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  • WSJ: Republicans Could Win up to 10 Senate Seats in November

    07/28/2014 9:16:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Elliot Jager
    Republicans are running competitively for 10 Senate seats now held by Democrats, heightening chances for the party to capture a majority of the U.S. Senate in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Republican Party is generally less popular than either President Barack Obama or the Democratic Party, according to the Journal. Those sentiments are evidently offset by a combination of appealing Republican candidates and deep public disapproval of the president. Democrats now hold 55 seats in the Senate. Republicans need a net gain of six for a majority. Republican senatorial candidates are doing well in seven states that went...
  • GOP's Wehby Gaining in Oregon

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

    07/28/2014 7:17:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Polls which ask voters for their thoughts on how the last election should have shaped up a year or two years after the fact are pretty much meaningless. The latest CNN/ORC survey which asks voters that question is no exception to that rule. Nevertheless, with just 100 days remaining before the midterm elections, this question is an instructive measurement of voter satisfaction with the president. If voters had it to do all over again, 53 percent would support Mitt Romney over the 44 percent who would continue to back Barack Obama. The president’s remaining coalition is what you would...
  • Thomas Ravenel challenges fellow U.S. Senate candidates to 11 debates (SC)

    07/28/2014 6:26:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    Thomas Ravenel, the independent petition candidate challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for his seat, on Sunday challenged his fellow candidates to a series of debates to held throughout the state, according to WCIV-TV. Ravenel, who recently announced he would be starring in the second season of Bravo's reality TV series "Southern Charm," said he wants all 11 debates he's called for to be televised. The debates would take place in Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, North Augusta, Rock Hill, Spartanburg and Sumter. The challenge comes not long after a recent Palmetto Politics Poll, commissioned by The...
  • The 2014 Midterms: An Election, A Referendum, An Impeachment of Apathy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    07/24/2014 6:29:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Charlie Spiering
    In Nashville on Thursday, about a half-dozen Tennessee Tea Party leaders gathered with the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund to denounce current Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander and promote his Republican challenger Joe Carr. “Lamar Alexander is not a conservative, Lamar Alexander has never been a conservative, Lamar Alexander will never be a conservative,” asserted Nashville Tea Party president Ben Cunningham. Cunningham explained that every six years, Alexander campaigns as a conservative but fails to fight for conservative values. “If he is re-elected, God forbid, he will go back to the Senate, he will serve for six years, he will warm...
  • Quirky Ex-Senator Stomps on Democrats’ S.D. Hopes

    07/24/2014 12:36:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Colin Diersing
    South Dakota Democrats are playing a tough hand in the Senate race, but they thought they could count on a wild card — former Sen. Larry Pressler — to help the contest break their way. Pressler seems to have other plans. Democrats already faced long odds to hold retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson’s seat. Obama lost South Dakota by 18 points last cycle, and the state marks the GOP’s best pick-up opportunity in its 6-seat quest to win the majority. The front-runner, popular former GOP Gov. Mike Rounds, faces several foes: Democrat Rick Weiland; state Sen. Gordon Howie, a conservative...
  • Senate: 2014 a Year All Its Own

    07/24/2014 11:24:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    rasmussenreports.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley
    Analysts always strain to generalize about elections. We want to “model” them, find the common elements, and project them as early as possible based on the commonalities. That’s a legitimate approach, but we need always remember that every election is different. Every single one. It isn’t just the candidates that change up, or the specific events that end up defining an election season, or the particulars about presidential and congressional job approval. In midterm elections, especially, the combination of competitive districts and states varies greatly, expanding or contracting the potential for change. Last year, and even in the beginning of...
  • Unions put teachers on streets — for votes

    07/24/2014 7:11:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Stephanie Simon
    Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, they’re fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves. Backed by tens of millions in cash and new data mining tools that let them personalize pitches to voters, the unions are sending armies of educators to run a huge get-out-the-vote effort aimed at reversing the red tide that swept Republicans into power across the country in 2010. The unions have plenty of money: They spent $69 million on state races in 2010 and are likely to top that this year. But as they...
  • Walking Republican Moonbat – Ann Coulter Pontificates The Most Ridiculous Argument

    07/24/2014 7:03:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Sundance
    In the fall of 2011 we quit thinking of Ann Coulter in any terms other than a sporadically useful, but generally inconsistent, establishment GOP talking head. In short, a “Romneybot”. A recent article reminds us not only why it was so easy to come to that conclusion, but also why this ex-girlfriend of Bill Maher is actually a raving Moonbat. muggedBefore reading what she actually wrote in a recent article entitled “Eyes On The Prize – Chris McDaniel Supporters Should Work To Take Back The Senate“, it should be absolutely necessary to remind ourselves of her book topic: “Mugged -...
  • Group putting $20,000 into GOP get-out-the-vote effort for Joe Carr

    07/24/2014 6:47:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706
    timesfreepress.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE — A national conservative group said today it is putting $20,000 into get-out-the-vote efforts in hopes of boosting turnout for Republican state Rep. Joe Carr in his GOP primary bid to beat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund said the money is going to the Real Conservatives National Committee. The goal is beefing up the "ground game" run by the Real Conservatives' "Beat Lamar" campaign, she said. Martin didn't rule out putting more money into the race, saying there "may be more in a week or so." Both...
  • Ingraham: Retire Alexander like an 'old sweater'

    07/24/2014 6:45:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Conservative talk-radio host Laura Ingraham urged a ballroom full of Tennessee conservatives on Tuesday night to retire Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) like an “old sweater” that’s gone out of style. "He was really comfortable and sharp looking at one point, but now it just takes up room in your drawer," she said, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Ingraham spoke Tuesday at a 500-strong rally in Nashville for Alexander’s main primary challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, who’s gained traction in recent weeks in his underdog bid to unseat Alexander. According to reports, she shied away from personal attacks —...
  • LOTFI: Sen. Lamar Alexander must apologize for lying about opposing federal education

    07/24/2014 6:44:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    benswann.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Michael Lofti
    NASHVILLE, July 23, 2014– U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R) is facing a tough primary challenge from State Rep. Joe Carr (R). Carr’s momentum has built over the months and Lamar is sweating bullets underneath his red flannel shirt. More than 20 state legislators have endorsed Carr over Alexander. They join more than 60 conservative Tennessee organizations, vice presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin, the National Association for Gun Rights and more. In natural form, Alexander is placing his bets on misleading the Volunteer state on just where his record stands on the issues. Most insulting of all is Alexander’s attempt to...
  • Montana Senator John Walsh used plagiarism to get promoted

    07/24/2014 6:06:33 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/24/14
    The Democrats knew retaining Max Baucus’s Senate seat was going to be a challenge. In an attempt to hold onto that seat, Max Baucus was convinced to retire from the Senate and was shipped off to China as Ambassador. A new Senator was appointed by the Democrat governor to fill out Baucus’s term and to set him up to defend the seat using the power of incumbency. On paper it looked like a good plan. The replacement was the serving lieutenant governor John Walsh. Walsh was superficially an attractive choice. He was a career National Guardsman, rising in rank from...
  • Rubio: Immigration reform won’t happen for another 10 years unless border security comes first

    07/24/2014 5:34:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 7/23/14
    His staff and supporters will be quick to remind you that he’s always said he prefers the “security first” option. Okay, but his preference didn’t stop him from co-sponsoring a mammoth comprehensive bill championed by Democrats like Chuck Schumer. In fact, let’s compare Rubio’s rhetoric now versus then. Here he is in June 2013 describing the Gang of Eight bill: Rubio, responding to the concern that legalization might be delayed and therefore be subjected to the policies of future administrations: Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following...
  • Chamber of Commerce seeks to dominate Republican politics

    07/24/2014 5:19:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 7/23/14
    The United States Chamber of Commerce has been traditionally viewed as the lobbyists in Washington for Big Business. Now they are increasing getting involved in politics, taking sides on behalf of establishment-supported Republican candidates, and using their extensive financial resources to win most of their battles. In the battle between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel for the Republican nomination for senate in Mississippi, after Cochran has failed to get 50 percent to avoid a runoff, and the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads had announced it was pulling out of the race after supporting Cochran, the Chambers of Commerce maintained it's...
  • Discord In Lindsey Graham Camp

    07/24/2014 5:15:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 7/23/14
    Advisors to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) are fiercely divided over how to handle the entrance of Lowcountry businessman and reality television star Thomas Ravenel into the 2014 U.S. Senate race. One faction – led by Graham campaign manager Scott Farmer – believes Ravenel’s candidacy is all about attracting viewers to his reality television show, Southern Charm . “Ignore him,” Farmer reportedly counseled Graham during a recent strategy meeting. According to Farmer, a “ratings-driven” candidacy from Ravenel is not a threat to the two-term incumbent, because it means the former State Treasurer is unlikely to pump significant amounts of his...
  • Tea Party’s Joe Carr Looks to Ride Anti-Amnesty ‘Wave’ Past Lamar Alexander

    07/24/2014 5:10:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Charlie Spiering
    Joe Carr remembers exactly where he was when he found out that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his race to the largely unknown political upstart David Brat. As he finished up a meeting with a group of about 75 Tea Party supporters in Obion County, someone waved a smartphone and announced the startling news. “The place went nuts… it exploded,” Carr said, pointing out that the event went long past 10:00 as supporters began discussing what was possible in his Republican primary challenge to Sen. Lamar Alexander. “All of a sudden now the attention the attention turns to us;...
  • Thomas Ravenel: Lindsey Graham’s “Double Jeopardy” On Obamacare

    07/23/2014 12:17:08 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 7/23/14
    Edisto, S.C. – In light of this week’s U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on Obamacare, Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel issued the following statement regarding incumbent “Republican” Lindsey Graham’s tortured stance regarding this legislation: “The U.S. Court of Appeals has correctly ruled that Obamacare cannot impose taxes or disburse subsidies in two-thirds of the states,” Ravenel said. “This frees more than eight million Americans from the law’s oppressive individual mandate – and blocks for the moment what would have been a $700 billion tax hike.” Ravenel said the only reason the court has to take up...
  • LePage: Maine will no longer waive food stamp work requirements

    07/23/2014 10:57:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    pressherald.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Eric Russell
    Maine’s Republican governor wants all able-bodied recipients of the federal food stamp benefit to complete work or volunteer activities. Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that allows some able-bodied adults to receive food stamps without working or volunteering. “We must continue to do all that we can to eliminate generational poverty and get people back to work,” LePage said in a statement announcing the change. “We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.” According to the Maine...
  • Cruz Meets With Conservatives to Discuss Border Crisis (Updated)

    07/23/2014 10:49:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Matt Fuller
    Updated 1:23 p.m. | Sen. Ted Cruz once again met with a group of the House’s most conservative lawmakers Wednesday morning to discuss potential legislative responses to the flood of children crossing the border. Cruz met with “more than 20″ House Republicans Wednesday morning, according to Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, to discuss a supplemental package meant to address the influx of unaccompanied minors at the border. “I didn’t have a hard count, but I know that it was more than 20,” King said. According to the Iowa Republican, lawmakers had breakfast and listened to Cruz’s take on the crisis. “The...
  • Loudermilk Wins, Wolf Surges

    07/23/2014 10:22:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    senateconservatives.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Ken Cuccinelli
    We have great news to report. Last night, Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) won the Republican primary runoff election for the 11th Congressional District in Georgia. Barry Loudermilk is a principled conservative leader who will fight to cut spending, balance the budget, and repeal Obamacare. We were proud to endorse Barry in the primary and we're thankful to all of you who helped SCF support his campaign. KANSAS SENATE UPDATE Now we need to continue this momentum into Kansas and help Dr. Milton Wolf defeat Senator Pat Roberts who has been in Washington for 47 years. Dr. Milton Wolf (R-KS)The polling in...
  • Lindsey Graham’s phony meltdown: Why he’s covering for House GOP on immigration

    07/23/2014 8:00:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    salon.com ^ | 7/22/14
    On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Congress’ few and most vocal Republican advocates of comprehensive immigration reform, shared the line that he’s apparently decided to lean on through the rest of the 2014 election cycle: “There’ll be no immigration reform because of the crisis on the border. I blame Obama for this moment.” Graham has a long history of seizing on an issue of possible bipartisan compromise, watching hard-liners in his party kill that possibility, and then abandoning hope of the compromise because Obama didn’t manage the “optics” or the schedule or something insignificant. He knows...
  • Ravenel: “Lindsey Graham Is A Reality Show We Can’t Turn Off”

    07/23/2014 7:57:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 7/22/14
    EDISTO, SC – Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel responded today to incumbent “Republican” Lindsey Graham’s assertion that running for the U.S. Senate was “not a reality television show.” Ravenel, star of the Bravo TV show ‘Southern Charm, said Graham was part of a much costlier “reality TV” show. “The difference between my reality TV show and Lindsey Graham’s reality TV show is simple: his is costing taxpayers trillions of dollars – and thousands of American lives,” Ravenel said. “And unlike my show, you can’t change the channel when his show comes on – and you can’t...
  • Constituents Pack Millennium Maxwell House In Support Of Carr (Tennessee)

    07/23/2014 7:52:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 700 constituents packed the Millennium Maxwell House Tuesday night in support of State Representative Joe Carr, as he hopes to pull off an upset in the Republican Primary. A rally, called Restore America, was held and featured radio host and political commentator Laura Ingraham campaigning for the Lascassas Republican. Carr hopes to defeat incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Republican primary on August 7. The Tea Party challenger said he's happy about the early voting turnout and is ready to hit the road to talk to more Tennesseans. “The voters want to hear what we...
  • Tea Party Takes Two of Three GOP Races for US House in Georgia

    07/23/2014 7:47:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/23/14 | John Gizzi
    Although the stunning upset win by political newcomer David Perdue in the Republican runoff for the Senate was the big news from Georgia on Tuesday night, the tea party also had a night to remember in the Peach State. In two of three runoffs for the Republican nomination for Congress in open U.S. House districts, tea party-backed candidates emerged triumphant and are now considered certain to win in November. The biggest win was scored by former state senator and swashbuckling conservative Barry Loudermilk in the 11th District in suburban Atlanta that Rep. Phil Gingrey relinquished to run for the Senate....
  • EXography: Some senators, including Harry Reid, rarely go home; other senators do it constantly

    07/23/2014 6:58:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Luke Rosiak
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rarely makes time to travel back to Nevada and listen to the voters who sent him to Washington, according to a Washington Examiner review of Senate disbursement records. Reid's office budget showed only 11 trips in three years, far fewer than any other senator. snip Other high-profile senior lawmakers have records that aren't much better. Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein averaged only nine trips to California annually, according to Senate office travel logs. That's one-third as many as most lawmakers. As legislators prepare to adjourn to their home states for the August “district work period,” the...
  • The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing

    07/23/2014 6:45:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 7/22/14 | Josh Kraushaar
    When writing about politics, it's all too frequent to use terminology that often obscures more than elucidates. That's especially true when it comes to the word "wave"—shorthand for a landslide victory for the winning party. I've argued before that the likelihood of 2014 being a wave election has been rising, given the president's consistently low approval ratings and the fact that Republicans are running evenly on the generic ballot (which usually translates into a clear GOP edge) and that the right-track/wrong-track numbers are near historic lows. All these big-picture signs are ominous for the party in power. But this week,...
  • What if Mitch McConnell loses?

    07/23/2014 5:45:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Manu Raju and John Bresnehan
    It’s a taboo subject among Senate Republicans but one that’s on many senators’ minds: What if Mitch McConnell loses his reelection bid? There appears to be no clear answer to that question, at least not right now. In interviews and private conversations with more than half of the 45-member Senate Republican Conference, there is a split over a potential McConnell successor. His top deputy, John Cornyn of Texas, is favored to succeed him, several GOP senators said. But others ranging from John Thune of South Dakota to Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander — or a dark horse — are among those who...