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Hastings guessing on constituent stance, constituents guessing on Hastings

With votes cast to raise the debt ceiling, voters in Washington’s 4th district are left to wonder why Congressman Hastings ignored their calls to keep the debt ceiling where it was. “We had multiple calls into his office urging him to hold the debt limit where it was.” “He didn’t answer our calls; we want to know what his reasoning was.” “The only thing we heard from his office was that he was on the fence, and then he voted yes at the last minute.” Grassroots activists across eastern Washington are fuming at Hastings’s vote to raise the debt ceiling. Despite solid, consistent public opinion opposing a debt increase, ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, April 8

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: TEA PARTY PATRIOTS EXCITED BY PAUL PRESIDENTIAL ANNOUNCEMENT “Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin expressed excitement at Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential run Tuesday. “It’s exciting to see another energetic, visionary conservative enter the contest for the 2016 nomination,” Martin said in a statement. “Sen. Paul has been at the forefront of the liberty movement, and he will do a lot to shape the debate as the GOP field expands.” Paul was part of the Tea Party wave when he was first elected to the Senate from Kentucky in 2010. He officially announced his presidential candidacy Tuesday. “Rand Paul ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, March 18

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Scott Walker: I Will Run as a Conservative “…Later in his town hall remarks, Walker criticized the Obama administration's handling of foreign policy challenges posed by the Islamic State and expressed concern about the administration's handling of the Iranian nuclear threat. Walker also responded to a question from Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin over his position on ethanol. Her question noted that while Walker had opposed a Wisconsin effort to mandate its use in midgrade gasoline, he recently said in Iowa that he would "go forward on continuing the [federal] Renewable Fuel Standard." Walker responded that ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Great Job So Far, Sen. McConnell. Now Cancel The Recess. “Politicians are flirting dangerously with a deadline for funding a critical government service. A recess looms. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Republicans ran hard against executive amnesty for illegal aliens last fall, and were rewarded by voters with historic majorities. Rather than negotiate from a position of strength, GOP leadership opted to fund almost the entire government through Sept. 30, 2015 – in a lame duck session. The Department of Homeland Security was funded only through February 27, which brings us to the current impasse. Democrats – ...

News Briefing for Friday, January 2, 2015

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare PR push goes silent “Health care reform advocates who struggled for decades to pass Obamacare left the job half-undone. They failed to sell it. They also underestimated the unrelenting intensity and duration of the opposition that makes the law so vulnerable to legislative and legal challenges even now, nearly five years after its passage. The White House and its allies are trying fresh messaging strategies for 2015 enrollment, including a lower-key sales pitch and narratives from real people who are happy with their coverage. Those success stories didn’t exist before coverage began one year ago. Yet the messaging missteps ...

News Briefing for Thursday, December 11, 2014

HEALTHCARE: GOP Misleads On ObamaCare Funding “Assuming one reads what they want to read into information being put out by Republican House Speaker Boehner's office on the Omnibus spending bill, one might think the GOP is actually not funding ObamaCare in the deal. That would be wrong. It says, "No new funding for ObamaCare." However, as the Washington Post points out, the law is still funded. Given that the entire deal is new, it absolutely contains new funding for ObamaCare. AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: The law is still funded, but there's no new money for it. There's also no new ACA-related funding for the Internal Revenue Service and the Centers ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, November 4, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Supreme Court Will Mull King v. Burwell a Bit Longer “Will the Supreme Court choose to hear King v Burwell, the case regarding the delivery of subsidies in states without a state-based exchange? Today the court chose to delay its answer for at least a week. Last Friday the Supreme Court considered an appeal of the King v Burwell decision. The court could have chosen to hear the case or it could have rejected the appeal altogether. Instead the Court chose to re-list the case for more discussion this week. So next Monday we may find out whether four Justices have chosen to accept the case or not. The fact that the case was relisted, ...

Keystone Pipeline showdown moves forward

By a vote of 33-11, The North American-Made Energy Security Act was approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources last week. Chaired by Representative Doc Hastings, it now travels to the House Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as the House Energy and Commerce Committee for review. Sponsored by Lee Terry (R-NE-02), H.R. 1938 aims to force the Obama Administration to expedite the consideration and approval of a massive pipeline through the Midwest. With crude oil markets increasingly volatile, supporters of the energy security act hope to secure approval for the final phase of the Keystone Pipeline Project, a plan to build a ...