Archive for July, 2011

Where is Obama’s Challenger?

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

It’s hard to believe this guy does not have a challenger in his party.  Remember when Senator Eugene McCarthy challenged LBJ or when Senator Ted Kennedy took on President Jimmy Carter?

They’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

By Peggy Noonan (The Wall Street Journal)

Is it that nobody loves Obama.  Read the rest of the column here.

Conservatives Scold Tea Party

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

The political aspect of the ongoing debt debate in Washington has huge consequences for the Republican Party and its 2012 nominee.  The piece below offers the views of prominent conservative writers.

Scold Your Own

By Peter Catapano (NYT Opinionator)

Well, something finally happened.

Click here to read the views of prominent conservative writers.

Morning After Reading

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Baby Talk

By William Kristol (The Weekly

I was struck by these sentences in President Obama’s speech.  Read the full story here.

Congress In the Lead

By David Brooks (The New York Times)

Some of us like to think big.  We thought at the beginning of this debt crisis that it might be possible to reach a Grand Bargain.  This deal would make a serious dent in the country’s awful debt problem.  It would begin to reform entitlements.  It would enough revenue to forestall ruinous cuts in domestic programs.  Read the full story here.

Inside Look at Boehner’s Call

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

A Capitol Hill newsletter, The Hill provides an inside look at Boehner’s call this afternoon.

Boehner aims to have proposal Monday; Reid, Pelosi meet Obama  
By Molly K. Hooper, Russell Berman and Sam Youngman
On a Sunday afternoon conference call with House Republican lawmakers, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called on the GOP to “stick together” in the debt-ceiling negotiations and presented a timeline that could see a vote on a proposal by Wednesday.  Read the full story here.

BREAKING…Republicans Vote

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Republican and Independent voters will have a voice in who represents them at the national Republican convention in 2012.  State Executive Committee members decided to select delegates at the May primary 2012.  Leaders from across the state voted unanimously not to hold a convention.

GOP Convention Debate

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Convention vs. Primary

West Virginia state code provides for political parties to determine how delegates to their national conventions will be selected.  Republicans will make a decision this Saturday at a State Executive Committee meeting.

Yes, I am for a primary.

There are a few simple but important reasons why.

First, Republican voters should have the right to select delegates that will support their presidential preference.

Second, Independent voters are growing in our State.  Republicans have welcomed them for years.  Why not let them express their presidential preference in a primary?

Third, GOP party “insiders” by “shutting out” Republican and Independent voters could cause them to “stay home” in October adversely impacting the Maloney for Governor campaign.  No one wants that.

Summer Tidbits…GOP Convention Rules

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

SUMMERTIME and the living is easy…but not for Bill Maloney the GOP candidate for Governor…he seems to be everywhere…parades, civic clubs, Republican events, interviews…and even a graduation speech in Nicholas County…and the work goes on.

Draft Convention Rules for Selection…released to 145 member State GOP Committee who will decide for the 350,371 registered Republicans who will go the national convention August 2012…and who they will vote for as the presidential nominee…CONFUSEDclick here to read the Rules.

Meanwhile… it appears [Acting} Governor Tomblin…is touching the right bases…in his quiet way…all the while running government…and preparing for the redistricting special session…which could significantly impact his election chances…if not handled well…no one knows the Legislature better…but will Speaker Thompson be up to mischief?

Political junkies are having a hard time…with this easy living summer…but expect things to pick up…with the Governor’s election coming early October…the candidates are eyeing national funds on hand…at their Governors Association…the Democrats with $8.6 million in cash and the Republicans with $16.2 million…only four governor’s races [Kentucky, WV, Louisiana and Mississippi]…it should flow.

After the GOP convention issue hit the news around the state…a reader sent a paper…Why A Primary?..Click here to read…appears Independent voters (197,461) will be disenfranchised…if a convention is held.

Facing a Governor’s election in October…the need to attract Independents…and in the 2012 presidential election…this will likely be a point of debate at the July 23rd committee meeting in Shepherdstown.

Coal industry leaders…seem to be staying with Governor Tomblin…a  poolside reception is being hosted…by Ralph Ballard, Andrew Jordon, Gary & Jo Ann White, Doug & Linda Epling, Jim & Kaye Bunn, Jim & Brooke Bunn, Steve & Karen Farmer, Tim & Karen Zeli…have your swimsuit & money ready…July21st.

With political activity slow…one last thing…about that GOP issue…the Wheeling News-Register had an editorial on Saturday.

Voice your opinion on the convention issue…go below to Leave A Reply and submit your view.

Just one more thing…Democrats are in for a fun evening…Senator Al Franken will headline the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Celebration Dinner…August 6th.


Cantor vs. Obama or Obama vs. Cantor?

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Here is a little something for your evening reading.  I remember working on Capitol Hill during Watergate…bet it is worst tonight. 

What Happen Between Cantor and Obama?

By Michael D. Shear (The Caucus, New York Times

Something happened between President Obama and Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia on Wednesday night.  Read the full story here.

Debt & Political Update

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

After an early morning reading of the debt news…or shall I say political news I have pulled together various pieces you may not have seen.  This should give readers of phillipsbillboard a quick update.  As all know there is much at stake here.

Debt talks blow up

By David Rogers (POLITICO)

Twenty days left and counting, the August debt ceiling showdown broke along two fronts Wednesday: the political forces of 2010 vs. 2012 and the shape and pace of tax reform in this Congress or the next.  Read the full story here.

Top Republicans clash over debt limit plan 

By Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post) 

Two top Republican leaders clashed Wednesday over a plan that could allow the government to avoid a potentially catastrophic default but would not ensure the deep cuts in federal spending that party members seek.  Read the full story here. 

McConnell’s gambit splits both parties 

By Alexander Bolton (The Hill) 

A curveball from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has split Republicans and Democrats over what do to on the nation’s debt limit. 

Congressional Republicans argued over the plan while Democrats both praised and criticized it.  Read the full story here. 

McConnell’s escape hatch:  The best Washington can do? 

Editorial Board Opinion:  The Washington Post 

REGARDING SENATE Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s backup plan to deal with the debt ceiling, we have a three-part reaction.  Read the full editorial here.

BREAKING — Obama Storms Out of Meeting

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


A respect Washington publication National Journal has reported on President Obama who “Stormed Out” of a debt meeting.  There will be more details here than cable news will have time to report.

Cantor:  Obama Stormed Out of Debt-Ceiling Talks

By Bill House, Katy O’Donnell and George E. Condon, Jr. (National Jounral)

In a fit of anger, President Obama abruptly concluded Wednesday’s debt-ceiling meeting at the White House with congressional leaders—says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.—a description that Democrats cast as “overblown.”   Read the full story here.