December 13, 2013
Re "Another key group eludes the GOP," Dec. 8 As the former chairman of the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, I was heartened by this article. Oftentimes our Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities are ignored or overlooked politically. The Times notes that we are the fastest-growing minority in the United States. Consequently, we are an important community for both Republicans and Democrats. Our attitudes toward government referenced in the article - supporting "tax hikes to reduce the federal deficit; more supportive of a large, activist government; friendlier toward immigrants in the country illegally; and more favorably disposed to Obamacare than voters overall" - are among the reasons APIA voters supported President Obama with 73% of their vote in 2012.
December 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Mitch McConnell isn't the only Republican Senate leader who must contend with a noteworthy primary challenge. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Republican whip, will face a conservative challenger in Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who submitted paperwork late Monday for the March primary. Stockman, who returned to Congress this year after serving a single term in the 1990s, had been planning to run for reelection. An aide filed the application just 15 minutes before the close of the state filing period, the Houston Chronicle reported.
December 7, 2013 |
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - Not long ago, the Republican National Committee did something out of the ordinary: The party issued a formal statement marking Diwali, an important Hindu holiday. "Diwali and the lighting of the Diya celebrate the victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance," read the salutation from GOP headquarters in Washington, which bid good tidings to "our Hindu, Jain and Sikh friends" and ended with the traditional greeting "Saal Mubarak!" It was a small step toward addressing a big concern.
December 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- One of the Senate's longest-serving Republicans said Friday that he would seek reelection in 2014, setting up another intraparty test between the party's old guard and tea party forces. Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's decision to seek a seventh term - revealed on the eve of his 76th birthday -- was something of a surprise. He raised just more than $53,000 in the most recent fundraising period, and has only $800,000 in the bank. Chris McDaniel, a 41-year-old state senator, entered the race in October and has begun actively campaigning and picking up endorsements.
December 6, 2013 |
The senator from Kentucky had an important question for Republicans in Michigan. “How are you supposed to make child support payments if you've been in prison, and the best job you can get is $9 an hour?” Sen. Rand Paul asked, wearing a suit and tie at the opening of a new GOP office on Livernois Avenue in Detroit. Child support, prison and the war on drugs are not usual topics for the GOP senator, who had previously gained media attention for launching a filibuster against President Obama'a nominee to head the CIA because Paul questioned the administration's use of drones.
December 3, 2013 |
Before noon Monday 375,000 Americans logged on to HealthCare.gov and discovered that, though the federal website is working far better than at its launch in October, it still runs into problems when demand gets too high. That is both the good news and the bad news for Republicans who are hoping to use Obamacare as their prime attack point in the 2014 congressional elections. For the GOP, continuing glitches in the online delivery system for the new national healthcare market reinforce the argument that the Obama administration has tried to do too much, too fast without really understanding the enormity of the job. That is the upside for Republicans.
November 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - California's congressional delegation has long been known for its inability to get along. But Golden State Republicans aren't just on the opposite side of issues from Democrats. Lately, they've been at odds among themselves. The divisions were on display when the state's 15 Republicans split almost evenly on a vote to end the government shutdown and extend the nation's borrowing authority. All 38 Democrats, in contrast, stuck together in support of the measure. The Republicans also split on roll calls this year to cut the food stamp program, provide Superstorm Sandy relief, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and end a program that promotes U.S. agricultural products abroad.
November 29, 2013
Re "New breed in the Senate," Nov. 23 It's about time the Democrats showed some backbone. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) statement to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) years ago that "we've got to change the culture" was sadly prescient. Indeed, the Washington culture has changed: Our government is being held hostage by ideologically extreme, recalcitrant and constitutionally uninformed tea party members. Democrats have appeared hapless in the face of that. Republicans have repeatedly demonstrated their capriciousness.
November 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: "This is not a time for celebration. " But behind closed doors in a room off the Senate floor, some of the newer Democratic senators couldn't help themselves, gathering for a quick party to congratulate one another. They were the ones largely responsible for pushing the veteran Nevada lawmaker to pull the trigger on ending filibusters against most presidential nominations.
November 15, 2013
Re "What would Reagan do?," Opinion, Nov. 11 Frank Keating's well-thought-out reflections on President Reagan's progressive attitudes toward common-sense immigration reform explain exactly why the former Oklahoma governor would never have even the slimmest of chances of being elected again. It's sad beyond words - the lessons that have been totally forgotten by the current tea party inhabitants of the GOP. For our country and the Republican Party, let's hope these low-information zealots are on their way out and America can regain the vision shared by Reagan and the vast majority of our citizens.