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  • A Guide To The Three Possible Outcomes In Indiana’s GOP Primary

    05/03/2016 1:48:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | May 3, 2016 | Harry Enten
    Donald Trump may be a runaway train. He has blasted through his 50 percent “ceiling,” outperforming his polls and winning a clear majority in the last six states to cast ballots. All that success occurred in the Northeast, however, so here’s the question: Is Trump wrapping up this nomination, or is he just really strong in the Northeast? We’ll get some answers in Indiana on Tuesday. It’s a culturally conservative state where many political observers (including yours truly) thought Ted Cruz had a good shot at coalescing the anti-Trump vote. Indiana is also, in terms of demographics, slightly below average...
  • Indiana Polls Could Be A Definitive Blow For The Anti-Trump Campaign

    05/03/2016 11:19:52 AM PDT · by scottycraig · 13 replies
    After the primary in Indiana, only nine states will hold delegate contests of the GOP race. A Republican pollster said, “If the anti-Trump effort in Indiana falls short. It will be increasingly difficult for either Senator Cruz or Governor Kasich to make an argument in upcoming primary contests they can stop Trump”. Read the rest of the post
  • Cruz Puts Faith in Ground Game to Stop Trump in Indiana

    05/02/2016 8:04:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | May 2, 2016 | Mark Niquette
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://chronicle.com/article/When-Everyone-Goes-to-College-/236313?key=Km5VaSwSOs9-HKfuI3FnkvBnLNgCDGedRc3dh4ndFUdfaEt3dWVzN2RDVG50MnowVjFjazJiaHBNN3JUd3FnR3o3UzhkSEF1WUZF
  • ‘Poverty is a death sentence,’ Sanders declares during Baltimore stop

    05/02/2016 6:31:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 23, 2016 | John Wagner
    BALTIMORE — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders used a campaign stop Saturday in this economically challenged city to decry the difference between the life expectancies of the nation’s rich and poor, declaring that “poverty is a death sentence.” “If you are born in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhood, your life expectancy is almost 20 years shorter than if you’re born in its wealthiest neighborhood,” the senator from Vermont said, adding that “15 neighborhoods in Baltimore have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two of them have a higher infant mortality rate than Palestine's West Bank.” Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, promised an...
  • First Read: Trump Is on the Cusp of Putting Away the GOP Race

    05/02/2016 4:05:55 PM PDT · by RayofHope · 10 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 05/02/2016 | Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann
    First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter. Trump on the cusp of putting away GOP race If Sunday's NBC/WSJ/Marist poll showing Donald Trump ahead by 15 points in Indiana is correct, then Trump's path to the Republican presidential race would turn into a cakewalk. And this kind of result in Indiana, which holds its primary on Tuesday, would knock out Ted Cruz and the "Stop Trump" movement. The NBC/WSJ/Marist poll found Trump getting support of 49% of likely GOP primary voters...
  • Donald Trump responds to Hillary Clinton's "demeaning" comments

    05/02/2016 2:59:54 PM PDT · by RayofHope · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | 05/01/2016 | Reena Flores
    Donald Trump denounced Hillary Clinton's recent comments about being familiar with "men who sometimes get off the reservation," calling the remarks "demeaning to men" in a Sunday interview with Fox News. "I thought it was a terrible answer," Trump said on "Fox and Friends." "She said, 'I am used to dealing with' -- and what was the word? Go ahead, she used a certain word. 'Men off the reservation.' And I said to myself that's a horrible expression."
  • Convention of States - Indiana

    05/02/2016 11:36:23 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz battle for first place in Indiana’s heated presidential primary, many don’t realize that the Indiana state legislature has already taken steps to ensure freedom and prosperity for generations to come. Earlier this year, The Hoosier State voted to pass the Convention of States resolution, which calls for an Article V Amendments Convention for the purpose of limiting the size, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government. Presidential contenders can talk about shrinking government and eliminating the debt, but only a Convention of States can actually reverse 100 years of activist Supreme Court decisions and...
  • Ted Cruz Argues He's "In For the Distance" as Indiana Primary Nears

    05/02/2016 10:31:30 AM PDT · by RayofHope · 27 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | 05/02/2016 | Patrick Svitek
    OSCEOLA, Ind. — Ted Cruz is arguing he still has a path to Republican presidential nomination, even if he loses the primary here Tuesday as expected. “Absolutely, but we intend to do everything possible to win tomorrow,” the U.S. senator from Texas told reporters Monday after a stop in this town in northern Indiana. “I am in for the distance,” Cruz later said. “As long as we have a viable path to victory, I am competing to the end.”
  • Trump Is All Set For A New Record And Will Beat George W. Bush Record of 10.8M!!

    05/02/2016 8:08:21 AM PDT · by scottycraig · 9 replies
    The last record was set in 2000 by George W. Bush, who earned 10.8 million votes. Looking at Trump’s campaign, he will most likely knock this record. (Excerpt) Read more at KokoSoup
  • Trump Change: 89% of GOP Voters Now Say Trump Is Likely Nominee

    05/01/2016 8:55:26 AM PDT · by RayofHope · 21 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Friday, April 29, 2016 | Rasmussen Reports
    Belief that Donald Trump is the likely Republican presidential nominee has soared to its highest level ever and matches perceptions that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic standard-bearer in the fall.
  • Maureen Hayden: Cruz goes for ground game

    05/01/2016 4:18:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Kokomo Tribune ^ | May 1, 2016 | Maureen Hayden
    INDIANAPOLIS — It’s no fluke that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stopped by Lucchese’s Italian restaurant outside Elkhart on a barnstorming tour of Indiana this past week. The family-owned eatery is a local landmark. Located on a busy county road, it was started more than 30 years ago by a firefighter who'd learned how to cook for his firehouse crew. It's now managed by his son, a Republican county commissioner, and frequented by conservative GOP Congresswoman Jackie Walorksi when she’s in town. Owner Frank Lucchese confessed to being a John Kasich fan in the presidential primary race, but he understood why...
  • Why We Must Unify the Republican Party Before the Convention: President Hillary Clinton

    04/29/2016 11:56:55 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 28 replies
    Politics as Unusual ^ | 4-28-16 | Otto Lamp
    These are the scenarios I see for a contested convention. In every case many become disaffected and refuse to vote GOP come November. All scenarios produce the same result: President Hillary Clinton. Ted Cruz, by hook or crook, takes the nomination on the 2nd or later ballot. Trump supporters will bolt the GOP. The result: President Hillary Clinton.John Kasich, by hook or crook, takes the nomination on the 2nd or later ballot. Trump & Cruz supporters bolt the GOP. The Result: President Hillary Clinton.Someone not currently running (say Paul Ryan) takes the nomination on the 2nd or later ballot. Cruz, Kasich,...
  • Will Big Spending in Indiana Lead To a Win? (Congressional primary)

    04/28/2016 4:29:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | April 27, 2016 | Gillian Roberts
    In Indiana’s competitive 9th Congressional District Republican primary race, there’s a big spender. A really big spender. His name is Joseph A. “Trey” Hollingsworth III (Roll Call has already delved into other oddities about his candidacy , like how he’s from Tennessee), and he’s been blanketing the airwaves with campaign ads in the five-way race for GOP Rep. Todd Young’s open seat — which is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call. There are unique challenges in the contest, like how no one in his adopted hometown of Jeffersonville has really seen him outside of their...
  • John Kasich hits the Oregon campaign trail

    04/28/2016 9:09:16 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/27/2016 | By Cassie Spodak
    Portland, Oregon (CNN) — John Kasich made a deal to go one-on-one with Donald Trump in Oregon, and he's wasting no time. Wednesday morning saw the release of a new TV ad in Oregon, touting that rival "Ted Cruz pulled out of Oregon" and that Kasich "is the only one that can stop Trump and defeat Hillary Clinton in the fall." The ad doesn't describe the agreement reached by the Cruz and Kasich campaigns that had Kasich pulling his resources out of Indiana, with Cruz doing the same in Oregon and New Mexico. The plan allows for each candidate to...
  • A First: GOP Leaders Like Trump Speech

    04/28/2016 6:01:29 AM PDT · by RayofHope · 36 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | 04/28/2016 | Rebecca Berg
    If Donald Trump has begun to refer to himself as the “presumptive” Republican nominee, the positive reaction Wednesday by some party leaders and strategists to his foreign policy address seemed to affirm that notion. Speaking from prepared remarks in Washington, D.C. — an unusual format and setting for the bombastic outsider candidate — Trump described U.S. foreign policy under President Obama and, by extension, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as “a complete and total disaster.”
  • Could Trump Beat Clinton in New York? Yes.

    04/27/2016 6:10:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Liberty Blitzkrieg ^ | April 26, 2016 | Michael Krieger
    One thing Clinton supporters remain in complete denial about (other than the fact most Americans who don’t identify as Democrats find her to be somewhere in between untrustworthy and criminal), is that a significant number of Sanders supporters will never vote for Hillary. Forget the fact that I know a few personally, I’ve noticed several interviews with voters who proclaim Sanders to be their first choice but Trump their second. Are they just saying this or do they mean it? I think a lot of them mean it. – From the post: Why Hillary Clinton Cannot Beat Donald Trump I...
  • Campaign Mystery: Why Don't Bernie Sanders' Big Rallies Lead To Big Wins?

    04/26/2016 6:05:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | April 26, 2016 | Tamara Keith
    If you only considered crowd size at rallies for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, you might wonder how Clinton has won so many big states. Sanders draws massive, enthusiastic crowds, while Clinton's rallies often seem tiny and subdued by comparison. Monday night, the eve of five East Coast primaries taking place today, Sanders spoke to an overflow crowd — 3,200 people in total — at Drexel University in Philadelphia. His audience was more than double the crowd that showed up to hear Hillary Clinton speak at Philadelphia's city hall. On Sunday, 14,000 were there for Sanders in New Haven, Conn....
  • Why Ted Cruz Can't Drop Out Prior to the Convention

    04/26/2016 1:05:50 PM PDT · by Brookhaven · 46 replies
    Politics as Unusual ^ | Today | Otto Lamp
    Ted Cruz, his father, and David Barton Here is why Ted Cruz can't drop out prior to the convention: Robert Morris Announces Solemn Assembly of 75,000 Pastors at Cowboy Stadium in July 2016 Just in time for the GOP and Dem National Conventions, Robert Morris and friends want to get 75,000 pastors in Dallas’ Cowboy Stadium to pray for the nation. Morris announced the big solemn assembly in his Saturday (8/8/15) sermon at the Southlake campus of Gateway Church... The national conventions for both parties are also in July. This looks like a perfect occasion to organize for the...
  • Maddow to Hillary: Will You Try to ‘Lobby’ GOP Voters Who Don’t Like Trump, Cruz?

    04/26/2016 1:26:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 25, 2016 | Josh Feldman
    During their MSNBC town hall tonight, Rachel Maddow asked Hillary Clinton about the quasi-endorsement she got from Charles Koch, who basically said she might be better than whoever the Republicans pick. Maddow brought up how a lot of Republicans who––like Koch––would find either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump to be “unacceptable,” and asked Clinton, “Do you have a plan to basically try to lobby for Republican votes?” They shared a laugh over the chaos in the Republican party right now before Clinton dismissively said she’ll let the GOP fight things out first. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Also, Clinton made it clear again that...
  • Meet the Vigilantes Who Patrol Trump’s Rallies

    04/25/2016 2:45:33 PM PDT · by RayofHope · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/25/2016 | M. Scott Mahaskey
    It was Friday night and Chris Cox was sitting at the No Name Saloon in Edgewater, Florida, planning a pro-Trump rally during Daytona Bike Week, when he looked up at the television in the bar. Protesters were clashing with Donald Trump’s supporters inside a packed Chicago arena, forcing the campaign to cancel the event and urge everyone to leave “in peace.” “The TV comes on and there’s chaos and mayhem in Chicago and all we could do is shake our heads,” said Cox. “At that moment we couldn’t really see our role. We were in shock. But over the next...
  • Exclusive: Donald Trump Losing Unbound Delegate Race to Ted Cruz

    04/24/2016 7:15:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 24, 2016 | Tessa Berenson
    The group could be pivotal Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has a clear early lead in the Republican race for unbound delegates who can vote their personal preference on the first ballot at the Cleveland convention, according to a TIME survey, presenting an obstacle for frontrunner Donald Trump if he falls just short of the 1,237 bound delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Of the 63 unbound delegates who have already been named, 26 have told TIME or other news outlets that they are either committed to support Cruz, lean towards supporting Cruz or refuse to support Trump on the first...
  • 'Never Trump' groups collide with Kasich, Cruz

    04/23/2016 8:25:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | April 23, 2016 | Jonathan Easley and Jonathan Swan
    The anti-Trump movement is at odds with Ted Cruz and John Kasich over how to stop Donald Trump. 
 In interviews and strategy memos, operatives aligned with the anti-Trump movement have outlined a roadmap for how to block Trump from obtaining the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination.

 But Cruz and Kasich – both of whom have been mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination outright — are carrying on with no regard for the anti-Trump movement’s proposed pathway to a contested convention.

 The differences have stirred tensions between Republicans who share the same goal of stopping Trump, but can’t...
  • Pro-Ted Cruz groups have 10 times as much campaign cash as pro-John Kasich groups

    04/23/2016 7:04:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Cincinnati Enquirer | April 21, 2016 | Chrissie Thompson, Deirdre Shesgreen and Jeremy Fugleberg
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/04/20/pro-kasich-super-pacs-low-cash-after-primary-heavy-march/83284622/
  • US election: Credentials Committee could play hardball against Trump 'breaking rules'

    04/23/2016 3:50:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Ausgtralian Broadcasting Company ^ | April 23, 2016 | Michael Vincent
    Imagine this: Republican presidential candidate runner Donald Trump wins 1,250 delegates, but far from waltzing into the nomination, he is undone. Key points: •'Whoever chairs Credentials Committee better bring Tylenol', Donald Trump warns •It is made up of two national delegates from each state and territory, and District of Columbia •Political correspondent Tim Alberta says 'anything could pass' It is entirely possible that some of those delegates get blocked from entering the convention even before it begins. It would mean he would not get the nomination outright. To get into the convention you need credentials. "There is going to be...
  • HRC Blasts Ted Cruz’s New Transphobic Ad

    04/23/2016 3:03:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    The Human Rights Campaign ^ | April 22, 2016 | Brandon Lorenz
    Today, HRC released the following statement on Ted Cruz’s despicable new campaign ad attacking transgender people. “Ted Cruz’s transphobic smear campaign peddles a dangerous brand of hate and ignorance,” said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. “At a time when transgender women are at a disproportionately high risk for violence and assault, Ted Cruz’s reckless ad puts them at even greater risk. Moreover, what message does Ted Cruz think this sends to transgender youth across this country? We deserve a president who’ll fight to protect the rights and dignity of everyone -- not a reckless, feckless politician who’ll do or say...
  • HUGE: Ted Cruz Earns FOUR Critical California Endorsements!

    04/22/2016 5:50:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    Red State ^ | April 22, 2016 | Caleb Howe
    Today the Cruz campaign announced the endorsements of former Chairmen of the California Republican Party John S. Herrington and Tirso del Junco. They join former CRP Chairmen Ron Nehring and Michael Schroeder on the Cruz team From the campaign statement: “As a member of President Reagan’s cabinet, I’ve seen first-hand how a great leader can change the course of our nation. Ted Cruz is the proven conservative leader our country needs to lead us to prosperity once again,” said Herrington. John S. Herrington served as President Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1981-83, Deputy Assistant for Presidential Personnel from...
  • Oh boy: Two private polls of Indiana show Trump and Cruz tied, one shows Trump ahead

    04/22/2016 2:58:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 21, 2016 | Allahpundit
    If you donÂ’t know by now why Indiana is important, you must have missed this post and a good 8,000 similar explainers elsewhere in political media. Long story short, IndianaÂ’s one of the few states left on the map where either Cruz or Trump might plausibly do well. With 57 delegates at stake, a win or loss for Trump there could be the difference between him reaching 1,237 delegates on the first ballot and falling a few dozen short. ItÂ’s essentially a must-win for Cruz to force a contested convention. But heÂ’s not winning, at least according to three private...
  • Bill Bennett: GOP Leaders Have "Closed Their Minds" To Trump; "Take The High Road" And Talk To Him

    04/22/2016 9:53:10 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 19 replies
    RCP ^ | April 22, 2016 | Tim Hains
    Former Education Secretary under Ronald Reagan, Bill Bennett, says that it is time for the #NeverTrump crowd to give the Republican frontrunner another look. "We may have a roundtable of [white] knights," swooping in to stop Trump at the RNC convention, Bennett told Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly on Wednesday. "And I'll be Secretary Arthur." "Let's look a little bit macro at this," he explained. "There is momentum. Trump really finished big in New York. And Cruz finished third. Very bad for Cruz. Remember Cruz told Kasich, when it became mathematically impossible for Kasich to win, you should drop out...
  • New York never mattered, Ted Cruz won the Presidency

    04/22/2016 2:32:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 156 replies
    Red State ^ | April 20, 2016 | Michael Harrington
    The math is certain, it's time to move on to fighting Hillary. The current real numbers are just fine, Trump was expected to win New York, optimistic news I had received not with standing. Yes Trump got 90 delegates. Yes he did well. Yes Kasich got 5 delegates, his first in how long? Yes yes and yes. And No I am not even bothered. Real Numbers: Cruz 696 Delegates to Trumps 815 Delegates. Whats left now? California 172 Indiana 57 New Jersey 51 Washington 44 Maryland 38 Nebraska 36 West Virginia 34 South Dakota 29 Connecticut 28 Oregon 28 Montana...
  • The Absurdity of "Trump/Cruz Can't Win"

    04/22/2016 12:18:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 22, 2016 | Mark Davis
    Have we not all learned that this is a terrible year for broad pronouncements? The past months are littered with the failed assertions of oh-so-smart people who just knew they had everything figured out. Trump is a joke. No, wait, he’s inevitable. He’s out of control. No, now he’s more disciplined, He’s got this. No, he’s a loose cannon. Cruz has no chance to be the nominee. No, wait, now he has the inside track. His campaign operation has too many flaws. No, now they are the smart ones with the best delegate roundup skills. It’s the Year of the...
  • Black Lives Matter protesters demand Clinton pardon all victims of the 1994 crime bill

    04/21/2016 4:03:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Death and Taxes ^ | April 20, 2016 | Jamie Peck
    As her campaign chugs merrily along, Hillary Clinton and her people continue to walk the line between paying lip service to civil rights and standing by Clinton-era policies that were disastrous for the African-American community. Clinton has even gone so far as to admit that the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 had “unintended” negative effects in the same breath that she deflected the blame for it onto Bill. (I guess we’re supposed to forget that she stumped for it hard at the time and criticized Barack Obama for being too easy on crime as recently as...
  • Trump gives a direct, strong answer on transgendered people and bathrooms.

    04/21/2016 1:22:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 188 replies
    Althouse ^ | April 21, 2016 | Ann Althouse
    I like the way he focused on the role of law. North Carolina enacted a law, and now "they're paying a big price, and there's a lot of problems." Law wasn't needed, because: "There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate, there has been so little trouble." There was already a social adjustment that accommodated people who needed to be accommodated. Asked whether he would let Caitlyn Jenner, a trans woman, use the bathroom of her choice at Trump Tower, he said he would. He added, "There's...
  • John Kasich: GOP 'going to get creamed' if Trump or Cruz nominee

    04/21/2016 7:48:36 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 66 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | 04/20/2016 | By Eli Watkins
    (CNN) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich met with Republican Party insiders on Wednesday as he seeks to convince them his competitors would "get creamed" in the general election. "They want to make sure they pick somebody who can win in the fall," Kasich said Wednesday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." "If we pick these two guys, according to virtually all the polls, we are going to get creamed." Kasich was referring to his primary opponents: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and GOP front-runner Donald Trump. Republican National Committee members gathered in Florida this week as the focus on the party's nominating...
  • The New Ted Cruz “War Room” Web Ad Is One Of The Best Things You’ll Ever See

    04/21/2016 12:00:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | April 20, 2016 | Scott McKay, publisher
    No, really. This is one of the best political commercials ever made. It won’t be on TV unless it gets recut, because it’s two and a half minutes long, but to recut this would be a shame. It packs in many of the reasons why Cruz is a better nominee than Trump, gets across the key point that if Trump is the nominee the media which has been fawning over him will turn on him the same way they turned on John McCain and Hillary’s opposition research feeding into the media coverage will turn the entire general election race into...
  • No, Trump Isn’t on Cruz Control Yet

    04/20/2016 11:04:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | April 20, 2016 | Keith Koffler
    Donald Trump no doubt had a big win in New York. He’s on track to claim nearly all of the state’s 98 delegates in a victory that saw him not only smash the 50 percent mark – which allowed him to gain extra delegates – but win nearly every region of the state. But according to the widely respected Nate Silver, writing for his political website, FiveThirtyEight, Trump is still also on track to come up short at the convention. The main question is, will he get close enough to required 1,237 that he can maneuver his way over the...
  • MALARIA JACK ELLIS RIDES AGAIN! A SEQUEL YOU HAVE TO READ TO BELIEVE!

    04/20/2016 9:44:59 PM PDT · by Yogi60
    The 11th Hour ^ | 4/19/2016 | Bill Knowles
    I cannot believe I have to update “The Return of Malaria Jack” again. When I originally wrote this column in 2010 I would have never imagined in my worst nightmare that 6420 lost and misguided souls would have actually cast a ballot for our former mayor Jack Ellis in the primary election on July 19, 2010. (There were 2 additional voters I did count on, Jack and his wife. Ellis actually received 6422 votes.) Back in September, 2010 when I wrote this I felt a sickness coming on. I had been getting headaches, chills, and muscle pain, the sweats, along...
  • The GOP Mess

    04/20/2016 5:57:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The mess the Republicans have got themselves into leaves them facing a likely landslide defeat regardless of whom they nominate for president. So while television, the press and party leaders focus on whether Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or a Sir Galahad to be named later emerges as their candidate, there is a greater, related question lurking. Does about the Republican Party have a future? Or is the Party founded in 1856 no longer Grand, just Old, falling apart, on its way to dissolution? In its 2016 campaign, the G.O.P. is squandering the political advantages of the recent tradition of changing...
  • Why Cruz Is Going All-In on Indiana

    04/20/2016 2:40:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 20, 2016 | Tim Alberta, chief political correspondent
    Ted Cruz’s team knew that Donald Trump would run away with his native New York Tuesday. And they expect he’ll win the lion’s share of delegates at stake next week when a slate of northeastern states votes. So they’ve spent the last two weeks looking ahead, quietly laying the groundwork for a kitchen-sink campaign in a state they can’t afford to let Trump win: Indiana. The Hoosier State doesn’t vote until May 3, and Cruz certainly isn’t ignoring the contests in between. He spent time this week in both Maryland and Pennsylvania, the two states his campaign is confident will...
  • Franken jokes Cruz is ‘lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula’

    04/20/2016 1:35:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 20, 2016 | Brianna Ehley
    Sen. Al Franken dusted off his comedic chops over the weekend and took some jabs at his Senate colleague and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, declaring him “the lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula.” “Republicans are in kind of a bind since their best hope for stopping Donald Trump is a guy who’s the lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula,” Franken said at MinnPosts's annual variety show, MinnRoast. The event took place last Friday, with video posted on Wednesday. That wasn’t the end of it. He also quipped that “Cruz can be really hard to get along with, but I...
  • AP: Ted Cruz now mathematically eliminated from clinching GOP nomination before convention

    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is now the only Republican candidate with any chance of clinching the nomination before the convention.</p> <p>Ted Cruz was mathematically eliminated Tuesday after Trump’s big win in the New York primary.</p> <p>Trump won at least 89 of the 95 delegates at stake. John Kasich won at least three and Cruz was in danger of being shut out.</p>
  • CNN Hosts Nail Trump's Iowa Co-Chair To Wall For Accusing Cruz Camp Of Bribery (VIDEO)

    04/20/2016 12:13:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | April 19, 2016 | Katherine Krueger
    Republican Donald Trump’s top staffer in Iowa accused rival Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) campaign Tuesday of blatantly bribing delegates but backpedaled on the accusations when pressed for specifics. Asked on CNN whether the Cruz campaign has proved better at “gathering” delegates so far in the race, Tana Goertz, Iowa co-chair for the Trump campaign, responded they haven’t been ethically collecting delegates at all. “Oh, no, no, no, not gathering delegates, stealing, lying, and bribing people to become delegates. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear,” Goertz, a former contest on “The Apprentice,” responded with a smile. But when CNN hosts John...
  • Cruz-ing For a Vote (Free Republic referenced)

    04/19/2016 7:26:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New University ^ | April 19, 2016 | Jessica Resendez
    As an undecided democratic Latina who had recently attended a Bernie Sanders rally last month, I couldn’t help but be curious to see what Ted Cruz had to say during his recent visits to Irvine and San Diego last Monday. I really didn’t know much about him, but perhaps he might be able to offer a different perspective on the future of America – something that could benefit me and the rest of my UCI peers to give him some consideration. As a last minute decision to attend the rally, I missed his appearance at the Irvine Hotel and opted...
  • Cruz supporters dominate at district convention in Newnan, around state (Georgia)

    04/19/2016 6:44:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Newnan Times-Herald ^ | April 19, 2016 | Sarah Fay Campbell
    Conventions were held in every Georgia Congressional district last week to choose 42 of the state’s 76 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Each district choses three delegates. In the Third District, which includes Coweta, Trump won overwhelmingly in the Presidential Preference Primary. He also overwhelmingly won Georgia. But Saturday, Ted Cruz supporters overwhelmingly were named delegates at conventions around the state. Though many of the delegates chosen Saturday are supporters of Cruz, they still have to vote for Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on the first ballot. Under Republican party rules, the delegates are free to vote...
  • We did the math. Cruz was smart to campaign in a Bronx district with almost no Republican voters.

    04/19/2016 6:07:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | April 19, 2016 | Tobias Konitzer and David Rothschild
    When Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz came to the Bronx to campaign in the run-up to the New York primary, ridicule was not far away. After all, what is a Republican candidate doing in the staunchly Democratic, minority-majority northern part of New York City? What is he doing in New York State at all, when Donald Trump is nearly certain to carry the most votes and, according to market-based forecasts, has an 85 percent chance to win more than 50 percent of the vote? Why would Ted Cruz campaign in the Bronx? For someone like Cruz to campaign exactly...
  • The Power of Work; Ted Cruz’s Story

    04/19/2016 4:28:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics The Blog ^ | April 19, 2016 | Daniel Kushner
    “Cruz was the earliest to organize here and unquestionably had the deepest connections on the ground. His top local organizer, Bette Grande, has been supporting him for months, dating back to when Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, came to her house last September during a North Dakota campaign swing.” How do you not love this? Literally eight months ago, he was already having his father campaign in North Dakota. And not just doing events, but going to the house of top local organizers in, again, not Iowa, not New Hampshire, not South Carolina, but North Dakota. And it’s not like Ted...
  • New York Primary: Donald Trump Eager to End Ted Cruz's Winning Streak

    04/19/2016 3:56:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 19, 2016 | Benjy Sarlin
    Donald Trump's final push for the GOP nomination starts Tuesday in New York, where the front-runner is heavily favored over rivals Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The burning question is not whether Trump wins New York — if he doesn't, it will be among the biggest polling surprises ever — but whether Cruz and Kasich can pick up enough delegates to derail his nomination before July's convention in Cleveland. Since Trump's last victory in Arizona's March 22 primary, Cruz has won a competitive race in Wisconsin, as well as a series of sweeping victories in North Dakota,...
  • Turnout 'way more than usual for a primary' poll worker says (With video) [New York]

    04/19/2016 2:52:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The White Plains Journal News | April 19, 2016 | Staff
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/04/19/new-york-primary-polls/83199858/
  • Trump campaign official resigns in wake of campaign shake-up

    04/19/2016 2:06:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 19, 2016 | Larry O'Connor
    Donald Trump’s national field director quit late last night as the billionaire businessman made changes to his campaign apparatus on the eve of an important primary vote in New York. Stuart Jolly is a retired Army Lieutenant who came to the Trump campaign as a close ally of campaign manager Corey Lewandowski . They both worked at Americans For Prosperity and joined the Trump campaign during it’s infancy. The New York Times interprets the shake-up as a bad sign for Lewandowski: But the resignation was seen as a sign of distress among those loyal to Mr. Lewandowski about recent changes...
  • Ted Cruz’s, John Kasich’s, and Donald Trump’s post-Tuesday schedules.

    04/19/2016 1:25:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | April 19, 2016 | Moe Lane
    Because, letÂ’s face it: tonightÂ’s New York results on the GOP side are baked into the cake. The possibility of Donald Trump not winning the NY primary are so low that if it somehow does happen the guy might as well just quit now. But letÂ’s be realistic: TrumpÂ’s gonna win that primary. Probably get above 50%, at least statewide. Might sweep, although I wouldnÂ’t bet money on either outcome. So letÂ’s get on with what goes on afterwards. The candidatesÂ’ immediate schedules: â—ľTed Cruz: It looks like Ted Cruz is splitting attention, kind of: heÂ’s starting up in Philadelphia...
  • Ted Cruz continues work to lock down Washington State.

    04/18/2016 3:48:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    Red State ^ | April 17, 2016 | Moe Lane
    To refresh your memory: Washington State has 44 delegates, winner-take-most (majority takes all) proportional primary (20% threshold), with statewide and CD delegates. Closed primary (deadline to switch is next week; deadline for first-time voters is next month), but it’s all mail-in. …And, just think! Five months ago, I would have had to write another three or four sentences to explain all of that. Now I can just assume that most of you folks will be able to follow along. It’s an ill wind, huh? Anyway, it turns out that Ted Cruz has already done the work – before the deadline...