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Voters to tea party: ‘Go to hell. Go straight to hell’

Voters to tea party: ‘Go to hell. Go straight to hell’

On Tuesday across America, voters had a strong message for tea party extremists who have hijacked the once-proud and formidable Republican Party. “Go to hell,” they told the tea party. “Go straight to hell.” That message was delivered strongly in Alabama where in a GOP Congressional primary runoff, business-backed Republican moderate Bradley Byrne convincingly defeated […]

Paul Ryan talks collaboration, not confrontation

Paul Ryan talks collaboration, not confrontation

To hear Rep. Paul Ryan tell it, a bipartisan group of congressional negotiators has the chance to take the first steps toward fixing a serious problem: a debt-ridden federal government facing an onslaught of retiring baby boomers draining entitlement programs. If successful, “we’ll restore confidence in Washington,” Ryan said this week at the start of […]

Yes, I worked for Republicans but, thankfully, I never became one

Yes, I worked for Republicans but, thankfully, I never became one

A time existed when my professional life revolved around the Republican Party. In 1981, I took a sabbatical from writing and shooting photos for newspapers to take a job as a press secretary for then Republican Congressman Paul Findley of Illinois.  The plan was to work a couple of years inside government to learn how […]

Americans want Boehner, Republicans out of control of the House

Americans want Boehner, Republicans out of control of the House

According to an increasing number of polls, Americans — while fed up with Congress — are so mad at Republicans over the government shutdown and debt crisis debacle that they want the GOP out of control of the House of Representatives and Speaker John Boehner out of the Speaker’s chair. That increasing view of the […]

Effects from shutdown could linger into 2014

Effects from shutdown could linger into 2014

  Republicans eyeing possible White House bids in 2016 largely opposed a bill in Congress to avert a default and end a 16-day partial government shutdown, rejecting a measure that could shape upcoming elections. The vote split a group of GOP House members plotting Senate bids. A majority of Republicans in the Senate supported the […]

Most American voters blame Republicans for government budget crisis

Most American voters blame Republicans for government budget crisis

Yes, American voters are mad at just about everyone in Washington but most of the blame falls on the Republicans and their extreme right-wing agendas. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 74 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the way Republicans in Congress are handling negotiations over the budget and the government shutdown — […]

‘Throw the bums out!’ Americans dislke what they see in Washington

‘Throw the bums out!’ Americans dislke what they see in Washington

Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a “throw the bums out” mentality in next year’s midterm elections. The AP-GfK poll finds few people approve of the way the president is handling most major issues and most people […]

Establishment Republicans have had it with tea party extremism

Establishment Republicans have had it with tea party extremism

From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington. The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall’s elections. “It’s time for someone […]

Sadly, Republicans today are driven by hate, racism and intolerance

Sadly, Republicans today are driven by hate, racism and intolerance

It too often takes a lot to get past the self-righteous rhetoric of the rabid right-wing of the Republican Party, driven by fake grassroots organizations like the tea party. Behind all the fact-defying hyperbole, Republicans are driven by hate, racism and much more. Republicans fear and oppose tolerance, equality, fairness and elimination of discrimination based […]