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  • Former GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger said he 'thanked God' that he wasn't on the House floor during Kevin McCarthy's contentious speaker vote process

    01/22/2023 12:56:40 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 36 replies
    Business insider ^ | 01/22/2023 | John L Dorman
    Less than a month removed from serving in Congress, former GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois recently spoke about his "detox" from political life, where he stated that he "thanked God" for not being a part of the contentious series of House votes to elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California as speaker. Kinzinger, who served in Congress for 12 years and became one of the most prominent voices on the House January 6 committee, appeared on Charlie Sykes' Bulwark podcast in his new capacity as an ex-legislator and a more distant observer of the ins and outs of politics in...
  • Texas GOP: Speaker Dade Phelan is ‘Teaming Up With Democrats’ to Kill [Republican] Priorities

    01/19/2023 10:08:29 AM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 20 replies
    Texas Scorecard ^ | 1/18/2023 | Brandon Waltens
    With the legislative session now underway, the Republican Party of Texas is taking their fight to prevent Democrat lawmakers from being placed in powerful leadership positions to a new level, airing a radio ad in House Speaker Dade Phelan’s district that encourages his constituents to urge him to only appoint Republicans as committee chairs. “Democrats tried to turn Texas blue. But Texas voters told them no. We voted Republican all the way down the ticket,” begins the 60-second spot released on Wednesday. “But House Speaker Dade Phelan thinks Democrats should still run the show. That’s why he’s planning to put...
  • Pennsylvania legislators cut a bipartisan deal built on friendship. Will the bond survive?

    01/15/2023 6:26:16 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 15, 2023 | The Washington Post
    HARRISBURG — When Republican state legislator Jim Gregory nominated his Democratic friend and colleague Mark Rozzi to be speaker of the Pennsylvania House this month, the move stunned close political observers and seemed to offer new hope for bipartisanship. As with the nation, politics in this critical swing state, the country’s fifth-most populous, have become bitterly divided in recent years along ideological, geographical and racial lines. Donald Trump won the state in 2016, and Joe Biden took it back in 2020. False claims over the legitimacy of the 2020 contest became prominent Pennsylvania GOP rallying cries in 2022 and reinforced...
  • Editorial: Don't let bipartisan experiment in Pa. House unravel

    01/11/2023 7:28:04 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 10, 2023 | The Editorial Board
    An experiment in bipartisan government in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is less than a week old, and cracks are beginning to appear. If the compromise falls apart, the chamber will be plunged into chaos. Republican and Democratic leaders, at Speaker Mark Rozzi’s request, must find a way to move forward together, if they plan to serve the people of Pennsylvania this session. It’s time for Mr. Rozzi to honor the commitments he made in accepting the role of speaker, especially his pledge to change his registration from Democrat to Independent as a symbol of unity. After last week’s display...
  • DAVID MARCUS: A soap opera of sophistry, boiling raw emotion, a near punch-up - Congress's night of mayhem was a 19th century political brawl… but at least our politicians behaving badly proved they really DO care

    01/07/2023 8:34:14 PM PST · by Aquamarine · 23 replies
    UK DailyMail ^ | Jan 27, 2023 | David Marcus
    'In the morning it was morning, and I was still alive,' wrote novelist Charles Bukowski, presumably after something of a late and drunken evening. One imagines that newly elected Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy must have woken up Saturday with just such a feeling. 'That was easy, huh?' McCarthy quipped in his late-night acceptance speech, just a short time after Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers had to be physically restrained as he appeared to lunge at top GOP rebel, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who had just derailed McCarthy's speakership – again – on the 14th vote. Thankfully members of Congress...
  • Closest of friends, Meadows and Jordan split over McCarthy

    01/08/2023 10:58:19 AM PST · by Golden Eagle · 10 replies
    The Spokesman Review ^ | January 7, 2023 | Paul Kane
    As members of Congress, Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) formed a brutally powerful duo on Capitol Hill last decade, developing a niche specialty in blowing things up. In 2015, Meadows delivered the blow that helped sink the incumbent House speaker, John Boehner (R-Ohio), and Jordan led the charge over the next two weeks to help defeat the establishment choice, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), for speaker. But for the past week, the co-founders of the House Freedom Caucus have been on opposing sides of Washington’s biggest fight: McCarthy’s marathon attempt to become House speaker. Three blocks away, in a...
  • Will Speaker McCarthy deliver on commitments to his 20 opponents?

    01/08/2023 9:32:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/08/2023 | Renee Parsons
    In what has been the most dramatic election for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in a hundred years, final culmination came on the fifteenth ballot with the election of Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The election however did not come without McCarthy’s historic commitment to a heroic band of 20 opponents who negotiated substantial policy initiatives as well as procedural rule changes that will transform the role of the Speaker from a dictatorial empire-builder, and with it, make the House of Representatives into a more self-governing representative body. In a series of ground-breaking agreements, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO)...
  • Cori Bush, a liberal racist against Republicans ‘blacking wrong’

    01/07/2023 9:22:28 PM PST · by TBP · 28 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 6, 2023 | Adam B. Coleman
    “FWIW, @ByronDonalds is not a historic candidate for Speaker. He is a prop. Despite being Black, he supports a policy agenda intent on upholding and perpetuating white supremacy. His name being in the mix is not progress — it’s pathetic,” Bush tweeted Wednesday. If progressives like Bush actually cared about black people being used as props or tokens, she would have had a problem with Joe Biden wanting specifically a black woman to be his vice president before selecting Kamala Harris. She would have wagged her finger at Democratic pundits and strategists advocating a black female to take a Supreme...
  • Kevin McCarthy's Speaker of the House Battle Has Effectively Wiped J-6 From the Annals of History

    01/07/2023 3:25:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Red State ^ | 01/07/2023 | Jennifer Oliver O'Connell
    The opinions expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone remember that Friday was J-6? I know I didn’t, until I turned on C-Span and saw wannabe-Speaker, NY Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, making some grand speech on the Capitol steps and talking about how Democrats govern without violence (puh-lease), and that we must never forget what Republican extremism leads to.On January 6, 2021, our nation watched in horror as a terrorist mob stormed the Capitol grounds in a violent attempt to subvert the peaceful transfer of power.As we commemorate this dark day, let...
  • McCarthy Wins the 15-Round Bout, but Matt Gaetz Is the Real Winner

    01/07/2023 3:21:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Red State ^ | 01/07/2023 | Bob Hoge
    (The opinions expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of when a writer writes, “it was like a 15-round fight,” they’re engaging in hyperbole—but as RedState’s Nick Arama reported, Friday night’s vote for Speaker of the House did indeed go 15 rounds before Kevin McCarthy finally won after facing a rebellion from 20 Republicans who initially refused to vote for him. It was the longest speaker battle since 1853.California’s McCarthy finally won the speakership, but Florida congressman Matt Gaetz may have won the war. He was the leader of the pack of holdouts,...
  • Gingrich Revisted? As McCarthy Wins the Gavel, Sweeping New Rules Will Change the Way Congress Operates

    01/07/2023 3:18:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Red State ^ | 01/07/2023 | Mike Miller
    It is finished. Or is it? On the contrary, the battle has just begun.As everyone on the planet is surely aware by now, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy became Speaker of the House in the wee hours of Saturday morning after four grueling days, 15 ballots, back-room dealing, shouting, and near fisticuffs between two GOP congressmen. Now the real battle begins — in earnest.“That was easy, huh?,” McCarthy joked, after accepting the gavel, “We never thought we’d get up here.”I hope one thing is clear after this week: I will never give up. I will never give up [on] you, the...
  • Sources: Donald Trump Was Instrumental in Kevin McCarthy's Victory

    01/07/2023 3:00:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/07/2023 | Matt Margolis
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was finally elected Speaker of the House in the 15th round of voting, which began shortly before midnight EST Friday night. And according to one report, McCarthy has Donald Trump to thank for it. Sources told Breitbart News that McCarthy’s election as speaker was facilitated by a compromise reached with the help of former President Donald J. Trump. One source was Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the incoming chair of the House Judiciary Committee. “This doesn’t get done without the support and leadership of President Trump,” he told Breitbart. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) also said that Trump...
  • Hakeem Jeffries hands speaker's gavel to Kevin McCarthy

    01/06/2023 11:28:10 PM PST · by SmokingJoe · 74 replies
    Fox News via YouTube ^ | January 06 2023 | Fox
    Handing over ceremony and McCarthy speech.
  • UPDATE: Kevin McCarthy wins House speakership in 15th round of voting, after falling just one vote short in 14th round

    01/06/2023 10:43:23 PM PST · by SmokingJoe · 230 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 06 2023 | ALEX NITZBERG
    UPDATE posted around 12:36 am EST: Kevin McCarthy won the House speakership during the 15th round of voting this week which began late Friday night and spilled over into Saturday after the clock struck midnight. He earned 216 votes. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Eli Crane of Arizona, Bob Good of Virginia, and Matt Rosendale of Montana, who had previously voted against McCarthy in the first 14 rounds, each voted present in the 15th round, which lowered the threshold McCarthy needed to secure victory — Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Matt Gaetz of Florida, who had switched to present in the...
  • BREAKING: McCarthy Comes Up Just One Vote Shy on 14th Ballot

    01/06/2023 8:33:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/06/2023 | Paula Bolyard
    Update 11:18 p.m.: McCarthy again failed on the 14th ballot. The final tally was: McCarthy 216, Democrat Rep. Hakim Jeffries 212, others 4, present 2. The House is now voting to determine whether to adjourn until Monday or vote for a 15th time.Update 10:05 p.m.: Voting is again underway. Stay tuned to PJ Media for additional details.Update 3:50 p.m.: On the thirteenth ballot, McCarthy again failed to secure enough votes for a win. He picked up one additional vote this time around, Rep. Andy Harris (Md.). The rest of the holdouts voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio): McCarthy 214, Jeffries...
  • Here's a List of What That Speaker 'Agreement' Allegedly Involves

    01/06/2023 8:29:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Red State ^ | 01/06/2023 | Nick Arama
    As we reported earlier, a bunch of the people who had been holding out against Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for Speaker of the House flipped their vote to support him.The people who flipped all used the same language when asked about why they flipped, indicating that they believed that they had negotiated in good faith and that there was a framework for an agreement in place; so they were voting for McCarthy, believing progress was continuing. Here’s a sample of the types of things there were saying, from Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA).We’re at a turning point. I’ve negotiated in good...
  • Breaking Exclusive: President Trump Tells Gen. Flynn He Would Serve as House Speaker

    01/06/2023 6:25:48 PM PST · by Hostage · 67 replies
    Breaking Exclusive: President Trump Tells Gen. Flynn He Would Serve as House Speaker By Bryan Chai January 6, 2023 at 9:36am There has been a stunning development in the ongoing House speaker drama: Former President Donald Trump said he would accept the role of speaker if elected. Both Kari Lake and Gen. Michael Flynn confirmed the news to The Western Journal. “I talked to President Trump last night and told him he would be great and he should do it,” Lake told The Western Journal. “[I said] that he could take Congress from the most hated branch of [government] to...
  • The House Speaker's Race Is Worth Celebrating

    01/06/2023 1:01:44 PM PST · by EnderWiggin1970 · 7 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 1/6/23 | Neil Patel
    There's a lot of alarmism going on right now about the race for speaker of the House. Many are calling it a crisis or a "three-ring circus." What it is really is the first sign that the reckoning and subsequent healing needed among Republicans may finally be upon us. There is a huge split within the Republican Party. The party establishment sees an America that's fundamentally the same as it was in 1985 and has a policy agenda fit for just that moment. These Republicans still see big business as their allies. They equate policies that help big business with...
  • Colbert Imagines Ronald Reagan in Hell While Roasting GOP House Speaker Drama (Video)

    01/06/2023 12:00:46 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 01/05/2023 | Ross A Lincoln
    Stephen Colbert once again roasted House Republicans on Wednesday’s “The Late Show” for their ongoing inability to elect a Speaker of the House now for two whole days. But the host went a bit deeper and more pointed than usual during his ribbing, taking an amusing couple of seconds to imagine what it might be like for Republican hero Ronald Reagan in Hell. On Wednesday House Republicans failed, for the second day in a row, to elect a Speaker of the House. Leading Candidate Kevin McCarthy is bitterly opposed by the extremist “Freedom Caucus” of Trump supporters, who have been...
  • Learning from Our History: Our Current House Fight Doesn't Hold a Candle to the 1855-56 Speaker Vote

    01/06/2023 7:33:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/06/2023 | Chris Queen
    As I’m writing this, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) just lost his eighth vote to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming speaker of the House. For all of the weeping and gnashing of teeth, the whole situation is kind of funny — as long as your name isn’t Kevin McCarthy. It’s been a heck of a week for Congress, and it’s the first time in a century that the vote for speaker went beyond one ballot. But if these folks want to set a record, they have a long way to go. A lot of the one-and-done nature of selecting a...