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  • Democrats Fail in Effort to Tilt Alaska’s GOP Senate Primary

    08/20/2014 11:49:49 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | John Fund
    Last night in Alaska, the choice of both establishment Republican Karl Rove and the free-market Club for Growth won over a tea-party-backed candidate — but not by much. With that result comes some lessons for the future about Democratic interference in GOP primaries. The race against Democratic senator Mark Begich this fall will be close and very hard fought — and could determine overall control of the Senate. Miller’s grassroots support gave him a late surge against Sullivan. But one of the biggest drags on the frontrunner was a series of brutal TV ad attacks against him by Put Alaska...
  • Former Redskins Star and Tea Party Candidate Clint Didier Advances in Washington Primary

    08/06/2014 6:54:41 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Matthew Burke
    Former Washington Redskins tight end and Tea Party-backed candidate, Clint Didier, seeking to replace the retiring Congressman Doc Hastings in Washington State’s 4th congressional district, advanced against a crowded field of Republican hopefuls in Tuesday’s GOP primary. Didier, who won two Super Bowl rings playing in Super Bowl’s XVII and XXII under coach Joe Gibbs, is a farmer residing in Eltopia, WA. Because of Washington State’s somewhat unusual “top-two” primary system, which advances the leading two vote-getters regardless of party status, Dan Newhouse, a GOP establishment-backed candidate and top money fundraiser in the race thus far, will also advance to...
  • End the McDaniel Kook-Fest (concern troll zot fest is just getting started)

    07/02/2014 6:13:19 AM PDT · by koanhead · 335 replies
    The Neshoba Democrat ^ | 7/1/14 | Editorial
    Conservatism in Mississippi faces a rocky and critically defining period ahead after the GOP Senate primary bloodbath. There are many good people - red, yellow, black and white, tea party and establishment - in Mississippi who are concerned about better public policy that will involve, among other things, - and most importantly - smaller, limited government. If anybody can bring us together, Thad can. He's spent his entire career building and tending relationships like a master rose gardener. But the party must step up, too. The next six years will shape the future of America, and Mississippi needs to be...
  • Former DOJ Attorney: Illegal for Democrats to Vote in MS GOP Primary Runoff

    06/18/2014 12:11:12 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/18/14 | Matthew Boyle
    JACKSON, Mississippi — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) is appealing to Democratic voters to cross party lines and vote in an upcoming runoff election against his conservative challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel. But a noted election law expert says that may be illegal. J. Christian Adams, a former Civil Rights Division attorney at the Department of Justice with experience litigating election law cases in Mississippi, said a law there prevents people from voting in the primary for candidates they don't plan to support in the general election. Adams is now a high-profile author and news commentator for conservative outlet PJ Media....
  • Justin Amash’s Michigan Primary Battle Is One for the Soul of the GOP

    05/12/2014 4:20:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    Think of every area where the GOP has strayed from its conservative roots. The bailouts. TARP. Out-of-control government spying. Job-killing corporate cronyism. There is one man in Congress consistently saying “no” to making government bigger and less accountable. His name is Justin Amash, and the establishment has taken notice. Big business wants to ensure voters elect Republicans who will keep the perks flowing -- from taxpayers’ bank accounts and right to their pockets. They’ve even created a feel-good way to describe such a Republican: Pro-business. And that’s exactly the kind of guy they’ve found in Amash’s primary challenger. Amash goes...
  • Eyes on GOP as Texas holds nation's 1st primary (TX Primary Open Thread)

    03/04/2014 1:46:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is holding the nation's first primary election Tuesday with a political free-for-all in Republican races that could push the state further right, though Democrats are calling it the next big electoral battleground. Republican Gov. Rick Perry has decided this would be his last of a record 14 years in office, and his looming exit has set off a scramble resulting in the most open races in Texas in more than a decade. Republicans are favored to win them all come November — including Perry's seat, despite Democrat Wendy Davis building a national profile and an early...
  • Discussion Thread: Texas Primary Today (3-4-14) ..first hand reports, observations, comments..

    03/04/2014 7:00:48 AM PST · by ken5050 · 355 replies
    one man's opinion...
    I was hoping one of the Texas FReepers would start a thread, but didn't see one. The Texas primary is today..several interesting races, but the BIG ONE involves Cornyn. When you vote...let us know what you heard/saw? What's the weather like down there?
  • Video: Hitting the trail with George P. Bush

    02/19/2014 9:21:18 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/19/14 | Ana Cabrera
    CNN's Ana Cabrera interviews George P. Bush - the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush, and the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush - as he carries out his own campaign for Texas land commissioner.
  • Scott Brown - Running? (Pretty much)

    02/09/2014 3:41:32 PM PST · by Viennacon · 31 replies
    Looks like he is running. Typing in 'Scott Brown for Senate' gives a #1 Google result entitled just that, and it links to this website http://www.scottbrown.com/ So, the race is on in New Hampshire, since Shaheen has been running scared from two dangerous polls that show her in deep trouble against Brown. Personally, I don't like him, I don't trust him, and I probably wouldn't vote for him if I lived in NH... but Shaheen is just so damn unlikable. The woman looks like the kind of grandmother who'd give crappy presents. I admit it would be nice to see...
  • GOP challenger rips ‘crony’ Cantor on immigration

    02/07/2014 11:55:16 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 2/6/14 | Kenric Ward
    Dave Brat is challenging Rep. Eric Cantor in a Republican primary — and giving the House majority leader a verbal thrashing on immigration. “Cantor is following the agenda of the Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce — pursuing policies that are good for big business, but come at the exclusion of the American people,” said Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College. Brat’s upstart bid against the second highest-ranking House Republican may seem quixotic. But it’s part of a growing national movement to oust GOP leaders who fail conservative litmus tests.
  • Pastor joins crowded GOP race to unseat Lindsey Graham

    02/04/2014 2:43:10 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ^ | 2/4/14 | Peter Hambly
    The already-crowded race to unseat South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is about to get another candidate. Det Bowers, a well-connected Columbia pastor known for his oratory, put weeks of rumors to rest on Monday and said he is joining the five-person Republican Senate primary field. “No question,” Bowers told CNN in a phone interview. “I am definitely running.” Bowers said he filed fundraising paperwork with the Federal Election Commission in recent days and plans to make a formal announcement about his campaign soon. He also commiserated with donors in Washington and Texas last month, people close to him said. “I...
  • GOP to alter rules for presidential nominating process, early-voting states protected

    01/23/2014 10:06:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2014 | David M. Drucker |
    The Republican National Committee on Thursday unveiled new rules for the party's 2016 presidential nominating process, but the changes are expected to protect the traditional schedule and status of early-voting states. The first nominating contests of the GOP presidential primary calendar are reserved for Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada -- and all are scheduled for February. But the party is also proposing new, stiffer penalties to prevent other states from moving up their election schedules in an attempt to gain greater influence. The RNC has failed in the past to prevent state parties from moving up their primaries,...
  • Christian leader open to run for Vitter's seat (FRC's Tony Perkins)

    01/22/2014 5:08:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Hill's Campaign Blog ^ | January 22, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has some harsh criticism for Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the GOP establishment’s chosen candidate to take on Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) this year. But he also left the door open to jumping into the race himself — or running for Sen. David Vitter’s (R-La.) seat, if Vitter wins his gubernatorial bid in 2015. Speaking to The Hill during Wednesday’s March for Life anti-abortion rally on the National Mall, Perkins said Cassidy can’t win against Landrieu because he’s not a staunch enough conservative. “I think his problem is his record. He’s been pretty weak on...
  • Lankford to run for Coburn's Senate seat [Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon gets nods to run]

    01/20/2014 3:46:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Just days after Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) announcement that he’ll retire at the end of the year, the race to replace him began to settle with Rep. James Lankford (R) expected to announce his decision to run at a Monday-afternoon press conference, sources tell The Hill. Rep. Tom Cole (R) announced in a Sunday-night press release that he will not run, citing his seniority in the House. The state’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt (R), also announced in a Sunday Facebook post he won’t run. The decisions of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R) and Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon still remain unclear....
  • Former US Rep. Dan Boren Considers Run For Tom Coburn's Senate Seat

    01/21/2014 11:23:11 AM PST · by OKSooner · 40 replies
    Channel 6 Tulsa / Channel 9 Oklahoma City ^ | 1-21-2014 | Channel 9 Oklahoma City
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman Wallace Collins says former U.S. Rep. Dan Boren is considering running for Tom Coburn's U.S. Senate seat. Boren served four terms as a U.S. Congressman then went on to work for the Chickasaw Nation as president of their corporate development department. Boren was the state's only Democratic member of Congress, serving the 2nd District.
  • Vitter’s Running For (Louisiana) Governor In 2015

    01/21/2014 7:53:43 AM PST · by abb · 38 replies
    The Hayride ^ | January 21, 2014 | Scott McKay
    He said he was going to make his decision this month, and he has. From the e-mail which is going out to his list this morning… Dear —-, Since you are such a long-time friend, I wanted you to be among the first to know, directly from me. After much thought, prayer, and discussion with Wendy and our children, I’ve decided to run for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Let me first assure you, this decision will in no way limit the critical work I’m doing today in the U.S. Senate. Representing you and your family will continue to be...
  • Madison Project Unveils Anti-McConnell Billboards in Kentucky

    01/19/2014 7:24:18 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    Madison Project Unveils Anti-McConnell Billboards in Kentucky Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC, the first conservative PAC to endorse Ted Cruz (R-TX), unveiled today three unique billboards that expose Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) destructive record in Kentucky. The billboards address the issues of bailouts, debt and Obamacare with duplicates of each billboard totaling six in all. They are located in Clay County, Laurel County, Madison County, Pulaski County and Whitley County. “These billboards are part of the Madison Project’s broader effort to move past the platitudes and engage in a long-form discussion with Kentucky voters about McConnell’s true...
  • Huckabee endorses underdog in N.C. Senate race (Huckster working to split the conservative vote)

    01/16/2014 10:05:54 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 63 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/16/14 | Cameron Joseph
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is endorsing Baptist Minister Mark Harris (R) in North Carolina's Senate race, giving him a boost against the GOP establishment's preferred candidate. State House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is the preferred candidate of establishment Republicans, but Harris hopes to consolidate social conservative support in the GOP primary, and Huckabee's endorsement is his highest nod to date. The former presidential candidate, fellow Baptist minister and social conservative leader praised Harris, who led the fight to ban gay marriage in North Carolina, as a "true conservative" in the race. The endorsement further boosts the chances that...
  • Democrats register as Republicans to stop Tea Party candidates in GOP primaries

    01/09/2014 9:24:02 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 72 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | David Phillips
    A new strategy is emerging to halt the advancement of the far right wing "purists" know as the Tea Party, whose politicians run as Republicans but even further to the far right, of the right wing Republican.Democrats are registering as Republicans so they can vote in Republican primaries and lend support to the Republican candidates, in order to stop the advancement of the right wing extremist Tea Party candidates.This morning on the MSNBC show, “NOW with Alex Wagner”, she reports that Democrats in Mississippi are registering with the Republican Party so they can stop Tea Party backed state Sen. Chris...
  • Ex-RNC Chairman Gillespie Will Run For Virginia Senate Seat

    01/10/2014 4:05:20 AM PST · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    Powerful longtime GOP party operative Ed Gillespie will announce he's running for the U.S. senate in the key swing state Senate of Virginia, the New York Times reported Thursday. The former Republican National Committee chairman told senior members of his party that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and will formally submit his candidacy next week, the Times said.
  • SC Pastor Mulls US Senate Bid

    01/09/2014 9:07:10 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    A South Carolina pastor is mulling a 2014 Republican primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, sources familiar with his thinking tell FITS. DeTreville F. Bowers, Jr. – pastor of Christ Church of the Carolinas – has reportedly raised the prospect of running for Senate in conversations with several social conservative leaders. Some of these leaders have passed this information along to Graham’s campaign, which according to one staffer views Bowers as a “credible threat.” A native of Estill, S.C., Bowers spent two decades as a lawyer before earning his Master of Divinity degree from Columbia International University in the...
  • Walker to tea party: Focus on Dems

    01/05/2014 10:04:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 5, 2014 | Tarini Parti
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who survived a recall in 2012 largely due to the tea party, said Sunday that the tea party movement should target Democrats, not Republicans. "The answer is not to take it out on House Republicans in primaries, it's to go to Louisiana, Arkansas and North Carolina," the Republican governor said on CNN's "State of the Union," referring to Senate Democrats who are facing tough reelection campaigns in red states. Walker offered his assessment in the wake of House Speaker John Boehner's recent criticism of some conservative outside groups.
  • GOP's 'Young Guns' Program Backs Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay Marriage Candidates for Congress

    01/05/2014 11:09:17 AM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 43 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 13, 1013 | Michael W. Chapman
    Although the Republican Party Platform opposes abortion and same-sex marriage, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is backing and promoting through its "Young Guns" program two congressional candidates who are homosexual, and who support same-sex marriage and abortion. Richard Tisei, who is “married” to his male partner Bernie Starr, in Edgartown, Mass., is running for a congressional seat in the 6th District in the Bay State. Carl DeMaio is running for a congressional seat out of San Diego, Calif. DeMaio, who is openly gay, supports abortion and same-sex marriage.
  • 2014: The Resurgence of the Tea Party

    01/05/2014 3:28:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Right Side News ^ | January 5, 2014 | Lloyd Marcus
    It is not looking good for the Tea Party and our efforts to restore America in 2014. The Obama Administration, mainstream media, major liberal advocacy groups and the GOP establishment have launched an extremely well-funded war against us. http://bit.ly/1cVTDpW So, how do we compete? Answer: We do what we did in 2010. The Bible says one will put a thousand to flight, but two will put 10,000 to flight. (Deut. 32:30) In other words, when we are united our power and effectiveness increases exponentially. The 2010 Republican sweep of the elections driven by the Tea Party confirms this truth. Without...
  • Texas Business Groups Ally to Counter Tea Party Influence in GOP Primaries

    01/05/2014 5:55:30 PM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 55 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 4, 2014 | Christy Hoppe
    Some of Texas’ biggest business trade groups are moving to counter tea party and anti-government forces that have dominated recent Republican primaries. The movement mirrors the schism happening nationally between hard right and establishment Republicans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently pledged $50 million to back pro-business Republicans in U.S. Senate primaries and fight tea party insurgents. Michael Quinn Sullivan, president of the fiscal-hawk group Empower Texans said the Texas Future Business Alliance is nothing but a group of big-money interests wanting taxpayer dollars to flow into their pockets. “This is what we’ve come to expect coming out of the...
  • Boehner: Amnesty After GOP Primary Filing Deadlines

    01/04/2014 10:14:24 AM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 82 replies
    Breibart.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    A new report from the Texas-based Quorum Report, published by longtime Texas journalist Harvey Kronberg, says that House Speaker John Boehner plans to push amnesty legislation through the House, after the primary filing deadline for candidates. The move would prevent Tea Party from challenging GOP lawmakers who support amnesty in 2014. . . . Boehner hired amnesty advocate Rebecca Tallent as his new immigration policy adviser. “Rebecca Tallent will join the office as Assistant to the Speaker for Policy handling immigration issues,” Boehner’s office said in a release on Tuesday. Tallent previously worked for Senate “Gang of Eight” member Sen....
  • 2014: Year Of The Tea Party Republicans

    01/01/2014 7:12:46 PM PST · by PingPongChampion · 7 replies
    Poletical ^ | January 1st, 2014 | T. Carter
    Obamacare has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. America's unemployment rate hasn't moved in over a year. Democrats in both the White House and Congress tried to sell a war with Syria, but failed miserably at convincing Americans and instead ended up abdicating the decision-making process to Russian president, Vladimir Putin. The Benghazi scandal rocked the White House and was arrogantly downplayed by Hillary Clinton and regarded by Democrats as a phony scandal. Obama's approval rating has opened 2014 at 40% and everything is falling apart. With even CNN admitting that Obama and Democrats are losing to the GOP...
  • Neil Boortz: Social Conservatives Will Prevent Republican Majority

    12/29/2013 7:06:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/29/2013 | Caleb Howe
    “I don’t think the Republicans are going to take the Senate next year. They’ll keep the House, but they’re not going to get the Senate and I’ll tell you why – because they simply cannot resist the urge, the impulse to get into this social conservatism.” – Neal Boortz Filling in for Sean Hannity earlier this week, Neal Boortz suggested that Republicans will be unable to take the House in 2014, and that the reason will be social conservatives and cultural issues. (via Breitbart.tv) This whole thing about Phil Robertson and what have you – it speaks a lot to...
  • Texas: John Cornyn vs. Steve Stockman U.S. Senate Race

    12/23/2013 5:28:17 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 35 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 December 2013 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Texas U.S. Senator and Republican Minority Whip John Cornyn will face a wild four-way primary battle, featuring constitutionalist-minded Representative Steve Stockman and two other primary opponents. Texas: John Cornyn vs. Steve Stockman U.S. Senate Race The New American 23 December 2013 Texas Senator and Republican Minority Whip John Cornyn will face a wild four-way primary battle, featuring constitutionalist-minded Congressman Steve Stockman and two other primary opponents. “The struggle here is very clearly between big government crony capitalism from Cornyn and small government populism from Stockman,” former National Republican Liberty Caucus Chairman Dave Nalle told The New American of the...
  • Awesome! Matt Bevin Torches Turtle-Headed RINO Mitch McConnell With New Video – #KeepKentuckyRed

    12/19/2013 10:59:46 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    im41.com ^ | 12/18/13
    A PPP poll released 12/19/13 shows Mitch McConnell’s approval rating in Kentucky is as low as Barack Obama’s. It’s time to elect true conservative leadership in Kentucky.
  • RUSH: GOP Willing To Lose Some Elections In Order To Get Rid Of The Tea Party

    12/16/2013 9:26:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/13/13 | DailyRushbo
    Vid at link
  • Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses Tea Partier Milton Wolf Against Sen. Pat Roberts

    12/10/2013 7:57:24 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 12/10/13 | Daniel Straus
    The Senate Conservatives Fund has endorsed tea party candidate Dr. Milton Wolf in the race for Sen. Pat Robert's (R-KS) Senate seat. "Dr. Milton Wolf is a principled conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are bankrupting our country," Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins said in a statement obtained by TPM on Tuesday. Wolf, a radiologist and tea party favorite, is actually President Barack Obama's second cousin. He jumped into the race for Roberts's seat in October. "He's not a career politician. He's a doctor who understands exactly why Obamacare must be...
  • STOCKMAN CHALLENGING CORNYN FOR US SENATE

    12/10/2013 7:36:45 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 25 replies
    Stockman2014.com ^ | Monday, December 9, 2013
    ‘Harry Reid’s Republican’ killed filibuster of amnesty, voted to fund Obamacare, approved leftist judges, tried to defeat Paul, Rubio and Cruz AUSTIN – Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) announced Monday he is leaving his United States House seat to challenge U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. “You and I are in a foxhole fighting to save this constitutional Republic, but liberal John Cornyn is bayoneting us in the back,” said Stockman.  “Liberal John Cornyn betrayed Ted Cruz and worked with Harry Reid to fund Obamacare.” “Liberal John Cornyn wakes up every morning and works...
  • PER TWITTER: Rep Steve Stockman (R-TX) files to run in US Senate primary against Sen. John Cornyn

    12/09/2013 4:50:07 PM PST · by TheBigB · 70 replies
    Texas Tribune
    Per the Texas Tribune twitter feed: Republican Party of Texas confirms that @SteveWorks4You will run against @JohnCornyn in the GOP U.S. Senate primary. Story to come. #tx2014
  • Ex-RNC chair Ed Gillespie weighs Mark Warner challenge in Virginia

    12/09/2013 5:11:24 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    politico.com ^ | 12/7/13 | James Hohmann
    HOT SPRINGS, Va.—Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie is considering a run against Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) next year. “It’s a very winnable race,” the powerful GOP insider told POLITICO in a Saturday afternoon interview. Continue Reading Gillespie, who has never sought public office, floated the trial balloon at The Homestead resort, where about 500 activists and party leaders are gathered for a three-day annual meeting known as “The Advance.” (PHOTOS: Senators up for election in 2014) “It’s safe to say that there’s people talking about it here, and I’m listening to them,” he said, noting that nearly...
  • 2014 GOP Primary War Widens

    12/09/2013 5:20:06 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    swampland.time.com ^ | 12/8/13 | Alex Altman
    Thad Cochran, a six-term Senator with a shock of white hair, is the spitting image of the Republican establishment. A seasoned appropriator from deep red Mississippi, Cochran is the kind of legislator who in a different era would have treated his perch as a lifetime appointment. So it was telling that many Republicans greeted his Dec. 6 announcement that he will stand for re-election next year with surprise. Cochran, 76, raised just $53,000 in the third quarter, and he blew past a self-imposed deadline to announce whether he would run again. More important, he was facing a primary fight against...
  • Duck Dynasty-endorsed Republican wins La. House seat

    11/18/2013 2:57:59 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 17, 2013 | PAUL BEDARD
    An unknown political novice who has never visited Washington, D.C., won a special election for Louisiana's 5th District seat Saturday on the endorsement of the “Duck Dynasty” family and a promise to fix Obamacare. Vance McAllister beat establishment candidate Neil Riser, a state senator, in Saturday's runoff election created when former Rep. Rodney Alexander resigned on Sept. 26 to become secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs under Republican Governor Bobby Jindal.
  • Dispute Over Gay Marriage Erupts in Cheney Family

    11/18/2013 6:45:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 17, 2013 | Jonathan Martin
    They were the towheaded sisters who tagged along on campaigns, polite and smiling, as their father rose through Wyoming and then Washington politics to become one of the most powerful men in the country. “We were as close as sisters can be,” recalled Mary Cheney of her relationship with her older sister, Liz. But now, a feud between the two has spilled into public view, involving social media, an angry same-sex spouse, a high-profile election and a father who feels uncomfortably caught between his two children.
  • A 2014 U.S. Senate Run for Ken Cuccinelli?

    11/12/2013 8:52:29 AM PST · by Moseley · 19 replies
    The AMERICAN THINKER ^ | November 12, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Virginia Republicans may have a strong candidate for the 2014 US Senate seat in Ken Cuccinelli. As reported in the Daily Caller, conservative writer and Congressional candidate Quin Hillyer gives voice to a movement to draft Ken to run against incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Mark Warner. Yet it would be a problem for the 2013 campaigner Ken Cuccinelli to run for U.S. Senate, from what we saw in Ken's unsuccessful campaign for governor. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Ken Cuccinelli as a potential senator. Yet Ken will fail badly unless he fires his 2013 campaign strategists, consultants, and leaders,...
  • Survey Results: Who Will You Vote For in The Republican Primary in Texas?

    11/12/2013 5:49:10 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    The LRTV 5-questions online survey was completed by 517 registered voters and it was conducted between Nov 4-10. The results are among self-identified Republican primary voters in Texas John Cornyn: 37% Undecided: 25% Linda Vega: 24% Dwayne Stovall: 14% Erick Wyatt: 0% What was supposed to be an easy re-election for John Cornryn could become a real open race. Sen. Cornyn barely holds on to the high 30s in this poll; but this poll mirrors two previous ones from last week by the Texas Tribune and Public Policy Polling Center showing that only around 40% of Republican primary voters in...
  • Noonan: 'I'm Gonna Be the Republican Nominee' [McConnell]

    11/08/2013 6:35:23 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 97 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 11/07/2013 | Peggy Noonan
    The tea party, he says, consists of "people who are angry and upset at government—and I agree with them." But "I think, honestly, many of them have been misled. . . . They've been told the reason we can't get to better outcomes than we've gotten is not because the Democrats control the Senate and the White House but because Republicans have been insufficiently feisty. Well, that's just not true, and I think that the folks that I have difficulty with are the leaders of some of these groups who basically mislead them for profit. . . . They raise...
  • G.O.P. Weighs Limiting Clout of Right Wing (Rove, Priebus to pick our candidates for us...)

    11/07/2013 5:44:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 148 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/6/13 | JEREMY W. PETERS and JONATHAN MARTIN
    Leaders of the Republican establishment, alarmed by the emergence of far-right and often unpredictable Tea Party candidates, are pushing their party to rethink how it chooses nominees and advocating changes they say would result in the selection of less extreme contenders. The push comes as the national Republican Party is grappling with vexing divisions over its identity and image, and mainstream leaders complain that more ideologically-driven conservatives are damaging the party with tactics like the government shutdown. The debate intensified on Wednesday after Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the deeply conservative Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, lost a close race...
  • Tea Party Express Makes First 2014 Endorsement: McDaniel Over Cochran

    11/06/2013 6:15:48 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    jacksonfreepress.com ^ | 11/5/13 | Ronnie Mott
    JACKSON — The California-based Tea Party Express came to the Mississippi Capitol this morning to announce that it is endorsing state Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican from Jones County, to replace long-time Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate. Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, compared McDaniel favorably to congressional Tea Party darlings Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah. McDaniel will empower the Tea Party to break up the “good old boy network” of entrenched Republicans such as Cochran, thus “sanitizing the U.S. government,” Kremer said. McDaniel, chairman of the...
  • We’re taking scalps. Starting with Mitch McConnell.

    10/25/2013 12:17:20 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 10/25/13 | Joe The Plumber
    With the Chamber of Commerce and Grover Norquist openly declaring war on conservative, it’s time to fight back! Like we did in 2010; we will return and we are taking scalps! Four years ago, mainstream Americans rose up from out of nowhere and declared that they had had enough. At the time, their targets were mostly Democrats. These were some of the meanest Democrats in the county. People like Ike Skelton, a 17 term Congressman from Missouri who was widely regarded as unbeatable. In Wisconsin, political n00b took down powerful 3 term Senator Russ Feingold. We hammered them good, and...
  • Viguerie Predicts 'Absolute' Bloodbath in 2014 GOP Primaries

    10/23/2013 6:06:12 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 40 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | David A. Patten
    Movement-conservative icon, author, and direct-market pioneer Richard Viguerie threw down the gauntlet to establishment Republicans and the GOP leadership Tuesday, charging that conservatives "have been betrayed, abandoned by our leaders, and that includes Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, [and] Reince Priebus at the Republican National Committee." Viguerie and other grass-roots conservative leaders are warning that Republicans who voted to end the shutdown on terms favorable to President Barack Obama and the Democrats will face major primary opposition in 2014.
  • The 7 Republican Senators Most Vulnerable to a Primary

    10/22/2013 5:55:26 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 12 replies
    Hard-line conservatives are rising out of the ashes of a weekslong government shutdown, emboldened by the possibility of adding to their ranks in the Senate next year — whether by picking up Democrat-held seats or taking out Republican incumbents.Just two Republican senators have lost in primaries in the last two election cycles, but that’s not stopping a growing number of intraparty challengers this cycle. Conservative third-party groups and candidates hope to give more backup to folks like Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, who led an effort to defund the health care law.The GOP brand overall...
  • An Open Letter to Speaker Boehner

    10/18/2013 3:50:44 PM PDT · by stuckinohio · 16 replies
    Gurrforcongress ^ | 10/18/2013 | Eric Gurr
    An open letter to John Boehner Speaker Boehner, Why did you divide the party? Where would we be right now had you not divided the party with your purge of conservatives from key committee positions in 2012? Your rejection of the fiscal conservatives was particularly obtuse as it was a slap in the face to those who had helped the Republicans win the house in the first place. When the conservatives pushed to defund the Affordable Care Act why did our party leadership reject them? Obamacare was from the start every bit as much economic policy as it was health...
  • Why the Wyoming Senate race is like nothing you’ve seen before

    10/09/2013 1:14:44 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 10/7/13 | Sean Sullivan
    The Wyoming Senate race may just be the most unique contest of the 2014 cycle. It means nothing for control of the Senate. It means everything to the complex web of colliding Republican interests that have quickly turned it into one of the most spirited campaigns in the country. Liz Cheney, shown in 2010. (Cliff Owen/AP) On the surface, the GOP primary contest between Sen. Mike Enzi and challenger Liz Cheney looks like a familiar tale: A Republican incumbent draws a primary opponent and a heated race ensues. We’ve seen this story unfold in Utah, Indiana and Alaska the past...
  • Citizens United endorses Rep. Broun in Georgia Senate race

    10/09/2013 10:41:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 8 2013 | Cameron Joseph
    Citizens United is endorsing Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) in the crowded Georgia Senate primary. The nod from the conservative group will give the Tea Party favorite a boost — and establishment Republicans new reason to be concerned about the race. Establishment Republicans have publicly fretted about Broun winning the primary, fearing he might not be the party's best candidate in a general election. The congressman regularly refers to President Obama as a socialist and communist, and has said evolution and the big bang theories are lies "from the pit of hell."
  • Tea party radiologist to primary Kansas Republican for Senate seat

    10/08/2013 7:59:45 AM PDT · by don-o · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 8, 2013
    Wolf, an admirer of conservative Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, had sharp words for the GOP and its contribution to the federal debt. “The Republican Party has this mindset that you should get in line and that you should bow to whoever is in charge and you should ask their permission and you should go along to get along,” he said. ”But where has that got us? I can give you 17 trillion reasons why that has been a failure, and it’s our party that did that.” Wolf has steadily been building his public profile with appearances on...