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  • “A corrupt, unresponsive and plutocratic disaster”: How Mitch McConnell and the GOP remade DC

    04/26/2015 7:16:06 AM PDT · by Mariner · 41 replies
    Salon ^ | 4/26/2015 | Elias Isquith
    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is by most accounts an awkward, charmless politician who is motivated by little more than a ruthless desire to accrue power and win his next election. He has no set ideological principles (he was once a labor-friendly, pro-choice moderate, for example) and despite having been in Congress for some three decades, no legislation of real significance bears his name. To all appearances, he is exactly the kind of nakedly ambitious cipher that our society rewards but that we the people claim to hate. I would, generally speaking, rather write about someone else.
  • Catsimatidis blabs: Jeb Bush announcing 2016 bid on Monday

    04/26/2015 4:51:58 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/26/15 | Michael Gartland
    Jeb Bush plans to officially roll out his presidential campaign Monday, according to billionaire John Catsimatidis, who announced the news Sunday on his radio show. “I have found out that Governor Jeb Bush will be announcing Monday,” the former mayoral candidate said on his show, The Cats Roundtable.
  • GOP Senator's Aide Admitted Trading Drugs for Sex: Report (Meth & Thad Cochran)

    04/26/2015 10:24:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2015
    A staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) admitted to distributing methamphetamine and another drug in exchange for sexual favors, according to a report in The Washington Post. Customs and Border Patrol officers in Cincinnati found a package of gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) addressed to Fred Wesley Pagan, according to a court document. Homeland Security agents searched his house in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington D.C., on Thursday and found a substance that tested positive for meth in plastic bags, the court document states. The Post reports Pagan is a long-time employee of Cochran and currently serves as his office manager. Pagan allegedly...
  • Is anyone afraid of Jeb Bush?

    04/26/2015 10:04:02 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/25/15 | Dan Balz
    Jeb Bush jolted his prospective rivals for the Republican presidential nomination last winter when he dived with unexpected aggressiveness into the 2016 campaign. Few of them seem to be quaking now. The former Florida governor is still the biggest name in the GOP field, with a fundraising network unmatched by any of the others. But Bush’s considerable assets so far have done little to reshape the early polls or keep others out of the race. If anything, it’s the opposite. Bush acknowledged all this when he was in New Hampshire a week ago. Noting his strong establishment support, one voter,...
  • In fundraising, Jeb is on defense

    04/24/2015 3:47:12 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/23/15 | Eli Stokols
    Weekend confab comes as some Bush donors fear his funding edge is slipping. This weekend in Miami Jeb Bush will huddle with a group of his top donors at a brand new “nature-centric,” $700-a-night South Beach hotel, replete with four pools, a Tom Colicchio restaurant and an 11,000-plant “living green wall.” The point, though, isn’t tranquility and relaxation – it’s survival. For a time, it looked like Bush would steamroll the GOP field with a cash-flush juggernaut that might raise as much as $100 million in the first quarter, using a variety of super PACs to push the boundaries of...
  • Court docs: Senate staffer planned to exchange drugs for sexual favors

    04/24/2015 2:56:58 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 44 replies
    WTOP News Radio ^ | April 24, 2015 | Megan Cloherty
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate staffer is facing a federal charge after court documents say he bought drugs from China with the intent to exchange them for sexual favors. Senate staffer Fred W. Pagan is facing the federal charge of possession with intent to distribute after court documents say he shipped drugs in from China. Pagan is a staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.
  • Deal Says Georgia To Follow Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

    04/24/2015 1:07:21 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 12 replies
    WABE radio ^ | 4/23/15 | Denis O'Hare
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he will respect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage when it rules. Georgia has a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but the high court is expected to hear arguments on the issue next week. “Federal constitutional issues trump state constitutional issues, " Deal told "A Closer Look" host Denis O'Hayer. "So we will abide by whatever the Supreme Court rules as an interpretation of the United States Constitution.” On Wednesday, State Attorney General Sam Olens said he'll follow the U.S. Supreme Court's order. Deal also spoke about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,...
  • Can Jeb Bush win the GOP nomination . . . by praising President Obama?

    04/24/2015 8:02:50 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/24/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush supports President Obama’s trade deal, praises his management of the National Security Agency and agrees that Congress should have moved faster to hold a vote on new attorney general Loretta Lynch. And that’s all since last week. It’s an unusual approach for Bush to take in seeking the nomination of a conservative party that mostly loathes the current president. The former Florida governor has gone out of his way at times to chime in on issues where he agrees with Obama — bolstering his attempt to be a softer-toned kind of Republican focused on winning...
  • Mitch McConnell to Conservatives: Drop Dead

    04/24/2015 7:32:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 123 replies
    conservativehq.com ^ | 4/24/15 | George Rasley
    Yesterday’s Senate vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, was a classic example of why talk among conservatives of forming a third party alternative to the establishment Republican Party will not die. Not only did the usual jelly-backed Senate Republicans vote to confirm Lynch, they were led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose job is, ostensibly, to be the leader of the conservative opposition to Obama and his lawless progressive agenda. In moving the Lynch nomination McConnell broke a pre-election promise that no attorney general nominee would be considered in...
  • Exclusive — Empirical Vote Data Shows Democrats Still Control US Senate...

    04/24/2015 1:52:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Big Government ^ | 4/23/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Democrats still control the U.S. Senate, election results last November aside, an analysis of all the votes taken since Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took over as Majority Leader shows. In fact, with two minor exceptions, every single vote that has passed the U.S. Senate since the beginning of this Congress in January has passed with at least—usually more than—93 percent of support from Democrats. “While Republicans have done nothing to create jobs and help the middle class, on other topics like passing clean funding for Homeland Security and confirming Loretta Lynch, Senator McConnell has done the right thing by...
  • Republican Senate Confirms AG Who Says Illegals Have Right to Work But Partially Born Babies ...

    04/24/2015 1:49:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 23, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Complete Headline: Republican Senate Confirms AG Who Says Illegals Have Right to Work But Partially Born Babies Have No Right to Life A Republican-controlled U.S. Senate voted to confirm an attorney general today who says that illegal aliens have a right to work in the United States but that partially born babies do not have a right to life. The Senate took two votes on the nomination of Loretta Lynch: first, a "cloture" vote to end debate and allow a final vote on confirmation, and, then, the final vote itself. Neither of these votes would have taken place had not...
  • Jeb Bush Takes Shot at Romney: ‘He Didn’t Signal He Cared About People’

    04/23/2015 5:20:54 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/23/15 | Alana Goodman
    Cites ‘unorthodox’ views, such as support Common Core and immigration reform, as strength Jeb Bush said he would not make the same mistakes as Mitt Romney during a private event in New York on Thursday, saying the 2012 Republican nominee was unable to connect with voters in a genuine way. “[Romney] made it about a referendum on the president’s policies rather than about himself. He didn’t show his heart,” said the former governor of Florida. “He didn’t send a signal that he cared about people, when he did.” -snip- On immigration, he said he backs “earned legalized status.” “You would...
  • Jeb Bush: Deal to advance Loretta Lynch has 'gotta be a win'

    04/22/2015 8:38:21 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/22/2015 | Nick Gass
    Jeb Bush says that the prospective confirmation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch “sounds to me like a victory” because “getting rid of” current Attorney General Eric Holder has “gotta be a win.” The former governor of Florida said last week that President Barack Obama deserves the opportunity to have the team he wants. He also took shots at Holder then, saying that Republicans should consider that the longer they take to confirm Lynch, the longer he will be in office. “I said that they should have a vote,” Bush told radio show host Michael Medved in an interview Tuesday....
  • McConnell introduces bill to extend NSA surveillance

    04/22/2015 7:30:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2015 | Ellen Nakashima
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act. The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the government’s spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
  • Jeb Bush Praises Obama’s Expansion of NSA Surveillance

    04/21/2015 6:18:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 4/21/15 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the most glaring myths propagated by Washington — especially the two parties’ media loyalists — is that bipartisanship is basically impossible, that the two parties agree on so little, that they are constantly at each other’s throats over everything. As is so often the case for Washington partisan propaganda, the reality is exactly the opposite: from trade deals to Wall Street bailouts to a massive National Security and Penal State, the two parties are in full agreement on the bulk of the most significant D.C. policies (which is why the leading candidates of the two parties (from America’s...
  • Christie gets worst job-approval ratings of his career in new poll

    04/21/2015 2:51:56 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/21/15 | Aaron Short
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might be running for president of the United States, but he’d have a hard time getting re-elected in his own state. Christie received the worst job-approval ratings of his career, in a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.
  • Jeb Bush Tells Congress to Approve Obama Amnesty Supporter Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

    04/20/2015 6:06:02 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 17APR2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is calling on Congress to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, whose confirmation hearings took place in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January. In February, Lynch was voted out of the committee and approved 12-8. Due to the legislative schedule and fighting over bills already in motion, a full Senate vote on her confirmation has not yet taken place. More from POLITICO: “I think presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said, according to reports of his stop at the “Politics and Pie” forum in Concord, New Hampshire, on Thursday...
  • McConnell: Comparing climate skeptics to slaveholders a ‘depressing new low’

    04/20/2015 4:33:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 20, 2015 | Devin Henry
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) on Monday described an editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader equating those opposed to climate protections to slaveholders as a “depressing new low.” In an editorial last week, the Lexington Herald-Leader wrote that McConnell and others opposed to stricter environmental rules “will be regarded one day in the same way we think of 19th-century apologists for human slavery.” “How could economic interests bind them to the immortality of their position?” the paper asked then. The editorial said McConnell should listen to public opinion and drop his opposition to President Obama's greenhouse gas reduction plans. “The...
  • Climate change group praises Jeb Bush for 'leadership'

    04/19/2015 4:56:55 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 26 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Alex Leary
    Jeb Bush on Friday in New Hampshire called for the U.S. "to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions.” The remarks at a "Politics & Eggs" event brought praise from billionaire Tom Steyer's group NextGen Climate, which has spent millions in recent elections blasting Republicans on climate change. "Jeb Bush demonstrated leadership today on the issue of climate change—distancing himself from the other Republican presidential hopefuls and demonstrating why climate change doesn’t have to be a partisan issue," the group said in an email to reporters. "Today in New Hampshire, Bush expressed...
  • Jeb Bush: Is he 2016's Mitt Romney?

    04/19/2015 4:17:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4/19/15 | Mark Sappenfield
    In 2012, Mitt Romney was the out-of-touch establishment Republican who sparked a right-wing primary backlash. A New Hampshire GOP event this weekend suggests the storyline could play out again with Jeb Bush. In New Hampshire this weekend, there was already the scent of it. Perhaps not overpowering yet, but unmistakable and very familiar. "I'm sick and tired of mushy, wishy-washy conservatives," one attendee of a Republican gathering for potential presidential candidates in New Hampshire told The Boston Herald. For good measure, she also made Saturday's headlines by suggesting that the still-awfully-far-away Republican presidential primary season would be a "coronation" because...
  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Seattle on Monday

    04/19/2015 4:23:24 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    KING TV ^ | 4/19/15 | KING TV
    He's not officially a presidential candidate, but Jeb Bush seems to be raising money like one. The former Florida Governor will be in Seattle on Monday for a round table discussion. If you want to attend, you'll need to pay $12,500 or $25,000 per couple.
  • Slow Your Roll on Scott Walker

    04/18/2015 8:00:37 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 42 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/7/2015 | Steve Deace
    We’re still a year away from the first official votes being cast in the 2016 Republican presidential primary in my home state of Iowa. Yet some of my brethren seem willing to declare the contest over and award Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker the victory before he’s truly been vetted. How about we make a guy go through the job interview before we hire him based solely off his resume? Now, to be sure Walker has an attractive resume, which is why I have several kind things to say about him in my book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win...
  • AWOL in the Fight for Marriage

    04/18/2015 6:32:20 PM PDT · by kindred · 26 replies
    http://www.americanclarion.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Bob Ellis
    As Cliff Kincaid noted in a recent column, Only six of 54 Republican members of the Senate signed a pro-traditional marriage legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that was submitted on Friday. USA Today noted, “By contrast, 44 Democratic senators and 167 Democratic House members filed a brief last month urging the court to approve same-sex marriage. The brief included the full House and Senate [Democratic] leadership teams.” Who were these six Republicans who were actually willing to stand up for the documented Republican value of marriage? ◾Senator Ted Cruz of Texas ◾Senator Steve Daines of Montana ◾Senator James...
  • Jeb Bush is Loretta Lynch’s unlikely ally

    04/18/2015 10:53:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/18/15 | Marisa Schultz
    Loretta Lynch has found an unlikely ally — Jeb Bush. The Brooklyn US attorney, whose attorney general nomination has been stalled for months in the Republican-controlled Senate, is getting a helping hand from the former Florida governor and probable GOP presidential candidate. “I think that presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said while campaigning in New Hampshire Thursday.
  • Joe Scarborough Opens GOP Leadership Summit Day 2 with Series of Awkward Jokes

    04/18/2015 10:41:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    mediaite ^ | April 18, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    The second day of the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First in the Nation” leadership summit kicked off Saturday morning with a speech from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman. As you might expect, the reception was lukewarm at first — especially when he tried to land a series of fratboy-ish jokes — but became much warmer when he talked actual policy and tried to stir the crowd into rallying around conservative principles for the 2016 election. But let’s run through his awkward jokes: Scarborough approached the stage to noticeably tepid applause (though, to be fair, this was the first...
  • Obama: Nuke Deal With Ayatollah is ‘Political Agreement’ Not ‘Formal Treaty'

    04/18/2015 9:52:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/18/15
    President Barack Obama said on Friday that the deal he and the leaders of five other major powers are trying to cut with the Iranian regime headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is a “political agreement” and “not a formal treaty.”As such, he said, Congress should not ordinarily have authority to sign off on this kind of deal.Obama made the statement when discussing legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and approved unanimously by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that would give Congress 60 days to review an Iran nuclear deal made by the administration. During that 60 days,...
  • Jeb Bush Pushes Republicans to Cave to Obama Executive Amnesty, Approve Loretta Lynch!

    04/16/2015 9:45:02 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/16/2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has joined Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to abandon his pre-election promise to fight President Obama’s executive amnesty by holding a vote to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. “I think that presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said in New Hampshire at an event with about 95 voters and “a horde of media,” according to Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller. “The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as Attorney General,” Bush said, echoing a talking point that...
  • Boehner boots rebels

    04/14/2015 3:41:23 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 14, 2015 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    Three months after they voted against John Boehner's third term as speaker, two Republicans have been removed from a key committee in retaliation for their dissent. The House Rules Committee announced on Tuesday that they have filled two positions temporarily vacated by Reps. Richard Nugent and Daniel Webster, who were taken off the panel after they joined 24 conservative Republicans in voting against Boehner in January. Reps. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., and Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., will fill the positions, meaning that Webster and Nugent have been permanently ousted. The two lawmakers served on the Rules Committee in the 113th Congress, but...
  • Priebus: Hillary ‘About the Best Person We Could Possibly Hope For’

    04/13/2015 8:00:12 AM PDT · by yuffy
    breitbart ^ | 13 Apr 2015 | by Ian Hanchett
    Georgia middle schooler CJ Pearson is no fan of Hillary Clinton, and her pledge to be a “champion” for “everyday Americans” likely isn’t going to change his mind. “Hillary Clinton, I’m done with you,” the 12-year-old student declares in his latest viral video. “Why? Because you are one of the most narcissistic, power-hungry, self-absorbed politicians of this day. “You have no accomplishments to point out, except, oh, I was married to Bill Clinton.”
  • Sens. McCain and Levin urged IRS to target Tea Party, conservative groups

    04/11/2015 4:22:02 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 195 replies
    examiner.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    Government documents obtained by a top "Inside the Beltway" watchdog group and released on Thursday reveal that Internal Revenue Service's Lois Lerner was strongly urged by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, her assistance in attacking certain non-profit political groups. The organizations they selected for targeting by Lerner were part of the Tea Party and conservative movements. Newly released documents revealed that Sen. Levin (left) and Sen. McCain both urged the IRS to target conservative groups in the wake of the Citizens United decision. The group that investigates and exposes government corruption, Judicial Watch, released newly acquired...
  • Understanding Carly Fiorina - [The Real Carly Fiorina 04/10/2010]

    04/10/2015 8:06:17 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 47 replies
    RedState ^ | September 7th, 2010 at 12:17 PM | Erick Erickson
    We endorsed Chuck DeVore in the GOP California Senate primary over Carly Fiorina. We did so because of DeVore’s proven record of staunch conservatism — which he continues fighting for now, having just helped kill a California open-carry ban — but also because we didn’t really trust or know anything about Fiorina. Carly’s conservative record was thin to nonexistent, and there were many troubling signs that she held liberal views. From her praise of Jesse Jackson, to her playing the race and gender cards against DeVore, to her support for the Wall Street bailouts, to her qualified support for the...
  • Nevada Assemblyman Lynn Stewart holds Convention of States resolution hostage

    04/08/2015 11:13:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    conventionofstates.com ^ | 4/8/15 | Mark Meckler
    As patriots on the front line for liberty, we need you to call out bad legislative behavior and poor leadership. A single Assemblyman in Nevada is holding the Convention of States resolution hostage. Believe it or not, the Constitution of Nevada actually requires Article V legislation like ours to be proposed and approved, yet because of his fear, Assemblyman Lynn Stewart is single-handedly stopping COS. The public support for Convention of States in Nevada is overwhelming. Support is running three to one on the Nevada Legislature’s website. Yet today, one Assemblyman stands in the way; Assemblyman Lynn Stewart. Here’s how...
  • MSNBC Analyst: Rand Paul Announcement Speech Was ‘Very Nearly Flawless’ (McCain's Steve Schmidt)

    04/07/2015 1:36:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 7, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Republican strategist and MSNBC political analyst Steve Schmidt gave Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential run announcement speech a rave review, calling it “nearly flawless” and “incredibly sophisticated.” SCHMIDT: Look, I think this speech was very nearly flawless. It was a superb announcement speech for a president. You saw somebody who attached optimism to conservatism and saw someone articulate a big tent Republican message. When you look at these fiscal issues, including symbolically the foreign aid issues to countries like Pakistan… I think all of the issues he talked about have tremendous resonance in these early states. And let’s not...
  • Senate Conservatives Fund targets McCain

    04/07/2015 12:44:28 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/6/15 | David McCabe
    The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) has launched an effort to defeat Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), bashing him for failing to uphold the principles of a “true conservative” just hours after he announced his intention to run for reelection. “There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain,” SCF President Ken Cuccinelli said in an email to supporters Tuesday of the party's 2008 nominee for president. “John McCain lost his way a long time ago and it's time to replace him with a strong conservative leader who will support and defend the Constitution.” Cuccinelli’s email links...
  • North Dakota governor issues memo barring gay discrimination

    04/06/2015 5:35:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2015 6:46 PM EDT | James MacPherson
    North Dakota’s Republican governor sent a memo to 17 government departments on Monday saying discrimination against anyone is unacceptable, just two hours before every Democrat in the Legislature delivered a letter calling on him to go further and issue an executive order prohibiting bias against gays and lesbians. Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s chief of staff sent the letter to all agency directors appointed by the governor. “This administration expects all cabinet agencies to hire employees and to maintain agency staff based on ability and performance,” Chief of Staff Ron Rauschenberger wrote. “Ours remains a policy of non-discrimination, including no discrimination based...
  • Does anyone know if Indiana or Arkansas have Gubernatorial recall options?

    04/03/2015 9:50:02 AM PDT · by TitansAFC · 8 replies
    Vanity | 4-3-15 | TitansAFC
    Does anyone know if Indiana or Arkansas have Gubernatorial recall options?
  • Professor: Indiana RFRA ‘Fix’ Could Send Christians to Jail

    04/02/2015 11:01:19 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/02/2015 | Austin Ruse
    The greatly anticipated “fix” to the Indiana religious freedom law has been released by the Indiana legislative committee, and it is far worse than conservatives feared. According to law professor Mark Rienzi, the new fix will allow the state to prosecute Christians criminally for denying gay weddings their professional affirmation.Rienzi, of the Becket Fund and Catholic University School of Law and who was lead attorney in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case that upheld a claim under the federal religious freedom law, said this would “criminalize religious objectors.”
  • (Sen Mark) Kirk Statement on Indiana's Discrimination Law

    04/01/2015 5:44:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Mark Kirk ^ | April 1, 2015 | Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
    U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement on the discriminatory law recently enacted in Indiana: “I strongly oppose what Governor Pence did. We should not enshrine bigotry under the cover of religion. It’s not just bad practice – it’s un-American.”
  • Congressman Faces Backlash over Cruz Comments satire

    04/01/2015 9:51:19 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 March 2015 | John Semmens
    After calling newly announced GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz a “big mouth” and a “failure,” Rep Peter King (R-NY) was shocked to receive feedback in-kind from Cruz supporters. “People have been phoning my office belittling my accomplishments and asserting that I am all talk,” King complained. “This is disrespectful. No member of Government should have to put up with such abuse.” King rebutted assertions that his inelegant way of expressing his disagreement with Sen. Cruz may have invited equally inelegant retorts. “I am a member of Congress, the Constitution explicitly protects my right to speak on any matter without...
  • Indianapolis Mayor (GOP) Orders City Employees to Ignore Religious Freedom Restoration Act [ed]

    03/31/2015 6:52:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 30, 2015 | Taylor Wofford
    Greg Ballard, the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana's largest city, has come out against a controversial religious freedom act signed into law last week by the state’s Republican governor, the Indianapolis Star reports. In a press conference Monday, Ballard announced that he had issued an executive order that "no vendor, contractor, grant recipient or anyone receiving public funds or benefits of any kind shall discriminate on the basis of...sexual orientation [or] gender identity."
  • Epitaph for a Senator

    03/30/2015 4:10:10 PM PDT · by Don Corleone · 2 replies
    Sen. Flake Az. | 3/30/15 | Sen. Flake
    Thank you for contacting me about the letter sent by Republican Senators to the leadership in Iran regarding a nuclear agreement. As you know, on March 9, 2015, 47 Republican Senators sent a letter to the leaders of Iran addressing a prospective agreement on Iran's nuclear program. In the letter, the cosigners advised that Congress could revoke any agreement reached with Iran. I did not sign this letter. While I believe that Congress should have a say on any agreement – after all, Congress will need to repeal the sanctions from which Iran seeks relief as part of an agreement...
  • Walker Makes His Pitch to Harris County Republicans

    03/28/2015 9:28:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | March 28, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    HOUSTON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made his presidential pitch in Texas on Saturday night, touting his fighting spirit and Midwestern thriftiness before a crowd of Harris County Republicans who will have no shortage of choices in 2016. Walker, who has emerged as an early frontrunner for the GOP's nomination, cited his experience battling labor unions and saving taxpayers' money in Wisconsin as a template for a nation he said is on a worrisome path under President Barack Obama. "There's no doubt with the right leadership in Washington, we can transform America just like we transformed the states, and we're...
  • Bill O'Reilly Explains Why He Cast a Muslim Actor for the Role of Jesus in 'Killing Jesus'

    03/27/2015 7:59:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/27/2015 | BY VINCENT FUNARO
    Bill O'Reilly, host of the Fox News program "The O'Reilly Factor," spoke briefly at the premiere of the new National Geographic mini-series "Killing Jesus," which is based on his best-selling book, and talked about his controversial decision to cast a Muslim actor for role of Jesus in the film. During his speech, which took place before the series was shown to the audience in its entirety, O'Reilly explained his decision to cast young Muslim actor Haaz Sleiman for the role of Jesus. He admitted to being concerned about some of the backlash that might come, but said Sleiman "was the...
  • Romney's former campaign manager on leading fight for 2016

    03/22/2015 1:31:33 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    Fox News Sunday - Power Player ^ | March 22, 2015 | Fox News Sunday
    Matt Rhoades has made a name for himself in the Republican ranks, serving as Mitt Romney's campaign manager and the research director for George W. Bush's 2004 campaign before that. As the race for the White House heats up, Chris sits down with Rhoades to discuss his latest venture, heading up the conservative opposition research group "America Rising," as our Power Player of the Week.
  • Gov. Nikki Haley on 2016: A fan of Bush, other governors

    03/25/2015 3:15:02 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2015 | By Philip Rucker
    Back in 2010, when the governor of South Carolina was merely "Nikki Who?," running behind in a four-person Republican primary with her top supporter mired in scandal, Jeb Bush gave her some advice. (SNIP) In January, she said, Romney called her to tell her he was thinking about a run in 2016 as well. But before they could schedule a meeting to discuss it further, he announced he would not run. "I’m still heartbroken that he didn’t win last time," Haley said. "Having said that, it’s a new year, it’s a new day, it’s a new time. We’ve gone through...
  • RINO “war room” is pathetic, even by GOP establishment standards

    03/25/2015 3:05:39 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Mar. 22, 2015
    Matt Rhoades’ vaunted oppo research team was featured on this week’s on Fox News Sunday… (SNIP) To recap, this is fmr. Romney campaign manager and crony capitalist Matt Rhoades… (SNIP) LMFAO @ “And this is the presidential research team…” Literally watching YouTube all day… I know what you’re thinking: "They don’t even look like they’re trying! Matt Rhoades raises millions of dollars! That office looks like it costs twenty grand, tops! What happened to the rest of the money!?" (SNIP) Matt Rhoades and Karl Rove swindle naive, low-information Republicans out of hundreds of millions of dollars under the guise of...
  • Pro-Lifers Arrested For Praying Outside Boehner’s Office

    03/25/2015 10:47:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 25, 2015 - 12:40 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    U.S. Capitol police on Wednesday arrested seven pro-life protesters while they were praying outside the office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Those arrested, who included prominent pro-life activist and nurse Jill Stanek, were protesting the House Republican leaderships’ failure to call a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit aborting an unborn child in or after the 20th week of gestation. The House Republican leadership shelved the bill less than 24 hours before it was set to come up for a vote on Jan. 22 after some Republican congresswomen, led by Rep. Renée Ellmers (R-N.C.)...
  • SCOTT WALKER’S TEAM PICKS UP A TOP ROMNEY STAFFER

    03/25/2015 12:05:49 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/25/2015 | Breitbart. News
    The Republican governor’s political action committee has tapped Matt Hall to serve as director of operations. Hall held a similar position for 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
  • JEB BUSH ADVISER SLAMS NETANYAHU, ISRAEL AT LEFT-WING J STREET GALA

    03/24/2015 9:12:17 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 24, 2015 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, a foreign policy adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening at the Washington gala dinner for J Street, a Soros-funded left-wing group that is devoted to disrupting the close U.S.-Israel alliance. Baker said that Netanyahu had been too forceful in his opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran, and that he had shown insufficient commitment to peace with the Palestinians....
  • Rep. Peter King Threatens to Jump Off a Bridge if Cruz Gets GOP Nomination

    03/23/2015 4:15:33 PM PDT · by don-o · 148 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 18, 201, 5 | Matt Wilstein
    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room Monday afternoon and when Wolf Blitzer asked him to explain his statement that compared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to a “carnival barker,” the Republican congressman opted not to walk back his comments but instead take about a dozen steps forward. “We need intelligent debate in the country. Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate,” King said. “He oversimplifies, he exaggerates and he basically led the Republican Party over the cliff in the fall of 2013. He has shown no qualifications, no legislation...