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Don’t Play Poker With Mitch McConnell


By John Feehery

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“Sen Mitch McConnell official” by United States Senate – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I wouldn’t want to play Texas hold-em with Mitch McConnell.

To win at the iconic poker game, featured often on ESPN and the Discovery Channel, you have to have patience.

You have to strike when you have favorable cards, bluff when you don’t, and put all the chips on the table when you are confident of victory.

Nobody is better at this than the Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky. (more…)

The Politics on the Indiana Law


By John Feehery

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“Mike Pence, official portrait, 112th Congress” by United States Congress – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I’m not going to weigh in on the legal details of the fight over Indiana’s new law (which I assume will be repealed or modified in the coming months).

I have read arguments on both sides, and I honestly don’t know enough about the legal technicalities to decide who is right and who is wrong.

But I can tell you about the politics.

And they aren’t good for the conservative side of the equation. (more…)

Trashing the Team You Want to Lead


By John Feehery

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“Rand Paul by Gage Skidmore 9″ by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

So, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul voted against the Republican budget in the Senate.

The more I think about it, the more it infuriates me.

How can you lead a team that you don’t want anything to do with? (more…)

As Budget Passes, Reid Departs


By John Feehery

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“Harry Reid official portrait 2009″ by United States Congress – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Perhaps it was the voter-rama that did it?

Was it just a coincidence that shortly after the Senate completed work on its budget for the year that Senator Harry Reid announced that he was hanging up his spurs?

Maybe. (more…)

SGR Down. Corporate Tax Reform Next?


By John Feehery

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“John Boehner” by Gage Skidmore – Flickr: John Boehner. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

If Congress can solve a problem like Medicare’s “doc fix,” lawmakers should be able to address a corporate tax rate that kills economic growth and moves jobs overseas.

Medicare’s “Sustainable Growth Rate” mechanism was part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The idea was to tie the set rate at which Medicare doctors are compensated to economic growth. But health-care costs grew faster than the economy, and to avoid a physician exodus that could threaten the program, every year Congress would pass a temporary “doc fix” adding to the amount paid to the doctors.

Fixing the SGR gives peace of mind to doctors that they can continue to participate in Medicare. It’s good policy and good politics. (more…)


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