Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Paul Ryan is quitting like a coward

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House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election after months of rumors to that effect Yuri Gripas Reuters House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election after months of rumors to that effect
Deanna Wagner | 17 April, 2018, 10:31

"And we need more minorities, more women in our party, and I've been focusing on that kind of recruitment". And the battle for succession has already started, aggravating party division in a year when it faces the probability of big losses in the midterm elections. "Instead of playing the identity politics of "our base" and 'their base, ' we unite people around ideas and principles", Ryan said in a March 2016 speech on the state of American politics.

Ryan, from Janesville, Wisconsin, was first elected to Congress in 1998.

Ryan's plans have been the source of much speculation amid Republican concerns over keeping their majority in the House of Representatives.

That's also true elsewhere, and Republicans fear losing their House majority. (The latter two will likely vie to replace Ryan as Speaker should Republicans keep their majority). "This move by Ryan will set off an intramural food fight and take all eyes off the endgame of maintaining a pro-growth majority", said Scott Reed, a political strategist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who is planning millions in spending to defend Republican control in the House and Senate. "Across demographics and districts, Ryan's less popular than Trump, and it comes down to policy".

The Trump factor often made running the House impossible.

Meanwhile, Ryan's image held steady among Republicans, with two-thirds (66%) in April 2017 saying they had favorable views of him, unchanged from the previous November.

Thompson teachers rally before, after school
Because of insufficient budgets, 20 percent of the state's school districts were forced to cut the school week to four days. However, teachers said this was not enough and have asked for a $10,000 raise and additional school funding.

And there was little on the legislative agenda for the rest of this year.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is leaving the speakership and retiring from Congress with "no regrets".

Below, we take an early look at the Republicans who might be interested in the right to spend the remainder of Donald Trump's presidency pretending not to read his tweets.

McCarthy has worked hard to make peace with right-wing factions and has become fairly close to Trump. He will likely compete with Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

The California congressman described by one House Republican aide as "your favorite fraternity brother"-apparently a compliment- was the leading candidate to replace outgoing speaker John Boehner in 2015 before he abruptly withdrew his name from the race, ostensibly because he wanted a "new face" to unite the party and possibly in response to salacious rumors about his personal life, never since proven or disproven, that were meant to torpedo his candidacy". Friends say he will bide his time and see whether the political climate and party change. His decision fueled fresh doubts about the party's ability to fend off a Democratic wave, fed by opposition to Trump, in November.

But in 10 years, for the presidential election of 2028, he would be 12 years younger than Trump was when elected.