Marco Rubio’s History on Immigration Leaves Conservatives Distrustful of Shift

The New York Times By Jeremy W. Peters and Ashley Parker 11/14/15 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Joyce Kaufman sat in her radio studio here the other day and said the first word that comes to mind when she thinks of Marco Rubio. “A chameleon,” she scoffed. Ms. Kaufman, a conservative talk show host in South Florida, embraced the 39-year-old politician in 2010, a time when many Tea Party activists viewed him as the future leader of their movement. But after arriving in Washington, Mr. Rubio committed what many of his … Continue reading

U.S. Avoids Debt Default as Congress Passes Fiscal Plan (See how your Congressional member voted)

(This “Fiscal Plan” – Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 – with the vote of each member of Congress will be found here. – Admin.) Bloomberg.com By Terrence Dopp and Kathleen Miller 10/30/15 Bill goes to Obama for his signature before Nov. 3 deadline Agreement ends month of turmoil for House Republicans Congress passed a two-year bipartisan budget plan that avoids a default on U.S. debt, increases spending on domestic and defense programs and ends months of turmoil among House Republicans. The 64-35 Senate vote early Friday, following House passage two … Continue reading

Yesterday’s GOP debate: Medicare, Social Security, Corruption, Debt, Taxes and Families

A transcript of yesterday’s main GOP Debate in Boulder, CO will be found here. I mention this at the outset so those who desire can read the candidates’ comments unfiltered by media reports. Following are several snippets from the debate: Huckabee – “…yes, we’ve stolen. Yes, we’ve lied to the American people about Social Security, and Medicare.” Paul: “The main problem with Medicare right now is that the average person pays in taxes over their whole lifetime about $100,000. But the average person takes out about $350,000.” “Medicare” appears 30 … Continue reading

White House, Congress reach tentative budget deal

Reuters.com By David Lawder and Susan Cornwell 10/27/15 A U.S. budget and debt ceiling deal headed toward quick action in Congress on Tuesday as lawmakers rushed to avert yet another fiscal standoff, which threatened to push the federal government into an unprecedented default early next month. House Speaker John Boehner told fellow Republicans he was clearing the way for a vote on Wednesday on the double-barreled measure, which would bust strict spending caps by $80 billion over the next two years in order to pump up defense and domestic programs. … Continue reading

Sen. Joe Donnelly — Indiana’s man in the middle

IndyStar.com By Matthew Tully 12/22/14 His party is about to be tossed from power in the U.S. Senate, the result of a brutal election year for Democrats, but Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana smiled over a plate of eggs Friday morning and said that, for him, life in the minority offers quite an opportunity. Why? Because the rules in the glacially paced Senate often require not a majority of votes, but 60 votes, for anything to move. So while Republican’s 54-seat majority might have the Fox News crowd all giddy, … Continue reading