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More GOP Senators back away from Roy Moore as new accuser surfaces

  • 4:00 pm Monday, November 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

While Roy Moore vowed to stay in the race for U.S. Senate from Alabama, as he called new allegations of sexual misconduct against him a ‘witch hunt,’ more GOP Senators said it was time for Moore to drop his election bid, with one key Republican going so far as to say that if Moore is elected in a December special election, then the Senate should vote to expel him.

“If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethics and moral requirements of the United States Senate,” said Sen. Cory [More]

From overseas, Trump presses for changes in GOP tax reform bills

  • 10:32 am Monday, November 13th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As the House and Senate enter a critical week in the GOP push for sweeping tax reform legislation, President Donald Trump weighed in with more suggestions on possible tweaks to the plan, again urging Republicans to use the tax bill to end the individual mandate tax penalty in the Obama health law, as Mr. Trump also called for lower income tax rates on high income earners.

Top Republicans on key committees in both the House and Senate refused to include a plan to zero out the tax penalty for not buying health insurance under the individual mandate; last week the Congressional [More]

Republicans face critical week in Congress on tax reform

  • 8:33 pm Sunday, November 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

GOP leaders in the Congress hope to take a major step forward on tax reform legislation this week, as Republicans plan a vote in the House on a GOP tax package, with the focus again on a small group of lawmakers who have opposed certain details of the plan, while a Senate committee begins work on a slightly different version of tax reform.

Here is what to look for this week:

1. The vote counting starts on Monday in the House. GOP leaders want to vote on the tax reform bill by Thursday – but first, they need to count votes to [More]

Roy Moore loses support, but stays in race for US Senate

  • 7:53 am Saturday, November 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Ignoring calls to drop out of his race for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Republican Roy Moore continued to deny that he had committed any kind of sexual misconduct in the past with teenage girls, as prominent Republicans and a pair of U.S. Senators publicly called on the Alabama GOP candidate to drop out of the race, while Moore accused the news media of conspiring with political opponents to undermine his bid to win a special election next month.

“Moore is unfit for office and should step aside,” tweeted Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President in 2012.

In an interview [More]

Jumping into the fine print of the Senate GOP tax reform bill

  • 2:45 pm Friday, November 10th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As Republicans in the Congress press ahead with their legislative plans for major reform of the federal tax code, GOP leaders hope to hold a vote in the House late next week, while a key Senate committee will begin work on Monday on that chamber’s version of a sweeping tax reform measure.

Like the House bill, there are some interesting items in the fine print that may not grab the headlines in your local newspaper.

Here’s a few to chew on:

1. No more tax breaks for those who bicycle to work. Most people probably have no idea that you could ride your [More]

Congress moves to deter sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

  • 8:32 pm Thursday, November 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Buffeted by recent revelations of inappropriate sexual behavior by major celebrities and Hollywood figures, lawmakers in the House and Senate have moved in the past week to make sure that members of Congress – and their staffers – get improved training on the issue of sexual harassment.

“A recent study found that one in four women have been sexually harassed in the workplace,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), as the Senate approved a resolution on Thursday to start mandatory sexual for Senators and their staffers.

“No place of work is immune to the all-too-prevalent scourge of sexual harassment, but we in Congress [More]

House panel approves tax reform bill, as Senate GOP unveils rival version

  • 3:30 pm Thursday, November 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

Republicans in Congress took a pair of steps forward on a drive for sweeping tax reform on Thursday, as a key House committee approved a GOP tax package after some last minute changes, while Republican Senators made public the details of their own bill which differs in some important ways from the goals of President Donald Trump, as well as the House plan.

“I think this is a great bill,” said Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL). “Not perfect, but a great bill.”

“This is as close as we can get to fixing the tax code,” added Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), as the [More]

Details still murky as Senator’s attacker pleads not guilty

  • 10:53 am Thursday, November 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

A man charged with physically attacking Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) last week, leaving the Kentucky Republican with six broken ribs and other injuries, pleaded not guilty to assault charges in a first court appearance on Thursday, as details of what exactly happened, and what spurred the incident remained unclear.

In a courtroom in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Rene Boucher, who has lived next-door to Paul for 17 years, entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of fourth-degree assault; the Associated Press reported that Boucher’s next court date was set for November 30.

The not guilty plea came six days after Boucher [More]

After election losses, Republicans say tax reform is the needed tonic

  • 5:53 pm Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

While Republicans in the Congress weren’t expressing any sort of public panic over election results on Tuesday – which clearly ran against their party, and maybe their President as well – GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill said the election losses certainly showed the need for Republicans to rally behind a tax reform package, and ensure that it becomes law by the end of the year.

“We have a promise to keep,” Speaker Paul Ryan said of the GOP push on tax reform in the wake of Tuesday’s election setbacks for Republicans. “We have got to get on with keeping [More]

Do the 2017 results mean anything for the 2018 elections?

  • 8:47 am Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree

As the vote totals rolled in on Tuesday, and Democrats chalked up election wins in Virginia, New Jersey and other states, the outcome sparked an immediate flurry of predictions about what will happen in the 2018 mid-term elections, and whether it would mean an electoral rebuke for President Donald Trump, with Democrats hoping to win back control of the House and Senate.

Here’s a look at some of the election clues:

1. Is the GOP edge in Congress going to end in November 2018? This will be the biggest story line over the next year. Typically, there are losses in the [More]