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Mitch McConnell Gets Bad News… Asked To Step Down


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been hit with a heavy vote of no confidence from conservative groups around the country. On Wednesday, leaders from several conservative organizations called on McConnell to abdicate his position, citing a list of broken promises he made to Republican voters.

They are calling on not only McConnell, but also members of his leadership team, to step down.

“You and the rest of your leadership team were given the majority because you pledged to stop the steady flow of illegal immigration,” states their letter to McConnell, according to Fox News. “You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce the size of this oppressive federal government. You have done nothing. You pledged to reduce, and ultimately eliminate the out-of-control deficit spending that is bankrupting America. You have done nothing. You promised to repeal Obamacare, ‘root and branch.’ You have done nothing. You promised tax reform. You have done nothing.”

Disgruntled conservatives held a news conference in Washington, D.C. to address their concerns and desire to see the leadership team dissolved.

“We call on all five members of the GOP Senate leadership to step down, or for their caucus to remove them as soon as possible,” Ken Cuccinelli, the president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, said at the conference.

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The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded in 2008 by former Senator Jim DeMint, has worked for years to elect more conservative GOP candidates to the upper chamber in Congress. The group has regularly clashed with the more moderate wing of GOP leadership. The SCF wasn’t the only group calling for McConnell to vacate his position.

Members from FreedomWorks, For America and the Tea Party Patriots also joined the chorus in demanding GOP Senate leaders step aside after failing to enact conservative legislation, despite voters giving the Republican Party full control of Washington, D.C. on Election Day.

This is not the first time conservatives have called on McConnell to step down as majority leader, but the ferocity of Wednesday’s press conference certainly puts an added weight on Republican lawmakers to get things done this legislative session.

The letter and press conference come as congressional Republicans are currently working to enact tax reform. GOP leaders so far have not succeeded in repealing Obamacare, failing several times to push through their own GOP health care bills. Republicans are hoping tax reform will be an issue the entire party can rally behind.

“If this was a football team, and you’d lost this many times, you’d start seriously considering firing the coaches,” said For America President David Bozell.

Despite all agreeing that they’d wish to see McConnell go, many conservative leaders are not certain who they would like to see as a replacement.

“If I had to pick someone, I’d love to draft like Pat Toomey maybe,” FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon said, referring to the GOP Pennsylvania senator. “There’s a lot of different people out there who I think could unite this caucus and actually lead on some issues.”

Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots group, said she could see herself supporting Georgia GOP Senator David Perdue. “I’m from Georgia, so I’m not opposed to him,” Martin explained, touting the junior senator’s extensive business background as a former CEO.

Conservative candidates are taking notice as well. As the 2018 election cycle begins to heat up, many pro-Trump candidates are hoping to gain traction by displaying stronger support for the president.

“With rare exception, GOP senators blocking Trump’s agenda are impediments we can not afford. Double that for Senate leaders,” Ron Wallace, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia, said in a statement to Western Journalism.

Wallace is an insurgent candidate hoping to win the GOP primary and take on incumbent Democrat Senator Tim Kaine. Wallace is running on a pro-Trump platform and believes it’s imperative the GOP majority pass what they promised to do.

“The American People voted for Tax Cuts, Border Walls, Rapid Growth, Excellent Law Enforcement, and Better Education. I expect strong proactive policies to make those outcomes possible and deliver cost-effective solutions, by whatever means may be necessary,” he said.

Rush Limbaugh Says 1 Person Is Taking Over The GOP


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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made a bold statement on his program about Steve Bannon and the current state of the Republican Part y.

Limbaugh believes Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, is taking over the roles and responsibilities meant for GOP leadership by enforcing conservatism onto Republican candidates up for re-election.

“I think what Bannon is doing is slowly but surely taking over the role of the Republican Party,” Limbaugh said Wednesday. “The Republican Party is obviously not with Trump on balance — you have some in the House who are — but the Republican Party on balance is not with Trump.”

Steve Bannon played a major role in then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential victory upset last year and led the formulation of White House policy in the months that followed. He was Trump’s campaign chairman during the 2016 election and later served as a White House chief strategist — leading the nationalist wing of the administration.

After abruptly leaving the administration in mid-August, Bannon returned to his prior position as executive chairman of Breitbart News. Since leaving the White House, he made it clear he would use his position as a media executive to support insurgent conservative candidates running primaries against establishment GOP lawmakers.

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Bannon already appears good for his word.

In the special election in Alabama to fill the Senate seat once held by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Bannon went against the Trump administration with his endorsement of Roy Moore. Bannon supported the successful candidacy of Moore, a controversial former judge, in a move that was at odds with Trump, who campaigned vehemently for Moore’s opponent, Sen. Luther Strange. By election day, it wasn’t even close. Moore bested Strange in the GOP primary by almost double digits. Moore now heads into the Alabama general election, where he will likely win in a state that leans red.

The primary results demonstrated the power of Bannon’s support.

The leader of Breitbart is not stopping with the Alabama special election. Bannon has recently announced he is expanding his GOP targets, adding Republican Sens. Deb Fischer of Nebraska, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Orrin Hatch of Utah to his hit list.

> In Wyoming, Bannon is pushing Erik Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and founder of major security contractor Blackwater, to challenge Barrasso, CNN reported. 

> In Utah, Hatch may very well retire on his own. If he does, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is reportedly eyeing a run in the Mormon-majority state. If that happens, Bannon is ready to run a candidate against him.

According to a source close to Bannon, this is just a “partial” list of elections he is looking to influence.

Bannon is already working to knock off Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and his beleaguered campaign for re-election. Nevada Sen. Dean Heller and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker are also on Bannon’s radar.

“Some people make an argument that there really isn’t a Republican Party left. I mean, there are people who call themselves that and they go out and raise money and they raise a lot. But whereas the party used to be known for one, two, or three very serious things, they’re not anymore,” Limbaugh added on his radio show.

The conservative talk radio host believes Bannon and others are trying to keep the identity of the Republican Party alive by enforcing such standards onto them by way of primary challenges.

Ingraham: ‘It’s Time for a New Generation of Conservatives’ to Take Over Washington. LifeZette editor-in-chief blasts establishment politicians, saying the ‘Bush GOP is over’


by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 10 Oct 2017 at 1:41 PM

URL of the original posting site: http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/ingraham-its-time-for-a-new-generation-of-conservatives-to-take-over-washington/?

LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday that the “Bush GOP is over” even if Establishment Republicans “might not know it yet.”

Ingraham, who was promoting her book “Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump,” said that the conservative populism trumpeted successfully by President Donald Trump is the “winning agenda” that touched “the heart of the working-class person in this country.” Noting that Trump has struggled against the Establishment members from both major political parties ever since he announced his presidential candidacy, Ingraham said, “It’s time for a new generation of conservatives” to take over Washington, D.C.

“We’ve tried the Establishment Republican things — it hasn’t won since 2004 nationally. So that — the Bush GOP — is over. I mean, they might not know it yet, but it’s over,” Ingraham said. “It doesn’t mean we can’t work with them on certain issues. We can. But that era is gone.”

“And I think Trump is much closer to Reagan in his philosophy on trade and American prosperity and the working class than he is to Bush, and than he ever would be to Bush and to most of these Republicans on Capitol Hill thwarting him,” she added. “And he’s smoking them all out.”

Ingraham noted that she wrote her book because she thought “it was important to explain to people” that Trump was elected “because conservative populism wins when properly articulated and passionately fought for.”

“And going back to the days when I worked for President Reagan, all the way up through the Mitt Romney attempt to win in 2012 and everything in between, the populist revolution is real. It’s happening,” she said. “The working class is like kind of tired of being kicked to the curb. So it was time to tell that story with a lot of personal anecdotes along the way — how I became sort of this believer.”

Noting that she ate dinner Monday night with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who also is a conservative populist, Ingraham said that Bannon, like Trump, “understands that to have a winning agenda you have to touch the heart of the working-class person in this country.”

“Reagan understood it, 1980. That’s why he got all those Reagan Democrats in the South, and the Midwest, the old Rust Belt, to turn out and switch parties. That sentiment is still there,” she said. “There was a populist strain through most Republican candidates, but Trump really embodied that.”

The GOP-led Congress hasn’t been fully on board with the president’s legislative agenda, leading to heightened levels of tension and frustration between Trump and his own party. After a series of failures to fulfill Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare and exhibiting a glaring lack of willingness to tackle the president’s “America First” agenda, the GOP Congress has failed to fall in line with the wave of conservative populism that propelled Trump into office. 

As a result, Ingraham said, “It’s time that the GOP Establishment either get on board with the Trump agenda or move on.”

It’s time for a new generation of conservatives and thinkers to come forward who connect with the upset and the concern of the regular working person in the United States,” she said. “When you’re in Washington for decades, and your whole life is shuttling between a think tank and fundraiser and lobbyist event, you lose touch with the people. Sometimes you lose touch from where you came.”

“And I think it’s time for a lot of these people just to move on. They clearly don’t understand that you can’t campaign on repealing Obamacare and then 10 months later saying, ‘Oh no, that was just too hard,'” Ingraham added. “You can’t do that.”

Ingraham noted that she included the word “barricade” in her new book’s title because “Trump has to clear a lot in order to be successful.”

“He’s brash. But the public believes like, maybe it’s time we need kind of a wrecking ball to go in and kind of remake politics,” she said, noting that the new president has made championing “the American middle class that’s been hammered because of globalization” his key priority while refusing to “play the parlor games of Washington.”

But this strategy has “upset” Establishment Republicans and Democrats alike, whether it’s been exhibited through pushing for repealing and replacing Obamacare, enforcing immigration laws, or calling out political correctness and the politicization of sports.

Ingraham pointed to flagrantly anti-Trump ESPN host Jemele Hill, who was placed on a two-week suspension beginning Tuesday after she called for a boycott of Dallas Cowboys advertisers following the owner’s decision to fall in line with Trump on standing for the national anthem. During the past couple of weeks, Trump has repeatedly called out football players who choose to protest racial injustice in the U.S. by kneeling during the anthem. Hill supported those players and has also dubbed Trump to be a “white supremacist.”

“How is the NFL oppressing African-Americans? I think we’ve given great opportunity to really talented players, and to me that’s something to really celebrate,” she said, noting that Trump was unafraid to be politically incorrect in calling out players who refuse to honor the flag and the national anthem by standing.

“This is not politics. This is athletics. But the Left — all they have is the grievance culture. All they have is race, and they’re going to keep going back to that as long as they can,” Ingraham said. “So Jemele doesn’t seem to get that, but she just echoes what the Left is all about right now — it’s about … less speech for their critics and more speech for them. So she wants to keep the race thing going.”

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House passes 20-week abortion ban


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House passes 20-week abortion ban
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The House passed a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), would make it a crime to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the possibility of a fine, up to five years in prison, or both. The measure passed heavily along party lines, 237-189.

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The bill allows exceptions in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman and wouldn’t penalize women for seeking to get abortions after 20 weeks.

The legislation is likely to face a tough sell in the Senate. A similar bill passed the House in 2015 but was blocked by Senate Democrats. With only a 52-seat majority it would be unlikely Senate Republicans could gather the 60 votes needed to move the legislation to President Trump’s desk.

The White House said Monday that it “strongly supports” the bill and “applauds the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections.” 

The bill is a top priority of anti-abortion groups, which argue a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks gestation and later.

“It’s past time for Congress to pass a nationwide law protecting unborn children from the unspeakable cruelty of late-term abortion,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group in D.C. 

Abortion rights groups, however, have condemned the bill.

“The agenda behind this bill is clear: to shame women and to ban safe, legal abortion,” said Dana Singiser, vice president for government relations and public policy for Planned Parenthood.

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