Anuzis could challenge Steele for chair of national GOP

November 12, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Former Michigan GOP Chair Saul Anuzis could challenge current national chair Michael Steele for the chairmanship of the national Republican Party, reports the New York Times.

Anuzis says he is considering a run in January to challenge Steele.

Saul Anuzis, who represents Michigan on the Republican committee and ran for party chairman two years ago, said he was considering running again. “There clearly have been many major donors who have dropped off and have not contributed,” Mr. Anuzis said. “That’s a problem.”

Steele, the first African American to chair the national GOP, has been under a barrage of criticisms, including failing to keep major donors happy and making comments that have caused controversy. In one such incident, Steele said the war in Afghanistan was “not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.” The war was started by the U.S. in 2001 when the Taliban rulers of the country declined to hand over Al Queda leader Osama bin Laden who was in the country and under the protection of Taliban military leaders. President George W. Bush authorized the military involvement in Afghanistan to get at bin Laden who was believed to have been behind the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and the Pentagon.

Anuzis was in the running for the chairmanship two years ago, when the national party chose Steele.

The Times also reports that several other national leaders are quietly working behind the scenes to convince Steele not to seek re-election to the post, as well as actively recruiting others to seek the post.

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Did Steele play the race card in the RNC chair race?

November 12, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Er, not really.


The Daily Caller accuses Michael Steele of playing the race card and hinting that racism might be the motive if he gets bounced from his position as RNC chair after a historic midterm victory.  But the report by Jonathan Strong makes a weak case for it when the actual interview is heard: Embattled Republican National [...]

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Tea Party Express chair to Romney: We’ll never forget RomneyCare

November 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

“You can’t get away from that.”


I’ve got a crazy hunch that if Romney wins the nomination and the choice is between him and Captain Stimulus in the general, they’ll find a way to get past it on a lesser-of-two-evils basis. In the primaries, though? Even Romney fan David Frum is starting to have his doubts: Everything that can be said [...]

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Republican Who Co-Authored Light Bulb Law Wants Energy Chair

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Here’s a test for the GOP: do they let this guy have the chairmanship? He has some really good points and some really bad points, yet, we have this little bit of Big Government climate alarmism

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) may have some explaining to do to fellow GOP colleagues as he seeks the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, given the incoming wave of new conservatives who may not appreciate some aspects of Upton’s voting record.

Upton joined with Rep. Jane Harman (D.-Calif.) in 2007 to co-author the legislation that effectively banned indoor incandescent light bulbs in the United States. In the last Congress, he an Harman teamed up again to offer new legislation that would extend the ban on incandescent bulbs to outdoor lighting also.

“In 2007, Harman and Upton introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation-which became law as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act-that bans the famously inefficient 100-watt incandescent light bulb by 2012, phases out remaining inefficient light bulbs by 2014, and requires that light bulbs be at least three times as efficient as today’s 100-watt incandescent bulb by 2020,” explained a 2009 press release put out by the two House members.

What you have is that all incandescent bulbs between 40 and 100 watts will go bye bye. The jobs are already gone. And CFLs are pretty much being made mostly in China. On the bright side (sic) “reflector flood, 3-way, candelabra, colored, and other specialty bulbs” are exempt. Plant lights are exempt, which is good for Upton, since he has the fortitude of a petunia.

“Current incandescent bulbs on store shelves are obsolete and highly inefficient-only 10 percent of the energy consumed by each bulb is for light, and 90 percent is wasted on heat,” Upton and Harman told the Post. “Today’s incandescents employ the same technology as the bulbs Thomas Edison created more than 120 years ago. By upgrading to 21st-century technology, we will help preserve energy resources and reduce emissions, all the while saving American families billions of dollars in their electric bills.”

The heat is one of the reasons I used to use CFLs: I lived on the top floor with a thin roof, little insulation, and, North Carolina summers. Anything to reduce heat is most excellent. Yet, CFLs have become, well, crap over the past 7 years, and I have switched back to incandescent bulbs. There is no energy savings in CFLs as they last about the same length as incandescent bulbs. Obviously, though, this legislation and light bulb restrictions are simply about anthropogenic global warming hysteria. Yet

Upton, due to his seniority, is the frontrunner for the post and has recently sought to bolster his conservative credentials by vowing to investigate President Obama’s energy czar Carol Browner, EPA chief Lisa Jackson, and Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“We’ll paint the curb yellow for them,” Upton told Politico on Oct. 29.

Here’s a little exercise for you, folks: if you live in or near D.C., or plan on visiting soon, make sure to plan time to stop by Upton’s office in the Rayburn building. If you are near St. Joseph or Kalamazoo, Mi, stop by. If not, drop him an email, asking if he himself has replaced all his 40 to 100 watt light-bulbs with CFLs. His website is here.

On the bright side (yes, again), he is against Net Neutrality. On the dark side, he seems more concerned that it is unelected Obama appointees and czars making AGW rules, rather than Congress.

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Michele Bachmann drops out of race for GOP Conference chair, endorses Hensarling

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Endgame.


Politico reported a few hours ago that the votes simply weren’t there and that Hensarling was close to locking up the majority he needed. Quote from an aide: “This race is all but over.” And now, it is over. Jeb Henserling has my enthusiastic support for his candidacy to become Republican House Conference Chair. Jeb [...]

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Bachmann drops bid for GOP conference chair

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race for House Republican conference chair Wednesday night. She was running against Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling for the number three spot in the House GOP leadership.

Rep. Bachmann voiced her support for Hensarling Wednesday.

“Jeb Hensarling has my enthusiastic support for his candidacy to become Republican House Conference Chair,” Bachmann said in a statement. “Jeb has demonstrated his commitment to limited government, reduced spending and lower taxes and he will be a strong voice for the Tea Party’s call for these values.”

Hensarling accepted the endorsement and praised Bachmann.

“Michele Bachmann is a committed movement conservative whose effective voice played an important role in America’s decision to trust House Republicans once again,” Hensarling said in a statement. “She is a dear friend, and I am humbled to earn her support. I look forward to her energetic leadership in a united House Republican Conference during the 112th Congress.”

The House Republican Conference serves as the organizational body for all GOP House members, and is responsible for electing party leaders at the beginning of each Congress.

Bachmann and Hensarling have been jockeying for support within the party in recent days, though Hensarling seemed to garner more widespread support from his Republican colleagues. Prominent GOP leaders including House Minority Whip Rep, Eric Cantor of Virginia, and current conference chair, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence both endorsed Hensarling shortly after he announced his intention to seek the chairmanship last week.

- CNN’s Deirdre Walsh and Evan Glass contributed to this report


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Top Energy Chair Candidate Fred Upton On Climategate: ‘We Do Need Hearings’

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

As first reported earlier today by the Wonk Room, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), the top candidate for the chairmanship of the House energy committee, has questioned the science of manmade global warming and called for congressional hearings to investigate climate scientists. On January 14, 2010, Upton participated in a panel challenging the scientific consensus that fossil pollution is destabilizing the climate, moderated by global warming denier and right-wing radio host Frank Beckmann and featuring industry deniers Pat Michaels and Myron Ebell. When asked if “the emails from East Anglia University that seem to show a pattern of concealment at the least, deception at the extreme,” should “affect climate policy here in the United States,” Upton claimed that there is “no real science” that supports climate policy and then called for Climategate hearings:

All of the steps Americans were going to take, businesses and individuals, the added costs that we were going to incur — Consumers Energy told us just because of cap-and-trade, energy costs would rise in Michigan by almost 40 percent by 2020. Are any of those incurred costs actually going to impact the rising temperature of debate? The answer was no. No matter what we did between now and 2050, it, it, there was no real science to verify that it would reduce the temperature rise that some predicted. And that’s why we do need hearings.

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Upton enjoys a reputation as a “moderate on environmental issues,” but he has become as extreme on global warming and other environmental rules as the other contenders for the chairmanship of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce when Republicans take over the House of Representatives next year.

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South Carolina GOP chair set to leave post

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Washington (CNN) - After just eighteen months at the helm, South Carolina Republican Party Chairwoman Karen Floyd will announce Wednesday that she is not seeking a second term, GOP sources tell CNN.

With a national Republican tailwind at her back, Floyd presided over a overwhelmingly successful election cycle, helping the party gain control of all Constitutional offices along with five of six Congressional seats for the first time since Reconstruction.

Her departure sets up a wide-open race to lead one of the GOP’s most important state party organizations at a pivotal moment for South Carolina Republicans. The party will tap its next chairman at their state convention in May 2011.

The upcoming two-year term will be among the most frenzied in the party’s recent history, as Republican governor-elect Nikki Haley seeks to bridge an ongoing divide between the grassroots conservative activists who fueled her candidacy and GOP establishment figures suspicious of the reform-minded rising star.

Republican presidential candidates will also begin to descend on the Palmetto State in the coming months, courting voters ahead of the state’s decisive presidential primary in 2012.

The next party chair will be tasked with negotiating presidential debates and raising large sums of money to fund the GOP primary.

The list of candidates in the running to succeed Floyd is long and includes a mix of veteran political operatives, former candidates for office and grassroots leaders with close ties to the Tea Party movement.

Among those being talked about Wednesday by South Carolina GOP insiders: former Attorney General candidate Leighton Lord, state Sen. Tom Davis, Republican National Committeeman Glenn McCall, former Lt. Gov. candidate Bill Connor, former South Carolina GOP executive director J.W. Ragley, Greenville County GOP chairman Patrick Haddon, Columbia attorney Todd Kincannon, Newberry County GOP chairman Chad Connelly and former Spartanburg GOP chairman Rick Beltram.

One influential political blog floated the name of longtime political operative Warren Tompkins as a possible candidate, but people close to Tompkins dismissed the rumor and said he has no interest in the job.


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Likely Ways And Means Chair On Bush Tax Cuts: ‘I Don’t Think You Have To Pay For Extensions Of Current Law’

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A handful of Republicans, at the same time that they’re trying to seize the high-ground when it comes to fiscal responsibility, have scoffed at the notion that extending the Bush tax cuts should be considered a cost to the federal government. “I disagree with the premise that in order to keep tax rates where they are and not increase taxes, somehow we need to pay for that,” said Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). “You’re talking about current tax policy. Why did it all of a sudden become something that we, quote, pay for?” asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The latest Republican to join this parade is Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), who is slated to take over the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee, the committee charged with writing tax legislation. “I don’t think you have to pay for extensions of current law,” Camp said on CNBC last night:

I don’t think you have to pay for extensions of current law. Look, the idea that people have to pay to keep more of their own money, I think makes no sense, and particularly as we really need some long-term economic growth in this country, we need a pro-growth agenda, and all the talk of tax increases makes that less likely to occur.

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Of course, if we applied Camp’s logic to all federal tax and spending initiatives, nothing would ever “cost” anything. Want to extend Food Stamp benefits for another year? It’s current law, so it’s free!

Back in the real world, extending the Bush tax cuts will cause federal revenues over the next ten years to be nearly $ 4 trillion lower than they would have otherwise been. $ 830 billion of that will be spent to finance tax cuts for the richest two percent of Americans alone. And foregoing that revenue makes reducing the deficit, which Camp also professed a deep concern about, that much harder.

Now, Camp likely feels that deficit spending is totally acceptable, so long as it lowers the marginal tax rates of the rich. But instead of admitting that, he’s trying to have it both ways, complaining about the deficit while simultaneously advocating steps that make the deficit worse.

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Republican Who Co-Authored Light Bulb Law Wants Energy Chair

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Here’s a test for the GOP: do they let this guy have the chairmanship? He has some really good points and some really bad points, yet, we have this little bit of Big Government climate alarmism

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) may have some explaining to do to fellow GOP colleagues as he seeks the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, given the incoming wave of new conservatives who may not appreciate some aspects of Upton’s voting record.

Upton joined with Rep. Jane Harman (D.-Calif.) in  2007 to co-author the legislation that effectively banned indoor incandescent light bulbs in the United States. In the last Congress, he an Harman teamed up again to offer new legislation that would extend the ban on incandescent bulbs to outdoor lighting also.

“In 2007, Harman and Upton introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation-which became law as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act-that bans the famously inefficient 100-watt incandescent light bulb by 2012, phases out remaining inefficient light bulbs by 2014, and requires that light bulbs be at least three times as efficient as today’s 100-watt incandescent bulb by 2020,” explained a 2009 press release put out by the two House members.

What you have is that all incandescent bulbs between 40 and 100 watts will go bye bye. The jobs are already gone. And CFLs are pretty much being made mostly in China. On the bright side (sic) “reflector flood, 3-way, candelabra, colored, and other specialty bulbs” are exempt. Plant lights are exempt, which is good for Upton, since he has the fortitude of a petunia.

“Current incandescent bulbs on store shelves are obsolete and highly inefficient-only 10 percent of the energy consumed by each bulb is for light, and 90 percent is wasted on heat,” Upton and Harman told the Post. ”Today’s incandescents employ the same technology as the bulbs Thomas Edison created more than 120 years ago. By upgrading to 21st-century technology, we will help preserve energy resources and reduce emissions, all the while saving American families billions of dollars in their electric bills.”

The heat is one of the reasons I used to use CFLs: I lived on the top floor with a thin roof, little insulation, and, North Carolina summers. Anything to reduce heat is most excellent. Yet, CFLs have become, well, crap over the past 7 years, and I have switched back to incandescent bulbs. There is no energy savings in CFLs as they last about the same length as incandescent bulbs. Obviously, though, this legislation and light bulb restrictions are simply about anthropogenic global warming hysteria. Yet

Upton, due to his seniority, is the frontrunner for the post and has recently sought to bolster his conservative credentials by vowing to investigate President Obama’s energy czar Carol Browner, EPA chief Lisa Jackson, and Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“We’ll paint the curb yellow for them,” Upton told Politico on Oct. 29.

Here’s a little exercise for you, folks: if you live in or near D.C., or plan on visiting soon, make sure to plan time to stop by Upton’s office in the Rayburn building. If you are near St. Joseph or Kalamazoo, Mi, stop by. If not, drop him an email, asking if he himself has replaced all his 40 to 100 watt light-bulbs with CFLs. His website is here.

On the bright side (yes, again), he is against Net Neutrality. On the dark side, he seems more concerned that it is unelected Obama appointees and czars making AGW rules, rather than Congress.

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