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  • Opponent targets Sen. Pat Roberts over Kansas residency

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

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

    07/22/2014 1:09:44 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 7/22/14 | Michael Collins
    Will he lose like Cantor or survive like Cochran? LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. - The crowd of well-wishers swarms around Sen. Lamar Alexander as soon as he walks through the door. “I haven’t seen you in a hundred years!” he says, pumping the hand of a grey-haired man in a navy suit. For the next half-hour, the senator works the room like the seasoned politician he is. There’s lots of handshaking, lots of small talk, lots of patiently posing for cellphone photos and, no doubt, lots of thinking in the room about what a difficult year this has been for entrenched incumbents...
  • Mitch McConnell's Aid to Mississippi Republican Incumbent Angers Kentucky Tea Party Activists

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

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

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

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

    07/21/2014 6:04:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 7/21/14 | Emily Cahn
    Georgia Republicans will pick their nominee for Senate in a runoff Tuesday, ending Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn’s nine-week wait for an opponent in the open-seat contest. The Senate contest has reverberated around the Peach State, creating three open-seat House races with GOP runoffs that will also be decided Tuesday. In the statewide race, many Republicans said Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., has a small edge over former Dollar General and Reebok CEO David Perdue. Both of whom have spent millions on the anticipated low-turnout contest, and polls close at 7 p.m. In May, Perdue came in first in a seven-candidate Republican...
  • Letter: Elect anyone but Pat Roberts for U.S. Senate

    07/21/2014 5:55:20 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 7/21/14 | Dale Crafts
    I believe government at the national level is not going to get any better until the congressional good old boys’ club is shut down and closed for good. The antique fossils in both chambers are not the solution to today’s problems. They are a big part of the problem. I ask you to vote for anyone running for the U.S. Senate other than Sen. Pat Roberts. Forty-seven years in office have kept him overpaid and underworked. DALE CRAFTS, Topeka
  • Sen. Alexander Outpaces Tea Party, But Remains In Its Cross Hairs

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

    07/21/2014 2:57:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | July 21, 2014
    For the first time this entire election cycle The New York Times Senate forecast at The Upshot predicts Udall has a greater chance of losing reelection than winning (53%-47%). This is a huge deal, as The Upshot tries to go beyond just the polls and factor in other intangibles about a race, such as, incumbency, fundraising, a state’s past election history among others, who the liberals at the NYT want to win. All those factors in The Upshot model lean heavily Udall’s way. Yet, despite this inherent, built-in advantage, Udall can’t overcome one thing: the people of Colorado feel he...
  • Goodbye to the Republican Wave? [Promised Republican momentum has yet to materialize]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    07/18/2014 8:18:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 ^ | 3/19/14 | Susan Berry
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will appear with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN) Wednesday at an education roundtable discussion sponsored by pro-Common Core Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tennessee Business Roundtable. A press release by the election campaign of Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr (R), who is challenging Alexander in his reelection bid, announced the fact that Alexander will join Bush and Haslam in support of the Common Core. The roundtable event comes in the midst of a fierce battle waged by Carr and other conservatives in the Tennessee state legislature...
  • Flashback: Sen. Lamar Alexander: 'Let's Don't Talk About Common Core'

    07/18/2014 8:18:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 3/24/14 | Susan Berry
    Under increasing pressure because of his support for the Common Core standards, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Saturday, “Let’s don’t talk about Common Core.” “Let’s talk about standards,” Alexander continued. “Education is not just a problem in West Tennessee. It’s a problem in Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee.” As the Jackson Sun reported, Alexander said, “I’d like to see a discussion about standards with no national school board,” continuing to cite an issue called the “national school board” that has never been put forward on either the federal or state level. Alexander is being challenged by conservative state Rep. Joe...
  • Early Voting Underway in Tennessee, Ending in Georgia

    07/18/2014 6:18:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Early voting is getting underway for Tennessee's primary election that features tea party-style challenges to Lamar Alexander's bid for the Republican nomination to a third term in the U.S. Senate. Alexander is looking to avoid an upset from state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro or Memphis physician and radio station owner George Flinn. Carr has sought to consolidate tea party support, while Flinn has given $1.8 million of his own money into his final push. The GOP primary in the 4th Congressional District pits embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who has...
  • Steve Kraske: Sen. Pat Roberts won’t debate Milton Wolf (following the Thad Cochran model)

    07/18/2014 6:10:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Steve Kraske
    Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas has made his decision on whether to debate his primary opponent, tea partier Milton Wolf. No thanks, the senator said this week. In making his decision, the Republican had to evaluate a host of political and civic obligation considerations. He sided with the political. Let’s consider this for a moment. After three terms in the Senate, eight terms in the House and 13 more years as a congressional aide, Roberts is sidestepping what to me is a fundamental obligation. At election time, we expect our candidates to stand side by side with their opponents and...
  • Pat Roberts’ years in Washington are both advantage, vulnerability

    07/18/2014 6:08:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | David Helling
    Sen. Pat Roberts sits in a Lenexa fast-food restaurant, spooning ice cream from a cup. It’s already been a long day. That morning, the 78-year-old Republican braved the heat of the Lenexa July Fourth parade; after lunch, he would be shaking hands at the VFW hall down the street. Then on to Wamego for another parade. Then Hays. Then another town, another campaign appearance, another search for votes. It’s tough and familiar political terrain — Roberts has spent the better part of three decades running for office. If Kansas returns him to the Senate this year, he’ll rank among the...
  • Tea party’s victory over Berger Jr. sets up interesting 6th District contest

    07/18/2014 6:03:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    Wow. There was a disbelieving sigh in some Republican corners in North Carolina with the news that Phil Berger Jr., chief prosecutor in Rockingham County and son of the powerful state Senate president pro tem, Sen. Phil Berger of Eden, had lost a Republican primary runoff for Congress. It was not supposed to happen. Berger Jr. not only raised more money than Baptist preacher Mark Walker, he also had the backing of Republican powers-that-be and, thanks to his father, name recognition in the 6th District. The district runs along the North Carolina-Virginia border from Mount Airy to near Henderson and...
  • GOP split in Mississippi over tea party's McDaniel spreads to national party

    07/18/2014 5:51:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 33 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Linda Feldman
    The prolonged aftermath of the Mississippi runoff in which Thad Cochran edged Chris McDaniel has produced schisms within the Republican National Committee and even in another state’s GOP. Is Chris McDaniel a modern-day Don Quixote tilting at windmills or is he a brave warrior, fighting to the last, for a just cause? Either way, the tea party candidate’s protracted battle against six-term Sen. Thad Cochran (R) of Mississippi has deepened the split in an already divided Mississippi Republican Party – and is spreading further into the national GOP. More than three weeks after state Senator McDaniel lost his primary runoff...
  • Cruz in Charge of the Conservative Movement

    07/18/2014 5:48:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    In what appears to be the ultimate modern demonstration of "drinking the Kool-Aid," Republicans across the spectrum seem to have entered a pact in sticking together to defend, and even celebrate, campaign tactics predicated on gross voter fraud and manipulation of minority voters. In fact, given recent campaign finance disclosures, it seems clear some Senate Republican leaders helped pay for the attacks on their own base in Mississippi. One senator, however, has broken the silence and is speaking out: Sen. Ted Cruz, who, ironically, holds an official position with the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Cruz has described the Mississippi fiasco...
  • Ted Cruz And Jeff Sessions Stand Almost Alone Against Amnesty

    07/18/2014 5:46:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | George Rasley
    Sometimes it seems like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama are the only two people on Capitol Hill who understand President Obama’s game on illegal immigration, because after you add Representatives Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma and Steve King of Iowa, the list of those in Congress who are willing to take on Obama and stand for American sovereignty and the rule of law gets pretty thin. Click here to demand that your Representative take the CHQ “No Amnesty Pledge.” Most Republicans in Congress seem to be willing to chase the latest bunny that the leadership...
  • Concha: Two Huge Int’l Crises Can’t Alter Busy Schedule of Fundraiser-in-Chief

    07/17/2014 5:00:36 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 17 Jul 2014 | Joe Concha
    Jon Stewart was exactly right during the open of his Monday show this week: The world really has gone mad. Actually, Monday now looks in retrospect downright tranquil compared to what we’re seeing on our television sets and on our phones this afternoon. A commercial airliner with 295 people on board — including reportedly 23 Americans — are killed after a plane is shot down in Ukraine. Who exactly is responsible (pro-Russian separatists are suspected) has not been confirmed. More importantly, the State Department hasn’t confirmed any Americans were on the flight. As if this wasn’t enough, a few hours...
  • Conservatives ready final salvo in war with GOP establishment

    07/17/2014 12:53:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Bloodied but unbowed after a largely unsuccessful primary season, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) isn’t backing down in the final months of the midterms. The group on Thursday launched radio and television ads in Kansas highlighting questions over where Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) lives, making a final play in the group's last remaining incumbent primary. It endorsed Roberts's challenger, radiologist Milton Wolf, but he has thus far failed to pick up much traction against the senator. Both spots hit Roberts on the national debt and ObamaCare, and they feature a clip of Roberts commenting in a recent interview that, "Every...
  • Democrats Are in a Perilous Position in 2014 Senate Races

    07/17/2014 9:53:34 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 23 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 07/15/2014 | Harry Enten
    The final outcome for the Senate could be anything from a minor Republican gain to a GOP romp. At the moment, the state of play seems manageable from a Democratic perspective, but the party’s position is perilous. A tiny shift could tip the canoe and spill a lot of Democrats overboard.
  • Mark Pryor Stands Against Religious Liberty

    07/17/2014 9:12:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Leon Wolf
    Mark Pryor is in the fight of his political life against Tom Cotton in what has become one of the reddest states in the country, and also one of the most religious states in the country. It is no coincidence then that Pryor has been seen holding a Bible and saying the word “Jesus” more often than a revival preacher in a tent. Pryor’s first ad of the campaign season focused literally on nothing more than how much he loved the Bible, as seen here (imagine, if you will, the Democrat freakout if a Republican ran such an ad): Pryor...
  • Right Wing News Endorses Joe Carr For Senate In Tennessee

    07/17/2014 9:05:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | John Hawkins
    Knocking off a member of leadership in a primary, even a squish like Lamar Alexander, is always, always, always an uphill battle. However, as Dave Brat proved in his race against Eric Cantor, it’s not impossible. Lamar Alexander is extremely vulnerable. He has consistently been polling in the low forties, which is a strong indication that Republican voters are looking for an alternative and the latest polling numbers show that Joe Carr has a decent shot to beat Alexander. snip Lamar Alexander is a big supporter of amnesty for illegal aliens who has a pathetic ACU score of 60%. In...
  • Tea Party Groups Endorse Challenger In Kansas GOP Primary Contest

    07/17/2014 9:01:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Jennifer Hickey
    With less than a month until Kansas Republicans hold their primary, two national tea party groups are aiming to recover from their loss in Mississippi by defeating incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts. Both the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Atlanta-based Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund announced their endorsements of radiologist Milton Wolf. "Dr. Milton Wolf embodies the values of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future," TPPCF Chairman Jenny Beth Martin said in a post on their website. "He's the right conservative candidate at the right time to tell the Establishment, ‘The Obama agenda stops here, and it stops now.'"...
  • Democrats’ Woes Make Al Franken a Little Less Safe

    07/17/2014 7:08:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies ^ | 7/14/14 | Patrick O'Connor
    Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, changed his rating on Sen. Al Franken’s race for re-election in Minnesota to reflect a slightly more competitive environment for the Democrat. But Mr. Rothenberg, an experienced handicapper, was quick to note that his ratings change – from “safe Democrat” to “Democrat favored” – has everything to do with headwinds confronting the party and very little to do with Mr. Franken’s Republican opponent, businessman Mike McFadden. “The change reflects the broad national environment and Minnesota’s generally competitive nature,” Mr. Rothenberg wrote in the online item that posted Monday morning....
  • Georgia GOP Senate Runoff May End Intraparty Fighting Nationwide for 2014

    07/17/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Matt Towery
    Most of the battles to determine Republican nominees in the GOP's quest to take control of the U.S. Senate this year have been decided. On July 22, Georgia, considered to be a rare potential gain by Democrats, will hold its GOP Senate runoff election. Regardless of the winner, some GOP intraparty battles will likely close not only in that state, but throughout the nation. As the contests for various GOP Senate nominations began around the country earlier in the year, many pundits viewed the contests as simply a test of "tea party candidates" versus the "GOP establishment." Some contests were...
  • RINO/Establishment Republicans Attacking Another Republican (Georgia)

    07/17/2014 5:32:44 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    At the grass roots level, Republican Party activists are constantly fed a message that party unity must be maintained. But the reality is, the “establishment” forces in the party don’t believe any of that malarkey. They are scared to death of TEA Party and liberty-minded, traditional conservatives because that segment of the Republican Party seeks honest reform that would diminish the power of the corrupt RINO establishment – and yes, when it comes to people like “punch the TEA Party in the nose” Senator Mitch McConnell, warmongering neocon Senator John McCain, and the theatrical do nothing to upset the status-quo...
  • NC GOP Establishment Suffers Blow in Runoff

    07/17/2014 5:29:26 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 7/16/14 | Bruce Carroll
    It was supposed to be a slam dunk runoff election win for Phil Berger, Jr. in the NC-06 Congressional district last night. It didn’t turnout that way. In a modern David v. Goliath tale fit for one of his sermons, former Baptist Minister Mark Walker handily beat Phil Berger Jr. in the GOP runoff in the 6th Congressional District last night. Berger, the Rockingham County District Attorney, had a lot going for him: family connections, high level GOP endorsements, a lot more money than Walker and the help of a dedicated super PAC that attacked often and viciously on his...
  • National Tea Party Group Backs Milton Wolf In Senate Race Against Pat Roberts

    07/17/2014 5:23:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 7/16/14
    A national tea party group is backing challenger Milton Wolf's bid to unseat Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in the state’s Republican primary. The Atlanta-based Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund announced Tuesday that it has endorsed Wolf. The group described Wolf as the right conservative candidate to fight Democratic President Barack Obama’s agenda in Washington. Roberts is seeking his third, six-year term in the Senate. Wolf has made the senator’s longevity in politics an issue, as Roberts began working as a congressional aide in 1967. Roberts’ executive campaign manager Leroy Towns declined to respond to the group’s endorsement of Wolf. Wolf...
  • Conservatives target Pat Roberts, Kansas

    07/17/2014 5:21:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 7/16/14 | Alexander Burns
    National conservatives are looking toward Kansas in a last-ditch effort to unseat a GOP Senate incumbent this cycle, with one influential outside group launching a new barrage of ads against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts as early as Thursday. Senate Conservatives Action, an arm of the national activist group Senate Conservatives Fund, has reserved several hundred thousand dollars in airtime in Roberts’ reelection race. The longtime incumbent faces a challenge from SCF-endorsed physician Milton Wolf, among other candidates. Two media tracking sources confirmed that the group is poised to start a fresh round of ads; one buyer said Senate Conservatives Action...

    07/16/2014 7:29:14 PM PDT · by Bratch · 23 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 16, 2010 | Mike Flynn
    The central weakness of the Republican's political position in Washington has been on vivid display as the situation at the southern border has devolved into a complete crisis. As tens of thousands of foreign nationals overwhelm the border and render our sovereign boundary meaningless, Republicans in DC are tinkering with legislative fixes they say will address the situation. As if the crisis at the border is the result of some drafting error or a failure to enact some specific law relevant to this precise set of circumstances. It is a fool's errand. [...] Republicans in DC have chosen to...
  • Early voting for Tennessee August Primary begins July 18th (vote Carr, not Lamar!!)

    07/16/2014 1:34:16 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 7/15/14 | David Oatney
    In a primary election that is traditionally a low-turnout affair, Tennesseans will go to the polls on Thursday, August 7th for State Primaries and county elections. In fact, Tennesseans have been having some kind of an election on the first Thursday in August since 1797 (Constitution of 1796, Article 1 Section 5). In the early days of Tennessee Statehood, the August election was the one where all State elected officials were finally chosen, and owing to the mode of transportation of those days, and the fact that votes were to be normally cast in the county seat, elections lasted for...
  • Alexander Responds To Ingraham's Carr Endorsement: 'I'm A Conservative'

    07/16/2014 11:54:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 7/16/14 | Charles Spiering
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) dismissed news that conservative radio host Laura Ingraham had endorsed his primary opponent Joe Carr and planned to campaign on his behalf. When asked by reporters about Ingraham’s endorsement on Capitol Hill this morning, Alexander reminded them that he was a conservative Senator who had been endorsed by the National Right to Life and had an 'A' rating with the National Rifle Association. “I’m putting that record on the line,” Alexander said. “I spent more nights in Tennessee than I have in Washington in the last 12 years and I have great respect for the voters...
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander often votes with Obama, study shows

    07/16/2014 11:54:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 1/28/13 | Paul C. Barton
    NASHVILLE - Sen. Lamar Alexander supported President Barack Obama’s positions on Senate bills in 2012 more frequently than any other Republican senator from the South, an independent voting analysis shows. A study by Congressional Quarterly shows that on bills on which Obama had a clearly stated position, Alexander voted with the president 62 percent of the time. Only Republican senators from Maine, Massachusetts, Alaska and Indiana had higher “presidential support” scores. Alexander’s presidential support scores in recent years include 63 percent in 2011 and 52 percent in 2010. In both of those years, he voted with Obama more often than...
  • RINO stampede in Kansas

    07/16/2014 5:57:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 24 replies ^ | 7/16/14 | Thomas Lifson
    The headline from AP certainly is alarming: “100 Kansas GOP endorse Democrat for governor.” And the lead paragraph continues the theme: Democratic challenger Paul Davis sought Tuesday to give his campaign for Kansas governor a bipartisan boost by announcing endorsements from more than 100 moderate Republicans who've split with conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback over education and tax policy. You might be wondering, to borrow Thomas Frank’s infamous book title, “What’s the matter with Kansas”? I can’t claim to be an expert on the Jayhawker State, but it does appear that this is a matter of sour grapes: Six state...
  • Ted Cruz Suspends Work to Help Elect Republican Senators, Inadvertently Helps Democrats

    07/16/2014 5:52:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies ^ | 7/15/14 | Joseph Vogas
    Texans know Ted Cruz has a tendency to not play nice with others. There was a hope among establishment Republicans the Junior Senator form Texas was going to start acting as more of a team player in Washington and with the larger Republican Party when he accepted the role of vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). The NRSC is the official arm of Senate Republicans designed to elect Republicans to the US Senate. Cruz served without controversy in his leadership position for several months until incumbent Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi was pushed into a runoff with...
  • CONFIRMED: Senate Republican Leaders Paid for Attacks Against Conservatives

    07/16/2014 5:36:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 7/15/14 | Erick Erickson
    I can confirm that the attack ads in Mississippi run by “All Citizens for Mississippi” were funded by Senate Republicans, including Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Rob Portman, Bob Corker, and Roy Blunt. It appears our Senate Republican leaders are willing to risk losing a Senate majority so long as they can get their own re-elected. Yes folks, it is true. I can confirm what we all suspected. The advertisements attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel and painted conservative Republicans and tea party activists as racists. According to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission, All Citizens for Mississippi received...
  • GOP moderates revolt in Kansas (not exactly "big tent" people are they?)

    07/15/2014 6:48:49 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies ^ | 7/15/14 | Manu Raju
    WICHITA, Kan. — Moderate Republicans have been kicked around by the tea party for years in Congress and the states. Here in Kansas, they’re fighting back. A moderate GOP uprising is in full swing against Gov. Sam Brownback, the fierce fiscal and social conservative whose policies led to a purge of middle-of-the-road Republicans from the legislature early in his tenure. In a rare and surprising act of political defiance on Tuesday, more than 100 Republicans, including current and former officeholders, endorsed Brownback’s opponent, statehouse Democratic leader Paul Davis. Polls show the challenger with a surprisingly strong shot at taking out...
  • Poll: State Rep. Joe Carr closing gap with Sen. Lamar Alexander

    07/15/2014 12:19:53 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 7/15/14 | David Morton
    State Rep. Joe Carr is closing a gap among likely Republican voters between him and Sen. Lamar Alexander, according to a new poll from a conservative group. While the poll still gives Alexander a 44 to 36 percent lead, the numbers show opposition toward the incumbent coalescing around Carr, according to the conservative media outlet Breitbart. The survey of 1,099 voters, conducted by Triton Polling, has a margin of error of 2.9 percent. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham recently endorsed Carr, his campaign also announced. When the same survey was conducted in May, Alexander led by 24 points. Both polls...
  • GOP Ex-Lawmakers Endorse Dem Candidate Over Kansas Gov. Brownback

    07/15/2014 12:15:21 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies ^ | 7/15/14 | Caitlin MacNeal
    Several Republican former Kansas officials have endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis over GOP incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback. Republicans for Kansas Values, a group of more than 100 former lawmakers and GOP officials, including two former lieutenant governors and a former congresswoman, announced their support for Davis on Tuesday. “All of us are proud Republicans. We came together because of our common love of Kansas, our commitment to Kansas families, and our belief in moderate, commonsense leadership,” former state Sen. Wint Winter said in a statement for the group. "We are deeply concerned by the direction Sam Brownback is taking...
  • More than 100 GOP politicians endorse Democrat Davis for governor (but we must all come together!)

    07/15/2014 12:12:49 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 7/15/14 | Tim Carpenter
    More than 100 Kansas Republican politicians and activists Tuesday threw their collective weight behind Democratic governor candidate Paul Davis, a move designed to inspire other rebellious Republicans to action and weaken the re-election bid of GOP Gov. Sam Brownback. Public expression of support for Davis by Republicans from across the state at a Topeka news conference exposed anew civil war within the Republican Party between moderates and conservatives. The endorsements also reflected Davis' effort to frame his campaign in bipartisan tones. "All of us are proud Republicans," said Wint Winter Jr., a former state senator. "We came together because of...