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  • MATT DRUDGE SLAMS BOEHNER FOR PROMISING TO PASS OBAMATRADE: ‘CLEARLY TREASON’

    05/23/2015 10:44:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | may 23, 2015 | by KATIE MCHUGH
    Matt Drudge took to Twitter to deliver an ongoing tirade against Republicans’ eagerness to deliver a fast-track trade bill to President Obama’s desk. The bill’s details have not been made public — which hasn’t stopped Republicans from surrendering Congress’s power to make amendments to a president’s future trade deals. Should a Republican presidential candidate lose the 2016 general election, the Trade Promotion Authority bill could be to blame. Keeping the bill’s details from voters was “clearly treason,” Drudge tweeted...
  • Jeb Bush gives New Hampshire woman massage

    05/21/2015 10:52:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    KSPR ^ | 5/21/15 | Ashley Codianni
    Like brother, like brother. Salem New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce President Donna Morris was in for some unexpected caressing from likely Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush during this afternoon's meet and greet. Morris, who was winded from running to grab her introduction remarks she had forgotten, apologetically greeted Bush, who in turn reassured her to take her time. She then joked, "oh, you take my breath away." Bush then shifted in behind her for a brief, but golden, shoulder massage:
  • Jeb Bush says there's 'not a shred of evidence' NSA surveillance violated civil liberties

    05/21/2015 10:27:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5/21/15 | Leslie Larson
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) doesn't agree with critics of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. "There's not a shred of evidence that anybody's civil liberties have been violated by it. Not a shred," Bush said Thursday in New Hampshire, in comments after a breakfast organized by the Concord Chamber of Commerce, according to the Huffington Post. The comment puts Bush, who is considering a presidential bid, on the opposite side of one his likely rivals, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). Bush vocalized his support for NSA surveillance just hours after Paul, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination,...
  • Startling Connection Between Jeb And Hillary Just Exposed, And It Looks Awful For Him

    05/20/2015 7:08:21 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 5/20/15 | B. Christopher Agee
    It involved a six-figure paycheck. According to recent reports, one of the scandals surrounding Hillary Clinton’s fledgling presidential candidacy have now at least partially ensnared one of her likely Republican rivals. Reports that the Clintons have gotten rich from giving speeches over the last 15 years have damaged Hillary’s credibility as a populist candidate who can relate to working class Americans. As it turns out, one of the speeches for which Hillary Clinton took home a six-figure paycheck was funded by Academic Partnerships. The private sector education company reportedly paid Clinton $225,500 last year for a speech she gave in...
  • Governor Walker Breaks Silence On Patriot Act, NSA Stance

    05/20/2015 11:35:51 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    TruthInMedia ^ | May 19, 2015
    Appearing on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker gave Americans their first preview on where a President Walker would stand on civil liberties issues such as NSA spying authorized by the highly controversial Patriot Act.Baier pushed Walker to give a “yes” or “no” on whether or not he would reauthorize the controversial NSA spying program by asking him whether or not he would vote for it if he were currently a sitting Senator. Walker, responding with typical political rhetoric, never actually answering Baier’s question, but instead said, that the meta-data collected...
  • Hillary Clinton Paid by Jeb Bush’s Education Company

    05/18/2015 7:49:42 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 5/18/15 | Lee Fang
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received nearly a quarter of a million dollars last year for a speaking engagement on behalf of Academic Partnerships, a for-profit education company in which Jeb Bush held an ownership stake and on whose board he served. Clinton’s newly filed personal financial disclosure shows that she was paid $225,500 on March 24, 2014 by Academic Partnerships. At the invitation-only event in Dallas, Texas, Clinton reportedly said, “today a student doesn’t need to travel to Cambridge, Mass., or Cambridge, England, to get a world-class education.”
  • If Jeff Sessions' Anti-Immigration & Free Trade Stances Are the Future of the GOP, It Has No Future.

    05/17/2015 8:06:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Reason ^ | 05/16/2015 | Nick Gillespie
    In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions said the United States needs to curb legal immigration along with illegal immigration, and fast. We need a timeout, don't you know, and the only folks who favor letting more foreigners in are monocle-wearing, cigar-smoking elitists: High immigration rates help the financial elite (and the political elite who receive their contributions) by keeping wages down and profits up. For them, what’s not to like? That is why they have tried to enforce silence in the face of public desire for immigration reductions. They have sought to intimidate good and...
  • OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: GOP chairman won't back extending ObamaCare subsidies

    05/16/2015 12:04:49 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) said Thursday that he does not support an idea backed by Senate Republican leadership to temporarily extend ObamaCare subsidies if the Supreme Court cripples the law. "I don't think that I would be able to be supportive of continuing the subsidies beyond what the Court would allow," Price told The Hill. A plan from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to continue the subsidies until 2017 has been co-sponsored by Senate Republican leaders. Price is one of the most prominent Republicans to come out against the idea. The idea behind the temporary continuation is that...
  • Karl Rove on Jeb Bush's Iraq comments: He won't make the mistake again

    05/15/2015 6:27:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    NBC Today ^ | 5/15/15 | Eun Kyung Kim
    Jeb Bush will have learned from this week's firestorm over his Iraq War comments, says Karl Rove, the Republican strategist who helped steer his brother to the White House. "He's a very smart guy. He's not a guy who needs the lesson taught to him twice," Rove told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie on Friday. -snip- Rove said he hasn't endorsed Bush — or any of the other Republican candidates who have formally declared their presidential bid. The the strategist said he was months away from making his decision. "I want everybody to get in as a candidate and then start showing...
  • Jeb Bush on Iraq war comment controversy: ‘I interpreted the question wrong, I guess’

    05/12/2015 3:10:51 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/12/15 | Jose A. DelReal
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Tuesday engaged in damage control over his controversial response to a question about the invasion of Iraq, in which he had seemed to indicate that he would have gone forward with the invasion even knowing the intelligence that led to the war ultimately proved faulty. “I interpreted the question wrong, I guess. I was talking about, 'Given what people knew then, would you have done it?'" Bush told Fox News host Sean Hannity during a radio appearance. "Knowing what we know now, clearly there were mistakes as it related to faulty intelligence in the...
  • The Controversy Over Immigration And New Trade Authority

    05/12/2015 1:51:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 12, 2015 | by Stuart Anderson
    A controversy has emerged about whether granting the president Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) would result in expanded immigration. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), chair of the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, has written, “There are numerous ways TPA could facilitate immigration increases above current law – and precious few ways anyone in Congress could stop its happening.” To negotiate international trade agreements, a U.S. president needs Trade Promotion Authority. TPA allows a president to finalize an agreement and put it before the U.S. Congress for an up-or-down vote. Without such authority, other countries would not conclude trade agreements with the United States, since...
  • Democrats filibuster Obama’s trade bill

    05/12/2015 12:04:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Senate Democrats filibustered Tuesday to block the first major free-trade vote in years, dealing a blow to President Obama and GOP leaders who were pushing a deal in a rare show of bipartisanship, but who once again find themselves struggling with the political fringe. Unlike the last few years’ worth of conservative objections, this time it was liberals who balked and pulled moderate Democrats with them, putting the brakes on the bipartisan push and imperiling the rest of the spring congressional agenda. The White House said the filibuster was only a “procedural snafu” and urged GOP leaders in Congress to...
  • U.S. has become notably less Christian, major study finds

    05/12/2015 10:34:23 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | By DAVID LAUTER
    The U.S. has become significantly less Christian in the last eight years as the share of American adults who espouse no systematic religious belief increased sharply, a major new study found. For what is likely the first time in U.S. history – certainly the first since the early days of the country – the actual number of American Christians has declined. Christianity, however, remains by far the nation’s dominant religious tradition, according to the new report by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The rapid increase in the number of adults without ties to traditional religious institutions has strong implications for...
  • Jeb Bush vs. Karl Rove

    05/12/2015 6:55:29 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/12/15 | Alex Isenstadt and Kenneth P. Vogel
    They’ve had plenty of tangles over the years. Now, the two Republicans are rivals in the quest for GOP megabucks. Jeb Bush was running for reelection as Florida’s governor in 2002 and needed the help of his brother, the president. But there was one person standing in his way: Karl Rove. Rove, the storied strategist who helped steer George W. Bush into the White House two years earlier, had laid down a strict rule for candidates seeking presidential assistance: No one — not even Jeb — would have unfettered access to the commander in chief. -snip- Now, at the onset...
  • Walker Lands Key Romney Foreign-Policy Hand

    05/11/2015 11:20:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 11:57 AM | ELIANA JOHNSON
    Scott Walker has snagged a key Romney ally, attorney and foreign-policy hand Robert C. O’Brien, for his not-yet-announced presidential campaign. A spokeswoman for Walker’s 527 group, Our American Revival, confirmed that O’Brien will serve as a foreign-policy adviser. O’Brien, sources say, decided to endorse Walker after being courted by several other Republican presidential contenders, including Texas senator Ted Cruz, former Texas governor Rick Perry, Florida senator Marco Rubio, and South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham. He is a personal friend of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a fellow Mormon who served as a key foreign-policy adviser on the governor’s 2012 presidential...
  • Chris Christie’s Expense Account: Drinks Were on Him

    05/11/2015 9:29:37 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 05/11/2015 | Alan Rappeport
    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey likes to point out how he has made big cuts to state spending. But when it comes to using his allowance money as governor, he appears happy to be a high roller. Records obtained by New Jersey Watchdog show that Mr. Christie spent more than $360,000 of his state allowance during his first five years in office, with 80 percent of that going toward food, drinks and desserts. He receives an annual allowance of $95,000, on top of his salary of $175,000, to be used for entertaining and hosting official receptions. ~snip~ Mr. Christie...
  • John Boehner press aide Michael Steel takes job with Jeb Bush

    05/11/2015 9:28:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/11/2015 | Jake Sherman
    Michael Steel, one of Speaker John Boehner’s top aides, is moving to Miami to work in a “leadership role” for Jeb Bush’s political action committee. Steel has worked as the press secretary for Boehner since 2008, when the Ohio Republican was the minority leader of a battered Republican party in the House. He has guided Boehner’s communications operation for seven years, helping craft the strategy that made the Ohio Republican speaker, and subsequently playing a key role advising him in day-to-day governing, including high-stakes negotiations with President Barack Obama. Steel will be an adviser to Bush’s Right to Rise Policy...
  • Why Aren’t the Republicans Fighting Harder?

    05/09/2015 4:56:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 46 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/15 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Either, the GOP is too fearful. The GOP is ignorant. Or, the GOP is a part of the problem As a public speaker, I have the opportunity to spend a lot of time with various political clubs, groups and organizations. When it comes to the question and answer portion after my U.S. Constitution presentations, the most common question I get is, “Why don’t the Republicans fight harder?” I tell the audience there are three possible answers. Either, the GOP is too fearful. The GOP is ignorant. Or, the GOP is a part of the problem. It may be a little...
  • Cory Gardner, my Senator going RINO...vanity

    05/09/2015 6:05:05 AM PDT · by Trteamer · 37 replies
    5-9-15 | Trteamer
    Colorado elected Cory Gardner as our GOP Senator, and what a disappointment he is turning out to be....
  • Karl Rove surrenders to ObamaCare

    05/08/2015 7:19:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 8, 2015 | By Brent Budowsky
    It is with great pleasure that I rise in praise of Karl Rove, who now largely agrees with me that Republicans should place into the dustbin their bogus proposal to repeal ObamaCare. In my recent column in The Hill, "The 'Clinton Cash' con," I suggested that the new book by Peter Schweizer proves absolutely nothing on the matter of whether Hillary Clinton committed any wrongdoing, and it is a con to suggest or imply otherwise. I add today a discussion of another con game by Republicans, the suggestion that they will repeal ObamaCare, which they know they will not do,...
  • Ben Carson backs raising minimum wage

    05/08/2015 9:42:14 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 171 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 08, 2015, 12:12 pm | Ben Kamisar
    Conservative presidential candidate Ben Carson says the $7.25 federal minimum wage should be raised.“I think, probably, it should be higher than now,” Carson told CNBC’s John Harwood in an interview Friday.Carson added that government assistance often provides more than the minimum wage in several states, allowing people to ignore the long-term benefits of a job."I don't necessarily blame people for saying, 'Look, I can stay home and make this money, or I can go and work this little chicken job that doesn't have many benefits,’ ” he said."However, recognize that if you go and take that chicken job, you gain...
  • As The Smoke Clears In Baltimore, It’s Time To Revive Compassionate Conservatism

    05/04/2015 12:06:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5-4-2015 | DAVID COHEN
    After a week of unrest in Baltimore, chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby calmed the waters Friday by indicting six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. “To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I have heard your call for ‘No justice, no peace,’” Mosby declared. When justice is not deaf, one wonders whether it can be blind. But I’ll leave others to ponder that. Because the Baltimore riots exposed something with much farther-reaching implications than the Freddie Gray tragedy: More than five decades into the War on Poverty, our inner cities remain wastelands of dysfunction and despair....
  • GOP Senator's Aide Admitted Trading Drugs for Sex: Report (Meth & Thad Cochran)

    04/26/2015 10:24:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2015
    A staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) admitted to distributing methamphetamine and another drug in exchange for sexual favors, according to a report in The Washington Post. Customs and Border Patrol officers in Cincinnati found a package of gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) addressed to Fred Wesley Pagan, according to a court document. Homeland Security agents searched his house in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington D.C., on Thursday and found a substance that tested positive for meth in plastic bags, the court document states. The Post reports Pagan is a long-time employee of Cochran and currently serves as his office manager. Pagan allegedly...
  • Court docs: Senate staffer planned to exchange drugs for sexual favors

    04/24/2015 2:56:58 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 44 replies
    WTOP News Radio ^ | April 24, 2015 | Megan Cloherty
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate staffer is facing a federal charge after court documents say he bought drugs from China with the intent to exchange them for sexual favors. Senate staffer Fred W. Pagan is facing the federal charge of possession with intent to distribute after court documents say he shipped drugs in from China. Pagan is a staffer for Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.
  • Senate GOP Leaders Endorse Bill To Extend Obamacare Subsidies To 2017

    04/23/2015 9:53:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04/23/2015 | BySahil Kapur
    WASHINGTON — The Senate's top five Republican leaders have cosponsored legislation to extend until 2017 the Obamacare insurance subsidies that may be struck down by the Supreme Court this summer. The legislation, offered by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), one of the most politically vulnerable Senate incumbents in 2016, would maintain the federal HealthCare.gov subsidies at stake in King v. Burwell through the end of August 2017. The bill was unveiled this week with 29 other cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his four top deputies, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roy...
  • Jeb Bush Tells Congress to Approve Obama Amnesty Supporter Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

    04/20/2015 6:06:02 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 17APR2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is calling on Congress to confirm attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, whose confirmation hearings took place in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January. In February, Lynch was voted out of the committee and approved 12-8. Due to the legislative schedule and fighting over bills already in motion, a full Senate vote on her confirmation has not yet taken place. More from POLITICO: “I think presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said, according to reports of his stop at the “Politics and Pie” forum in Concord, New Hampshire, on Thursday...
  • Jeb Bush: Is he 2016's Mitt Romney?

    04/19/2015 4:17:25 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4/19/15 | Mark Sappenfield
    In 2012, Mitt Romney was the out-of-touch establishment Republican who sparked a right-wing primary backlash. A New Hampshire GOP event this weekend suggests the storyline could play out again with Jeb Bush. In New Hampshire this weekend, there was already the scent of it. Perhaps not overpowering yet, but unmistakable and very familiar. "I'm sick and tired of mushy, wishy-washy conservatives," one attendee of a Republican gathering for potential presidential candidates in New Hampshire told The Boston Herald. For good measure, she also made Saturday's headlines by suggesting that the still-awfully-far-away Republican presidential primary season would be a "coronation" because...
  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Seattle on Monday

    04/19/2015 4:23:24 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    KING TV ^ | 4/19/15 | KING TV
    He's not officially a presidential candidate, but Jeb Bush seems to be raising money like one. The former Florida Governor will be in Seattle on Monday for a round table discussion. If you want to attend, you'll need to pay $12,500 or $25,000 per couple.
  • Scott Walker has attended gay wedding reception

    04/19/2015 1:21:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 171 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 19, 2015 | Kasie Hunt
    NASHUA, N.H. – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has attended a wedding reception for a gay couple, he said Sunday, though the potential 2016 contender still believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. “That’s certainly a personal issue. For a family member, Tonette and I and our family have already had a family member who’s had a reception. I haven’t been at a wedding,” Walker said when msnbc asked whether he would be willing to attend a gay wedding. “That’s true even though my position on marriage is still that it’s defined between a man and a woman,...
  • Marco Rubio: Being Gay Is Not a Choice

    04/19/2015 12:03:07 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 128 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 19 Apr 2015
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says he does not believe sexual orientation is a choice for the "enormous majority of people."The Florida senator's comments came Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation, where he said that it should be up to states rather than the Supreme Court to define marriage and that he considers marriage to be between a man and a woman. "I also don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people. In fact, the bottom line is, I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with," Rubio said. He and...
  • Jeb Bush is Loretta Lynch’s unlikely ally

    04/18/2015 10:53:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/18/15 | Marisa Schultz
    Loretta Lynch has found an unlikely ally — Jeb Bush. The Brooklyn US attorney, whose attorney general nomination has been stalled for months in the Republican-controlled Senate, is getting a helping hand from the former Florida governor and probable GOP presidential candidate. “I think that presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said while campaigning in New Hampshire Thursday.
  • Jeb Bush Pushes Republicans to Cave to Obama Executive Amnesty, Approve Loretta Lynch!

    04/16/2015 9:45:02 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/16/2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has joined Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to abandon his pre-election promise to fight President Obama’s executive amnesty by holding a vote to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. “I think that presidents have the right to pick their team,” Bush said in New Hampshire at an event with about 95 voters and “a horde of media,” according to Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller. “The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as Attorney General,” Bush said, echoing a talking point that...
  • Ann Coulter's New Book: How The Left Wants to Turn America Into a Third World Hell Hole

    04/16/2015 10:37:24 AM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | Apr 14, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Conservative firebrand and staunch amnesty opponent Ann Coulter, author of ten New York Times bestsellers, has released the cover and title of new book: Adios, America: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole. Ann Coulter is back, more fearless than ever. In Adios, America she touches the third rail in American politics, attacking the immigration issue head-on and flying in the face of La Raza, the Democrats, a media determined to cover up immigrants' crimes, churches that get paid by the government for their "charity," and greedy Republican businessmen and campaign consultants—all of whom are...
  • Why don’t Americans trust Republicans on foreign policy?

    04/11/2015 7:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | April 11, 2015 | David P. Goldman
    Riddle me this, fellow Republicans. An NBC survey April 9 reports that a huge majority (70%) of Americans doubts that Iran will abide by any agreement to limit its nuclear arms–but a majority (54%) still thinks Obama will do a better job than the Republicans in dealing with Iran! A majority of Americans – 54 percent – trust Barack Obama to do a better job handling an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, compared to 42 percent who say they trust the Republicans in Congress. But nearly 7 in 10 Americans say that Iran is not likely to abide...
  • Understanding Carly Fiorina - [The Real Carly Fiorina 04/10/2010]

    04/10/2015 8:06:17 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 47 replies
    RedState ^ | September 7th, 2010 at 12:17 PM | Erick Erickson
    We endorsed Chuck DeVore in the GOP California Senate primary over Carly Fiorina. We did so because of DeVore’s proven record of staunch conservatism — which he continues fighting for now, having just helped kill a California open-carry ban — but also because we didn’t really trust or know anything about Fiorina. Carly’s conservative record was thin to nonexistent, and there were many troubling signs that she held liberal views. From her praise of Jesse Jackson, to her playing the race and gender cards against DeVore, to her support for the Wall Street bailouts, to her qualified support for the...
  • Eyeing a 2016 bid, Rick Santorum forms "testing the waters" account

    04/09/2015 8:42:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 53 replies
    CBS News ^ | 04/09/2015 | Jake Miller
    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has set up a testing the waters account in anticipation of a possible 2016 presidential bid, CBS News has learned. The account allows Santorum, a Republican who ran for president in 2012, to raise and spend money under the same caps governing an actual campaign committee ($2,700 for individual donors, and $5,000 for couples.) Unlike a campaign committee, though, a testing the waters account does not have to disclose its finances. "He just formed the testing the waters account this week," Santorum adviser Matt Beynon told CBS News. "His timeframe for making a formal decision...
  • Conservatives target McCain's re-election bid

    04/08/2015 7:52:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/8/2015 | Rick Moran
    “There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain,” SCF President Ken Cuccinelli said in an email to supporters Tuesday of the party's 2008 nominee for president. “John McCain lost his way a long time ago and it's time to replace him with a strong conservative leader who will support and defend the Constitution.”
  • Republican Party Elites Abandon Traditional Marriage

    04/06/2015 1:41:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 53 replies
    http://www.gopusa.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    <p>Only six of 54 Republican members of the Senate signed a pro-traditional marriage legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that was submitted on Friday. USA Today noted, “By contrast, 44 Democratic senators and 167 Democratic House members filed a brief last month urging the court to approve same-sex marriage. The brief included the full House and Senate [Democratic] leadership teams.”</p>
  • Jeb Bush as Inevitable Choice? Republicans Say Not So Fast [Money]

    04/05/2015 3:22:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 4, 2015 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    "....In January, Mr. Bush’s allies started using the phrase “shock and awe” to describe his plan to lock up as many of the party’s major donors and policy experts as possible. The intent was to make him the sole credible contender for the blessing of the Republican establishment. Mr. Bush was successful in driving the 2012 nominee,Mitt Romney, from trying another campaign. And few doubt that he leads in fund-raising, though his organization will not have to disclose its finances until July.But while Mr. Bush continues to position himself as Republicans’ best hope in the general election, recent polls show...
  • The Rough Math Facing Ted Cruz

    04/02/2015 9:28:25 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 62 replies
    San Diego Union-Triune ^ | April 2, 2015 | George Will
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So if in 1964 the party would choose someone like Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, hitherto dormant conservatives would join the electorate in numbers sufficient for victory. This theory was slain by a fact — actually, 15,951,378 facts. That was the difference between the 43,129,566 votes President Lyndon Johnson received and the 27,178,188 that Goldwater got in winning...
  • GOP warns U.N. Obama's climate actions can be undone

    04/01/2015 9:21:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/1/2015 | Rick Moran
    President Obama is about to commit the United States to meet greenhouse gas emission targets in an international agreement without consulting Congress, the agencies, or the states. Republicans are warning other countries that the president's executive orders can be overturned and that any negotiations should take that into account.
  • Lessons We All Should Have Learned From the Last Presidential Primary

    03/31/2015 11:17:40 PM PDT · by Windflier · 35 replies
    Facebook ^ | Kevin Harper
    1. The GOP will choose the most moderate candidate before the primary begins. That person will be the GOP candidate in the presidential election. Our preferences don't matter. Our rallies don't matter. Our letters and calls don't matter. Elections are pre-programmed. Now the sale of that candidate begins. It's a con job. They must convince us why we should vote for their choice for us. 2. The GOP and the media will shove the above mentioned GOP Moderate at us every single day all day long, bombarding us with their images and sound-bites, telling us what a great candidate they...
  • Flashback: Hewlett-Packard Top Executive Ousted (Fiorina)

    03/30/2015 9:32:41 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies
    AP, via NBCNews.com ^ | 2/9/2005 | AP, via NBCNews.com
    Carly Fiorina’s nearly six-year reign at Hewlett-Packard Co. ended abruptly Wednesday as board members forced her out, disappointed by her inability to transform a plodding technology giant dominated by printer sales into a more nimble innovator. H-P’s stock, which has gone nowhere for two years and is down two-thirds from its peak in 2000, rose almost 7 percent after earlier soaring almost 11 percent on the news of her ouster. Board members said they fired the chief executive — perhaps corporate America’s most influential woman — because Fiorina failed to slash costs and boost revenue as quickly as directors had...
  • McConnell in Jerusalem: We Will Vote on Legislation to Review Any Iran Deal

    03/30/2015 8:13:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | Patrick Goodenough
    As Secretary of State John Kerry and his P5+1 counterparts sought to finalize the political outlines of a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday stood alongside the talks’ most vocal critic, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and reiterated that Congress must approve any deal.
  • With ‘religious liberty’ fight, Georgia Equality becomes an unexpected Capitol player

    03/28/2015 6:50:39 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 6 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/28/15 | Jim Galloway
    The climate in the state Capitol is such that you half-expect to turn a corner and find Lord Cornwallis’s fife-and-drum corps belting out “The World Turned Upside Down.” A Legislature with massive Republican majorities is on the verge of thumbing its nose at anti-tax guru Grover Norquist by raising $1 billion in new spending for transportation. It has legalized a form of marijuana. And in the midst of unrelenting hostility toward Obamacare, GOP lawmakers have brokered an insurance mandate to provide for children with autism. But none of this holds a candle to the fact that the General Assembly has...
  • Is Ted Cruz too conservative for Republican primary voters?

    03/25/2015 9:30:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog ^ | March 25, 2015 | Robert Lupton and Christopher Hare
    On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) became the first major contender to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Dan Balz has written that Cruz’s candidacy “tests the limits of conservatism,” and based on his congressional roll call voting record, Cruz is the fourth-most-conservative member of the Senate. But how does his ideological position compare to those of Republican primary voters, especially in early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire? Very favorably, as we will see. We use data from the 2014 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). The 2014 CCES asked respondents to place themselves and several...
  • Romney's former campaign manager on leading fight for 2016

    03/22/2015 1:31:33 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    Fox News Sunday - Power Player ^ | March 22, 2015 | Fox News Sunday
    Matt Rhoades has made a name for himself in the Republican ranks, serving as Mitt Romney's campaign manager and the research director for George W. Bush's 2004 campaign before that. As the race for the White House heats up, Chris sits down with Rhoades to discuss his latest venture, heading up the conservative opposition research group "America Rising," as our Power Player of the Week.
  • Carnac the Magnificent

    03/22/2015 7:38:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/22/15 | Peggy Douglas
    Carnac the Magnificent, a recurring role played by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, was a ”mystic from the East” who channeled his psychic powers to “divine” answers to yet unseen questions. The skit opened with announcer Ed McMahon, saying: “Carnac will now ascertain the answers having never heard the questions.” Carnac would then hold the sealed envelope to his forehead: Answer: Jeb, Hillary, and Joe Biden. Question: What is going, going, gone! Ok, Carnac was a funny guy but Jeb and Hillary in 2016, not so much. But you don’t need a crystal ball to see what’s coming. For...
  • PALIN: CHEATING OUR VETERANS

    03/20/2015 5:03:36 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 31 replies
    The Sarah Palin Channel ^ | March 2015 | Sarah Palin
    Sarah Palin video on "cheating our veterans".
  • Not your father’s Republican Party

    03/20/2015 9:43:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/20/15 | Ed Wood
    When I first started writing some 15 or so years ago, I was able to chide my fellow Democrats by reminding them that the Democrat Party of Bill and Hillary Clinton was not the party of their fathers and grandfathers. Of course that is still true, but I can’t throw rocks any more. The current GOP is certainly not the party of Ronald Reagan either. As we approach the 2016 presidential election year, there is a power struggle within the Democrat Party between the Clintonistas and those who feel Hillary is unelectable. But there is a much broader struggle between...