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  • Alabama Rep. Spencer Bachus won't seek re-election(amnesty supporter retires)

    10/02/2013 6:30:30 PM PDT · by amnestynone · 6 replies
    Fox news ^ | 10/02/2013 | Ass press
    Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus, the longest-serving member of Alabama's House delegation, said Monday he will not seek re-election in 2014 after his current term. The 6th District congressman, who first made the announcement during a live interview on WBRC-TV, said he is too worried about problems like the national debt to resign, yet he also is frustrated by the climate in Washington
  • Missouri House fails to override veto of tax cut legislation

    09/11/2013 1:42:01 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 37 replies
    STL Today (St. Louis Post Dispatch) ^ | Sept. 11, 2013 | Elizabeth Crisp
    JEFFERSON CITY • The Missouri House has failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation that would cut state income taxes for the first time in nearly a century. The vote, which happened after more than an hour and a half of debate near the start of the state Legislature’s annual veto session today, signaled a key victory for Nixon, who has spent the summer advocating against the tax legislation, which he often characterized as poorly drafted. “This (legislation) is bad tax policy and bad public policy,” state Rep. Jill Schupp, a Creve Coeur Democrat who spoke out against...
  • McCain: Republicans Need To Debate The Direction Of The Party

    08/28/2013 8:09:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 86 replies
    TPM ^ | August 28, 2013
    McCain has condemned threats by the likes of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to block any continuing resolution that funds Obamacare and risk a government shutdown. The senior Arizona senator said that many of the Republicans and conservatives who back the defunding effort weren't in Washington in the early 1990s when the GOP suffered a political backlash for a government shutdown. "It is a battle that's going to go on in the Republican Party and we're going to have to have a struggle and a conversation and an open and honest debate about the...
  • Conservative group presses McConnell on health law

    08/26/2013 4:05:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2013 5:59 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    A conservative group is launching a radio ad challenging Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to oppose any money for President Barack Obama’s health care law even if it means triggering a government shutdown. The Senate Conservatives Fund is spending nearly $50,000 on the 60-second commercial that will begin airing on Tuesday in Kentucky, where McConnell is locked in a tough race for a sixth term. The GOP leader faces both a primary rival, businessman Matt Bevin, and a Democratic foe, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Republicans in Congress can stop Obamacare by refusing to fund it, but Senator Mitch...
  • One year after RNC, Bush, Rubio lose luster

    08/25/2013 8:27:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 61 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 8/25/13 | William March
    As recently as six months ago, Florida, a state with a poor record for producing presidential candidates, appeared to be striking gold at last. Former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio were among the top three or four candidates, sometimes at the very top, in nearly every poll of Republicans on the 2016 presidential nomination. They had starring roles at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa one year ago this week, with Rubio introducing nominee Mitt Romney. Today, things look different. -snip- Called a traitor and a “RINO,” or “Republican in name only,” over immigration reform by some...
  • Mitch McConnell chief of staff Josh Holmes to NRSC

    08/01/2013 11:08:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 8/1/13 | Manu Raju
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s chief of staff is stepping down from his position to focus exclusively on the GOP leader’s reelection campaign and the national Republican effort to take back the majority next year. The move, Republicans say, is a reflection of the growing belief — and concern — that 2014 could be the last opportunity in years for the GOP to recapture the Senate after blowing their chance at the majority in the past two election cycles. So McConnell is moving a key aide out of his official Washington office to work entirely on campaign politics. Continue Reading...
  • Poll: Kentucky's Mitch McConnell Trails in Senate Re-election Bid

    08/01/2013 6:32:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 8/1/13 | Rebekah Metzler
    Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., looks to be headed into one of the toughest campaigns of his political career, as his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, leads him in his 2014 re-election race, according to a new poll. A survey by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling shows Grimes with 45 percent support and McConnell with 44 percent, Kentucky's Courier-Journal reports. The poll was paid for by two groups who oppose McConnell, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America, according to the Courier-Journal. [READ: Poll: Mitch McConnell Trounces Challengers] Grimes, 34, is Kentucky's secretary of state who announced...
  • Mitch McConnell Thinks Matt Bevin is a More Serious Contender Than He Originally Let On

    07/29/2013 6:41:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 7/28/13 | Erick Erickson
    The Mitch McConnell team originally seemed rather dismissive of Matt Bevin as a primary opponent. Content, publicly, to focus on the Democrat, behind the scenes McConnell and the Kentucky GOP are aggressively pushing local Republicans to unite quickly. They want to shut down Bevin early. Taylor Bumgardner, the Regional Field Director for the Republican Party of Kentucky, sent out a “Team Mitch” endorsement form on Saturday as an attachment to this email: I am contacting you because I am asking all County Chairs and Vice Chairs to fill out an endorsement form for Senator McConnell’s reelection campaign. We are looking...
  • Lindsey Graham Likely to Face Several Primary Challengers

    07/29/2013 7:02:57 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 6 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/29/13 | MP Leahy
    Senator Lindsey Graham, who already has one announced challenger in the 2014 South Carolina Republican primary for the United States Senate in businessman Richard Cash, may soon face two more challengers. Both State Senator Lee Bright and Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of the Citadel, are preparing to enter the race soon, according to The Daily Beast. Graham's allies recently publicly stated they expect he will face multiple challengers. On July 23, former South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, who runs a Super PAC that supports Graham, the West Main Street Values Fund, told the Washington Examiner that...
  • McConnell to get Tea Party challenger

    07/22/2013 5:55:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 40 replies ^ | 7/22/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will have a challenger from the right in Matt Bevin, a local businessman and Tea Party candidate who plans to announce his run for Senate this week. Bevin, who has been exploring the race since February, is reportedly already buying airtime and has met with multiple conservative groups about his run. He'll launch a 3-day, 8-stop tour of the state after he formally announces his intentions on Wednesday. Bevin is a partner at a Kentucky investment firm and the owner of Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, a Connecticut bell-making company founded 160 years ago. He previously...
  • The plot to oust Lindsey Graham

    05/08/2013 7:16:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/7/13 | Ezra Klein
    If you’re a South Carolina Republican who doesn’t like Sen. Lindsey Graham, you’ve got a problem. Graham is popular. Really popular. His approval rating among the state’s Republicans hovers in the 60-70 percent range. Those aren’t the kinds of numbers that typically foretell successful primary challenges. But as The National Review’s Betsy Woodruff reports, “the people that don’t like him really, really, really don’t like him. There are typically a lot of those people at the state convention.” And those people came up with a great idea: What if the South Carolina Republican Party chose its nominees at the state...
  • Reince Priebus previews RNC ‘autopsy’

    03/17/2013 2:46:53 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 116 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/17/13 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    A much-anticipated Republican National Committee Chairman report due out Monday on how to reverse the GOP’s fortunes is expected to call for fewer Republican debates, a condensed primary calendar and an earlier party convention. In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus outlined those three main recommendations for the 2016 presidential election. The RNC’s so-called “autopsy” — a detailed review of the GOP’s 2012 failures and roadmap going forward — will also include suggestions to improve the party’s digital capabilities and bolster its voter database, among other proposals. Priebus is set to unveil the plan...
  • Bob Dole urges Hagel confirmation as defense secretary

    02/21/2013 5:05:31 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 21, 2013 | Olivier Knox
    Add Bob Dole—former senator, former presidential candidate, grievously wounded in World War II—to the list of Republican heavy-hitters urging the Senate to confirm the embattled Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. “Hagel’s wisdom and courage make him uniquely qualified to be Secretary of Defense and lead the men and women of our armed forces,” Dole said in a statement released by the White House. “Chuck Hagel will be an exceptional leader at an important time.”
  • Cantor to GOP Ranks: Government Can Be Good, Too

    02/04/2013 12:06:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 04 Feb 2013 10:54 AM
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor apparently wants his Republican colleagues to pursue a “government can be good” approach to their politics rather than focusing so much on the size and voracious spending appetite of Washington. … Citing an unidentified congressional aide as its source, the (Wall Street) Journal said Cantor plans to touch on a host of existing policies and initiatives, from school choice to tax reform, to show how families nationwide would benefit more from Republican ideas rather than those offered by Democrats. …
  • GOP: With big Latino vote, Rubio would win presidency (Survey: Rubio would get 48% of Hispanic vote)

    02/04/2013 9:49:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/04/2013 | Paul Bedard
    He's already being treated like the 2016 GOP presidential front-runner, and now there is another reason Republicans are excitedly buzzing about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: He alone would reverse the party's slide among Hispanic voters. A new nationwide poll from JZ Analytics found that Rubio would get 48 percent of the Hispanic vote, about twice what Mitt Romney won in 2012. Republican strategist told Secrets that a win among Latino voters that big would assure Rubio the presidency, since he would also likely keep the regular GOP base. "If he does that good, then he's the next president," said a...
  • Top G.O.P. Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races (Tokyo Rove SuperPac to attack Tea Party)

    02/03/2013 11:18:18 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/3/13 | JEFF ZELENY
    The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate. -snip- The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American Crossroads into the largest Republican super PAC of the 2012 election cycle, will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races to try to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections.
  • Former RNC Boss: GOP Risks ‘Permanent Minority’

    01/31/2013 11:02:00 AM PST · by old school · 42 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 30, 2013 | Robert Costa
    “I don’t think the party dies immediately,” Gilmore says. “It’s not going to just disappear like the Whigs did, since there is so much law that supports the two-party system. But Republicans will be locked into a permanent minority at the national level unless we seriously rethink our approach.”
  • Mitt Romney tells former supporters, ‘I’m not going away’ (Lord help us...)

    01/25/2013 2:13:12 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/25/13 | KRISTEN A. LEE
    Mitt Romney promised that he won’t vanish from politics during a meeting in Washington Friday morning with a group of former campaign donors and aides. Two people at the meeting told Politico that Romney said he will help Republican candidates in upcoming elections.
  • Romney look beyond GOP Presidential Primary [beyond conservatism, onward progressivism]

    12/27/2011 12:39:15 PM PST · by no dems · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Baker City Herald ^ | December 27, 2012 | Steve Peoples
    The former Massachusetts governor largely ignored his GOP rivals while speaking to New Hampshire voters Tuesday. Romney focused instead on President Barack Obama. And he sounded increasingly optimistic about his chances. "I think I'm going to get the nomination if we do our job right. Asked about Gingrich's Virginia ballot problem, Romney referenced a famous "I Love Lucy" episode; referring to the episode where Lucy is humorously overwhelmed by her job. "You've got to get it organized." Romney focused on broad issues likely to win over independents. "I'm not going to spend my time bashing the Democrats and attacking them...
  • Some in GOP grow tired of right wing

    03/16/2011 8:21:54 AM PDT · by Qbert · 128 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/16/2011 | Marin Cogan and Jake Sherman
    Some veteran Republican House members are pushing back against conservative deficit hawks who are pushing for endlessly deep spending cuts, saying the right wing of the party is creating unnecessary divisions for the GOP majority. While the 54 Republicans who voted against the most recent stopgap spending bill didn’t derail the legislation, some GOP lawmakers are becoming increasingly wary of a faction that rejects substantial spending cuts because they want deeper ones or the inclusion of divisive social policy riders. Many of the critics are close to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who struggles more each day to keep his majority...