Daily Archives: Dec. 12, 2013

Roberts not conservative enough for SCF

robertsmugDespite all his efforts to shore up conservative support, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., is still being targeted by a political action committee linked to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The Senate Conservatives Fund announced Tuesday that it is endorsing tea party activist Milton Wolf over Roberts in the GOP primary next year, saying that Wolf gives Kansas Republicans “a chance to send someone new to Washington who will shake things up and bring about real change.” The odds of Wolf winning are remote, but SCF likely doesn’t care. It uses its endorsements and campaign spending to intimidate GOP incumbents to toe the tea-party line.

Open thread (Dec. 12)

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A few positives in budget deal

congressclockThough few are excited about the U.S. House and Senate budget deal announced Tuesday, some observers tried to focus on the positives – including that it could have been worse. The nonpartisan group Campaign to Fix the Debt said the deal to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts in exchange for other spending reductions and higher fees “demonstrates that Republicans and Democrats in Congress can work together on a proactive basis, rather than relying on 11th-hour deals and governing by crisis.” A Wall Street Journal editorial was relieved that the deal includes “no tax increases, no new incentives for not working, and some modest entitlement reforms. Oh, and it will avoid another shutdown fiasco, assuming enough Republicans refuse to attempt suicide a second time.”