Republican Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) promised at a speech yesterday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that he will do "everything possible" to halt the National Security Agency's bulk surveillance and collection of phone data as the deadline for the renewal of the USA Patriot Act inches closer.
Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey governor Chris Christie will call the widespread fear of government surveillance a bunch of "baloney" in an upcoming speech to be delivered in New Hampshire today, according to Politico.
Former Republican presidential candidate, speaker of the house, and political pundit Newt Gingrich is trying his hand at something new: writing about emerging game technology. First spotted by Mashable (check out Chelsea Clark's story), Gingrich talks about his new fascination with Oculus Rift VR headset.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is popular among republican lawmakers - and by popular we mean a regular target of House and Senate committee hearings. Wheeler was hauled before the House Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology subcommittee this week for a hearing about transparency: "FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency" (as detailed by this Ars Technica report).
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) introduced a "resolution of disapproval" (PDF) this week that declares that the FCC’s new policy "shall have no force or effect." The resolution is nearly identical to what Rep. Doug Collins (R-Georgia) introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this month. Here's what Sen. Paul's Senate effort states:
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) officially announced his intentions to make a run for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. While we could painstakingly go over Paul's positions on various issues, there are two that are of particular interest to our readers: net neutrality and NSA spying.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race Carly Fiorina took a shot at Apple CEO Tim Cook for his opposition to Indiana's religious freedom law. Cook recently penned an editorial in the Washington Post blasting Indiana lawmakers for passing the bill - though we do not know how Cook feels about it after it was amended with stronger language protecting LGBTQ+ individuals yesterday.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced via Twitter early this morning that he is seeking the Republican party nomination to run against whoever the Democratic party puts up in the 2016 presidential election. Cruz, a Tea Party darling who supports gun rights, tighter border security and strict immigration policy (does not support the Dream Act or amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the United States), is best known here on GamePolitics for his strong opposition to Net Neutrality.
According to this Daily Beast report, 29 of the Republican lawmakers who signed on to The Internet Freedom Act put forth by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) -- including Blackburn -- received a total of $800,000 from major telecoms and related lobbyists in 2014.
Republican 2016 presidential hopeful and former Florida governor Jeb Bush thinks that net neutrality is "crazy." Speaking at the Cedar Rapids Pizza Ranch in Iowa over the weekend, Jeb Bush criticized President Obama's net neutrality policies, saying what most Republicans say about it: that it would "stifle competition, stifle innovation."
"The idea of regulating access to the internet with a 1934 law is one of the craziest ideas I’ve ever heard," he said.
Republicans are preparing a bill that will make impudent the Federal Communications Commission as it relates to net neutrality rules. Led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn. - pictured, left) and co-sponsored by 31 other Republican lawmakers, the legislation "will put the brakes on this FCC overreach and protect our innovators from these job-killing regulations," Blackburn said in a statement.
In less than two weeks the Federal Communications Commission will vote whether to reclassify broadband and mobile service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, but Republican lawmakers and their allies staunchly opposed to net neutrality (or as they are fond of calling it "Internet regulations") are pulling out all the stops to slow things down.
This week Republican lawmakers put forth a bill that enforces net neutrality rules but takes away power from the Federal Communications Commission when it comes to enforcing them. The new bill put forth by US Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) also forbids the FCC from reclassifying broadband companies as "common carriers" under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.
The bill enforces net neutrality rules such as banning on blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, but leaves an exception for undefined "specialized services." Can you say "loophole?"
Politico is reporting that Republicans - who will have control of both houses of Congress in January - have plans to stop whatever new net neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission might implement in the early part of the year.
"The biggest regulatory threat to the Internet is 'net neutrality.'" That's what Texas Senator Ted Cruz said today on Facebook. The Libertarian Republican Senator (and a strong voice for the Team Party in the Senate) compared net neutrality rules to Obama Care in a brief statement today.
Senator Tom Coburn's 2014 Wastebook report is out, detailing all the tax payer-funded programs that the Republican Senator from Oklahoma thinks are wasteful or pork barrel spending. While he offers plenty of red meat for fiscally conservative types, we are really only interested in what game related items made the cut this year.
Rhode Island Republican gubernatorial nominee Allan Fung released the first TV attack ad of the fall campaign this week taking aim at Democratic rival Gina Raimondo for supporting repayment of the 38 Studios bonds.
The ad describes Raimondo's support for paying back the bonds related to the 38 Studios deal as the taxpayers bailing out "Wall Street investors" who "took a risk and went bust." The ad also claims that Raimondo is "looking out for Wall Street, not Main Street."
Tea Party-endorsed candidate Zach Dasher is trying his best to unseat Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), but an old podcast about the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting has come back to haunt him. Dasher, who is the nephew of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, hosted a podcast called "Why Did This Happen" three days after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. (which occurred on December 14, 2012), claiming that the shooter Adam Lanza was influenced by atheism, postmodernism, and video games.
A new video from a conservative think tank called American Enterprise Institute featuring scholar Christina Hoff Sommers says that issues related to sexism and misogyny have been brought up mostly by pro-feminist tech writers and those sympathetic to them. Sommers has written several books critical of the current feminism movement including Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women and The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men.
Republican advocacy group American Commitment announced that it has gathered 772,000 American signatures on a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to avoid "regulating the Internet" ala net neutrality.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has released a 2014 midterm election-themed game called Mission Majority. The game stars an elephant named Giopi, but before you can control him you'll have to give up your email, Google Plus or Facebook information to receive some political mailings about various Senate races around the country. After willingly adding yourself to the NRSC e-mail list, the game charges you with helping the GOP... get a majority in the Senate.
2008 Republican presidential candidate and current governor of Texas Rick Perry used some interesting language in a speech at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa on Saturday. Perry seems to be throwing out hints about a possible run at the presidency in 2016. In his speech Perry said that he is ready to be sent "somewhere."
"Here am I. Send me," Perry said in a speech at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames on Saturday, quoting from the book of Isaiah. "That is your challenge. That is our challenge."
The Rhode Island Republican Party will host a presentation this evening to inform the general public about the failure of 38 Studios and its potential long-term impact on state finances. The event will be held at the GOP headquarters in Warwick, Rhode Island.
State Representative Michael Chippendale, a member of two congressional oversight committees looking into the 38 Studios deal, will give a slideshow presentation on the issue. That will be followed by an audience Q&A session.
Republicans in California have been relatively quiet about a trio of Democratic state legislators who have been in the news this year for various unethical and illegal behavior - but, according to Fresno Bee, that may be about to change.
Republican leadership in the state have begun throwing around the names of certain lawmakers who have either been charged with a crime or convicted.
A new report from Libertarian publication Reason, "Millennials: The Politically Unclaimed Generation" (PDF) finds that a majority of young people it surveyed believe that government is "inefficient, abuses its power, and supports cronyism."
Rhode Island Republican Gubernatorial candidate Ken Block is telling the state's legislative leaders to "reject calls to repay the 38 Studios bonds."
"The latest version of the debate is once again boiling down to who deserves to be protected—38 Studios bondholders or the taxpayers of Rhode Island," Block said Monday.