GOP Politics

Alabama’s Immigration Law Permanently Blocked in Justice Department Lawsuit

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By Glynn Wilson – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama entered its final judgment Monday in United States v. Alabama, resolving the Justice Department’s constitutional challenge to Alabama’s immigration law. The judgment permanently prohibits Alabama from enforcing seven provisions of H.B. 56 that were designed to affect virtually every aspect of…

Red State Delta Blues: Fiery Young Leaves Bradley Byrned

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By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – On the third day he shall rise! The closest we sinners can come to resurrection on earth will be manifest Tuesday, November 5. This glad event will seem miraculous to some, demonic to others. But it comes as no surprise to those who know that one has kept…

Large Majority of Americans Blame Republicans in Congress for Government Shutdown

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By John Anzalone, Jeff Liszt and Lisa Grove – In addition to the estimated $24 billion impact on the country’s economy, public opinion surveys show the government shutdown has dragged down confidence in the country’s direction, support for incumbent politicians, and Americans’ views of the Republican Party, according to the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research National…

Federal Government Back to Work after Congress Passes Budget Deal

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By Glynn Wilson – Federal agencies began to reopen Thursday morning after Congress finally ended a rancorous funding fight that resulted in a 16-day government shutdown and drove the United States to the brink of financial default. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Democrat from Nevada, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican from Kentucky,…

Even Conservative Judges Now Say ‘To Hell With Congress’

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – It’s so quiet and cool on the porch oh so far from Washington that if you could avoid television, radio, newspapers and the Internet, you might be able to forget that the federal government is shut down and people are hurting as a result. I find it…

A Government Shutdown Game Without Winners

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – As the shutdown of the federal government drags on, Americans are angry. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is watching with nervous disbelief as we edge toward defaulting on our debts. And with each additional day the shutdown continues, the damage gets worse. The national parks, of course,…

Republican Party Favorability Rating Sinks to Record Low

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By Glynn Wilson – While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives is engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against a Democratic president and Senate, the Republican Party is now viewed favorably by only 28 percent of Americans, down from 38 percent in September, the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking…

How Did We End Up With Another Government Shutdown Republicans Said They Didn’t Want?

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By Scott Lilly – It’s almost unbelievable that only 18 years after the disastrous shutdown of 1995, the federal government shutdown again. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, presented the House floor on Saturday with the legislation that sealed the country’s fate—legislation that he and his party’s top leadership argued against for…

What Federal Government Agencies and Services Are Affected During Shutdown?

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Due to a lapse in funding, the U.S. federal government has shut down, according to USA.gov, which will not be updated during the shutdown, although the Website will remain available. Here’s a list of federal government services and how they will be affected during the shutdown: Government Services During the Shutdown Aviation – The Federal…

Birmingham Congressman Spencer Bachus Announces He Won’t Seek Reelection

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Birmingham’s Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus announced Monday morning that he will not seek reelection to another term. He made the announcement on the Fox News Channel in Birmingham in an interview with Janice Rogers on Good Day Alabama. “Janice, I’ve grown up watching Channel 6 and communicating with my district and people, so I thought…

America’s Support for Tea Party Continues to Tumble as Government Shutdown Looms

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Most Democrats Oppose Tea Party – Republican Support DwindlesBy Glynn Wilson – As the nation braces for another budget showdown in Washington with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law and another government shutdown, the key political force pushing for conservative, anti-government policies continues losing popular support, according to the latest Gallup poll on…