Romney Says Screw It

With Romney Out, Jeb Bush Gets A Boost – Big Government

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With 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s announcement that he will not pursue the 2016 presidential nomination, the conservative grassroots may be celebrating. They thought of Romney as a political squish, a flip-flopper, the creator of Romneycare, and the blunderer of “the 47 percent.”

They shouldn’t celebrate too soon. The person happiest to see Romney go is a political squish, a key supporter of Common Core, a fan of amnesty for illegal immigrants, and a basher of the base. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush must be grinning ear-to-ear this morning.

The latest poll from Fox News shows Romney clocking in at 21 percent, with Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) tied at 11 percent; Jeb Bush runs fourth at 10 percent. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who wowed crowds in Iowa over the weekend, draws 8 percent, while Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), an establishment favorite with Tea Party ties, draws just 5 percent. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former Texas Governor Rick Perry both draw 4 percent, with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal clocking in at a negligible 2 percent.

Without Romney, Jeb Bush jumps to 15 percent, with Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee trailing at 13 percent. Jeb’s also got all the money. Bush likely jumped into the race earlier than expected – he announced in December 2014 – in order to preclude Romney from running. By sucking up all the coastal donors, Bush prevented Romney from gaining momentum among those who matter most: the establishment types who backed him to the hilt in 2012. Just eight days ago, Romney met with Bush in Utah to discuss the presidential race. Just over a week later, Romney is out, and coastal donors’ choice has now come down to Jeb Bush and the largely-discredited Chris Christie, who now trails badly in polls.

The conservative base, meanwhile, splits a thousand ways. Walker has momentum for the moment, but Cruz has a significant ground operation in Iowa. Paul has his father’s base and a strong libertarian appeal in New Hampshire. Huckabee won Iowa in 2008 and could pose a threat in South Carolina as well.

And Jeb? All he has to do is run competitive in New Hampshire – where Bush currently leads slightly – hope that Iowa and South Carolina go to a largely underfunded candidate like Mike Huckabee (or better yet, split), and then win Florida in a walk. This is former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s firewall strategy from 2008, except that Jeb won’t abandon New Hampshire.

Mitt Romney did the right thing by stepping out of the race; he’s an old face, and he had his shot in 2012. By getting out, he opens the door to other candidates. Unfortunately, the candidate he may have most boosted is the man who most resembles him politically, to the consternation of conservatives across the country.

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Pulling A Scott Walker – Newly Elected Republican Governor Of Illinois Declares War On Government Unions

Illinois’ New Republican Governor Just Declared War On Government Unions – Daily Caller

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Illinois’ newly elected Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner attacked labor unions during a speech Tuesday, saying they are responsible for many problems that plague his state.

Throughout his speech, Rauner took aim at “government union bosses,” calling them corrupt for contributing to Democratic candidates in return for favorable deals.

“The taxpayer’s on the outside,” Rauner said during his speech in Decatur, according to Northern Public Radio.

“It’s a conflict of interest. It’s a closed loop. This is what’s going on,” Rauner continued. “It’s driving up our bureaucracy and jobs are leaving.”

“The unions that contract with the state: I think it’s the No. 1 conflict of interest in our state today,” Rauner declared.

Rauner pointed towards Prevailing Wage Laws and Project Labor Agreements as some of the few examples of how labor unions drive up costs through unfair laws.

According to The Illinois Policy Institute, the state is struggling in jobs and education, two areas vital to economic growth and stability.

“Illinois’ low standing for total job growth is unusual given that Illinois has the largest population in the Midwest and the fifth largest nationally,” the Institute noted in a report for 2014. “It takes a particularly toxic combination of bad policy and corrupt dealings to hinder such a large and talented workforce from keeping up with the likes of Kentucky and Connecticut.”

“Illinois tracks last of all states for private-sector job creation in 2014, one of only four states to be negative for jobs on the year,” the report added.

The governor also addressed right-to-work legislation. Though he is hesitant to support it as a state law, Rauner does say local leaders should decide for themselves if they want such legislation. Under a right-to-work law, workers cannot be forced into a union as a condition of employment.

“I’m not advocating Illinois becoming a right-to-work state, but I do advocate local governments being allowed to decide whether they’re right-to-work zones,” Rauner said according to The Associated Press.

Some union leaders are already attacking Rauner for deceiving voters during the election last year: While running for governor, Rauner said he was not anti-union.

“It’s taken him less than two weeks to show his true colors,” Sean Stott of the Laborer’s International Union told Northern Public Radio.

Scott says the governor’s plans will drive down wages and lead to a loss of jobs, and not just for union members.

Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan, called the governor’s speech, “failed right-wing economic policy.”

“The Bruce Rauner that managed to mask his true feelings about working families for most of last year showed his true agenda today,” Carrigan told Insurance News Net in a statement. “Much like his past proposal to cut the minimum wage, he is now going after workers on all fronts by supporting right to work, attacking unemployment insurance and workers compensation, as well as prevailing wage and project labor agreements that benefit both workers and the taxpayers.”

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House Democrats Unanimously Agree That Obama Should Be A Dictator

House Votes To Defund Obama’s Immigration Action – The Blaze

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The House voted Wednesday to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, a step Republicans promised to take after Obama said in November he would provide legal protection for up to 5 million illegal immigrants.

Members voted 237-190 in favor of a defunding amendment brought by Rep. Bob Aderholt (R-Ala.). All but seven Republicans supported it, and it was opposed by all Democrats.

Republicans voting against it were Reps. Carlos Curbello (Fla.), Jeff Denham (Calif.), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Bob Dold (Ill.), Renee Ellmers (N.C.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) and David Valadao (Calif.).

With that vote, Aderholt’s language was attached to a Department of Homeland Security spending bill, which the House then passed shortly after noon in a 236-191 vote.

Aderholt’s language would block funding for Obama’s executive action, even those funds that agencies collect on their own through fees. It would prevent enforcement of memos DHS released in 2011 and 2012 that allow agencies to halt immigration enforcement on various classes of illegal immigrants.

It would also block any effort to carry out similar policies, and prevent the executive branch from giving any benefit to illegal immigrants that aren’t prescribed under law.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised to fight Obama’s action “tooth and nail,” and attaching the defunding language to the DHS spending bill is one of the stronger steps the GOP could take. Many conservatives feared the House might pass a defunding bill as a separate item, which would have made it much easier for Obama to ignore.

Attaching it to the DHS spending bill sets up an immediate challenge to Obama, who has said he would veto the bill if it defunds his immigration plan.

It also raises questions about how the Senate will handle the bill. It’s possible that Republicans may have to consider tweaking the language in order to find the 60 votes needed to start work on the bill, and failure to do so could effectively kill the bill in the upper chamber.

But this week, at least, House Republicans were holding firm, and were led by Boehner himself in the effort to fight back against Obama’s attempt to go around Congress.

“We do not take this action lightly, but simply, there is no alternative,” Boehner said, making one of his rare appearances on the House floor to speak about specific legislation. “This executive overreach is an affront to the rule of law and to the Constitution itself.”

“Enough is enough,” Boehner added. “By their votes last November, the people made clear that they wanted more accountability from this president, and by our votes here today, we will heed their will and we will keep our oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.”

Democrats used the debate to warn that Obama’s actions were legal, and that the defunding language threatens to create a fight that could lead to the partial shutdown of DHS. Several Democrats have noted that Congress should not put at risk DHS funding, especially after the attacks against Charlie Hebdo in France last week.

“I am deeply disappointed that Republicans insist on making Congress play out this farce at the expense of our Nation’s security,” said Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, on Tuesday. “It has taken less than two weeks for the Republican Congress to prove that it cannot govern responsibly.”

Members considered two other substantive amendments to the bill. One from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) would prohibit the use of any federal funding to consider new applications under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. That program, known as DACA, has given legal protection to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the country with their parents.

That amendment narrowly passed in a 218-209 vote, as 26 Republicans voted against it along with every Democrat.

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Your Daley Gator List Of Gutless Republicans Who Refused To Vote John Boehner Out As Speaker


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Well, the movement to oust Boehner fell one vote shy of its mark today, as crybaby John was chosen Speaker of the House again. These are the cowardly, self-serving assclowns in the GOP who have betrayed their consitutents and turned their backs on the principles upon which their party was built.

Abraham, Ralph
Aderholt, Robert
Allen, Rick
Amodei, Mark
Barletta, Lou
Barr, Andy
Barton, Joe
Benishek, Dan
Bilirakis, Gus
Bishop, Mike
Bishop, Rob
Black, Diane
Blackburn, Marsha
Boehner, John
Bost, Mike
Boustany Jr., Charles
Brady, Kevin
Brooks, Mo
Brooks, Susan
Buchanan, Vern
Buck, Ken
Bucshon, Larry
Burgess, Michael
Byrne, Bradley
Calvert, Ken
Carter, Buddy
Carter, John
Chabot, Steve
Chaffetz, Jason
Coffman, Mike
Cole, Tom
Collins, Chris
Collins, Doug
Comstock, Barbara
Conaway, Michael
Cook, Paul
Costello, Ryan
Cramer, Kevin
Crawford, Rick
Crenshaw, Ander
Culberson, John
Curbelo, Carlos
Davis, Rodney
DeSantis, Ron
Denham, Jeff
Dent, Charles
Diaz-Balart, Mario
Dold, Bob
Duffy, Sean
Duncan Jr., John
Ellmers, Renee
Emmer, Tom
Farenthold, Blake
Fincher, Stephen
Fitzpatrick, Michael
Fleischmann, Chuck
Fleming, John
Flores, Bill
Forbes, Randy
Fortenberry, Jeff
Foxx, Virginia
Franks, Trent
Frelinghuysen, Rodney
Gibbs, Bob
Goodlatte, Bob
Gowdy, Trey
Granger, Kay
Graves, Garret
Graves, Sam
Graves, Tom
Griffith, Morgan
Grimm, Michael
Grothman, Glenn
Guinta, Frank
Guthrie, Brett
Hanna, Richard
Hardy, Cresent
Harper, Gregg
Harris, Andy
Hartzler, Vicky
Heck, Joe
Hensarling, Jeb
Herrera Beutler, Jaime
Hice, Jody
Hill, French
Holding, George
Hudson, Richard
Huizenga, Bill
Hultgren, Randy
Hunter, Duncan
Hurd, Will
Hurt, Robert
Issa, Darrell
Jenkins, Evan
Jenkins, Lynn
Johnson, Bill
Johnson, Sam
Jolly, David
Jordan, Jim
Joyce, David
Katko, John
Kelly, Mike
King, Pete
Kinzinger, Adam
Kline, John
Knight, Steve
LaMalfa, Doug
Labrador, Raul
Lamborn, Doug
Lance, Leonard
Latta, Robert
LoBiondo, Frank
Long, Billy
Loudermilk, Barry
Love, Mia
Lucas, Frank
Luetkemeyer, Blaine
Lummis, Cynthia
MacArthur, Tom
Marchant, Kenny
Marino, Tom
McCarthy, Kevin
McCaul, Michael
McClintock, Tom
McHenry, Patrick
McKinley, David
McMorris Rodgers, Cathy
McSally, Martha
Meehan, Pat
Messer, Luke
Mica, John
Miller, Candice
Miller, Jeff
Moolenaar, John
Mooney, Alex
Mullin, Markwayne
Mulvaney, Mick
Murphy, Tim
Neugebauer, Randy
Newhouse, Dan
Noem, Kristi
Nunes, Devin
Nunnelee, Alan
Olson, Pete
Palazzo, Steven
Paulsen, Erik
Pearce, Steve
Perry, Scott
Pittenger, Robert
Pitts, Joseph
Poe, Ted
Poliquin, Bruce
Pompeo, Mike
Price, Tom
Radewagen, Amata
Ratcliffe, John
Reed, Tom
Reichert, David
Renacci, Jim
Ribble, Reid
Rice, Tom
Roby, Martha
Roe, Phil
Rogers, Mike
Rogers, Harold
Rohrabacher, Dana
Rokita, Todd
Rooney, Tom
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana
Roskam, Peter
Ross, Dennis
Rothfus, Keith
Rouzer, David
Royce, Ed
Russell, Steve
Ryan, Paul
Salmon, Matt
Sanford, Mark
Scalise, Steve
Schock, Aaron
Schweikert, David
Scott, Austin
Sensenbrenner, James
Sessions, Pete
Shimkus, John
Shuster, Bill
Simpson, Mike
Smith, Adrian
Smith, Chris
Smith, Jason
Smith, Lamar
Stefanik, Elise
Stewart, Chris
Stivers, Steve
Thompson, Glenn
Thornberry, Mac
Tiberi, Pat
Tipton, Scott
Trott, Dave
Turner, Michael
Upton, Fred
Valadao, David
Wagner, Ann
Walberg, Tim
Walden, Greg
Walker, Mark
Walorski, Jackie
Walters, Mimi
Wenstrup, Brad
Westerman, Bruce
Westmoreland, Lynn
Whitfield, Ed
Williams, Roger
Wilson, Joe
Wittman, Robert
Womack, Steve
Woodall, Robert
Yoder, Kevin
Young, David
Young, Don
Young, Todd
Zeldin, Lee
Zinke, Ryan

Contact these useless, political hacks and let them know how you feel about their complete lack of courage and integrity.

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Here are the few, brave individuals who actually took a stand against the disease known as “moderate Republicanism” in our House of Representatives.

Amash, Justin
Babin, Brian
Blum, Rod
Brat, Dave
Bridenstine, Jim
Clawson, Curt
DesJarlais, Scott
Duncan, Jeff
Garrett, Scott
Gibson, Chris
Gohmert, Louie
Gosar, Paul
Huelskamp, Tim
Jones, Walter
King, Steve
Massie, Thomas
Meadows, Mark
Nugent, Richard
Palmer, Gary
Posey, Bill
Rigell, Scott
Stutzman, Marlin
Weber, Randy
Webster, Daniel
Yoho, Ted

Contact these honorable folks and tell them how much you appreciate their efforts in the face of overwhelming odds.

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House Members Contact List

Capitol Switchboard: 1-202-224-3121.

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Online Petitions To Remove John Boehner As Speaker Of The House



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Speaker Boehner Contact Form
Conservatives: write to John Boehner and tell him that if he refuses to step down as Speaker, you will sit out the next presidential election. Make it clear to him that you will no longer support a Republican party led by spineless, big-government, pro-amnesty elitists like him.

House Members Contact List
Then contact your GOP representative(s) and tell them in no unceratain terms that if they vote to retain Mr. Boehner as Speaker of the House, you will never support them in any future election.

You may also telephone them via the Capitol switchboard at 1-202-224-3121.

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FLASHABCK: March 9, 2011

Our Manifestly Unserious Republican House Leader – By Edward L. Daley

House Speaker John Boehner is not a serious adult when it comes to addressing the out-of-control federal spending of the Democrat party. That is evident in his proposal to cut a largely inconsequential $61 Billion from the final seven months of this year’s budget.

To give you a good idea of just how astoundingly weak Boehner’s proposal is, consider that the budget deficit for February of this year ALONE was $223 Billion, or almost four times the amount that the Speaker proposes to cut by year’s end.

Even if the Senate agrees to sign on to these cuts, Obama’s obscene spending policies will still add another $1.6 Trillion to our already crippling and unsustainable $14.2 Trillion national debt.

Add to that, the fact that the President has crafted a monstrously irresponsible $3.7 Trillion budget for fiscal year 2012, and Boehner ‘s $61 Billion scheme is exposed for the pathetic monetary joke that it is.

To put it bluntly, if the Republican leader of the House is not willing to propose at least $700 Billion in cuts this year in the hopes that he may be able to strike a $350 Billion deal down the road, then he has no business being Speaker, or even being a member of the GOP leadership.

Sure, I understand that the Speaker of the House has no power to force the democrat-controlled Senate or the President to accept such a proposal, but he does have the authority to set the budget-cutting negotiations bar as high as he likes.

I ask you, why allow the Democrat leadership to malign and demonize you over a mere $61 Billion in proposed budget reductions when they could easily be maligning and demonizing you over a number many times higher than that?

At the end of the day, you’d have to be the most inept haggler in the world not to get at least a quarter of a Trillion dollars in cuts out of the bastards, and what’s more, they’d come away from the experience understanding that you actually are what you said you were in November.

Unfortunately for us all, John Boehner is not what he claimed to be during the conservative electoral tsunami of 2010.

In fact, he is a demonstrably unmotivated, unremarkable and unserious individual. who’s just made it painfully clear that he has no intention of confronting the tax-and-spend left in any appreciable way.

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Conservative Congressman Gohmert Declares Candidacy For House Speaker

Louie Gohmert Declares Candidacy For Speaker Of The House – Daily Caller

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Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert has declared his candidacy for Speaker of the House of Representatives against John Boehner.

“After the November elections gave Republicans control of the Senate, voters made clear they wanted change,” Gohmert said in a statement timed alongside a Sunday show interview with Tucker Carlson.

“There have been numerous examples of problematic Republican leadership, but we were hopeful our leaders got the voters’ message,” Gohmert stated. “However, after our Speaker forced through the CRomnibus by passing it with Democratic votes and without time to read it, it seemed clear that we needed new leadership. There had been much discussion. But, until yesterday, no one had stepped up.”

“I applaud my friend Rep. Ted Yoho for putting his name forward as an alternative to the status quo. Ted is a good man for whom I could vote, but I have heard from many supporters and also friends in Congress who have urged me to put forward my name for Speaker as well to increase our chances of change. That is why I am also offering my name as a candidate for Speaker.”

Gohmert’s statement elaborated as to how he can win the Speaker’s race.

“There is false information being floated that any Republican candidates in addition to the current Speaker will split the vote and give the Speaker’s gavel to Congresswoman Pelosi,” Gohmert said. “This is nothing but a scare tactic to keep the current regime in power.”

“As long as Republicans vote for an adult American citizen for Speaker, no Democrat can win. Only if 30 Republicans voted ‘Present’ would there be a chance for a Democrat to win.”

“To win the Speaker’s race, an adult American citizen has to get a clear majority of all Members of Congress on the House floor voting for an eligible person. Voting ‘Present’ simply reduces the number of votes required to win a majority. If no one wins a majority on the first ballot, then we go to a second vote, then a third, until someone gets a majority.”

Gohmert solidified his growing stature in the Republican Party this year with the successful launch of GOHPAC, a tea party PAC to defend primary challengers from their GOP establishment rivals. The PAC helped shine a media light on young conservative candidates like Dan Bongino and Boehner’s Ohio-based primary challenger J.D. Winteregg in the run-up to Dave Brat’s historic defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor in the Virginia eighth district primary.

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Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu Gets Stomped Like A Bug In Louisiana Runoff Election

Landrieu Loses Reelection Bid In Louisiana To Republican Challenger Cassidy – Fox News

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Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu lost her reelection bid Saturday in a runoff race with Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy, despite a relentless, against-long-odds effort.

Landrieu, who was seeking a fourth term, trailed by double digits and had lost most of her support going into the election. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting late Saturday, Cassidy had received 56 percent of the vote, to 44 percent for Landrieu.

Landrieu barnstormed the state this week, driving some 1,200 miles in a rented SUV, stopping in little towns and bigger cities, making one last appeal to voters to give her another term in Washington.

“There is no quit,” Landrieu said in her concession speech. “It’s been nothing but a joy to serve this state for over 34 years.”

Cassidy’s win extends the GOP’s domination of the 2014 midterm elections that put Republicans in charge of Capitol Hill for the final two years of President Obama’s tenure.

Republicans will hold 54 seats when the Senate convenes in January, nine more than they have now.

“Once again, voters have spoken clearly,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said. “They have rejected the Democrat agenda and the Obama-Clinton policies that have produced higher healthcare costs and job-killing regulations.”

The race mirrored contests in other states that Obama lost in 2012, with Landrieu joining Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan and Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor in defeat. Democrats ceded seats in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia after incumbents opted not to run again.

Like victorious Republicans in those races, Cassidy, 57, made his bid more about Obama than about his own vision for the job. An Illinois native and medical doctor, Cassidy made few public appearances during the runoff, seeking to avoid missteps that could change the race.

But in a state where 73 percent of white voters on Nov. 4 told pollsters they “strongly disapproved” of the president, that was enough to prevent Landrieu, 59, from finding her footing. Cassidy also enjoyed a prodigious advertising advantage in the runoff: Of every dollar spent by outside groups during the one-month runoff, 97 cents benefited the congressman.

Landrieu had narrowly led a Nov. 4 primary ballot that included eight candidates from all parties. But at 42 percent, she fell well below her marks in previous races and endured a one-month runoff campaign that Republicans dominated via the airwaves while national Democrats financially abandoned her effort.

In the South, Democrats will be left without a single governor or U.S. senator across nine states stretching from the Carolinas to Texas. The House delegations from the same region are divided almost entirely by race, with white Republicans representing majority-white districts, while majority non-white districts are represented by black or Hispanic Democrats.

Landrieu tried several messages over the course of her losing effort.

Most recently, she had hammered Cassidy as being unfit for the job and interested more in partisanship than helping Louisiana. She directed her most pointed criticism at Cassidy’s medical teaching job with the Louisiana State University hospital system. Calling Cassidy “Dr. Double Dip,” Landrieu suggested the congressman collected a $20,000, taxpayer-funded salary for little or no work, describing gaps and discrepancies in Cassidy’s LSU time sheets. LSU said it’s looking into the time sheet questions.

She argued that the race shouldn’t be about Obama, but also targeted advertising on radio stations geared to the black community, where the president remains popular.

Her anchor argument was that her senatorial seniority was a boon for Louisiana, particularly her chairmanship of the Senate’s energy committee, an important panel for this oil-rich state. But that argument was gutted on Nov. 4 when Republicans won the Senate majority, meaning Landrieu would have lost her post even had she won.

Landrieu, who said a campaign canvasser was fatally struck by a vehicle Saturday, managed last month to get the Democrat-controlled Senate to vote on her bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have helped with voters in oil-rich Louisiana. But the measure failed when she could not get one more Democrat to vote in favor of the plan.

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