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  • Should Jeb Bush Be Freaking Out Right Now? (Rubio, Rubio and more Rubio)

    10/09/2015 11:40:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | October 7, 2015 | Various staff
    It’s time again for our weekly 2016 election Slack chat, in which FiveThirtyEight’s political team debates the latest developments. As always, the transcript below has been lightly edited. micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): So, is Jeb! toast? There’s been a spate of articles recently suggesting he should be panicking right now. And he’s at a low ebb in national polls: hjenten (Harry Enten, senior political writer): Why should he panic? The leader in the polls is Donald Trump (though trends indicate that he may not be for much longer). A man who basically spent no money on his campaign. A...
  • John Kasich on Social Security cuts: 'Get over it'

    Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN)—Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that a New Hampshire audience member would "get over" cuts to Social Security payments as a result of his reform plan -- and the left is already pouncing on the comment. The Republican presidential candidate was asked about entitlement reform during NH1's "Fiscal Fridays" series in Concord, New Hampshire, on Friday, and he said it was something that would have to get done. "We can't balance a budget without entitlement reform. What are we, kidding?" Kasich said when asked about his opponents who say they won't touch entitlements. Kasich said he...
  • Boehner should seize his chance for the nation

    10/09/2015 10:08:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPartisan ^ | October 9, 2015 | Colbert I. King
    If House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wasn’t convinced before, he now knows to a 100 percent degree of certainty that the extreme right wing of the Republican caucus would burn down the U.S. Capitol before they would let him keep the gavel in his hands. They are joined by a nationwide crowd of prominent conservatives, including GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who cheered Boehner’s announcement of his resignation from Congress. All conclusive proof that there’s nothing that Boehner can do, even if he was inclined to try, to get back in the far right’s good...
  • Rush Limbaugh: GOP Implosion Feared by ‘Establishment of Both Parties’

    10/09/2015 9:52:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 9, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Friday the reason why the mainstream media is not visibly celebrating Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’s decision to drop his bid for House Speaker and the ensuing Republican Party implosion is because the perception is that conservatives have won a victory over Washington insider establishment individuals like McCarthy. Limbaugh told listeners: What it should tell you is that McCarthy obviously is a Washington insider, and his fall from grace as future Speaker obviously is bad news to the insiders or the establishment in Washington, both parties. And the reason for that is it is perceived...
  • Ted Cruz says Donald Trump can't win, nation awaits inevitable angry response

    10/09/2015 8:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Examiner ^ | October 9, 2015 | Mark Whittington, Houston Ted Cruz Examiner
    Politico noted on Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a candidate for president of the United States, has said the first thing that has come out of his mouth that could be construed to be remotely negative about Donald Trump. Cruz stated in an interview that will run Sunday on WABC that he does not think that Trump will win the Republican nomination and that most of the mercurial businessman’s voters will gravitate to the man from Texas. The statement was so mild and obvious that if said about anyone else it would not be news. Indeed, a Trump spokesperson...
  • Marco Rubio Is Not “Surging in the Polls,” Shows No Signs of Actual Momentum

    10/09/2015 7:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Slate ^ | October 9, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    Following a second strong, if understated, debate performance late last month, Marco Rubio is currently riding a wave of positive press. He is “surging in the polls,” has “the hot hand,” and is even emerging as “the favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination.” With the summer of Trump coming to a close, it seems, we are at the cusp of a new stage of the campaign where the non-silly-season favorites begin to assert themselves and the race finally gets serious. And there is good reason why that means Rubio’s stock is on the rise: With Scott Walker out and...
  • Obama: Urges Americans to ‘Stand Up’ Against GOP’s Anti-Immigrant ‘Bigotry’

    10/09/2015 6:06:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Forex Report Daily ^ | October 9, 2015 | Iris Duncan
    “There’s nowhere they want to go further backwards than on immigration”, said the president, who noted his administration’s progress on reducing the Latino unemployment rate and providing more health care to the minority group. Obama is using the speech to highlight differences with several of the Republican presidential candidates on the issue. Like Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said he does not support a path to citizenship, and stirred controversy for using the term “anchor babies”. Thats not leadership, turning against whats right the moment the politics of your base gets tough. President Barack Obama promised Hispanic leaders...
  • Trump’s Latino Superfan Baffles CNN’s Baldwin: He Is ‘My Perfect Man’

    10/09/2015 5:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 9, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    In his ongoing quest to prove that Latinos do, in fact, “love” him, Donald Trump brought a Hispanic woman named Myriam Witcher up on stage at his Las Vegas rally Thursday night who could not love him more. “Yes, Mr. Trump! We love you! We love you, all the way to the White House!” she exclaimed, her hands held high in the air. On Friday, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin tried to get to the bottom of how this woman could possibly feel the way she does about Trump. “Oh my God, he is coming — he is our man sent from...
  • Ted Cruz sets sights on Rand Paul’s libertarian base

    10/09/2015 3:49:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 9, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    NASHUA, N.H.—He’s sliding in the polls, struggling to raise money — and now the only base he has left is starting to wobble. Rand Paul returned to what should have been home turf on Friday when he appeared at the Republican Liberty Caucus, a gathering of libertarian activists in New Hampshire. And while he was a crowd favorite, there is an intensifying buzz around rival Ted Cruz, even from ideological purists still pining for Rand’s dad, Ron. “Cruz is stronger, he’d have more spunk as president,” said Shirlene Van Doorne, 64, of Nashua, after the Texas senator delivered a rousing...
  • In which I obliterate the Wall Street Journal's pathetic attempt to see Paul Ryan become Speaker

    10/09/2015 3:22:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | October 9, 2015 | Doug Ross
    Over at the GOP establishment's press release reprint service known as The Wall Street Journal, the panic over Kevin McCarthy's sudden withdrawal from the race for the Speaker's gavel is palpable. Decrying a "toxic crack-up inside the Republican conference", the Journal says the real issues in Washington are the fault of the "Refuseniks" (the party's conservative base and its representatives, albeit a better epithet than "hobbits"). According to the WSJ rocket scientists, conservatives blame the GOPe "for all the country’s problems, not President Obama." That kind of sheer unvarnished idiocy is not unexpected from the GOP, which now seeks to...
  • Hillary Clinton: You Know, The NRA and Iranian Terrorists Are The Same Thing

    10/09/2015 3:09:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 9, 2015 | Katie Pavlich, Editor
    In an effort to use the recent tragedy at Umpqua Community College to boost her political campaign, Hillary Clinton has been attacking the National Rifle Association for days. Earlier this week, the Democratic presidential candidate went so far as comparing the NRA to Iranian terrorists and communists during a town hall style campaign stop. From The Hill: “You know, the NRA’s position reminds me of negotiating with the Iranians or the communists," Clinton said at an Iowa town hall on Wednesday. The Democratic primary front-runner accused the nation's largest gun lobby of spreading propaganda to keep its dues-paying constituents paranoid....
  • Pete Lopez says he'll seek House seat (upstate NY)

    10/09/2015 2:53:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Oneonta Daily Star ^ | October 8, 2015 | Joe Mahoney
    Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, told The Daily Star on Thursday that he will be entering the race for New York's 19th Congressional District seat held by retiring Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook. A formal kick-off for the campaign will be scheduled soon, Lopez said. Lopez, 54, expressed optimism about his potential to win the Republican and Conservative party primaries in June as well as the general election in November 2016, saying he will run on his record as a balanced problem solver who worked vigorously to address the region's relief needs following the floods of 2011 and has forged close bonds...
  • Trump Will Make Fools Of Us All

    10/09/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Huffington Post's Post 50 The Blog ^ | October 9, 2015 | Joe Seldner, Journalist and producer
    Donald has signaled loudly and clearly that he will drop out of the presidential race if his poll numbers don't continue to soar above the mediocre crowd of candidates. He (sort of) backtracked later, but his message was unmistakably that he will take his ball and go home if too many voters polled like other kids more than him. This will, in fact, happen. Donald doesn't like to lose, and more importantly, doesn't like to be ignored, and when his luster starts to fade, as it already has, he will return to the business of insulting Mexicans and women in...
  • Ted Cruz just raised a significant amount of cash for his presidential bid

    10/09/2015 1:36:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in the past three months for his Republican presidential bid, about twice what competitor Marco Rubio collected in the same time period. The new numbers are being circulated by the campaigns ahead of a deadline next week to report fundraising to federal regulators. The quarterly figures mark a practical and symbolic measure of strength for all presidential candidates, but they don't tell the whole story. Cruz and Rubio both topped Rand Paul, whose presidential campaign said it had pulled in $2.5 million through the end of September....
  • Donald Trump and the “F-Word”: An unsettling symbiosis between man and mob

    10/09/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Spectator - A Project of the Public Concern Foundation ^ | September 30, 2015 | Rick Perlstein, National correspondent
    Donald Trump is not a fascist––probably. His ex-wife Ivana once claimed he kept a volume of Hitler’s collected speeches in a cabinet by his bed, and read from time to time the fuhrer’s vision of human life as a pitiless war of all against all. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them,” he told Vanity Fair in 1990. But consider something the architect of Trump Tower, Der Scutt, once said on how to evaluate the truth value of Donald Trump claims: “divide by two, then divide by four, and...
  • Val Kittington is Running for President and she's Republican

    10/09/2015 11:20:28 AM PDT · by chopperman · 17 replies
    Val Kittington is a Military Veteran of the U.S. Navy. She claims to be Pro-God, Pro-Gun, Pro-Life, Pro-Military, Pro-Israel, Pro-Constitution, Anti-Obamacare and Anti-Common Core.
  • Ted Cruz's Wait-It-Out Strategy Could Prove Successful—or a "Colossal Mistake"

    10/09/2015 10:58:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 9, 2015 | Pema Levy, Reporter, DC Bureau
    The senator from Texas is banking on a war of attrition among the other outsider candidates.Ted Cruz's run for president has gotten off to a rough start. He's currently in sixth place in the polls. The thirst for an outsider candidate that was supposed to propel his campaign has instead been quenched by Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and now Carly Fiorina. But Cruz has a strategy for overcoming his lackluster performance thus far, one that's drawn strong reviews from some party insiders. Republican consultant Doug Heye praised his "smart" campaign to the Hill newspaper, and the conservative National Review Online...
  • Ted Cruz starts to make his move

    10/09/2015 10:34:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Benen
    I wouldn’t say literally every center-left pundit I know expects Marco Rubio to win the Republicans’ 2016 presidential nomination, but it’s awfully close to 100%. For most of the political observers I know, it’s practically a foregone conclusion – the pieces have already fallen into place for the far-right Floridian. Nate Silver recently said, “I sometimes feel with Rubio like he’s the contestant on a reality show where it’s totally obvious that he’s eventually going to win, but the network needs to create dramatic subplots for 17 weeks before it happens.” And all of these assumptions may very well be...
  • The contradiction that is Ted Cruz

    10/08/2015 11:13:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Examiner ^ | October 8, 2015 | Sylvia Van Peebles, San Diego Politics
    Ted Cruz is called the pit bull in Congress because he relentlessly sinks his teeth into battles that he is passionate about such as defunding Planned Parenthood and defeating the Iran Nuclear Deal. He has no fear in calling out fellow Congressional leaders who support the status quo over the will or well-being of the people-even if he is alone. Cruz staunchly supports the Constitution and calls out those who circumvent it, all the way to the White House. He stands strong in his Christian faith and is not shy about sharing his testimony. All-in-all a perfect candidate. However, if...
  • Rep. Butt endorses Ted Cruz (Tennessee)

    10/08/2015 10:58:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | October 8, 2015 | Kara Coleman
    State Representative Sheila Butt (R-Columbia) announced Thursday she is endorsing U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president in 2016. “It’s time to stand for our country and foundational principles, including the rule of law,” Butt stated in a press release. “Senator Cruz has a consistent record of fighting for the principles on which our country was created. After meeting with Senator Cruz and his team, I am convinced he will fight until the end to restore the Tenth Amendment, tackle our national debt, provide unwavering support to Israel and our allies, and restore the balance of power in Washington.” Butt...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Problem With Men

    10/08/2015 10:44:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 7, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    Clinton is performing as poorly with men as Republicans do with Hispanics. She won’t win a general election unless she can close the gender gap. When Hil­lary Clin­ton entered the pres­id­en­tial race, she ex­pec­ted to win over­whelm­ing sup­port among wo­men in her bid to be­come the first fe­male pres­id­ent. In­stead, she’s find­ing out that an un­pre­ced­en­ted level of res­ist­ance to her can­did­acy among men is un­der­min­ing the con­ven­tion­al wis­dom that she’d be the strongest Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee in the gen­er­al elec­tion. Put an­oth­er way: Clin­ton is now nearly as un­pop­u­lar with men as Don­ald Trump is with wo­men. That’s say­ing something....
  • Kevin McCarthy's Exit Came After Personal Threat Over Affair Allegations

    10/08/2015 10:19:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | October 8, 2015 | Michael Calderone, Senior media reporter
    "Why not resign like Bob Livingston?”In the hours before House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly withdrew his candidacy to be the next speaker of the House, he was sent an email from a conservative activist threatening to expose an alleged affair with a colleague. The subject line: “Kevin, why not resign like Bob Livingston?” The email, sent just after 8 a.m. on Thursday, came from Steve Baer, a Chicago-based GOP donor known for mass-emailing conservative figures and Republican lawmakers. It was addressed to McCarthy and numerous others, including the personal account of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), who conservative media...
  • Report: Boehner phones Paul Ryan, asks him to run for Speaker—or he might stay on as Speaker himself

    10/08/2015 9:21:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 8, 2015 | Allahpundit
    This makes three top House Republicans who’ve endorsed Ryan in the last two days as a potential uniting force. Yesterday it was Trey Gowdy: “To me, just speaking as one member, the smartest kid in the class is Paul Ryan,” Gowdy said. “If I had one draft choice and I was starting a new country, I would draft Paul to run it. Not because I agree with him on everything, but because he’s super, super smart. And when someone is super, super smart and is not interested, that tells you something. It tells me a lot.” This morning, after he’d...
  • Outsider Dornan, Tops New Republican nomination List.

    10/08/2015 9:15:05 PM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies
    wikipedia ^ | March 1985 | staff and contributors
    Dornan makes headlines in confrontation with Representative Thomas Downey (D-NY) on the House floor today. Downey asked Dornan about comments he had made calling Downey "a draft-dodging wimp." According to Downey, Dornan, grabbing him by collar and tie, said, "It's good you're being protected by the sergeant-at-arms. If I saw you outside, it would be a different story" and threatened him "with some form of bodily harm." Dornan claimed he was merely straightening Downey's tie and refused to apologize for the incident or the derogatory comment. A Dornan aide said, "It will be a cold day in hell before he...
  • Bush campaigns in central Iowa, contrasts his leadership with ‘loud voices'

    10/08/2015 8:46:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gazette ^ | October 8, 2015 | Erin Murphy and Rod Boshart
    Two-term Florida governor says he's focused on finding answers, not feeding angst. INDIANOLA — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush touted his leadership as a two-term Florida governor Thursday to prospective Iowa caucus-goers and hoped that experience would win him support over the untested “loud voices” in the expansive GOP field when they make their choices next February. “I believe that at the end of this process that people are going to want to know that you’re a proven leader,” Bush told about 100 people who packed a Pizza Ranch restaurant to hear his message. “That you’ve got a spine, that...
  • Iowa Radio Host: ‘If The Caucuses Were Today, Ben Carson Or Ted Cruz Would Win’ [VIDEO]

    10/08/2015 7:43:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 8, 2015 | Steve Guest, Media Reporter
    Nationally syndicated talk show host Steve Deace said Thursday that if the Iowa caucuses were held today, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz would win, even though businessman Donald Trump currently outpolls both candidates. The reason: Carson and Cruz have superior on-the-ground organizations. “I don’t believe almost any of these polls,” Deace said on “MSNBC News Nation.” “The record of polling in Iowa is a joke.” Deace noted that pollsters have warned the Republican National Committee against trusting their results to determine debate placement, and that Gallup will stop polling the 2016 primaries “because they don’t trust...

    10/08/2015 7:38:11 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 11 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 8 Oct 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    A new mysterious website exposing Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)80% for his immigration positions ahead of the 2016 primaries has hit the web. At this time, it’s unclear who made the website—but it details in depth the immigration transgressions of Sen. Rubio in a way that has yet to be done on the campaign trail. As 2016 GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump marshals his forces to take on Rubio—the new Washington establishment candidate given that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign is floundering—this website could become a central part of the campaign. The URL for the site is RubioAmnestyPlan.Com, and could...
  • Marco Rubio’s Fund-Raising Pace Slows

    10/08/2015 7:06:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | October 8, 2015 | Nicholas Confessore
    Senator Marco Rubio of Florida took in just $6 million for his presidential campaign from July to the end of September, a major drop to his fund-raising pace over a summer in which two Republican rivals dropped out because they lacked enough money to continue. Mr. Rubio’s total, announced at a gathering of donors and other supporters in Las Vegas, underscores the hesitation among the Republican donor class during a period when outsider candidates, such as Donald J. Trump and Ben Carson, were dominating many polls. It is well below the roughly $9 million that Mr. Rubio raised during the...
  • Cruz Announces Leadership for Every County in First Four States

    10/08/2015 6:36:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | October 8, 2015
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign on Wednesday announced that it has named a chairman in all 171 counties that comprise the first four early states – 99 Iowa counties, 10 New Hampshire counties, 46 South Carolina counties, and 16 Nevada counties. “The only way we will turn our country around is through a grassroots uprising of the American people, and I’m grateful for the many courageous conservatives in the early states who have stepped forward to lead that grassroots movement,” Cruz said. “I’ve always known we would have a great organization, but having a leader the 171 counties that...
  • Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio Are Rising, Focus Groups Say (VIDEO)

    10/08/2015 6:24:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | October 8, 2015
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  • Ted Cruz Is the Bizarro Romney: In the Republican primary, that’s a very good thing.

    10/08/2015 6:07:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | October 8, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    When Ted Cruz announced his campaign for president, I said he didn’t have a chance. The Texas senator isn’t just extreme—an ideological outlier with hard-right positions on virtually everything under the sun—but he’s unpopular with other Republican lawmakers. He stepped on the stage as a critic of national GOP leadership and has used his influence with grassroots conservatives to force confrontations like the 2013 government shutdown. Cruz has burned his bridges with powerful party figures like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—on one occasion, Cruz called McConnell a “liar” on the Senate floor—and is toxic to many of his Senate Republican colleagues....
  • Ted Cruz for House speaker?

    10/08/2015 5:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 8, 2015 | Rebecca Kaplan
    With the news that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, has dropped his bid for House speaker, the Republican conference is scrambling to find a new leader. Although speakers have always been members of the House of Representatives, it is in fact not a requirement written in the Constitution. Article I, Section 2 Clause 5 reads: "The House of Representatives shall chuse [sic] their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment." On a few occasions, lawmakers have voted for someone who isn't a member. Last January, when John Boehner was elected to serve as speaker...
  • RNC Looks to Empower GOP Women to Run

    10/08/2015 4:31:50 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | October 9, 2015 | Emily Cahn
    Sharon Day rose through the ranks of GOP politics, starting as a precinct captain in her native Florida and eventually co-chairing the Republican National Committee. But Day said she’d never be in the position she’s in today if people hadn’t empowered her to run for those roles. And she’s made it her mission to pay it forward to encourage more Republican women to become activists in the party and to run for office — all in the hopes of making women a more integral part of the GOP. “I think for women, we’re built different than men in that we...
  • Team Trump Montana not getting much support from state GOP and vice versa

    10/07/2015 10:20:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Dickinson Press ^ | October 7, 2015 | Tom Lutey, The Billings Gazette
    BILLINGS, Mont. -- Dan Hutchings was ecstatic — after only six weeks, the official Team Trump 2016 Montana Facebook page had 398 likes. Donald Trump, the surprise national front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, was doing twice as well as Hutchings’ was led to expect after contacting the “The Donald’s” campaign in September and volunteering to be the first Montana contact for the billionaire celebrity turned dark horse political candidate. “We’re relatively new on the scene. We’re just starting to grow, and we’re getting 398 supporters?” Hutchings said. “We’re going real fast right now and we’re starting to get overwhelmed.”...
  • Clinton says jail was 'right thing' for Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses

    10/07/2015 9:49:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 7, 2015 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says that jail was the "right thing" for a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, the Democratic presidential hopeful said Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was "treated as she should have been treated." Davis spent five days in jail for defying a court order and refusing to license gay marriages. Several Republican presidential candidates have vocally defended Davis, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz....
  • Packed primaries give people like Cruz road map to victory

    10/07/2015 6:50:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | October 7, 2015 | Ross Ramsey, executive editor, The Texas Tribune
    Political hard-liners do better in runoffs than in party primaries. Runoff voters in both parties are the most enthusiastic voters — more likely to show up for every election. Primary elections do a pretty good job of sorting the partisans from the semi-partisans: Most Republicans and most Democrats who vote in general elections do not vote in their own primaries. But the drop in turnout from those anemic primaries to the primary runoffs also is significant, leaving the most ardent voters from the two parties in charge. So it should come as no surprise when political plotters and schemers try...
  • How free agent GOP delegates could swing nomination

    10/07/2015 6:18:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 7, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    In the movie, "Swing Vote," the presidential election literally comes down to the vote of one American, Kevin Costner's everyman character, Bud Johnson. It's the stuff of pure, indulgent political fantasy. But the crowded and unpredictable Republican 2016 primary does offer the prospect of an extended battle that could become a very personal, one-on-one campaign for individual delegates, GOP insiders say. Party rules bind most delegates to the winners of each state's nominating contest. But should candidates lose support down the line and suspend their campaigns, the delegates they won immediately become free agents who are permitted to of support...
  • GOP schism not new, still a factor

    10/07/2015 5:54:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 6, 2015 | Jack Torry and Jessica Wehrman
    In 1952, the combatants were Dwight Eisenhower and Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio. In 1964, it was Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller. Today, they are outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. All have been at the center of an endless struggle that has roiled Republicans for decades as conservatives attempt to yank the party to the political right while more moderate or establishment Republicans try their best to nudge their way toward the center. In the vivid glare of an intense presidential race, party conservatives such as Cruz and Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana are...

    10/07/2015 4:56:11 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 82 replies
    National Enquirer ^ | October 7, 2015 | Sharon Churcher
    Judging by White House wannabe Ben Carson’s track record as a neurosurgeon, his presidential campaign should be declared dead on arrival! In a bombshell investigation into his medical career, The National ENQUIRER has exclusively learned the now retired doc allegedly butchered one patient’s brain — and EVEN left a sponge in another’s skull! According to at least six malpractice lawsuits against Carson obtained by The ENQUIRER, the Republican candidate allegedly rushed patients into surgery, and brandished a scalpel like a meat cleaver!
  • After talking up money, Donald Trump isn’t spending it

    10/07/2015 4:16:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 6, 2015 | Ari Melber
    Many Republicans have tried and failed to win the presidential nomination without support from the party establishment. Donald Trump argues he is different from those hopefuls because his wealth enables him to fund an insurgent campaign all by himself. But for all the talk about his money, so far, Trump isn’t using it. Trump campaign officials say he has only spent about $2 million – far less than fellow GOP candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz, for instance. each spent $5.5 million just through July, according to the latest FEC reports. Hillary Clinton’s campaign, meanwhile, spent $18 million...
  • How a team of Obama veterans helped Bernie Sanders pull in a record number of donations

    10/07/2015 3:22:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | October 7, 2015 | Alyssa Bereznak, National Correspondent, Technology
    On the last Tuesday in September, an important deadline loomed for the men and women who would be president. The Federal Election Commission requires those running for office to report how much their campaigns have raised each quarter, and the last-minute fundraising appeals that ensue often reach a dramatic pitch as politicians seek to raise a figure that proves they have staying power. Starting at about 9:30 p.m. that evening, online donations through Sen. Bernie Sanders’s website, store and the ActBlue fundraising site reached the phenomenal clip of about two contributions per second. They stayed at that high and steady...
  • Ted Cruz names campaign chairs in all 99 Iowa counties

    10/07/2015 2:26:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Des Moines Register | October 7, 2015 | Matthew Patane
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  • Ohio Republican voters shift support from Kasich to Trump, Carson

    10/07/2015 2:03:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Aurora Advocate ^ | October 7, 2015 | Marc Kovac, Capital Bureau Chief
    Columbus — Gov. John Kasich is no longer the leading Republican presidential candidate among Ohio voters, according to a new poll released Oct. 7. Registered Republican voters in the state have shifted their support to business mogul Donald Trump and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who received 23 percent and 18 percent support, respectively, in the latest Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey. Kasich was third with 13 percent, down from 27 percent in August and ending a string of Quinnipiac polls where he was atop the GOP field in his home state. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and businesswoman Carly Fiorina were...
  • Why winning Guam and the Virgin Islands could be as important as Iowa for Ted Cruz

    10/07/2015 12:52:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | October 7, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    WASHINGTON–Most of the early action in presidential primaries happens in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. But Sen. Ted Cruz is keying in on far-off territories to help meet a Republican Party rule for the nomination. While Cruz has spent plenty of time and money in the early primary states, he’s also dispatched advisers and put in calls to leaders in Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, according to Politico. The Republican party requires its presidential candidate to have won a majority of delegates in eight states or territories. Since those three territories cast delegates in the primary,...
  • Rand Paul Attacks Ted Cruz In Defense Of Mitch McConnell…

    10/07/2015 12:04:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | September 30, 2015
    In a move that will no doubt disappoint many of his political supporters, Senator Rand Paul stated publicly that fellow GOP Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz is “done for” in the Senate. Senator Paul’s words appeared to be part of his defense of current Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, himself the subject of increasing pressure from unhappy conservatives to step down from that position due to McConnell’s ongoing unwillingness to more forcefully fight the Obama agenda. It should be noted that at present, the Paul presidential campaign is floundering at just 1% in most polls while Cruz continues to...
  • Our editorial: Ted Cruz is wrong on Syrian refugees

    10/06/2015 10:50:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Detroit News | October 6, 2015
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  • Ohio RINO John Kasich compares enemies of ObamaCARE to ISIS

    10/06/2015 9:21:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Fire Andrea Mitchell!!! ^ | October 6, 2015
    So far, there are two Republicans I will NOT vote for under any circumstances if they are the nominee in 2016. One is Jeb Bush. The other is this jackass John Kasich. While pandering to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, John Kasich said: Ohio RINO John Kasich compares enemies of ObamaCARE to ISIS I mean, look at Medicaid expansion. You know how many people are yelling at me? I’ve gone to events where people yell at me. You know what? You know what I tell ‘em? I mean, God bless ‘em, I’m telling them a little bit better at...
  • Jindal Accuses Cruz of Enabling Trump in Political Play

    10/06/2015 5:51:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | October 6, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Sen. Ted Cruz is cozying up to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in a cynical ploy to court the billionaire's supporters should Trump drop out of the race for the White House, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal charged Tuesday. In an interview with the Tribune, Jindal said Cruz has "enabled" Trump, who has a history of liberal stands, by refusing to criticize him, instead cultivating a chummy relationship with the New York developer. The Texas GOP senator has praised Trump for drawing attention to illegal immigration, headlined a rally with him against President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and repeatedly passed...
  • State Senator Prepares GOP Primary Challenge to Shimkus

    10/06/2015 1:39:48 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | October 5, 2015 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    State Sen. Kyle McCarter is poised to launch a primary challenge to GOP Sen. John Shimkus in Illinois’ 15th District later this week, according to GOP sources. The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. McCarter has been openly discussing the possibility with fellow Illinois Republicans since at least August, when I wrote about him in The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report. In the last few days, McCarter has been calling various Republicans across the state and has unveiled a new campaign logo (noticeably void of the office he intends to seek) at the Little Egypt parade in Salem on...
  • Why Rand Paul is fizzling

    10/06/2015 12:06:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Week ^ | October 6, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    hy has Rand Paul's presidential campaign been such a dud? There's something perplexing about his failure to take off. He should be building on his father's success and expanding the Paul coalition. After all, his Senate campaign in 2010 revealed him to be a savvy politician capable of blending the major aspects of his father's paleo-libertarian ideology with Republican orthodoxy. And since then, the younger Paul has enjoyed a much bigger media profile than his father ever had. He gave a well-reviewed speech to the 2012 Republican National Convention, a stage that his father never would have been allowed to...