Stories tagged: Republicans
TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017
Robert Samuelson: Carbon tax is a limited solution
Let’s not pretend that a carbon tax is a panacea for either climate change or too much debt.
SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017, 6:36 A.M.
GOP plan for chaotic town halls: Avoid them
Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s town hall last week marked a high point for the progressive “resistance,” with voters flooding a Utah high school gym, demanding answers on the GOP’s agenda, and …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017
Dana Milbank: Republican leaders on the run
As recent town hall meetings of GOP Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Utah, Tom McClintock, Calif., Gus Bilirakis, Fla., Diane Black, Tenn., and others turn into well-publicized tongue lashings, their colleagues are …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 5:31 P.M.
Endangered Species Act may be heading for the threatened list
A Senate hearing to “modernize the Endangered Species Act” unfolded Wednesday just as supporters of the law had feared, with round after round of criticism from Republican lawmakers.
SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017
Dana Milbank: GOP downgrades health care ‘disaster’
For seven years, ACA opponents vowed to make its repeal their top concern. Now they have unfettered control of the government and they aren’t even talking about repealing.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 6:03 P.M.
Republican, Democratic party chairs in Spokane County tout importance of civility during roundtable
Stephanie Cates and Andrew Biviano, leaders of the two local political parties, have traded public barbs in recent weeks. On Thursday, they acknowledged the role of the presidential campaign in …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017
Move up Washington’s presidential primary
Holding the vote earlier would boost participation and relevance. Candidates would have to study up on Northwest issues such as the Hanford cleanup, dams, Pacific Rim trade, forest health and …
SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017
Education funding talks can finally begin
Now that Senate Republicans have produced a plan to resolve the most contentious aspects of basic education funding, it means that bargaining can begin.
FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2017, 10:31 P.M.
Republicans’ repeal mantra for Obamacare may have a new slogan: Repair
Republicans who have been promising their constituents for years that they would repeal President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care plan are now offering a less drastic approach: Repair it.
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2017, 10:37 P.M.
Final Obamacare enrollment figures lag under Trump
Enrollment in Obamacare health plans sagged markedly after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, according to new federal data that show sign-ups slowed in the final two weeks of the 2017 open …
THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017, 11:25 A.M.
Trump to GOP lawmakers: ‘Our chance to achieve great change’
President Donald Trump on Thursday rallied fellow Republicans who control the White House and Congress for the first time in more than a decade, telling lawmakers they will be busier …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017, 6:58 P.M.
GOP retreat veers off message amid questions about Trump’s plan on voter fraud, torture
Congressional Republicans opened their retreat in Philadelphia with lofty plans to address tax and health policy issues, but swiftly slipped off message, thanks to President Donald Trump’s latest announcements Wednesday.
SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017
Ramesh Ponnuru: Congress will have to decode Trump
If Trump continues to speak about policy in a free-wheeling way without follow-up, congressional Republicans will decide that they do not have to take his words more seriously than he …
UPDATED: SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017, 10:30 P.M.
Schoesler says he ‘painfully regrets’ snapping at reporter
Washington State Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, is taking some heat after snapping at a freelance reporter who asked when Republican leaders intend to release their education funding plan.
UPDATED: FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017, 10:42 P.M.
Spokane Republicans celebrate Donald Trump’s inauguration
Supporters called Donald Trump’s speech hopeful and unifying Friday morning at a gathering in the party headquarters of the Spokane County Republican Party.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017, 11:29 A.M.
Obama praised for poise, resolve by members of Spokane’s black community
President Barack Obama entered office eight years ago with the hopes of many black Americans that life would improve. Spokane residents say the president set an example that will be …
SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2017
Ed Rogers: Trump’s Cabinet picks reassuring
Where Trump is brash and says what immediately comes to his mind, Sessions, Tillerson and Mattis are poised and careful in choosing their words.
SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2017, 9:09 A.M.
Paul Ryan widens the crack between Hill Republicans and Donald Trump
Just a week after the election, the cracks were starting to show between Trump and Republicans on some pretty major issues. Now that the election is over and it’s time …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017
Limbo puts health care in harm’s way
If congressional Republicans are determined to proceed, they need to announce a definitive strategy soon. If they don’t have a better way, they need to say so, and then find …
TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017, 9:50 P.M.
Trump pushes GOP leaders for fast action on health care
President-elect Donald Trump pushed Congress on Tuesday to act swiftly to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and follow up with a replacement. Speaker Paul Ryan, after talking with …
SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2017, 7:20 P.M.
GOP takes deregulatory aim at hard-to-buy gun silencers
The gun industry is pursuing new legislation to make silencers easier to buy, and a key backer is Donald Trump Jr.
TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017, 10:10 A.M.
Widespread criticism forces House GOP to back off ethics overhaul
House Republicans reversed course Tuesday amid a firestorm of criticism over their plans to gut a congressional ethics office.
THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016, 8:23 P.M.
Montana Republicans set fee for U.S. House candidates
The Montana Republican Party is charging a $1,740 fee to people interested in replacing U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, who has been nominated to lead the Interior Department.
THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016, 3:31 P.M.
Obama slaps Russia with expulsions, sanctions for meddling in US election
President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, closed two rural estates reportedly used by Russian spies, and slapped sanctions on two Russian intelligence organizations and other entities …
THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016, 8:26 A.M.
GOP plans swift Obamacare repeal with no replacement in place
The first major act of the unified Republican government in 2017 will be a vote in Congress to begin tearing down Obamacare.
MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016
Matt Welch: ’Tis the season of political shape-shifting
Political shape-shifting season is a fine time to remind all of us that ideology isn’t necessarily a dirty word; sometimes it’s a synonym for useful conviction.
SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2016
Finally, an education plan to debate
The governor’s plan is already being criticized, but remember this: After more than three decades of kicking this can, it’s the first time someone picked it up.
SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016, 7:45 P.M.
On ‘thank you’ tour, Trump’s still at war
Rather than projecting inclusiveness and striving to heal the wounds from the bitter election, as past presidents-elect have done, Trump has traveled on his “USA Thank You Tour” only to …
SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016
Ramesh Ponnuru: Full ACA repeal lacks support
What Republicans have not faced is that they don’t have the votes to repeal Obamacare. Calling a bill that doesn’t repeal Obamacare’s central provisions “repeal” is no escape from that …
TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016
Tyler Cowen: How a deal-maker might lead
Now imagine that a real-estate developer is elected president, and he holds a new portfolio of political assets. The obvious trading partner is Congress, so where might he start?