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  • Ted Cruz looking to build Southern ‘firewall’

    08/02/2015 11:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | August 3, 2015 | James Hohmann
    DANA POINT, Calif. — Ted Cruz made the case Sunday that he can win the Republican nomination because of his strength in the South. The Texas senator was a crowd favorite at the Koch network donor summit here. He got the normally mild-mannered donors laughing and cheering with his red meat. But many worry privately whether he can win, and they’re desperate to take back the White House in 2016. Recognizing this, Cruz did more to stress his viability than any of the four other 2016 presidential candidates who got a chance to pitch the 450 mega donors who have...
  • What's Wrong With Politics: The Ted Cruz Edition

    07/31/2015 4:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Blue Nation Review's Public Enemies ^ | July 31, 2015 | Shawn Drury
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a very smart accomplished guy. That does not mean he will ever be elected president, the office he currently seeks. His views are well to the right of most Americans, and that includes Republicans. Cruz also has a penchant for losing the filter that exists between his very capable brain and his mouth. Slamming one of your party’s leaders on the Senate floor isn’t normally a good idea. In national polls, Cruz gets about 5 percent of the Republican vote. Among the early voting states, he does a little better in Iowa and South Carolina...
  • Houston 'moneyman' ponies up $10 M for Cruz

    07/31/2015 10:38:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jennifer Reiley
    Toby Neugebauer, the son of a U.S. Texas congressman, donated almost a third of the funds raised by Super PACs supporting presidential hopeful U.S. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday. Neugebauer, son of Lubbock Republican Randy Neugebauer, donated $10 million to "Keep the Promise II," one of four PACs for Cruz of the same name. Neugebauer is the co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity firm in the energy industry. According to Bloomberg, the firm has managed more than $7 billion in commitments since 1998. Neugebauer is heavily involved in the energy industry,...
  • Disney, Sheriff's Office tight-lipped about fist fight at Epcot (Video At Link)

    07/27/2015 7:07:23 PM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 41 replies
    Warning: Graphic Video: Disney World is supposed to be the "Happiest Place on Earth," but that didn't stop three women from coming to blows while waiting in line at Epcot over the weekend. Channel 9 obtained cellphone video that shows the women fighting in line at the Test Track ride Saturday night. WFTV's Deneige Broom is working to gather more details about what led to the brawl, but so far there has been no comment from the Sheriff's Office or Disney. A guest captured the fight on video, which appears to show a verbal spat that started between a young...
  • Behind in presidential polls, Ted Cruz surges in fundraising

    07/21/2015 11:32:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Market Watch's Capitol Report ^ | July 15, 2015 | Robert Schroeder, Fiscal Policy Reporter
    Ted Cruz is way behind in polls about the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But he’s killing it when it comes to fundraising. The Texas senator is in eighth place among the GOP White House hopefuls, according to the latest average of polls from RealClearPolitics. But Cruz places third in the money race, when counting his own campaign and affiliated super PACs, behind fellow Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, the public got a look at how the campaigns are raising and spending money through the end of the second quarter. As The Wall Street Journal points out,...
  • Exclusive — ‘Proven Fundraiser’ Ted Cruz Can Defeat the Clinton Machine in 2016

    07/18/2015 6:16:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 18, 2015 | Rep. Jim Bridenstine
    Beating Hillary Clinton requires a Republican nominee who will energize all elements of the Republican Party: fiscal conservatives, national security conservatives, values voters, and constitutional conservatives. Nominating a milquetoast Republican who fails to gain the support of the whole party will cripple Republican enthusiasm and shrink turnout just as it has in previous elections. Since the media is going to chastise Republicans for rejecting the liberal agenda, let’s nominate a solid conservative, energize the Republican Party, and win. At a time when judicial activism and DC’s perverse incentives are concentrating power in Washington, we need a tested candidate who has...
  • Ted Cruz donors celebrate fundraising standing [Read this to understand the real campaign]

    07/15/2015 1:41:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    KCCI-TV ^ | July 15, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    Presidential campaigns from across the political field are releasing fundraising reports on Wednesday, but supporters of Ted Cruz already celebrated this past weekend. A week after announcing they had raised $52 million, the Texas senator met in Colorado Springs with about 45 of his top bundlers this weekend at The Broadmoor, a luxury resort at the foot of the Cheyenne Mountains, to celebrate the haul. Thanks to a mix of grassroots donors and a few billionaires, Cruz's supporters boast a position few anticipated: Second place in the crowded and competitive GOP fundraising race. In between expeditions of fly fishing and...
  • Jeb Bush’s fundraising haul was impressive. Ted Cruz’s was more important.

    07/14/2015 9:22:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 14, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    Jeb Bush's fundraising totals for the first half of 2015 were eye-popping: $114 million raised ($103 million of which came through his Right to Rise super PAC) with a stunning $98 million in the bank. But, as amazing as Bush's haul was, it's Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's fundraising totals that stood out to me as the most important money number from the June reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Cruz raised $14 million through his campaign committee and another $37 million through a constellation of super PACs set up to aid his campaign. That total of $51 million raised...
  • Gavin McInnes: Trump is a Snow Plow Who Will Move Out and “BOOM! Ted Cruz, President!”

    07/12/2015 9:47:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 144 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | July 12, 2015 | Paula Bolyard, associate editor
    Clearing the field. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Appearing on the “Greg Gutfeld Show” Sunday night, Gavin McInnes made a bold prediction about GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. But first, he explained the reason Trump is so popular. McInnes said, “He’s proud to be an American. He’s sick of pretending that illegals are wonderful people. And that’s a good thing because it’s sort of rattling modern America and getting non-voters out to the polls.” But he said that Trump will eventually move out to make way for the eventual Republican nominee — and future POTUS: “Now don’t be scared,” McInnes said. “[Trump's]...
  • Donald Trump’s Speech to Showbiz Group Met With Protests

    07/11/2015 1:49:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Variety ^ | July 10, 2015 | Ted Johnson, senior editor
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday gave what one attendee described as a quintessential Trump speech before a group of Hollywood conservatives — brash, self assured, and plenty of humor. Trump’s appearance before Friends of Abe — a fellowship of showbiz right-of-center professionals — was met with protests outside the Luxe Hotel in Brentwood over remarks he has made about Mexican immigrants. Chanting “Donald Trump has got to go” in English and Spanish, the protesters drew occasional honks from passing cars on Sunset Boulevard, with a heavy presence of Los Angeles Police Department officers on watch. But Trump told...
  • CEO Daily: Friday, July 10 (Bush vs. Cruz fundraising and more)

    07/10/2015 10:08:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Fortune ^ | July 10, 2015 | John Kell and Alan Murray
    Jeb Bush has won the first primary of the 2016 campaign – the money primary. In just 16 days as a candidate, he brought in $11.4 million, while his Super Pac, for which he raised money before entering, netted $103 million. The total – $114 million – is more than double that raised by the next closest competitor, Ted Cruz. One long-time GOP fundraiser tells me he has never seen it so easy to raise money for a candidate. The reason is clear. In a campaign so far dominated by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, Bush is the candidate for...
  • Cruz Summons Top Donors to Colorado Springs

    07/07/2015 9:05:01 AM PDT · by taildragger · 11 replies
    The National Review ^ | 06/25/2015 | Eliana Johson
    Texas senator Ted Cruz is summoning the biggest donors to his presidential campaign to Colorado Springs in mid-July. Cruz and his top bundlers — those who, according to a top campaign aide, “have met or exceeded their finance goals” by raising a minimum of $100,000 — will convene at The Broadmoor, the five-star resort owned by the conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz. The Colorado event, which will run from July 10-12, will serve as an opportunity for the campaign to update its top donors on the state of the race and to ask them to redouble their efforts on Cruz’s behalf....
  • Can Ted Cruz break into the top tier?

    07/06/2015 8:05:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    WPTZ-TV ^ | July 6, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    He's got $50 million behind him, a fervent following in Iowa, and a brand that he's worked hard to never muddy, but Ted Cruz has yet to have a breakout moment. Is that about to change? The Texas senator may remain mired in the middle of the seemingly endless Republican pack, but his allies say he is poised to make his move. Doing just well enough nationally to make the debate stage and showing enough promise in early-primary to have a shot next winter, Cruz and his allies are unperturbed by surveys that show him sitting stagnant. He is bracketed...
  • Abby Wambach, Wife Sarah Huffman Share Kiss After U.S. World Cup Win

    07/06/2015 7:09:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 65 replies
    CNN ^ | July 6, 2015 | Wilfred Chan
    Abby Wambach, Wife Sarah Huffman Share Kiss After U.S. World Cup Win By Wilfred Chan, CNN July 6, 2015 So when her squad's memorable 5-2 triumph over Japan was sealed, she chose an unforgettable way to celebrate. With the crowd roaring, as cameras flashed, Wambach -- one of the greatest players in the history of women's soccer -- ran to the stadium's edge and leapt into the stands to kiss her wife, Sarah Huffman.
  • Ted Cruz’s $51 Million Haul: TEA Party Favorite Has Big Bucks Behind Him …

    07/05/2015 6:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    FITS News ^ | July 5, 2015 | Will Folks
    In a little more than three months, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz‘s presidential campaign has raised more than $14.2 million from over 175,000 contributors. Combined with the $37 million raised by a political action committee backing Cruz, the Texas lawmaker’s presidential aspirations will be supported by a $51 million war chest. “The grassroots energy and support we are seeing is overwhelming,” Cruz said in a statement. “In Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina – and all across the country – we are seeing courageous conservatives coming together for real change. We’re reassembling the (Ronald) Reagan coalition – from conservatives to libertarians...
  • Ted Cruz's supporters make up bulk of $51 million raised for presidential bid

    07/05/2015 11:04:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 5, 2015 | Bill Trott, Reuters
    Republican Senator Ted Cruz and the outside groups supporting his presidential bid have raised more than $51 million in the three months since he launched his campaign for president, according to a statement from his campaign on Sunday. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on March 23 in a speech at the conservative school Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, has raised far less in donations directly to his campaign than his supporters have collected for the four outside spending groups supporting him. The statement said there were 175,000 individual donations to the campaign with an average contribution of $81. About $10...
  • Hillary’s July Fourth fundraising blitz — all 26 of them & Ted Cruz And The Truth

    07/01/2015 10:18:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Times' Inside the Beltway ^ | June 30, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    So the nation’s birthday is coming up. What better time than to raise a cool million or two in the name of 2016? That appears to be the plan for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign this week, which features five major fundraisers in four states in the days leading up to July 4. The Founding Fathers might have puzzled over the wealth and scope of Hillary for America events in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and finally New Hampshire on Friday, the eve of the patriotic holiday. The events follow the “conversation with Hillary” template — $2,700 per person as...
  • It's D-Day for 2016 candidates: Your inbox probably can tell ("FEC Deadline Countdown")

    06/30/2015 4:43:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Fresno Bee / The Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2015 | Nancy Benac
    Hillary Clinton has a dinner invite for you. Jeb Bush is out to make a big splash. Rick Santorum wants to scare the heck out of you. Ted Cruz is looking for a sacrifice. Lincoln Chaffee wants to be your pal. Oh, and all of them want your money — and preferably before midnight on Tuesday night, please. Danger: The 2016 presidential candidates are emailing Americans such a flurry of appeals for money and support that the risk of inbox internal combustion is high....
  • Ted Cruz drops fundraising 'money bomb'

    06/24/2015 9:05:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz is imploring supporters to donate $1 million to his presidential campaign by Tuesday, saying in a recorded email appeal that positive fundraising results are important to shaping the media narrative of the 2016 contest. The Texas Republican proved to be a surprisingly prodigious and effective fundraiser in the opening weeks of his White House bid. He raised $4 million online his first week and has told reporters that super PACs backing his candidacy have "banked" an eye-popping $37 million. Now, Cruz is asking his backers to help him close the second fundraising quarter strong to help him...
  • GOP 2016ers battle for second in fundraising war

    06/24/2015 9:26:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 24, 2015 | Sara Murray, Theodore Schleifer and Tom LoBianco
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The money race for second place is on. With a June 30 fundraising deadline drawing near, speculation over how much money Republican presidential candidates will collect is reaching a fever pitch. It's already clear that Jeb Bush will come out on top regardless of whether he hits or even surpasses the $100 million target many in the donor world set for the former Florida governor. The more interesting question, many donors and campaign operatives say, is who will come in second. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has an unusually broad donor list thanks to his highly publicized recall election and...
  • Ted Cruz team looks beyond Iowa, New Hampshire

    06/10/2015 6:41:49 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 88 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/10/2015 | Katie Glueck
    He’s stuck in the middle of the pack in Iowa, lags in polls, and much of the GOP donor class views him with disdain. But Ted Cruz is embracing a novel strategy for winning the nomination: He’s lowering expectations in the early states while investing in later-voting states that hardly see a candidate before March. In the past week or so alone, the Texas senator has taken his presidential campaign to Michigan and Massachusetts, staffed up in New Jersey and Tennessee, and skipped an Iowa cattle call to stump in North Carolina — all states expected to vote in March,...
  • Clinton Donated $100K to New York Times Group the Same Year Paper Endorsed Her

    06/08/2015 10:49:05 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 17 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | 7 Jun 15 | Alana Goodman
    A little-known private foundation controlled by Bill and Hillary Clinton donated $100,000 to the New York Times’ charitable fund in 2008, the same year the newspaper’s editorial page endorsed Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, according to tax documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon. The Clinton Family Foundation, a separate entity from the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has been the family’s vehicle for personal charitable giving since 2001. It is funded directly by the Clintons and distributes more than $1 million a year to civic and educational causes.
  • WATCH: How NOT To Capsize When Crossing The Bar

    06/06/2015 7:26:18 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    gCaptain ^ | June 4, 2015 | John Konrad
    Curious how NOT to capsize your fishing vessel in heavy seas? New Zealand journalist Geoff Mackley decided to visit the infamous Greymouth Bar, grab the saltiest old sea-captain he could find; an unintelligible yet undeniably talented Kiwi fisherman, and ask that very question. The dialogue in this video is impossible to understand but, trust us, amid the profanity is secret to heavy surf shiphandling.
  • Port Authority to remove 'Ziggin' Zaggin' decals on buses because of racial slur complaint

    06/06/2015 7:15:28 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 42 replies
    Port Authority of Allegheny County said Wednesday it will remove promotional slogans on nine buses that appear to spell a racial slur when read backward or viewed in a mirror. Transit agency spokesman Jim Ritchie said a driver complained Tuesday after seeing the message “Ziggin Zaggin” on a bus in her vehicle's rear-view mirror.
  • X-Men Actor Patrick Stewart Defends UK Christian Bakery Fined for Refusing to Make Gay Marriage Cake

    06/06/2015 6:57:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/06/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    Actor Patrick Stewart, who starred in "X-Men" and "Star Trek," says he supports the right of a Christian baker in Northern Ireland who refused to make a cake with a gay marriage slogan on it. The baker was last month convicted of "discrimination," and fined. Speaking on BBC's "Newsnight" show in a video published Thursday, Stewart showed support for Ashers Baking Company – owned by Colin and Karen McArthur, in Belfast – which was fined last month for refusing to make a cake with "support gay marriage" written on it along with a picture of Bert and Ernie from "Sesame...
  • Rest easy, citizens: TSA finds almost 1 in 20 test bombs during screening

    06/01/2015 2:22:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    A few weeks ago I had to go back to DC yet again for the Right Online conference and it involved flying in and out of Reagan, as well as Newark. As usual, I stood in the long lines – even with my previous screening check mark on my boarding passes – and went through all the rituals of unloading some of my things and passing through a detector. When I arrived at the hotel I opened my bag to find the usual TSA greeting card indicating that they had searched my checked baggage, no matter how much of...
  • Kathleen Willey: Hillary a 'money-hungry hypocrite' Bill 'showing early signs of dementia'

    06/01/2015 5:18:39 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    WND ^ | May 31, 2015 | Joe Kovacs
    Kathleen Willey, the former White House aide who claims President Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her in 1993 during his first term, now suspects the former president suffers from dementia, and calls Hillary Clinton a “money-hungry” hypocrite who looks “awfully haggard” and is the “worst role model for a wife and a mother and a politician.” Willey, author of the book “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton,” made her scathing comments in an interview Sunday night on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, broadcast on New York’s AM 970 and Philadelphia 990 AM, as well as online. She is...
  • Would you invest in Rand Paul? …for now, donors keep their distance

    05/31/2015 11:34:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 31, 2015 | Amy Miller
    Rand Paul is in trouble. At least, it looks like Rand Paul is in trouble. When answering questions about fundraising posed by Politico last week, spokesmen from both the official campaign and America’s Liberty PAC couched on their actual numbers. PAC spokesman Jesse Benton may have revealed much more than he intended when he said, “Results to date have been solid and give us lots of room for optimism as we continue. We also know this is a marathon, not a sprint.” Oof. Marathon-not-sprint is never where you want to be when other candidates are charming the multimillionaires who make...
  • It's Socialism, not Deodorant, That Starves the Poor

    05/31/2015 6:36:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    WHAT THIS country needs, says Bernie Sanders, is less deodorant. The 73-year-old senator from Vermont, now running for the Democratic presidential nomination, told CNBC's John Harwood in an interview on Tuesday that because American consumers can choose from so many brands of personal-care products, kids are going to bed with empty bellies. "You don't necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country," Sanders lamented. He didn't explain exactly howthe profusion of toiletries and athletic footwear leads to childhood hunger, but for the only self-described socialist...
  • Woman stabbed with fork for 'taking the last rib,' police say

    05/29/2015 8:14:05 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 45 replies
    fox ^ | May 29, 2015
    <p>An Indiana woman was arrested Sunday night after stabbing another woman in the eye with a fork in a fight over the last rib at a barbecue.</p> <p>The Star Press reports that Sabrina A. Davis. 45, was arrested and received a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness.</p>
  • Revealed: Ted Cruz Is Crushing Hillary In This Big Indicator Of Electoral Success

    05/22/2015 3:42:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 22, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    The Clinton camp is scrambling to catch up.Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is off to a booming start in terms of super PAC fundraising. His campaign’s primary political action committees reportedly took in a combined $31 million in just their first week of existence last month. Compared to his chief Democrat rival, Hillary Clinton, Cruz’s haul is even more impressive. Projections indicate that, even by the end of next month, Clinton’s Priorities USA Action super PAC will bring in less than half of what Cruz was able to raise in just a week. In response to the disappointing numbers, Clinton...
  • Ted Cruz Super PACs SMASHING Hillary’s PAC In Fundraising

    05/21/2015 3:07:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 21, 2014. | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Super PACs backing Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz have raised more than double the PAC backing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Priorities USA Action has managed to secure just $5 million in “hard commitments,” and expects to raise just $15 million through the end of June, reported The Wall Street Journal. The PAC is led by prominent Democrats including President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina. Super PACs backing Cruz raised more than twice that in a week. A Cruz associate told Bloomberg the group of PACs, formed in April, raised $31 million in their first week. “Cruz’s haul...
  • 4 Texas Congressmen Say They're Backing Cruz's 2016 Bid

    05/21/2015 10:04:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | May 20, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign will announce the endorsements of four members of the Texas congressional delegation. Republican U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, John Culberson of Houston, Louie Gohmert of Tyler and John Ratcliffe of Heath are all backing the state's junior senator on Thursday, according to a Cruz campaign news release obtained by The Texas Tribune. Gohmert had a specifically pointed statement in the batch of endorsements. "With a Ted Cruz Presidency, America will finally be respected around the world again as other nations will see a courageous and intellectual leader, NEVER wavering on principle, who stands...
  • Morning Plum: Obama depicts climate change as national security risk

    05/20/2015 10:20:23 AM PDT · by Abiotic · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/20/2015 | Greg Sargent
    WASHINGTON — President Obama called out climate change deniers in Congress for being weak on defense, saying it would be "dereliction of duty" for the United States to ignore the national security implications of rising global temperatures. Obama's convocation speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday was his most forceful argument yet that climate change ranks alongside terrorism as a grave threat to America's future. "I know there are some folks back in Washington who refuse to admit that climate change is real," he told graduating cadets in New London, Conn. "Denying it or refusing to deal with it...
  • Twin Peaks revokes Waco restaurant's franchise

    05/18/2015 7:57:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 77 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | May 18, 2015 | Aaron Smith
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Twin Peaks company has revoked the franchise agreement for its restaurant in Waco, Texas, the scene of a biker shootout that killed nine people this weekend. "We will not tolerate the actions of this relatively new franchisee and are revoking their franchise immediately," said the Dallas-based company. The company laid the blame on the managers of the Waco franchise who "chose to ignore the warnings and advice from both the police and our company, and did not uphold the high security standards we have in place to ensure everyone is safe at our restaurants." The...
  • How Money Runs Our Politics

    05/16/2015 12:10:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The New York Review of Books ^ | May 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Drew
    With each election come innovations in ways that the very rich donate and the candidates collect and spend increasingly large amounts of money on campaigns. And with each decision on campaign financing the current Supreme Court’s conservative majority, with Chief Justice John Roberts in the lead, removes some restrictions on money in politics. We are now at the point where, practically speaking, there are no limits on how much money an individual, a corporation, or a labor union can give to a candidate for federal office (though the unions can hardly compete). Today a presidential candidate has to have two...
  • Why Ted Cruz is wowing some of Wall Street's money-men

    05/13/2015 10:43:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2015 | Emily Flitter
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite and leading figure in the 2013 government shutdown that rattled investors, isn’t the kind of politician who usually wins a lot of friends among Wall Street campaign donors. The freshman Republican senator from Texas has none of the moderate tendencies that financiers often prefer in presidential candidates. Cruz relishes his image as an anti-establishment figure and boasts of his aversion to compromise. He has vowed to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and repeal President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare plan, commonly known as Obamacare. Despite the uncompromising rhetoric, Cruz is winning praise from...
  • TED CRUZ: DC ESTABLISHMENT ‘TERRIFIED’ BY GRASSROOTS CONSERVATIVES FUELING CAMPAIGN

    05/12/2015 5:58:19 PM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-12-15 | by BREITBART NEWS
    The Washington establishment is “terrified” by grassroots conservatives who are powering Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96% ’s (R-TX) presidential campaign with small-dollar donations. In an interview from South Carolina’s Freedom Summit that aired on Breitbart News Sunday, Cruz scoffed at a New York Times story that brushed off his chances of winning the GOP nomination because “Cruz has done nothing to endear himself to the elites.” Political scientists the Times interviewed after Cruz announced his candidacy in late March asserted that “the single most important determinant of the outcome of the nomination is the support from party elites” like donors, establishment...
  • Ted Cruz to stump in Beaumont (May 19th Texas Meet & Greet/Fundraiser)

    05/11/2015 12:58:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Beaumont Enterprise ^ | May 11, 2015 | Staff
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will stump in Beaumont on May 19 during a campaign fundraiser at the MCM Elegante, 2355 Interstate 10. Sen. Cruz, 44, announced in March that he intended to seek the GOP presidential nomination. Contribution amounts for the Beaumont fundraiser range from $100 to $500 for general attendance, which will go 6:30 to 8 p.m., according to a release from the Jefferson County Republican Party. VIP contributors – donors giving more than $1,000 – will get an extra half-hour with the Republican candidate, the release said.
  • This Boy Wonder Is Building the Conservative MoveOn.org in an Illinois Garage

    05/07/2015 12:45:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | May 7, 2015 | Julie Bycowicz
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-05-07/conservative-boy-wonder
  • Why 2016 candidates may not know when they’re beaten

    05/03/2015 9:41:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2015 | Bill Schneider
    Republicans have a problem for 2016: Too much money. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush expects to raise $100 million by the end of this month. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas raised $31 million in one week. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida pulled in $40 million in pledges. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expects to raise $25 million by the end of June. As many as 14 other potential Republican candidates have also been busy raking in the dough. So have Democrats Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, though the Democratic race does not look as competitive as the GOP contest....
  • Let's end this FReepathon this week!

    05/03/2015 11:42:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Free Republic ^ | May 3, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    FRiends, it's time to end this quarter's FReepathon so that we might have more time to talk with one another, discuss the issues, vet the candidates and also do the silly stuff that makes us laugh. If you aren't currently a monthly donor, please consider becoming one. Perhaps dedicate your donation to a loved one, whether still with us or already gone, human or pet. Or dedicate it to the folks who served or have served in our armed forces. Why you donate is up to you. That you donate benefits us all. Thanks for listening.
  • Minnesota mosques, Muslim orgs complain about anti-terror program

    05/01/2015 8:17:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Complete Fox News article Atlas Shrugs ^ | 5/1/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Muslim agitation, attrition, the litigation jihad accompanies all counter terror programs in these United States. We are constantly being told, scolded, admonished and clubbed with the now well worn meme that “only a tiny minority” “a radical few” Muslims engage in jihad. And yet we never see Muslim organizations supporting, encouraging cooperation and applauding any counter terror efforts.Why is that? Based on everything we are constantly being told about moderate Muslims – this is an impossibility. And yet this impossibility is our constant companion.Is it any wonder there is a stream of young Muslims from these communities and mosques flocking...
  • Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was ‘trying to injure himself,’ document says

    04/29/2015 7:31:43 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 85 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29 2015 | Peter Hermann
    BALTIMORE — A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.
  • Obama’s Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules for Gay Marriage

    04/28/2015 6:21:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | April 28, 2015 | JOEL GEHRKE
    Obama’s Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules for Gay Marriage by JOEL GEHRKE Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.” Alito...
  • Republican 2016 Hopefuls Court Iowa's 'Super Volunteers'

    04/28/2015 10:18:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 27, 2015 | Adam Wollner
    The state’s most dedicated activists are getting showered with attention.CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—The Monday after Easter, 73-year-old Joni Scotter found herself at the hospital for the second time in as many days. The two-time cancer survivor, having just been treated for a skin condition, was about to be hospitalized for three days after a series of tests revealed another problem: kidney failure. It didn't take long for the well-wishes to pour in from concerned friends, family—and Republican presidential contenders. Jeb Bush sent flowers and a handwritten note. Ted Cruz passed along flowers as well. Scott Walker mailed a copy of his...
  • Baltimore Mayor: City "Gave Space" To Rioters "Who Wished To Destroy"

    04/27/2015 8:46:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 27, 2015 | Katie Mchugh
    During a Saturday briefing, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said her city government “gave those who wished to destroy space to do that,” seemingly approving of the rioters who smashed the city’s police vehicles in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.
  • Boycott fires up after gay NYC hoteliers host Sen. Ted Cruz event

    04/24/2015 5:18:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Nicole Hensley
    LGBT activists are urging a boycott of two openly gay New York hoteliers who hosted a controversial campaign event for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The “Boycott Fire Island Pines Establishments & Out NYC Hotel” page on Facebook, which had amassed nearly 4,000 likes by Friday, questions the conservative company that OutNYC owners Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner chose to keep. The page quotes a critical profile of Cruz written by the Human Rights Campaign. Weiderpass, the co-owner of the Hell’s Kitchen hotel, enraged LGBT activists when he posed for a photo with the Republican presidential hopeful during the Monday affair....
  • Donations to Ted Cruz come in chunks big and small, but much is murky ("Murky" compared to Hillary?)

    04/22/2015 9:37:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 22, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau
    The money fueling Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for president comes in both trickles and torrents. And the sources of much of it are murky. A hedge fund billionaire is reported to have poured $30 million into the cause isn’t talking. So it’s unclear why he picked Cruz and how much he’s willing to spend to keep the Texas Republican’s hopes alive as the race plays out. Nor will Cruz identify supporters who’ve agreed to raise up to $500,000 from their networks of friends and associates — bundlers who’ll be rewarded with special access to the candidate in coming months. “Some...
  • Michigan Lawmakers Want Homeschooled Children Registered Like Dogs and Inspected by Social Workers

    04/22/2015 12:38:31 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 20, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    In the wake of the tragic murders of two Michigan children whose mother tortured them before stuffing them into the family’s freezer, lawmakers are calling for more stringent regulation of homeschooling in the state. The proposed legislation from state Rep. Stephanie Chang, a Detroit Democrat, would require homeschooled children to be inspected twice per year by a licensed social worker or law enforcement officer. The bill would also require homeschooling parents to register their children — like dogs or sex offenders — with the superintendent of the school district in which they reside. Michigan is one of eleven states that...