Jim DeMint’s coming out party as head of the Heritage Foundation is not going very well. The conservative think tank’s immigration report – which labels the cost of immigration reform at $6.3 trillion and was co-authored by a white supremacist – has caused a backlash against the group from prominent Republican lawmakers and party donors. There are now even discussions of hiring a crisis management firm to deal with the negative reaction to the report.
|By: DSWright Friday May 10, 2013 8:35 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 9, 2013 1:25 pm|
There is a good chance Crist will run for governor again next year as a Democrat.
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 12, 2013 7:51 am|
I hope Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is going to have lots of bottled water on hand, because he is going to have a very dry mouth after doing more than the Full Ginsburg this Sunday.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday April 3, 2013 11:15 am|
Currently the top four choices by Republicans to carry the party banner in 2016 are Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Chris Christie, and Former Gov. Jeb Bush. The following are findings from a new national Quinnipiac poll:
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 19, 2013 11:15 am|
A possible immigration reform measure got a very important boost this morning when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) endorsed the idea of a pathway to citizenship. To begin with, Paul is a senator and every senator who supports the idea gets the chamber one vote closer to passing a bill.
More importantly, this endorsement by Paul now means a significant number of the top tier possible 2016 Republican Presidential candidates support a pathway to citizenship. This should make it easier for regular rank and file members to get on board with it.
|By: Jon Walker Monday March 4, 2013 2:10 pm|
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) came out against creating a pathway to citizenship in comprehensive immigration reform. Bush only wants a pathway to legal residency.
During an interview on NBC’s Today show Bush said, “Our proposal is a proposal that looks forward and if we want to create an immigration policy that’s going to work, we can’t continue to make illegal immigration an easier path than legal immigration. There’s a natural friction between our immigrant heritage and the rule of law. This is the right place to be in that sense. Not to take away people’s rights”
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday February 17, 2013 9:30 am|
“Life is a carnival,” sang The Band, and I imagine the passengers stranded in the Gulf of Mexico aboard the cruise ship Splendor wished it weren’t so true. Or maybe truer. They couldn’t, despite the promise of the song, walk on water. Still, they were lucky. The meteor hit Siberia and not the Splendor, after all.
This was the week that Marco Rubio America added a water-bottle prop to the GOP’s Dickensian message to America: “Stay thirsty, my friends.” It was the week another GOPer, Ted “Carnival” Cruz of Texas channeled Joseph McCarthy in his innuendo-laden attacks on poor old Chuck Hagel.
|By: DSWright Tuesday February 12, 2013 7:30 pm|
The Republican Party and its Tea Party faction will be responding to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida will be giving the official GOP response with Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky giving the “Tea Party” response.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday February 7, 2013 7:45 am|
For the first time ever the minority response to a State of the Union address will be delivered in both English and Spanish. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has been selected to give the Republican response.
|By: David Dayen Friday November 16, 2012 9:55 am|
My understanding is that Republicans oppose the DREAM Act because they oppose a path to citizenship for any undocumented immigrant, regardless of their circumstances. They don’t really care if the individual came into the country as a child, brought by their parents, with no recollection of their former country.
So I’m puzzled by this attempt to craft a Republican alternative to the DREAM Act, led by Florida’s Marco Rubio, which seems to be merely a weaker version of the original bill, with all of the path to citizenship elements that would make anyone disinclined to support an “amnesty” bill scream.