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December 25, 2012
One mistake does not erase an otherwise honorable career. It’s a good guess that the embarrassment anybody might feel for him is nothing compared with the embarrassment he feels for himself. It’s bad enough that Crapo has to explain himself to his wife and family. It’s worse when he has to explain himself to 1.6 million constituents, many of whom have viewed Crapo as an example of what American politics should be about.
The Idaho Statesman editorial board • Offering a little Christmas cheer in the direction of Sen. Mike Crapo, who was arrested for a DUI over the weekend. It feels like we’re watching the plot to a Frank Capra film happen in real life, and our heart just grew three sizes as we were writing this post. We’re headed to the urgent care facility right now to get this enlarged heart checked out. (ht Ben Smith)
10:47 // 11 months ago
December 23, 2012
Senator arrested for DUI charges: In what was already not looking like a great holiday for Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo (he’s stuck in D.C. negotiating the fiscal cliff), the senator was arrested in Virginia on Saturday night after failing a series of field sobriety tests. Crapo, by the way, is a Mormon, which means that it could put him in trouble in another sense, as the religion eschews alcohol. (AP photo)
UPDATE: Crapo has released a statement to Politico. "I will also undertake measures to ensure that this circumstance is never repeated. I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter," he said.
21:23 // 11 months ago
December 20, 2012
We need to have a discussion about guns, and that doesn’t mean that all of a sudden we abandon the Second Amendment or the NRA [National Rifle Association] or anything like that. But there needs to be a discussion and everybody needs to participate and we need to depoliticize it.
Speaker of the House John Boehner • During a closed-door meeting of Republicans to discuss gun control on Tuesday, according to an unidentified lawmaker who spoke to The Hill. The source also claims that Speaker Boehner told the assembled GOP members that “it’s not helpful” to call for the arming of teachers. Boehner promised not to agree to anything “knee-jerk”, but certainly appears willing to at least come to the table and discuss potential changes to American gun control laws for the first time. source
16:44 // 11 months ago
December 10, 2012
I think the Republican strategy in doing this so quickly is that they don’t want what Wisconsin had, dragging on for so many days. This is a blitzkrieg, and Republicans hope it’s going to be over and done with tomorrow.
"Inside Michigan Politics" editor Bill Ballenger • Discussing the Republican strategy behind passing the "right to work" law in Michigan — which looks like it may get passed on Tuesday, in a fight over unions similar to the one that took place in Wisconsin nearly two years ago. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder may or may not sign the bill into law, though Democrats are not convinced he will side with them. While citizens could band together fight the law at the polls in 2014, if the law were to pass, it would go into effect at least until then.
21:56 // 12 months ago
December 6, 2012
The Republican Study Committee, a caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives, has told staffer Derek Khanna that he will be out of a job when Congress re-convenes in January. The incoming chairman of the RSC, Steve Scalise (R-LA) was approached by several Republican members of Congress who were upset about a memo Khanna wrote advocating reform of copyright law. They asked that Khanna not be retained, and Scalise agreed to their request.
The release and subsequent retraction of Khanna’s memo has made waves in tech policy circles. The document argues that the copyright regime has become too favorable to the interests of copyright holders and does not adequately serve the public interest. It advocates several key reforms, including reducing copyright terms and limiting the draconian “statutory damages” that can reach as high as $150,000 per infringing work.
Mind you, tech scholars and the public thought this idea was great. But content groups? They said no, and now this dude is out of a job. Ouch.
12:47 // 1 year ago
December 5, 2012
Some people just never learn…
- $150M was spent by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to support a variety of GOP candidates across the country during the 2012 election cycle. None of his chosen candidates won office, including presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, but the billionaire isn’t discouraged.
- $300M will apparently be spent by Adelson during the 2016 election cycle, marking the second time in a decade that he will double his political donations following the loss of his favored presidential candidate. Adelson also doubled down on his GOP donations after President Obama’s win in the 2008 election. source
14:59 // 1 year ago
November 26, 2012
Prominent Republicans bucking against Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge
- four the number of prominent Republican members of Congress or the Senate who have, in recent days, said they aren’t bound to Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge in the current fiscal cliff climate. The most recent is Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who said this: “I’m not obligated on the pledge.” The Fix’s Aaron Blake suggests that, if the GOP isn’t careful in dealing with the current situation, it could be a “Read my lips: No new taxes” issue all over again. source
10:33 // 1 year ago
November 17, 2012
More GOP governors refuse to implement ACA insurance exchanges
- thenEarlier this week, the Obama administration extended a crucial deadline for individual states to submit plans to implement the Affordable Care Act’s mandated insurance exchanges. This concept was conceived, in part, to tamp down claims that the law is a “government takeover,” allowing each state some flexibility in how they’ll run their version of the system. The reason it had to be extended? Many states had taken no steps to meet the original November 15th deadline, hoping for GOP wins at the presidential and senate levels that would jeopardize the law.
- nowThe number of states refusing to take part is swelling. Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, John Kasich of Ohio, and Paul LePage of Maine followed suit today, with Speaker John Boehner saying of Kasich, “I’m proud of my governor … for taking a stand and resisting the federal takeover of healthcare in Ohio.” There’s a certain contradiction in all this — by refusing to set up state-run exchanges, these governors are in fact willingly ceding that job entirely to the federal government. To this date, Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming have all refused. source
15:00 // 1 year ago
November 12, 2012
If Republicans do not do better in the Hispanic community, in a few short years Republicans will no longer be the majority party in our state. If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the Electoral College math is simple. We won’t be talking about Ohio, we won’t be talking about Florida or Virginia, because it won’t matter. If Texas is bright blue, you can’t get to two-seventy electoral votes. The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party.
Republican Senator-Elect Ted Cruz • Discussing the GOP’s need for better outreach in Hispanic and Latino communities around the country, but particularly in his home state of Texas. The Lone Star State, and its 38 electoral college votes, remain central to the Republican Party’s presidential election strategy, and its loss could prove insurmountable for the GOP. While no one is suggesting such a flip will happen by 2016 (or even 2020), Cruz’s concerns follow similar comments made by one of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s own advisers last week. source
15:38 // 1 year ago
November 10, 2012
And if another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue. The college-age daughters of many of my friends voted for Obama because they were completely turned off by Neanderthal comments like the suggestion of “legitimate rape.
Karen Hughes, former George W. Bush adviser • Voicing her frustrations with the rhetoric on rape and women’s rights from some members of her party leading up to last Tuesday. As both a woman and Republican, Hughes comes by the intensity of her disdain naturally — no less than two GOP Senate candidates in eminently winnable races, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, had their chances derailed by high-profile, tone-deaf and offensive comments on rape and pregnancy. The Obama campaign maximized its advantage with female voters to staggering effect this cycle, beating Mitt Romney among single women by 38%. source
18:15 // 1 year ago