GOP tempers expectations for Senate majority

GOP tempers expectations for Senate majority

This post was originally published on this siteRepublicans are looking to manage expectations when it comes to winning back the Senate majority in November as Democrats rack up key legislative wins and some GOP candidates stumble. National Republican Senatorial Campaign (NRSC) Committee Chairman Rick Scott (R-Fla.) on Sunday acknowledged that...

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Sen. Rick Scott wants every American to pay at least some income taxes

Sen. Rick Scott wants every American to pay at least some income taxes

This post was originally published on this siteNPR’s Steve Inskeep speaks to Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida about his proposals concerning income taxes and federal laws that he wants to campaign on this fall.

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Senate Republicans set sights on blue state ‘sleeper’ races

Senate Republicans set sights on blue state ‘sleeper’ races

This post was originally published on this siteRepublicans are eyeing Senate races in a handful of blue states they believe have the potential to come into play ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, underscoring the confidence the party is feeling as it seeks to reclaim the upper chamber.In an…

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McConnell, Scott face off over GOP’s agenda

McConnell, Scott face off over GOP’s agenda

This post was originally published on this siteSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his top allies are publicly distancing themselves from Sen. Rick Scott’s (R-Fla.) decision to release a memo laying out his vision for the party’s agenda.The rare public feud among Senate GOP…

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Trump is recruiting this GOP senator to challenge Mitch McConnell for Senate majority leader

Trump is recruiting this GOP senator to challenge Mitch McConnell for Senate majority leader

This post was originally published on this site Donald Trump is continuing to push Senate Republicans to oust GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) following the 2022 midterm elections. Trump is pushing former for-profit healthcare executive Rick Scott, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chair tasked with winning Senate races, to...

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Florida Sen. Rick Scott released a GOP 2022 agenda, and Democrats seem quite pleased

Florida Sen. Rick Scott released a GOP 2022 agenda, and Democrats seem quite pleased

If you don’t tell voters what you plan to do once they elect you, there are no campaign promises to fulfill and your opponents can’t attack you on your agenda during the campaign. That’s why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) long-held philosophy is that silence is the best policy. Asked about the GOP’s 2022 midterms agenda in January, McConnell told reporters, “I’ll let you know when we take it back.”
“McConnell may be irked, then, that a member of his leadership team released an agenda of his own on Tuesday morning,” Jim Newell suggests at Slate. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) published his 31-page, 11-point GOP governing blueprint because, he told Politico, it’s “important to tell people what we’re gonna do.”
Scott chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, but he said this is his own plan, not the NRSC’s.
Scott’s agenda would bar the federal government from asking citizens about their race or ethnicity — even on the Census — or their sexual preference or “gender identity.” He would have all school kids learn patriotism and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, ban indoctrinating kids with “political ideology,” and eliminate the Department of Education.
“The document is largely a compilation of culture war grievances,” Newell writes. “But wedged between the cultural huffing and snorting, there are some policy prescriptions that you might hear about for the rest of the campaign cycle — in attacks from Democrats.”
Scott is effectively “rekindling the same issue that led Mitt Romney to stumble into his ’47 percent’ gaffe,” Aaron Blake explains at The Washington Post. Romney was covertly filmed in 2012 telling donors he would tackle the 47 percent of “takers” who don’t pay federal income tax, he adds, but in 2020 “that number climbed as high as 61 percent,” meaning that by the GOP’s own criteria, Scott is proposing to raise taxes on between 75 million and 100 million Americans. 
“You begin to see the potential political problem here,” Blake writes. “The political ads almost write themselves.” 
Scott may get points for frankness. But really, “McConnell’s strategy of not previewing an agenda is more honest, because the agenda is to deprive Democrats of the ability to do what they want” until at least 2024, Newell argues. “Scott’s agenda isn’t a preview of what Republican congressional majorities would do after the midterms. It’s a preview of the Republican presidential primary.”

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Postal reform bill hits Senate snag

Postal reform bill hits Senate snag

This post was originally published on this siteA House-passed bill to reform the U.S. Postal Service ran into a speedbump in the Senate on Monday, likely delaying the bill until next month.The Senate had been scheduled to hold an initial vote on the House bill on Monday. But Sen. Rick Scott…

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Florida looms large in Republican 2024 primary

Florida looms large in Republican 2024 primary

This post was originally published on this siteFlorida is emerging as the epicenter of the early fight for the GOP presidential nomination as speculation grows about the possibility of as many as four Republicans from the Sunshine State pursuing the party’s nod in 2024.Among the Floridians seen…

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