Republican Tim Scott to Become Only African-American Senator, Replacing Jim DeMint

By: Monday December 17, 2012 10:50 am

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley chose Tim Scott to become the interim replacement in the US Senate for Jim DeMint, who will leave to run the Heritage Foundation in January of next year. Scott becomes the first African-American Senator since Roland Burris left in 2010, and the first African-American representing the South in the Senate since Reconstruction (there have only been six other African-American Senators total in the history of the country). Governor Haley made the announcement at the State House in Columbia a short while ago.


Republicans Attempt “Vote for Us or We’ll Tear the Mother Down” Closing Argument

By: Friday November 2, 2012 11:57 am

Implicit in Mitt Romney’s closing argument for the election is the idea that only he can stop House Republicans from destroying the economy.

Two House Republicans Criticize Ideological Purity, Distance Themselves from Caucus

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 12:40 pm

A couple wayward House Republicans have walked off the reservation and rejected the ideological purity demanded by the party’s conservative base. Rep. Richard Hanna, elected in 2010 as part of the Republican takeover of Congress, lashed out at his caucus yesterday, and Steven LaTourette, a veteran of the Gingrich revolution in 1994, is definitely not much longer for the caucus after announcing a sudden retirement with 99 days to go until Election Day.

Health Care, Nullification, and the Huge Emerging Fight Over Medicaid Expansion in Red States

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 1:05 pm

One of the more off-the-chart reactions to the Supreme Court ruling on the health care law today comes from Michigan, where the former spokesman of the state Republican Party mused as to whether an armed rebellion was now justified. But only slightly more restrained is Sen. Jim DeMint’s call for continued resistance to the law.

SOPA Activism Moves Republicans More Than Democrats

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 8:55 am

Yesterday’s SOPA strike was enormously successful, not only raising attention to the issue but moving a tremendous amount of politicians for a one-day event. Over 4.5 million people signed Google’s petition against SOPA. The Wikipedia action gave high-profile attention to the issue as well, and even if Facebook and Twitter’s responses were muted, overall the online community made themselves heard.

But those of us charting the protest yesterday were struck by how most of the lawmakers turning against the bill were Republicans. If you look at the latest whip count on PIPA, for example, you see that more Republicans oppose it at this point than Democrats.

House Returns to Washington to Do Pretty Much Nothing

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 7:45 am

The House returns to session today, and you can forgive them for feeling a distinct sense of deja vu. When they left, they faced a deadline to pass a payroll tax cut, extended unemployment benefits and a doctor’s fix for Medicare reimbursement rates. Weeks later, they return to a deadline to pass a payroll tax cut, extended unemployment benefits and a doctor’s fix for Medicare reimbursement rates. Even that limited agenda will be a stretch for the GOP.

Light Bulb Industry Angered by GOP Delay of Tougher Light Bulb Efficiency Standards (?)

By: Monday December 19, 2011 3:33 pm

As part of the omnibus spending bill, the federal government will delay enforcement of new regulations for increased energy efficiency in light bulbs. Republicans claim that this delay, achieved through blocking Energy Department funding for enforcement through Fiscal Year 2012, will “save” the incandescent light bulb, but in reality incandescent bulbs were never banned. And light bulb manufacturers put a lot of money and effort into meeting the standard, so they oppose the delay altogether.

Rep. Walsh’s Rant Pathetic, and Also Indicative of Washington’s No-Accountability Policy

By: Thursday November 10, 2011 6:06 am

It’s almost not even worth getting to Walsh’s core charge, that the government forced banks to lend to people who couldn’t pay them back. I suppose the government forced banks to slice up those loans into securities and then either lose the paperwork or fail to honor the procedures demanded by the pooling and servicing agreements. Or the government forced banks to sell the securities to investors without telling them they were taking the other side of the bet against the securities. Or that they knew about the irregularities with the loans, and received them at a discount from the originators, without passing on the information to investors who thought the loans were highly rated and perfectly legitimate. And on and on.

Boehner Stuck, No Control of His Caucus on Continuing Resolution to Fund the Government

By: Thursday September 22, 2011 12:00 pm

Yesterday’s setback for Speaker John Boehner on a continuing resolution to fund the government shows what little real control Boehner has over his caucus. With 242 members, Boehner has the ability to pass any legislation he wants without Democratic crossover votes – and in this case he got 6 Democratic crossovers. He has a good deal of power at his disposal to threaten Congressmen, to tell them their legislation will never see the light of day, to withhold needed campaign support, to knock them off committee assignments. He did all this and more yesterday. And he still could not budge the more conservative members of his party.

Tea Party Debate Shows America What Everyone Can’t Stand About the Tea Party

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 8:15 am

Everyone’s talking about this exchange from last night’s CNN/Tea Party Express debate (I assume the CNN/MoveOn debate is next week), where the crowd cheers the prospect of allowing an uninsured man to die. And I’ll get to that in a moment. But perhaps just as rotten was when the crowd booed Ron Paul, who’s supposed to be a kind of Tea Party godfather, for daring to suggest that not every Muslim is responsible for 9-11. Beyond the crassness of this incident, it should definitively end the speculation that the Tea Party is anything other than an outgrowth of the Republican Party.

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