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  • Former Presidents Obama and Bush decry Trump era politics

    10/20/2017 1:43:32 PM PDT · by allenja · 43 replies
    BBC NEWS ^ | 20/10/2017 | James
    Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush have voiced concern about the current political climate in the US, in comments seen as a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump's leadership.
  • Why Ed Gillespie is surging in Virginia

    10/20/2017 8:10:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies ^ | 10/20/17 | Mark A. Thiessen
    In the run-up to Virginia’s 2014 Senate election, Republican Ed Gillespie trailed Sen. Mark Warner (D) by double digits in almost every single public poll. Gillespie knew the polls were wrong, but to the GOP establishment, Warner seemed invincible, and as Election Day approached, the party focused its resources on more “winnable” races (such as Scott Brown’s failed Senate campaign in New Hampshire). Two weeks before Election Day, Gillespie tried to get the GOP to kick in just $350,000 for ads and get-out-the-vote efforts, but his pleas fell on deaf ears. In the end, he lost not by double digits,...
  • Ryans friends flee as frustration with Trump grows (by 'friends' they mean minions)

    10/20/2017 3:22:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 10/19/17 | Rachel Bade
    Paul Ryans governing caucus is dwindling. A number of the speaker's closest comrades in the House have called it quits in recent weeks because they're tired of President Donald Trump's antics, depressed over the GOP's dearth of legislative accomplishments this year or have personal reasons. Whatever the causes, the departures are certain to make Ryan's job as House speaker harder, depriving him of loyal lieutenants in a conference already riven by ideological and stylistic divisions.
  • Another Establishment Republican Decides To Quit in D.C. (Washington isn't fun anymore)

    10/20/2017 3:01:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 10/19/17 | Joseph Morgan
    Representative Pat Tiberi of Ohio, a senior establishment lawmaker who was instrumental in pushing Obamacare repeal legislation, is expected to resign and take up an executive post with a business group in his home state. Three GOP members who knew about the decision spoke to the New York Times, and cited frustration with the lack of progress on a promised agenda by Republican lawmakers, even though they have total control in Washington, with the newspaper saying it would signal a deepening level of discontent among mainstream Republicans in Congress, with an animus particularly directed at Trump. What it signals though...
  • Establishment Republicans Appear to Be Hoping for Democratic Election Wins

    10/20/2017 2:49:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies ^ | 10/19/17 | Adam Shaw
    Establishment Republicans are indicating that they would rather see Democratic electoral wins rather than grassroots conservatives justifying a long-standing fear from the party base that GOP elites are closer to Democrats than to the conservative movement. The preference by Republicans submerged in the swamp for a sensible candidate to win was on display throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, when many Republicans kept Trump at arms length and jumped to the nearest microphone to criticize him at any opportunity.
  • Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Jeff Bartos Pledges Not to Vote for Mitch McConnell

    10/20/2017 2:42:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 10/19/17 | Jeff Bartos
    As a conservative businessman and a political outsider, I entered the race for the United States Senate to break the stranglehold that career politicians have on our government. Six months into the campaign, I have learned that the career politicians from both parties who talk a lot but accomplish little are our biggest problem. We know that Bob Casey will not repeal Obamacare or reform the tax code. We also know that, to date, Mitch McConnell cannot. Until the dysfunctional Senate leadership shows that they can deliver for the people who support the presidents agenda, I will not pledge to...
  • Mitch McConnells No. 1 Recruit Josh Hawley Refuses to Back McConnell for Majority Leader

    10/20/2017 2:39:04 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 10/19/17 | Sean Moran
    Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who was labeled Mitch McConnells No. One recruit of the [2018] cycle refuses to endorse McConnell for Majority Leader. Former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News chief executive Steve Bannon reportedly remains very interested in recruiting Hawley in his war against the establishment, which includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell reportedly first urged Hawley to run for the 2018 midterms.
  • Mitch McConnell's Case for Controlling Republican Nominees is Either Clueless or Disingenuous

    10/19/2017 2:21:04 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    Thefederalist ^ | Mollie Hemingway
    On the one hand, thats absolutely true. Having better or more conservative nominees doesnt mean much if they all lose in the general election. But has the McConnell-led establishment really done such a good job of weighing in on Republican primaries? They always like to bring up Sharron Angle, Christine ODonnell, Todd Akin, and Richard Mourdock, who defeated more establishment opponents in early contests. But they leave out a lot of other information. For one thing, McConnell-preferred party contest winners such as Connie Mack in Florida, Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin, and Rick Berg in North Dakota are also not in...
  • If Thad Cochran resigns, another headache for the Republicans

    10/19/2017 2:09:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 10/19/17 | David M. Drucker
    It's another headache for top Republicans in Mississippi and Washington as they game out the electoral implications of Cochran resigning before his seventh term ends in 2020. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant would have 10 days to appoint a replacement, to serve until a nonpartisan special election was held to determine a permanent successor. If Cochran resigned before Nov. 6, the day of next year's midterms, the special would occur in 90 days. Most likely low turnout, an insurgent would have the advantage. If Cochran resigned after Nov. 6, the nonpartisan special would be held the same day as the 2018...
  • Bannon Gathers Donors as He Launches War on GOP Establishment

    10/18/2017 5:17:28 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies ^ | 10/18/17 | Sean Moran
    Frustrated with Republican incumbents inability to pass any significant legislation, the Republican donor class started meeting with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon over his plan to primary establishment Republicans. Former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon met with notable Republican donors, manywhom remain frustrated by the Republican establishments inability to pass significant legislation such as repealing and replacing Obamacare, tax reform, and funding a southern border wall. The Republican donor class will consider backing Bannons campaign to challenge Senate Republican incumbents in the war against Senate Majority Leader...

    10/18/2017 10:37:49 AM PDT · by Lester Jackson · 14 replies
    Red State ^ | October 18, 2017 | Lester Jackson
    I was very pleased when President Trump signed his first executive order to dismantle ObamaCare in the face of the Republican Congress having broken its repeatedly made promise and pretense to do the same. However, I was utterly repulsed by an aspect of what happened at that event. Therefore, I am taking time from completing my forthcoming book* to comment on what I consider to be the despicable obscenity of RINO Virginia Foxx worming her way (15:52) to be next to Mr. Trump. Foxy weasel Foxx obviously hoped to benefit from the public opposition to the very ObamaCare monstrosity that...
  • Establishment Flailing: Wisconsin Candidate Dodges Question on Whether She Will Support McConnell

    10/18/2017 2:00:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 10/18/17 | Matthew Boyle
    As conservative businessman and U.S. Marine veteran Kevin Nicholson sweeps up grassroots support from key organizations in Wisconsins U.S. Senate race, the candidate backed by the Washington establishment in Wisconsin is flailing when pressed on whether she will support Mitch McConnell for U.S. Senate Majority Leader. State Sen. Leah Vukmir, at one time in her career a grassroots conservative who ended up aligning with the establishment over the past several years, dodged when the Associated Press asked her on Tuesday whether she would back McConnell for Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate.
  • Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa

    10/18/2017 1:46:06 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | John Davison and To do Said
    RAQQA, Syria U.S.-backed militias in Syria declared victory over Islamic State in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. The fighting was over and the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the city's stadium of mines and any remaining militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). A formal declaration of victory in Raqqa will soon be made, once the city has been cleared of mines and any possible Islamic State sleeper cells, said SDF spokesman Talal Selo.
  • Poll: Ed Gillespie Leading Over Ralph Northam for Virginia Governor

    10/17/2017 6:57:32 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 51 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Sean Moran
    Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie took the lead over Democrat candidate Ralph Northam, according to a new poll from Monmouth University released on Tuesday. A new poll from Monmouth University revealed that Virginians favor Ed Gillespie over Ralph Northam. The latest survey stated that if the vote were held today, 48 percent would vote for Ed Gillespie, while 47 percent would vote for Ralph Northam. This poll represents an upswing in support for Ed Gillespie. A survey released earlier in October had Ed Gillespie five points behind Ralph Northam, well within the polls 5.5 percent margin of error.
  • GOPs top Senate recruit in Missouri wont commit to voting for McConnell as leader

    10/17/2017 2:06:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Lindsey Wise
    WASHINGTON Missouri Attorney Gen. Josh Hawley, Republicans top recruit to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, wont commit to voting for Mitch McConnell as Senate Republican leader if elected in 2018. Hawleys campaign spokesman, Scott Paradise, was asked directly whether his boss would support McConnell. Paradise deflected the question. The Senate is broken and failing the people of Missouri, he said in an email. Josh is running because he is not willing to tolerate the failure of the D.C. establishment any longer, Paradise said. He wont tolerate Claire McCaskills failure. And he wont tolerate Republican failure, either.
  • Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker Has Been Part of Haley Barbours Political Machine for Decades

    10/17/2017 2:04:10 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has been part of former Governor Haley Barbours political machine for decades, a fact likely conservative Republican challenger Chris McDaniel is sure to highlight in the much anticipated rematch with that machine in 2018. Wickers role as an influential yet beholding cog in Barbours Mississippi Republican establishment machine was solidified in 2007 when he was appointed by then-Governor Barbour to replace Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), who resigned just one year into a six year term to begin a lucrative career as a K Street lobbyist. I am a mainstream conservative in the mold of Trent Lott,...
  • The 10 Senate seats most likely to switch parties in 2018: October edition

    10/17/2017 2:01:25 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Eric Bradner
    President Donald Trump is an influential figure all over the 2018 Senate map. The problem for Republicans: He doesn't seem interested in using his power for the party's good. From labeling a top Democratic target a "good woman" to tacitly approving of his former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's aggressive courtship of Republicans to run in the primary against sitting senators, the Trump factor is proving problematic as midterm election season heats up. Here's a look, more than a year out, at the 10 Senate seats most likely to switch parties in the November 2018 midterms:
  • Huge: Rand Paul endorses Alabama's Roy Moore for Senate

    10/17/2017 1:50:18 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Paul Bedard
    In a huge show of support, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday endorsed Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, saying "we need more people in Washington, D.C. that will stand on principle and defend the Constitution." Paul's endorsement puts a stamp of approval on Moore's anti-Washington campaign which he rode to victory recently in a primary against Sen. Luther Strange, appointed earlier this year to replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions when he became the Attorney General.
  • Pro-Trump Super PAC Endorses Kelli Ward in Arizona, Kevin Nicholson in Wisconsin

    10/17/2017 1:47:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Matthew Boyle
    The pro-Trump super PAC, Great America PAC, has thrown its weight behind former State Sen. Kelli Ward in Arizonas U.S. Senate race next year and behind businessman Kevin Nicholson in Wisconsins U.S. Senate race next year. Great America PAC is building the Trump Ticket for 2018 and we are proud to support these candidates who have answered the call of their fellow citizens, Ed Rollins, Great America PACs chief strategist, said in a press release on Tuesday. He added: Americans are tired of the inaction from the Washington swamp and demand Senate Republicans get off their backsides and pass President...
  • [Flashback] Thad Cochran: I Grew Up Doing 'All Kinds of Indecent Things with Animals'

    10/17/2017 2:10:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 6/12/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) provided his latest head-scratching comment in public, this time joking he engaged in illicit activities with animals as a child. [Wed] get back [to the Pine Belt-Hattiesburg area of Mississippi] as often as we could because it was funit was an adventure to be out there in the country and see what goes on, Cochran said of his childhood and how parts of his family lived in the central part of the state. Picking up pecans, from that to all kind of indecent things with animals.