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  • Mary Landrieu is the clear choice for Senate: Editorial

    11/26/2014 3:38:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 100 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | November 26, 2014 | By The Editorial Board
    Mary Landrieu is dedicated to the well being of Louisiana residents. Even her vote for the Affordable Care Act, which is being used to attack her, reflects concern for the hundreds of thousands of her constituents who lack health insurance. Seniority matters in the Senate. Although Democrats lost control of the chamber in the midterm elections, Sen. Landrieu would be one of the highest-ranking members of the minority party in the next Congress. Her track record demonstrates her ability to work successfully with Republicans on a variety of matters. Louisiana needs Sen. Landrieu's knowledge, energy and influence in Washington as...
  • 2014 and Republican Morale

    11/25/2014 6:32:14 AM PST · by CPT Clay · 3 replies
    Red State ^ | November 24th, 2014 at 05:00 PM | Dan McLaughlin
    ERICK ERICKSON FRONT PAGE WRITERS FEATURES E-LETTERS COFFEE & MARKETS GATHERING FRIENDS RedState Gathering Set For Atlanta in 2015! Click here for more information. « BACK | PRINT RS FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR 2014 and Republican Morale By: Dan McLaughlin (Diary) | November 24th, 2014 at 05:00 PM | 15 RESIZE: AAA Share on Facebook 12 57 SHARES Sexy Karl Rove 622 There’s been a lot written about the impact of the 2014 elections, but let’s not overlook one of the really crucial points: its effect on Republican morale. Republicans didn’t just need a win: we needed a win that met...
  • Ose Concedes in Expensive Congressional Race (CA)

    11/22/2014 11:24:35 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    Fox News Channel 40 ^ | November 19, 2014 | Ian MacDonald
    Republican Doug Ose has conceded in the race for California’s 7th Congressional District, the most expensive congressional race in the country this election. “Let me begin by saying that I celebrate the fact that our institutions and our laws provide us a system whereby elections can be peacefully resolved. I congratulate Congressman Bera on his victory,” Ose said in a written statement. Rep. Ami Bera’s lead more than doubled in a week, according to new numbers released Wednesday by the Sacramento County Registrar.
  • Current Louisiana Polling (Human Events-Gravis: Cassidy 59% - 38% over Landrieu)

    11/18/2014 11:59:12 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 86 replies
    Gravis Marketing ^ | 17 Nov 2014 | Gravis Marketing
    Human Events-Gravis Marketing conducted a random survey of 643 likely voters regarding opinions of races in Louisiana. The poll carries a margin of error of 4%. The poll was conducted 11-12-2014-11-14-2014 The polls were conducted using automated telephone calls and weighted by anticipated voting demographics.
  • Virginia's Results Pose Puzzle for Parties [Is it a Red or Blue state?]

    11/18/2014 1:11:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    RCP ^ | 11/18/2014 | Salena Zito
    <p>Election results are like the tiny pieces of a vast, intricate jigsaw puzzle depicting America's landscape, complete with rolling farms, a railroad crossing, blocks of industry, homes and people — lots and lots of different people.</p> <p>Only the incredibly patient, astute and determined can recognize how thousands of unique puzzle pieces match up to re-create the scene.</p>
  • Begich concedes Alaska U.S. Senate race to Sullivan

    11/17/2014 6:52:12 PM PST · by Radio Free Tuscaloosa · 25 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | November 17, 2014 | Casey Grove
    ANCHORAGE — First-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has conceded his race against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan, the former Alaska natural resources commissioner who has led in his first run at elected office since Election Day on Nov. 4. According to a Division of Elections update Monday afternoon, Begich trailed Sullivan by more than 6,200 votes, about 2.2 percent. Spokespersons for the Begich campaign had said repeatedly since Election Day that every vote deserved to be counted and hinted that uncounted votes from rural Alaska might put Begich ahead. The Associated Press called the election for Sullivan on Nov. 11. Nearly...
  • Mark Begich concedes to Dan Sullivan in Alaska Senate race

    11/17/2014 4:34:16 PM PST · by CatOwner · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/17/2014 | Rebecca Berg
    Finally. An additional 7,286 votes were added to the Alaska Senate totals today so far. And while Begich received almost 58% of those votes, Sullivan still leads by 6,211 votes. It is believed there will no more than 3,000 additional ballots to count by this Wednesday (Nov 19).
  • GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

    11/17/2014 5:48:58 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | MELINDA DESLATTE -
    Republicans have promised Bill Cassidy a seat on the Senate’s energy committee if he defeats Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana’s runoff election next month, potentially undercutting one of her main arguments for re-election. Landrieu has repeatedly touted the importance of her seat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in her campaign for a fourth term representing a state with a robust oil and gas industry. on Twitter
  • Why the Republicans Swept the Midterms

    11/17/2014 5:16:41 PM PST · by RetiredArmy · 16 replies
    Rapture Ready web site ^ | November 17, 2014 | Andy Wood
    What the Talking Heads Are Not Telling You In last week's midterm elections, the Republican Party scored historic victories at the national, state, and local levels of American government. Thus, the American political landscape and balance of power is vastly different today than it was before the November 4th election. While a wave election, such as what we saw last week, does not solve all of our national problems, it certainly will go a long way toward slowing down the progress of evil that has dominated our nation over the past six years. However, very few of the pundits and...
  • 2014 Election Aftermath: Unions' bark worse than their bite

    11/17/2014 11:19:13 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2014 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    Yesterday’s election was not so much a referendum on labor reform as yet another reminder that when elected officials protect freedom and taxpayers they do not need to fear the wrath of the union political juggernaut. These reformers winning and opponents losing cannot be easily dismissed as “it was a Republican wave which protected the politicians who took on labor reform.” Almost more striking than what was in the Republican wins was what was not in the Democrat losses. In Michigan for example, the birthplace of the UAW, the state with the 5th highest union membership rate in the country...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 16 November 2014

    11/16/2014 4:34:49 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 168 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 16 November 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows November 16th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Sens.-elect Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and James Lankford, R-Okla.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Mitt Romney; Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Al Franken, D-Minn.; Rep,...
  • Obama To Voters – My Voice is The Only One That Counts

    11/16/2014 6:14:16 AM PST · by massmike · 11 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 11/16/2014 | Don Feder
    The day after the 2014 election, the president made one of his Olympian pronouncements: "To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you," he declared. But, "to the two-thirds of Americans who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too." But what are non-voters saying, that they love the president so much that they couldn't bear to take part in an election where he'd be crushed? It's more likely non-voting is due to laziness, apathy or cynicism about a political process that offers Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as alternatives. In 2014,...
  • Bill Clinton says he's surprised at Midterm losses

    11/16/2014 5:23:03 AM PST · by Din Maker · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Ken Thomas
    <p>Former President Bill Clinton said Saturday that Democrats lacked a "national advertising campaign" in the recent midterm elections and that he's surprised many Senate races were not closer.</p> <p>Clinton said in an interview with Politico that Republicans were helped by a larger bloc of voters who felt more strongly about the elections than members of his party. Democrats could have benefited from a national message that reinforced the party's positions on refinancing student loans and promoting equal pay for women, he said.</p>
  • Parnell concedes in Alaska gubernatorial race

    11/15/2014 10:15:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2014 12:52 AM EST
    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell conceded the gubernatorial race Saturday, issuing a statement a day after independent challenger Bill Walker was declared the winner. […] Parnell has served as governor since July 2009, when Sarah Palin resigned. He won election in his own right in 2010. Palin had endorsed Walker. …
  • Bill Clinton Says He's Surprised by Midterm Loses

    11/15/2014 8:40:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | November 15, 2014 | Ken Thomas
    Former President Bill Clinton said Saturday that Democrats lacked a "national advertising campaign" in the recent midterm elections and that he's surprised many Senate races were not closer. Clinton said in an interview with Politico that Republicans were helped by a larger bloc of voters who felt more strongly about the elections than members of his party. Democrats could have benefited from a national message that reinforced the party's positions on refinancing student loans and promoting equal pay for women, he said. "The people who were against us felt more strongly than the people who were for us. The people...
  • 3 Congressional Races That Still Don't Have a Winner

    11/15/2014 12:54:54 PM PST · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    ABCNews ^ | November 14, 2014
    With House freshmen reporting to Washington this week for orientation, three Congressional races from last week still remain too close to call. In Arizona, Gabby Giffords’ former seat is still up for grabs, with the re-match between endangered Democrat Rep. Ron Barber and Republican former Air Force Col. Martha McSally now moving to a recount. Two California districts that have dealt with severe droughts are still waiting for races to be called, both including fierce challenges from Republicans against incumbents. It all means the Republican wave this election may still be able to nab three more seats before the end...
  • NRA-Backed Candidates Won over 91 Percent of Congressional Elections

    11/15/2014 9:49:01 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/13/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    With all the numbers tallied, out of 251 races, NRA-backed candidates won in 229, over 91 percent of Congressional races in which they endorsed a candidate. According to the Washington Examiner, NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam explained that the Second Amendment group was able to win at this level because individual NRA members were motivated to vote for freedom. He said: "Our members came out in droves and voted for their rights and their freedom. This was one of the most successful election cycles in a decade."
  • Diez Poll: Cassidy Has A 16 Point Lead On Landrieu

    11/13/2014 6:01:11 PM PST · by abb · 56 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 13, 2014 | Scott McKay
    We’ve talked in the past about John Diez, the Prairieville-based polling guru of Magellan Strategies Baton Rouge, and the solid reputation his firm has put togther among politicos around the state. What our readers might not know is that Diez, who did the internal polling for the Garret Graves campaign, had a frighteningly-accurate forecast of the 6th District race a week before election night. Diez had that race as follows: Edwards 29 (finished with 30) Graves 24 (finished with 27) Dietzel 13 (finished with 14) Claitor 10 (finished with 10) Whitney 6 (finished with 7) That’s what’s known as one...
  • Sarah Palin, 'Duck Dynasty' to rally in Louisiana [Maness as well for Cassidy]

    11/13/2014 5:03:08 PM PST · by topher · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 13-November-2014 | By Ashley Killough,
    (CNN) -- As Rep. Bill Cassidy wages a runoff campaign against Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, he'll get some in-person support this weekend from Sarah Palin and "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson.
  • Best Candidate of 2014 (Cory Garner) -- and lessons for 2016

    11/12/2014 6:40:56 PM PST · by only1percent · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/10/2014 | Chris Cillizza
    ...[I]t's immediately apparent that Senate Republicans did an outstanding job of recruiting this cycle. Capito ran one of the best campaigns in a non-competitive race in the country. McConnell was, as usual, outstanding. Gillespie came from nowhere to almost upset the single most popular politician in Virginia. And Ernst is a rising national star. But, when you look at the totality of the campaign, it's clear that Cory Gardner was the single best candidate of the 2014 election.
  • Sarah Palin to campaign for Bill Cassidy

    11/12/2014 6:24:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 12, 2014 | Burgess Everett
    Sarah Palin did not support Rep. Bill Cassidy during Louisiana’s Senate jungle primary last week. But now that it’s between Cassidy and Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, the former Alaska governor is changing her tune. The 2008 vice-presidential nominee plans to appear alongside Cassidy, “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson and defeated conservative Senate candidate Rob Maness at a GOP unity rally on Saturday afternoon in Monroe, according to a source familiar with the event. The Palin visit follows a Monday event with Maness, Cassidy and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in Baton Rouge. Palin supported Maness in the primary and predicted that...
  • Martha McSally now up 165 Votes

    11/12/2014 7:02:56 PM PST · by nd76 · 29 replies
    They counted the newly discovered 213 ballots from the school in Green Valley, AZ, and Martha McSally gained 32 net votes to now lead by 165. The fate of the 200 provisional ballots which were supposed to be verified by the affected voters by 5 pm MST (7 pm EST) is unknown.
  • Mary Landrieu hasn’t received one donation from outside groups this past week for runoff election

    11/12/2014 12:30:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Capitol City Project ^ | November 12, 2014 | Joe Schoffstall
    Six days ago, it was reported the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee wouldn’t be lending any more support to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) leading up to her December 6 runoff election against Republican opponent Bill Cassidy, as the DSCC has canceled its advertising reservations in the state. However, it appears that her problems extend well beyond them, as even more outside groups have appeared to jump ship — at least for the time being. FEC filings from the past week show that the sitting senator hasn’t received one independent donation from any outside group either in support of her re-election or...
  • Pelosi on Midterms: Crises Like ISIS, Ebola Distracted Voters from Our Message

    11/12/2014 12:39:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 12, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Nancy Pelosi does not believe the midterm results were a Republican wave; she says they were more of a Democratic ebb. And in a new interview, the House Minority Leader says that it didn’t help that voters were distracted during the final leg of the campaign by various international crises. In an interview with Politico out today, Pelosi continued to insist there was “no wave of approval for the Republicans” and even admitted that Democrats need to do a better job mobilizing voter turnout on their side the next time around. But when pressed on whether the Democrats lost because...
  • Democratic Party Favorable Rating Falls to Record Low

    11/12/2014 3:47:13 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After the midterm elections that saw the Democratic Party suffer significant losses in Congress, a record-low 36% of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of the party, down six percentage points from before the elections. The Republican Party's favorable rating, at 42%, is essentially unchanged from 40%. This marks the first time since September 2011 that the Republican Party has had a higher favorability rating than the Democratic Party.
  • Losing senators make emotional return

    11/12/2014 6:07:36 PM PST · by mdittmar · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/12/14 | Alexander Bolton
    The Senate floor was a display of mixed emotions on Wednesday as Democratic senators who lost their reelection bids last week returned to vote on two nominees.Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) embraced a wan-looking Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who Democrats thought would pull out a win last week.Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), another losing incumbent, kept his arms firmly folded across his chest as he immersed himself in serious conversation with sympathetic Democratic colleagues.The Associated Press declared his GOP opponent Dan Sullivan the victor just this morning, though the Alaska Democrat has yet to concede. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)...
  • Voters Are Giving You One More Chance, GOP

    11/12/2014 4:31:01 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 12 Nov 2014 | Ann Coulter
    I'm sorry to have to tell you this, America, but Andrew Cotto is done defending you to his European friends at dinner parties. There's no use begging. You brought this on yourself -- as Cotto explains in his Salon.com article, "My American exceptionalism fantasy is over: How these midterms sealed the deal." You may not be aware, but Cotto is a novelist no one has heard of and also teaches creative writing at CUNY, so he's very big. More bad news from Salon.com: "O'Reilly is losing, and he knows it." That's why Republicans swept everything from U.S. senator to substitute-part-time-dog...
  • Chuck Todd Defends Obama’s ‘Bitter Americans’ ‘Cling To Guns Or Religion’ Comments

    11/12/2014 6:09:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 11/12/14 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of Meet the Press, appeared on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show on Tuesday November 11, to promote his new book "The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House." During his appearance, the NBC host defended Obama’s 2008 speech in which then-candidate Obama claimed “bitter Americans” “cling to guns or religion.” Todd argued that Obama’s “just observing the way an anthropologist would observe a society.” Todd’s defense of Obama came in response to a caller to the show who argued: One asks why Obama is so aloof, so cool, so withdrawn,
  • Republicans will now taste their bitter harvest

    11/11/2014 6:53:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2014 | Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor & publisher, The Nation
    In the early 3rd century B.C., after King Pyrrhus of Epirus again took brutal casualties in defeating the Romans, he told one person who offered congratulations, “If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined.” In his more sober moments, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), about to achieve his lifelong ambition of becoming Senate majority leader, may wonder whether he, too, has achieved a pyrrhic victory. Republicans are still crowing about the sweeping victories in 2014 that give them control of both houses of Congress. They will set the agenda, deciding what gets considered, investigated...
  • Stock Rally Stalls with Republican Win; Investment & Finance Thread Nov. 9, 2014

    11/09/2014 9:53:35 AM PST · by expat_panama · 48 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Nov. 9, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Stock Rally Stalls with Republican Win; Investment & Finance Thread Nov. 9, 2014 Whoa, the past week was decisive in more ways than one! A week ago we took inventory of then-current trends and considered which scenarios would lead where.  All we knew for sure was that either things would stay their courses or we'd change direction.  What happened is we dumped 'business as usual' --as far as trend-lines went-- and we now got signals pointing at "something new".   That 'something new' might even be a basing/stage prep for a continued price surge (Stock Indexes In Pause Mode, But That...
  • The best candidate of the 2014 election

    11/11/2014 3:34:08 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    The 2014 election is over! And, before the 2016 presidential race begins in earnest -- oh, who are we kidding, that's already happened -- we wanted to give out some Fix superlatives for the best (and worst) of the 2014 campaign. Today kicks off the Fix's award season with our pick for the best candidate of the cycle. Tomorrow, we "award" the worst candidate. First, the nominees (in alphabetical order by last name): * Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia Senate) * Joni Ernst (Iowa Senate) * Al Franken (Minnesota Senate) * Cory Gardner (Colorado Senate) * Ed Gillespie (Virginia Senate)...
  • Poll: Americans Want GOP Congress, Not Obama, to Set National Agenda

    11/11/2014 4:11:14 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/11/14 | David Sherfinski
    In the wake of a 2014 midterm election cycle that saw Republicans re-take control of the U.S. Senate and pad their already sizable majority in the House, a majority of Americans now want congressional Republicans, not President Obama, to have more influence over the direction of the nation in the next year. Fifty-three percent want Republicans to have more influence over the direction of the country compared to 36 percent who want Mr. Obama to have more, according to Gallup. The 17-point gap is even greater than the eight-point, 49 percent-to-41 percent advantage the GOP held after the 2010 midterm...
  • For White Catholic Voters, 2014 Exit Polls Showed a Surge

    11/11/2014 5:36:44 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 40 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 11, 2014 | Mark Stricherz
    White Catholic voters have gone through many transformations over the last half century, from died-in-the wool Democrats to ticket-splitting Reagan Democrats to dependable Republicans. In the elections last Tuesday, they went through a change less political than demographic: They were the fastest growing segment not only among those who identify with a religious denomination but also those who don’t. ... Overall, at 19 percent, white Catholics made up nearly as large a slice of the religious and non-religious electorate as secular and religious minorities combined at 20 percent. Catholic voters overall made up a larger part of the electorate Tuesday,...
  • Two Hidden Factors in the 2014 Campaign

    11/11/2014 9:15:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Looking back on the 2014 election cycle, I see two largely unnoticed turning points that worked against Democrats and in Republicans' favor. The first came in response to the October 2013 government shutdown. This was blamed, as shutdowns usually are, on Republicans, partly because of their skepticism about big government, and partly because media professionals tend to fault the GOP in any partisan fight. The shutdown occurred because about 40 Republican House members refused to support a continuing resolution funding the government without a proviso defunding Obamacare. Texas freshman Sen. Ted Cruz had been barnstorming the country arguing that this...
  • GOP’s gay outreach plan fails as both homosexual candidates for House are defeated

    11/10/2014 2:41:40 PM PST · by NYer · 65 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    After five days of ballot counting, it’s official – neither of the two openly homosexual Republican candidates for U.S. House won their races last Tuesday. They lost despite strong public backing from Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, and other high-profile GOP leaders, who aggressively promoted the two men as part of their “Young Guns” recruitment program after concluding in a post-2012 election report that the party’s position against same-sex “marriage” was hurting them with millennial voters. In Massachusetts, former state senator Richard Tisei was defeated by 14 percentage points by Democrat Seth Moulton, a former Marine and combat...
  • Another Alaska Paper Says Republican To Win After Remaining Votes Get Counted

    11/10/2014 11:32:27 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 10, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Republican Dan Sullivan is expected to defeat Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in the final vote count in the Alaska Senate race, according to an analysis by a reporter for Alaska Public Radio Network. Reporter Alexandra Gutierrez’s analysis arrived at the same conclusion as an analysis conducted by Alaska News-Miner. Begich would reportedly need to win more than 56 percent of the uncounted votes to overtake Sullivan. Sullivan led Begich by 8,149 votes after Election Day last week, but Begich refused to concede. The Democrat is waiting on more than 21,000 uncounted absentee ballots, allegedly from rural areas where the mail...
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • How Dems' plans to play Hispanic card crashed and burned in New Mexico

    11/10/2014 7:21:12 AM PST · by rktman · 36 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/10/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    A devastating blow has been dealt to Democrats’ plans to capitalize on the growing Hispanic population of the United States, playing on immigration concerns to create a solid voting bloc even larger than that of African-Americans. From an altitude of 30,000 feet, ethnic politics seem so simple and basic, but on the ground, in places like New Mexico’s Second Congressional District along the southern border, things get a bit more complicated.
  • Abandoned by party, is Mary Landrieu dead woman walking? Or is GOP overconfident?

    11/10/2014 4:31:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11-10-14 | Byron York
    For months, Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's re-election campaign was based on one simple pitch: Elect me to a fourth term, and I'll chair the Senate Energy Committee, and that means money, money, money for Louisiana. Landrieu's case for re-election was all about clout. That was then. Now, as Landrieu heads to a Dec. 6 runoff with Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy, Democrats have already lost control of the Senate — a reality that won't be affected by the outcome of the runoff. So while Landrieu still has a chance to win, one thing is absolutely certain: She will not...
  • Two Midterm Elections Have Hollowed Out The Democratic Party

    11/09/2014 8:38:25 PM PST · by goldstategop · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/08/2014 | Dan Balz
    The more serious problem for Democrats is the drubbing they’ve taken in the states, the breeding ground for future national talent and for policy experimentation. Republicans have unified control — the governorship and the legislature — in 23 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Democrats control just seven. Democrats hold 18 governorships, but only a handful are in the most populous states. In California, Gov. Jerry Brown won again at age 76, his fourth, non-consecutive term in the governor’s office. His victory means that younger Democrats will have to wait until 2018 to compete for one of...
  • Number of uncounted votes grows in Alaska U.S. Senate race

    11/08/2014 10:12:24 AM PST · by boycott · 49 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | November 7, 2014 | Nathaniel Herz
    <p>Update (11-11-14): According to the Alaska Division of Elections Sullivan has picked up approximately 5,300 votes to 4,650 for the BigItch thus far.</p> <p>That’s 10,000 previously uncounted ballots, and the Sullivan gain has extended slightly. Dems were hoping for ridiculously lopsided BigItch votes for a comeback. So far so good. I thought you may want to refresh this thread in breaking since we have hard numbers to update.</p>
  • In Iowa, GOP's Joni Ernst broke a gender barrier on her own terms

    11/08/2014 10:18:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 7, 2014 | Maeve Reston
    Joni Ernst's feat this week was one that many thought was impossible: a Republican victory in a blue state that Obama won twice, and the first woman ever elected to Congress from Iowa. Not only did Ernst win a U.S. Senate seat, she clobbered her Democratic opponent by an 8-point margin.. So how did she pull it off in a state that has so long resisted making women its top leaders? A weak opponent, a breakthrough ad in the hog barn that went viral, and a carefully cultivated image that female politicians from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sarah Palin have...
  • California Gains the First Vietnamese American State Senator: Janet Nguyen

    11/08/2014 11:19:17 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 34 replies
    The New American Media ^ | November 5, 2014 | Bguoi Viet
    "Finally, after 40 years, our community made history today," Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen said on Tuesday night at Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Garden Grove. Nguyen's touching statement came as the Orange County Election Authority showed her leading in the Senate District 34 race at 62 percent of the vote by 10pm, with her Democratic rival Jose Solorio trailing behind at 38 percent. This is the first time the United States has had a state senator of Vietnamese descent. The state's 34th District includes parts of Long Beach and Orange County.
  • Democrats lose super-majority in CA Assembly (and Senate)

    11/08/2014 9:28:56 AM PST · by fifedom · 9 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | John Hrabe
    Republicans, who have already blocked a Democratic super-majority in the California Senate, have also succeeded in defeating a Democratic super-majority in the Assembly.
  • The South: Solid once again—for Republicans

    11/08/2014 9:37:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 8, 2014 8:17 AM EST | Bill Barrow
    With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy. The results put Southern Republicans at the forefront in Washington—from Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to a host of new committee chairmen. Those leaders and the rank-and-file behind them will set the Capitol Hill agenda and continue molding the GOP’s identity heading into 2016. In statehouses, consolidated Republican power affords the opportunity to advance conservative...
  • The Midterms Were Only Bad for Women If You Have a Very Narrow View of Women

    11/07/2014 9:11:36 PM PST · by South40 · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/7/2014 | Jessica Grose
    A headline on the Cut announces that the midterm election results were “Bad News for Women.” Under it, Ann Friedman argues that even though there were several “prominent victories” for Republican women this week—including combat veteran and hog castrator Joni Ernst in Iowa, black Mormon Mia Love in Utah, and youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress Elise Stefanik in New York—because they do not support abortion rights and are pro-gun, that means their wins are not a boon for women. I’m not sure I agree. If you are against everything Joni Ernst or Mia Love stand for, then...
  • Monster Win for Natural Marriage [Great Analysis]

    11/08/2014 12:28:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 48 replies
    American Family Association ^ | Friday, November 7, 2014 8:53 AM | Bryan Fischer
    Yesterday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals struck a reverberating blow on behalf of natural marriage and the Constitution by upholding bans on sodomy-based marriages in its jurisdiction.It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this ruling.It means, for one thing, that the issue is now on the fast track to the Supreme Court. If the Court accepts a marriage case by January, a decision will almost certainly be issued by next June.From a constitutional standpoint, the 6th Circuit’s ruling is a model of sound jurisprudence. The ruling observes that the Supreme Court has already settled the question of the...
  • Senate Democrats dump ads in Louisiana

    11/06/2014 6:07:53 PM PST · by Paul R. · 52 replies
    AP ^ | 11/6/2014 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats' campaign committee on Thursday began canceling plans for television ads in Louisiana's major markets to help Sen. Mary Landrieu's runoff campaign...
  • Delaney declared winner after absentee ballot count in tight Md. US House race( versus Bongino)

    11/07/2014 2:41:05 AM PST · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    The Republic ^ | 11/7/2014
    GAITHERSBURG, Maryland — The Associated Press declared Democratic Rep. John Delaney the winner in Maryland's 6th Congressional District on Thursday night after election officials announced absentee ballot counts in four of the district's five counties.
  • Another Black Republican Made History on Tuesday, and You’ve Probably Never Heard of Him

    11/06/2014 9:06:02 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 35 replies
    TPNN ^ | 10/6/14 | Jennifer Burke
    Will Hurd Tuesday night was an historic night for the Republican Party in a lot of ways. Mia Love became the first black Republican woman elected to Congress. Joni Ernst became the first woman elected to represent Iowa in U.S. Senate history. Elise Stefanik, at the age of 30, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, representing New York’s 21st congressional district. It appears that Carl DeMaio, who ran for Congress in California, will be the first openly gay Republican ever elected to Congress. And, Tim Scott became the first black Senator elected in the South since Reconstruction. But,...