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  • Did GOP create ISIS? Why Rand Paul says so

    05/27/2015 12:00:44 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 28 replies
    CSM ^ | Husna Haq
    Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky, who is a candidate for his party's 2016 presidential nomination, has created a national brand as a man unafraid of challenging party orthodoxy. That was on display Wednesday when Senator Paul credited the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group to hawks within his own party. "ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS," Paul said in an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough that aired Wednesday on “Morning Joe.” "They’ve created these people."
  • Gallup Signals the GOP: Abandon the Bitter Clingers in Your Backwards Base

    05/27/2015 1:40:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A new Gallup poll out. Headline: "Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues." Now, before you go off getting depressed about this, let me tell you what the reason for this is, after we give you the details. "Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level." It's a subtle message to the Republican Party, and...
  • Gov. Jindal: Rand Paul “unsuited to be Commander in Chief”

    05/27/2015 12:18:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/27/2015 | Ed Morrisey
    It didn’t take long for a return salvo to be fired over Rand Paul’s contention this morning that Republican hawks “created” ISIS. Bobby Jindal blasted Paul as “unsuited to be Commander in Chief,” accusing him of “taking the “weakest Democratic position” while Americans are fighting ISIS. Jindal slammed Paul as a superficial, “cocktail party” thinker, and that the real origin of ISIS is the metastasizing cancer of radical Islam: “This is a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief,” Jindal said in a statement. “We have men and women in the military who are in...
  • Rand Paul: ‘Hawks In My Party’ Are To Blame For ISIS [VIDEO]

    05/27/2015 12:11:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 27, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    Republican Kentucky senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that ISIS “exists and grew stronger” because of hawks in the Republican Party. (VIDEO: Megyn Kelly And Rand Paul Get In Heated Debate Over Patriot Act) HOST JOE SCARBOROUGH: Lindsey Graham would say, ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul who said, ‘Let’s not go into Syria.” What do you say to Lindsey? PAUL: I would say it’s exactly the opposite. ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave articles indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by...
  • The decline of Rand Paul

    05/26/2015 3:22:00 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 64 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes now seem to be headed south. The libertarian senator from Kentucky’s new book, “Taking a Stand,” came out Tuesday, and it is chock full of lines that would position Paul well — if he were running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. On the environment: “You’ll find I’m a tree hugger, literally…I’m a Republican who wants clean air, clean water, and the life-extending miracle of electricity. I compost.”
  • Exclusive-Rand Paul: The Patriot Act Provides No Security At The Cost Of Our Liberty

    05/26/2015 8:33:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
    Supporters of the NSA’s large scale spying on the American people claim the program has made our country safer. Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
  • Republican Party of Kentucky website hacked

    05/25/2015 7:41:52 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/25/2015 | Nick Storm and Kevin Wheatley
    An anonymous group of hackers has been in control of the Republican Party of Kentucky’s website since Sunday. RPK Chairman Steve Robertson told Pure Politics he has contacted the website’s designers and host, but because of the Memorial Day holiday staffers will not be able to begin addressing the problem until later Monday. Robertson was notified of the hack Sunday afternoon, he said. The reason for the attack at this point in time is unknown. “I don’t know anything other than it’s been hacked and the people who can address it will be able to begin addressing it this evening,”...
  • Endorsements from top GOP brass likely for Bevin, but he needs to work on donors, Jennings says

    05/25/2015 7:36:52 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/23/2015 | Nick Storm
    Scott Jennings may have spent months in 2014 running ads defending U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell as he faced Matt Bevin in the primary, but come 2015 with Bevin as the likely GOP nominee, Jennings is promising his support. “I’m going to vote for Matt Bevin; I’m going to vote for the entire Republican ticket,” Jennings said in an interview with Pure Politics on Thursday. Even though Bevin opted to not endorse McConnell in the 2014 general election, Jennings said he expects McConnell will endorse Bevin in the 2015 race. The outcome of the GOP gubernatorial primary is still up for...
  • McConnell's floor strategy backfires

    05/23/2015 6:34:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    politico.com ^ | 5/22/15 | Burgess Everett
    Mitch McConnell tried to use a time-tested tactic to break his fellow senators’ will and get what he wants: the threat of missing their vacation after a grueling, six-week work period. It didn’t work. The majority leader prioritized a fast-track trade bill over renewing three key PATRIOT Act provisions that expire on May 31. McConnell got the trade bill through on Friday evening, but his attempts to exhaust his colleagues and jam through a clean extension of surveillance laws blew apart just after 1 a.m. Saturday. A trio of libertarian-leaning senators objected to McConnell’s attempts to offer even a two-day...
  • U.S. Senate Blocks NSA Surveillance Bill, Patriot Act Extension

    05/23/2015 1:59:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 93 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 23, 2015 | By KRISTINA PETERSON
    WASHINGTON—The Senate early Saturday defeated a string of efforts to extend the Patriot Act as lawmakers splintered over its contentious phone surveillance program and left town with no plan in place to prevent the law from lapsing. After next week’s Memorial Day recess, the Senate will resume its debate over the national security law at 4 p.m. on May 31, eight hours before the law expires at midnight. Lawmakers fractured through the evening, rejecting a House bill overhauling the NSA, a two-month Patriot Act extension and then increasingly short extensions of the law. Primarily due to objections from presidential candidate...
  • If Bevin win holds, Conway beware

    05/21/2015 8:15:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 13 replies
    WDRB ^ | May 20, 2015 | John David Dyche
    It appears that 17.3 percent of Kentucky's registered Republicans have by 83 votes nominated Matt Bevin to be the party's candidate for governor. We will not know this for certain, however, until the recanvass requested by apparent runner-up James Comer is completed, and perhaps after that if there is an actual recount. Democrats nominated Jack Conway. His opponent, a complete unknown who did not mount a serious campaign, nonetheless got more than one out of every five votes cast. Conway supposedly wanted Bevin to win. He got his wish and will soon regret it if Bevin's well-run primary campaign and...
  • Kentucky Tea Party triumph

    05/21/2015 3:58:09 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/21/15 | Frank Friday
    A year ago Sen. Mitch McConnell was basking in a convincing U.S. Senate primary victory, explaining he had "crushed the tea party" by beating political newcomer, Louisville entrepreneur, and army veteran Matt Bevin. But in a shocking 4-way gubernatorial primary, Bevin turned the tables in 2015 and is now the GOP nominee in a race against a very liberal and beatable Democrat Jack Conway; the guy Rand Paul rolled over in 2010. This wasn’t supposed to happen. Bevin hesitated to even enter the governor’s race, only filing on the last day. The big favorite going in was the young agriculture...
  • Hindsight 20/20 in wake of 83-vote loss for Comer while link to controversy, Bevin’s bid hurt Heiner

    05/21/2015 3:54:38 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/21/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    When a statewide race unofficially comes down to 83 votes, pinpointing the exact cause of the second-place finisher’s electoral shortcomings is an exercise in futility. That’s especially true in the case of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Republican analysts pointed to Comer’s light political activity in Jefferson County, the “Fort Sumter” speech he gave in the backyard of U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers in late 2013 and allegations, which he has categorically denied, of abusing a college girlfriend and escorting her to an abortion clinic as factors in his unofficial narrow defeat at the hands of Louisville investment manager Matt Bevin. Virtually...
  • For Bevin, observers say advertising and messaging key to unofficial GOP nomination

    05/21/2015 8:24:34 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 18 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 05/20/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    ... “Who was the best communicator, who was the most dynamic, who was the best on camera, and who was best during debates? It was Matt Bevin,” said Republican consultant Ted Jackson, who backed Comer in the GOP primary. ... Scott Jennings, who directed pro-McConnell groups last year, said super PACs never “laid a glove” on the unofficial nominee in this year’s primary compared to last year, when Bevin “got hit much harder.” “I actually don’t think he was hit that hard in the primary,” Jennings said. “My view is Comer and Heiner hit each other pretty hard, but I...
  • Fort Knox first military post to go 'off the grid'

    05/21/2015 8:06:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    After tapping into solar, wind, geothermal and now natural gas resources on post, Fort Knox has become the first U.S. military installation to go “off the grid.” The installation announced Wednesday it added 28 natural gas wells to its arsenal of energy-creating sources which already includes almost 6,000 geothermal wells, two wind turbines and 3.59 megawatts of solar panels. With the additions, Fort Knox will be able to produce more energy than it needs — about 44 megawatts a day. It typically uses about 20 daily, but has approached 50 before, officials said. With that kind of power, when Hardin...
  • Tea Party Alive and Kicking After Kentucky Cliffhanger

    05/20/2015 3:54:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 5/20/15 | John Gizzi
    At a time when many pundits were concluding that the "tea party" movement had run out of steam, a favorite of the conservative, grass-roots movement demonstrated Tuesday in Kentucky that rumors of its demise may be greatly exaggerated. A year after he was soundly defeated in his nationally watched primary challenge to Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, Louisville businessman and "tea party" favorite Matt Bevin was the apparent winner of the Republican nomination for governor in Kentucky’s closest-ever statewide primary. In topping a four-candidate race by 83 votes out of more than 214,000 cast, Bevin overcame two well-known contenders who...
  • The Kentucky Gubernatorial primary is another blow to Mitch McConnell

    05/20/2015 3:57:18 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Jazz Shaw
    In case you missed the primary battle in Kentucky last night, there was enough excitement in the GOP governor’s race to fill the pages of politicos’ notebooks for quite a while in an odd numbered year. You probably remember Matt Bevin, who was a big Tea Party favorite in his challenge to Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Senate primary but was rather thoroughly stomped on election day. Well, he’s still in the game and hoping to become Governor instead. He found himself in a wild ride late into the night, after first having been declared the winner by the local...
  • The Obama-Boehner-McConnell 'Fast Track' to a Poorer America

    05/20/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama is negotiating a multilateral trade agreement with the governments of 11 nations. These include Malaysia and Vietnam -- as well as Japan, Brunei, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would govern most of the commercial relations between the nations that sign it. "With over 20 chapters under negotiation," explains a Congressional Research Service report published in March, "the TPP partners envision the agreement to be 'comprehensive and high-standard,' in that they seek to eliminate tariffs and nontariff barriers to trade in goods, services, and agriculture, and to establish or expand...
  • 'Clinton Cash’ Author: ‘We’re Finding Some Interesting, Compelling Things’ on Jeb

    05/18/2015 8:00:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Ian Hanchett
    “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said that he is ” finding some interesting, compelling things” in his investigation of Jeb Bush on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Schweizer reported, “We’re about four months into the research project, obviously not as global in scope as the Clintons, but you know, as governor of the state of Florida, you have a lot of things that you can do. So we’re following the money. We’re looking at land deals. We’re looking at an airport deal. We are looking at some of the educational reforms that were instituted, and some of the big corporate winners...
  • Recanvass ahead in Kentucky GOP gubernatorial primary as 83 votes separate top finishers

    05/20/2015 7:58:09 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    AP / Fox News ^ | 5/20/2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's volatile Republican primary for governor ended in a virtual tie Tuesday night as less than 100 votes separated Matt Bevin and James Comer. Republicans Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott conceded early, and it appeared Bevin was headed to an improbable victory following his lopsided loss to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in last year's primary. But Comer surged ahead by a narrow margin following returns from the western part of the state, including large margins in Warren County, where Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul lives. By the end of the night, Bevin led Comer by 83...
  • Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul lie low in Kentucky primary

    05/20/2015 4:38:37 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/16/15 | Kyle Cheney
    When James Comer’s phone buzzed Monday night, he had just finished tangling with the three Republicans angling to crush him in next week’s Kentucky GOP gubernatorial primary. The campaign had hit its ugly zenith a week earlier, when Comer’s ex-girlfriend accused him of hitting her decades earlier when they were in college together. (SNIP) Paul needs the state’s next governor to help drive legal changes that will allow him to run for his Senate seat next year while he seeks the White House. And McConnell is standing by as the man who tried to unseat him last year — conservative...
  • Bevin accepts victory, despite recanvass

    05/19/2015 8:47:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 17 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/19/2015 | Caroline Imler
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin’s speech sure sounded like an acceptance speech, in spite of the slim margin of victory and the recanvass that will follow. He thanked his supporters, staff, wife and nine children as well as his running mate. He was proud to point out that he and Jenean Hampton grew up poor and said their rise to this election is what Kentucky is all about. Hear his full speech here:
  • Comer hoping for a successful recanvass, but pledging to support Bevin if need be

    05/19/2015 8:44:29 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/19/2015 | Caroline Emler
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Jamie Comer is holding out hope for a recanvass of votes to go his way. But he said Tuesday night that he called opponent Matt Bevin and promised to walk door to door with him to help him beat Jack Conway in the fall, if it came down to that. Hear his speech below:
  • Hal Heiner to Matt Bevin: "I need you to beat Jack Conway in the Fall!"

    05/19/2015 8:42:37 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/19/2015 | Caroline Imler
    [Ky.]Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner took the stage at about 8:45 election night to thank his staff, volunteers and family for their support. He said although the race didn’t end the way that he and his running mate KC Crosbie wanted it to end, they are still proud of their journey and would not trade the experience for anything. He said he called Matt Bevin to congratulate him on his victory and told him he needs Bevin to beat Jack Conway in the general election in November. You can hear the full concession speech here:
  • McConnell, Stephanopoulos Reach Across The Aisle To Help Push Hillary Clinton’s Obamatrade

    05/17/2015 1:02:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 33 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/17/15 | Matthew Boyle
    An embattled Republican, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), joined an embattled Democrat, ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos, in a rare showing of bipartisan support for the Hillary Clinton-backed Obamatrade deal on Sunday morning. With Stephanopoulos on the ropes over his $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation — a fact he didn’t bother to disclose before interviewing Breitbart News senior editor Peter Schweizer about his book Clinton Cash — there are serious questions being raised about McConnell’s decision to attempt to help the former Bill Clinton staffer. “McConnell is now taking his ‘non-partisan’ governing agenda to the media,”...
  • U.S. Republicans claim enough votes to pass fast-track trade bill

    05/17/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by Mariner · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 17th, 2015 | By Doina Chiacu
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the "fast-track" authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama's fellow Democrats. "Yes, we’ll pass it. We'll pass it later this week," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC. Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was confident the measure would also pass the House of Representatives. "We will have the votes," said Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. "We're...
  • Authorities: Wendy's worker takes unattended ambulance on a liquor run

    05/16/2015 3:03:02 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 24 replies
    The News Graphic (Georgetown, Ky.) ^ | 05/15/2015 | Dan Adkins
    A fast-food worker took an idling ambulance for a short joyride from the Paris Pike Wendy's to the Connector Road Marathon station before being arrested Thursday night, authorities said. ... Georgetown-Scott County Emergency Medical Services Director Dave Sloane said an ambulance crew had stopped for dinner at Wendy's and left the ambulance idling. Ambulance crews frequently leave their vehicles idling while on break to maintain equipment that cools medications, Sloane said. They received a dispatch call, he said, and when they came out, the ambulance was gone. "One of the (restaurant's) employees decided to go for a ride in it,"...
  • Mitch McConnell to Conservatives: Drop Dead

    04/24/2015 7:32:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 124 replies
    conservativehq.com ^ | 4/24/15 | George Rasley
    Yesterday’s Senate vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, was a classic example of why talk among conservatives of forming a third party alternative to the establishment Republican Party will not die. Not only did the usual jelly-backed Senate Republicans vote to confirm Lynch, they were led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose job is, ostensibly, to be the leader of the conservative opposition to Obama and his lawless progressive agenda. In moving the Lynch nomination McConnell broke a pre-election promise that no attorney general nominee would be considered in...
  • Kentucky Sheriff on Shooting Victim: 'We Are Glad That He Is White...'

    05/14/2015 6:53:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | May 14, 2015 | Bradford Thomas
    "...and we shouldn't have to worry about that."Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly stated bluntly Monday that officials were “glad” that a man who was shot by a deputy was “white,” adding that though they “shouldn’t have to be worried about that,” they didn’t want “backlash or violence” due to the public being “misinformed” by the media. In a joint press conference Monday with Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin about the shooting of John Kennedy Fenwick, 25, over the weekend, Sheriff Mattingly said candidly that they couldn't help but "take notice" of the mishandling of police-involved shooting cases by media outlets...
  • T.J. Comer makes pitch on behalf of her husband; Bevin plays off of negative politics in latest ads

    05/13/2015 5:38:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/13/2015 | Nick Storm
    In some of their final pitches to voters, candidates seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination are taking softer approaches on the television airwaves as Tuesday’s primary nears. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has tapped his wife, T.J. Comer, to stand in on his behalf in the latest ad after a tumultuous week of negative stories alleging he physically and mentally abused a college girlfriend. The campaigning got so bad, that the Washington Post declared Kentucky’s primary the “nastiest race” of 2015. In the ad T.J. says she knows, “James Comer as a loving father and proud father of three children.” “You probably...
  • Top three all tied up in Republican primary for governor

    05/13/2015 5:30:54 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 10 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/12/2015 | Nick Storm
    [Kentucky] - Just seven days from the May 19 primary, state Republicans are split in their support among gubernatorial contenders. Merely 3 percentage points separates the top candidate from third place in the race, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll conducted by SurveyUSA for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier Journal, WKYT-TV and WHAS-TV. Louisville investment manager Matt Bevin leads the field with 27 percent, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has 26 percent and former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner has 25 percent in the poll. Former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott is polling at 8 percent. The poll, conducted...
  • Attorney General Jack Conway files federal antitrust lawsuit against Marathon Petroleum

    05/13/2015 4:55:36 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/12/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has sued Marathon Petroleum, accusing the fuel company on Tuesday of unfairly keeping competitors out of the state and keeping gas prices high. Conway filed the antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Louisville against the state’s largest supplier of gasoline and reformulated gasoline, which must be sold in Louisville and Covington during summer months to curb pollution from emissions. Louisville residents typically pay between 20 and 30 cents per gallon more than others throughout Kentucky, and a comparison of reformulated gasoline prices between Louisville and St. Louis revealed gasoline typically cost 25 cents more...
  • Rand Paul's Son Pleads Guilty to DUI Charge

    05/13/2015 11:51:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    WKYT ^ | 5/13
    On Tuesday, the son of Kentucky Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul appeared in court where he pleaded guilty to a DUI charge. Police cited William Paul for DUI and failure to maintain insurance after a crash last month. The judge ruled that William Paul will have a 45-day license suspension and is required to pay $718 in fines and court fees. His license will be reinstated after alcohol education classes and the 45-day suspension. The failure to maintain insurance charge was dropped. Police say last month, a witness saw Paul sitting alone in an SUV at the intersection...
  • ‘Off-the-Grid’ Parents Lose Custody of 10 Kids

    05/13/2015 7:04:44 AM PDT · by dware · 69 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 05.12.2015 | Beth Greenfield
    Following a Monday court hearing, a Kentucky couple living what they call a “simple, back-to-basics life” in a rural, off-the-grid shack has lost custody, at least temporarily, of their 10 children. Joe and Nicole Naugler — who are expecting an 11th child in October — will remain under investigation by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), while their kids, ranging in age from 3 months to 15 years old, will stay in the agency’s custody.
  • Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda (fails 52-45)

    05/12/2015 12:04:31 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/12/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday delivered a stinging blow to President Obama’s trade agenda by voting to prevent the chamber from picking up fast-track legislation. A motion to cut off a filibuster and proceed to the trade bill fell short of a 60-vote hurdle in the 52-45 vote. Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) was the only Democrat to back it. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no to reserve his ability to return to the measure at a later date. Fast-track is a top legislative priority for the White House, but it has run into significant...
  • Exclusive–Rand Paul: Stop Warping Reagan's Foreign Policy

    03/10/2014 10:09:36 AM PDT · by jpsb · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | March 9, 2014 | Rand Paul
    Every Republican likes to think he or she is the next Ronald Reagan. Some who say this do so for lack of their own ideas and agenda. Reagan was a great leader and President. But too often people make him into something he wasn’t in order to serve their own political purposes.
  • Rand Paul Calls Ted Cruz on Bashing Their Party

    03/11/2014 7:42:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    Houston Press ^ | Tue., Mar. 11 2014 at 7:00 AM | Dianna Wray
    Lots of people in the Republican party are fed up with Sen. Ted Cruz, but Sen. Rand Paul is the guy who is doing something about it. On Monday, the conservative news website, Breitbart News, published an op-ed by Paul, where the senator from Kentucky took Cruz to task -- without ever actually naming the guy who may be beloved by the Tea Party conservatives, but has earned some pretty impressive dislike from the elected members of his own party -- for his hijinks that Paul said have encouraged divisions within the party: "I don't claim to be the next...
  • You can (partially) thank the housing collapse for the bourbon shortage

    05/12/2015 9:33:29 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 72 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-12-15 | Portia Crowe
    We've reported before on the Great Bourbon Shortage that's coming, and the skeptics who don't think it's real. Now we have some more context on what could be contributing to the shortage: the housing crash. Let's take a step back. You probably know that there's been a huge uptick in the popularity of whiskey in America – especially craft whiskeys and, in particular, bourbon. Demand has surged and the number of distillers has ballooned. Now, understand that bourbon, a specific type of American whiskey, must be aged for two years in brand new oak barrels. Usually it's aged in white...
  • After starting with controversy of abuse allegations, final gubernatorial debate finishes on issues

    05/11/2015 9:48:20 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/11/2015 | Kevin Wheatley
    LEXINGTON — A bitter Band-Aid was ripped off at the onset, but Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates touched on a bevy of subjects during their final debate on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” on Monday. Bill Goodman, who moderated the debate, started the statewide broadcast by asking Agriculture Commissioner James Comer about allegations of abuse levied by a college girlfriend last week and former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner whether his campaign had any involvement in Marilyn Thomas’ decision to air the accusations that date back to 1991. Comer said he has been truthful in his denials of Thomas’ allegations of physical and mental...
  • Tales of the strange: Rand Paul staffer licks political tracker's camera in New Hampshire

    05/11/2015 9:45:35 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/11/2015 | Nick Storm
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul seems to attract the bizarre on the campaign trail. In 2010, it was “Aqua Buddah” — an attack ad leveled by Jack Conway — but now it’s his own campaign offering a profusely strange encounter between a staffer and a tracker in New Hampshire, which ended with the staffer licking a camera. National outlets began reporting Monday that David Chesley, Paul’s political director in New Hampshire, licked the camera of a tracker belonging to American Bridge at an event Paul was speaking at Monday. American Bridge is a Democratic opposition research group that follows candidates waiting...
  • Latest polling finds Republican primary for governor still a toss up

    05/11/2015 9:41:48 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 5/8/2015 | Nick Storm
    The poll of 501 Republican primary voters finds James Comer leading the pack with 28 percent, Hal Heiner with 27 percent, and Matt Bevin at 25 percent. The survey has a margin or error of +/- of 4.4 percent, placing the top three candidates neck and neck.
  • DNC Chair: “Ted Cruz Is The Embodiment Of Everything That Is Wrong With The GOP”

    05/10/2015 2:55:29 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 98 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 10, 2015, 2:12 PM | Patch Adams
    The next presidential election may very well determine if the United States survives as the world’s protector of individual Liberty or not. Nothing demonstrates it better than the beliefs of one Republican Presidential hopeful and a recent comment made by the Chairman of the Democratic Party.Ted Cruz says the Constitution is “Our Standard“. The DNC Chair says that Ted Cruz represents everything that is wrong with the GOP.The Detroit News reports that during a speech to Michigan Democrats at their annual dinner the DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, stated that GOP Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz embodies everything that is wrong with...
  • Obama is Flooding the Bible Belt with Tens of Thousands of Unscreened Muslim Refugees

    05/10/2015 6:17:56 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 137 replies
    America Resists ^ | 5/9/2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Nestled in the heart of Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains lies an Evangelical Mecca, where Christianity and Country music are as indigenous to the region as the seven hills of Lynchburg and thousands of students make their annual pilgrimage, every fall, to study at the largest Christian University in the world. But in the ‘buckle of the bible belt,’ some residents answer a different call to prayer. And if Obama has his way, many of the 100,000 Muslim refugees expected to arrive this year will be dumped right in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, transported and supported on...
  • Rand Paul Bails on Bringing Change to Washington

    02/18/2014 1:21:10 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    RedState ^ | February 17th, 2014 at 06:16 PM | Leon H. Wolf
    Rand Paul enjoys talking a big game about being a fundamental change agent in Washington. He likes to line up for publicity stunts like filing a lawsuit against the NSA which will almost certainly be dismissed (and send out handy list-building emails based on these publicity stunts), or staging an almost completely pointless filibuster on drones, but  when it comes to actual accomplishments that have changed the way things are done in Washington or even within the Senate GOP caucus, Paul’s cabinet is pretty empty. One area where Rand Paul might actually do some real good would be to help...
  • Rand Paul Touts GOP Unity, Endorses Susan Collins 'Wholeheartedly' in Maine

    04/28/2014 10:12:40 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Monday April 28, 2014
    Telegram: You’re going to join U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for a state party fundraiser today. She’s defended National Security Agency spying programs you oppose, and she’s also running against a Democrat, Shenna Bellows, who comes pretty close to sharing your views on that and other privacy issues. Do you support her, despite disagreement on many of those issues? Rand Paul: I wholeheartedly endorse Senator Collins for re-election. I think she’s doing a great job for Maine and for the country. ... I don’t really know, exactly, what her position is on the NSA; you’d have to ask her about that....
  • More Rand Paul: I wholeheartedly endorse Susan Collins for reelection in Maine

    04/28/2014 5:17:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/28/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via Dan Riehl, people are going nuts over this in the Headlines thread but I don’t know why. He’s not endorsing her over some tea-party primary opponent. She has no primary opponent. He’s endorsing her over the Democrat in the race, Shenna Bellows (whose civil-libertarian cred from working at the ACLU evidently gave Paul no pause).Even Jim DeMint, who once said he’d rather have 30 principled conservatives in the Senate than a 60-seat majority of RINOs, saw fit to endorse Scott Brown on the eve of his big special election upset in 2010. If Rand can hold an extra Senate...
  • Elizabeth Warren Targets Clinton Foundation Donors

    05/09/2015 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Brent Scher
    A new blog post written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may appear to be an attempt to align with Hillary Clinton, but it takes direct aim at multiple Clinton Foundation donors. Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.” “The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision isn’t a one-time, hypothetical problem—we’ve seen it in past trade agreements,” Warren wrote. Three of the five companies Warren uses as examples of companies that have abused similar...
  • Kentucky ‘free range’ family loses custody of 10 kids over apparent ‘unschooling’

    05/09/2015 5:53:54 AM PDT · by cuban leaf · 133 replies
    Examiner ^ | 5/8/2015 | Travis Gettys
    It is every parent’s worst nightmare, and according to a report on Police State Daily and the Medical Kidnapping site; for one homeschooling family in Kentucky, it has come true. On May 6, Kentucky homesteading Naugler family had their ten children taken into the custody of the state and are now fighting to regain custody and to prove their innocence. According to the family’s facebook blog page, Blessed Little Homestead, and other sources above, the police showed up, asked to see the children, and when the mother asked to see a warrant and what the charges were, the sheriff proceeded...
  • Team McConnell isn’t about to just let Matt Bevin become governor

    05/08/2015 3:32:22 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 93 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/7/15 | Aaron Blanke
    Businessman Matt Bevin is the guy some see moving up in the Kentucky GOP governor's primary. Bevin also challenged now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a primary last year. These two things are not distinct from one another. Now that Bevin's chances appear to be on the rise in the May 19 primary (thanks to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's problems), here comes Team McConnell to knock him down a peg or two. And boy do they. Here is top McConnell aide Josh Holmes on Bevin in a new Lousiville Courier-Journal story: Josh Holmes, McConnell's former chief of staff and...
  • Walker hits bump in ’16 race

    05/07/2015 8:42:53 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/06/15 07:03 PM EDT | Jonathan Easley
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has hit a bump in the presidential race as new candidates have crowded the field, and his national poll numbers have faltered.He was seen as an early favorite to win the Iowa caucuses after taking the race by storm with a well-received speech in January at GOP Rep. Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit. Since then, some air has come out of the Walker balloon. A Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday still shows him with a big lead in the Hawkeye State, with 21 percent support. He leads Rubio, the next closest candidate, by 8 percentage...