GOP

McCarthy front-runner for Cantor’s leader job

McCarthy front-runner for Cantor’s leader job

California Republican Kevin McCarthy secured a clear shot to becoming House majority leader on Thursday as his sole rival dropped his bid in a leadership fight that exposed deep fissures within the GOP. Barring an unforeseen challenge, McCarthy is on a glide path to the No. 2 job in the House behind Speaker John Boehner, […]

‘Common Core’ leads to uncommon political debate

‘Common Core’ leads to uncommon political debate

More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads establishment voices — such as possible presidential contender Jeb Bush — who hail the standards as a […]

GOP gay political operative says farewell to party

GOP gay political operative says farewell to party

Veteran GOP operative Jimmy LaSalvia is a rarity in the normally homophobic Republican party –an openly-gay activist who tried to bring the party of the elephant into more-mainstream thinking. But he’s giving up the fight, turning independent and telling the GOP to go screw itself. “I’ve determined that the Republicans can never win a national […]

GOP’s image: Nothing to brag about?

GOP’s image: Nothing to brag about?

The Republican Party’s image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party’s appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, women and gay voters who backed Democrats decisively in 2012. “The issue that remains an open book for the Republicans is: What is […]

Nasty split between GOP leaders, rabid right

Nasty split between GOP leaders, rabid right

Republican leaders and several hard-right groups are displaying the classic signs of a political divorce, including bitter name-calling and reprisals against one another. The recent eagerness of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to lash out at groups that have given them fits has unshackled others in the Republican ranks to […]

After House failure to even vote, can Senate save the day?

After House failure to even vote, can Senate save the day?

Senate leaders are optimistic about forging an eleventh-hour bipartisan deal preventing a possible federal default and ending the partial government shutdown after Republican divisions forced GOP leaders to drop efforts to ram their own version through the House. Pressured by the calendar, financial markets and public opinion polls, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and […]

House vote on its unpopular debt proposal uncertain Tuesday night

House vote on its unpopular debt proposal uncertain Tuesday night

The House of Representatives, where Republicans threw a monkey wrench into efforts that were close to hatching a deal to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling into next year, will vote Tuesday night on GOP proposal that has brought strong criticism to Speaker John Boehner and the conservative cult he allows to control […]

Peter King for President? Apparently, he thinks so

Peter King for President?  Apparently, he thinks so

Longtime New York Republican Congressman Peter King thinks he might be Presidential material — a consideration that most GOP political operatives think laughable. “Here we go again, the beginning another round of ego-driven fantasies who think they have what it takes to get into the Oval Office,” GOP strategist Alan Mumford tells Capitol Hill Blue.  […]

Rick Santorum continues his racist themes

Rick Santorum continues his racist themes

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is resurrecting an old, racist theme on the campaign trail, trying to link food stamps with minorities and suggesting only black people receive welfare benefits in America. On Saturday, Santorum said: Talk to minority communities, not about giving them food stamps and government dependency but about creating jobs so that […]

Rick Perry’s homophobic ad generates dissension, not support

Rick Perry’s homophobic ad generates dissension, not support

Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to jump start his stalled campaign for the GOP presidential nomination and is turning to outright homophobia and religious extremism in a last-ditch effort to do so. His latest television ad is a display of anti-gay sentiment and overt religious zealotry that Perry hoped would appeal to the core of […]