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  • Huckabee backs Josh Duggar, slams those ‘sensationalizing’ molestation allegations

    05/22/2015 1:14:29 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2015 | Elahe Izadi
    A day after Josh Duggar apologized amid allegations that he molested several underage girls while he was a teenager, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee criticized “those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins.” “Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable,’ ” Huckabee said in a statement posted on Facebook Friday. “He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his...
  • Mike Huckabee: Leave Josh Duggar Alone

    Mystifying. But then this is the same guy who decided to pick a culture-war fight with Beyonce despite knowing that he’d have to break out of his niche as a social-con warrior to have any chance at the GOP nomination. Not being too judge-y about youthful intra-family child molestation seems like a smart hill for the GOP to fight on in 2016.
  • 'Clinton Cash’ Author: ‘We’re Finding Some Interesting, Compelling Things’ on Jeb

    05/18/2015 8:00:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Ian Hanchett
    “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said that he is ” finding some interesting, compelling things” in his investigation of Jeb Bush on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Schweizer reported, “We’re about four months into the research project, obviously not as global in scope as the Clintons, but you know, as governor of the state of Florida, you have a lot of things that you can do. So we’re following the money. We’re looking at land deals. We’re looking at an airport deal. We are looking at some of the educational reforms that were instituted, and some of the big corporate winners...
  • Abolishing the IRS: Is 99% Good Enough?

    05/20/2015 11:40:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | May 20, 2015 | Barney Brenner
    The Republican presidential field is talking tax reform. (Beware the deceitful cries from the left of “tax cuts for the rich.”) Several candidates favor some kind of flat tax on income and at least one, Mike Huckabee, likes the “Fair Tax,” a proposed levy on consumption, which seeks to do away with most or all other federal taxes. The former is often portrayed as a system where the poor are disproportionally burdened and the latter as one where a federal monitoring agency, such as the IRS, is no longer needed. Neither portrayal is accurate. The debate boils down to whether...
  • Benton Family Finds Racial Slurs in Pizza Box

    05/19/2015 10:59:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    THV11 ^ | May 19, 2015
    Benton Family Finds Racial Slurs in Pizza Box (Only link can be posted)
  • The Morning After the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

    05/16/2015 1:55:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | Linda Greenhouse
    Let’s assume, as I do, that the Supreme Court finds a constitutional right to same-sex marriage when it decides Obergefell v. Hodges sometime next month. What happens next? It may be a morning-after landscape of more confusion than clarity, with some rain falling on the victory parades. Conservative Christians, claiming victimization by the onrushing tide of marriage equality, aren’t like to be deterred in their quest for the right to withhold goods and services from same-sex couples. Indiana’s retreat last month, under pressure from some leading corporations, from a law that would have given businesses a religious excuse for discriminating...
  • Her Majesty Hillary’s Speech Police

    05/03/2015 7:05:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | May 3, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    U. S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont “independent” who caucuses with the Democrats and calls himself a “democratic socialist,” announced this week that he is seeking the Democratic Socialist Party’s nomination — er, I mean the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. One of the Vermonter’s most visceral claims to left-wing fame is his maintenance of a more ferocious hatred of the billionaire Koch brothers, David and his elder brother Charles, than any other progressive on the planet.Sanders is kompletely, krazily Koch-phobic. Back in 2013, when the scandal broke of veterans dying due to a lack of care from the VA,...
  • Ronald Reagan doesn’t live here anymore: Why it’s high time liberals stop tiptoeing around race

    05/17/2015 2:22:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | May 16, 2015 | Elias Isquith, staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with a gaggle of bored reporters and some boldfaced names in the progressive movement, unveiled a “Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality.” Much like the media event that accompanied its unveiling, the agenda is supposed to be understood as a kind of 21st-century, liberal version of the storied “Contract with America,” the PR stunt that, as legend (erroneously) has it, rocketed Newt Gingrich and the Republican Party to power after the 1994 midterm elections. As my colleague Joan Walsh reported on Thursday, this backward-looking attempt to lay out a...

    05/16/2015 3:55:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | May 15, 2015 | CARSON HOLLOWAY
    According to the Washington Post, Hillary Clinton told a group of her fundraisers that she will have a litmus test for her nominees to the Supreme Court (if she should win the presidency): they will have to agree with her that the 2010 Citizens United ruling must be overturned.  In that ruling the Supreme Court held that corporations have First Amendment rights to engage in political speech and to spend money on such speech.  In making her pledge, Mrs. Clinton follows Bernie Sanders, who is also running for president.If Republican critics of Mrs. Clinton wanted to be demagogues about it,...
  • Ted Cruz Was Fearless Yesterday

    05/16/2015 9:16:29 AM PDT · by VinL · 64 replies
    Red State ^ | 5/16/2015 | Erick Erickson
    Last night in Georgia, Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% spoke to the delegates at the Georgia Republican Convention. Regular readers of RedState know that the Speaker of the House in Georgia, collaborating with gay rights activists, left-wing Democrats, and big business, scuttled a state version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Action in exchange for Democrat votes on a billion dollar tax increase. If conservatives wanted RFRA passed in Georgia, the Speaker demanded they gut the legislation with “anti-discrimination” language that would actually expand protected classes in Georgia for the left. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% spoke last night and he called B.S....
  • MY ENDORSEMENT FOR PRESIDENT (Chuck Norris Endorses Gingrich!!)

    01/20/2012 1:44:43 PM PST · by C19fan · 122 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | January 20, 2012 | Chuck Norris
    Our republic as America’s founders created it is under assault from extremists outside our country and anti-constitutionalists inside our country. Combined with the flailing American economy and global markets, Western civilization remains on the brink, as experts and all the GOP presidential candidates agree. ....................................................... For my wife, Gena, and I, we sincerely believe former Speaker Newt Gingrich is the answer to most of those questions and deserves our endorsement and vote.
  • Uncovered Video: Obama Leads SEIU Chant After Vowing to ‘Paint the Nation Purple’

    10/12/2009 4:04:11 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 47 replies · 3,207+ views
    Uncovered Video: Obama Leads SEIU Chant After Vowing to ‘Paint the Nation Purple’ and Naked Emperor News
  • Video: Chuck and Mike Bloopers (Governor Huckabee and Chuck Norris)

    02/09/2008 11:31:54 PM PST · by Kurt Evans · 8 replies · 149+ views
    You Tube ^ | February 9, 2008 | Governor Mike Huckabee and Chuck Norris
    Blooper reel from the "Conversations with Chuck" video series.
  • A Rush to judgment (Chuck Norris defends Governor Huckabee)

    01/13/2008 10:55:13 PM PST · by Kurt Evans · 142 replies · 1,522+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | January 14, 2008 | Chuck Norris
    Our country is definitely in a cultural fight for its life. And what's at stake is the very heart and core of America ... More than any other election in decades, this presidential one has erected a fighting ring in which conservatism will either maintain its title or be stripped of it by the appointment of leadership that will champion secular progressive change... Even now our own GOP candidates are wrestling over who is truly conservative. At the last round of debates, Fred Thompson, degraded by his own dilapidating campaign and threatened by Mike Huckabee's lead in the polls, tried...
  • The Chuckabee Facts ("Fact: Chuck Norris is so painful to watch that...")

    01/08/2008 8:59:38 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 106 replies · 227+ views ^ | 1/8/2008 | Chase Cooper
    The Chuckabee facts Chase Cooper IDS 1/8/2008 Chuck Norris doesn’t endorse – he tells America how it’s gonna be.” So says Mike Huckabee , anyway, in a campaign ad featuring his biggest endorser, Chuck Norris. In the ad, Norris and Huckabee, who is known increasingly in conservative circles as the “Huckster,” go back and forth for 60 agonizing seconds telling “facts” about each other, performing a skit patterned after the “Chuck Norris facts” seen in Facebook groups and chain e-mails. Here are a few “Huck Chuck facts” that you may not know about: Fact: Chuck Norris is so corny that...
  • Chuck's for Huck - Chuck Norris shows support for Mike Huckabee

    12/07/2007 4:50:48 AM PST · by politisite · 24 replies · 162+ views
    ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, November 28, 2007 1957 (UTC) IMNS & --On a stormy night, in St. Petersburg, Florida, the long awaited CNN YouTube Republican debate is about to begin. The VIPs and Candidates arrived one hour ago from their various hotels and villas around the Tampa Bay area. Familiar faces from all around the news world appeared one by one. One, Carl Cameron, Chief Political Correspondent from Fox News looked like he had a thousand foot or more restraining order as his tent and crew were far off in front of the Progress Energy Arts Center away from most...
  • CAUSE CÉLČBRE: Is Chuck Norris Huckabee's secret weapon?

    11/29/2007 5:43:51 PM PST · by Dane · 44 replies · 102+ views
    LA Times ^ | November 30, 2007 | Tina Daunt
    AN A-list celebrity endorsement can lift a presidential campaign. But Chuck Norris' seal of approval can kick-start the Airbus. Take Mike Huckabee's political efforts, for example. A month ago, few even knew that Huckabee was a former governor of Arkansas, let alone a Republican candidate for president. Then karate-movie tough guy Norris -- with a cult following big enough to populate three continents -- announced he was in Huckabee's camp. (They share evangelical Christian views.) Suddenly, Huckabee became the presidential example of tough-guy cool. You thought Fred Thompson was going to be the law-and-order candidate? He was looking like a...
  • Video: Chuck Norris Endorses Huckabee

    11/18/2007 4:00:31 PM PST · by RealTeen · 51 replies · 127+ views
    Right on the Right ^ | 11-18-08 | Justin Higgins
    Video at Link- Chuck Norris Endorses Huckabee
  • Chuck Norris Endorses Mike Huckabee for President

    10/22/2007 1:38:01 PM PDT · by shbox · 176 replies · 399+ views
    fox ^ | 10/22/2007 | CN
    Chuck Norris does not vote for president of the United States. He gives the voting machine a swift roundhouse kick and Mike Huckabee wins. So the joke would read after the martial arts star announced his endorsement Sunday for the former Arkansas governor. "Though (Rudy) Giuliani might be savvy enough to lead people, Fred Thompson wise enough to wade through the tides of politics, (John) McCain tough enough to fight terrorism, and (Mitt) Romney business-minded enough to grow our economy, I believe the only one who has all of the characteristics to lead America forward into the future is ex-Arkansas...
  • The Field Is Flat: Recent polls make clear how many candidates could plausibly win GOP nomination.

    05/15/2015 11:12:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 16, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    The field for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is as flat as any in modern memory—pretty remarkable for a party that usually has a fight but almost invariably ends up nominating whoever's turn it is. While nomination trial-heat polling tells us very little this early, there are some poll questions that are better measurements of at least where these candidates are starting out, before the campaigning, debates, and advertising begin in earnest.An April 26 to April 30 NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll asked Republican primary voters whether they could or could not see themselves voting for each of 10 different...
  • Could SEC Football Strength Be Equaled by 'SEC Presidential Primary' in '16?

    05/14/2015 10:58:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | May 14, 2015 | Matt Towery
    In recent presidential primary cycles, the influence of Southern states -- with the exception of Florida, whose "Southern status" is perhaps more locational than anything else -- has been minimal. While pundits like to say that GOP presidential nominees have relied heavily on a "red state" electorate based in the South, that same base has had little to say in determining the nominee. After all, neither John McCain nor Mitt Romney had much in common with the region. Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp sensed that voter turnout intensity in the region could be stronger in November 2016 if...
  • Why a Huckabee Loss Would Be a Win for Religious Conservatives

    05/13/2015 5:21:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | May 13, 2015 | David French
    Last week The New Republic’s Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig wrote an extended pre-mortem not just for Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign but for the culture wars in general. Tracing the rise of Huckabee’s political career to the rise of the religious Right, she tries to use Huckabee’s career as a stand-in for the fortunes of religious conservatism writ large. To Bruenig, a Huckabee defeat will represent “one more [conservative] loss in a greater, longer defeat in America’s culture wars.” I agree with Bruenig that Mike Huckabee will probably lose, but I come to the exact opposite conclusion about the culture wars. A...
  • Hot Air Poll: Cruz Still Cruisin'

    05/12/2015 12:54:59 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 82 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 12, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) were essentially tied in Hot Air’s recurrent survey last month — although the latter had a slight edge. Roughly three weeks later, however, that same dynamic still holds true. Both Republican hopefuls are garnering roughly one-third of the vote each (with Ted Cruz faring a little bit better): As Patrick Ishmael notes, the sample size has almost doubled since April. Simply put, 2946 Hot Air readers participated in Hot Air’s primary survey this week, up from 1782 last month. Despite the larger sample size, however, the poll finds Cruz and Walker...
  • Why are the media whacking Mike Huckabee—Unless he’s a 2016 threat?

    05/12/2015 8:47:14 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    Foxnews ^ | May 12, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    The media’s conventional wisdom is that Mike Huckabee, a onetime winner of the Iowa caucuses, doesn’t have much of a shot in 2016. So why are some pundits and news outlets suddenly attacking him if he’s just an asterisk? The answer is that the former Arkansas governor and ex-Fox News contributor will matter, at least in the early states. And beyond that, some conservatives have a visceral dislike for the guy—and especially for his passionate defense of entitlement programs.
  • Why are the media whacking Mike Huckabee—Unless he’s a 2016 threat?

    05/12/2015 8:52:42 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    The media’s conventional wisdom is that Mike Huckabee, a onetime winner of the Iowa caucuses, doesn’t have much of a shot in 2016. So why are some pundits and news outlets suddenly attacking him if he’s just an asterisk? The answer is that the former Arkansas governor and ex-Fox News contributor will matter, at least in the early states. And beyond that, some conservatives have a visceral dislike for the guy—and especially for his passionate defense of entitlement programs.
  • Clintons and Arkansas Scandal

    05/12/2015 11:11:23 AM PDT · by Wells Hall · 8 replies
    Little Rock journalist Suzi Parker, author of “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt" and a former contributor to Salon, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News and other outlets, recently self-published her first novel, "Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter," about "a Southern reporter living in Bill Clinton's Arkansas who often finds herself in dangerous yet thrilling situations." As Parker put it in a recent interview, "Echo is my alter ego. She has many adventures that I may or may not have had in my life." Check out the noir book trailer above, in which she describes...
  • Too Many Candidates

    05/11/2015 10:19:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | May 11, 2015 | Howie Carr, The Boston Herald
    The former governor of Florida, John (or as he prefers to be called, Juan) Ellis Bush, doesn't appear to have a lot of support among Republicans, as opposed to Republicans in Name Only (RINOs), who absolutely adore him. But Juan isn't sweating it. He's rolling in dough, and more importantly, he's rolling in opponents. Have you ever heard of a "straw" candidate? When you have a weak front-runner that can't reach 50 percent, often a third, or a fourth, or even a fifth candidate suddenly jumps into the race. If he has a name similar to that of the strongest...
  • Couple dies shielding their baby girl from Arkansas storm

    05/11/2015 9:21:54 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 16 replies ^ | May 11, 2015 |
    HOWARD COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) -- A young couple died while shielding their daughter from debris during Sunday night's storms. According to Howard County Coroner John Gray, the storm moved through the county around 11:20 p.m., and left two dead in Nashville, Ark. That daughter, a 1-year-old infant, is the only one that made it out of this mix of metal and memories alive on the 1000 block of W. Sypert Street. Her mother, and Linda Purtell's friend, Melissa and her 29-year-old husband Michael are the reason she survived
  • Rand Paul, Scott Walker tied atop 2016 Republican field in New Hampshire

    05/11/2015 8:48:38 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/11/2015 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are tied atop a crowded 2016 GOP primary field in the early state of New Hampshire, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush slipping into a tie for third with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who picked up some support since a separate poll was released in February. Mr. Paul and Mr. Walker were the first choice of 12 percent of GOP primary voters, followed by Mr. Bush and Mr. Rubio at 11 percent apiece and businessman Donald Trump at 8 percent, according to the Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm poll. Next were...
  • Mike Huckabee: Americans don’t want Social Security reform

    05/10/2015 12:21:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday that his opposition to reforming Social Security doesn’t make him sound like a Democrat — but like an American. The former Arkansas governor has broken with his party and his rivals for the nomination by opposing GOP proposals to cut benefits or raise the retirement age for Social Seucurity and transform Medicare into a voucher-style program, measures aimed at preventing the popular programs from going broke. Read more: Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Elizabeth Warren Channels Ted Cruz on ‘Cromnibus’

    12/10/2014 6:37:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 10, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski and Humberto Sanchez
    One of the Senate’s leading liberals is borrowing a page from the playbook of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is pushing to strike out language from the “cromnibus” spending bill unveiled Tuesday that would roll back restrictions on “swaps” transactions included in the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul known as Dodd-Frank. Repealing the “push-out” provision would mean that certain derivatives could again be held in bank units with federal deposit insurance. Using a strategy sometimes employed by Cruz for entirely different policy reasons, Warren said that with the $1.013 trillion spending package first being considered by the...
  • Ben Carson backs raising minimum wage

    05/08/2015 9:42:14 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 171 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 08, 2015, 12:12 pm | Ben Kamisar
    Conservative presidential candidate Ben Carson says the $7.25 federal minimum wage should be raised.“I think, probably, it should be higher than now,” Carson told CNBC’s John Harwood in an interview Friday.Carson added that government assistance often provides more than the minimum wage in several states, allowing people to ignore the long-term benefits of a job."I don't necessarily blame people for saying, 'Look, I can stay home and make this money, or I can go and work this little chicken job that doesn't have many benefits,’ ” he said."However, recognize that if you go and take that chicken job, you gain...
  • Walker hits bump in ’16 race

    05/07/2015 8:42:53 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/06/15 07:03 PM EDT | Jonathan Easley
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has hit a bump in the presidential race as new candidates have crowded the field, and his national poll numbers have faltered.He was seen as an early favorite to win the Iowa caucuses after taking the race by storm with a well-received speech in January at GOP Rep. Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit. Since then, some air has come out of the Walker balloon. A Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday still shows him with a big lead in the Hawkeye State, with 21 percent support. He leads Rubio, the next closest candidate, by 8 percentage...
  • The Honeymoon Is Over: Iowa Radio Host Steve Deace Turns On Huckabee

    05/07/2015 5:26:20 PM PDT · by VinL · 39 replies
    Wpoplar ^ | 5/7/2015 | Daniel Angster
    Iowa radio host Steve Deace, who supported recently-announced presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (R) during his 2008 White House bid, expressed grave disappointment over the fact that the former Arkansas governor supports certain entitlement programs, which Huckabee outlined in his May 4 candidacy announcement. Deace's rejection of Huckabee comes in the wake of his praise and early support for one of Huckabee's challengers for the GOP nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). During the May 6 episode of the Steve Deace Show, Deace played former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential candidacy announcement speech but frequently interrupted it so that he and his...
  • Huckabee Defends Geller On FNC'S O'Reilly,Van Susteren Criticisms

    05/06/2015 3:24:45 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies ^ | May 6, 2015 | Pam Key
    Wednesday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” recently declared candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) criticized Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren for their criticisms of Pamela Geller and the appropriateness of her “Draw Muhammad” art contest.
  • Huckabee defends his email spam selling bible verses as a cancer cure (Video)

    05/06/2015 1:31:40 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | 5-6-2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Washington (CNN)Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee defended renting out his email list to a group selling hidden cures for cancer embedded in Bible verses, saying it was no different than CNN allowing advertisers for catheters or adult diapers to air alongside programming. "My gosh, that's like saying, 'You run some ads on CNN. Do you personally agree with all the ads that run on CNN?' Huckabee said Wednesday to CNN's Jake Tapper on The Lead. "I doubt you do. I'm sure there are some for maybe, I don't know, catheters or adult diapers. They're not products that you use or...
  • Reminder: Mike Huckabee Granted Clemency to a Criminal Who Murdered Four Police Officers

    05/06/2015 1:08:53 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 38 replies ^ | 5/6/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it yesterday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced another run for the White House. In an already crowded GOP field, there are many questions surrounding whether Huckabee can successfully make it through the primary. Putting the horse race aside, pundits seem to be forgetting a very important and devastating decision Huckabee made during his time as governor. In 2000, despite objections from prosecutors, Huckabee granted clemency to a man named Maurice Clemmons. Background from the Arkansas Leader: Several prosecutors around the state are upset with Gov. Huckabee for grant- ing clemency to violent criminals, but he...
  • Huckabee’s repeated claim that he passed ’94 tax cuts’ as governor

    05/06/2015 12:56:31 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6 at 10:00 AM | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    “I governed in a state that was the most lopsided and partisan in the country. … My friend, it was tough sledding, but I learned how to govern, and I learned how to lead. And even in that environment, we passed 94 tax cuts, rebuilt our road system, saw dramatic improvements in student test scores and fought the corruption of the good old boy system so that working class people would finally be given a fair shake.”– Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R), speech announcing his presidential candidacy, May 5, 2015In his speech launching his presidential bid for 2016, Huckabee...
  • Taxes went up in Arkansas when Huckabee was governor

    05/06/2015 11:16:35 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6 at 12:08 PM | Max Ehrenfreund
    As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee responded to a fiscal crisis by working with Democrats in the Arkansas legislature to raise taxes and eliminate the deficit. Then, in his first presidential campaign in 2008, Huckabee converted himself into a starve-the-beast Republican, signing a pledge not to raise taxes and proposing to replace the income tax with a national sales tax, which would likely amount to a large tax cut for the wealthy.On this record, it isn't clear whether Huckabee truly is a fiscal conservative who was simply pandering to the Republican base when he promised not to raise taxes in his...
  • Mike Huckabee Pushes Senators to Resign or Quit WH Run

    05/06/2015 10:52:19 AM PDT · by VinL · 85 replies
    WFIN News ^ | 5/6/2015 | Staff
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s opponents in the race for the White House who are senators should either resign or drop out of the contest, he said on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday. “If a person has a job that the taxpayers are paying for, shouldn’t that person do that job?” Huckabee, a Republican who said Tuesday he was running for president, told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on GMA. Three of his opponents in the Republican presidential field are U.S. senators: Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Asked whether he thought his opponents should resign, he called it...
  • Mike Huckabee Is Campaigning Like A Liberal Blogger

    05/06/2015 9:30:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:00 AM 05/06/2015 | JAMIE WEINSTEIN
    In 2012, it was Newt Gingrich who dug into the left’s playbook and tried to defeat Mitt Romney by portraying him as a rapacious businessman. In 2016, it seems like Huckabee will fill the role of Republican running for president as a liberal blogger.“Imagine members of Congress boasting that they will fight to repeal Obamacare, and then turning around and signing up for it,” Huckabee said while officially announcing his candidacy Tuesday, seemingly taking a subtle shot at fellow 2016 contender Ted Cruz, who signed up for Obamacare after his wife lost the family health insurance because she left her...
  • I WONDER if Huckabee was Urged to Run by (Fox News Chief) Karl Rove

    05/06/2015 8:52:31 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 20 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 May 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    -so as to to split the conservative vote and hurt Cruz  in support of hyper-lame Gee-Oh-Pee 'favorite' Jeb Bush Mike Huckabee is a decent guy -and good Christian, from all appearances- but he's also a Big Government 'conservative' who'd love to expand bureaucracy/tell you how to live... I was particularly put-off by his trashing (2008) of American business as somehow inherently bad and in-need of government control. Anybody demonizing the American free-enterprise system as a whole is obviously a kook, disingenuous... or both. Huckabee's lower-middle-class populism could only appeal to the uninformed or willingly-deluded -like union members- because wide-open, free-market capitalism is...
  • Huckabee: The Biggest Big-Government Conservative - [12/11/2007]

    05/05/2015 7:22:52 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies ^ | December 11, 2007 | Michael D. Tanner
    If you liked George W. Bush’s brand of big-spending, big-government conservatism, you’ll love Mike Huckabee. Most of the leading Republicans running for president show some support for Bush’s ideology, but no other candidate so completely embodies it.As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee dramatically increased state spending. During his two-term tenure, spending increased by more than 65 percent — at three times the rate of inflation.The number of government workers increased by 20 percent, and the state’s debt services increased by nearly $1 billion. Huckabee financed his spending binge with higher taxes. Under his leadership, the average Arkansan’s tax burden increased...
  • Preacher Huckabee throws first GOP-on-GOP punches of 2015, hitting Ted Cruz, Rand Paul & Jeb Bush

    05/05/2015 7:10:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2015 | David Martosko
    * Arkansas evangelical politician played hardball with early jabs at primary competitors * Hit Cruz for signing up for Obamacare, Paul for trying to run for Senate and President at the same time, and Bush for being part of a political 'dynasty' * Tech glitches plagued Huckabee's rollout, including a campaign website that flickered and failed and C-SPAN audio that went haywire * Slogans include 'Hope to Higher Ground' and the Eisenhower-throwback line 'I Like Mike'Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee threw the first punches on Tuesday against other Republican presidential candidates, ending a brief spring of comity among conservatives who...
  • Huckabee’s Candidacy Could Mean Showdown with Libertarians

    05/05/2015 10:03:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 4, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be entering a very different Republican primary field when he announces his candidacy Tuesday, one that will likely bring up the debate over where libertarians stand in the Republican party, while also facing more competition for social conservative voters than eight years ago. “Huckabee does have name recognition having been on Fox News all this time,” Tim Hagle, a political science professor at the University of Iowa, told TheBlaze. “At the same time, after he won the caucuses here in 2008, there was a lot of concern that he wasn’t as conservative as some...
  • Mike Huckabee’s Love Affair With Big Government

    05/05/2015 9:05:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/05/2015 | By ALAN GREENBLATT
    Mike Huckabee had a pretty good record as governor. It’s too bad he can’t run on it. Better known in recent years for saying occasionally outrageous things as a commentator, Huckabee governed Arkansas for more than a decade as a pragmatist, devoting his attention to basics such as roads, schools and health care. On those issues, though, Huckabee generally took positions too liberal to suit a Republican presidential prospect in 2016—posing a conundrum for him as he plunges this week into the 2016 presidential race. “Mike Huckabee was the consummate conservative populist,” says Jay Barth, a political scientist at Arkansas’s...
  • Don’t Underestimate Mike Huckabee

    05/07/2015 11:30:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 7, 2015 | Ben Domenech, publisher
    Mike Huckabee is the Pepperidge Farm Remembers candidate for 2016. Don't underestimate his chances for success.Nearly nine years removed from holding public office, Mike Huckabee is a different candidate now in a number of ways, operating at a much greater remove from the homegrown populism of his insurgent 2008 campaign – but he’s going to try to bottle that old magic to make his brand of social moralizing and economic moderation populist again. The problem for Huckabee is that there are better populists out there now. Both Huckabee and Chris Christie passed on running in 2012 for their various reasons,...
  • Can Mike Huckabee win back his Iowa flock?

    05/07/2015 10:41:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    KSPR-TV / CNN ^ | May 7, 2015 | Sara Murray
    OSKALOOSA, Iowa (CNN) - If Mike Huckabee hopes to be anointed victor of the Iowa caucuses once again, he better prepare to retread a lot of familiar ground. "Luck is good. Voters are better," Huckabee quipped as Nathan Johnson wished luck upon the newly official presidential candidate as he stopped by a local coffee shop Wednesday. Huckabee had Johnson's vote when he won the 2008 Iowa caucuses. This time around, the 33-year-old from Oskaloosa is eyeing a top tier: Huckabee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. He's biding his time to see how the candidates perform as...
  • CNN’s Jake Tapper Confronts Mike Huckabee About Promoting ‘Hucksterism’

    05/07/2015 8:46:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Mediate ^ | 4:49 pm, May 6th, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Toward the end of his interview with brand new Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Wednesday afternoon, CNN’s Jake Tapper brought up a somewhat obscure piece of trivia about the former Arkansas governor regarding one source of revenue he has engaged in since leaving his job as Fox News host. As Tapper explained, earlier this year Huckabee rented his email list to a group called Health Sciences Institute, which was selling a “cancer cure” hidden by God in the Bible. The email came directly from and included an intro message from the candidate about the “important information” from the...
  • Republican Huckabee appeals to working class in launching 2016 bid

    05/06/2015 7:18:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Mitchell Daily Republic / Reuters ^ | May 6, 2015 | Steve Barnes
    Republican Mike Huckabee launched a bid for his party's 2016 presidential nomination on Tuesday, zeroing in on the plight of blue-collar American workers who have been left behind in the country's rebound from the Great Recession. The 59-year-old former Arkansas governor and former host of a popular Fox News television show is considered a long shot in the widening race to represent the Republican Party in the November 2016 election. He is the sixth Republican to make a formal run. Huckabee's emphasis on American workers marks an attempt to expand his base beyond social conservative voters who the former Southern...