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Debate rules could shrink GOP stage

  • 4:48 pm Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

The qualifying criteria for the third Republican debate could mean a smaller field for that October 28 GOP gathering, as CNBC says candidates must get at least 3 percent on average in national polls to be eligible for the main stage in Boulder, Colorado.

CNBC will have two segments – a pre-debate forum for the lower-tier candidates, and then a main debate.

“To appear in the 8pm debate a candidate must have an average of 3% among these polls,” CNBC announced in a statement, setting the first debate for 8 pm ET on October 28.

“Candidates who average below that will be invited [More]

Boehner opponents search for House leader

  • 9:43 pm Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

Instead of using the resignation of Speaker John Boehner as a springboard for a leadership shakeup, more conservative Republican lawmakers in Congress are struggling to find any candidate that they can rally behind, leaving them on the sidelines during this major leadership scramble.

“This is a very critical time,” said Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who readily acknowledged the lack of conservative candidates for GOP leadership posts in the House.

“I haven’t heard of any that are going to stand up and run,” Loudermilk told me, as the freshman Republican indicated that he’s not ready to endorse anyone yet in the race for [More]

Conservatives not running in race to replace Boehner

  • 9:38 pm Monday, September 28th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

While more conservative GOP lawmakers in the House celebrated the decision of Speaker John Boehner to leave his post, those same Tea Party lawmakers readily acknowledged that they are passing on the idea of trying to elect one of their own fellow conservatives as Boehner’s replacement, or even to fill another expected opening for a top Republican leadership post in the House.

“This has never been about making the conservatives the leaders of the party,” said Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID).

“We never thought we had enough votes to get one of our own elected,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), as he and [More]

Trump releases details of his tax plan

  • 12:04 pm Monday, September 28th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on Monday rolled out his plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code, saying he would slash rates for individuals and businesses, while at the same time getting rid of deductions and loopholes available to the wealthiest Americans.

The four pillars of Trump’s tax plan:

+ Tax relief for middle class Americans
+ Tax simplification
+ Revenue neutral (no new deficit spending)
+ Spurs job growth

For most Americans, the Trump plan would change their income taxes, especially those who make the least amount of income, as individuals earning less than $25,000 a year and married couples making less than $50,000 a year [More]

Can Tea Party take charge post-Boehner?

  • 9:54 pm Sunday, September 27th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

The surprise announcement by Speaker John Boehner that he will resign in late October is a victory for Tea Party forces who wanted major change within the GOP in Congress, but it certainly does not guarantee that more conservative Republicans can play kingmaker, or that the GOP leadership team in the House will be any different in the future.

As of now, all signs point to Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as the next House Speaker; he’s currently Boehner’s top lieutenant, the House Majority Leader.

“I think Kevin wins,” one Republican lawmaker told me this weekend, as there were no indications yet of [More]

Remarks of Pope Francis to Congress

  • 10:15 am Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

These are the prepared remarks of Pope Francis in his address to a Joint Meeting of Congress.  The text was provided by the press office of the Holy See.

Mr. Vice-President,
Mr. Speaker,
Honorable Members of Congress,

Dear Friends,

I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common [More]

Echoes of history as Pope Francis speaks to Congress

  • 3:16 pm Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

As Pope Francis goes before a Joint Meeting of Congress on Thursday, the first time a Pope has addressed lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol, the event stands as a historic reminder that such a moment was unthinkable for much of the history of the United States of America.

“The Pope will be very well received here in the United States,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, anticipating the adoring crowds that have greeted him so far in Washington, D.C.

But it hasn’t always been that way in this country for Catholics, and especially in the political arena of the U.S. Congress.

If [More]

Trump demands end to attack ads

  • 3:25 pm Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

Angered by a series of attack ads dropped on him by a conservative political group, Donald Trump responded like a businessman, sending a cease and desist letter to the Club For Growth, accusing them of airing advertisements filled with “outright lies, false, defamatory and destructive statements.”

“This is the very definition of libel,” Trump’s lawyer said in a letter to the Club For Growth.

Here is one of the ads that earned Trump’s attention:

The response of the Club For Growth was basically, jump in the lake.

“Tough guy Donald Trump starts whining when his liberal record is revealed,” the group’s leader [More]

Walker drops out of GOP race

  • 8:30 pm Monday, September 21st, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

Back in July, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was the big name in the Republican race, in charge in Iowa and at the top of the national polls. But in the space of just two months, Walker went from GOP frontrunner to also ran on the GOP side.

He exited with a call for fellow Republicans to improve the election message of their own party.

“Sadly, the debate taking place in the Republican party today is not focused on that optimistic view of America. Instead, it has drifted into personal attacks,” said Walker, taking a jab at Donald Trump.

Walker said it [More]

Liberal groups call for more Democratic debates

  • 3:00 pm Monday, September 21st, 2015 by Jamie Dupree

Frustrated at the attention Republicans are getting and their party’s slim schedule of debates for the 2016 race, a group of liberal activist groups joined Monday to publicly call for Democratic Party officials to increase the number of political forums for Democratic candidates in coming months.

“Republicans are hosting a full schedule of debates,” the letter from MoveOn dot Org and other groups says to Democratic Party chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“By comparison, due to the lack of Democratic debates, the Democratic candidates seem virtually silent to many Americans. Voters are getting far more exposure to fringe Republican ideas than [More]