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  • Another blow for Democrats: State Sen. Carlyle Begay (Arizona) switches parties

    11/23/2015 5:39:45 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    The Arizona Capitol Times ^ | Novemebr 23, 2015 | Ben Giles
    Democratic Sen. Carlyle Begay is now a Republican. The Ganado lawmaker announced Monday morning his switch to the Republican Party, a move he said is an extension of his independent streak at the Arizona Capitol. But Democrats categorized the move as no surprise for a lawmaker who often bucked his party to vote in favor of Republican-led bills.
  • Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot endorses Marco Rubio (Multi-level marketing/Romney donor)

    11/19/2015 1:13:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    East Idaho News ^ | November 18, 2015 | Nate Eaton
    IDAHO FALLS — Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot announced Wednesday, Nov. 18 he will support Marco Rubio’s campaign for president. “Marco Rubio is the brightest and most capable candidate,” VanderSloot said in a letter explaining his endorsement. “He has the uncanny ability to state his positions clearly in a way that resonates with the average voter.” VanderSloot said he plans to raise money for Rubio, but has not decided how much he will personally give. The Melaleuca CEO said he believes this presidential election may be the most important election in American history. “Because of that, I have paid a great...
  • Democrats Lost the War for Staying Power

    11/07/2015 1:10:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Bloomberg View | November 4, 2015 | Megan McArdle
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-11-04/democrats-lost-the-war-for-staying-power
  • In First Radio Ads, Donald Trump Promises 'You'll Never Be Disappointed'

    11/06/2015 12:26:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    KNTU Ntional Public Radio ^ | November 5, 2015 | Sam Sanders
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released two, minute-long radio ads Thursday morning which will air in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. It's a $300,000 ad by, with a focus on early nominating states in the presidential race. Until now, Trump has relied on free media coverage, and that strategy seems to have worked — he has been at or near the top of the polls for most of his campaign thus far. With the release of these ads, Trump is either making the point that he's in the race for the long haul, or admitting that he might be...
  • GOP Job Well Done

    10/31/2015 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Revski · 7 replies
    o7jimm Youtube Video ^ | 10/31/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    You can't put lipstick on a pig but you sure can clean it up.
  • Jeb Bush Campaign Memo: 70,000 Phone Calls Yield 1,260 Supporters

    10/30/2015 12:46:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | October 30, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    DES MOINES – It is a portrait of deep frustration. Jeb Bush’s campaign has 10 paid staff members in Iowa, it has made 70,380 phone calls to state Republicans and it has collected 5,000 email addresses. For all that, it has recruited just four volunteers statewide and has identified only 1,260 supporters. The metrics were shown to campaign donors in Houston this week and revealed on Thursday as part of a detailed strategy memo obtained by U.S. News & World Report.Upbeat excerpts from the briefing, which called Senator Marco Rubio of Florida “a G.O.P. Obama” and Mr. Bush’s chief rival,...
  • Two Other Things From That Debate Last Night

    10/29/2015 3:00:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | October 29, 2015 | Scott,McKay, publisher
    The majority of what I have can be found here, but I’ve neglected to post the video of the two most entertaining parts of the thing. First, being the best moment of any of the debates – that being Ted Cruz’ glorious vivisection of the CNBC moderators. This is a Ronald Reagan moment to be remembered… (VIDEO-AT-LINK)What was most brilliant about that was Cruz managed in uncorking that gem to reinforce the attacks CNBC had made on all his opponents, but in a way none of them could possibly complain about – and in fact a few of them said...
  • A Breakthrough Night for Ted Cruz

    10/29/2015 12:04:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    PolitickerNJ ^ | October 29, 2015 | Alan Steinberg
    There is no doubt as to who was the gold medal winner of the CNBC GOP presidential debate last night: Ted Cruz. The silver medal winner was Marco Rubio. They both scored major points by blasting the major losers of the night: the outrageously biased panel of moderators of CNBC. These moderators made Rachel Maddow look like the epitome of fairness. Conservatives have for years asserted that mainstream media has a blatant liberal bias. Nothing did more to prove this assertion than the performance last night of the CNBC moderators. Another major loser was John Kasich. His bitterness at his...
  • Cruz raised $772,000 through midnight from debate performance

    10/29/2015 11:28:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 29, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign raised $772,000 through midnight following his debate performance Wednesday evening in Boulder, Colorado. "We're continuing to have a strong day on fundraising," a top Cruz aide who confirmed the fundraising haul said on Thursday. Cruz earned the most-talked-about moment on Facebook and Twitter with a verbal assault on the CNBC moderators, saying their questions illustrate why Americans don't trust the media. "This is not a cage match. And, you look at the questions: 'Donald Trump, are you a comic-book villain?,' 'Ben Carson, can you do math?,' 'John Kasich, will you insult two people over here?,'...
  • Do or Die (The Debates)

    10/28/2015 2:51:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | October 28, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    If Jeb Bush strikes out in tonights GOP debate, look for one of these two senators to emerge in the spotlight. T onight, Jeb Bush sinks or swims. For the past month, since the last Republican presidential debate, the erstwhile front-runner has struggled to capture ground and stake a position. On his flank are Donald Trump and Ben Carson, who draw crowds and dollars with an anti-establishmentand often anti-Bushmessage. Close behind is Sen. Marco Rubio, who offers the same message as Bush with a fresh face and the promise of a more diverse, cosmopolitan party. And in front, blocking movement,...
  • Candidates take a stand, affirm that Black Lives Matter

    10/13/2015 9:08:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 13, 2015 | Amanda Sakuma
    Democratic presidential candidates stumbled early in their campaigns by underestimating the growing political power of the Black Lives Matter social movement. But in Tuesday nights debate, those 2016 hopefuls were out to prove that they would not be caught flat-footed again. Black lives matter, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said unequivocally. The reason those words matter is the African-American community knows that on any given day some innocent person like Sandra Bland can get into a car, and then three days later shes going to end up dead in jail, he added, referencing a woman whose death while in police custody...
  • Republican activists think a strong conservative can win the White House. Theyre probably wrong.

    10/13/2015 8:31:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | October 13, 2015 | John Sides
    A common piece of conventional wisdom and one that has backing in the political science literature is that candidates are punished for being ideologically out of step with their constituents. This is what underlies the usual advice given to presidential candidates in a general election: move to the center, or risk being perceived as too ideological. Thus far in 2016, as Matthew Atkinson and Darin DeWitt have argued on this blog, prediction markets bear out this advice. Now heres something fascinating about this election cycle: Republicans seem not to believe that there is any electoral penalty for being...
  • Trumps Latino Superfan Baffles CNNs Baldwin: He Is My Perfect Man

    10/09/2015 5:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 9, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    In his ongoing quest to prove that Latinos do, in fact, love him, Donald Trump brought a Hispanic woman named Myriam Witcher up on stage at his Las Vegas rally Thursday night who could not love him more. Yes, Mr. Trump! We love you! We love you, all the way to the White House! she exclaimed, her hands held high in the air. On Friday, CNNs Brooke Baldwin tried to get to the bottom of how this woman could possibly feel the way she does about Trump. Oh my God, he is coming he is our man sent from...
  • Ted Cruz sets sights on Rand Pauls libertarian base

    10/09/2015 3:49:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 9, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    NASHUA, N.H.Hes sliding in the polls, struggling to raise money and now the only base he has left is starting to wobble. Rand Paul returned to what should have been home turf on Friday when he appeared at the Republican Liberty Caucus, a gathering of libertarian activists in New Hampshire. And while he was a crowd favorite, there is an intensifying buzz around rival Ted Cruz, even from ideological purists still pining for Rands dad, Ron. Cruz is stronger, hed have more spunk as president, said Shirlene Van Doorne, 64, of Nashua, after the Texas senator delivered a rousing...
  • Ted Cruz just raised a significant amount of cash for his presidential bid

    10/09/2015 1:36:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in the past three months for his Republican presidential bid, about twice what competitor Marco Rubio collected in the same time period. The new numbers are being circulated by the campaigns ahead of a deadline next week to report fundraising to federal regulators. The quarterly figures mark a practical and symbolic measure of strength for all presidential candidates, but they don't tell the whole story. Cruz and Rubio both topped Rand Paul, whose presidential campaign said it had pulled in $2.5 million through the end of September....
  • Ted Cruz's Wait-It-Out Strategy Could Prove Successfulor a "Colossal Mistake"

    10/09/2015 10:58:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 9, 2015 | Pema Levy, Reporter, DC Bureau
    The senator from Texas is banking on a war of attrition among the other outsider candidates.Ted Cruz's run for president has gotten off to a rough start. He's currently in sixth place in the polls. The thirst for an outsider candidate that was supposed to propel his campaign has instead been quenched by Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and now Carly Fiorina. But Cruz has a strategy for overcoming his lackluster performance thus far, one that's drawn strong reviews from some party insiders. Republican consultant Doug Heye praised his "smart" campaign to the Hill newspaper, and the conservative National Review Online...
  • Ted Cruz starts to make his move

    10/09/2015 10:34:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Benen
    I wouldnt say literally every center-left pundit I know expects Marco Rubio to win the Republicans 2016 presidential nomination, but its awfully close to 100%. For most of the political observers I know, its practically a foregone conclusion the pieces have already fallen into place for the far-right Floridian. Nate Silver recently said, I sometimes feel with Rubio like hes the contestant on a reality show where its totally obvious that hes eventually going to win, but the network needs to create dramatic subplots for 17 weeks before it happens. And all of these assumptions may very well be...
  • Bush campaigns in central Iowa, contrasts his leadership with loud voices'

    10/08/2015 8:46:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gazette ^ | October 8, 2015 | Erin Murphy and Rod Boshart
    Two-term Florida governor says he's focused on finding answers, not feeding angst. INDIANOLA Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush touted his leadership as a two-term Florida governor Thursday to prospective Iowa caucus-goers and hoped that experience would win him support over the untested loud voices in the expansive GOP field when they make their choices next February. I believe that at the end of this process that people are going to want to know that youre a proven leader, Bush told about 100 people who packed a Pizza Ranch restaurant to hear his message. That youve got a spine, that...
  • Cruz Announces Leadership for Every County in First Four States

    10/08/2015 6:36:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | October 8, 2015
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruzs presidential campaign on Wednesday announced that it has named a chairman in all 171 counties that comprise the first four early states 99 Iowa counties, 10 New Hampshire counties, 46 South Carolina counties, and 16 Nevada counties. The only way we will turn our country around is through a grassroots uprising of the American people, and Im grateful for the many courageous conservatives in the early states who have stepped forward to lead that grassroots movement, Cruz said. Ive always known we would have a great organization, but having a leader the 171 counties that...
  • Ted Cruz Is the Bizarro Romney: In the Republican primary, thats a very good thing.

    10/08/2015 6:07:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | October 8, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    When Ted Cruz announced his campaign for president, I said he didnt have a chance. The Texas senator isnt just extremean ideological outlier with hard-right positions on virtually everything under the sunbut hes unpopular with other Republican lawmakers. He stepped on the stage as a critic of national GOP leadership and has used his influence with grassroots conservatives to force confrontations like the 2013 government shutdown. Cruz has burned his bridges with powerful party figures like Majority Leader Mitch McConnellon one occasion, Cruz called McConnell a liar on the Senate floorand is toxic to many of his Senate Republican colleagues....
  • Clinton says jail was 'right thing' for Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses

    10/07/2015 9:49:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 7, 2015 | Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press
    MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton says that jail was the "right thing" for a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Speaking in Iowa Wednesday, the Democratic presidential hopeful said Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was "treated as she should have been treated." Davis spent five days in jail for defying a court order and refusing to license gay marriages. Several Republican presidential candidates have vocally defended Davis, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz....
  • Packed primaries give people like Cruz road map to victory

    10/07/2015 6:50:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | October 7, 2015 | Ross Ramsey, executive editor, The Texas Tribune
    Political hard-liners do better in runoffs than in party primaries. Runoff voters in both parties are the most enthusiastic voters more likely to show up for every election. Primary elections do a pretty good job of sorting the partisans from the semi-partisans: Most Republicans and most Democrats who vote in general elections do not vote in their own primaries. But the drop in turnout from those anemic primaries to the primary runoffs also is significant, leaving the most ardent voters from the two parties in charge. So it should come as no surprise when political plotters and schemers try...
  • How free agent GOP delegates could swing nomination

    10/07/2015 6:18:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 7, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    In the movie, "Swing Vote," the presidential election literally comes down to the vote of one American, Kevin Costner's everyman character, Bud Johnson. It's the stuff of pure, indulgent political fantasy. But the crowded and unpredictable Republican 2016 primary does offer the prospect of an extended battle that could become a very personal, one-on-one campaign for individual delegates, GOP insiders say. Party rules bind most delegates to the winners of each state's nominating contest. But should candidates lose support down the line and suspend their campaigns, the delegates they won immediately become free agents who are permitted to of support...
  • After talking up money, Donald Trump isnt spending it

    10/07/2015 4:16:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 6, 2015 | Ari Melber
    Many Republicans have tried and failed to win the presidential nomination without support from the party establishment. Donald Trump argues he is different from those hopefuls because his wealth enables him to fund an insurgent campaign all by himself. But for all the talk about his money, so far, Trump isnt using it. Trump campaign officials say he has only spent about $2 million far less than fellow GOP candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz, for instance. each spent $5.5 million just through July, according to the latest FEC reports. Hillary Clintons campaign, meanwhile, spent $18 million...
  • How a team of Obama veterans helped Bernie Sanders pull in a record number of donations

    10/07/2015 3:22:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | October 7, 2015 | Alyssa Bereznak, National Correspondent, Technology
    On the last Tuesday in September, an important deadline loomed for the men and women who would be president. The Federal Election Commission requires those running for office to report how much their campaigns have raised each quarter, and the last-minute fundraising appeals that ensue often reach a dramatic pitch as politicians seek to raise a figure that proves they have staying power. Starting at about 9:30 p.m. that evening, online donations through Sen. Bernie Sanderss website, store and the ActBlue fundraising site reached the phenomenal clip of about two contributions per second. They stayed at that high and steady...
  • Ted Cruz names campaign chairs in all 99 Iowa counties

    10/07/2015 2:26:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Des Moines Register | October 7, 2015 | Matthew Patane
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/10/07/cruz-names-chairs-99-iowa-counties/73522118/
  • Why winning Guam and the Virgin Islands could be as important as Iowa for Ted Cruz

    10/07/2015 12:52:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | October 7, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    WASHINGTONMost of the early action in presidential primaries happens in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. But Sen. Ted Cruz is keying in on far-off territories to help meet a Republican Party rule for the nomination. While Cruz has spent plenty of time and money in the early primary states, hes also dispatched advisers and put in calls to leaders in Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, according to Politico. The Republican party requires its presidential candidate to have won a majority of delegates in eight states or territories. Since those three territories cast delegates in the primary,...
  • GOP's Ted Cruz gets support from Nevada lawmaker Jim Wheeler, former Scott Walker co-chair

    10/06/2015 10:00:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Journal ^ | October 6, 2015 | The Associated Press
    CARSON CITY, Nevada Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is picking up an endorsement from a former member of Scott Walker's Nevada campaign team. The Texas senator's campaign announced this week that Republican Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler is backing him. Wheeler had served as co-chair of Walker's campaign until the Wisconsin governor dropped out of the race two weeks ago....
  • Paul insists hes staying in despite fundraising drop to $2.5M last quarter

    10/02/2015 5:53:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 2, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    For how long, though? The Paul campaign was supposed to energize younger voters with more libertarian leanings, and provide Rand Paul with his fathers constituency married to a higher level of respectability. So far, though, the results in terms of fundraising have been disappointing. Over the last three months, Team Paul only collected $2.5 million less than one million dollars a month, far behind Pauls competitors, and a decline of almost two-thirds from the previous quarter. Even so, the Kentucky Senator insists hes staying in the race, and that his prospects have improved of late: Rand Paul raised just...
  • First on CNN: Ted Cruz to woo top Club for Growth donors

    10/02/2015 5:47:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz will have a chance to win over some of the Republican Party's top donors at a beachside conference later this month. The Texas senator is the sole presidential candidate confirmed to attend the Club for Growth's economic conference in San Diego on Oct. 15, according to an invitation, giving Cruz a platform to court the deep-pocketed donors part of the Club's network. Cruz has been surprisingly effective at landing top GOP moneymen, collecting more than $50 million for his campaign and super PACs. The Club, which is one of the most conservative spending groups in elections, is helping...
  • Campaigns scramble to lock up Scott Walkers financial backers

    10/01/2015 8:53:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matea Gold
    In the wake of Scott Walker's exit from the 2016 race last week, Chart Westcott a major donor and fundraiser for the Wisconsin governor heard personally from four GOP presidential candidates. He spoke to the finance chairs for nearly every campaign and super PAC. And he got lobbied by local supporters of the various candidates. "It was intense," said Westcott, a Dallas-based biotech investor who bundled money for Walker and gave $200,000 to a super PAC supporting him. In the end, he decided to go with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. "I wanted somebody who would completely shake...
  • Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra Endorses Ted Cruz

    09/30/2015 5:21:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | September 30, 2015
    Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced the endorsement of former Scott Walker supporter, Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull). The endorsement follows Cruzs earlier announcement that all three of Walkers former grassroots co-chairs in Georgia are also now organizing for the Cruz campaign. It is an honor to earn Randys support and I look forward to working with him as we compete to win Iowa and the entire GOP primary, Sen. Cruz said. I am very proud of the network of courageous conservatives weve built across Iowa. Their hard work will be crucial to restore jobs, growth...
  • If the Libertarian Party Doesnt Get Christians, Ted Cruz Will

    09/30/2015 3:33:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | September 30, 2015 | R. Brownell
    The Libertarian Party conducted a poll a few months back in order to better understand the religious demographic of party members. A result which surely shocked many was the stereotype-shattering data the Libertarian Party got back. Of the 19,428 votes caste, around 50% of those who participated came back as Christian. Aren’t libertarians just a bunch of atheist? Well, only 42% of Libertarian voters identified as Atheists. This is incredibly exciting! This is an opportunity to not only expand the message of limited government, free markets, and individual liberty, but on a personal level, to expand the Gospel of Christ...
  • More Trouble Brewing for Rand Paul Super PACs?

    09/29/2015 10:24:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WJOL-AM ^ | September 29, 2015
    Just weeks after the leader of a Super PAC supporting Rand Paul was indicted, it was revealed that another Super PAC supporting the Kentucky senator and presidential hopeful has been dormant since June. Politico first reported today that Purple PAC, a Super PAC founded by Ed Crane, has not been actively fundraising for Paul. We havent really been actively soliciting money until we feel the Purple PAC and Rand are on the same page, Purple PAC leader Ed Crane told ABC News. Crane said that the Super PAC hasnt shut down, but other than a $10,000 contest, the PAC hasnt...
  • Cruz Snatches Endorsements From Former Ron Paul Supporters

    09/29/2015 6:49:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NewsMax ^ | September 29, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Sen. Ted Cruz has snatched away endorsements for his GOP presidential bid that would appear to be a natural fit for rival Sen. Rand Paul landing the nod from libertarians who've been supporters of Paul's father, Ron Paul. The backing comes from the Liberty Leaders for Cruz coalition, headed by former Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr, who ran for president in 2008 and now heads the nonprofit Liberty Guard, Bloomberg reports. "More than any other candidate for President in 2016, Cruz understands that the oath the president takes is a solemn commitment to always act in accordance with the...
  • Ted Cruz's Primary Strategy Centers on Delegates

    09/29/2015 6:30:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | September 29, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    While the crowded GOP presidential field fixates on every polling boom and bust in the early primary states, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is running a different kind of race. Cruz and his team are not chasing states theyre chasing delegates. Instead of betting his campaign on his February finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, Cruz is aiming to vacuum up as many delegates as possible on March 1, when a swath of mostly Southern states, including Texas, host their nominating contests. "Were working ... to do everything possible to bank those 155 [Texas] delegates on March...
  • Bush campaign looks to go deep into primaries: Campaign is banking on its organizational strength

    09/26/2015 1:59:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    WBAL-TV ^ | September 26, 2015 | Ashley Killough, CNN
    MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (CNN) The campaign for Jeb Bush, anticipating a competitive primary season, is forming an aggressive presence in states beyond the four that will vote in February -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. He stepped into Rand Paul country on Thursday afternoon, for example, to headline a fundraiser for the Kentucky state GOP and became the first Republican presidential candidate to pay the filing fee for the March 5 caucus. Bush's campaign views the stop as an example of their "robust" operation, not only in Kentucky but across the southern region that will host a...
  • Cruz building a "grassroots army" to fuel his 2016 bid

    09/26/2015 1:17:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | September 26, 2015 | Rod Boshart
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chats with Hannah Armentrout, a Drake University student and independent voter from Colorado, who was on hand Saturday when the 2016 GOP presidential candidate held a grand opening for his Iowa campaign office in Urbandale.URBANDALE | Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Saturday the "volcanic frustration with Washington" is helping him build a "grassroots army" in Iowa and around the nation that he is convinced with lead him to victory in his quest for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. "The grassroots that we are seeing in Iowa is incredible. It is electric. We have passion on...
  • GOP state lawmakers join Ted Cruz's Arizona team

    09/23/2015 11:44:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Arizona Republic | September 23, 2015 | Dan Nowicki, National political reporter
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/azdc/2015/09/23/gop-state-lawmakers-join-ted-cruz-arizona-team/72675552/
  • Ted Cruz told a 3-year-old her world is on fire. Her mom joined his campaign.

    09/22/2015 8:26:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | September 22, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    In March, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) told a 3-year-old girl that her world was on fire, and the Internet went nuts. Now the girl's mom has joined Cruz's campaign. Cruz, speaking in Barrington, N.H., said President Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's foreign policy had set the world on fire. "The world is on fire?" then-3-year-old Julia Trant immediately asked. "Yes, the world is on fire," Cruz said, looking at the girl. "Your world is on fire." He then told the girl that her mom is here and that everyone was trying to make the world a better...
  • Trump Isn't a Media Creation

    09/22/2015 6:52:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | September 21, 2015 | Jack Shafer
    s the press guilty of inflating Donald Trumps political fortunes? Or, from the beginning, did the press seek to undermine his candidacy? The answer to both questions is yes. As our friends in academia like to remind us, voters dont wake from a deep sleep one morning and tell pollsters that theyve decided that a novice politician like Trump should be the next president. Voters rely on the press to keep tabs on the entry of new candidates into races, and the press obliged them in its coverage of Trump. Boy, did they oblige them. The fullness of the medias...
  • Republicans purging supporters they should embrace

    09/19/2015 4:41:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 19, 2015 | Taylor Millard
    Richard Viguerie and Bobby Jindal have both referred to the Republican Party as the Party of Stupid and theyre correct. There are times the GOP cant get out of its own way when it comes to alienating voters or just being plain petty towards dissent. House Speaker John Boehner has wrongly kicked conservative and libertarian Republican Congressmen from committees, while Jason Chaffetz briefly removed Mark Meadows from a committee in June. The American Conservative Union wouldnt allow the Log Cabin Republicans into CPAC this year, until inviting LCR Executive Director Gregory Angelo to be on a panel. This isnt just...
  • Trump and Cruz in Lubbock? Lubbock Area Republican Women Hosting Four-Day Convention [INTERVIEW]

    09/18/2015 7:31:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | September 18, 2015 | Jody Smyers
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Friday on The Chad Hasty Show, Nitra Barnes, President of the Lubbock Area Republican Women (LARW) joined guest host Steve Evans in the KFYO studio to provide lots of exciting information about their upcoming state-wide convention for the Texas Federation of Republican Women. The convention begins Wednesday, November 4th with the LARW golf tournament at the Rawls Course, and continues through Saturday November 7th with the Presidents Dinner at Silent Wings Museum. The complete convention schedule is available here. The convention is not just for women: Men and young adults strongly encouraged to attend this fantastic gathering, meet candidates, and...
  • Teenager determined to help Ted Cruz become president

    09/15/2015 6:25:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 15, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    It's the start of a new school year, and C.J. Pearson is a busy guy. The conservative social media star from Georgia is enlisting fellow teenagers across the country to help Sen. Ted Cruz win the Republican presidential nomination. He's also running for re-election as student council president and just started eighth grade. Coreco JaQuan Pearson, 13, is the chairman of Teens for Ted. His mission: persuade high schoolers to spread the gospel of Cruz to eligible voters who care about them -- and in some cases, take care of them. "The internet allows really anyone to have a voice...
  • Cruz gets way more love on Twitter than attention from TV news. Its the other way around for Bush.

    09/14/2015 4:37:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | September 14, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Jeb Bush gets far more attention from television news than the public polls would suggest is warranted, as Ted Cruz keeps getting more love from Twitter than the mainstream media. With the second GOP debate coming Wednesday night, its a good time to look back on the last month of coverage since the candidates gathered for the Fox News debate in Cleveland. A lot has happened in those four weeks: Carly Fiorina got a bounce, Ben Carson surged and Rick Perry folded. But television news producers do not necessarily see the race that way. Via our analytics partners at Zignal...
  • Heidi Cruz a Potent Weapon for Husband's Campaign

    09/14/2015 11:57:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 194 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | September 14, 2015 | Katie Zezima, The Washington Post
    PHOENIX Heidi Cruz, investment banker and political spouse, stood outside a ballroom here, shaking hands and making small talk, working to close her most ambitious deal yet: getting her husband elected president. Cruz, 43, is a potent weapon for the presidential campaign of her husband, Sen. Ted Cruz. He relishes fighting with Democrats and Republicans; she is quick with a hug. He tries to galvanize voters; she spends hours on the phone, trying to persuade them to max out their donations. "Stylistically, I can soften him a little bit," Cruz, clad in navy leggings and black flats, Roberto Cavalli...
  • Trump, Carson Lead Minnesota 'Corn Poll'

    08/27/2015 6:16:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/27/15 | Tom Hauser
    It's been a long-standing tradition at the Iowa State Fair, but now you can cast your kernels for presidential candidates at the Minnesota State Fair. The early front runners in the unscientific poll at the Minnesota Republican Party booth are Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. "Anybody can stop by our booth and and cast a vote for whoever their favorite candidate is," GOP Party Chair Keith Downey said. If you make a donation or sign up to support the GOP, voters get a small cup full of corn kernels they can distribute among as many of the candidates...
  • Frank Luntz on the Hatred of the Establishment Revealed by a Pro-Trump Focus Group: "This is real...

    08/26/2015 6:54:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | August 25, 2015 | Ace
    I'm shocked that he's shocked, and I do not mean that as a joke. He is a professional. He is a focus-grouper and high consultant. I imagine he reads a lot of polls too, and probably runs some. And yet he didn't know the anger brewing at the Establishment.I am truly shocked. No matter how low my estimations of our political class, they keep failing to meet my expectations. I complained on Friday that the vaunted consultant class does not know the most elemental things about the "constituency" they're paid to advise clients about. I put "constituency" in quotes because...
  • Why polls alone don't show the true leaders of the GOP race

    08/24/2015 12:26:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    NewsMachete ^ | August 24, 2015 | Newsmachete
    Who are the leaders in this crowded race for the GOP nomination? If you look at national polls, the top three are Trump, Bush, and Carson. If you look at New Hampshire, it's Trump, Kasich, and Bush. If you look at Iowa, it's Trump, Carson, and Walker, though I don't know how proud Scott Walker can be to be third in a state that should almost be giving him a home-state advantage. But these polls by themselves don't show who the leaders are in the race. To know the answer to that question, you have to look at all the...
  • Meet Ted Cruz's top fundraiser: his wife

    08/21/2015 8:57:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 21, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Olive Branch, Mississippi (CNN)Ted Cruz gushes about his wife, Heidi, on the campaign trail, telling an audience here that she is "beautiful, brilliant and my very best friend in the whole wide world." She's also something else: The best fundraiser in the Republican presidential candidate's corner. The senator's wife, a top executive at Goldman Sachs who is taking a leave to work at campaign headquarters, is effectively leading her husband's fundraising operation, running some weekly finance calls and pushing major donors to give the maximum they're allowed under federal law. It's a far cry from the caricatured profile of the...