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  • Marco Rubio in Spanish: Obama’s First Executive Amnesty ‘Important,’ People ‘Benefiting from It’

    04/18/2015 4:31:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 141 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/17/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said he believes that President Barack Obama’s first executive amnesty for so-called DREAMers—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—is “important” and he won’t reverse it himself if elected president. He delivered these remarks in a Spanish-language interview he gave to Univision’s Jorge Ramos. “I believe DACA is important. It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it,” Rubio said in Spanish on Ramos’s television program, according to an English translation provided by the media service Grabien. “But yes, it is going to...
  • Big-Money Donors Say Marco Rubio’s 2016 War Chest at $40 Million

    04/18/2015 4:31:26 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/17/15
    Reuters) – Less than a week after announcing his 2016 campaign for president, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn’t need to worry about money. It’s as good as in the bank. “Marco Rubio will have the resources necessary to run a first-class campaign, that’s already been determined,” said billionaire Florida auto dealer Norman Braman, a former Jeb Bush supporter who is now one of Rubio’s highest-silhouette donors. Annandale Capital founder George Seay, who is hosting a Rubio fundraiser with the moneyed Dallas elite at his 7,000-square-foot, seven-bath home on Tuesday, said: “Marco has had zero trouble raising money.” At...
  • The Jerk - Scott Walker vs. The World

    04/17/2015 3:42:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 17, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Illustration by Sarah Rodgers/ The Daily BeastWhile the rest of the GOP field plays nice, Scott Walker is very much on the attack—and he’s not making many friends in the process. In the waning days of the 2014 elections, Chris Christie arrived in Ohio to campaign for his fellow Republican John Kasich. At a rally for over 700 people in the town of Independence, the Ohio governor said of his New Jersey counterpart that, “among all the governors, he’s my best friend.” The audience let out a collective “awww.” The two were shown the next day on the front of...
  • Tea party state Rep. Cindy Gamrat kicked from House Republican caucus (Michigan)

    04/17/2015 6:13:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 4/16/15 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI - Freshman state Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, has been indefinitely removed from the Michigan House Republican caucus. Gamrat, a tea party favorite, allegedly broke caucus confidentiality rules by posting a comment on Facebook during an off-campus budget workshop on Wednesday afternoon. A source familiar with the situation said Gamrat was not aware that caucus rules were in effect during the workshop but was confronted by House Speaker Kevin Cotter, who later told her she was no longer welcome in GOP caucus meetings. "In no way did I reveal anything confidential from the meeting, and I have never violated...
  • Trump: GOP Establishment ‘Folds at Every Corner’ on Every Major Issue

    04/17/2015 6:09:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    teaparty.org ^ | 4/16/15
    (Breitbart) – Republicans in Washington are caving to the Democrats on every major issue, real estate magnate and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. Trump says if he were president of the United States and leader of the Republican Party, he’d end this kind of horrendous negotiating by Republicans. “It would be a lot different than it is now,” Trump said. SPECIAL: Modern Day Patriots, this is the time to stand shoulder to shoulder with our forefathers in Lexington and Concord. We need the Tea Party now more than ever. I’m a...
  • Dear Madam Yesterday

    04/17/2015 4:33:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Back in 1979, Ronald Reagan first announced his intentions to run for office by releasing a video. That is how it was done back then. It was not really that much of a surprise that you would use yesterday's campaign tactic to declare your intentions last week. Then you got in a van for a road trip. The press called it "spontaneous." Some members of the press reported your travel as you personally driving to Iowa from New York. Except, Madam Yesterday, you admitted you had not driven yourself anywhere since 1996. Your cars are sedans and chauffeured; your planes...
  • The Establishment and the Tea Party Face Off in Illinois

    04/17/2015 6:04:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 4/17/15 | John Fund
    In a special-election primary this summer, a candidate representing each faction will vie for the House seat vacated by Aaron Schock. This year’s first big confrontation between the GOP establishment and the party’s restless grassroots will be held this summer in an Illinois special-election primary. The smart money is betting on the establishment’s choice, but dissatisfaction with attempts to force-feed that choice on voters, together with the performance of the new GOP Congress in fighting President Obama, could give an insurgent a real shot. Former Republican House member Aaron Schock of Illinois resigned last month under a cascade of controversy...
  • Mike Flynn for Congress (Breitbart's Mike Flynn for Aaron Schock's seat in Illinois)

    04/17/2015 6:04:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    Conservative activist Mike Flynn has joined the race for Congress in the 18th Congressional District of Illinois. For more than two decades, Mike has been a national leader in moving the conservative agenda forward. In 2009, as Editor in Chief of Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment website, Mike published the ACORN videos, ushering in the demise of this government funded liberal advocacy group. But Mike hasn't reserved his attacks to liberals. Just last year, he took on the Republican leadership for passing the omnibus spending bill that funded the government until September of this year, including full funding for Obamacare and Executive...
  • GOP Has More Than a Hillary Problem; It's an America Problem

    04/17/2015 5:20:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mark Davis
    All in all, a pretty fun week for conservatives. Marco Rubio made a classy and inspiring entrance into a Republican field that is already impressive and energizing, and sure to become even more so. Meanwhile, the most powerful woman in American history dropped in with a campaign debut that ranged from underwhelming to comically inept. Or so it appears to those of us who have no intention of voting for her. Make no mistake, I have enjoyed the absurdity of the incognito Chipotle moment, the inexplicable road trip in the stupidly labeled “Scooby” van, the easy-to-mock fawning of the reporters...
  • Schumer: McConnell Needs to Learn to ‘Play Ball’

    04/16/2015 12:38:58 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 4/16/15 | Steven Dennis
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to learn to “play ball” with Democrats instead of trying to roll them, Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Thursday in a hallway interview. Schumer, the heir apparent to Minority Leader Harry Reid, called the Kentucky Republican’s decision to hold hostage Loretta Lynch’s nomination as attorney general over the abortion dispute on the sex trafficking bill “a big mistake” and said Democrats are still holding the line against any expansion of the Hyde Amendment restrictions on abortion funding. “Look, the Democrats, we hung tough on every time they’ve challenged us,” the New York Democrat said....
  • John McCain’s Growing Electability Problem

    04/16/2015 6:09:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 34 replies
    outsetmagazine.com ^ | 4/14/15 | Josh De Ford
    On April 6th, 5-term Arizona Senator John McCain announced on NBC that he will be running for a 6th-term to the US Senate in 2016, and said he was “just getting started” when it comes to his Senate career. This didn’t come as much of a surprise to the conservative areas of the state who have been dreading the announcement for months. Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward has become a quick favorite to retire the 78 year old Senior Senator who was first elected to the Hill in the early ’80s. Ward officially launched a Senate Exploratory Committee last week,...
  • Big Money From Super PACs Is Eroding the Power of Parties

    04/16/2015 2:14:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    Six months ago, I would have told you that April 15, the date when campaigns report their first-quarter fund-raising tallies, could be one of the most interesting early milestones of the Republican primary season. I think I even told my boss, admittedly with hyperbole, that the Q1 report of a year preceding a presidential election was the most important fund-raising report in American politics. In 2007, it was when we learned that Barack Obama could match the supposedly inevitable Hillary Rodham Clinton in fund-raising, and that John McCain wasn’t a real front-runner for the Republican nomination (although he managed to...
  • Voting machine password hacks as easy as 'abcde', details Virginia state report

    04/15/2015 4:42:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4-15-15 | Sam Thielman
    AVS WinVote machines used in three presidential elections in state ‘would get an F-minus’ in security, said computer scientist who pushed for decertification Touchscreen voting machines used in numerous elections between 2002 and 2014 used “abcde” and “admin” as passwords and could easily have been hacked from the parking lot outside the polling place, according to a state report. The AVS WinVote machines, used in three presidential elections in Virginia, “would get an F-minus” in security, according to a computer scientist at tech research group SRI International who had pushed for a formal inquiry by the state of Virginia for...
  • Rep. Ron DeSantis Makes It Semi-Official: He’s Considering a Run for Rubio’s Senate Seat

    04/15/2015 11:30:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis, whose district includes all of Flagler County, said Tuesday he is considering a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio, who is running for president, and that a decision will be made soon. DeSantis’s quick rise after his election to the House in 2012, his frequent presence on conservative talk shows and relentless criticism of the Obama administration has made him a favorite of tea party conservatives and some further to the right. “Marco Rubio has done a great job in the U.S. Senate,” DeSantis said in a statement. “His 2010 campaign...
  • Gov. Susana Martinez (NM) on the Issues: Is she conservative enough for VP? (Vanity)

    04/15/2015 10:33:48 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 31 replies
    April 15, 2015 | Din Maker
    Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico was endorsed as “Mama Grizzly” by Sarah Palin in 2010. Is she Conservative enough to be on the GOP Ticket in 2016? Here are her views on issues important to Conservatives: Immigration: Stop the magnet for human trafficking, fraud and crime. (Jan 2013). Secure border; deny licenses & tuition to illegals. (Nov 2010) Gun Control: At age 18, carried gun as security guard for dad's company. (Aug 2012) Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010) Abortion: Per The Christian Coalition Voter Guide, Martinez opposes abortion. Opposes a woman’s unrestricted right to...
  • Boehner rebels kicked off committee

    04/14/2015 10:07:06 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/14/15 | Cristina Marcos
    Two Republicans who were booted from the House Rules Committee after opposing John Boehner's (R-Ohio) reelection as Speaker have been officially replaced. The Speaker is filling two empty seats on the panel with Reps. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), the committee announced Tuesday. The slots had been vacant since January, when Florida Republican Reps. Dan Webster and Rich Nugent received notification that they had been kicked off the committee, apparently in retribution for voting against Boehner for Speaker. Webster ran as a long-shot candidate for Speaker and won votes from 12 fellow Republicans, including from Nugent. Their seats...
  • Arizona legislator Kelli Ward to formally explore run against Sen. John McCain

    04/14/2015 6:17:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    ktar.com ^ | 4/13/15
    PHOENIX -- An Arizona legislator said she's formally exploring a possible primary challenge to Sen. John McCain, a fellow Republican and five-term incumbent. State Sen. Kelli Ward said in Monday's announcement that she wanted to provide a "new, positive, principled voice for Arizona in Washington" and that she's received strong encouragement to run in 2016.
  • Suppressing The Vote ? Hope So!

    04/13/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    Face it, our elections are decided by stupid people. Far too many American voters are absolutely clueless about the political issues facing the country, or of the consequences of the votes they cast. While there are plenty of idiots casting ballots from every political persuasion, the Democrat Party absolutely depends on stupid people voting the straight Democrat ticket in order to keep getting Democratic candidates elected to political office, many of whom aren’t qualified to lick stamps much less represent us in Congress. A case in point is Barack Obama. Who in their right mind expected just seven years ago...
  • Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states

    04/13/2015 11:02:11 AM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | April 12, 2015 | Matea Gold
    A cadre of wealthy liberal donors aims to pour tens of millions of dollars into rebuilding the left’s political might in the states, racing to catch up with a decades-old conservative effort that has reshaped statehouses across the country. The plan embraced by the Democracy Alliance, an organization that advises some of the Democrats’ top contributors, puts an urgent new focus on financing groups that can help the party regain influence in time for the next congressional redistricting process, after the 2020 elections. The blueprint approved by the alliance board calls on donors to help expand state-level organizing and lobbying...
  • A brief guide to Clinton scandals from Travelgate to Emailgate

    04/13/2015 11:06:54 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 123, 2015 | Mark Tapscott
    Hillary Clinton is entering the presidential race in a cloud of scandal surrounding foreign contributions to the Clinton family foundation and her use of a private email account and server to conduct official business while secretary of state. But she and her husband are no strangers to scandal. There often seemed to be no end of the scandals during President Bill Clinton's two terms in the White House and Hillary Clinton's campaigns for the Senate starting in 2000 and the Oval Office in 2008. Political experts began diagnosing "Clinton Fatigue" long ago.
  • NEW ‘FACE THE NATION’ HOST URGED OBAMA TO ‘PULVERIZE…DESTROY…DELEGITIMIZE GOP’

    04/13/2015 9:51:19 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 13, 2015 | By John Nolte
    It was announced over the weekend that on June 7 John Dickerson will replace Bob Schieffer as the host of CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” CBS News president David Rhodes — whose brother Ben is a top Obama official most famous for editing the truth out of the infamous Benghazi talking points — said of Dickerson, “John is first and foremost a reporter — and that’s what he’ll be as anchor of ‘Face the Nation.’ “His work in the studio will always be informed by what he’s learned in Iowa, in New Hampshire, on Capitol Hill — anywhere there’s news.”...
  • John McCain Courts Non-Republican Voters in GOP Primary, Seeks to Keep AZ Primaries Semi-Open

    04/13/2015 5:22:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/12/15 | MIchelle Moons
    Persisting in a war with those who don’t pledge allegiance to the five-term U.S. Senator, John McCain and his loyalists are stomping on efforts to return the Arizona primary election to a pure party primary election. Just days ago, McCain announced a bid for what would be his sixth term in the U.S. Senate, extending his tenure in Washington D.C. to four decades, having served in the House of Representative prior to election to the Senate. Conservatives promptly came out in revolt against a sustained McCain Senate reign in a campaign highlighting the senator’s liberal history. A 1998 Arizona ballot...
  • Silicon Valley Libertarians Putting Serious Money Behind Ted Cruz

    04/12/2015 11:39:45 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 25, 2015 | Ferenstein Wire
    The U.S. Senate’s most outspoken contrarian, Ted Cruz, became the first official 2016 candidate to launch a bid for the White House Monday. Despite the fact that he’s highly controversial within his own party, it has long been known that Ted Cruz is bankrolled by politically active libertarians who like his brand of politics. Paypal co-founder, Facebook investor, and self-styled libertarian Peter Thiel gave roughly $10,000 to Ted Cruz’s senate bid back in 2011. However, it’s his indirect contributions that really hit the mark. Thiel has shelled out an estimated $2M to an arm of the libertarian political action group,...
  • 'Everyday Americans need a champion': Wealthy Hillary Clinton finally enters formal race to be

    04/12/2015 3:35:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/12/15 | David Martosko
    'Everyday Americans need a champion': Wealthy Hillary Clinton finally enters formal race to be president with video telling middle class voters 'the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top' of the economy Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president, leaning on a message of middle-class rescue and claims that America's economy is 'still stacked in favor of those at the top,' according to a campaign video that went online Sunday afternoon. 'I'm getting ready to do something,' Clinton says in the brief ad, following a series of clips of ordinary-looking Americans describing what they're 'getting ready'...
  • Make the Leftist Media the 2016 Issue

    04/12/2015 12:14:43 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/12/15 | Bruce Walker
    Making Big Media the issue could, in fact, be precisely the means to truly energize conservative and by making Democrats the obvious toadies of Big Media, to deflate the left in 2016. The enemy of conservatism in America is the leftist establishment, the leftist-controlled institutions of news, education and entertainment. Take away these big, fat incestuously connected institutions and the left in America is a circus sideshow and nothing else. Democrat “leaders” like Obama, Hillary, Pelosi and Reid are slow witted, mean-spirited, and narrow-minded sock puppets filled by the chubby hands of the leftist establishment. Indeed, the leftist establishment prefers...
  • Indoctrination at the Dinner Table: Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Have Serious Daddy Issues

    04/12/2015 7:19:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 43 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 4/12/15 | Ana Marie Cox
    Two leading GOP presidential candidates took extensive conservative catechism from their fathers—and it’s the mirror image of the right’s paranoid fantasy of Obama’s indoctrination. The articles have already started to appear: “Who’s crazier? Ted Cruz’s Jesus-huffing father vs Rand Paul’s gold-shilling doomsday dad?” Americans are already familiar with Ron Paul’s wild ideas and chin-stroking over his cost-benefit to Rand has been a staple of punditry since Rand first hinted at interest at his own political career. But the equally far-from-mainstream opinions of Ted Cruz’s dad, Rafael, are not as familiar to a national audience. But if you haven’t already heard...
  • Would this Dem Ticket be unbeatable in 2016 (Vanity)

    04/11/2015 8:59:41 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 85 replies
    April 11, 2015 | Din Maker
    OK, I admit it; I'm really scared. IMO, our last hope is to elect a "Ronald Reagan" style Conservative in 2016. Another four years of having a Saul Alinsky disciple in the White House will totally finish destroying this great nation that many of us knew as children and for most of our adult life. Now, what scares me is this: There is "talk", like it is already a foregone conclusion, that the Dem Ticket in 2016 will be Hillary Clinton and HUD Secretary Julian Castro. I'm wondering; would that Ticket, first woman POTUS and first Latino VEEP, be unbeatable?...
  • Transparency: Team Hillary mulling over strategies to limit media coverage to “pools”

    04/11/2015 5:24:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    If the intent of the “going small” campaign wasn’t already obvious enough, MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald connects the last remaining dots. Team Hillary wants to run an “intimate” campaign in order to counter the impression that the former First Lady and Secretary of State feels overly entitled to voters’ support and higher office, which means doing what other candidates regularly do as part of retail campaigning — smaller events, one-on-one interactions, especially in Iowa where voters expect that approach. Seitz-Wald reports that the campaign has already begun to strategize how that can keep the media from asking too many questions...
  • What Have the 2016 GOP Hopefuls Done in the Senate? Let's look at their records.

    04/09/2015 4:59:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/09/2015 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Marco Rubio has filed legislation to repeal gun control laws he considers too restrictive — not in his native Florida but specifically in Washington, D.C., despite overwhelming support for the statutes by residents of the nation’s capital. “In order to achieve the American dream, people need to be able to live in safe communities and be able to protect themselves, their families and their properties from danger,” Rubio said. “The lawful exercise of the Second Amendment is part of what makes this possible. For years, the District of Columbia has infringed on its residents’ Second Amendment rights...
  • Rand Paul Has Something to Bring to 2016, But Be Wary

    04/09/2015 4:40:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2015 | The Editors
    Senator Rand Paul is the second Republican to announce his official run for the 2016 presidential nomination. He brings some strengths to the race, and some glaring weaknesses. On the positive side of the ledger, he has emphasized outreach to members of minority groups, especially black Americans. Paul can be an appealing politician with a knack for political theater, so he has had some success in front of unfavorable audiences. Such efforts are necessary to broaden the party’s appeal, and other candidates would do well to emulate Paul’s work (if not his chummy pow-wow with racial provocateur Al Sharpton). The...
  • Rand Paul schooling the media on abortion debate (2nd video a must watch!)

    04/08/2015 1:58:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 90 replies
    The media is attacking Rand Paul for not giving them what they want on abortion details. Paul told the AP in an interview that he was pro-life, but that wasn’t good enough for them. They wanted to know if he thought there should be exceptions to his pro-life stance, but he wouldn’t go there because he doesn’t believe in framing the abortion debate the way the media wants to frame it. Watch: Later today a reporter asked Paul about it again, on behalf of the DNC, and Paul schooled him (cued to begin at 8 minute mark):
  • Yes, Ted Cruz super PACs are expected to rake in $31 million…in a single week

    04/08/2015 1:49:35 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 4/8/15 | Katie Zezima
    A handful of political action committees created for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are expected to bring in $31 million this week, an eye-popping haul for a presidential candidate who has surprised many with his early ability to raise money. The four super PACs, which will operate under the name "Keep the Promise," submitted paperwork to the FEC Monday. They will be led by Dathan Voelter, an Austin CPA and attorney who is close friends with Cruz. "Our goal is to guarantee Senator Cruz can compete against any candidate,” Voelter said in a statement confirming the haul, which was first reported...
  • Rand Paul Clashes with ‘Today’ Host Savannah Guthrie in Interview about Foreign Policy

    04/08/2015 1:42:38 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/8/15 | Jeffrey Poor
    On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, made an appearance from Nashua, NH on NBC’s “Today” to discuss his candidacy. Co-host Savannah Guthrie took aim at Paul, suggesting he had changed his foreign policy stances, which drew the ire of Paul who insisted she was improperly framing her questions. “Why don’t we let me explain instead of talking over me, OK?” Paul said. “Before we go through a litany of things you say I’ve changed on, why don’t you ask me a question, ‘Have I changed my opinion?’ That would be sort of...
  • Cruz SuperPACs Surprise Friends, Enemies with Record Haul

    04/08/2015 9:00:43 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-08-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    When Ted Cruz announced he’d run for president, there were some self-declared experts who said he’d have a hard time competing because he wouldn’t be able to raise enough money. Well, think again: "Ted Cruz’s presidential effort is getting into the shock-and-awe fundraising business. "An associate of the Texas senator, a recently announced presidential candidate, tells Bloomberg that a cluster of affiliated super-political action committees was formed only this week, and among them they are expected to have $31 million in the bank by Friday." That’s $31 million in less than a week. We already know that the eventual Republican...
  • One Walker legacy: making the political process more favorable to GOP

    04/08/2015 6:08:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 8, 2015 | Craig Gilbert
    ".......Since they came to power in 2011,Walker and his party have not only changed the way the state is governed,but they have changed the political playing field.In a few big ways and lots of little ways,they have seemingly made it easier for Republicans and harder for Democrats to win elections.Whichever way the pendulum swings next year, the 2016 race will be contested under a different set of political rules than those of previous decades, rules adopted by one party over the ardent opposition of the other.The most consequential of these changes involve redistricting,which has given the GOP a virtual lock...
  • Constitutional convention supporters unleash strategy to defeat state legislators standing in way

    04/08/2015 5:57:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 4/7/15 | David Sherfinski
    Leaders of movement to rein in federal spending set sights on Virginia state Sen. Richard Black Conservative activists pushing to amend the Constitution to rein in federal spending are preparing to delve into state legislative elections across the country, specifically targeting Republicans who are standing in the way of a convention of the states. “Our attitude is if state legislators won’t stand against Washington, D.C., then they need to be replaced by somebody who will,” Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance and a leader of the state convention movement, told The Washington Times in an interview this week. Mr....
  • WSU statistician sues seeking Kansas voting machine paper tapes

    04/07/2015 1:35:15 PM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 06 April 2015 | Roxana Hegeman
    A Wichita State University mathematician sued the top Kansas election official Wednesday, seeking paper tapes from electronic voting machines in an effort to explain statistical anomalies favoring Republicans in counts coming from large precincts across the country. Beth Clarkson, chief statistician for the university’s National Institute for Aviation Research, filed the open records lawsuit in Sedgwick County District Court as part of her personal quest to find the answer to an unexplained pattern that transcends elections and states. The lawsuit was amended Wednesday to name Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner Tabitha Lehman. Clarkson, a certified...
  • Centrist House Dems Don’t Sign Brief in Support of Obama Exec Amnesty

    04/07/2015 12:59:16 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    On Monday, 12 centrist House Democrats–including an Oregon Democrat who declared that amnesty for illegal immigrants is the new civil rights movement and will determine who controls the country for the next 30 years–refused to sign an amicus brief in support of President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, revealing that voters in their districts may not be as supportive of granting amnesty to illegal immigrants as national Democrats. According to The Hill, 181 House Democrats signed the brief, which argues that “Congress has vested the Secretary of Homeland Security with broad discretion to determine how best to implement the immigration laws,...
  • Senate Conservatives Fund targets McCain

    04/07/2015 12:44:28 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/6/15 | David McCabe
    The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) has launched an effort to defeat Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), bashing him for failing to uphold the principles of a “true conservative” just hours after he announced his intention to run for reelection. “There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain,” SCF President Ken Cuccinelli said in an email to supporters Tuesday of the party's 2008 nominee for president. “John McCain lost his way a long time ago and it's time to replace him with a strong conservative leader who will support and defend the Constitution.” Cuccinelli’s email links...
  • [Flashback] John McCain Says This Is 'Probably' His Last Term

    04/07/2015 6:51:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 9/13/13 | Tom Kludt
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) suggested Thursday that he may call it quits after his current term. McCain was giving an interview to the entertainment website The Wrap at a launch party for Pivot, the television channel that carries his daughter Meghan's series, "Raising McCain." At one point during the conversation, McCain was evidently interrupted by two supporters of President Barack Obama who thanked the senator for siding with his 2008 rival as of late. "The president and I, he's in his last term, I'm probably in mine, the relationship we have had over the past three years is quite good....
  • How Rand Paul and Ted Cruz Are Shaking Up the GOP Presidential Nomination Process

    04/07/2015 6:48:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    reason.com ^ | 4/7/15 | Matt Kibbe
    Politics has become more democratized and that’s a great thing. Sen. Rand Paul's announcement today that he will seek the Republican Party's nomination for president punctuates a very real paradigm shift in the way the Grand Old Party will select its candidates for higher office. For most of my adult life, Republican poobahs have decided for the rest of us, typically favoring the dusty candidate that has been standing in queue the longest. Think John McCain or Mitt Romney. Like a nightmare reinterpretation of the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day, it seems that the GOP keeps nominating Bob Dole again...
  • Group allied with GOP leadership rewards Budget votes

    04/07/2015 5:50:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/6/15 | David M. Drucker
    A group with ties to House Speaker John Boehner is rewarding loyal House Republicans. American Action Network, a political nonprofit, announced Monday that it was investing $1.8 million on advertising to boost 76 House Republicans who voted in favor of GOP leadership's $3.8 trillion budget plan for fiscal 2016. The group also is funding television, radio, digital and direct-mail spots to benefit House Republicans who backed leadership's bipartisan proposal to change Medicare and pay more public money to doctors who treat seniors. "Americans ready for leadership in Washington can look no further than Members of Congress who voted to balance...
  • First Ted Cruz ad sparks anti-Christian hate, bigotry

    04/06/2015 6:01:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 98 replies
    The first ad released by the Ted Cruz campaign, titled "Blessing," boldly proclaims the Senator's Christian faith, Truth Revolt reported Sunday. The ad, released over the Easter weekend, also sparked a great deal of anti-Christian hatred and bigotry. "Cruz keep religion out of politics you nut," one person commented. "I can't tell if you're running for preacher or president." "What I love about this the most is that this illiterate christian freak thinks it can win in a general election," another person said, refusing to refer to Cruz as a human being. "Troll me all you want, illiterate christian (sic)...
  • A Bigger Political Predictor Than Your Religion? How Often You Go to Church

    04/05/2015 6:28:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/05/2015 | Dante Chinni
    This weekend brings Easter Sunday and the beginning of Passover, and Christians and Jews will be filing into houses of worship this weekend to celebrate - most certainly more than usual for what are considered important holy days for people of both religious persuasions. The difference in the number of people in those churches and temples this weekend has a political significance. Often we talk about how different religious groups vote at election time, but the data show that the bigger divide in the electorate is around religious attendance - how often people go to a house of worship. In...
  • For Virginia’s GOP delegation, it’s safer to upset leadership than voters (Cantor Repercussions)

    04/05/2015 7:34:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 4/4/15 | Rachel Weiner
    When Congress voted repeatedly on short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security this year, five Virginia Republicans were in firm opposition, part of a failed conservative attempt to halt President Obama’s executive order protecting millions of undocumented immigrants. Call it the Dave Brat effect. His surprise primary victory last spring over former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) not only created a power vacuum in Virginia’s delegation, it left Republican lawmakers from the commonwealth willing to buck their party’s leaders in order to avoid angering conservatives, Republican strategists say. That fear reflects a division in the state party that...
  • Muslim Group With Links To Extremists Boasts Of Influencing Election [Coming To America?]

    04/04/2015 10:28:26 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | April 04, 2015 | Andrew Gilligan
    Muslim Group With Links To Extremists Boasts Of Influencing Election A group suspected of being a front for Islamic extremists claims it can control as many as 30 seats in the general election and boasts of acting a "kingmaker" By Andrew Gilligan 04 Apr 2015 A front group for Islamic extremists which wants to let British Muslims fight in Syria has boasted that it is “negotiating with the Tory and Labour leadership” to secure some of its demands. Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) has built links with both parties – and been chosen as an “official partner” by the Electoral...
  • ‘This Is Our Fight’: Ted Cruz’s First Badass Campaign Ad

    04/04/2015 8:26:31 AM PDT · by blueyon · 28 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 3/03/15 | Ayala Chaviva
    This Is Our Fight’: Ted Cruz’s First Badass Campaign Ad
  • Why George Will is Wrong About Ted Cruz (every word worth reading!)

    04/04/2015 6:28:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 51 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 4/3/15 | Jeffrey Lord
    The eminent George Will has penned a baffling column. The headline: “Cruz is aiming at the wrong Republicans.” Writes Will: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So if in 1964 the party would choose someone like Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, hitherto dormant conservatives would join the electorate in numbers sufficient for victory. This theory was slain by a fact — actually, 15,951,378 facts....
  • Rubio Chooses Miami’s Freedom Tower To Announce 2016 Plans

    04/03/2015 12:20:25 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    cbs miami / ap ^ | 4-3-2015
    <p>Florida Senator Marco Rubio will make his big announcement at the historic Freedom Tower in downtown Miami.</p> <p>Rubio, on Thursday, told our news partners at the Miami Herald that the rally is scheduled for April 13th.</p> <p>The 11-story Freedom Tower that, for more than a decade, was where refugees first met with U.S. government officials after leaving Cuba off the Florida coast.</p>
  • Constitution of United States becomes overnight bestseller

    04/03/2015 11:29:18 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/2/15 | Paul Bedard
    Maybe driven by Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential bid or the fight over Indiana's "religious freedom" law, Americans have taken notice of the Constitution of the United States, ordering so many pocket versions that the nation's founding document has blasted into the Top 10 bestseller list. In revealing their second weekly Conservative Best Seller list, the Conservative Book Club said that the Constitution published by National Center for Constitutional Studies barnstormed into No. 7 on the new list. "We are pleased to see that The Constitution of the United States is still a bestseller after 228 years," said Christopher Malagisi, editor...