Is Republicanism dead?

Politico takes a look at how the GOPer’s are lossing it on just about EVERY social issue as they back their parties social conservatives…..

Healthcare…

Same-Sex Marriage….

Abortion Rights….

Are three of the TARGETS of Republicans…..

By going AFTER them instead of embracing them?

Republicans seem to moving backwards…Away from a country they live in that is cahn going….With…or Without them….

If you’re old enough to recall how the landslide election of Lyndon Johnson over the hapless Barry Goldwater supposedly spelled the end of the Republican Party, or how Ronald Reagan’s election amounted to a revolution that put the Democratic party on the mat until — more or less — the end of time, then you will understand my caution in saying that while the Republican Party may well survive its recent difficulty, Republicanism itself is dead. I think.

The recent difficulties consist of taking the wrong side in the great health-care debate, not only opposing what came to be called Obamacare, but also refusing to produce an alternative. People are worried about their health, and the party comes up with buffoons such as Sarah Palin who invents death panels and trivializes the whole debate. Obamacare is not only the law of the land, but it is also the inevitable next step toward universal health care — just like many countries have, even the poorer ones.

The party’s other recent difficulty is being on the wrong side of just about every social issue you can think of…..

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Of course the author of this piece KNOWS the Republicans aren’t finished as a party….

Less than a year ago they won MORE elected spots than the Democrats who have the majority of the public behind them on most of the above issues….

The Republicans biggest problem right now is the sheer number of people running for President right now…

And lets face it….

Even with the Supreme Court siding with Democrats and the President recently?

There are STILL those who carry the flag for the old fashion Rightwing ideals….

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 6/30/15… Supreme Court upholds independent redistricting in Arizona

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

Arizona’s congressional map remains intact

Leading Off:

Redistricting: Advocates for redistricting reform scored a crucial victory Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission. Passed by voters in 2000 in an effort to remove legislators from the redistricting process, the commission was imperiled by the GOP’s rabid desire to abolish it. Republicans tried everything the could over the last few years to undermine the panel (even impeaching its leader, a move later undone by the courts) so that they could draw that state’s maps for themselves—exactly what voters did not want them doing. Fortunately, it’s not to be.

At issue in this case was the meaning of an important clause in Article I of the constitution that governs the rules regarding congressional elections. It states the following:

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

Republican state legislators, who were the plaintiffs in this case, contended that the word “legislature” means the literal representative legislature, which would preclude the voters themselves from directly instituting rules that would determine the electoral rules. Legal scholars were divided over the issue, but some of them provided very compelling reasons to agree with the defendants, which was the commission itself.

These observers argued that the concept of the legislature also encompasses the electorate, saying the term does not refer to a specific representative body but rather to those who are empowered to make laws. In a state that permits citizens to put forth ballot initiative like Arizona, this means the voters themselves, and the Supreme Court agreed with this interpretation….

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Political Roundup for June 30, 2015…RRH Elections….

With the redistricting ruling behind us, things seem to be calming down ahead of the fourth (assuming you don’t have your cash in Greece or Puerto Rico).

Senate:

AZ-Sen: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) denied rumors that yesterday’s SCOTUS decision upholding Arizona’s map would cause her to reconsider her decision to run for Senate and jump back into a (likely easier) AZ-1 re-election race.

IN-Sen: State Rep. Christina Hale (D-Indianapolis) won’t run for US Senate, likely meaning ex-Rep. Baron Hill (D) will not face a primary for this open seat.

LA-Sen: 2014 candidate Rob Maness (R) is considering a second run for the Senate, this time for the seat of gubernatorial front-runner David Vitter (R). Maness, a veteran and antiestablishment favorite, would likely run as the most strident conservative in the field. Reps. John Fleming (R) and Charles Boustany (R) and Treasurer John Kennedy (R) are all rumored to be interested in the seat, but this race has remained frozen until this year’s gubernatorial campaign concludes.

PA-Sen: Sen. Pat Toomey (R) is going up with his first ad this week. In contrast to the typical fluffy biographical first ad, it’s a rather somber spot on Toomey’s legislative efforts to prevent child abuse…

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Red State sours on Scott Walker?….

Hummmm?

Internal bicking against the Republican Governor from Wisconsin has emerged…..It seems Walker has hired someone who is not acceptable to some…..

dayspring

Scott Walker just dropped off my list of acceptable candidates. I like a lot about Governor Walker but people are policy. And his decision to hire Brad Dayspring, an unprincipled political operative who combines viciousness and incompetence in equal measures tells us a lot.

As we have documented here on RedState, Brad Dayspring was on of the loudest lying voices in the dishonest, dishonorable, and disreputable campaign the NRSC waged on behalf of the mildly senile, corrupt, and adulterous Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) 46%. In this campaign Dayspring was front and center in lying about challenger Chris McDaniel. In fact, the scorched earth campaign waged by Dayspring against McDaniel exceeded any campaign the NRSC has ever run against a Democrat.He was also instrumental in launching attacks on the challenger to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) 70%, Dr. Milton Wolf. In Arkansas, he attacked the GOP nominee, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) 85% for attacking Democrat Mark Pryor.

If you want to read Dayspring’s sordid history in GOP politics, we have it here.

We need to move away from this revolving door of GOP establishment apparatchiks affixing themselves like barnacles to candidates. Walker is not the only candidate with this problem. The equally odious Austin Barbour is working on Rick Perry’s campaign.

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With a GOP 2016 President field so big?…New hampshire grows in importance

With a feild around 16 potentials. and rising….

The lower teir hopefuls are gonna need some sort numbers to go on to evn Iowa….

With Jeb Bush , Scott Walker and Marco Rubio in the top group and well funded….Things are gonna turn swiftly in the money department….

As soon as he makes his presidential announcement tomorrow, Chris Christie will race to New Hampshire for a town hall. The embattled New Jersey governor has little choice: he has to go all-in on the Granite State.

Trouble is, he’s not alone. Jeb Bush and Rand Paul are also heavily invested in New Hampshire. So are a handful of GOP long-shots ranging from George Pataki to John Kasich, all of whom will be focusing their campaigns almost entirely on the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Never before have so many White House hopefuls bet so much on a single primary.

“New Hampshire has always has winnowed the field, but this time, because of the large number of really well-qualified candidates, it will be a do-or-die state for a lot of them,” said Steve Duprey, the state’s RNC committeeman. “The voters here are smart enough to recognize the power they have, and they’re really taking time getting to know these candidates, who are going to have to really work like they’re running for town council up here. It’s going to be hand to hand combat.”

The 16 Republicans who have declared themselves candidates — or signaled their intention of doing so before July’s end — are all betting on New Hampshire for the same reason. Iowa and South Carolina, which bracket New Hampshire on the February calendar, tend to favor social conservatives; and Nevada, the fourth contest on the calendar, is too unpredictable, a place riven by competing conservative factions. So for almost every moderately conservative, establishment-oriented GOP hopeful in need of an early state breakthrough, New Hampshire is really the only game in town.

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Jeb Bush will suffer past the fist few states and move into firmer ground going into Supper Tuesday and beyond….One could see Mitt Romney parallels developing….

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Breaking…Greece asks for a 2 Year Bailout…

Trying to leverage the uncertainty in Global markets against Germany’s Merkel’s hardline….

The Greek government is offering a short term economic relief plan…

While the media reported that the European Union would let the country sink on it’s own?

One HAD to know that the market drops in Euorpe and AMERICA menat that SOMETHING HAD to be done….

Greece’s government is considering a last-minute overture to its creditors in search of more favorable financing terms, as the country nears the expiration of its European bailout program on Tuesday night as well as a default on loan repayments to the International Monetary Fund.

Athens “is taking initiatives in order to end the impasse,” said one Greek official. “There is some movement,” another official said.

The discussions in Athens came as the European Commission confirmed on Tuesday that its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, had approached Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday night about a marginally sweetened financing offer that would require the Greek government to campaign in favor of creditors’ demands in the country’s July 5 bailout referendum, a commission spokesman said….

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The American markets have already begun to recover with the talk of a possible last minute deal…

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President Obama gets his bounce …50% in new Poll…..

After a winning week on Healthcare and Trade….

The President has a good review….

His disapproval number is below 50%…..

This is the first of many polls…

But the guy HAS to be pretty happy….

But will his numbers stay at this level?

Cause if it does?

Hillary Clinton is gonna be a VERY happy person come next November….

President Obama’s approval rating has hit 50 percent for the first time in more than two years, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday morning.

Approval for Obama has increased 5 points since last month.
The last time Obama saw approval from at least half of Americans came in May, 2013, when 53 percent of Americans surveyed in the poll said they thought he was doing a good job.

Forty seven percent of Americans currently disapprove of his job performance.

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Obama’s overall approval has been bolstered by his handling of race relations, which ticked up 5 points in the past month. Fifty five percent of Americans now look favorably at his handling of the issue….

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The piece linked above makes the case that a mixed/black President gets appoval out there in America right now by talking about race in the context of issues NOW in America….

This is a issue several 2016 GOPer’s are pushing in a direction 180 degrees from the President….And Jeb Bush is not….

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The votes may be there for South Carolinea bringing down the Confederate flag…

A South Carolina papare thinks the votes are enough state legislators to vote down the flag flying the states capital….

There’s now enough support in the South Carolina Legislature to remove the Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds, according to a new analysis from South Carolina’s Post and Courier newspaper.

The poll’s finding, released Monday afternoon, found that at least 33 state senators and 82 House members, support removing the flag. That support meets the two-thirds majority in both chambers required to remove the flag.

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Supreme’s stop Texas from closing more Abortion clinics…..

The court will review the Texas laws that raise abortion clinics requirement to a level so strict that 20 clinics have closed and another 10 would have closed if the court hadn’t entertained the emgency injuction against the law….

The Texas regulationsis are an efford to get around the Suprem Courts ruling that legalized abortion in America….

With the temporary hold, the 10 clinics will be able to stay open, in addition to another nine that were not impacted by the provisions, Miller said.
Monday’s order could also spur some of the 20 clinics that have already closed back into business and more could still open, Miller said.

The fate of the regulations will remain in limbo until the fall, when the Supreme Court will decide whether to take up the appeal. Four of the court’s more conservative members – Chief Justice John Roberts and associate justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito – opposed the order.

This is the second time that the Supreme Court has stepped in to temporarily halt pieces of the 2013 law, which activists say gives them hope that the court will eventually overturn lower courts’ decision to uphold the law.

“We think it’s a strong possiblity that the court will take this case,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The Texas law is among the strictest in the country and drew national attention after a marathon filibuster from then-Democratic state senator Wendy Davis. Since then, about half of the state’s 41 clinics have closed…..

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President Obama set to raise O/T pay for millions….

His action with affect up to 5 million Americans….

President Obama on Monday announced new rules that will require businesses to pay millions of additional American workers overtime wages.

The long-awaited regulation would make all salaried workers who earn less than $970 per week, roughly $50,440 per year, automatically eligible to earn overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week. The cutoff under existing rules is around $23,660 per year.

“In this country, a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay,” Obama wrote in an op-ed for The Huffington Post. “That’s at the heart of what it means to be middle class in America.”

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Jeb Bush Update…Confederate flag ‘racist’

Jeb bush breaks from the 2016 GOP Conservative pact on the Confeedarate flag issue….

Does THIS make him a ‘moderate?’

Jeb Bush, a 2016 GOP contender, called the Confederate flag “racist” Monday during his first campaign stop in South Carolina since a deadly shooting at a historic black church nearly two weeks ago.

Bush recalled his own efforts “to do something politically incorrect” and remove a flag with the Confederate symbol from outside the Florida state house when he was governor there.

“The symbols were racist,” Bush said during a stop at a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in South Carolina, according to reports.

“If you’re trying to lean forward rather than live in the past, you want to eliminate the barriers that create disagreements,” he added….

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Jeb Bush oreder the Confedearate flag removed form the Florida statehouse way back in 2001, when he was Governor of that state….

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Political Roundup for June 29, 2015…Huckabee/Trump/Carson polling well…RRH Elections…

President

Christie: The Guv launched his website over the weekend ahead of his Tuesday campaign launch in New Jersey. His campaign slogan is “Telling It Like It Is,” which actually would have been a brilliant tagline for the 2012 campaign that he passed up.

Kasich: Everyone’s favorite dark horse will indeed run for President. Kasich is set to announce on July 21 at his alma mater, The Ohio State University.

National Polling: If any of you need convincing that 4n+3 years are the worst part of the political cycle, I present this Reuters poll of the GOP primary which has four candidates in double digits, three of whom are named Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson. #IsItIowaYet?

Senate

NC-Sen: With ex-Sen. Kay Hagan out, Democrats’ options for this race appear to be a bunch of has-beens and never-will-bes….

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 6/29/15… Is Tammy Duckworth’s 17-point lead just too good to be true?

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

Tammy Duckworth, an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, jumps with the U.S. Army?s Golden Knights parachute team, February 2010. Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran who received a Purple Heart.  REUTERS/Handout/Courtesy of Tammy D

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Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth

Leading Off: IL-Sen: What the what? Local pollster Ogden & Fry just released a new survey of Illinois’ Senate race, and they have Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth beating GOP Sen. Mark Kirk by a rub-your-eyes-and-look-again margin 44 to … 27! Now, that’s a lot of undecideds, and if both candidates were scoring in the 20s, we’d write this off as another useless poll of the sort that, say, Franklin & Marshall regularly churns out.

But Duckworth at 44 is quite plausible, at least in a vacuum; the only other poll of this matchup, from conservative pollster We Ask America, had her at 46 and Kirk at 45. That makes Kirk—the incumbent—taking just 27 in this latest poll downright shocking. Part of that low tally is because he’s barely known, with a job approval rating of 17 positive and 31 negative. That means more than half of respondents don’t even have an opinion of him, but seeing as Duckworth represents just a small fraction of the state while Kirk serves the whole thing, how could she possibly be anything but even lesser-known than he?

Now, whenever you see results like this, your skepticism should automatically dial up to 11. What’s more, Ogden & Fry is a new firm without much of a track record. They first surfaced with their frequent polls of Chicago’s mayoral race earlier this year, and while their final numbers were decent, they often did not offer respondents the option to say they were undecided. That’s generally not considered a good practice, but on the other hand, they’ve wound up with a ton of undecideds here, which of course, as we’ve noted, leads to its own set of interpretive problems.

This is a classic case of needing to see further polling, but even if they’re far off the fairway, there’s no way Mark Kirk can feel good about these numbers….

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Murmurs about a Biden Run…

Not  by Joe Biden, who we now find out has been urged by his sons to do….

When deciding whether to run for office, Vice President Joe Biden has made it a practice to seek his family’s counsel. That advice has included at least two members of his immediate family—his sons—urging him to run for president in 2016, Biden friends and advisers say.

Before his death last month, elder son Beau Biden encouraged his father to get into the race, people familiar with the matter said. And Hunter Biden told a friend in recent weeks he, too, would like to see the vice president wage one more campaign for the White House.

The Biden family’s wishes add an intriguing wrinkle to a Democratic presidential race that has unfolded in unpredictable ways. But a White House official said speculation about the vice president’s political future was premature during this tough time for the family….

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Texas AG is trying to use Religion to get around the Supreme Court Same-Sex Ruling…

While there has a joy around the country on the ruling handed down by the nation’s highest court….

There are those who ARE gonna lok for and use ANYTHING they can to stymie Same-Sex marriages 

Mississippi is the lone state that is hold up on those unions…

But now we have the Texas Attorney General going HIS own way….

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday stated that county clerks, judges and justices of peace can deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples for religious reasons, arguing that the Supreme Court did not abolish religious liberty.

Ken Paxton, in his nonbinding legal opinion, went on to add that “numerous lawyers” would be made available to defend public officials refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to The Associated Press.

“This newly minted federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage can and should peaceably co-exist with longstanding constitutional and statutory rights, including the rights to free exercise of religion and freedom of speech,” Paxton’s opinion states. Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick later requested to review the document….

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MSNBC reports that the majority of Texas local government officals ARE issuing marriage licenses to ALL who apply…

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The Supreme’s hand down rulings on Lethal injections, EPA rules, Redistricting and Voter Proof…

A divided U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of a lethal injection drug used in three botched executions last year, as two justices said for the first time that the death penalty is probably unconstitutional.
The 5-4 ruling rejected arguments that midazolam puts inmates at risk of a painful death. The decision gives greater latitude to death-penalty states as they cope with a drug shortage that has forced them to alter their lethal injection protocols….

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The Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration’s landmark air quality rule on Monday, ruling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not properly consider the costs of the regulation.

In a 5-4 ruling, the justices ruled that the EPA should have taken into account the costs to utilities and others in the power sector before even deciding whether to set limits for the toxic air pollutants it regulated in 2011…..

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The Supreme Court on Monday approved the use of an independent commission to draw district lines in Arizona, steering clear of a ruling that could have created upheaval for 100 congressional races across the country.

Justice Anthony Kennedy served as the swing vote in the 5-4 decision, siding with the liberal justices in allowing Arizona and other states to use independent redistricting commissions in order to combat partisan gerrymandering….

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The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider letting states require evidence of citizenship when people register to vote for federal elections, rejecting an appeal from Arizona and Kansas.

The rebuff is a victory for the Obama administration and voting- and minority-rights groups that battled the two states in court. It leaves intact a decision by a U.S. agency that blocked the states from requiring proof of citizenship for voters in federal elections.

It’s the second high court defeat on the issue for Arizona. The state has a law that requires evidence of citizenship, but the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that it couldn’t be enforced when people use a standard registration document known as the “federal form” to register to vote for Congress and the president.

That 7-2 ruling left open the possibility that Arizona could impose its requirements through a different avenue. The court said the state could submit a request to the agency that developed the form, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, asking it to tell Arizona voters they needed to supply proof of citizenship….

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