Friday, January 14, 2011
(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The new head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, is no fan of high speed rail. Priebus, who's been serving as Chair of the Wisconsin Republican Party, worked strenuously for the election of Governor Scott Walker of of Wisconsin, who recently returned some $810 million in high speed rail stimulus funding to the federal government. U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood redistributed the money to other projects -- mostly to California and Florida, who are actively working on rail systems.
Scott was the most vehement foe of high speed rail in the 2010 election cycle, setting up a anti-high speed rail website, notrain.com, and mocking rail investment in an "our roads" versus "their rail" television commercial.
Priebus wasn't as vocal in his opposition, but he did mock the project in this July tweet:
"Wis Dems & WH are pushing an unpopular high-speed rail that the state can't afford before Republicans can stop it. http://bit.ly/bpm21I"
National Republicans are showing little appetite for spending on big projects. In addition to Walker, NJ Governor Chris Christie recently killed a $9 billion commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River, and Florida Governor Rick Scott expressed queasiness over spending any state money on a Tampa to Orlando high speed rail line, now backed with $3 billion in federal funds.
But Priebus hasn't exactly made opposition to high speed rail a central issue, and it remains to be seen whether such opposition finds its way into national GOP politics.
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011
The stage is set for the swearing-in ceremony of Florida governor, Rick Scott. The republican rode a wave of anti-incumbent fever to become the new governor of Florida. Voters wanted an outsider and that's exactly what they got. However, along with his outsider status, Scott has the baggage of being the former head of Columbia/HCA, which was at the center of a Medicaid fraud scandal.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
As the 112th Congress begins, Rep. John Boehner takes his position as Speaker of the House. How will Boehner compare to past speakers, and will he bring more accountability to Washington?
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
President Obama is reaching out to Republican lawmakers this week in an attempt to foster bipartisanship. However, a growing number of state Democrats are turning their backs on the party and joining Republicans. So far 13 politicians in five states have switched parties. Is the move a reaction to anti-Washington sentiment, an expression of personal political ideology or a reflection of a changing constituency?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin is one of the most talked-about figures in politics today. With her new book, "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag," coming out today, we wanted to hear from the people who love and support her in the Republican party.
Monday, November 22, 2010
With Thanksgiving approaching, how many notches you'll have to relax that belt buckle won't be the only question people will be asking. Much of the focus will be on air safety and retail sales. Many travelers are not happy about the latest security measures the TSA is using for secondary screening, including full-body scans and thorough pat-downs. Many see both as extremely invasive, but the TSA says that both measures will stay. Callie Crossley, host of "The Callie Crossley Show" at WGBH in Boston, will see if any changes will come as Thanksgiving quickly approaches.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Republicans had major victories after Tuesday's elections, taking over control of the House and gaining several seats in the Senate. When the new Congress goes to work in Washington, D.C., the GOP will now be a mix of conservatives and Tea Party candidates.
Pennsylvania turned from blue to red, electing Republicans Pat Toomey to the Senate and Tom Corbett as governor. We talk with Renee Amoore, deputy chair of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, about Tuesday's election and what it means for the future of the Republican party.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
For Tea Partiers, last night's race was a mixed bag. Tea Party candidates did well in states that were already red, like Kentucky, and South Carolina, but failed to make gains in bluer states like Delaware. In Nevada, Sharron Angle, one of the most notorious Tea Party Republicans, lost to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the state's wildly unpopular Democratic Senator.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Today we consider the conversation happening between the Tea Party and the GOP to see if the two groups can converge on the same page. Delaware resident and leader of the Diamond State Tea Party Kevin Street joins us from the Tea Party. Conservative political journalist and blogger Reihan Salam, of the National Review, considers the fall implications for the GOP.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Republicans have been pushing to have hearings to change the 14th Amendment. The way it stands now, if you're born in the U.S., you're an American citizen. We asked you, the listeners, what you thought about changing the 14th amendment, and we hear what you have to say. We're also joined by The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, who believes that Republicans are just nibbling around the edges of the whole immigration issue.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
A bipartisan group of senators are pushing a new round of incentives and cash designed to speed development of long-range batteries and plug-in stations that could finally start to push the US transportation fleet away from fossil fuels.
No one expects it to happen quickly. Most lawmakers and experts expect it will take decades before a significant proportion of Americans are driving plug-in hybrids or electric cars.
The Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010 throws $1.5 billion in research and development grants to high-tech battery firms.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Ten years after leaving the political scene, former Congressman Rick Lazio is back. New York Republicans designated him Wednesday as their candidate for governor.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Dr. Rand Paul, the anti-establishment candidate in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary, put the Tea Party on the political map last week as he handily beat GOP-blessed candidate Trey Grayson. But in the first few days after his victory, the novice politician stumbled on his first big political test as he repeatedly said that he did not support the portion of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that enforced non-discrimination on private businesses.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Florida Governor Charlie Crist is expected to announce he is leaving the Republican Party today, and officially begin his campaign for U.S. Senate as an independent. This move comes as polls show Crist trailing challenger Marco Rubio badly in the Republican primary.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
In Oklahoma, anti-federal government sentiments run hot in some quarters. State Senator Randy Brogdon said recently that a state militia would, in his opinion, be permitted by the Second Amendment, which he said "deals directly with the right of an individual to keep and bear arms to protect themselves from an overreaching federal government." Brogdon is running for governor and has appealed directly to the Tea Party movement for political support; other GOP state senators, such as Steve Russell, say they see no need for a state militia to protect the state from Washington, D.C.
Friday, March 26, 2010
For the past year, conservatives have coalesced around the number one enemy: health care reform. But now that it's over, we explore what’s next for the GOP. The Tea Party Express III kicks off this weekend and some wonder if that's the future of the Republican party. Is it still possible to be a moderate Republican?
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
President Obama has called for a health care summit at the White House, where republicans can offer up their own ideas on how to reduce costs, and the two parties can try again to find some common ground.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
As Sarah Palin chats with Oprah and releases her new book, "Going Rogue," we take a look at the role of women in the GOP and Palin's political future. Why are there relatively few Republican women currently in Congress? Is the party inadvertently losing women because it's shifting to a more conservative position? And will Palin run for office again? Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Republican strategist Mary Matalin weigh in.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Yesterday we got a perspective on the health care debate from three Democratic lawmakers who are also health care professionals. Today we hear from three Republicans in Congress who are also doctors. We ask why they don’t want the government much involved in health care. We are joined by two Congressmen: Dr. Charles Boustany (R-La.), who has 20 years of experience as a cardiovascular surgeon; and Dr. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.), who practiced obstetrics and gynecology for over 20 years before running for office. We're also joined by Dr. John Barrasso, Republican senator from Wyoming; he has been an orthopedic surgeon for nearly 25 years...(click through for the full interview transcript)
REP. BURGESS (R-Tex.): Offering the insurance through the government is no solution because, let’s be honest, if that were the solution, it would have fixed the problem. We’ve already got 50 percent of health care expenditures right now coming through the government, and no one would pretend that there aren’t problems with the public sector today.
—Three Republican members of Congress, all of them health care practitioners, on the current state of health care reform
Friday, June 26, 2009
Joining The Takeaway are two prominent advisers and strategists in the Republican Party. Grover Norquist is the President of Americans for Tax Reform and the author of “Leave Us Alone – Getting the Government’s Hands off our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives.” And Ron Kaufman is a former White House Political Director under George H.W. Bush and also a close friend and adviser to Mitt Romney.