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  • Hastert, Illinois Republicans to Call for Immigration Overhaul

    04/21/2014 7:34:26 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 4/21/14 | Matt Fuller
    An immigration overhaul may not have enough GOP support to pass the House, but the idea has found some Republican support in Illinois. Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is slated to join a number of prominent Illinois Republicans and CEOs on Tuesday to call on GOP leaders to pass a national immigration overhaul. Republican Reps. Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger are also scheduled to give video testimonials on the subject. The event is hosted by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, and it’s being held at the prestigious Chicago Club in the heart of the Windy City. Among the guests...
  • Maine 2nd District GOP Candidates Spar Over Support for Collins (ME)

    04/22/2014 11:46:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    mpbn.net ^ | 4/21/14 | A. J. Higgins
    In the past, Republican primary opponents for Maine's 2nd Congressional District haven't been shy about expressing their criticisms of each other or the political system. But they usually draw a line at recommending that disgruntled voters should elect Democrats instead. Yet, when an audience member at a Thursday evening candidate's debate in Machias rose to criticize Sen. Susan Collins' performance in office, congressional hopeful Bruce Poliquin agreed, saying he shared the speaker's frustration. "We have career politicians who are afraid to solve tough problems," Poliquin said. "I'm a businessperson trying to solve problems. I agree with you - we ought...
  • POLL: DEMOCRATS IN WORSE POSITION THAN 2010

    04/22/2014 10:57:03 AM PDT · by kingattax · 44 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 22 Apr 2014 | MIKE FLYNN
    A new Fox News poll goes a long way to explaining the growing anxiety among Democrats about the upcoming midterm elections. Not only is support for Obama and his signature Obamacare law underwater, both are more unpopular than they were at this point ahead of the mid-term elections in 2010. Support for the Democrats and Obamacare, in fact, is less than it was on the eve of the 2010 election, when Republicans routed Democrats up and down the ballot. Today, just 42% of voters approve of the job Obama is doing as President, while 51% disapprove. Among Independents, Obama fares...
  • New York Times gives Republicans advantage in Louisiana Senate race

    04/22/2014 8:37:48 AM PDT · by topher · 14 replies
    NOLA.com [Times-Picayune newspaper] ^ | April 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM | Bruce Alpert, of NOLA.com | Times-Picayune
    WASHINGTON -- The New York Times latest statistical evaluation of U.S. Senate contests gives Republicans a 64 percent chance of winning the Louisiana seat now held by three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu. But it gives Democrats a 51 percent chance of retaining control of the Senate, a change from recent projections of a 54 percent Republican edge to capture the majority.
  • MSNBC's Harris-Perry Mocks People Who Lost Insurance: Suggests Dems Say 'Just Deal With That'

    04/20/2014 5:52:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 20, 2014 | Brad Wilmouth
    On the Sunday, April 20, Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, as host Harris-Perry chastised Democrats for not bragging about ObamaCare for the year's midterm elections, she at one point mocked Americans angry about having their health insurance plans cancelled, which she referred to as "crappy plans," as she lamented that Democrats are not boasting about ObamaCare or declaring, "Yeah, you can't keep your crappy plans. Just deal with that!" Her mockery of the ObamaCare-induced insurance cancellations came as she compared Republicans to people who flip houses and brag about doing only a little work, as she characterized Democrats, by contrast,...
  • ANN COULTER ENDORSES CANTOR PRIMARY CHALLENGER DAVID BRAT

    04/17/2014 9:21:12 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Conservative writer Ann Coulter is enthusiastically endorsing Tea Party-backed candidate David Brat in his primary challenge of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in the upcoming June primary, citing Cantor's support for immigration reform. In her nationally syndicated column, Ms. Coulter wrote that her endorsement was based on Brat's opposition to Cantor's immigration policies. Ms. Coulter labeled Cantor a "Maniacal Amnesty Supporter" in the column, and described him as "amnesty-addled." "Cantor says 'immigration reform could be an economic boon to this country,'" wrote Coulter. "You don't have to be an economics professor [like Dave Brat] to know that bringing in...
  • Mark Warner touts bipartisan bona fides

    04/17/2014 3:49:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 16, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    WAKEFIELD, VA. — Few members of Sen. Mark Warner's (D-Va.) party could headline an event in rural Virginia where National Rifle Association stickers were in popular demand and two separate confederate groups had booths set up. But Warner, who faces a competitive reelection race this year because of a challenge from former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, isn't like most Democrats. The former governor received a warm reception from the crowd attending the Shad Planking, Virginia’s biggest annual political event, even when he gently ribbed those in attendance. “Looking at this crowd, I realize I am here as an...
  • Shannon touts Cruz endorsement in US Senate race

    04/16/2014 6:59:04 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 3 replies
    KTUL.com ^ | Apr 16, 2014 12:57 PM PDT
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon is touting the endorsement of Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in Shannon's race for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.Shannon campaign consultant Trebor Worthen told The Associated Press Wednesday that Cruz has endorsed Shannon and is set to appear at a rally in Tulsa along with former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.Palin and Lee endorsed Shannon previously.
  • Ted Cruz endorses T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma

    04/16/2014 6:34:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | BURGESS EVERETT
    Ted Cruz waded into a contested open-seat primary in Oklahoma on Wednesday, endorsing former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon over Rep. James Lankford. Though Cruz has shied away from endorsing Republican Senate incumbents locked in contested primaries, the Texas Republican had no qualms backing Shannon, who is increasingly drawing support from the Republican Party’s right flank in his bid to take the seat of retiring Sen. Tom Coburn.
  • Mary Landrieu: 100% Pro-Abortion Record since 2009

    04/16/2014 8:14:42 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    Landrieu Record.com ^ | Benjamin Clapper
    Senator Mary Landrieu: 100% Pro-Abortion Record Since Re-Election. Too Extreme For Louisiana. Senator Mary Landrieu’s voting record makes it clear: she is a consistent ally of organizations lobbying for abortion-on-demand. Whether it is voting for the funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, or voting against attempts to remove abortion subsidies from Obamacare, Mary Landrieu’s votes have hurt common-sense protections on human life. Louisiana, a pro-life state, deserves better than a 100% pro-abortion senator. Pro-Life & Pro-Abortion Groups Agree: Since Re-Election in 2008: 100% Pro-Abortion Votes Since Louisiana re-elected Senator Landrieu in 2008, official scorecards from both pro-life...
  • Mary Landrieu's video fakery reveals desperation: LA Senator sees re-election chances evaporating.

    04/16/2014 7:09:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/16/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    When Democrats get desperate they resort to fakery. And Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu sees her re-election chances evaporating, so it’s time to pretend. Byron York in The Examiner reports on a video ad she is running that contains fake footage of a Senate hearing, where she poses as something she is not, a fighter against the Obama administration, which she actually supports 95% of the time when she votes on official actions. York explains: What Landrieu did to invite the ridicule was to re-create for her ad producers her own performance in a Senate hearing -- complete with set, supporting...
  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 4:34:11 AM PDT · by BobL · 42 replies
    PPP Press Release ^ | April 15, 2014 | PPP
    PPP's newest Texas poll finds Republicans leading by double digits in all of the state's major races for 2014. In the Governor's race Greg Abbott's at 51% to 37% for Wendy Davis. ------snip----- There's been some thought that Democratic prospects might be better in the race for Lieutenant Governor but Leticia Van de Putte actually trails by slightly more than Davis, regardless of who her Republican opponent ends up being. Dan Patrick leads her by 16 points at 51/35. ------snip----- Although it hasn't really been on anyone's radar screen the likely US Senate match up between John Cornyn and David...
  • How Fracking Could Break Colorado Democrats

    04/15/2014 7:53:51 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | April 15, 2014 | ELI STOKOLS
    Jared Polis really doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. If you saw the Colorado congressman speaking on the House floor last month wearing a clip-on bowtie with a polo shirt under his blazer, you know what I’m talking about. He’s been this way since he first emerged on the scene. About 10 years ago, when he was just 28, Polis was one of four wealthy Colorado Democrats who pooled their considerable personal resources to create a state-of-the-art political machine that was ruthlessly effective in turning this once-red heartland state a stunning shade of blue. But Polis wouldn’t run with that...
  • Professor Hopes To Be Tea Party's David To Eric Cantor's Goliath

    04/14/2014 7:02:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/13/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    David Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, is hoping to play the role of David to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Goliath in this June's Republican primary in Virginia's 7th Congressional District. But he's got his work cut out for him. Although when he jumped in the race he said was hoping for financial backing from top players in the conservative world, that hasn't panned out yet. Brat has just $50,000 cash on hand, he said in an interview, a pittance compared to the $1.9 million Cantor had in the bank at the end of 2013. Still, Brat allies...
  • When Does Hillary Start Campaigning for Democrat Candidates this Year?

    04/14/2014 6:01:33 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    Self | April 14, 2014 | PJ-Comix
    So when does Hillary Clinton start campaigning for Democrat candidates this year? Or perhaps the better question is WILL she campaign for Democrat candidates this year? Get this. Hillary expects to be coronated as the Democrat presidential nominee in 2016 and thus far there is NO indication that she will lift a finger (or spend money) to help Democrat candidates in this year's elections. How can she ask for their support in 2016 when all indications are she will do NOTHING to help them in 2014. Of course, Hillary is probably worried about putting her "reputation" on the line if...
  • Obama, Republicans compete for support among women

    04/14/2014 1:44:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2014 3:36 AM EDT | Nedra Pickler
    After months on the defensive over his health law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women. No single group will be more important to Democrats’ fortunes, say White House advisers, than unmarried women, who are likely to go Democratic—if they vote, and that’s far from certain when trust in Washington is low. The president is trying to convince women that Democrats are more concerned about improving their financial standing in difficult economic times, and he charges Republicans with standing in the way. “Republicans...
  • Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform

    04/13/2014 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Salman · 45 replies
    AP via The Washington Times ^ | April 13, 2014 | SANDRA CHEREB
    LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as...
  • 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...
  • Changing N.H. demographics may help Scott Brown

    04/13/2014 2:13:20 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 17 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 13 | Michael Levenson
    Democrats have called Scott Brown a carpetbagger and suggested the former Massachusetts senator is going to stick out in New Hampshire like a flamingo in the White Mountains. But the unusual demographics of this state might blunt that attack and help Brown resurrect his political fortunes on fresh territory. Contrary to the popular stereotype of the New Hampshire voter as a flinty, 10th-generation farmer who traces his roots to a soldier in the Continental Army, about two-thirds of New Hampshire adults were born in another state — and a quarter of them were born in Massachusetts. Even in an era...
  • Whether the Republican establishment likes it or not Obamacare will be the issue in November

    04/13/2014 10:47:56 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/13/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    When David Jolly beat Alex Sink in a recent special election for a Florida congressional seat, the knee jerk reaction from the GOPe’s pet pollsters was to immediately warn the Republican rank and file that Jolly didn’t win because of Obamacare. “Who are you going to believe, us or your lying eyes?” came to mind. Phonies like Karl Rove pontificated about how winning elections requires more than simply getting on the right side of issues voters care about and hammering that message home. Hey, who knew there was more to winning elections than supporting the things voters want and opposing...
  • Changing N.H. demographics may help Scott Brown

    04/13/2014 8:53:52 AM PDT · by amnestynone · 44 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 13, 2014 | Michael Levinson
    DERRY, N.H. — Democrats have called Scott Brown a carpetbagger and suggested the former Massachusetts senator is going to stick out in New Hampshire like a flamingo in the White Mountains. But the unusual demographics of this state might blunt that attack and help Brown resurrect his political fortunes on fresh territory. Contrary to the popular stereotype of the New Hampshire voter as a flinty, 10th-generation farmer who traces his roots to a soldier in the Continental Army, about two-thirds of New Hampshire adults were born in another state — and a quarter of them were born in Massachusetts. Continue...
  • Karen Handel is the only candidate in the Georgia Senate race with cojones

    04/12/2014 1:10:09 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 18 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 04/12/2014 | Steve Berman
    If you and me were running from a bear, I would stop and change my shoes Asked why, I say I don’t have to run faster than the bear, only faster than you. This is the issue for Handel: can she beat the triumvirate and make it to the runoff against Perdue? The three sitting Congressmen have very similar voting records: National Taxpayers Union ratings grouped between 80% and 85%, and Heritage Alliance scores of 93% to 94%, they are grouped better than an expert marksman’s bullseye. They also have war chests, and a sitting Congressman’s built-in advantage in access...
  • Asian American group tries to reconnect with GOP, citing shared core values

    04/13/2014 7:03:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-13-14
    A group of Asian Americans is starting a grassroots effort to garner support for the Republican Party and its candidates, saying the GOP most closely aligns with their core values including family, education and entrepreneurship. The group, the Asian Republican Coalition, is co-founded by international investment banker John Ying, who during the 2012 presidential election cycle served on the Republican National Finance Committee. “We need a forum, and this first step will go a long way,” Ying told FoxNews.com earlier this week. He hopes the effort, which will include a May 6 kickoff event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.,...
  • How far right Republican Tim Donnelly became the GOP favorite in California

    04/12/2014 3:56:36 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    LA Daily News ^ | Jessica Calefati
    One Republican candidate for governor is a former U.S. treasury official, a moderate who promises to create jobs and fix California’s public school system. Another is a firebrand — a conservative California assemblyman and former anti-immigrant “Minuteman” who was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2012 for having a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage at the Ontario airport. Although some California Republican leaders had seen the moderate, Neel Kashkari, as the GOP’s candidate of the future in a deep blue state, Tea Party favorite Tim Donnelly is pummeling him, according to a surprising new Field Poll.
  • Sen. Pryor might yet have a fighting shot

    04/10/2014 8:18:17 AM PDT · by Kenny · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/10/14 | Jessica Taylor
    On paper, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) should be this cycle’s most endangered incumbent.But rumors of his political death might have been premature.Eight months from Election Day, the centrist Democrat is still neck and neck with or ahead of his GOP opponent in private and partisan polls. An independent poll this week showed Pryor up 3 points and a second on Thursday put him up 10 points, despite a sour national climate and $6 million in negative ads already spent against him.Armed with a top recruit in freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, Republicans thought this was the year they would finally take...
  • Scott Brown Pulls Ahead 5 Points In New Hampshire Poll

    04/08/2014 6:48:30 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 51 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 04/08/14 | Michael Warren
    Republican Scott Brown leads incumbent Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire by five points in a recent poll obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD. The poll, commissioned by the Republican Governor's Association, was conducted on March 19 and 20 and asked 600 likely voters in New Hampshire who they would vote for in the U.S. Senate election. Respondents were given both Brown and Shaheen's names and their respective parties.
  • Moran: Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio) (exempt RAT wants a raise)

    04/04/2014 2:52:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/03/14 | Hannah Hess
    Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday. Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds member’s $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee. “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “I understand that it’s widely felt that...
  • Poll: Michigan Senate race neck-and-neck

    04/03/2014 8:40:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/3/14 | Cameron Joseph
    Michigan's Senate race remains statistically tied, according to a new poll from GOP pollster Marketing Resource Group. ADVERTISEMENT Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) leads Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) by 40 percent to 38 percent, according to the poll. The two have been in a dead heat in nearly every public poll of the race so far. Peters is up with his first ads of the election cycle, while GOP outside groups have hammered him hard on the airwaves. Democrats have begun airing attacks against Land as well. The live-caller poll of 600 likely Michigan voters was...
  • After attending pro-cockfighting rally, Senate candidate Matt Bevin says it's a state issue

    04/02/2014 3:50:24 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 128 replies
    Kentucky.com/Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 4-2-2014 | Sam Youngman
    April 2, 2014 After attending pro-cockfighting rally, Senate candidate Matt Bevin says it's a state issue BY SAM YOUNGMAN Matt Bevin, left, is challenging incumbent Mitch McConnell in therace to be the GOP's nominee in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin believes the legality of cockfighting should be decided by states and not the federal government, his spokeswoman said Wednesday following a news report that Bevin attended a pro-cockfighting rally over the weekend."Matt doesn't believe this is a federal issue, and the state government can handle it," said Rachel Semmel, Bevin's spokeswoman.The News Journal in Corbin...
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul Says GOP Must Appeal To Hispanics, Get ‘Beyond Deportation’

    04/01/2014 2:43:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | April 1, 2014 | Joseph Weber
    Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul told fellow Republicans on Tuesday that the future of their party depends on them connecting with Hispanics in a more empathetic way and on getting in front of immigration reform – a message that further signals his flirtation with a 2016 presidential run. “If we are to change people’s attitudes toward … the Republican Party, we have to show up and we have to have something to say,” Paul told a small group of conservatives gathered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “I hope to be part of that dialogue.” This certainly was not the...
  • Eric Cantor Earns An Opponent In Dave Brat

    03/31/2014 8:17:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    Any limited government constitutional conservative who thinks that establishment Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-7) isn’t such a bad guy and might serve as a viable and more conservative alternative to Speaker John “Let’s Make A Deal” Boehner should take a look at who he is hanging out with this weekend. Cantor is heading to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida to speak to the "Main Street Advocacy" organization. Attending the event costs $5,000 a person. It is hosted by the Main Street Partnership, the progressive “Republican” group headed by former Representative Steve LaTourette of Ohio. We put the...
  • 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...
  • Bill Kristol Slaps Down ABC’s Matthew Dowd: 2014 ‘Will Be A Referendum On ObamaCare’

    03/31/2014 6:39:19 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 30, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    ABC News Political Analyst and former Bush/Cheney advisor Matthew Dowd attempted to downplay the impact ObamaCare will have in the 2013-midterm elections. Appearing on This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos on March 30, Dowd asserted, “2014 is going to be about the direction of the country, the economy, and how people feel in their lives. It's not going to be about ObamaCare.” Despite the bizarre prediction from the ABC analyst, conservative editor of "The Weekly Standard" Bill Kristol slapped down Dowd’s ridiculous claim and shot back that “I’m happy to have a referendum on ObamaCare… and will be good for Republicans.” See video below.]
  • KKK Flyers Passed Out to Residents

    03/30/2014 4:32:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    WBRZ ^ | Mar 24, 2014 | Chris Nakamoto
    A disturbing flyer began circulating through some neighborhoods in Eunice this weekend. The flyer showcases the phone numbers for two KKK groups, calling themselves the White Knights. The flyer states, "the law abiding citizens in your community can sleep in peace knowing the klan is awake." The flyers were distributed to the homes of African-American residents over the weekend, according to KATC-TV. The papers were reportedly in bags filled with rocks and tossed at the homes of residents KATC reported. Eunice Deputy Chief Varden Guillory said multiple people in Eunice made complaints to the police department about the incident. The...
  • US Rep. Mike Rogers Of Michigan Won’t Seek Re-Election

    03/28/2014 4:23:33 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 81 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | March 28, 2014 | CBSdetroit
    DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has been a prominent voice as President Barack Obama attempts to overhaul U.S. surveillance, said Friday that he won’t seek re-election after his term ends this year.
  • 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...
  • Rove Appearance Riles Tea Party in North Carolina Senate Primary

    03/24/2014 5:22:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 3/24/14
    It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Republicans in Washington wanted North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis to quickly win the party’s Senate nomination and focus entirely on vulnerable Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. Instead, Tillis faces a May 6 primary that’s so crowded it may be hard for any candidate to muster the 40 percent needed to avoid a mid-July runoff. The race also pits two leaders -- Kentucky U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul -- against each other in a proxy battle over the party’s future. Tillis must balance support from national Republicans against the Tea Party’s anti-Washington...
  • Democratic state senator running for U.S. Senate seat held by Graham (Good News!)

    03/29/2014 7:45:26 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    thestate.com ^ | 3/28/14 | Andrew Shain
    COLUMBIA, SC — Brad Hutto, a leading Democrat in the state Senate, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Lindsey Graham. Hutto joins Columbia businessman Jay Stamper, who moved from Washington state last year to run against Graham, in seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat. Six Republicans have filed to challenge Graham in the June 10 GOP primary. The Orangeburg attorney, who has been in the state Senate for 18 years, said the divisive battle among Republicans over Graham presents a chance for a Democrat to win the Senate seat, which has been held...
  • Is Pope Francis Good for the Democrats? Obama in the Vatican

    03/29/2014 8:44:04 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    truthdig ^ | 3/29/14 | Juan Cole
    Could enormous popularity of Pope Francis spill over into American politics? Pope Francis is worried about inequality, a Democratic Party issue, and his statements and actions on the subject are a stunning rebuke to “evangelical Catholics” such as Paul Ryan, who tend rather to celebrate economic inequality or to deny it or to blame the victims. On the other hand, Francis is worried about Obamacare forcing Catholic institutions to pay for birth control for their employees, against their will. The real reason Joe Biden is vice president is that the Democratic Party has a White Catholic problem. Irish-Americans, Polish-Americans and...
  • Jason Conger searches for footing in GOP Oregon Senate race as abortion, health care issues loom

    03/29/2014 7:56:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 3/28/14 | Jeff Mapes
    In the Republican race for the U.S. Senate, Jason Conger is the candidate who thought he would be the front-runner but now finds himself metaphorically waving his hands and saying, "Hey, pay attention to me." The state representative from Bend entered the contest in October with the support of many of his colleagues in the Legislature and an inspirational back story of his rise from poverty to Harvard Law School. Instead, he was overshadowed by the later entry into the race of Portland pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby. She captured the imagination of national GOP strategists who figured she had the...
  • Sarah Palin endorses Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate (Iowa - Harkin's open seat)

    03/26/2014 11:11:47 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 41 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 03/26/14 | Kevin Hall
    One day after her “Squeal” TV brought her national attention, Joni Ernst picks up the endorsement of Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor, 2008 vice-presidential nominee and conservative firebrand calls Ernst a “champion for life, small government, and lower taxes.” Here is what Palin had to say when announcing her support for Joni Ernst in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race: “If Nebraska’s Deb Fischer can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowa’s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork. Growing up on a hog farm in Southwest Iowa, Joni has taken her “pork cutting” skills to the Iowa...
  • Palin Endorses Three "True Conservative" Women

    03/27/2014 6:46:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 27, 2014 | Jose R. Gonzalez
    Sarah Palin, who announced a number of midterm endorsements recently, signaled a spring awakening for fellow mamma grizzlies this week, throwing her support behind three female House and Senate candidates on Thursday after backing Iowa’s Joni Ernst the day before. The latest Republican recipients of the Tea Party star’s coveted imprimatur are Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, who’s running in her state’s 19th Congressional District; and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and Minnesota state Sen. Julianne Ortman, both of whom are U.S. Senate candidates. All three endorsements were announced on the former Alaska governor’s Facebook page, and...
  • Call to action NE Freepers. Tell your state reps to vote NO on LB1058 (National Popular Vote)

    03/27/2014 9:05:45 PM PDT · by Kolath · 6 replies
    The Conservative Blog ^ | 03/26/2014 | Bryan Baumgart
    On Monday, Governor Heineman released his newest column warning Nebraskan's of current efforts in Nebraska's Legislature to silence the voice of Nebraskans on future Presidential races. The Bill, LB1058 (sponsored by Republican State Senator Tyson Larson who made it his priority bill is also now cosponsored by liberal Democrat Sen. Ken Haar ). The bill is being pushed by highly paid lobbyists (noted below). The bill proposes that Nebraska join the National Popular Vote Compact, in essence promising all five of Nebraska's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote (even if that candidate didn't win...
  • Sarah Palin endorses Julianne Ortman's U.S. Senate bid

    03/27/2014 6:43:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 3/27/14 | Corey Mitchell
    Former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has endorsed GOP U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman, who is running in a crowded field of Republicans angling to unseat Democratic Sen. Al Franken. In a post of her Facebook page, Palin slammed Franken, a former “Saturday Night Live” star and liberal radio host, calling his political career a “joke.” Palin also heaped praise on Ortman, a state senator, calling her a “conservative champion” and a “fighter for life and for our Second Amendment rights.” “Let’s give voters a contrast this fall: a clown vs. a Mama Grizzly, an Obama 100...
  • Democrat Sen. Warner leading in Virginia, but not because of ObamaCare

    03/27/2014 6:37:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    The race for Virginia Democrat Mark Warner’s Senate seat isn’t nearly as competitive as those for some of his purple-to-redder-state colleagues currently in hot water, and according to a Quinnipiac poll released today, Warner holds a solid 15-point lead over likely Republican challenger Ed Gillespie — but I think it’s safe to say that his lead isn’t because Virginia voters just adore ObamaCare: Warner is favored by 46 percent of voters as he seeks a second term, compared with 31 percent for Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, according to the Quinnipiac University survey. Libertarian Robert Sarvis...
  • SCF endorses T.W. Shannon for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma.

    03/27/2014 2:22:03 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 9 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | 3/27/14 | Matt Hoskins
    SCF endorses T.W. Shannon for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma. Fellow Conservatives: We are very proud to announce our support today for T.W. Shannon (R-OK) who is running for the U.S. Senate in Oklahoma. T.W. Shannon (R-OK)As many of you know, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is retiring at the end of the year. Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) decided not to run for the seat, but T.W. Shannon has stepped forward for conservatives. T.W. Shannon is the former Speaker of the House in the Oklahoma legislature. He was elected by his Republican colleagues as the youngest and first African American House...
  • Leland Yee withdraws from Secretary of State race

    03/27/2014 2:28:19 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 25 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 03/27/2014 | Howard Mintz, Josh Richman and Jessica Calefati
    A day after his stunning arrest on corruption charges, State Sen. Leland Yee withdrew from the Secretary of State's race. His attorney, Paul DeMeester, made the announcement about the withdrawal during a brief Thursday press conference in front of the federal building. Yee notified current Secretary of State Debra Bowen of the decision in a brief letter. "I hereby withdraw my candidacy for election of Secretary of State, effective immediately," said Yee in the letter, which ends "With best regards." State Sen. Leland Yee leaves Federal Court in San Francisco, Calif., after posting $500,000 bail Wednesday March 26, 2014, following...
  • Missouri Dems’ thin bench

    03/27/2014 2:52:08 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/27/14 | JUANA SUMMERS
    The Missouri state auditor’s post has been a launching pad for politicians with higher aspirations like Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and former GOP Sen. Kit Bond. But this year, Democrats concede they won’t field a serious candidate against incumbent Republican Auditor Tom Schweich — sparking questions about the strength of the party’s bench in the red-trending swing state. Schweich may also be using his position to mount a bid for higher office in 2016, making Democrats’ historic failure to recruit an opponent for Schweich even more costly. “The reality is we believed we had...
  • Obama meets Pope Francis, looks for Catholic boost

    03/26/2014 8:18:08 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/26/2014 | Tangi Quemener, Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere
    Vatican City (AFP) - Barack Obama will meet Pope Francis for the first time Thursday for talks on a shared agenda to fight inequality which the US President hopes will help boost support at home. The talks between the first Latin-American pope and first African-American US president will focus on tackling the gap between the rich and the poor, but are likely to spill over into thornier issues such as abortion, homosexuals and contraception. The meeting at the Vatican comes as a welcome rest-stop for Obama during a six-day European tour dominated by the crisis over Crimea, and the US...
  • Democrats said to push for new changes to ObamaCare amid midterm fears

    03/27/2014 3:16:41 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 126 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/27/2014 | staff
    Several Democratic senators reportedly plan to introduce as soon as Thursday a set of principles and legislation aimed at fixing parts of ObamaCare amid concerns the law could cost Democrats House seats and possibly the Senate in November. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Mary Landrieu, D-La.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Sen. Angus King, I., Maine, will introduce proposals to improve the law, The Wall Street Journal reported. Begich and Warner have called for allowing "copper" plans on the government-run health exchanges. The new insurance plans would offer lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs than the...