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Looking at the ‘wave’ forming…Some Republicans see a return to working with the Democrats…

The 2018 Midterms are only 10 months away….

The 2018 Budget Bill HAS TO BE voted on sometime next month….

The tax bill has attachments that WILL NEED Democratic votes …..

The Democrats maybe down…But they aren’t out….

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In the last few days Donald Trump and Senate leader McConnell have said out loud what they know to be the case….

They HAVE TO get Democratic votes for legislation to go forward and help the Republicans survive next years elections…

A growing number of Republicans say a course correction is needed to prevent their party from losing the House, Senate or both given strong political headwinds that one veteran lawmaker likened to a “hurricane.”

GOP calls to work more with Democrats next year are becoming more common as Republicans look for ways to win over swing voters.

“One thing you can say about this year is that it was pretty partisan,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Friday at a year-end press conference.

“We’re going to be looking for areas of bipartisan agreement because that’s the way the Senate is.”

Republicans spent much of 2017 plowing ahead with a mostly futile effort to repeal ObamaCare before turning to tax cuts in the fall.

The successful tax-cut bill, beyond lowering the corporate rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, also repeals the ObamaCare mandate that most individuals have health insurance, an important victory for President Trump.

Yet polls show weak public support for the tax bill, and Democrats are working hard to cast it as a handout to the wealthy. The ObamaCare repeal effort also was decidedly unpopular in polls, and was seen as playing a role in decisive defeats for Republicans in Virginia’s off-year elections in November.

Public support for the health-care bill dropped as low as 17 percent, and a recent NBC News–Wall Street Journal poll showed that only 24 percent of Americans though the Republican tax plan was a good idea.

Recent polls show that Democrats have their biggest lead over Republicans on the generic ballot question since 2006, when Democrats captured control of the Senate and House.

McConnell has expressed concern to allies that the GOP could lose both chambers of Congress in the midterm elections,…..



This spells trouble for McConnell who will have to deal with pushback from within his own parties right leaners…And the House which has a 20+ GOP majority and wants to keep dismantling anything that has Barack Obama’s fingerprints on it…


Trump meeting with lawmakers of both parties on Dreamers, Healthcare, Tax Reform and More…

His party Conservatives will have to wait outside for now as Donald Trump settles down to play politics to try work out deals for some wins…

It seems to have registede on him that he needs to negotiate with people from BOTH parties …..

President Trump has invited a bipartisan group of moderate House members to the White House on Wednesday to discuss a host of issues, including tax reform, infrastructure and health care, according to a congressional source familiar with the meeting.

The meeting may also include a discussion of the path forward for “DREAMers,” undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, the source said, asking for anonymity to discuss a meeting that had not been publicly announced. Trump last week canceled former president Obama’s policy of protecting DREAMers from deportation and set a six-month deadline for Congress to pass legislation to preserve their legal status.

As of Tuesday morning, four Republican and eight Democratic House members were confirmed for the meeting, including members of the bipartisan “Problem Solvers” caucus and the centrist Democrat Blue Dog Coalition, according to another congressional source familiar with the meeting.

The meeting appears to be another indication of Trump’s recent willingness to involve Democrats in deal-making. Last week,…


Three Democratic senators joined President Donald Trump for a White House dinner Tuesday aimed at winning their support for an as-yet unreleased tax overhaul bill that would be written by Republican leaders.

Trump’s guests — Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana — are the only three Democratic senators who haven’t signed on to a list of conditions for supporting any tax legislation: that it not add to the federal deficit, that it not increase the burden on the middle class and that it go through the regular order process in Congress.

In reaching out to them, Trump is amplifying a White House strategy that seems squarely aimed at Democrats…



President Obama and the nation’s Mayors…Working Together…

Politico explians how both Democratic and Republican Mayor’s are working AROUND Congress and even their Governor’s and State legislators to advance policies that the President has unable to get traction on…

Mayors are the only ones who really get it, President Barack Obama told the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors here Friday.

”More than just about any other office in the land, those who occupy the office of mayor are approaching it in a practical way,” Obama said, praising the Democrats and Republicans he looked out on as epitomizing his brand of 21st Century progressive pragmatism.

“Mayors understand that if there’s a conflict between ideology and reality, you should opt for reality,” Obama said moments after making an impassioned plea for commonsense approaches to combatting gun violence and racism.

Among elected officials, mayors—Democrats and Republicans alike, for the most part—are as close as Obama comes to having a base. Washington didn’t take him seriously when he called for raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the Union, but since then, the White House points to cities and states that have raised it themselves. Paid leave is now on the books in Philadelphia, Seattle and Chicago. His administration’s got manufacturing hubs in Chicago, Detroit, Youngstown, Raleigh and Knoxville. His My Brother’s Keeper initiative is already established in New York, Boston, D.C., Newark and Chicago…..


While the fight against Keystone goes on… Rail oil accidents continue….

They are at the same percentage that they have in the past….

But MORE oil is being shopped by rail then there ever has been…..

So with 93% of American oil moved by pipe….

The NUMBER of oil incidents have actually gone up….

The argument against the pipeline does NOT deal with the fact that oil shipped by train IS dangerous, and happens ALL over America….

Communities throughout the U.S. and Canada are waking up to the dark side of North America’s energy boom: Trains hauling crude oil are crashing, exploding and spilling in record numbers as a fast-growing industry outpaces the federal government’s oversight.

In the 11 months since a runaway oil train derailed in the middle of a small town in Quebec, incinerating 47 people, the rolling virtual pipelines have unleashed crude oil into an Alabama swamp, forced more than 1,000 North Dakota residents to evacuate, dangled from a bridge in Philadelphia and smashed into an industrial building near Pittsburgh. The latest serious accident was April’s fiery crash in Lynchburg, Virginia, where even the mayor had been unaware oil was rolling through his city.

These dangerous moments on the rails raise questions about the safety of transporting increasing amounts of oil in mile-long chains of tank cars, some of them decades old. Community leaders and activists from Oregon to Alabama to Albany call the trains a disaster waiting to happen — despite the Department of Transportation’s efforts to play catchup through a series of emergency orders, agreements with industry and proposed regulations being reviewed by the White House.

A POLITICO analysis of federal data from more than 400 oil-train incidents since 1971 shows that a once-uncommon threat has escalated dramatically in the past five years:

This year has already shattered the record for property damage from U.S. oil-train accidents, with a toll exceeding $10 million through mid-May — nearly triple the damage for all of 2013. The number of incidents so far this year — 70 — is also on pace to set a record.

Almost every region of the U.S. has been touched by an oil-train incident. These episodes are spreading as more refineries take crude from production hot spots like North Dakota’s Bakken region and western Canada, while companies from California and Washington state to Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida build or expand terminals for moving oil from trains to barges, trucks or pipelines.


Our Path Forward Is Not Moderation, It Is Infrastructure…Red State

By: Aaron Gardner (Diary) @ Red State

As has been addressed in detail by many of the editors here at RedState the usual suspects have gleefully sounded the call for a purge of social conservatism, as they always do, as a political, cultural and structural solution for all that ills the GOP. Those rushing to the media to make these pronouncements are acting like frightened children lost in the woods, an unsurprising development considering the immaturity of thought found in the consultant class.

This isn’t to say that the GOP is doing all that much right, in fact I am drawing a blank attempting to think of something for which to give them praise this cycle.

I don’t believe our answers lie in the GOP any more. As a friend said to me, parties exist to win elections, if they aren’t doing that what is the purpose?

In many states, some of which are key swing states, the parties have been essentially banned from running a coordinated, unified campaign that has the ability to enlist actual grassroots support. At the national level attempts to do so often result in disasters such as Project ORCA.

The structural failures that took place on Tuesday should have been predictable, and I blame myself for getting sucked in to the Romney bubble and not seeing it sooner.

My concern now is that, in our rush to finally purge the Grand Old Party of those damn Christians, many are trying to fix the wrong problem. We actually don’t need to be talking about who to kick out right now, we need to be talking about who we can bring in and subsequently turn out, and how exactly we go about doing this.

The parties cannot engage in a permanent ground game that encourages out of cycle voter outreach efforts. For one, it would put the parties at risk of violating some obscure facet of our mash of state and federal campaign finance laws, which were purposely built to diminish the role of parties in their own campaigns.

What donors need to understand is that the infrastructure that we must build must be built on the outside and maintained long term until they become self sustaining operations able to provide investigative journalism, opposition research, voter identification and outreach, and various other tasks that many still believe the parties are capable of and actually doing.

Building the infrastructure in the individual states and leaving them in control will allow for a diverse system that can play to their individual strengths in state level races while also providing a conduit for coordination at the national level.

This infrastructure should be fueled by causes, not policy, not white papers, not poll tested messaging meant to peel away small portions of your opponents base. Causes are what inspire people to act en masse, a candidate with no clear cause is bound to lose….


I’m telling ya some of these guys DO NOT ‘get it’ and NEVER will…..