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  • A modest proposal for the troublesome tea party

    08/14/2014 11:21:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | August 14, 2014 | Rex W. Huppke
    The past few years have shown us that our political system is operating like a well-oiled machine, assuming that machine's primary purpose is to function horribly while producing nothing of value.. Stubbornness and disagreement have been raised to art forms, and the American people have made it clear they rate Congress only slightly more favorably than "scorpions in pants." The president isn't viewed much better, with an approval rating hovering around a dismal 40 percent. There's ample blame to go around — leftward, rightward, centerward (which isn't a word, but should be) — but a new poll homes in on...
  • Lack of immigration reform could hurt baby-boomer retirees, Graham says

    08/07/2014 6:03:52 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    postandcourier.com ^ | 8/7/14 | Schuyler Kropf
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says America's retirement system could be at risk unless the nation's immigration problems get fixed. In a speech to a Charleston business group, Graham said the U.S.'s graying population means there will be fewer workers in the job stream to keep stocking stressed government budget and benefit accounts, including Social Security. And if the future economy includes millions of illegal workers who don't pay in, then benefits that a growing numbers of Americans will depend on for retirement will become even more drained, he said, pointing at an expected "tsunami" of retirements by 80 million Baby...
  • Gov’t expects to borrow $192B in 3Q, $187B in 4Q

    08/04/2014 10:39:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2014 3:59 PM EDT
    The U.S. Treasury Department has raised by $22 billion its estimate of what it needs to borrow in the third quarter to keep the government operating. Treasury said Monday that it expects to borrow $192 billion in the July-September period, up from an estimate of $170 billion announced in April. The borrowing increase is mainly due to the government taking in less in revenue than previously expected. Treasury also said it expects to borrow $187 billion in the fourth quarter of the year. …
  • Poll: Registered Voters Want A Republican House AND Senate

    08/03/2014 3:47:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:58 AM 08/03/2014 | Katie Frates
    Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid may be in trouble. NBC/WSJ/Marist has published a new poll, conducted July 28-31, that shows a majority of registered voters want a Republican majority in both the House and Senate. Respondents were first asked if they thought Congress had been very productive, somewhat productive, somewhat unproductive or very unproductive. 50 percent of registered voters said they thought Congress had been very unproductive, with only 3 percent saying Congress had been very productive. Even though the 50 percent who think Congress was very unproductive are in part talking about the Republican House, they don’t want the...
  • NRA Backs Lamar Alexander Against Pro-2A Tea Partier Joe Carr

    07/31/2014 12:40:08 PM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 42 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | 7/30/14 | Staff Written, no by line
    Once again we have to ask, what the hell is the NRA up to?
  • Mike Huckabee Fans Revolt After He Endorses Lamar Alexander

    07/28/2014 10:41:47 AM PDT · by bkopto · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/28/2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee angered his Facebook fans after endorsing Sen. Lamar Alexander against conservative state Representative Joe Carr last month. Carr has been endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham for the August 7th primary. And Carr has been relentlessly hammering Alexander for voting for the Senate's amnesty bill even after law enforcement officials warned Alexander that it would lure more illegal immigrants from Central America. Nearly every one of close to 450 comments beneath Huckabee's announcement on his Facebook page blasts Huckabee for supporting Alexander. One Huckabee fan said, "We...
  • Obama fundraises for Dems; demands GOP cooperation

    07/23/2014 6:28:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 23, 2014 9:11 AM EDT
    As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have “gone off the rails” and urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote them out of office. The mixed messages aim to cast Obama as being above the fray even as he embarks on one of his most intense fundraising sprees for the Democratic Party. “I’m not overly partisan,” he insisted Tuesday before 250 donors in a well-to-do lakefront neighborhood in Seattle. “The problem is not the Republican Party per se. The problem is...
  • The Pink Elephant in the Room: Eyes on Gay Republican Candidates

    07/22/2014 9:41:05 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 9 replies
    Reason ^ | 07/17/2014 | Scott Shackford
    The existence of gay Republicans is hardly a new phenomenon. The Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for gay men and women within the party, was founded back in 1977 in California. But every so often, the existence of gay conservatives gets media attention, particularly during election cycles. In more recent years, gay conservatives have been getting more attention as the Republican Party struggles with its identity. American opinion has shifted significantly to support top issues among gays and lesbians, particularly in support of marriage recognition. Support for gay marriage among evangelical Christians has doubled over the past decade, according to...
  • Republican Rep. David Jolly (Fla.) announces support for gay marriage

    07/22/2014 4:45:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/21/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) announced his support for gay marriage Monday, saying that he believes it is "fully appropriate" for a state to recognize both same-sex marriages and "traditional" ones, even though he, as a Christian, believes in the the latter. When asked by The Washington Post whether he supports gay marriage, in light of a Florida judge's decision last week to overturn the state's ban, Jolly said that his personal views on marriage are that it should be limited to one man and one woman. But, he added, states should not be defining the "sanctity" of marriage.
  • How To Run Against ObamaCare. Draw attention to the ACA's pernicious effects on ordinary Americans.

    07/19/2014 8:01:11 AM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    WSJ/Rove ^ | July 17, 2014 | Karl Rove
    But GOP candidates can't simply rely on attacking Democrats for having voted for ObamaCare or, in the case of nonincumbents, supporting it. They should draw attention to the law's pernicious effects on ordinary Americans. By humanizing ObamaCare's shortfalls through stories from ordinary people, Republicans will help explode the myth of liberal competence and compassion, keep this issue fresh through the fall and cause voters to hold Democrats accountable at the polls.
  • HILLARY CLINTON PRAISES GOP ESTABLISHMENT, BIG BUSINESS FOR TAKING ON TEA PARTY

    07/18/2014 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 12 replies
    Hillary Clinton thanked the Republican establishment and its big business allies for taking on the Tea Party and defeating conservative candidates like Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's June runoff. In a Thursday interview with Charlie Rose on PBS, Clinton said tea partiers and conservatives needed to be reined in. And she said it was about time the GOP establishment got a "wake-up call from the big business wing" that wants to continue the bipartisan big government policies that have made Washington, D.C.'s suburbs the country's wealthiest "boomtown." "Finally, the Republican establishment and their business supporters have woken up," Clinton said, noting...
  • Conservatives ready final salvo in war with GOP establishment

    07/17/2014 12:53:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 7/17/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Bloodied but unbowed after a largely unsuccessful primary season, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) isn’t backing down in the final months of the midterms. The group on Thursday launched radio and television ads in Kansas highlighting questions over where Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) lives, making a final play in the group's last remaining incumbent primary. It endorsed Roberts's challenger, radiologist Milton Wolf, but he has thus far failed to pick up much traction against the senator. Both spots hit Roberts on the national debt and ObamaCare, and they feature a clip of Roberts commenting in a recent interview that, "Every...
  • Reid: Southern border is secure

    07/16/2014 1:13:36 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/15/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday asserted the southern border is secure despite the massive surge of illegal minors from Central America that has overwhelmed federal agencies. "The border is secure,” he told reporters after the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch. “[Sen.] Martin Heinrich [(D-N.M.)] talked to the caucus today. He’s a border state senator. He said he can say without any equivocation the border is secure.” Reid said lawmakers need to worry less about border security and focus instead on President Obama’s $3.7 billion request to help process the tens of thousands of children from Honduras, Guatemala...
  • Democrats scour records for provocative comments

    07/14/2014 7:14:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 14, 2014 7:09 AM EDT | Thomas Beaumont
    As the nation’s midsection has grown more conservative and Republican, Democrats have sometimes had to rest their hopes on well-positioned GOP contenders imploding with their own politically off-key statements. It worked like a charm for Democrats in 2012 when Republican candidates in Indiana and Missouri blew winnable Senate races after provocative comments on rape and abortion. But with less than four months until the 2014 election, Democrats are still waiting for new bombshells and growing more anxious about the lack of incendiary material as they try to hold enough Senate seats to keep control of the chamber. Party researchers are...
  • Republican governors’ words shift on gay marriage

    07/12/2014 9:40:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 12:18 PM EDT | Steve Peoples and Erik Schelzig
    Deep in the nation’s Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America’s families and politics for years. While the Republican Party’s religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition- in their rhetoric, at least. For some, the shift may be more a matter of tone than substance as the GOP tries to attract new voters ahead of the midterm elections. Nonetheless, it is a dramatic turn for a party that has long been defined by...
  • Man who accused Cochran campaign of vote-buying changes story

    07/11/2014 8:35:53 PM PDT · by Sister_T · 22 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 11, 2014 | GOPUSA Staff
    A Mississippi man who accused the Thad Cochran campaign of paying African-Americans to vote for the senator in his primary runoff last month is walking back his story. Stevie Fielder told California-based blogger Charles C. Johnson he was asked to buy votes for $15 a pop in the June 24 runoff between Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Now, he's saying he never paid anyone to vote, saying the conversations he claimed he had with Cochran campaign staffers Kirk Sims and Amanda Shook were "hypothetical" and the interview with Johnson was edited.
  • Jason Chaffetz: Mitt Romney will run —and win

    07/07/2014 8:04:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 7, 2014 | Nick Gass
    At least one House Republican thinks Mitt Romney will make another run for the White House in 2016 — and this time, he says the 2012 runner-up will emerge victorious. “I think he actually is gonna run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday. Chaffetz also backed the former Massachusetts governor early in the GOP nomination process for 2012. “A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he’s set out to do. I think he’s proven right on...
  • Black Democrats look to Cochran on voting rights

    07/05/2014 11:21:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2014 4:04 AM EDT | Bill Barrow and Emily Wagster Pettus
    After black voters helped Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran survive an intense Republican primary runoff against an insurgent conservative challenger, some civil rights leaders in the South want him to repay the favor. Their request? Cochran should lead the charge in the Senate to renew a key section of the Voting Rights Act struck down last year by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority. […] Cochran angered some conservatives with his unabashed appeal to Democrats in the June 24 runoff election against state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who eked out a win with the support of tea party groups in the state’s primary...
  • Cantor's loss a blow to state GOP fundraising

    07/05/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    hamptonroads.com ^ | 7/5/14 | Alan Suderman
    Virginia state Republican lawmakers have lost one of their most reliable sources of campaign cash with U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat in a GOP primary contest last month. Cantor's campaign account and the Cantor-controlled 7th District Republican Committee have given more than $700,000 directly to Republican state candidates since Cantor was first elected to Congress in 2000. That is according to campaign finance reports compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit that tracks political contributions. Helping Cantor help state politicians were big-name donors from around the country attracted by the majority leader's former star power. They...
  • FEC PROBES PRO-COCHRAN BARBOUR-RUN SUPER PAC

    07/02/2014 6:57:24 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 2, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has asked a pro-Thad Cochran Super PAC, called Mississippi Conservatives, to provide additional information about what the newspaper Roll Call said “appears to be campaign finance violations.” At issue are last-minute expenditures made by the PAC in the days before the initial June 3 primary. The FEC “Request for Additional Information” says the PAC does not appear to have disclosed some of its spending in a timely manner. The FEC notes in the letter sent to treasurer Brian Perry that failure to “adequately respond” by Aug. 1 “could result in an audit or enforcement action.”...
  • Thad Cochran to hold Press Conference at 2pm

    07/02/2014 9:13:26 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 193 replies
    WJTV ^ | 07/02/2014 | WJTV
    From WJTV News Channel 12 twitter: U.S. Senator @ThadforMS plans to hold a press conference today at 2 to discuss McDaniel's accusations against the election process.
  • Republicans Circulate List of Top Female House Candidates

    07/01/2014 5:17:24 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Abby Livingston
    The end of primary season is nigh, and Republicans are now optimistic their slate of House candidates will yield a net gain of female members in the conference after November. Republicans are now focusing their efforts on a specific slate of top female candidates with a strong chance of coming to Congress. On Tuesday morning, a top aide to Rep. Ann Wagner, a Missouri Republican and leading voice in the conference for women, emailed Capitol Hill colleagues and K Street allies to highlight these female candidates, according to an email obtained by CQ Roll Call. “As many of you know,...
  • With nothing to lose, a McDaniel vote by vote challenge and write-in campaign is a great idea!

    07/01/2014 8:56:03 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 47 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/1/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Chris McDaniel should mount a write-in campaign to be elected to the Senate from Mississippi, here’ why. The first thing to consider in the aftermath of the underhanded stunt the GOPe pulled to keep their hands on power in Mississippi is that right now the candidacy of Chris McDaniel is dead. It cannot be killed because it is dead. That said, McDaniel has nothing at all to lose and everything to gain by pursuing every legal and political option available to him and even those “not” available to him. After the votes were counted, Thad Cochran had 6693 votes more...
  • McCain says Obama weakened America, encourages donations to RNC

    06/30/2014 1:12:35 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 30 2015 | Washington Examiner
    Because “friends and foes” view President Barak Obama’s America as weak, people should donate to the Republican National Committee, says U.S. Sen. John McCain. McCain On Monday, the RNC sent out a mass email to supporters containing a letter from the Republican senator from Arizona, in which he blasted the president. “President Obama’s policies continue to cost millions of Americans jobs and access to health care,” McCain says in the email. “When the world needs American leadership, our President fails to lead. As a result, friends and foes alike are coming to see America as weak, unreliable and lacking credibility....
  • John McCain: Cochran's Tactics against Tea Party in MS Worth Emulating

    06/30/2014 11:22:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 105 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/30/14 | Awr Hawkins
    One week after traveling to Mississippi to do his utmost to help Senator Thad Cochran (R) beat Tea Party rival Chris McDaniel, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) talked about the strengths he saw in Cochran's approach to campaigning. According to AZ Central, McCain dismissed criticism over the tactics the Republican Establishment used to get black Democrats to cross over and vote for Cochran. Said McCain, "There are some people complaining that African-American voters voted. [But] I thought one of the major priorities of the Republican Party was to get all minority and ethnic voters out to vote for Republicans." He described...
  • Michael Savage: Rand Paul looks more and more like a Democrat

    06/28/2014 2:57:28 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    In hopes of avoiding Chris McDaniel’s fate, Rand Paul has worked tirelessly to shed his image as a fringe, right-wing ideologue. (SNIP) "Every day, the guy looks more and more like a Democrat. Every speech he gives, ‘Republicans are too quick to wanna fight…’. Every day, Rand Paul is showing himself to be the shrimpboat that I always knew he was." I never trusted him. I liked his father better than him.
  • Don't give up the ship! We have not yet begun to fight!

    06/24/2014 8:54:04 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 73 replies
    Yes, FReepU GOPe, but surrender? NUTS! The battle rages on. Landslide in November and again in 2016! Repeal all of Obama's Marxist disasters! Take our country back!! Rebellion is brewing!!
  • Enough! They MUST Be Stopped!

    06/20/2014 10:19:42 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/20/14 | Lloyd Marcus
    It has become a daily frightening occurrence, hearing politicians, commentators, pundits, and stunned Americans say, “That's outrageous!” **snip**For example: the GOP was moving too slow in caving to Obama's amnesty scheme, so Obama said, Heck with it, I'll bypass everyone and make it happen. **snip** As with every other extremely arrogant action by Obama, from blatantly lying about ObamaCare to releasing the Taliban five, while everyone expresses disbelief, outrage, and concern, nothing happens. The same is the case concerning the disaster happening at our border. Despite bipartisan outrage, the tsunami of illegals continues. Then there is the absurd lie from...
  • RUPERT MURDOCH: Here's Why 'My Heart Sank' When Eric Cantor Lost

    06/19/2014 1:45:43 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato/Jessica Rinaldi
    News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch Rupert Murdoch said his "heart sank" after he learned of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning Republican primary loss last week, because he believes Congress needs to tackle the issue of immigration reform this year. Murdoch, the chair of News Corp., has an op-ed in Thursday's Wall Street Journal in which he argued immigration reform "can't wait." After Cantor's loss, immigration reform was almost universally pronounced dead as a possibility this year, as it was perceived to be one of the issues on which Cantor lost favor with his Republican constituents. But Murdoch,...
  • Republican EPA chiefs to Congress: Act on climate

    06/18/2014 9:52:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 11:15 AM EDT | Dina Cappiello
    Top environmental officials for four Republican presidents are telling Congress what many Republican lawmakers won’t: Action is needed on global warming. EPA administrators for Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan said Wednesday they hoped to inject reason into a debate that is increasingly colored by politics. …
  • Karl Rove-Backed American Crossroads Attacks GOP Candidate as "Perennial Loser"

    06/14/2014 4:32:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Jun. 10, 2014 | Andy Kroll
    Last year, American Crossroads, the super-PAC conceived of by Republican operative and fundraiser Karl Rove, hatched a plan: Inject itself into 2014 GOP primary races to protect incumbents from hard-line challengers in the mold of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock who could cost the party winnable seats in Congress. Immediately, conservatives howled with outrage over an establishment group targeting tea partiers—Mike Huckabee called it "fratricide." The plan never got off the ground, and American Crossroads itself has largely shied away from picking primary fights. But here's an exception: A brand-new Crossroads ad slams Matt Doheny, who's vying with Elise Stefanik...
  • Cochran Gears Up for Final Campaign Push

    06/14/2014 11:54:00 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 June 2014 | John Semmens
    Surprised that he is facing a run-off against State Senator Chris McDaniel to represent Mississippi in the US Senate, sitting Senator Thad Cochran (R) made an odd bid to corner the bestiality and animal cruelty vote. With a knowing wink to his Pine Bluff audience, Cochran boasted that he'd done "all kinds of indecent things with animals" growing up in rural Mississippi. Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell downplayed Cochran's comments contending that they were "the sorts of antics that many boys and young men engage in as youths. Let's face it, rural Mississippi is just plain boring. Who can blame...
  • Don't sweat Lindsey Graham-- oust Lamar Alexander, work now to bring Grahamnesty down

    06/11/2014 2:14:31 PM PDT · by Javeth · 47 replies
    Just a pep talk in the wake of all our anger at the crooked pro-amnesty and H1b RINO Lindsey Graham winning the SC primary, even amid the jubilation at David Brat's win-- I was in South Carolina myself recently and Lindsey Graham really has suffered tremendously for his support of that disgusting immigration reform bill as a Gang of 8 member. But it didn't surprise me that he was able to hang on, due to simple circumstances he was going to be all but impossible to unseat in this go-around, and in fact the lessons from 2014 will guide us...
  • Republicans Seek Revenge Against Ted Cruz

    06/08/2014 6:22:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Time ^ | June 8, 2014 | Jay Newton-Small
    Now that primary season is almost over, some establishment Republicans are looking for retribution Ted Cruz has not made himself a popular man in Washington, D.C. The Texas Republican would argue that’s the point. But even for a Senator—an elected office with the backing of an entire state—ticking off powerful people can have consequences. In his first two years in Washington, Cruz has managed to help force a government shutdown, undermine the GOP’s chances of taking over the Senate and force uncomfortable votes for his fellow Republicans. Not to mention the verbal bombs he lobs on a regular basis, many...
  • Haley Barbour Dismisses Palin And Santorum As Self-Interested ‘Outside Celebrities’

    06/02/2014 4:06:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 2, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is dismissing Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum as “outside celebrities” who have gotten involved in the highly-charged Mississippi GOP Senate primary to “help themselves nationally.” Voters in Mississippi head to the polls on Tuesday, when incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran will face a challenge on the ballot from state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Ahead of the primary, Barbour, the influential Republican in the state, is arguing that McDaniel is relying on out-of-state conservative stars, while Cochran is boasting support from Mississippi Republicans. “The McDaniel campaign emphasizes the outside celebrities (Palin and Santorum) who are involved in MS...
  • Two Immigration Amendments Approved by House

    05/30/2014 6:02:03 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved two immigration enforcement amendments offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act. The bill includes funding for the Justice Department, and Rep. King's amendments addressed the recent report of more than 36,000 criminal illegal aliens being released from custody and sanctuary cities. SNIP Nine Republicans voted against the amendment, including pro-amnesty supporters Mario Diaz-Balart, Peter King, David Valadao, and Jeff Denham.
  • Hatch: gay marriage will become law of the land

    05/29/2014 6:51:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2014 7:31 PM EDT
    Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch conceded Wednesday it’s only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal across the country, even though he doesn’t think that’s the right way to go. Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks during an appearance on KSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show. […] Hatch also questioned whether judges should be able to tell states how to handle an important matter like marriage. He said he believes nobody should suffer discrimination, and said religious people should try to understand other people’s beliefs. …
  • How Republican Candidates Have Made Life Easier for Democratic Senators

    05/28/2014 9:18:01 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 27, 2014 | Eleanor Clift
    Providing fodder for endless attack ads, challengers to Democratic incumbents in three tough Senate races voted for a budget even more draconian than Paul Ryan’s. This November’s election will never approach presidential-year numbers, but if Democrats can add a percentage or two—and in some deep red states, more than that—victory could be within reach. To boost turnout, Democrats have to make voters believe the stakes are high, and one of the best ways to do that, as history has shown, is persuading people that if Republicans are elected, they will scale back programs such as Social Security and Medicare. “It’s...
  • Is Eric Cantor An Obama Republican?

    05/28/2014 5:17:44 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    blueridgeforum.com ^ | 5/18/14 | Richard Falknor
    “What has altered the storyline in the past several years is not the emergence of the Tea Party but rather the permanent entrenchment of Big Government Republicans, aka Obama Republicans. President Obama has had that much effect on the national debate, which has had a direct effect on the national Republicans. The last gasp of principled conservatism may have come in 2010 with the rise of the Tea Party, but this also gave rise to the countervailing force of the Obama Republicans, resulting in the nomination of Mitt Romney in 2012.” –Craig Shirley (Highlighting Forum’s.) Reagan admirer and chronicler Craig...
  • Obama Gives Boehner One More Chance to Pass Immigration

    05/27/2014 7:10:14 PM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | Sreve Dennis
    President Barack Obama won’t act to reduce deportations on his own until the end of the summer — giving Speaker John A. Boehner one more chance to vote on an immigration overhaul. Two administration officials confirmed that the president has directed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to hold off on releasing the results of his review of immigration policy in the meantime. The hope in the White House is that once Republican primary season largely wraps up June 10, Boehner, R-Ohio, will have the political space to get something done.
  • What should the tea party do now? (Rove's RINOs already spinning expected Texas runoff results)

    05/27/2014 8:42:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/14 | Jennifer Rubin
    Yesterday I noted that the tea party in big states and national elections faces a challenge both in money and support when facing competent, mainstream Republicans. To put it bluntly, there aren’t enough Republicans who think that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is a sellout or that the shutdown was a good idea to sustain the tea party in its current form. I’ve suggested that it, in essence, disappears as a distinct subset of the right and, like most insurgent movements, will be soaked up by the larger political entity, in this case the GOP. But are there other things the...
  • PHILLIPS: The tea party didn’t lose — it was hijacked!

    05/24/2014 12:02:10 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    washington Times ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Judson Phillips
    The media narrative is on full display today. This is a narrative that the left and establishment Republicans want to spin.That spin is that the tea party is losing. The tea party lost in North Carolina and now lost in Kentucky.The tea party did not lose. But the tea party has a major problem: It is being hijacked.In 2010, the Republicans welcomed the tea party movement. The GOP was all but dead, and the tea party movement was the vehicle for a GOP resurgence. In 2012, the Republicans tried to ignore the tea party. This year, Republican consultants in D.C....
  • Luis Gutierrez: Without Amnesty George W. Bush Last Republican President

    05/20/2014 2:31:39 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 May 2014 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who suggested on Monday that "every institution" in America should ignore the nation's immigration laws until Congress passes amnesty legislation, said President George W. Bush will go down as the last Republican president in history if Congress does not act on immigration. "I give you George W. Bush--the man who will go down in history as the last Republican president in American history," Gutierrez said Tuesday on the House Floor. He added: If you do nothing on immigration, I guess you can take comfort in knowing that from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush, you had...
  • When the Right Turns on America (Beltway Getting Nervous)

    05/20/2014 12:05:51 PM PDT · by mojito · 55 replies
    Commentary ^ | 5/19/2014 | Peter Wehner
    Speaking to the National Rifle Association’s recent annual conference, NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre, in describing America, said, “Almost everywhere you look, something has gone wrong. You feel it in your heart, you know it in your gut. Something has gone wrong. The core values we believe in, the things we care about most, are changing. Eroding. Our right to speak. Our right to gather. Our right to privacy. The freedom to work, and practice our religion, and raise and protect our families the way we see fit.” He went on to say this: "There are terrorists...
  • Why Hillary’s high numbers (even among Republicans!) won’t last

    05/19/2014 2:09:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2014 | Howard Kurtz
    Some 57 percent of Americans “who were aware of Clinton” (isn’t that everyone?) have a favorable opinion, while 43 percent see her negatively. And “nearly one-quarter of Republicans said they had a favorable view of Clinton.” That’s pretty remarkable in a polarized electorate, suggesting a certain crossover appeal. Clinton was most frequently described as “strong,” but “‘Benghazi’ was the term that stood out most when respondents who said they had an unfavorable view of Clinton were asked to explain this perspective.” And therein lies the rub. […] “The reality is that if nothing extraordinary happens, the only person who could...
  • Republican leaders to block US immigration measure

    05/17/2014 12:30:26 AM PDT · by kingattax · 38 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 5-16-14 | ERICA WERNER and DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders intervened Friday to prevent a vote on U.S. immigration legislation, dealing a severe blow to election-year efforts to overhaul the widely denigrated system. The move came after a Republican congressman announced plans to try to force a vote next week, over strong conservative opposition, on his measure creating a path to citizenship for immigrants who live here illegally yet serve in the military. Rep. Jeff Denham labeled his bill the ENLIST Act and said he would seek a vote as an amendment to the popular annual defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act, or...
  • National Park Employee Brutally Beaten by Illegal Alien and Left for Dead (Video)

    05/17/2014 3:55:32 PM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 16 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-17-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsA park employee left for dead at the Chiricahua National Monument is speaking out about her attack.Karen Gonzales, 60, was viciously beaten in broad daylight in one of the park restrooms.She suffered a brain injury and is now walking with a limp. She tells News 4 Crime Trackers, “I will never forget his face coming at me.”Gonzales was cleaning the women’s restroom at the Faraway Ranch Campground when she heard a noise, looked up, and saw her attacker come at her with a rock.The DNA evidence left behind identified 33-year-old Gilbert Gaxiola as her attacker. The...
  • California Republicans stress immigration support

    05/17/2014 9:19:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 17, 2014 11:19 AM EDT | Kevin Freking
    Republican Rep. David Valadao says he’s not worried that Congress’ failure to pass immigration legislation will hurt his prospects for re-election to a district in California’s agricultural heartland. Same goes for GOP Rep. Jeff Denham, who represents a neighboring district in the state’s San Joaquin Valley. Still, the California congressmen are making sure voters know they support an immigration overhaul. They’re aware that Democrats will try to turn the congressional gridlock into an advantage during this year’s midterm elections. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $300,000 on television ads in Valadao’s district, noting that he is the son of immigrants....
  • Retreat: Cantor blocks DREAM Act for military enlistees from defense bill

    05/16/2014 3:34:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/16/14 | Allahpundit
    Proof that the GOP’s terrified of an immigration backlash from the right in November? Or proof that Eric Cantor in particular is terrified of losing his primary? I’ll accept “both” as an answer. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will block attempts next week to include a measure on a must-pass defense policy bill that would legalize young undocumented immigrants who serve in the military. A spokesman confirmed Friday that the legislation, known as the Enlist Act, will not be among those debated with the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill that sets policy for the Pentagon. Rep. Jeff Denham...
  • ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT KILLS COP DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE FREEWAY DRUNK

    05/16/2014 1:24:05 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 86 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 May 2014, | CAROLINE MAY
    An illegal immigrant who killed a police office while driving the wrong way in on an Arizona freeway Monday had a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit, the Associated Press reported Friday. Raul Silva Corona had driven 35 miles in the wrong direction on three freeways with a blood alcohol level of .238 percent in the wee hours of Monday morning before he killed Mesa Police Officer Brandon Mendoza, according to the AP's report. In Arizona, a driver is considered intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent. Mendoza, who served for thirteen years at the Mesa Police...