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Revealed: GOP senator who railed against healthcare and earmarks got $960,000 healthcare earmark

A GOP senator who voted against the Democrats’ sweeping health care bill quietly got a healthcare stimulus of his own: $960,000 doled out to the University of Nevada for a Primary Care Residency Expansion program. What’s more, the senator, Republican John Ensign of Nevada, has also joined about a dozen…

California Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher tweets: Bush no ‘class act,’ ‘destroyed GOP’

A five-term Republican congressman from California tweeted to his followers that former President George W. Bush was no “class act” and he “destroyed [the] GOP” after a comment from a fellow conservative Wednesday. “Bush not class act, destroyed GOP, jailed Ramos & Compean, left us bailouts, gave more power to…

Did tea party movement cost GOP the Senate?

Tea party-backed candidates helped and hindered Republicans, injecting enthusiasm into campaigns but losing Senate seats held by Democrats in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada that the GOP once had big hopes of capturing. Republican leaders and strategists are muttering that the same tea party activists who elevated Speaker-to-be John Boehner and…

House GOP leader forsakes tea parties, takes earmark ban off the table

If you ask Republicans around the country, they’ll probably tell you that Tuesday’s election results were all about pushing back against excessive government spending. Problem is, they may have forgotten to elect anyone who’s actually planning on real budget cuts. Rep. John Boehner, presumptively the next Speaker of the House…

Under the radar: Republicans now control redistricting in sixteen states

Most of the national spotlight following Tuesday’s midterm elections has been on Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives — but the party may have had an even bigger victory in state legislatures. Republicans took the majority in at least 14 state legislatures. They now have control of both…

Soon-to-be GOP chairmen have deep ties to business, ‘revolving door’

By Josh Israel, Center for Public Integrity The Republican takeover of Congress not only apparently gives the Speaker’s gavel to John Boehner, it also elevates up to 25 senior GOP lawmakers to the roles of committee chairs. And while it may be a few weeks before it becomes clear which…

GOP to investigate ‘scientific fraud’ of global warming: report

Fresh off a dramatic victory in which it retook the House leadership, the Republican Party intends to hold major hearings probing the supposed “scientific fraud” behind global warming. The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder related the news in a little-noticed article Wednesday morning. The effort is a likely attempt to out-step the…

Johnny Cash’s daughter to GOP chief: Stop using my father’s name, you ‘asshat’

The daughter of star singer Johnny Cash has some harsh words for the Republican Party’s House leader. Notes Gawker, “Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has been using a dumb—trust me, really dumb—line involving Johnny Cash in some recent speeches. Cash’s daughter Roseanne doesn’t think much of that. And…

Rand Paul likely to win by 6pm ET

Politico notes that the polls will close first tonight in Indiana and Kentucky. The first polls begin closing at 6 p.m. Eastern time in Indiana and Kentucky, where a handful of House and Senate races could signal just how ugly the night is likely to be for Democrats. The GOP…

Voters likely to hand GOP big governorship wins

GOP wave expected to extend to governor races, but damage to Dems may be offset by key wins Republicans are anticipating major gains in governorships across the nation’s industrial heartland and in several vital presidential swing states. With a record 37 seats on the line Tuesday, the same antiestablishment wave…

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