Peter Roff


November 2010


What Happens If the Bush Tax Cuts Expire

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The folks at Americans for Tax Reform, a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases, released Tuesday a helpful reminder of just what is at stake in the debate over extending the current tax rates, which are set to expire at year’s end.

“If Congress doesn’t ...

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Obama, Barack
health care reform
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Republicans Must Stand With Obama on North Korea Crisis

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The disclosure of heretofore confidential diplomatic cables and other information on the WikiLeaks site, while bad news for the United States, still pales in comparison to recent events on the Korean peninsula.

Tensions in the region are at perhaps their highest point since the armistice that ended ...

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Obama, Barack
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North Korea

Newt Gingrich's 5 Goals for America

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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who may or may not be running for president, is lately busy explaining to people that the Republicans' decisive win in 2010 is only the first step toward reclaiming liberty in America and that, to be successful, “the conservative movement must move from a ...

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China
India
federal budget

How Thorough Will Boehner's Reform of Congress Be?

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Coming into the majority on the heels of its successful “Pledge to America,” the new House Republican leadership is likely to consider making some major reforms to the way the chamber does its business. Incoming Speaker John Boehner has already indicated this is very much on his mind, though how ...

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Jack Kingston Runs for Appropriations Chair

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 U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, long rumored to be a "dark house" candidate for chairmanship of the House Committee on Appropriations, has official thrown his hat into the ring.

In a letter to his GOP colleagues dated November 19, the Georgia Republican opened his bid by stating, "I am writing to announce ...

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Kingston, Jack
Lewis, Jerry
Rogers, Harold
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Wolf, Frank
Barton, Joe
White House
Armey, Dick
politics

Obama Administration Officials in Republican Sights

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If one thing is clear, it is that, with the House of Representatives under Republican control, the oversight of the Obama administration's activities is going to be a lot more vigorous than it has been over the last two years.

It's not just the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, under the ...

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Congress
Obama, Barack
ethics
Issa, Darrell
health care reform
unemployment
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economy
Sebelius, Kathleen
Holder, Eric
Jackson, Lisa
EPA

Mitch McConnell Sounding the Right Notes for Conservatives

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Criticized by many conservative bloggers over the last two years as a weak sister for his failure to lead confrontationally, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, possibly emboldened by the addition of several new members to his caucus, is increasingly sounding the right notes.

On Wednesday he ...

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John Thune's Plan to Cut Spending Is a Good Start

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The GOP is continuing to push back against the Obama-led spending spree from the last two years. It's difficult to do, given that Democrats still have the capacity to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through the next few months—in lieu of the yearly appropriations bills—that ...

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2012 presidential election
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Why the Republican Earmark Ban Matters

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Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell's surprising declaration Monday in support of an outright ban on earmarks is the first major post-election victory for the Tea Party movement.

Many had believed that McConnell would ultimately oppose the effort. Yet, in a speech delivered on the Senate floor, the GOP

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Congress
McConnell, Mitch
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deficit and national debt
Boehner, John
DeMint, Jim
Obama, Barack
Coburn, Tom
Axelrod, David

There's Not Enough Money in Political Campaigns

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Conservative columnist George Will famously observed that America spends more money each year on potato chips than it does on political campaigns.

In an October 2008 column, citing a report from the Center for Responsive Politics, Will calculated that the $5.3 billion spent over the two-year ...

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Congress
2008 presidential election
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Strickland, Ted
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Feingold, Russ
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Polls Show the 2010 Elections Were About Smaller Government

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By the numbers, it’s clear the American people voted for a change in the direction of the country on November 2.

There are still votes being tallied but, in the main, it is easy to make a very persuasive argument that--however flawed the polls were regarding specific head-to-head races like the Reid

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Carville, James
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Reid, Harry
Obama, Barack
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2010 Congressional elections
Congress

Tom Cole’s 10th Amendment Bill Is the Right Idea

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Arguing that “So much of the government overreach we’ve seen the past few years could be prevented just by enforcing the constitutional protections we already have,” Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole is proposing legislation that would help put the teeth back into the Constitution’s 10th Amendment.

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Pelosi, Nancy

Deficit Commission Proposals Are a Recipe for More Big Government

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President Barack Obama’s deficit commission has issued its preliminary recommendations and the news is not good.

As James Lucier and Robert Kaminski of Capital Alpha Partners put it, “The report contains kernels of a structural tax reform idea that may have legs, but otherwise it is mostly old ...

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Axelrod, David

Conservatives Press Boehner on Committee Chairmanships

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A number of prominent conservatives are pushing the Ohio Republican John Boehner, the presumptive speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to ignore the vaunted seniority system in favor of putting in place committee chairmen who heard the message of 2010.

In one case, David Keene, chairman of ...

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Rogers, Harold
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Bachus, Spencer
Royce, Ed
Palin, Sarah
health care
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Obama, Barack
Barton, Joe
Upton, Fred
Jordan, Jim
politics

Tobacco Settlement Could Go to the Supreme Court

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For anti-smoking advocates the 1998 tobacco settlement was a major step forward that brought industry money to their side of the cause and would ultimately reduce the number of people in America who smoke.

Now, thanks to the efforts of a pro-free market organization called the Competitive Enterprise ...

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Supreme Court
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How Harry Reid Beat Sharron Angle

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There are few people who cover Nevada politics as well as the Las Vegas Sun’s Jon Ralston. He’s plugged in to just about everyone, so if anyone has the “inside dope” it’s him.

In a piece published Sunday, Ralston explains in some detail that Harry Reid’s recent re-election was the result of a ...

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Boehner’s GOP Leadership Team Contests Are On

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The first task ahead for presumptive speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner is to put his leadership team together. This includes not just the members of the elected leadership but the various committee chairmen--who have the front line responsibility for pushing GOP legislative ...

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Price, Tom
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Barton, Joe
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Upton, Fred
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McCarthy, Kevin
Bachmann, Michele
Pence, Mike
Mack, Connie
Rogers, Harold
Kingston, Jack
Browner, Carol
Stearns, Cliff

Measuring the Size of Election 2010's Republican Sweep

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The GOP scored some important national wins on Tuesday--victories that will help shape the future of the party.

Whether the Democrats were fired because of their philosophy or because of their failure to address the issues of joblessness, the economy, and spending, as several of my bloleagues here ...

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Gillespie, Ed
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Boehner, GOP Need to Bridge the Tea Party-Establishment Gap

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There are a number of votes still to be counted Wednesday morning. Several congressional seats, a U.S. Senate seat or two, and a few down ballot races hang in the balance. “Mighty Casey” did not, as the poem goes, “struck out”--but the GOP experienced some disappointing failures that will ...

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2010 Congressional elections
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Toomey, Pat
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Gingrich, Newt
Cuomo, Andrew
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Taylor, Gene
Johnson, Ron
Raese, John
Angle, Sharron
Boehner, John
Hastert, Dennis
Barbour, Haley
Reid, Harry
Bush, George H.W.

2010 Elections Remain Surprisingly Fluid

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The pre-election weekend polls show a surprising number of close races, which should come as a surprise to no one.

Open seat races are often won in blowouts. Challengers usually defeat incumbents by just a few percentage points--if by even that much. It’s a hard thing to do, which is why incumbents ...

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