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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:47 am    Post subject: Are Texas Republicans turning away from Trump? Reply with quote

Are Texas Republicans turning away from Trump?
Following a year of U.S. President Donald Trump's politics, there are once again rumblings of a Democratic comeback in Texas. The majority of Texans are still Republicans, but a year of Trump’s politics have some long-time Republicans turning away from the party, and sometimes, even embracing their former opponents.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:52 am    Post subject: Republicans turning against the GOP, but not Trump Reply with quote

5 poll numbers that show Republicans are turning against the GOP, but not Trump
By Ryan Struyk, CNN

Washington (CNN)Republicans have had it.
After more than eight months of unified government -- control of the White House plus both chambers of Congress -- the Republican Party still hasn't kept many of its major promises to its base.

Efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have stalled over and over and over, and finally, seem to have fizzled, at least for now. Sweeping tax reform is still in its infancy as leaders in both chambers again try to unite their caucuses around a plan that can pass. And efforts to cut spending during budget and debt ceiling negotiations ended with a deal with Democrats.

So perhaps it comes as no surprise that Republicans nationwide are not exactly thrilled with the Republican Party. That's not to say Republicans are souring on President Donald Trump. In fact, it's the opposite. The latest CNN poll showed his approval rating among Republicans at a robust 85% -- with six in 10 Republicans saying they "strongly" approve of his job performance so far.

But now the GOP leadership in Congress -- and the Republican Party itself more broadly -- are finding their supporters across the country growing more and more frustrated with the way their united GOP government is, well, governing.
These five poll numbers show how things have changed direction for Republicans over the last eight months.

1. 63% of Republicans say they are "angry" at both parties
The number of Republicans upset at both parties has climbed dramatically in the last six months. Back in March, only 38% of Republicans said they were angry at both parties in a CNN/ORC poll at the time, while a virtually identical 37% said they were just angry at Democrats.

Not anymore. In a new CNN poll released on Sunday, about one in four Republicans has added the GOP to their "angry" list. More than six in 10 Republicans now say they're angry at both parties, while the number upset with only Democrats has plummeted to just 14%.

2. Almost a quarter of Republicans have a newly unfavorable view of the GOP
The number of Republicans with a favorable view of their own party has dropped from 88% to just 66% in the last six months in new CNN polling out this weekend. Three in 10 Republicans (31%) say they have an unfavorable view of the party.

The data gets even worse among Trump supporters: only 56% of them say they have a positive view of the GOP -- down from 76% in March. Overall opinion of the Republican Party among all Americans has slipped to just 29% -- its lowest mark since CNN started asking the question back in 1992 and just a percentage point worse than their grade amid the government shutdown in 2013.

3. A majority of Republicans disapprove of GOP leaders in Congress
Approval of Republican leaders in Congress overall has dropped from 39% in January to just 20% now, and much of the movement has come because Republicans have turned their back on their party's leadership on the hill.

At the beginning of the Congress, a broad 77% of Republicans and 72% of Trump supporters said they approved of the work the GOP-led Congress was doing. Now? Not so much.
Only 39% of Republicans and only 31% of Trump supporters say they back the GOP leadership in Congress, which means a majority of both groups disapprove of their party's legislative leadership.

Of course, it's worth noting that just saying the word "Congress" prompts a significant chunk of Americans to hold their nose. (Not since 2002 has a majority of Americans said they approve of what Congress is doing.) But this still marks stark unpopularity only eight months into a new unified government.

4. Republicans are souring on Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have been trying to unite their caucuses around GOP legislative goals -- but that hasn't meant their base is totally happy with them.

Ryan, the more well-known of the two legislative leaders, enjoyed a broad 73% favorable vs. 9% unfavorable rating among Republicans back in January. But that number has dropped to 66% in April and just 58% now. Among Trump supporters, it's even worse: his favorability has dropped to just 49% now.

McConnell started with lower name recognition among Republicans: moving from 33% favorability in January up to 51% among Republicans in April -- before falling again to just 31% after a series of high-profile failures to pass health care reform and his unfavorable rating among Republicans almost doubled.

5. Republicans think Trump is moving them in the right direction -- not the GOP
In the feud between Trump and Congressional Republicans, it's pretty clear whose side the voters are taking.

When asked for thoughts on the GOP congressional leadership, a majority of Republicans said they were taking the party in the wrong direction. Yes, that's right. A majority of the GOP says their own party's leadership in Congress is heading the wrong direction.

On the other hand, eight in 10 Republicans (79%) say Trump is moving the party in the right direction. (Democrats, it's worth noting, are also far from unanimous on this, but a majority of 52% does say congressional leadership is moving them in the right direction.)

The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS by telephone September 17 to 20 among a random national sample of 1,053 adults. The margin of sampling error for results among the full sample is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points; it is larger for subgroups. Previous polls from CNN and CNN/ORC have similar sample sizes and margins of error.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:56 am    Post subject: Will GOP Women Take A Stand Against Trump? Reply with quote

Will GOP Women Take A Stand Against President Donald Trump?
President Donald Trump’s apparent defense of alleged abusers may alienate GOP women voters. Joy Reid speaks with Republican women active in the party about why they continue to support the president.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:55 pm    Post subject: Time for Paul Ryan to Remove Devin Nunes Reply with quote

It’s Time for Paul Ryan to Remove Devin Nunes
Leaking a senator’s text message to Fox News should be the California congressman’s last act of partisan hackery at the helm of one of the House’s most important committees.
BY John Avlon

At a time when insane is the new normal, our ability to be outraged is dulled amid daily incoming. But Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee—led by their chairman, Trump lackey Devin Nunes—somehow hit a new low with Thursday’s revelation that they leaked to Fox News texts from Senate Intelligence Committee Co-Chairman Mark Warner and a Russian businessman in a desperate attempt to discredit the senator. Those texts were then retweeted by our president, in a brushback pitch for Warner’s insistence on investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election—and potential collusion with the Trump campaign—without fear or favor.

This bombshell story, first reported by The New York Times, is not your garden variety Trump-related drama. It’s worse. At a time when institutional checks and balances are needed more than ever, it underscored just how bad the blood is on Capitol Hill—not just between the two parties, but between the House and the Senate itself.

Devin Nunes—a California dairy farmer who degraded himself by becoming a congressman—deserves disproportionate blame for this pathetic mess. His committee has turned the pursuit of truth into a partisan mockery, choosing to do the White House’s bidding at the expense of honest inquiry and fact-based debate.

This is a stunning violation of whatever is left of congressional norms, but it also establishes the collusive relationship between hyperpartisans on the Hill and hyperpartisan media, particularly the opinion side of Fox News (there are some good reporters at Fox News, including Shepard Smith, Bret Baier, and Chris Wallace, who don’t deserve to get dragged into this swamp). This sharing of private information was apparently designed not just to influence domestic debate and inflame internal divisions but also to supply talking points to the president, who dutifully retweeted the information as if it was impartial evidence.

In fact, as Republican senators, including Marco Rubio, immediately pointed out, the spoon-fed Fox News “scoop” was simply dishonest deflection and distraction. But that has become the calling card of the Trump administration and its apologists.

This cold congressional civil war is another departure from normal, let alone our best traditions. The Senate committee run by Warner and Burr has been, however fitfully, working toward fulfilling its bipartisan obligation to find the facts on Russia and put the national security of the United States ahead of partisan interests; they remember Republican Sen. Arthur Vandenberg’s belief that “partisan politics ought to end at the water’s edge.”

In contrast, Devin Nunes keeps getting caught playing a flailing game of footsie with the Trump White House, which led to his being sidelined by ethics investigations last year (Nunes was subsequently cleared). He still seems determined to muddy the national debate on President Trump’s behalf.

With this latest internecine insult, Nunes has lost whatever remaining shred of credibility he could claim qualified him to lead the House Intelligence Committee. And that’s why it’s now on Speaker Paul Ryan to assert his principled independence by replacing Nunes as chairman. In some ways, it’s a shame because Nunes had a decent reputation before assuming chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee. But this position seems to have made him more of a hack instead of elevating his game.

The once and future dairy farmer should know when he’s shoveling manure. And Speaker Ryan should recognize that the integrity of the institution he leads requires that he admit the problem and correct it quickly before Trump’s contagion further compromises the co-equal branch of government.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:14 am    Post subject: Miss. Sen. Thad Cochran resigning April 1 Reply with quote

Miss. Sen. Thad Cochran resigning April 1

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said Monday he will resign because of health problems — triggering what could be a chaotic special election to fill the seat he has held for a generation.

Cochran, who turned 80 in December and has been in poor health, has been a sporadic presence on Capitol Hill in recent months. He stayed home for a month last fall, returning to Washington in October to give Republicans the majority they needed to pass a budget plan. He has since kept a low profile and an aide ever present at his side.

"I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge," Cochran said in a statement. "It has been a great honor to serve the people of Mississippi and our country. I've done my best to make decisions in the best interests of our nation, and my beloved state. ... My hope is by making this announcement now, a smooth transition can be ensured so their voice will continue to be heard in Washington, D.C."

Cochran said his resignation is effective April 1, allowing Republican Gov. Phil Bryant to appoint a temporary replacement to fill the seat until a special election Nov. 6. The winner would serve until the end of Cochran's term in January 2021.

Cochran's departure sets off a scramble within a state Republican Party already struggling to manage a disaffected conservative faction. The special election is expected to attract several candidates, including the outspoken, tea party-backed state senator who came close to defeating Cochran in a bitter 2014 Republican primary. Republican Chris McDaniel, who said last week he would challenge Mississippi's other GOP senator, Roger Wicker, said Monday it is "premature" to say whether he will run for the newly open seat.

"I want him to be healthy and happy," McDaniel said of Cochran. "We disagree politically, but I have nothing but respect for his service."

Republicans in Washington are hoping to prevent a rough and costly primary season as they struggle to defend their narrow 51-49 hold on the Senate. Some Republicans have doubts about McDaniel's ability to win a general election. And after Republicans' bruising loss in Alabama last year, party leaders are eager to block any risky candidates.

Mike Espy, a Democrat who served as President Bill Clinton's secretary of agriculture, said Monday he has a "strong intention" to run for Cochran's seat. In 1986, Espy became the first African-American in modern times to win a congressional seat in Mississippi.

Cochran was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House. A mild-mannered Southerner, Cochran came to the Senate when it had a far clubbier atmosphere and he played an insider's game throughout his seven terms — particularly as a member of the powerful Appropriations panel, which had long been a bipartisan powerhouse and way to funnel taxpayer dollars back home.

Cochran chaired the committee twice and used the post to channel money to Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states for Hurricane Katrina recovery after the 2005 storm.

"Thad knows there's a big difference between making a fuss and making a difference. And the people of Mississippi — and our whole nation— have benefited from his steady determination to do the latter," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

"I'm devastated. I assumed we would serve out our time together here," said Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the top Democrat on the Appropriations panel. "We've never once had a partisan word between us. And he has always, always, always kept his word — and I wish to heck some other senators around here would learn to do that."

But the old-school Cochran has seemed increasingly out of place in a chamber where partisan elbows are sharper.

Explicit earmarks for home-state projects such as roads and bridges, economic development grants, and help for schools such as Cochran's alma mater, the University of Mississippi, were banned in 2011.

In 2014, he struggled to win a Republican primary over McDaniel, who received financial support from libertarian-leaning groups that criticized Cochran as a big spender.

That race grabbed national attention after a McDaniel supporter entered a nursing home without permission and photographed Cochran's wife, Rose, who was bedridden with dementia. Images of her appeared briefly online in a video that attempted to show Cochran was having an inappropriate relationship with one of his longtime staff members, Kay Webber — an accusation he denied. McDaniel said he had no connection to the incident.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:42 am    Post subject: Republican plans to hold on to the Senate in jeopardy Reply with quote

Who Will Replace Mississippi’s Republican Senator Thad Cochran?
The resignation of Cochran Monday complicates Republican plans to hold on to the Senate.
By Graham Lanktree

Two Senate seats are now up for grabs in Mississippi after 80-year-old Republican Senator Thad Cochran announced he is resigning April 1 on Monday.

“I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge,” Cochran said in a statement. He is one of the longest serving senators in history and was first elected in 1978.

“It has been a great honor to serve the people of Mississippi and our country,” he said, noting he hopes announcing his resignation now will ensure “a smooth transition” to a new senator.

Cochran's resignation means both Senate seats in Mississippi will now face an election this year as Republican Senator Roger Wicker defends his seat in the 2018 midterm re-election vote.

Cochran completed a little over half of his six-year term and his seat was not set to face a vote in this fall’s midterm elections. Right now Republicans hold a narrow 51-to-49 seat majority over Democrats in the the Senate. Another race complicates the possibility of holding onto it.

A special election will now be held in November. Cochran’s departure means Republicans will also need to find a new chair of the Appropriations Committee.

Following Cochran’s resignation, former Democratic House Representative—and President Bill Clinton's first agriculture secretary—Mike Espy said he has a “strong intention to run” for the Senate seat.

Tea Party-allied Republican State Senator Chris McDaniel is already running against Wicker but told NBC News he will keep all “options on the table” when asked if he would consider switching to run for Cochran’s seat. President Donald Trump has endorsed Wicker.

Some analysts saw Cochran’s departure as an opening for Democrats in the deeply Republican state. “Democrats should keep an eye on any state where Trump is barely above water and where a weak general election candidate may end up being the Republican choice against the Democrat,” wrote CNN politics analyst Harry Enten Tuesday.

Enten pointed to a December poll of Mississippi voters by Mason-Dixon that gave Trump a 51 percent approval rating and 43 percent disapproval rating. A Gallup poll tracking Trump’s approval in the state over the course of 2017 gave him a 48 percent approval to 46 percent disapproval rating.

Mississippi's Republican Governor Phil Bryant is now in the position of finding an interim replacement for Cochran. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suggested Bryant step down and have someone appoint him to the position.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:12 am    Post subject: Republicans Giving Up House Seats Reply with quote

Republicans Giving Up House Seats At A Rate Not Seen In Decades
Igor Bobic, HuffPost 10 hours ago

WASHINGTON ― Republican House members are leaving Congress at the fastest pace in modern history, according to elections data compiled by Daily Kos.

So far, 37 House Republicans have announced they are retiring, running for another office or resigning outright. Such an exodus usually precedes the beginning of every primary season, but this year is shaping up to break records.

“This is more Republican retirements than any year since at least 1952 (and possibly much earlier than that),” Daily Kos Elections editor Daniel Donner tweeted last week.

By contrast, the comparable number for House Democrats totals 18.

Victories in several local and state races across the country ― most recently in a Wisconsin state Supreme Court race ― have given Democrats more momentum for a potential blue wave in November’s midterm elections.

“I think the Republicans are in deep trouble in the House and the Senate as well,” Republican pollster Frank Luntz said Sunday on Fox News. “If the election were held today, frankly, I think Republicans would lose both.”

The head of a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went even further on Monday, telling The Washington Post that GOP donors should steer their finances to efforts to save the Senate because the House may already be lost.

Republicans hold 237 House seats, Democrats 193, with 5 vacant. Republicans control the Senate by a narrow margin, 51-49, but most of the chamber’s seats on the ballot this year are held by Democrats, giving the GOP a better chance of keeping its majority.

In another sign of enthusiasm among Democrats, 1,415 party members have filed to seek House seats in primaries ahead of the fall elections, far surpassing the 934 Republican candidates, according to The New York Times. Notably, the number for the Democrats is also higher than the number of Republican candidates who ran for the House in 2010, when a conservative wave handed the GOP a sweeping majority in the chamber.

The prospect of a blue wave in November has alarmed President Donald Trump, who has taken to warning his supporters about what might happen in the midterms.

“We cannot be complacent,” Trump said in a speech late last month.

The White House is reportedly working with congressional Republicans to tee up votes on several immigration measures and a balanced budget amendment. The proposals may not pass Congress, but the votes on them could give the GOP issues that it can use to criticize Democrats.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:59 pm    Post subject: Paul Ryan won't seek re-election Reply with quote

Paul Ryan Quitting the Job He Never Wanted
The Speaker of the House speaker told staff Wednesday that he won’t run for reelection this year, giving Democrats a shot at his seat in Wisconsin.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday he will not run for reelection again and would leave the leadership job he never wanted in the first place.

“You all know that I did not seek this job, I took it reluctantly but I have given this job everything that I have,” he said. “I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility…the job provides incredible opportunities but the truth is, it is easy for it to take over everything in your life.”

Ryan will serve out his full term ending in January 2019, but said his reason for leaving the House had to do with his desire to spend more time with his three children, now all teenagers, who have grown up only knowing their father as a legislator.

“What I realize is if I'm here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad,” said Ryan, who lost his father as a teen. “I just can't let that happen. So I will be setting new priorities in my life but I will also be leaving incredibly proud of what we've accomplished.”

He added he intend to serve on as speaker, which will all but ensure a six-month leadership race among his deputies. It also gives Democrats a shot at picking up his seat in November. Upon Ryan’s announcement, the Cook Political Report moved his Wisconsin district from “Solid Republican” to “Leans Republican.”

Still, the 48-year-old Republican had increasingly struggled to square his brand of conservatism with the brash, mercurial directives that frequently came from the White House.

Axios first reported the news of Ryan’s impending retirement on Wednesday morning.

His coming departure sends an already spiraling Republican Party into a full-on tailspin ahead of the midterm elections. Ryan for his part said President Trump, the midterms and all the chaos therein played little role in his decision.

“If we do our jobs as we are, we are going to be fine as a majority,” Ryan said, almost convincingly.

But in fairness, as he stated several times during his press conference, he never wanted the job.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:29 pm    Post subject: Looks Like... Reply with quote

Looks like chaos.
Smells like Chaos.
Sounds like chaos...

Yup, it's chaos.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:23 pm    Post subject: Koch Brothers Announce Plan for Paul Ryan Reply with quote

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Furious Koch Brothers Sell Paul Ryan on eBay

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a fit of pique, David and Charles Koch have unceremoniously listed House Speaker Paul Ryan for sale on the auction site eBay.

The Kochs, who reportedly had purchased Ryan for a sum estimated in the tens of millions, now seem likely to lose their entire investment.

According to Ryan’s listing on the auction site, the Kochs set a five-hundred-dollar asking price for the used congressman, a figure that, in light of the tepid bidding for him, seems optimistic.

“Granted, owning Paul Ryan doesn’t have the benefits that it’s had for David and Charles for all of these years, but the status of owning a former Speaker of the House has to be worth something,” one Koch associate said. “Certainly more than the current high bid of seventeen dollars.”

The eBay listing suggested several possible uses for the former House Speaker, including as a Halloween ornament or garden gnome.


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