Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

Rand Paul: Less government, more sharing economy

July 23, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee. A new NBC/Marist poll found Paul would be the top GOP vote-getter against Hillary Rodham Clinton in the critical early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Political reporter Chuck Todd duly has proclaimed Paul the Republican front-runner. So I had to see the libertarian-leaning darling Saturday." [editor's note: Been kinda waiting for Ms. Saunders (who's more libertarian than GOPservative, despite her claims to the contrary?) to assess this one ... - SAT] (07/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m8rctzm  

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A titan falls

July 16, 2014
posted by

Doug Bandow Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow  

"For most people politics looks like a game about who is up or down. Sometimes established favorites win big. Other times long-shots burst forth and upset the established order. The horse race tends to most capture public attention. The recent Republican primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was one of the bigger shocks to American politics in some time." (07/16/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/a-titan-falls  

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Rick Perry, neocon tool

July 14, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The media hates Republicans, and so naturally they're elevating Texas Governor Rick Perry to the status of a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender who must be taken seriously. After his last embarrassing run -- embarrassing not only for him, but for the much-maligned state of Texas ... one would think he'd put his presidential aspirations in the back of the garage, along with that Stairmaster he never uses. But no: dumber than a steer who's been zapped by a cattle-prod and still won't move, Perry is going along with the joke." (07/14/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/07/13/rick-perry-neocon-tool/  

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Shifting demographics

July 13, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Adam Zyglis  

Cartoon. (07/11/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/shifting-demographics/  

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Romney has done enough for the GOP

July 10, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told MSNBC's Chris Matthews he thinks Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016 and 'he will be the next president of the United States.' The former Massachusetts governor lost the GOP primary in 2008, then the general election in 2012. What would his 2016 slogan be? 'The third time's a charm.' Former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough urged fellow attendees at Romney's now annual GOP summit last month to join the draft movement. More than 50,000 have signed a 'Draft Mitt' petition." [editor's note: You wanna guarantee that Hillary (or someone very much like her) follows Obombya into the job? Keep pushing for this moronic retread - SAT] (07/09/14)

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OH: Cleveland chosen to host 2016 Republican National Convention

July 8, 2014
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Cleveland Plain Dealer    

"Capping off a months-long lobbying effort, Cleveland has been selected to host of the 2016 Republican National Convention. ... Cleveland edged out Dallas, the other finalist, as the recommended location for the convention, giving the city an opportunity to strut its stuff to a national crowd while placing Ohio even more firmly in the political spotlight for the upcoming presidential election." (07/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pfvfalt  

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Distinctions without differences

June 27, 2014
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M. Vance  

"The Cantor/Brat election is symbolic of a larger and more important question: Do political distinctions among Republicans mean that there is any philosophical difference between them? Does it really matter whether the 7th congressional district of Virginia is represented by Eric Cantor or Dave Brat? Does it really matter whether the House Majority Leader is Eric Cantor or the newly elected Kevin McCarthy?" (06/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/porbp4u  

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MS: Cochran wins bitter runoff vs. Tea Party’s McDaniel

June 25, 2014
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Politico    

"Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran beat back an insurgent challenge from conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel Tuesday night, mounting a surprise political comeback that likely extinguishes tea party hopes of toppling an incumbent U.S. senator in the midterm elections. With nearly all precincts reporting, Cochran led McDaniel by just under 2 percentage points – about 6,600 votes out of more than 370,000 ballots cast. ... McDaniel blamed his defeat on Democrats who turned out in sizable numbers for the incumbent." (06/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/meev6n4  

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Why Scott Walker will never be president

June 23, 2014
posted by

The Nation
by John Nichols  

"Scott Walker, an ardent Ronald Reagan fan from his youth, was never likely to follow Reagan’s footsteps to the White House. The Wisconsin governor lacks his hero’s way with words, skill for crossing lines of partisan and ideological division (especially within the Republican Party) and confidence on the national campaign trail. Yet Walker has wanted to believe in the possibility so badly that he has spent the two years since his 2012 recall election win positioning himself as a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination." (06/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oh4jv2h  

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US House Republicans elect McCarthy majority leader, Scalise whip

June 20, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"House Republicans elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy as their next majority leader Thursday, continuing the Bakersfield congressman's rapid rise through the ranks of congressional leadership. McCarthy, 49, will be the first Californian and youngest person ever to serve in the House's second-ranking position when he formally assumes the role in July. First elected in 2006, he has served since 2011 as the House majority whip. ... House Republicans, voting by secret ballot, chose Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana to replace him as whip." (06/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nbr8346  

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Are House Republicans serious?

June 16, 2014
posted by

Megan Stiles Campaign for Liberty
by Megan Stiles  

"Way to go House Republicans! Instead of listening to the voters, who just sent Eric Cantor, who by the way spent more money at DC steakhouses than Dave Brat spent on his entire campaign, packing, let’s put another big government Republican in leadership! What is comforting, however, is that Cantor’s defeat reminded some (but apparently not enough) lawmakers that ultimately they answer to the people. If House Republicans didn’t get the message this time, then I am confident the voters will keep cantering over them until they get the message. The only question is, who will be next?" (06/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k3c8hj3  

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Brat’s immigration stance doesn’t square with his free-market flair

June 15, 2014
posted by

Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"David Brat won a stunning and surprising victory in last night's primary election in Virginia, unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). But Brat doesn't seem to understand the very issue that seems to have dominated his historic upset and propelled him to Capitol Hill. Brat considers himself a free-market conservative, claiming on MSNBC following his unexpected win that he’s against 'any distortion to free markets.' Brat also campaigned against immigration reform, saying that 'It's the most symbolic issue that captures the difference between myself and Eric Cantor in this race.' But it's impossible to square Brat’s laudable support for free markets and his opposition to immigration reform." 906/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l88ofv7  

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The Republican creed on free enterprise

June 15, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"We, the members of the Republican Party, hereby affirm our deep and abiding commitment to the principles of free enterprise (i.e., economic activity free of government control and regulation), except for ..." (06/13/14)

http://fff.org/2014/06/13/the-republican-creed-on-free-enterprise/  

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Three reasons Eric Cantor lost — and why Republicans will continue to lose

June 13, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Nick Gillespie & Joshua Swain  

"House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss isn’t just historic, it illustrates why the Republican Party is in big trouble if it doesn’t get serious about its legislative agenda. Here are three reasons Eric Cantor lost -- and why Republicans will continue to lose unless they change their wicked wicked ways." (06/12/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qad5py2  

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Virginians evict Eric Cantor, champion of NSA and torture, from Congress

June 12, 2014
posted by

James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"The Washington political establishment took a whupping last night when Virginian voters staunchly defeated Eric Cantor in the Republican congressional primary. Cantor's defeat is one of the biggest upsets in congressional races in a generation. The obituaries on the Tea Party were premature. Washington pundits will have to stop touting Cantor as the future Speaker of the House & presidential timber." (06/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/owb8g3k  

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Eric Cantor to step down as House Majority Leader

June 11, 2014
posted by

Chicago Tribune    

"U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor plans to step down as the No. 2 House Republican after a shock election defeat to a Tea Party movement upstart that set off an unexpected scramble for new leadership.
The Washington Post reported that Cantor would leave his post effective July 31. A House Republican aide confirmed that Cantor plans to leave his leadership post. Republicans were scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. EDT after Cantor was defeated on Tuesday in a primary race in his Virginia district by a political rookie backed by the conservative Tea Party." (06/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/odyfo5w  

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Bergdahl release

June 11, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Jeff Darcy  

Cartoon. (06/10/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/06/bergdahl-release-2/  

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Republicans and the EPA

June 11, 2014
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M. Vance  

"Democrats have no problem whatsoever with a federal environmental-protection agency. Republicans generally don’t have a problem either, as long as such an agency promotes a Republican agenda. Libertarians consider the very existence of an environmental-protection agency in the federal government to be illegitimate. Republicans helped bring into existence the EPA." (06/11/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/republicans-and-the-epa/  

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VA: Anti-NSA candidate unseats House GOP leader Cantor in primary

June 11, 2014
posted by

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"In a development that is going to shake the Republican Establishment to its foundations, Republican House majority leader Eric Cantor has been defeated: with a little more than 60 percent of the vote in, David A. Brat, a professor of economics and a trenchant critic of the National Security Agency’s spying on American citizens is clobbering the pro-NSA Cantor with a little less than 60 percent of the vote so far. ... Brat went after Cantor for voting for the National Defense and Authorization Act (NDAA) on the grounds that it 'authorizes the unconstitutional bulk data collection by the government under the PRISM program.' He also savaged Cantor for voting against Rep. Justin Amash's amendment to the Act, which would have stopped bulk collection dead in its tracks." (06/10/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o7rn6n4  

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Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals: Fixed Ohio election must STAY fixed

June 4, 2014
posted by

Columbus Dispatch    

"A Libertarian candidate for Ohio governor had his hopes dashed today, when a federal appeals court in Cincinnati declined to rehear his appeal seeking access to the state ballot. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the last stop for candidate Charlie Earl." [editor's note: I wonder if John Kasich and Bashar al-Assad phone each other to swap campaign tips? - TLK] (06/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m84zr2y  

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SD: Senate candidates charged with perjury, election fraud

June 4, 2014
posted by

Sioux Falls Argus Leader    

"Two former U.S. Senate candidates are facing felony charges for violating election law. Republican Annette Bosworth has turned herself into the Minnehaha County Jail following the issuance of a warrant for her arrest, while independent Clayton Walker was also charged. ... Bosworth was charged with six counts of perjury and six counts of filing a false or forged document. Walker was charged with six counts of filing a false document and three counts of perjury. Both are Class 6 felonies with maximum penalties of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine." (06/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m474lxo  

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Election 2014 handicapping: Is Bergdahl the turning point?

June 4, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"There was no way the repatriation of the only American military prisoner in Afghanistan wasn't going to help the party holding the White House. How much it helps the Democrats depends on whether the Republicans simmer down and try to ride it out, or whether they go all in on making themselves look like supreme assholes." (06/03/14)

http://tinyurl.com/os7va86  

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MS: Tea Party regains steam with GOP primary runoff

June 4, 2014
posted by

Business Week    

"Chris McDaniel breathed new life into the Tea Party movement, mostly contained this year by a business-aligned faction of the Republican Party, as he appeared to have forced U.S. Senator Thad Cochran into a runoff nomination race in Mississippi. With 99 percent of precincts reporting early today, McDaniel had 49.6 percent while Cochran had 48.9 percent, according to an Associated Press tally. If neither reaches the 50 percent mark, they will face each other in a June 24 contest to determine the Republican Senate nominee." (06/04/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p5ro8ts  

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TX: Last World War II veteran ousted from Congress in GOP primary

May 28, 2014
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Omaha World Herald    

"Congressman Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, was ousted Tuesday in the Texas Republican runoff by a candidate barely half his age. Backed by powerful national conservative [sic] groups, 48-year-old former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe was able to paint Hall as too cozy with the GOP establishment after 34 years in office. He forced the incumbent into his first runoff in 17 terms in the House, then won it decisively. ... The only World War II veteran left in Congress seeking re-election, Hall promised that his next term would be his last but said he wanted to remain in office long enough to help the GOP win the White House in 2016." (05/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/krmljw5  

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Vegas, Cincinnati out of running to host GOP’s 2016 public orgy

May 23, 2014
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Fort Worth Star-Telegram    

"The odds of hosting the Republican Party's next presidential convention have improved for Dallas, Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, Missouri. Two other players, Las Vegas and Cincinnati, have folded. The four remaining cities will be making in-city pitches to party officials looking for a host with ample meeting space, hotels and transportation to accommodate tens of thousands of visitors. Another crucial requirement: deep pockets. The host city would have to pick up a tab as high as $60 million." (05/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pgavkxs  

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