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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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
January 1, 2008
Huckabee and sales taxes: A Dec. 24 Section A article about Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's backing of a national sales tax said that another supporter of the plan, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), ran for his Senate seat in 2006. His Senate bid was in 2004.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Two Republican county officials have apologized after they disparaged Jews in a newspaper opinion article in support of a fiscally conservative U.S. senator. The chairmen, Edwin Merwin Jr. and Jim Ulmer, wrote the article in the Sunday edition of the Times and Democrat of Orangeburg. In backing Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's opposition to congressional earmarks, they wrote: "There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves."
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