According to the Dallas Morning News, Texas tea party Rep. Louie Gohmert declared that he will challenge Speaker John Boehner for the position of Speaker of the House.
The Dallas Morning News: “In a statement issued by his office early Sunday, Gohmert said the November elections, in which Republicans gained control of the Senate and padded their House majority, should have emboldened the Speaker to get tough on President Barack Obama.
“’Voters made clear they wanted change,’ he said. Instead, he added, Boehner ‘forced through the CRomnibus’ – a far-reaching spending bill – ‘by passing it with Democratic votes and without time to read it.’”
Gohmert is widely reviled by Democrats as not being the sharpest tool in the shed.
In the video above, Gohmert states that the Democrats are the “Party of No.”
Michael Grimm (R-NY) resigned from Congress after his guilty plea for tax evasion related to his Manhattan health food restaurant, Healthalicious. Sources state that Grimm had also come under fire after he threatened to throw a journalist off a balcony after being questioned about a scandal.
It is widely suspected that he acquiesced to Republican party leadership to remove himself from the seat after he became toxic for the party.
According to ABC News, after pleading guilty to a felony tax charge in federal court, Republican congressman Michael Grimm made it clear he has no plans to resign from office despite mounting pressure from Democrats.
Grimm pleaded guilty to a single count of aiding in the preparation of a false tax return in 2009 and agreed to pay an undetermined amount of restitution to the IRS and New York State on tax returns dating from 2007 to 2010.
Grimm faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and is set to be sentenced on June 8 in arguably the highest-profile public corruption case in New York in decades.
Facing reporters after the hearing, Grimm owned up to making some “big mistakes,” explaining that he “underreported” sales receipts to pay business expenses, including compensating employees “off the books.”
“As a result, the taxes were inaccurate,” Grimm admitted. “It’s wrong…I should not have done it.”
Randolph Blake Farenthold is a congressman who has been the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 27th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.
According to the Washington Post, he was an attorney and owned a computer consulting and web design firm before being elected in 2010. Now he’s in Congress, where he chairs the subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service. He won re-election for second time this year, defeating Democratic challenger Wesley Reed — a feat made easier by GOP redistricting that made his seat safer for Republicans.
Farenthold sponsored six bills in 2013, according to his last report card from Govtrack.com, which tallies congressional stats. He attracted only four co-sponsors for them, putting him in last place (out of 435) in that category. But he did have perfect attendance.
Farenthold is being sued by a former staffer Lauren Greene over sexual harassment. Greene, Farenthold’s former communications director, claimed in a complaint filed last week that the congressman made inappropriate, sexually related comments to her.
Voters in Tennessee approved the state’s Constitutional Amendment 1: According to unofficial election results, a narrow 53 percent of voters approved Tennessee’s personhood amendment Tuesday night.
The measure states, “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” It will allow the legislature “unlimited authority to pass burdensome and unnecessary restrictions and regulations on abortion, including banning all abortions,” according to Planned Parenthood, including in the case of pregnancy from rape, or incest, or when an abortion is necessary to protect the mother’s health.
According to Mother Jones, Tennessee Republicans have been trying to put this referendum before voters since 2000, when a state Supreme Court decision blocked several harsh anti-abortion measures from becoming law. The ruling, which struck down several anti-abortion laws passed in 1998, has prevented the Legislature from passing certain strict laws enacted in other states, such as a mandatory abortion waiting period.…
Amendment 1 would overturn that court decision. ‘It will basically just open the floodgates for the General Assembly to pass any kind of restriction if the amendment passes,’ says Jeff Teague, the president of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee.
Voters in Colorado and North Dakota did not pass their personhood ballot measures.