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  • Establishment Flailing: Wisconsin Candidate Dodges Question on Whether She Will Support McConnell

    10/18/2017 2:00:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 10/18/17 | Matthew Boyle
    As conservative businessman and U.S. Marine veteran Kevin Nicholson sweeps up grassroots support from key organizations in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race, the candidate backed by the Washington establishment in Wisconsin is flailing when pressed on whether she will support Mitch McConnell for U.S. Senate Majority Leader. State Sen. Leah Vukmir, at one time in her career a grassroots conservative who ended up aligning with the establishment over the past several years, dodged when the Associated Press asked her on Tuesday whether she would back McConnell for Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate.
  • Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa

    10/18/2017 1:46:06 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | John Davison and To do Said
    RAQQA, Syria — U.S.-backed militias in Syria declared victory over Islamic State in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. The fighting was over and the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the city's stadium of mines and any remaining militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). A formal declaration of victory in Raqqa will soon be made, once the city has been cleared of mines and any possible Islamic State sleeper cells, said SDF spokesman Talal Selo.
  • Poll: Ed Gillespie Leading Over Ralph Northam for Virginia Governor

    10/17/2017 6:57:32 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Sean Moran
    Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie took the lead over Democrat candidate Ralph Northam, according to a new poll from Monmouth University released on Tuesday. A new poll from Monmouth University revealed that Virginians favor Ed Gillespie over Ralph Northam. The latest survey stated that if the vote were held today, 48 percent would vote for Ed Gillespie, while 47 percent would vote for Ralph Northam. This poll represents an upswing in support for Ed Gillespie. A survey released earlier in October had Ed Gillespie five points behind Ralph Northam, well within the poll’s 5.5 percent margin of error.
  • GOP’s top Senate recruit in Missouri won’t commit to voting for McConnell as leader

    10/17/2017 2:06:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Lindsey Wise
    WASHINGTON Missouri Attorney Gen. Josh Hawley, Republicans’ top recruit to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, won’t commit to voting for Mitch McConnell as Senate Republican leader if elected in 2018. Hawley’s campaign spokesman, Scott Paradise, was asked directly whether his boss would support McConnell. Paradise deflected the question. “The Senate is broken and failing the people of Missouri,” he said in an email. “Josh is running because he is not willing to tolerate the failure of the D.C. establishment any longer,” Paradise said. “He won’t tolerate Claire McCaskill’s failure. And he won’t tolerate Republican failure, either.”
  • Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker Has Been Part of Haley Barbour’s Political Machine for Decades

    10/17/2017 2:04:10 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has been part of former Governor Haley Barbour’s political machine for decades, a fact likely conservative Republican challenger Chris McDaniel is sure to highlight in the much anticipated rematch with that machine in 2018. Wicker’s role as an influential yet beholding cog in Barbour’s Mississippi Republican establishment machine was solidified in 2007 when he was appointed by then-Governor Barbour to replace Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), who resigned just one year into a six year term to begin a lucrative career as a K Street lobbyist. “I am a mainstream conservative in the mold of Trent Lott,...
  • The 10 Senate seats most likely to switch parties in 2018: October edition

    10/17/2017 2:01:25 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Eric Bradner
    President Donald Trump is an influential figure all over the 2018 Senate map. The problem for Republicans: He doesn't seem interested in using his power for the party's good. From labeling a top Democratic target a "good woman" to tacitly approving of his former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's aggressive courtship of Republicans to run in the primary against sitting senators, the Trump factor is proving problematic as midterm election season heats up. Here's a look, more than a year out, at the 10 Senate seats most likely to switch parties in the November 2018 midterms:
  • Huge: Rand Paul endorses Alabama's Roy Moore for Senate

    10/17/2017 1:50:18 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Paul Bedard
    In a huge show of support, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday endorsed Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, saying "we need more people in Washington, D.C. that will stand on principle and defend the Constitution." Paul's endorsement puts a stamp of approval on Moore's anti-Washington campaign which he rode to victory recently in a primary against Sen. Luther Strange, appointed earlier this year to replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions when he became the Attorney General.
  • Pro-Trump Super PAC Endorses Kelli Ward in Arizona, Kevin Nicholson in Wisconsin

    10/17/2017 1:47:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 10/17/17 | Matthew Boyle
    The pro-Trump super PAC, Great America PAC, has thrown its weight behind former State Sen. Kelli Ward in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race next year and behind businessman Kevin Nicholson in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race next year. “Great America PAC is building the ‘Trump Ticket’ for 2018 and we are proud to support these candidates who have answered the call of their fellow citizens,” Ed Rollins, Great America PAC’s chief strategist, said in a press release on Tuesday. He added: Americans are tired of the inaction from the Washington swamp and demand Senate Republicans get off their backsides and pass President...
  • [Flashback] Thad Cochran: I Grew Up Doing 'All Kinds of Indecent Things with Animals'

    10/17/2017 2:10:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 6/12/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) provided his latest head-scratching comment in public, this time joking he engaged in illicit activities with animals as a child. “[We’d] get back [to the Pine Belt-Hattiesburg area of Mississippi] as often as we could because it was fun–it was an adventure to be out there in the country and see what goes on,” Cochran said of his childhood and how parts of his family lived in the central part of the state. “Picking up pecans, from that to all kind of indecent things with animals.”
  • GOP Sen. Thad Cochran still out sick with UTI, threatening key tax-related vote this week

    10/17/2017 2:10:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | Ted Barrett
    Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran remains ill and won't return to his Senate duties Monday as was expected, his office announced. The 79-year-old's absence raises doubts about the ability of GOP leaders to pass a key budget resolution -- a vote is planned later this week -- that is needed to advance tax reform, a top legislative priority for Republicans and President Donald Trump.
  • Senate Republican Murkowski leaning yes on tax reform budget

    10/17/2017 1:54:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Monday that she was leaning toward a "yes" vote on a Senate budget resolution intended to facilitate the passage of tax reform legislation later this year. Republican Senator Collins likely 'yes' vote to advance tax reform. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins, who helped torpedo President Donald Trump's effort to repeal Obamacare, said on Sunday she was leaning towards a 'yes' vote on the Senate budget resolution to advance tax reform.
  • Mercer could thwart Hatch’s Utah Senate race with GOP establishment under fire

    10/17/2017 1:45:18 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 10/16/17 | Brian Schwartz
    Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) may become the next target in the move to unseat the Republican establishment if he intends to run for reelection and he might have to face formidable opposition from a member of the Mercer family. Boyd Matheson, President of the Sutherland Institute and former chief of staff to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), is considering a run for Hatch’s Senate seat and may receive the backing of one of the most powerful Republican campaign donors, Rebekah Mercer, FOX Business has learned. In an interview with Matheson on Friday, the former Lee aide confirmed that not only did...
  • Mitch McConnell Challenges Steve Bannon: ‘Winners Make Policy and Losers Go Home’

    10/16/2017 1:53:30 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 74 replies ^ | 10/16/17 | Charlie Spiering
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon’s decision to go to war against the Republican establishment in the upcoming Senate Republican primaries on Monday. “You have to nominate people who can actually win because winners make policy and losers go home,” McConnell said when asked about Bannon by reporters at the White House.
  • Steve Bannon Takes on the GOP Establishment

    10/16/2017 12:53:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush ^ | October 16, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: At the Value Voters Summit over the weekend, Steve Bannon on Saturday made a speech, an address, and he basically said that this is a season of war against the GOP establishment — and, believe me, it was heard. The Wall Street Journal has an editorial, “The Antidote to Steve Bannon,” and this is gonna be one of those rare times where if you read this you will agree with the Wall Street Journal. Lindsey Grahamnesty, by the way, appears to be coming around. Something has happened. Lindsey Grahamnesty went out and played golf with Trump, and he was...
  • Venezuela’s Regional Elections Went About As Well As You’d Expect

    10/16/2017 10:19:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/16/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    You might have missed it in the flood of other news over the past week, but there were elections held in Venezuela! No… not new presidential elections or selections of an actual legislative body. (Don’t be silly… Nicolas Maduro was never going to go for that.) But there were regional elections to select the governors of the various regions, the mayors of the cities and other municipal and regional positions. So how did that turn out? If you’re at all familiar with the methods of the ruling socialist party (harkening back to the days of Chavez) and their peculiar...
  • Trump and the dismantling of Obama's legacy

    10/16/2017 10:00:28 AM PDT · by allenja · 22 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 16/10/2017 | Jerome CARTILLIER
    Washington (AFP) - Brick by brick, the demolition job has begun: since taking office less than a year ago, Donald Trump has launched an all-out assault on the legacy of Barack Obama. Climate, free trade, health care, immigration, foreign policy -- the 45th US president has set about undoing just about everything done by the 44th. All new presidents, of course, break with their predecessor once in the Oval Office, especially if they come from a rival political party. But what is striking is how systematic the hammer blows to Obama's legacy have been. And rather than throw his weight...
  • Austria's conservative 'whizz-kid' in election triumph

    10/15/2017 11:29:17 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 15 Oc t2017 | Nina Lamparski and Simon Sturdee
    Vienna (AFP) - Austria's political "whizz-kid" Sebastian Kurz was on course Sunday to become Europe's youngest leader, potentially in coalition with the far-right, after his conservative party looked to have triumphed in elections. Kurz's People's Party (OeVP) won 30.5 percent of the vote, followed by Chancellor Christian Kern's Social Democrats (SPOe) on 27.1 percent and the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) on 25.9 percent, projections on public TV showed. Kurz, 31, nicknamed "wunderwuzzi", ("whizzkid") took over the OeVP in May and managed to attract supporters in droves by depicting himself as a breath of fresh air, talking tough on immigration and...
  • Pence, Biden going to bat for candidates in Virginia gubernatorial race

    10/14/2017 2:20:45 PM PDT · by leaymane · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/13/17 | Seth McLaughlin
    Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam and his Republican rival Ed Gillespie are pulling out a couple of the big guns Saturday, as they look to energize their respective coalitions less than a month out from Election Day. Mr. Northam plans to spend the morning campaigning with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden in Northern Virginia, and Mr. Gillespie is set to appear at an evening rally with Vice President Mike Pence in Southwest Virginia. The race is tight, according to polls, which has shown Mr. Northam, the state’s lieutenant governor, with a fairly consistent lead, riding strong support from voters...
  • Who wants to borrow McConnell's slightly-used majority? (great article! - link only)

    10/14/2017 4:38:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    10/13/17 | J. Scott Applewhite
  • Concerns mount over Thad Cochran's health

    10/13/2017 2:42:47 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies ^ | 10/13/17 | ANNA PALMER and BURGESS EVERETT
    The Mississippi senator has been recovering the past several weeks from a urological procedure. And concern is growing on and off Capitol Hill over whether the 79-year-old lawmaker will return to work on Monday when the Senate comes back from recess — not to mention how long he'll be able to continue leading a high-profile committee or even remain in the Senate. Multiple sources close to the senator said his staff and allies have received limited information from his family about his health status, further fueling questions about his future. Cochran's office maintains that the Mississippi Republican will return next...