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  • Jeb Bush's Amnesty Comments Booed at Freedom Summit

    04/14/2014 5:48:14 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Apr 2014, 7:09 AM PDT | Tony Lee
    The mention of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was resoundingly booed when Donald Trump brought up Bush's comments about illegal immigration being "an act of love." Speaking at the inaugural Freedom Summit in New Hampshire on Saturday, which was organized by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United, Trump said he has heard a lot of crazy things but that Bush's comment was “out there.”“And he was talking about people that come into this country illegally, they do it for love,” he said, according to The Hill. “And I said, say it again I didn’t get — that’s one I’ve never heard before…...
  • Paul defends Bush on immgration but says US 'can't invite the whole world'

    04/13/2014 7:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love." In an interview that aired Sunday, Paul said that those immigrants "are not bad people" but added the United States "can't invite the whole world" inside its borders....
  • Why Hillary v. Jeb Would Be Great for America

    04/13/2014 7:34:12 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 71 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 4/13/14 | Mark McKinnon
    They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don't need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let's review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM.
  • Connecticut Republicans applaud Jeb & McMahon gets award

    04/12/2014 3:45:16 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 26 replies
    WRAL ^ | SUSAN HAIGH
    Republicans, to be seen as a young and dynamic political party, must present a positive agenda that restores opportunity for social mobility and reforms the nation's immigration policies, former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Thursday. Bush, appearing at a major fundraiser named after his late grandfather U.S. Sen. Prescott Bush, received loud applause from the crowd of nearly 800 Connecticut Republicans for his immigration reform stance.
  • Bush draws boos from conservatives at Freedom Summit

    04/12/2014 3:33:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | Alexandra Jaffe
    A mention of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), a potential 2016 presidential contender, brought boos from a conservative crowd in New Hampshire on Saturday. Speaking at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, a gathering of conservative activists and figures organized by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United, billionaire Donald Trump said Bush’s recent comments on immigrants coming to the U.S. as an “act of love” were “out there.”
  • Jeb Bush defends ‘act of love’

    04/11/2014 10:24:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | April 10, 2014 | Maggie Haberman
    Jeb Bush defended his controversial comments about immigration reform, insisting they were nothing new for him and urging “sensitivity to the immigrant experience.” At a Connecticut Republican party dinner Thursday night, the former Republican governor of Florida did not repeat his remarks from last weekend at his father’s presidential library, when he said that people who come to the United States illegally in search of a better life for their children “broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love.”
  • Don't fear the dynasty: Clinton vs. Bush would not doom democracy

    04/09/2014 6:35:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/09/2014 | Bill Scher
    O ver the weekend, Jeb Bush cracked open the door to a possible 2016 run, which has already sparked a round of moaning that American democracy is being bigfooted by political dynasties. A contest against Hillary Clinton would mean that either a Bush or a Clinton has been on nearly every presidential ticket since 1980, and even Barbara Bush has lamented that we can't seem to find anyone from any other family to run for president. In Politico, Larry Sabato argued that eight more years under a Clinton or Bush would make America "monarchial," and undercut our ability to promote...
  • Iowa Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Strong and GOP Field Scattered in Advance of Caucuses

    04/09/2014 12:45:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Suffolk University News ^ | April 9, 1994 | Greg Gatlin and Mariellen Norris
    With the January 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses on the horizon, Hillary Clinton is the far-and-away favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers, according to a Suffolk University statewide Iowa poll. And while some Republicans have begun visiting the Hawkeye State, the survey shows no favorites among prospective GOP presidential candidates. Meanwhile, the Suffolk University poll of likely general-election Iowa voters shows Republican Gov. Terry Branstad with a strong advantage heading into the June 3 Republican gubernatorial primary, and he leads the sole Democrat in the race, State Sen. Jack Hatch, by 10 points in a general-election match-up. Branstad, the longest serving governor...
  • Haley Barbour: Jeb Bush stance like Reagan’s

    04/09/2014 8:04:40 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/8/14 | UCY MCCALMONT
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour defended Jeb Bush’s recent comments that some illegal immigration is an “act of love,” saying it’s very similar to what former President Ronald Reagan thought. “What people want you to do: Tell the truth,” Barbour said Tuesday at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit. “And if Jeb feels that way about it — it sort of reminds me of my boss, Ronald Reagan.” Barbour, who was an aide in Reagan’s administration described what the president used to call the “gates test” during a panel Tuesday with Democratic San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. “Ronald Reagan...
  • The Jeb Bush and Tea Party Divide

    04/09/2014 9:46:59 AM PDT · by Theoria · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | 08 April 2014 | William Galston
    The former Florida governor sparks a debate about immigration—and about the party's 2016 prospects. With just nine months to go until prospective presidential candidates must declare their intentions, the debate among Republicans is heating up. In a remarkably frank talk on Sunday, Jeb Bush made it clear that his campaign—if there is one—would challenge the tea party's hold on his party. About illegal immigrants, he said, "Yes, they broke the law; but it's not a felony, it's an act of love." Because it is an illegal act, "There should be a price paid." But "it shouldn't rile people up that...
  • Sorry, Jeb, we’re not feeling the love

    04/09/2014 6:02:15 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 36 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/9/14 | Howie Carr
    So Jeb Bush thinks it’s an “act of love” for illegal aliens to sneak into the country. Guess what, Jeb — it’s going to be an act of love for millions of Republicans and independents to vote against you in the Republican presidential primaries in 2016. “A great country ought to know where those folks are and politely ask them to leave,” Jeb said Sunday. You couldn’t pry these illegals out of here with the Jaws of Life. At least not as long as they’re collecting TANF, SNAP, Sect. 8, MassHealth — the full Tsarnaev, in other words. “The way...
  • Jeb Bush to meet with Southern Baptist leader

    04/08/2014 10:04:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 8, 2014 | Robert Costa
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is reaching out to evangelical leaders as he considers a 2016 presidential run, and in early May, he will meet privately with Russell Moore, one of the country’s most prominent Southern Baptists. Moore, a frequent presence on television and at theological conferences, heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has more than 16 million members. Moore and an aide to Bush have confirmed the session, which will take place at Bush’s office in Miami. Bush, who has played down the idea that he is exploring...
  • Do illegal immigrants have an obligation to obey laws banning them from entering the United States?

    04/08/2014 9:28:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post's The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | April 7, 2014 | Professor Ilya Somin, George Mason Univ. School of Law
    One oft-made argument against illegal immigration is that it is morally wrong simply because it is illegal. Immigrants have an obligation to obey the law. If they violate it by entering the country illegally, that by itself is enough justification for deporting them, regardless of whether their illegal entry actually harms anyone or not. In an interesting recent Fox News interview, former Florida governor and possible Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush takes issue with some aspects of this argument: Jeb Bush said the debate over immigration reform needs to move past derisive rhetoric describing illegal immigrants. The former Florida governor...
  • I just got robo-polled

    04/08/2014 7:56:39 PM PDT · by Two Kids' Dad · 33 replies
    2KD | self
    I just got a robo-call from a marketing company purporting to be in Washington DC asking my opinion on various subjects, but it quickly became clear it was paid for by the Jeb Bush people.
  • Karl Rove: Jeb Bush 'Act Of Love' Remarks 'Inartful'

    04/08/2014 2:35:20 PM PDT · by kingattax · 27 replies
    VIDEO AT LINK On Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom" on Tuesday, former adviser to President George W. Bush Karl Rove reacted to remarks from former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) that called certain types of illegal immigration an "act of love"...
  • Bill Kristol: Bush-Clinton Presidential Race Not Likely

    04/08/2014 3:22:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wanda Carruthers
    It's not likely the race for president in 2016 will pit former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted. "I'm willing to go out on a limb," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "I think there's no way there will be a Bush-Clinton race in 2016."
  • Rove to Jeb Bush: Maybe tone it down with the “illegal immigration is an ‘act of love’” bit

    04/08/2014 3:17:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/08/2014 | AllahPundit
    The clip comes from Politico but the translation comes from Mark Krikorian: Karl Rove to Jeb Bush: Wait til _after_ the election to say what you really think http://t.co/Dk3JXnjhmj— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) April 8, 2014 The weirdest thing to me about Jeb’s “act of love” comment is that, as recently as last year, he was positioning himself as some sort of hardliner on the citizenship issue. Remember? No citizenship for illegals, he said; permanent residency is fine but to grant them full citizen privileges would offend the rule of law. Fast-forward a year and now lawbreaking is an act of...
  • Jeb Bush is purposely poking the Republican base in the eye. Why?

    04/08/2014 12:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | April 7, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    Jeb Bush's "act of love" comments about immigration over the weekend drew massive headlines with some conservatives criticizing him for his latest apostasy on the issue. But, it's the lead-up to Bush using the phrase "act of love" that's actually the really important part of what he said. Here it is with our bolding added: "There are means by which we can control our border better than we have. And there should be penalties for breaking the law. But the way I look at this -- and I'm going to say this, and it'll be on tape and so be...
  • Republicans are realizing that Jeb Bush is their only option in 2016

    04/08/2014 11:02:53 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 108 replies
    The Week ^ | Damon Linker
    It's not hard to understand why. Even without a replay of the Bachmann-Cain-Gingrich-Perry-Paul GOP primary freak show of 2012, the party is heading into its confrontation with Hillary Clinton at a serious general election disadvantage. Some of the weakness has demographic roots that no single candidate can change in a single race. But the rest is a product of the party's rightward lurch over the past six years — and a restive base that demands absolute ideological purity on the part of candidates. The result, as in 2012, is likely to be a primary contest devoted to winning the Real...
  • FBI: Drone-like toy planes in bomb plot

    04/08/2014 8:42:48 AM PDT · by csvset · 15 replies
    CT Post ^ | April 7, 2014 | Michael P. Mayko
    BRIDGEPORT -- A Moroccan national who allegedly plotted to turn a radio-controlled model airplane into a drone-like flying bomb and crash it into a school and a Connecticut federal building was arrested Monday by FBI agents. Wires and tools were found in the High Ridge Drive apartment where El Mehdi Semlali Fahti, 27, had been living since January with an individual he met while incarcerated in Virginia, according to the FBI. It was not known if any explosives were found. Fahti told an undercover agent in five recorded conversations that he studied the bomb attack operation for months, and had...
  • Ted Cruz on Jeb Bush: "Rule of law matters"

    04/08/2014 5:37:46 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | April 8, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says illegal immigrants endure “heartbreaking” conditions, but wouldn’t agree with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that they aren’t committing a felony. “We’re a nation of immigrants, we need to celebrate that, but at the same time, rule of law matters,” Cruz said Monday on CNN’s “The Lead.”
  • Ted Cruz counters Jeb Bush of illegal immigration: ‘This is not a humane system’

    04/07/2014 6:19:44 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7 Apr 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz politely denounced former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s defense of illegal immigration, explaining that breaking the law is not “positive and beneficial” and that turning a blind eye while illegal migrants cross the border “is not a humane system.” Cruz appeared on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” to discuss Bush’s comments from Sunday, when he attempted to somewhat justify illegal immigration by noting it’s “not a felony” and is an “act of love [and] commitment to your family.” “There’s no doubt that immigrants come to this country because they are seeking a better world, they...
  • Jeb Bush Will Bring Apocalypse If He Wins White House in 2016

    04/07/2014 1:14:16 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 77 replies
    Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | April 7, 2014 | Michael Cantrell
    Jeb Bush, if he decides to run for president in 2016, and by some horrific nightmare, wins the White House, will bring about the apocalypse that will officially make America a footnote in history books that chronicle once great civilizations. This may sound a bit dramatic, but the truth of the matter is that the United States will not survive another Bush presidency. Many conservatives will bristle, arch their backs, pop out the claws, and start hissing at the mention of such a statement, but the fact is the Bush family are not true liberty-minded folks, but rather big government...
  • McCain: Jeb Bush 'Smartest Guy I Know on Education'

    04/07/2014 1:18:39 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 67 replies
    breitbar.com ^ | 4/7/14 | Susan Berry
    In a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times at the U.S. Capitol, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb. Bush (R) is “the smartest guy I know on education.” McCain reportedly told the Times that he spoke with the former Florida governor a couple weeks ago about education policy. Despite labeling Jeb Bush the most astute person he knows when it comes to education, McCain deflected when asked if Bush’s support for the Common Core could be an issue. “What he did for education in Florida … that’s a clear record of success,” he stated....
  • Jeb Bush: Illegal immigration is an ‘act of love’ — it’s ‘not a felony’

    04/07/2014 7:38:41 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 75 replies
    wash times ^ | 4/7/14 | c chumley
    <p>Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a talked-about candidate for the White House in 2016, gave an interview over the weekend in which he bluntly said illegal immigrants are only trying to better themselves and should not be treated as felons.</p>
  • Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants come out of an ‘act of love’(love ????)

    04/07/2014 6:32:58 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 6, 2014 | Ed O'Keefe
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an "act of love" for their families and should be treated differently than people who illegally cross U.S. borders or overstay visas. The comments came during an event marking the 25th anniversary of the presidency of George H. W. Bush at the library and museum that bears the name of the Bush patriarch. The event was closed to reporters, but moderated by Fox News anchor Shannone Bream and portions of the event were later broadcast on the Fox News Channel....
  • "FaithVoters4Hillary" Verified Twitter Account Has Thousands of Fake Followers

    04/06/2014 2:07:54 PM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies
    townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    A verified @Faith4Hillary Twitter account purporting to be the "Faith and Value Voters for Hillary Clinton 2016" appears to have purchased a large percentage of its 42.6k followers. The website Twitter Audit determined that more than half of the account's followers were obtained by "inorganic, fraudulent, or dishonest means," and the similar website StatusPeople calculated that only 18 percent of the account's followers were "good." Per StatusPeople, the rest of the followers were either fake accounts or accounts that are inactive. Additionally, the account has a comparatively small amount of interaction via retweets and favorites compared to the amount of...
  • Jeb Bush to Decide on 2016 by End of Year

    04/06/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 106 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/06/14 | Erin Delmore
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will make a decision on whether he’ll enter the 2016 presidential race by the end of this year, he said during an interview on Fox News Channel Sunday during the 25th anniversary celebration of his father’s presidency in College Station, Texas. ... He said in the Fox News interview that illegal immigration is, for many people, an effort to provide for their families, and “not a felony.” “It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family,” Bush said. “I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime. There should...
  • Jeb Bush Outlines Campaign Strategy, Should He Choose to Run

    04/06/2014 2:08:34 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/6/14 | PETER BAKER
    With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he ran for president: one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education. Even as he sharply criticized President Obama for his handling of foreign affairs and health care, Mr. Bush made clear that he would run against the style of politics that has characterized recent Republican nominating contests. He said he would decide by the end of the year, in part on whether he thought that with a “hopeful” message, he could avoid “the...
  • JEB BUSH: CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY AN 'ACT OF LOVE'

    04/06/2014 11:18:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 305 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 6, 2014
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush discussing immigration reform on Fox News this Sunday: "I'm going to say this and it will be on tape, and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally, they come to our country because their family's dad who loves their children was worried that their children didn't have food on the table, and they wanted to make sure their family was intact. And they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their...
  • Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal to join forces in ad

    04/04/2014 7:29:44 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/04/2014 | JAMES HOHMANN
    Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal appear in a commercial that will air Sunday to promote NewRepublican.org, a project focused on outlining a positive GOP agenda for the future. The former Florida governor and the current Louisiana governor, both potential 2016 presidential candidates, support a super PAC that is the brainchild of Republican strategist Alex Castellanos. “If you believe that every parent ought to be able to choose their child’s school, and that the economy should be driven from the bottom up, not the top down from Washington, then you’re thinking like a New Republican,” Bush says to the camera at...
  • The GOP faithful should give Jeb Bush a hearing

    04/03/2014 12:04:36 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 55 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4/3/2014 | George Will
    <p>The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking — some with fawn-like eyes filled with hurt, others with sparks shooting from eyes narrowed like gun slits — askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination.</p>
  • Jeb for prez in 2016? The idea gains steam (Barf Alert)

    04/02/2014 8:52:40 AM PDT · by bkopto · 53 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | Apr 1, 2014 | Scott Maxwell
    Support for a Bush candidacy is building far beyond Florida. At a gathering of prominent conservatives in Las Vegas last weekend — where presidential hopefuls kissed the ring of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson — Bush was among those who puckered up. And the donors liked what they saw. "GOP elite hoping to lure Jeb Bush," trumpeted the headline at the top of the Washington Post's Sunday-morning paper. Some see Bush as the party's best hope. Others see weaknesses ripe for exploitation. I think both sides are right. Right now, Florida's 43rd governor towers above most of the other Republicans...
  • The Jeb Boomlet: Why journalists are promoting another Bush candidacy

    04/02/2014 6:25:43 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 2, 2014 | Howard Kurtz
    You know who wants Jeb Bush to run for president? The pundits. It's not that they pine for another Bush in the White House; it's that they need a GOP front-runner, preferably a household name. The Republican race is too amorphous for their taste. Every story has to mention Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and on and on. What journalists love is a two-person showdown, especially if each candidate hails from a different wing of the party, paving the way for lots of civil war themes. Christie was their guy. A brash, blunt blue-stater with...
  • Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton, 2016? God help us all.

    04/01/2014 10:49:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The London Spectator ^ | March 31, 2014 | Alex Massie
    Connoisseurs of hinge-moments – those instants at which a country’s future changes – have long-appreciated the 1994 Florida gubernatorial election. Jeb Bush lost. Meanwhile, across the country, his elder brother George was elected governor of Texas. George Junior complained – whined, perhaps – that Barbara and George Senior grieved Jeb’s loss more than they celebrated George’s victory. Until that moment, however, Jeb had been thought the Bush boy more likely to succeed on the national stage. Over the course of a single night in 1994, however, the wheel turned back to George. We know what happened next. Twenty years later...
  • Why the GOP Should Say No to Jeb

    04/01/2014 1:50:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 1, 2014 | Myra Adams
    With Chris Christie in deep trouble, Republican poobahs are reportedly looking to Jeb Bush to save their party in 2016. The former two-term governor of Florida speaks fluent Spanish, is a convert to Catholicism, and has high name recognition. Jeb could raise millions of dollars over night by just saying “yes” to running. Despite all this, there are strong reasons Republicans should say no to him. 1. His last name is poison. Let’s face it, if Jeb Bush had the last name of Something Else he would have already run for president in 2008 or 2012. According to a recent...
  • Scarborough: Christie's 'Ship Has Sailed,' Donors Lukewarm on Jeb Bush

    04/01/2014 7:20:31 AM PDT · by Qbert · 54 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 31 Mar 2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    Big money GOP donors are reluctantly leaning toward former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president in 2016, said talk show host Joe Scarborough. "The whispers are out there. You hear it among top [Republican National Committee] donors. There is not an excitement. I'll be really honest with you. Nobody's going, 'Oh, we got to get Jeb,'" Scarborough said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday.  Donors are eyeing Bush because they see him as the only nominee who could beat presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Scarborough said, adding that contenders like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz aren't considered viable against the former...
  • Palin, Virginia, & the Road to the White House

    03/31/2014 8:01:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Sarah Palin: Ex-veep nominee backs three Dixie Senate hopefuls. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), whose support often helps propel underdog conservatives into the winner’s circle, has now endorsed three Republican US candidates who are challenging establishment-backed contenders. The latest is in Mississippi, where Palin has given her imprimatur to state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) in his challenge to six-term US Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). Before that, Palin endorsed Oklahoma House Speaker T. W. Shannon (R) over US Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), and Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) in a multi-candidate field to succeed US Sen. Johnny Isakson...
  • Conservative Leaders For Jeb Bush?

    03/31/2014 7:48:40 AM PDT · by xzins · 91 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 3/31/14 | George Rasley
    Saturday’s Washington Post gave prominent placement to an article headlined “Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race” that detailed the establishment GOP’s desperate attempt to recruit the former Governor of Florida to run for president. The article by Philip Rucker and Robert Costa claims that “Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.” Rucker and...
  • The inevitable “draft Jeb” campaign shifts into high gear

    03/30/2014 12:04:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The chore of determining who is the inevitable candidate for Republicans – at least in the minds of beltway insiders and the media – is clearly becoming more difficult. But the Washington Post takes a swing at the problem this weekend as they delve into the number of big donors who are now courting Jeb Bush to get off the bench and toss his hat in the ring. Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates...
  • Major G.O.P. Donor Tests His Influence in Push to Ban Online Gambling[Sheldon Adelson]

    03/27/2014 12:25:01 PM PDT · by Theoria · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 27 Mar 2014 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and ERIC LIPTON
    A push by the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson to outlaw online gambling has ignited a bitter civil war in the gambling industry, dividing one of Washington’s most powerful interest groups and posing a major test of the Republican megadonor’s political clout. Mr. Adelson’s effort officially kicked off on Wednesday, when lawmakers, including a senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has accepted tens of thousands of dollars from the businessman and his family, introduced legislation originally drafted with Mr. Adelson’s lobbyist. The bill would close a three-year-old loophole in federal law, banning online gambling — a growing industry that Mr....
  • Indiana Becomes First State To Back Out Of Common Core

    03/26/2014 8:17:12 AM PDT · by Abathar · 41 replies
    NPR ^ | March 24, 2014 | Eyder Peralta
    With the stroke of Gov. Mike Pence's pen, Indiana became the first state to back off implementing a set of national standards for grade-school education. The standards, known as Common Core, had been adopted by 45 states, but have lately unleashed a political fight that blurs party lines. "'I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level,' said Pence in a release about Senate Bill 91. " 'By signing this legislation, Indiana has taken an important step forward in developing academic standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and...
  • Jeb Bush is thinking about running for president. Here’s who he talks to about it.

    03/25/2014 11:17:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | March 25, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    Jeb Bush is thinking about running for president in 2016. Like, really thinking about it. He's the headliner at an event hosted by mega donor Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas on Thursday. He was actively involved in Rep. David Jolly's special election victory in Florida earlier this month. And he is breaking with his party's orthodoxy on Common Core. So, as Jeb mulls a bid whose advice does he seek? Who does he trust to give him an unvarnished view of what the race might look like? Well, everyone even close to Jeb insists that he largely keeps his own...
  • Billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson looks for mainstream Republican who can win in 2016

    03/25/2014 6:45:28 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/25/2014 | Matea Gold and Philip Rucker
    Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife plowed more than $92 million into efforts to help mostly losing candidates in the 2012 elections, is undertaking a new strategy for 2016 — to tap his fortune on behalf of a more mainstream Republican with a clear shot to win the White House, according to people familiar with his thinking. In 2012, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson spent so much of their money on long-shot candidate Newt Gingrich that they helped extend an ugly intraparty fight that left the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, severely bruised by the time he faced President...
  • Latest Hillary Clinton-Jeb Bush Meeting Adds to 2016 Chatter

    03/24/2014 4:10:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 24, 2014 | By Abby D. Phillip
    No two people spur more breathless presidential speculation than Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. So, naturally, when the Republican former Florida governor and former secretary of state took the stage at a higher education conference in Dallas today, albeit a few hours apart, the level of speculation shifted into overdrive. /barf
  • Sen. Lamar Alexander Says 'No National School Board' After Promoting Common Core with Jeb Bush

    03/24/2014 5:33:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/22/14 | Susan Berry
    Just one day after U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) appeared with Common Core champions former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) at an education roundtable event, Alexander sent out an email to voters with a headline that read, “No National School Board,” and a message that left out the words “Common Core.” Alexander, who is fighting to hold onto his Senate seat, appears to be urging voters to notice that he is against the formation of a “National School Board” and will vote against it when the measure is raised. The problem is, there is...
  • Common Core spawns widespread political fights

    03/24/2014 12:55:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 24, 2014 3:03 AM EDT | Bill Barrow
    More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads establishment voices—such as possible presidential contender Jeb Bush—who hail the standards as a way to improve student performance and, over the long term, competitiveness of American workers. Many archconservatives—tea party heroes Rand Paul and Ted Cruz among them—decry the system as a top-down takeover of local schools. The standards were developed and are being implemented by states, though Common Core opponents argue...
  • College Students Learn Common Core Math (video)

    03/21/2014 11:13:57 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 150 replies
    College students and others at George Mason University were dumbstruck by the tedious nature of an elementary level Common Core problem during a short series of interviews conducted by Campus Reform last week. The problem, 32-12, was demonstrated to those on campus the traditional way and juxtaposed with the Common Core method.
  • Jeb Bush Praises Illegal Immigrants As 'Risk Takers,' Defends Common Core

    03/21/2014 2:04:50 PM PDT · by bkopto · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Mar 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    In a speech Friday, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised illegal immigrants as "risk takers" who embody the entrepreneurial spirit of America and doubled down on his defense of Common Core. According to the Miami-Herald, Bush made his remarks in front of business leaders in Florida. “People who come here legally and illegally are the risk takers,” Bush reportedly said. “If you’re living in a rural area of Guatemala and you come, you’re a bigger risk taker than those who stay,” he added. Of course, the first action of those who come to the country illegally is breaking the law....
  • Jeb Bush a formidable foe for emerging GOP field

    03/21/2014 5:06:43 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 122 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 20 March 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Jeb Bush is casting a shadow over the entire field of potential Republican presidential candidates, as the former Florida governor continues to ponder a run in 2016 and keep his political options open. On one hand, the Bush name, a network of donors and his relatively conservative record as governor make Mr. Bush a force to be reckoned with. But the Bush name also could work against him. Even his mother waffled on whether the country is ready for another member of her family to run for the White House.