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  • Schodorf endorsed by traditional Republicans for Common Sense (former Republican, now Democrat)

    09/23/2014 10:50:33 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 9/23/14 | Ryan Newton
    TOPEKA, Kansas – On Tuesday morning, the Traditional Republicans for Common Sense announced their endorsement of Jean Schodorf for the position of Kansas Secretary of State. The announcement took place in Topeka on the south steps of the Kansas Capitol Building. Traditional Republicans for Common Sense isled by over 70 former Republican elected officials with more than 700 years of combined experience representing Kansas at the state and national level. Their endorsement is the latest in the line of groups who have made public their commitment to Schodorf’s run for Kansas Secretary of State this fall. Others include: · Kansas...
  • GOP Refuses to Nationalize the Election

    09/23/2014 10:39:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 9/23/14 | Richard A. Viguerie
    A truism in American politics is that Republicans never win elections unless they are nationalized. Nationalizing an election doesn’t guarantee a GOP victory, Goldwater lost in 1964 in an election defined largely by national issues, but never in modern times have Republicans won a national campaign fought on local issues. Democrats like elections that are fought state-by-state and deal with local issues because they are deliverers of services. If you want a pothole fixed, food stamps increased or federal grants for your local parks and museum, Democrats are only too happy to oblige. The political brain driving the Democratic Party’s...
  • Jeb Signals Intention to Make Bid for 2016

    09/23/2014 10:25:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 72 replies ^ | 9/23/2014 | Melanie Batley
    Allies of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush say his chances of running for president in 2016 are becoming a more likely possibility now than ever before. According to Politico, Bush is laying the groundwork for a bid with private prep work on key international issues and visits to top Senate races across the country to campaign.
  • MS Supreme Court allows PAC to argue in McDaniel challenge

    09/23/2014 6:09:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    The Mississippi Supreme Court has granted a conservative, political action committee's request to file an amicus curiae brief in the case of Chris McDaniel v. Thad Cochran. The Conservative Action Fund says it supports true conservative candidates, in this case, Chris McDaniel. An amicus brief by definition says it adds information to the case that neither party solicited. In the brief, the CAF offers what it calls insights into the 20 day election challenge deadline. The CAF also suggests if the High Court concludes there should be a new runoff for the primary election, but there's not enough time to...
  • Karl Rove, Joe Trippi Handicap The Midterm Elections on FOX News Sunday

    09/22/2014 6:44:35 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 47 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 22, 2014 | Chris Wallace; FOX News Sunday
    On "FOX News Sunday." WALLACE: First, Louisiana, Bill Cassidy leads Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu by more than five points, and Arkansas, Tom Cotton leads Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor by 2.5. Karl, how solid are those for the GOP? 2.5 points that doesn't sound very solid. ROVE: Well, out of the last ten polls Mark Pryor has led in one; Tom Cotton has led in nine. WALLACE: Iowa. This is an open seat in Iowa. And Democratic congressman Bruce Braley is up against GOP State Sen. Joni Ernst; it's flat tied. TRIPPI: No, it's a dead heat. Both parties are going...
  • Win or lose, the outcome of this election is on the GOP establishment

    09/23/2014 5:16:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 24 replies ^ | 9/23/14 | W. James Antle III
    There's no blaming the Tea Party if the party falls short in November Are the pollsters just trolling us pundits now? Just as a consensus emerged this summer that Republicans were probably going to capture the Senate, a new round of polling was released showing a Democratic rebound in several key races. But the new received wisdom that Democrats were probably going to hold the Senate barely had time to harden before polls emerged that were more favorable to Republicans. Now the prognosticators give the GOP a better-than-even shot of seizing the Senate. Despite the pendulum-like conventional wisdom on which...
  • Biden Promises Obama Will Strike GOP with 'Lightning' via Executive Amnesty

    09/22/2014 9:50:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/22/14 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden promised that President Barack Obama would "do an awful lot" for illegal immigrants with executive actions toward amnesty. He said if Republicans don't "see the lord" on immigration after the midterm elections, then they will feel some "lightning." According to pool reports, Biden spoke at a Hispanic Heritage Month reception at his residence and reportedly called up a student who had received temporary amnesty due to Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Biden then said that Obama is going to enact executive amnesty before the end of the year if Congress does...
  • Kansas: The most important race in the country (Brownback)

    09/22/2014 10:12:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 9/22/14 | Grover Norquist
    The American Left and strategic thinking Reagan Republicans agree: The re-election campaign of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is now the most important race in America. Kansas? Governor? We were all told that the fight to control the United States Senate was the end all and be all of 2014. Yes, the fight for the Senate is important. It is well understood by all concerned. Republicans chose stronger than expected candidates. Democrats often missed opportunities. But the direction of the country will be set by the Kansas race. Why? Kansas is a relatively small state with only four congressmen. Why would...
  • Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence

    09/22/2014 5:27:09 AM PDT · by upchuck · 85 replies
    Politco ^ | Sept 22, 2014 | Rachael Bade
    Employers won’t hire her. She’s been berated with epithets like “dirty Jew.” Federal agents have guarded her house because of death threats. And she’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending herself against accusations she orchestrated a coverup in a scandal that has come to represent everything Americans hate about the IRS. Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago....
  • Rick Perry Defends In-State Tuition for Illegals, Despite Tough Border Talk

    09/21/2014 2:20:19 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 110 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/2114 | s rumpf
    At an event today at the University of Texas Austin campus, Texas Governor Rick Perry reaffirmed his support of allowing illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at Texas colleges and universities, while U.S. citizens from other states continue to pay higher out-of-state tuition rates. Perry made his remarks in a "One-on-One Conversation" with Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith at the Texas Tribune Festival, an annual event organized by the online media outlet. Breitbart Texas made several queries to Governor Perry's press office for comment, but as of press time, had not received a reply. A UT student...
  • GOP turns 'amnesty' around on Dems

    09/22/2014 5:39:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 9/22/14 | Peter Sullivan
    After largely avoiding immigration as a wedge issue in competitive races, Republicans are suddenly hitting Democrats for supporting “amnesty.” President Obama’s decision earlier this month to delay any executive action on immigration until after the midterms has given national Republicans a new way to tie Democrats to the unpopular president. However, some GOP strategists worry the approach risks further alienating the party from Hispanic voters they need in 2016 to win the White House. “Short term it’s an entirely different electoral landscape,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist who advised Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential bid. “What looks good...
  • McDaniel cites Gunn’s challenge in his attempt to overturn loss to Cochran

    09/22/2014 5:29:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    JACKSON — Unsuccessful tea party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel is invoking a big Mississippi political name as he tries to revive his challenge in a U.S. Senate race: state House Speaker Philip Gunn. McDaniel lost to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican primary. Now, the state senator from Jones County is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court for a second chance on a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Cochran’s victory. Winning the legal argument could be difficult in a place with no history of judges ordering a do-over of a statewide election. In a legal brief filed late Thursday,...
  • Did Chris McDaniel win by losing Senate race?

    09/22/2014 5:26:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    JACKSON, Mississippi -- It's been nearly three months since Chris McDaniel lost the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi, and he still hasn't conceded. Now, it's worth considering whether McDaniel, a state senator tea party favorite from Jones County, is pursuing a long-term political strategy of winning by losing. Certified results show six-term Sen. Thad Cochran defeated McDaniel by 7,667 votes in the June 24 primary runoff. McDaniel is enmeshed in a legal battle trying to overturn Cochran's victory by claiming the runoff was tainted because Cochran reached out to voters who traditionally support Democrats. Mississippi doesn't register voters...
  • Mitch McConnell Has A Two-Pronged Re-Election Strategy Because Half Of Kentucky Doesn't Like Him

    09/22/2014 5:21:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 9/21/14 | Richard Cowan
    PADUCAH Ky (Reuters) - Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don't view him as a "real Kentuckian," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows - McConnell has an image problem. While other politicians might be deterred by polls showing how unpopular they are in their home state, McConnell has risen to the challenge as he seeks a sixth term in what is perhaps his toughest re-election battle in a 30-year Senate career. Relying on broad financial...
  • The Vichy GOP Thinks Tea Parties Should Just Shut Up & Fall In Line, Or Something

    09/22/2014 5:10:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies ^ | 9/21/14 | Smitty
    One must borrow Her Majesty’s dead horse in response to the Fox News question: Will Tea Party, GOP establishment be ‘mending fences’ to win Senate in November? After a long, unapologetic effort to defeat Tea Party and other so-called “unelectable” candidates in GOP primaries, the Washington establishment will likely need Tea Party voters in November to help swing several tight Senate races and win control of the upper chamber. Here I go: What difference, at this point, does it make? One can understand that, yes, there are still two years of #OccupyResoluteDesk to endure. But ObamaCare is still a river...
  • Meet John Feehery, Perhaps the Worst GOP Establishment Consultant Ever

    09/22/2014 5:06:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 9/22/14 | C. Edmund Wright
    Before this week, I figured that the race to the intellectual bottom for Republican consultants would have been a doggoned close contest. For years I’ve written many columns -- and a book -- that laid bare the cognitive dissonance and record of embarrassing losses of such wizards as Karl Rove, Haley (and Henry) Barbour, Rick Tyler, Andrea Saul, Charlie Black, Steve Schmidt, Matt Rhodes, Nicole Wallace and others. I’ve even established a pretty good record of demonstrating the fallacy of using the Frank Luntz type focus group as a means for testing campaign messaging. Somehow, though, the worst of them...
  • The swarm of attack ads claiming $500 million in North Carolina education cuts

    09/21/2014 6:51:25 PM PDT · by eyedigress · 84 replies
    Notice a theme? In the hard-fought North Carolina Senate race, just about every ad from a Democratic outside organization repeats the same talking point —that the GOP candidate, Thom Tillis, as speaker of the North Carolina House, presided over a $500 million cut in education funding. Tillis’s opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan (D), also raised it in a political debate. In June, we first looked at this issue, when yet another outside group, Emily’s List, ran a similar attack ad. The Emily’s List ad, as well as two of these new ads, pair the $500 million allegation with the bogus claim...

    09/21/2014 11:23:58 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 21, 2014 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    Despite a rousing speech by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who indicated that he would soon open an office in the state in pursuit of his presidential ambitions, California's Republican Party convention in Los Angeles, "Reclaim California," sounded a note of division, with three prominent Republicans declining to support the party's candidate for governor, amidst growing concern about the party's future as a statewide political institution. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), who lost to former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari in the primary election after being outspent in the closing weeks, declined to endorse Kashkari when asked by the Sacramento Bee,...
  • ‘CATALIST’: Obama’s Database for Fundamentally Transforming America

    09/18/2014 3:51:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Media's Rule of Law ^ | September 17, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    The Democrats and the institutional left have a new political tool that allows them virtually to ignore moderates yet still win elections. This tool, the Catalist database, was employed in the 2012 election. That election defied conventional wisdom: Mitt Romney sought and won independent voters overwhelmingly, but still lost. If you wondered why the conventional wisdom about independents and moderates didn’t seem so wise in 2012, the answer is Catalist. Beyond winning elections, Catalist also allows the Democrats to turn the policy narrative upside down and suffer no political consequence for implementing radical policies which appeal to their base. The...
  • Hagan lead steady at 4 points

    09/20/2014 12:28:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 16, 2014
    PPP's newest North Carolina Senate poll finds the race steady compared to a month ago. Kay Hagan continues to lead by 4 points, with 44% to 40% for Thom Tillis and 5% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. Haugh's impact on the race is waning- since June his support has dropped from 11% now down to this 5% standing. He's also no longer disproportionately drawing supporters away from Tillis- when Haugh's supporters are reallocated to who they would choose between Hagan and Tillis, Hagan continues to hold a 4 point lead at 46/42.
  • Iowa Senate: Ernst (R) 43%, Braley (D) 43%

    09/20/2014 12:35:46 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 19, 2014
    Election 2014: Iowa Senate Iowa Senate: Ernst (R) 43%, Braley (D) 43% in PoliticsEmail thisShareThis.Related Articles Daily Presidential Tracking Poll Voters Still Think Cost, Quality of Care Will Worsen Under Obamacare 49% Favor Religious Exemption from Contraceptive Mandate, 39% Oppose Kansas Senate: Orman (I) 45%, Roberts (R) 40% Georgia Senate: Perdue (R) 46%, Nunn (D) 41% Voters Trust Republicans More Than Democrats on Nine Out of 15 Major Issues Sign up for free daily updates .Friday, September 19, 2014 The Iowa Senate race remains dead even. Iowa continues to be a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports 2014 Senate Balance of...
  • A Cassidy Lead in Louisiana (Fox News Senate poll 51% to 38% over Landrieu)

    09/20/2014 12:49:09 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 50 replies
    wsj ^ | Sept. 19, 2014 5:03 p.m. ET | James Freeman
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.), an ObamaCare voter running for re-election in a conservative state, has to this point shown remarkable political resilience. But a new Fox News poll suggests that her days in the Senate may be drawing to a close. The survey of 617 likely voters in Louisiana shows Rep. Bill Cassidy (R., La.) leading Ms. Landrieu by 13 percentage points. The telephone poll, conducted Sept. 14-16, finds that 51% of Louisiana voters prefer Mr. Cassidy as their next senator, versus 38% who favor the incumbent. This may be the result of blistering recent television ads showing the...
  • The Return of King Dollar: Are the markets anticipating a GOP November sweep?

    09/20/2014 6:15:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/20/2014 | Larry Kudlow and Stephen Moore
    Maybe the U.S. economy, a weakling for the last six years, is finally starting to flex some muscle. We’re referring to the return of King Dollar. For those who haven’t been paying attention, the greenback is in the midst of a rally not seen since the 1990s. It’s racing past the euro, the yen, and other currencies. Investors worldwide are buying the equivalent of stock in America, Inc. If the rise in the dollar’s valuation is sustainable, it’s welcome news for the stock market, for fighting inflation, and for U.S. growth prospects. Ronald Reagan said it best: A strong dollar...
  • GOP House Candidate Has No Qualms About War with Mexico to Stop Illegal Immigration

    09/19/2014 9:56:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Andrew Kirell
    The Republican candidate for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 6th district recently suggested that the United States military could use force in Mexico to prevent the flow of foreigners crossing the border with drug cartels. During a GOP runoff forum in June, hosted by a tea party group in Rockingham County, Mark Walker was asked how he would secure the United States’ southern border.
  • Vanity: Which would you choose?

    09/19/2014 4:42:43 PM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 67 replies
    self | 09/19/2014 | self
    If an Omnipotent Force gave you the choice of: 1) President Hillary Clinton AND Republican Senate and House, OR, 2) Let the election chips fall where they may, Which would you choose?
  • Possible Rules Change Could Punish Boehner Dissidents

    09/19/2014 1:25:25 PM PDT · by HOYA97 · 62 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9/19/2014 | Tim Alberta and Daniel Newhauser
    House Republicans are quietly discussing a proposal that could fundamentally alter the way future speakers of the House are chosen, according to multiple GOP sources, with the objective of avoiding a repeat of John Boehner's embarrassing reelection vote in 2013.
  • Dem Operative Says Obama Planning "October Surprise"

    09/19/2014 3:20:17 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 22 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Sep 2014 | John Semmens
    Long time Democratic Party operative Bob Beckel says GOP hopes of taking control of both Houses of Congress will be thwarted by an "October surprise." "Republicans who are counting on the President's unpopularity to spark a vote against Congressional Democrats are in for a rude awakening," Beckel predicted. "On Sunday, November 2nd President Obama will go on national TV and announce his resignation. Relieved of this albatross, embattled Democrats should be able to cruise to the finish line on top on November 4th." "Then on the third day, November 5th, President Obama will rise like Jesus did, and resume his...
  • The GOP’s Era of No Feelings

    09/19/2014 10:26:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 9/19/14 | Joe Cunningham
    A look at almost all the polling shows that this is supposed to be the GOP’s year. The Republican Party has everything to gain – control of the Senate, greater control of the House, an effective means of stopping the President Barack Obama’s agenda. It is difficult – though not entirely impossible – to imagine the GOP not meeting at least their goal for the Senate. Though the poll is a tremendous outlier, my colleague RMJ noted earlier that Mark Udall’s performance in Colorado is abysmal. This is but one example of Democrats slipping in places they, frankly, shouldn’t be....
  • Spending bill leaves out immigration courts

    09/19/2014 9:36:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 9/19/14 | Erica Werner
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration's request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border — even as it boosts spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers. Immigrant advocates complained that House Republicans who wrote the bill focused on detaining Central American youths and families who crossed the border while ignoring the need for more immigration judges to hear their cases, and lawyers to represent the youths. "The resolution includes only funding for the prison staffing and no accelerated spending for the judges who hear...

    09/19/2014 8:04:00 AM PDT · by wmfights · 10 replies
    Red State ^ | September 19th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove sounded the alarm. Republicans are not doing as well as they should given the election dynamic. According to Rove, “Republican candidates and groups must step up if they are to substantially reduce that gap . . . . [R]educing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP’s direction. That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met, and, if they live in a battleground state, they clear their calendars to volunteer to identify and get out the vote.” A few hours...
  • McDaniel files legal arguments as he looks to overturn Cochran loss

    09/19/2014 6:11:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    JACKSON — A defeated Senate candidate in Mississippi is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran. Attorneys for the tea party-backed candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, filed legal arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court late yesterday, hours before a midnight deadline. The arguments mirror what McDaniel’s attorneys had said before Judge Hollis McGehee dismissed McDaniel’s lawsuit last month — that current state law does not specify a deadline for a candidate to challenge a primary loss. McGehee had agreed with Cochran’s attorneys in...
  • Conservatives don't foresee challenge to John Boehner's speakership

    09/19/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 53 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Sabrina Eaton
    WASHINGTON, D. C. -- The House of Representatives' most conservative members -- who have grumbled in the past about ousting Ohio's John Boehner from his job as House Speaker -- now say they're happy with their treatment and don't expect to mount an insurrection in the next Congress. Members of the Republican Study Committee told reporters at their monthly "Conversations with Conservatives" gathering that they believe that newly established Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Whip Steve Scalise -- who chaired the study committee before assuming his new job -- are doing a better job listening to the sentiments of...
  • New Poll Has Brown Up Over Shaheen 47% to 43%

    09/19/2014 5:43:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Dan Riehl
    A new poll out by Vox Populi Polling has Republican Scott Brown leading Democrat Jeanne Shaheen 47 - 43 percent in their race for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. Republican Scott Brown 47 Democrat Jeanne Shaheen 43 Unsure 11 Vox Populi Polling was launched earlier this year and former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Mary Cheney is a founding partners. A small group of top Washington Republicans is teaming up to launch a new polling firm, Vox Populi Polling, that will churn out volumes of survey data ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. Mary Cheney, the political strategist...
  • Karl Rove: Money Main Reason GOP Senate Majority Still in Doubt (a little short on cash are they?)

    09/19/2014 5:39:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Elliot Jager
    The substantial gap between how much Democrats have on hand to spend for television campaign ads versus how much cash is in Republican coffers is why a GOP Senate majority remains in doubt, writes veteran Republican strategist Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. Democrats have been raising more money than Republicans and have $25 million on hand compared to $20 million for Republicans. They have committed or spent $109 million in political commercials versus $80 million for the Republicans since the beginning of September. The president continues to bring in big bucks for the Democrats, Rove writes. Rove, who...

    09/19/2014 5:28:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 9/19/14 | Erick Erickson
    Yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove sounded the alarm. Republicans are not doing as well as they should given the election dynamic. According to Rove, “Republican candidates and groups must step up if they are to substantially reduce that gap . . . . [R]educing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP’s direction. That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met, and, if they live in a battleground state, they clear their calendars to volunteer to identify and get out the vote.” A few hours...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz pledges $250K to NRSC

    09/19/2014 5:22:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Maggie Haberman
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has pledged $250,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee from his campaign coffers, part of an effort by the freshman to go all-in for the GOP as it battles to retake the Senate majority in this fall elections, a source familiar with the commitment told POLITICO. Cruz announced his pledge at an NRSC lunch event on Tuesday, the source said; his $250,000 is part of $3 million in pledges lawmakers made to the group. Cruz is an NRSC co-chair, but he had not been perceived as a major fundraising force for them this cycle, making the...
  • Tea Partiers Swallow Their Pride To Defeat Democrats In November

    09/19/2014 5:18:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 57 replies ^ | 9/19/14 | Daniel Strauss
    In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), wasn't exactly tea partiers' preferred candidate. But now some tea party organizations seem to be giving the nominee a quiet boost — or at least are still set on bashing Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). On Wednesday the Tea Party Express sent out an email calling on supporters to help "Defeat Harry Reid's Sinister Six." Hagan was listed alongside Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Al Franken (D-MN), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), the Democratic Senate candidate in his state. The Republican primaries...
  • Dems block Cruz bill to strip U.S. citizenship from Islamic State defectors

    09/18/2014 5:08:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a measure Thursday providing that any American who joins the fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State would immediately renounce their U.S. citizenship, but a Democratic senator objected, saying more time is necessary to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises. Ahead of the Senate’s scheduled consideration Thursday afternoon of a proposal to arm and train Syrian rebels, part of President Obama’s strategy to combat the terrorist group, the Texas Republican asked for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act he introduced earlier this month. The measure...
  • Rove: GOP Establishment Can’t Win Senate Alone (ya think??)

    09/18/2014 3:29:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 67 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Neil Munro
    GOP strategist Karl Rove says the GOP could lose the Senate majority unless the party’s base of supporters volunteer more time and cash to the establishment’s preferred candidates. The GOP will win a Senate majority “only… if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met, and… clear their calendars to volunteer to identify and get out the vote,” Rove wrote in Wall Street Journal op-ed. The GOP needs the base’s support even though the public is rejecting Democratic politicians, said Rove, who was nicknamed “the architect” when he helped President George W. Bush win the 2000...
  • Ruling a blow to Roberts in Kansas

    09/18/2014 3:23:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 45 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Kyle Cheney
    The Kansas Supreme Court sided Thursday with Democrats attempting to remove their candidate from the ballot in Kansas’s razor-tight Senate race, a blow to incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts’ reelection prospects. The withdrawal of the Democratic nominee in the race, Chad Taylor, clears a path for independent Greg Orman to challenge Roberts one-on-one. Polls show Orman leading in the contest in a head-to-head matchup. Although Taylor announced earlier this month that he was ending his campaign, Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach had ruled that Taylor’s name must remain on the ballot because his withdrawal failed to meet the precise...
  • Ninth Circuit OKs U.S. Flag Shirt Ban so Mexican students aren’t offended

    09/18/2014 12:29:16 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 60 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/18/2014 | Eric Owens
    It’s official: the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order declining a request for an en banc hearing in a case involving four students in at a California high school who were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The full slate of Ninth Circuit judges has thus agreed with a lower district court and with a trio of appellate judges that officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif. could censor students who wanted to wear flag-emblazoned shirts. The federal appeals court issued its denial of an en banc hearing...
  • Republican Rick Romley backs Democrat Felecia Rotellini for attorney general

    09/18/2014 10:07:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Mike Sunnucks
    Another prominent moderate Republican is crossing party lines and backing a Democrat in the November elections. Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley is endorsing Democratic attorney Felecia Rotellini in the state attorney general’s race. Rotellini is taking on former state gaming director Mark Brnovich, who upset incumbent but scandal-prone Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in the Republican primary. “What is important is that we elect an attorney general we can be proud of and who will not allow a personal or political agenda to impact decision-making,” Romley said in a statement. “I also believe that it is time to end...
  • Is FreeRepublic Pro Harry Reid?

    09/17/2014 4:36:52 PM PDT · by Kansas58 · 914 replies
    Vanity | 9/17/2014 | Vanity
    A very disturbing number of Freepers are openly advocating, on Free Republic threads, for the defeat of Senator Pat Roberts and other good Conservative Republicans. Greg Orman, in Kansas, is a pro abortion, anti gun, tax and spend Liberal Democrat who has given tens of thousands of dollars to Obama and Pelosi and the Democrat Party and Harry Reid. I am called an "idiot" for supporting Roberts. However, I think that those on Free Republic who support Harry Reid and Greg Orman should be ZOTTED, kicked off the site. I have had enough of there hate filled, vindictive, misguided trash.

    09/18/2014 8:03:39 AM PDT · by HammerT · 68 replies
    Or are you now just rolling with the punches? Catherine the Great (Karl's better half) is a student of history too. And she recalls from her studies of the Spanish Flu that elections were postponed during that outbreak. The November 2014 elections, only 49 days away, are cautiously predicted to be a Republican blow-out. Or, more accurately, a clear “no confidence” vote for the current regime. If I were a) dishonest, b) power hungry with communist inspirations, and c) convinced I could get away with it - aka a Democrat - I too would postpone cancel the elections in...
  • Democrat Mark Schauer Receiving the Big Donations in Gubernatorial Race

    09/18/2014 7:34:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/17/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Though Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates differ on issues like right-to-work, the SEIU dues skim and government regulations, the apparent contrast between their campaign finance reports could come as a surprise to many. Lists of campaign contributions to former Congressman Mark Schauer, the Democratic challenger, are what might be expected. Labor unions have given Schauer significant dollar amounts. These include: the Michigan Education Association (MEA) $71,427; Michigan Laborers' Political League, $68,000; Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights PAC, $45,000; and the Michigan State Utility Workers Council, $44,000. With polls now showing the race as a toss-up, these could increase considerably. Meanwhile,...
  • Can Sam Brownback Survive?

    09/18/2014 6:39:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/18/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Even before his election as governor in 2010, liberal observers were warning about Sam Brownback. In October of that year, the New York Times warned that the mere prospect of Brownback’s ascent was “redefining” the Republican party. That’s certainly been his goal. Operating on the assumption that change in the states drives change in Washington, Brownback has, over the past four years, slashed income taxes, privatized Medicaid, expanded gun rights, and taken on the state’s teachers’ unions. Those reforms may have made him a hero to conservatives, but they have also made him a major target this election cycle. For...
  • Poll: Gardner Ahead By 8 Points In Senate Race (Colorado)

    09/18/2014 6:14:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    DENVER (AP) – Republican Rep. Cory Gardner is leading Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, according to a new independent poll released Thursday. The 48-40 Gardner lead among likely voters in The Quinnipiac University Poll contrasts with two other independent polls released earlier this month that found Udall tied or slightly ahead in the race.
  • Wisconsin GOP files lawsuit against Government Accountability Board over ballot redesign

    09/18/2014 6:14:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-17-14 | Kyle Maichle
    WAUKESHA – The Republican Party of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court relating to the design of the ballot being used for the November 4, 2014, general election. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald filed the lawsuit on behalf of the party. The lawsuit was filed in Waukesha County because portions of Senator Fitzgerald’s district are located in the county. Both Vos and Fitzgerald are being represented by the Michael Best and Frederich law firm based in Milwaukee. In the complaint, the party mentions that...
  • Obama's Illinois: Food Stamp Growth Exceeds New Jobs

    09/17/2014 3:41:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 16, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Economy In Crisis: A new study by the Illinois Policy Institute shows in the past four years, the number of new food-stamp recipients in the state has outpaced new jobs nearly 2-to-1. Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, locked in a tight re-election battle with self-made billionaire Republican Bruce Rauner, has been arguing that Illinois, arguably the bluest of blue states, has turned the fiscal corner and is on its way back. The recovery may be slower than Quinn wants it to be — but, he says, it is real. It is an odd recovery, though, that makes more people dependent...
  • Lobbyist advises GOP to spend big and think small (great piece!)

    09/17/2014 11:27:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 9/17/14
    GOP estabishment politics is the epitome of a “green” industry. Nothing is ever thrown away. Baby poo is repackaged as butterscotch and sold to unsuspecting voters. Pathetic losers resurface time and again making the same mistakes over and over and collecting checks in the process. A prime example of this is a guy like John Feehery. Feehery used to work for go-along-get-along icon Bob Michel and was pushed aside during the 1994 Republican Revolution. As Erick says, [Feehery] then weaseled his way back into power in Hastert’s office. Then we lost power. Hmmmm . . . (as a note, mouse-over...