pertaining to the Republican Party

Correction: Paul and Cruz Top ConservativeHQ Straw Poll – Establishment GOP Blanked

Conservatives attending this year's Conservative Political Action Conference are rejecting the Republican establishment and its brand of Big Government “me-too-ism” in favor of candidates who are authentic representatives of the grassroots conservative base of the Party, as seen in ConservativeHQ's presidential straw poll.

Is Social Conservatism Hurting the Tea Party?

Dustin Siggins, Hot Air

Cato Institute senior fellow Michael Tanner made the case that the Tea Party is waning. He identified what he sees as the main problem: the Tea Party is getting mixed up in social issues, which is not only hurting their brand but also driving away libertarians.

At CPAC, Trump Muses on Ukraine, Immigration and More

Carrie Dan, NBC News
Donald Trump said that the GOP should be wary of addressing the problem of undocumented immigrants because they would not vote for R's “no matter what.” “You better be smart, you better be tough, and they’re taking your jobs and you better be careful,” he said.

George Will to CPAC: Democrats in 2016!

Joel B. Pollack, Breitbart

Conservative columnist and Fox News contributor George Will touted the benefits of divided government in his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thurs. 

Amnesty is GOP Vote-Killer, says WashPo Poll

Neil Munro, Daily Caller

A new poll by the Wash. Post shows that amnesty is a vote-loser for GOP legislators. The poll showed that 41% of indeps. and 37% of moderates were less likely to vote for an amnesty-backer.

The Abbott vs Davis Race is On

Silvio Canto, Jr., American Thinker

GOP turnout in the TX primary doubles up the Dems. The "total votes" must have a lot of Democrats very worried this morning. AG Abbott got almost 655,000 votes and Sen. Davis got 238,000. 

GOP House Passes Big Gov't Energy Bill

Daniel Horowitz, Red State

The reason many of us don’t trust the current crop of Repubs. to actually downsize existing fed. programs is because they often agree to create new government interventions into the private sector. Case in point: this week’s obscure vote to create a new program within the DOE.

Sensenbrenner on Camera Denies Text of Own Voter Law

J. Christian Adams, National Review

The Wisconsin Republican seeks to restore racial categories and empower Eric Holder's DOJ.

Rand Paul Looking to Hedge Bet in 2016 Election

Ralph Z. Hallow, Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul may be seeking to hold on to his seat at the same time he is running for president in 2016. The Kentucky Senate majority leader confirmed Monday that he is working on an unambiguous bill that would allow Mr. Paul to do so.

Big Biz to Ellmers: We Want Immigrants, Not Your Constituents

Neil Munro, Daily Caller

The political risks to the GOP of immigration were highlighted in Cary, NC, last week, when a PR event hosted by GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers quickly descended into an extended complaint by business leaders about supposedly uneducated, untalented and unmotivated Americans.

Destroying the GOP: How Immigration Turned CA Blue

John Bennett, American Thinker

The pro-amnesty Republicans should think clearly about what happened to the Golden State.

Cruz: We Are Going to Repeal Every Word of OCare

Tony Lee, Breitbart

In a witty, optimistic, and passionate speech that showed why he is the politician in D.C. that most resonates with the Tea Party and conservative grassroots, Ted Cruz said he believed Obamacare will be completely repealed.

Ted Cruz: We’ll ‘Turn This Country Around’

Elizabeth Titus, Politico

Ted Cruz told tea party activists that he is “filled with the promise that we’re going to turn this country around” after legislative fights over drones, guns and Obamacare last year.

Carson Warns: Gov't Trying to Hide Coming ‘Third World’ Status

Joe Saunders, Biz Pac Review

Drawing a line from the patriotism of Nathan Hale in the Revolution to the tea party roots of rage against out-of-control fed. spending, Dr. Ben Carson warned that America’s position as the anchor of the global currency market is being threatened by irresponsibility in DC that raises the specter of our becoming a “3rd World nation.”

GOP Needs Cruz

Cal Thomas, Washington Examiner

Given the results of the last two presidential elections and their own poor record, the GOP establishment may want to put themselves on “Cruz control.”

Rand Paul vs. Ted Cruz In the Press

Howard Kurtz, Fox News

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are starting to draw very different treatment from the press. Paul is getting positive coverage, sometimes grudgingly, while Cruz is increasingly being portrayed as a difficult loner.

GOP Owes Tea Party Some Thanks

Matt Fuller, Roll Call

“Virtually every Republican elected in 2010 and 2012 was proud to have the support of tea party activists, including Speaker Boehner,” he said. “Their energy and dedication have made a huge, positive difference for America.”

Scott Succeeds at Historically Black College Where Paul Failed

Melissa Quinn, Red Alert Politics

Despite being appointed to the Senate just a year ago, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is already shaking up the Republican Party. And, as Scott demonstrated during a speech at the black Howard Univ., he has the ability to succeed at changing minds about the GOP where others have failed.

Rand Paul: Obama Surgeon Gen. Pick Will Use Position to Attack 2nd Amendment

David Sherfinski, The Washington Times

Rand Paul is objecting to President Obama’s nominee to be the next Surgeon General of the United States because of what he says is a history of political advocacy and push for gun controls.

Republicans Take on Wall Street

jake Sherman, MJ Lee, and Kate Davidson, Politico

Republicans are proposing what was once unimaginable: raising taxes on big Wall Street banks.