The Purple GOP and Why it Must Bleed Red Again

By Janice Barlow WELL, IT’S FINALLY HERE. The year of the midterm elections. Instead of being revved up and ready to hit the ground running, Republicans seem skittish. The candidates and Congress members are not red-blooded anymore. They are oxygen depleted and absorbing the blue of the liberals. They are turning purple. Some are announcing their retirement, like Senator Orin Hatch (Utah) who served for 40 years. He certainly should retire though. His most likely replacement at this point is Mitt Romney, another moderate with a slightly better liberty score,…

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Six GOP Senators Still Stand Strong Against The “Mean” Senate Health Care Draft

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By Janice Barlow As the clock ticks rapidly toward a vote on the Senate health care reform bill, (Yes, that’s right, it’s no repeal, it’s a reform), another Senator has jumped into the No vote column, Susan Collins (R-ME). The real concern is that the general public has no idea about several issues regarding the bill and why some Republicans do not support it. Some are firm in what they refuse to vote for. Others are wavering. Let’s examine who the fairly certain No voters are, their most recent sentiments…

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Obamacare 2.0 Down for the Count as Senate Republicans Square off Against McConnell

By Janice Barlow Republicans in the Senate today released a draft of what their committee version of the AHCA bill looks like. This version has many issues, not the least of which is that Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority leader, went into lockdown mode during the writing of the draft and excluded some of the members. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mike Lee, (R-UT) were among those on the committee who were actually not allowed to see the draft of the bill until today. Reasons for committee members to not only be…

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The Choice is To Choose Life: Republican Senators Will Show Their True Colors on Spending Bill

By Janice Barlow In a strange twist of events in DC, the most conservative of House Republicans decided to go along with the revised version of the Health Care bill, which was far from a repeal and replacement of Obamacare. The Health Care proposal is part of the Spending Bill. Like most bills, it is not a standalone bill, making the process of voting for parts that matter to¬†congressional members a murky one. It’s a short term fix to avoid an otherwise inevitable government shutdown. The Trumpcare part will be…

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Conservatives Betrayed by Their Own: Freedom Caucus Caves

By Dani Graham In the ultimate act of betrayal, the House Freedom Caucus announced Wednesday that¬†it will be supporting the Obamacare-lite healthcare bill, the AHCA after an amendment was added. The MacArthur amendment, named after one of its authors Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) in a joint effort with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), gives States the opportunity to obtain a Limited Waiver from some of the federal mandates. This waiver can only be approved if the States show that its intention is to lower premium costs or expand coverage to more…

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