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  • Ben Carson wins conservative straw poll, Fiorina and Walker close behind

    06/28/2015 1:31:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 28, 2015 | Philip Klein and Ariel Cohen
    DENVER -- Ben Carson, the famed surgeon turned presidential candidate, rode his outsider message to victory on Sunday at the Western Conservative Summit straw poll sponsored by the Washington Examiner, edging out former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Taken together, the results point to the resonance of the anti-Washington message among conservative audiences, as all three candidates argued in different ways that they would shake up the DC status quo. Carson garnered 26 percent of the 871 votes cast; Fiorina got 23 percent; Walker was at 22 percent; and Ted Cruz, at 11 percent, was the...
  • Huckabee: If Obama WH Can Put Up Rainbow Lights, Don’t Complain If I Put Up Nativity

    06/28/2015 10:26:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 06/28/2015 | by Josh Feldman
    Mike Huckabee isn’t particularly thrilled about the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, even going so far as to declare people should outright reject and states should fight back against the ruling. On ABC’s This Week today, Huckabee asked if liberals would be similarly okay if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of personhood for the unborn. George Stephanopoulos asked Huckabee if he would just outright refuse to enforce the decision as president. Huckabee didn’t give a firm yes or not, but did say he would consider it. He brought up the rainbow lights the White House put up on...
  • Mike Huckabee: Conservatives Can Ignore Gay Marriage Ruling Like Lincoln Ignored Dred Scott

    06/27/2015 9:34:27 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | June 27, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Mike Huckabee: Conservatives Can Ignore Gay Marriage Ruling Like Lincoln Ignored Dred Scott By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times June 27, 2015 DENVER — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee suggested Saturday that conservatives treat the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision like Abraham Lincoln treated the high court’s pro-slavery ruling in Dred Scott: Ignore it. “They can do same thing that Abraham Lincoln did about the Dred Scott decision of 1857,” Mr. Huckabee said at the Western Conservative Summit. “The Dred Scott decision said that African-Americans were not fully human, that they need not be treated as fully human.”
  • EXCLUSIVE – Sarah Palin: An Appeal to Heaven

    06/27/2015 7:47:00 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Sarah Palin
    And the “Flag Attack” rages on! In Arkansas there is a flag battle, but not the one you’ve been reading about. The Bradley County Courthouse has flown an historic flag just below our stars and stripes; it features a simple evergreen tree and the phrase “Appeal to Heaven.” The ATH flag has a rich history, being first commissioned by George Washington to fly over Navy schooners during the Revolutionary War. Washington knew the colonies needed God’s intervention as they battled for freedom – they had no recourse but to call on God. The appeal to heaven ultimately granted America freedom....
  • School Board Committee Votes To Ban “Dixie” Song & Rebel Mascot At Southside High School (AR)

    06/25/2015 1:46:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    KFSM, CBS 5, Fort Smith, AR ^ | 10:36PM, June 23, 2015 | Zuzanna Sitek and Aubry Killon
    A Fort Smith School Board committee passed a motion Tuesday (June 23) to ban the “Dixie” song during the 2015-2016 school year and to replace the rebel mascot for the 2016-2017 school year. The motion passed five to zero. Susan McFerran, a member of the school board, said the decision comes after the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina and a recent class reunion. “There was a 30 year class reunion this weekend,” she said. “It came to our attention that the public has been pretty upset about the Confederate flag, which has already been removed, the rebel mascot [and]...
  • Huckabee: Confederate flag has nothing to do with being president

    While some 2016 White House contenders are debating the propriety of the Confederate flag flying at the South Carolina state house, there's one candidate who won't join the fray. Speaking to NBC's Face the Nation Sunday, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he won't become part of the argument because he believes it has nothing to do with running for president. "Everyone is being baited with this question as if somehow that has anything to do whatsoever with running for president, and my position is it most certainly does not," the Arkansas Republican told host Chuck Todd Sunday. "People want...
  • HAYWORTH: Carson, Cruz to campaign in NW Iowa (Also Huckabee and Kasich)

    06/22/2015 1:06:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | June 22, 2015 | Bret Hayworth
    Two Republican presidential candidates will campaign in Northwest Iowa through Friday. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, has set Thursday events at a Rock Rapids bank at 8 a.m. and a Sioux Center business at 9:30 a.m. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will be in Sheldon and Pierson on Friday. Cruz will hold a traditional town hall meeting at 1 p.m. at the Sheldon Community Services Center. The 7 p.m. event will be more folksy, with a preceding suppertime pork picnic and live band at the Pierson city park and ball field. State Sen. Bill Anderson will participate in that...
  • 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination

    06/22/2015 12:22:05 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/18/2015 | RCP
    Real Clear Politics Average as of 6/18/2015 12.7 Bush 11.7 Walker 10.7 Rubio 9.7 Carson 8.7 Huckabee 8.0 Paul 6.5 Cruz 4.5 Christie 3.5 Perry 3.2 Trump
  • Scoop: 25 questions the Koch brothers want every 2016 candidate to answer

    06/18/2015 6:38:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | June 18, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the funding arm of the political network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, wants a lot more hard information from the crowded field of presidential contenders before deciding what to do with its considerable resources. The group is pressing every 2016 candidate to detail on the record their plans for economic growth, deficit reduction, entitlement reform, criminal justice and even foreign policy. The tax-exempt entity, a key node in a constellation of conservative entities that aims to spend $889 million before the next White House election, distributed a detailed survey Thursday to...
  • Huckabee: We lost in 2012 because evangelicals didn’t support a more moderate nominee

    04/02/2013 6:51:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 161 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/02/2013 | AllahPundit
    Ed Morrisseyflagged this Politico piece earlier but I want to pay special attention to Huck's comments. Gabe Malor called BS on them on Twitter this morning. I think he's right. Huckabee's latest shot across the party establishment's bow: “The last two presidential elections, we had more moderate candidates, so if anything a lot of conservatives went to the polls reluctantly or just didn’t go at all,” said Huckabee in a separate interview. “If all of the evangelicals had showed up, it may have made a difference.”…Huckabee, like Santorum, was a bit incredulous at the attempt to fault social conservatives when...
  • Tensions build as Supreme Court readies blockbuster rulings

    06/21/2015 10:44:20 AM PDT · by Johnny Navarone · 114 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 06/21/2015 | Lawrence Hurley
    <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tensions are building inside and outside the white marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building as the nine justices prepare to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama's healthcare law by the end of the month.</p>
  • Flashback: As Governor, Bill Clinton Honored Confederacy On Arkansas Flag

    06/20/2015 9:58:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 20, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    As the fight to remove the Confederate flag from the state House grounds in South Carolina heats up, politicians are weighing in on the debate.rWhat do you think? Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham defended displaying the flag, while former presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for its removal. Carly Fiorina called it a “symbol of racial hatred,” but stopped short of saying it should be removed. Sen. Ted Cruz said South Carolinians should decide what their state does. President Barack Obama’s spokesman said the flag belongs in a museum.rWhat do you think? But while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has weighed...
  • 'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

    06/20/2015 4:44:59 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 20 June 2015 | Rory Carroll
    Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in response to radiation. As we enter his parents’ garage and approach his precious jumble of electrical equipment, it emits an ominous beep. Wilson is in full flow, explaining the old-fashioned control panel in the corner, and ignores it. “This is one of the original atom smashers,” he says with pride. “It would accelerate particles up to, um, 2.5m volts – so kind of up there, for early nuclear physics work.” He pats the knobs. It was in this garage that, at...
  • Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton ‘Pathetic’ For Blaming Me For Charleston Shootings

    06/19/2015 1:46:36 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 130 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 6/19/2015 | Staff
    Donald Trump Instagrammed a blunt response today to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that the brash billionaire businessman and reality TV star might be somehow responsible for the horrific church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina. “Wow–it’s pretty pathetic that Hillary Clinton just blamed me for the horrendous attack that took place in South Carolina. This is why politicians are just no good. Our country’s in trouble.” “Mr. Trump believes that Hillary Clinton does not have any credibility when she blames words for violence. This is the same politician who lied to the world after she failed to take proper steps to secure...
  • Some teens turned away after new rule at Movies in the Park (Sons of Obama)

    06/17/2015 3:46:05 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 7 replies
    KATV.COM ^ | 15 JUNE 2015 | KATV.COM
    LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - More than 150 people have been turned away from going to Little Rock's Movies in the Park. Wednesday will be the first event since school was let out which might result in more people being turned away. Effective this year, kids under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian with them. Keeping kids occupied can be quite a task. Meghan Heubach is the mother of two young boys. Heubach told Channel 7 News trying to enjoy events like Movies in the Park is already hard enough, without the added pressure of unattended children....
  • Who is the most conservative Republican candidate for president? [CRUZ!]

    06/17/2015 9:45:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16 at 2:00 PM | Pablo Barberá
    The Republican field is crowded, which implies that primary voters have little information about where some of the candidates stand. That is particularly the case this season, with a few relatively unknown contenders who lack legislative experience or a long history of campaign contributions that would allow researchers to precisely identify where they stand on the liberal-to-conservative political dimension.However, one characteristic all candidates share is that they have active and popular Twitter accounts. And as I showed in an article published earlier this year in the journal Political Analysis — now freely available online as an Editors’ Choice article —...
  • Loss of Health Care Subsidies Would Impact South More than Anywhere Else

    06/16/2015 4:16:08 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    The Telegraph (Macon) ^ | June 16, 2015 21:23 UTC | Tony Pugh
    WASHINGTON — (...) The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether the subsidies can continue for 6.4 million people in 34 states who use the federal insurance marketplace at HealthCare.gov. (...) More than 4.1 million people, or nearly two out of three who could lose their subsidies in the case this year, live in just 13 Southern states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2015/06/16/3799971/loss-of-health-care-subsidies.html#storylink=cpy
  • Arkansas Cops Caught on Video Assaulting Blind Man Before Lying on Arrest Report

    06/15/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by redreno · 47 replies
    http://photographyisnotacrime.com ^ | 06/14/2015 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    A blind man in Arkansas sustained a back injury after being assaulted by Little Rock police who failed to identify themselves before lying about the incident. After missing the bus from his job at Lighthouse for the Blind on June 1, Eric Wilson was walking home when he was approached by police and ordered to walk over to them. Wilson is legally blind and says that he can only see shadows. He complied, despite not knowing if he was about to be robbed or about to be confronted with actual police officers as they did not identify themselves.
  • 2 injured in shooting at Air Force base in Arkansas

    06/15/2015 11:18:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    fox ^ | 6/15/15 | fox
    Two people were hospitalized after shots were fired when a civilian tried to gain unauthorized access to the Little Rock Air Force Base Monday morning. The base said the suspect was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. A bystander was also transported for non-related medical care and was released. The base went on lockdown after the incident. Jacksonville Police Sgt. Dustin Brown said the suspect had attempted to gain access to the base, which is in Jacksonville and about 15 miles northeast of Little Rock. A bomb squad was checking a green SUV parked near a visitor center...
  • How photo of a lesbian kiss led to the downfall of the Duggars and exposed their darkest family [tr]

    06/12/2015 1:11:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 162 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 12, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    The Duggar family sowed the seeds for their own downfall nearly a year ago when they sent out a hate-filled robocall to their entire town, Daily Mail Online can reveal The sequence of events which ended with son Josh being revealed as a child abuser began last August when they sent out the message to all the residents of Tontitown, Arkansas. The call urged them to vote against new laws preventing anti-gay discrimination laws and among those who heard it was Tandra Barnfield, a lesbian whose family know the Duggars. In protest Barnfield posed outside the Duggar home kissing her...
  • Charles Krauthammer: Handicapping the 2016 Field, Round Two

    06/12/2015 7:51:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/12/2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    The Republican nominating race is a mess: a strong field, but with ten declared candidates and a half-dozen more to come, we need a bouncer to keep order. I’ve given myself the job. Rope lines separate the four categories. A. Top tier: 1. Jeb Bush. Solid, no sizzle. Sizzle may be in less demand than eight years ago, but his inability to separate from the pack, his recent campaign shakeup and his four-day stumble over Megyn Kelly’s “knowing what we know now” Iraq question have given even his supporters pause. Nonetheless, a bulging war chest, a fine gubernatorial record, and...
  • Lakewood widow is keeping Mike Huckabee accountable ahead of 2016 primaries

    06/12/2015 6:24:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 6 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 06/11/2015 | Jonathan Martin
    On the fourth anniversary of her husband’s murder, Kim Renninger got a tattoo on the instep of her left foot reading, “Keep moving one step forward.” It is a discreet, poignant reminder of her mission to make something out of the death of Sgt. Mark Renninger and three officers in the 2009 Lakewood police shootings — the worst act of violence ever committed against police in Washington. Her to-do list has included a change to the state Constitution, reform of interstate parole rules and keeping watch over the seven felony prosecutions stemming from the shooting. Now comes the last big...
  • Inside the Conservative Movement's Secret 2016 Auditions(It was Cruz who emerged the winner)

    06/10/2015 1:29:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 10, 2015 | Tim Alberta
    Fiorina raises eyebrows on gay marriage, Rubio frames student debt as a moral issue, and Huckabee just bores the crowd.In May, six Republican presidential candidates—Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Perry—had a private audition in front of the country's most influential conservatives. Each spoke for roughly 30 minutes to the Council for National Policy—a secretive nonprofit group populated by hundreds of right-wing activists and donors—and followed up their speeches with question-and-answer sessions with Tony Perkins, the CNP president, who also serves more visibly as the head of the Family Research Council in Washington. Based...
  • AR: Bizarre Article Attempts to Discredit AR Constitutional Carry

    06/09/2015 7:15:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Act 746 went into effect in 2013.  The law was clear at the time, and is clear now.  The Democrat Attorney General when the law went into effect, Dustin McDaniel, expressed an opinion about the law which seemed designed to cause confusion about the issue.   In the opinion, former AG McDaniel simply ignores the most important change in the law.    Here is the relevant section, ignored by McDaniel: 5-73-120. Carrying a weapon.(a) A person commits the offense of carrying a weapon if he or she possesses a handgun, knife, or club on or about his or her person, in...
  • Liberals Who Love Huckabee: I used to be one of them. I still sort of am.

    06/08/2015 8:40:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 5, 2015 | Bob Moser
    I thought I could quit him. I swear I did. From the first time we met, in Iowa in 2007, Mike Huckabee was nothing but trouble, unsettling my fixed ideas, seducing me into pooh-poohing some of my staunchest convictions. The man was never really my type—the farthest thing from it—but you know how that can make an attraction stronger. Forbidden love and all that. Most of my friends, of course, never approved. He's not like the rest of them, I'd protest. When he says he hates Wall Street and wants to build infrastructure, he means it. He's a Republican poking...
  • Scott Walker Backs Constitutional Amendment Allowing States To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

    06/07/2015 2:53:20 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | June 7, 2015 | Amanda Terkel
    WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday that he supports a constitutional amendment that would bar the Supreme Court from granting marriage equality rights nationwide. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision this month that could grant, for once and for all, same-sex couples the right to wed across the country. But Walker said on ABC's "This Week" that he would support amending the constitution to protect states that still want to ban same-sex marriage. "I personally believe that marriage is between one man and one woman," Walker, a prospective GOP presidential candidate, said. "If the...
  • The Tom Cotton letter usefully highlights Leftist stupidity

    03/16/2015 8:52:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 3-13-2015 | Bookworm
    I side with the people who think that Tom Cotton and the 46 senators who joined with him in an open letter to apprise the Iranians about the way our Constitutional system works did the world a great service. As I’ll discuss at greater length below, the letter is a simple, beautifully written exposition about the American Constitution and its effects. In addition, it’s a wonderful honey pot for calling stupid Progressives out of their dark caves and exposing their ignorance to bright sunlight.The Cotton letter is really nothing more than an elegant primer about the balance of powers and...
  • GOP hopefuls skip IA pig-roast/cycle-ride leave Harley enthusiasts Walker & Perry to impress on hogs

    06/06/2015 3:10:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    the London Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2015 | Francesca Chambers in Des Moines
    * Iowa Senator Joni Ernst and co. are taking off from a Harley-Davidson dealership this morning in Des Moines for a 39 mile ride to Boone * Ride honoring the nation's veterans attracted only one candidate for the White House: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker * Perry will also ride with a group of veterans to Ernst's first annual 'Roast and Ride' but he's starting in Perry, Iowa * Will keep the spotlight on Perry, who is making the journey with Taya Kyle, wife of 'American Sniper,' and Marcus Luttrell, the 'Lone Survivor' * A half a dozen current and presumed...
  • Senator Joni Ernst's First Annual Roast and Ride [Live video]

    06/06/2015 11:07:13 AM PDT · by jjotto · 4 replies
    C-span ^ | June 6, 2015 | uncredited
    Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), former Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), Dr. Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina spoke at Senator Joni Ernst’s first annual Roast and Ride in Boone, Iowa.
  • GOP presidential hopefuls to attend Joni Ernst’s ‘Roast and Ride’ in Iowa on June 6

    05/28/2015 6:06:50 AM PDT · by jjotto · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    The political action committee of freshman Sen. Joni Ernst, Iowa Republican, announced Monday that a handful of 2016 Republican presidential contenders are slated to attend the senator’s inaugural “Roast and Ride” event on June 6. Confirmed speakers include the following announced presidential candidates: retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Other Republicans weighing presidential bids who are also scheduled to speak include Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker... Before the roast, Ms. Ernst is going to lead...
  • Huckabee: I wish I could've identified as female in high school gym

    06/02/2015 6:33:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue June 2, 2015 | Eric Bradner
    Washington (CNN)Mike Huckabee says there's a time he wishes he could've been transgender: When it was time to hit the high school showers. If he "could have felt like a woman," the Republican former Arkansas governor joked earlier this year, then he could have seen his female classmates without their clothes on. "Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE," Huckabee said. "I'm pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, 'Coach, I...
  • Newsflash: It’s Going To Be Hillary vs. Jeb

    05/31/2015 4:25:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 31, 2015 | Bill Scher
    Can we all stop pretending that there’s any real suspense in this presidential race?As the children’s book says: Voters, it’s time to “Go the [expletive] to sleep.” You can turn off Fox, MSNBC, and CNN; you can close Twitter; you can sign off your crazy uncle’s Facebook feed. I am going to tell you, right now, what the political landscape of the future looks like so you don’t waste your time over the next year listening to a parade of pundits or watching those ridiculous primary debates. The 2016 election is going to come down to Hillary vs. Jeb, of...
  • Bob Dole on 2016 Republican presidential nomination: 'I think it's going to be a governor'

    05/31/2015 2:36:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | May 31, 2015 | Justin Wingerter
    Former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole believes a governor, not a senator, will win the 2016 Republican nomination for president. “I think it’s going to be a governor,” Dole said Thursday after a commemorative event at Forbes Field. “I don’t know which one.” Two former governors have announced they will seek the Republican nomination: Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, and George Pataki, former governor of New York. Several other current and former governors are considering a presidential run, including Jeb Bush, of Florida; Rick Perry, of Texas; Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; Chris Christie, of New Jersey;...
  • The Left Goes Insane

    05/31/2015 8:43:46 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Fay Voshell
    The fall in to “certain untruth” is almost complete within the ranks of the increasingly mentally disturbed Left. Further, because so much of what the Left is promulgating is in fact certain untruth, it must continually seek to cut off rational debates. It abhors questions about the veracity of its dogma and praxis. Leftists believe it is vitally important to prohibit questions that might undermine them or their system’s credibility. Nothing, absolutely nothing, about the dogma of the Left is to be questioned. It is only to be believed. That is one reason why the Left’s current chief flag bearer,...
  • Poll: Scott Walker holds seven-point advantage over GOP presidential rivals among voters in Iowa

    05/31/2015 12:38:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Fox News Now - 6 ^ | May 30, 2015
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker holds a 7-point advantage among Iowan voters over the rest of the crowded Republican field in the scramble for the party’s 2016 nomination for president, a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll finds. The poll, released late Saturday afternoon, shows Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee rounding out the top five in the state, which, as the first-in-the-nation caucus, is a critical battleground for presidential hopefuls. Walker captured 17% of the vote among likely GOP caucus-goers. He first gained...
  • Hooray for Hillarywood?

    05/30/2015 4:57:20 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 30, 2015 | Maureen Dowd
    IS Hollywood really ready to give a 67-year-old woman a leading role in a big-budget production? Hillary Clinton’s campaign has echoes of various classic movies: “Single White Female,” with Hillary creepily co-opting the identity of the more trendy Elizabeth Warren; “My Fair Lady,” with Hillary sitting meekly and being schooled on how to behave by tyrannical Pygmalions (Iowa voters); “The Usual Suspects,” with Hillary’s hoodlums, Sidney Blumenthal and David Brock, vying to be Keyser Söze; and, of course, “How to Steal a Million,” a caper about a heist plotted by a couple that doesn’t need the money. From a narrative...
  • Marco Rubio won’t compete in Iowa Straw Poll

    05/30/2015 12:49:28 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/30/2015 | Ali Breland
    Sen. Marco Rubio will not participate in the Iowa Straw Poll, his campaign team confirmed Saturday. The Florida senator and 2016 hopeful’s decision marks the latest blow to the August event long considered a staple on the Republican road to the presidential nomination. Jeb Bush, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Mike Huckabee have all said they won’t participate this cycle. Many, including Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Rand Paul, have yet to signal if they will attend.
  • Appeals court strikes down Arkansas 12-week abortion ban

    05/30/2015 8:49:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Wed May 27, 2015 | Suzannah Gonzales
    A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down an Arkansas law that banned abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, upholding a lower court's decision last year that had blocked the law. The Arkansas law violates a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy at a point before the viability of the fetus, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit said. Two doctors challenged the Arkansas law, which had granted exceptions to protect the life of the mother and for pregnancy resulting from rape or incest.
  • iCarly and the RNC Pseudo-candidates

    05/28/2015 11:18:46 AM PDT · by ifinnegan · 67 replies
    May, 28, 2015 | Self
    iCarly and the RNC Pseudo-candidates I hope people realize iCarly is full on GOPe RNC and her role is to aid GOPe candidates.  As RNC talent, she is better than most. She is articulate,  concise, intelligent.  But don't think we can trust her long term any more than we can trust Prince Rebus, Boner or Mitchie-poo.  iCarly is not the only strategic pseudo-candidate.  Why would Huckabee run other than to dilute support for Ted Cruz.  It's win win win for GOPe, Huckabee and Fox  Huckabee gets to help Cruz lose and then gets to go back to Fox as a...
  • REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR MCCRORY CONFIRMS ANTI RELIGIOUS FREEDOM POSITION IN NC ON GAY MARRIAGE

    05/28/2015 2:20:52 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 13 replies
    5/28/2015 | Self
    As the debate over First Amendment Freedom of Religion laws raged back in May with Republican Governors backing down under business pressure in Indiana and Arkansas, the Republican governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, said his state didn't need such a law. The legislature has been acting, though, the House passing a bill to allow government officials to object to gay marriage, the bill now in the Senate as Senate Bill 2. But today Governor McCrory says he will veto the bill. A news release describing it is headlined "Governor McCrory defends Constitution". McCrory speaks of 'sincerely held religious beliefs...
  • Fiorina, Kasich Crack Top 10 In New Q Poll

    05/28/2015 9:12:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    The Washington Examiner - Buzz Cut ^ | May 28, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    Marco Rubio skidded. Jeb Bush slid. Ben Carson zoomed. Mike Huckabee bounced. Scott Walker stayed steady. And that’s how you end up with a five-way tie for first place in the latest Quinnipiac University national poll on the GOP Sixteeners. Put another way: With five candidates evenly dividing half of the vote, there is no first place. While Rubio lost a third of his support and Bush continued to droop, losing three points for the second month in a row, all five can say with confidence that they will meet the polling criterion for the first GOP debate, hosted by...
  • Gallup Signals the GOP: Abandon the Bitter Clingers in Your Backwards Base

    05/27/2015 1:40:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A new Gallup poll out. Headline: "Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues." Now, before you go off getting depressed about this, let me tell you what the reason for this is, after we give you the details. "Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level." It's a subtle message to the Republican Party, and...
  • Abortion ban based on heartbeat rejected by appeals court (AR)

    05/27/2015 12:54:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2015 3:40 PM EDT | Allen Reed
    A federal appeals court struck down one of the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions on Wednesday, ruling that women would be unconstitutionally burdened by an Arkansas law that bans abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with doctors who challenged the law, ruling that abortion restrictions must be based on a fetus’ ability to live outside the womb, not the presence of a fetal heartbeat that can be detected weeks earlier. The court said that standard was established by previous U.S. Supreme Court rulings. The...
  • Huckabee’s Anachronistic Brand of Progressivism

    05/27/2015 1:14:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Mike Huckabee doesn’t have a lot of prominent defenders, and I am not volunteering for the job. Huckabee has always struck me as a right-wing populist-progressive. A deeply religious — and by all accounts decent — man, Huckabee nonetheless has a view of the state that would have jibed almost perfectly with such forgotten titans of the Progressive Era as Richard Ely, Josephus Daniels, and even William Jennings Bryan. Ely, a mentor to Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt and the founder of the “Wisconsin school” of progressivism, believed that “God works through the state in carrying out His purposes more...
  • Holy Warriors of the Left and Right

    05/27/2015 9:31:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Mike Huckabee doesn't have a lot of prominent defenders, and I am not volunteering for the job. Huckabee has always struck me as a right-wing populist-progressive. A deeply religious -- and by all accounts decent -- man, Huckabee nonetheless has a view of the state that would have jibed almost perfectly with such forgotten titans of the Progressive Era as Richard Ely, Josephus Daniels and even William Jennings Bryan. Ely, a mentor to Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt and the founder of the "Wisconsin school" of progressivism, believed that "God works through the state in carrying out His purposes more...
  • Remember when Jim Bob Duggar said incest should be punishable by death?

    05/26/2015 7:39:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 86 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 26 May 2015 | Scott Sutton
    After last week’s shocking admission that he’d molested his sisters as a teenager, former “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar has put his parents in quite a pickle. While Josh has (deservedly) received plenty of backlash from his admission, his parents have also come under heavy scrutiny for how they have handled the situation. ..... However, it’s worth noting where Jim Bob, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2002, actually stands on the issue of incest and rape — or at least what he told the public while he was running for office. According to Gawker, who...
  • Duggar patriarch Jim Bob called for rape and incest to be punishable by DEATH

    05/26/2015 3:36:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 May 2015 | DAVID MCCORMACK
    While Duggar patriarch Jim Bob has remained relatively silent concerning his son's admission to molesting five young girls, he was abundantly clear about his hardline views on punishment for rape and incest perpetrators during his failed 2002 run for the U.S. senate. During his campaign Jim Bob stated his belief that 'rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes', according to a web cache of his campaign website. His extreme view is stated in a section in which he explained his position on abortion.
  • Rose McGowan half-apologizes for misquoting Ted Cruz

    05/26/2015 1:05:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/26/15 | Nick Goss
    Actress Rose McGowan offered an apology — of sorts — this week after sharing what appeared to be an inflammatory quote from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Josh Duggar’s departure from the Family Research Council last Friday. Duggar’s resignation followed his acknowledgement of reports that he sexually molested younger children as a teenager, including his own sisters. Story Continued Below “While there may have been an age difference, Josh Duggar’s transgressions are far less an affront to God than what gays do with each other - Ted Cruz, 5/22/15,” read the text next to the photo of Duggar and Cruz...
  • Josh Duggar Cracks Molestation Joke Dating Family Is What We Do!

    05/26/2015 6:42:07 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 58 replies
    tmz.com ^ | May 26, 2015
    Josh Duggar is from Arkansas ... so it's totally cool if he dates his siblings. Back in 2008 -- long before Duggar's molestation past came to light -- he made a quip during an episode of what was then called "17 Kids and Counting." Josh describes a double date scenario with his then-fiancée Anna ... he ended up going with 2 of his siblings. Josh explains, "We chose Jana and John David. We thought why not, have a double date ... We are from Arkansas!" He then broke out in laughter. Not so funny now ...
  • The Left Raves and Froths 'Biblical Law is THE threat to the USA'

    05/26/2015 7:31:38 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 12 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 5/26/15 | Steve Berman
    Nothing causes the lunatic Left to froth and rave and lose its mind like Christianity in action. Whenever something awful happens and Christians do what Christians are commanded to do: forgive, the left simply draws a blank.  That’s just a place in their brains where the door is permanently locked (even those on the left who call themsevles Christian). As one example, back in 2007, Matthew Murray shot and killed two Youth With a Mission (YWAM) trainees in Arvada, Colorado, escaped and drove to New Life Church in Colorado Springs, killing one more and wounding three.  Murray was shot and killed...