friday that he was thinking of...
  • GOP moderates rebel against House immigration measure

    01/14/2015 7:07:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | January 13, 2015 | Seung Min Kim and Jake Sherman
    A Republican amendment that could leave hundreds of thousands of young immigrants open to deportations is running into stiff opposition in the House – a rare show of rank-and-file rebellion over the leadership’s catering to the right. The measure – which would kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – is scheduled to come to the House floor Wednesday as part of a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of September. But more than a dozen House Republicans have told the GOP whip operation that they will not vote for the amendment, according to...
  • Former Florida lieutenant governor to lobby for medical marijuana

    01/14/2015 4:14:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Jacksonville Biz Journal ^ | 1/13/15 | Alexa Epitropoulos
    A former Republican lieutenant governor of Florida is joining attorney John Morgan's push to legalize medical marijuana statewide. Jeff Kottkamp, who served in Gov. Charlie Crist's administration, signed paperwork to lobby for a Morgan-backed bill, called the Florida for Care bill, which would expand – not overwrite – the existing "Charlotte's Web" law.
  • Chris Christie preparing to set up leadership PAC for 2016 presidential campaign...

    01/13/2015 5:38:43 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    nj.com ^ | 1/13/15 | Matt Arco
    Chris Christie could be setting up a leadership political action committee before the end of the month to help raise money with an eye toward the White House in 2016, according to a published report.... ....advisers and supporters insist his timetable hasn’t budged with news that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney may campaign in 2016. Christie is unlikely to make a formal announcement before the end of the spring, the newspaper reported.
  • Repealing Obamacare is not enough: Republicans must unite around a good alternative.

    01/13/2015 7:50:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/13/2015 | Philip Klein
    For nearly five years, Republicans have been fighting to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law. But repeal is not enough. Even if simple repeal were politically obtainable, Americans would still be left with a broken healthcare system. Government regulations would still be stifling competition and individual choice and government healthcare programs would still be driving the nation’s unsustainable long-term debt problem. If Republicans achieved repeal without agreeing on a way to reform healthcare along free market lines, it’s inevitable that Democrats would eventually lead another overhaul of the system that would grant even more power to the federal government than the...
  • For Jeb Bush, Evolving Views Over 2 Decades

    01/11/2015 6:08:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 10, 2015 | Michael Barbaro
    Jeb Bush once called for building prisons and emphasizing “punishment over therapy” for juvenile offenders. Today, he supports reforming the criminal justice system, arguing that incarceration can harden low-level lawbreakers into career criminals. In the past, he stressed using deportation to rid the United States of unauthorized immigrants. These days, he describes crossing the border illegally as “an act of love” by migrant parents and supports a path to citizenship for those who have done so. He used to emphasize the rights of big landowners who felt cheated by environmental programs. Now, he is a champion of state-sponsored conservation, celebrated...
  • Boehner's embrace of GOP rebels nudges House caucus to right

    01/10/2015 4:59:52 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 49 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 1/10/15 | Charles Babington
    Die-hard House conservatives, after bungling a coup against House Speaker John Boehner, now look like winners who are pushing their Republican caucus farther right. Rather than punish and isolate those who opposed him as leader, Boehner surprised many on Friday by embracing a major immigration plan that's more stringent and conservative than lawmakers had expected. It not only would block President Barack Obama's recent limits on deportations, but also undo earlier protections for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. The House is pushing toward a vote Wednesday. As the rebellious hard-liners celebrated, mainstream Republicans said Boehner's decision probably...
  • Carly Fiorina: I’ll Decide If I'm Running for President in March or April

    01/10/2015 12:41:14 AM PST · by Entrepreneur · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 09, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Who is Carly Fiorina? Well, for starters, she’s a hugely successful businesswoman who challenged Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in 2010 -- and lost by double digits. She also once served as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. Nonetheless, now that Sen. Boxer is calling it quits in 2016 -- and Republicans are over the moon -- is her former challenger maybe interested in the seat? Not at all. On the Hugh Hewitt Show Friday night, she confirmed widely reported rumors that she might have grander, and indeed more ambitious, plans:
  • Boehner Vows to Fight ‘Tooth and Nail’ Against Executive Amnesty He Funded

    01/08/2015 12:04:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 269 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 8, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    48 second Video at link. (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) vowed today to fight “tooth and nail” against President Obama’s unilateral amnesty of up to five million illegal aliens—an amnesty the administration has been able to move forward with because Boehner’s House permitted funding of it. The 1,603-page omnibus spending bill that Boehner pushed through a lame-duck Republican-controlled House last month put no prohibition on Obama using government funds to implement the amnesty. That omnibus funded almost all the government through the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30 and the Department of Homeland Security through Feb....
  • U.S. Speaker Boehner says doesn't like being called 'spineless'

    01/08/2015 3:27:56 PM PST · by mandaladon · 61 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8 Jan 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he doesn't like being called "spineless" or a "squish" by critics, and he vowed to prove his mettle to lawmakers who bopposed his re-election earlier this week. Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House on Tuesday even as 25 members of his own Republican party declined to support him, the biggest such intra-party rebellion against a speaker candidate since 1859. His detractors, many of them on the right wing of his party, say Boehner is too prone to compromise with Democrats. Boehner said that portrayal is false....
  • Boehner Defends His Conservatism: I’m Not a ‘Squish,’

    01/08/2015 10:39:16 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 124 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/8/15 | Caroline May
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is defending his conservative bona fides after a failed attempt by conservatives to oust him from his speakership. “It does pain me to be described as spineless or a squish,” Boehner said to chuckles from reporters. “I tell you what pains me the most is when they describe me as ‘the establishment.’ Now I’m the most anti-establishment speaker we’ve ever had.” “Who was the guy who got rid of earmarks? Me,” he continued. “Who’s the guy who believes in regular order? Me. Who believes in allowing more members to participate in the process from both...
  • Cornyn: Obamacare Repeal Vote Should Wait

    01/08/2015 10:03:15 AM PST · by roses of sharon · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/8/15
    Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said he hopes his GOP colleagues hold off on a vote to fully repeal Obamacare until after Republicans have shown they can govern. “I think it’s important that we demonstrate that we can be productive before we have the inevitable fight over repealing Obamacare,” the Texas Republican said in an interview with CQ Roll Call Wednesday. “We are going to have that vote. But my own preference would be we have it after we’ve been able to demonstrate that we can actually get some things done.”
  • Youngest Woman Ever Elected Brings ‘Sunny Side of Optimism’ to Congress, Happens to be Conservative

    01/07/2015 1:39:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    The average age of a member of Congress is 58. That makes Elise Stefanik, the 30-year-old from the 21st district of New York, stick out like a flashing neon light. Stefanik is the youngest representative ever elected to serve on Capitol Hill, and she just happens to be a bold conservative. Stefanik’s conservative credentials are bona fide. She was brought up in a small business family, is staunchly pro-life and has pledged to help replace Obamacare with common sense proposals. These qualities, along with an upbeat attitude, helped her to achieve incredible success in the Empire State’s North Country. Before throwing her...
  • Marco Rubio: 'We're going to abide' by gay marriage rulings

    01/07/2015 1:24:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | January 7, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said in an interview with CNN Wednesday that if the Supreme Court eventually rules that same-sex marriage is constitutional, Americans would have to abide by that ruling. "I wouldn't agree with their ruling, but that would be the law of the land that we would have to follow until it's somehow reversed — either by a future Supreme Court, or a U.S. constitutional amendment, which I don't think is realistic or foreseeable," he said. He said he expects the question "is ultimately going to find its way to the U.S. Supreme court," noting that many federal...
  • Christie Administration Proposes More Gun Control For New Jersey

    01/07/2015 1:09:47 PM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 41 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 1/7/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s (R) administration is proposing more gun control in the form of “security requirements” for firearm retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers–and employees of the same–in the state. The proposals originated with the State Police and are the result of “several thefts and lapses in oversight…that led to at least one death” during the past 10 years.
  • Boehner Acknowledges Punishing Conservatives For Opposing His Re-Election

    01/07/2015 8:29:23 AM PST · by maggief · 71 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January7, 2015 | ALEX PAPPAS
    Speaker of the House John Boehner acknowledged Wednesday that he punished two Republicans who opposed his re-election by stripping them of committee assignments. Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent, both Republicans, lost their seats on the House Rules Committee hours after voting for someone else for speaker on Tuesday. In total, 25 Republicans voted against Boehner. “Because of some of the activities on the floor,” Boehner explained in a Wednesday news conference, “two of our members weren’t put back on the committee immediately.” Referencing the vote, Boehner said he plans to talk to his members about how to unify as...
  • Boehner takes revenge (Foes find themselves losing plum committee posts.)

    01/06/2015 3:47:02 PM PST · by bamahead · 232 replies
    Politico ^ | January 6, 2015 @ 5:35pm | By JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    John Boehner is getting revenge. He secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to three relatively unknown members of the House Republican Conference. But he’s already punishing those who betrayed him. First up: Florida Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent. The pair will be booted from their spots on the House Rules Committee, according to sources familiar with the decision. Webster ran against Boehner (R-Ohio) for speaker Tuesday, and Nugent supported his fellow Floridian. The Rules Committee is a panel appointed by the speaker, and it controls the flow of legislation to...
  • Jeb Bush on gay marriage: Couples making lifetime commitments to each other deserve respect

    01/06/2015 1:09:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 157 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 6, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Not so much respect that the state should recognize their commitment as a legal marriage, he stresses, but respect nonetheless. “We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law,” Mr. Bush said in a statement. “I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue – including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty.”… Gay rights leaders said...
  • Jeb Bush: Republicans Must Respect “Rule of Law” on Gay Marriage

    01/06/2015 12:18:02 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 91 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 1/06/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    I’m glad there’s a moderate Democrat finally running for president. I just wish he were running on the Democratic ticket. Jeb Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, called for “respect” of same-sex marriages on Monday as his home state of Florida began allowing gays to wed following a court ruling. Bush, a former governor of Florida, said in a statement that even those like him who oppose same-sex marriage must “respect the rule of law” now that the state’s ban on gay marriages has been ruled unconstitutional. Do you know what else is the law of the land? ObamaCare. So...
  • RUSH: Caller: Gohmert Is the Man to Beat Boehner

    01/06/2015 6:41:10 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 60 replies
    www.RushLimbaugh.com ^ | January 05, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Paul. Great to have you, sir. Thank you for waiting and hello. CALLER: Yeah, great to speak with you, too, Rush. Most Republicans agree that Boehner has to go. He not only voted for the cromnibus that funded Obama's illegal activities until next October, he also negotiated behind closed doors and then threw it on the clerk's desk 48 hours before the vote so nobody else had a chance to see what was in it. So he's disgraced himself. He's got to go. The question is who should replace him.And two men...
  • Boehner profits from Obamacare stocks

    01/06/2015 4:28:36 AM PST · by Ray76 · 31 replies
    WND ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | Jerome Corsi
    An analysis of Boehner’s current investment holdings includes a number of stocks benefiting from Obamacare in a total portfolio estimated at between $3.5 and $5 million in current market value. Boehner’s Obamacare-related investments trace back to 2009, when the Obama administration was pushing the Affordable Health Care Act through Congress. Boehner has consistently maintained his investments are held in a blind trust and that he does not personally make investment decisions in his own investment portfolio. But few experienced congressional critics believe Boehner and other members of Congress are unaware of their investment holdings, because public disclosure requirements demand yearly...
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert Challenges Boehner For Speaker

    01/05/2015 3:56:11 PM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 5, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Congress: With polls showing most GOP voters in opposition to the Speaker's budget deal and saying they would "probably" or "definitely" prefer a new leader, a Tea Party favorite fires a shot heard around the political world. In 2010, House Speaker John Boehner loved the Tea Party. The grass-roots movement, which arose in opposition to manifestations of big government such as ObamaCare and unlimited taxation and regulation, put the GOP back in control of the House of Representatives and made Boehner Speaker. But by December 2013, Boehner loved the Tea Party and other conservative groups not so much. They had...
  • McConnell Pledges to Avoid 'Scary' Excesses and 'Strident Stands' of 'Far Right'

    01/05/2015 9:27:44 AM PST · by INVAR · 62 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | January 5, 2015 | Tim Graham
    “Mitch McConnell has an unusual admonition for the new Republican majority as it takes over the Senate this week: Don’t be ‘scary.’”... Democrats are dubious of McConnell’s pledge to avert edge-of-the-cliff moments. They believe he will run into the same problems that have bedeviled House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) during the past four years — including the inability to corral rabble-rousers such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to support an agenda that conservative critics will probably view as not bold enough in challenging Obama. Appeasing those far-right conservatives will lead to an agenda that Democrats hope to exploit in...
  • Rep. Justin Amash says police arresting Eric Garner used 'clearly excessive force'

    12/06/2014 12:55:59 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 56 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | December 04, 2014 | Andrew Krietz
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The action taken by a New York City police officer against Eric Garner is "clear," writes U.S. Rep. Justin Amash on Wednesday. Clearly excessive force against #EricGarner. I pray that peace and justice will prevail. The incident was captured on video, showing Garner talking with police as they suspected him of selling tax-free cigarettes. The 43-year-old man then is overcome by officers who take him down to the sidewalk. Garner cried out, "I can't breathe," several times before becoming motionless.
  • Does Rand Paul Even Understand What “Isolationism” Is?

    12/21/2014 12:26:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Ron and Rand Paul have complained about being wrongly dubbed “isolationists” even though that name arguably fits whatever passes for their foreign policy.Now Rand Paul has decided that opponents of bailing out the Castro regime are isolationists. All this proves is that Rand Paul doesn’t know what an isolationist is.“I think a policy of isolationism toward Cuba is misplaced and hasn’t worked,” Paul writes in Time Magazine.Isolationism is a policy that the United States would adopt toward the larger world. An embargo on an enemy state in response to its actions against the United States is not isolationism.Rand Paul is...
  • Mike Huckabee Is a Poison Pill for Conservatives

    01/05/2015 5:13:06 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 52 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | January 5, 2015 | James Antle III
    Mike Huckabee is going to put down his bass and walk away from his lucrative Fox News show to at least contemplate a run for the presidency.The former Arkansas governor should be taken seriously, even if he faces an uphill battle to win the Republican nomination against opponents with superior fundraising and organization.Huckabee already exceeded expectations in his first presidential campaign back in 2008. He started as a lower-tiered candidate while pro-choice, pro-civil unions Rudy Giuliani led in all the national polls—which might tell you something about the reliability of name ID-based early polling.Giuliani didn’t win a single primary, while...
  • John McCain’s Progressive Hand Is Behind The Purge Of Tea Party Detractors From The Arizona GOP

    01/03/2015 11:54:38 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 31 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | Jan 3, 2015 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    John McCain is the quintessential enemy from within on the right. I am long past the argument of honoring his service to this country. He served his country long ago with distinction, now he’s serving it on a platter to the Communists. At every turn he has betrayed America in recent years. Just two words describe the good he has done this country: Sarah Palin and she is Tea Party. Now, in an act of political cleansing, McCain has set about to gut the Arizona GOP of Tea Party riff-raff using an Obama San Francisco donor. How richly appropriate for...
  • Republicans Teeing Up Border Security Bill For New Majority (Just as Predicted)

    01/03/2015 10:42:36 AM PST · by Hostage · 62 replies
    People's Pundit Daily ^ | December 27, 2014 | PPD Staff
    As the Republican Party prepares to retake control of both houses of Congress in January, party leaders are drawing up a border security bill. Despite President Obama’s unilateral changes to immigration law, which deferred deportation for some four million immigrants, Republicans still plan on passing their own immigration proposals and sending it to the White House. Republican lawmakers want to strengthen border security, particularly on the Southwest border where tens of thousands of illegal immigrants flooded across in search of permisos, or free passes. Republicans are hoping to prevent what the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers called “a...
  • Whistling Past the Junkyard: The Establishment’s Attempt to Make Jeb Seem Inevitable

    01/04/2015 3:37:03 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/4/15 | C. Edmund Wright
    For several weeks now, the mainstream Jurassic media has been up to their old psychological warfare tricks, and naturally, the Republican establishment is falling for it hard. They always do, and this includes “the architect,” Karl Rove. This time it’s the media’s attempt to get Jeb Bush the Republican nomination for President in 2016. Articles that fawn over Jeb, either from a formidability standpoint or in the vein that he’s a “reasonable” conservative are everywhere. There has also been a release of meaningless polls touting Jeb’s strength atop the potential Republican field. These have all surfaced from many of the...
  • Prospects for Immigration Reform

    Mark Krikorian and Frank Sharry talked about the prospects for immigration reform in the Republican-led 114th Congress, which would convene January 6, 2015, and the effect of President Obama’s executive action on the issue.
  • Incoming Senate chairman: Gas tax increase on table

    01/04/2015 11:52:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 134 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2015 10:31 AM EST
    The incoming chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee says raising the federal fuel taxes is among the options under consideration to replenish the dwindling Highway Trust Fund. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota says all options must be looked at to fill an enormous shortfall when the existing highway legislation expires in May. …
  • A Jeb Bush nomination means end of GOP

    01/03/2015 4:56:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 2, 2015 | Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)
    Exclusive: Tom Tancredo warns of scenario in which conservatives split their votes. Jeb Bush leads all other Republicans in early polls for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Without question, Bush is the anointed front-runner, and without question, the Republican establishment is ecstatic. The Republican Party should be happy about the prospect of Jeb Bush as its 2016 presidential candidate only if it has a death wish. Bush 41and Bush 43 dug a hole the party could not climb out of, so Bush 45 aims to fill it with the broken promises of the Republican platform: The Party of Lincoln, RIP....
  • Youngest Woman Elected to Congress Seeks Middle Ground

    Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, has never held elected office, but her résumé looks more like that of a Beltway insider than a political newcomer. By the time she won her seat representing a swath of upstate New York in the November election, she had served as a domestic policy aide for former President George W. Bush , a policy director for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty ’s 2012 presidential campaign and head of debate preparation for vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan . Yet while her rise in the Republican Party has been swift, Ms. Stefanik,...
  • George P. Bush sworn in as Texas land commissioner

    01/03/2015 7:14:36 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 28 replies
    Dallas News ^ | January 2, 2015 1:28 pm | Robert T. Garrett
    George P. Bush took office as state land commissioner in a low-key ceremony at the Texas Capitol on Friday. - I don't yet know a whole lot about George P. Bush, but he seems (far) more electable than his father. Jeb should stand aside, and let his son take the lead.
  • Poll: 60% of GOP Voters Want Boehner Out as Speaker

    01/02/2015 7:42:44 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 82 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/2/15
    A new poll out today reveals GOP opinions about Speaker of the House John Boehner. The poll was commissioned by a group called The People’s Poll, supervised by Pat Caddell of Caddell Associates and fielded by EMC Research. The survey was conducted among self-identified Republicans and independents who say they lean Republican so the opinions in the poll come from the GOPers around the country, not the public-at-large. When asked if Speaker of the House John Boehner should be re-elected only 25% say so, with a paltry 11% strongly supporting Boehner. On the other hand, almost two-thirds (60%) want someone...
  • John McCain's Wacko "Ethnic Cleansing" of Tea Party

    01/02/2015 4:07:55 PM PST · by raptor22 · 44 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 2. 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Republicans: Political purges may work in totalitarian states, but in a democracy they can be self-defeating. The senator who called the Tea Party "wacko birds" should realize the GOP's real enemies are called Democrats. It's been said that all politics is local, and normally a state party's internal squabbles would not be national news. But when they involve a former presidential candidate on an issue that will affect the selection of the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee and chances, we sit up and take notice. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who lost the 2008 election to Barack Obama and who is running...
  • AZ Supreme Court allows OBrewerCare challenge to proceed

    Lobbing a parting shot in Gov. Jan Brewer’s direction as she leaves office, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that state lawmakers have legal standing to challenge the hospital bed tax that is being used to fund a Medicaid eligibility expansion. Read the Supreme Court’s 14-page Opinion here. All of the three dozen legislators are named on page one. At stake in the lawsuit is a critical voter-enacted state constitutional protection that requires two-thirds of the legislature to approve tax or fee increases. Arizona’s Medicaid expansion was funded by a new provider tax on hospitals, and it was not approved...
  • McCain's big purge

    12/30/2014 5:19:20 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 49 replies
    politico.com ^ | 12/30/14 | Alex Isenstadt
    The Arizona senator’s team has been ridding the state’s GOP apparatus of his tea party foes. Nearly a year ago, tea party agitators in Arizona managed to get John McCain censured by his own state party. Now, he’s getting his revenge. As the longtime Republican senator lays the groundwork for a likely 2016 reelection bid, his political team is engaging in an aggressive and systematic campaign to reshape the state GOP apparatus by ridding it of conservative firebrands and replacing them with steadfast allies. Story Continued Below . . The ambitious effort — detailed to POLITICO by nearly a dozen...