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  • Rand Paul hires Ted Cruz's digital guru

    11/18/2014 12:15:57 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | November 18, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) -- Vincent Harris, Ted Cruz's top digital operative, is leaving the Texas senator's team to work for Sen. Rand Paul's political operation, as the jostling for staff ramps up ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary contest. Harris will join Rand Paul's political action committee and his 2016 team as a chief digital strategist, according to Doug Stafford, executive director of RAND PAC. Stafford said Harris will sit at the "top of the leadership team," as Paul and his inner circle carry out what's expected to be a dizzying political schedule. Paul will likely announce his Senate re-election bid...
  • Ted Cruz Explains Internet Freedom in Nine Seconds

    11/18/2014 11:38:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | November 18, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the video social media service Vine on Monday, publishing two short videos that shared his views on issues related to Internet freedom in less than ten seconds. The posts are clips from a speech Cruz delivered on Friday at the Capital Factory offices in downtown Austin where he advocated against imposing a sales tax on Internet transactions or imposing other burdensome regulations, as Breitbart Texas reported. The first video is a short and simple message, based on the well-known "Don't Mess With Texas" slogan....
  • Senate Republicans Block Sweeping Overhaul of N.S.A. Program

    11/18/2014 5:31:17 PM PST · by knak · 29 replies
    nyt ^ | 11/18/14 | savage & peters
    Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of the once-secret National Security Agency program that collects records of Americans’ phone calls in bulk. Democrats and a handful of Republicans who supported the measure fell two votes short of the 60 votes they needed to take up the legislation, which sponsors named the U.S.A. Freedom Act. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, worked hard to defeat the bill, which had the support of the Obama administration and a coalition of technology companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. “This is the worst possible time to be tying our...
  • USA Freedom Act for NSA reform is voted down in the Senate

    11/18/2014 6:18:56 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | 11/18/2014 | Adi Robertson & Nathan Ingraham
    The US Senate has just voted down the USA Freedom Act by a vote of 58-42, leaving it just two votes shy of the 60 it needed. The bill would have ended the controversial phone record metadata collection by the NSA, but the Senate was not in favor of rolling back any of the NSA's broad surveillance powers. While telephone companies would have still collected the data in question, the records would have stayed in the hands of the phone companies and a new type of court order would have been needed by the government to access these records. Additionally,...
  • enate Republicans block big overhaul of NSA program

    11/19/2014 4:59:29 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    NYT/Pioneer Press ^ | 11-18-14 | Charlie Savage and Jeremy W. Peters
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of the once-secret National Security Agency program that collects records of Americans' phone calls in bulk. Democrats and a handful of Republicans who supported the measure failed to secure the 60 votes they needed to take up the legislation. The vote was 58-42 for consideration. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, worked hard to defeat the bill, which had the support of the Obama administration and a coalition of technology companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. "This is the worst possible time to be tying our hands behind our...
  • Paul demands probe into Gruber's O-Care salary

    11/18/2014 9:53:34 AM PST · by maggief · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is demanding an investigation into the taxpayer-funded fees paid to ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber after a series of highly publicized comments the senator called a "disgrace." "He was paid, and now he's admitted that he was deceptive and deceitful," Paul said in an interview on Fox News on Monday night. Paul said he would request an official investigation into public funds paid to Gruber for consultant work, pegged at upwards of $6 million among multiple states and several federal agencies. "Who was sort of organizing this for him? Is this some sort of thing that happened...
  • EXCLUSIVE: GOP REP. HAL ROGERS' CAMPAIGN DONOR STANDS TO PROFIT FROM EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

    11/16/2014 6:50:16 PM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    breitbart ^ | november 16, 2014 | matthew boyle
    A defense contractor and top campaign contributor to House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) is in the running to get a contract to print millions of IDs and other government documents associated with the president’s planned executive amnesty, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. The contractor, General Dynamics, is on the list of “interested vendors” for a draft solicitation that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), sent out to vendors in October. If the president goes through with an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and General Dynamics gets...
  • GOP gubernatorial candidates agree on Medicaid expansion's sustainability in Kentucky

    11/16/2014 12:23:17 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 5 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/16/2014 | Kevin Wheatley
    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility has put the state on an unsustainable path when the federal government ratchets down its share of the bill beginning in 2017, Republican gubernatorial candidates James Comer and Hal Heiner say. Beshear’s executive order, made possible through the Affordable Care Act, has added more than 425,000 recipients to Kentucky’s Medicaid rolls, and Washington, D.C., has paid 100 percent of the costs for the newly eligible. Beshear based his decision in part on the projected $15.6 billion economic impact once the program is fully implemented in fiscal year 2021. .... “When Gov....
  • The marriage of Bill Maher and U.S. Senator Rand Paul

    11/15/2014 4:53:27 PM PST · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | Betty Liu
    Last night, November 14, 2014, Bill Maher had Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" and many were shocked to hear Maher say he may help Paul with his 2016 run for President of the United States. Maher said last night, "I am available to the Rand Paul campaign."
  • An Out-of-Touch Elitist (Howeird Dean) Complains About Out-of-Touch Elitists

    11/15/2014 6:52:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | John Ransom
    Howeird Dean-- once chair of the DNC, once Governor of Vermont, who grew up at the Maidstone Golf Club in the Hamptons, attended prep school both in the US and in the UK, went to Yale, dodged the draft-- is having a meltdown again.Once famous for melting down on the air after coming in third in the Iowa caucuses, thereby ensuring he won nothing else, Dean is complaining that Obamacare was written by a bunch of elitists who don’t understand Americans.Well, duh: They’re Democrats. “The core problem under this damn law is that it was put together by a bunch...
  • Rand Paul gathering leaves little doubt on ‘16

    11/14/2014 10:30:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | November 14, 2014 | Mike Allen
    Over steak and ravioli at The Liaison hotel on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night, about 50 aides, advisers and supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) got pumped up for a presidential campaign they now believe is a 95 percent certainty. The senator introduced his wife, Kelley, and we’re told a final check-in with his family is his last hoop before settling on a presidential campaign. Paul is still saying he’ll decide this spring, with April the target for a fly-around announcement in the early states.
  • Mitch McConnell Says, No Government Shutdown Even If Obama Acts On Immigration

    11/13/2014 2:55:39 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 121 replies
    IBT ^ | 11/13/14 | Ginger Gibson
    Sen. Mitch McConnell made a clear statement Thursday: There will be no government shutdown. The Kentucky Republican, who will take over as majority leader in January, renewed his vow not to shut down the federal government as conservatives in his party called for fighting the president’s immigration proposals through spending legislation. Some Republicans in Congress are arguing that if President Barack Obama moves forward with his promise to sign executive orders addressing immigration, the GOP should attach language to spending bills that would undo the actions. Congress must pass a spending bill by Dec. 11 to prevent another government shutdown....
  • Mitch McConnell unanimously reelected Senate Republican leader

    11/13/2014 7:52:24 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 118 replies
    HotAir ^ | 11/13/2014 | Adam Beam (AP)
    Sen. Mitch McConnell has been unanimously re-elected as Republican leader, his staff says
  • Rand Paul's Kentucky Problem

    11/11/2014 8:39:35 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 11 Nov 2014 | S.V. Date
    Everyone knows Sen. Mitch McConnell had a great election night in Kentucky last week. As for the state's other Republican senator, Rand Paul, that's a different matter.That's because while McConnell was cruising to a big re-election win on his way to becoming Senate majority leader, things did not go so well for Paul. He was hoping Republicans, who already control the Kentucky Senate, would also take over the state House — a result that would grease the path for a state law allowing him to run for both re-election and the presidency at the same time.But that failed to happen....
  • Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country

    11/09/2014 8:12:55 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 11-9-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country by Daniel Greenfield People are funny that way. They cling to their bibles and guns. And then if you declare war on them, they don’t want to vote for you. Coal-heavy districts in West Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois that had been steadily moving away from Democrats in recent elections appear to have completed that shift Tuesday, when they overwhelmingly backed Republicans who vowed to oppose what they call President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.”In West Virginia, once a long-time Democratic stronghold, Republicans will take control of both houses of the state...
  • Bluegrass Poll: Grimes shouldn't run for governor; Conway most favored

    11/08/2014 3:24:58 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    With a failed run for U.S. Senate behind her, a WKYT Herald-Leader Bluegrass Poll finds most Kentuckians don't think Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes should set her eyes on the governor's mansion. The poll - conducted for WKYT-TV, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and WHAS-TV - looked at Grimes' future and thoughts about the three men who have already announced their campaigns for governor in 2015.
  • The South: Solid once again—for Republicans

    11/08/2014 9:37:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 8, 2014 8:17 AM EST | Bill Barrow
    With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy. The results put Southern Republicans at the forefront in Washington—from Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to a host of new committee chairmen. Those leaders and the rank-and-file behind them will set the Capitol Hill agenda and continue molding the GOP’s identity heading into 2016. In statehouses, consolidated Republican power affords the opportunity to advance conservative...
  • McConnell: If Rand Paul runs for president, 'he'll be able to count on me'

    11/07/2014 10:28:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | November 7, 2013 | Sam Youngman
    LOUISVILLE — There were only two things Mitch McConnell didn't want to talk about Thursday — whether he will run for re-election in 2020 and his eventual legacy. In his first one-on-one interview since his landslide re-election to a sixth term and his expected ascendance to U.S. Senate majority leader, McConnell talked at length with the Herald-Leader about how he wants to use his new role to help Kentucky, a possible run for president by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and the conventional wisdom that McConnell is unpopular. McConnell, relaxed and in a great mood in his Louisville home, wouldn't say...
  • Davis, Fluke And Dunham: Liberal Feminism’s Rage Spiral

    11/06/2014 4:15:39 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 11-6-14 | Matt K. Lewis
    Radical liberal feminism — the kind that likes abortion on demand and taxpayer-funded birth control — has been rejected at the polls. Or, at least, it’s been a really rough week, or so. And I’m not just talking about the fact that Sen.-elect Cory Gardner effectively pushed back on the “war on women” narrative by defeating Colorado’s ”Mark Uterus.”The story also played out in Texas, where — writing about the race — Mollie Hemingway observed: “Wendy Davis was the face of ‘War On Women’ Politics. How’d that go?” And it played out in California, where Sandra Fluke lost a bid for...
  • Boehner: Time For Gop-led Congress To Deal With Immigration

    11/06/2014 4:07:39 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 102 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/6/14 | Tony Lee
    On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said it is time for a Republican-led Congress to move an immigration bill forward, so long as President Obama doesn't "burn himself" by enacting executive amnesty before the end of the year. -snip- Referring to immigration, Boehner also said that "it is time for the Congress of the United States to deal with a very difficult issue in our society." He noted that immigration has become a "political football" over the last ten years and said it is his personal belief that "it's just time to deal with this."
  • Appeals Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    11/06/2014 2:03:29 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 6, 2014 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    By a two-to-one vote, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the right of states to ban same-sex marriage, overturning lower court decisions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that found such restrictions to be unconstitutional.
  • MoveOn demands Grimes take down ‘offensive’ immigration ad

    10/15/2014 2:30:12 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | Ben Kamisar
    The liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org is demanding that Democratic Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes take down an ad that uses the term “illegal aliens.” “This latest TV ad from Alison Lundergan Grimes is deeply upsetting. Grimes seems to be forgetting that we are a nation of immigrants that has continually strived to honor all the hard-working people who aspire to the American Dream,” Ilya Sheyman, MoveOn.org’s executive director, said in a statement. “It’s deeply troubling that Grimes would stoop this low in order to try to defeat [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell, and she needs to take this offensive...
  • McConnell warns Obama not to 'poison the well' after midterms rout

    11/05/2014 9:17:06 PM PST · by traumer · 37 replies
    The jubilant leader of the Republicans in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, on Wednesday challenged Barack Obama to find common ground with Congress after the Democrats’ crushing defeat in the US midterm elections threatened to test the limits of the president’s power during his final two years in office. In an ambitious speech hours after his party gained control of both houses of Congress, McConnell warned Obama not to “poison the well” by pushing forward with unilateral action on immigration reform, and promised to introduce legislation that would permit the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, bitterly opposed by environmentalists. Obama, meanwhile,...
  • 6th Circuit upholds gay marriage bans in several states

    11/06/2014 2:19:13 PM PST · by AbortionIsEvil · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 6, 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, reversing a recent trend in the federal courts to strike down such bans.
  • Mitch McConnell : ‘No Government Shutdowns and No Defaults on the National Debt’

    11/06/2014 9:16:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/6/2014 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Mitch McConnell appears on the verge of achieving his lifelong goal to serve as majority leader in the upper chamber after easily dispatching Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky Tuesday night, winning an unprecedented sixth six-year term in the process. The race was expected to be close according to the late polls but, as was experienced throughout Election Day, the surveys seemed to undercount Republican strength to a substantial degree. With all of the commonwealth’s precincts reporting, McConnell ended up with 806,689 votes, good for 56 percent of the total while Grimes garnered 584,625,...
  • US Sen. Rubio urges Obama to wait on immigration

    11/05/2014 9:54:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 5, 2014 5:13 PM EST
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio urged President Barack Obama to hold off using executive authority to overhaul immigration regulations, saying reform should be gradual and come only after authorities clamp down on illegal immigration. “Taking executive action will set back the opportunity to make progress,” Rubio told reporters in Spanish on Wednesday during a two-day trip to Colombia. His comments echoed those by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a day after Republicans took control of the Senate. …
  • Kentucky looks at primary change that would help Rand Paul

    11/06/2014 5:58:16 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/06/2014 | Manu Raju
    Sen. Rand Paul and Kentucky Republicans are exploring the possibility of turning the state’s presidential primary into a caucus instead — a move that could allow him to run for both his Senate seat and president in 2016. The preliminary discussions have begun in the wake of Kentucky Democrats retaining control of the statehouse in Tuesday’s elections. Democratic leaders of that chamber have already vowed not to change the law, hoping to force Paul to abandon his Senate seat in order to pursue the White House. The law, as currently stated, says “no candidate’s name shall appear on any voting...
  • Jay Carney to GOP: Your Party Is Racist -- and 'You Know It'

    11/06/2014 4:24:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Former Obama White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, now a political commentator for CNN, casually admitted that, yes, his party uses race to convince minorities that Republicans seek to oppress them. Before the midterm election, Carney said: "Republicans are going to pick up seats in the Senate and the House, and they may win control of the Senate. So (Democrats) need to mobilize their base voters, and that is especially true of minority voters." Carney also admitted that the use of the race card is cynical: "Equating support for stand-your-ground law ... doesn't mean you supported the action that took...
  • Wow! Just Wow!

    11/06/2014 4:17:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    I’d almost forgotten to write this column. I’m sitting here watching election returns, and I am just stunned. Massachusetts? Maryland? MARYLAND?!?! Forget the Senate for a minute, or the massive Republican majority in the House, and think about the fact that Republicans did so well in the gubernatorial races across the country. In Michigan, after passing a “Right-To-Work” law, Gov. Rick Snyder wins handily. Union money and muscle plus President Obama campaigning against him couldn’t sink a man with the Twitter handle @OneToughNerd. Speaking of unions, no one had a bigger target placed on their back by the unions than...
  • The Social Justice of Coal

    11/06/2014 5:05:02 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Robert Bryce | Robert Bryce
    Demonize coal. Keep the poor in the dark. And, above all, keep pushing the fantasy that U.S. government action (with or without the approval of Congress) is essential to dealing with climate change. That — in a nutshell — is the climate-change strategy of the Obama administration and its environmentalist allies. Evidence of the third point can be found by looking at the “Clean Power Plan” — the 645-page set of rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency last June that, if it withstands legal challenges, will effectively outlaw the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States....
  • Rand Paul promised to help Mitch McConnell pass amnesty

    11/05/2014 7:39:56 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    Rand Paul giveth and he taketh away… Rand Paul has already told Mitch McConnell– I know this, because Rand Paul told me this. … Rand Paul wants Mitch McConnell to try to do a deal on immigration. He’s gonna try to push and help and protect the [right] flank of Mitch McConnell, if he can, on immigration. Howard Fineman is a liberal, but he is not known to fabricate conversations. MFP has obtained a copy of the McConnell-Paul plan to sell amnesty… The Distract Conservatives w/ Fake Border Security Plan Never you mind all that amnesty talk! Look at all...
  • McConnell wins Ky. as GOP bids for Senate majority

    11/04/2014 4:38:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 4, 2014 | Charles Babington
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell won a hard-fought sixth term Tuesday, putting him a step closer to his lifelong dream of becoming majority leader and getting the GOP off to a good start in its goal of taking control of the Senate. Helping his chances was Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's capture of the West Virginia seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller. Her victory, while not a surprise, gave Republicans the first of six new seats they will need to control the Senate for the first time in eight years...
  • MSNBC: ‘Old White People’ in the South Who Vote Republican Are ‘Going to Die Someday’

    11/04/2014 7:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 4, 2014 | David Rutz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Liberal MSNBC contributor Jimmy Williams said the “old white people” in the South who vote Republican are “going to die someday” and hopefully usher in a new era of Democratic rule in the region. Host Krystal Ball, a former failed Democratic congressional candidate, asked Williams whether white Southerners should just be written off by the party, but Williams said never, saying that since they are “for people” and Republicans aren’t, they would eventually win the day. “Mitt Romney only won South Carolina with 53 [percent], John McCain with 52,” he said. “That’s a changing South. Those old white people? They’re...
  • Rand: KY Senate Race Referendum On Hillary Clinton

    11/04/2014 7:37:45 PM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 4,2014 | Breitbart TV
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) argued that Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) decisive victory over Alison Grimes was a referendum on Hillary Clinton as well on Tuesday.
  • Breaking Twitter - Early exit polls show GOP wins in KY, AR, CO, IA, KS, GA

    11/04/2014 3:05:49 PM PST · by Perdogg · 1,793 replies
    Early exit polls show GOP wins in KY, AR, CO, IA, KS, GA - if those hold, GOP Senate majority is certain. Watch VA - closer than expected. Early exit polls show GOP wins in KY, AR, CO, IA, KS, GA - if those hold, GOP Senate majority is certain. Watch VA - closer than expected.— Sean Noble (@seannobledc)
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell wins re-election

    11/04/2014 4:51:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 86 replies
    WLKY.COM ^ | NOV. 4, 2014 | By Marissa Alter
    After months on the campaign trail and millions of dollars spent on ads, the polls on this Election Day, Sen. Mitch McConnell has defeated challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
  • Election results: November 2014 (Kentucky live)

    11/04/2014 3:57:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies
    WLKY.COM ^ | Nov 04, 2014 | UPDATED
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. —As Kentucky and Indiana vote in the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election, get ongoing coverage and election results as returns come in from the polls. Kentucky - 38 of 3702 Precincts Reporting - 1% Name Party Votes Vote % McConnell, Mitch (i) GOP 18,351 59% Grimes, Alison Lundergan Dem 11,890 38% Patterson, David Lib 767 2%
  • Midterm Elections 2014: Rand Paul Is Go-To Republican for 2014 Candidates

    11/04/2014 1:16:36 PM PST · by Bratch · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 4, 2014 | By BETH REINHARD And PATRICK O’CONNOR
    Four days before Tuesday’s election, with a number of races balanced on a razor-thin margin, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul was in a banquet hall in south-central Pennsylvania at the behest of a congressman coasting to re-election. Mr. Paul and Rep. Bill Shuster had struck up a friendship earlier this year in the outfield at a congressional baseball game. On Friday, Mr. Paul headlined the Franklin County Republican Committee Eisenhower Luncheon in Mr. Shuster’s district. The appearance reflected Mr. Paul’s status as the go-to Republican for 2014 candidates trying to rally a crowd, raise money and court the tea-party activists...
  • Hambycast: Rand Paul's campus challenge

    10/03/2014 12:15:04 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | October 3, 2014 | Peter Hamby
    "I am not opposed to birth control," he said. After a pause, he elaborated. "That's basically what Plan B is. Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening, and I am not opposed to that." ... Another student here pressed him on "the drug war," asking if Paul would support legalizing marijuana, cocaine and heroin. He said he wasn't supportive of drug use, explaining that pot "is not that great," but said drug laws should be left up to states. Colorado and Washington are experimenting with legalized marijuana, he said, and we...
  • Judge denies injunction request from Grimes to halt RPK/McConnell mailers

    11/03/2014 6:54:01 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 6 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 11/3/2014 | Nick Storm
    A Franklin Circuit Court judge denied a request from Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to stop the Republican Party of Kentucky and the campaign for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell from sending mailers that Grimes called a bullying tactic. On Monday morning Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd denied Grimes’ request to halt the mailing of the fliers which say “the information enclosed contains facts related to a possible fraud perpetrated on citizens across Kentucky.” Within the mailer it refers to statements in Grimes’ ads media fact checkers have criticized, such as a claim that U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell didn’t...
  • Rogue pastors endorse candidates, but IRS looks away

    11/03/2014 12:38:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/3/2014 | By RACHAEL BADE
    A record number of rogue Christian pastors are endorsing candidates from the pulpit this election cycle, using Sunday sermons to defiantly flout tax rules. Their message to the IRS: Sue me. But the tax agency is doing anything but. Although the IRS was sued itself for not enforcing the law and admitted about 100 churches may be breaking the rules, the pastors and their critics alike say the agency is looking the other way. The agency refuses to say if it is acting. At the same time, the number of pastors endorsing candidates in what they call Pulpit Freedom Sunday...
  • Bruce Braley says he’s against late term abortion. His record says something else.

    11/02/2014 2:38:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Live Action ^ | Nov 1, 2014 | Adam Peters
    NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president, Ilyse Hogue, said in a recent fundraising email that she’s “seriously starting to panic.” No, it’s not because she’s suddenly realized how her organization makes life easy for sexual predators. Rather, it’s because “[a]nti-choice Republicans are about to take over the Senate–and Mitch McConnell has already said that one of the very first things he’ll do is pass a ban on abortion after 20 weeks.” For evidence of the impending takeover, Ms. Hogue pointed to the Iowa senate race, where “polls say the anti-choice candidate is ahead by 2.5 points.” That “anti-choice candidate” would be Joni...
  • Harry Reid: Ernst too far right for conservatives

    11/01/2014 8:39:26 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 1, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Saturday urged progressive activists to get out the vote for Bruce Braley, calling Iowa crucial to Democratic hopes to keep the Senate. “If we win Iowa, we’re going to do just fine,” Reid said on a call organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “Iowa is a key for what we do.” During the call, Reid said Joni Ernst, the GOP Senate nominee in Iowa, would be a disaster for issues key to progressives, like protecting Social Security and raising the minimum wage. Ernst, a state senator, and Braley, a four-term congressman, are...
  • The 15 Worst Democrat Gaffes This Election

    11/02/2014 10:37:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    This started as a top ten list.Let's face it, with President Obama's awful approval ratings and the unfortunate consequences of Obamacare felt like a sting around the country, Democrats were already vulnerable in this year's midterm elections. These gaffes certainly won't help. Let's take a look at some of the worst mistakes Dems have made on the campaign trail so far:1.) That awful/insensitive/shameful and now infamous ad from the Wendy Davis (D-TX) gubernatorial campaign. 2.) Those colorful campaign memos from Michelle Nunn’s (D-GA) campaign, in which her own campaign referred to her as a “lightweight.” 3.) Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) saying he was...
  • New Polls Show Republicans Pulling Away In Key Senate Races

    11/02/2014 11:47:24 AM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | November 02, 2014
    New Polls Show Republicans Pulling Away In Key Senate Races November 02, 2014 Republican Senate candidates are pulling away in the final days of key races, according to polls released this weekend. Republicans are either leading in Georgia, Kentucky and Louisiana or will likely win runoff elections, according to a NBC/Marist poll released Sunday. In addition, the Republican nominee in Iowa, Joni Ernst, now has a 7-point lead over Democratic challenger Rep Bruce Braley, according to a Des Moines Register poll released Saturday. Most polls have shown until now that the four races have essentially been deadlocked in the closing...
  • The Obama-Lite Side of Rand Paul - Remaking the GOP as a left-leaning party?

    08/28/2014 3:25:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 28, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    The target was Hillary Clinton. Calling the famously liberal former Secretary of State “a war hawk,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) added in a recent Meet the Press appearance: “You know what? We are tired of war.… We’re worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war, because she’s so gung-ho.” ADVERTISEMENT One has to wonder. Was Rand Paul’s real target Hillary Clinton? Whom he correctly blames for the Benghazi fiasco? Or was it, as it strikes… Ronald Reagan? Not to mention conservatism and the timeless idea of what Reagan termed “peace through strength.” Reagan’s formulation long...
  • Paul: US has been arming ISIS in Syria

    06/22/2014 5:17:33 PM PDT · by xzins · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that the Sunni militants taking over Iraq have quickly gained power because the United States has armed their group in Syria. “I think we have to understand first how we got here,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We have been arming [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] ISIS in Syria.” ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot, has been collaborating with the Syrian rebels whom the Obama administration has been arming in their efforts to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Paul explained. The administration has reportedly assisted the moderate opposition in Syria,...
  • Final PPP Kentucky poll: McConnell 50%, Grimes 42%

    11/02/2014 11:06:52 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 28 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 11/01/2014 | Public Policy Polling
    McConnell 50%, Grimes 42% Full internals at the link.
  • Beshear Says GOP Control of House Would Set Kentucky Back to "19th Century"

    11/02/2014 10:35:40 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    WFPL News ^ | 10/31/2014 | Kevin Willis
    Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky risks running off the “progressive path” it’s on if voters give the GOP a majority of state House seats. Beshear made the comments in Barren County Thursday. Democrats currently hold a 54-to-46 advantage in the chamber, but Republicans have made a major push to win control of the House for the first time in more than 90 years. To help Democratic incumbents, Beshear has been on the road this week, announcing funding for infrastructure projects in districts where these members are facing competitive challenges by Republican candidates. Beshear said if the GOP does gain control...
  • Hillary Clinton Sprinkles Her Stardust On Grimes Campaign In Kentucky [Stardust?]

    11/02/2014 9:43:50 AM PST · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 02, 2014 | Megan Carpentier
    Hillary Clinton Sprinkles Her Stardust On Grimes Campaign In Kentucky The former US secretary of state’s eyes may be on 2016 but she is lending her weight to the Democrat push to unseat Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell Megan Carpentier Sunday 2 November 2014 Around 1,200 people braved cold temperatures and northern Kentucky’s first snowfall of the season on Saturday morning to see former secretary of state – and presumptive 2016 presidential candidate – Hillary Clinton implore them to help elect Alison Lundergan Grimes to the US senate. In the 7,000-person city of Highland Heights, that’s an impressive turnout –...