Speaker of the House

Paul Ryan Will Run For Speaker If…

Reports have emerged after Tuesday night’s House Republican meeting that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) will run for speaker, but with one condition: every group in the party must support his candidacy. That scenario is turning into reality Wednesday morning as Speaker John Boehner has called for the House Republicans to vote on their nominee for speaker next week on October 28. The move is a…


Hastert

Hastert To Plead Guilty For Hush Money Payments

Lawyers representing former Rep. Dennis Hastert said the retired U.S. House speaker will plead guilty to an indictment accusing him of making $3.5 million in payment to cover up something that happened years before he was elected to Congress. The announcement was made as both sides in the case appeared before the U.S. District judge in Chicago on Thursday morning. U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin…


Daniel Webster: The Freedom Caucus’ Choice

He’s been Speaker of the House before, though at the state level. He counts the Duggar Family of the 19 Kids and Counting television program. He’s known as the conservative hero with his 2010 election over liberal-stalwart Rep. Alan Grayson. But is Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Florida) really the answer to the mess in Washington, or is his run for U.S. House Speaker the wedge that’s…


Pressure is on for Paul Ryan

Shortly after Speaker John Boehner abruptly announced his retirement, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said he wasn’t interested in the job. Almost immediately after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped from the race to replace Boehner, Ryan issued a statement saying he still was not interested. Now, with no major, unifying candidate stepping forward, Ryan may be shifting his perspective. Thursday night, while speaking to reporters regarding…


Breaking: McCarthy Out for Speaker, election postponed

As Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy frantically worked the phones and met behind closed doors to overcome growing opposition by the small-but influential Freedom Caucus, the writing on the wall became too large to ignore. Just two weeks after Speaker John Boehner surprised Capitol Hill by announcing his resignation, McCarthy delivered his own shocking news by announcing that he will not seek the Speaker’s chair, breaking…


A Message To House Republicans: Think Like Uber

Are House Republicans about to repeat the same mistake that got them into their current mess? John Boehner’s decision to give up his speakership allows the members of the House Republican Conference a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a mid-course correction. But if media reports are correct, they plan to elevate current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to the speakership by virtual acclamation in next week’s Leadership elections. That would be a terrible…


Boehner: Kevin McCarthy Would Make A Great Speaker

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who currently serves as House Majority Leader, got the nod of approval as speaker from outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner during the latter’s press conference early Friday afternoon. While saying he does not have a vote in who will replace him as Speaker and that he did not want to make any endorsements, Boehner did speak specifically…


Trump as Speaker

Legally, Donald Trump Could Be The Next Speaker

With the resignation of John Boehner at the end of October a political scrum will soon commence for the top spot among the Republican House members. Conservatives will seek to grasp power as the most powerful person in the House while establishment Republicans will seek to have someone who is of the same ilk as the Ohio Congressman who sought compromise on thorny issues he…


BREAKING: Speaker John Boehner to Retire

updated at 12:22p (CDT), September 25, 2015 House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday that he will resign from Congress at the end of October. Boehner’s retirement will be rare for a person holding the top position in the middle of a session. The last time a Speaker resigned without losing control of the party was Texas Democrat Jim Wright, who resigned in 1989 amid an…