- 12:53 pm Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
From Livingston, New Jersey
Ignoring the naysaysers who argue he has little chance of getting the Republican nomination, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie officially joined the GOP race on Tuesday, telling a crowd in his home town that it’s time for new leadership.
“I am now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America,” Christie said to cheers in the gymnasium of his hometown high school in Livingston, New Jersey.
Christie used his speech to tell his own family’s story, railing against dysfunction in Washington, and calling for stronger leadership in the Oval Office.
“I am not looking to be [More]
- 11:25 pm Monday, June 29th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Along the Jersey Turnpike
The conventional political wisdom is that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is going nowhere fast. That he can’t win the White House in 2016, let alone the Republican nomination for President.
But with that very public political assessment hanging over him for months, Christie has kept plugging away in speech after speech, stop after stop, making the case that he’s best positioned to lead Republicans back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“This country needs to lead the world again,” Christie likes to say, accusing the Obama Administration of an absentee foreign policy that has increased the dangers faced [More]
- 9:43 pm Sunday, June 28th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
Angered by Friday’s landmark ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized same-sex marriage, some states and Republican presidential hopefuls made clear over the weekend that they will not rush to implement that ruling.
“Friday, the United States Supreme Court again ignored the text and spirit of the Constitution to manufacture a right that simply does not exist,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who issued a legal opinion to his state’s Governor that would allow officials to not process same-sex marriage licenses or conduct those ceremonies.
Paxton said county clerks, justices of the peace and other judges “retain religious freedoms” – [More]
- 2:20 pm Friday, June 26th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
While Republicans running for President were quick to frown on the Supreme Court ruling that allows same-sex marriage in all fifty states, there’s no agreement in the party on the best way to deal with the issue, and that could certainly lead to GOP candidates jousting over their party’s response.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) immediately threw down the gauntlet to others running for the Republican nomination, proclaiming his support for an amendment to the Constitution that would allow states to ban gay marriage.
“The states are the proper place for these decisions to be made,” Walker said, as he labeled the 5-4 [More]
- 10:45 am Friday, June 26th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
In a landmark decision, a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that same-sex marriages are legal in all fifty states.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, as he had in earlier cases on gay marriage, wrote the majority opinion; he said simply that same-sex couples want to be treated equally.
“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law,” Kennedy wrote for the majority. “The Constitution grants them that right.”
President Obama quickly weighed in on the decision, using the hashtag “Love Wins” in a message on Twitter.
On the other side, the dissent was led by Chief Justice [More]
- 11:35 am Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
In a 6-to-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court preserved subsidies for health insurance plans purchased through the federal exchange at healthcare.gov, delivering a major victory to President Obama on his signature legislative achievement, and leaving Republican critics fuming over their judicial defeat.
The court’s majority was again led by Chief Justice John Roberts, who had joined with liberals on the Court to uphold the law several years ago; they held that tax subsidies should not be limited only to state-based exchanges.
“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” the Chief Justice wrote.
“If at [More]
- 8:36 pm Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
The repercussions from last week’s mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina continued to spread on Wednesday, as the Governor of Alabama took down the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol, both U.S. Senators from Mississippi urged a review of their state flag, and some black lawmakers in Congress called for the removal of statues in the U.S. Capitol honoring leaders of the Confederacy.
“I think it’s a testament to America that people can wake up one day, and look honestly at reality, and then change their minds on a deeply held belief,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) of [More]
- 1:22 pm Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
All but declared dead by opponents earlier this month, President Obama’s agenda on trade won a key procedural vote on Tuesday in the U.S. Senate, setting the stage for approval of the controversial “fast-track” legislation.
“This is a very important day for our country,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after the Senate mustered the votes needed to shut off debate on the trade measure; the vote was 60-37.
The vote again showcased the upside down nature of this issue, as Republicans voted 47-5 in favor of ending debate, while Democrats voted 32-13 to filibuster the measure.
After the vote, Democrats denounced the [More]
- 9:05 pm Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
In a series of significant political moves, national Republicans on Monday joined in calling for the removal of the Confederate Battle flag from the grounds of the state capitol in South Carolina, saying the killing last week of nine black churchgoers showed the need for change on a symbol that has long been considered divisive.
“After the tragic, hate-filled shooting in Charleston, it is only appropriate that we deal once and for all with the issue of the flag,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who had initially resisted talk about any change.
“I do not believe the vast majority of folks who [More]
- 3:58 pm Sunday, June 21st, 2015 by Jamie Dupree
A new report from Congressional number crunchers makes it a little more difficult for Republicans to use the process known as budget reconciliation to repeal that Obama health law, as such an effort may now require the GOP to find billions in extra budget savings.
The report by the Congressional Budget Office, found the plan to repeal the Obama health law would increase the deficit by $137 billion over ten years.
That means the GOP will have to come up with around $137 billion in budget savings, most likely through savings in entitlement programs, and include that in any plan [More]