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DeMint Resigning from Senate to Head Heritage Foundation

The Senate is set to lose one of its most influential conservative voices after South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint announced on Thursday that he will step down.

DeMint will take over the Heritage Foundation, and will leave the Senate on December 31.

DeMint, seen as a “kingmaker” with Republican congressional candidates due to his prodigious fundraising abilities, has long said he would not seek a third term in the Senate when his current one runs out in 2016.

But now the Palmetto State’s Republican Gov. Nikki Haley will be faced with appointing a senator who will serve nearly two years in the Upper Chamber before a 2014 election.

Only this week DeMint made headlines when he said House Speaker John Boehner’s offer for $800 billion of increased tax revenues would “destroy jobs and allow Washington politicians” to swell, not reduce, federal deficits.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Two Roads Diverged: Jim DeMint Leaves U.S. Senate for Heritage Foundation Presidency

While my initial reaction was one of sadness that we are losing the clearest voice in the Senate for conservatives, the upside on Jim DeMint’s departure from the Senate is mind boggling. Mitch McConnell likes it when people compare McConnell to Darth Vader, seemingly clueless that Vader lost the Death Star twice to a rag tag group of rebels in really beat up, hand-me-down spaceships.

If McConnell smiles at hearing the news Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate, he should remember Obi Wan Kenobi telling him . . . errrr . . . Darth Vader, “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” Jim DeMint’s power in the conservative movement just grew exponentially. A man who was going to retire in four years anyway, will now be leading the conservative movement from its base of operations for years to come.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Morning Bell: Businesses Cutting Hours, Bracing for Costs of Obamacare

It seems that every day now brings another business owner in the news talking about cutting workers’ hours or making other cost-cutting moves in anticipation of Obamacare’s impact in 2013.

Here are just a few of the business owners’ comments on the health care law:  Click to continue reading this story.

10 most delusional campaign moments

Top officials for all the 2012 presidential campaigns gathered at Harvard University last week and opened a window on their decision making — and their regrets.

It was an eight-hour séance on steroids, dissecting everything from President Barack Obama’s poor performance in the first debate to Rick Perry’s back problems.  Click to continue reading this story.

Handicapping 2014: A Pause Could Add Perspective

The tendency to begin analyzing the next election cycle even before the votes have been counted in the last one shows no indication of abating, unfortunately.

While I have chosen to defer a detailed, race-by-race look at the 2014 elections (both in this column and in my newsletter) until after the first of the year — in part because only the most addicted political junkies really want to start talking about the midterm elections — others have already jumped into the pool.  Click to continue reading this story.

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