January 28, 2023

Wanted by McCarthy critics: 1 qualified alternative speaker

Kevin McCarthy opponents are well aware of the spotlight they’ve put themselves under, and are planning accordingly. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo There’s trouble brewing in the House GOP’s anti-Kevin McCarthy ranks. The group of conservatives wreaking havoc in the House GOP conference with their challenge to McCarthy’s bid for speaker is facing internal indecision that

MTG Torches McCarthy’s Opposers for ‘Risking the Gavel’: ‘They Do Not Have a Plan’ for Speaker

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) issued a lengthy statement Tuesday criticizing House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) detractors, saying they were “lying to the base” about having plans for the upcoming speaker vote. Greene, a vocal supporter of McCarthy’s bid for speaker, took aim at those she described as “Never Kevin Caucus” members in a

Come on down? House GOP weighs the right price to topple a speaker

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill Dec. 14, 2src22. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Kevin McCarthy is getting pulled into a new game with conservatives whose votes he needs next month to become speaker: “The Price is Right.” At the heart of the House GOP leader’s latest battle of

MSNBC’s Joy Reid Asks GOP Rep. Donalds if Speaker Nomination Was a GOP ‘Diversity Statement’

MSNBC host Joy Reid asked Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) if his Republican House colleagues nominated him for speaker last week as a “diversity statement” Tuesday on her show “The ReidOut.” Reid said, “You were nominated for speaker. You have been in Congress for one term. What were your qualifications to be speaker of the House?”

‘It’s how you finish’: Speaker McCarthy’s years-long struggle to grasp the gavel after battling ‘Never Kevins’

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was elected to serve as speaker of the House late Friday night, fulfilling his years-long quest to secure the speaker’s gavel. In his mission to become the next speaker, McCarthy, who got involved in politics in 1987 when he served as an intern for former GOP Rep. Bill Thomas of California, […]

Why your kitchen could be the smartest room in the house this year

Your kitchen will soon be savvier than every other room in your house. An oven with AI tech to keep food from burning, a smart mixer that does the work for you, and a color-changing fridge are standouts for the kitchen of the future from the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CLICK TO GET […]

McCarthy’s ongoing speaker battle paralyzes House

Kevin McCarthy on Thursday took the unusual step of punting conferencewide races for committee leadership slots until after his speaker election on Jan. 3. | Francis Chung/POLITICO Kevin McCarthy’s imperiled speakership bid is threatening to incapacitate Republicans during a crucial planning period, virtually guaranteeing a sluggish start for the new House majority. The GOP leader

Speaker Race Breakthrough: McCarthy PAC Agrees with Conservatives on No Spending in Safe Open-Seat Primaries

The conservative and influential Club for Growth announced it cut a deal with the super PAC affiliated with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), signaling possible movement in the House speaker race after a stalemate had resulted in no speaker through six rounds of voting as of Wednesday afternoon. The deal with the McCarthy-affiliated super

Florida Rep. Byron Donalds reveals committee appointment in exchange for McCarthy House Speaker vote

Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., revealed on Sunday that he is being placed on the House Republican Steering Committee in exchange for supporting Kevin McCarthy for House speaker.  Donalds revealed the new appointment during a Sunday appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo.  FILE: Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., is interviewed on his way to the […]

Republicans defend speaker votes: Messy, but it worked

Republicans on Sunday defended their contentious process in choosing a House speaker as an example of democracy in action, following a chaotic week of negotiations and more than a dozen inconclusive votes. “Sometimes democracy is messy, but I would argue that’s exactly how the Founders intended it,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said on “Fox News

Two lawmakers nearly come to blows — and other crazy moments from McCarthy’s final speaker votes

Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) pulls Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) back as he spoke with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.). | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo Even for career-long observers of Congress, Friday night on the House floor was a sight to behold. The chamber descended into chaos when two lawmakers nearly came to fisticuffs — the frustration of

Dems bask in the speaker schadenfreude

It’s the third day of a leaderless House, and Democrats are in no mood to bail Republicans out. “They’re not desperate enough yet,” said Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), who is precisely the type of moderate Democrat who would be involved in compromise conversations with the GOP. Eventually, she said she may be open to reaching

No speaker yet, but a lot of speaking

Reps. Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz during the second day of the House speakership election at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 4, 2src23. | Francis Chung/POLITICO The dayslong process to pick a speaker of the House has left politicians noticeably quippy. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), nominated by his majority party to lead the chamber, has

The ‘23 20: The Republicans who bucked McCarthy’s speaker bid

Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) Republicans originally rallied behind the Arizona Republican, the former chair of the House Freedom Caucus, as a symbolic alternative to McCarthy during the first conference-wide vote for GOP leader. Thirty-one GOP lawmakers voted for someone other than McCarthy last November, a sign that McCarthy would not have the votes come Jan. 3.

Battleground Republicans say they’ll only vote for McCarthy for speaker

Mike Lawler speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2src22, in New City, N.Y. | Mary Altaffer/AP Photo Battleground Republicans have made their strategy on the speakership vote clear: Forget a consensus candidate, they’re supporting Kevin McCarthy no matter how long it takes. More than a dozen House Republicans who were elected in districts

House committee staffers face no pay if speaker isn’t decided by Jan. 13, officials warn

The impact on committee staff is just one of many domino effects from the conference’s speaker struggle. | Patrick Semansky/AP Photo House Republicans’ fight over the speaker’s gavel could have an unintended victim: their staff. New guidelines sent to committees on Thursday and obtained exclusively by POLITICO lay out a messy, complicated process for how

McCarthy relents on key conservative demand — but uncertainty remains over speaker bid

Kevin McCarthy walks to the House Chambers of the U.S. Capitol Building on Dec. 23, 2src22. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Kevin McCarthy has made perhaps his biggest concession so far to the band of conservatives standing in the way of his path to speaker. Yet it’s not clear if it will be enough to clinch

McCarthy: If GOP Plays Games in Speaker Elections, Dems ‘Could End Up Picking Who the Speaker Is’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Monday on Newsmax TV’s “Spicer & Co.” that if Republican members “play games,” the Democrats may end up picking the next House speaker. Anchor Sean Spicer said, “We’ve had a couple of these folks that say that they won’t vote for you on the show. When we ask

Watch: Andy Biggs Confirms He Is Challenging Kevin McCarthy for Speaker

Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said Monday on Newsmax TV’s “Prime News” he was challenging House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy for the GOP nomination to be speaker of the House when the caucus votes Tuesday. Biggs said, “We have a new paradigm here, and I think the country wants a different direction from the House of

Joe Biden Praises Nancy Pelosi as ‘Most Consequential Speaker’ in History After She Announces Exit from Leadership

President Joe Biden praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday after she announced her decision to exit Democrat leadership. “When I think of Nancy Pelosi, I think of dignity,” he wrote in a more than 500-word statement released by the White House. “History will note she is the most consequential Speaker of the House of

Pelosi, first woman speaker, to depart Dem leadership in seismic shift

Then Democrats’ better-than-expected midterm election prompted personal pleas for her to stay from the president and Senate majority leader. But in a floor speech attended by nearly every member of her Democratic caucus, including plenty of teary allies, Pelosi declared it was time for a “new generation” of leaders. Clad in stark white, the color

John Boehner Says Gun Control Would Be Top Priority ‘if’ He Were Speaker

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R) indicated Sunday that gun control would be a top priority “if” he were Speaker now. During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Boehner focused on what he thinks is the importance of reaching across the aisle. The segment began with CNN’s Dana Bash claiming there have been…

Exclusive — Revolt Underway: Rep. Paul Gosar Calls for Paul Ryan Removal as Speaker, Replacement with Jim Jordan.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) on Monday evening became the first sitting GOP member of the House of Representatives to publicly call for the removal of House Speaker Paul Ryan now, rather than on Ryan’s planned schedule post-election, during an interview on Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM. LISTEN: During a discussion with host and Breitbart News […]

INGRAHAM WARNS TRUMP: RINOs & Dems Working on MASS AMNESTY in the House Through a “Discharge Petition” Supported by Speaker Ryan

Paul Ryan is on his way out so he’s on a kamikaze mission to push through mass amnesty. Laura Ingraham warned the President Monday. Ingraham tweeted: Warning to @realDonaldTrump: An effort is underway by liberal Repubs (+Dems) on a mass amnesty in the House thru a “discharge petition,” supported by @SpeakerRyan. Total travesty & mid-term […]

House Speaker Paul Ryan to Say Goodbye to Congress.

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, shortly after telling confidants and then the House’s Republican conference. The news came months after rumors first surfaced that Ryan would retire, and continued to resurface. The Wisconsin Republican, speaker since 2015, told House members close to him as well as his staffers Wednesday morning that he […]

Speaker Paul Ryan Will Fund Planned Parenthood but NOT the Trump Border Wall.

Republican leadership is looking to fund Planned Parenthood in their latest spending bill but not the Trump border wall. Could these lawmakers be any more out of touch with their base? CNS News reported: When Donald Trump stood in the lobby of Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 and announced he was running for president, […]

Speaker Paul Ryan: You’re Fired.

The AHCA was DOA on the First Day. Why? It wasn’t repeal—and then the bill was pushed on a premise of “replace.” Obamacare does not need to be replaced, either. Government intervention is not needed. If I go to the doctor, I do not want Big Mamma Government telling me to turn my head and […]

Time to replace Paul Ryan as House speaker.

Paul Ryan failed miserably in his first important task for the Trump agenda. Since 2009, the Republicans have campaigned in the elections of 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 that they would repeal and replace Obamacare.  One would think that given this history, the Republican leaders, such as Ryan, would have a well thought out plan […]

Speaker Ryan: Obama Abstention ‘Absolutely Shameful’

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Friday blasted the Obama administration over its decision to abstain in the UN Security Council vote on a resolution against “Israeli settlements”, calling it “absolutely shameful.” “Today’s vote is a blow to peace that sets a dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts to isolate and demonize Israel. Our unified […]

Breaking: Paul Ryan Wins Re-Election for Speaker

After an internal GOP election Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan has emerged victorious in his re-election for Speaker of the House. Along with Ryan, Rep. Kevin McCarthy won his re-election for Majority Leader, and Rep. Steve Scalise won re-eelction as majority whip. The election was closed door and shut off from the press. There was no […]

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