Republicans http://kut.org en San Antonio Republican Judge Joins Democratic Party http://kut.org/post/san-antonio-republican-judge-joins-democratic-party <p><object width="540" height="405"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/TtPdKjkcZCU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&showinfo=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/TtPdKjkcZCU?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="540" height="405" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p>A Republican&nbsp;Bexar County judge who narrowly won his election in 2010 announced today that he will run next year as a Democrat.&nbsp;</p><p>In a written statement, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JudgeCarloKey">Judge Carlo Key</a> of San Antonio, who is running for re-election to County Court Position 11 in San Antonio, cited ideological extremism as the reason for his departure from the Republican Party of Texas.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:43:18 +0000 Andrew Weber 8983 at http://kut.org Benghazi Talking Points Debate is a 'Sideshow,' Obama Says http://kut.org/post/benghazi-talking-points-debate-sideshow-obama-says Republican questions about how and when changes were made to his administration's "talking points" about <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=162350245" target="_blank">last September's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya</a>, are a "sideshow," President Obama told reporters at the White House on Monday.<p>"There's no there, there," the president declared.<p>"What we have been clear about throughout," Obama insisted, is that "we were not clear who exactly had carried this out."<p>Four Americans, including the U.S. Mon, 13 May 2013 17:13:42 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7712 at http://kut.org GOP Donor Bob Perry Dead at 80 http://kut.org/post/gop-donor-bob-perry-dead-80 <p>Major Republican political donor <a href="http://bobperry.us/" target="_blank">Bob Perry</a> has died. He was a Houston homebuilder but was best known for <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/campaign-finance/contributor/67666/" target="_blank">writing big checks</a> for GOP candidates.</p><p>Perry was not related to Texas Gov. Rick Perry but gave generously to his campaigns. He also supported candidates including Mitt Romney. And he gave millions to the Swift Boat Veterans campaign that helped in the defeat of then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:14:53 +0000 Laura Rice 7355 at http://kut.org GOP Donor Bob Perry Dead at 80 House OKs Bill Funding Government Through September http://kut.org/post/house-oks-bill-funding-government-through-september The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that avoids a federal shutdown and keeps the government open through the end of the 2013 fiscal year, which winds up Sept. 30. The Senate approved the same measure Wednesday, so the bill now goes to the president for his signature.<p><em>The New York Times </em>characterizes the measure, which passed the House on a 318-109 vote<em>, </em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/us/politics/house-passes-plan-to-avert-federal-shutdown.html">this way</a>:<p><blockquote><p>The funding plan for the rest of the year ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:00:42 +0000 7040 at http://kut.org House OKs Bill Funding Government Through September Republicans' Secret To Success? Sound And Act More Like Democrats http://kut.org/post/republicans-secret-success-sound-act-more-dems <strong>Updated at 3:40 p.m. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:21:12 +0000 Frank James, NPR 6986 at http://kut.org Republicans' Secret To Success? Sound And Act More Like Democrats After 2012 Election, GOP Rethinking Stance on Immigration http://kut.org/post/after-2012-election-gop-rethinking-stance-immigration <p>In 2012’s presidential election, 27 percent of Hispanics in the U.S. voted for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Until that number increases, Republicans will have a hard time winning a Presidential race – so party insiders say it’s time to soften the GOP’s position on immigration.</p><p>For Texas Senator John Cornyn, it’s about who’s the best fit to tackle the topic. He says if Republicans are going to seriously tackle immigration policy, Texas lawmakers are uniquely qualified to take the lead.</p><p>“I happen to believe that we in Texas understand a little bit more about some of these issues than people from other parts of the country – given our proximity to the border and given the nature of our population,” Cornyn says.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 6015 at http://kut.org After 2012 Election, GOP Rethinking Stance on Immigration No Deal on Fiscal Cliff Without Tax Increase on Rich, Geithner Says http://kut.org/post/no-deal-fiscal-cliff-without-tax-increase-rich-geithner-says Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner took to the Sunday talk shows to push the Obama administration's plan to avert the "fiscal cliff," saying that while he was optimistic about a deal with Republicans, there would be no agreement without an increase in tax rates for the top 2 percent of income earners.<p>"There's not going to be an agreement without rates going up," Geithner said on CNN's <a href="http://sotu.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/02/geithner-no-deal-without-higher-tax-rates-on-the-wealthy/" target="_blank"><em>State of the Union</em></a>. Sun, 02 Dec 2012 19:51:44 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 5797 at http://kut.org No Deal on Fiscal Cliff Without Tax Increase on Rich, Geithner Says GOP Pushback On No-Tax Norquist: Less Than Meets The Eye http://kut.org/post/gop-pushback-no-tax-norquist-less-meets-eye A handful of congressional Republicans after finishing their Thanksgiving dinners decided to give anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist the brushoff, saying they wouldn't abide by his "no new taxes" pledge as they work on a budget deal.<p>Breathless coverage ensued.<p>"Move over, Grover?" <a href="http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/26/15454107-congress-move-over-grover?lite">read one headline</a>.<p>"Republicans Buck Norquist on Tax Pledge," said <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/sunday-shows/republicans-buck-norquist-on-tax-pledge-20121125" target="_blank">another</a>.<p>Irrational Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:01:50 +0000 Liz Halloran, NPR 5727 at http://kut.org GOP Pushback On No-Tax Norquist: Less Than Meets The Eye With Millions Spent, GOP 'Investors' Saw Little Return Election Night http://kut.org/post/millions-spent-gop-investors-saw-little-return-election-night A "return on investment" is a concept better known to Wall Street than to Washington. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:09:25 +0000 Peter Overby, NPR 5609 at http://kut.org With Millions Spent, GOP 'Investors' Saw Little Return Election Night Romney Reboot? Convention Could Be The Ticket http://kut.org/post/romney-reboot-convention-could-be-ticket Mitt Romney, 65, has spent the better part of a decade running for president. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 17:06:38 +0000 Liz Halloran, NPR 4950 at http://kut.org Romney Reboot? Convention Could Be The Ticket GOP Platform Anti-Abortion Language Includes No Exceptions For Rape, Incest http://kut.org/post/gop-platform-anti-abortion-language-includes-no-exceptions-rape-incest In Tampa, Fla., a week ahead of their national convention, Republicans are drawing up their party platform. There are muted disagreements over a few issues, such as immigration and same-sex marriage. But at least within the platform committee, one of the least controversial issues discussed this week is abortion.<p>With little discussion, the committee on Tuesday adopted the same anti-abortion language it included in GOP platforms in 2004 and 2008. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 22:37:44 +0000 Greg Allen, NPR 4926 at http://kut.org GOP Platform Anti-Abortion Language Includes No Exceptions For Rape, Incest Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans http://kut.org/post/romneys-next-challenge-woo-skeptical-republicans The battering Mitt Romney took from Republican rivals during the primary made big news. What seemed less noteworthy at the time — the knocks he took from Republicans in Congress — is now much more significant if there is to be a President Romney.<p>"He's the least of the candidates running right now that would be considered a Tea Party candidate," Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told CNN.<p>After Romney won Florida, GOP Rep. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:21:23 +0000 Andrea Seabrook, NPR 4541 at http://kut.org Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans For Texas GOP, A New Position On Immigration Reform http://kut.org/post/texas-gop-new-position-immigration-reform <p>Late Friday night, Texas Republicans approved an unprecedented change to their official party platform: a call for a national guest-worker program.</p><div class="content"><p>The more <a href="http://gopisforme.com/archives/5758">moderate language</a>&nbsp;is a welcoming gesture to Hispanics who have avoided the GOP because of what they view as its hardline position on immigration issues.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;It takes away a tool that Democrats have used for years to drive a wedge between conservative Hispanics and Republicans,&quot; said&nbsp;TexasGOPvote.com&#39;s&nbsp;Bob Price, who is also a delegate at the Republican Party&#39;s state convention.</p> Sat, 09 Jun 2012 21:56:46 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune & Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune 4444 at http://kut.org For Texas GOP, A New Position On Immigration Reform Why State Conventions, Besides the Funny Hats? http://kut.org/post/why-state-conventions-besides-funny-hats <p>Are political conventions necessary?</p><p>Texas Democrats are in Houston for their state convention. Texas Republicans are in Fort Worth for the same thing. The Libertarians are meeting this weekend near DFW Airport, and the Green Party is having its convention outside of San Antonio.</p><p>It&rsquo;s actually easier to make the convention case for the Libertarians and the Greens, who use their gatherings to put people on the ballot, because they don&rsquo;t hold primary elections.</p><p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 16:28:17 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 4434 at http://kut.org Why State Conventions, Besides the Funny Hats? Perry Targets "Pro-Abortion Radicals" in CPAC Speech http://kut.org/post/perry-targets-pro-abortion-radicals-cpac-speech <p>Texas Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;targeted what he called &ldquo;left-wing, pro-abortion radicals&rdquo; in a speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, blaming the Obama Administration for the state&rsquo;s stand-off over the Medicaid Women&rsquo;s Health Program.</p><p>&ldquo;President Obama has invalidated a waiver that provides health care for more than 100,000 women in my state,&rdquo; he said, simply because Texas doesn&rsquo;t want to &ldquo;subsidize abortion.&rdquo;</p><p>The Women&rsquo;s Health Program is a joint state-federal program that provides well-woman exams, contraception and STD screenings &mdash;&nbsp;not abortions &mdash; for thousands of poor women in Texas. The majority of them have traditionally occurred at Planned Parenthood clinics.</p><p>This year, in an ongoing effort to force Planned Parenthood out of business in Texas, Republican officials asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a waiver &mdash;&nbsp;to continue the program but exclude Planned Parenthood from it.</p><p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 22:01:12 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune 3625 at http://kut.org Perry Targets "Pro-Abortion Radicals" in CPAC Speech