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  • Growing List of Republicans Saying Goodbye to Washington (Boehner/Ryan yes men)

    11/12/2017 6:30:34 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    WASHINGTON — A growing number of House Republicans are choosing to voluntarily drain the swamp one year ahead of the the midterm elections. Nearly two dozen congressional Republicans have so far announced they will not be running for re-election, leaving Democrats enthusiastic about the potential for major gains in the 2018 elections. Nine Republicans are running for a different elected position, while 12 are retiring. And while Congressional retirements are common (on average, 22 House members retire each cycle, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis), the numbers so far are glaringly one-sided. Just two Democratic House members have announced...
  • 7 Reasons Mitt Romney Should Run For Senate In Utah

    11/04/2017 4:30:28 PM PDT · by Mafe · 46 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 3, 2017 | Tom Joyce
    After 42 years, it is time Utah changes up senators. When incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch was elected to his seventh term in 2012, he vowed it would be his last. Recently, however, the 83-year-old told KUTV he will run again—unless his friend Mitt Romney calls him and says he would like to run. Then Hatch would step aside. Here are seven reasons Romney should take Hatch up on that offer. 1. Gives Utah Time to Find a Long-term Solution According to The Salt Lake Tribune, 75 percent of voters said Hatch should not run again. By 2024, he would be...
  • Kid Rock: 'F--- no, I'm not running for Senate'

    10/24/2017 8:11:39 AM PDT · by Kevin C · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/25/2017 | Judy Kurtz
    Kid Rock is ending months of speculation about a possible Senate bid, saying, “F--- no, I’m not running for Senate.” “Are you f---ing kidding me? Who couldn’t figure that out?” the “All Summer Long” singer said on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday. “I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on tour, too. Are you f---ing shitting me?” he asked Stern. The performer, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, had flirted for months with a possible Republican bid against Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, hawking “Kid Rock for U.S. Senate” T-shirts and criticizing the Democrat, saying Americans were “sick and...
  • The GOP establishment is rallying around a new frontrunner to replace Jeff Flake

    10/29/2017 4:10:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 41 replies
    Business ^ | 10/28/17 | Allen Smith
    Republican Rep. Martha McSally of Arizona is emerging as the GOP establishment's favorite to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake. But McSally could run into trouble in a possible run against Republican opponents including former state Sen. Kelli Ward — who is backed by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and pro-President Donald Trump media — for past comments critical of Trump. US News and World Report reported Thursday that McSally was taking steps toward launching a campaign for Flake's seat, as she indicated interest in the vacancy during a closed-door meeting with the rest of Arizona's GOP House delegation....
  • Support John James For Senate in Michigan vs. Debbie Stabenow. Vanity

    10/26/2017 1:17:34 PM PDT · by petercooper · 13 replies
    petercooper ^ | 10/26/2017 | petercooper
    Let's support John James for U.S. Senate in Michigan against Debbie Stabenow. Veteran, Conservative, Businessman.
  • Flake Retiring; McConnell-Allied PAC Vows to Keep Bannon Pick Out

    10/24/2017 2:09:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 24, 2017 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- The GOP senator who wrote a scathing critique of the Trump era and was being targeted in a Bannon-backed primary challenged will retire instead of facing re-election. Ahead of his official announcement that he will serve the rest of his term but not run again, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told the Arizona Republic that he believes "there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party." "This spell will pass, but not by next year," he said of the Trump influence on the party. "Here's the...
  • John James could be the future Republicans have been waiting for

    10/24/2017 4:30:00 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 52 replies
    DETROIT — John James emerges with confidence from a former Detroit elementary school that has been transformed into a charter high school in the northwest side of the city. It is a stride any parent would hope to see in a son or daughter graduating from this school, founded by Jalen Rose, a former NBA player and member of the University of Michigan's legendary "Fab 5" squad. Outside the leafy campus of Jalen Rose Leadership Academy High School, parents wait for their children to emerge as a handful of students play on the school's clay basketball court. James, a member...
  • Bannon's move to purge GOP may backfire

    10/17/2017 7:37:27 AM PDT · by Mariner · 106 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 17th, 2017 | BY BRENT BUDOWSKY
    While President Trump claims that his relations with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have never been better and while Stephen K. Bannon continues his war against McConnell and a long list of Republican Senators, we will learn whether Bannon is fronting for Trump or acting against him. If Bannon does not end his attacks against incumbent GOP senators, we will know that he is colluding with the president, who is dividing Republicans — and all Americans — against each other and endangering GOP control of the Senate. In the 10th month of the Trump presidency, the Republican Congress still...
  • Will Senate lose its last remaining pragmatists? (they are both weeping and frightened!)

    10/09/2017 5:19:02 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies ^ | 10/9/17 | Francine Kiefer
    Collins, Corker, and McCain are three Republican pragmatists who regularly work across the aisle. Their exits – along with the potential loss of several endangered Democrats up for reelection in red states – would all but complete the hollowing out of the Senate’s political center. It’s a trend that’s been going on for more than a decade on both sides, says Jennifer Duffy of the independent Cook Political Report: “There’s virtually no middle left in the Senate.”
  • Bannon will back primary challenges against EVERY Republican running for Senate re-election (tr)

    10/09/2017 4:21:44 PM PDT · by be-baw · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2017 | Nikki Schwab
    Bannon will back primary challenges against EVERY Republican running for Senate re-election next year except Cruz - as Trump's former strategist hatches plan to boot McConnell from majority leader job Ex-White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is planning a political assault on six Republican Senate incumbents, running for re-election next year Previously, Bannon had looked to oust Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss Now he's expanded that list to take on every Republican running in 2018, except Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas With Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., retiring, Bannon is already looking at Tea Party favorite,...
  • Could Mississippi Be the Next Alabama?

    10/06/2017 2:22:10 PM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 26 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 4 | Caitlyn Huey-Burns
    After Alabama Sen. Luther Strange's defeat last week in a Republican primary runoff, the national spotlight turned west and onto incumbents in Nevada and Arizona already facing intra-party challenges next year. Yet just over the nearest border, a Mississippi state senator with something of a vendetta against the party’s establishment was feeling empowered to mount another insurrection. Chris McDaniel came close to defeating U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in 2014, and is now weighing a bid against Republican Sen. Roger Wicker. McDaniel monitored the Alabama runoff up close, appearing there in support of eventual victor Roy Moore and getting face time...
  • After Alabama, GOP anti-establishment wing declares all-out war in 2018

    09/26/2017 9:06:52 PM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 174 replies
    The Washington Post (digital subscription) ^ | September 26 | Robert Costa
    The stunning defeat of President Trump’s chosen Senate candidate in Alabama on Tuesday amounted to a political lightning strike — setting the stage for a worsening Republican civil war that could have profound effects on next year’s midterm elections and undermine Trump’s clout with his core voters. It marked yet another humiliation for the Washington-based Republican establishment, particularly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose allies pumped millions of dollars into the race to prop up Strange and reassure his colleagues that they could survive the Trump era. “If you’re an incumbent, you have to assume the wind is against...
  • A Roy Moore Ricochet

    09/25/2017 1:50:56 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    US News ^ | 9/25/17 | David Catanese
    Roy Moore's likely victory in Tuesday's Alabama Republican Senate primary is expected to embolden like-minded challengers to GOP incumbents next year, reopening a politically perilous intraparty fissure that will sandwich President Donald Trump between anxious party leaders and his boiling base. Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has led in every public poll against Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the seat of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in February by a scandal-plagued governor. Three new surveys all place Moore up by double digits, solidifying his position as the front-runner.
  • Trump argues Roy Moore could lose general election in Alabama Senate race

    09/23/2017 2:03:55 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 121 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/22/2017 | Sarah Westwood
    President Trump said Friday that Roy Moore, the challenger to Sen Luther Strange for the Republican Senate nomination in Alabama, would be more likely to lose the general election to the Democratic candidate. "I have to say this-Luther will definitely win. Roy has a very good chance of not winning-in the general election" Trump said during a rally in Huntsville, Ala on Friday in honor of Strange ahead of Tuesday's GOP primary runoff......
  • Steve Bannon to headline Roy Moore rally in Alabama on Monday night

    09/23/2017 10:12:31 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 20 replies
    Axios ^ | Jonathan Swan
    Steve Bannon is heading to Alabama Sunday night to rally for Judge Roy Moore on Monday night with Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. Why it matters: This rally is three days after President Trump, Bannon's former boss, was in Alabama rallying for Moore's opponent — Mitch McConnell's favored candidate Luther Strange. For Bannon to make a rare public appearance in such close proximity to Trump shows how invested he is in this race specifically, and attacking McConnell more generally. Another former White House adviser, Sebastian Gorka, rallied with Sarah Palin for Moore on Thursday. From a source close to Bannon:...
  • Donald Trump Admits He Will Campaign for Roy Moore if He Wins Alabama Primary

    09/23/2017 5:51:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies ^ | 9/22/17 | Adam Shaw
    President Trump gave an endorsement to the establishment-backed Sen. Luther Strange for the Alabama Senate primary Friday night but later admitted that if opponent Judge Roy Moore wins the runoff, he will campaign for Moore. Trump praised Strange as a “real fighter and a real good guy” in remarks to the audience in Huntsville, Alabama. He also responded to criticism that Strange is backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) by calling him a “tough cookie” who “doesn’t deal and kowtow to anyone.” However, while Trump gave effusive praise to Strange, he acknowledged that his chosen guy was behind...
  • Sarah Sanders Pressed on Whether Trump Will Back Primary Challengers to GOP Lawmakers

    09/13/2017 8:47:54 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 12, 2017 | Fox News Insider
    Newsmax' John Gizzi pressed White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on whether President Trump will support conservative primary challengers to centrist or liberal Republicans. Trump has routinely denounced moderates and left-leaning Republicans, calling Arizona's Sen. Jeff Flake "Flake Jeff Flake" and nudging Nevada's Dean Heller during a White House meeting, asking whether the first-term senator wants to "remain a senator." Gizzi pointed to Flake and Heller, asking Sanders about their "spirited primary challenges." Flake faces tea party conservative Dr. Kelli Ward - who unsuccessfully primaried Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) last year - in 2018. He also asked about the most recent...
  • It’s Happening (Maybe): Romney Reportedly Set To Run For Senate In Utah — If Orrin Hatch Retires

    09/12/2017 7:57:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/12/2017 | AllahPundit
    Alternate headline: “Orrin Hatch must retire.” And there’s a fair chance that he will! He’s 83 and said in March that he’d be more inclined to step down if he could get a “really outstanding person” to run for his seat. When asked if he had anyone in mind, he said “Mitt Romney would be perfect.” That lit the fuse on RomneyWatch 2018, leading to reports that Romney was thinking about it and had even spoken to Mitch McConnell about running. But then in May the speculation seemed to fizzle: Hatch himself claimed that Romney told him he wouldn’t...
  • Mitt Romney planning to run for Senate if Orrin Hatch retires

    09/11/2017 9:32:19 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 47 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | September 11, 2017 | Bryan Schott
    Sources tell that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is preparing to run for Senate in 2018 if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to retire. Sources close to Romney say the two-time presidential candidate will jump into the 2018 Utah Senate scrum if Hatch opts not to. So far, Hatch has not made up his mind as to whether he'll run for an eighth term in 2018. He has previously said he was planning on running as long as his and his wife's health holds up. Dave Hansen, a longtime political advisor to Hatch, told last month that he didn't...
  • Steve Bannon on 60 Minutes: DACA Will Spark GOP ‘Civil War’ If Republicans Cave

    09/11/2017 11:30:20 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Sep 2017 | Adam Shaw
    Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon warned this week that there will be a “civil war” in the Republican Party if GOP lawmakers cave on the repeal of an Obama-era program that gave amnesty to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — would be repealed with a six-month window for Congress to act. The move served to fulfill one of Trump’s signature campaign promises, but both Trump and Republican leadership have indicated a desire to “legalize DACA” as part of a broader immigration...