Often we are told about the importance of doing the hard right as opposed to the easy wrong. The Senate GOP, however, is confronted with the option of doing the easy right or the hard wrong. Guess which one Mitch McConnell is opting for. The issue facing Congress on the Department of Homeland Security budget is not trivial. What is at stake is nothing less than | Read More »
Yesterday I posted a story covering an impending and large scale Democrat defection from the administration over its mismanagement of the nuclear negotiations with Iran. In that story, it looked like there were about 63 votes to override any Obama veto of a more aggressive sanctions bill by the Congress. Today it became obvious how fast support was slipping away from the administration: A Senate | Read More »
The Obama foreign policy legacy will be a litany of blunders and missed opportunities but the salient achievement will be overseeing the development of an Iranian nuclear bomb through a strategy that seems calculated to ensure exactly that outcome (RedState coverage of issue). During the last session of Congress, Senators Mark Kirk and Robert (I swear, officer, that Dominican hooker looked at least twelve) Menendez introduced | Read More »
Less than five months after he beat former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in a special election, Jolly has publically endorsed same-sex marriage despite being a member of the Republican Party – a political party that has steadfastly been opposed to anything but traditional marriage.
Sen. Kirk and Fox News are reporting that 748 illegal immigrants are being held/sent to/released onto the streets of Chicago. From Fox News: Fox News has learned that 748 unaccompanied minors have been transferred from areas near the border to the Chicago area. Of the original group of 748 kids, 319 have been placed with family members or sponsors while they await an immigration hearing. | Read More »
Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them. Yesterday families across the | Read More »
I have spent all of my 30 years of life living in the state of Illinois and yet somewhere along the line my beloved home state has become France. Just as French law enforcement over the years has been unable to do much of anything when young Muslim mobs go on a rampage the Chicago police and Cook County sheriff’s department can’t seem to do | Read More »
There are two ways of dealing with Obamacare: you can either commit to voting down any budget bill that funds the monstrosity or you can use Mitch McConnell’s tower of red tape as a political human shield to cover up the effort to undermine defunding the law. As Erick noted earlier today, there are 15 senators who have signed onto Mike Lee’s letter stating that | Read More »
Moderate Democrats are retreating from Obamacare, according to the Washington Post. Hospitals are retreating from Obamacare. Americans broadly doubt Obamacare will help them. Consumers in most states won’t see reductions in premiums for their healthcare, contrary to what the Democrats claimed. In fact, there are twenty-seven ways in which Obamacare will increase the costs of your healthcare. In the meantime, Obamacare is costing jobs in | Read More »
Short version: Eric Holder got to be testifying before the Senate on a day where the big news was that the NSA was having Verizon pull its phone logs and hand them over to the federal government. Mark Kirk had an opportunity to ask questions. Hi-jinks, as they say, ensued. For those of you who don’t have video, here’s a rough translation/summary of what | Read More »
Remember these sixteen names when they run for office again. The sixteen Republicans who voted to proceed were Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Susan Collins (Maine). Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and | Read More »
The move to oust Pat Brady as head of the Illinois Republican Party has been cast as being all about gay marriage, but it isn’t so. Brady’s full-throated endorsement of same-sex marriage was just the tossed glove in a duel for the direction of the GOP in Illinois.
Rand Paul has done a brilliant thing filibustering the President’s appointment to the CIA. By keeping the filibuster going through prime time, Rand Paul forced ABC, CBS, and NBC — chief sources of news for low information voters — to cover the issue. Along the way, Rand Paul had help giving him time to rest his voice. Ted Cruz came down a few hours in | Read More »
I’ve been walking precincts and helping get candidates elected since I was knee high to a ballot box. I was doing door to door pollster work before I was even in high school. I guess politics has always been in my blood. 1996. John Shimkus was running for Congress. I met him and was impressed by him. Good conservative. Anytime someone would point out what | Read More »