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  • Unfazed by Bay Area protesters, Trump calls on California Republicans to unite

    04/30/2016 9:17:42 AM PDT · by Innovative · 10 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 · 55 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 · 304 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 · 31 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.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,"Open Line Fridays",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM,April 29,2016

    04/29/2016 8:38:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 258 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | April 29, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • RNC official: Donald hitting 1,237 won't matter

    04/28/2016 1:45:22 PM PDT · by wrrock · 98 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 · 57 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...
  • The GOPe’s dreaded, “100 days of attacks on Trump” are boosting him and sinking Cruz

    04/19/2016 9:08:25 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 68 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/19/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    A few weeks back, with thinly disguised excitement, Rush Limbaugh told us the Republican Establishment was going to start an “All out 100 days of steady attacks” against Donald Trump. Oh they are going to “throw everything plus the kitchen sink at Trump” and finally destroy him, we were told in ominous tones. Listening to this “friendly warning” directed at those of us who are Trump supporters was difficult; not because we believed Trump’s “conservative” enemies could actually hurt him, but because it was clear that Limbaugh really believed they could. He was pouring his credibility into the gutter to...
  • Donald Trump is still struggling to install friendly delegates

    04/18/2016 5:47:29 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 18, 2016 | Ed O'Keefe
    Weeks after his campaign vowed to turn things around in the hunt for delegates, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is still struggling to ensure that supporters will be there to vote for him at the Republican convention in Cleveland. Trump is expected to easily win the New York primary on Tuesday and most if not all of the 95 delegates at stake, ensuring that the businessman will remain well ahead of Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
  • Wow Rush

    04/18/2016 12:18:49 PM PDT · by VaRepublican · 85 replies
    He commented that Trump only won 47% of vote but won Florida. OK but wasn't that against a larger field of candidates and didn't the popular vote decide? unlike Colorado? just asking.... didn't the vote of the people matter in Florida?
  • Unreal – Paul Ryan Schedules Party Leadership Fundraiser at Home of Anti-Trump Super-PAC Donor…

    04/18/2016 9:53:02 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 44 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 12, 2016 | Sundance
    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is heading up a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) fundraiser in New York on April 25th. However, the venue of the fundraiser is raising some eyebrows: For those who might not know, the “Ricketts Family” are the primary donors to a Super-PAC specifically created to block Donald Trump from winning the GOP nomination. Billionaire family Joe and Marlene Ricketts, owners of the Chicago Cubs, have recently given $5,000,000.oo to Katie Packer who heads “Our Principles PAC“, an organization created exclusively to defeat Donald Trump. Katie Packer recently outlined what they are doing with the...
  • Cruz cheerleaders grabbing at straws now deconstruct California poll two months away

    04/18/2016 8:53:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/18/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The holdouts at Fort Cruz are beginning to understand the grave situation their candidate is in. The Colorado Disaster has taken its toll on Ted Cruz and it is showing in all of the new polls. In New York, Cruz’s numbers show he will be mathematically eliminated from any chance of reaching the 1,237 delegates that would give him the nomination in Cleveland this summer. On top of that, given his very poor showing so far, Cruz is on the brink of finishing 3rd behind John Kasich who has already been mathematically eliminated himself. In Pennsylvania, Cruz is fading and...
  • The Destruction of Western Civilization: Rule By A Tiny Elite [transcript]

    04/18/2016 6:57:05 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 34 replies
    The Castle Report ^ | February 12, 2016 | Darrell Castle
    Hello, this is Darrell Castle! Today, we are going to continue – and also conclude – our six-week-long discussion of Western Civilization: how it met with destruction, what that means for us today, and, if it is gone, what has replaced it? What used to be known as European Civilization, or Western Civilization, was burned up in the fires of World Wars One and Two. It took World War Two to finally finish off the sovereignty of the Western World and deliver it into the hands of an “international ruling elite,” consisting of an entrenched group of politicians, bureaucrats, bankers,...
  • Trump's rants risk annoying those who may decide nomination

    04/18/2016 2:36:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 73 replies
    AP ^ | 4/17/16 | THOMAS BEAUMONT and STEVE PEOPLES
    Donald Trump's relentless assault on the rules that govern how Republicans choose their nominee is coming far too late to change what even defenders acknowledge is a complicated selection system. He seems to know it, too. Instead, his railing against a "rigged" process appears aimed at amplifying his central message to an angry electorate: America is a mess, and only Trump can clean it up.
  • Trump: ‘I Don’t Want To Play The Rule Game…We Live In A Democracy’ [VIDEO]

    04/18/2016 2:51:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 203 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/17/16 | Kerry Picket
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told reporters at a press conference Sunday in Staten Island that the Republican primary nomination process is “rigged” against him and he refuses to play by the rules established by GOP state party committees he deems unfair.“I don’t want to play the rule game, because I’ll tell you what, we live in a democracy and it’s all about getting the bosses out. The bosses are picking. Now I’m winning, you will say. I’m wining by 200 delegates. I’m winning, more importantly in my opinion, I’m winning by 2 million votes. In other words I’ve gotten more...
  • Ted Cruz sweeps Wyoming Republican Convention

    04/16/2016 3:22:24 PM PDT · by Iowa David · 401 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/16/16 | Dan Berman
    It's a Ted Cruz sweep in Wyoming. Cruz won 14 of 14 Republican National Convention delegates up for grabs at the Wyoming state convention here Saturday. The crowd here was clearly in Cruz's corner, as the Texas senator was the only candidate to make the trip to Casper -- ahead of a major snowstorm -- and Sarah Palin, scheduled to speak for Trump, previously canceled.
  • The end is a lot closer for Cruz than we thought

    04/16/2016 1:34:33 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 204 replies
    In ten days, April 26th, if calculations are correct, it will be mathematically impossible for Cruz to win. thegatewaypundit.com reports: As we noted on the 2nd, “Even if Cruz wins a third of the delegates in Rhode Island or Connecticut or any of these states, it will not be enough to keep him mathematically in the race.” Now it looks like Cruz will not only be mathematically eliminated from obtaining enough delegates to win the election outright by April 26th, he may also have fallen to third place in the polls by the end of April, too. Based on current...
  • MULTIMEDIA: Why Trump Is No Longer a Safe Bet (Prediction markets)

    04/15/2016 9:49:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Times Herald-Record ^ | April 15, 2016
    Businessman Donald Trump’s seemingly unstoppable presidential campaign might be losing its momentum. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s recent sweep in Colorado put up another speed bump in Trump’s path to the Republican nomination. While Trump claimed the Colorado outcome was “rigged” and “totally unfair,” his campaign is simply no longer winning all aspects of the race. Prediction markets are reacting to this latest hiccup for the Trump campaign. As the possibility of a contested convention in July looks more and more likely, Trump’s numbers have dipped. Prediction markets are where people bet on the possibilities of certain outcomes in politics, sports...
  • Let's Settle This: Debate Suggested Over GOP Primary, Caucus & Convention System and Rules

    04/15/2016 9:46:00 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 89 replies
    Self ^ | 15 April 2016 | AmericanInTokyo
    "To be suspicious is not a fault. To be suspicious all the time without coming to a conclusion is the defect." -- Lu Xun Donald Trump and his campaign generals have lodged serious allegations and complaints about the 2016 Republican Party rules governing the election of delegates to the National Convention via primaries, caucuses, county/local and state conventions or a combination of these. Words such as "rigged", "fixed", "corrupt" and "broken" have been thrown at the party on state levels in the aftermath of delegates allegedly being 'poached' from the Trump Camp by the Cruz Camp, with the conspiratorial assistance...
  • Priebus says he'd prefer GOP nominee run against Clinton than Sanders

    04/15/2016 8:28:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | Apr. 15, 2016 | Julia Manchester,
    Priebus says he'd prefer GOP nominee run against Clinton than Sanders By Julia Manchester, CNN Updated 2229 GMT (0529 HKT) April 15, 2016 Washington (CNN) — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Friday he would prefer the GOP nominee run against Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders. "I'd rather run against Hillary Clinton because she's defined, she's not liked, and in a popular cultural vote in America, that's a really important question, and she doesn't do well with that question," Priebus told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I don't know what is going to happen with the FBI. So put her unpopularity...
  • Yes, Trump May Get Under 50% in NY

    04/15/2016 7:52:36 PM PDT · by writer33 · 62 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/15/16 | Robert Eno
    The conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump will win the New York primary with well over 50 percent and win nearly all of the Empire State’s 95 delegates this upcoming Tuesday. While this is certainly a possibility, there is also a chance, and not a far-fetched one that Trump will finish with under 50 percent of the vote. If that happens, it will signal a seismic shift in the race for the Republican nomination. A look at recent polling makes it seem almost certain that Trump will finish with over 50 percent of the vote. The current New York Real...
  • It’s on: Tensions between Trump and the GOP escalate in public fight

    04/15/2016 7:55:26 PM PDT · by Innovative · 137 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr.15, 2016 | Jenna Johnson and Ed O'Keefe
    Tensions between the Republican Party and its own front-runner erupted into a full-blown public battle as top party officials rebuked Donald Trump on Friday for alleging that the GOP primary system was “rigged” against him. The dispute, which has been simmering for days, centers on Trump’s failure to win any delegates last weekend in Colorado, which selected its 34 delegates at a party convention rather than a primary attended by voters. All went to Trump’s chief rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. The outcome prompted a daily stream of complaints and allegations this week from Trump, who wrote in an...
  • Republican leaders consider rewriting convention rules

    04/15/2016 4:55:24 AM PDT · by McGruff · 192 replies
    POLITICO ^ | April 15, 2016 | ALEX ISENSTADT and SHANE GOLDMACHER
    The Republican National Committee is expected to debate a proposal next week that would dramatically shift the balance of power at this summer’s convention — and impose a new rulebook for selecting the party's nominee. The proposal, which will top the agenda during a meeting of the Rules panel at the RNC’s annual spring meeting in Hollywood Beach, Fla., would fundamentally alter how the convention is conducted, further empowering the delegates to determine the course of the proceedings. It amounts to not just a changing of the rules but of the rulebook itself, with far-reaching implications, potentially impacting whether party...
  • LIVE Stream: Donald Trump at the New York State Republican Gala (4-14-16)

    04/14/2016 4:20:29 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 68 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4/1616 | Right Side Broadcasting
    Scheduled for Apr 14, 2016 Thursday, April 14, 2016: Live stream of the New York State Republican Gala in New York City. Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver remarks. LIVE Stream: Donald Trump at the New York State Republican Gala (4-14-16) Donald Trump at the New York State Republican Gala
  • Cruz’s elimination and the GOPe’s Colorado disaster give Trump a big boost

    04/14/2016 8:49:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 54 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/14/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Ted Cruz’s pending mathematical elimination and the Colorado Disaster are game changing events that put Donald Trump well on the road to winning the 1237 delegates he will need to win the Republican nomination. New York’s primary will eliminate Cruz. His magic number to be eliminated is just 49. He’s not even campaigning in New York. This is game changer number one. When Cruz is not only eliminated but blown away and humiliated in the most delegate rich, Northeastern state, how will the GOPe sell him to the remaining Republican primary states? Clearly they won’t be able to make the...
  • Cleveland is spending $20 million in federal money on riot and security gear (Shortened)

    04/13/2016 1:45:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | April 13, 2016 | Josh Rosenblat of Vox
    As Cleveland prepares to host the Republican National Convention this summer, it's bidding on millions of dollars of security equipment and tactical gear for its police.
  • Donald Trump hires veteran GOP operative Rick Wiley

    04/13/2016 1:24:55 PM PDT · by dynoman · 194 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 13 at 3:50 PM | By Philip Rucker
    The Trump campaign said Wednesday that Rick Wiley — who has more than two decades of experience in state and national politics and most recently served as campaign manager for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential bid — is joining the operation as national political director. “Rick is a seasoned political expert with a very successful career in winning elections,” Trump said in a news release. “He brings decades of experience, and his deep ties to political leaders and activists across the country will be a tremendous asset as we enter the final phase of securing the nomination.” Wiley said in...