Tag Archives: Republican Party

White House warns "potentially ambitious" Republicans about 2020

Source: The Hill

"The White House on Saturday sent a warning to any Republicans potentially looking to challenge President Trump in 2020. 'The president is as strong as he's ever been in Iowa, and every potentially ambitious Republican knows that,' White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told The New York Times for a story about possible Republicans eyeing 2020. The newspaper reported on speculation that several top Republicans could be looking to challenge Trump, who has yet to achieve a major legislative accomplishment and is grappling with the ongoing probe into ties between his presidential campaign and Russia." (08/05/17)


WV: State's top gangster switches factional affiliation

Source: ABC News

"Democratic Governor of West Virginia Jim Justice announced he is switching to the Republican Party at President Donald Trump’s rally in his state on Thursday evening. 'Today, I tell you as West Virginians, I can't help you anymore being a Democrat governor,' said Justice. 'So tomorrow, I will be changing my registration to Republican.' Earlier in the day, Trump teased a 'big announcement' at the event in Huntington, West Virginia. Thursday night, he praised the 6-foot-7-inch governor he nicknamed 'Big Jim' for 'show[ing] the country our agenda rises above left or right.' News of Justice's plans, which were first reported by The New York Times, surprised Republicans and Democrats alike in West Virginia." (08/03/17)


Now it's time for tax cuts — and Republicans are more divided than ever

Source: The Intercept
by David Dayen

"When presidents fail, it creates a snowball effect. George W. Bush couldn’t privatize Social Security and his legislative agenda never recovered. Bill Clinton’s abandonment of health care reform led it to tackle small-ball measures. Both were punished by voters for their failures in the next midterm, losing control of Congress and the ability to get anything else done. Voters don’t like losers. That’s bad news for House Republicans. Fresh off the (probable) failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they are pivoting to tax cuts. But along the way, for procedural reasons, they need to pass a budget." (07/21/17)


This LP member wishes Austin Petersen the best of luck

Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O'Brien

"Let’s be clear: the Libertarian Party is my only political party. Flirtations with the Ron Paul Revolution aside, I’ve only ever had one party affiliation. I don’t consider most Republicans to be that close to libertarianism. I really don’t — I think elected Republicans are fiscally irresponsible, utterly wrong on foreign policy, and terrible on social issues. I don’t see much they have in common with Libertarians, besides their lip service to the words 'smaller government' and 'low taxes' which none of them seem to actually be interested in acting on — oh, and a little lust for gun rights, unless the gun owner is a black man from Minnesota who gets murdered by a police officer. But, in fairness, I do understand why Libertarians go to the Republican Party to try to impact it." (07/07/17)


Senate GOP unveils ObamaCare overhaul

Source: ABC News

"Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions. Four conservative GOP senators quickly announced initial opposition to the measure and others were evasive, raising the specter of a jarring rejection by the Republican-controlled body. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated he was open to discussion and seemed determined to muscle the measure through his chamber next week." (06/22/17)


RNC contractor exposes data on 198 million voters

Source: The Hill

"A data analytics contractor employed by the Republican National Committee (RNC) left databases containing information on nearly 200 million potential voters exposed to the internet without security, allowing anyone who knew where to look to download it without a password. 'We take full responsibility for this situation,' said the contractor, Deep Root Analytics, in a statement. The databases were part of 25 terabytes of files contained in an Amazon cloud account that could be browsed without logging in. The account was discovered by researcher Chris Vickery of the security firm UpGuard. The files have since been secured." (06/19/17)


Pro-Trump identity politics

Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Levine

"Trump has no ideology. All he has is a fierce determination to enrich and glorify himself. However, he is shrewd enough to realize that, by playing to the resentments of people whose material conditions have been stagnant or in decline for nearly half a century, and whom 'liberal' Democrats ignore, he could gain the foot soldiers he needs to advance his avaricious and self-aggrandizing objectives. This is Richard Nixon’s 'Southern strategy,' brought up to date and tailored to Trump’s particular needs. Since the 1970s, Republicans have been actively recruiting from within what has now become the Trump demographic. Until now, this has worked out well for them. Currently, though, thanks to Trump, it is becoming a problem. The party’s grandees lost control of their party in 2016 and, appearances notwithstanding, they have yet to win it back." (06/09/17)


Last week, Trump kneecapped conservative climate policy

Source: Niskanen Center
by Jerry Taylor

"Lost in the firestorm that followed from last week’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement is the arresting display of total intellectual meltdown within the GOP. Republicans — with Trump at the helm — are gleefully blowing up an agreement that was everything they have long said they wanted out of international climate talks. They are likewise shredding Obama-era compliance plans that are anchored in everything conservatives still say they want out of domestic environmental policy. Republicans have gone from measured resistance to climate action into total, unreasoning incoherence." (06/05/17)


Why Republicans can't admit they need a new agenda

Source: Niskanen Center
by Will Wilkinson

"Congressional Republicans have simply refused to acknowledge or to reckon in any way with the fact that Republican voters repudiated standard right-leaning small-government economic and social policy when they chose Donald Trump as their standard bearer. I don’t think they can grasp that this is why their legislative agenda in shambles. Paul Ryan and the Freedom Caucus/Tea Party faction have very weirdly behaved as though they have some sort of mandate. And there’s a lazy assumption among GOP elites that the fact that the guy in the White House happens to be a Republican means that they ought to get everything they’ve always desired, no adjustments necessary. But the Republican in the White House is in the White House because he ran against them and won." (06/02/17)


KS: Republican Estes wins special election for US House seat

Source: ABC News

"Republican Ron Estes has won the special election for the U.S. House seat in the 4th congressional district of Kansas, according to The Associated Press. In this conservative, rural district, which President Donald Trump won by nearly 30 percentage points in November, anxious Republicans needed to make a frantic push in the campaign's final days …. Despite the very conservative district — where a Democrat has not held a House seat since 1994 — and the last-minute GOP star power, Estes won by only a 53-45 percent margin, with 100 percent of precincts reporting." [editor's note: I wouldn't categorize a 53-45 result as "tight" (the original headline characterization) or "only," but it is an interesting shift. Oddly the story doesn't even identify Estes's opponent, James Thompson – TLK] (04/12/17)