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  • The Day Paul Manafort Put The Fear Of God Into The Hearts & Minds Of The GOP Establishment

    05/05/2016 12:40:51 PM PDT · by ObozoMustGo2012 · 46 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | 5/5/2016 | DC Whispers
    Some are still stunned with the speed at which Donald Trump suddenly elevated himself from front-runner to presumptive nominee following Mr. Trump’s landslide victory in Indiana on Tuesday. Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign supervisor, a man who has navigated the often turbulent waters of national politics for several decades, is likely not a bit surprised, for it was Manafort who just a few short weeks ago put the fear of God into a collection of anti-Trump GOP Establishment figures during a posh resort retreat in Florida – a meeting which it can now be said altered the trajectory of the...
  • I find myself confused, then enraged.

    05/05/2016 2:53:15 PM PDT · by Rustybucket · 94 replies
    Rant | 5/5/2016 | Rustybucket
    Hello Everybody, I don't usually Rant, but I needed to say my piece and ask advice. I have been listening to Talk Radio, reading on the internet, and reading views of others on FR, and wanted to share my confusion with you all. I am a Trump supporter, but this is not about who you support if your a Republican. We are all beyond that at this point. What I have been reading and hearing, are our Elected Representatives combined reactions to the people of this Nation selecting a Republican Candidate for POTUS. It was a clear mandate, and will...
  • Donald Trump Reaches Out, Quietly, to Republican Establishment

    05/05/2016 10:07:05 AM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 5, 2016 | ASHLEY PARKER and MAGGIE HABERMANMAY
    Donald J. Trump, turning his attention to the general election, has begun quietly reaching out to key elements of the Republican establishment as he seeks to unite the party behind his candidacy before his anticipated battle against Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump, who is expected to run on a nonideological platform of his own design, is trying to reassure party officials that he understands there are certain norms even he needs to follow as the Republican nominee, and that he is capable of producing an organization and infrastructure that can sustain a costly general election campaign.
  • With Trump now the GOP nominee, both former presidents Bush plan to sit out presidential race

    05/05/2016 8:55:48 AM PDT · by PAR35 · 58 replies
    Dallas News ^ | May 4, 2016 | Tom Benning
    AUSTIN — With Donald Trump now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, former President George W. Bush “does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential race,” a spokesman said Wednesday. ... And George W. Bush — whose decision was first reported by The Associated Press – isn’t the only one in his family who will be sitting out the election. A spokesman for George H.W. Bush told The Texas Tribune that the former president is “retired from politics.” “He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb,” Bush 41 spokesman Jim McGrath told the media...
  • Millions of Us Are Strangers in Our Own Party

    05/04/2016 7:18:00 AM PDT · by sally234 · 51 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 5-3-16 | Daniel Horowitz
    Millions of us are strangers in our own party. No, this is not because of Donald Trump’s victories over the past few months, although it is certainly a reflection of them. It is because the media has succeeded in helping reelect every single RINO incumbent in every election cycle and most open races, including in this much-vaunted year of the outsider. The system is rigged, but not in the way Donald Trump claims; he is the recipient of the rigged system. It is rigged because anyone who is truly a smart and principled conservative will be destroyed in a primary...
  • Trump's deportation plan could slice 2 percent off U.S. GDP: study

    05/05/2016 5:11:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 75 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2016 | By Luciana Lopez
    Donald Trump's vow to round up and deport all of America's undocumented immigrants if he is elected president could shrink the economy by around 2 percent, according to a study to be released on Thursday by conservative think tank the American Action Forum. The research adds to concerns about the Republican White House nominee's policy proposals, which range from tearing up international trade agreements to building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. About 6.8 million of the more than 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally are employed, according to government statistics. Removing them would cause...
  • Ed Rollins Remerges as Trump Backer, Strategist

    05/04/2016 10:24:37 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 47 replies
    Seasoned Republican operative Ed Rollins is making his debut in Donald Trump's presidential bid. Rollins, who was Ronald Reagan's 1984 campaign manager, spoke on a conference call Wednesday with supporters of Great America, a super PAC that backs Trump. Rollins has signed on as a strategist for the group. Rollins says the super PAC aims to help offset what he sees as a huge financial advantage for likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "They're licking their chops," Rollins says of Clinton's team. "They think they're going to win this thing." Great America will likely conduct polls, collect opposition research and run...
  • (Vanity) What The Hell Just Happened This Election Cycle?

    05/03/2016 7:28:26 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 46 replies
    Free Republic, adapted from Zero Wing ^ | 05-03-2016 | grey_whiskers
    In A.D. 2015 Election was beginning. Captain: What happen? Mechanic: Somebody set up us the TRUMP. Operator: We get Twitter. Captain: What ! Operator: Fox News turn on. Captain: It's you !! DONALD: How are you gentlemen !! DONALD: All your base are belong to us. DONALD: You are on the way to destruction. Captain: What you say !! DONALD: You have no chance to elect make your time. DONALD: It's YUGE. Ha ha ha ha ... Operator: Captain !! Captain: Take off every 'Cruz'!! Captain: You know what you doing. Captain: Move 'Cruz'. Captain: (...)For great Conservatism.
  • LIVE Stream: Donald Trump Press Conference Following Indiana Primary (5-3-16) [You Tube]

    05/03/2016 6:12:27 PM PDT · by Syncro · 62 replies
    Right Side Broadcasting/ You Tube ^ | May 3, 2016 | Donald Trump via Right Side Broadcasting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oO4YqOGClY Comments going at warp speed Here he comes!
  • Utah Gov. John Huntsman,Jr: Donald Trump "Better Positioned" To Cut Across Party Boundaries

    05/03/2016 3:57:31 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 3, 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. is throwing his support behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. We’ve had enough intraparty fighting. Now’s the time to stitch together a winning coalition,” Huntsman said to Politico.
  • Campaign puts merchandise on sale as John Kasich, Ted Cruz brace for bad night in Indiana

    05/03/2016 3:38:29 PM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    WCPO ^ | May 3, 2016 | WCPO Staff
    Team Kasich announced a discount on all campaign gear Tuesday afternoon, while Indiana voters are headed to the polls. From Kasich drink koozies to baby onesies, everything in the store is 15 percent off.... Some speculated the timing of Kasich’s campaign sale is a sign of not-so-good things to come for the Ohio governor’s presidential hopes. Not so, said Team Kasich in a rebuttal Tweet this afternoon. The sale, according to the campaign, is the result of new goods available at the Kasich store because of new goods coming in and thanked reporters for getting the word out.
  • A message for my fellow Republicans: If you back Trump you will not be trusted again

    05/03/2016 1:02:46 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 160 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 03, 2016 | David Ross Meyers
    Donald Trump is unfit to be president of the United States for reasons almost too numerous to mention. [....] Voters will not forget those individuals who supported Mr. Trump. And any Republican who endangers our nation by supporting Donald Trump will not be trusted again. David Meyers worked in the West Wing of the White House as Assistant Staff Secretary from 2006 to 2009 and Communications Project Director. From 2009 to 2010, he worked as a Communications Advisor for the Senate Republican Leadership. He is now an actor, writer, and Ph.D. candidate in Political Science.
  • Cruz: Trump is an 'utterly amoral' bully, narcissist, pathological liar

    05/03/2016 9:51:50 AM PDT · by 20yearsofinternet · 189 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 03, 2016 | Ian Swanson and Jonathan Easley
    Ted Cruz laid into Donald Trump with his most personal and toughest criticism since the GOP presidential campaign began, calling him a "pathological liar" on Tuesday who doesn't understand the difference between the truth and lies. Cruz prefaced his comments by saying that for the first time, he wanted to say exactly what he thought of Trump after the front-runner suggested Cruz's father might have had something to do with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Texas senator accused Trump of being both disingenuine and self-aggrandizing, saying Trump was a "narcissist" at a level "I don't think this...
  • Dr. Jeffress explains what will happen If the GOP denies Trump the nomination

    05/02/2016 7:24:23 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 35 replies
    Dr. Jeffress: If the GOP denies Trump the nomination, they should expect a "massive boycott" from Trump supporters.
  • Graham: Trump would lead to 'another 9/11'

    05/02/2016 3:51:27 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 108 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 5/1/3026 | Eric Bradner
    Indianapolis (CNN)South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is predicting "another 9/11" if Donald Trump is elected president. In an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation" Graham said the Republican Party is in the midst of a "civil war" and called Trump's foreign policy positions dangerous. He pointed to former House Speaker John Boehner's comments about his friendly relationship with Trump, and Boehner's dismissal of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump's chief Republican presidential rival, as "Lucifer in the flesh."
  • Before Indiana, Ted Cruz Struggles as Donald Trump Revels in Lead

    05/01/2016 7:08:05 PM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 1, 2016 | MATT FLEGENHEIMER and THOMAS KAPLAN
    An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released on Sunday showed Donald J. Trump with a lead of 15 points among likely Republican primary voters, 49 percent to 34 percent. Fifty-eight percent of voters said they disapproved of the agreement struck by Mr. Cruz and Gov. John Kasich, which called for Mr. Kasich to abandon campaigning in Indiana in exchange for Mr. Cruz’s withdrawal from Oregon and New Mexico. Thirty-four percent approved. Mr. Cruz’s own polling has likewise shown him trailing Mr. Trump, compelling the campaign to look beyond the state, if at least for a moment. And on Saturday, Mr....
  • Newt Gingrich: Wake up, Republicans – It’s either Trump or Clinton. Cruz and Kasich are finished.

    04/30/2016 7:14:51 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 47 replies
    powdered wig society ^ | April 28, 2016 | Thomas Madison
    With a #NeverTrump hashtag and a growing list of high-profile people and groups declaring that they will never support Donald Trump as the nominee of the Republican Party, the effort to block Trump from winning the nomination is gaining force. But former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday previewed what he said will be the single most effective argument for strong-arming anti-Trump Republicans back into the fold if he is the nominee. "You are either going to elect Hillary Clinton who will, I think, be the most corrupt president in American history, or you're going to help elect Donald Trump,"...
  • Cruz wins majority of delegates at Virginia convention

    04/30/2016 6:22:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | Apr. 30, 2016 | AP
    Cruz supporters won 10 of the 13 at-large delegates elected Saturday at the Republican Party of Virginia's statewide convention at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. Republican front-runner Donald Trump won the other three. Cruz's victory will only matter if he can block Trump from clinching the nomination before the national convention in July. Virginia delegates will only be free to support whomever they choose after the first round of voting at the national convention.
  • The Magical Thinking of the Dump Trump Crowd

    04/30/2016 5:45:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 30, 2016 | Rick Moran
    Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president. As harrowing a prospect as that might be for some of us, the reality is that Trump can't be stopped. He needs a mere 43% of the remaining delegates up for grabs to get to 1237 and a first ballot victory. Given that he is far ahead in California, a state that awards the winner of their primary all 170 of its delegates, The Golden State will almost certainly put Trump over the top if he wins there. So what is George Will talking about here? Will penned a column with...
  • Trump calls for GOP unity in face of intense backlash

    04/30/2016 3:39:01 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | Apr.30, 2016 | CBS News
    In San Francisco, hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside the venue where Trump was about to speak to the California GOP convention. The crowds forced him to leave his motorcade and even scale a small barricade to get in through the back. Many of the protesters were angry over Trump's stance on immigration. Once inside, the GOP presidential front-runner told the convention his entrance was "like crossing the border." CBS News' Craig Boswell reports that with Trump less than 300 delegates away from clinching the GOP nomination, tensions are running high both inside and outside of the party. Establishment Republicans are...
  • Unfazed by Bay Area protesters, Trump calls on California Republicans to unite

    04/30/2016 9:17:42 AM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | Apr. 30, 2016 | Michael Finnegan , Javier Panzar and Seema Mehta
    Donald Trump, undeterred by protesters who nearly blocked his way into a Republican convention, called on the party Friday to unite behind him even as he lashed out once again at what he portrayed as its corrupt system for picking presidential nominees.
  • GOP’s Stop-Trump Fever Breaks

    04/30/2016 7:25:40 AM PDT · by 20yearsofinternet · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/29/2016 | KYLE CHENEY and BEN SCHRECKINGER
    The Stop-Trump fever that gripped the Republican establishment for months has broken. The walls are closing in around a shrinking band of hard-core opponents of the New York billionaire, who is tightening his grip on the Republican presidential nomination with big wins in state after state, congressional endorsements, and the acknowledgment from pillars of the GOP elite that Donald Trump will be the party’s standard-bearer. There was grizzled RNC committeeman Ron Kaufman likening Trump to Reagan. There was Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s half-hearted endorsement of Ted Cruz. There was former House Speaker John Boehner’s confession that he and Trump are...
  • Donald Trump Calls for GOP Unity in California Convention Address Marked by Protests

    04/29/2016 9:57:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Apr.29, 2016 | Alejandro Lazo
    Republican front-runner Donald Trump, campaigning in California following fresh primary victories, called for party unity during an address at the state’s GOP convention while protesters denounced him and clashed with police outside. At the lunchtime gathering, Mr. Trump said he was best positioned to beat Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in a general election matchup. He said he would put into play New York, Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania in November, states that have backed the Democratic nominee in most recent presidential elections. “The Republican Party, in a presidential sense, doesn’t win anymore,” Mr. Trump said. “You pick your standard cookie-cutters…I am...
  • [George Will]:If Trump is nominated, the GOP must keep him out of the White House

    04/29/2016 8:41:16 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 339 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | 29 April 2016 | George Will
    Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party’s history. These collaborationists will render themselves ineligible to participate in the party’s reconstruction. Ted Cruz’s announcement of his preferred running mate has enhanced the nomination process by giving voters pertinent information. They already know the only important thing about Trump’s choice: His running mate will be unqualified for high office because he or she will think Trump is qualified. Hillary Clinton’s optimal running mate might be Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio,...
  • GOP Elites Reaching 'Acceptance Phase' for Donald Trump

    04/29/2016 6:02:53 PM PDT · by Innovative · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | Apr. 29, 2016 | Benjy Sarlin
    With Donald Trump's path to the nomination looking wider by the day, a number of top Republicans are signaling their willingness to support his candidacy — even some who have fiercely criticized him in the past. This softening opposition indicates that the GOP establishment is reaching the "acceptance stage" of the grieving process, even as Sen. Ted Cruz and his new running mate Carly Fiorina try to mount a last stand in Indiana. The shift reflects the intensity of loathing for Cruz among elements of the party as much as it does their begrudging acceptance of Trump.
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    04/29/2016 8:38:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 258 replies
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  • RNC official: Donald hitting 1,237 won't matter

    04/28/2016 1:45:22 PM PDT · by wrrock · 99 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4/28/2016 | Lori Ann LaRocco
    Donald Trump may be the only Republican presidential candidate who can realistically hit the magic 1,237 number for the majority of delegates, but according to a senior Republican National Committee official that does not mean he will become the GOP presidential nominee. "Even if Trump reaches the magic number of 1,237 the media and RNC are touting, that does not mean Trump is automatically the nominee," Haugland said. "The votes earned during the primary process are only estimates and are not legal convention votes. The only official votes to nominate a candidate are those that are cast from the convention...
  • GOP Washington establishment begins warming to Trump

    04/28/2016 8:57:01 AM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | Apr. 28, 2016 | Manu Raju and Deirdre Walsh
    House and Senate Republicans are reluctantly coming to terms with the reality that the real estate mogul -- a man many feared given his unpredictability, questionable policy positions and lack of discipline on the campaign trail -- will likely be their party's standard bearer. Rather than fight it, a number of Republicans say, it may be time to embrace it.
  • Tucker Carlson Warns GOP Elite at RedState: You Give “The Finger” To Your Base “At Your Peril”

    04/27/2016 5:13:21 PM PDT · by drewh · 60 replies
    Salon.com ^ | WEDNESDAY, APR 27, 2016 11:13 CDT | WEDNESDAY, APR 27, 2016 11:13 AM CDT
    Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson appeared on America’s Newsroom on Wednesday to speak to host Martha MacCallum about what would happen if — as even House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to rule out — the Republican Party does not accept Donald Trump as its nominee this summer in Cleveland. Carlson singled out RedState for attacking Trump’s voters as “diseased” and “probably on Oxycontin” or “secretly liberal,” but insisted that such talk is inherently counterproductive. “He is on track to receive more votes than any Republican nominee ever,” Carlson began. “He’s already surpassed Mitt Romney’s number in 2012.” He was...
  • It’s time for Cruz and Kasich to call it a day and let Trump go after Clinton

    04/27/2016 9:01:19 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 42 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/27/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    If they truly believe beating Hillary Clinton is the real goal for Republicans, Ted Cruz and John Kasich have to suspend their campaigns and go home. The voters have spoken and rejected them. For months many honest-and some not so honest-people backed the candidacy of Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Republican primaries. They stood by Cruz as the façade of his “impeccable” conservative credentials crumbled when even mildly questioned. They were with him when he acted in a very un-conservative manner in Iowa. They defended him as he built his campaign war chest with shady arrangements with Citi Bank....
  • Here are a few questions for those who believe Trump will lose to Clinton

    04/27/2016 8:56:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 80 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/27/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    If you are so convinced that Donald Trump will lose to Hillary Clinton in November and in doing so, pull down the whole Republican Party, here are a few questions to consider. “If he were to gain the nomination, which single state (I’ll make it easy) would Ted Cruz win that Mitt Romney did not win?” “Do you think that Donald Trump would roll over for Hillary Clinton without hitting her over and over again on the numerous crimes she has committed and vulnerabilities she has?” “You know, like McCain and Romney did for Obama.” “Do you imagine this would...
  • Stephen Hayes: GOP Elites Will Look for 3rd Party Candidate if Cruz Can’t Win Indiana

    Here we go… Establishment Republican and Never-Trumper Stephen Hayes from the anti-Trump Weekly Standard was having a difficult time Tuesday night after Donald Trump won all five east coast primaries by huge margins. Steve says GOP elites will look for a third party candidate if Cruz cannot defeat Trump in Indiana next week
  • Ted Cruz-John Kasich Alliance Against Donald Trump Quickly Weakens

    04/25/2016 7:30:24 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 61 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/25/2016 | ALEXANDER BURNS, MATT FLEGENHEIMER and JONATHAN MARTIN
    The temporary alliance between Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, formed to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican presidential nomination, was already fraying almost to the point of irrelevance on Monday, only hours after it was announced to great fanfare. ---------------------Mr. Cruz trumpeted what he called the “big news” in Indiana, a state that appears pivotal to stopping Mr. Trump from winning a majority of delegates. “John Kasich has decided to pull out of Indiana to give us a head-to-head contest with Donald Trump,” he said. -------------------But at his own campaign stop in Philadelphia on Monday, Mr....
  • Kasich: "We believe that an open convention is the best way for the Republican Party to win"

    04/25/2016 5:54:41 PM PDT · by maggief · 129 replies
    Kasich: "We believe that an open convention is the best way for the Republican Party to win" http://cnn.it/1pzz0Ig
  • Ted Cruz, John Kasich join forces to stop Donald Trump

    04/24/2016 8:04:15 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 346 replies
    CNN ^ | April 24, 2016 | David Mark
    Ted Cruz and John Kasich issued startling statements Sunday night about their paths ahead, the first sign the two campaigns are coordinating to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination. Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP nomination this summer.
  • Super PACs for Cruz spend millions to sway/bribe/poach delegates from Trump

    04/24/2016 11:47:35 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 164 replies
    RNC Meeting Spring News 2016 and super PAC research | April 24, 2016 | Self - RNC spring convention observation
    In addition to "grass-roots" campaign workers, there are at least eight Super PACs backed by 'shadow elites' who are driven to defeat Donald Trump and they are banking on Ted Cruz. At least one of these super PAC leaders, Katie Packer of OPP, met behind closed doors at the RNC Spring Meeting this week in Florida. Packer states that a republican candidate should "uphold orthodox GOP ideology." This smacks of irony given her past allegiance with Romney/Ryan and Ryan's inability to uphold GOP principles as Speaker of the House. The super PACs are calling, texting, emailing, lobbying, and all-out wining...
  • Why Six Swing-State GOP Senators Are in Trouble – And How They Can Survive

    04/24/2016 7:02:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/23/2016 | By Gerald F. Seib
    In a complicated political season, nobody has more complications to worry about than the half-dozen Republican senators seeking re-election in tight, swing-state contests. Those senators–hailing from Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina—are being buffeted by big forces largely out of their control as they try to hang onto their seats. Their fate will determine whether Republicans keep control of the Senate, where they currently have a 54-46 advantage. The predicament of these GOP senators comes into clearer focus in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, completed just last week, which helps crystallize three big complications they...
  • It's 'Possible' Hillary Clinton Could Be Better President than GOP Pick, Charles Koch Says

    04/24/2016 8:10:24 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 88 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Apr 23, 2016, 6:04 PM ET | JONATHAN KARL ALEXANDER MALLIN
    It's a nightmare scenario for Republicans, but conservative billionaire Charles Koch says "it's possible" Hillary Clinton could make a better president than the remaining candidates in the GOP primary. Koch, one of the most influential and controversial forces in Republican politics, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News to air Sunday on "This Week" that he believed Bill Clinton was a better president "in some ways" than George W. Bush. "In other ways, I mean [Clinton] wasn't an exemplar. But as far as the growth of government, the increase in spending," Koch said. "It was 2.5 times [more] under...
  • RNC chief warns Trump supporters and opponents

    04/22/2016 12:50:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | Apr. 22, 2016 | Tom LoBianco, CNN
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus laid out the boundaries for both Donald Trump and his many opponents Friday in a speech aimed at holding together his party at a time when it seems it is under assault from all sides. Priebus opened his speech to RNC members here with a stern shot at the #NeverTrump forces. "It is essential to victory in November that we all support our candidate," Priebus said. "This goes for everyone, whether you're a county party chairman, an RNC member or a presidential candidate. Politics is a team sport, and we can't win unless we...
  • The Donald Trump Effect: Not a Politician and Dominating on ImmigrationPoll of Colorado likely R-Vot

    04/21/2016 10:41:08 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 31 replies
    Magellan Strategies ^ | By David Flaherty | April 20th, 2016 | By David Flaherty
    Here at Magellan Strategies we strive to generate research projects that are not only interesting, but more importantly are relevant to our clients. For our clients here in Colorado, there is very little public research focused on how likely Republican Primary voters view the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. For our clients around the country, there is a lack of public research that attempts to truly understand the factors that are motivating Republican Primary voters to support Donald Trump. We decided to fill both voids at once by fielding a 609n automated survey (April 5th-6th) of likely Republican Primary...
  • RNC punts on rule changes

    04/21/2016 3:30:04 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    Hill ^ | April 21, 2016, 03:02 pm | Ben Kamisar
    HOLLYWOOD, FLA. — The Republican National Committee's rules committee on Thursday chose to punt on changing rules for how a presidential nominee is chosen in a contested convention. In avoiding a high-profile battle to simplify the rules, the committee rallied behind chairman Reince Priebus's repeated insistence that no changes should be made before the July convention. The committee adjourned just one hour after it began without making any changes, including one that could have made it more difficult for party leaders to nominate a "white knight" candidate — someone not currently in the race who could take on Donald Trump...
  • RNC members might be abandoning Cruz and climbing aboard the #TrumpTrain

    04/20/2016 5:49:01 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 119 replies
    A long fought battle between GOP front-runner Donald Trump and the RNC establishment might be coming to a close after the staggering victory Trump had in New York. reuters.com reports: The New York real estate mogul's win Tuesday in his home state over rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich was an important milestone for RNC members, who said it could put him on a pathway to acquire the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright without a contested convention. "There are a fair number of RNC members who were discounting his chances of success when we met in January...
  • GOP elites to host yacht party, gather at Florida resort to discuss Trump’s delegates

    04/20/2016 7:47:30 PM PDT · by kevcol · 61 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | April 20, 2016 | John Binder
    It pays to be part of the 168-member Republican National Committee (RNC). RNC party leaders are expected to discuss GOP front-runner Donald Trump's delegates thus far at the Hollywood, Florida Diplomat Resort & Spa, which also includes a party on a 128-foot yacht, according to a report by CNN. . . . The yacht party can accommodate 550 people, and includes 18,000 feet of deck space, a covered sky lounge, two sun decks and 13 high-definition televisions.
  • Republican establishment warms to Trump after big New York win

    04/20/2016 5:27:51 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 65 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/20/2016 | Steve Holland
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Republican officials began meeting on Wednesday, a day after Donald Trump's crushing victory in a New York presidential nominating contest, and said he has been winning growing acceptance within their ranks - but they want to see the billionaire do more to mend fences with the party establishment. Trump, the front-runner to become the Republican presidential candidate in November's election, was the focus for the party's spring meeting of 168 Republican National Committee (RNC) members in Hollywood, Florida. The three-day conclave at an oceanside resort will take stock of the race for the White House...
  • GOP risks suicide by stealing election from Trump

    04/20/2016 7:21:36 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 125 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/19/16 | Pat Buchanan
    Donald Trump has brought out the largest crowds in the history of primaries. He has won the most victories, the most delegates, the most votes. He is poised to sweep three of the five largest states in the nation – New York, Pennsylvania and California. If he does, and the nomination is taken from him, the Republican Party will be seen by the American people as a glorified Chinese tong. Last week, Ted Cruz swept 34 delegates at the Colorado party convention. Attendees were not allowed to vote on whom they wanted as the party’s nominee. This weekend, Cruz shut...
  • Ted Cruz Seeks to Mend Fences with Republican Elites

    04/20/2016 2:48:51 PM PDT · by bushwon · 65 replies
    Time ^ | 04/20/2016 | Zeke J Miller
    Ted Cruz has made few friends among Republicans in Washington during his nearly four years in the Senate, but his message to GOP elite as he looks to build support to the party’s presidential nominee is that he would bring more Republicans along with him. In a private meeting with members of the Republican National Committee, the Cruz campaign’s high command, including campaign manager Jeff Roe, strategist David Polyansky, and delegate-hunters Ken Cuccinelli and Saul Anuzis, made the case for Cruz as the party’s stronger choice for the general election and argued he’d help down-ballot GOP races. Mathematically eliminated from...
  • RNC Rules Member: Nominee Doesn’t Need To Win 8 Primaries

    04/20/2016 12:50:15 PM PDT · by maggief · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 20, 2016 | Kerry Picket
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Republican National Committee’s eight state convention threshold rule could be interpreted differently than anyone expects this summer in Cleveland. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz  97% argue that Ohio Gov. John Kasich could never become the nominee, because Kasich cannot win eight primary contests to be eligible. However, RNC Standing Rules Committee member Randy Evans told The Daily Caller at the Spring RNC Meeting Wednesday that a nominee does not need to “win” eight state primary contests to qualify to be put into contention — only the support of eight delegations at the convention. “You do...
  • Shepard Smith: Former NY Senator D’Amato Told Me RNC Will Change Rules to Give Kasich a Shot

    04/20/2016 10:32:32 AM PDT · by detective · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Apr 20, 2016 | Aaron Klein
    On his Fox News program last night, Shepard Smith revealed a conversation he said he had with former New York Senator Alfonse D’Amato in which D’Amato was quoted as saying that the Republican National Committee will change the rules to give Gov. John Kasich a shot at the nomination.
  • NY primary Kasich results [vanity]

    04/20/2016 7:34:33 AM PDT · by taxcontrol · 26 replies
    None ^ | 4/20/2016 | Self
    Question for discussion as a thought exercise. Kasich was already eleminated from the 1,237 delegates needed for a first round nomination. Most voters already knew this. So why did 25% of NY vote for him?
  • Republicans Think They’ll Outfox Trump? Think Again

    04/18/2016 2:48:49 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 110 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/18/2016 | Adam Goodman
    If there’s one thing Trump knows better than just about anybody, it’s how to make a deal. It’s a skill that’ll come in handy in Cleveland. As pundits and political prophets focus on deciphering the vagaries of “delegate math” leading into July’s Republican convention in Cleveland—how many delegates do you need, how do you secure them, how do you keep them—stories abound about how the party establishment is plotting to deny Donald Trump the nomination. The prevailing theory is that the grand poobahs of party discipline will pursue a three-step strategy. First, they’ll use Ted Cruz as their Trojan horse...