• Top Line

    Carl DeMaio is openly gay, supports abortion rights, and says that climate change is a problem that demands bold solutions from the government. He also happens to be the Republican candidate for Congress in California’s 52nd District.

    Despite standing in opposition to many of the GOP’s core principles, DeMaio insists that he’s a conservative to his core.

    “I actually represent the new generation that is coming up,” DeMaio told “Top Line” in an interview, stressing that his positions are anchored in the Republican Party’s historical foundation.

    “I actually believe that I reflect the traditional roots of the Republican Party,” DeMaio said. “If you go back decades, you'll find Teddy Roosevelt was one of the first conservationists in this country, and you see a party that traditionally supports economic freedom.”

    But DeMaio sees serious flaws in the Republican Party as it stands today, locked in a feud between the establishment and tea party wings.

    “I actually think both sides are

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  • The Fine Print

    A bipartisan duo of lawmakers from the Lone Star State have joined forces to present a Texas-style solution to the nation’s border crisis.

    Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, have introduced legislation aimed at easing what’s been called a humanitarian crisis caused by a wave of unaccompanied Central American children who have flowed into the United States across the Mexican border.

    “The cartels, the transnational criminal organizations that smuggle people from Central America into the United States, have figured out this loophole in a 2008 law, which dealt with human trafficking,” Cornyn told “The Fine Print” in an interview.

    “This is part of their business model, exploiting this,” Cornyn continued. “So, what we would do is we would treat children that come from Central America the same … as we do now from children that come in from Mexico.”

    The pair’s new bill, known as the Humane Act, would speed up the process by which the undocumented

    Read More »from The Texas two-step: Bipartisan duo from Lone Star State takes lead to fix border crisis
  • The Fine Print

    No one has fired up Republicans more than one person: President Obama.

    But with his political spotlight gradually starting to fade as he inevitably slides into the role of second-term lame duck in the White House, will Obama be as much of a motivating factor for Republican voters this fall as he's been in recent elections?

    "For voters more in the middle, I am concerned that he may be becoming almost irrelevant," Steven Law, president of the leading Republican super PAC, American Crossroads, said in an interview with "The Fine Print."

    Four months before the midterm elections, with Republicans within reach of winning control of the Senate, that's one of the questions on Law's mind: Is stopping Obama as urgent for Republicans as it was in 2010, when the GOP won back the House?

    In the ongoing turmoil between the competing wings of the Republican Party, Law has been one of the GOP establishment’s secret weapons. He has played a leading role in funneling financial support from

    Read More »from Has the establishment won the GOP’s civil war?

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