Majority advantage in Senate seats up for re-election, 1790 – 2018

October 23, 2017

Year Majority Seats Up Minority Seats Up Majority Advantage 2018 6 26 20 2008 12 23 11 1954 12 20 8 1898 11 19 8 1928 12 19 7 1982 13 19 6 1952 13 19 6 1972 14 19 5 2004 15 19 4 1896 13 17 4 1882 11 15 4 1934 14 […]

Conservative Action Project: THE SENATE NEEDS TO CONFIRM PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NOMINEES

October 11, 2017

Over 100 conservative leaders are calling on Senate Republican leadership to act with haste to confirm President Trump’s nominees. Read the memo on CAP’s website.   October 10, 2017 Washington, DC As President Trump approaches the end of his first year in office, his ability to implement his agenda across the executive branch has been […]

CPI’s Weekly Compass for October 10, 2017

October 11, 2017

Here are the top stories conservatives are following this week: Corker lashes out at Trump Trump ends Obama attacks on religious liberty Twitter blocks pro-life ad for Marsha Blackburn EPA’s Pruitt ends Obama Clean Power Plan Pro-Trump group eyes conservative challengers to GOP incumbents GOP privately admit moving on from Obamacare repeal O’Keefe undercover with New York […]

Are Democrats Obstructing Trump’s Nominees?

October 10, 2017

Much has been made of Democrat “obstruction” when it comes to confirming President Trump’s nominees for positions ranging from agency officials to federal judges. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted it in a press release last week, where he blamed the Senate’s slow pace of confirmations on Democrats getting in the way. But is this […]

CPI’s Weekly Compass for September 26, 2017

September 26, 2017

Here are the top stories conservatives are following this week: Trump tax cuts leaked: Top rates to 35%, corporate rates to 20% Moore leads by 16 in Alabama, establishment fears more conservative primaries Bannon takes on GOP leaders, promises “day of reckoning” Democrats divided, ponder future NFL protests are the dead end of liberal resistance Trump revises travel ban to 8 nations, […]

CPI’s Weekly Compass for September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

Here are the top stories conservatives are following this week: Trump losing advantage on immigration? Pushing for reforms at UN Tillerson under fire Alabama: Trump stumps for Strange, conservatives back Moore Religious bigotry returns to Senate Ben Shapiro answers Berkeley student on abortion Government run amok in Kentucky coal town Congress shouldn’t end budget caps without […]

Will the GOP let a procedural question stop them from repealing Obamacare?

September 18, 2017

After failing to repeal Obamacare earlier this year using the Fiscal Year 2017 reconciliation process, the Senate has found itself in a peculiar position. The reconciliation bill for FY2017 still remains on the Senate calendar, available for use. But for how long? Until this fiscal year ends on September 30, 2017? Until the end of […]

CPI’s Weekly Compass for September 11, 2017

September 12, 2017

Here are the top stories conservatives are following this week: Poll: 53% may oppose those bailing out insurers instead of repealing Obamacare Murdoch: Trump deal with Democrats delivers a conservative win? Trump has rewritten the rules of Washington White House tepid on GOP leadership Centrist Republican calls it quits Tax dollars subsidizing flights for wealthy VIDEO: Masterpiece Cakeshop […]

CPI’s Weekly Compass for September 5, 2017

September 5, 2017

Fellow Conservative: Here are the top stories conservatives are following this week: How Congress made Harvey worse. Irma more dangerous than Harvey? The conservative case to stop lawmaking in secret. Haley: Trump could hold Iran in violation of nuclear deal. Trump: Tax reform can create millions of jobs. Job Creators Network launches multimillion dollar campaign for tax […]

Conservative Godfathers: Reflections from Don Devine, Part II

September 3, 2017

This is Part II of a two-part interview with conservative philosopher, former aide to President Ronald Reagan, and author, Donald Devine. You can read Part I here. Don Devine is one of only a handful of people in Washington who truly understands The Swamp – what makes it tick, how it operates, and how best […]

What is a discharge petition?

August 31, 2017

Conservatives have been understandably frustrated with Congress’s inability to repeal Obamacare. That frustration continues to grow, as House and Senate leadership have made it apparent that they’d like to move on to other issues. The House Freedom Caucus is determined not to let them. Just before Congress left for their summer recess, the House Freedom […]

CPI’s Weekly Compass for August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

Here are the top stories conservatives are following this week: Rains to continue as Texas suffers historic flooding. Harvey impact on U.S. energy. Will Congress exploit Harvey to pass pork barrel spending? How GOP leaders can end Democrat stonewalling. 4 million Americans paid $2.8 billion in Obamacare penalties. Judge refuses delay in top Democrat Senator’s […]

CPI Weekly Compass for August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017

Below is our Weekly Compass – a roundup of what’s on tap for conservatives this week. To get the Weekly Compass sent to your email every Monday, sign up here! Afghanistan decision forthcoming. Appeals court rules against Planned Parenthood taxpayer funding, SCOTUS next. Trump-Sessions end Operation Chokepoint. Obamacare ‘sabotage’ charges are bogus. In Charlottesville, statues aren’t the […]

Conservative Godfathers: Reflections from Don Devine, Part 1

August 17, 2017

In a city where institutional experience is often in short supply, seeking it out can be a valuable exercise. That was my goal when I sat down with Donald Devine – a former aide to President Reagan, prolific author, and intellectual godfather in the conservative movement. Devine cut his teeth in the early, salad days […]

Congressional Leaders Far Behind on 200 Day Agenda

August 10, 2017

Traditionally, new presidential administrations aim to accomplish as many legislative victories as possible within a 100 day window, attempting to ride the momentum of victory at the ballot box to real policy wins in Congress. As the History Channel notes: “The 100-days concept is believed to have its roots in France, where the concept of […]

As Congress Leaves Town, the Fall Agenda Looms

August 4, 2017

Congress officially limps into their summer recess today, leaving town with almost no legislative accomplishments despite GOP majority control of the House, Senate and White House. The real news, however, is not what they leave behind. It’s what’s ahead. Consider what’s on the fall agenda for Congress when they return to town on September 5. Government […]

Obamacare: the Bad and the…Illegal?

August 3, 2017

Though they promised to repeal it “root and branch” if voters just gave them the majority, congressional Republicans have failed, again, to muster the votes for Obamacare repeal. So what’s next? Notable author and former staffer to President Ronald Reagan, Don Devine, points out that the White House can act on some issues unilaterally. He […]

Some real talk about amendments during reconciliation

July 25, 2017

With the dramatic vote to proceed to the American Health Care Act (the repeal bill the Senate passed in 2015) this afternoon, the Senate teed up a process that will shortly move to reconciliation (more on that here). As part of the reconciliation process, members will have an opportunity to offer a virtually unlimited amount […]

Policy Spotlight: Buckle up, it’s reconciliation time

July 25, 2017

The Senate is careening toward a full on reconciliation process on their latest attempt at Obamacare repeal. What is the motion to proceed, is vote-a-rama a real thing or a circus ride, and what? The Senate will vote until 3a? From the motion to proceed to vote-a-rama, Brookings’ Molly Reynolds has a great explainer to get […]

RELEASE: DeMint Launches ‘Conservative Partnership Institute’ to Support Conservative Movement

July 25, 2017

Today, former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint announced that he will serve as Chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI), a new nonprofit focused on providing conservative leaders and staff in Washington with the tools, tactics, resources and strategies to advance conservative policies in Congress. “Conservatives have built a strong system of electing new leaders to […]

BCRA unlikely to survive the Parliamentarian? Hold your horses.

July 24, 2017

On Friday, Senator Bernie Sanders released a document claiming that the Senate Parliamentarian was prepared to invalidate large portions of the BCRA as “noncompliant” with the Byrd Rule – the law that governs consideration of Senate reconciliation bills. Specifically, Sanders’ document highlighted restrictions on tax credits being used for abortion, and defunding of Palnned Parenthood, […]