March 8th, 2012
From Roll Call
The stakes are high and the challenges many as a new Senate Republican leadership team attempts to find its bearings and lay a foundation for winning the majority in November.
Four seats separate Republicans from Senate control, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) could find his power strengthened in the coming months as his new team looks to the veteran Member for guidance in navigating the political minefield that could upend their quest to flip the chamber. Among their challenges: developing an appealing agenda, coordinating with an unpredictable House Republican majority and avoiding internal dissension in advance of the post-election leadership elections that could further shake up the Conference.
November 17th, 2010
From The U.S. News & World Report:
The GOP is continuing to push back against the Obama-led spending spree from the last two years. It's difficult to do, given that Democrats still have the capacity to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through the next few months—in lieu of the yearly appropriations bills—that would give them the authority to do much of what they want to do over the next two years even if the Republicans object.
Nevertheless, individual leaders are stepping up to the plate and offering their own ideas to bring down spending. On Tuesday the Senate Republican Caucus approved a resolution introduced by South Dakota Sen. John Thune "to cut federal non-security discretionary spending to fiscal year 2008 levels," a move that, if implemented, would roll back federal outlays considerably.
October 28th, 2010
From The Hill:
South Dakota state Rep. Kristi Noem (R), who has evoked comparisons to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and gained national attention after a monster third-quarter fundraising haul in her race to unseat Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-S.D.), is embarking on a final campaign swing with Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.).
Noem's campaign said Friday that Thune, a rumored 2012 Republican presidential hopeful, will stump with her at several stops during a bus tour that will hit more than 25 South Dakota cities before Election Day.