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Cruz to meet with House insurgents before GOP elections

David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has invited the Texas Republican, leading presidential contender, to address his Conservative Opportunity Society at a Wednesday breakfast meeting. The agenda, according to the invitation, is "conservative strategy for the remainder of the year."

Boehner making waves on his way out

Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan, Politico

With less than four weeks left in his decades-long congressional career, Boehner is maneuvering to shape the House Republican Conference on his way out.

I have a concern about Jason Chaffetz

Erick Erickson, RedState

If Chaffetz was so willing and eager to play lapdog for leadership, how would he behave as Speaker. It is very clear that Chaffetz repeatedly takes the side of leadership. He was not one of those who dared to defy Boehner privately or publicly at the beginning of 2015. He relies on his frequent Fox News appearances to claim conservatives love him.

Chaffetz announces bid for Speaker

Bradford Richardson, The Hill

Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Sunday announced his intention to run to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner. Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, said he does not believe House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is the favorite to take over the Speakership, can get the requisite number of votes from Republicans to win.

Chaffetz made career by confronting establishment

Laurie Kellman, The Washington Times

Chaffetz won election in 2008 by toppling incumbent Republican Chris Cannon in a runoff, despite endorsements from President George W. Bush and most of the state’s political establishment. In 2011, he briefly considered challenging Sen. Orrin Hatch, and only stepped back after Boehner and others urged him to stay in the House.

GOP Leadership Election Update: What’s Going to Change?

Liberty-minded Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky asks the fundamental question House Republicans face when they elect new leaders, including a Speaker of the House to succeed John Boehner: "What's going to change" if everyone simply moves up a notch and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy becomes Speaker? Massie answers that question by endorsing principled limited government constitutional conservative Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida for Speaker.

Elbows fly in jostle for top GOP leadership posts

Jake Sherman, Politico

Speaker John Boehner resigned less than a week ago, but frenzied campaigns have broken out already to replace him and fill the party’s other top leadership slots. Four positions could open up, and the House Republican Conference is filled with courtship, intrigue and one-upmanship.

All eyes on lame-duck Boehner

Peter Schroeder and Bernie Becker, The Hill

While Boehner’s efforts to move on looming issues could help the next Speaker, it complicates matters for the Republicans vying to move up in House leadership. If Boehner pushes to bring contentious bills to the floor, he could force his close colleagues to make a tough decision: Back Boehner and help move critical bills, or try to lead a revolt against them. Conservatives are vowing to watch all that closely.

Boehner’s failures lead to resignation

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

At a minimum, conservative members want to see their convictions articulated by the leadership and to fight the left with conviction in hopes that getting their positions heard will influence voters. Instead, in too many instances, conservatives have seen their views ignored and the Republican leadership in both houses knuckle under to Democrats out of fear of being called names or getting blamed for a government shutdown.

Boehner: Conservative critics follow 'false prophets' with empty promises

Barbara Boland, Washington Examiner

Boehner blasted conservatives for not accepting incremental successes, saying that they'd voted against some of his major accomplishments like reducing the deficit, and the first major entitlement reform in decades, because the measures weren't "good enough."

Next Republican Leaders Must Stop Holding Themselves Hostage

The first test of whether or not the new House Republican leaders are willing to abandon Boehner’s policy of government by crisis and taking himself hostage is how the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government in the post-Boehner era is handled.

Capitol Hill GOP Must Clean House To Unify Party

Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Like the wandering tribes of Israel we conservatives are not going to get to the political Promised Land unless we get new leaders. The resignation of John Boehner is a good start, but until a whole new generation of conservative leaders takes the reins on Capitol Hill, stands for conservative principles, and fights to defend the prerogatives of the House on issues like defunding Planned Parenthood, stopping executive amnesty, securing the border and bringing the endless spending, deficit and debt to a close the Republican Party will remain a house divided and I predict the wandering will not end.

Boehner coup talk puts House GOP on edge

Scott Wong, The Hill

Talk that conservatives might use a government-funding showdown to overthrow the powerful Ohio Republican has triggered a flurry of behind-the-scenes jockeying among lawmakers eager to move up the leadership ladder.

One Thing You Can Do This Week To Change Washington

One thing you can do this week to change Washington is to go to your Representative’s town hall meeting if he or she is having one, and ask where your Representative stands on the Meadows motion to vacate the Chair and oust Speaker Boehner. If your Representative isn’t having a town hall we have made it simple to let your Representative know that you want John Boehner removed as Speaker of the House, just sign our petition to second Rep. Meadows’ motion to vacate the Chair. We will forward it to your Representative on your behalf.