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  • Tennessee Tea Party Leaders: Lamar Alexander a 'Mushy Moderate'

    07/24/2014 6:29:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 7/24/14 | Charlie Spiering
    In Nashville on Thursday, about a half-dozen Tennessee Tea Party leaders gathered with the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund to denounce current Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander and promote his Republican challenger Joe Carr. “Lamar Alexander is not a conservative, Lamar Alexander has never been a conservative, Lamar Alexander will never be a conservative,” asserted Nashville Tea Party president Ben Cunningham. Cunningham explained that every six years, Alexander campaigns as a conservative but fails to fight for conservative values. “If he is re-elected, God forbid, he will go back to the Senate, he will serve for six years, he will warm...
  • Quirky Ex-Senator Stomps on Democrats’ S.D. Hopes

    07/24/2014 12:36:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 7/24/14 | Colin Diersing
    South Dakota Democrats are playing a tough hand in the Senate race, but they thought they could count on a wild card — former Sen. Larry Pressler — to help the contest break their way. Pressler seems to have other plans. Democrats already faced long odds to hold retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson’s seat. Obama lost South Dakota by 18 points last cycle, and the state marks the GOP’s best pick-up opportunity in its 6-seat quest to win the majority. The front-runner, popular former GOP Gov. Mike Rounds, faces several foes: Democrat Rick Weiland; state Sen. Gordon Howie, a conservative...
  • Senate: 2014 a Year All Its Own

    07/24/2014 11:24:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 7/24/14 | Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley
    Analysts always strain to generalize about elections. We want to “model” them, find the common elements, and project them as early as possible based on the commonalities. That’s a legitimate approach, but we need always remember that every election is different. Every single one. It isn’t just the candidates that change up, or the specific events that end up defining an election season, or the particulars about presidential and congressional job approval. In midterm elections, especially, the combination of competitive districts and states varies greatly, expanding or contracting the potential for change. Last year, and even in the beginning of...
  • Unions put teachers on streets — for votes

    07/24/2014 7:11:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 7/24/14 | Stephanie Simon
    Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, they’re fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves. Backed by tens of millions in cash and new data mining tools that let them personalize pitches to voters, the unions are sending armies of educators to run a huge get-out-the-vote effort aimed at reversing the red tide that swept Republicans into power across the country in 2010. The unions have plenty of money: They spent $69 million on state races in 2010 and are likely to top that this year. But as they...
  • Walking Republican Moonbat – Ann Coulter Pontificates The Most Ridiculous Argument

    07/24/2014 7:03:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 7/24/14 | Sundance
    In the fall of 2011 we quit thinking of Ann Coulter in any terms other than a sporadically useful, but generally inconsistent, establishment GOP talking head. In short, a “Romneybot”. A recent article reminds us not only why it was so easy to come to that conclusion, but also why this ex-girlfriend of Bill Maher is actually a raving Moonbat. muggedBefore reading what she actually wrote in a recent article entitled “Eyes On The Prize – Chris McDaniel Supporters Should Work To Take Back The Senate“, it should be absolutely necessary to remind ourselves of her book topic: “Mugged -...
  • Group putting $20,000 into GOP get-out-the-vote effort for Joe Carr

    07/24/2014 6:47:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 ^ | 7/23/14 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE — A national conservative group said today it is putting $20,000 into get-out-the-vote efforts in hopes of boosting turnout for Republican state Rep. Joe Carr in his GOP primary bid to beat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund said the money is going to the Real Conservatives National Committee. The goal is beefing up the "ground game" run by the Real Conservatives' "Beat Lamar" campaign, she said. Martin didn't rule out putting more money into the race, saying there "may be more in a week or so." Both...
  • Ingraham: Retire Alexander like an 'old sweater'

    07/24/2014 6:45:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Conservative talk-radio host Laura Ingraham urged a ballroom full of Tennessee conservatives on Tuesday night to retire Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) like an “old sweater” that’s gone out of style. "He was really comfortable and sharp looking at one point, but now it just takes up room in your drawer," she said, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Ingraham spoke Tuesday at a 500-strong rally in Nashville for Alexander’s main primary challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, who’s gained traction in recent weeks in his underdog bid to unseat Alexander. According to reports, she shied away from personal attacks —...
  • LOTFI: Sen. Lamar Alexander must apologize for lying about opposing federal education

    07/24/2014 6:44:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 7/24/14 | Michael Lofti
    NASHVILLE, July 23, 2014– U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R) is facing a tough primary challenge from State Rep. Joe Carr (R). Carr’s momentum has built over the months and Lamar is sweating bullets underneath his red flannel shirt. More than 20 state legislators have endorsed Carr over Alexander. They join more than 60 conservative Tennessee organizations, vice presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin, the National Association for Gun Rights and more. In natural form, Alexander is placing his bets on misleading the Volunteer state on just where his record stands on the issues. Most insulting of all is Alexander’s attempt to...
  • Montana Senator John Walsh used plagiarism to get promoted

    07/24/2014 6:06:33 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 7/24/14
    The Democrats knew retaining Max Baucus’s Senate seat was going to be a challenge. In an attempt to hold onto that seat, Max Baucus was convinced to retire from the Senate and was shipped off to China as Ambassador. A new Senator was appointed by the Democrat governor to fill out Baucus’s term and to set him up to defend the seat using the power of incumbency. On paper it looked like a good plan. The replacement was the serving lieutenant governor John Walsh. Walsh was superficially an attractive choice. He was a career National Guardsman, rising in rank from...
  • Rubio: Immigration reform won’t happen for another 10 years unless border security comes first

    07/24/2014 5:34:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 7/23/14
    His staff and supporters will be quick to remind you that he’s always said he prefers the “security first” option. Okay, but his preference didn’t stop him from co-sponsoring a mammoth comprehensive bill championed by Democrats like Chuck Schumer. In fact, let’s compare Rubio’s rhetoric now versus then. Here he is in June 2013 describing the Gang of Eight bill: Rubio, responding to the concern that legalization might be delayed and therefore be subjected to the policies of future administrations: Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following...
  • Chamber of Commerce seeks to dominate Republican politics

    07/24/2014 5:19:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 7/23/14
    The United States Chamber of Commerce has been traditionally viewed as the lobbyists in Washington for Big Business. Now they are increasing getting involved in politics, taking sides on behalf of establishment-supported Republican candidates, and using their extensive financial resources to win most of their battles. In the battle between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel for the Republican nomination for senate in Mississippi, after Cochran has failed to get 50 percent to avoid a runoff, and the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads had announced it was pulling out of the race after supporting Cochran, the Chambers of Commerce maintained it's...
  • Discord In Lindsey Graham Camp

    07/24/2014 5:15:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 7/23/14
    Advisors to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) are fiercely divided over how to handle the entrance of Lowcountry businessman and reality television star Thomas Ravenel into the 2014 U.S. Senate race. One faction – led by Graham campaign manager Scott Farmer – believes Ravenel’s candidacy is all about attracting viewers to his reality television show, Southern Charm . “Ignore him,” Farmer reportedly counseled Graham during a recent strategy meeting. According to Farmer, a “ratings-driven” candidacy from Ravenel is not a threat to the two-term incumbent, because it means the former State Treasurer is unlikely to pump significant amounts of his...
  • Tea Party’s Joe Carr Looks to Ride Anti-Amnesty ‘Wave’ Past Lamar Alexander

    07/24/2014 5:10:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Charlie Spiering
    Joe Carr remembers exactly where he was when he found out that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his race to the largely unknown political upstart David Brat. As he finished up a meeting with a group of about 75 Tea Party supporters in Obion County, someone waved a smartphone and announced the startling news. “The place went nuts… it exploded,” Carr said, pointing out that the event went long past 10:00 as supporters began discussing what was possible in his Republican primary challenge to Sen. Lamar Alexander. “All of a sudden now the attention the attention turns to us;...
  • Thomas Ravenel: Lindsey Graham’s “Double Jeopardy” On Obamacare

    07/23/2014 12:17:08 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 7/23/14
    Edisto, S.C. – In light of this week’s U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on Obamacare, Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel issued the following statement regarding incumbent “Republican” Lindsey Graham’s tortured stance regarding this legislation: “The U.S. Court of Appeals has correctly ruled that Obamacare cannot impose taxes or disburse subsidies in two-thirds of the states,” Ravenel said. “This frees more than eight million Americans from the law’s oppressive individual mandate – and blocks for the moment what would have been a $700 billion tax hike.” Ravenel said the only reason the court has to take up...
  • LePage: Maine will no longer waive food stamp work requirements

    07/23/2014 10:57:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Eric Russell
    Maine’s Republican governor wants all able-bodied recipients of the federal food stamp benefit to complete work or volunteer activities. Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that allows some able-bodied adults to receive food stamps without working or volunteering. “We must continue to do all that we can to eliminate generational poverty and get people back to work,” LePage said in a statement announcing the change. “We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.” According to the Maine...
  • Cruz Meets With Conservatives to Discuss Border Crisis (Updated)

    07/23/2014 10:49:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Matt Fuller
    Updated 1:23 p.m. | Sen. Ted Cruz once again met with a group of the House’s most conservative lawmakers Wednesday morning to discuss potential legislative responses to the flood of children crossing the border. Cruz met with “more than 20″ House Republicans Wednesday morning, according to Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, to discuss a supplemental package meant to address the influx of unaccompanied minors at the border. “I didn’t have a hard count, but I know that it was more than 20,” King said. According to the Iowa Republican, lawmakers had breakfast and listened to Cruz’s take on the crisis. “The...
  • Loudermilk Wins, Wolf Surges

    07/23/2014 10:22:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Ken Cuccinelli
    We have great news to report. Last night, Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) won the Republican primary runoff election for the 11th Congressional District in Georgia. Barry Loudermilk is a principled conservative leader who will fight to cut spending, balance the budget, and repeal Obamacare. We were proud to endorse Barry in the primary and we're thankful to all of you who helped SCF support his campaign. KANSAS SENATE UPDATE Now we need to continue this momentum into Kansas and help Dr. Milton Wolf defeat Senator Pat Roberts who has been in Washington for 47 years. Dr. Milton Wolf (R-KS)The polling in...
  • Lindsey Graham’s phony meltdown: Why he’s covering for House GOP on immigration

    07/23/2014 8:00:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 7/22/14
    On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Congress’ few and most vocal Republican advocates of comprehensive immigration reform, shared the line that he’s apparently decided to lean on through the rest of the 2014 election cycle: “There’ll be no immigration reform because of the crisis on the border. I blame Obama for this moment.” Graham has a long history of seizing on an issue of possible bipartisan compromise, watching hard-liners in his party kill that possibility, and then abandoning hope of the compromise because Obama didn’t manage the “optics” or the schedule or something insignificant. He knows...
  • Ravenel: “Lindsey Graham Is A Reality Show We Can’t Turn Off”

    07/23/2014 7:57:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 7/22/14
    EDISTO, SC – Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel responded today to incumbent “Republican” Lindsey Graham’s assertion that running for the U.S. Senate was “not a reality television show.” Ravenel, star of the Bravo TV show ‘Southern Charm, said Graham was part of a much costlier “reality TV” show. “The difference between my reality TV show and Lindsey Graham’s reality TV show is simple: his is costing taxpayers trillions of dollars – and thousands of American lives,” Ravenel said. “And unlike my show, you can’t change the channel when his show comes on – and you can’t...
  • Constituents Pack Millennium Maxwell House In Support Of Carr (Tennessee)

    07/23/2014 7:52:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 700 constituents packed the Millennium Maxwell House Tuesday night in support of State Representative Joe Carr, as he hopes to pull off an upset in the Republican Primary. A rally, called Restore America, was held and featured radio host and political commentator Laura Ingraham campaigning for the Lascassas Republican. Carr hopes to defeat incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Republican primary on August 7. The Tea Party challenger said he's happy about the early voting turnout and is ready to hit the road to talk to more Tennesseans. “The voters want to hear what we...
  • Tea Party Takes Two of Three GOP Races for US House in Georgia

    07/23/2014 7:47:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | John Gizzi
    Although the stunning upset win by political newcomer David Perdue in the Republican runoff for the Senate was the big news from Georgia on Tuesday night, the tea party also had a night to remember in the Peach State. In two of three runoffs for the Republican nomination for Congress in open U.S. House districts, tea party-backed candidates emerged triumphant and are now considered certain to win in November. The biggest win was scored by former state senator and swashbuckling conservative Barry Loudermilk in the 11th District in suburban Atlanta that Rep. Phil Gingrey relinquished to run for the Senate....
  • EXography: Some senators, including Harry Reid, rarely go home; other senators do it constantly

    07/23/2014 6:58:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Luke Rosiak
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rarely makes time to travel back to Nevada and listen to the voters who sent him to Washington, according to a Washington Examiner review of Senate disbursement records. Reid's office budget showed only 11 trips in three years, far fewer than any other senator. snip Other high-profile senior lawmakers have records that aren't much better. Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein averaged only nine trips to California annually, according to Senate office travel logs. That's one-third as many as most lawmakers. As legislators prepare to adjourn to their home states for the August “district work period,” the...
  • The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing

    07/23/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Josh Kraushaar
    When writing about politics, it's all too frequent to use terminology that often obscures more than elucidates. That's especially true when it comes to the word "wave"—shorthand for a landslide victory for the winning party. I've argued before that the likelihood of 2014 being a wave election has been rising, given the president's consistently low approval ratings and the fact that Republicans are running evenly on the generic ballot (which usually translates into a clear GOP edge) and that the right-track/wrong-track numbers are near historic lows. All these big-picture signs are ominous for the party in power. But this week,...
  • What if Mitch McConnell loses?

    07/23/2014 5:45:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Manu Raju and John Bresnehan
    It’s a taboo subject among Senate Republicans but one that’s on many senators’ minds: What if Mitch McConnell loses his reelection bid? There appears to be no clear answer to that question, at least not right now. In interviews and private conversations with more than half of the 45-member Senate Republican Conference, there is a split over a potential McConnell successor. His top deputy, John Cornyn of Texas, is favored to succeed him, several GOP senators said. But others ranging from John Thune of South Dakota to Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander — or a dark horse — are among those who...
  • Is the Tea Party changing its tune on Mike McFadden? (let's take the Minnesota seat!)

    07/23/2014 5:39:44 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Cyndy Brucato
    The Minnesota Tea Party Alliance is warming to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden. Or at the very least, its leaders are no longer actively opposing him, as they did during the GOP endorsement process. Some history: After McFadden appeared at a Tea Party event in May, Jake Dusenberg, executive director of the Tea Party Alliance, took to Facebook to warn his followers: “Folks, Mike McFadden is bad news. He has dodged the tea party and conservative base. He's flip-flopped on multiple issues. And he is the establishment's choice for the Senate.” But in a recent email fundraising message, Tea...
  • Loudermilk, Hice win GOP primary runoffs for Congress (Tea Partiers!)

    07/23/2014 5:34:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Jeremy Redmon
    Former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk convincingly defeated former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr Tuesday in their bruising Republican primary runoff for the Atlanta area’s 11th Congressional District seat. Loudermilk, who campaigned with strong support from tea party groups, will head to Washington as no Democrats have gotten on the ballot for the 11th District, which covers all of Bartow and Cherokee counties and parts of Cobb and Fulton counties. Also Tuesday evening, Jody Hice, a former Baptist minister who ran with substantial tea party backing, bested Jackson trucking company executive Mike Collins in the GOP primary runoff for Georgia’s 10th Congressional...
  • Sen. Roberts, Ducking Debates, Disrespects Kansas Voters

    07/23/2014 5:27:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Bob Weeks
    With the decision of United States Senator Pat Roberts to skip debates with his opponents, Kansans are deprived of a useful part of the political process. Election campaigns are an essential element of representative democracy. Campaigns are simultaneously a means for those who seek elective office to connect with voters and a way for citizens to learn about the candidates who are seeking their votes. Political campaign debates are an integral component of the modern political campaign. … Voters have come to expect election debates, particularly in the race for the president of the United States but increasingly for other...
  • Cornyn No Lock for Leader if McConnell Goes Down

    07/23/2014 5:22:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Dan Riehl
    While Republicans are reluctant to speculate about the possibility of a Mitch McConnell loss to Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky this November, when asked if his number two, Texas Republican John Cornyn, was a lock for Leader if he does lose, it appears Cornyn may have good reason to look over his shoulder in the event that scenario plays out. Given that a McConnell loss would likely mean the GOP would have failed in winning a Senate Majority, it would seem a change in leadership might be in order. Some Senators also seemed to express concern that Cornyn would be...
  • Perdue Hung Chamber Support On Kingston

    07/23/2014 5:19:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Jonathan Strong
    Former Dollar General CEO David Perdue narrowly beat Rep. Jack Kingston in the Georgia GOP primary runoff tonight, and in the days leading up to election day, he made a big push to tie the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's support for amnesty to Kingston, who had benefited from over $3 million in campaign spending from the lobby group. "Kingston's largest 100 percent pro-amnesty. Kingston now owes them big," a brutal television ad from Perdue said. After Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss, the Georgia race turned into a brawl over immigration, with both candidates trying to out-flank each other on...
  • Laura Ingraham at Rally for Joe Carr: Lamar Alexander is Old, Out of Touch

    07/23/2014 5:15:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Charlie Spiering
    NASHVILLE, TN -- Talk radio show host Laura Ingraham skewered Sen. Lamar Alexander during a rally this evening in support of his primary challenger Joe Carr, comparing him to an “old sweater” that had become full of moths, with faded colors. “It’s just tired. It’s just taking up room in your drawer,” she said, pointing out that it was time for a wardrobe change. “I am here, my friends, to help you retire the political equivalent of your old plaid sweater,” she said. The crowd of over 600 people at the Nashville Millenium Maxwell House hotel delightedly cheered as Ingraham...
  • Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

    07/22/2014 11:08:14 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 22, 2014 | AP
    Working-class whites are no longer a majority of Ohio's eligible voters, a historic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that has political parties pledging more outreach to a broader coalition of demographic groups.
  • Opponent targets Sen. Pat Roberts over Kansas residency

    07/22/2014 5:16:33 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Michael Mahoney
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Elections are just two weeks away in both Kansas and Missouri, and one of the bigger races is a Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas. In new commercials, three-term Sen. Pat Roberts is being challenged about his ties to the state. Roberts' residency came into question last winter after a New York Times article noted he doesn't live in a house in Kansas. Challenger Milton Wolf is running a commercial that says Roberts "rents a La-Z-Boy recliner at a donor's house on a golf course." While Roberts does rent a supporter's home in Dodge...
  • Company men: The U.S. Chamber flexes its new political muscle

    07/22/2014 1:43:20 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Peter Hamby
    The plot to save Thad Cochran was hatched at Off The Record, the subterranean bar inside the Hay-Adams hotel in downtown Washington. In mid-June, just days before the Mississippi Senate runoff election, Tom Donohue, the hard-nosed CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was commiserating over drinks with Scott Reed, his senior political strategist, and Chip Pickering, a former Mississippi congressman-turned-telecom lobbyist. The trio were smarting. After racking up an enviable 10-0 winning streak in midterm races, Mississippi voters dealt the powerful business lobby a major blow: Cochran, a Senate stalwart supported by the Chamber and its allies in the...
  • Tea party candidate targets Lamar Alexander in Tennessee

    07/22/2014 1:09:44 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Michael Collins
    Will he lose like Cantor or survive like Cochran? LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. - The crowd of well-wishers swarms around Sen. Lamar Alexander as soon as he walks through the door. “I haven’t seen you in a hundred years!” he says, pumping the hand of a grey-haired man in a navy suit. For the next half-hour, the senator works the room like the seasoned politician he is. There’s lots of handshaking, lots of small talk, lots of patiently posing for cellphone photos and, no doubt, lots of thinking in the room about what a difficult year this has been for entrenched incumbents...
  • Mitch McConnell's Aid to Mississippi Republican Incumbent Angers Kentucky Tea Party Activists

    07/22/2014 5:57:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 7/21/14 | Philip Bailey
    After serving on the Daviess County Republican Party's leadership team for almost three years, Owensboro native Barbara Knott had enough. She resigned on July 10 and the reason was simple; Knott cannot support Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall. "I have resigned from the executive committee of the Republican Party because I will not support Mitch McConnell," Knott, chair of the Owensboro Tea Party, said in a telephone interview. "I have a big 4x8 sign in my front yard that says ‘Retire Mitch.’ It’s going to stay there through the election. I will not vote for that man." Knott...
  • IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering

    07/21/2014 3:43:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | By Kimberly Winston
    The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The settlement was reached Friday (July 18) in federal court in Madison, Wis., where the initial lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist advocacy group that claims 20,000 members nationwide. The suit alleged the IRS routinely ignored complaints by the FFRF and others about churches promoting political candidates, issues or proposed legislation. As part of their tax-exempt status, churches and other religious groups are prohibited from engaging in partisan...
  • Chuck Schumer: End partisan primaries

    07/22/2014 5:11:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 33 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Jonathan Topaz
    Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling for abolishing partisan primaries, saying the current system engenders unhealthy political polarization. “The partisan primary system, which favors more ideologically pure candidates, has contributed to the election of more extreme officeholders and increased political polarization,” the New York Democrat wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Monday evening. “It has become a menace to governing.” Schumer said that partisan primaries embolden “the 10 percent at each of the two extremes of the political spectrum” and pointed to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprise loss to Dave Brat, a political novice who ran to the...
  • Bill’s secret mistress, the ‘Energizer’

    07/21/2014 6:56:19 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    New York Post Page Six ^ | 7/21/2014 | Richard Johnson
    Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer. This is according to Ronald Kessler in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” due Aug. 5 from Crown Forum. Kessler is no stranger to the controversies surrounding the Secret Service. He broke the story that Secret Service agents protecting President Obama in Cartagena, Colombia, hired prostitutes, and put the president in jeopardy.
  • Georgia Runoff: Republicans Pick Senate and House Nominees Tuesday

    07/21/2014 6:04:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 50 replies ^ | 7/21/14 | Emily Cahn
    Georgia Republicans will pick their nominee for Senate in a runoff Tuesday, ending Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn’s nine-week wait for an opponent in the open-seat contest. The Senate contest has reverberated around the Peach State, creating three open-seat House races with GOP runoffs that will also be decided Tuesday. In the statewide race, many Republicans said Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., has a small edge over former Dollar General and Reebok CEO David Perdue. Both of whom have spent millions on the anticipated low-turnout contest, and polls close at 7 p.m. In May, Perdue came in first in a seven-candidate Republican...
  • Letter: Elect anyone but Pat Roberts for U.S. Senate

    07/21/2014 5:55:20 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 24 replies ^ | 7/21/14 | Dale Crafts
    I believe government at the national level is not going to get any better until the congressional good old boys’ club is shut down and closed for good. The antique fossils in both chambers are not the solution to today’s problems. They are a big part of the problem. I ask you to vote for anyone running for the U.S. Senate other than Sen. Pat Roberts. Forty-seven years in office have kept him overpaid and underworked. DALE CRAFTS, Topeka
  • Sen. Alexander Outpaces Tea Party, But Remains In Its Cross Hairs

    07/21/2014 5:52:04 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 7/21/14 | Brian Naylor
    Tennessee's Lamar Alexander is one of a number of incumbent Republican senators caught in the cross hairs of Tea Party groups, taking on several challengers in next month's GOP primary. But while Tea Party groups may be optimistic about the race, challengers like Joe Carr face an uphill battle to unseat the two-term senator. Carr's campaign office is just across the street from Murfreesboro's antebellum courthouse. An American flag hangs out front, and in the window a big campaign sign calls on Tennessee Republicans to vote for "Carr, not Lamar." Carr, a 56-year-old state representative, says there are a lot...
  • SHOT UP: Udall Losing In NYT Predictive Model For First Time

    07/21/2014 2:57:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | July 21, 2014
    For the first time this entire election cycle The New York Times Senate forecast at The Upshot predicts Udall has a greater chance of losing reelection than winning (53%-47%). This is a huge deal, as The Upshot tries to go beyond just the polls and factor in other intangibles about a race, such as, incumbency, fundraising, a state’s past election history among others, who the liberals at the NYT want to win. All those factors in The Upshot model lean heavily Udall’s way. Yet, despite this inherent, built-in advantage, Udall can’t overcome one thing: the people of Colorado feel he...
  • Goodbye to the Republican Wave? [Promised Republican momentum has yet to materialize]

    07/21/2014 9:45:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/21/2014 | Nate Cohn
    Republicans entered this election cycle with high hopes. President Obama’s approval ratings had sunk into the low 40s, and the rollout of the Affordable Care Act had been an unmitigated disaster. In an off-year election, Democrats weren’t expected to fully mobilize the young and diverse coalition that has given them an advantage in presidential elections. Off-years are also when a president’s party typically suffers significant losses. This year seemed poised to turn into another so-called wave election, like in 2006 or 2010, when a rising tide of dissatisfaction with the incumbent party swept the opposition into power. Given a favorable...
  • Graham joins Cruz in blaming Obama for immigration woes, but calls on GOP House ‘to lead’

    07/21/2014 7:26:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 7/20/14
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday blamed the border crisis on President Obama, but also argued his Republican Party is doomed in the 2016 presidential race unless the GOP House next year helps fix the country’s broken immigration policies. “I blame Obama for this moment,” Graham told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” If Congress doesn’t pass immigration-reform legislation in 2015 “our chances in 2016 are very low. The House should lead.” Graham also said that 2008 immigration laws must be changed before he supports Obama’s recent request to Congress for an additional $3.7 billion to help with the crisis at...
  • Colorado Senate Race Slips Further Away from Udall

    07/19/2014 9:44:30 AM PDT · by tellw · 25 replies
    People's Pundit Daily ^ | 7/19/14 | Rich Baris
    The Colorado Senate race is unrecognizable from the one described in a May, 2013, National Journal article entitled, “Colorado’s Forgotten Senate Race.” PPD’s election projection model has warranted two rating changes since the entrance of Rep. Cory Gardner in February, both of which clearly show this race slipping away from incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Udall. In February, after Ken Buck made the decision to drop out of the race to make way for Gardner, a far more electable rising star in the GOP, we changed our Colorado Senate race rating from “Likely Democrat” to “Leans Democrat.” Now, after adjusting the...
  • Something BIG Is Happening In Kansas (Wolf surging against Roberts)

    07/19/2014 8:25:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    A new poll shows conservative Dr. Milton Wolf (R-KS) surging in the Republican primary against incumbent Senator Pat Roberts. The survey shows Roberts with only a 42-30 lead over Wolf, which is a stunning 21-point drop since the last poll taken three weeks ago! Dr. Milton Wolf's message of limited government, personal freedom, economic liberty, and respect for the Constitution is resonating with voters. He can win this race if the grassroots rise up and work together to inform Kansas Republicans of the choice they have on August 5th. SCA TV Ad - "Rarely"That's why we launched a massive TV...
  • Roberts won't debate Wolf before Kansas primary

    07/19/2014 7:02:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts won't debate tea party challenger Milton Wolf ahead of the state's Aug. 5 Republican primary. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Roberts executive campaign manager Leroy Towns said Friday that Wolf has failed to outline positions beyond what Towns called vague rhetoric and false attacks on the senator. Wolf campaign spokesman Ben Hartman said it's unbecoming for Roberts to duck debates and noted that Roberts previously had promised publicly to have them. The 78-year-old Roberts is seeking his fourth, six-year term in the Senate. Wolf is a 43-year-old radiologist making his first run for...
  • Milton Wolf walks the tea party talk in Kansas Senate race

    07/19/2014 6:59:44 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 7/19/14 | Scott Canon
    OSAGE CITY, Kan. — Milton Wolf reminds voters, without fail, that he’s new to politics. Yet he performs as if born to the trade. Ready with a smile. Just-right firmness on the handshake teamed always with just-folks patter. Good looks eclipsed only by those of the wife and kids. And above all, the Senate hopeful remains ever eager to share his conviction that the nation’s founders got it right and those guys in Washington today consistently get things wrong. He thinks they’ve been getting it wrong for about a century. As for long-serving fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, well,...
  • Surprise, Surprise: Israelis Have More Confidence In Obama Than Ever Before

    07/18/2014 2:55:23 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 55 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 7/18/2014 (5 hours ago) | Chemi Shalev
    Pew Research poll also shows Israel as staunchly pro-U.S. and most supportive of drones and surveillance in the fight against terrorists. The fact that Isrealis are one of the most staunchly pro-American people in thw world is not new. But that their confidence in Barack Obama's ability to handle world affairs climbed dramatically to reach an all-time high? ...
  • Flashback: TN Sen. Lamar Alexander Joins Jeb Bush in Support of Common Core Standards

    07/18/2014 8:18:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 ^ | 3/19/14 | Susan Berry
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will appear with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN) Wednesday at an education roundtable discussion sponsored by pro-Common Core Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tennessee Business Roundtable. A press release by the election campaign of Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr (R), who is challenging Alexander in his reelection bid, announced the fact that Alexander will join Bush and Haslam in support of the Common Core. The roundtable event comes in the midst of a fierce battle waged by Carr and other conservatives in the Tennessee state legislature...