For the first time since the position was created in 1899 a sitting Majority Leader of the House of Representatives has been defeated in a party primary. Eric Cantor was soundly defeated last night in Virginia’s 7th congressional district Republican primary by David Brat, a conservative college professor who represented the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.
|By: DSWright Wednesday June 11, 2014 7:12 am|
|By: cocktailhag Thursday May 8, 2014 8:00 pm|
Obama knows, as did Clinton before him, that his only option in even serving out a second term is to serially cave to Republicans on matters big and small, which coincidentally makes a lot of the right people very happy.
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 25, 2014 9:20 am|
Apparently Speaker John Boeher (R) is so annoyed by the refusal of many in his caucus to address immigration reform he openly mocked his members while back in his district.
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 12, 2014 6:45 am|
There’s no two ways about it, Speaker Boehner conceded because President Obama and the Democrats held the line. Apparently, to paraphrase the president, negotiating with “hostage takers” is the wrong move. And, subsequently, saying you won’t play their game can yield some positive results. Better to learn that in 2014 than never?
|By: Jon Walker Friday February 7, 2014 12:14 pm|
When Obama gave the Republicans time he gets nothing. Now that he has done something he still gets nothing[/caption]Congressional Republicans have refused to work with President Obama on almost anything. That includes things big, like immigration reform, to things small like fixing minor technical drafting problems and filling low level positions. As a result Obama has been forced to do what he can administratively. This includes things like recess appointments and a deferred action memorandum for DREAM students.
|By: DSWright Monday December 2, 2013 6:45 am|
Though House Speaker John Boehner initially voiced support for NSA programs of dubious constitutionality, it seems the ground is shifting underneath his feet as pressure builds within the House GOP Caucus to allow a vote on legislation to limit the NSA’s power to spy on Americans.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 21, 2013 6:40 am|
Florida Congressman Trey Radel is taking full responsibility for breaking the law, sort of. Radel is not resigning but taking a leave of absence which is to say he won’t be doing the job he was elected to do and will also prevent anyone else from doing it. Radel will donate his taxpayer funded salary to charity and his offices will remain open while he “seeks treatment.”
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 20, 2013 12:48 pm|
The recent arrest and conviction of Rep. Trey Radel for buying cocaine is a perfect example of why the terrible War on Drugs has been allowed to continue for so long. Wealthy and politically connected people are rarely if ever targeted by drug enforcement. When they are caught up in it almost by accident, the criminal justice system treats them with the softest kid gloves.
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 20, 2013 6:49 am|
If Speaker Boehner has such a blase attitude towards the use of cocaine perhaps it is time to reexamine federal drug laws, otherwise he risks looking like an amazing hypocrite and moral coward.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 18, 2013 7:35 am|
If the Tea Party members are unwilling work with Obama to keep the government open, they are not going to agree to a grand bargain and Boehner just proved he is not going to cross his caucus.