Arizona House primary results: Ben Quayle booted from Congress

Arizona House primary results: Ben Quayle booted from Congress

Congressional District 6 candidate Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, hugs his wife Joyce in reaction to early election results from his campaign headquarters on Tuesday. | AP Photothe David Schweikert jumped to an early lead inRepublican House race. | AP Photo

By MIKE ZAPLER and ALEX ISENSTADT | 8/29/12 12:17 AM EDT

Freshman Rep. Ben Quayle lost Tuesday night to fellow first-term Rep. David Schweikert in a fierce member vs. member GOP primary in Arizona, a stinging defeat after Quayle’s years-long struggle to shed his image as the privileged scion of political royalty.

With four-fifths of precincts reporting, Schweikert was leading Quayle, 53 percent to 47 percent and the Associated Press called the race. Redistricting thrust the two incumbents into battle for a Scottsdale-area seat. Continue reading “Arizona House primary results: Ben Quayle booted from Congress”

GOP endorses fed pay overhaul, smaller workforce

GOP endorses fed pay overhaul, smaller workforce

A draft version of the Republican Party’s policy platform calls for restructuring federal pay and benefits and shrinking the government workforce through attrition.

The document, posted online by Politico, praises federal workers for their dedication and “the difficulty of their thankless task of implementing poorly drafted or open-ended legislation,” but said the government is too bloated and that federal pay and benefits are out of whack with the private sector. It proposes cutting the federal workforce through attrition by at least 10 percent and adjusting federal compensation to reflect private sector pay and benefits. “The federal pay system should be sufficiently flexible to acknowledge and reward those who dare to innovate, reduce overhead, optimize processes, and expedite paperwork,” the document stated. Continue reading “GOP endorses fed pay overhaul, smaller workforce”