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  • Shannon surges in new Okla. Senate poll [Lankford spokesman calls it "a POS survey"]

    04/23/2014 11:59:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon is surging in the Oklahoma Senate Republican primary and now leads the other frontrunner in the race, Rep. James Lankford, in a new survey out from a pro-Shannon group. The survey, conducted by the GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies for Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, gives Shannon 42 percent support among likely Republican primary voters to Lankford’s 32 percent support. That’s a gain of 19 points from another survey in mid-March, when Lankford led Shannon by nine points. The third candidate in the race, former state Sen. Randy Brogdon, takes just seven percent support...
  • Are reports of the death of a viable challenge to Lindsey Graham grossly exaggerated?

    04/23/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 4/23/14 | William A Jacobson
    There hasn’t been a lot of polling in the South Carolina Republican Senate primary, but what polling there is shows Lindsay Graham ahead by 30%+ against potential challengers. But it may still be a challenge for Graham to get the 50% he needs in the primary to avoid a runoff, and generating a runoff in which all the anti-Graham vote could coalesce, has been the strategy all along.
  • Cruz endorses Sasse for Nebraska Senate

    04/23/2014 7:01:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Midland University President Ben Sasse has picked up another big-name conservative endorsement in the Nebraska Senate Republican primary from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). In a statement, Cruz called Sasse the “strongest conservative voice” in the race. “Ben will not be just another vote in the Senate – he will be a leader in the fight to stop the Obama agenda and repeal ObamaCare from day one. We need strong reinforcements like him in the United States Senate,” he said. Cruz will attend a rally for Sasse, along with former Nebraska Gov. Kay Orr, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen....
  • Crist Gives Full Support To Affordable Care Act

    04/23/2014 2:13:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 4/22/14
    Former Governor Charlie Crist went where few Democrats dare, a full endorsement of Obamacare Democratic gubernatorial candidate is doing something with his campaign that almost no other Democrat in America is willing to do: give a full-throated endorsement of the Affordable Care Act. Crist made an appearance at the Capital Tiger Bay Club and repeatedly called the ACA “great” during his lunch speech. Crist also took aim at attack ads against him being run by a political action committee backing Republican Governor Rick Scott.
  • Greg Abbott slams BLM’s potential seizure of private lands

    04/22/2014 1:48:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 22, 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott slammed the federal Bureau of Land Management’s claims that private property within the state now belongs to the federal government. The BLM says the federal government owns a 90,000 acre piece of land along Texas’s Red River, despite it being maintained and cultivated by private landowners for generations and no law has been passed by Congress giving BLM ownership of the land. In the wake of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with federal agents over desert tortoise habitat in Nevada, Abbott — who is currently running for governor — argues that BLM’s plans to seize...
  • 2014: The Year Without Summer. We're now seeing similar weather effects as the record cold of 1816

    04/22/2014 7:29:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/22/2014 | Jeffrey Folks
    In their excellent book, The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History, William and Nicholas Klingaman relate the history, causes, and effects of the record cold that gripped the northern hemisphere in 1816.  For most in America, Europe, and Asia, the winter of 1815-1816 was the coldest in living memory.  What followed in the spring and summer of that year was equally disastrous.  It was an entire year of cold rains, crop failures, hunger, and economic collapse. There were multiple causes for the extreme weather of 1816, but all of them were natural,...
  • Poll: Independent Voters Back Anti-Obamacare Candidates By 25 Points

    04/21/2014 8:08:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 21, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new poll finds that Independent voters overwhelmingly back candidates who oppose Obamacare by a 25% margin (54% to 29%). The Fox News poll, released on Monday, also found that the general electorate backs anti-Obamacare candidates by 14% (53% to 39%). Nearly one in five voters (19%) said a congressional candidate's position on Obamacare will be the "single most important factor" driving their voting decision. A full 51% of those polled said 20 years from now Obamacare will be seen as "one of the worst" things President Barack Obama did as president, a sentiment with which even one in...
  • Editorial: Greg Abbott takes poll position

    04/19/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Amarillo Globe-News ^ | April 19, 2014
    If Texas Tech University’s numbers are any indication, the race for Texas governor won’t be all that competitive. According to a poll released last week by Tech’s Earl Survey Research Lab, GOP gubernatorial candidate and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has about lapped Democratic candidate state Sen. Wendy Davis. Granted, there is a long way to go before the Nov. 4 election, but with 54 percent of respondents saying they would vote for Abbott — and only 25 percent backing Davis — the attorney general has reason for optimism, at least according to this poll. (And before Davis supporters contend...
  • Democrats Confront Vexing Politics Over the Health Care Law

    04/19/2014 12:33:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 April 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    When Franklin D. Roosevelt established Social Security, he created generations of loyal Democrats. When Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, he built on that legacy, particularly with older Americans. And when George W. Bush instituted a new prescription drug benefit for Medicare, it helped reclaim elderly voters for Republicans. But President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the $1.4 trillion effort to extend health insurance to all Americans, is challenging the traditional calculus about government benefits and political impact. Even as Mr. Obama announced that eight million Americans had enrolled in the program and urged Democrats to embrace the law, those...
  • Midterms may hinge on whether Obamacare losers outvote the winners (Will takers outvote the makers?)

    04/19/2014 11:24:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/18/2014 | BYRON YORK
    When it comes to the politics of Obamacare, there's really only one question that matters: How many Americans are benefiting from the new health care system, and how many are hurting? Problem is, we know more about the first part of the question than the second. Obamacare's advocates have pushed hard against Republican attempts to highlight Americans who have been particularly hard hit by the new law. "There's plenty of horror stories being told," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in February. "All of them are untrue." Those advocates have hit back so hard that it appears they are trying...
  • Success Of Obamacare Might Translate Into Political Success

    04/18/2014 9:15:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | April 18, 2014 | Dr. Ron Chusid
    The number of people signing up for private insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act has now reached eight million. While primarily symbolic, it does represent a victory after initial projections of seven million were reduced to six million due to the problems when the exchanges opened. We know that if they failed to meet these projections, Republicans would be making a big deal of them. In addition, late enrollees included a high percentage of young people. Good news means more positive head lines, such as National Journal writing that Obamacare is on a Winning Streak. The political climate is...
  • Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms

    04/18/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
    One rainy morning this month, the man who thought he would be president boarded a train near his beach house in San Diego. He stepped off in Burbank, Calif., and caught a ride to a sound stage, where his on-again, off-again political consigliere, Mike Murphy, was waiting to shoot a commercial on a set that bore more than a passing resemblance to the Oval Office. Looking and sounding like a president out of central casting, he nailed his lines. The crew called him “one-take Romney,” and before he departed, they swarmed, extending arms around his shoulders and angling their iPhones...
  • Advice to Democrats: Don't say "recovery"

    04/18/2014 6:18:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    yahoo ^ | 4/18/14 | David Espo
    Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.... Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word "recovery" is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven't worked.
  • PALIN VISIT: Conservative Women Rallying Around Ernst

    04/17/2014 3:42:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | April 16, 2014 | Sam Hoyle
    Sarah Palin already announced her support for US Senate candidate Joni Ernst. Now Palin is joining her on the campaign trail. The former vice presidential candidate will stump for Ernst at a rally in West Des Moines as part of a ShePAC event that aims to support, honor and elect conservative women. The “Heels On, Gloves Off” event is set for April 27th. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska and former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr will also attend the event.
  • 14 Factors to Watch in the 2014 Midterms: Everything you need to know to become an expert in 2014

    04/17/2014 7:30:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/17/2014 | Patrick Reddy
    President Obama and the Democrats clearly have had a case of the winter blues that could well carry over into the fall elections. Republican David Jolly’s upset win in a Florida special election in a district that President Obama had carried twice is a warning sign that it will be extremely difficult for Democrats to re-take the House of Representatives – and Democratic control of the US Senate is now in even more jeopardy. Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus is now gleefully predicting a GOP tsunami that will wash over the entire country, Red, Purple and Blue states alike....
  • 9 Candidates Get Sarah Palin’s Seal of Approval

    04/15/2014 5:45:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 15, 2014 | Alina Kleineidam
    The 2014 midterm elections are right around the corner, and after endorsing 64 candidates in 2010, and contributing about $300,000 to candidates in 2012, Sarah Palin is once again trying to wield influence over another election cycle. Just like in previous years, Palin’s picks get free publicity on her social media accounts, through appearances in their television ads and financial support from SarahPAC. Formed in 2009, SarahPAC is Palin’s political action committee, which is “dedicated to building America’s future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.” Here are 9 candidates Palin has chosen...
  • In SW Florida congressional race, who matters more: Palin or Paul?

    04/15/2014 12:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | April 15, 2014 | Alex Leary, Washington Bureau Chief
    Endorsments can be overrated but in a conservative primary with a lot of noise and mud, could a high-profile name give a candidate the edge? Congressional District 19 candidate Lizbeth Benacquisto recently got the backing of Sarah Palin, who held a fundraiser and sang the candidate's praises on Fox News. Yesterday, Curt Clawson scored the endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul, among the first tea party backed candidates to make it big. "Washington is desperate for outside leadership," Paul said. "Curt Clawson is an outsider who will bring refreshing ideas to the halls of Congress. Today, I proudly stand with Curt...
  • Poll: Joni Ernst Takes Lead in Iowa GOP Senate Primary [Castration!]

    04/15/2014 8:30:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/9/14 | John McCormack
    A new Suffolk University poll of the Iowa GOP Senate primary shows state senator Joni Ernst narrowly leading wealthy business executive Mark Jacobs: In the smaller subset of June Republican Primary voters, State Sen. Joni Ernst, who has been tagged the “castration candidate” due to her TV ad that includes a matter-of-fact reference to growing up on an Iowa hog farm, is leading businessman Mark Jacobs 25 percent to 23 percent.
  • Send In Bill Clinton to Save the Democratic Midterm Campaign

    04/14/2014 7:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 14, 2014 | Bob Shrum
    Months away from Election Day, the Democrats are already cutting and running away from Obamacare. Clinton is the man to help them embrace it, attack obsessed Republicans—and win.Let Bill do it. With Democrats facing a daunting midterm season, it’s time to bring in the Big Dawg, not just as a campaigner but as a strategic driving force with the resources to deploy and dominate the message wars from coast to coast. Put him in charge of one of the existing super PACs—which would instantly multiply its fundraising—or form a new one that can operate on a genuinely super scale, with...
  • Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats

    04/14/2014 6:04:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ron Christie
    Sadly, it has come down to this. When they assumed power in 2009, Democrats promised that a trillion-dollar stimulus package would invigorate the economy and create millions of jobs. It did not happen—all while trillions of dollars were added to the national debt which will become due when these current lawmakers are safely in retirement. The president of the United States and congressional Democrats promised that if they passed Obamacare, you could keep your doctor and your health plan while your premiums would decrease by an average of $2,500 a year. All of these claims were assessed and identified by...
  • Can Obama scare supporters to the polls?

    04/14/2014 11:19:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 14, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    MSNBC host Al Sharpton is back at the White House today, this time for a Holy Week prayer breakfast with President Obama and dozens of faith leaders. Sharpton’s arrival comes just two days after Obama embraced the controversial activist and former FBI informant at a New York event hosted by the liberal broadcaster. Obama used the Sharpton event to accuse Republicans of trying to reverse the 1965 Voting Rights Act and intentionally suppress black voters with state laws requiring voters to show identification. “The real voter fraud is those that try to deny our rights by making arguments about voter...
  • First Karen Handel TV Ad Features Sarah Palin

    04/13/2014 3:17:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Roll Call's At The Races ^ | April 11, 2014 | Emily Cahn
    Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, one of about a half-dozen Republicans running in the Peach State’s open Senate contest, will hit the airwaves Monday with a new ad that prominently features former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The 30-second ad, which is narrated with audio from the April event where Palin endorsed Handel, will air statewide on cable and broadcast, according to Handel’s campaign. “You know her background, you know her record, the conservative who has walked the walk cutting budgets,” Palin says of Handel in the ad. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Among the other top Republicans in the crowded field are three...
  • More Political Street Art At Masters [Anti Obama at Golf Tournament]

    04/12/2014 8:52:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/12/14 | Kerry Picket
    More political street art has surfaced and this time it is in Georgia. A familiar poster with an image of President Obama taking a putt above the words “SUB PAR” appeared in Augusta on Friday morning around the Masters Golf Tournament.
  • Charlie Crist opening his campaign's first field office in Broward

    04/12/2014 6:46:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 4/11/14 | Anthony Man
    Showing just how important a strong Democratic showing in Broward County is to Charlie Crist’s hope of returning to the Governor’s Mansion, the first field office for his campaign is set for Planation. The campaign plans to dedicate the office next week. What’s being described as the South Florida headquarters will be located at 320 South University Drive, Plantation. The grand opening is at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The only other Crist office so far is the state headquarters in St. Petersburg. Broward, which has more registered Democrats than any other Florida county is critical for the party’s hopes to win...
  • Mississippi Tea Party Darling Bragged About His 'Mamacita' Outreach

    04/10/2014 5:22:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Atlantic/Yahoo ^ | 4/10/14 | Alexander Abad-Santos
    In the spirit of fast-rising white Republicans who say dumb things about race, Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel can now add his name to the list after Mother Jones uncovered a 2006 tape where the Tea Party darling bragged about not wanting to pay slavery reparations and only knowing how to hit on girls and find the bathroom in Spanish. (The Wall Street Journal reported on tape on Thursday.) McDaniel is challenging fellow Republican Thad Cochran for his U.S. Senate seat.
  • [Independent Maine Sen Angus] King may switch sides and join the Republicans after midterms

    04/10/2014 5:22:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 10, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether to switch sides and join the Republicans. He is leaving open the possibility of aligning himself with the GOP if control of the upper chamber changes hands. “I’ll make my decision at the time based on what I think is best for Maine,” King told The Hill Wednesday after voting with Republicans to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure at the center for the 2014 Democratic campaign agenda. King’s remarks are a clear indication that congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle...
  • Hard times are fighting times: Why and how we must win the South (Dems/Communists plan for 2014)

    04/09/2014 3:44:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Worker's World ^ | April 8, 2014 | Staff
    The following document was prepared by members of the Durham, N.C., branch of Workers World Party and updated on April 8, 2014. The goal of this document is to help inform discussion at the March 29th Hard Times Are Fighting Times Conference on Socialism by placing current anti-racist struggles in the U.S. South and the U.S. labor movement in the context of historic national oppression and previous setbacks in the South. The goal is to avoid past mistakes and build greater unity in and between the anti-racist and union movements. To accomplish this we will first lay out some...
  • Jobs recovery killing entrepreneurial spirit [CNN Fantasy, There is no recovery]

    04/09/2014 5:39:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/9/14
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) As more and more Americans find jobs, it's having a chilling effect on potential new entrepreneurs, according to a new industry report. Last year, 476,000 new businesses were created each month, mostly in the construction and services industries.... That's down 7% from 2012, when 514,000 new businesses were being created monthly....
  • House Republicans Are Quietly Giving in to Obamacare [Lib Propaganda to Dispirit Us?]

    04/09/2014 2:28:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    New Republic ^ | 4/7/14 | Brian Beutler
    ...now that Obamacare has taken root we're seeing the green shoots of conservative acquiescence cropping up all around it. A full month ago, the House passed three minor ACA tweaks—to address the concerns of Christian Scientists, volunteer firefighters, and companies that employ veterans (who are already provided health coverage by the government)....
  • Brutal: Democratic poll finds Obama’s base is ready to stay home in November

    04/09/2014 12:49:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 8, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The poll was conducted between March 19 and 23, a week before the White House declared “mission accomplished” on ObamaCare, so maybe it’s simply missing a recent surge in enthusiasm among lefties. The first rule of ACA polling, though, is that the numbers rarely move much no matter what’s going on with the law. They dipped after the Healthcare.gov Chernobyl in October, they bounced back a bit as sign-ups improved, but overall they’ve been steady at around -10 or -12 for years now. Hard to believe that an enrollment milestone will shift that trend markedly and durably, especially with premiums...
  • Why Obama’s Presidency Has to Be All About Race Now

    04/08/2014 11:05:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 8, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Barack Obama’s presidency is failing. Despite what he and his cheerleaders in the press think, he is still losing the argument over ObamaCare. The program has posted a few non-catastrophic enrollment numbers lately, but a lot of the public has already made up their minds. They never liked the program much to begin with, and now that they know what’s in it, they like it even less. The economic recovery, such as it is, continues to be slow, painful, and jobless. The president’s foreign policy is spinning out of control in all directions. So the left is doing what they...
  • For Dems, a problem with seniors

    04/06/2014 3:44:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/06/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing the group aged 65 and over by 21 points in 2010 — when Republicans picked up 63 seats — and by 12 points in the 2012 presidential race. Seniors are the GOP’s most reliable voting bloc in midterm years, turning out in higher numbers than Democratic base voters. A recent Gallup poll showed seniors have become even more Republican over the last two decades; in 2013, 48 percent considered themselves Republican. That spells trouble for Democrats, who...
  • How should Democrats deal with Obamacare in 2014?

    04/05/2014 3:34:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/05/14 | Jacqueline Alemany
    For Senate Democrats running this year in Republican-leaning states, their struggle with how to deal with Obamacare's unpopularity left them biting their nails a bit harder after President Obama announced Tuesday that the health care law hit its 7 million enrollment goal. While the White House continues touting the benefits of the law, polls consistently show more Americans disapprove of Obamacare -- a disconnect that's not helping as Democrats try to fire up voters in their effort to fend off a potential Republican takeover of the Senate. But at a time when the economy is overwhelmingly viewed as the most...
  • Battleground Polls and Conservative Strength: Liberals will have to try very hard to spin this one

    04/04/2014 8:20:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/04/2014 | Bruce Walker
    The latest Battleground Poll, compared with prior Battleground Polls, shows the percentage of Americans who describe themselves as “conservative” dropping. The percentage is lower than almost any Battleground Poll in the last fifteen years. The percentage of Americans who call themselves “liberal,” by contrast, is at an all-time high. Modification in the demographics of the poll sample may have something to do with the change. Women form 53% of the sample, while women are 50.6% of the population. Blacks are 13% of the Battleground sample, a smidgen more that the black percentage of the population. As I noted a few...
  • Palin Campaigns for Handel in Ga. Senate Race (Perdue knocks Handel's lack of college degree)

    04/03/2014 11:48:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | April 3, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy
    Sarah Palin forcefully defended the only woman fighting for the Republican nomination for Georgia's open Senate seat and hit back Thursday against a rival's apparent dismissal of Karen Handel's high school education. David Perdue, the former Dollar General CEO, said that "there's a high school graduate in this race, OK? I'm sorry but these issues are so much broader, so complex" as he talked about the economy and the federal deficit during a January meeting captured on video....
  • A.B. Stoddard: ObamaCare must change [Obama’s only hope is change]

    04/03/2014 4:14:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 2, 2014 | A.B. Stoddard, an associate editor of The Hill
    Reaching more than 7 million new enrollments in an unpopular healthcare program, using a still breaking website, is indeed a formidable accomplishment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And in touting the positive development Tuesday, President Obama was correct in describing new access to healthcare as “progress,” stating that Armageddon had not arrived and declaring that the debate over repealing ObamaCare has ended. But until Democrats work with Republicans to change it, the ACA will remain their worst political liability and could ultimately become their worst regret. Four years after a partisan process produced ObamaCare, the program is more political...
  • Worried about Senate, (exempt) Obama calls 2014 his last campaign

    04/03/2014 2:58:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/03/14 | Jeff Mason
    CHICAGO - On a politically focused trip aimed at revving up his base and raising cash, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged supporters to help Democrats keep control of the U.S. Senate and declared this year to be his last campaign. Buoyed by good news over his signature healthcare program, Obama touted proposals to raise the minimum wage and spur job creation that have little chance of passage in Congress during a rally with students in Michigan. Later at a fundraiser in Chicago he underscored Democratic worries about their political vulnerabilities in the Senate and House of Representatives in November...
  • Obama Heads to Fundraiser After Giving Brief Ft. Hood Statement

    04/02/2014 6:33:23 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    On Wednesday evening, President Obama was being kept up to date on the developments from the mass shooting at Fort Hood while reportedly attending fundraisers for the 2014 election cycle. According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, Obama is in the loop while at the fundraisers. Obama will be in Chicago for four and a half hours, and the events have largely been closed to the media, with radio and TV reporters banned from attendance. Only one print reporter will be allowed to provide press pool notes
  • High court voids overall contribution limits (democrats and McCain will go nuts with this one!)

    04/02/2014 7:34:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 4/2/14 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates. But their decision...
  • A Gaffe Can Matter When It Motivates the Base (Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley)

    04/01/2014 2:08:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    FiveThirtyEightPolitics ^ | April 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    We recently published a forecast that described the GOP as more likely than not to win the U.S. Senate in November. But our analysis was less bullish on Republicans’ prospects of flipping the seat in Iowa currently held by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring. There, Democrats appeared to have a strong candidate in Rep. Bruce Braley, who has cleared his primary field. Republicans, meanwhile, face a contentious primary with a number of candidates who have never won races for statewide or federal office. After we published our forecast, the Republican PAC America Rising released a video of Braley,...
  • As November disaster looms, Dems forming circular firing squad

    04/01/2014 7:37:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/01/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The standard MSM rope is that the GOP is riven by conflict, but even they are beginning to notice Democrats turning against one another. There is going to be hell to pay for the Democrats in November. Having rammed through a disastrous transformation of health care, a lot of congressional Democrats and many more down the ticket suspect that voters will vent their anger at the party that foisted the travesty on us.As the old saying goes, “Success has a thousand fathers and failure is an orphan.” So Democrats are scrambling to make sure that their backs are protected when...
  • Palin, Virginia, & the Road to the White House

    03/31/2014 8:01:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Sarah Palin: Ex-veep nominee backs three Dixie Senate hopefuls. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), whose support often helps propel underdog conservatives into the winner’s circle, has now endorsed three Republican US candidates who are challenging establishment-backed contenders. The latest is in Mississippi, where Palin has given her imprimatur to state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) in his challenge to six-term US Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). Before that, Palin endorsed Oklahoma House Speaker T. W. Shannon (R) over US Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), and Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) in a multi-candidate field to succeed US Sen. Johnny Isakson...
  • A Common Core Game Changer

    03/30/2014 12:00:31 PM PDT · by RobaWho · 9 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | March 30, 2014 | Rob Cunningham
    Breaking through the main stream media's blackout and exposing actual facts and truth about Common Core IS possible. One all-volunteer group in Georgia, About Common Core (ACC), is on a mission to eradicate Common Core in every state - quickly. They seek to make Common Core THE litmus test issue for most voters in all 2014 & 2016 local, state & federal campaigns. The FormulaACC seeks to quickly turn millions of citizens into mobile empowered teachers by giving away a powerful, easy to use app for instantly share tidbits of Common Core's rancid truth. Why?An estimated 70% to 80% of...
  • This Is How You’ll Feel When the GOP Wins the Senate

    03/29/2014 10:04:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Moyers and Company ^ | March 25, 2014 | Professor Marty Kaplan
    It’s the morning after. You stayed up late watching election results on TV. By the time you went to bed, the Republicans had won five of the six Senate seats they needed to take control of both houses of Congress. As the networks called each state for the GOP, it felt like a trap door had opened beneath your feet, like a Munch scream, like a nightmare — a nauseating, slow-motion wreck you were powerless to prevent. Too rattled to sleep, you reached for the melatonin. Then, when you wake up in a sweat, the real nightmare begins. Republicans are...
  • Tonight (03/29) is 'Earth Hour'

    03/29/2014 7:19:13 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 31 replies
    03-29-2014
    Earth Hour 2014 is at 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM on Saturday, March 29 Be sure to leave a light on.
  • Sarah Palin and Joni Ernst: Making them squeal

    03/28/2014 8:33:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Hill's Pundit Blog ^ | March 28, 2014 | Bernie Quigley
    In the beginning, over there where you can see Russia, there was former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska). And now there is Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). What I saw in the now-famous campaign clip for her Senate run in Iowa — in which she promised to "make them squeal" in Washington and said her Washington skills would include castrating pigs — was confidence and fearlessness. It was a clever ad, and amusing. But with the kind of heartland self-assurance and righteous country confidence that you find in a mountain preacher like Billy Graham or in Johnny Cash and June and Mother Carter:...
  • Calvin Turnquest for Congress

    03/28/2014 4:37:05 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Calvin Turnquest was born in Nassau, Bahamas, into a family with a long tradition of public service and deep involvement with the church. Calvin was raised with the values of hard work, service to others, and faith in God. Calvin applied for an F-1 visa in 1989 to attend the University of Miami, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. He then worked to earn his Green Card. Calvin took the oath of U.S. Citizenship in September, 1999 and calls it his proudest day. While attending the University of Miami, he met Sheryl Thompson,...
  • This Is How The Tea Party Ends

    03/28/2014 12:43:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable blog ^ | March 28, 2014 | Benjamin Domenech
    How do political movements end? And how do we assess the impact they had on the political sphere? In the case of the Tea Party, it seems to me that some smart analysts are focusing too much on horserace politics, and less on the bigger picture of how public policy is made. More than one smart journalist is writing this spring that the less aggressive approach of grassroots groups in this year’s Senate and House primaries means that the Tea Party movement is essentially coming to an end. In a piece at National Journal titled “The Tea Party’s Over”, Josh...
  • Braley’s ‘farmer from Iowa’ remarks could spell election trouble for party

    03/27/2014 1:01:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Iowa Democrats are worried Rep. Bruce Braley’s remark that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) is a “farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” could come back to haunt him. Braley’s Senate campaign is in damage control mode following the release of a video in which the Democrat tells Texas trial lawyers at a fundraiser that he’s better equipped to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee than his state’s senior senator. “If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice, someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years, in...
  • Gingrich: As soon as 2016 is about substance, Hillary starts losing support, literally, overnight

    03/23/2014 2:16:48 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 23,2014 | Newt Gingrich
    NEWT GINGRICH: First lady, Senator, Secretary Clinton is very famous for being famous and as long as she can continue to be famous, she will be famous. Now, you're in the middle of a mess in Russia, her reset, which by the way was mistranslated and actually said in Russian overcharge and had apparently been taken from a jacuzzi or a swimming pool from a Geneva hotel. The reset -- the fact is as Secretary of State, she reset our relationship with Russia so well that you currently have the occupation of Crimea and the potential occupation of Ukraine. So,...