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John Boehner, Without A Filter

John Boehner

It’s been two years since John Boehner stepped down as Speaker, and he’s got a few things to say about his former colleagues and the state of American politics.

Retirements By Capitol Hill Republicans Starting To Pile Up

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A recent uptick in retirements from Congressional Republicans is leading some Republicans to become concerned about the party’s prospects in 2018.

The End Of Paul Ryan’s Honeymoon?

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Five months after becoming Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan seems to be running into some of the same difficulties that John Boehner did.

Would Nominating Trump Put The House At Risk For Republicans?

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If Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, the GOP may have more to worry about than losing the White House and the Senate.

Republican House Member Introduces Resolution To Fight The ‘War On Christmas’

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A Colorado Republican Congressman has introduced a resolution meant to involve our nation’s representatives in the non-existent ‘War On Christmas.’

After Two Month Stand Off, House Passes Clean DHS Funding Bill


As expected, Republicans have caved in the showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

Tea Party Crowd Launching Another Phony “Challenge” To John Boehner


Several Tea Party backed Members of Congress claim to be challenging John Boehner in tomorrow’s vote for Speaker. They are, of course, delusional.

Congressman Michael Grimm To Resign

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A week after pleading guilty, and just shy of two months of being re-elected despite facing a 20 count indictment, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm will be resigning Congress: WASHINGTON — Michael G. Grimm, the Republican Party’s lone congressional representative in New York City, announced late Monday night that he would resign effective Jan. 5, […]

GOP Wins Last Outstanding House Seat, Has Largest Majority Since 1928 Elections


The final undecided House election of 2014 was decided yesterday in Arizona, and it gives the GOP another pickup and its biggest House majority in eighty-six years: Republicans clinched their 247th U.S. House seat on Wednesday when GOP challenger Martha McSally officially unseated Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), bringing to an end the final unresolved congressional […]

Politinerds Radio: Congressman Richard Hanna


On this week’s episode of Politinerds, Jazz Shaw and I interview Congressman Richard Hanna, a Republican representing New York’s 22nd Congressional District, a District in Central New York State that stretches from the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario south to the New York-Pennsylvania border south of Binghamtom. Congressman Hanna has been in office since being […]

The House Lawsuit Against Obama; Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing


The House of Representatives has filed its lawsuit against the President. As expected, it doesn’t amount to much.

President Obama’s Immigration Threat Is Politically Naive And Unrealistic


President Obama’s threat to take action on immigration if Congress doesn’t act by the end of the year ignores political reality,

Republicans Expand House Majority

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The GOP added to its majority in the House, giving it the biggest majority it has had since Truman was President.

House GOP Caucus Could Become Just A Bit More Diverse After Tonight

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Tonight’s elections could bring some small degree of diversity to the House Republican Caucus, including possibly its first African-American female and its first openly gay Member of Congress: House Republicans are expected to expand their majority in Tuesday’s election in part by welcoming a new crop of fiery conservatives – but also by adding something […]

Eliminate Midterm Elections? Only If You Want To Make Congress Even Less Representative

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Two Duke University academics make an incredibly weak, ultimately unpersuasive, argument in favor of eliminating midterm elections by changing the length of Congressional terms.

Do We Need A Bigger House Of Representatives?


Would increasing the size of the House of Representatives be the cure for what ails Congress?

House Lawsuit Against Obama Hits Another Snag


At this rate, it’s unlikely the House will file any kind of lawsuit against President Obama until 2015, assuming it ever files anything.

Whatever Happened To That Lawsuit The House Of Representatives Was Filing Against Obama?


It’s been three months, but there’s been no action on the lawsuit that the House of Representatives said it was filing against President Obama.

GOP Likely To Take The Senate, Retain The House, Maintain The Status Quo In The States

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The GOP has a good chance of taking the Senate in 2014, but it will be by a narrow margin.

Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise Win Leadership Elections, But The Battle Resumes In November

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The House leadership elections turned out about as expected, but we may be doing this all over again in five months.

Eric Cantor’s Loss Means A Lot Less Than You Think It Does


There aren’t nearly as many “meta” lessons in Eric Cantor’s loss as pundits have been claiming.

Idaho’s Raul Labrador Launches Seemingly Quixotic Bid For House Majority Leader

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With Jeb Hensarling and Pete Sessions both bowing out of a race against House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to succeed Eric Cantor as House Majority leader, the outcome of the race seems to be quite predictable. Nonetheless, McCarthy will face opposition next Thursday in the form of second term Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador: Idaho Rep. […]

Eric Cantor To Step Down As Majority Leader


Get ready for a big GOP Leadership fight in the House.

No, Boehner Isn’t Going To Lose His Job As Speaker


John Boehner’s position as Speaker of the House seems quite secure.

House Republicans Waste A Day, Leaving Final Deal Up To The Senate

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The House wasted a day yesterday, now it’s crunch time.

House To Pursue Its Own Shutdown/Debt Ceiling Bill, But That May Not Be Bad News [Update: Or, Maybe Not]

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It looks like the House will be making its move before the Senate acts, but that may actually help resolve this faster.

No, Shelia Jackson Lee Didn’t Call For “Martial Law” In the Sense That You Understand It


I’ve seen several conservative bloggers, most recently Bryan Preston at The PJ Tatler and a blogger at the notoriously paranoid Fox Nation, pick up on recent comments on the House Floor by Democratic Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee in which she talks about “martial law.” Paranoia being what it is on the right, and the existence […]

How One Change In House Rules Made The Shutdown Inevitable

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A little noticed rule change in the House is arguably one of the main reasons we’re in a government shutdown crisis.

Incumbent Re-Election Rates And The 2010 Elections


Several of the comments to this post have focused on the issue of incumbent re-election rates in the United States, so I thought it would be useful to look at the actual numbers, and ponder what might happen in 2010. First, here’s a chart showing the incumbent re-election rates for the House of Representatives going […]

Republicans Pick Up Hawaii House Seat, At Least For The Next Six Months


Republicans are justly celebrating a win last night in what they’ve been calling Barack Obama’s “home district”: Republican Charles Djou emerged victorious tonight in the special election to fill Hawaii’s vacancy in Congress, giving Hawaii its first GOP member of Congress in 20 years. Djou won the special mail-in election with 39.7 percent of the […]