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December 7, 2012 | By James Rainey
Jim DeMint has mentioned several reasons he will leave the U.S. Senate in January to lead the Heritage Foundation think tank. The South Carolina senator told CNN's Wolf Blitzer he looked forward to heading what he called America's premier center for conservative thought. DeMint said the new job would let him employ the research skills of his old professional life as a marketing consultant. He said he looked forward to better framing conservative arguments -- claiming Republicans lost ground in the recent election not because of their ideology but because they didn't explain their positions in a compelling way to win over Americans.
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October 13, 2013 | Doyle McManus
The Republican Party is at war with itself. It's divided over how best to shrink the federal budget and how to undo President Obama's healthcare law. It hasn't been notably successful at either, which helps explain why the GOP's standing in the eyes of most voters has plummeted to depths not seen in three decades of modern polling. None of this was planned, of course; parties don't flirt with political suicide on purpose. But it wasn't accidental either. Behind the GOP crackup over the government shutdown lies a much bigger battle for control of the party.
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OPINION
October 13, 2013 | Doyle McManus
The Republican Party is at war with itself. It's divided over how best to shrink the federal budget and how to undo President Obama's healthcare law. It hasn't been notably successful at either, which helps explain why the GOP's standing in the eyes of most voters has plummeted to depths not seen in three decades of modern polling. None of this was planned, of course; parties don't flirt with political suicide on purpose. But it wasn't accidental either. Behind the GOP crackup over the government shutdown lies a much bigger battle for control of the party.
NEWS
April 20, 2013 | By Jon Healey
When he was a senator representing South Carolina, Jim DeMint argued that collecting sales taxes on Internet purchases was an impermissible form of taxation without representation . He's continuing this meme in his new role as head of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington. And he's still wrong. DeMint's ire was focused on a bill, S 743, by Republican Sen. Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming that would require online retailers to collect sales taxes from customers based on the buyer's local tax rate.
OPINION
September 12, 2009 | TIM RUTTEN
When Republican congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina heckled President Obama during his address to a joint session of Congress this week, it was no surprise that the subject was immigration. It's also no surprise that while the House Republican leadership demanded that Wilson apologize for his intemperance and breach of protocol, pro-GOP talk-show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and right-wing bloggers have defended him and urged him to stand firm. For the moment, at least, the most effective opposition to the Obama administration comes not from the Republican Party establishment but from the talk-show/tea-party right, which -- if it has its way -- will convert the GOP into an almost exclusively white, zealously religious, mostly Southern party.
NEWS
April 20, 2013 | By Jon Healey
When he was a senator representing South Carolina, Jim DeMint argued that collecting sales taxes on Internet purchases was an impermissible form of taxation without representation . He's continuing this meme in his new role as head of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington. And he's still wrong. DeMint's ire was focused on a bill, S 743, by Republican Sen. Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming that would require online retailers to collect sales taxes from customers based on the buyer's local tax rate.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, one of the most influential leaders of the tea party wing of the party, will retire in January to head a conservative think tank in Washington. DeMint has been a renegade on and off Capitol Hill, and earned a reputation for often rousing - and clashing - with his colleagues over his hard-line positions. The two-term senator carried those views to the campaign trail, where his political action committee endorsed right-flank candidates - often against the party's wishes.
NATIONAL
October 18, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
Senators were angry and frustrated one evening when Sen. Jim DeMint single-handedly forced a showdown on a popular bill to expand the global AIDS effort. They booed, then advanced the bill over his objections to its scope and costs. Another politician might have been chastened by such a bipartisan rebuke. But DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, seemed fortified. The 2008 skirmish and others like it served only to validate his belief that the best way to advance his conservative agenda is to elect ideologically pure senators to replace his GOP colleagues.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The surprise resignation of Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina on Thursday could prove to be a marker for a decline in the influence of the tea party movement he has helped lead. His departure from Congress, effective next month, comes as the political winds appear to be blowing against the 61-year-old lawmaker and the movement he has spoken for. Some of the movement's most fiery members lost reelection bids last month, including Reps. Allen West of Florida, Joe Walsh of Illinois and Chip Cravaack of Minnesota.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Is Stephen Colbert going to join the Senate? Probably not, but that won't stop him from trying. The news last Thursday that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) would be retiring from public service sparked immediate speculation about the possibility that everyone's favorite fake pundit, quasi-presidential candidate and South Carolina native son would run to replace him. Within hours, someone launched a “Colbert for Senate” Twitter account, and the host was named the top choice to replace DeMint in a survey conducted over the weekend by Public Policy Polling -- never mind that there's virtually no chance that Gov. Nikki Haley, an actual Republican, would appoint a fake one like Colbert to the vacant seat.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Is Stephen Colbert going to join the Senate? Probably not, but that won't stop him from trying. The news last Thursday that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) would be retiring from public service sparked immediate speculation about the possibility that everyone's favorite fake pundit, quasi-presidential candidate and South Carolina native son would run to replace him. Within hours, someone launched a “Colbert for Senate” Twitter account, and the host was named the top choice to replace DeMint in a survey conducted over the weekend by Public Policy Polling -- never mind that there's virtually no chance that Gov. Nikki Haley, an actual Republican, would appoint a fake one like Colbert to the vacant seat.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By James Rainey
Jim DeMint has mentioned several reasons he will leave the U.S. Senate in January to lead the Heritage Foundation think tank. The South Carolina senator told CNN's Wolf Blitzer he looked forward to heading what he called America's premier center for conservative thought. DeMint said the new job would let him employ the research skills of his old professional life as a marketing consultant. He said he looked forward to better framing conservative arguments -- claiming Republicans lost ground in the recent election not because of their ideology but because they didn't explain their positions in a compelling way to win over Americans.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2012 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The surprise resignation of Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina on Thursday could prove to be a marker for a decline in the influence of the tea party movement he has helped lead. His departure from Congress, effective next month, comes as the political winds appear to be blowing against the 61-year-old lawmaker and the movement he has spoken for. Some of the movement's most fiery members lost reelection bids last month, including Reps. Allen West of Florida, Joe Walsh of Illinois and Chip Cravaack of Minnesota.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, one of the most influential leaders of the tea party wing of the party, will retire in January to head a conservative think tank in Washington. DeMint has been a renegade on and off Capitol Hill, and earned a reputation for often rousing - and clashing - with his colleagues over his hard-line positions. The two-term senator carried those views to the campaign trail, where his political action committee endorsed right-flank candidates - often against the party's wishes.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
- Republican Todd Akin's embattled campaign for Senate won support Wednesday from prominent conservatives, including some who had called on him to withdraw after he said victims of "legitimate rape" rarely became pregnant. Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint backed Akin one day after the final deadline passed for him to get off the ballot. The Republican Senate campaign committee, whose chairman had asked Akin to abandon the race, now says it hopes he wins.
NEWS
December 10, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
Influential Senate Republicans are signaling their unease with the fragile accord reached between the White House and GOP leaders on the tax cut deal that will come to a vote on Monday afternoon. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) sent an e-mail to supporters Friday headlined "Why I oppose the deal," and outlining his objections. DeMint, who emerged as a leader in the "tea party" movement this year, said his chief concerns are that the extension of the Bush tax cuts are only temporary, and that the package includes no spending reductions to offset other proposed tax cuts.
NEWS
October 23, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's political action committee, which is trying to elect like-minded conservatives to the Senate, made a fundraising push Friday as it neared its $5-million goal. The committee already has invested $4.9 million in 11 Senate campaigns, including those of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, Rand Paul in Kentucky and others. On Friday, DeMint highlighted Joe Miller in Alaska, who beat Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the primary but now faces a write-in challenge from the incumbent, as well as the campaigns of Ken Buck in Colorado, Dino Rossi in Washington and Sharron Angle in Nevada.
NEWS
October 8, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
A doyenne of Southern cooking, Nathalie Dupree, is the latest addition to an already memorable race for a U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina.?? Republican Sen. Jim DeMint is popular in the state, despite remarks like those he reinforced last weekend -- that gays and single women in sexual relationships should not be schoolteachers. He believes such issues should be decided locally. ?DeMint is favored for reelection after an unemployed, unknown Democrat, Alvin Greene, won his party's primary earlier this year.
NEWS
November 16, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
Both parties have reelected their Senate leaders for the 112th Congress, with Democrat Harry Reid and Republican Mitch McConnell retaining their posts as majority and minority leaders. The Senate leadership votes were largely a formality, unlike the vote to come Wednesday in the House Democratic caucus. Reid, after surviving a bitter reelection battle in Nevada, returns as Senate majority leader for the third straight Congress; he has led Democrats for the last six years. There had been speculation that McConnell, the party's leader since 2007, could face a challenge within his party from Jim DeMint, a conservative South Carolina senator who has emerged as a leader within the "tea party" movement.
NEWS
October 23, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau
Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's political action committee, which is trying to elect like-minded conservatives to the Senate, made a fundraising push Friday as it neared its $5-million goal. The committee already has invested $4.9 million in 11 Senate campaigns, including those of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, Rand Paul in Kentucky and others. On Friday, DeMint highlighted Joe Miller in Alaska, who beat Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the primary but now faces a write-in challenge from the incumbent, as well as the campaigns of Ken Buck in Colorado, Dino Rossi in Washington and Sharron Angle in Nevada.
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