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  • An Empty GOP Campaign vs. A Winning Conservative Campaign: Tillis in N Carolina and McConnell in KY

    10/01/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 43 replies
    CHQ ^ | 10/1/2014 | CHQ Staff
    This may be one of the few times you see the Senate’s Republican Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, praised on the pages of CHQ – but right now he is running a tough and professional campaign against a strong challenger. And it appears McConnell is beginning to open a lead against this strong challenge not because he is outspending Alison Lundergan Grimes, but because he is campaigning on the issues that matter to conservatives. We contrast that with North Carolina Republican challenger Thom Tillis, who by rights should be running away with the race in his campaign to unseat...
  • Cuomo Says He’s Reaching Out To ‘Rockefeller Republicans’

    10/01/2014 12:15:17 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    As his campaign released a new TV ad featuring an endorsement from, literally, a Rockefeller Republican, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday he plans to reach out to moderates in the GOP. “I’m reaching out to Democrats, but I’m going to campaign the way I govern,” Cuomo said. “I’m also reaching out to moderate Republicans because my politics, my governing philosophy was fiscally responsible and socially progressive. That is what the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers are.” Cuomo has worked well with Republicans in Albany over the last four years, winning measures on socially liberal provisions such as same-sex...
  • Elbert Guillory: Mary Landrieu is Not Helping Blacks

    10/01/2014 4:51:58 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 21 replies
    FreeAtLast PAC ^ | 9/29/14 | Elbert Guillory
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEjqRLjP7Io "You are not Mary's cause and you are certainly not her charity. You are just a vote - nothing less, nothing more. You are just a means to an end, so that she remains in power."
  • GOP aims for gains in legislatures

    10/01/2014 8:19:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/29/14 | Steven Shepard
    For Republicans at the state level, 2014 isn’t just about maintaining the gains they’ve made in governorships. The GOP also hopes to increase its share of the nation’s state legislative chambers — potentially increasing its foothold on the levers of power to set policy. Republicans effectively control 59 of the 98 state legislative chambers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures; Nebraska has a unicameral, nonpartisan legislature. It’s a huge swing since before the previous midterm elections, in 2010, when Democrats controlled 62 chambers. The GOP surge at the state level allowed them to lock in many of their...
  • Mary Landrieu and Rob Maness debate in Kenner

    10/01/2014 5:53:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    theadvocate.com ^ | 10/1/14 | Elizabeth Crisp
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Rob Maness squared off on issues related to wetlands, energy policy and busting through the partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., in front of a packed crowd at Kenner City Hall on Tuesday night, but the leading GOP candidate, Bill Cassidy, wasn’t in attendance. State Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington, said Cassidy, a Baton Rouge Republican, personally asked him to sit in his place. Hollis said U.S. Rep. Cassidy had a prior engagement and couldn’t make it to the Alliance for Good Government Forum. During the nearly 45-minute discussion, Maness and Landrieu outlined their...
  • Tea Party revolt imperils Kansas

    10/01/2014 5:16:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 61 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 9/30/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Kansas Tea Party supporters are threatening to sit out the state’s pivotal Senate election, potentially dealing another blow to the reelection hopes of Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). Though schisms within the GOP base rarely have such an outsized impact on a general election contest, the lack of support from the conservative base could be devastating to the vulnerable Roberts’s chances against surging independent Greg Orman. Multiple sources tell The Hill that a group of Tea Party leaders in the state are meeting Wednesday to try to decide whether they should go to bat for the incumbent this fall or sit...
  • Retired GOP Senator Refused To Film Campaign Ad For Pat Roberts

    09/30/2014 12:13:05 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 9/30/14 | Dylan Scott
    Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker (R-KS) refused to film a campaign TV ad on behalf of vulnerable incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Kansas City Star reported Tuesday. Kassebaum Baker represented Kansas in the Senate from 1978 to 1997 and was succeeded by Roberts, who had been a congressman. Her father Alf Landon was governor of Kansas and the Republican nominee against FDR in 1936. “There’s just disappointment around the state,” she told the Star of Roberts. “They feel they don’t know him now.” Roberts is facing an unexpectedly robust challenge from independent candidate Greg Orman, who currently leads the...
  • This Is What's the Matter With Kansas

    09/30/2014 9:19:34 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 33 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 29, 2014 | John B. Judis
    The midterm elections of 2010 were good for Republicans nearly everywhere, but amid the national Tea Party insurgency, it was easy to overlook the revolution that was brewing in Kansas. That year, the GOP won every federal and statewide office. Sam Brownback, a genial U.S. senator best known for his ardent social conservatism, captured the governor’s mansion with nearly double the votes of his Democratic opponent. And having conquered Kansas so convincingly, he was determined not to squander the opportunity. His administration, he declared, would be a “real live experiment” that would prove, once and for all, that the way...
  • Democratic CT State Representative Busted on 19 Charges of Voter Fraud

    09/29/2014 8:05:24 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 38 replies
    RedState ^ | Sept. 29, 2014 | Jake (Diary)
    Time and again, we hear from the Democrats that voter fraud is not an important issue. Despite their ardent insistence, we continue to see people getting arrested for voter fraud, usually from their own party! Today’s news continues that trend. Democratic Connecticut State Representative Christina Ayala has been arrested on 19 counts of voter fraud.
  • Republicans do conservatism a disservice by running on nothing

    09/29/2014 7:54:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/29/2014 | Philip Klein
    If history has taught conservatives anything, it is that having Republicans in power is a necessary but by no means sufficient condition to advance a conservative agenda. During the George W. Bush era, for instance, Republicans controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress. Spending soared, the federal role in education grew, and entitlements underwent their most significant expansion since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. Republicans claim to have rediscovered their commitment to limited government principles as a reaction to President Obama. But with the possibility of retaking control of the Senate within their grasp, Republicans have decided to pursue...
  • Long Shots Loom as Spoilers in Tight November Races Across Nation [Watch the Libertarians]

    09/29/2014 11:35:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/29/2014 | Jonathan Martin
    WASHINGTON — In an election year shaped by voter anger toward the political establishment, the outcome of an unusually large number of close Senate and governor’s races could be determined by the outsize role of third-party candidates. The potential spoilers include a quixotic former three-term senator, a pizza delivery man and an Alaskan whose name, Fish, summons a favored native food. They represent independents, Libertarians and other parties that have suddenly become relevant — and could affect the balance of power in Congress and decide who runs the governor’s offices in several states. “If people don’t like their choices with...
  • Conservative Political Operatives Form 'Conservative Review' Mega-Scorecard for Congress

    09/29/2014 11:30:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/28/14 | Matthew Boyle
    In a move that's likely to cause heartburn for the GOP establishment and Democratic Party, a band of hardcore conservative politicos have grouped together to form a new scorecard and rating system for members of Congress. FreedomWorks’ director of minority outreach Deneen Borelli; Daniel Horowitz, a conservative who worked for Madison Project and has written columns for Breitbart News and RedState; former U.S. Senate Steering committee policy adviser Gaston Mooney; and conservative communications staffer Rachel Semmel, among others, have just launched the “Conservative Review.” “I am excited to be a part of an organization that pulls back the curtain on...
  • What the Romney boomlet says about the establishment GOP's feeble 2016 field

    09/29/2014 8:38:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 38 replies
    theweek.com ^ | 9/29/14 | W. James Antle III
    Two-time presidential loser Mitt Romney's sprawling network of consultants and aides is sitting tight, waiting for the former Massachusetts governor to decide whether he wants to run for president a third time. Romney, who until recently had long denied any true interest in another bid, is reportedly talking the idea over with his family. Ann Romney isn't exactly denying it. Former running mate Paul Ryan, thought to be a possible presidential contender himself, is almost encouraging it. And Romney himself declined to close the door on the possibility in an interview with Romneyphile Hugh Hewitt. As I write this, an...
  • Why Republicans may not win the Senate after all

    09/29/2014 8:35:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 109 replies
    blogs.reuters.com ^ | 9/29/14 | Craig Shirley
    Establishment Republicans should keep the champagne on ice until after the midterm elections. Too many are already popping corks, pronouncing their strategy of “crushing” the Tea Party during the primaries as a crucial step in their successful takeover of the U.S. Senate. There are increasing signs, however, that the GOP might not take control of the Senate and may only make modest gains in the House of Representatives. In states like North Carolina, for example, the GOP candidate hasn’t shown the ability to wage a major-league campaign. In other key battleground states, the establishment GOP is supporting problematic candidates, like...
  • The Tide of the Culture War Shifts (Bruce Braley goes after Joni Ernst on personhood)

    09/29/2014 6:31:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 28, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    Not long ago, it would have been unusual for a Democratic senatorial candidate in Iowa to run a powerful abortion-rights television ad like the one recently broadcast by Representative Bruce Braley. The ad lists in detail the anti-abortion positions taken by Mr. Braley’s Republican opponent, Joni Ernst. In the State Senate, the ad says, she sponsored a “personhood” amendment (declaring a fertilized egg to be a person) that would have the effect of outlawing abortion even in cases of rape or incest, and would also ban many common forms of birth control. Ms. Ernst is even shown saying at a...
  • Bleeding Kansas

    09/29/2014 6:39:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 29, 2014 | Richard A. Baehr
    Republicans are scrambling to save a seat that they thought was in the bag. Republican chances to win control of the Senate in the 2014 midterms, requiring a pickup of six seats, have taken a blow. Kansas, a state no one considered anything other than a safe hold for the party a few months ago, now appears to be slipping away. After a contentious primary resulting in a victory for the 78-year incumbent Pat Roberts over tea party challenger Milton Wolf, things have gone steadily south for Roberts. Wolf refused to close ranks and endorse Roberts. A self-funded independent, 45-year-old...
  • Bridgeport State Rep. Christina Ayala arrested on 19 voting fraud charges

    09/28/2014 6:28:41 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 38 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | 09/26/2014 | New Haven Register
    HARTFORD >> State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges. Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release. The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.
  • Saving California One Republican At A Time

    09/29/2014 1:25:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    California is morphing into a warmer Detroit with beaches and pneumatic blondes, but it doesn't have to be this way. Only liberalism could've taken the most beautiful, most hard-working, most entrepreneurial state in the union and turned it into a shabby province composed of deadbeat Oliver Twists holding up their bowls demanding more. Now that might be changing. It might be changing because the GOP, believe it or not, may be learning to win again. It used to know how. I remember when California produced leaders like Ronald Reagan. Today, conservative Californians breathed a sigh of relief that they were...
  • The Difference Between Winners And Whiners: The midterms will provide a valuable object lesson

    09/29/2014 3:27:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 29, 2014 | David Catron
    Democrats think conservatives in general, and Tea Partiers in particular, are stupid. Here’s how to reinforce that belief: Sit out the 2014 congressional elections because your favorite candidate lost his primary bid to an establishment Republican. If you live in Kansas, for example, you can suck your thumb while Democrat ringer Greg Orman beats Republican Senator Pat Roberts. If you’re a Kentucky conservative, you can stay home and bitch about Mitch while Alison “Rubberstamp” Grimes heads to Washington. If you’re in Mississippi, you can stay mad at Thad and allow Travis “no repeal” Childers to win. That’ll show those RINOs!...
  • State Democrats Facing 2014 Obliteration in Vital National Swing State Ohio

    09/29/2014 3:49:33 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 42 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 29 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Does anybody get the feeling the Dems are increasingly  desperate to find new talent that doesn't implode?  Weak bench if you ask me... and telling There's plenty of similarities between the way they promoted a poorly-vetted Wendy Davis in Texas -and now gubernatorial candidate (and political goober) Ed FitzGerald in Ohio-  only to collapse in a utterly failed effort. The Buckeye state Dems blame a firm they hired to vet him, so typical of leftists to point the finger when they screw something up. Both of these Democratic Party 'rising stars' imploded spectacularly, all but guaranteeing the Republicans will not only retain...
  • Good news for Republicans in weekend polls: Not just a majority but a sizable one

    09/28/2014 3:44:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    On the polling front this weekend, Republicans have a few reasons to celebrate. Last week, the building blocks of the narrowest Republican Senate majority were clearly coming together. This week, polls indicate that Republicans have a number of avenues to pursue in their quest to win back the majority. In Louisiana, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has significantly narrowed the gap with Mary Landrieu (D-LA), but that race looks set to head to a runoff. A CNN/ORC survey released on Sunday shows Cassidy and Landrieu statistically tied with 40 to 43 percent support respectively. That poll also revealed that retired...
  • Senate No Toss Ups (Maps, Charts)

    09/28/2014 11:46:36 AM PDT · by Windflier · 24 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 28 September 2014 | unattributed
    Current Senate: 55* Democrats | 45 Republicans (please follow the link to view maps and charts)
  • Red-seat Dems fight for survival

    09/28/2014 9:32:57 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | September 28, 2014 | Tarini Parti
    For years, three House Democrats — West Virginia’s Nick Rahall, Georgia’s John Barrow and Minnesota’s Collin Peterson — have been survivors, defying political calculus to win term after term in solidly red Republican districts. They paddled through the 2010 GOP wave. They even overcame the flood of Mitt Romney’s double-digit margins of victory in each district in 2012. But 2014 could be their ultimate survival test. In an era of increasing polarization, Rahall, Peterson and Barrow are the three Democrats running for reelection who represent the most Republican districts in Congress. They’ve managed to hang on to their seats, even...
  • Nothing’s the Matter with Kansas

    09/28/2014 8:12:06 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 24 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 6, 2014 | Blake Hurst
    What’s the matter with Kansas? It’s a decade since Thomas Frank launched a thousand headlines with his book of that title, itself a reference to a famous 1896 essay by Kansas journalist William Allen White. Frank’s thesis was simple: Kansans, and by extension the rest of the red states, vote against their economic interests. Or as he puts it in the first page of his book: “People getting their fundamental interests wrong is what American political life is all about.” Is he right? Do voters in the great middle of the country ignore their economic interests to vote for the...
  • Politico: Sen. Kay Hagan’s family directly profited from stimulus she voted to enact

    09/27/2014 4:26:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/27/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Politico’s scoop on Kay Hagen is a couple of days old, but it’s worth mentioning in a tight Senate race in North Carolina, and not just for the scoop itself. Hagan’s vote on the 2009 stimulus package has come under fire after Politico discovered that $390,000 in ARRA grants went to a firm owned in part by her husband Chip: When Kay Hagan voted for President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package, the Democratic senator hailed it as “the best way forward for working families across North Carolina.”One of the families that later benefited is her own.JDC Manufacturing, a...
  • Sarah Palin holds an alligator during Rob Maness campaign event

    09/27/2014 4:50:54 PM PDT · by BBell · 38 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/27/14 | Cole Avery
    Sarah Palin has made a lot of stump speeches, but the wide-eyed look on her face showed Saturday's might have been her first to feature a live alligator. Palin attended an event for Senate candidate Rob Maness at Restaurant des Familles in Crown Point. Following the speech, Maness surprised the former Alaska governor with a three-foot gator. The visit from the scaly guest -- courtesy of Insta-Gator Ranch in Covington -- was met with zydeco music and a standing ovation from the 100-plus Maness supporters in attendance. "She just laughed about it," Maness said. "She's a warrior for American and...
  • How Ted Cruz Is Defining Himself as the Counter to Rand Paul

    09/27/2014 5:54:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 26, 2014 | Rebecca Nelson
    At the Values Voter Summit, the Texan highlights his strong beliefs on conservative issues.In an already crowded field of likely contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Ted Cruz has found his way to stand out against potential primary opponent Rand Paul: championing the most fundamental planks of the conservative base. In a passionate speech Friday morning to conservatives at the Values Voter Summit, Cruz left no room for doubt about where he stands on the social issues that—albeit amid party conflict—still define the GOP. "How do we win? We defend the values that are American values," he boomed. "We...
  • Poll: Joni Ernst Leads Bruce Braley by 6 Points in Iowa Senate Race

    09/27/2014 7:42:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 27, 2014
    Republican Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in a race for the U.S. Senate that had been considered virtually deadlocked for months, a new poll released Saturday by The Des Moines Register shows. Ernst leads 44 percent to 38 percent in the race that is considered pivotal to the GOP's effort to retake the Senate on Nov. 4, the Register reports. Twelve percent of the 546 likely voters surveyed Sept. 21-24 said they were undecided. !
  • Iowa Senate Race: Joni Ernst now leads Bruce Braley

    09/28/2014 12:15:37 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 32 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | September 27, 2014
    DES MOINES — Republican Joni Ernst leads Democrat Bruce Braley by 6 percentage points in Iowa’s open-seat U.S. Senate race, a new Iowa Poll published Saturday night reveals....
  • Doug Robinson For Kansas House

    09/27/2014 1:22:56 PM PDT · by Persevero · 9 replies
    self ^ | 9-27-14 | self
    A good old friend of mine is a viable candidate for the House in Kansas. I'd like to direct fellow FReepers to him and his Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/DougForKansasHouse - I've known him since the 1980s - he's the real deal and worthy of your vote and support.
  • Got a Fund Raising Email from Mitt Romney today

    09/27/2014 10:25:02 AM PDT · by Windflier · 66 replies
    Email ^ | 27 September 2014 | National Republican Congressional Committee
    Fund raising email from 27 September 2014: We’re down to crunch time, Fellow Conservative. This is serious. With a crucial fundraising deadline only 4 days away, the NRCC needs your help to reach this month’s goal. These goals aren’t just arbitrary numbers, they are important mile markers, indicating whether or not our conservative candidates will have the resources needed to defeat their liberal opponents. I asked Congressional Republicans how I could help. They asked me to reach back out to you directly and ask for a contribution of $50, or whatever you can afford today. Month after month, the Democrats...
  • By Disrespecting Its Base, GOP Risks Electoral Flop

    09/27/2014 6:56:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 150 replies
    news.investors.com ^ | 9/26/14 | Rick Manning
    Political pollsters have a tough job. They have to create formulas to determine if the person they are interviewing is likely to vote, and it is within this calculation that their reputations are made. Typically, those who are likely to vote in an off-year election are pretty set. They are the people who always vote in elections — with some motivated by specific issues. In a wave election, the number of those motivated by specific issues escalates, changing the electoral landscape as the candidates who are beneficiaries of this increased participation sweep to victory. The 2014 election is rapidly looking...
  • Jeb Bush will not save the Republican establishment

    09/27/2014 6:53:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    slate.com ^ | Jamelle Bouie
    n Wednesday, Jeb Bush went to Greensboro, North Carolina, to stump for Thom Tillis, the state House speaker and the GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate. This wasn’t a policy seminar or think tank event, it was a party rally and Bush had one job—to give red meat and boost enthusiasm for a flailing campaign. And he failed. Speaking to an audience of conservative North Carolinians, Bush made the case for immigration reform—“Fixing a system that doesn’t work is a big thing that I think will restore and sustain economic growth for this country”—and voiced his support for Common Core...
  • Senate Update: A Troubling Trend For Democrats In Colorado

    09/26/2014 10:12:06 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 15 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | September 25, 2014 | Nate Silver
    The battle for Senate control has been close all year, but also remarkably consistent. Way back in March, we described Republicans as slight favorites to pick up the chamber. And since FiveThirtyEight officially launched its forecast model this month, Republicans have had between a 53 and a 65 percent chance of winning the Senate. Our most recent update, as of Thursday evening, is close to the middle of that range, putting Republicans’ takeover chances at about 58 percent. SENATEUPDATE There’s no guarantee things will remain this way. At just about this time two years ago, Democrats broke open what had...
  • Chelsea Clinton Welcomes a Daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky

    09/27/2014 5:15:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 114 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9-27-14 | Meghan Keneally
    Chelsea Clinton has given birth to a baby girl, according to a tweet she sent out early Saturday morning. Her name is Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky. A Clinton spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that she was born Friday.
  • Republicans Need a Direction

    09/27/2014 3:24:38 AM PDT · by nathanbedford · 34 replies
    the Wall Street Journal ^ | September 25, 2014 | Peggy Noonan
    In a year when Republicans are operating in such an enviable political environment, why aren't their U.S. Senate candidates holding big and impressive leads? Why does it look close? Why are party professionals getting worried?
  • Palin to campaign for tea-party longshot in tight Landrieu/Cassidy Louisiana Senate race

    09/26/2014 12:22:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 26, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Probably not fatal to the GOP’s hopes of retaking this seat, but not helpful either. Per Becket Adams, since when do tea partiers describe rich people as “the one percent”? [Palin] is slated to appear at a Saturday event organized around [Rob] Maness’s “#OneofUs” campaign, a campaign intended to frame the candidate as an average Louisianan in contrast to the GOP front-runner in the race, Rep. Bill Cassidy, and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), both of whom Maness has characterized as out-of-touch Washington elites. “If you could sum up this campaign, it’s two of them vs. one of us,” a source...
  • A Right-Wing Truck Dispatcher Is America’s Fairest New Election Night Vote Counter

    09/27/2014 1:31:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | September 25, 2014 | Ben Smith
    There was really no reason to think that the “Ace of Spades HQ Decision Desk” would be a hopeful sign for American democracy in 2014. The Decision Desk swings into action on primary election nights, with Brandon Finnigan, a burly 29-year-old, nailed to a busted black leather armchair at one of those cheap beige aluminum desks, halfhearted fake wood top, toward the back of a low-slung house at a truck stop crossroads deep in California’s monotonous Inland Empire. Dripping sweat every day since the air conditioner broke, Finnigan is the sole employee of a small truck dispatching company where he...
  • Arkansas Senate: Cotton (R) 47%, Pryor (D) 40%

    09/26/2014 3:20:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 26, 2014
    Republican challenger Tom Cotton has pulled to his largest lead yet over Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor in Arkansas’ race for U.S. Senate. Cotton now picks up 47% of the vote to Pryor’s 40% in the latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Arkansas Voters. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate in the race, while eight percent (8%) are undecided.
  • A Study in Contrasts for Rand Paul and Ted Cruz

    09/26/2014 3:30:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | September 26, 2014 | Michael Scherer
    Two potential presidential candidates come to a conservative Christian cattle call.Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, two Tea Party senators in the hunt for the White House, find themselves in a nearly identical position these days. Both sons of celebrated conservative leaders, they regularly speak at the same events, criticize the same Democratic President with a similar message of back-to-basics constitutionalism, and poll nationally at about 10% among Republicans in the way-too-early 2016 polls. But on Friday, as conservative Christians gathered in Washington for the Values Voter Summit, their differences were far more apparent than their similarities. Paul stood behind the...
  • Republicans See Money Drying Up in Final Weeks

    09/26/2014 3:31:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 76 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 25, 2014 | Alex Roarty
    A restless electorate and a target-rich map have the GOP on the cusp of winning the Senate majority. But with fewer than 40 days until November, Republican campaigns are suddenly confronting a problem that undermines high hopes of victory: a sudden and serious lack of cash. GOP campaigns, political committees, and—above all—the party's outside groups are scrambling to raise money, worried that Democrats and their allied groups are poised to heavily outspend them on TV ads in the final weeks before Election Day. Concerns run deepest about October, when Democratic groups are on track to pour millions of dollars into...
  • Yes, You Should Support Rob Maness for US Senate

    09/26/2014 10:44:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 9/26/14 | Erick Erickson
    Look at how the NRSC races have gone. We may lose Kansas because the NRSC did not vet their candidate there. We may very well lose North Carolina too. But the NRSC told us their candidate there was the best candidate. Now, in Louisiana, the NRSC is telling us not to support Rob Maness for the Senate. “Trust us,” they tell us. Look at their track record. I am supporting Rob Maness and you should too. Both Cassidy and Landrieu are creatures of Washington, D.C. Hell, Landrieu is routinely cited as a Washington, D.C. resident. Cassidy too is a creature...
  • Gillespie Within Single Digits of Warner in Virginia

    09/26/2014 9:09:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/25/14 | Dan Riehl
    Just two weeks ago a poll had Republican Ed Gillespie down by 22 points to incumbent Mark Warner in Virginia. A new poll just out has him closing to within nine. The Gillespie team had been anticipating something of a surge as Fall turned voters' focus toward the upcoming mid-term elections. “U.S. Sen. Mark Warner has been the most popular politician in Virginia for the past several years and appears to be in reasonable shape for reelection,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “But his lead is not insurmountable with six weeks to go until...
  • Sen. Jerry Moran has much at stake in Pat Roberts’ Senate race in Kansas

    09/26/2014 5:22:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 9/25/14 | Lindsey Wise
    He’s not up for re-election, but U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran has much riding on the Senate race raging in Kansas. Moran’s fellow Republican senator from the state, Pat Roberts, is locked in a pitched battle for his political life. Most polls show incumbent Roberts trailing independent challenger Greg Orman. Moran doesn’t face voters again until 2016, but as the party leader in charge of the GOP’s national effort to win control of the U.S. Senate, he badly needs a Roberts victory. Republicans must pick up six seats in November to wrest control of the Senate from the Democrats. Analysts say...
  • Why Would Anyone Want Mitt Romney to Run for President in 2016?

    09/26/2014 5:18:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 79 replies
    reason.com ^ | 9/25/14 | Peter Suderman
    Today in oh-fer-cryin-out-loud: In an article titled "Romney 2016 is for real," The Washington Examiner’s Byron York looks at the movement to keep Mitt Romney—yes, that Mitt Romney, the oddly robotic candidate who looks like Mr. Fantastic, the wealthy former consultant who casually makes $10,000 bets with his opponents, the policy-specifics averse former Massachusetts governor who inspired so little enthusiasm as he topped the GOP ticket and lost by three points in 2012—in the mix as a potential contender for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016. Why, you might wonder, would anyone want Romney to run again? He offered...
  • 'War on Women' falling flat in Colo. Senate

    09/26/2014 5:02:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 9/26/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Colorado Democrats are fretting that Sen. Mark Udall’s (D-Colo.) “War on Women” battle cry against Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) is starting to sound like a broken record. After a series of polls this past month have shown the race statistically tied or even with Gardner up, some Democrats are urging Udall to find a new refrain against Gardner lest Republicans claim the seat in November. ADVERTISEMENT “Gardner gave him a lot to work with on that subject, but a lot people think he may have overdone it,” said one well-connected Democratic operative in the state. Starting essentially from Gardner’s entry...
  • Clearest Sign Yet the GOP Will Take the Senate: Eric Holder to Resign

    09/25/2014 8:10:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 72 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 9/25/14 | Erick Erickson
    Eric Holder is going to resign his position as Attorney General News is just coming across the wire. Holder has been Obama’s friend and companion for six years. He has relentlessly screwed up most everything he has touched. He has overseen a Department of Justice that has been complicit in killing American border patrol agents and covering up abusive government. In the vernacular of the kids these days, Eric Holder has loyally served as Barack Obama’s cockblocker. And now he is resigning. The only reason Eric Holder would do this now, before the mid-term elections, is if he was pretty...
  • Senate Chairmen Try to Avoid Historic Home-State Losses

    09/25/2014 6:08:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 9/24/14 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    With just weeks to go before Election Day, the fight for the Senate is coming down to a handful of states, and two of them are very familiar to the chairmen of the two Senate campaign committees. Kansas Republican Jerry Moran and Colorado Democrat Michael Bennet are trying to avoid becoming the first senate campaign committee chairmen to have a home state colleague defeated in the last four decades. At the beginning of the cycle, both Colorado and Kansas were rated as Safe for their respective parties. Even as recently as seven months ago, the two states were not mentioned...
  • McCain gets ready for race of his life (just retire already!!)

    09/25/2014 6:05:26 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 9/25/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has begun to have serious conversations with state officials and local powerbrokers about running for a sixth term in the Senate. The longtime Republican senator is expected to face a tougher challenger and would be a major target for Tea Party groups given his support for a Senate immigration bill granting a path to citizenship for undocumented workers. And McCain, who turned 78 last month, has at times suggested he’s willing to hang it up, telling the entertainment website The Wrap earlier this year that he didn’t “want to be one of these old guys that...
  • Supporters say immigration law could pass — with a GOP Senate

    09/25/2014 6:02:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 9/25/14 | Christina Marcos
    Pro-immigration reform Republicans say there's a better chance that Congress will produce an immigration overhaul if their party wins control of the upper chamber in November. GOP lawmakers say that with Republicans in charge of both chambers, leadership in the House would have a negotiating partner across the Capitol they could trust. Republicans also would have more leverage with President Obama in negotiating a bill to secure the border and deal with the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the United States. “With the caveat that it's a very difficult issue, I think the likelihood is better if Republicans...