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December 26, 2013


GOP Seeks to Recast Message

"Republican leaders and their corporate allies have launched an array of efforts aimed at diminishing the clout of the party's most conservative activists and promoting legislation instead of confrontation next year," the Wall Street Journal reports.

"GOP House leaders are taking steps to impose discipline on wavering committee chairmen and tea-party factions. Meanwhile, major donors and advocacy groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in 2014's midterm elections. At the same time, party leaders plan to push legislative proposals--including child tax credits and flextime for hourly workers--designed to build the party's appeal among working families."

"The efforts, at the national and state levels, come at the end of a year of infighting and legislative brinkmanship, capped by the 16-day government shutdown in October that drove the party's image to historic lows."














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