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  • Vigo's 'remarkable' record of picking presidents draws worldwide attention (Indiana)

    10/08/2016 8:24:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Tribune Star ^ | October 8, 2016 | Mark Bennett
    Vigo County is kind of a big deal. The world wants to know what people here think. That’s because, when it comes to picking the leader of the free world, as Vigo County goes so goes the nation. The community is known as “America’s bellwether,” or predictor. The county’s track record explains why. A majority of Vigo County voters have favored the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1888, except two. None of the other 3,141 counties in the U.S. matches Vigo’s accuracy, according to Massachusetts political researcher Dave Leip’s “Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections.” In fact, a mere...
  • On the eve of the biggest debate of his life, Mike Pence just lost a big fight back at home

    10/04/2016 7:40:09 AM PDT · by tekrat · 54 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/4/2016 | Amber Phillips
    Before he was Donald Trump's vice-presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) took a politically popular, if legally questionable, stand: There would be no Syrian refugees resettled in his state, not after the attacks in Paris last fall carried out in part by Islamist terrorists who masqueraded as Syrian migrants. On the day before the vice-presidential debate, his biggest moment as Trump's running mate, Pence's stand on Syrian refugees received a likely fatal blow: A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Pence has no legal authority to stop the resettlement of these refugees in Indiana.
  • Trump camp plans sweep through rural Indiana

    08/27/2016 11:22:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Lebanon Reporter ^ | August 27, 2016 | Maureen Hayden CNHI State Reporter
    INDIANAPOLIS — Donald Trump’s campaign picked the richest Republican city in Indiana - Carmel -- to open its only field office in the state. But a big splash from opening a headquarters in the Indianapolis suburbs doesn’t mean the campaign is overlooking rural Indiana. It’s set to get a piece of the Trump treatment, too. In a throwback to old-style political campaigns, leaders of the Trumpian movement plan to travel to small towns to woo supporters and shower them with yard signs and other Trump-for-president paraphernalia. They’re calling it the “Early for Trump Tour.” The rural swing will be led...
  • Trump's Industrial Belt Appeal

    06/01/2016 1:19:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 1, 2016 | Joel Kotkin
    In his still improbable path to the White House, Donald Trump has an opening, right through the middle of the country. From the Appalachians to the Rockies, much of the American heartland is experiencing a steady decline in its fortunes, with growing fears about its prospects in a Democratic-dominated future. This could prove the road to victory for Trump. The media like to explain Trump’s appeal by focusing on the racial and nationalistic sentiments of his primarily white supporters in places like the Midwest and in small towns. Perhaps more determinative are the mounting economic challenges facing voters in that...
  • A Guide To The Three Possible Outcomes In Indiana’s GOP Primary

    05/03/2016 1:48:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | May 3, 2016 | Harry Enten
    Donald Trump may be a runaway train. He has blasted through his 50 percent “ceiling,” outperforming his polls and winning a clear majority in the last six states to cast ballots. All that success occurred in the Northeast, however, so here’s the question: Is Trump wrapping up this nomination, or is he just really strong in the Northeast? We’ll get some answers in Indiana on Tuesday. It’s a culturally conservative state where many political observers (including yours truly) thought Ted Cruz had a good shot at coalescing the anti-Trump vote. Indiana is also, in terms of demographics, slightly below average...
  • Indiana Polls Could Be A Definitive Blow For The Anti-Trump Campaign

    05/03/2016 11:19:52 AM PDT · by scottycraig · 13 replies
    After the primary in Indiana, only nine states will hold delegate contests of the GOP race. A Republican pollster said, “If the anti-Trump effort in Indiana falls short. It will be increasingly difficult for either Senator Cruz or Governor Kasich to make an argument in upcoming primary contests they can stop Trump”. Read the rest of the post
  • Cruz Puts Faith in Ground Game to Stop Trump in Indiana

    05/02/2016 8:04:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | May 2, 2016 | Mark Niquette
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  • Convention of States - Indiana

    05/02/2016 11:36:23 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz battle for first place in Indiana’s heated presidential primary, many don’t realize that the Indiana state legislature has already taken steps to ensure freedom and prosperity for generations to come. Earlier this year, The Hoosier State voted to pass the Convention of States resolution, which calls for an Article V Amendments Convention for the purpose of limiting the size, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government. Presidential contenders can talk about shrinking government and eliminating the debt, but only a Convention of States can actually reverse 100 years of activist Supreme Court decisions and...
  • Maureen Hayden: Cruz goes for ground game

    05/01/2016 4:18:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Kokomo Tribune ^ | May 1, 2016 | Maureen Hayden
    INDIANAPOLIS — It’s no fluke that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stopped by Lucchese’s Italian restaurant outside Elkhart on a barnstorming tour of Indiana this past week. The family-owned eatery is a local landmark. Located on a busy county road, it was started more than 30 years ago by a firefighter who'd learned how to cook for his firehouse crew. It's now managed by his son, a Republican county commissioner, and frequented by conservative GOP Congresswoman Jackie Walorksi when she’s in town. Owner Frank Lucchese confessed to being a John Kasich fan in the presidential primary race, but he understood why...
  • Will Big Spending in Indiana Lead To a Win? (Congressional primary)

    04/28/2016 4:29:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | April 27, 2016 | Gillian Roberts
    In Indiana’s competitive 9th Congressional District Republican primary race, there’s a big spender. A really big spender. His name is Joseph A. “Trey” Hollingsworth III (Roll Call has already delved into other oddities about his candidacy , like how he’s from Tennessee), and he’s been blanketing the airwaves with campaign ads in the five-way race for GOP Rep. Todd Young’s open seat — which is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call. There are unique challenges in the contest, like how no one in his adopted hometown of Jeffersonville has really seen him outside of their...
  • Oh boy: Two private polls of Indiana show Trump and Cruz tied, one shows Trump ahead

    04/22/2016 2:58:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 21, 2016 | Allahpundit
    If you donÂ’t know by now why Indiana is important, you must have missed this post and a good 8,000 similar explainers elsewhere in political media. Long story short, IndianaÂ’s one of the few states left on the map where either Cruz or Trump might plausibly do well. With 57 delegates at stake, a win or loss for Trump there could be the difference between him reaching 1,237 delegates on the first ballot and falling a few dozen short. ItÂ’s essentially a must-win for Cruz to force a contested convention. But heÂ’s not winning, at least according to three private...
  • Why Cruz Is Going All-In on Indiana

    04/20/2016 2:40:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 20, 2016 | Tim Alberta, chief political correspondent
    Ted Cruz’s team knew that Donald Trump would run away with his native New York Tuesday. And they expect he’ll win the lion’s share of delegates at stake next week when a slate of northeastern states votes. So they’ve spent the last two weeks looking ahead, quietly laying the groundwork for a kitchen-sink campaign in a state they can’t afford to let Trump win: Indiana. The Hoosier State doesn’t vote until May 3, and Cruz certainly isn’t ignoring the contests in between. He spent time this week in both Maryland and Pennsylvania, the two states his campaign is confident will...
  • Cruz getting the jump on delegates in Indiana too?

    04/09/2016 5:17:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 9, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Most of the focus for the presidential primaries in both parties goes to New York, the next event on the schedule and the second-largest basket of delegates in the sweepstakes. On the GOP side, the polling shows a lopsided contest, with Donald Trump trouncing Ted Cruz and gaining a majority in every survey since the beginning of March. The leftover attention after New York generally falls to California, the biggest prize, and Pennsylvania, where most delegates will be unbound at the convention anyway. Hardly anyone has paid attention to Indiana, which holds its primary on May 3rd and has 57...
  • Cruz builds early momentum over Trump in Indiana

    04/08/2016 3:10:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 7, 2016 | David M. Drucker
    Businessman Donald Trump is still the front-runner, both nationally and in Indiana. But Republican insiders across the state said in interviews Wednesday that the momentum there is now with Cruz, a shift that predated his resounding defeat of Trump in Wisconsin. The timing is crucial. Early voting started Tuesday; absentee ballots hit mailboxes in late March. The Cruz campaign deployed the Texas senator's father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, to Indiana for the week to woo voters, and is transferring its Wisconsin team there to begin field operations. As Cruz was enjoying his big victory Tuesday evening, his father was addressing a...
  • In Indiana, McConnell allies plot to stop another Cruz

    04/07/2016 1:28:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | April 7, 2016 | Manu Raju, Senior Political Reporter
    Rep. Marlin Stutzman is a member of the anti-leadership House Freedom Caucus, a conservative in the mold of Ted Cruz and a three-term Indiana congressman who voted against John Boehner as speaker. Now, he wants a promotion to the Senate -- and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies want to stop that. Privately, McConnell has made clear to his confidantes that he wants to bolster the candidacy of Stutzman's chief GOP rival, Rep. Todd Young, and push him over-the-top in the May 3 primary, according to sources familiar with the conversations. Publicly, McConnell's super PAC has made Indiana the...

    02/20/2016 12:39:01 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 67 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Feb. 20, 2016 | Karl Denninger
    Well then, you must like losing your job to someone in Mexico who will make $3/hour. Union leaders at an air conditioner factory in Indianapolis threatened with losing 1,400 jobs to Mexico said on Tuesday the plants owner expects to pay Mexican workers $3 an hour compared to an average of more than $20 an hour for the U.S. workers. "We have not given up the fight yet," said Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers union local that represents workers at the Carrier Corp plant. "But Carrier has pretty well indicated that the wage differential is too great and...
  • Presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio stay on Indiana ballot, commission rules

    02/20/2016 12:09:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Indianapolis Star | February 19, 2016 | Tony Cook and Chelsea Schneider
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  • Democrats use Donald Trump's remarks to castigate GOP

    07/21/2015 2:44:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | July 21, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's incendiary comments - and the GOP response - are proving political gold for Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid jumped on both Tuesday, first attacking Trump for his criticism of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., then pivoting to a larger target: the growing GOP presidential field and the entire Republican Party. Reid, D-Nev., noted that while Trump's GOP White House rivals were nearly unanimous in denouncing Trump's suggestion that McCain is not really a war hero, they were more tentative in responding to his criticisms of Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists."(continued)
  • Senator, “Do You Have a Personal Animosity Against Gay Americans?”

    05/25/2015 3:38:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Bernard Goldberg's Blog ^ | May 25, 2015 | Bernard Goldberg
    A reporter in Texas recently asked GOP presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz this question: “Do you have a personal animosity against gay Americans?” Why would a reporter ask a Republican, running for president, such a question? I don’t know the reporter so I can’t say with certainty, but it wouldn’t shock me if he were trying to start trouble; if he were trying to trip up the senator into saying something negative about gays and getting some national publicity for himself in the process. But there’s another reason, I think, for the question. There’s no hiding the fact that some...
  • Jeb bends with the wind ("Gaffes only serve to make Rubio and Ted Cruz more serious candidates")

    05/16/2015 4:14:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 16, 2015 | Marc Caputo
    It’s not just Iraq: Bush repeatedly insists he won’t yield to popular pressure, until he does.After a week of misinterpreting, misspeaking and mismanaging the media over his position on the Iraq war, Jeb Bush’s hoped-for shock-and-awe campaign-in-waiting looked nothing like a political juggernaut. “It’s the Bad News Bears,” quipped Dave Bossie, president of the Citizens United conservative group. “The problem for Jeb Bush is he didn’t look very agile. He didn’t look smart in the sense of a rapid-response communications system that could get him out of the trouble he was in.” More troubling for Bush is that many supporters...
  • I'm a Liberal Democrat. I'm Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. Here Is Why.

    11/17/2014 5:58:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 17, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    The editor of Breitbart Unmasked, a site that I enjoy immensely and find informative, recently told me that supporting Rand Paul disqualifies a person from being labeled a progressive. My rebuttal was that he might be right. However, I also mentioned that Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia agreed with my latest Congress Blog piece. In the article, I explain why Rand Paul is correct in questioning the legality of President Obama's troop deployments. Sadly, people at UC Berkeley are more interested in protesting Bill Maher than condemning a conflict George McGovern stated weakens our country in the same manner...
  • Scott Walker Supports Constitutional Amendment for State Control of Marriage (Another flip-flop)

    04/30/2015 10:03:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Reason's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 30, 2015 | Scott Shackford, associate editor
    Likely presidential candidate had previously seen GOP reducing focus on issue.If presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tries to push forward a constitutional amendment guaranteeing state control over marriage laws, he'd have support from at least one potential rival. While speaking in Iowa over the weekend, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made it clear that he, like Cruz (and Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio) thinks states should have the authority to decide whether to recognize same-sex marriages. In front of a crowd in Waukee, Iowa, he said: "I still hold out hope that the Supreme Court will rule, as...
  • The disturbing case of Ted Cruz and the gay hoteliers

    04/27/2015 1:41:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 27, 2015 | Kyle Wingfield
    If there is a worse example of our politics today than this, I’d hate to see it. Ted Cruz, the ultra-conservative Texas senator running for the GOP’s presidential nomination, spent an evening last week visiting with about a dozen people at the Manhattan home of Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, the gay proprietors of, among other properties, the Out NYC hotel. Cruz’s opinions about gay marriage are very different from those of the hoteliers. But — gasp! — he and Reisner, in particular, apparently agree about other issues, notably foreign policy and America’s relationship with Israel. So they met to...
  • Translation of Spanish-language Marco Rubio interview on amnesty rattles supporters

    04/18/2015 8:28:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    Kurt Schlichter + others on twitter, Breitbart copied onto ^ | 2015-04-18 | Kurt Schlichter twitter account, article from Breitbart
    As GOP presidential hopefuls scramble to promote their political platforms and distinguish themselves from other candidates, plenty of conservatives were alarmed to see a story on about Marco Rubio’s support for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on the basis that “there are already people benefiting from it.”
  • Scott Walker has attended gay wedding reception

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

    04/05/2015 5:17:32 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 5 2015 at 4:17 PM | Karen Tumulty and Robert Costa
    He prepares to make his formal announcement Tuesday, Paul is a candidate who has turned fuzzy, having trimmed his positions and rhetoric so much that it’s unclear what kind of Republican he will present himself as when he takes the stage. “He’s going to get his moment in the sun,” said David Adams, who served as campaign chairman for Paul’s insurgent 2010 Senate campaign. “What he does with it from there will have bearing on the Republican Party.”
  • The “Rand Paul Isn’t Running” Story Is Bogus … But Brilliant: But Who Is Spreading It?

    04/03/2015 5:24:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    FITS News ^ | April 3, 2015 | Staff
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul is running for president … in fact, he announces his candidacy next week in Louisville, Kentucky. From there he travels to early voting Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – including a big fundraiser in the Palmetto State the day after he announces. As we write this, money is being collected. Speeches are being vetted. He’s 100 percent in … and not only that, Paul is one of the few candidates in the race with (we believe) a path to victory. And one of the few candidates (we believe) to be worthy of real consideration. Is...
  • Democrats Don’t Think Ted Cruz’s Experience is a Problem

    04/03/2015 1:25:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    On Monday, our managing editor Javier Manjarres was on NewsMaxTV’s America’s Forum along with the host of The Agenda, Ari Rabin-Havt discussing Illinois’s new religious freedom law as well as candidates thinking of entering the presidential race. When it came to Illinois’s new religious freedom law, America’s Forum’s host, J.D. Hayworth pointed out Barack Obama voted on a similar law when he was a state senator for Illinois and asked why he was suddenly against it now. Rabin-Havt said the laws back in the day were expected to cover the same thing. He said it was to protect religious beliefs...
  • Cruz: Modern Dem Party ‘So Radicalized, Extreme’ That Religious Liberty Now ‘In Conflict’ w/ Mission

    04/02/2015 9:35:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 2, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    HOUSTON, Texas — In the second part of an exclusive interview with Breitbart News after the public grand opening of his Houston presidential campaign headquarters, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Breitbart News that the modern Democratic Party is “so radicalized and so extreme” that it won’t stand up for the most basic tenets of the U.S. Constitution, including religious liberty as afforded by the First Amendment. “I’m proud that the state of Indiana stood to defend religious liberties,” Cruz said in the interview, which took place before the state of Indiana backed down to the institutional left’s calls for changes...
  • Ted Cruz lashes out over gay marriage fight, and some targets might be surprising

    04/02/2015 11:12:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | April 2, 2015 | Joe Saunders, editor & staff writer
    No one can have a doubt about where Ted Cruz stands on the controversy swirling around Indiana’s Restoration of Religious Freedom Act. He made it crystal clear Wednesday night.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)And in the process the Texas senator called out Republican politicians and the executives of Fortune 500 companies that he said have been running scared from the issue of religious freedom in the face of relentless attacks from the left under the guise of gay rights. “Religious liberty is not some fringe view. It is the basis of this country,” Cruz said during a town hall meeting in Sioux City, Iowa, a...
  • Why Won't Rand Paul and Chris Christie Take a Position on Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Law?

    04/01/2015 10:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 1, 2015 | Danny Vinik
    Nearly a week since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), igniting a nationwide debate about whether the controversial law invites discrimination based on sexual orientation, most potential Republican presidential candidates have taken the opportunity to bolster their conservative credentials. "Governor Pence has done the right thing," said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Monday. “I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a written statement. “Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the...
  • Ted Cruz picks up religious freedom banner

    04/01/2015 6:39:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 1, 2015 | Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R. of Texas) on Wednesday commended Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for signing the state's controversial religious freedom law. 'Religious liberty is not some fringe view,' Cruz said. Sioux City, Iowa — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concern about religious freedom, awakened in the debate over a new Indiana law, could unite conservative Republicans and rally some Democrats to the GOP in 2016. Cruz told an audience Wednesday he could carry the banner for that cause in his GOP presidential campaign....
  • [Former Vice President] Quayle tackles RFRA firestorm, Mideast chaos, 2016 race

    03/31/2015 10:31:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Banner Graphic ^ | April 1, 2015 | Eric Bernsee
    With political observations ranging from the firestorm of protest over the Religious Freedom law in Indianapolis to the Mideast threat that is Iran to the 2016 presidential election, former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle was candid in his Tuesday night return to his DePauw University alma mater. With his visit as an Ubben Lecture Series guest coinciding with the uproar over Indian's passage of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Quayle tackled the question both leading off his late-afternoon press conference and again during a conversational give-and-take with DePauw Professor Jeff McCall. "From what I know about it," Quayle...
  • So Far, Christie Silent on Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

    03/31/2015 5:10:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Politicker New Jersey ^ | March 31, 2015 | Kevin B. Sanders
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence swatted a hornet’s nest when he signed a bill that detractors say would allow Hoosier State businesses to deny services to gay and lesbian couples. Amid threats to boycott Indiana businesses and cancel conventions, Pence is, according to news reports, “working with legislators to amend the law and ‘clarify’ that it does not promote discrimination.” Already, said it would cancel its corporate travel there and hometown hero Bill Oesterle, the CEO of Angie’s List—a Republican who chaired Pence’s predecessor Mitch Daniels’ 2004 race— said that his crowd sourcing recommendation company will scuttle a deal with...
  • The Early Betting Lines for 2016: What the nation’s top horse race looks like now.

    03/06/2015 11:24:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 7, 2015 | Charlie Cook
    A question I often am asked is: "Who would you bet on to win the presidency?" Personally, I don't bet on politics, but here's my current take on the 2016 presidential race—with, of course, the caveat that we don't know which campaigns will turn out the best in terms of organization, strategy, tactics, or execution, much less which candidates will step on land mines along the way. The Democratic nomination appears fairly straightforward. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the prohibitive favorite. If her early stumbles during her book tour, or remarks like the one she made about...
  • Top Democrat: ‘Un-American’ to Question Muslim Lawmaker on Intel Panel

    01/16/2015 8:13:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 16, 2015 | Wynton Hall
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said those who criticize the appointment of Democratic Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) to the Intelligence Committee because he is a Muslim are “un-American.” Schiff, who is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said he has been “deeply disturbed” by the reaction by some to Carson’s appointment last week. “I am deeply disturbed that since his appointment to the committee, Congressman Carson has been subject to vicious, anti-Muslim attacks online and in social media, questioning his loyalty to our country solely because of his faith.”(continued)
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Bush and Rubio Have Early Lead

    01/04/2015 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 4, 2015 | Tim Alberta, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher, Josh Kraushaar, Alex Roarty and Adam Wollner
    From the first day of 2011, Mitt Romney was the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign. No one else was even close. The 2016 outlook could not be more different. Offered the choice to bet on one single candidate to win the nomination versus the rest of the field, the choice would have to be "the field." For the first time in years, there is no one next in line. And without a former vice president or powerhouse former candidate looking likely to run, Republicans are shaping up to spend the next year and a half fighting...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • Hey, GOP: If you liked the Bergdahl show, just keep bickering

    06/06/2014 10:44:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ^ | June 7, 2014 | Kevin Leininger
    Americans can still be outraged by lies, but will you tell them the truth?Dear Republican convention delegates, Welcome to Fort Wayne. I hope you have a lot of fun, spend a lot of money and thoroughly debunk real estate company Movoto's new poll listing my hometown among the five most boring cities in the United States. How could the prospect of listening to 2,000 people discuss everything from bureaucratic minutia to gay marriage for two days be anything but scintillating? But before you do anything you or the rest of us may regret, please spend some time thinking about President...
  • Mike Pence for President in 2016 ?

    04/19/2014 11:27:53 AM PDT · by American Constitutionalist · 45 replies
    none | 4/19/2014 | American Constituionalist
    Vanity: topic of discussion 2016 election. Mike Pence the 2 term governor of the state of Indiana. He has conservative credentials. Freepers ? if he were to run in 2016 would you support him and vote for him ? He is what we have been looking for ? does he have any weak points ? What if he were to ask Ted Cruz to run on a 2016 ticket with him ?
  • Senator doesn't realize he's at wrong hearing

    04/04/2014 2:11:09 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 25 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 04/03/2014 | Chad Merda
    Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) may want to pay more attention next time. On Wednesday, he showed up at the wrong hearing, then asked the wrong witness a fairly long question that had nothing to do with the hearing he was in. It took a note from a staffer to inform him he was in the wrong place, The Washington Post reports. "I just got a note saying I’m at the wrong hearing,” Coats said. He was supposed to be at a hearing held by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, but instead showed up at an...
  • GOP must target Rustbelt to win presidency: Column

    02/16/2014 12:05:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    USA Today | February 15, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
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  • Democrats see same-sex marriage as issue that will mobilize voters

    01/26/2014 1:49:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2014 | Juliet Eilperin, Niraj Chokshi and Robert Barnes
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Video: Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits.Public opinion on same-sex marriage has shifted so dramatically in recent years that Democratic groups now see the issue as a critical way to mobilize voters in a slew of races up and down the ballot. Just a decade ago, widespread opposition to gay marriage did just the opposite, allowing Karl Rove to mobilize conservatives in 13 states and help reelect George W. Bush as president. The changing political dynamics were on full display...
  • President Obama Will Consider Executive Order to Get Indiana Back in the NCAA Tournament

    04/01/2013 10:57:20 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 19 replies
    His NCAA bracket a bust, President Obama believes he has a solution that will help salvage his predictions and his pride – Executive orders. Having recently used the power of the executive order to further his gun agenda, the President believes it can be used for other major policy issues as well. The first item on the agenda? Getting his pick for the NCAA men’s basketball championship back in the tournament. The President explained, “Getting the Indiana Hoosiers back in the tournament is not just a victory for any one party – it’s a victory for the American people.” Recent...
  • Mike Duncan: Undecided Voters Will Choose Romney Late in Campaign

    09/21/2012 10:52:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jim Meyers and John Bachman
    Mike Duncan, chairman of the powerful super PAC American Crossroads, tells Newsmax.TV that undecided voters will make up their minds late in the campaign and elect Mitt Romney as the next president. He also says he is confident that Republicans will retain control of the House and are within “striking distance” of winning the Senate. (VIDEO AT LINK) Duncan served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2007 to 2009, and on the campaigns of five presidents. He is also the president and CEO of American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. His political action committee American Crossroads, backed...
  • FREEP This Poll: Which candidate do you favor in the race for Indiana governor?

    09/01/2012 8:02:54 AM PDT · by Military family member · 4 replies
    The Tribune-Star ^ | 9/1/2012 | The Tribune-Star
    John Gregg, Democrat Mike Pence, Republican Undecided Rupert Boneham, Libertarian
  • Richard Mourdock money bomb

    05/11/2012 2:46:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 9, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    It’s not enough for Operation Counterweight to get a candidate through the primary. We need to support the candidate immediately to keep the momentum going. Richard Mourdock is not running to the left (often mischaracterized as running to the center) one bit. Listen to this interview, which has the mainstream media up in arms because Mourdock defined bi-partisanship as Democrats coming over to our side on issues (3:25): “What I hear you say is you’re not going to compromise,” O’Brien observed. “In fact, the only compromise you’ll do is really getting other people on the other side of the aisle...
  • Messer wins GOP bid for Ind. seat Pence giving up

    05/08/2012 6:17:02 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    WCPO Channel 9 ^ | May 8, 2012
    Former state Rep. Luke Messer has won the Republican nomination for eastern Indiana's 6th District seat that GOP Rep. Mike Pence is giving up to run for governor. Messer will face Democrat Bradley Bookout of Yorktown in November's election in the Republican-leaning district. Messer is a former executive director of the state Republican Party who heads School Choice Indiana, which lobbied in support of the state's new private school voucher law. He finished second to Rep. Dan Burton two years ago in the 5th District's Republican primary, but his Shelbyville home was placed in the 6th District when lawmakers redrew...
  • Sen. Lugar’s GOP foe slams energy group affiliations

    04/05/2012 10:17:51 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 5, 2012 | Ben Geman
    Richard Mourdock, who is Sen. Richard Lugar’s (R-Ind.) Tea Party-backed GOP primary foe, is calling on the incumbent to renounce his affiliation with two groups that support legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions. Mourdock, the state treasurer, wants Lugar to resign from his advisory positions with the Alliance to Save Energy and the Brookings Institution’s Energy Security Initiative. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Alliance to Save Energy, which advocates for energy efficiency, backed legislation the House approved in 2009 that included a cap-and-trade system and several green energy and efficiency provisions. The group also supported Senate efforts to pass climate legislation that collapsed...
  • Lugar Challenger Gets Big Backer

    03/23/2012 4:15:36 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Spyer ^ | March 23, 2012
    Capitol Hill sources tell Howey Politics Indiana that Club for Growth is planning to spend $ 1.8 million on behalf of Richard Mourdock (R) in his GOP primary challenge to Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN).