January 9, 2013 |
Some Republican congressional leaders have argued for a trench warfare approach to President Obama's initiatives, fighting him for every yard, but polls released this week indicate the peril of that approach for the GOP as it seeks to rehabilitate itself after a stinging election defeat. The surveys indicate that the gap in approval between the president and Republicans in Congress has remained extremely large, that Republicans face greater internal divisions than Democrats and that the Democrats have maintained a significant edge in party identification.
April 2, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Wednesday that Republicans were "not necessarily coldhearted" in their policies but then devoted much of his speech at the University of Michigan to lampooning GOP opposition to his views on economic issues, including his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage. As Congress gears up for a debate on his proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, Obama said lawmakers would have to decide between sticking with him or sticking it to working Americans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 |
This post has been updated and corrected. See below for details. SACRAMENTO -- Republican lawmakers are trying to resurrect parts of a failed ballot measure in hopes of increasing transparency in the state budget process. Most of the ideas in the Republican proposal come from Proposition 31, which was pushed by the nonpartisan organization California Forward and rejected by voters in November. "Proposition 31 had too much in it and it offended too many people," Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo)
November 28, 2012 |
You know what the Republicans' biggest problem is? They don't know when they've won. Take taxes. Take the budget. Take the deficit. Take the “fiscal cliff.” (Don't take the plunge.) For years (well, OK, ever since George W. Bush left office, leaving a gaping hole in the budget and a giant deficit), Republicans have argued that the government has to stop spending so much -- but that tax increases to fill the budget hole are verboten. And now Democrats have mostly bought in to that argument.
July 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A key Republican senator has dropped his objection to Gina McCarthy's confirmation to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, potentially clearing her path as Republicans seek to head off Democratic efforts to change Senate rules that allow the minority party to block nominations. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, the top Republican on the Committee on Environment and Public Works, said Tuesday that the EPA had answered sufficient requests he had made in connection with McCarthy's nomination to support moving ahead with her confirmation without a filibuster.
August 19, 2013 |
Just as the Affordable Care Act was the signature piece of legislation of President Obama's first term, the top achievement of term two is supposed to be immigration reform. And, for a while, with Republicans freaked out by the ground they have lost among Latino voters, such legislation looked unstoppable. But now, not so much. On Friday, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution calling on Congress to pass immigration reform, but the version of reform they want provides only renewable work permits, not a path to citizenship, for undocumented residents of the U.S. That is not what Obama and the Democrats have called for, nor what Republican Sens.
May 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The immigration reform bill crafted by a bipartisan group of senators has deeply split the Republican minority even as lawmakers prepare to take the first votes on the proposal Thursday. Alabama's Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, a conservative former prosecutor with a courtly drawl, has emerged as the leading opponent of the bill. He is aiming at his GOP colleagues with unusual zeal, and calls out the architects of the bill as, essentially, dishonest. "Sen. Flake is wrong: It's not a 13-year path to citizenship or welfare," blared one recent missive from Sessions targeting Arizona's Republican senator, Jeff Flake, who helped draft the legislation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1992
Let me get this straight. The liberal Democrats are intolerant because they refuse to tolerate the racial bigotry and sexist sentiments, which are sadly embraced by many Americans. The Republicans are tolerant, on the other hand, because they are willing to accept these honorable sentiments as part of their own. This sounds remarkably like the "family values" message that was so successful for the Republicans in the recent election. Keep up the good work! KAREN KAUFMANN Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2011 |
Much has been opined about taxes over the generations, but my favorite still is the observation of Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society. " The Supreme Court justice's law clerk supposedly responded: "I've got about as much civilized society as I can afford. " But that may be apocryphal. Gov. Ronald Reagan, in 1967, boldly told the grass-roots California Republican Assembly that he was raising taxes by a record amount and most voters supported him "because they see the need to balance the budget.