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  • Huckabee’s job to erode the Tea Party and the rest of the Right

    05/24/2015 11:54:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Nolan Chart ^ | January 23, 2015 | Mark Vogl
    Mike Huckabee is not a serious Presidential contender, but he is bait for some of the Religious Right, and some “compassionate conservatives” who just can’t stomach hardball politics. Recently, Huckabee attacked Senator Ted Cruz comparing his zeal to that of General Custer at the Little Big Horn. Governor Huckabee said that Cruz was rash and inexperienced, and did not have a long term strategy like other Republican leaders. What a joke! I agree that Bush – Romney – Boehner – McConnell have a long term strategy. But that strategy includes amnesty for illegals and only minor tinkering with Obama Care....
  • Fox News Turns On Mike Huckabee And Tries To Kill His Presidential Campaign

    05/24/2015 2:27:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | May 24, 2015 | Jason Easley
    Fox News has decided that Mike Huckabee should not be the Republican nominee, so Chris Wallace went on the attack against Huckabee’s flat tax plan on Fox News Sunday. Video: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CHRIS WALLACE: You want to abolish the income tax. You want to abolish the IRS and create a fair tax, which as you say is a national sales tax, but critics say the problem with that is that it’s too regressive. The Tax Policy Center said this, that “the average rate for the lowest income group would exceed 33% while the average rate for the top group would fall to...
  • Mike Huckabee: Leave Josh Duggar Alone

    Mystifying. But then this is the same guy who decided to pick a culture-war fight with Beyonce despite knowing that he’d have to break out of his niche as a social-con warrior to have any chance at the GOP nomination. Not being too judge-y about youthful intra-family child molestation seems like a smart hill for the GOP to fight on in 2016.
  • Huckabee backs Josh Duggar, slams those ‘sensationalizing’ molestation allegations

    05/22/2015 1:14:29 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 69 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2015 | Elahe Izadi
    A day after Josh Duggar apologized amid allegations that he molested several underage girls while he was a teenager, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee criticized “those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins.” “Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable,’ ” Huckabee said in a statement posted on Facebook Friday. “He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his...
  • Reform Judaism confab to feature interviews with U.S. presidential contenders

    05/21/2015 8:55:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Jewish News Service ^ | May 21, 2015 | Staff
    This November’s biennial convention of the Reform Jewish movement’s congregational umbrella organization will feature interviews with candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Chuck Todd, moderator of the NBC television network’s popular “Meet the Press” program, will conduct one-on-one interviews with each presidential contender before the audience of the 2015 Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) convention in Orlando, Fla. “URJ’s biennial, because of its timing, location, and audience, will be a must-attend event for the top presidential candidates,” Todd said Thursday. “Florida has long been a key state in presidential elections, and I am very much looking forward to this...
  • Huckabee skipping Iowa Straw Poll

    05/21/2015 5:51:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) will skip the Iowa Straw Poll in 2016, he confirmed in an op-ed for The Des Moines Register in which he questions the relevancy of the poll that helped spur his 2008 bid “I have concluded this year's Iowa straw poll will serve only to weaken conservative candidates and further empower the Washington ruling class and their hand-picked candidates,” he wrote. “It's clear that pitting conservative candidates with limited resources against each other in a non-binding and expensive summer straw poll battle, while allowing billionaire-backed establishment candidates to sit out, will only wound and weaken...
  • Former Iowa caucuses winner Mike Huckabee to skip straw poll

    05/21/2015 6:30:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    WTMA, Charleston, SC ^ | May 21, 2015 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, the 2008 Iowa caucuses winner, is running again for the GOP presidential nomination, but this time he’ll skip the state’s high profile straw poll. Huckabee, who took second place in the 2007 survey, announced Thursday morning in a Des Moines Register op-ed that he won’t compete on the Iowa straw poll, instead saying that he wants to focus his resources on winning the state’s official caucus. “I appreciate the Iowa GOP for recognizing the need for some reforms, but playing to win in the straw poll still requires a heavy concentration of staff...
  • Medved: Invisible armies of evangelicals can't deliver victory in 2016

    05/18/2015 5:33:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    USA Today | May 18, 2015 | Michael Medved
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/05/18/christian-evangelicals-elections-demographics-medved-column/26474707/
  • Who should be excluded from the Republican debates?

    05/18/2015 5:09:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 18, 2015 | Newsmachete
    We all know that if the Republican debates include all the declared candidates that it's going to be a circus. Each candidate will only get to speak for a few minutes and we won't learn much. We'd learn more if the debates were limited to the candidates who had the greatest chance of getting the nomination. Here are the most realistic candidates--not the best candidates, but the ones who have at least a chance to win the nomination: Scott Walker: Current governor of Wisconsin, an inspirational speaker, riding high in several polls. Jeb Bush: Former governor of Florida, he's been...
  • Long-time Texas conservative activist endorses Cruz for president

    05/16/2015 3:44:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | May 16, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Paul Pressler, a former Texas appeals court judge who has long been a supporter of conservative causes and active in Texas politics, announced Saturday that he is endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for president. Pressler, who in 2012 hosted a large group of evangelical leaders who voted to coalesce their support behind Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign as a challenge to frontrunner Mitt Romney, said he announced his endorsement of Cruz at a meeting of conservatives in Washington Saturday. “I feel that Ted Cruz is electable and he stands by his convictions in an articulate manner,” Pressler said in an interview...
  • The Morning After the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

    05/16/2015 1:55:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | Linda Greenhouse
    Let’s assume, as I do, that the Supreme Court finds a constitutional right to same-sex marriage when it decides Obergefell v. Hodges sometime next month. What happens next? It may be a morning-after landscape of more confusion than clarity, with some rain falling on the victory parades. Conservative Christians, claiming victimization by the onrushing tide of marriage equality, aren’t like to be deterred in their quest for the right to withhold goods and services from same-sex couples. Indiana’s retreat last month, under pressure from some leading corporations, from a law that would have given businesses a religious excuse for discriminating...
  • What the 2016 Candidates are Saying about SCOTUS and Marriage Equality (From the horses' mouth)

    05/15/2015 3:34:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Human Rights Campaign Blog ^ | May 15, 2015 | Staff
    With oral arguments at the Supreme Court concluded in Obergefell v. Hodges, 2016 candidates are starting to weigh in on how they would handle a potential Supreme Court ruling that leads to nationwide marriage equality. This week, Republican Carly Fiorina said that she would not fight a ruling in favor of marriage equality. Fiorina joins Lindsey Graham, another potential 2016 candidate, who issued a similar statement. On the other side, Ted Cruz, who has been a consistent opponent of LGBT equality, has said he will introduce a constitutional amendment to fight marriage if the Supreme Court rules in favor of...
  • A New Leader Hits the Top of GOP Prez List

    05/15/2015 2:02:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Barron's ^ | May 15, 2015 | Greg Valliere
    The Democrats may be headed for a coronation with Hillary Clinton as the heavy favorite to win that party’s nomination in 2016. But the Republicans most definitely are not in a similar situation. We never expected Jeb Bush to lead wire-to-wire, and sure enough he’s in a slump that has pushed him down to No. 2. Here are our current rankings: 10. Rick Santorum: He’s barely on the list; Lindsey Graham or Rick Perry might be better picks for our Top Ten. But Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, is an under-rated campaigner and could replicate his 2012 success in the...
  • We’re all populists now

    05/15/2015 12:21:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2015 | Professor David Greenberg, Rutgers University
    Candidates of the left, right and center have something in common: They all want to be seen as populists. Hillary Clinton attacks income inequality and issues booklets showing how well she stacks up, even against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as a booster for the embattled middle class; Sen. Marco Rubio invokes the American dream; Mike Huckabee and putative libertarian Sen. Rand Paul are against giving President Obama a free hand to negotiate the Pacific trade pact. Meanwhile, pundits and journalists prowl for populists everywhere: Sen. Ted Cruz is a “populist egghead.” Rubio showcases “populist themes” of up-by-the-bootstraps success. Huckabee is going...
  • A look at the GOP contenders

    05/15/2015 11:25:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill's Contributors ^ | May 15, 2015 | Wamara Mwine
    On April 17, New Hampshire hosted a Republican Leadership Summit, which drew GOP presidential hopefuls and over 500 Republican activists. The horse-and-buggy show highlighted and defined the 2016 Republican field. Covering all 19 prospective candidates was a stretch, but I will share my insights on a few here. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: My Wisconsin skeet-shooter friend Margaret claims Walker is a "good man." Is that enough though to win the presidency? Billionaire election investor David Koch seems to think Walker will be the nominee. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) almost ruined the governor's reputation by saying, "I don't...
  • Ralph Nader: Why run for president if you don't have a real chance?

    05/15/2015 11:03:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 15, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.. But the size of the crowd isn't terribly surprising; if anything I thought it might be even larger. The barriers to entry are low, and all a candidate needs to keep going, at...
  • Amazing! Mike Huckabee has totally changed his mind on Common Core

    05/14/2015 7:25:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Glenbeck.com ^ | 5/14/15 | Stu
    And now, I present the super amazing transformation timeline of Mike Huckabee on common core. ———- Mid 2013: “These standards, known as Common Core State Standards, have been near and dear to my heart since I served as Governor of your neighboring state of Arkansas. And it’s disturbing to me there have been criticisms of these standards directed by other conservatives including the RNC. The truth of the matter is, these criticisms are short-sighted. Like many of you, I’ve heard the argument these standards “threaten local control” of what’s being taught in Oklahoma classrooms. Speaking from one conservative to another,...
  • Conservatives meet in Tyson's Corner to whittle down 2016 list [Important]

    05/14/2015 7:23:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | May 14, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Tyson's Corner, Virginia (CNN)—One hundred leaders in the conservative movement met behind closed doors Thursday as part of an attempt to consolidate support for their favored presidential candidates. The Conservative Action Project convened the summit at the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson's Corner, Virginia to educate leaders of super PACs ranging from the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund and activists from social-conservative organizations like the Family Research Council and the Eagle Forum. The goal, according to two attendees, is to narrow the leaders' support to a few candidates by the next time the organization meets in October. Some of...
  • Could SEC Football Strength Be Equaled by 'SEC Presidential Primary' in '16?

    05/14/2015 10:58:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | Matt Towery
    In recent presidential primary cycles, the influence of Southern states -- with the exception of Florida, whose "Southern status" is perhaps more locational than anything else -- has been minimal. While pundits like to say that GOP presidential nominees have relied heavily on a "red state" electorate based in the South, that same base has had little to say in determining the nominee. After all, neither John McCain nor Mitt Romney had much in common with the region. Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp sensed that voter turnout intensity in the region could be stronger in November 2016 if...
  • Fox News Poll: Huckabee seen as more ethical than most, Clinton less

    05/14/2015 7:25:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/14/2015 | Dana Blanton
    Hillary Clinton wins! Except this is one race she’d rather lose. The former secretary of state and current presidential aspirant tops the list as being “less ethical” than other politicians. GOP candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is on top as being “more ethical” than others. That’s according to the latest Fox News poll that asks voters to rate several announced and unannounced 2016 contenders as being more or less ethical than “most other politicians.” Some 44 percent of voters think Clinton is less ethical than the typical politician. She’s followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 37...
  • Zogby - The GOP Field: How They Stack Up So Far

    05/14/2015 4:36:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 14, 2015 | John Zogby
    A number of Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination have now formally declared or are poised to announce very soon. Here’s my assessment where each stands right now and how I see their strengths, weaknesses and prospects – at least at this moment. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush – his family has a record of winning elections and he has won perhaps the most important swing state twice. He has name recognition, money, clear leadership capacity, and the demeanor to be President. He also will raise a staggering amount of money. Given the GOP tradition of ultimately nominating the...
  • Exclusive — Mike Huckabee To Republicans In Congress: Don’t Revive Obamatrade

    05/13/2015 2:59:36 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 May 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    After Senate Democrats helped partially kill—or at least temporarily stall—Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’s desire to implement President Barack Obama’s trade agenda on Thursday, McConnell and his fellow GOP leadership folks vowed to bring it back to life again. But former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, says Republicans should leave it dead rather than hurting American workers with a big, secret trade deal none of them have read.
  • Why are the media whacking Mike Huckabee—Unless he’s a 2016 threat?

    05/12/2015 8:52:42 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    The media’s conventional wisdom is that Mike Huckabee, a onetime winner of the Iowa caucuses, doesn’t have much of a shot in 2016. So why are some pundits and news outlets suddenly attacking him if he’s just an asterisk? The answer is that the former Arkansas governor and ex-Fox News contributor will matter, at least in the early states. And beyond that, some conservatives have a visceral dislike for the guy—and especially for his passionate defense of entitlement programs.
  • Why are the media whacking Mike Huckabee—Unless he’s a 2016 threat?

    05/12/2015 8:47:14 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    Foxnews ^ | May 12, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    The media’s conventional wisdom is that Mike Huckabee, a onetime winner of the Iowa caucuses, doesn’t have much of a shot in 2016. So why are some pundits and news outlets suddenly attacking him if he’s just an asterisk? The answer is that the former Arkansas governor and ex-Fox News contributor will matter, at least in the early states. And beyond that, some conservatives have a visceral dislike for the guy—and especially for his passionate defense of entitlement programs.
  • I Don't <3 Huckabee (Laughable, concentrated idiocy)

    05/12/2015 6:24:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | May 12, 2015 | Eoin Higgins, writer and historian
    And now Mike Huckabee, the Gomer Pyle of unadulterated hatred masquerading as good ol' religion, has, again, joined the Republican race for the presidency. Distressed because of the success Ted Cruz has had making inroads to the virulent right wing religious/racist base of the Christian Right, Huckabee made sure to fluff his announcement with the prerequisite xenophobia necessary to show he's still The One. A little mention of the evils of Islam here, a little homophobic red meat there- Huck's on the move to shore up those right wing evangelical votes. The problem is that Huckabee's all hat and no...
  • Too Many Candidates

    05/11/2015 10:19:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | May 11, 2015 | Howie Carr, The Boston Herald
    The former governor of Florida, John (or as he prefers to be called, Juan) Ellis Bush, doesn't appear to have a lot of support among Republicans, as opposed to Republicans in Name Only (RINOs), who absolutely adore him. But Juan isn't sweating it. He's rolling in dough, and more importantly, he's rolling in opponents. Have you ever heard of a "straw" candidate? When you have a weak front-runner that can't reach 50 percent, often a third, or a fourth, or even a fifth candidate suddenly jumps into the race. If he has a name similar to that of the strongest...
  • “Wouldn’t it be fun to watch all these guys lose to Bush?”: “SNL” hosts own GOP leadership conf.

    05/10/2015 2:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Salon ^ | May 10, 2015 | Jenny Kutner
    Cecily Strong introduced each of the GOP presidential "hopefuls" with a series of all-too-accurate puns.The Southern Republican Leadership Conference looks way more fun when it happens on “Saturday Night Live.”“SNL” mocked the event in its cold open this week, playing up the gathering of GOP presidential hopefuls as “the hottest event of the year,” complete with dance numbers and a very punny DJ (Cecily Strong). Strong introduced each of the “candidates” with zingers that ranged from a little painful (did Mike Huckabee really turn Arkansas “from a red state to a shred state”?) to, well, funny — and rather accurate....
  • Huckabee's Hucksterism vs. Clintons' Cash

    05/09/2015 11:03:59 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 8, 2015 | RON FOURNIER
    There's a seedy side to this candidate's smile. Behind former Gov. Mike Huckabee's warm smile, inclusive rhetoric, and gee-whiz populism lies an ethics record that would make a Clinton blush. His greedy, cheesy money grabs as governor in Arkansas were a preview of today's greedy, cheesy money grabs. As part of what The New York Times called "unconventional ways to fund a campaign," the newly minted GOP presidential candidate recently pitched a dubious medical treatment via infomercial."Let me tell you, diabetes can be reversed," Huckabee says. "I should know, because I did it. Today you can, too." No you can't....
  • Huckabee’s Welfare State Conservatism

    05/08/2015 10:59:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | May 7, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    The former Arkansas governor understands something important about GOP voters: They aren’t opposed to welfare spending as long as it’s for them.For his opening pitch to Republican voters, Mike Huckabee channeled a little of Elizabeth Warren’s fiery populism. Washington, he said in his video announcement, “has done enough lying and stealing. I’ll never rob seniors of what our government has promised them and even forced them to pay for.” He hit this note again in his first campaign speech, with a few shots at his GOP competitors for good measure. “There are some who propose that to save the safety...
  • How second tier GOP hopefuls could win

    05/08/2015 4:29:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 8, 2015 | J.P. Moran
    President Obama famously said to Mitt Romney during a 2012 debate concerning Russia, the “1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back…” Right now, that phrase rings true for many of the current GOP candidates’ messaging and marketing strategies. The 1980s are calling, and they want their campaign marketing plans back. That’s why 2016 is anyone’s race. The Republican nomination will likely draw a dozen or more candidates. Three second-tier candidates got into the race just this week, and no single candidate has consistently broken 20 percent in the polls. With a 21st century marketing strategy, even...
  • Mike Huckabee Scoffs At Pulling A 'Taxpayer-Funded Paycheck' While Pulling A Taxpayer-Funded Pension

    05/08/2015 3:04:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | May 8, 2015 | Amanda Terkel
    When former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) announced his second presidential bid on Tuesday, he played up his blue-collar, working-class background in an attempt to distinguish himself from some of his rivals. "I don't have a global foundation or a taxpayer-funded paycheck to live off of. I don't come from a family dynasty, but a working family. I grew up blue collar, not blue blood," Huckabee said in his announcement, which he delivered in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas. Huckabee's statement took aim at several of his potential competitors in the 2016 election. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her...
  • Iowa Kingmaker Ditches Huckabee: He Sounds Like Hillary; I’m Going with Cruz

    05/08/2015 11:19:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 8, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Despite his socially-conservative bona fides, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has officially lost the support of Iowa’s influential talk radio host Steve Deace — a dramatic shift from their supportive relationship in the 2008 Republican Party primaries. Deace has been described as a “hitmaker” and “one of the most powerful Republicans you’ve never heard of” because his stumping for Huckabee was seen as a substantial contributor to the former governor’s 2008 Iowa caucus victory. But, in 2016, Deace is not thrilled with Huckabee’s support for entitlement programs. As MMfA first reported, during the May 6 edition of the Steve Deace...
  • LGBT Is the Real Moral Majority (Yeah, he went there)

    05/08/2015 11:05:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 8, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    Evangelicals could learn to reap the success of their ideological opponents, notably the LGBT community. But when you think your orders come from God, evolution can be tough.So now that Mike Huckabee has thrown in, we have three or arguably four Republican candidates elbowing one another to win the collective heart of the evangelical right. In addition to Huck, thereÂ’s Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and maybe Rand Paul, whose links to the constituency are more tenuous but who clearly is in there pitching. What they all understand, of course, is that the evangelical presence looms large in the Iowa caucuses,...
  • Trump: Huckabee can't protect entitlements like I can

    05/07/2015 8:41:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | May 7, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    New York real estate mogul Donald Trump said Thursday that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) could not prevent funding cuts to entitlement programs if elected president in 2016. “Huckabee is a nice guy but will never be able to bring in the funds so as not to cut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid,” Trump tweeted. “I will.” Trump, a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, also argued Huckabee was stealing his potential campaign ideas. “Huckabee copied me,” Trump wrote. “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare &...
  • Would the Real Mike Huckabee Please Stand Up?

    05/07/2015 7:41:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Tax Justice Blog ^ | May 7, 2015 | Richard Phillips, Research Analyst at CTJ
    Despite having a relatively moderate record on tax policy as the governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee has wholeheartedly embraced a radically regressive tax plan as a central plank of his presidential candidate platform. For years, Huckabee has been one of the main proponents of the “Fair Tax,” a plan that would replace all federal taxes with a national sales tax. Citizens for Tax Justice and the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation have each found that to raise the same amount of revenue as current law, the sales tax rate would have to be about 50 percent. A study by the...
  • The Honeymoon Is Over: Iowa Radio Host Steve Deace Turns On Huckabee

    05/07/2015 5:26:20 PM PDT · by VinL · 39 replies
    Wpoplar ^ | 5/7/2015 | Daniel Angster
    Iowa radio host Steve Deace, who supported recently-announced presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (R) during his 2008 White House bid, expressed grave disappointment over the fact that the former Arkansas governor supports certain entitlement programs, which Huckabee outlined in his May 4 candidacy announcement. Deace's rejection of Huckabee comes in the wake of his praise and early support for one of Huckabee's challengers for the GOP nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). During the May 6 episode of the Steve Deace Show, Deace played former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential candidacy announcement speech but frequently interrupted it so that he and his...
  • Iowa radio host bashes Huckabee [Steve Deace]

    05/07/2015 2:46:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 07, 2015, 04:43 pm | Ben Kamisar
    A former key Iowa ally of Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee during his 2008 presidential bid blasted his views on entitlement programs.Radio host Steve Deace delivered a line-by-line takedown of pieces of Huckabee’s presidential announcement speech, specifically honing in on his calls to save “safety nets like Medicare and Social Security.”“These are not safety nets, these are entitlements. Those programs are the basis for a permanent welfare state,” Deace said Wednesday on the “Steve Deace Show,” according to audio provided by the liberal-leaning Media Matters.“We can’t afford this, we are currently $18 trillion in debt. To make all those entitlement welfare...
  • Don’t Underestimate Mike Huckabee

    05/07/2015 11:30:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 7, 2015 | Ben Domenech, publisher
    Mike Huckabee is the Pepperidge Farm Remembers candidate for 2016. Don't underestimate his chances for success.Nearly nine years removed from holding public office, Mike Huckabee is a different candidate now in a number of ways, operating at a much greater remove from the homegrown populism of his insurgent 2008 campaign – but he’s going to try to bottle that old magic to make his brand of social moralizing and economic moderation populist again. The problem for Huckabee is that there are better populists out there now. Both Huckabee and Chris Christie passed on running in 2012 for their various reasons,...
  • Can Mike Huckabee win back his Iowa flock?

    05/07/2015 10:41:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    KSPR-TV / CNN ^ | May 7, 2015 | Sara Murray
    OSKALOOSA, Iowa (CNN) - If Mike Huckabee hopes to be anointed victor of the Iowa caucuses once again, he better prepare to retread a lot of familiar ground. "Luck is good. Voters are better," Huckabee quipped as Nathan Johnson wished luck upon the newly official presidential candidate as he stopped by a local coffee shop Wednesday. Huckabee had Johnson's vote when he won the 2008 Iowa caucuses. This time around, the 33-year-old from Oskaloosa is eyeing a top tier: Huckabee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. He's biding his time to see how the candidates perform as...
  • The Huckster stands by his scam

    05/07/2015 10:05:22 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Arkansas Times ^ | May 7, 2015 | David Ramsey
    As noted here before, Mike Huckabee's special knack for turning political attention into wealth for himself includes shilling for dubious products and selling sponsored ad space to disreputable sorts in emails sent to supporters.  Huckabee was questioned by CNN about the practice of spamming his own supporters in order to grab some extra cash for himself.  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee defended renting out his email list to a group selling hidden cures for cancer embedded in Bible verses, saying it was no different than CNN allowing advertisers for catheters or adult diapers to air alongside programming. "My gosh, that's like...
  • CNN’s Jake Tapper Confronts Mike Huckabee About Promoting ‘Hucksterism’

    05/07/2015 8:46:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Mediate ^ | 4:49 pm, May 6th, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Toward the end of his interview with brand new Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Wednesday afternoon, CNN’s Jake Tapper brought up a somewhat obscure piece of trivia about the former Arkansas governor regarding one source of revenue he has engaged in since leaving his job as Fox News host. As Tapper explained, earlier this year Huckabee rented his email list to a group called Health Sciences Institute, which was selling a “cancer cure” hidden by God in the Bible. The email came directly from MikeHuckabee@MikeHuckabee.com and included an intro message from the candidate about the “important information” from the...
  • The State of the Presidential Race Report: Onward Christian Socialists!

    05/06/2015 10:15:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | May 6, 2015 | Don Rasmussen
    It is a big week in presidential politics. Carly Fiorina announced her campaign on Skype while sitting alone in a dark room and giving Hillary’s announcement the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment. Ben Carson also announced with an awkward and surreal variety show, featuring a gospel choir, back-flipping dogs, The Solid Gold Dancers and a special appearance by the ghost of Chuck Barris. At least now we know what he is really running for…host of the new Muppets Show. He even announced that he didn’t want to be a politician. Millions of homosexuals and gun owners breathed a sigh of...
  • Presidential Candidates Begin to Flock in Sioux City

    05/06/2015 9:59:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KCAU-TV ^ | May 6, 2015
    Sioux City, IA (ABC9 News) - In what can only be described as a crowded field, presidential candidates are beginning to visit Sioux City in an effort to build momentum. While he hasn't thrown his hat in the ring, Jim Webb will be speaking to a group at the Sioux City Boys Club on Wednesday. The former Democratic senator from Virginia is touring the facility at 4 p.m. before hosting a "meet and greet" at Tacos el Guero at 5:30 p.m. On Thursday, May 7th, Gov. Mike Huckabee will be hosting “meet and greet” at Charlie’s American Grill, 701 Gordon...
  • Republican Huckabee appeals to working class in launching 2016 bid

    05/06/2015 7:18:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Mitchell Daily Republic / Reuters ^ | May 6, 2015 | Steve Barnes
    Republican Mike Huckabee launched a bid for his party's 2016 presidential nomination on Tuesday, zeroing in on the plight of blue-collar American workers who have been left behind in the country's rebound from the Great Recession. The 59-year-old former Arkansas governor and former host of a popular Fox News television show is considered a long shot in the widening race to represent the Republican Party in the November 2016 election. He is the sixth Republican to make a formal run. Huckabee's emphasis on American workers marks an attempt to expand his base beyond social conservative voters who the former Southern...
  • Huckabee Defends Geller On FNC'S O'Reilly,Van Susteren Criticisms

    05/06/2015 3:24:45 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | Pam Key
    Wednesday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” recently declared candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) criticized Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren for their criticisms of Pamela Geller and the appropriateness of her “Draw Muhammad” art contest.
  • Experts: Support-base growth still challenges Huckabee

    05/06/2015 1:27:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / The Associated Press | May 6, 2015 | Sarah D. Wire
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/may/06/experts-support-base-growth-still-chall/?f=news-arkansas
  • Reminder: Mike Huckabee Granted Clemency to a Criminal Who Murdered Four Police Officers

    05/06/2015 1:08:53 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/6/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it yesterday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced another run for the White House. In an already crowded GOP field, there are many questions surrounding whether Huckabee can successfully make it through the primary. Putting the horse race aside, pundits seem to be forgetting a very important and devastating decision Huckabee made during his time as governor. In 2000, despite objections from prosecutors, Huckabee granted clemency to a man named Maurice Clemmons. Background from the Arkansas Leader: Several prosecutors around the state are upset with Gov. Huckabee for grant- ing clemency to violent criminals, but he...
  • Huckabee’s repeated claim that he passed ’94 tax cuts’ as governor

    05/06/2015 12:56:31 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6 at 10:00 AM | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    “I governed in a state that was the most lopsided and partisan in the country. … My friend, it was tough sledding, but I learned how to govern, and I learned how to lead. And even in that environment, we passed 94 tax cuts, rebuilt our road system, saw dramatic improvements in student test scores and fought the corruption of the good old boy system so that working class people would finally be given a fair shake.”– Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R), speech announcing his presidential candidacy, May 5, 2015In his speech launching his presidential bid for 2016, Huckabee...
  • Brody File Analysis: Evangelical Food Fight: Mike Huckabee vs. Ted Cruz

    05/06/2015 12:19:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CBN's The Brody File ^ | May 6, 2015 | David Brody, chief political correspondent
    Mike Huckabee is not the evangelical candidate. Oh sure, he’ll get a hefty amount of the evangelical vote even though there is a much more competitive field this time around. But if you think he’s a one-trick pony then you miss the larger story. The easy media narrative will be that Huckabee must appeal to evangelicals to do well. And there’s no denying that will be a part of his potential winning equation. But what Huckabee has that no other candidate possesses is an, “aw shucks,” bless your heart, southern charm. That will play well in the heartland of this...
  • Taxes went up in Arkansas when Huckabee was governor

    05/06/2015 11:16:35 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6 at 12:08 PM | Max Ehrenfreund
    As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee responded to a fiscal crisis by working with Democrats in the Arkansas legislature to raise taxes and eliminate the deficit. Then, in his first presidential campaign in 2008, Huckabee converted himself into a starve-the-beast Republican, signing a pledge not to raise taxes and proposing to replace the income tax with a national sales tax, which would likely amount to a large tax cut for the wealthy.On this record, it isn't clear whether Huckabee truly is a fiscal conservative who was simply pandering to the Republican base when he promised not to raise taxes in his...