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Utah GOP Senator Hatch is telling friends he won’t run again….Enter Mitt Romney?

Another GOP Senator is thinking of bailing out of the US Senate….

While it IS normal for lawmakers to step down….Next years Midterm elections will feature a triangle or politics…..

The races will feature Republicans vs Democrats and Republicans vs Trump/Bannon factions….

Democrats are working for a majority….

Trump/Bannon people are looking to take apart the Greand Ole Party….

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The sub plot in this story is that ex-Massacuttes Governor Mitt Romney is rumoured to be the person Orrin Hatch (Htach is 83) would want to hand the Seante seat over to….

Remember Trump danced with Romney for the Sec of State spot …But Conservatives pitched a bitch and Trump gave the job to Rex Tillerson (the guy recently called Trump and ‘fucking moron)….

Romeny would probably become a instant figurehead for the Senate establishment along with McConnell if he got elected….That would elevate little ole Utah up quite a few notches, eh?

Stay tuned…This will get interpreting ….

Senator Orrin Hatch has privately told allies in Utah that he is planning to retire at the end of his term next year, and if he does, Mitt Romney intends to run for his seat, according to five sources familiar with the situation.

“Nothing has changed since The Atlantic published a carbon copy of this same story in April, likely with the same anonymous sources who were no more informed on the Senator’s thinking than they seem to be now,” said Dave Hansen, a spokesperson for Hatch. “Senator Hatch is focused on leading the Senate’s efforts to pass historic tax reform, confirming strong judges to courts around the country, and continuing to fight through the gridlock to deliver results for Utah. He has not made a final decision about whether or not to seek reelection, but plans to by the end of the year.” He declined to comment on what Hatch has told allies in private. A spokesperson for Romney declined to comment for this story.

Sources close to both men said plans have already been set in motion for Hatch to retire and for Romney to run, but they cautioned that the timing of the announcements has not yet been finalized, and that either man could still change his mind.

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GOP Sen. Collins will tell if she’sll run for Maine Governor Friday…..

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Democrats have their fingers crossed that she WILL go for Governor…

Republican Sen. Susan Collins will announce Friday morning whether she will run for governor of Maine in 2018, a source with knowledge of the senator’s plans told CNN.

Collins, among the most moderate GOP senators, has been a thorn in President Donald Trump’s side — particularly on health care, where she consistently voted against the GOP’s efforts to roll back former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
But were she elected, her departure from the Senate would be a sharp blow to Republicans because without Collins, the seat would become much more difficult to keep out of Democratic hands in 2020.
Collins is spending the Columbus Day week-long recess making her decision.
A week ago, she told Portland-based WCSH she was feeling the pull to the state she has represented in the Senate since she was first elected in 1996.
“I really love being in Maine,” she said. “Going back and forth each week is difficult, and my family and friends are in Maine. I believe I could make a difference and job creation and economic opportunity in our state.”…
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Congressional Republicans bail…..

‘Ain’t fun to be a Republican these days?’

A small wave of Republican lawmakers have announced that they will not seek reelection next year, and more are actively considering it, threatening to make what many within the GOP already viewed as a difficult election cycle even harder.

In the House, the early spate of GOP retirements means the party won’t enjoy the advantage of incumbency in several closely divided districts — and raises the possibility that many more lawmakers will choose to retire rather than face tough reelection campaigns.

No Republican senators have announced retirement plans yet, but several are considering it amid threats by outside groups backing President Trump to challenge establishment-wing senators in next year’s GOP primaries.

The trend reflects an increasingly competitive landscape next year, fueled in part by a highly motivated Democratic Party eager to reclaim at least one lever of power in Washington. It also comes at a time of legislative gridlock and an increasingly contentious relationship with Trump. Despite the party’s control of government, it just isn’t that fun to be a Republican right now….

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Republican Senator’s agree Trump’s their guy….

They ain’t happy about….

But talk of dropping Trump at the convention  is just THAT….

TALK….

The Never Trump movement is once again calling for the Republican Party to dump Donald Trump at its convention in Cleveland.

Republican lawmakers say that is ridiculous.

“I think that’s a pipe dream,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told TPM on Thursday.

Prominent Republicans have been distancing themselves from Trump all week after he suggested that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel was biased against him in a case involving Trump University because the judge was “Mexican.” The statement forced House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to call the comment “racist” during his roll out of a GOP poverty plan Tuesday and brought Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) to rescind his support of the Republican nominee.

But, as they have throughout Trump’s rise, Republican senators are beyond skeptical that anything can be done now to stop Trump despite the calls from conservative pundits like Erick Erickson and Hugh Hewitt. After a spring of contested convention chatter that never materialized, most lawmakers–even those at risk of losing their re-elections because of Trump– have finally accepted their 2016 election fate……

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GOP Tea Party guy Sen Mike Lee of Utah could be in trouble back home….

Lee had been hanging out with Senator Ted Cruz, The Republican Tea Party Conservative from Texas…..

That seems to have NOT made people back home in Utah happy….

Republicans ESTABLISHMENT business people in Utah seem to searching around the state for a LESS Conservative candidate to primary Lee, which could of course open the door for Democrat to run against a bruised Republican in 2016….

Republicans will have twice the amount US Senate seats to defend two years from now and GOP infighting will only help Democrats…

Tea party favorite Mike Lee roiled the GOP establishment four years ago when he knocked off a sitting senator on his way to the Republican Senate nomination in Utah.
Now, the establishment might strike back.

As the 43-year-old Lee plots his 2016 reelection bid, he is courting business leaders under the radar, hoping to head off a primary challenge backed by business leaders and other establishment figures in his home state, like billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr., an influential bank CEO and a former Utah GOP party chairman.

Some powerful establishment Republicans in Utah are tired of Lee’s hard-line positions. He stood with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas last year when the federal government closed and again this month when they tried to take on President Barack Obama on immigration but ended up giving Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada leverage to confirm controversial nominations.

So as Lee fights to make sure he doesn’t become the first tea party senator ousted by the party establishment, he’s effectively turned the Republican intraparty war that has defined Senate primary politics for the past four years on its head.

“I think I’m going to be OK,” Lee said when asked about lingering concerns about his performance in Congress in corners of Utah’s business world.
Lee has made significant headway in some Utah establishment quarters — but threats are lingering.

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