Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

Note to GOP: Talking about raising taxes is a bad idea

January 26, 2015
posted by

Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"What are the Republicans thinking? Coming right out of the gate, at the start of the new GOP-controlled Congress, they began talking about the crazy idea of increasing the gasoline tax. It has little chance of passing, yet can easily taint the party with a tax-raising reputation." (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pd8aer5  

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Republicans drop abortion vote after revolt by female House members

January 23, 2015
posted by

The Guardian [UK]    

"Faced with a party-wide 'meltdown' over young female voters just as they are taking control of Congress, Republicans saw their first major assault on abortion access collapse after a late-night, last-minute meeting on Wednesday. ... House members were due to vote on Thursday for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have instituted a national ban on abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy and later. The legislation was expected to pass easily, as a similar ban did in 2013. But dissent from some of the party’s women drove the bill off the docket." (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qhednlk  

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Why don’t Republicans have an alternative to ObamaCare?

January 20, 2015
posted by

John C. Goodman Forbes
by John C Goodman  

"The Affordable Care Act is one big mess. Even most Democrats know it’s a mess. It’s disliked on the left almost as much as it’s hated on the right. So you would think that Republicans would have a golden opportunity to offer an alternative. But they don’t have one. They’re not even close. Why is that?" (01/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5wj4ju  

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Groundhog Day C

January 20, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Bill Schorr  

Cartoon. (01/19/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/groundhog-day-c/  

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Ted Cruz: Loose cannon or libertarian reformer?

January 19, 2015
posted by

Reason Reason
by Glenn Garvin  

"Part of Cruz's yahoo image comes from his Tea Party-style positions. Many people still get jolted when a candidate calls not to reform or rein in the IRS but to abolish it. But an even bigger component of the perception is that he spends too much time tilting furiously at windmills. The best example was his campaign in late 2013 to block a continuing budget resolution unless Democrats agreed to delay or defund Obamacare, spearheaded by Cruz's 21-hour filibuster (which included readings from a pair of unlikely soulmates, Ayn Rand and Dr. Seuss)." (for publication 02/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/01/17/ted-cruz-loose-cannon-or-liber  

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Finally, an answer to the question “just how freaking stupid is Lindsey Graham?”

January 18, 2015
posted by

Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

[editor's note: The answer is "stupid enough that can't figure out, without the assistance of a committee, that he stands about the same chance of being elected to the presidency of the United States as the corpse of Osama bin Laden does" - TLK] (01/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k2g8ab3  

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GOP announces plans to take a dive, have Ernst deliver State of the Union response

January 15, 2015
posted by

NBC News    

"Newly elected Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst will deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Republicans announced Thursday. The freshman senator is the first woman elected to the office from Iowa and the first female combat veteran to serve in the United States Senate." [editor's note: Possible political points to be made notwithstanding, that Lillian Howell voice and Elmer Fudd laugh -- the speaking equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard -- can't help but completely alienate a good third of the electorate before they pay any attention at all to WHAT she's saying - TLK] (01/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lskt6ak  

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The problem with Romney nostalgia

January 15, 2015
posted by

National Review
by Jonah Goldberg  

"You know how superhero flicks often have an extra scene after the credits to hint at what the sequel will be like? Well, this would be the perfect end to the movie Romney 2012. The problem is that 'Romney for president' is now an art-house film thinking it's a blockbuster franchise and that there's a huge market for another sequel. There's not." (01/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lpdx3jl  

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Ryan says he’s not running for president in 2016

January 13, 2015
posted by

Reuters Reuters    

"Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the party's vice presidential nominee in 2012, said on Monday he will not run for president in 2016 in order to focus on his new role in Congress as chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee. 'After giving it a lot of thought, I've decided not to run for president,' Ryan said in a statement provided by an aide. The Wisconsin native, a stalwart budget conservative, had been considered a potential White House candidate since serving as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate in 2012." (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l4lg6ek  

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KS: Federal grand jury investigating loans to Brownback’s re-election campaign

January 9, 2015
posted by

Fox News    

"A federal grand jury is looking into loans made to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign and has ordered the state's ethics chief to testify next week as part of its investigation, according to a subpoena obtained by The Associated Press. Carol Williams, the executive director of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, was summoned to appear before the grand jury Wednesday in Topeka, according to documents the AP obtained through an open records request. She also was ordered to provide documents pertaining to loans Brownback's campaign received in 2013 and 2014." (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qbb7z2r  

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Welcome back, big spenders

January 8, 2015
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"The new Republican-led Congress has barely been sworn in, yet there are already troubling signs that Republicans are slipping back into their big-spending ways." (01/07/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/welcome-back-big-spenders  

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The ominous Republican hold on Congress

January 8, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"As we face the new year, the biggest concern for peace lovers is Republican control of the U.S. Senate. While Republican votes don't reach the key number 60, members of the GOP will still be in a strong position to push their belligerent global agenda. I don't mean to overstate the danger. After all, the Democrats were hardly better. But those who abhor war will awaken each day knowing that hawkish Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, and their ilk are in control." (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p9m3olu  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 01/07/15

January 7, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by  

"Today’s podcast takes a look at just why so many Republicans would prefer Clinton over a Paul or Cruz. We dissect the thinking behind big government GOPers, and analyze what it would take for the true limited government movement to gain ground, avoiding an internal civil war, as we fight the larger battle with the establishment." [Flash audio or MP3] (01/07/15)

http://tinyurl.com/phvzufu  

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Bush 45? Jeb forms new PAC

January 6, 2015
posted by

Kansas City Star    

"Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday announced the formation of a political action committee designed to lay the groundwork for a 2016 presidential campaign. In a video posted in English and Spanish on Facebook, the Republican said that the 'Right to Rise PAC' will allow him to 'support candidates who believe in conservative principles to allow all Americans to rise up.' An aide confirmed that the organization also allows Bush to hire staff, conduct polling, and pay for travel as he courts key donors and Republican officials across the country." (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfv5ljz  

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US House Republicans signal “business as usual,” elect Boehner to third term as Speaker

January 6, 2015
posted by

Fox News Fox News    

"Speaker John Boehner beat back a conservative challenge to win a third term at the helm of the House on Tuesday, as he joined Mitch McConnell in presiding over the first Republican-controlled Congress in nearly a decade. ... Boehner was elected speaker with 216 votes, slightly more than the majority needed to clinch the post. Three conservative lawmakers -- Reps. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas,; Ted Yoho, R-Fla.; and Daniel Webster, R-Fla. -- were put forward as challengers, and more than a dozen Republicans defected to support them and others. Democrats mostly voted for California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader." (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/luuersg  

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RINO?

January 6, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp The Libertarian Enterprise
by Thomas L Knapp  

"There is no way to 'restore' the GOP to its imaginary stature as a libertarian political party. It's never been one, and every attempt to make it into one has failed miserably. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are the beating heart and black soul of the Republican Party. They are what it has always been, they are what it is now, and they are what it always will be." (01/04/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle803-20150104-01.html#letter01  

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Mike Huckabee’s long battle against libertarianism

January 6, 2015
posted by

Reason Reason
by Matt Welch  

"Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee announced this weekend that he's quitting his Fox News show while he thinks about whether to run for president again. If recent history is any guide, there will be space in the GOP primaries for a Huck-style populist social conservative; Rick Santorum filled it in 2012, Huckabee himself in 2008, Alan Keyes in 2000. Another throughline knits together these disparate pols: hostility to libertarians." (01/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfv6rcz  

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Yoho, Gohmert challenge Boehner for US House speakership

January 4, 2015
posted by

KSPR News    

"At least two conservative [sic] hard-liners are now offering themselves up as candidates to unseat House Speaker John Boehner. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, said this weekend that he won't support Boehner as speaker when lawmakers vote Tuesday, and offered himself up as an alternative. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, did the same thing on Fox News' 'Fox and Friends Sunday.'" [editor's note: So far, Yoho's major contribution to the GOP line is his support for Afghanistan's Taliban and opposition to obtaining the release of American POWs (e.g. Bowe Bergdahl). Both challengers represent the "we come from districts that would vote for the corpse of Jeffrey Dahmer if it ran on the GOP line, so we can get away with saying any stupid things that come into our pea brains" wing of the party - TLK] (01/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7vw2eo  

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Bush resigns from corporate boards

January 2, 2015
posted by

United Press International United Press International    

"Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ended 2014 by resigning from all corporate boards, another move suggesting he is serious about a presidential run. Bush also resigned as an adviser to Academic Partnerships, a for-profit company that provides online university courses, an aide told the Washington Post." (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k4zyf2a  

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Rand Paul, campaign hawk

December 24, 2014
posted by

National Review
by Joel Gehrke  

"Boy, that escalated quickly. President Obama restored diplomatic relations with Communist Cuba, Republicans disagreed about the wisdom of that decision, and then Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) stabbed Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) with a trident. The Florida senator’s suggestion that his tea-party colleague 'has no idea what he’s talking about' with regard to Cuba policy elicited a cheeky, but sharp, rebuke from Paul, who accused Rubio of isolationism." (12/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m4ra7bl  

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Another insider?

December 18, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Earlier this week, Jeb Bush, former governor of the State of Florida, announced on Facebook that he is 'exploring' a 2016 run for the Republican nomination for the presidency. I have mixed feelings, to say the least. There’s the whole dynastic problem. Another Bush? Or, is Jeb the cost of finding a candidate to beat Hillary ... who has her own dynastic baggage? But the big story, here, is to watch the insiders scramble to keep out the outsiders." (12/18/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/12/18/another-insider/  

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Bush to “actively explore” run for president

December 16, 2014
posted by

Jackson Clarion-Ledger    

"Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday took his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to 'actively explore' a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans. ... Kristy Campbell, a spokeswoman for Bush, said he has not yet made a final decision on whether to seek the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2016. She said that he will announce his decision next year 'after gauging support' for a run." (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mybnc5s  

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Iowa: Branstad seeks to end Iowa GOP straw poll

December 16, 2014
posted by

Clinton Herald    

"Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing to end the state's Republican straw poll, but the state party chairman says the event may still go on next year. Branstad said Monday that the poll -- traditionally held in Ames the summer before a contested presidential caucus -- is a turnoff for many candidates and could diminish the power of the state's caucuses. ... But State Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said he thinks there's interest in continuing the tradition, provided it's permissible under Republican National Committee rules." (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pneq4xa  

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Election 2016: “Ready for Romney” group site launches

December 15, 2014
posted by

CNN CNN    

"If encouragement from major GOP donors and favorable polling isn't enough, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney now has a super PAC launched by an unknown benefactor urging him to run. Reporters received a press release announcing the launch of the Ready for Romney super PAC Sunday night, with Boston resident Jeffrey Goff named as the group's executive director." [editor's note: Romney again? Really? I don't give a tinker's damn who serve's George W. Bush's fifth term, but from an entertainment standpoint I wish they'd at least bother to make a contest of it - TLK] (12/15/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/15/politics/romney-draft-group/  

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Santorum set to jump into 2016 US presidential race

December 11, 2014
posted by

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    

"The sweater vest is ready for a comeback -- Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania's former U.S. senator and 2012 presidential candidate, is set for another shot at the White House. In a story in the Washington Post, Mr. Santorum said he'll take a different approach from the conservative 'cultural warrior' persona he pushed in the 2012 campaign, which saw him win 11 primaries and caucuses. With his social beliefs well-established, Mr. Santorum told Karen Tumulty that he'll focus more on economic issues this time around." (12/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nja3ssn  

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