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  • Mark Levin: Support Joe Carr Against 'Awful' Lamar Alexander

    07/29/2014 1:12:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Tony Lee
    Conservative scholar and talk radio host Mark Levin said he is rooting for Tennessee state Representative Joe Carr to defeat Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in next week's August 7th GOP Senate primary. On his Monday radio program, Levin said Alexander, realizing that he was vulnerable because of his support for Obamacare and amnesty, has been "putting down all upstart challengers" that he thought could run against him. Levin simply called Alexander "awful." "But Representative Carr stepped up, and we would very much like him to win," Levin declared. "And we wish him all the best." Carr, whom Levin called a...
  • Video: Lamar Alexander: 'I Voted Against Amnesty' (feeling the heat!)

    07/29/2014 1:01:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Charlie Spiering
    During his bus tour through Tennessee, Sen. Lamar Alexander was approached by someone asking him why he voted to support amnesty. “I voted against amnesty,” Alexander replied. The video was provided to Breitbart News by the “Beat Lamar” effort by the Real Conservatives National Committee Super PAC opposing Alexander’s re-election. Alexander’s answer is consistent with his claim that by voting for the Senate "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill, he voted to end amnesty. "We have amnesty today,” Alexander said in June. "Turning your head while 11 million people are already here illegally is perpetual amnesty. I voted along with...
  • New CBS/NYT Poll Shows Possible GOP Senate Wave Forming

    07/29/2014 11:22:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 60 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Leon Wolf
    A new CBS/NYT poll has been released which is thus far the most exhaustive simultaneous battleground poll that has been taken this election season. It shows Republicans holding all their “close” seats, with McConnell leading Grimes 50-46 and Perdue leading Nunn 50-44. Obviously, these races are still very competitive and could flip although I think that as time goes along Perdue will pull away from Nunn while McConnell looks to be in a dogfight to the very end. As predicted, John Walsh is all but officially toast in Montana, trailing Danes 56-40. The plagiarism scandal seems to have mortally wounded...
  • Tony Perkins endorses Rob Maness in Louisiana's Senate race (Family Research Council)

    07/29/2014 10:10:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    nola.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Family Research Council President and former Louisiana House member Tony Perkins endorsed Rob Maness in the Louisiana's U.S. Senate race Monday (July 28), potentially boosting the candidate's credentials among social conservatives. Maness, a Republican, is running against U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, in the state's high profile Senate race this fall. A Tea Party favorite, Maness has tried to position himself as the most conservative candidate on the Nov. 4 ballot. Most people consider Cassidy to be the Republicans' frontrunner in the election, but Perkins, a former Louisiana House member, has not been...
  • GOP Colleagues Say Goodbye to Eric Cantor as Majority Leader (Good Riddance!)

    07/29/2014 10:04:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Billy House
    Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor received a standing ovation from most of his fellow Republicans on Tuesday at a closed-door meeting, where a highlight film was played to mark some of his most memorable moments. "Thank you," said Speaker John Boehner, in an emotional send-off to his top lieutenant, who officially steps down from his top-level post at midnight Thursday to make way for Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the new majority leader. "He was confident, as I am, that Eric has great things left to do in the future," said Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., of Boehner's remarks. Cantor, 51,...
  • In Tennessee, consensus politics makes a last stand (Alexander protection piece)

    07/29/2014 9:47:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Dan Balz
    NASHVILLE — On the first day of July, Sen. Lamar Alexander delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral of his political mentor, Howard H. Baker Jr., the former Senate majority leader and godfather of the Tennessee Republican Party. Baker, he said, had “more influence on my life than anyone outside my own family.” Like Baker, Alexander (R-Tenn.) has had an exemplary career in public service. He was elected to two terms as governor of Tennessee and later served as president of the University of Tennessee and U.S. education secretary. Twice he sought his party’s nomination for president, though, like Baker,...
  • Monday begins early voting in Wisconsin

    07/29/2014 8:16:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 7-28-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – Monday begins the first day for early voting in the State of Wisconsin leading up to the August 12th Statewide Primary election. This will be the first election that will feature early voting with more uniform hours due to changes enacted into law earlier this year. Early voting will be done on Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM with no weekend hours. There were divisions between both sides for and against the bill earlier this year. Proponents of the bill say it would create a more standardized process for early voting while opponents say it...
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Polling Shows a 30-Point Primary Advantage (like Eric Cantor!)

    07/29/2014 5:53:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    blogs.wsj.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Reid Epstein
    Sen. Lamar Alexander‘s polling shows him with a 30-percentage point lead over tea-party challenger Joe Carr in Tennessee’s Republican Senate primary, according to a polling memo prepared for the two-term incumbent’s campaign. The poll, conducted by Republican pollster Whit Ayres from July 20-22 ahead of the state’s Aug. 7 primary, found Mr. Alexander leading Mr. Carr 53% to 21%. Mr. Ayres wrote that despite attacks against Mr. Alexander from Mr. Carr and longshot challenger George Flinn, Mr. Alexander’s stature among Tennessee GOP voters has remained stable. “The fundamentals remain the same,” Mr. Ayres wrote in a memo for the campaign,...
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander says he works across aisle to get things done

    07/29/2014 5:49:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    timesfreepress.com ^ | 7/29/14 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE — Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander told cheering supporters Monday that he learned as governor he sometimes had to work with Democrats to get things done for Tennessee and has found it necessary sometimes in Washington to do the same. "If I stood up before you today and said I by myself brought in the auto industry, and I by myself paid teachers more for teaching well and built the best road system, I wouldn't be telling you the truth either because I had to work with other people to do it," the two-term senator told some 150 or...
  • U.S. Chamber of Cronyism

    07/29/2014 5:45:30 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    According to news reports, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce plans to support Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) in the Louisiana Senate race. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)This is the same group that said it was going to spend $50 million against conservatives in primaries to elect more Republicans. That was a huge lie. The U.S. Chamber doesn't care about electing Republicans. It just wants more big government politicians who will force taxpayers to pay for their corporate bailouts and corporate welfare programs. THE GOP RESPONSE? ... NOTHING The Chamber's support for Mary Landrieu isn't what's so surprising. It's the lack of any meaningful...
  • Daily Beast Attempts to Paint Iowa Republican Joni Ernst as Nullification Nelly

    07/28/2014 5:07:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 28, 2014 | Ken Shepherd
    Recent polls show a tight contest in the Iowa Senate race to replace retiring liberal Democrat Tom Harkin (D), so leave it to the Daily Beast to hype a video clip it recently unearthed to insist that it is evidence that Republican nominee Joni Ernst as a nut who betrays a "shocking ignorance" [see image below page break] about constitutional law regarding the Tenth Amendment and state nullification of federal law. That's how Ben Jacobs painted the military veteran and Republican state senator, suggesting her answer to a question posed to her at a September 13, 2013 event was an...
  • CNN poll: Hillary doing better with white voters than any Democrat since Jimmy Carter

    07/28/2014 3:53:07 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 52 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7/28/2014 (6:01 PM) | ALLAHPUNDIT
    ...One of the mysteries of Election 2016 is whether the Democratic nominee can keep the "Obama coalition" of liberals, young adults, and minorities together. After all, its a fact of political life that the Republican nominee will crush the Democrat among white voters. Or is it? ...
  • Mitch McConnell's Tight Kentucky Senate Race Might Hinge on Turnout

    07/28/2014 1:02:10 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 95 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Jennifer Hickey
    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' chances of upsetting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election bid may have brightened with the release of new polling data and a pledge from former President Bill Clinton to campaign on her behalf. A July 19 Human Events/Gravis poll of 1,054 registered Kentucky voters found McConnell running even at 45 percent with Grimes. "With only 10 percent of the voters undecided, it is hard to see either candidate breaking out. It really looks like it will be close through to the end with the decision turning on turnout," Doug Kaplan, the president of...
  • Leaked Document From Senate Democratic Candidate: ‘Tremendous Financial Opportunity’ With Jews

    07/28/2014 12:56:05 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Alex Pappas
    Michelle Nunn — the Democrat running in the very close U.S. Senate contest in Georgia — has a problem on her hands now that an exhaustive campaign plan drafted by aides has leaked in the media. The document, revealed online Monday by the National Review, describes the candidate’s liabilities likely to be exploited by opponents. It also specifically describes the necessity of raising money from Jews, Asians and gays while working to increase turnout of African-Americans and Latinos. Speaking of the Jewish community, the document notes: “There is tremendous financial opportunity.” “Michelle’s position on Israel will largely determine the level...
  • Michelle Nunn (D-GASen Candidate) Wants Jewish Donors, Gives to Hamas

    07/28/2014 12:53:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Aaron Gardner
    Eliana Johnson broke news today with the release of a confidential campaign plan from Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn. The campaign plan details the demographic models, special interest groups, donor targets, and the assumption in the campaign plan that Nunn will have a compliant media. This is what Johnson focused on in much of her post. For me, the real news comes in the second half of Johnson’s post. While the campaign strategy memo stressed the importance of the Jewish community for volunteers and fundraising, with a projected goal of $250,000 from Jewish donors, it also noted that any...
  • US Chamber of Commerce is not winning

    07/28/2014 12:51:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/28/14 | streiff
    The US Chamber of Commerce has for years viewed the GOP as its personal political party. Sure they supported the now-extinct “Blue Dog Democrats” but when most of them disappeared in the maelstrom of 2010 they were left with GOP candidates and communists. Unfortunately for the Chamber, the GOP caucus has been getting progressively more conservative each year. And not merely conservative but populist. This has caused a tension between the Chamber’s members and conservatives. Many of the Chamber’s larger members and its leadership worship stability as though it were a deity, preferring even double digit deficits reaching as far...
  • Lamar Alexander boosts campaign spending in early July (draining incumbent 'warchests')

    07/28/2014 10:53:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    timesfreepress.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Andy Sher
    Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's campaign spent $1.34 million in the first 18 days of July as the incumbent ramped up his GOP primary effort in advance of early voting in Tennessee, his disclosure shows. The two-term senator reported to the Senate Secretary's Office of Public Records that he still had $2.19 million in cash on hand as of July 18. Alexander received $129,138 in contributions. Meanwhile, Federal Election Commission filings show an independent political action committee run by the American College of Radiology Association has a major political mailer in the works in support of Alexander. The group on...
  • NYT: Chamber Of Commerce Will Support Dem Mary Landrieu

    07/28/2014 10:18:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Daniel Straus
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is reportedly throwing support behind Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), according to the group's national political director, Rob Engstrom. Engstrom told the audience at a Committee of 100 meeting that the group would support Landrieu in her fight to win re-election, according to The New York Times' Joe Nocera. Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Blair Latoff Holmes told TPM in an email on Monday "no decisions have been made in the LA Senate race." Landrieu's major Republican challenger is Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). A U.S. Chamber of Commerce scorecard said Landrieu votes for pro-business legislation more often...
  • Is Lamar in Trouble?

    07/28/2014 10:12:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Michael Warren
    Lamar Alexander, the two-term Republican senator from Tennessee, is in a strong position to win reelection this November. But only if he can get through his August 7 primary. Polling has been scarce in the race between Alexander and his GOP primary challenger, state representative Joe Carr, though the incumbent enjoys advantages in fundraising and name recognition (Alexander twice served as governor in the 1980s). An independent poll in January found Carr down by 40 points. But with Carr getting somewhat of a boost from endorsements by radio host Laura Ingraham and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, an independent outside...
  • Joe Carr: 'Grassroots Has Absolutely Caught Fire' against Lamar Alexander

    07/28/2014 10:11:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Tony Lee
    Tennessee state Representative Joe Carr, the conservative candidate who is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in an August 7th primary, said the "grassroots has absolutely caught fire" as he closes in on Alexander in the final week of the campaign. Appearing on Breitbart News Sunday, an enthusiastic Carr, who has been endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and talk radio host Laura Ingraham, suggested the race was now much closer than it was two weeks ago, when a poll showed that Alexander only had a seven-point lead. He said he had a "plan for eleven months, and it came...
  • WSJ: Republicans Could Win up to 10 Senate Seats in November

    07/28/2014 9:16:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Elliot Jager
    Republicans are running competitively for 10 Senate seats now held by Democrats, heightening chances for the party to capture a majority of the U.S. Senate in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Republican Party is generally less popular than either President Barack Obama or the Democratic Party, according to the Journal. Those sentiments are evidently offset by a combination of appealing Republican candidates and deep public disapproval of the president. Democrats now hold 55 seats in the Senate. Republicans need a net gain of six for a majority. Republican senatorial candidates are doing well in seven states that went...
  • GOP's Wehby Gaining in Oregon

    07/28/2014 7:19:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/28/14 | George Will
    "Are you kidding?" This is Monica Wehby's amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate of children's brains. She probably can cope with the strains of legislative life. Today, her task is to persuade Oregonians to act on the cogent exhortation of her campaign's bumper stickers: "Keep Your Doctor. Change Your Senator." She is trying to take a Senate seat...
  • Buyer's Remorse: If voters had it to do over, Romney in a landslide

    07/28/2014 7:17:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Polls which ask voters for their thoughts on how the last election should have shaped up a year or two years after the fact are pretty much meaningless. The latest CNN/ORC survey which asks voters that question is no exception to that rule. Nevertheless, with just 100 days remaining before the midterm elections, this question is an instructive measurement of voter satisfaction with the president. If voters had it to do all over again, 53 percent would support Mitt Romney over the 44 percent who would continue to back Barack Obama. The president’s remaining coalition is what you would...
  • Thomas Ravenel challenges fellow U.S. Senate candidates to 11 debates (SC)

    07/28/2014 6:26:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    Thomas Ravenel, the independent petition candidate challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for his seat, on Sunday challenged his fellow candidates to a series of debates to held throughout the state, according to WCIV-TV. Ravenel, who recently announced he would be starring in the second season of Bravo's reality TV series "Southern Charm," said he wants all 11 debates he's called for to be televised. The debates would take place in Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, North Augusta, Rock Hill, Spartanburg and Sumter. The challenge comes not long after a recent Palmetto Politics Poll, commissioned by The...
  • The 2014 Midterms: An Election, A Referendum, An Impeachment of Apathy

    07/27/2014 5:27:19 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 7 replies
    Self | 7/27/14 | Me
    If Americans are truly fed-up with Barack Obama and want him removed from office, entire communities should be spending every waking moment waging a grassroots campaign to reclaim the rule of law on November 4, 2014. Without garnering the necessary numbers in the Senate, the chamber that actually adjudicates proposed articles of impeachment, any attempt to dismiss Mr. Hussein would be an exercise in futility and easily dismissed as a partisan witch hunt by the lapdog media. The reason why the President operates with such impunity – a contemptuous disregard for the Constitution and our liberties – is because he...
  • First lady: 2014 election key

    07/27/2014 4:49:11 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 27 Jul 2014 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    In a new video recorded for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, first lady Michelle Obama says Democrats need to take this year’s midterms more seriously than they did either of her husband’s presidential elections. The video, her first effort on behalf of Democrats beyond a few scattered fundraisers so far, launches the DCCC’s new 1millionvotesfor2014.com website, timed to coincide with the 100-day countdown until the election. “When it comes to the midterm elections this November, we need you to be as passionate and as hungry as you were in 2008 and 2012 – in fact, you need to be even...
  • Jim Rubens Endorsed By Republican Liberty Caucus In New Hampshire Senate Race

    07/27/2014 5:33:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    benswann.com ^ | 5/29/14 | Annabelle Bamforth
    Concord, NH- United States Senate candidate Jim Rubens, who is running in New Hampshire to win the seat held by Jeanne Shaheen, was officially endorsed today by both the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire and the Republican Liberty Caucus. The RLC and RLCNH are grassroots organizations focused on promoting individual liberty and small government in the Republican Party. RLCNH Chairman Aaron Day said in the announcement: “Grounded in the principled belief in constitutionally limited government, Jim Rubens brings the intelligence and experience needed to reverse the damage inflicted by Obama and Shaheen. Jim’s 40-year track record creating jobs and...
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander Faces Tough Battle in Tenn. GOP Primary

    07/27/2014 5:28:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/26/14 | Todd Beamon
    Sen. Lamar Alexander could be facing his toughest challenge in his 36-year political career heading into the Tennessee Republican primary next month. The two-term senator — who also has served as governor, U.S. Secretary of Education, and has run for the White House twice — has six opponents in the Aug. 7 contest, The Hill reports. Alexander, 74, is the clear favorite, but tea party-backed state Rep. Joe Carr is seen as his strongest challenger. Carr is pitching himself to voters as the candidate who would bring new ideas to a Washington that has changed greatly during Alexander's years of...
  • Christie Bristles When Asked about GOP Governors Campaigning for Cuomo Challenger

    07/27/2014 5:23:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/26/14 | Kerry Pickett
    “Do I look like I’m taking any questions?” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie snapped at Breitbart News when asked for his response to his colleagues' plan to campaign with Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s opponent this year. Christie slammed Astorino and his long shot race against Cuomo recently, telling NJ.com he would only “spend time in places where we have a chance to win — I said that right from the beginning.” He then added, “We don’t pay for landslides, and we don’t invest in lost causes.” However, after Republican Governors Association members found...
  • Rallying Around Joe Carr, Our Conservative Star

    07/26/2014 3:28:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/26/14 | Llyod Marcus
    Brothers and sisters, we are the good guys, and God is on our side. Therefore, I focus all of my attention each day on whatever task God places in front of me to weaken and ultimately defeat Barack Obama's evil agenda. That task at the moment is to help Tea Party conservative Joe Carr to defeat RINO Lamar ("whatever Obama wants, Obama gets") Alexander in the August 7 Republican primary in Tennessee. Please forgive me for stating the obvious: the mainstream media does not report the news, nor does it give a rat's derrière about America. The mainstream media is...
  • Can 'Tennessee's institution' survive Tea Party's wrath?

    07/26/2014 3:23:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 7/26/14 | Jessica Taylor
    MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Thirty-six years ago, Lamar Alexander walked across the state in his first successful bid for governor, donning his now-iconic red and black plaid shirt. Now, the 74 year-old senator is making the trek across Tennessee by bus as he faces what could be his toughest GOP race yet. Known simply as Lamar around these parts, the former governor, U.S. secretary of Education, two-time presidential candidate and now two-term senator, is undoubtedly an institution. But as the Republican Party nationwide and even in Tennessee has changed, there’s a growing voice that the senator hasn’t and needs to go....
  • Oversight Dems to America: “You Don’t Have the Right to Know” about White House Spending...

    07/26/2014 1:21:50 PM PDT · by blueyon · 20 replies
    Committee on Oversight & Goverment Reform ^ | 7/25/14 | Govt Committee??
    "Oversight Dems to America: “You Don’t Have the Right to Know” about White House Spending Taxpayer Dollars on Political Activity" Committee votes to reject White House claim that head of political office has absolute immunity from Congress Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a resolution to reject White House assertions of “absolute immunity” for political affairs office head, David Simas, who has failed to appear before the Committee twice. This morning, the White House declined Chairman’s further accommodation to allow Mr. Simas to comply with his obligations under the subpoena. Yesterday, Chairman Issa offered White House Counsel Neil...
  • Franken vs. McFadden starting to get interesting

    07/25/2014 7:31:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    startribune.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Michael Brodkorb
    I wrote two weeks ago that Minnesota's sleepy election cycle might finally start to wake up, as the race between U.S. Senator Al Franken and businessman Mike McFadden's had started to generate some buzz with the national media. Last week the Star Tribune's Senior Political Correspondent in Washington, Allison Sherry, wrote that political analyst Stu Rothenberg, "altered his projection of the state's November Senate race, making it slightly more competitive, from 'Safe Democrat' to 'Democrat Favored.'" Now today, Larry J. Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics called Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, "The sleeper" (sound familiar?), adding: One...
  • Senate Democrats brace for John Walsh fallout (plagiarizing Montana senator/candidate)

    07/25/2014 6:53:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
    Senate Democrats went into full-fledged damage control Thursday to protect embattled Montana Sen. John Walsh, a day after plagiarism revelations that imperil his election hopes this fall. Despite a mountain of evidence suggesting that Walsh may have obtained a key academic credential improperly, the party leadership, Montana Democrats and members of the rank and file closed ranks behind the appointed senator — arguing that voters should overlook a relatively minor mistake when weighed against his military service in Iraq and career serving his country. Or, as Sen. Jon Tester put it, “He’s a soldier, not an academic.” ) “It’s a...
  • Ravenel: “I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight” (Lindsey Graham opponent)

    07/25/2014 6:41:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 7/25/14
    EDISTO, S.C. – Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel issued the following statement today regarding polling data released by The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier and several television stations. “Like John Paul Jones said, ‘I have not yet begun to fight,’” Ravenel said. “I’m at ten percent and haven’t spent a dime getting my message out. By contrast Lindsey Graham has spent $5 million getting his message out in the last few months and his approval rating is only 39 percent. Meanwhile 44 percent disapprove of his performance – a number that’s only going to climb as...
  • Lindsey Graham: Leading, But Exceedingly Vulnerable

    07/25/2014 6:38:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 7/25/14
    LIBERAL INCUMBENT’S APPROVAL RATING IDENTICAL TO BARACK OBAMA’S SUPPORT Two-term “Republican” incumbent Lindsey Graham enjoys a big lead over three rivals in the race for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina – but the liberal Washington insider is “underwater” among voters in the Palmetto State, and likely to see significant erosion in his support as his opposition exploits his many vulnerabilities. According to a new poll released by The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier and a trio of South Carolina television stations, only thirty-nine percent of likely voters approve of Graham’s performance in office – compared to 44 percent who...
  • Poll Shows U.S. Senate Race In Kansas Getting Closer

    07/25/2014 6:31:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    wibw.com ^ | 7/24/14
    TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A new poll released by KSN-TV in Wichita shows the U.S. Senate race in Kansas could be close. The poll, conducted by Survey USA shows Democrat Chad Taylor within 5% points of three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. The poll shows Roberts leading at 38%. Taylor has 33%. “This poll simply confirms what we’re hearing as we visit with real Kansans throughout the state -- they are ready for new blood,” said Taylor. “Our message isn’t being heard by raising million dollar war chests or polluting the TV with insulting campaign ads. I’ve abandoned the political playbook...
  • The Establishment GOP VS. Conservatives – Chris Christie Edition – As If More Evidence Was Needed…

    07/25/2014 6:19:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    The latest example of how establishment Republicans, “Decepticons”, are diametrically opposed to conservative principles comes directly from RGA President Chris Christie. But before we get to Christie, let’s just recap the last few months. The establishment GOP party refused to support Republican Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. Establishment class Mitch McConnell and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, announce their three priorities: ◾Full implementation of ObamaCare without removal. ◾Amnesty for Illegal Aliens wrapped in “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”. ◾Full implementation of Common Core federal control over education. McConnell, the CoC and NRSC then formulate the plan. The CoC then publicizes the...
  • Republicans jump to Astorino's defense (New York candidate for governor)

    07/25/2014 5:49:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Several Republican governors eyeing runs for the White House in 2016 are rallying behind the New York gubernatorial candidate spurned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an early sign of pre-primary jockeying. Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, raised eyebrows when he said this week he had no plans to campaign for GOP candidate Rob Astorino, who is running an uphill challenge against Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Christie said he doesn't "invest in lost causes" during an RGA trip to Connecticut Monday. But Astorino, who is in Aspen, Colorado for the RGA's summer...
  • Rob Astorino to Chris Christie: ‘Consider stepping down’ from RGA

    07/25/2014 5:46:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/22/14 | Maggie Haberman
    The Republican running against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted Chris Christie on Tuesday for dismissing his race as a lost cause — and suggested the two Northeastern governors are in cahoots as they deal with the fallout over the Bridgegate scandal. GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino made the comments at a news conference in Manhattan, which fell a day after Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said he doesn’t invest in “landslides” or “lost causes.” Astorino said that if the New Jersey governor “is unable to help a Republican candidate for governor, then maybe he should consider...
  • Milton Wolf’s bus tour rolls into Liberal (the town, not Roberts)

    07/25/2014 5:34:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    leaderandtimes.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Robert Pierce
    While there may be a political divide in America, few people would disagree there is trouble in this country, and like many, Dr. Milton Wolf knows something needs to be done. Wolf, who is running against incumbent U.S. Senator Pat Roberts in the Aug. 5 primary, was in Liberal Wednesday to discuss his views on what needs to be done in the nation’s capital. Many people have made the race out to be an attack on Roberts, but Wolf said this was never his intent of running. “I have voted for Pat Roberts for about as long as I can...
  • Roberts touts farm expertise as Wolf criticizes ad (keep those subsidies/payoffs flowing!)

    07/25/2014 5:30:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | 7/24/14
    TOPEKA, Kan. -- U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is touting his expertise in agriculture policy as he runs for re-election in the nation's leading wheat-producing state, and tea party challenger Milton Wolf's campaign accused him Thursday of trying to exploit geographical tensions with a new radio ad in western Kansas. The 60-second spot, which began this week and will run until the Aug. 5 Republican primary, says Wolf doesn't understand agriculture and can't be counted upon to defend federal subsidies for crop insurance. The ad describes Wolf, a Leawood radiologist, as living "right next to Missouri" and says he "just doesn't...
  • New poll shows Roberts barrrrely ahead of Democrat Taylor (electable establishment candidates?)

    07/25/2014 5:25:04 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Steve Kraske
    Here’s why incumbent politicians hate competitive primaries: They only hurt poll numbers. A new poll from SurveyUSA for KSN-TV in Wichita showed Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts leading Democrat Chad Taylor in a November general-election matchup by 38-33 percent. Check that out again: 38-33 percent. Here’s a question: When’s the last time a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate has been within the margin of error in any race going back decades? Remember that no Democrat has won a Kansas Senate race since 1932. That’s the longest such streak in the nation. Independent candidate Greg Orman took 14 percent — that’s...
  • KSN News Poll shows Kansas Senate race heating up

    07/25/2014 5:21:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    ksn.com ^ | 7/24/14
    WICHITA, Kansas — The U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Roberts is up for grabs and the race is heating up because of a candidate who is not even on the ballot yet: Independent Greg Orman. It is only one of many results revealed in the latest KSN News Poll conducted exclusively for KSN-TV by SurveyUSA. Ahead of the Republican primary on August 5, Senator Pat Roberts leads conservative primary challenger Milton Wolf by 20 points. The margin of error is +/- 3.8%. It is down from a 33 point lead that Roberts had in June when the last KSN...
  • Huckabee endorses Roberts in Kansas Senate race

    07/25/2014 5:19:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    <p>TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has endorsed Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts as he battles an aggressive GOP primary challenge from tea party candidate Milton Wolf.</p> <p>Huckabee announced his endorsement Thursday. He described Roberts as a conservative warrior and said he's fought tirelessly for lower taxes and federal government spending.</p>
  • Lamar Alexander in the Crosshairs (Will Tennessee’s longtime incumbent go down?)

    07/25/2014 5:16:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 8/4/14 | Michael Warren
    One name is ubiquitous at a July 22 rally for Republican Senate candidate Joe Carr, and it isn’t Joe Carr’s. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee senator Carr hopes to defeat in the August 7 primary, practically greets you the moment you turn into the parking lot at the Millennium Maxwell House hotel. Signs and posters line the driveway and the hallway into the ballroom, reading in big letters: “Beat Lamar.” The phrase also adorns stickers, buttons, even the name-tags for those of us in the press covering the event. The rally’s special guest is focused like a laser on Alexander, too....
  • Tennessee Tea Party Leaders: Lamar Alexander a 'Mushy Moderate'

    07/24/2014 6:29:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 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 · 11 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 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
    rasmussenreports.com ^ | 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 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 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...