Speakership, Money, & Kentucky

Speakership: Southern GOPers among Boehner foes. A group of House Republicans have begun meeting informally to discuss a potential intra-party challenge to US House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) after the election, reports The Hill newspaper. US Rep. Walter Jones (NC) is a leader in the group. Of ten House members who say they will vote against Boehner for speaker, are undecided, or don’t have a clear position, five are from the South: Jones, Louis Gohmert (TX), Jim Bridenstine (OK), Thomas Massie (KY), and Ted Yoho (FL). In addition four all-but-certain new members, come January, who say they will oppose the speaker are from Dixie: John Ratcliffe (TX), Mark Walker (NC), Barry Loudermilk (GA) and Jody Hice (GA). Stay tuned!


Money: McConnell and Bush help fundraise. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was in Virginia yesterday raising money for Ed Gillespie, the Republican challenger to US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). And former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will make a visit to South Carolina on October 23 to raise funds for Gov. Nikki Haley (R). This will be Bush’s first visit to an early primary state this year, and a possible sign that he’s leaning toward a 2016 presidential bid.


Kentucky: Paul pushes policies that appeal to African Americans. US Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is sponsoring six bills that would (1) expunge the criminal records of non-violent offenders under 15 years of age; (2) provide more flexibility for judges in sentencing for federal crimes; (3) restore voting rights to non-violet ex-felons; (4) classify some drug crimes as misdemeanors and eliminate the difference in sentences for cocaine and crack-related offenses; (5) restore certain 5th Amendment protections to curb racial profiling; and (6) provide incentives for businesses to operate in impoverished areas. Paul is co-sponsoring some of the measures with US Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), as well as with other Democrats, reports The Hill.